Archive | April, 2017

Staff picks: 5 important Colorado Politics stories you should keep in mind

What a week it was in Colorado Politics, from the most important piece of legislation in the session dying in committee to a house explosion in Firestone that could send political shockwaves through the state Capitol for future legislative sessions. And news related to Donald Trump and Mitt Romney also made Colorado Politics headlines. These are the five […]

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Feds award $7.8 million grant to fight opioid abuse epidemic

The U.S. Capitol on Feb. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Colorado will receive $7.8 million in federal grant money to help battle opioid abuse in the state, as part of a landmark medical research bill signed late last year. The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law late last year, boosted funding for medical research and accelerated the development and approval process of medical treatments. […]

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The Denver Post editorial: Donald Trump and Ryan Zinke should protect our national monuments

President Donald Trump’s administration will spend the next 120 days reviewing every large national monument designation made since 1996. An estimated 24 sites will fall under review. That’s a laughably short time to review the merits, uses and boundaries of national monuments, some of which have been in place for 20 years protecting unique geological […]

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Steamboat Today editorial: Blending ski town cultures

We were encouraged this month to read that the top two executives of Aspen Skiing Company went out of their way to send an indirect message to the Steamboat Springs community saying they value Steamboat’s unique local character, just as they value the way the individual cultures of communities up and down the Roaring Fork Valley […]

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The Pueblo Chieftain editorial: Thanks a lot for nothing, 3rd district school board rep Rankin

With friends like these, who needs enemies? Apparently no one told Joyce Rankin that she is OUR representative (the 3rd Congressional District) on the Colorado State Board of Education. Because when it came time to fight for Pueblo City Schools (D60) this past week, she led the attack against us. It all happened this past […]

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Poll suggests Coloradans hate new taxes but still want millions more each year for roads

The news is surprising, so maybe that’s why the Independence Institute released a new poll on Coloradans’ disdain for new taxes at 5:02 p.m. on a Friday. Usually that’s when politicos release news they hope the media ignores. I have no life, however. Are you ready for this? Coloradans by nearly 2 to 1 want […]

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Insights: Sanctuary city crackdown in Colorado faces same questions as Trump’s order

The politics of a sanctuary city is a slippery beast. We’ve seen that in Washington. We’ve seen it in Texas, and we’ve seen it for months at the Capitol in Denver. The down-and-up struggle in the statehouse comes to close Wednesday when the 2-to-1 Democratic majority on a House committee puts Senate Bill 281 out of commission. Notice […]

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Climate March goes on in Denver despite the elements and confusing report by industry news site

There’s are a lot of good reasons why they don’t call it global warming anymore, and Saturday revealed a good one as snow fell on downtown Denver’s People’s Climate March. Denver’s march on climate change was one of dozens across the country to protest President Trump’s climate change policies and deep cuts into regulatory agencies. Even the Western regional […]

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Pete Lee is on a mission to make Colorado criminal justice more efficient, not more lenient

Don’t tell state Rep. Pete Lee he might be soft on crime, just because he’s driven a truckload of legislation to keep people out from behind bars the past seven years. The Colorado Springs Democrat gives a gentle snort to the suggestion of soft. “Restorative justice programs are not soft on crime,” he said of the […]

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Colorado civic leader Noel Ginsburg formally launches gubernatorial campaign

Three days before Christmas, Denver manufacturing entrepreneur and civic leader Noel Ginsburg announced a run for governor on the Democratic ticket. It was unusual. It seemed bizarre for a candidate to announce in the height of the holiday season, during a black hole for news coverage, and two weeks before the end of a fundraising […]

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