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  • Trump's proposed budget boosts military but cuts GOP, Dem favorites
    Posted in In the News on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new $1.15 trillion budget would reshape America's government with the broad, conservative strokes he promised as a candidate, ordering generous increases for the military, slashing domestic programs and riling both fellow Republicans and Democrats by going after favored programs. The president's initial budget proposal, submitted to Congress on Thursday, would boost defense spending by $54 billion, the largest increase since Ronald Reagan's military bui... Read more

  • Steamboat rancher Jim Stanko meets with congressional committee to lobby for vet's rights
    Posted in In the News on March 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    American Legion Post 44 Adjutant Jim Stanko, of rural Steamboat Springs, made his ninth trip to Washington D.C. in February to lobby Congress on behalf of military veterans and returned feeling reassured that a key congressional committee is in sync with some of veterans’ most important issues. Among other goals they shared, Stanko and his fellow Legion members were intent on persuading legislators serving on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee to restore funding to a program that is especiall... Read more

  • STEP it up for local ladies
    Posted in In the News on March 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights

    Looking back at history to present day, women have come a long way. “We can vote. We can own land. We can own a business,” said Deborah Deal-Blackwell, chair of Jefferson County’s 2017 International Women’s Day celebration. Women represent state districts in governmental positions and make important policy decisions in numerous cities and counties. And someday, Deal-Blackwell added, a woman may even lead our country. Jefferson County’s second annual International Women’s Day celebration took pla... Read more

  • CBO analysis: 24 million would lose healthcare under GOP plan
    Posted in In the News on March 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    The Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Republican-proposed alternative to the Affordable Care Act estimates that 24 million Americans will lose healthcare coverage by 2026 under the new plan. That number is significantly higher than many experts predicted last week, and undercuts President Donald Trump’s repeated promises that the Republican healthcare plan will provide “insurance for everybody.” The CBO analysis, which was released today, expects 14 million additional people to be un... Read more

  • House Dems question DOJ investigation of Deutsche Bank, Russia
    Posted in In the News on March 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Foreign Affairs

    WASHINGTON – House Democrats want to know if the Department of Justice is doing a proper investigation into an alleged money-laundering scheme by Deutsche Bank because of President Trump’s ties to the bank and reported ties to Russia. “Consistent with your past practice of monitoring the Department of Justice’s investigations, we write to request that the committee conduct a formal assessment of the Department’s investigation into Deutsche Bank’s Russian money-laundering scheme, including a revi... Read more

  • 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

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