Gold Dome: Beto O’Rourke Announces Presidential Bid

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Beto O’Rourke announced he’s entering the 2020 presidential race. In a recent profile, he said he was “born to do this.”

While many people around the Denver metro area were hunkering down during yesterday’s bomb cyclone, the legislature kept going. And there were plenty of people upset with the decision to keep business going.

The family leave bill cleared its first Senate committee hearing yesterday, but major Colorado business organizations were not celebrating the occasion.

The Colorado Senate voted to approve the hospital transparency bill.

The state Capitol is the newest venue for discussions about changing Colorado’s cash bail system. The state judiciary already has a committee to reconsider cash bail, but a bill in the legislature would prohibit judges from setting cash bail. That bill will get a vote today.

The state Republican party is looking to regain some power by moving more moderate. And to do that, they’ve created a new organization to recruit and train new candidates.

Colorado sheriffs are being thrust into the spotlight in the controversy surrounding the state’s proposed red flag bill.

I’m not sure if this is an argument for more or less parking downtown — a new study from a CU Denver professor suggests that people are becoming more inclined to pay for an Uber ride than to search for parking. The study suggests Uber and Lyft drivers are spending more time driving around passengers but that it might also mean there’s less of a need for parking.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced three long-term goals for cleaning up the Gold King Mine spill site in Colorado.

Paul Manafort now has a total sentence of 7 1/2 years after his sentencing yesterday. He also faces new charges in New York for mortgage fraud in addition to other financial crimes. The state charges are noteworthy not for their relationship to President Donald Trump but because the president wouldn’t be able to pardon them.

 

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