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  • 2016 Presidential Swing State Polls (Grassley high, Gardner low)

    02/26/2015 3:44:36 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    Voters in three critical swing states, Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, give their governors good job approval ratings and are strongly optimistic about the next three or four years in their states under their current governors, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. Job approval ratings for U.S. Senators in the three states range from a better than 3-1 score for Iowa's Chuck Grassley to a lackluster grade for Colorado's Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. The Swing State Poll focuses on key states in the presidential election. (SNIP) Do you approve...
  • Smart-meter foes voice their outrage [ Durango, Colorado ]

    10/11/2014 9:12:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    The Durango Herald ^ | October 10, 2014 | Dale Rodebaugh
    LPEA customers oppose upcharge for visiting homes.. La Plata Electric Association ... A frequent comment was the impression that the switch from analog to Advanced Metering Infrastructure – or so-called smart meters – that started in late 2013 was done without informing customers. Several people said they learned about smart meters from neighbors or only because they were at home when an LPEA technician arrived to switch out the analog meter. The alleged secrecy eroded public trust, they said. About 300 LPEA customers have chosen not to have the latest meter-reading technology installed. A number of speakers cited health problems,...
  • Poll: Colorado residents still back legal marijuana (58%-38%)

    02/25/2015 10:15:40 AM PST · by Ken H · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | Feb 24, 2015 | ADAM B. LERNER
    More than two years after Coloradans voted to allow recreational marijuana use, the state’s residents continue to stand firmly behind keeping the drug legal, a new poll found. The survey, commissioned by Quinnipiac University, found that 58 percent of Colorado voters support keeping pot legal, while only 38 percent are against it. The result featured significant gender and age disparities. Voters ages 18 to 34 favored it overwhelmingly, 82-16 percent, while 50 percent of those ages 55 and older were against it, with only 46 percent in support. Likewise, men supported the measure by a margin of 63-33, while women...
  • New York-Style Fracking Ban Defeated by Colorado Task Force

    02/24/2015 7:16:19 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Energy in Depth ^ | February 24, 2015 | Simon Lomax
    An activist who was using his position on Colorado’s oil and gas task force to push for a New York-style ban on oil and natural gas development has given up on the fringe proposal for lack of support, according to documents released by state officials overnight. The proposal’s demise is yet another defeat for national anti-fracking groups in Colorado, such as Food and Water Watch and the Sierra Club, which are desperately trying to reboot their failed campaign for an effective statewide oil and gas development ban. It’s also a reminder of how outside of New York, the “ban fracking”...
  • CU-Boulder paying 'John Doe' $15K to settle Title IX lawsuit stemming from sexual assault case

    02/24/2015 11:48:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Colorado Daily ^ | February 20, 2015 | Sarah Kuta
    The University of Colorado has agreed to pay a suspended male student $15,000 and will not disclose without a waiver the details of his disciplinary record — which includes convictions under the campus judicial process in a 2013 sexual assault case. The agreement was made with the CU junior known only as "John Doe," as he identified himself — with a judge's permission — when he sued the university last year under Title IX, the federal gender-equity law. The university will not reveal his identity to the public and agreed to provide John Doe with a positive reference. John Doe...
  • Tipton blasts proposal to raid vets’ program ( Colorado )

    02/24/2015 6:58:24 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 23, 2015 | Gary Harmon
    resident Barack Obama’s proposed budget would allow him to raid a program he approved that was aimed at improving medical treatment for veterans living in rural areas, said a letter signed by, among others, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. The Veterans Choice program, which had funding of $10 billion when it was approved and signed last year, was intended to reduce waiting times for veterans who had been on waiting lists for more than 30 days or who lived more than 40 miles from a Veterans Affairs clinic. The proposed budget — which was roundly criticized by Republicans in the...
  • Authorities: Explosion near NAACP office targeted accountant

    02/20/2015 1:50:23 PM PST · by PROCON · 10 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | Feb. 20, 2015 | SADIE GURMAN
    DENVER (AP) — The man accused of setting off a small explosion last month that rattled nerves because of its proximity to a Colorado NAACP facility was in a rage over his financial problems and was actually targeting his accountant's office, according to court documents filed Friday. Thaddeus Murphy, 44, told federal agents he made the pipe bomb out of a shotgun shell and fireworks fuses, according to the documents. He said he was angry because the accountant wouldn't return his phone calls or give him back his tax records.
  • Coloradans become first to ask feds to block legalized marijuana

