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Reformers double down on death penalty repeal Abolishing the death penalty could test collegiality...

Helen Griffiths stood beside a wooden podium inside the Second Baptist Church in Boulder on Monday and delivered a well-rehearsed presentation to about two...
Denver Police Sgt. Brian Conover speaks with Dorian Phillips on Nov. 14, 2018, during a police sweep of a homeless encampment in Five Points. (Photo by Alex Burness for The Colorado Independent)

Guest Post: We can do better by repealing Denver’s camping ban

After hearings this week, a Denver County Court judge will decide whether the city's camping ban is unconstitutional. But what the evidence presented has...

2020 Census-takers address the growing concern of uncounted kids An estimated million children under...

In theory, the Constitution requires every man, woman and child to be counted every 10 years. In practice, the 2010 Census saw about a...

State auditor: Colorado civil rights enforcers lack transparency and accountability Scathing 57-page report released...

The Colorado Civil Rights Division and Civil Rights Commission face a crisis of transparency, accountability and timeliness, the state auditor wrote in a damning...

More than 7,600 Colorado immigrants are stuck in a citizenship backlog New report blames...

Wait times for Colorado immigrants applying for citizenship are at near-unprecedented highs, stretching past 20 months in some cases, according to a new report...
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Guest Post: Colorado’s death penalty does not put inmates to death

Many Coloradans who favor the death penalty might be surprised to learn juries here seldom impose a death sentence, and Colorado rarely executes an...
Street scene in Denver's Stapleton neighborhood. Residents have until July 31, 2019 to vote on whether to rename the neighborhood. (Photo by Matt' Johnson via Flickr: Creative Commons)

Stapleton neighborhood votes to keep name that has a racist legacy Property owners voted...

The Stapleton neighborhood will keep its name for the time being despite critics’ arguments it venerates a former Denver mayor who was a member...
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Across the board, Denver students making above-average progress on tests, study shows

A new study finds that Denver students are making more progress on standardized tests than the state average, regardless of whether they attend a...
Tony Spurlock, sheriff of Douglas County, does his daily work at the Douglas County Sheriff's Department in Castle Rock, Colorado on June 27, 2019. Spurlock has been sheriff since 2015 and has a 39-year law enforcement career. Spurlock is an outspoken proponent of the red flag bill and has been a major part of its propulsion into being signed as well as fully laid out. (Austin Fleskes | Colorado Independent)

Q&A: Why Republican Sheriff Tony Spurlock keeps fighting for Colorado’s red flag law The...

Among those who welcomed President Trump’s recent call for red flag laws was his fellow Republican Tony Spurlock, the sheriff of Douglas County. Spurlock has been...
Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet speaks as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York looks on during the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami. A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates was split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election, taking place over two nights at Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

After calling out inequity on the debate stage, Bennet leans on his education experience...

On the heels of his criticism of Sen. Kamala Harris and former vice president Joe Biden’s exchange on school integration at last week’s Democratic primary...