Today’s Republican primary will clarify much about Colorado’s political landscape. In past elections the idealistic divide within the state GOP has largely been contested via state legislative races, albeit with a few notable exceptions, (see Darryl Glenn & Dan Maes). This year the statewide races for U.S. Senate, Governor and Secretary of State will rightly dominate the coverage, but that doesn’t make the legislative arena any less important.
Parents, workers, and unions in Denver Public Schools (DPS) community will be rallying to call on DPS to raise its minimum wage to at least $20 an hour for all its workers, including paraprofessionals, nutrition service workers, and the maintenance staff. The $15.87 an hour wage that workers are currently being paid is not enough for them to live comfortably in Denver economy and stay happy in their jobs according to Coloradoans for the Common Good, which organized the rally. The rally will be held at 3:30 p.m. at 1860 Lincoln Street in Denver.
Organizers turned in petition signatures Monday in an effort to put an initiative on the state’s ballots this November which would allow doctors to prescribe some psychedelic medicines to patients suffering depression and PTSD.
Former Dominion Voting Systems executive Eric Coomer filed another defamation lawsuit against former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne on Friday for his 2021 film “The Deep Rig,” which prominently featured Douglas County podcast host and election conspiracist Joe Oltmann. Byrne wrote a self-published book of the same name and served as a co-star and producer of the film.
With the current Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder set to step down this year, two candidates — one Democrat and one Republican — are vying to take his place.
In late May, Republican Secretary of State candidate Tina Peters’ campaign made a $50,000 payment to PIN Business Network, a marketing company with ties to election conspiracist and podcast host Joe Oltmann. The payment was marked in the state’s campaign finance database as being for “internet advertising,” and amounts to nearly one-third of Peters’ total campaign expenditures to date.
State Rep. Brianna Titone (D-Arvada) has been accused of using her position as an elected official to “assert political pressure” on the Jefferson County District Attorney in a lawsuit filed by YouthSeen, a nonprofit that provides support for LGBTQ youth.
The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC), a progressive advocacy group, is one of the seven organizations nationally to receive the True Reform institutional grant from the Public Welfare Foundation.