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I-25 between Castle Rock and Monument could get express toll lanes, transportation officials say

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An express toll lane in each direction, widened shoulders and wildlife tunnels are among the suggested improvements for a busy section of Interstate 25 between Castle Rock and Monument.

EPA’s Pruitt admits role in aide’s pay raise but calls attacks on him politically motivated


Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was unapologetic about his leadership during the first of two Capitol Hill hearings Thursday but conceded that he had known in advance of an aide's pay hike - among the many…

Colorado teachers begin two days of protest, chanting “Stand up and fight!”

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Thousands of teachers and their supporters on Thursday morning poured into downtown Denver for two days of protesting the state of education funding in Colorado.

U.S. Senate confirms Mike Pompeo as Trump’s next secretary of state

The Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo as secretary of state Thursday despite lingering objections from Democrats who have questioned his record of hawkish policy positions and past controversial statements about minority groups.

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Trump gives Oval Office tour to White House reporters’ kids


President Donald Trump treated the children of White House journalists to an Oval Office visit Thursday but left their parents, many of whom he criticizes, outside looking in through the windows.

Donald Trump says for first time that Cohen represented him in Stormy Daniels case

President Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday for the first time that his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen represented him in efforts to silence Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who has alleged a sexual encounter with Trump…


Drillers head to Wyoming, say Colorado is unfriendly to oil and gas

As oil prices flirt with $70 a barrel, the Wattenberg Field in the Denver-Julesburg Basin simply isn't getting the same amount of love as it saw during the last boom or during the downturn, when producers viewed it as a safe and steady…


Nancy Pelosi defends Democrats’ intervention in Colorado primary race between Levi Tillemann and Jason Crow


House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi defended her party's electoral operation Thursday, after a candidate in a contested Colorado primary released audiotape of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer urging him to quit the race.


U.S. lawmakers assail EPA chief Scott Pruitt over ethical missteps


Lawmakers assailed Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday for the ethics and spending scandals that have prompted bipartisan calls for his ouster. On the defensive, the EPA chief said "half-truths" and "twisted"…


Trump says rapper Kanye West has “good taste” for liking him

President Donald Trump praised Kanye West on Thursday for having "good taste" for supporting the president.

U.S. Senate panel advances legislation to protect Robert Mueller from firing


The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced legislation Thursday that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Donald Trump after the panel's Republican chairman backed off changes that threatened bipartisan…

Doug Lamborn rival Owen Hill looks to join lawsuit that threatens to keep incumbent congressman off ballot

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As U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn fights to get back on the ballot, he could be opposed in court by one of his biggest rivals -- fellow Republican and state Sen. Owen Hill.


The Spot newsletter: Who’s on the 2018 ballot anyway?, regulating the sale of body parts in Colorado, Denver mayor remains in hot water and more

Welcome back to The Spot, where The Denver Post's politics team captures what's happening this week -- from the Colorado legislature to Denver city hall, with a stop through the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C.


Ronny Jackson withdraws from consideration for VA chief


White House doctor Ronny Jackson withdrew from consideration as Veterans Affairs secretary on Thursday, saying "false allegations" against him have become a distraction.


Colorado’s big idea for lowering health care prices is more transparency. Here’s why some think that won’t work.

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Colorado lawmakers will consider a bill on Thursday requiring hospitals to disclose more information about their prices, but critics say the new information might not lower bills and might not be useful to consumers.


HUD Secretary proposes raising rent for low-income Americans receiving federal housing subsidies

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson proposed far-reaching changes to federal housing subsidies Wednesday, tripling rent for the poorest households and making it easier for housing authorities to impose work requirements.

Macron resists Trump’s “America first” in speech to Congress

French President Emmanuel Macron drew sharp contrasts with President Donald Trump's worldview Wednesday, laying out a firm vision of global leadership that rejects "the illusion of nationalism" in a candid counterweight to Trump's appeals…

Military sex assault reports jump 10 percent, U.S. officials say


U.S. officials say reports of sexual assaults across the military jumped by nearly 10 percent in 2017, a year that saw a massive online nude-photo sharing scandal rock the services, triggering greater awareness of sexual harassment and…

Pass the hemp: Colorado prepares to regulate the plant like any other food ingredient

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With the stroke of a pen, hemp could be treated like any other food ingredient under Colorado law.