    02/20/2015 11:54:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 130 replies
    The Eugene Register-Guard ^ | February 19, 2015 | Kristen Wyatt (Associated Press)
    DENVER — Colorado already is being sued by two neighboring states for legalizing marijuana. Now, the state faces groundbreaking lawsuits from its own residents, who are asking a federal judge to order the new recreational industry to close. The owners of a mountain hotel and a southern Colorado horse farm argue in a pair of lawsuits filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver that the 2012 marijuana-legalization measure has hurt their property and that the marijuana industry is stinky and attracts unsavory visitors.
  • Mesa County takes step toward suit over grouse listing ( Colorado )

    02/18/2015 7:31:20 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 17, 2015 | Emily Shockley
    Mesa County commissioners on Tuesday directed Mesa County Attorney Patrick Coleman to draft a notice of intent to sue the federal government over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s listing of the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species. Gunnison County filed its own notice of intent in December to bring civil action against the Fish and Wildlife Service for, the county believes, improperly listing the bird as a threatened species and naming Gunnison County and acreage in a handful of other Colorado and Utah counties, including Mesa, as critical habitat for the sage-grouse. Mesa County decided to follow with its...
  • Denver Police Upset After Memorial Vandalized During Protest [Matters Not: God, Nor Country!]

    02/15/2015 4:13:11 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    ABCNews ^ | February 15, 2015 | SADIE GURMAN
    Denver Police Upset After Memorial Vandalized During Protest DENVER — Feb 15, 2015 By SADIE GURMAN Denver Police Chief Robert White on Sunday defended his policy ordering police not to interfere with protesters, saying he found it "disgusting" that they vandalized a memorial for fallen police officers while officers had to stand by and watch, but he said their restraint was necessary to protect the community. Protesters threw red paint on the memorial outside the department's headquarters Saturday during a march against police brutality. Officers and the city's police union were upset after they were told not to interfere. In...
  • Ted Cruz: Principled Opposition To Rubio Amnesty Bill - [4/25/13]

    02/14/2015 3:50:50 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies
    Senator Ted Cruz, the boat-rocking limited government constitutional conservative Senator from Texas, provided another one of his patented cross examinations of a smoke-blowing government official at a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Cruz, the son of legal immigrants from Cuba, asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about border security measures – the so-called “triggers” – contained in the “Gang of Eight's” immigration bill. Specifically, Senator Cruz asked, “If there are no objective metrics, if it is simply the subjective assessment of a host of factors, how can we have any confidence that the border will be secured and that any...
  • Two Big Fiscal Lessons from Colorado’s Pot Legalization

    02/14/2015 7:49:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Regular readers know that I don’t approve of drug use, but that I also favor legalization because the Drug War has been a costly and ineffective failure.(And it’s led to horrible policies such as intrusive money-laundering laws and Orwellian asset-forfeiture laws).So I was happy when folks in Colorado voted to decriminalize marijuana use, even if part of me didn’t like the idea that politicians would gain a new source of tax revenue.If nothing else, what’s happening in Colorado (and Washington state) will be an interesting social experiment.And even though we only have a modest bit of data, I’m going to be...
  • Obama VA secretary insults war-vet congressman: ‘What have you done?’ Vets group outraged

    02/12/2015 7:13:02 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | February 12, 2015 | Nicole Haas
    Tensions ran high when Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald was grilled about mismanagement within the VA system during a House hearing Wednesday – a major veterans group is demanding an apology.Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., a 22-year Marine Corps veteran, who saw combat in Iraq in the 1990s then returned to the country on active service in 2006, was questioning McDonald about Denver’s failed VA hospital construction project and accusing him of glossing over problems within the system when things got testy.After citing cost overrun and scheduling problems with a VA hospital construction in Denver, Coffman said it was a symbol...
  • House Republicans resist call to change course on DHS funding

    02/11/2015 11:12:19 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/11/2015 | Rebecca Shabad and Cristina Marcos
    A pair of GOP senators implored House Republicans Thursday to soften their stance in the intra-party dispute over funding the Department of Homeland Security. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who both formerly served in the lower chamber, stressed to the House GOP conference behind closed doors that the Senate can’t get the 60 votes it needs to advance the House-passed DHS funding bill that includes language to reverse President Obama's executive actions on immigration. "They lamented the frustration they're having getting up to 60 votes. But apparently that is the strategy now with the Democrat minority...
  • Study Shows Heavy Adolescent Pot Use Permanently Lowers IQ

