U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is introducing a public option health care fix with a rural focus

“Medicare-X” would let people buy into Medicare plans and provider networks and would be rolled out first in counties with one or no insurance providers.

Michael Bennet on Election Night 2016 at the downtown Denver Westin. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Michael Bennet on Election Night 2016 at the downtown Denver Westin. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Tim Kaine of Virginia, both Democrats, plan to introduce their own health care proposal this week that aims to provide relief in rural areas, the Washington Post reports.

The proposal doesn’t go as far as the single-payer or “Medicare for All” plan introduced by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont. That plan has been treated as a sort of litmus test by activists on the left. As the Post notes, this new proposal’s backers are swing-state Democrats walking a line between activists on the left and political realities on the ground.


George Lopez tells Trump jokes at Denver diabetes gala, upsetting crowd and internet

The Children’s Diabetes Foundation’s Carousel Ball in Denver this year raised about $1.65 million and produced another scrap of meat for culture warriors.

The Children’s Diabetes Foundation’s Carousel Ball in Denver this year raised about $1.65 million for diabetes research. It also produced something less valuable: another scrap of meat for culture warriors on the internet.



Why the Colorado General Assembly’s special session looks like a bust

There’s still a live bill in the Democratic-controlled House and an opportunity for this all to turn out differently, but it’s not a bet I would take.

The Colorado Senate President Kevin Grantham on the gavel, March 15, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) capitol; copolitics; government; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado; senate
The Colorado Senate President Kevin Grantham on the gavel, March 15, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Republicans came into the Colorado General Assembly’s 2017 special session pretty irritated with the whole business, and a little after lunch time on Monday, GOP state senators had already killed one bill that would fix the mistake for which the special session was called.

The tax problem in question is expected to cost special taxing districts around the state a collective $4.3 million this fiscal year and $8.5 million in the next fiscal year, with most of the loss coming from the Regional Transportation District.

There’s still a live bill in the Democratic-controlled House and an opportunity for this to turn out differently, but it’s not a bet I would take.


Instead of stealing workers from each other, Colorado and South Dakota want to partner

Gov. Dennis Daugaard was in Denver on Monday talking about the regional need to expand career opportunities for students, graduates and displaced workers.

Western Governors' Workforce Development Initiative Colorado Workshop at the Art Hotel in Denver, Colorado, Sept 18, 2017. (Ellen Jaskol/Western Governors' Association)
Western Governors’ Workforce Development Initiative Colorado Workshop at the Art Hotel in Denver, Colorado, Sept 18, 2017. (Ellen Jaskol/Western Governors’ Association)

The governor of South Dakota wants Colorado and other Western states to team up on tackling workforce shortages that could be keeping companies away and slowing economic growth.