The theme of the week in Colorado Politics: pressure and deadlines. Lawmakers in Denver scrambled to accomplish what they could with the end of the legislative session looming, as U.S. House Republicans scrambled to gather the votes they needed to pass the AHCA — minus Colorado’s U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman.
While these topics were on the minds of our readers, apparently others — such as protections for LGBTQ individuals and those with disabilities, and our state’s cruddy roads — seemed to be more pressing.
Without further ado, here is our full list of the week’s most popular stories, according to Google Analytics.
1) Hate crimes in Colorado just added harassment against LGBTQ people and the disabled
This is shaping up to be a pivotal week for LGBTQ Coloradans on discrimination, religious liberty and the state hate crime law.
Tuesday, Democratic members of Congress, including all of Colorado’s members, agreed to protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination under civil rights protections.
2) 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.
3) 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 office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Denver is at risk of shuttering.
4) Lamborn votes ‘yes,’ Coffman votes ‘no’ as House votes to replace Obamacare
Congressional Republicans passed legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, despite mixed support from Colorado’s delegation
Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., praised the legislation shortly before the 217-213 vote — calling it “a historic day” in his years-long push to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement.
5) Republicans accused of ‘hijacking’ education funding in the name of charter schools
Democrats and the state’s largest teachers’ union say Republicans have hijacked a critical school funding measure in the name of charter schools.
The annual School Finance Act, which lawmakers are constitutionally obligated to pass each year, was amended on Thursday to include equitable funding for charter schools.