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Death penalty politics resurfaced in the gubernatorial race last week on the heels of comments made by Gov. John Hickenlooper during a recent television interview. But political observers wonder just how much voters actually care about capital … more
Colorado's first-ever statewide mental-health crisis hotline went live on Aug. 12, an effort that state leaders hope will save lives. The 24/7 Colorado Crisis and Support Line was born from legislation aimed at curbing mental health-related … more
A law that temporarily prohibits lottery tickets from being sold online took effect earlier this month. The law was a response to a 2011 decision by the U.S. Department of Justice that opened the door for states to allow lottery ticket sales over … more
The reorganization of a school violence hotline was among a handful of new safety laws that took effect last week. The Safe2Tell Act moves an existing anonymous tip line from the nonprofit sector to a state-run program that is operated through … more
Paint prices will eventually go up under a new law aimed at promoting recycling. The law, parts of which took effect last week, tacks on a fee for household paint purchases. The fee will go toward the creation of a paint recycling drop-off … more
Gov. John Hickenlooper said last week that he will be the one who selects the members of a task force that will be charged with finding a compromise on issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing. The governor also addressed concerns on the part of … more
Voters will not be weighing in on hydraulic fracturing this November after all. Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis announced an 11th hour deal on Aug. 4 to create a special task force to address issues surrounding fracking - the very day that signatures to put fracking on the November ballot were due for submission to the Secretary of State's Office. more
Facing a humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, Congress responded last week with go-nowhere legislation that left the issue unresolved as members headed home for the summer recess. And — proving just how dicey immigration politics … more
Congress last week passed a bill aimed at reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs, an agency that has been the subject of intense scrutiny over a number of departmental failures. The $16 billion legislation would provide money for new VA … more
Colorado congressional Republicans insist that last week's vote to sue President Obama was a necessary response to “overreach” on the part of his administration. But their Democratic counterparts slammed Republicans for taking time just … more
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