Ghost guns banned under new Colorado law signed by governorJune 2, 2023 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill Friday banning firearms that are assembled at home or 3D-printed without serial numbers, practices that allowed owners to evade background checks and impede law enforcement's ability to track a gun's origins.
Colorado becomes 1st to pass ‘right to repair’ for farmersApril 26, 2023 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Sitting in front of a hulking red tractor, Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill Tuesday making Colorado the first state to ensure farmers can fix their own tractors and combines with a “right to repair” law — which compels manufacturers to provide the necessary manuals, tools, parts and software.
Georgia Senate backs bill to cut degrees needed for jobsFebruary 9, 2023 GMT
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would instruct an agency to examine qualifications for state government jobs and not require a college degree unless truly necessary.
Colorado Gov. Polis lays out housing solutions amid crisisJanuary 18, 2023 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis laid out a vision Tuesday to tackle the state's sky-high housing prices that includes proposals to roll back burdensome building regulations and zoning rules, open public land to affordable housing development, and support innovation such as pre-built units.
Colorado Gov. Polis targets affordability in inaugurationJanuary 10, 2023 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis vowed to work toward housing affordability, transition the state completely to renewable energy by 2040 and tackle high crime rates in an inauguration speech delivered on the windswept steps of the state Capitol on Tuesday.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis grants clemency to 24 peopleDecember 23, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has granted clemency to 24 people, including the co-defendant of a Cuban immigrant who was pardoned in 2017 to prevent him from being deported as well as a state trooper hailed for stopping a gunman who entered the office of a previous governor over a decade ago but was accused of pointing a gun at a driver last year.
Colorado governor visits shooting site as community healsNovember 30, 2022 GMT
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — In a crowded brewery, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis embraced Richard Fierro, the veteran hailed as a hero after tackling a shooter who killed five people and injured 17 others at the LGBTQ enclave Club Q last week.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news showsNovember 25, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Mike Turner, R-Ohio; Dr. Ashish Jha, White House COVID-19 response coordinator.
Panel OKs name change of Colorado mountain tied to massacreNovember 18, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado state panel recommended Thursday that Mount Evans, a prominent peak near Denver, be renamed Mount Blue Sky at the request of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes.
The Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board voted unanimously for the change.
Democrat Jared Polis wins second term as Colorado governorNovember 9, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Democrat Jared Polis handily won a second term as Colorado’s governor Tuesday, fending off a spirited challenge from Republican Heidi Ganahl, a business entrepreneur who was seeking to become the state’s first GOP governor since 2007.
Colorado: What to expect on election nightNovember 2, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado has turned increasingly blue over the past decade, thanks in part to an influx of college-educated voters in the expanding Denver metropolitan area.
‘Happy’ and ‘mad’: 2 visions in Colorado governor’s raceNovember 2, 2022 GMT
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Seeking a second term as Colorado's governor, Democrat Jared Polis refers to himself with a simple phrase as he tries to fend off a barrage of attacks from a challenger trying to become the state's first Republican governor since 2007: “Happy dad.”
Fentanyl features in Colorado’s first gubernatorial debateSeptember 29, 2022 GMT
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado’s Democratic governor, Jared Polis, and his GOP challenger, Heidi Ganahl, offered differing versions of the state with the economy, crime, education and post-pandemic recovery among the top issues in their first debate Wednesday night.
Colorado Democrats call for new national monument in RockiesAugust 26, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Top Colorado Democrats on Friday asked President Joe Biden to declare a new national monument in the heart of their state's Rocky Mountains.
In a letter to Biden, the state's two Democratic senators, Democratic governor and Democratic congressman who represents the area asked for Biden to create a Camp Hale - Continental Divide National Monument.
Colorado’s Polis issues order to protect abortion accessJuly 6, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis barred state agencies Wednesday from arresting or extraditing anyone seeking or providing reproductive care in Colorado, where the right to abortion was codified in state law this year.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news showsMay 14, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; former Gov.
Sweeping fentanyl bill caps Colorado lawmakers’ 2022 sessionMay 12, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s Democratic-led Legislature capped its 2022 session Wednesday by passing a bill designed to confront the fentanyl crisis by giving prosecutors more room to pursue felony convictions while providing substantial support and treatment services.
EPA proposes to list Denver area air quality as “severe”April 12, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Agency is proposing to downgrade Colorado’s biggest population center from a “serious” to a “severe” violator of federal ozone standards, a move that would force the state and industry to adopt tougher local rules to improve air quality.
Colorado lawmakers pass bill making Juneteenth state holidayApril 11, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers have passed a bill designating Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S., as an official state holiday, and Gov. Jared Polis is expected to sign it.
Colorado governor signs law to protect abortion rightsApril 4, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado joined a handful of other states Monday in codifying the right to abortion in statute, a party-line response to efforts across the country to limit abortion access in anticipation of a pending U.S.
Colorado lawmakers tackle budget; crime, climate top issuesMarch 30, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers this week are debating a proposed $36.4 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 with increased spending on public safety, climate change and education.
