Last month, Colorado Governor Jared Polis, who took office this past January, decided he didn't like two news stories covering an initiative for labor preparedness that he had created by executive order. Through his spokesman, Conor Cahill, Polis attempted to pressure two rural newspapers, the Kiowa County Press (which serves a town of 609 people) and the Chronicle-News (serving a population of 8,100) to take down the reprinted articles, which even-handedly described Polis' newly formed "Office of Future of Work." The content of the news stories was strikingly benign and included quotations from critics and supporters of the initiative alike. Polis' rationale, instead, rested on the fact that the reprinted stories had initially appeared in The Center Square, a media organization with ties to conservative groups.
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