Latest Colorado state government News

Colorado Republican leaders reject opting out of primary

Sep. 19, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Republican leaders have voted down a proposal from that would have allowed GOP nominees to be selected by a relatively small number of party members. The proposal would have allowed Republicans to opt out of the primary election and instead select...

COVID burnout rises among Colorado's public health leaders

Sep. 18, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A few weeks ago, Dawn James’ job as Kit Carson’s public health director was making her sick to her stomach. After being questioned, threatened with lawsuits and called names at community meetings, the 20-year veteran decided to take an...

Colorado panel recommends tribal name change for mountain

Sep. 17, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado state panel has recommended that a mountain peak west of Denver be renamed in honor of a Native American woman who acted as a translator for tribes and white settlers in the 19th century. Thursday's recommendation comes amid national efforts to...

Polis, 1st openly gay governor elected, marries in Colorado

Sep. 16, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado's Jared Polis, who became the first openly gay man in the United States to be elected governor in 2018, has married his longtime partner and first gentleman Marlon Reis, a writer and animal welfare advocate. Polis, 46, and Reis, 40, were...

Officials: Police in Elijah McClain hometown racially biased

Sep. 15, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A civil rights investigation that was launched amid outrage over the death of Elijah McClain — a Black man put into a chokehold during an encounter with suburban Denver police two years ago — found a deeply engrained culture of racially biased policing within the...

Republican Ganahl launches Colorado gubernatorial campaign

Sep. 14, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — Republican Heidi Ganahl, an entrepreneur and University of Colorado regent, formally launched a longshot campaign Tuesday to challenge Gov. Jared Polis' re-election bid next year, citing crime and the cost of living as two of her campaign issues. ...

Justices say 24/7 video surveillance violated man’s rights

Sep. 13, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday that police officers violated a man's constitutional rights when they installed a video camera on a utility pole near his home and spied on him for months without getting a search warrant. The justices said the...

Polis urges FDA action on COVID-19 boosters, shots for kids

Sep. 13, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Monday urged the Food and Drug Administration to quickly authorize booster shots for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as well as vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11, saying the state is prepared to launch its own booster shot program. ...

Trooper hailed for killing armed man at Capitol faces felony

Sep. 10, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado state trooper honored for shooting and killing an armed man outside the governor's office over a decade ago has been charged with felony menacing and accused of pointing a gun at a driver near the state Capitol, prosecutors said Friday. Jay...

State Senate appropriations chair injured in Colorado wreck

Sep. 09, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A prominent Pennsylvania state senator was in a motorcycle wreck more than a week ago and is recovering, his office said Thursday. Republican Sen. Pat Browne was in Colorado, on his way to participate in a train photography event, when the crash...