Politics

John Frank
May 27, 2022 - News

Colorado never funded its school safety task force — until now

A gun with school pencils
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

Months after the deadly shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in 2019, a state audit revealed that Colorado's $100 million, two-decade effort to improve school safety was haphazard and showed little evidence of making schools safer.

What happened: The next year, Colorado lawmakers created a new task force with public safety leaders to better coordinate the state's response, given its deadly history.

Alayna Alvarez
May 25, 2022 - News

Majority of Colorado congressional delegation banned from Russia

Illustration of the Kremlin behind a red velvet rope.
Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Most of Colorado's congressional delegation has been permanently banned from traveling to Russia, per a list published by the country's Foreign Ministry.

Details: The list — banning 963 American business leaders, activists, diplomats and policymakers from entering the country — was crafted as retribution against the U.S. for issuing sanctions in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Axios' Jacob Knutson writes.

John Frank
May 23, 2022 - News

Republicans diverge in Colorado's U.S. Senate primary

Illustration of top, middle and bottom views of three elephants, making up an image of one elephant and cycling through the different parts.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Colorado is forecast to have one of the most competitive U.S. Senate races in the 2022 midterm elections.

  • Yes, but: Whether that holds true depends on how Republicans play their cards.

Record traffic deaths spur calls for change

Data: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Cartogram: Axios Visuals

Denver's roads saw 84 people die in 2021 — making it the deadliest 12-month stretch in more than 20 years, according to the latest Vision Zero report from the city of Denver.

  • Reckless, careless and aggressive driving, and speeding were cited as the most common causes for fatal crashes.
Alayna Alvarez
May 17, 2022 - News

Denver cracks down on concealed-carry rights

Illustration of shattered glass in the shape of a gun.
Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Denver is tightening its gun laws amid surging crime and ahead of what some local leaders predict will be a violent summer.

Driving the news: Denver leaders on Monday passed Mayor Michael Hancock's plan to ban concealed-carry weapons in any building or portion of a building that is owned, leased by or to the city — in the name of public safety.

John Frank
May 17, 2022 - Politics

Colorado Democrats make abortion a key 2022 election issue

Data: Guttmacher Institute; Map: Thomas Oide and Erin Davis/Axios
Data: Guttmacher Institute; Map: Thomas Oide and Erin Davis/Axios

Jared Polis made more than 100 promises to voters in his first bid for governor.

  • Now, one of the first pledges of his reelection campaign centers on abortion rights.

Benefit for slain man brings La Alma residents together amid park tension

Several people attend a benefit inside the Denver Inner City Parish building in west Denver.
Family and friends of Gary Arellano gather for a benefit at Denver Inner City Parish on Saturday, May 14. Photo: Esteban L. Hernandez/Axios Denver

A Saturday benefit saw more than 100 people gather at the Denver Inner City Parish across from La Alma Lincoln Park, where 63-year-old Gary Arellano was fatally shot late last month.

State of play: The violence led the city to close the park — inside Denver's second historic cultural district — for the third time in one year.

Alayna Alvarez
May 16, 2022 - News

Denver's urban camping ban brings 10 years of turmoil

People are asked to leave a homeless campsite by Civic Center Park in Denver last September. Photo: Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A decade since Denver banned homeless encampments, little data illustrates the policy's success — or its cost.

The big picture: Colorado's chronically sheltered homeless population grew by 266% between 2007 and 2021 — more than any other state — and the number of people experiencing homelessness for the first time in metro Denver doubled between 2020 and 2021.

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