Good morning, Lookout readers. Welcome back from your weekend — and a gorgeous weekend it was, if my friends' social media feeds from around the state can be believed. Even at 13,000 feet.
Did you catch the not-so-big game (ours is one of the few stories I've seen without "lowest-scoring" in the headline)? How about the Puppy Bowl? Katy and I actually spent most of the Superb Owl (a joke not original to us, but which Google is in on — see above) cooking. Katy spiralized zucchini and made a cream-tomato-red wine sauce, while I made super-low-carb meatballs with beef, chorizo, parmesan, a little onion and some spices (don't forget the thyme).
There's really a ton of news down there, so I'm going to get to it.
Top of the Hour
Top of the Hour features bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Agents working with the U.S. Marshals Service shot a man and woman during a stop in southwest Denver Friday; the man has died.
- For the first time, the Colorado legislature's powerful Joint Budget Committee has set aside time — today — for public comment on Gov. Jared Polis' proposed budget.
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife is cracking down on early antler collecting. Gathering shed deer and elk antlers is big business in Colorado, but west of I-25, it's illegal to search for them until May 1st.
- A bill would allow local governments to regulate nicotine products such as e-cigarettes without losing cigarette tax revenue. It's part of an effort to help fight teen vaping and is headed from committee to the full House.
The Big Stuff
If we want a Congress that gets things done for the country, maybe it should be more like Colorado
Rep. Mike Coffman at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
“It was all incredibly frustrating. You’re basically a bystander. There’s just a small group of people that really control the process.”
Former Colorado U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman
It's not so much the people at the U.S. Capitol that make Congress look so broken, it's the system itself that stifles debate, channels power to the top and pre-empts any chance for compromise. Former Rep. Mike Coffman thinks the nation's system could take a few lessons from Colorado's legislature.
Purplish, a politics podcast from CPR News, takes a look at just what makes Colorado's political landscape — long referred to as being purple, more-or-less — unique. This season, host Sam Brasch and company break down the secrets of the Colorado State Capitol for your ears.
The recent government shutdown has put on full display the dysfunction of how the U.S. Congress funnels power to party leaders. In 1988, Colorado voters recognized a similar issue and passed the GAVEL Amendment. What is it, how did it pass and did it work? Those questions are answered in Episode 1 of the new season of Purplish.
More CPR News
Former combat aviator for the U.S. Army, David Ortiz, VFW Post 1 program director in Denver, greets a well-wisher on the state House floor during Military Appreciation Day Friday, Feb. 1. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
- The Colorado State Capitol was packed on Friday for Military Appreciation Day — an annual tradition with a new addition this year: formal recognition of transgender military members, currently banned from serving.
- Gov. Jared Polis wants Colorado to spend $227 million on full-day kindergarten, but would the spending be effective? According to a meta-study by a Duke University professor, research indicates it does affect kids' achievement.
- Despite the overall crime rate and jail population staying steady in 2018, prosecutors filed 20 percent — 9,000 — more felony charges.
- Rising artist Jordan Casteel's solo show at the Denver Art Museum is a homecoming. She spoke to Colorado Matters about her family, how she came to be an artist and her relationships with her subjects.
- The legal battle over the 2017 4/20 celebration at Denver’s International Church of Cannabis came to a close with founder Steve Berke convicted on two charges and fined $71.
- Lindsey Vonn, the woman who's won more world cup races than any other, has conceded that her body is "broken beyond repair" and will retire after the world championships this month.
- Our national parks are a mess — trees cut down, trails beaten through off-limits areas, gates busted open, trash scattered in the wilderness. Park Service staff are scrambling to recover from the shutdown.
- Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone clinched an All-Star coaching berth Saturday night when the Nuggets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves. Malone will coach the team picked by L.A. Lakers star LeBron James.
- A lawsuit details how the family that owns Purdue Pharma — the makers of OxyContin — allegedly built a fortune through the company's intense sales push for the drug.
- Irv Brown, an icon of Denver sports talk radio, has died at age 83.
Worth a Read
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