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Public Policy

The state Capitol on Jan. 8, 2020, the opening day of the session. (Photo by John Herrick)

Transparency, media literacy measures axed in purge of pre-pandemic state legislation

Two transparency bills died Tuesday during a purge of proposals left over from before the coronavirus pandemic forced a suspension of the 2020 Colorado...

The coronavirus pandemic is widening the chasm between Colorado’s haves and have-nots There was...

On April 15, Randy Narvaez posted on Facebook that his best friend had just died of COVID-19. “Way too close to home for me,” he...
Closures and social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic have made gathering signatures to get issues on the November ballot difficult. (Photo by Forest Wilson)

Money, social issues look for another path onto Colorado’s 2020 ballot as coronavirus complicates...

Before coronavirus, Colorado voters were facing the likelihood of a long November ballot — pages filled with questions about hot-button issues such as paid...
A BLM intern works to identify idle oil wells and urge operators to either put them back in production or plug them permanently. Abandoned oil and gas wells can be pathways for methane to leak into the atmosphere. (Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management)

Guest Post: Protect our public lands from the consequences of this recession

The long-term economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to be profound, affecting nearly all sectors of our lives. One effect that hasn’t...
health impacts. Elyria-Swansea

Guest Post: The Trump administration is failing Latinx communities Latinx people have been disproportionately...

Early last month, I had my first coronavirus scare. I attended an event along with a pastor I had known for years. Less than...
For so many vulnerable Americans, Medicaid is the only way to get health care.

Guest Post: Medicaid saved my son’s life, it saves lives in a pandemic too

As the U.S. grapples with the spread of COVID-19, it is more important than ever before that every American has access to quality, affordable...
Colorado news organizations request information and transparency from Gov. Jared Polis during the COVID-19 crisis. This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. (Image by Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM)

Colorado news orgs urge Polis to increase transparency around COVID-19 spread The Indy among...

The following letter was sent to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Friday, Apr. 10, 2020: Dear Gov. Polis, We, the undersigned journalism organizations, want to thank...
Before the Paonia Town trustees voted to allow virtual board meetings in emergency situations, town resident Suzanne Watson encouraged them to think about how they will connect with people like her who don’t have internet access.

Doing the public’s business by Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic

Lakewood City Attorney Tim Cox called it “almost a chicken and egg situation.” For city council members to legally conduct electronic meetings – like...
The Colorado State Legislature recessed for two weeks on March 14, 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Colorado’s elected officials grapple with how to keep public meetings open amid pandemic Any...

As the COVID-19 pandemic forces everybody to consider limiting their exposure to other people, local elected officials are starting to think about how they...

U.S. House passes coronavirus response bill; Buck lone Colorado rep to vote no The...

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House early Saturday morning approved an emergency stimulus package to combat the coronavirus pandemic after President Donald Trump signaled his...
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