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Denver joins legal effort to block Trump administration from withholding grants over immigration policy

Denver city officials again are entering the legal fray to challenge the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration, this time by trying to thwart new federal grant restrictions. Three days after the City Council approved a new immigration policy ordinance that limits how Denver can assist federal authorities, the city on Thursday …

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Her mother was deported. Now Colorado DACA recipient and mother of a young U.S. citizen fears same thing could happen to her.

Jennifer Romero was 2 years old when her parents brought her across the U.S. border from Mexico, and then into Colorado. She grew up in the Denver metro and went to Aurora Central High School, realizing when she was about 16 — when she wanted to get a driver’s license …

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“We do not do the work of ICE,” Denver police chief says as immigration ordinance is signed into law

Denver’s new immigration measures aim to resist federal enforcement in several ways, but Denver Police Chief Robert White summarized them bluntly at signing ceremony Thursday. “We do not do the work of ICE,” he said, referring to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a comment that prompted wild applause inside …

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Denver proposal aims to force disclosure of independent spending in elections as “dark money” trickles down

Companies, groups and other big spenders who work to support or defeat candidates and ballot measures in Denver’s local elections increasingly are operating in the shadows, city officials and good-government advocates say. Less than two years before the next municipal election, a Denver City Council proposal seeks to close transparency …

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Voters will get to decide whether large new Denver buildings must sprout rooftop gardens

The Denver Green Roof Initiative has cleared the petition threshold to make the Nov. 7 ballot, the Denver Elections Division confirmed. Backers of the initiative were notified Aug. 29 that the Elections Division verified 4,771 signatures on their petition as coming from valid registered city voters — just 45 above the …

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Denver will pay $460,000 to settle explosive claim of gender pay inequality by top employment hearing officer

Denver’s longtime chief hearing officer for resolving city employment disputes will receive $460,000 to settle her own claim that she was a victim of gender pay inequality, according to a settlement agreement obtained by The Denver Post. Valerie McNaughton’s settlement also includes a proposed change to career service rules that …

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Can Denver cut its greenhouse-gas emissions by 80 percent? It will take 100 percent renewable energy

Denver floated strategies on Wednesday for meeting its big climate change goal, including pushing Xcel Energy to supply electricity only from renewable sources before 2030. If these strategies are adopted, Denver would join Aspen, Boulder, Nederland and Pueblo among the more than 35 U.S. cities committed to using only renewable energy. “We …

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Denise Burgess named board chair of Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the first African-American to hold post in group’s 150 years

Denise Burgess took over as board chair of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, marking the first time in the group’s 150 years that an African-American has held the top post. “We are committed to ensuring opportunities are available to everyone in Colorado,” Burgess told the more than …

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Campaign for $937 million Denver bond package is ready for official kickoff and has $1.3 million to spend

Ahead of its official launch Saturday, the campaign to rally Denver voters to support a nearly $1 billion bond package on the Nov. 7 ballot has plenty of cash to spend — $1.3 million. That means voters will be hearing plenty about the $937 million package of public projects from the Our …

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Denver City Council approves new rules requiring reports of dark-money spending in elections

Campaign finance changes approved Monday by the City Council could make it more difficult for big spenders to escape public notice in Denver elections. The council proposal, approved unanimously in a block vote, will require the reporting of at least $1,000 in independent spending by individuals, companies or other organizations to …

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