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Public Policy

Areli Gonzales Lopez, 3, is held by her mother, Sandra Lopez, at a rally at the Colorado State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. The rally was in support of Virginia's Law, which would limit the extent to which officials in Colorado can cooperate with ICE. (Photo by Evan Semón)

Jared Polis, longtime advocate for immigrants, could now stand in way of two reform...

Gov. Jared Polis, who ardently supported immigrants’ rights as both a philanthropist and Congress member, may be the biggest obstacle to immigration reform measures...

Bennet rips into Big Pharma at committee hearing on soaring prescription drug costs

WASHINGTON — Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet was among the lawmakers who grilled pharmaceutical executives Tuesday on the soaring costs of prescription drugs. In...

Younger Colorado students seek access to mental health care, without parental permission

A bill before the Colorado legislature would allow younger children to access confidential therapy on their own to fight mental illness and youth suicide. A...
Colorado residents unable to prove they are in the U.S. lawfully have been able to apply for special driver's licenses for almost five years. Appointments, already backfilled for months, may become harder to get this year. (Image of driver's license courtesy of Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles)

Guest post: Expand access to driver’s licenses for Colorado’s undocumented immigrants

Colorado is home to many undocumented immigrants. These individuals do not have the same opportunity to access a driver’s license as others Coloradans do...

Guest Post: Colorado’s David Bernhardt has already shown his true colors 'Bernhardt has been...

Former U.S. Sen. Tim Wirth penned a head-scratching piece in The Colorado Independent this week. In it, he paints the nomination of fellow Coloradan...

Decrying ‘political theater,’ state labor chief urges Denver district, union to find common ground

Criticizing the most recent teacher pay bargaining session as “political theater,” the head of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment urged the Denver...
Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt at signing of new Colorado River agreement between U.S. and Mexico on Sept. 27, 2017. (Photo from U.S. Bureau of Reclamation via Flickr: Creative Commons)

Trump nominates Colorado native and ex-lobbyist Bernhardt to head Interior department David Bernhardt takes...

President Trump on Monday announced that he’ll nominate David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist and George W. Bush administration official, to become the next Interior...

Colorado Democrats scrap plan to make Election Day a holiday, citing unintended consequences But...

Voting rights advocates across the country have long believed Election Day should be a legal holiday. Millions of non-voters say they’re too busy to...

When Colorado cops police themselves, the public can be left in the dark A...

Editor's note: This bill passed the state House and Senate and, as of March 28, just needs the governor's signature to become law. When...

‘We can’t nickle-dime this thing.’ Water Congress comes up dry on funds for Colorado...

When Gov. Jared Polis took office in January, he took responsibility for ensuring that Colorado doesn’t run out of water. Many in the water...