John CookeJohn CookeMay 30, 20185min976

In the closing days of the 2018 session of the General Assembly, the so-called “red flag” bill was rushed through the state House of Representatives in only five days from introduction to passage. House Democrats and the progressive media were united and vocal in their support, but in the end, only two of 47 Republicans in the legislature thought HB1436 worthy of support.


Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 20, 20173min518
Reggie Bicha has been talking to tribal leaders about how the state of Colorado can be an ally to the Ute nation to provide needed social services to tribal members in the state. Bicha, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, and other state agency leaders met with representatives from the Ute Mountain […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMay 4, 20172min251

Victims of stalking and domestic violence will be able to breathe easier with the enactment of legislation denying bail between conviction and sentencing for perpetrators of felony stalking or domestic violence. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1150 on Wednesday, closing a potential loophole that let judges grant bail to felony stalking and domestic violence convicts who are awaiting sentencing.

It can take weeks before a sentence is meted out, leaving victims in limbo — and in fear for their safety — under current law.

HB 1150, introduced in the House by state Rep. Clarice Navarro, R-Pueblo, won unanimous support in both chambers. The new law takes effect Aug. 9.

A House GOP press release quotes Navarro:

“This new law will be a sigh of relief to many victims who after enduring the stress of a criminal trial, won’t have to fear retaliation from their attacker. … I am grateful to all the stakeholders and legislators who participated in this process and hope this new law empowers more victims of stalking and domestic violence to report the abuse they have suffered.”




Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirApril 11, 20172min223
The grim reality is that domestic violence is a driver in Colorado’s homicide rate. Tracking that violence to better understand it could lay groundwork for law enforcement and the rest of society to respond more effectively. It could even prevent more deaths. That’s the premise of a bipartisan measure that unanimously passed the Senate this week, […]

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