Colorado Democrats send abortion access bill to governorMarch 23, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democrat-led Legislature on Wednesday sent the governor a bill to codify the right to abortion in state law in a party-line response to efforts in other states to limit abortion access as well as pending constitutional challenges to the procedure.
Colorado city marks anniversary of deadly supermarket attackMarch 23, 2022 GMT
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — With flowers, a moment of silence and a public remembrance for those who died and those still grieving, Colorado residents marked the one-year anniversary Tuesday of a shooting at a busy supermarket in the college town of Boulder that left 10 people dead, including employees, customers and a veteran police officer.
Colorado eyes changing mountain name tied to massacreMarch 16, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — One of Colorado's most popular mountains is a step closer to being renamed in honor of the state's Indigenous people.
Clear Creek County commissioners voted Tuesday to recommend changing Mount Evans to Mount Blue Sky at the request of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes.
‘We have to stand up:’ US govs impose sanctions on RussiaFebruary 28, 2022 GMT
Some U.S. governors are taking matters into their own hands and imposing their own economic sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Sunday asked the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to remove Russian-sourced products from stores in the commonwealth.
Colorado announces plan to move past COVID-19 emergencyFebruary 25, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has laid out his vision for how he thinks the state can emerge from the COVID-19 emergency with a plan that emphasizes training for health care workers and improving indoor air filtration systems.
Rocky Mountain states to team up on hydrogen tech proposalFebruary 24, 2022 GMT
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Four Rocky Mountain states will cooperate on developing ways to make the most abundant element in the universe, hydrogen, more available and useful as clean-burning fuel for cars, trucks and trains, the states' governors announced Thursday.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news showsFebruary 19, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Secretary of State Antony Blinken; William Taylor, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine; San Francisco Mayor London Breed.
Polis launches bid for second term as Colorado’s governorFebruary 15, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Democrat Jared Polis formally announced his bid Tuesday for a second term as Colorado’s governor, citing his record in confronting the coronavirus pandemic, efforts to curb health care costs and a commitment to expanding early childhood education.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news showsFebruary 11, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Preempted by coverage of the Winter Olympics.
Colorado governor wants state to become among safest in USFebruary 10, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced a public safety plan he says will help make Colorado one of the top 10 safest states in the nation, emphasizing legislative and other measures that are focused on community-based crime prevention.
Senate Democrats defeat GOP health care transparency billsFebruary 2, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Majority Democrats on a Colorado legislative committee have defeated two bills their Republican sponsors say were intended to promote transparency in health care administration and pricing — two priorities touted by Democratic Gov.
Prosecutors slam Colorado trucker’s reduced prison sentenceJanuary 26, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — The reduction of a 110-year prison sentence to 10 years by Colorado's governor for a trucker convicted of killing four people in a fiery interstate crash is hurting prosecutors’ efforts to negotiate sentences in other cases, according to two district attorneys.
Gov. Polis: Colorado strong after year of pandemic, disasterJanuary 13, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis sought to rally a state besieged by a year of natural disasters, a mass shooting and the coronavirus pandemic Thursday, declaring in his annual state of the state address that Colorado will meet those challenges and others compounded by the increasing cost of living and spreading concerns about crime.
Colorado to ‘aggressively assert’ water rights with NebraskaJanuary 13, 2022 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Colorado's governor is warning he will “protect and aggressively assert” his state's water rights after Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced a plan to spend $500 million on a canal and reservoir project that includes claiming access to land in Colorado under a 99-year-old compact between the states.
Polis, Democrats outline top legislative prioritiesJanuary 10, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's soaring cost of living and rising crime top a list of priorities outlined by Gov. Jared Polis and fellow Democratic leaders who control the statehouse for the 2022 legislative session that begins this week.
Colorado governor slashes trucker’s prison term to 10 yearsDecember 31, 2021 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday shortened the prison sentence of a truck driver convicted in a deadly crash to 10 years, drastically reducing his original 110-year term that drew widespread outrage.
Leniency calls grow for trucker sentenced in Colorado crashDecember 21, 2021 GMT
DENVER (AP) — An online petition has gathered millions of signatures calling for leniency for a 26-year-old truck driver who was sentenced to 110 years in prison for vehicular homicide in an explosive accident at the base of a Colorado mountain highway that killed four people in 2019.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news showsDecember 18, 2021 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news showsDecember 3, 2021 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Gov. Jared Polis, D-Colo.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health; Sens.
Denver imposes mask mandate in indoor public placesNovember 23, 2021 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Denver is joining other nearby counties in imposing a mask mandate in public places, a coordinated move that officials said Tuesday was needed to prevent the region's hospital system from collapsing amid a surge in cases.
Report: Free deal for Colorado COVID effort costs taxpayersNovember 22, 2021 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado paid more than $630,000 last year to a group of personal and business associates of Gov. Jared Polis that had ostensibly volunteered to help the state manage its way through the COVID-19 pandemic by tracking people’s movements, records show.
Colorado gov expands antibody access, resists mask mandatesNovember 20, 2021 GMT
DENVER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado residents with COVID-19 who are at high risk of severe illness will no longer need a doctor's referral before getting antibody treatments designed to keep them out of hospitals, starting next week.
