This story first appeared in High County News on June 27, 2022.
Despite the pundits’ pleas, Heidi Ganahl just can’t quit the Big Lie.
Over the past three years Colorado has strengthened its regulations on oil and gas companies operating in the state, prompting claims from oil and gas industry executives that these environmental policies are strangling their ability to drill.
Following the primary elections in Colorado, local Democrats held a “Unity Rally” in Acacia Park in Colorado Springs Wednesday, headlined by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO). While Democrats are rallying supporters over the recent Dobbs Supreme Court decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade, members of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) are urging Democratic elected officials to take action to end the filibuster, the 60-vote threshold in the Senate needed to pass legislation, and expand the Supreme Court.
“My first official duty as the current — and future — El Paso County coroner is to officially declare the Top Line Candidates dead,” said a triumphant Dr. Leon Kelly during Tuesday’s primary watch party at Boot Barn Hall in Colorado Springs, referring to a group of hard-right Republicans who were selected by GOP activists at a statewide convention in April. “What do we hear from them now? Nothing. You know what that is? Silence. It’s also the sound when a bunch of RINOs kick the crap out of conspiracy theorists.”
Denver construction CEO Joe O’Dea is poised to be the Colorado Republican Party’s nominee for U.S. Senate in November after prevailing in a head-to-head primary contest with far-right state Rep. Ron Hanks.
Today’s Republican primary will clarify much about Colorado’s political landscape. In past elections, the ideological divide within the state GOP has largely been contested via state legislative races, albeit with a few notable exceptions, (See Darryl Glenn & Dan Maes.).
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.