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Opinion: A notable example of how our justice system suffers from underfunding. And it’s victims who suffer the most.

The country watched with bated breath the entirety of last month’s trial and conviction of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, which provided a much-needed spotlight on the functioning of the criminal justice system in this country.  Every agonizing aspect of a criminal trial was on full display for the world to watch. […]

Posted inEducation, News, Politics and Government

A job or a civic duty? Colorado weighs paying school board members

More than 60% of students in the Roaring Fork School District are Hispanic, but when Jasmin Ramirez was elected in 2019, she and fellow board member Natalie Torres became the first Latinas to serve on the school board. Like all Colorado school board seats, it’s a volunteer position that comes with no pay. That sacrifice […]

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Incumbents, slate backed by super PAC cash head to victory in run for Colorado statehouse

Five incumbent state lawmakers appeared poised to hold off primary challengers Tuesday, while candidates backed by big outside money took the lead in four open seats in Weld County.  Nearly $1.6 million in cash poured into eight highly contested seats, often supporting Republicans, and occasionally Democrats who were viewed as more middle-of-the-road. The success of […]

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2020 battle for power at the Capitol starts with these big-money Colorado legislative primaries

Colorado’s legislative primaries are coming down to a battle of partisanship: Is one Republican more conservative than another? Which Democrat will hold the party line? The ideological tests — which mirror the party purity tests in th U.S. Senate race and at the national level — could significantly influence the conversation at the Capitol next […]

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Opinion: Why Colorado needs an immediate statewide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures

Roughly 2 million Coloradans are renters. And as for those of us who are fortunate enough to own our homes, a full 72% carry a mortgage — second highest in the nation. If folks can’t pay because they’ve just lost their jobs (like the draw-dropping 22 million Americans who’ve filed for unemployment in the past […]

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Democrat Steven Woodrow replacing Chris Hansen in Colorado House

Steven Woodrow, an attorney and Democratic activist, has been chosen to serve out the term of former Denver state Rep. Chris Hansen, who has taken a Senate seat. Colorado Politics reports that a party vacancy committee selected Woodrow to fill the seat on Tuesday. Woodrow says his priorities are education funding, the environment and addressing the state’s […]