    02/11/2015 3:15:57 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 102 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/10/2015 | Travis Bradberry
    A study more than thirty years in the making found that smoking marijuana permanently lowers intelligence, or IQ. Frequent pot smokers (even those who had given up marijuana) tended to have deficits in memory, concentration, and overall IQ. The reduction in IQ for those who smoked pot heavily prior to age 18 was most pronounced: an average of eight points. An eight point reduction in IQ is enough to have a significant, negative impact upon your life. To put it into context, consider that individuals with an IQ of 110 have an average net worth of $71,000 and individuals with...
  • Michael Bloomberg suggests disarming minorities to ‘keep them alive’

    02/09/2015 6:35:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 8, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg reportedly argued Friday that guns need to be kept out of the hands of minorities in order to keep them alive. While speaking at the Aspen Institute, Mr. Bloomberg, 72, said 95 percent of murders fall into a specific category: a male minority between the ages of 15 and 25, The Aspen Times reported. Cities need to get guns out of this group’s hands and keep them alive, the former three-term mayor said, according to The Times. “These kids think they’re going to get killed anyway because all their friends are getting killed,” Mr....
  • Health Insurance Deadline Approaches, Penalties Will Double

    02/08/2015 8:13:18 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    KOAA 5 ^ | Feb 07, 2015 | Maddie Garrett
    The penalty for not having health insurance this year is more than doubling. Coloradans have until February 15 ,2015, to shop for plans through the Connect for Health Colorado market place. Under the Affordable Care Act individuals are required to either have health insurance or pay a penalty at tax time. That penalty is either a flat rate or two percent of family income. This year, that rate is $325 per adult, $162 per child and up to $975 per family. Compared to last year the fine for an adult was only $95 and up to $285 per family.
  • Gun Debate Reignites in Colorado, 2˝ Years After Aurora Theater Shooting

    02/07/2015 11:47:07 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 19 replies
    DENVER — Two years after Colorado tightened its gun laws in response to mass shootings at a Connecticut elementary school and a suburban Denver movie theater, newly empowered Republicans here at the State Capitol are trying to repeal those measures, reviving an emotional debate over gun violence. Once again, the legislature has become a stage for protests and wrenching testimony from families of people cut down by bullets. Lawmakers are sparring over Second Amendment freedoms and public safety, and arguing about the effectiveness of new measures that expanded background checks and reduced the size of ammunition magazines. In the State...
  • Anti-Fracking Rally Cancelled Following Low Turnout ( Colorado )

    02/07/2015 7:34:20 AM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Energy in Depth ^ | February 3, 2015 | Aileen Yeung
    A national activist group – which used Tom Steyer’s Colorado political firm to lobby the state’s oil and gas task force – cancelled an anti-fracking rally today after just one person RSVPed. The decision to abandon the rally followed very low turnout at a protest yesterday outside the Colorado Convention Center, where the task force has been meeting the past two days. At yesterday’s demonstration, there were more protest signs than there were protestors to hold them. Clean Water Action Colorado’s Facebook page for the rally mentions how the group “has turned out impacted and frustrated Coloradans for rallies at...
  • Gun bills return to legislature as symbolic effort (CO)

    02/07/2015 5:58:22 AM PST · by real saxophonist · 12 replies
    Greeley Tribune ^ | 7 Feb 15 | James Redmond
    Returning bills aimed at expanding gun owners’ rights, that will most likely fail to become law this year, serve an almost symbolic purpose. Five House bills designed to either expand rights of gun owners or repeal gun-control legislation from previous sessions died in the Democrat-controlled State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on Monday. Two Senate bills of the same ilk passed out of the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee the same night. Mostly likely those two bills will make it out of the Senate, go into a House committee and stay there, postponed indefinitely, said John Straayer, a political science professor...
  • Colorado rejects right-to-die legislation

    02/06/2015 10:01:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 7, 2015 12:03 AM EST | Ivan Moreno
    Colorado lawmakers rejected a proposal to give dying patients the option to seek doctors’ help ending their lives, concluding a long day of emotional testimony from more than 100 people.For one lawmaker who voted no, the issue was personal. Tearfully telling her colleagues she was a cancer survivor, Democratic Rep. Dianne Primavera recalled how a doctor told her she wouldn’t live more than five years. But she found a doctor who gave her a different opinion. […] A House committee considering the bill voted 8-5 against it after dozens of people with serious illnesses and others who have seen relatives...
  • Colorado Democrats block bill aiming to keep boys out of girls’ changing rooms

