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Photo of smoggy downtown Denver skyline via the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Air Pollution Control Division, Technical Services Program, Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Capitol Review: Democrats attacked greenhouse gas with a dozen bills Ambitious climate-change agenda...

Editor’s note: The Indy is publishing a series of short stories reviewing the 2019 legislative session in Colorado. Here, we focus on climate change. We also...
A whiteboard inside the Harm Reduction Action Center in Denver on Feb. 8, 2019. (Photo by John Herrick)

Capitol review: Lawmakers chipped away at opioid epidemic with 6 bills Heroin and fentanyl...

Editor’s note: The Indy is publishing a series of short stories reviewing the 2019 legislative session in Colorado. Here, we focus on opioids. We also wrote...
Condemning the federal government's practice of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, about 200 attended a rally east of City Park on Thursday evening in Denver. Similar rallies were held on Thursday in Pueblo and Aurora.

Capitol review: 4 key immigrant bills passed, but a big one failed

Editor's note: The Indy is publishing a series of short stories reviewing the 2019 legislative session in Colorado. Here, we focus on immigration. We...
Final votes on the last day of Colorado's 2019 state legislative session on May 3, 2019. (Photo by Mark Castillo)

Video: A day of pomp as Colorado’s 2019 legislative session wraps

Colorado has a lay legislature that makes laws each year from January to May. This session, Democrats took control of the House, Senate and governor’s...
House Education Committee Chair Barbara McLachlan speaks about the benefits of full-day kindergarten with state Rep. Jim Wilson at a small rally for advocates in the Colorado State Capitol.

Colorado lawmakers made big investments in public education — but few major policy changes

As Colorado’s 2019 legislative session came to a close, Gov. Jared Polis strode into a conference room packed with reporters to talk about his...
Colorado Independent statehouse reporters John Herrick (r) and Alex Burness (l) on the last day of the 2019 legislative session on May 3, 2019. (Photo by Mark Castillo)

The Indy 500: Our guys at the Capitol

A kind of giddiness overcomes reporters in the last hours of a state legislative session. It’s an end-is-near phenomenon, the same kind of anticipation...
"Smoking," by Astrid Kopp, via Flickr: Creative Commons

Colorado Senate rejects nicotine tax that would have boosted preschool spending

A proposed nicotine tax backed by Gov. Jared Polis was rejected by the Colorado Senate Thursday night. The proposal would have allowed Colorado to double...

Live blog: Final day of Colorado’s legislative session News and insights from around...

The Colorado State Capitol hasn't seen a week like this in a long time, and it may be a long time before it does...
Dudley Brown, executive director for Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, announced a lawsuit to overturn Colorado's red flag law on May 2, 2019. (Photo by John Herrick)

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners plans lawsuit, backs recall efforts, over red-flag law The conservative...

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a conservative pro-gun group, and Republican lawmakers are challenging Colorado’s red-flag law in Denver District Court, alleging Democrats failed to...
A school bus in Colorado by Pravesvuth Uparanukraw via Flickr: Creative Commons

With loan forgiveness and stipends, Colorado lawmakers hope to lure teachers to rural districts

The downside of living in Campo is that it’s 70 miles to Walmart and 20 miles to the nearest grocery store. The upside is...