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1 in 49 Coloradans are now contagious with COVID-19, state estimates

1 in 49 Coloradans are now contagious with COVID-19, state estimates

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostOne in 49 Coloradans is now contagious with COVID-19, Gov. Jared Polis said Friday, citing estimates from the Colorado School of Public Health.That’s a dramatic leap from last week’s estimate of 1 in 110. In late October, officials estimated the average was 1 in 292.“If you have five people over, you’ve got a 1 in 10 chance of being exposed to the virus right there,” Polis said during a virtual press conference Friday. “Literally everybody that you encounter could be contagious at this time.“Now is...

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Colorado's county-level COVID restrictions a result of politics, not just data, officials say

Colorado's county-level COVID restrictions a result of politics, not just data, officials say

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostColorado’s is designed to be data-driven and binary. If a county crosses certain thresholds that indicate worsening spread of the coronavirus, tougher restrictions follow via an order from the state.But data and interviews with county health officials and political leaders throughout Colorado reveal that the dial system turns out to be highly fungible, delivering citizens and businesses a patchwork of regulations informed partly by data and partly by politics.A person can run errands in two...

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Far-right conservatives see in Lauren Boebert the future of Colorado's GOP

Far-right conservatives see in Lauren Boebert the future of Colorado's GOP

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostOn a bright October morning, with a gun on her hip and a Donald Trump “45” hat on her head, rolls up in a large SUV to a small park in the tiny western Colorado town of Collbran.She connects a phone to her loudspeaker and kicks off a hand-picked playlist with a of the national anthem turned way, way up. Nodding her head and mouthing the lyrics, a fired-up Boebert sets out to meet with voters who see in her the future of the state’s GOP.“We’ve had the discussion of should we sell? Move out of the...

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Colorado's Cory Gardner won't oppose Trump SCOTUS nomination

Colorado's Cory Gardner won't oppose Trump SCOTUS nomination

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostCory Gardner may well have closed the door on any chance of the U.S. Senate blocking President Donald Trump’s forthcoming Supreme Court nominee.In a statement released Monday afternoon, Gardner made clear he will not oppose that nominee, saying that he will vote to confirm a “qualified” person to fill the seat held for 27 years by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday.“When a President exercises constitutional authority to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court vacancy, the Senate must...

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Last call for alcohol in Colorado will be 10 p.m., Gov. Jared Polis orders in latest salvo against COVID-19

Last call for alcohol in Colorado will be 10 p.m., Gov. Jared Polis orders in latest salvo against COVID-19

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostStating his frustration with young people getting drunk in social settings and increasing the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday ordered that last call for alcohol at establishments statewide shall, for at least 30 days, be 10 p.m.“The state of inebriation in a public place is inconsistent with social distancing,” Polis said at a news conference.The Colorado Restaurant Association was quick to criticize the governor’s move.“We’re extremely disappointed in this order. This is a...

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Colorado governor issues statewide mask order as COVID-19 cases rise

Colorado governor issues statewide mask order as COVID-19 cases rise

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostColorado Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide mask mandate Thursday, hoping to stem a resurgence in coronavirus cases that he said has left the state “on the knife’s edge.”Polis announced at a news conference that he had issued an executive order requiring everyone 11 and older to wear a mask or other facial covering while in public indoor spaces, including all retail stores. The order is effective at midnight and runs for at least the next 30 days.“Look, in Colorado, there’s no shirt, no shoes, no...

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Jul 16
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New Colorado law entitles workers to six days of paid sick leave

New Colorado law entitles workers to six days of paid sick leave

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostThe coronavirus pandemic motivated Colorado Democrats to pass a bill to allow sick workers to stay home for about six workdays without losing wages, and on Tuesday morning Gov. Jared Polis signed that bill into law.“We want sick people to stay home — to be able to stay home,” Polis said, just before signing in a small ceremony at Denver’s History Colorado Center.Said state Rep. Yadira Caraveo, D-Thornton, a sponsor of SB-205 and a working physician, “So often when a kid comes to the clinic and is...

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Fellow Republicans criticize Douglas County GOP social media post likening masks to police brutality

Fellow Republicans criticize Douglas County GOP social media post likening masks to police brutality

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostRepublican officials in Douglas County have joined the online chorus condemning the county GOP for posting a cartoon likening public health guidance to police brutality.The cartoon was recently posted to the Douglas County Republicans page on Facebook but has since been deleted. It depicts someone putting a boot to another person’s head and using a baton to force a mask onto that person’s face. reported that the cartoon was altered to include “Polis,” as in Gov. Jared Polis, on the leg of person...

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Colorado becomes 11th state to ban LGBTQ “panic defense”

Colorado becomes 11th state to ban LGBTQ “panic defense”

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostColorado on Monday became the 11th U.S. state to ban the LGBTQ “panic defense,” meaning defendants can no longer blame their own violent actions on a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.Gov. Jared Polis, the first openly gay man in the country to be elected governor, signed the new law at the LGBTQ Center in Denver, flanked by advocates and lawmakers who carried a bill at the statehouse this spring.“We’ve come a long way here in Colorado since our days as the Hate State. We really went...

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Colorado lawmakers brace for possibility of Governor Polis’ first veto in 2020

Colorado lawmakers brace for possibility of Governor Polis’ first veto in 2020

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostColorado Gov. Jared Polis is likely to veto a bill meant to limit opioid prescriptions — and, thus, to curb future opioid addiction and overdose cases — according to the bill’s sponsors.A Polis spokesman wouldn’t confirm Monday whether a veto is coming, but the governor did make clear in an that he would not sign any more insurance mandates in 2020, “except where there is an urgent need for additional benefits related to COVID-19.” Insurance mandates that might reduce costs in the long term can be...

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How Colorado found the political will to pass a sweeping police reform law

How Colorado found the political will to pass a sweeping police reform law

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | and | | The Denver PostBy the time gunshots rang out near the State Capitol in the early evening on May 28, most Colorado state lawmakers already had left for the day. But none of them would mistake the change in the air outside in the days ahead.A large crowd had assembled that evening to protest the recent police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It was in what would turn into a weeks-long protest of systemic racism and American policing that’s played out not only in Denver but in cities and towns across...

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Colorado state senator apologizes for “step on the neck” remark

Colorado state senator apologizes for “step on the neck” remark

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostState Sen. Rob Woodward apologized on the Senator floor Monday for referring to “colored people” and complaining that a bill would “step on the neck” of Coloradans.Woodward, a Loveland Republican, said he “colored people” on the Senate floor Saturday only because they had been incorrectly written by a Senate staffer into a transcript of floor proceedings that day.“They are not words I’ve ever used before. In a split second, I plowed through and read what was on the paper in front of me,” he said.He...

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