‘Marlo’s Law’ to ease adoption for LGBTQ parents passes Legislature

Last summer, Colorado House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar gave birth to a daughter conceived with genetic material from Esgar’s wife, Heather Palm. So the couple was shocked to find out that Palm would have to go through a formal adoption process to be legally recognized as baby Marlo’s mother. “She realized she actually has more […]

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Colorado Newsline wins 15 awards in Society of Professional Journalists contest

Colorado Newsline took home 15 awards, including nine for first place, during a Society of Professional Journalists Colorado Pro Chapter reception on Saturday. The chapter’s 2022 Top of the Rockies journalism contest included 75 outlets and freelancers from Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico. Newsline, which launched in July 2020 and is based in Denver, […]

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Far-right conspiracy theorists triumphant at Republican state assembly

Joe Oltmann, a far-right conspiracy theorist who in December called for Democratic Gov. Jared Polis to be hanged, was briefly nominated for governor by delegates at the Colorado Republican Party’s state assembly on Saturday. The motion from the floor was seconded by state Rep. Patrick Neville of Castle Rock, a former House minority leader, Colorado […]

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Colorado primary candidates advance after Republicans, Democrats hold state party assemblies

Colorado Republican candidates who have promoted baseless claims of election fraud, including one who was recently indicted on felony counts, dominated at the party’s state assembly Saturday. Democrats on Saturday also held their state party assembly, though it was a largely uneventful event, since incumbents went mostly unchallenged. The assemblies were the culmination of the […]

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‘Sitting on a time bomb’: Mobile home residents at risk in red-hot housing market

WASHINGTON — Jon Zang walks his dog several times a day in his mobile home community in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. It’s quiet, as most of his neighbors are at work. But he often wonders how many more walks he and his bulldog mix, Ladybug, will have down the streets of the place he’s called […]

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More than 1,500 books have been banned in public schools, and a U.S. House panel asks why

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee panel on Thursday examined why thousands of books, predominantly written by marginalized authors, have been banned from public schools, and the impact of those actions on students and teachers. “Most books being targeted for censorship are books that introduce ideas about diversity or our common humanity, […]

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At the White House, an emotional Ketanji Brown Jackson says, ‘We’ve made it, all of us’

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson accepted her dual roles Friday as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice and as a symbol of racial progress. Speaking outside the White House with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris looking on, and her voice at times trembling with emotion, Jackson acknowledged the historic milestone her confirmation as […]

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New federal COVID aid delayed after U.S. Senate Republicans insist on immigration debate

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress have departed their offices and hearing rooms on Capitol Hill for a two-week spring recess without passing additional funding to combat the coronavirus, amid a stalemate over immigration policy. Despite reaching a bipartisan agreement Monday for $10 billion for testing, treatments and vaccines, much of it needed in states, the […]

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‘Don’t say gay’? LGBTQ references stripped from Colorado academic standards update

A committee tasked with revising Colorado’s K-12 social studies standards to be more inclusive of minority groups will tell the State Board of Education next week that it’s dropped language referring to LGBTQ people from its recommendations for kindergarten to third grade. That’s among the changes made by the 35-member Social Studies Standards Review Committee […]

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Lawmakers want to transform Colorado’s behavioral health care system

State lawmakers, community leaders and Gov. Jared Polis met at the Colorado Capitol on Thursday to drum up support for three high-dollar policies that would expand access to mental health and substance use treatment. Coupled with legislation setting up the new Behavioral Health Administration, these federally-funded investments are supposed to transform behavioral health in Colorado. […]

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