Family Matters

February 14, 2020
A rally outside the Capitol on the first day of the 2020 legislative session. Jan. 8, 2020.A rally outside the Capitol on the first day of the 2020 legislative session. Jan. 8, 2020.Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite
Vaccine policy is just one of many issues where the philosophical divide over the appropriate role of government is often on full display.

It's one of the most passionate fault-lines in state politics: how to balance the authority of parents with the need to protect children and advance society's interests. How lawmakers answer that question shapes everything from vaccine policy to educational programming. This week, the Capitol took a big-picture view, during a marathon hearing over a Parents Bill of Rights. Hosts Andrew Kenney and Bente Birkeland, along with editor Megan Verlee, explore how this issue colors so much of how the two parties see the world.