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New financial rules could bring major reform to Colorado oil and gas industry

State regulators will begin deliberations this week on a rule change that could fundamentally rewrite the financial bargain that Colorado strikes with oil and gas companies that seek to drill within its borders, potentially altering the course of the industry’s economic future amid rising uncertainty and concern about fossil-fuel-driven climate change. The latest phase of […] The post New financial rules could bring major reform to Colorado oil and gas industry appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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After Marshall Fire, community rallies for The Motet’s Dave Watts

Dec. 31, 2021, would be the first New Year’s Eve in 33 years that Dave Watts wouldn’t have a gig to play, he lamented on Facebook in late December. Watts’ funk-, soul- and jazz-influenced band, The Motet, had canceled its San Diego show due to “multiple cases of Covid” among the band and crew. It […] The post After Marshall Fire, community rallies for The Motet’s Dave Watts appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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Anticipating a ‘post-Roe world,’ Democrats plan reproductive rights bill

A trio of Democratic state lawmakers plans to introduce a bill that, if passed, would enshrine abortion rights in state law. The policy is planned as a backstop in case the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that established the constitutional right to abortion. While Coloradans currently […] The post Anticipating a ‘post-Roe world,’ Democrats plan reproductive rights bill appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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Wildfires and omicron prompt a special health insurance enrollment period in Colorado

A wildfire displaced thousands of Coloradans just as the omicron surge began sweeping through the state, so health insurance was likely not on many people’s minds when the regular enrollment period for the state’s health insurance marketplace ended Jan. 15. But now, because of those twin emergencies, everyone in the state will get another chance […] The post Wildfires and omicron prompt a special health insurance enrollment period in Colorado appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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Kyrsten Sinema is gambling that her filibuster vote will help her win again in 2024

This commentary originally appeared in the Arizona Mirror. The furious Democrats who revile Kyrsten Sinema don’t know her very well. She may not have single-handedly derailed President Joe Biden’s presidency by ensuring that none of his ambitious legislative agenda ever reaches his desk, but Arizona’s senior senator certainly has become the face of the Democrats’ […] The post Kyrsten Sinema is gambling that her filibuster vote will help her win again in 2024 appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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Amazon tops a list of companies to ditch in support of immigrants’ human rights

This commentary originally appeared in Source NM. Throughout the last year, the Amazon corporation has given American consumers plenty of reasons to question whether we should be using its products and services. The news is filled with horrible stories about Amazon’s treatment of their workers. The company has an astronomical carbon footprint. The billionaire CEO […] The post Amazon tops a list of companies to ditch in support of immigrants’ human rights appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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Democratic statewide candidates lead fundraising efforts while Polis, Ganahl continue to self-fund

Current statewide office holders have out-raised their Republican opponents so far in the lead up to the 2022 election, according to recent campaign finance filings.  The gubernatorial race is one of the most visible in the state as Gov. Jared Polis seeks a second term and Republicans try to make the election a referendum on […] The post Democratic statewide candidates lead fundraising efforts while Polis, Ganahl continue to self-fund appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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What patients can learn with confidence from one negative rapid test (hint: very little)

This story originally appeared in KHN. Julie Ann Justo, an infectious disease clinical pharmacist for a South Carolina hospital system, hoped Christmas week would finally be the time her family could safely gather for a reunion. Before the celebration, family members who were eligible were vaccinated and boosted. They quarantined and used masks in the […] The post What patients can learn with confidence from one negative rapid test (hint: very little) appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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Ethics complaint alleges Tina Peters’ legal defense fund lacks transparency

Embattled Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters will have 30 days to respond to a second ethics complaint filed with the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission, which on Tuesday determined the complaint to be “non-frivolous.” Peters is already under local, state and federal investigations for alleged criminal misconduct regarding election security breaches in Mesa County. Officials announced […] The post Ethics complaint alleges Tina Peters’ legal defense fund lacks transparency appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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The Colorado GOP is incompatible with democracy

Stop believing the Colorado Republican Party is compatible with democracy. It is not. Its own members have told us so. Some of the party’s defenders keep saying it is, but they’re invariably discredited by the actions of elected Republicans, and after the events this week at the Colorado Legislature, there can be no more doubt. […] The post The Colorado GOP is incompatible with democracy appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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Here are the Colorado Legislature members making a bid for Congress

