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  • We Asked Every Member Of Congress What They’re Doing About Equal Pay. Here’s What Yours Said.
    Posted in In the News on September 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights

    At the rate the gender pay gap is closing, women in the U.S. can’t expect to be paid equally until at least 2119. The sad reality is that women are paid 80 percent of what men are paid for the same work — and the gap is even worse for women of color. Black women make just 68 percent, and Latina women just 54 percent, of what their male counterparts earn. Women can’t afford to wait 100 years for equal pay, so ahead of the midterms, Bustle asked all 529 current U.S. senators and representatives th... Read more

  • U.S. House coalesces at 11th hour to try to save Land and Water Conservation Fund
    Posted in In the News on September 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    A rare instance of bipartisanship in Washington, D.C., on Thursday yielded legislation that would permanently support a 54-year-old fund that has invested more than $268 million in Colorado’s outdoors. And the new bill could spur a sizable increase in federal support for recreation and access in the state. The Natural Resources Committee — helmed by Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop, a vocal critic of federal expansion of public lands — approved a bill that would permanently reauthorize the Land a... Read more

  • Emergency Helicopter Crews Risk Their Lives Daily, But the Most Dangerous Part of the Job May Be the Choppers Themselves
    Posted in In the News on September 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    At around 1:30 p.m. on July 3, 2015, three men boarded a flight for life helicopter at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, ColoradoOpens a New Window.. Patrick Mahany, 64, a former army pilot who had flown civilian medevac missions for 27 years, was at the controls. Flight nurses Dave Repsher, 45, and Matt Bowe, 32, sat behind Mahany in the cabin. The trio was on its way to a public relations appearance in Gypsum, a short flight west. Mahany was considered a dean among mountain rescue p... Read more

  • House Passes Bill to Update Money Laundering Crypto Enforcement
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr

    The Treasury Department’s anti-money laundering enforcement unit could soon see an update to its duties after the House advanced legislation aimed at prioritizing its focus on cryptocurrencies and other emerging technologies. The FinCEN Improvement Act (H.R. 6411), which passed Sept. 12 on a voice vote, would add language to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s governing law that requires it to coordinate with other countries’ financial intelligence units on cryptocurrency-related initiati... Read more

  • Coloradans may figure in Nancy Pelosi’s future
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr

    For Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, the August recess was all about November. After eight years in the minority, Democrats are in their best position to retake the House, and they’re trying not to mess it up. But the August recess was also about Democrats’ longtime leader: Nancy Pelosi. Aware of the threat to her 16-year reign, the Democrat from San Francisco made the media rounds, providing interviews to the New York Times, Associated Press and NPR. She blasted out op-eds and ar... Read more

  • Bill to make program allowing 4th graders free entry to national parks, waters passes US House
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    DENVER – A bill that would establish a permanent federal program that allows fourth graders and their supervisors free entry to national public lands and waters, which has bipartisan support from most of Colorado’s congressional delegation, passed the U.S. House of Representatives in a nearly unanimous vote Wednesday. The Every Kid Outdoors Act, of which Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) are original cosponsors, passed out of the House in a 383-2 vote. All seven of Col... Read more

  • 'Offensive and shameful': Colorado members of Congress react to Trump's Puerto Rico tweets
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights

    DENVER – President Trump’s Thursday morning tweets in which he falsely blamed Democrats for inflating the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and claimed it wasn’t as high as a scientific review recently found ruffled the feathers of some of Colorado’s congressional delegation, though several members also sat silent in response. An independent investigation by public health experts released late last month found an estimated 2,975 people died before and after last year’s hurricane as ... Read more

  • DEBT VALLEY | A young Norristown woman got cancer, while her student loans piled up
    Posted in In the News on September 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Student Loan Debt

    Julie Hlebik of Norristown was excited to go to college, but before she earned a degree, she got cancer. Her education journey turned into a nightmare of doctors' visits, chemotherapy, proton therapy — and student-loan debt piling up. "I just kept getting ill. After the first year of cancer, all of my savings from working before and during the first year were gone," Hlebik said. In six years, her balance ballooned from about $11,500 to $18,000 — just on interest. College students such as Hlebik... Read more

  • Survey: Outdoors fund benefits all businesses
    Posted in In the News on September 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy

    The preponderance of business owners in Colorado and three other western states believe the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has been beneficial to their bottom lines, according to a recent survey. A poll of more than 800 mostly small-business owners in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Montana showed that the public lands that exist within those states, and the federal fund that helps secure more open lands, is not only good for the outdoor industry, but all others as well. The survey, ... Read more

  • Legal Marijuana: The $9 Billion Industry That Most Banks Won't Touch
    Posted in In the News on September 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Imagine an industry with $9 billion in sales — equivalent to the entire snack market — where only 30% of businesses had a bank account. That’s the situation we face today in the legal marijuana business. Hardworking commercial operators are struggling to find banks that will work with them, forcing these entrepreneurs to conduct most business with cash. Serious security concerns and a lack of funding to scale these businesses are just two of the unfortunate outcomes. While medical marijuana is l... Read more

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