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The 2018 midterms could be the year of the woman and possibly the independent as well - especially in Colorado.

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He may be out of the race for governor, but Tom Tancredo isn't leaving politics behind. He says he aims to get a measure on the November ballot that would ban so-called "sanctuary cities" across Colorado.

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Standing in the crowds at Denver’s Civic Center Park on Jan. 20, I struggled to see over people’s heads. But I had a clear view of thousands of poster-board signs poking out above the masses.

Messages about women’s reproductive rights, immigration reform and climate change were scribbled on signs in marker and colored pencil. Some signs referenced Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign – reading "I’m With Her" -- as well as "Time’s Up" signs referencing sexual harassment and the #metoo movement.

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Merchandising giant Amazon wants to open a second headquarters – called Amazon HQ2 -- outside of Seattle. Colorado is pulling together what it hopes is a winning bid, but it’s a competitive venture.

“This has gotten the attention of the nation for that matter -- and North America, so we’re competing internationally,” said J. J. Ament, the CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.

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While Colorado’s congressional delegation had mixed reactions to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, many continue to show bipartisan support for the policy. The executive order, signed by President Obama, gave children brought into the United States illegally a chance to stay in the country legally.

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President Donald Trump has nominated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary, bucking a recent trend of Midwest leadership at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and making many in the farm country of the Midwest and Great Plans a little leery.

Coupled with the appointments of leaders from Oklahoma and Texas to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy, respectively, there looks to be a shift in the power center of the parts of the federal government that most directly impact agriculture.

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Colorado’s senators are under increasing pressure to hold more public meetings during Congressional breaks.

A weeklong recess from Congress took Sen. Cory Gardner up and down the Front Range, meeting with small groups and conferences in controlled settings, but the Republican from Yuma has yet to schedule an in-person town hall.

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Colorado workers who earn minimum wage will see more money in their paychecks starting in the New Year.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017 the minimum wage will go up to $9.30 an hour, an increase of 99 cents. Under Amendment 70, which was passed by voters in the Nov. 2016 election, the minimum wage will rise every year by 90 cents until it reaches $12 an hour in 2020.

After 2020, it may rise based on inflation.

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Colorado’s major party U.S. Senate candidates held their only televised debate of the election on Tuesday night – but it was disrupted by minor party supporters.  About two dozen Green Party supporters stood outside the History Colorado Museum in Denver where the debate was held, pounding on the glass doors for 60 minutes. The noise was clearly a distraction for the audience and for incumbent Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and El Paso County Commissioner Daryl Glenn, his Republican challenger.

Colorado Debates Minimum Wage Measure

Sep 27, 2016
Bente Birkeland

Colorado is among a handful of states where voters are being asked if the minimum wage should be increased. Proponents say the bump for the lowest-paid workers would help struggling families. Many businesses say it could prompt layoffs.