All congressional seats in Colorado will be on the ballot for the 2022 election in November, including the one for the state’s new 8th Congressional District. Several members of the Colorado Legislature — which includes the state House of Representatives and Senate — have entered those races.  Here’s what we know so far about who’s […] The post Here are the Colorado Legislature members making a bid for Congress appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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U.S. Senate blocks change in the filibuster for voting rights bills

WASHINGTON — Every Republican in the U.S. Senate and two Democrats on Wednesday night rejected a proposed change in the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation, dealing a major blow to attempts in Congress to counter restrictive voting laws passed in the states. In a 48-52 vote, two Democrats — Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona […] The post U.S. Senate blocks change in the filibuster for voting rights bills appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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Judge orders limits on picket lines as King Soopers strike enters second week

A Colorado judge on Monday bowed to requests by King Soopers grocery stores to place significant restrictions on the picket lines maintained by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 members, as the union’s strike over pay and working conditions enters its second week. A temporary restraining order issued by Denver District Court Judge Marie […] The post Judge orders limits on picket lines as King Soopers strike enters second week appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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Voting rights resolution passes state House, Senate over GOP protests

Over protests from Republicans, the state Senate and House of Representatives each passed a resolution urging Congress to pass voting rights legislation and reaffirming that the 2020 presidential election was valid. Senate Memorial 22-1 was sponsored by Sens. James Coleman and Julie Gonzales, both Democrats from Denver. The resolution passed on a vote of 20-13, […] The post Voting rights resolution passes state House, Senate over GOP protests appeared first on Colorado Newsline.

Legislatures across country back off pandemic protocols

As Dr. Jennifer Bacani McKenney walked the halls of the Kansas Statehouse on opening day of the legislative session this month, she was taken aback by what she saw. In the hallways, where “people are chatting and hugging and all that stuff, there were probably less than half of the people wearing masks … You […] The post Legislatures across country back off pandemic protocols appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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Forest Service in ‘paradigm shift’ to use logging, controlled burns to prevent wildfires

The Biden administration will use $3 billion from last year’s infrastructure law to revamp the federal approach to wildfire management, introducing a 10-year plan to deal with the large swaths of the West scientists consider most at risk of destructive blazes. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, announced the new strategy in Phoenix, […] The post Forest Service in ‘paradigm shift’ to use logging, controlled burns to prevent wildfires appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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Seven states to watch in the 2022 push to restrict voting rights

WASHINGTON — Republican state lawmakers across the country are ramping up their drive to enact voting and election-related laws in time for crucial 2022 midterm elections. As federal legislation that would limit state-level voting restrictions appears stymied in Washington, Republicans in the states are moving forward with new proposals and revisiting old ones that Democrats […] The post Seven states to watch in the 2022 push to restrict voting rights appeared first on Colorado Newsline.

About the GOP’s historical amnesia on voting rights

If you get into an argument with a Republican about the GOP’s lamentable support for voting rights and its fractured relationship with Black Americans, it won’t be long before your rhetorical sparring partner bellows “Robert Byrd” at you and declares the argument over. The logic here, if it even can be called that, is that […] The post About the GOP’s historical amnesia on voting rights appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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‘State of the Climate’ rally demands bolder action from Gov. Polis, lawmakers

As Gov. Jared Polis stood in the Colorado House of Representatives to deliver his State of the State address on Thursday, dozens of Colorado environmental activists stood just yards away on the steps of the Capitol, once again demanding a more aggressive approach to the climate crisis from state government. Just weeks after the Marshall […] The post ‘State of the Climate’ rally demands bolder action from Gov. Polis, lawmakers appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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Gov. Polis in optimistic State of the State speech: ‘I’m feelin’ ’22’

Thursday morning marked the occasion of Gov. Jared Polis’ second State of the State speech since the novel coronavirus was first reported in Colorado, and the last such address of Polis’ first term as governor. Lifting up recent legislation as proof of Democrats’ willingness to “save people money” and help the state recover from the […] The post Gov. Polis in optimistic State of the State speech: ‘I’m feelin’ ’22’ appeared first on Colorado Newsline.
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