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  • Colorado politicos don shades for #SolarEclipse2017 — even if POTUS doesn’t
    Posted in In the News on August 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    Monday was the day of the obligatory eclipse-glasses selfie — or so we thought. By now we all know that a certain politician didn’t wear his protective glasses while looking at the eclipse — at least not at first. Not to worry — BuzzFeed reports that POTUS was handed glasses to wear for the remainder of his eclipse-viewing experience, as evidenced by FLOTUS’ tweet. Trump wasn’t the only politician donning ultra-cool shades today. So were many a Colorado politico — Republicans and Democrats alike... Read more

  • Ruling on Trump's 'one in, two out' on regulations has stakes in Colorado
    Posted in In the News on August 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Colorado lawmakers and environmentalists are anxiously awaiting a federal judge's ruling on President Trump's "one in, two out" policy on regulations. Public interest groups and a labor union sued the government to block enforcement of the policy, saying it overstepped Trump's constitutional authority. Judge Randolph Moss's comments during a hearing last week in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia hinted at some agreement with arguments from attorneys for Public Citizen, the Natural... Read more

  • Perlmutter Statement Regarding the Formation of the Commission on Election Integrity
    Posted in In the News on July 7, 2017 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) released the following statement on the formation on the Commission on Election Integrity. "Free and fair elections are essential to a functioning democracy. Our elections should always be conducted with the highest integrity and without influence from any outside interference. The Commission on Election Integrity, set for by the Trump Administration is nothing more than a distraction from what the intelligence community said is an unprecedented... Read more

  • Trump budget threatens national lab in Golden, but NREL advances continue
    Posted in In the News on July 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    GOLDEN – The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has 40 years of history behind it, but walking through its sprawling Front Range campus one can’t help but think 40 years into the future. Solar cells that can be spray-painted onto windows or printed at a Home Depot; power grids that can take in a wide portfolio of traditional and renewable energy and adapt to changing environments; homes with appliances that communicate with each other to share power between electric cars, water heaters, applia... Read more

  • Breaking the Bank
    Posted in In the News on July 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    With dispensaries bringing in as much green as they ship out, it may come as a surprise that banks aren't ready to cash in on the booming industry. One of the problems posed by continual federal restrictions is that banks operating across the nation aren't willing to risk lawsuits by accepting money earned from a technically illegal activity. That means marijuana businesses usually find themselves with more cash than they can keep onsite, and without the services of a bank, that leads to less-se... Read more

  • Fueling the fire: Legislation proposed to make helicopters safer
    Posted in In the News on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Transportation

    Twenty months after 9Wants to Know started an investigation looking into antiquated helicopter fuel systems, members of Colorado’s congressional delegation appear ready to act on many of the investigation’s findings. Thursday, Rep. Jared Polis and Rep. Ed Perlmutter introduced what they’re calling the “Helicopter Fuel System Safety Act.” The legislation, an extension of previously proposed legislation, would require helicopter manufacturers to place crashworthy fuel systems onboard every newly b... Read more

  • What Colorado lawmakers are saying about the Senate’s delay of the Republican health care bill
    Posted in In the News on June 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has delayed a vote on the Republicans’ controversial health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. McConnell had pledged a vote before the July 4 recess, but now lawmakers will go home without any decisions made. U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican, has remained publicly undecided on the bill even as other defections made his vote less significant for the eventual passage or failure of the bill. However, Gardner could become a swing vote again as R... Read more

  • House Dems Go At Deutsche Bank Again For Info On Trump Loans And Russia
    Posted in In the News on June 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    House Democrats are stepping up pressure on Deutsche Bank to access information on President Donald Trump’s multimillion-dollar loans from the institution. In a letter sent to the bank’s lawyers this week, leading House Financial Services Committee Democrats including California Rep. Maxine Waters rejected the institution’s claims that it could not legally release details of the loans for privacy reasons. Last month, the Democrats demanded information about the estimated $340 million in loans s... Read more

  • Eleven Ways the Trump Administration May Try to Kill Legal Marijuana
    Posted in In the News on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Members of the Justice Department’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety have been ordered to "undertake a review of existing policies" regarding federal marijuana law enforcement, among other things. Their report is due on or before July 27, and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws believes the document may use as its template a list by a fellow at the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation of eleven ways the administration of President Donald Trump can shut dow... Read more

  • ‘It is too risky’: Marijuana group says PNC Bank to close its accounts amid fears of a DOJ crackdown
    Posted in In the News on June 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    One of the nation’s leading marijuana legalization groups says PNC Bank has notified it that it will close the organization’s 22-year-old accounts, a sign of growing concerns in the financial industry that the Trump administration will crack down on the marijuana business in states that have legalized it. The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) lobbies to eliminate punishments for marijuana use but is not involved in growing or distributing the drug — an important distinction for federally regulated ... Read more

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