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A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; Childcare key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 4, 2020 


Trump threatens Nevada with litigation for passing a bill to send ballots to all registered voters. Plus, primaries today in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington.

Public News Service - CO: Campaign Finance Reform/Money in Pol

Hundreds gathered at the Colorado State Capitol to protest U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' appearance at last week's American Legislative Exchange Council meeting. (Caroline Fry)

DENVER -- The American Legislative Exchange Council wrapped up its annual meeting in Denver on Friday, and activists say they'll keep watching as the group's agenda unfolds in coming months. The national organization, funded by more than 300 corporations and conservative foundations, brings lawmak

The Wisconsin-based Bradley Foundation is financing efforts to defund Colorado teachers' unions and move tax dollars from public schools to charters. (Getty Images)

DENVER - The Bradley Foundation, a Wisconsin-based conservative powerhouse, is taking its successful strategies targeting unions and public education to swing states including Colorado, according to new, separate reports by the Center for Media and Democracy and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Sam

As the Trump administration begins to tackle overhauling the nation's tax code, activists are urging the president to release his returns. (Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – As taxpayers hustle to meet next week's deadline, a coalition of education, labor and social-justice organizations is planning marches in cities across the nation demanding the release of President Trump's tax returns. Demonstrations are set for Saturday in Colorado Springs, Denver,

Four new bills could help Colorado voters cut through the noise of campaign ads by following the money. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers are being asked to shine some light on how so-called dark money influences political campaigns in the state. Four new bills introduced in the House would set limits on campaign spending and require additional disclosures for who's footing the bill. Peg Perl, senio

A new bill making its way through the Colorado Legislature could make pouring through large quantities of taxpayer-funded public data easier. (Pixabay)

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers are set to hear a bill Monday that would bring local and state governments one step closer to the levels of transparency sought by watchdog groups. Senate Bill 40 would update the Colorado Open Records Act, or CORA, making it possible to access digital copies of d

Colorado health groups are crying foul over claims made by opponents of Amendment 72. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Coloradans are enduring the typical onslaught of political advertising this election season, and many are familiar with arguments against Amendment 72, a proposal to increase cigarette taxes. Altria, Phillip Morris' parent company, has invested more than $17 million in the group "No o

Industry groups topped individual contributors in Colorado's ballot battles over health care, cigarette taxes and constitutional amendments. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Coloradans for Coloradans, the group working to defeat Amendment 69 on the statewide ballot, a measure that would create a universal health-care system, raised five times more money than the initiative's proponents, according to new analysis by Clean Slate Now. Jon Biggerstaff, the

A new report warns the rapid growth of charter schools could lead to privatization of the nation's public school system. (Pixabay)

DENVER – What began as an experiment to create innovation through charter schools has become a movement to privatize public education, according to a new report. Stan Salett, the report's co-author and president of the Foundation for the Future of Youth, spent more than four decades in publi

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