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Cory Gardner says of Trump’s NFL comments: “There are far more important things that we ought to be focusing on”
Cory Gardner says of Trump’s NFL comments: “There are far more important things that we ought to be focusing on”

By: - 0 1 hr ago

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said Sunday morning that “there are far more important things that we ought to be focusing on” when asked about President Donald...

It's official, Walker Stapleton joins the race for Colorado governor
It's official, Walker Stapleton joins the race for Colorado governor

By: Joey Bunch - 0 7 hr ago

State Treasurer Walker Stapleton is officially in the race for governor, Colorado Politics is the first to report. His agenda features support for...

Officials: Russian hackers scanned Colorado's election infrastructure last year but failed to breach it
Officials: Russian hackers scanned Colorado's election infrastructure last year but failed to breach it

By: Ernest Luning - 0 Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Russian hackers tried without success to get into Colorado's computerized voter system before last year's election, officials with the Colorado...

Loss of J-1 visa program could slam Colorado ski resorts
Loss of J-1 visa program could slam Colorado ski resorts

By: Dan Njegomir - 0 Thu, Sep 21, 2017

For all the high-profile attempts by the Trump administration to crack down on immigration - its travel ban; its saber-rattling at sanctuary cities;...

Third 'Hamilton' elector joins lawsuit against Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams
Third 'Hamilton' elector joins lawsuit against Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams

By: Ernestas Tyminas - 0 Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Colorado Democrat Michael Baca, one of the so-called "Hamilton electors" who tried to derail Donald Trump's presidential win in the Electoral College,...

Colorado Department of Corrections hoping to reopen prison to relieve crowding
Colorado Department of Corrections hoping to reopen prison to relieve crowding

By: - 0 Wed, Sep 20, 2017

The Colorado Department of Corrections is asking the state to add $11 million to this year’s budget to lease a private prison while it attempts to...

Colorado governor creates adviser position to combat aging 
Colorado governor creates adviser position to combat aging 

By: - 0 Wed, Sep 20, 2017

DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced he will use grant money to create a new senior adviser position whose job will solely focus on...

Legendary Denver Hispanic judge, state senator and his wife die at home
Legendary Denver Hispanic judge, state senator and his wife die at home

By: Marianne Goodland - 0 Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Tributes are pouring in from Denver and statewide as officials mark the passing of legendary Hispanic leader Roger Cisneros, a former judge and state...

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman joins expanded probe into opioid manufacturers, distributors
Attorney General Cynthia Coffman joins expanded probe into opioid manufacturers, distributors

By: Ernest Luning - 0 Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is part of a broad coalition of attorneys general demanding information from opioid manufacturers and...

What's the difference between a tax and a fee? Question is a the heart of taxpayer lawsuits
What's the difference between a tax and a fee? Question is a the heart of taxpayer lawsuits

By: - 0 Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Some of the most consequential fights over Colorado government finance in the coming years won’t happen at the state legislature or at the ballot box,...

Lawmakers sidestep TABOR by charging fees

By: - 0 Tue, Sep 19, 2017

When Colorado voters enshrined the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights into the state constitution in 1992, it had a simple premise: If lawmakers want to raise...

Rate of Coloradans without health insurance remains at record-low levels, signs of trouble linger
Rate of Coloradans without health insurance remains at record-low levels, signs of trouble linger

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Colorado's record-low uninsured rate held strong despite uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act's future and unwieldy price spikes for shoppers, a...

Ken Salazar, others feted by Congressional Medal of Honor Society
Ken Salazar, others feted by Congressional Medal of Honor Society

By: Erin Prater - 0 Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar received the Patriot Award this weekend at the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's annual convention in...

Eid moves closer to potential 10th U.S. Circuit confirmation
Eid moves closer to potential 10th U.S. Circuit confirmation

By: Erin Prater - 0 Fri, Sep 15, 2017

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid will appear before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday - the next step in her journey to potential...

Colorado governor denies pardon for woman facing deportation 
Colorado governor denies pardon for woman facing deportation 

By: - 0 Fri, Sep 15, 2017

DENVER — Colorado's governor on Thursday denied a pardon application from a woman who lived at a Quaker meeting house in Denver to avoid U.S....

