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Racially sensitive Facebook post divides small Colorado town

The small town of Lyons in Boulder County has been divided since its longtime fire chief made a comment on Facebook that some deemed racist

DATE: Sept. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Associated Press

Gov. Polis says he’ll support new vaccination rules proposal

DENVER (AP) – A bill that aims to boost immunization rates and make it more difficult for parents in Colorado to opt their children out of vaccinations is expected to soon be introduced at the...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado lawmakers: Toughen workplace harassment protections

DENVER – A proposal to rewrite Colorado’s rules for workplace harassment claims is expected to be introduced soon at the state Capitol. It would change things for employers by limiting the use of...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

The clock is ticking for lawmakers at the Capitol

With only five days left in the legislative session, state lawmakers still have more than 200 bills left on the calendar, leading many to worry some may die not because of policy concerns, but...

DATE: April 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado lawmakers finally poised to act on workplace sexual harassment

The Colorado legislature will soon discuss broad changes to how it handles workplace harassment complaints at the state Capitol. Lawmakers had originally pledged to pass the changes by last May...

DATE: March 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado court rules that Democrats’ use of computers to accelerate the reading of a bill is unconstitutional

A Denver District Court Judge on Tuesday sided with Senate Republicans in their effort to slow down the pace of Democratic-backed legislation this session. The eight-page preliminary injunction...

DATE: March 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

New GOP group thinks moderate rebranding is key to beat back Colorado’s blue wave

Still reeling from historic losses that put Democrats in charge of Colorado’s government, a group of current and former Republican state lawmakers say it’s time for a different strategy. They...

DATE: March 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

After years of simmering tug-of-war, Colorado Democrats eye action on oil and gas

Colorado’s new Democratic majority has vowed to make big changes to how companies drill for oil and gas. Tension between drillers and residents have bubbled for years and culminated in a failed...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado comprehensive sex ed bill advances after combative, explicit testimony

The biggest hearing of the 2019 legislative session to date – on the future of sex education in Colorado – brought hundreds of people to the state capitol Wednesday. The emotional, and at times...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

‘Kill committees’ aren’t expected to be their usual graveyards under new Democratic majority in Colorado Legislature

With Colorado Democrats in solid control of the House and the Senate, it’s on party leaders to manage all of the different bills coming through their chambers – both from Republicans and their own...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado’s history of women in politics marks another milestone: A House majority

Colorado’s House of Representatives is in an exclusive club. It’s one of only two legislative chambers in the country where female lawmakers hold a majority. Overall, women make up nearly half of...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Gun control quarrel illustrates how Hickenlooper might fare in partisan presidential age

Back on March 20, 2013, Gov. John Hickenlooper took a seat inside his Colorado Capitol office as he prepared to sign some of the most contentious bills of his time in office. A large picture of a...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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