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  • Special forces set to swarm Southwest and operate undetected among civilians in...military exercise

    03/29/2015 12:17:39 PM PDT · by EBH · 67 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Updated: 23:56 EST, 28 March 2015
    Seven Southwestern states will soon be infiltrated by 1,200 military special ops personnel as part of a controversial domestic military training in which some of the elite soldiers will operate undetected among civilians. Operation Jade Helm begins in July and will last for eight weeks. Soldiers will operate in and around towns in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado where some of them wil drop from planes while carrying weapons loaded with blanks in what military officials have dubbed Realistic Military Training. But with residents of the entire states of Texas and Utah dubbed 'hostile' for the...
  • Parents Of Aurora Shooting Victim Lose Ammo Lawsuit

    03/29/2015 8:17:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    The parents of a woman killed during the Aurora movie theater shooting lost their bid Friday to hold ammunition sellers liable for the attack. Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, whose daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was one of 12 people killed in the July 2012 attack, had sued four online retailers that provided bullets, gun magazines and body armor alleged to have been used in the shooting. They accused the retailers of selling the items without concern about the mental fitness of the buyer or the items’ intended use. The retailers “established and operated businesses which attracted — and catered to — dangerous...
  • Prosecutor Who Won’t Charge Woman for Killing Unborn Baby Had Planned Parenthood Backing

    03/27/2015 11:25:28 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/27/15 | Steven Ertelt
    As LifeNews has reported, the Colorado woman who cut out a 7-month-old unborn baby from a mother’s abdomen, resulting in the death of the infant, will not be charged with murder. That’s because the state lacks an unborn victims law to hold criminals accountable when they kill or injure unborn children in such criminal attacks.However, new information reveals the prosecutor in the case is an abortion advocate who has the endorsement of prominent pro-abortion groups in a previous campaign for state Attorney General and who endorsed legislation to not regard unborn children as victims of such crimes, which would allow...
  • Army Special Operations Command pushes back against alarmist claims about upcoming exercise

    03/26/2015 11:05:22 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 96 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 21, 2015 | Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Army Special Operations Command is pushing back against alarmist claims that an upcoming U.S. military exercise is a preparation for imposing martial law or subduing right-leaning groups and individuals. Conspiracy theories about the exercise, known as JADE HELM 15, appeared online this week. Some commentators railing against the event referred to an online slide show allegedly created by USASOC, which outlined a special operations exercise slated to take place across multiple states, outside the confines of U.S. military bases. In the slide show, a map of the southwest region of the United States labels Texas and other...
  • OPERATION CHOKE POINT: Tipton Questions FDIC Cutting Off Bank Accounts Gun Stores, Small Businesses

    03/25/2015 8:39:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | March 24, 2015
    The head of the FDIC faced tough grilling today from members of a House Financial Services subcommittee including U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on a rogue policy that essentially directed banks not to deal with businesses the Obama administration found objectionable. Dubbed “Operation Choke Point,” the Justice Department essentially directed the nation’s top financial regulator to intimidate banks into cutting off accounts or doing any business at all with a list of 30 different types small business owners. The list included gun shops, ammunition dealers ... Tipton also got the old DC song and dance when he asked if the federal...
  • New chief takes over Rocky Ford Police Department (Colorado)

    03/24/2015 5:56:15 PM PDT · by TankerKC · 13 replies
    KOAA 5 ^ | March 23, 2015 | Eric Ross
    There's a shakeup happening at the Rocky Ford Police Department. The City Manager has reassigned Chief Frank Gallegos and promoted a captain to take on the chief's role. We received a handful of tips from our viewers in Rocky Ford who were too afraid to talk on camera, saying they still don't trust the police force. It has been a tough six months for the department as former Officer James Ashby heads to trial for second-degree murder in the death of Jack Jacquez. As that case moves forward, we uncovered Chief Frank Gallegos is now a commander. His position has...
  • CONFESSION: Liberals Admit CO House Gerrymandered to Favor Dems