Colorado court kills Thornton buffer and pipeline rules that are meant to protect people as oil and gas industry expands

A state judge has rejected Thornton's rules requiring 750-foot buffers and pipeline safety to protect residents from intensifying oil and gas activity inside its boundaries -- declaring these rules illegal because they conflict with more…

Thursday, Apr 26

His back against the wall, Doug Lamborn challenges Colorado court ruling that tossed his name from the GOP ballot

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With his back against the wall, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn on Wednesday asked a federal court to get his name back on the ballot after it was tossed two days ago by the Colorado Supreme Court.

Doug Robinson back in the Republican race for Colorado governor, Denver judge rules

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A Denver district court judge ruled Wednesday that the voter signatures Doug Robinson submitted to qualify for the ballot met the substantial compliance standard under the law and restored his place in the Republican primary.

Wednesday, Apr 25

Thousands of Colorado teachers expected to march to the state Capitol on Thursday and Friday, seeking pension fix and higher pay

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Thousands of teachers from mostly Front Range school districts are expected to march to the state Capitol on Thursday and Friday to demand more state funding for schools and a fix for the state's pension plan for public employees.

Trump, Macron make a show as best buds but tussle over Iran

With exaggerated handshakes and a pair of kisses, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron professed a sunny, best-friends relationship Tuesday, even as the two allies strained to bridge differences over the Iran nuclear…

Denver-area home prices just won’t stop. Gains accelerate after slowing down last year

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Metro Denver home price gains, after running in the 7 percent range since last summer, have defied hopes they would calm down and accelerated back above 8 percent in February, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices.

A Colorado funeral home owner also sold human body parts. A new bill would make that illegal.

Colorado could become one of the first states in the country to regulate brokers of human body parts, after ghastly accusations and an FBI raid at a Montrose funeral home.

Tuesday, Apr 24

Denver Police Chief Robert White will retire and be replaced from within the department

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Denver Police Chief Robert White, who came to the city with a mission to reform the department, has notified the mayor that he plans to retire, The Denver Post has learned.

The day net neutrality died, Colorado lawmakers put an extra nail in the coffin

A Republican-led Senate panel in Colorado rejected a net neutrality bill late Monday on the same day the Federal Communications Commission repealed protections for an open internet.

Dems’ chances may rest on flipping GOP strongholds in cities

As Dallas has evolved from reliably red to deeply blue, joining many other big cities, one enclave has remained the beating heart of country club conservatism — home to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens and former…

Aurora theater shooting victims fought for this bill and now it’s law: Colorado victims now must be told where out-of-state inmates are locked up


A bill backed by victims of the 2012 shooting at an Aurora movie theater will require Colorado's Department of Corrections to keep victims informed of an inmate's location, even if that is in a prison out of state.

Monday, Apr 23

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn should be kept off the 2018 ballot, Colorado Supreme Court rules

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U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn should not be on the Republican primary ballot, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Colorado Supreme Court upholds legality of taxes for special districts, like RTD

The Colorado Supreme Court has upheld the legality of sales taxes that are collected by two special districts in metropolitan Denver.

Georgia police invoke anti-mask law made for KKK to arrest racism protesters

Meanwhile, the neo-Nazis marched into town wearing all black, bearing flags and yelling “white power,” the Newnan Times-Herald reported. There were no arrests.

Kiszla: In defeat, Nathan MacKinnon wins Nashville’s respect as MVP on verge of leading Avs to greatness

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In all of sports, there’s no stronger show of respect than the handshake line at the conclusion of an NHL playoff series. But what happened Sunday, after Nashville eliminated Colorado with a 5-0 victory, was respect bigger and firmer than…

Sunday, Apr 22

Rockies moves: CarGo to DL; Gerardo Parra begins suspension; David Dahl and Noel Cuevas called up

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The Rockies on Sunday recalled outfielders David Dahl and Noel Cuevas from Triple-A Albuquerque, placed outfielder Carlos González on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Thursday) and optioned outfielder Mike Tauchman to Triple A.…

Man thankful after Steamboat rallies to save his family barn

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Glenn Arnold thought the old barn in Steamboat Springs where he took care of cows as a child and sought shelter from thunderstorms would just fall down someday and fuel a big bonfire.