Politics

Han Chen
16 hours ago - News

Colorado state and local governments buying banned Chinese tech

Data: Center for Security and Emerging Technology; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios Visuals

Efforts to block Chinese telecom equipment from U.S. supply chains are proving difficult as state and local governments in Colorado and elsewhere, continue to buy products designated a threat to national security, a new report finds.

Driving the news: State and local governments must better align themselves with U.S. policies to keep Chinese gear out of schools, hospitals and other critical infrastructure nationwide, according to Georgetown University's Center for Security and Emerging Technology.

John Frank
16 hours ago - Politics

Denver remains Colorado's Democratic bastion and party's key to victory

Data: Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, Denver Elections Division; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

To win statewide elections in Colorado, Denver is key for the Democratic Party.

Driving the news: Democratic statewide candidates cruised to historic wins thanks to a huge boost in Denver, where all received more than 78% support, a new Axios Denver analysis finds.

John Frank
Nov 30, 2022 - News

Colorado Democrats are flush with power but face a fiscal cliff

Illustration of a hundred dollar bill with a donkey as the face.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

As Democrats celebrated historic victories on election night, Scott Wasserman stood among the revelers at the party with a dour look.

  • "A blue state needs money to pay for blue things," the president of the Bell Policy Center, a progressive advocacy organization, told us.

Denver's independent monitor finalists make public pitch

From left: Lisabeth Castle and Mary Opler. Photo: Courtesy of the Citizens Oversight Board

The two candidates seeking Denver's top law enforcement watchdog role made pitches to the public, agreeing whoever assumes the position must help defend people's civil rights.

Driving the news: Lisabeth Castle, a local criminal defense attorney, and Mary Opler, who works in civilian oversight in Sacramento, California, answered questions virtually at a Tuesday evening meeting.

Denver considers one-time pandemic bonuses

Illustration of a hundred dollar bill as a surgical mask.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

City employees in Denver might see a one-time, $600 bonus for staying put.

Driving the news: The Denver City Council's finance and governance committee will consider a proposal at its Tuesday meeting to move $4.3 million from multiple departments' budgets into a pot for bonuses.

John Frank
Nov 29, 2022 - News

Colorado voter turnout dips in 2022 midterm, initial numbers show

Data: US Elections Project; Note: 2022 general election turnout data is preliminary, as of Nov. 23, 2022; Chart: Alice Feng/Axios

Colorado no longer ranks at the top in the nation for voter turnout.

Driving the news: Turnout dipped to 58.5% of the voting-eligible population in the 2022 midterm election, a preliminary analysis by the U.S. Elections Project shows.

Two finalists named for Denver's police watchdog role

Illustration of a pair of blinking eyes with police badges for irises.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The group responsible for finding Denver's next independent monitor named two finalists — after a months-long search for viable candidates.

Driving the news: Lisabeth Castle, of Denver, and Mary Opler, of Sacramento, California, are in the running for the law enforcement watchdog role, according to a statement from the nine-member Citizen Oversight Board released recently.

John Frank
Nov 18, 2022 - Politics

Colorado's Jared Polis talks about running for president

 Incumbent Democratic Governor Jared Polis speaks during an election watch party Nov. 8 in downtown Denver. Photo: David Zalubowski/AP

Incumbent Democratic Gov. Jared Polis speaks during an election watch party Nov. 8 in downtown Denver. Photo: David Zalubowski/AP

The "Jared Polis for President" train is gaining steam after Colorado's Democratic governor cruised to re-election by 19 points and carried his party to major victories down the ballot.

What's happening: The push is again coming from unusual circles.

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