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  • This appointment of a special counsel is great, according to Colorado’s reps and senators
    Posted in In the News on May 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Colorado Democrats and Republicans agree — at least the ones who are talking. Appointing former FBI director Robert Mueller to get to the bottom of whatever is going on between the Trump administration, its associates and the Russian government is a good move. Democrats, though, are taking a “it’s about time!” stance, while Republicans are a bit more cautious. Mueller was named “special counsel” on Wednesday. If you’re wondering what the difference is between a special prosecutor and a special c... Read more

  • Seize the day
    Posted in In the News on May 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    This Saturday, May 20 marks the first-ever Colorado Public Lands Day, a holiday created as a non-political celebration of public lands, but whose meaning seems amplified in a national political climate where public lands protection is under threat. More than 100 events of all kinds are planned around the state to ring in the new holiday, which is the only state-specific celebration of public lands (National Public Lands Day happens every September 30). There’s a group run in Durango, a hiking gu... Read more

  • Colorado Democrats call for probe after report Trump shared classified intel with Russians
    Posted in In the News on May 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Colorado Democrats are calling for an independent investigation in the face of a bombshell media report that President Donald Trump shared highly sensitive, classified intelligence about the Islamic State with Russian diplomats during a White House visit last week, a revelation that Trump appeared to both confirm and defend early Tuesday. The original report from the Washington Post said Trump revealed highly classified information about the self-proclaimed Islamic State to Russian Foreign Minis... Read more

  • Letter: Help in fight against Alzheimer's
    Posted in In the News on May 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    The human toll of Alzheimer's is obvious. Today, there are more than 5 million Americans living with this disease - the only leading cause of death without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. Barring the development of medical breakthroughs, the number of Americans with the disease is set to triple over the next 35 years. , and the cost of care will increase to $1.1 trillion in 2050. This year, the annual cost of caring for individuals living with Alzheimer's or other dementias ... Read more

  • Private Bills For The Relief Of Undocumented Immigrants Are Now A Trump Admin Target
    Posted in In the News on May 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    When two Colorado undocumented immigrants received temporary reprieves to stay in the United States until 2019, they marched and sang and cheered in the streets. Their lawyers thanked members of Congress. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Jared Polis introduced private bills for Jeanette Vizguerra and Arturo Hernandez Garcia, two immigrants who had taken sanctuary in Colorado churches to avoid deportation. This rare legislative maneuver was only used a couple of dozen ti... Read more

  • Trump allegedly leaked classified info to Russians: How Colorado's members of Congress are reacting
    Posted in In the News on May 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump shared highly classified information about U.S. operations involving the Islamic State with two high-ranking Russian officials in a meeting last week, according to a story first published by the Washington Post and later corroborated by multiple other news organizations on Monday. The White House has called the report false, but news outlets are standing by their stories. In Congress, most members have been cautious in their reactions, but many say if the stor... Read more

  • Undocumented immigrant will see daughter graduate from high school
    Posted in In the News on May 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    DENVER — An undocumented immigrant who was facing deportation will have the chance to see his daughter graduate from high school Monday. In 2014, Arturo Hernandez Garcia sought sanctuary in a Colorado church while fighting deportation. He had stayed in the church for nine months. In 2015, he received a letter from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that said he wasn’t a priority for enforcement. So he left the church and returned to his home in Denver with his wife and kids. In April, Immi... Read more

  • Feds Grant Stays For Sanctuary Immigrants Jeanette Vizguerra, Arturo Hernandez Garcia
    Posted in In the News on May 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Federal officials Thursday granted temporary stays for Arturo Hernandez Garcia and Jeanette Vizguerra. This means Vizguerra can leave the church basement she has been living in. Garcia, a father and small business owner, was granted a temporary stay earlier in May to attend his daughter's graduation. Both Vizguerra and Garcia were granted stays by the Immigration Customs and Enforcement service until 2019. "I am pleased to hear that Jeanette and Arturo have been granted temporary stays," said Se... Read more

  • Undocumented activist living in church gets stay of removal
    Posted in In the News on May 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    An undocumented woman who lived in a Colorado church for 86 days to take sanctuary from immigration agents left the church Friday after being granted a stay of removal. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) granted the stay Thursday to Jeanette Vizguerra, an immigration activist who was featured in Time's 100 most influential people list, allowing her to remain in the country until March 15, 2019. “This is a special day for me, because I will be able to celebrate Mother’s Day with my ch... Read more

  • Deportation reprieve for Vizguerra, Hernandez Garcia slipped in before White House changed rules
    Posted in In the News on May 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Jeanette Vizguerra walked triumphantly out of the sanctuary of a downtown Denver church Friday morning and joined Arturo Hernandez Garcia on the state Capitol grounds to celebrate the news that they won’t face deportation for at least two more years. But Vizguerra and Hernandez Garcia said they were among 33 lucky immigrants who have been living in the country illegally and were granted a stay of deportation just before the Trump administration changed the rules for others in similar situations.... Read more

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