    02/06/2015 11:41:54 AM PST · by wagglebee · 40 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/6/15 | Kirsten Andersen
    DENVER, Colorado, February 6, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- In the wake of allegations that a boy presenting himself as female harassed girls in a high school restroom, lawmakers in Colorado tried this week to walk back some of the damage done by the state’s controversial transgender bathroom law, which mandates that self-identified “transgender” individuals be allowed to use the bathroom and changing facilities of their choice, regardless of biological sex. Rep. Kim Ransom, R-Littleton, introduced a bill that would have permitted facility operators to decide for themselves whether to permit cross-gender use of sex-segregated facilities, without putting themselves at risk of...
  • Vote aims to reduce student testing ( Colorado - Common Core )

    02/05/2015 8:20:27 AM PST · by george76 · 1 replies
    Daily Sentinel ^ | February 4, 2015 | Emily Shockley
    State Board of Education members voted 5-2 Friday to support a bill that would break Colorado’s ties with Common Core and shrink testing requirements if passed. Board Chair Marcia Neal of Grand Junction voted with fellow Republican board members Steve Durham, Pam Mazanec and Debora Scheffel, and Democrat Val Flores, to pass a resolution in support of House Bill 1125. Democrats Angelika Schroeder and Jane Goff voted against the resolution. House Bill 1125 proposes repealing existing state law that binds Colorado to a consortium of states that test students using Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)...
  • Welfare cash paying for marijuana a reality in Colorado

    02/05/2015 7:01:36 AM PST · by george76 · 50 replies
    KDVR TV ^ | February 4, 2015 | Chris Halsne and Chris Koeberl
    DENVER — Public tax money very likely paid for welfare recipients to smoke the equivalent of about 17 pounds of weed (or approximately 9,000 joints) in 2014. Compared with what the rest of Colorado ingested, that’s a small percentage, but controversial none the less. ... the Colorado Department of Human Services calls the “Quest” Electronic Benefit Transfer Card under its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Cash Assistance program. This account is not meant to be used for food, rather “a family’s most basic needs.” It’s essentially a bank debit card, loaded up with from $200 to $1,000 in cash every...
  • Loretta Lynch’s hard-line stance on marijuana is making Colorado sweat

    02/03/2015 12:29:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 1, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Nobody in the Colorado marijuana industry is panicking, but those involved are sweating a little over the hard line taken by Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s pick to be the next attorney general, on legalization during this week’s Senate confirmation hearing. “Quite a few of my members were expressing concern and nervousness,” said Michael Elliott, executive director of the Colorado Marijuana Industry Group. “But I’m not sure we could have expected much more than we just heard. Even the president, who came out saying that marijuana is no more dangerous as alcohol, is also on the record as being...
  • Warren Sapp arrested for hiring 7 a.m. prostitute at Super Bowl

    02/02/2015 1:00:31 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 100 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/2/15 | John DeMarzo
    Warren Sapp should have gone to sleep. The 42-year-old Hall of Fame defensive tackle, who was covering the Super Bowl for NFL Network, was arrested early Monday at a hotel in Phoenix for soliciting a prostitute — around 7 a.m., according to TMZ. In addition to solicitation, Sapp also was arrested for assault. NFL Network suspended Sapp indefinitely, without pay, pending the outcome of the investigation, a network spokesperson said.
  • Bill would fund IUDs (Colorado)

    02/02/2015 8:50:19 AM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    durangoherald.com ^ | February 01, 2015 | Peter Marcus
    DENVER – Republican Rep. Don Coram of Montrose is at odds with members of his own party after co-sponsoring a measure that would fund long-acting contraceptives for low-income women. Coram Enlarge photo The measure, House Bill 1194, was introduced on Friday, despite cries that the legislation funds devices that induce abortion. The issue has become a battle of science, with doctors arguing that there is little evidence to indicate that intrauterine devices, IUDs, cause abortion. Coram’s bipartisan legislation, which he is carrying with Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder, would provide $5 million from the state general fund to continue a program...
  • Christian Activist Denies Asking Colorado Bakery to Make 'God Hates Gays' Cake