Former youth corrections campus eyed for homeless centerNovember 13, 2021 GMT
WATKINS, Colo. (AP) — On the treeless flatlands east of Denver, in a field of yellow-brown weeds that feels like the middle of nowhere, sits an empty campus with seven dormitories, 500 beds, a cafeteria, a gym and a football field.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news showsNovember 12, 2021 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Brian Deese, director of the White House National Economic Council; Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Deese; Gov. Chris Sununu, R-N.H.; Rep.
Colorado governor says boosters for adults can stem virusNovember 12, 2021 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, who sidestepped federal guidelines this week by allowing all adults age 18 and older to get COVID-19 booster vaccines, insisted Friday that boosters are key to stemming an ongoing spike in cases – and strongly suggested his administration’s efforts to convince the unvaccinated to get shots have reached their limit.
Colorado governor says all adults can get COVID booster shotNovember 11, 2021 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Facing a surge in coronavirus infections that threatens to overwhelm Colorado hospitals, Gov. Jared Polis defied federal guidance on COVID-19 booster shots Thursday by issuing an order allowing all state residents 18 and older to get them.
Colorado appeals court: GOP lawmakers can challenge gun lawNovember 10, 2021 GMT
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado appeals court panel on Wednesday reinstated a lawsuit filed by Republican lawmakers and a Colorado gun rights group challenging a “red flag” law that allows courts to order firearms taken away from people who pose a danger to themselves or others.
Officials: Colorado could see record COVID hospitalizationsNovember 10, 2021 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado plans to expand hospital capacity and staffing amid an ongoing surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations that could surpass a record high for the state set in 2020, Gov. Jared Polis told a pandemic task force Wednesday.
Group sues Colorado over law banning Native American mascotsNovember 4, 2021 GMT
DENVER (AP) — A North Dakota-based organization representing Native Americans sued Colorado this week for a measure banning American Indian school mascots which was passed last year amid a nationwide push for racial justice following George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis.
COVID-19 hospitalizations spike in ColoradoNovember 3, 2021 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's COVID-19 hospitalizations are at their highest peak since last December, according to state data.
As of Wednesday, the state had nearly 1,254 hospitalizations, with 80% made up of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients, according to the Colorado health department's data dashboard.
Colorado aims to vaccinate ages 5 to 11 by end of JanuaryOctober 28, 2021 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced a goal to vaccinate half of 5-to-11-year-old children in the state with a single COVID-19 dose by the end of January, as federal officials are expected to approve the age group for vaccines in the coming days.
Colorado Gov announces new state park in western mountainsOctober 20, 2021 GMT
DENVER (AP) — A private ranch with ponds, springs and rare wetland plants in Colorado's western mountains will be part of a new state park, Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday.
Joined by state and federal parks officials, Polis announced the 488-acre ranch near Sweetwater Lake in a northwestern county which borders Utah, will become part of the White River National Forest.
Feds OK Colorado plan to cover gender-affirming careOctober 13, 2021 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado will include gender confirmation care in its individual and small group health insurance plans, state and federal officials announced Tuesday.
The state's plan under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will include jaw, cheek and eye modifications, face tightening, facial bone remodeling for facial feminization, breast or chest construction and reductions and laser hair removal.
Police challenge to Denver vaccine mandate is dismissedSeptember 29, 2021 GMT
DENVER (AP) — A judge on Wednesday dismissed an attempt by a group of Denver police officers to block the city's vaccine mandate from taking effect.
In a lawsuit filed last week, seven officers claimed the city lacked the authority to impose the mandate under a local disaster emergency declared by Mayor Michael Hancock at the beginning of the pandemic.
Polis, 1st openly gay governor elected, marries in ColoradoSeptember 16, 2021 GMT
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado's Jared Polis, who became the first openly gay man in the United States to be elected governor in 2018, has married his longtime partner and first gentleman Marlon Reis, a writer and animal welfare advocate.
Republican Ganahl launches Colorado gubernatorial campaignSeptember 14, 2021 GMT
MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — Republican Heidi Ganahl, an entrepreneur and University of Colorado regent, formally launched a longshot campaign Tuesday to challenge Gov. Jared Polis' re-election bid next year, citing crime and the cost of living as two of her campaign issues.
Polis urges FDA action on COVID-19 boosters, shots for kidsSeptember 13, 2021 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Monday urged the Food and Drug Administration to quickly authorize booster shots for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as well as vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11, saying the state is prepared to launch its own booster shot program.
New wild horse capture in Colorado to proceed, Interior saysAugust 31, 2021 GMT
DENVER (AP) — The federal government is launching an emergency roundup of more than 780 wild horses in a drought-stricken area of Colorado despite a last-minute appeal by Gov. Jared Polis to pause the operation so that what he called more humane options to control the size of the herd can be considered.
Colorado governor voids 1864 order to kill Native AmericansAugust 17, 2021 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday rescinded a 19th century proclamation that called for citizens to kill Native Americans and take their property, in what he hopes can begin to make amends for “sins of the past.”