    03/24/2015 7:35:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | March 23, 2015
    After last election cycle, when Colorado House Republicans received 189,000 more votes than House Democrats, we began to highlight how grossly gerrymandered the statehouse has become. Now, even the liberals at the Daily Kos blog are acknowledging that the Colorado House is the Democrats’ “best chamber” in the entire nation. It favors Democrats even more than California’s general assembly. The reapportionment process is obviously deeply flawed ... Democrat obstructionists in the House should be careful. While they may think they’re the party of the people, they’re not actually representing the majority of people who voted in the last election. And...
  • Millions of 'underwater' homeowners are trapped

    03/17/2015 9:38:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 104 replies
    CNBC ^ | 3- 17 -2015 | Diana Olick
    Some 5.4 million homes, or 10.4 percent of all homes with a mortgage, were still in a negative equity position, or "underwater," in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to CoreLogic, as their owners owe more on the mortgage than the home is currently worth. This is down considerably —18.9 percent, from a year ago—but it still keeps these borrowers from putting their homes on the market, because they would lose money. .. Additionally, of the 49.9 million U.S. homes with a mortgage, approximately 10 million (20 percent) have less than 20 percent equity, and 1.4 million have less than...
  • Western states coalition disputes ‘biased’ federal science on sage grouse

    03/18/2015 10:28:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    predation, not human activity, has reduced bird’s numbers. A coalition of rural Western counties and business interests is contesting the science being used to decide whether to list the Greater sage-grouse as endangered or threatened, accusing the Obama administration of relying on “selective, false and biased” research. Denver attorney Kent Holsinger filed three Data Quality Act challenges Wednesday with the Department of the Interior on behalf of the coalition, which includes the Western Energy Alliance, ranchers, mining and drilling companies and 19 counties in Colorado, Montana, Nevada and Utah. “We’ve documented real issues with transparency and scientific integrity ... The...
  • Columbine Killers' Basement Tapes Destroyed

    03/18/2015 5:53:28 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 12 replies
    Westword ^ | February 2, 2015 | Alan Prendergast
    They were the most notorious yet least-seen artifacts from one of the worst school shootings in American history -- roughly four hours of home videos made by two teenage killers-to-be, shot in the last weeks of their lives and offering glimpses into the methods and motives behind the 1999 attack on Columbine High School that killed thirteen people and seriously injured two dozen more. The so-called "basement tapes" of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold have been the subject of intense litigation and media speculation, morbid curiosity and outrage, half-baked psychoanalysis and earnest requests from violence-prevention researchers to make them available...
  • Falling rig counts drive projected near-term oil production decline in 3 key U.S. regions

    03/17/2015 9:56:07 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | MARCH 17, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    EIA's most recent Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) indicates a change in the crude oil production growth patterns in three key oil producing regions: the Eagle Ford, Niobrara, and Bakken. The DPR estimates, which were issued on March 9 and cover the months of March and April, include the first projected declines in crude oil production in these regions since publication of the DPR began in October 2013. However, with production gains continuing in other regions, particularly the Permian, overall crude oil production in regions tracked by the DPR rose slightly in March to 5.6 million barrels per day. Total production...
  • Flight Grounded At Dulles After Unruly Passenger Charges Toward Cockpit

    03/17/2015 9:03:36 AM PDT · by glorgau · 62 replies
    DCist ^ | Mar 17, 2015 9:40 am | Matt Cohen
    A Denver-bound United Airlines flight had to turn back and return to Dulles International Airport after an unruly passenger allegedly charged toward the cockpit. According to multiple reports, the passenger was subdued by several passengers near first class before he made it to the cockpit, the Post reports. A Reddit user whose father was on the plane posted pictures and a video of the incident and says that the passenger in question "was screaming and sprinting towards the cockpit" before he was tackled and subdued by "several large passengers." A government official with "direct knowledge of the incident" told CNN...
  • Colorado GOP ousts establishment Chairman. Replaced by liberty backed candidate.

    03/15/2015 8:23:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    dailypaul.com ^ | 3/14/15
    Just minutes ago. The Colorado State GOP has denied establishment Chairman Ryan Call his reelection. The liberty backed candidate Steve House has been elected as chairman. Ryan Call has been a monkey for Karl Rove and the RNC in the passed two elections. Ryan played backhanded tactics to deny the liberty vote at almost every stop he could. Earlier this month, he disqualified the election results of a specific county and decided to redo the county election himself. All so he could get a few more votes for his reelection. Steve House was backed by the liberty crowd. He is...
  • