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Capitol Review: Lawmakers expanded voter access, took aim at dark money

Editor’s note: The Indy is publishing a series of stories reviewing the 2019 legislative session in Colorado. Here, we focus on voting and elections....
Geronimo Interagency Hotshot Crew on assignment at the Big Windy Complex Wildlands Fire outside of Galice, Oregon, 2013. (USDA Photo by Lance Cheung)

Neguse: Feds should give states more say in burn bans on U.S. lands

WASHINGTON — Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse has urged the U.S. government to give states more power to ban burning on federal land in an...
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‘Nothing makes me feel safe.’ How Colorado educators and parents are processing yet another...

Teachers recalled painful conversations with their students, and parents described tears during morning drop-off. One educator confided that friends are buying her a Kevlar...
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Guest Post: Fear of homeless people underlies opposition to I-300

Denver Initiative 300, which would end the city's ban on overnight camping in public spaces, has provoked important conversations about governance of and access...
Mark Kennedy was the sole finalist for the job of president of the University of Colorado. He won the job after a 5-4 party-line vote by the CU Board of Regents Thursday, May 2. (Photo by Susan Greene, Colorado Independent.

Regents name Mark Kennedy CU president over stiff campus opposition

The University of Colorado’s Board of Regents has hired Mark Kennedy to lead the state’s flagship university despite overwhelming opposition from students, faculty and...
People vaping outside the Colorado Capitol on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 as lawmakers debate a bill that would increase taxes on nicotine products to help expand state-funded preschool programs. (Photo by Alex Burness)

Nicotine taxes for preschool, vaccine exemptions draw crowds to Colorado Capitol in waning days

As the clock winds down on the 2019 legislative session, two groups packed the Capitol Wednesday afternoon for a final say on two controversial...
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Judge orders industries to pay royalties for public land extraction Tens of millions more...

When energy corporations produce oil, gas or coal on public lands, they make royalty payments to the federal government and the states where production...
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Guest Post: Denver’s camping ban dehumanizes the very people the city is supposed to...

As former and current Homeless Outreach workers in the city of Denver,  we feel it is important to shed light on our experiences working...
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The Denver Mayoral No Bullsh*t Debate

It's decision time Denver! Watch 2019 Denver Mayoral Challengers Lisa Calderón, Jamie Giellis, Kalyn Heffernan, Chairman Seku, Penfield Tate, debate civil rights issues, moderated by...
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Colorado’s vaunted oil and gas rules are flawed and inadequately enforced Detlev Helmig Interview

The Following is an excerpt from a Colorado Independent story titled Colorado’s vaunted oil and gas rules are flawed and inadequately enforced, by Daniel...