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  • Colorado lawmakers, both Republican and Democrat, have concerns with GOP healthcare plan
    Posted in In the News on March 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    WASHINGTON — Three days after Republicans introduced their plan to re-do the Affordable Care Act, reaction among members of Colorado’s congressional delegation generally has split along partisan lines — though there’s been a greater range of responses from its GOP lawmakers. U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, has said little this week about his opinion of the Republican healthcare plan. But in a telephone town hall meeting on Wednesday, he raised questions about the cost of expanding Medicaid — a... Read more

  • House lawmakers debate how rigorously to regulate activities in space
    Posted in In the News on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON — The Final Frontier needs boundaries, too. With private entrepreneurs eager to launch tourists into Low Earth Orbit, service satellites and mine the moon, lawmakers are debating what sorts of regulations should be adopted to manage the increased commerce expected to take place in space over the next decade. Partisan differences over the role that government should play quickly emerged at a House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee hearing Wednesday. Republicans advocated a mod... Read more

  • 99-Year-Old Army Veteran Receives Bronze Star And Purple Heart
    Posted in In the News on March 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    A 99-year-old World War II veteran just received some long-overdue medals at a ceremony in Lakewood. Private First Class Buford Johnson served in Europe under General George Patton during the Battle of the Bulge. Johnson’s daughter, Darlene Johnson Ortega, says her dad was ready to serve when the Army drafted him, “because it was for his country and they called upon him.” In the summer of 1944, Johnson’s company crossed the English Channel and landed on the beach in France. They then traveled by... Read more

  • Enough of the town hall scandals; how about Ganja with Gardner?
    Posted in In the News on March 2, 2017 | Preview rr

    QUID HAS HEARD that the angry people have spoken and the happy Colorado electeds are listening. Seems that yours truly can’t get to one’s favorite kitty gifs and vids on Twitter and Facebook these days without stumbling over memes and mass protests from voters who want town meetings with their elected officials, dammit. Carboard cutouts are overtaking Facebook food porn, and your faithful hack has had enough. Clearly, Senator Grinning Gardner will not be subjecting himself to actually answer que... Read more

  • Coffman On Sessions: ‘Made A Grave Omission’
    Posted in In the News on March 2, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON (CBS4) – Colorado’s congressional delegation is responding to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s contacts with Russia ahead of the 2016 election. On Thursday, Sessions announced that he will recuse himself from investigations involving the Trump campaign and potential contacts with Russia, saying he felt he should not investigate a campaign that he had a role in. This after it was learned that Sessions had contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, of which he didn’t admit in conf... Read more

  • How Colorado’s congressional delegation reacted to Donald Trump’s joint address
    Posted in In the News on February 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Donald Trump’s joint address to Congress outlined his priorities for his first year in office, recapping his first month in office and hitting controversial issues such as immigration, refugees and health care. The president’s prime-time speech to a joint session Tuesday drew sharp reactions from Colorado’s delegation in Washington. Here’s what they said: U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, Republican: “Tonight, President Trump outlined his plan to tackle our country’s challenges. I am encouraged that he pr... Read more

  • Governor John Hickenlooper Responds to Sean Spicer's Comments on Marijuana
    Posted in In the News on February 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    After White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that we should expect “greater enforcement” of marijuana laws, particularly regarding recreational sales, Colorado politicians responded. Governor John Hickenlooper appeared on MSNBC on February 24 and then on Meet the Press on February 26 when he was in Washington, D.C., for a governors' conference. During both appearances, he noted that he did not approve of marijuana legalization when it passed in Colorado, adding that he continues to be wary... Read more

  • Not just Cory Gardner: Colorado lawmakers shy away from town halls
    Posted in In the News on February 27, 2017 | Preview rr

    By 7:30 p.m. Friday night, a smiling cardboard cutout of Republican Sen. Cory Gardner was a little worse for wear, plastered with a sign saying “you’re fired,” wearing a hot pink “pussyhat” and surrounded by constituents eagerly taking selfies. This was the aftermath of a so-called “With you or without you” town hall, a spectacle of political theater constituents organized after the junior senator refused to host the public town hall they were demanding. Armed with signs and pointed, well-resear... Read more

  • Rep. Perlmutter spearheading efforts to get commemorative pins to Vietnam Veterans
    Posted in In the News on February 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    DENVER -- Back in 2008, a National Defense Authorization Act created a program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and honoring the veterans who served in Vietnam between 1955 and 1975. Vietnam Veterans: Learn how you can get a commemorative lapel pin Through the commemoration, veterans that served during that time can apply for lapel pins that read “Vietnam War Veteran” on the front and “A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You” on the back. While many of the pins are being mai... Read more

  • Banks Get Skittish on Pot as Feds Signal Crackdown
    Posted in In the News on February 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    (BNA) -- Banks may get more skittish about taking on marijuana-related businesses as customers after the White House signaled greater federal oversight of the industry. Press Secretary Sean Spicer Feb. 23 said there will be “greater enforcement” of recreational marijuana, which is legal in eight states and Washington, D.C. “Until it's made clear what the Administration's statement means, it's likely that banks already serving the industry will continue doing so, albeit apprehensively,” Jenifer W... Read more

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