Colorado Public Radio
Purplish is CPR News' podcast about state politics, state government, elections and political identity. Hosted by public affairs reporters Bente Birkeland and Andrew Kenney.
What’s up with Prop. II?
The state collected more money from new tobacco and nicotine taxes than it expected, and now voters must decide what to do.
Oct 20, 2023
10 min
What’s up with Prop. HH?
Wondering what this Prop. HH measure you see on your ballot is all about? We explain what this proposal would mean for your finances, and the state's.
Oct 17, 2023
26 min
Colorado Springs’ next mayor is a man few thought would win. What happened?
Yes, politics may be shifting in this conservative bulwark, but that's only one part of the story.
Jun 2, 2023
29 min
Land use, property taxes and party conflicts — how the legislature wrapped up
The end of session brought dramatic developments, bruising disagreements and a few goofy moments.
May 11, 2023
28 min
The legislature’s spending dance
Here’s a math problem for you: how do you get hundreds of different bills to add up to one balanced budget?
May 4, 2023
32 min
The year that could change how Colorado grows
Single-family homes have ruled Colorado development for a century, but Gov. Jared Polis and his allies believe the future needs to look very different.
Apr 21, 2023
31 min
Colorado’s blockbuster filibuster (and why it matters)
As Republican lawmakers adapt to their ‘super-minority’ in the House, they’re grappling with a big question: is it better to negotiate when they can, or dig in on delays?
Apr 6, 2023
29 min
Xcel’s winter of discontent
Sky-high utility bills and record corporate profits have many Coloradans — and lawmakers — asking if it’s time to rethink Xcel’s business model.
Mar 24, 2023
34 min
Disability rights at center stage
Housing, recreation, government -- advocates for people with disabilities say there are a lot of ways Colorado could be doing more to make those things accessible to all.
Mar 10, 2023
31 min
Rent control in Colorado?
The policy has been banned in Colorado for four decades, but that could all change this year.
Mar 3, 2023
33 min
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