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John Hickenlooper fined $2,750 for ethics violations as Colorado governor

John Hickenlooper fined $2,750 for ethics violations as Colorado governor

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostU.S. Senate candidate John Hickenlooper must pay a $2,750 fine for gifts he inappropriately accepted as governor but he faces no further consequences for a contempt citation, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission determined Friday.The fines are twice the commission’s estimated cost for a one-way private flight and limousine rides Hickenlooper improperly accepted at different points in 2018.“Governor Hickenlooper accepts the Commission’s findings and takes responsibility,” Melissa Miller, a...

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Denver to furlough employees to close $226M budget shortfall

Denver to furlough employees to close $226M budget shortfall

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostDenver employees must take eight unpaid furlough days by the end of the year to help the city bridge the growing budget gap caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Michael Hancock told the workforce in a letter Wednesday.“COVID-19 has dramatically changed our everyday life and has taken a terrible toll on our national, state and local economies,” Hancock wrote. “We are now projecting a $226 million gap in our General Fund revenues.”Hancock will announce more details about the furloughs at...

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May 14
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Colorado GOP Chair Ken Buck pressured local official to submit incorrect election results

Colorado GOP Chair Ken Buck pressured local official to submit incorrect election results

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostColorado Republican Party Chair Ken Buck, a U.S. representative from Windsor, pressured a local party official to submit incorrect election results to set the primary ballot for a state Senate seat, according to an audio recording of a conference call obtained by The Denver Post.“You’ve got a sitting congressman, a sitting state party chair, who is trying to bully a volunteer — I’m a volunteer; I don’t get paid for this — into committing a crime,” Eli Bremer, the GOP chairman for state Senate...

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Denver’s stay-at-home order will be extended to May 8 even as state’s mandate is about to expire

Denver’s stay-at-home order will be extended to May 8 even as state’s mandate is about to expire

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostMayor Michael Hancock will extend Denver’s stay-at-home order to May 8, even as much of the rest of the state will of similar restrictions that had been designed to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.Other parts of the metro area are expected to follow Hancock’s lead.Hancock and later extended it to April 30, but without additional guidance from Gov. Jared Polis’s office on how to enforce less-stringent guidelines, the city needs additional time to figure out how more and more Denverites can...

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Apr 24
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Republicans call on El Paso County party chair to resign over controversial coronavirus comments

Republicans call on El Paso County party chair to resign over controversial coronavirus comments

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostThe vast majority of El Paso County’s elected Republicans are calling for the local party leader to resign amid a series of social media posts about the coronavirus sweeping Colorado and the rest of the world.While Vickie Tonkins, the county chair, appears content to hold her seat, the latest controversy adds to an already-tumultuous time for the El Paso County Republican Party. Tonkins is the third chair to hold the seat within the last 18 months. She did not return a call seeking comment.Tonkins...

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Colorado Republican calls forced closure of restaurants “socialist”

Colorado Republican calls forced closure of restaurants “socialist”

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostA prominent Colorado Republican is siding with several other high-profile personalities in attacking America’s response to the .Over the past several days, Jim Pfaff, chief of staff for the state House Republican caucus and a Woodland Park City Council candidate, has posted messages on Facebook and Twitter opposing social distancing measures, calling the closures of bars and restaurants “socialist” and mentioning a nationwide effort to “ban Trump rallies.”The nationwide effort to ban Trump rallies...

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Mar 16
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