Latest Jared Polis News

Judge: Amended McClain autopsy can be released if redacted

Sep. 16, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado judge on Friday responded to a request by a coalition of news organizations to release an amended autopsy report for Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after a 2019 encounter with police, by ruling the report be made public only after new information it...

Man arrested in weekend slaying of Colorado police officer

Sep. 12, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a suburban Denver man on suspicion of first degree murder and other charges in the death of a 27-year-old police officer who was fatally shot while trying to break up a large family disturbance over the weekend. Sonny Thomas Almanza,...

17 states weigh adopting California's electric car mandate

Sep. 03, 2022 10:10 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seventeen states with vehicle emission standards tied to rules established in California face weighty decisions on whether to follow that state's strictest-in-the nation new rules that require all new cars, pickups and SUVs to be electric or hydrogen powered by 2035. ...

Colorado public defenders launch union drive over workloads

Sep. 01, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Fed up with immense workloads, Colorado's public defenders launched a unionization drive on Thursday hoping to organize attorneys, paralegals, investigators, social workers, and administrative staff even though Colorado law blocks them from collective bargaining. If...

States tapping historic surpluses for tax cuts and rebates

Aug. 31, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Stoked by the largest surplus in state history, Missouri's Republican-led Legislature devised a $500 million plan to send one-time tax refunds to millions of households. In a shock to some, GOP Gov. Mike Parson vetoed it. Parson's objection: He wanted a...

Colorado Democrats call for new national monument in Rockies

Aug. 26, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Top Colorado Democrats on Friday asked President Joe Biden to declare a new national monument in the heart of their state's Rocky Mountains. In a letter to Biden, the state's two Democratic senators, Democratic governor and Democratic congressman who represents the...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Aug. 25, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Minnesota's Walz hits rival Jensen for Holocaust remarks

Aug. 25, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz criticized Republican challenger Scott Jensen on Thursday for repeated comments that equated masking rules and other restrictions the governor imposed early in the COVID-19 pandemic with the rise of authoritarianism in Nazi Germany and the...

Today in History: August 24, Mount Vesuvius erupts

Aug. 24, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 24, the 236th day of 2022. There are 129 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 24, A.D. 79, long-dormant Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in...

Colorado GOP senator becomes Democrat, cites vote falsehoods

Aug. 22, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Citing alarm toward the Republican Party’s widespread embrace of 2020 election conspiracies, a moderate GOP Colorado state senator has switched his affiliation to Democrat, enhancing that party’s prospects to retain its majority in the chamber in the November midterms. ...