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8/8/19 – Raise Hell with The Colorado Independent One-night-only screening of 'Raise Hell: The...

This event is sold out The Independent is thrilled to partner with Denver Film and Women+Film in co-sponsoring a special one-night-only screening of Raise Hell:...
Colorado Health Symposium

7 / 24-26 / 19 — Colorado Health Symposium

There is no doubt that Colorado—like many states throughout the U.S.—is in the midst of a housing crisis. Having a place to call home...

Hancock and Giellis will face June runoff for Denver’s mayoral seat Initiative 301 to...

Denver's incumbent Mayor Michael Hancock will face a June 4 runoff election against RiNo redeveloper and political newcomer Jamie Giellis. Hancock drew 39% of the...
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...
"Handcuffed arrested" by Whitesun12 via Flickr: Creative Commons

Policy vs. practice: Handcuffing of students under review in Denver school district

The chief of safety for Denver’s public schools has vowed to review the use of handcuffs on students, as well as how district safety...

Police officers who lie could be banned from serving in Colorado Bipartisan bill would...

Here’s the good news: about 99.5% of the nearly 14,000 cops in Colorado are not fired for knowingly lying in police reports, when they’re...
Jeremy Murtaugh, a former air quality inspector for the CDPHE who recently resigned out of frustration. (Photo by Ted Wood/The Story Group)

A former Colorado air quality inspector speaks out

Jeremy Murtaugh worked for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as an air quality inspector for 12 years. “As goofy as it...
Supporters of Virginia's Law rallied Feb. 27 at the Capitol. (Photo by Evan Semón)

‘From rage to heartbreak’: How a landmark immigration bill fell apart at the Colorado...

A landmark immigrant rights bill that sought to limit federal immigration enforcement in Colorado imploded before it was ever introduced, leaving advocates, lobbyists and...
Mindy Thompson, teacher and union representative at Kaiser Elementary, demonstrates her support for Amendment 73 during a rally in Denver on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. The measure, which would have raised taxes on corporations and high-income households for education funding, was resoundingly rejected by voters. (Photo by Rachel Lorenz)

Denver teachers will strike Monday after negotiations end without a deal

Denver teachers will strike on Monday after school district and union leaders failed to reach an agreement in a last-ditch bargaining session Saturday. This will...

Guest Post: It’s time to end University of Colorado’s onerous student fees

Tuesday morning, University of Colorado-Boulder graduate students, undergraduates, and faculty members participated in a walkout to protest student fees. Organized by the Committee on...
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