    01/31/2015 10:49:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/31/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A Christian activist who filed a complaint against a Colorado bakery for refusing to make two cakes protesting against homosexuality has denied asking for the confections to include the phrase "God hates gays." Recently Azucar Bakery of Denver had a complaint filed against them before the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Regulatory Agencies for refusing to make the cakes. Bill Jack, founder of the Christian group Worldview Academy and the one who filed the complaint, told The Christian Post that he never wanted the phrase "God hates gays" put on any of the cakes he requested. "I requested...
  • Progressive Calls For Immigration Controls

    01/30/2015 7:42:27 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 29, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Yes you read that right, and an academic one, no less, much to the consternation of the circles he travels in. “I’m a philosophy professor specializing in ethics and political philosophy, and like many of my fellow academics, I’m a political progressive,” Philip Cafaro writes in The Chronicle Review. “I value economic security for workers and their families, and support a much more equal distribution of wealth, strong and well-enforced environmental-protection laws, and an end to racial discrimination in the United States. I want to maximize the political power of common citizens and limit the influence of large corporations. My...
  • Pueblo Planned Parenthood clinic will close

    01/29/2015 8:54:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    krdol.com ^ | Jan 29, 2015 | Chris Loveless,
    PUEBLO, Colo. - KRDO NewsChannel 13 has confirmed that Pueblo's only Planned Parenthood clinic will close at the end of February. The clinic is located off of Highway 50 West near Club Manor Drive. Carl Winder reports that the shopping center where the clinic is located was recently sold, and that the new owner decided not to renew Planned Parenthood's lease. Planned Parenthood said it was unable to find anywhere else in town to rent. The clinic will close for good on February 24.
  • Boulder Group returns from Cuba amid repercussions of weakening embargo

    01/29/2015 4:24:36 AM PST · by ican'tbelieveit · 20 replies
    Times-Call ^ | 01/28/2015 | Karen Antonacci
    Less than three weeks after President Barack Obama announced the loosening of a 52-year-old embargo with Cuba, a group of 18 people from Boulder traveled to the island nation. While spending American dollars on a beach getaway in Cuba is still illegal, the United States government has relaxed travel restrictions over the years so that American citizens can take "people to people" tours, which must be education-based and led by a Cuban government-approved tour agency.
  • ‘Baby Obama’ wanted in Denver for shooting, robbery: police (award for his capture)

    01/29/2015 2:33:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 28, 2015 | Sasha Goldstein
    Police say this suspect is the commander-in-chief of a shooting and robbery. Zachary Bowyer, a President Obama look-alike known by his street name “Baby Obama,” is wanted in Denver for a December holdup that ended with the victim shot in the ankle, police said. Authorities are offering $2,000 for the apprehension of the 21-year-old baby-faced perp, who should be considered armed and dangerous.
  • Democrats fold, of course, on Iran sanctions

    01/27/2015 12:01:39 PM PST · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 27 at 1:22 PM | Jennifer Rubin
    Unless there is any doubt, the vast majority of Democrats value partisan support for a failed president over support for our own national security and for that of Israel. Hence, they want to delay once again a vote on the Menendez-Kirk bill imposing sanctions on Iran unless it agrees to an acceptable final deal. The bill was introduced more than a year ago. The timing just isn’t right, you see. Will it ever be? A letter by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) signed onto by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.),...
  • Senate Democrats give Obama an Iran deadline (Menendez still ticked)

    01/27/2015 3:12:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Kristina Wong
    Ten Senate Democrats warned the White House in a letter Tuesday that they will support legislation imposing new sanctions on Iran if a framework to roll back the country’s nuclear program isn’t reached within two months. "In acknowledgement of your concern regarding congressional action on legislation at this moment, we will not vote for this legislation on the Senate floor before March 24," said the letter, led by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who is the co-author of Iran sanctions legislation. "After March 24, we will only vote for this legislation on the Senate floor if Iran fails to reach agreement...
  • Senate Democrats bow to Obama, pull support for immediate new Iran sanctions

    01/27/2015 6:05:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Guy Taylor
    U.N. gives mixed signals on Tehran cooperation as nuclear talks intensifySenate Democrats on Tuesday backed away from a bipartisan push for immediate new sanctions on Iran, bowing to President Obama’s call not to undercut international talks to get Tehran to curb its nuclear programs in the coming weeks. The shift, announced Tuesday by Sen. Robert Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat and one of the party’s outspoken hawks on Iran, came amid a series of mixed signals from the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency over the question of whether Tehran was honoring promises to put its suspect nuclear programs on hold as...
  • OBAMA, BOB MENENDEZ FIGHT OVER IRAN SANCTIONS GETS PERSONAL

