U.S. Senate heads toward final vote this week on Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation

The U.S. Senate approved a procedural measure Tuesday to advance Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court, setting up a final vote on confirmation as early as Thursday. The roll call Tuesday was identical to the tally on another procedural vote Monday. Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt […]

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Here are the statewide candidates who qualified for primary ballots via petition

Ahead of the Democratic and Republican parties’ state assemblies this weekend and ongoing congressional assemblies, 11 statewide candidates have already qualified for the primary ballot through the petition process. Candidates have two routes to the primary ballot: by gathering enough support during the caucus and assembly process or by collecting enough signatures from voters registered […]

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Extremist election deniers, GOP lawmakers rally outside Colorado Capitol

Local and national leaders of a right-wing movement that seeks to violently overturn the results of the 2020 election rallied outside the Colorado Capitol on Tuesday, rehashing an array of baseless conspiracy theories and telling a crowd of hundreds of supporters that they’re fighting a “spiritual battle” against evil. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a close […]

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Biden administration to halt pandemic policy blocking migrants who claim asylum

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday the government will terminate a Trump-era policy that prevented migrants from claiming asylum during a health crisis, including the coronavirus pandemic. The policy will end on May 23, the CDC wrote in its notice. “There is no longer a serious danger that the entry […]

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5 questions about COVID-19 funding that’s stuck in D.C.

WASHINGTON — Congress remains undecided over how exactly to provide billions more to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as a new variant spreads throughout states and public health officials caution the virus doesn’t show signs of fading away. Negotiators were close to an agreement for about $10 billion in federal spending, but as of Friday, several […]

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For many, a necessary part of addiction recovery is staying active. Experts agree.

When Alyson Kirk started to forget the night before and risked her life behind the wheel, she knew something had to be done. The person she saw in the mirror wasn’t someone she recognized anymore. “Until you’re ready to change, nothing is going to stick,” said 38-year-old Kirk, who started her journey to sobriety in […]

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U.S. House votes to decriminalize marijuana in federal law

The U.S. House passed legislation Friday to legalize marijuana nationally, but its future is much less clear in the Senate. The House voted 220-204 to approve the measure, which would fix the split between federal law and 19 states, including Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal. Three Republicans joined all but two Democrats in approving […]

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If construction firms need workers, they should turn to unions

This commentary originally appeared in the Minnesota Reformer. Competition is the foundation of our free enterprise system. Just as business success requires an ability to compete for customers, it also depends on attracting and retaining qualified workers. As COVID-19 has disrupted just about every industry that relies on in-person or face-to-face work, there have been […]

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Colorado could see $43M more for air-quality monitoring, electric lawn equipment rebates

As part of next year’s budget, state lawmakers advanced a $66 million funding increase for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, including a sizable investment in air-quality programs. The $43.4 million in new air-quality funding approved by the Joint Budget Committee and House lawmakers would mostly go toward the Department of Public Health […]

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