Joey BunchJoey BunchApril 14, 20173min212
President Donald Trump signed a bill Thursday that would allow states to withhold federal money from Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide abortion services. In Colorado, abortion rights supporters called it an assault on women’s constitutional rights. “Whether our elected leaders take action publicly or privately to restrict women’s health care and attack their reproductive […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchApril 13, 20173min184
This is something you don’t see every day … or any day. Planned Parenthood is applauding Colorado’s very conservative Republican-led Senate for its work on an abortion bill. Senate Bill 284, titled “A Woman’s Right To Accurate Health Care Information,” died on the Senate floor Thursday when GOP Sens. Don Coram of Montrose and Beth Martinez-Humenik of […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirApril 3, 20173min168
Some perspective is in order — and usually overdue — when hot-button issues are debated in Congress and aired in the press. Planned Parenthood, for example. And Denverite’s Erica Meltzer offers a timely dose of perspective in the wake of last week’s U.S. Senate vote to let states withhold federal Title X funding from family-planning clinics that perform abortions. The […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 13, 201710min429

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis on Sunday worked a 20 foot stretch of the line of people that snaked around Broomfield High School. It was a perfect Colorado springtime afternoon yet more than a 1,000 people showed up for his congressional town hall. The same amount turned out hours later 55 miles north at the town hall he held in Fort Collins. In Broomfield, the people in line were overwhelmingly Democratic or Democratic-leaning voters deeply concerned with news of “the Trump administration troubles,” as one man put it. As became clear over the course of the meeting, he was talking about what the crowd views as Trump administration executive oder overreaches, potential business conflicts of interest, the inexperience of his staffers and appointees, reports of unofficial contacts with the Russian government officials and advisers, and retrograde policy positions on health care, immigration, civil rights, the environment and national security.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 7, 20174min416

A bipartisan Colorado bill that would make it easier for women in one visit to the pharmacy to collect more of their prescription contraception in order to be guarded against pregnancy for longer stretches of time. The bill arrives as part of a legislative trend sweeping state capitals coast to coast that would give women greater control of their reproductive health. It’s a trend that may act as a hedge against cutbacks in contraception that might come of Trump-era conservative health policies.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 2, 201721min306

Next week, a Czech ensemble, Cirk La Putyka, brings its contemporary take on the circus to the stage, blurring the lines between acrobatics, dance, puppetry and music, and a couple weeks after that it’s the boisterous “Hello, Dolly!” musical that’ll be filling the theater’s seats for a two-week run. But last Saturday, Feb. 18, it was legislative updates and a lively, pointed exchange about public policy that drew a civic-minded crowd to the Lakewood Cultural Center. “There’s this thing called the Kennedy rule,” U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter said with a smile and then gestured toward the state representative, his former campaign manager, who stood a few feet away on the unevenly lit stage. “Chris Kennedy can claim it, but it’s really John Kennedy. And the Kennedy Rule came into play earlier this morning, where you pick a venue slightly smaller than the crowd you expect.”



Peter MarcusPeter MarcusFebruary 15, 20175min280
A Republican bill Wednesday attempted to hold state institutions accountable for participating in trafficking fetal body parts, despite a lack of evidence showing wrongdoing. Rep. Tim Leonard of Evergreen pushed a measure that would have eliminated state funding for state universities that purchase or traffic aborted human body parts. “This bill is telling our state […]

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