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Public Policy

United States 2020 census form. Image via Getty Images.

The Indy 500: Asking about citizenship on the 2020 census is a bad idea...

Here’s an unfun fact: During the 2010 census, 18,000 Colorado children, newborn to 4 years old, went uncounted. I hear this number from Rosemary...
Gov. Polis speaks to students at the Greenlee Elementary School on March 22, 2019 after he and lawmakers announced a plan to fund full-day kindergarten. (Photo by John Herrick)

Full-day kindergarten for Colorado gains Senate OK, nears governor’s desk

Universal full-day kindergarten in Colorado is on its way to becoming reality after initial Senate approval Thursday. After a final Senate vote Friday and House approval...

Colorado Democratic senators pump brakes on paid family leave program Senators had concerns about...

An internal split among Democratic senators scuttled lawmakers' fifth attempt at passing a long sought-after paid family and medical leave program this legislative session....
"Vaping Electronic Cigarette" by Lindsay Fox via Flicker: Creative Commons

Colorado proposal would triple cigarette tax, fund preschool, fight teen vaping

A proposed tax on nicotine products could double Colorado’s preschool investment, pay for afterschool and summer enrichment programs for low-income families, and chip away...
Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition President Steve Zansberg, second from right, testifies in favor of HB 19-1324. To his left is activist Pete Kolbenschlag. (Photo courtesy of CFOIC)

House panel OKs bill to thwart lawsuits that stifle free speech Anti-SLAPP measure would...

A bill that would protect Coloradans from meritless lawsuits intended to silence criticism won approval Tuesday in a committee of the state legislature. House Bill...
A customer at ABQ Guns in Albuquerque. Gun laws in New Mexico, along with Montana, Wyoming and Alaska, have received a “failing” grade from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

These are your state’s gun laws In the wake of mass killings, a state-by-state...

Overall, gun deaths in the United States have dropped by 30% since 1993, but mass shootings are on the rise: there have been more mass shooting...
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.

Colorado’s vaunted oil and gas rules are flawed and inadequately enforced Air quality continues...

Colorado’s much-touted regulations on emissions from oil and gas operations have not kept pace with explosive growth in oil and gas activity, resulting in...

How a tiny endangered species put a man in prison The Devils Hole pupfish...

They passed around a bottle of Malibu rum as gunshots bellowed into the desert night. A trio of young men had set up camp...
Gov. John Hickenlooper at the Democratic election night party in Denver on Nov. 6, 2018. (Photograph by Evan Semón for The Colorado Independent)

The Indy 500: Hickenlooper’s “statewide conversation” about the death penalty never happened

John Hickenlooper is misrepresenting his record on the death penalty. Colorado’s former governor, one in a swelling pack of Democratic presidential hopefuls, was on...

Gov. Jared Polis: Colorado shouldn’t block local cooperation with ICE After weeks of silence,...

It’s well known that Gov. Jared Polis opposes statewide “sanctuary” policies. He said so on the campaign trail and, since taking office in January,...