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  • Banking issues still plaguing pot industry
    Posted in In the News on November 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    When Kale Lacroux and his business partner announced in June that they were applying for a medical marijuana retail license for property they have owned in downtown Basalt for a decade, it seemed innocuous enough. After all, medical marijuana has been legal in Colorado since 2010, when voters approved Amendment 20 by a 56 percent to 46 percent margin. In 2012, state voters passed Amendment 64, which legalized recreational cannabis, by almost the same margin. At this time, pot — in either recreat... Read more

  • Republicans Block Marijuana Banking Measure
    Posted in In the News on November 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Republican congressional leadership is blocking consideration of a measure to allow marijuana businesses to deposit their profits in banks. Many financial institutions are currently afraid to serve cannabis businesses that are legal in a growing number of states because of ongoing federal prohibition and the associated risk of running afoul of money laundering and drug laws. As a result, many marijuana growing, processing and retail operations carry out business on a cash-only basis, making them... Read more

  • Denver Post: As U.S. House tax reform vote nears, Colorado's Ken Buck could be the rare Republican voice of caution
    Posted in In the News on November 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Nov. 16--WASHINGTON -- Among the Republicans in Colorado's congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Ken Buck is the one most likely to oppose a far-reaching tax plan that's scheduled for a vote Thursday in the U.S. House. The two-term lawmaker from Windsor was one of just 20 Republicans to oppose a related budget bill that passed the House last month, and Buck said he might vote against the tax measure for a similar reason -- its impact on the national debt and deficit. "The problem I have with this ... Read more

  • GOP tax reform: What we know right now, and what lawmakers from Colorado are saying
    Posted in In the News on November 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    DENVER – The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote Thursday on a sweeping tax reform bill while the Senate GOP finalizes its version of the bill. If passed, there would be sweeping effects on the nation’s economy and Americans’ tax brackets. The GOP is trying to pass a full tax reform measure for the first time in 30 years and has deemed it imperative to their platform heading into 2018. Though the bills have been undergoing changes this week and some were still being made in the Senate a... Read more

  • House passes tax reform measure: what lawmakers from Colorado are saying
    Posted in In the News on November 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    DENVER – The U.S. House of Representatives voted 225-207 Thursday to pass a sweeping tax reform bill while the Senate GOP finalizes its version of the bill. If the chambers can come to a passing compromise, there would be sweeping effects on the nation’s economy and Americans’ tax brackets. The GOP is trying to pass a full tax reform measure for the first time in 30 years and has deemed it imperative to their platform heading into 2018. Though the bills have been undergoing changes this week and... Read more

  • Congress’ Gun Massacre Caucus
    Posted in In the News on November 14, 2017 | Preview rr

    On Dec. 14, 2012, Elizabeth Esty was attending a social media workshop for new members of Congress at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She had been elected to represent Connecticut’s 5th District a month earlier. “I raised my hand and I said, ‘Here’s an example right now — I’m getting texts and alerts that there’s been a shooting and we don’t know what happened,’” she said. At first, it was thought that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in Esty’s district was... Read more

  • Colorado dad facing deportation gets support from Congressman Ed Perlmutter, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet
    Posted in In the News on November 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, both Colorado Democrats, have each introduced legislation in support of a Denver-area father facing deportation after he was detained by immigration officialslast month during what he thought was the last process in getting his green card. It’s unclear what impact the measures — known as private bills — will have on the case of Melecio Andazola Morales. The U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, under President Donald Trump, ... Read more

  • Perlmutter, Bennet file ‘private bill’ in support of immigration detainee in Denver
    Posted in In the News on November 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    DENVER -- Congressman Ed Perlmutter and Sen. Michael Bennet introduced a bill in support of an undocumented immigrant in Denver who is in the custody of immigration officials. Family and friends hosted a rally in October after Melecio Andazola Morales was detained. He thought he was about to be granted U.S. residency when he went to an interview with an immigration agent last month, but instead was arrested. The legislation introduced Tuesday is known as a "private bill." It's not clear what imp... Read more

  • Republican tax reform plan draws skeptical, accusatory reviews from Coloradans
    Posted in In the News on November 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Senate Republicans veered onto a new course for tax reform Thursday, and Colorado leaders were both skeptical and accusatory, as the upper chamber’s GOP leadership proposed delaying the corporate tax cuts the president wants and scuttling the laborious efforts of Republicans in the House. Colorado Republican Party chairman Jeff Hays sided with the Senate Republicans “for introducing a bill that will ease the middle-class tax burden, and dared Democrats to disagree. “We expect Senate Democrats to... Read more

  • Colorado congressmen call for sweeping review of reporting system to NCIC
    Posted in In the News on November 8, 2017 | Preview rr

    DENVER – Defense Secretary James Mattis has ordered the Inspector General for the Department of Defense to conduct a review of what missteps led to Devin Kelley being able to purchase weapons after an assault conviction while in the military, while some congressmen from Colorado are calling for him to conduct a full review of the reporting system. On Tuesday, Sen. Michael Bennet (D), and Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D) and Mike Coffman (R) called for the Department of Defense to conduct a full review of... Read more

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