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Colorado Edition: Faithless Electors

Jackie Hai

Today on Colorado Edition: We’ll learn about the faithless electors case going in front of the Supreme Court. Plus, we’ll hear from a local restaurant that is re-opening without state approval. We will also learn about what work has been like for essential workers at this time, hear from a local graduating college senior, and get the latest on what school in Colorado may look like in the fall.

Local Restaurant Re-Opens

Under the state’s safer-at-home order, restaurants are not allowed to re-open. But that hasn’t stopped a few around our state. Today, we hear from Kelley Chagolla, the owner of The Charro Mexican Restaurant in Greeley, about why they decided to do so.

The ‘Faithless Elector’ Case

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments – by telephone – in the case Colorado v. Baca. Events leading to the lawsuit started in Colorado with the 2016 presidential election. The case examines the rights of so-called “faithless electors;” these are members of the electoral college who don’t vote for the candidate for whom they pledged to vote. 

Keith Whittington, professor of politics at Princeton University, joined us to describe the case, and its potential impacts

Essential Workers Reflect on Working Through Pandemic

Many non-essential businesses are again open in Colorado. This means workers are emerging from their work from home routines. But thousands of people never had the ability to do that. These “essential” workers have continued to go in during the coronavirus outbreak. As KUNC’s Stephanie Daniel reports - it’s been stressful time for them and their families.

Graduating During a Pandemic

This week, we are hearing from graduating seniors at Colorado colleges and universities about what it’s like to graduate at this time. 

One of those seniors is Blake Ocompo. He is a chemistry and biochemistry double major at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Will Schools Be Open In The Fall?

Graduating seniors are unsure about what the future holds. The same is true for students who have to resume learning next fall. We just don’t know yet what day one of classes might look like. But there are a couple of possibilities on the table, and Erica Meltzer, bureau chief of Chalkbeat Colorado, joined us to talk through what classes could like look like next fall.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman (@HWZimmerman), and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. Managing editor Brian Larson contributed to this episode.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a news magazine taking an in-depth look at the issues and culture of Northern Colorado. It's available on our website, as well as on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can hear the show on KUNC's air, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with a rebroadcast of the previous evening's show Tuesday through Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.