Hickenlooper calls special session to address tax crunch created in May
Hickenlooper calls special session to address tax crunch created in May

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Lawmakers are headed back to the Capitol on Oct. 2 to clean up a tax mess a hastily passed compromise created in the last legislative session, Gov....

Special session in the works to fix error in Colorado hospital provider fee bill
Special session in the works to fix error in Colorado hospital provider fee bill

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Thu, Sep 14, 2017

State lawmakers could return to the Capitol next month to fix a drafting error in one of the last session's most important accomplishments, Senate Bill...

Jefferson County GOP blasts Republican congressional leaders on Obamacare

By: Ernest Luning - 0 Thu, Sep 14, 2017

The Jefferson County Republican Party is demanding Congress immediately repeal the Affordable Care Act or, if it can't, to elect new congressional...

Hickenlooper: Colorado to join multi-state lawsuit to preserve 'Dreamers' program
Hickenlooper: Colorado to join multi-state lawsuit to preserve 'Dreamers' program

By: Erin Prater - 0 Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Colorado will join New York, Washington and Massachusetts in a multi-state lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s plan to end the Deferred Action...

State AG plans to appeal federal ruling on Colorado sex offender registry
State AG plans to appeal federal ruling on Colorado sex offender registry

By: Lance Benzel - 0 Wed, Sep 13, 2017

The Colorado Attorney General's Office plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling that questioned the legality of the state's sex offender registry....

Colorado Unity Party nicknames itself the 'Uniters'
Colorado Unity Party nicknames itself the 'Uniters'

By: Ernest Luning - 0 Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Members of Colorado's newest official political party have a new nickname. Henceforth, members of the Unity Party of America shall be known as...

Walton's Warriors fight in Colorado for suffering soldiers
Walton's Warriors fight in Colorado for suffering soldiers

By: Donna Bryson - 0 Sun, Sep 10, 2017

A ranch on the edge of the Rocky Mountain National Park is the last place the Walton family was together and happy. Army combat infantry veteran and...

Insights: How Republicans went to pot in Colorado
Insights: How Republicans went to pot in Colorado

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Sun, Sep 10, 2017

If U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions thinks he can score political points for Republicans by coming after Colorado's pot, then a whole Phish concert...

Democratic candidate for governor talks health and taxes in Colorado Springs
Democratic candidate for governor talks health and taxes in Colorado Springs

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Fri, Sep 8, 2017

Health and taxes were on Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne's mind while holding court at a Colorado Springs restaurant Friday during her second full day as a...

Colorado regulators approve average 27 percent hike in insurance rates
Colorado regulators approve average 27 percent hike in insurance rates

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Thu, Sep 7, 2017

Colorado health insurance regulators on Wednesday made official a 27-percent average rate hike for people buying their own plans next year....

Bipartisan group files initiatives to change how Colorado legislative, congressional districts are drawn
Bipartisan group files initiatives to change how Colorado legislative, congressional districts are drawn

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Wed, Sep 6, 2017

A bipartisan group filed paperwork on ballot initiatives Wednesday to redraw the rules on how legislative and congressional districts are drawn in...

Cory Gardner, Michael Bennet cosponsor bipartisan bill to protect young immigrants
Cory Gardner, Michael Bennet cosponsor bipartisan bill to protect young immigrants

By: Ernest Luning - 0 Wed, Sep 6, 2017

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, said Tuesday he’s signing on with his Democratic counterpart Michael Bennet to co-sponsor bipartisan...

'Green Roof' measure makes Denver's November ballot 
'Green Roof' measure makes Denver's November ballot 

By: - 0 Wed, Sep 6, 2017

DENVER — Denver voters will decide on the Nov. 7 ballot if most new buildings should be required to have gardens, solar panels or other green...

VA watchdog finds some problems at Colorado benefits office 
VA watchdog finds some problems at Colorado benefits office 

By: - 0 Tue, Sep 5, 2017

DENVER — A federal watchdog agency says a Denver-area office of the Veterans Affairs Department made mistakes on some benefit claims and processed...

Colorado commission works on plan for Front Range passenger rail
Colorado commission works on plan for Front Range passenger rail

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Tue, Sep 5, 2017

A state commission has begun exploring ways to realize Colorado transportation officials' vision of passenger rail service that stretches up and down...