Gold Dome: Polis Sworn in Today

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Gov.-elect Jared Polis becomes Gov. Jared Polis today. He’s being sworn in on the Capitol’s West steps this morning.

Outgoing Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman gave an exit interview with the Colorado Sun about her departure from the office and her loss in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

State Rep. Susan Beckman was sworn in to her second term last week, announced that she’s running for Colorado Republican Party chair in the state GOP’s upcoming March reorganization.

And in other roll changes, Rep. Jeff Bridges will move over to the Colorado Senate to finish the rest of Sen. Daniel Kagan’s term.

The Denver City Council unanimously approved a ban on “conversion therapy” yesterday. The practice is still legal in Colorado, but the issue might make its way to the statehouse during this year’s session.

Denver might also be on track to decriminalizing “magic mushrooms,” as advocates turned in signatures to get a question put on the municipal ballot.

Jared Polis funded much of his own political campaign, but he’s raising large amounts of money for his inauguration, and the biggest donors are unnamed.

On the subject of other controlled substances, Gov. John Hickenlooper leaves office and leaves behind a legacy of “Goldfish and Cheetos” and with it, a reputation for being moderate on marijuana.

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow says he anticipates taking a leadership role in Congress on the issue of campaign finance reform.

As the federal government shutdown continues on, 625 federal workers in Colorado are hurting from it and are filing for unemployment.


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