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“We’ll see where it goes”: Impeachment has provided rocket fuel to the ascent of Colorado’s Joe Neguse

Two years ago, Democrat Joe Neguse was managing Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Affairs, an important, yet anything-but-sexy job in state government.  He was appointed to the position after the blow of losing a statewide race to become Colorado’s secretary of state. Fast forward to today and the 35-year-old, first-year U.S. representative is a prominent voice […]

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Potential for short-term health impacts from Colorado oil and gas drilling leads to calls for temporary halt in permits

A new study shows that oil and gas drilling operations in Colorado may lead to short-term health impacts such as nausea, headaches and nosebleeds — a finding that is leading to calls for stricter regulations. The report, commissioned by former Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration and released Thursday, found that health risks are greatest during drilling […]

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Interest in reforming Colorado’s system to recall elected officials is building — on both sides of the aisle

With attempted recalls of elected officials continuing to sweep across Colorado, interest in reforming the state’s system for ousting people from elected office is growing and early ideas are being debated for possible legislation to be introduced during the 2020 lawmaking term.  The push for change — which may have to be approved by voters […]

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Krieger: Fracking legacy dogs Hick among progressives

KC Becker of Boulder, speaker of the Colorado House, “liked” a tweet the other day proclaiming John Hickenlooper’s entry into the race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Cory Gardner. In the absence of public commentary — and reticence is now fashionable among state Democratic Party officeholders in the suddenly sensitive matter of the […]

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GOP blasted Democrats for the 2019 legislative session. But they supported nearly every bill, analysis shows.

This year, Republicans accused the Democratic majority at the state Capitol of political overreach, stalled contentious legislation for hours and called for recall elections. But the rancor belies the fact that at least one Republican lawmaker supported all but 19 of the 460 bills approved, meaning 96% won bipartisan support. The broad agreement is not […]

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Colorado’s first openly gay governor signs two of state’s most significant LGBTQ measures into law since 2013

In a year of historic firsts for the LGBTQ community in Colorado politics, Gov. Jared Polis on Friday signed into law a pair of bills years in the making that seek to improve the lives of gay and transgender people in the state. They mark the most significant LGBTQ rights legislation passed in Colorado since […]

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Will Colorado follow other states in enacting a gun-storage law after the STEM School shooting? Those conversations are happening

Democrats in the Colorado legislature are looking at ways to tighten the state’s laws around gun storage and child access, conversations that began before the deadly STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting and have since heightened. “The end goal is that someone who shouldn’t have access to a firearm can’t access it,” said Senate Majority Leader […]

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Six big takeaways from The Colorado Sun’s forum with Gov. Jared Polis and top state lawmakers

Gov. Jared Polis and four top state lawmakers gathered at a forum hosted by The Colorado Sun on Monday evening to talk about the 2019 legislative session. But they also dove into current events, including last week’s deadly shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch and the resignation Sunday of state Rep. Rochelle Galindo. The […]

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WATCH: The Colorado Sun’s post-legislative session forum Monday with Gov. Jared Polis and top state lawmakers

The Colorado Sun has teamed up with the University of Denver and CBS4 to host a post-legislative session forum Monday evening with Gov. Jared Polis and four top state lawmakers. While registration to attend the event is now closed (if you were a subscriber to The Sunriser our politics newsletter, The Unaffiliated, you would have […]