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  • Colorado Democrats in Congress join amicus brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop case
    Posted in In the News on November 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights

    WASHINGTON — Democrats among Colorado’s congressional delegation joined an amicus brief this week filed in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case Dec. 5 to decide whether Lakewood-based Masterpiece Cakeshop violated the civil rights of a same-sex couple by refusing to make them a wedding cake. The shop’s owner, Jack Phillips, cited his religious objections to same-sex marriage. The Colorado Civil Rights Commissio... Read more

  • Colorado Congressional Delegation reacts to indictments
    Posted in In the News on October 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    DENVER — The news of President Trump’s former campaign associates being indicted on Monday has resulted in reaction from across the Colorado political community. FOX31 and Channel 2 political reporter Joe St. George has gathered reactions so far. Congresswoman Diana Degette: “Protecting our democracy from being undermined from overseas is not a partisan issue; it’s a national security imperative. We need to know the extent of Russia’s influence on the U.S. electoral system and how to stop it fro... Read more

  • Perlmutter bill to restrict gun purchases for those with mental illnesses
    Posted in In the News on October 27, 2017 | Preview rr

    Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-Arvada) announced Thursday he will co-sponsor a bill to prohibit gun purchases for people with mental illness who have been involuntarily committed on an outpatient basis. The Safer Communities Act of 2017 expands federal law, which currently applies only to those committed to inpatient facilities. The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA). Both representatives serve on the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force; Thompson as chair, Perlmutter a... Read more

  • Colorado D.C. Roundup: Budget, Reproductive Rights, Opioid Crisis
    Posted in In the News on October 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Big news on the budget front dominated headlines out of D.C., while Colorado representatives also tackled issues ranging from birth control access to the declaration of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency. The budget resolution clears the House In major legislative action, the House passed the Senate's $4.1 trillion budget resolution – the blueprint for building the next year's budget. While it does call for some funding cuts, the resolution ultimately may add $1.5 trillion to the def... Read more

  • Perlmutter cheers House passage of additional financial sanctions on North Korea
    Posted in In the News on October 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Arvada, announced Wednesday the U.S. House has approved legislation that will impose more sanctions on North Korea. The legislation, sponsored by Perlmutter and five other Congressman, bans U.S. financial institutions from providing financial services to North Korea. The legislation, the Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act, is named after the University of Virginia student who died last June after returning to the United States after spending a year in capt... Read more

  • Bridenstine wins a Democrat's support for NASA's top job
    Posted in In the News on October 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Jim Bridenstine has been nominated to lead the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as its 13th administrator. It is my honor to support his nomination. NASA’s mission is to go where no one has gone before, explore the unknown, and reveal the secrets of the universe for the benefit of America and the world. This iconic agency has been at the forefront of scientific discovery for almost 60 years. Jim Bridenstine is well-equipped to lead NASA as it develops return missions to the moon, se... Read more

  • SULLUM: The NRA’s dangerous alternative to a bump stock ban
    Posted in In the News on October 17, 2017 | Preview rr

    Thomas Massie, the Kentucky Republican who leads the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, and Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who is one of the Senate’s most persistent gun controllers, do not agree on much. But the congressman and the senator both see the folly of the National Rifle Association’s position on bump stocks, the firearm accessories that Stephen Paddock used in his deadly attack on country music fans in Las Vegas. The NRA opposes a legislative ban on bump stocks but want... Read more

  • How much do gun groups contribute to Colorado lawmakers?
    Posted in In the News on October 10, 2017 | Preview rr

    The National Rifle Association has far greater financial influence on Colorado’s delegation than pro-gun control groups, according to data maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics. In direct contributions to candidates or political action committees established by candidates, called leadership PACs, the National Rifle Association has contributed more than $180,000 to Colorado’s current Republican leaders. Rep. Mike Coffman (R ) has received $51,950 in contributions from gun rights groups... Read more

  • Bipartisan House group wants bump stock review
    Posted in In the News on October 9, 2017 | Preview rr

    Three Republican members of Congress are gathering support to ask the ATF to undertake a new review of bump stocks, the type of gun modification used by the Las Vegas shooter to make his weapons fire at speeds similar to machine guns. Asking other House members to sign onto a letter to the ATF seeking a new review, the three former military Republicans argued "fully-automatic weapons were never intended for civilian use." The letter they plan to send this week to ATF also points out that members... Read more

  • Glenwood’s Marissa Molina lobbies in DC for Dream Act
    Posted in In the News on October 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Marissa Molina needs Congress to act. The former Miss Strawberry Days grew up in Glenwood Springs after moving from Mexico at age 9. Following high school, she graduated summa cum laude from Fort Lewis College in Durango. Now 25, Molina was one of nine educators covered by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals who was honored by the White House in 2015 as a "Champion of Change." But her DACA registration expires next summer, meaning Molina will no longer be able to work legally in the United St... Read more

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