Below, I've listed some of my favorite reporting about Colorado's legislative session that ended Wednesday.
My favorite: The Denver Post's John Frank wrote an accessible, yet detail-rich, article on the failed effort to secure funding for a wildly successful teen pregnancy prevention program. Read it here: IUD Jewelry Emerges at Colorado Capitol to Demystify and Educate on Birth Control.
The Post's Joey Bunch and John Frank teamed up to show how middle class reality connects to the legislature. Read it here: Fear and Worry in Colorado's Middle Class Lures Politicos.
The Grand Junction Sentinel's Charles Ashby provided a cool look at the flaming arrows launched at Republican Rep. Dan Thurlow. Read it here: Thurlow Defends Record.
Colorado Public Radio reporter Megan Verlee' provides an outside-the-Capitol perspective on the teen pregnancy issue. Listen here: For Colorado Teen Moms, There's Help but Daunting Statistic.
Colorado Public Radio's Verlee demystified the complicated debate about the Earned Income Tax Credit. Listen here: 5 Things to Know about the Earned Income Tax Credit, a Proven Poverty Reliever.
Denver Post reporter Lynn Bartels explained how a bill offering help for the middle class was killed over one lawmaker's concern that his rich constituents wouldn't like it. Read it here: Upper Class Protected During Debate about Saving for College.
Great in-depth reporting by the National Journal's Nora Kaplan-Bricker about Colorado's latest birth-control battle and teen pregnancy program. Read it here: The Big Battle Over a Little Device.
And finally, I can't resist adding the Aurora Sentinel's outstanding editorial on the failed teen pregnancy prevention measure. (Sorry for the repeated citations of coverage of this legislation, but it generated the most inspired reporting.) Read it here: The birth of ignorance; get science right before voting on teen pregnancy bill.