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Paula SchrieferPaula SchrieferApril 2, 20185min889

A car battery is dead after a cold night. A kid is too sick to go to daycare. Many of us have experienced the frustration of trying to get to work or to an important appointment only to find out that the universe has other plans for us that particular day. For most of us, such misfortune means the start to a long day and a higher balance on our credit cards, but we can deal with it, grumble a bit, and move on.


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyJanuary 16, 20182min495

Denver recently rolled out a new program to aid those facing a “housing crisis.”

Late last week, Denver City Council members took an unconventional extra step in launching an effort to provide legal aid to Denverites facing eviction. Ten council members pooled money totaling $123,600 in donations from office budgets and personal contributions to help get an eviction legal defense program off the ground.

“The Housing Crisis is affecting people lives daily,” Denver City Council President Albus Brooks said in a post of Facebook. “Denver City Council led by members Robin Kniech and Paul Kashmann (supported by 8 others) have initiated an Eviction Assistance pilot program. We have raised over $100K to help over 80 individuals. We hope to evaluate and expand the program in the future.”

Officials say the program will be coordinated by Colorado Legal Services, which has decades of experience in eviction defense and will make use of volunteer lawyers and make other referrals. The program is expected to start in March or April.

During an office budget reconciliation process — where officials decide how to allocate unspent money and plan for 2018 — the council members decided upon the innovative funding. As the council members explain in a statement, “City Council rules permit donations to non-profit organizations for public purposes — in this case preventing displacement and homelessness, which costs the city much more in public assistance than keeping a family housed.”

Underscoring the need for the defense program, the council members pointed to research by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy and the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless that found a significant gap between the level of legal representation afforded tenants and that which is available to landlords. While tenants are represented by an attorney in only 1 to 3 percent of the cases involving major landlords, landlords are represented in virtually 100 percent of those same cases.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 6, 20172min658

Democrat Karen McCormick, the Longmont veterinarian hoping to unseat Republican Ken Buck in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District, this week picked up an endorsement from a well-known fellow Democrat, former state Rep. Claire Levy of Boulder.

“I am humbled and so excited to share that I have been endorsed by former Rep. Claire Levy,” McCormick said in a statement. “Both Claire and I believe in a government that’s focused on building a stronger and more secure middle class, with good-paying jobs, affordable higher education and a secure retirement, and it’s Colorado values like these that I’ll take to D.C. in my work to fight special interests.”

McCormick is joined in the Democratic primary by Chase Kohne, Larry Germanson and Richard Weil. She was endorsed by another prominent party member, former 4th CD Rep. Betsy Markey, last month.

Buck has primary opposition of his own, former Lone Tree Mayor Jim Gunning.

Levy left the legislature in 2013 to become executive director for the Colorado Center on Law and Policy.

“Dr. Karen McCormick is a proven problem solver, and knows how to analyze situations and develop innovative solutions,” Levy stated. “During her long career as a veterinarian, Dr. McCormick touched many lives and demonstrated that one can be a good business person and have a big heart.

“Our country faces a wide range of challenging issues, but Karen knows how to earn people’s trust and bridge the divide on even the most divisive issues. I know that she’ll fight hard for the people in every corner of this district in Congress. I am proud to endorse Dr. Karen McCormick for U.S. House of Representatives in Colorado’s 4th District.”


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 4, 20173min446

A bill addressing the registration of agents of professional athletes is among a handful of measures recommended for introduction in the 2017 General Assembly by the Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws. Other proposed bills are a Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, a Uniform Unsworn Declarations Act to permit the use of unsworn declarations made under penalty of perjury in state courts when the declaration is made inside the U.S., a Uniform Wage Garnishment Act, and a Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 30, 201613min384

For Colorado residents hunting for jobs that pay enough to live on, reports of the state's low unemployment rate and rapid population growth can be very disheartening. It seems everyone else has a job except you, often a depressing thought. However, a recent study digs deeper into the numbers and finds job hunters' perceptions of the state's employment situation being less positive than as portrayed are closer to reality. And state lawmakers will be presented with the study's findings, in hopes of doing something to help workers and job hunters.


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Jared WrightJared WrightOctober 20, 20165min377

Finally, some good news about working families in this country: in 2015, lower and middle income workers saw real income gains, and the median income gain was 5.2 percent. It confirms what most of us know: working families are what is leading us out of the recession. They are the bedrock of the recovery. When lower and middle income workers make money, they spend it on consumer goods and services, keeping their local economy humming. But this good news isn’t enough. It can’t be a one-off. We have lived through decades of wage stagnation and the hollowing out of the middle-class. In fact, according to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, the median wage in Colorado is the same as it was in 1985.