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Colorado GOP Rep. Ken Buck at a candidate forum in Denver on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, Buck joined his GOP and Democratic colleagues in the House and condemned President Trump for the U.S. withdrawal of forces from Syria. (Photo by Rachel Lorenz for The Colorado Independent)

U.S. House overwhelmingly votes to condemn Trump’s Syrian troop withdrawal Colorado's delegation, Democrats and...

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria.  The resolution passed the...
WESTERVILLE, OHIO - OCTOBER 15: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) looks on as South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Otterbein University on October 15, 2019 in Westerville, Ohio. A record 12 presidential hopefuls are participating in the debate hosted by CNN and The New York Times. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Littwin: Dem debates haven’t mattered much so far, and it may be awhile yet...

It was another big debate night, and the key question after it was finally over is whether these debates, particularly one with 12 people...

Colorado asks U.S. Supreme Court to stop so-called ‘faithless electors’ Colorado electors can currently...

Colorado is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower federal court ruling that allows members of its Electoral College to vote for...
Potential buyers try out guns displayed on an exhibitor's table at an expo in 2016. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Has impeachment quashed gun control prospects? House Republicans say impeachment inquiry has sidelined potential...

WASHINGTON — Gun control policy, not impeachment, was supposed to dominate the discourse on Capitol Hill this fall.  In early August — just two months...
A student at Denver's DCIS Montbello raises her hand during a reading assignment. (Photo by Nathan W. Armes/Chalkbeat Colorado)

We asked the 2019 Denver school board candidates nine questions. Here’s what they said.

This fall, voters will determine the future direction of Denver schools. Three of the seven seats on the Denver school board are up for election....
Photo by Alan Petersime/Chalkbeat

State Board raises standards, making it harder for Colorado schools to earn a top...

Hundreds of Colorado schools are likely to lose their top rating under changes approved by the State Board of Education Thursday, and those that...
Photo of Alice Madden from Alice Madden for Senate Facebook page.

Littwin: Big day in Colorado for establishment Dems, the Hick effect and power of...

There were a couple of major stories in Colorado Democratic politics Friday, and, in both cases, old-school Dems easily won the day. They left...
Greta Thunberg speaks to the crowd at the Climate Strike rally at Civic Center Park on Oct. 11, 2019. (Photo by Evan Semón)

Greta Thunberg rallies in Denver with young Colorado activists The Swedish climate activist joined...

Climate activist Greta Thunberg joined hundreds of young and old Coloradans as they descended on Civic Center Park on Friday in a rally for...
Sen. Michael Bennet speaks at the Westin Downtown Denver in November 2018. (Photograph by Evan Semón for The Colorado Independent)

Why is Michael Bennet still running for president?

WASHINGTON – In the field of Democratic presidential candidates in 1992, a relatively unknown, centrist governor from Arkansas wasn’t the obvious frontrunner.  New York Magazine...

Denver’s one-day, one-stop event to help those needing stable housing draws hundreds More than...

As a biting wind delivered the first inches of snow for the year on Thursday morning, hundreds of people experiencing homelessness gathered inside of...