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  • U.S. House passes legislation to crack down on voter suppression
    Posted in In the News on December 6, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights

    The U.S. House passed legislation on Friday that would give the federal government broader authority to police voting rights violations across the country. The bill, a top priority for House Democrats, passed by a vote of 228-187, with just one Republican — Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania — breaking party ranks to vote for the measure. The vote “is the most important non-violent instrument or tool we have in a democratic society and people should be able to use it, all of our citizens,” R... Read more

  • Majority of Colorado’s congressional Democrats sign on to court brief supporting reproductive rights
    Posted in In the News on December 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Most of the Democratic members of Colorado’s congressional delegation have added their names to a brief in a pending Supreme Court case which could further limit the reproductive rights of women. Thirty-six senators and 161 representatives “seek to protect the integrity of the legislative process, which is undermined when unnecessary, politically targeted, and intentionally unconstitutional legislation is enacted for pretextual reasons,” they wrote. The legislators referred to June Medical Servi... Read more

  • Colorado’s representatives ask Trump administration to stay the course on methane rule
    Posted in In the News on November 26, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Over 70 members of Congress, including three from the Colorado delegation, have written to the Trump Administration asking to maintain an Obama-era rule to capture methane. “Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases driving climate change — 84 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in the first two decades after its release,” the letter reads. “Nearly 30 percent of harmful methane emissions in the United States come from the oil and gas sector, a key reason for EPA’s previous actions t... Read more

  • BIDLACK | Will Perlmutter's 'space weather' bill weather Trump's anti-science tilt?
    Posted in In the News on November 26, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Right up front I want to confess my bias. I’m a strong pro-science guy, and I’m very interested in astronomy and space. I watched Apollo 15’s launch to the Moon, and I have bits of meteorites proudly displayed on my mantle. There, I said it, I’m a nerd (Ed: gasp!) Thus, it likely doesn’t come as a surprise that a particular Colorado Politics story leapt out at me from my computer screen: Colorado U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter introduced a bill to study space weather. Now, you may be asking yourself, w... Read more

  • LYNN BARTELS | Local campaigns: the best show in town
    Posted in In the News on November 26, 2019 | Preview rr

    Here’s to the people who run for office, who stand in front of friends, family and strangers and ask for their help. Here’s to the people who give up their nights and weekends to walk doors and drop campaign literature and attend candidate forums in hopes of getting someone they believe in elected to office. Here’s to you, Omar Montgomery in your first run for office, for mayor of Aurora. Only 215 votes separated you from the winner, former Congressman Mike Coffman, who takes office Dec. 2. And ... Read more

  • Coloradans to have more say on impeachment at the next step
    Posted in In the News on November 23, 2019 | Preview rr

    After two weeks of public testimony from a dozen witnesses over many hours, the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump will move next month to the House Judiciary Committee, giving Colorado members from both parties more input on the impeachment process. The House Intelligence Committee, which does not contain a Coloradan, is expected to write a report in the coming week or two. It will then fall on the Judiciary Committee, which includes Reps. Ken Buck and Joe Neguse of Colorado, to dr... Read more

  • Colorado congressmen ask baseball commissioner to keep minor league teams
    Posted in In the News on November 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Six of Colorado’s congressmen have written to the commissioner of Major League Baseball expressing their opposition to the proposed elimination of 42 of the 160 minor league teams. “Having access to minor league teams not only has unmatched economic benefits to the areas [outside of Denver], but they allow for families to enjoy professional baseball games in their hometowns,” reads the letter dated Thursday. U.S. Reps. Scott Tipton, Jason Crow, Doug Lamborn, Joe Neguse, Ed Perlmutter and Ken Buc... Read more

  • Colorado congressmen ask baseball commissioner to keep minor league teams
    Posted in In the News on November 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Six of Colorado’s congressmen have written to the commissioner of Major League Baseball expressing their opposition to the proposed elimination of 42 of the 160 minor league teams. “Having access to minor league teams not only has unmatched economic benefits to the areas [outside of Denver], but they allow for families to enjoy professional baseball games in their hometowns,” reads the letter dated Thursday. U.S. Reps. Scott Tipton, Jason Crow, Doug Lamborn, Joe Neguse, Ed Perlmutter and Ken Buc... Read more

  • Lawmakers And Advocates React To Historic Passage Of Bill To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition
    Posted in In the News on November 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Drug policy reform advocates and lawmakers celebrated on Wednesday after a key congressional committee approved a bill to end federal marijuana prohibition for the first time in history. The House Judiciary Committee voted 24-10, including two “aye” votes from Republican lawmakers, to advance the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) is the bill’s sponsor. The legislation would federally deschedule cannabis, provide expungement and resente... Read more

  • House Committee Approves Bill to End Marijuana Prohibition
    Posted in In the News on November 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    A U.S. House of Representatives committee has passed a landmark bill that would end federal marijuana prohibition, but the measure still has a long path to the President's desk. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019, better known as the MORE Act, would end federal marijuana prohibition while allowing states to regulate the plant how they see fit, as well as set up funding and programs that allow expungement for cannabis offenders and social equity within any potentia... Read more

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