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  • How Colorado’s congressional delegation reacted to Donald Trump’s joint address
    Posted in In the News on February 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Donald Trump’s joint address to Congress outlined his priorities for his first year in office, recapping his first month in office and hitting controversial issues such as immigration, refugees and health care. The president’s prime-time speech to a joint session Tuesday drew sharp reactions from Colorado’s delegation in Washington. Here’s what they said: U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, Republican: “Tonight, President Trump outlined his plan to tackle our country’s challenges. I am encouraged that he pr... Read more

  • Governor John Hickenlooper Responds to Sean Spicer's Comments on Marijuana
    Posted in In the News on February 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    After White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that we should expect “greater enforcement” of marijuana laws, particularly regarding recreational sales, Colorado politicians responded. Governor John Hickenlooper appeared on MSNBC on February 24 and then on Meet the Press on February 26 when he was in Washington, D.C., for a governors' conference. During both appearances, he noted that he did not approve of marijuana legalization when it passed in Colorado, adding that he continues to be wary... Read more

  • Not just Cory Gardner: Colorado lawmakers shy away from town halls
    Posted in In the News on February 27, 2017 | Preview rr

    By 7:30 p.m. Friday night, a smiling cardboard cutout of Republican Sen. Cory Gardner was a little worse for wear, plastered with a sign saying “you’re fired,” wearing a hot pink “pussyhat” and surrounded by constituents eagerly taking selfies. This was the aftermath of a so-called “With you or without you” town hall, a spectacle of political theater constituents organized after the junior senator refused to host the public town hall they were demanding. Armed with signs and pointed, well-resear... Read more

  • Rep. Perlmutter spearheading efforts to get commemorative pins to Vietnam Veterans
    Posted in In the News on February 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    DENVER -- Back in 2008, a National Defense Authorization Act created a program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and honoring the veterans who served in Vietnam between 1955 and 1975. Vietnam Veterans: Learn how you can get a commemorative lapel pin Through the commemoration, veterans that served during that time can apply for lapel pins that read “Vietnam War Veteran” on the front and “A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You” on the back. While many of the pins are being mai... Read more

  • Banks Get Skittish on Pot as Feds Signal Crackdown
    Posted in In the News on February 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    (BNA) -- Banks may get more skittish about taking on marijuana-related businesses as customers after the White House signaled greater federal oversight of the industry. Press Secretary Sean Spicer Feb. 23 said there will be “greater enforcement” of recreational marijuana, which is legal in eight states and Washington, D.C. “Until it's made clear what the Administration's statement means, it's likely that banks already serving the industry will continue doing so, albeit apprehensively,” Jenifer W... Read more

  • 99-year-old WWII veteran receives medals 72 years after war
    Posted in In the News on February 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    June 18, 1943 was a pivotal day for Buford Johnson. That was the day the United States Army requested his services. Landing in Normandy, France shortly after D-Day, Johnson hit the ground running, and driving half-tracks and supply trucks for Patton's 3rd Army. But that was a very long time ago. Nowadays, most folks don't think about World War II. Friday, however, a lot of people were remembering what Buford Johnson did during the war, including United States Congressman Ed Perlmutter. "Private ... Read more

  • Veteran, 99, from Lakewood to get honors from Perlmutter
    Posted in In the News on February 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    Buford Johnson never rose above the rank of Army private first class during World War II, but heroism for a veteran isn’t measured in stripes. The 99-year-old Lakewood resident will receive his many medals and ribbons anew on Friday morning from U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter. His honors include the Bronze Star for heroism and the Purple Heart for his injuries on the battlefield. The ceremony is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at American Legion Post 178 at 1655 Simms St. in Lakewood. Johnson served under ... Read more

  • How Colorado's Congressional Delegation Has Spent The Recess So Far
    Posted in In the News on February 23, 2017 | Preview rr

    On Friday evening, more than a thousand people are expected at a town hall in Denver for Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner. Here's the catch: He probably won't be there. While he's been in Colorado this week, Gardner has been invited to forums in Fort Collins, Boulder and Denver by constituents unhappy with his support for President Donald Trump's policies. They're also unhappy with Gardner's lack of public events during the congressional recess. Those constituents plan to ask questions whether ... Read more

  • Few Colorado lawmakers plan in-person town halls during winter recess
    Posted in In the News on February 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    DENVER — Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are having their winter recess this week. While some of Colorado’s delegation are out of the country, some have plans to meet with constituents during their time off. There have been calls for lawmakers across the country to hold town halls, with pressure from voters and groups opposed to President Donald Trump’s policies. Sen. Michael Bennet (D) Bennet has no meetings scheduled. He is in Cuba as part of an official delegation, according to his office. Sen. Cor... Read more

  • With Congress out of session, many in Colorado ask: Where are the town halls?
    Posted in In the News on February 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congress is off this week, but few Colorado lawmakers are using the time to meet with constituents — a slight that has angered activists across the state. Three members of Colorado’s nine-member delegation aren’t in the country: U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton — in Cuba, Japan and Germany, respectively. The rest generally are avoiding the open-air, town hall hearings that are appreciated by residents and protesters but disliked by politicians looking ... Read more

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