    01/24/2015 7:25:57 AM PST · by LSUfan · 61 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 16 Jan 15 | Dan Reihl
    Everyone involved seems to be trying to put the best face on it, but Barack Obama went so far as to suggest senior Democrats like Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who take a hard line on Iran, are doing so purely to appease their donors. Obama said that as a former senator himself, he understood how outside forces — like special interests and donors — can influence senators to act, one of the senators recounted.
  • Obama-Menendez dispute shows Dem Iran rift

    01/18/2015 5:32:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    KETK NBC ^ | 1/17/15
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A heated exchanged between President Barack Obama and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) broke out Thursday over whether the U.S. should reimpose sanctions on Iran amid ongoing negotiations over the country's nuclear program, according to two senators who were in the room. Menendez, the leading Democrat pushing for additional sanctions against Iran, forcefully pressed Obama on the need for additional sanctions during a meeting in which Obama urged Menendez and other senators to drop their efforts to pass sanctions legislation. Additional sanctions, Obama argued, could torpedo ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. The unusually sharp exchange, between...
  • Menendez: Obama Admin Statements on Iran 'Sound like Talking Points Straight out of Tehran'VIDEO

    01/21/2015 10:45:38 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | JAN 21,2015 | Washington Free Beacon
    Menendez: Obama Admin Statements on Iran 'Sound like Talking Points Straight out of Tehran'
  • Oregon bank now says it won't work with Colorado marijuana businesses

    01/27/2015 11:41:26 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    MBank, an Oregon bank that last week said it would allow Colorado marijuana businesses to open accounts, now says it won't. The Denver Post reports the bank is saying it doesn't have the infrastructure to handle the volume of customers in the pot industry. But the newspaper cites unnamed sources as saying federal banking regulators told MBank the move was too risky. Because marijuana remains illegal under federal law, companies in the industry haven't been able to find a bank to handle their business. MBank doesn't have a Colorado location. Instead, MBank intended to have marijuana businesses deposit their cash...
  • BUZZKILL: EPA Chief Jets to Aspen’s Winter X Games to Preach Global Warming

    01/26/2015 6:53:02 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | January 23, 2015
    EPA chief Gina McCarthy was harshing on everyone’s mellow up in Aspen Thursday going on about global warming and generally being a buzzkill. Not content just to catch the men’s snowboard superpipe, McCarthy used the Winter X Games as an excuse to lecture the liberal crony class on the benefits of investing in tank tops versus GORE-TEX. According to the Denver Business Journal: McCarthy was in Aspen to make the point that warmer temperatures caused by carbon pollution hurt the winter-sports industry, and to advocate for Obama administration policies to curb greenhouse gases. Apparently we can’t stress this enough because...
  • Letter: AG Cynthia Coffman makes case for House over Call for GOP Chair ( Colorado )

    01/26/2015 6:29:55 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    I write today to encourage your support of Steve House for Chairman of the State Republican Party. Steve formerly chaired the Adams County Republican Party and was a candidate for governor in 2014. As I worked alongside Steve, I saw a uniquely talented leader whose passion for conservatism and our party is infectious. His speeches are inspired and motivating. His ideas are forward thinking and common sense. I was so impressed that I asked Steve to speak on my behalf on the campaign trail. After my election as Attorney General, I brought Steve in to serve on my transition team....
  • Colorado Seeks Permission To Grow Pot At State Universities [More Jobs For Chinese & indians]

    01/25/2015 10:42:58 AM PST · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    LATimes ^ | January 25, 2015 | DAVID KELLY
    Colorado Seeks Permission To Grow Pot At State Universities By DAVID KELLY After years of trying to stamp out marijuana use on college campuses, Colorado officials are now asking the federal government to allow its state universities to grow their own pot. The reason, they say, is that the legalization of the drug here has raised questions about its health effects, questions that can only be answered by studying large amounts and different strains of marijuana. Why not have the best and brightest working on discovering not only the dangers but also the therapeutic benefits of marijuana? - Colorado state...
  • Denver woman who tried to help terrorists receives 4 years

