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John Frank, author of Denver
12 hours ago - Axios Denver

Distrust of major institutions is high in Colorado

Data: Magellan Strategies; Note: MOE +/- 3.5%; Chart: John Frank/Axios Visuals

Colorado voters are not feeling very trusting of the government — or the media.

Why it matters: A new poll from Magellan Strategies shows the state's trust in federal and local government ranks the lowest.

  • When compared to separate national Gallup polling, Colorado appears more distrustful than America as a whole.

The big picture: The survey comes after a year in which the government and media figured prominently in people's lives, from pandemic health orders to the 2020 election.

  • Democrats and unaffiliated voters "were appalled with the Trump administration's management of the federal government," said pollster David Flaherty.
  • Republicans "feel the government is rigged and run by liberal bureaucrats who stole the election," he added.

This story first appeared in the Axios Denver newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

John Frank, author of Denver
12 hours ago - Axios Denver

Colorado eyes a new firefighting tool: A $24 million Firehawk helicopter

A firefighting helicopter battles flames from a fire near Evergreen in July 2020. Photo: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Colorado is spending big money to amplify its ability to fight wildfires after the historic 2020 season scarred vast swaths of the state.

The state of play: "Based on this last year's experience there is recognition that the state needs to be better prepared," said state Rep. Julie McCluskie, a Democratic budget writer.

12 hours ago - Axios Denver

A controversial theory about Denver's rising crime

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Data: City and County of Denver; Reproduced from David Pyrooz; Chart: Axios Visuals

A research team believes de-policing is a key factor driving Denver's violent crime surge. The term describes a pullback from active policing, often in response to public scrutiny.

Why it matters: The controversial claim comes as police in Denver and across the country continue to face sharp public criticism over excessive force and brutality against people of color, with local policymakers actively working to divest from police forces or abolish them altogether.

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