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Colorado Politics - WEEKEND ROUNDUP

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COVER STORY | Hot Topics in the 2021 session

The Colorado Politics statehouse team took a look at five issues that are likely to dominate the discussions for however long the session lasts. Read more

INSIGHTS | If you can’t save public schools now, you can’t save public schools

Colorado this year will graduate its first class of kids who have never known a fully funded education system. It's been 12 years since the legislature engineered a way to get around voters' wishes to grow support for schools by inflation plus 1%. Lawmakers borrowed the money from schoolkids. The ledger bleeds red every year, until the gap has reached $1.15 billion. Read more

House conservation bill that includes 1 million Colorado acres passed over GOP 'land grab' objections

The legislative package passed by a mostly party-line vote of 227-200, with eight Republicans voting for it and one Democrat voting against it. Read more

Sand Creek Massacre Memorial gets first review from Capital Development Committee

Members of the joint Capital Development Committee heard often-emotional testimony Thursday from the descendants of those massacred at Sand Creek in 1864, and why they want to see a memorial to the Cheyenne and Arapahoe who died there on the west side of the state Capitol.  Read more

 
 
 

CAPITOL M | Week of Feb. 27, 2021: It's hazing week

As bills begin to move from committees to debates in the House and Senate, some first-year lawmakers are learning about a time-honored trad… Read more

BARTELS | Wadhams calls out GOP’s shortcomings and what must happen next

Lynn Bartels: "Former Colorado Republican Party chairman Dick Wadhams is sick of losing, but he predicts his party’s misfortunes will continue if the GOP keeps nominating unelectable candidates." Read more

TRAIL MIX | 'Bachelor' alum Ben Higgins ponders the intersection of politics, celebrity

Millions of fans know Denver author and entrepreneur Ben Higgins as the titular bachelor who told two women he loved them on the 20th season of ABC-TV's popular match-making reality show — but to Denver Republicans, he'll always be the one that got away. Read more

With the arrival of vaccines and declining COVID cases, Colorado's front-line providers breathe and take stock

For 12 months, we've heaped responsibility atop America's health care providers. Read more

Vaccine inequities among Colorado's older citizens shortchange minorities

Older white residents in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs were roughly twice as likely as their Hispanic peers to get vaccinated in the state's push to inoculate its oldest residents, and activists say state leaders needed to do more to address the inequities affecting minority communities. Read more

Denver's Dominion adds Trump's My Pillow ally to a growing list of defendants

Mike Lindell, like Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell earlier, stands to lose $1.3 billion in the defamation lawsuit for his aggressive promotion of a theory that the election was stolen because Dominion voting equipment flipped votes to Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Read more

Could 2021 be the year that Pinnacol Assurance goes private? A bill to do just that drops next week

In an effort to find money to help energy industry workers transition to new careers, State Rep. Matt Soper, R-Delta, has resurrected an idea that has been attempted four times: privatize the quasi-public workers’ compensation insurance division, Pinnacol Assurance.  Read more

 
 

INSIGHTS | Don’t disrespect Bama in the race for Space Command

"It's a mixed bag, measuring anything against Alabama," Joey Bunch writes, tracing the history of space in Huntsville, Ala. Read more

Q&A with Amie Baca Oehlert | Teachers union leader

"The pandemic shone a bright light on the problems and my greatest hope is that a sustainable commitment to erasing those inequities will bring about lasting change. We should demonstrate a steadfast commitment to advancing educational equity by closing the digital divide and dismantling systemic racism so a child’s zip code doesn’t determine his or her success." Read more

Ranked-choice voting legislation clears committee on party-line vote

While the measure won support from the Colorado Municipal Clerks Association, the League of Women Voters and the Colorado Municipal League, among others, it received strong pushback from El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman. Read more

Report: Police did not have 'reasonable suspicion' sufficient to stop Elijah McClain

A report on the independent investigation into the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain after an encounter with Aurora police officers elicited an echoing reaction: The findings were damning, and the report is only just the start of conversations that should be had about changes to policing in Aurora. Read more

SONDERMANN | Post-COVID hope is on the rise

Eric Sondermann: "COVID caught us all in various states of mental and logistical preparation, though mostly less so as opposed to more so." Read more

FIRE LINES | Mitigation and suppression efforts in search of money

An occasional series of conversations with experts on the science and policies regarding fires. Read more