Gold Dome: Federal Workers Protest Shutdown

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Good morning everyone! It’s a little hard to believe there’s already a full week of the legislative session under our belts, but all of the new legislators and state leaders are sworn in and the bills are coming fast, so I guess we’ll get used to that quickly. There’s a lot of news to cover as everyone gets back to work, so let’s move onward.

With the federal government shutdown now at record-setting duration, federal workers in Colorado are protesting as they continue to see days without pay.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission in a case that questioned how the commission should prioritize health and the environment in granting drilling permits.

Colorado Republican Party chairman Jeff Hays recently announced he would not seek reelection. And the Democrats’ “Blue Wave” played a big part in that.

 It’s just localized to Denver, but the city is getting new rules for short-term rentals. The update includes new insurance requirements for licenses and would clarify when a license application can be denied or revoked.

It’s a big week at the Capitol. Here’s the rundown of what to watch.

Digital First Media, which owns the Denver Post among dozens of other newspapers, is attempting a takeover of Gannett, saying the company’s leadership has failed to show it can run the company effectively.

Over the weekend, news came out that the FBI launched an investigation into whether President Donald Trump was working with the Russian government after he announced he was firing James Comey.

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