A lawsuit that accused Colorado regulators of quietly and illegally concocting a policy to police doctors who recommend medical marijuana to patients was entirely hidden from public view during a nearly three-year court battle, secreted behind a judge’s order to keep it that way, The Denver Post has found.
When a report was given in a county meeting, The SUN became aware that the committee had held three or four meetings, some of them in private homes. Those meetings were not properly noticed public meetings as required by Colorado’s Open Meetings Law.
The Citizens United decision delivered by the Supreme Court in 2010 empowered political campaigns and corporations to move money around without detection. But corruption has followed American politics long before Citizens United. The new documentary “Dark Money” exposes the phenomenon past and present.
The journalists know a startup and a new business model are risky, Ryckman said, but they believe the risks are worth it. The journalists want to use their experience and institutional knowledge to bring deeper coverage and more collaboration to the Colorado news landscape.
The attorney for the family of the man shot and killed by the Aurora Police Department in the early hours of July 30 said they are willing to sue the City of Aurora for access to bodycam footage and other documents.
Dark money. Soft money. Hard money. When it comes to campaign cash, it’s complicated. So, as the 2018 election cycle heats up, here’s some clarification about what certainly will be an infusion of tens of millions of dollars into Colorado campaigns, with examples and some resources to explore further.
Our criminal justice system, our very structure of government in America is based on the fact that it is open to the public and available to public scrutiny. An Orwellian secret criminal justice system is anathema to every founding principle of American and Colorado government.
Colorado’s campaign finance law has a loophole that allows printed literature, mailers or other materials about candidates to be distributed without disclosing who paid for them if they don’t include what an elections division manager with the Secretary of State calls “magic words” such as “vote for” or “vote against.”
A frightening black hole of judicial secrecy exists in Colorado. If not for an experienced investigative journalist given the time and resources to chase the story — not just a sound bite — it might never have come to light.
For as long as we’ve had democracy in this country, we’ve had newspapers. It’s worth arguing that one can’t really exist without the other, that the lifeblood of democracy is well-informed citizens. And well-informed citizens don’t exist without media outlets that provide accurate, reliable, local information.