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Public Policy

‘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...

For Colorado citizens, a deal with prosecutors could mean a clean record. For non-citizens,...

Here’s a process that plays out hundreds of times every year in Colorado: A person is charged with a low-level crime such as simple...

Guest Post: Don’t jeopardize Colorado’s important outdoor recreation industry Urge Congress to permanently reauthorize...

The government shutdown that paralyzed Washington for five weeks wreaked havoc on our national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands. But beyond the...
Climate change. Silverton Mountain, March 2010. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Four seasons: Colorado water in a changing climate Part 1: The life and death...

Editor’s Note: Over the next year, The Colorado Independent will examine, season by season, the effects climate change is having on the state’s water...
Under the new MOU with Broomfield, Extraction would abandon the Lowell Pad, pictured here, and put in a new 19-well site named Livingston just southwest of Lowell, between Wildgrass and Anthem developments. (Ted Wood/The Story Group)

Broomfield homeowners sue to stop “forced pool” oil drilling under their land

A group of Broomfield homeowners on Wednesday filed a lawsuit that challenges the nearly century-old practice that allows oil and gas companies to drill...

As Denver teachers turn out to vote on strike, superintendent defends ‘compelling’ district offer

Denver teachers — some fighting back tears, others filled with energy and purpose — streamed into a rented Baptist church Saturday to cast a high-stakes vote...

Talks collapse, Denver teachers to vote on strike Vote takes place Saturday and Tuesday

The Denver teachers union will hold a vote on whether to strike after months of negotiations over pay ended in deadlock. The bargaining team of...

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold takes aim at ‘massive secret political spending’ With...

Those seeking to limit the influence of money in Colorado politics can only do so much. Reformers would love to limit campaign expenditures, for example,...

Guest Post: The Colorado Education Paradox 'Imagine if Colorado’s support for education matched its...

As a high school guidance counselor and president of the Colorado Education Association (CEA), I have seen up close and personal the promise of...

What Jared Polis asked for (and left out) in his $33.7B budget request Full-day...

Jared Polis campaigned on bringing universal, full-day kindergarten to Colorado. Two days after being sworn in as governor, he said in his State of...