Charles covers state and local politics and the Colorado Legislature.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado in 1986.
Charles has worked in newspapers across Colorado and in a handful of other states since graduating from college, but has covered politics and the Legislature in Colorado since 1997, working at the State Capitol Building in Denver for various daily newspapers in the state. Now he lives in Grand Junction, but still goes to Denver during the legislative session.
Charles is an unaffiliated voter who has never been registered in a political party since he became eligible to vote.
DENVER — Unlike other state legislatures that have introduced bills designed to take over federal lands … more
DENVER — Some lawmakers want to ask the taxpaying public to voluntarily give up all or a portion of the … more
DENVER — It was a Colorado governors’ reunion Wednesday when former Govs. Roy Romer and Bill Owens … more
DENVER — Despite a change to a bill that could do away with elected county surveyors, a proposed ballot … more
DENVER — A conference committee on a measure to require motorists to have adequate tires and chains on … more
DENVER — The Colorado House gave final approval to a bill Monday that would give counties and other special … more
DENVER — No doubt about it, Rep. Dan Thurlow is conservative, but by how much depends on who’s … more
DENVER — Even though there’s no appropriated money for it, the Colorado House on Friday approved a bill … more
DENVER — Homeowners who use rain barrels are violating state water laws, but a bill discussed in a Senate … more
DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper is trying to light a fire under the Colorado Legislature to deal with at … more
DENVER — The state’s firefighting aerial fleet and its new research center in Rifle may get some help … more
DENVER — The Colorado Senate on Tuesday turned into a study a bill designed to require all passenger vehicles … more
DENVER — A bill to require public schools that use Native American names and images to get approval from a … more
DENVER — Central High School in Grand Junction would be one of the schools that could be required to justify … more
Despite arguments over some parts of the state’s $27 billion budget that the Colorado Legislature has been … more
Colorado police officers would be allowed to use chokeholds only in self-defense, and prosecutors who fail to file … more
Homeowners would have less time to file a lawsuit against builders for a construction defect to their homes under a … more
It is fiscally irresponsible for the Colorado Legislature to take $20 million in severance tax money to help … more
A Senate committee killed a bill Wednesday that would have barred mental health professionals from engaging in … more
Very small homeowners’ associations that were created before 1992 would be added to the state’s … more