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  • Coloradans may figure in Nancy Pelosi’s future
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr

    For Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, the August recess was all about November. After eight years in the minority, Democrats are in their best position to retake the House, and they’re trying not to mess it up. But the August recess was also about Democrats’ longtime leader: Nancy Pelosi. Aware of the threat to her 16-year reign, the Democrat from San Francisco made the media rounds, providing interviews to the New York Times, Associated Press and NPR. She blasted out op-eds and ar... Read more

  • DEBT VALLEY | A young Norristown woman got cancer, while her student loans piled up
    Posted in In the News on September 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Student Loan Debt

    Julie Hlebik of Norristown was excited to go to college, but before she earned a degree, she got cancer. Her education journey turned into a nightmare of doctors' visits, chemotherapy, proton therapy — and student-loan debt piling up. "I just kept getting ill. After the first year of cancer, all of my savings from working before and during the first year were gone," Hlebik said. In six years, her balance ballooned from about $11,500 to $18,000 — just on interest. College students such as Hlebik... Read more

  • Survey: Outdoors fund benefits all businesses
    Posted in In the News on September 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy

    The preponderance of business owners in Colorado and three other western states believe the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has been beneficial to their bottom lines, according to a recent survey. A poll of more than 800 mostly small-business owners in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Montana showed that the public lands that exist within those states, and the federal fund that helps secure more open lands, is not only good for the outdoor industry, but all others as well. The survey, ... Read more

  • Legal Marijuana: The $9 Billion Industry That Most Banks Won't Touch
    Posted in In the News on September 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Imagine an industry with $9 billion in sales — equivalent to the entire snack market — where only 30% of businesses had a bank account. That’s the situation we face today in the legal marijuana business. Hardworking commercial operators are struggling to find banks that will work with them, forcing these entrepreneurs to conduct most business with cash. Serious security concerns and a lack of funding to scale these businesses are just two of the unfortunate outcomes. While medical marijuana is l... Read more

  • This Colorado fantasy football league was first started in 1973
    Posted in In the News on September 6, 2018 | Preview rr

    The members of the "Oldest League Around" have been playing fantasy football for decades. They've been doing things, for the most part, the same way. Their draft is all paper - no apps or computers (well, maybe a computer or two for background info) - and to draft they set up a whiteboard, hand out large sheets of paper and enjoy a fair few drinks. The league's name isn't just a clever play on words. This is likely the longest-running fantasy football league in Colorado. It was started in 1973 a... Read more

  • 1,000 call center jobs lost in Colorado Springs while companies expand overseas
    Posted in In the News on September 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Five call centers in Colorado Springs have either closed their doors or laid off employees since Dec. 31, resulting in the loss of 1,000 local jobs while the companies that operate those centers expand operations in low-wage countries. Centers operated in the Springs by Alorica and StarTek closed Dec. 31 and March 31, respectively, laying off all 547 employees. Conduent will close its center Oct. 12 and lay off all 410 employees. All three centers worked with multiple clients in multiple indust... Read more

  • Four Colorado Congressional lawmakers sign conservation-fund letter
    Posted in In the News on August 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder and three other members of Colorado’s House delegation have signed onto the latest effort to urge Congressional leaders to find a way to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. But missing from the letter: the only Republican in Colorado’s House delegation – U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora – who has co-sponsored legislation that would do exactly what the letter asks. The fund, which largely draws on federal offshore drilling,... Read more

  • Colorado businesses call on lawmakers to renew federal conservation fund
    Posted in In the News on August 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    A Colorado coalition of 70 businesses sent a letter Thursday to the state’s congressional delegation asking the lawmakers to support permanently reauthorizing the 54-year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund, which will expire Sept. 30. The businesses, ranging from a mortgage company to outdoor equipment companies to retail stores, wrote to federal lawmakers that the fund has generated more than $268 million since its inception to help build trails in Colorado, protect fish and wildlife habitat ... Read more

  • Alarm from Colorado's congressional Democrats over Trump admin. gathering negative marijuana data
    Posted in In the News on August 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    DENVER – U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet on Thursday sent a scathing letter to the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy urging the administration to reconsider its quest to gather negative data about legal marijuana programs, like the one in Colorado. The letter comes a day after BuzzFeed News reported that the White House and the Office of National Drug Control Policy had created the “Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee,” which has asked more than a dozen federal agencies and the D... Read more

  • After Cohen guilty plea, Colorado’s Cory Gardner stresses support for Mueller investigation
    Posted in In the News on August 22, 2018 | Preview rr

    Colorado’s elected officials are expressing support for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in the aftermath of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s guilty plea Tuesday. Cohen said in court that President Trump directed him to make payments to two women during the 2016 campaign so they would keep silent about alleged affairs. Those speaking up on behalf of Mueller’s efforts include Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who was captured on CNN exiting Air Force One with President Trump in We... Read more

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