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Wednesday's Axios Denver stories

Apr 7, 2021 - Axios Denver

Denver eyes open-container "entertainment districts" to boost restaurants

Riley Dyer, right, talks with a friend at the Carboy Winery and Logan Street restaurant in Denver in 2019. Photo: Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Restaurants in Denver are beginning to buzz again after a dark and dreary year.

Driving the news: The city's Department of Excise and Licenses will give them a helping hand by finalizing rules Wednesday to allow common consumption areas, or "entertainment districts," where people can openly carry their booze.

John Frank, author of Denver
Apr 7, 2021 - Axios Denver

Voting misinformation abounds after All-Star Game moved from Georgia to Colorado

All-Star ballots are at the ready for the fans at Coors Field. Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Major League Baseball's decision to move the All-Star Game to Denver from Atlanta after Georgia approved a law that makes it more difficult to vote is creating a firestorm of misinformation about Colorado's voting laws.

Reality check: There's little similarity between the states. Colorado has one of the most accessible systems in the nation and recorded the second-highest turnout rate among the voting eligible population in 2020.

Apr 7, 2021 - Axios Denver

Denver GOP’s new leader wants to shift the party's post-Trump outlook

In a deep-blue city where Republicans make up only about 11% of all registered voters, the Denver GOP is attempting to shift its strategy to stay relevant.

Enter Garrett Flicker, the county party’s newly elected chair — who, at 25, is the youngest and first openly gay man to ever lead the group.

John Frank, author of Denver
Apr 6, 2021 - Axios Denver

Denver homeless camp moving to church parking lot in affluent area

Park Hill Methodist Church on Montview Boulevard. Photo: John Frank/Axios

One of Denver's sanctioned homeless camps is relocating to Park Hill United Methodist Church — a move that puts it at the same location as a preschool.

Why it matters: The city's homeless problem is typically associated with the downtown sector, like the Capitol Hill neighborhood where the camp is currently located.

  • The new site — one block from U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper's home — will force residents in one of Denver's wealthiest neighborhoods to more directly confront one of the city's thorniest issues.
John Frank, author of Denver
Apr 6, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado state budget package proposes 11% increase in spending

Source: Colorado FY21-22 budget narrative. Chart: John Frank/Axios

It's like the recession never happened for the state budget.

Driving the news: The $34.1 billion state budget package introduced Monday includes big money for one-time projects, the restoration of cuts from the prior year and savings for less prosperous years in the future.

  • Be smart: An unexpected surplus of cash is driving state spending to new heights — and the total doesn't include the $3.9 billion in new federal stimulus dollars lawmakers will spend in separate legislation.