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US Supreme Court hears case on Colorado’s Exoneration Act

This Nov. 15, 2016 photo shows a view of the Supreme Court from the Capitol Dome, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing the case of a Colorado woman exonerated of a felony conviction who wants court fees refunded by Colorado's state government. The state has refused prompting the legal challenge's path all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
The U.S. Supreme Court heard the case last week of a Colorado woman who wants to reimbursed for the fines she paid before her felony convictions were overturned. If she wins when the Court’s decision is announced in the next couple of months, the ruling would invalidate a state law that requires exonerated convicts to […]

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While not a Trump fan, Gardner impressed by Tillerson

Rex Tillerson, Cory Gardner
Following the Senate confirmation hearing last week for Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner walked away impressed by the candidate presented to him as the incoming presidential administration and its appointees begin to filter in closer to filling their executive branch positions. Gardner said he came away from […]

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Colorado attorney general supports Bureau of Land Management leases

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman gestures during a news conference. Coffman joined two other state attorneys general in an attempt to block the Obama administration's plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, transferring some of its prisoners to facilities in Colorado. (AP Photo)
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is throwing her support behind the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as it defends itself in court against environmentalists opposed to oil and gas development projects. The environmentalists are pursuing a federal lawsuit to halt Bureau of Land Management oil and gas leases in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. The oil […]

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Governor Hickenlooper plans policy for e-commerce sales tax

Gov. John Hickenlooper
Governor John Hickenlooper is developing a strategy for Colorado to capitalize on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month that would allow the state to collect tax from online sales. The Supreme Court upheld Colorado’s “Amazon tax,” which could allow the state to collect taxes on out-of-state internet sales. It requires online retailers to report […]

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Autistic boy’s plea for better special education asks Supreme Court for national standard

In this Feb. 13, 2016, file photo, people stand on the steps of the Supreme Court at sunset in Washington. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)
The case of an autistic Colorado boy whose parents seek better special education for him could result in a national standard for educating disabled children when his lawsuit goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, according to educators and their attorneys. Some school districts complain the case could force them to shift more of their scarce […]

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Colorado lawmakers upset at EPA for ending payout for mine disaster

In this Aug. 6, 2015, file photo, people kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., in water colored from a mine waste spill. U.S. prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against an employee of the Environmental Protection Agency over a massive mine wastewater spill that fouled rivers in three states, a federal watchdog agency said. The EPA's Office of Inspector General disclosed Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, that it recently presented evidence to prosecutors that the unnamed employee may have violated the Clean Water Act and given false statements. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP)
A bill approved by Congress this month has set up another struggle with the Environmental Protection Agency over compensation for the 2015 Gold King Mine spill that temporarily contaminated rivers in Southern Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. The bill requires the EPA to submit all claims from states, local governments and tribes within 180 days […]

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DeGette praises new regulation protecting abortion doctor funds

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. second from right, and others, listen as Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, during a signing ceremony for the 21st Century Cures Act. At right is Max Schill, 7, who suffers from Noonan Syndrome. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Colorado 1st Congressional District U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, stepped back into the abortion debate last week with her praise for a new Obama administration regulation that forbids states from withholding federal family planning services from low-income persons. DeGette said the regulation ensures “vital” health care for low-income women. DeGette is co-chair of the Congressional […]

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Yes, the FBI is now investigating the Aurora VA hospital

An aerial view of the VA hospital construction site in Aurora, Colo. in this undated photo (Photo: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reviewing allegations that Veterans Affairs Department officials lied to Congress to cover up huge cost overruns at a hospital being built in Aurora. The Justice Department revealed the FBI investigation in a Dec. 9 letter to Congress that was made public a week later. The projected cost of the […]

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Rocky Mountain Arsenal site redevelopment given approval under defense spending bill

Bison graze in the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge with the city of Denver skyline in the background in this 2013 file photo. (Photo by Hans Watson/Special to The Statesman)
The $618.7 billion defense spending bill signed by President Barack Obama opens the way for the site of the former Rocky Mountain Arsenal to be redeveloped with retail outlets and housing. The site, owned by Commerce City for more than a decade, has been used mostly for a wildlife refuge since a $2.1 billion federal […]

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Trump’s choice to lead EPA likely to clash with Colorado’s progressive leadership

In this Dec. 7, 2016 file photo, EPA Administrator-designate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower in New York. Propelled by populist energy, President-elect Donald Trump’s candidacy broke long-standing conventions and his incoming Cabinet embodies a sharp turn from the outgoing Obama administration. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President-elect Donald Trump’s recent choice of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is creating concerns about sharp conflicts with Colorado’s environmentalists and advocates of legalized marijuana. Pruitt’s career has been marked by lawsuits against the EPA for what he described as clean air and water regulations that impose on states’ […]

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