    01/23/2015 4:14:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January23, 2015 | Sadie Gurman
    DENVER (AP) - A 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who tried to go to Syria to help Islamic State militants has been sentenced to four years in prison. Shannon Conley learned her punishment in Denver federal court on Friday as her parents watched. She wore a black and tan headscarf with her jail uniform. Conley pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization in September under a deal that requires her to divulge information she may have about other Americans with similar intentions. FBI agents say Conley wanted to marry a suitor she...
  • Obama: States more likely to legalize pot

    01/23/2015 11:33:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 22, 2015 | Justin Sink
    President Obama believes more states are likely to legalize marijuana following efforts in Colorado and Washington state. "My suspicion is that you're going to see other states look at this," the president told YouTube blogger Hank Green. Obama said that the federal government was "not going to spend a lot of resources" enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that had decided to legalize the drug. He also noted that the Department of Justice was examining how to shift policies for nonviolent drug offenders. In an interview with The New Yorker last year, Obama appeared to tacitly endorse a Colorado referendum...
  • Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea

    01/23/2015 7:13:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 292 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 23, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea, the state’s governor said Friday. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the 2012 decision by voters to make pot legal, said the state still doesn’t fully know what the unintended consequences of the move will be. If I could've waved a wand the day after the election, I would've reversed the election and said, 'This was a bad idea,’” Hickenlooper said Friday on CNBC's “Squawk Box.” “You don't want to be the first person to do something like this,” he said. He said that he tells other governors to “wait...
  • Colorado GOP Blocks Funding For Immigrant Driver’s Licenses

    01/22/2015 5:31:24 PM PST · by Red Steel · 24 replies
    kcnc ^ | January 22, 2015 2:17 PM
    DENVER (AP) — Democrats who pushed to get driver’s licenses for Colorado immigrants regardless of their legal status are outraged over a Republican vote to block access to funds for the program. The issue is a reminder to Democrats of the power they lost in November when Republicans took control of the Senate for the first time in 10 years, and sets up what could be a contentious budget-writing process. The measure allowing driver’s licenses for immigrants in the country illegally passed in 2013 and it was signed by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper when his party controlled both legislative chambers....
  • Customer files complaint against bakery for refusing to make anti-gay cake

    01/22/2015 10:23:33 AM PST · by redreno · 31 replies
    DENVER — If bakeries can be compelled to make wedding cakes for same-sex marriages, can they also be forced to create anti-gay cakes? That’s the question before the Colorado Civil Rights Division after a customer filed a complaint against Azucar Bakery in Denver for refusing to write anti-gay messages on a Bible-shaped cake.
  • The "NAACP Bombing" ... or The Barbershop Bang?

    01/21/2015 4:24:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    COLORADO SPRINGS -- From the liberal media's coverage of my beautiful adopted hometown, you'd think we live in a KKK-infested hotbed where every person of color fears for his or her life. Take a look at these ominous headlines: --"Bombing of NAACP headquarters harkens to bad old days" -- MSNBC --"Colorado Springs explosion recalls violence against NAACP" -- The Washington Post --"NAACP Bombing Evokes Memories of Civil Rights Strife" -- Time magazine --"Explosion outside NAACP office could be a hate crime, officials say" -- Los Angeles Times Let me and my brown skin assure you, America: Bull Connor is not...
  • Environmental Groups Seeking More Protection For Sage Grouse ( CO & Utah )

    01/20/2015 5:15:34 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | January 20, 2015 | Donna Bryson
    Two environmentalist groups filed suit Tuesday seeking stronger protection for a bird found only in Colorado and Utah ... The Center for Biological Diversity and the Western Watersheds Project said in court papers that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should go back and produce an “adequate finding” on the status of the Gunnison sage grouse ... The threatened designation could result in restrictions on oil and gas drilling, agriculture, recreational and other land uses. ... both camps will be watching litigation closely, in part to see how it might influence policy on the more common greater sage grouse. The...
  • Man Files Religious Discrimination Complaint Over Bakery’s Refusal to Make Anti-Gay Cake

    01/20/2015 2:18:24 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 67 replies
    reason.com ^ | 1/20/15 | Scott Shackford
    It was only a matter of time before it actually happened. In Colorado, where Masterpiece Cakeshop has been cited by the state for refusing to make wedding cakes for gay couples, a man has filed a complaint with the state that a different bakery has refused to make him a cake, violating public accommodation laws. In this case, though, the man claims religious discrimination for a bakery's refusal to make a cake that's not quite so love-affirming. ...."He wanted us to write God hates …" she trails. "Just really radical stuff against gays." "He wouldn't allow me to make a...