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  • Colorado lawmakers split between pride, shock over use of tear gas at Mexican border
    Posted in In the News on November 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Colorado’s federal lawmakers are divided about whether it was appropriate for U.S Customs and Border Protection agents to use tear gas Sunday on a group of Central American migrants who were headed toward a border crossing that leads into San Diego. “I’m concerned about foreign nationals trying to illegally enter our country,” Rep. Ken Buck, R-Windsor, said. “I’m proud that American forces responded to violence with restraint, using non-lethal force.” Buck’s statement echoed the comments of Home... Read more

  • Nancy Pelosi's Last Battle
    Posted in In the News on November 25, 2018 | Preview rr

    Four days before the election that would return the Democratic Party to a majority in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi sat in a nearly empty restaurant on San Francisco's Embarcadero late in the afternoon, drinking green tea and eating a chocolate sundae. "We have to be strategic in whatever we do," the leader of the House Democrats said, considering the desire some in her party had to zealously investigate the Trump administration. "In terms of subpoena power, you have to handle it wi... Read more

  • Bankers' pot push gets boost from blue wave, Sessions ouster
    Posted in In the News on November 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Banks are bracing to play defense when Democrats take back the House next year, but there's one major issue on which the finance industry and liberals are likely to join forces: marijuana. Energized by the results of the midterm elections, an unusual alliance of lobbyists and lawmakers is planning to push legislation that would lift restrictions on banks seeking to serve pot businesses that are now legal in a growing number of states. In what could be a turning point, senior House Republicans wh... Read more

  • Meet the Democrats Who Want Pelosi to Step Aside
    Posted in In the News on November 21, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON — There is a 45-year-old Democrat from the Rust Belt who has hosted yoga sessions on the Capitol lawn, a 40-year-old Harvard-educated former Marine from Massachusetts who made recruiting and supporting veterans to run for Congress a pet cause, a few seasoned lawmakers who rarely buck their party, and a handful of newcomers who campaigned promising change in Washington. The 16 House Democrats who signed a letter on Monday calling for new leadership of their party are the leading edge o... Read more

  • The big question for new House Dems: Will you back Pelosi?
    Posted in In the News on November 20, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's the thorny first question confronting newly elected House Democrats: Will you vote for Nancy Pelosi? Even before they've taken office, the freshmen swept in by the midterm elections are caught at the center of an escalating power struggle over Pelosi's future. The clash intensified Monday as Pelosi's critics unveiled a letter signed by 16 Democrats, including Colorado's Rep. Ed Perlmutter and five freshmen, vowing to oppose her. If that holds, it could be enough to derail ... Read more

  • Nancy Pelosi has a math problem in her race to be House speaker
    Posted in In the News on November 16, 2018 | Preview rr

    Seventeen House Democrats and newly elected members have signed a letter vowing to vote against Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, which could leave the Democratic leader short of 218 votes she needs. Pelosi needs the support of 218 Democrats on the floor of the House when members elect a new speaker on January 3. Democrats currently control 228 seats with eight races still outstanding, according to the latest CBS News tally. The group opposing Pelosi has not yet released thei... Read more

  • Pelosi claims “overwhelming support,” but Perlmutter says it’s time for a new House speaker
    Posted in In the News on November 15, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she has “overwhelming support” from House Democrats to become the next speaker. However, at least two Colorado Democrats are part of a minority of the party trying to block her election — and they say it’s far from a done deal. “I do not believe Leader Pelosi has the votes necessary to be elected Speaker on the House floor,” Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Arvada, said Thursday. He is one of 17 Democrats, led by Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., who have pledged to vote a... Read more

  • Colorado House delegation split on support for Pelosi as Speaker of the House
    Posted in In the News on November 15, 2018 | Preview rr

    Colorado's Democratic U.S. House delegation is split on their support for Rep. Nancy Pelosi's bid to become the next Speaker of the House. Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Jason Crow have confirmed to 9NEWS they will not support Pelosi. Rep. Diana DeGette has said she will. 9NEWS has reached out to but has not heard back from Rep. Joseph Neguse on whether or not he'll support the longtime California congresswoman as speaker. A congressperson needs 218 votes to become speaker. According to the Washington ... Read more

  • Pot Banking Prospects Grow With New House Leadership
    Posted in In the News on November 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    A new balance of power in Washington may provide answers for banks looking to serve marijuana businesses. Democratic control of the House has raised hopes that either a limited bill providing a safe harbor for banks to serve marijuana businesses or even a broader bill to remove pot from the list of controlled substances could, for the first time, make significant steps toward President Donald Trump’s desk. “That could be a real turning point real quickly in terms of this issue,” Joseph Lynyak, a... Read more

  • Pelosi leans on Dems for support
    Posted in In the News on November 13, 2018 | Preview rr

    The Pelosi machine is in full force. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has launched a fierce lobbying campaign within her caucus to become the next Speaker, pressing Democrats to publicly declare their support for her in an effort designed both to show her strength in the race and discourage detractors who are scrambling to block her ascension. Pelosi, 78, has been “working the phones nonstop” over the past few days, targeting those lawmakers “who may be close to some of the insurgen... Read more

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