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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.
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.
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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.
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.