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Colorado state news and state government coverage from our correspondents on the Front Range. 

Colorado has one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the country, and state and federal officials are asking Congress for more money to try to expand public awareness and hire more healthcare workers. 

 U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez visited Colorado on Wednesday to campaign for a ballot measure increasing the state’s minimum wage. 

Courtesy of Club 20

Colorado’s first U.S Senate debate this election season kicked off over the weekend at Club 20, a group of western Colorado counties. Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters about the debate and race.

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Bente Birkeland

 Over the weekend Colorado’s candidates for the U.S. Senate discussed social security, free trade and foreign policy during their first debate.

Colorado is still the leanest state in the country, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

Colorado’s Republican Party Chairman said Donald Trump’s views on immigration are evolving, and he thinks the Republican nominee has so far made a strong law and order case on the issue. 

Access to something as simple as a doctor can be near impossible in the more rural parts of Colorado. The issue is especially pronounced along the Eastern Plains, leading state officials to embark on a new training program. The objective is to recruit and train more family practice physicians in places like Sterling, a city of about 15,000 people that’s 130 miles northeast of Denver.

 A bipartisan committee of lawmakers met Tuesday to begin crafting water policy that could be introduced during next year’s legislation session.

While many state lawmakers are busy with campaign season, that doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about some of the future policies they’ll be crafting. 

Rain Barrels Legal

Aug 11, 2016

 Rain barrels will be legal in Colorado starting Wednesday. State lawmakers passed a bill last legislative session to let people capture rain that falls from their roofs. 

 Signatures for anti-fracking proposals along with a new tax on cigarettes and tobacco were among those turned in Monday, which was the deadline for groups wanting to put questions in front of votes in November. 

 

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Governor John Hickenlooper has already been front and center this campaign season.

 Monday was the deadline for groups to turn in signatures for proposals that may go before voters this November.

Colorado has been seen as a key swing state during the last few presidential elections – but this year many political pundits say its trending blue, and won’t be a battleground state. But the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns aren’t treating it that way.

Hillary Clinton will host a campaign stop in Colorado Wednesday. It falls on the heels of Donald Trump’s visit to Colorado Springs and Denver last week.

Following Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech at the final night of the DNC, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a stop in Colorado Springs to try and gain momentum in a swing state that has so far provided lukewarm support.

"There is no reason we shouldn't win this state, heavy military and tremendous respect for law and order," Trump said. "We want law and order, we want a great military, we want our vets to be so happy."

Gordon Bronson

 There are hopes that Bernie Sanders’ supporters will back Hillary Clinton. As Bente Birkeland reports, some Colorado delegates are calling for unity at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Todd Wawrychuck, ABC

The state Republican Party is blasting ABC saying the network forced reality star Ben Higgins to drop out of a Colorado state legislative race.

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia got off to a rocky start. Supporters of Bernie Sanders repeatedly booed speakers and even Sanders himself, when he urged his backers to support Hillary Clinton.

Some of the consternation came from Colorado's delegates, where Sanders won the caucuses.

"I'm a Bernie person all the way," said Cleo Dioletis, a delegate from Denver. "In my mind, I have to support a strong candidate who is ethically correct."

Democrats are in Philadelphia this week for the start of their four-day convention to nominate Hillary Clinton for president. As Bente Birkeland reports, many in Colorado’s delegation are still backing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

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