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Supreme Court rejects MyPillow CEO's defamation lawsuit appeal

Mike Lindell
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell attends a "Save America" rally in Warren, Michigan, on Oct. 1. Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to consider the defamation case lodged against him by voting machine company Dominion Voting Systems.

Driving the news: Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.3 billion lawsuit against Lindell in February 2021, alleging that Lindell — an ally of former President Donald Trump — helped promote the baseless conspiracy theory that the company's voting machines were rigged in favor of President Biden in the 2020 election.

How Denver police want to pay for new cops

Illustration of money falling out of a wallet with a police badge
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The Denver Police Department is asking for $8.4 million from the city's 2023 spending plan to recruit 188 police officers, a figure that would include new hires and vacancy replacements.

Why it matters: The department is struggling to fill open roles as it faces a 10.6% vacancy rate among uniformed officers.

Alayna Alvarez
11 hours ago - News

Colorado COVID booster rollout off to a slow start

Illustration of a syringe at the center of an oval racetrack.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Demand for Omicron boosters in Colorado isn't taking off as health officials had initially hoped.

Why it matters: With the onset of fall, local health experts are predicting a surge of COVID cases and say the boosters — which target one of the newest, most contagious strains of the virus — can provide extra protection from serious illness.

John Frank
11 hours ago - News

Heidi Ganahl wants to slash state budget to eliminate Colorado income tax

 Heidi Ganahl speaks at a forum hosted by Colorado Concern on Friday at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Photo: Andy Cross/Denver Post via Getty Images
Heidi Ganahl speaks at a forum hosted by Colorado Concern on Friday at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Photo: Andy Cross/Denver Post via Getty Images

Republican candidate for governor Heidi Ganahl pledged to eliminate Colorado's income tax by slashing the state budget by billions of dollars each year and seeking more than $1 billion in new taxes.

Why it matters: The details — offered Friday at a forum hosted by business group Colorado Concern — provide the most comprehensive outline to date about how Ganahl would cover the $12 billion loss in income tax revenue and cut the state's 22-cent gas tax in half.

John Frank
Sep 30, 2022 - News

Colorado Senate candidate Joe O'Dea backed tougher abortion ban to make 2020 ballot

Republican Joe O'Dea appears on “Meet the Press” on Sept. 18 in Washington. Photo: William B. Plowman/NBC via Getty Images
Republican Joe O'Dea appears on "Meet the Press” on Sept. 18 in Washington. Photo: William B. Plowman/NBC via Getty Images

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe O'Dea signed a petition to put a measure on the Colorado ballot in 2020 that would ban all abortions after 22 weeks, including in cases of rape and incest.

Why it matters: O'Dea's position on abortion is a central issue in the race against Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet. And the revelation — first reported by the Colorado Sun — raises new questions about where O'Dea stands on the issue.

Esteban L. Hernandez
Updated Sep 30, 2022 - News

Tennyson Street's loses beloved local businesses

Tennyson Street during a sunny morning on Sept. 29 in northwest Denver. Photo: Esteban L. Hernandez/Axios

Tennyson Street is losing a bit of its history and charm.

Driving the news: At least three prominent businesses along this busy stretch in northwest Denver announced closures recently.

John Frank
Sep 30, 2022 - Politics

Political Pulse: Takeaways from the first governor's debate in Colorado

Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl. Photo: Marc Piscotty/Getty Images
Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl. Photo: Marc Piscotty/Getty Images

The first debate in the Colorado governor's race left much to be desired.

What happened: Rather than a dialogue on competing visions Wednesday in Pueblo, Gov. Jared Polis and Republican challenger Heidi Ganahl chose a snippy, seed-spitting contest, goaded by their supporters in the crowd.

John Frank
Sep 30, 2022 - Things to Do

A guide to GABF and Denver Beer Week events

The Great American Beer Festival. Photo courtesy of the Brewers Association
The Great American Beer Festival. Photo courtesy of the Brewers Association

It's Denver Beer Week, a citywide celebration that culminates in the three-day Great American Beer Festival next weekend.

Why it matters: The beer industry supports 58,500 jobs in the state with a total economic output of $11.4 billion, according to industry group Beer Institute.