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Recently recognized as “the face of political journalism on local TV news” in Denver, Eli Stokols brings you the latest in Colorado politics weeknights on FOX31 and KWGN, and 24-7 with breaking stories on The Political Page at KDVR.com and Twitter.

An award-winning journalist, Eli’s reports seek to provide both sides of the story, to offer context, and to break down the disconnect between public officials and the public at-large by showing the human impact of laws and public policy as well as the human side of the lawmakers who make them.

A fixture on Denver’s airwaves since 2005, Eli began his reporting career in Louisiana, covering hurricanes, tornadoes, crime and corruption, even patching potholes once a week. Even now, he continues to live and die with the New Orleans Saints.

In 2002, Eli received a Masters degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, where he spent the year reporting on the attacks of 9/11 and their aftermath, including seven months inside a Manhattan firehouse documenting how the firefighters there coped with the loss of a seven-man crew.

He is also a proud graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. There, he majored in history and pitched for the Cal baseball team — whenever they had a safe lead of 10 runs or more.

Eli grew up in Irvine, California, where his broadcasting career was born in his parent’s living room, where he first read the news from his desk at the age of 10. It later flourished in the park across the street, where Eli would announce imaginary baseball games out loud for the neighbor’s enjoyment, often treating them to double-headers.

In high-school, he was a teammate of former Rockies third-baseman Garrett Atkins. A decade later, Eli had the unique and unexpected pleasure of covering Garrett’s exploits during the 2007 World Series. Naturally, Eli roots for the Rockies but remains an Angels fan at heart. He is passionate about many things in addition to news and sports, including books, penguins and sandwiches.

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    Conservationists warn of drilling boom in Arapahoe County

    DENVER — Although Colorado’s drilling boom has largely impacted homeowners in Weld County and along the northern Front Range, conservationists issued a warning Monday to homeowners in heavily populated Arapahoe County: “you’re next.” Using existing public data of existing oil and gas leases, Conservation Colorado launched a new website showing the potential impact to residents in this growing suburban county, which also happens to be the state’s most important political battleground, including more than 30 schools that now sit atop […]

  • Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Golden, speaking at a press conference in Washington, DC on Thursday.

    Perlmutter’s red light camera ban a revealing signal?

    DENVER — Seemingly out of the blue, Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter introduced legislation in Congress Thursday that would ban states and cities from using red-light cameras to catch drivers who disobey traffic laws. But the legislation, whatever its chances of passing out of the Republican-controlled U.S. House, may be a signal of another kind. The unabashedly liberal Perlmutter’s embrace of this populist and relatively popular legislation is the kind of action one might take if they were, say, considering a […]

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    ‘Parents Bill of Rights’ proposal underlines vaccines, sex education opt-outs

    DENVER — Federal data Tuesday showing Colorado kindergartners having the lowest immunization rate in the country would seem to illustrate that parents here already have the option of not vaccinating their children against certain diseases. But this week, just as a politically fraught debate over vaccinations is dominating the conversation between 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls, Colorado lawmakers will debate legislation that would underline the rights parents already possess to opt out of immunizations as well as comprehensive sex education in […]

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    GOP committee clears proposal to repeal expanded background checks

    DENVER — Democrats scheduled a spate of Republican gun bills for Monday, which happens to be Groundhog Day, in order to make a point about the GOP’s stubborn and seemingly never-ending opposition to Colorado’s new gun safety laws, which were approved by the Democrat-controlled legislature two years ago. At a press conference inside the Capitol’s west foyer ahead of the afternoon’s hearings, gun control activists handed out groundhogs — well, stuffed animals — just to be sure the assembled reporters […]

  • Julie Selsberg, left, pictured with her father, Charles Selsberg, who urged state lawmakers to allow terminally ill patients to 'die with dignity' a month before he died from ALS.

    ‘Death with dignity’ legislation introduced in Colorado

    DENVER — A year ago, Julie Selsberg sat on her father’s death bed at the end of a slow, agonizing death and told him she loved him, that she was sorry he suffered so much and that she would work on his behalf to enable the terminally ill to die with dignity. On Tuesday, Selsberg fought back tears from behind a podium in the west foyer of the State Capitol as she made good on that promise, heralding the introduction of […]

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    Powdered alcohol ban advances at the Capitol

    DENVER — In a state where policy-makers and law enforcement agencies are struggling to stay ahead of the myriad consequences of recreational marijuana, support is growing behind a preemptive ban on another, lesser-known but potentially dangerous novelty: powdered alcohol or “Palcohol.” On Monday, a Democrat-controlled committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of a Republican-sponsored bill that would preemptively ban powdered alcohol in Colorado until lawmakers establish regulations for it. House Bill 1031 is now headed to the House floor after Monday’s […]

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    Colorado delegation reacts to Obama’s State of the Union address

    DENVER — Predictably partisan and penned by staffers, reactions from members of Congress are a State of the Union tradition — and, based on this year’s sample, many of these folks aren’t into the whole brevity thing. Newly-elected Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, offered a technologically advanced take on the post-speech press release, recording his reaction on video and posting it to YouTube before attending the speech. His transcribed remarks and statements from other members of the Colorado delegation are reprinted […]

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    Hickenlooper announces plan to help long-term unemployed

    DENVER — With Colorado’s economic recovery outpacing the rest of the country’s, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced a new series of initiatives on Thursday that aim to help the long-term unemployed find jobs. The state will direct $3 million to pay for comprehensive assistance to those without a job for more than 26 weeks, tax breaks for companies that hire long-term unemployed workers as well as stipends for workers to offset the cost of internships, training and career coaching. It’s the […]

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    Republicans take control of state Senate as legislature opens

    DENVER — Republicans took control of the state senate for the first time in a decade as the Colorado legislature reconvened Wednesday. Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, accepted the gavel from outgoing Senate President Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, who he thanked for “serving with honor and distinction.” Cadman, a long-time state lawmaker, now presides over a narrow 18-17 GOP majority in the legislature’s upper chamber and struck a bipartisan tone in his opening day remarks. “We all want to be […]

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    Lawmakers want investigation into VA’s botched treatment of Grand Junction veteran

    DENVER — Rodger Holmes served his country in Vietnam. After he came home to Grand Junction, his struggles with depression and alcoholism left him homeless but he entered treatment programs, worked his way back and spent the last years of his life serving his community, counseling other veterans facing demons he knew well. He might still be doing so had the 64-year-old not gone to the VA Hospital in Grand Junction last summer to finally treat his Hepatitis C — […]