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  • Immigrants who sought refuge in Denver may be last 2 granted deportation stay in the U.S.
    Posted in In the News on May 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    DENVER - Congress performs in the public (for the most part), but has a very private way to quietly assist those in the country illegally. You've heard the news that Colorado's two best known people living in the country illegally, are getting to stay longer. Jeanette Vizguerra and Arturo Hernandez were granted nearly two-year stays because of a little-known process that begins with a "private bill" in Congress. In March, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced a private bill "for the relief of... Read more

  • Colorado’s Michael Bennet joins call for special prosecutor in Russian case after FBI director’s firing
    Posted in In the News on May 10, 2017 | Preview rr

    Sen. Michael Bennet is leading Colorado’s Democratic delegation to Washington calling for a special prosecutor into Russian connections to Donald Trump’s campaign last year. The calls came after the president’s firing of FBI director James Comey, allegedly for treating Hillary Clinton unfairly during last year’s campaign. As he did across the nation, Trump goaded chants of “lock her up” in Colorado on the campaign trail last year in regards to Clinton’s alleged handling of the classified e-mails... Read more

  • Trump defends Comey firing, says everyone will thank him after ‘things calm down’ — COLORADO REACTION
    Posted in In the News on May 10, 2017 | Preview rr

    President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey, asserting in a flurry of tweets Wednesday that Republicans and Democrats “will be thanking me.” Trump did not mention any effect the firing might have on the probe into contacts between his 2016 campaign and Russia. Instead, Trump tweeted that he’ll name a replacement “who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI.” Nevertheless, Tuesday’s abrupt firing throws into question the future of the ... Read more

  • Colorado's Republican members of Congress silent after Comey fired
    Posted in In the News on May 10, 2017 | Preview rr

    Colorado’s Republican members of Congress sat silent Tuesday after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who had been in charge of the investigation into whether Russia colluded with administration and campaign members to influence the U.S. election. The state’s Democrats all called for an independent investigator or commission to be appointed to continue the investigation, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from, then was part of the decision-making team that ... Read more

  • Where are Colorado leaders on Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey?
    Posted in In the News on May 10, 2017 | Preview rr

    You’re fired. The two words that made Donald Trump famous on reality TV are now making him headlines as president of the United States after he abruptly canned FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday. The decision stunned Washington, especially because of the reason Trump gave: Comey’s handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails wasn’t up to snuff. Comey, it should be noted, was also leading an investigation into whether Trump campaign and administration officials have or had ties to ... Read more

  • Public Lands Day launches in Colorado on May 20 with 95 events for history-making holiday
    Posted in In the News on May 10, 2017 | Preview rr

    The first Public Lands Day for Colorado (or any other state in the nation) is coming up on May 20 with 95 events and special brews from Denver and Boulder to Grand Junction and Durango. The events get a preview Friday when the Nederland folk rock band Elephant Revival is leading a #TrailRevival in Boulder County with the band, and those who share stuff about Public Lands Day on social media could win tickets to the band’s show at Red Rocks Amphitheater on May 21. Here are the details about the c... Read more

  • Perlmutter bill would give marijuana ventures access to banking system
    Posted in In the News on May 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Serving marijuana ventures can prove to be risky business for banks, but new federal legislation sponsored by a Colorado Democrat who has his eye on the governorship seeks to remedy that. U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat from Arvada, introduced the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE Banking Act) last week, which would protect financial institutions serving marijuana businesses from federal government reprisal. Perlmutter is co-sponsoring the legislation with U.S. Reps Denny Heck, a... Read more

  • You’re a congressman? How nice…let’s put the lilies over there
    Posted in In the News on May 8, 2017 | Preview rr

    For many of us, funerals aren’t only about grieving, loss and remembrance but also about celebrating lives lived and, sometimes, even sharing a few laughs. Our thanks to Democratic insider Alan Salazar (nowadays, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s chief of staff) for sharing just such a mix of emotions from the funeral of Pueblo political Titan Ray Kogovsek, who died April 30. Here’s Salazar via Facebook: Some visual memories from the celebration of Ray Kogovsek’s life yesterday. Even in death, Ray ... Read more

  • House panel advances bill to overhaul Dodd-Frank financial reforms
    Posted in In the News on May 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    After nearly 23 hours of debate, House lawmakers on Thursday advanced one of President Trump's top promises to dismantle the "horrendous" Dodd-Frank financial regulations that were put in place during the Obama administration. The House Financial Services Committee voted 34 to 26 along party lines, passing the Financial Choice Act, a Republican bill to undo the 2010 financial reform law. GOP lawmakers blame the Dodd-Frank regulations for choking U.S. economic growth and crimping lending by banks... Read more

  • House panel approves GOP Dodd-Frank rewrite
    Posted in In the News on May 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    The House Financial Services Committee approved a bill Thursday to repeal and roll back significant pieces of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The panel voted to send Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-Texas) Financial CHOICE Act to the House floor, 34-26, along party lines. The bill would accomplish much of a long-term GOP goal: to revoke the expansive financial regulations passed under President Obama after the 2008 financial crisis and long protected by Democrats. All ... Read more

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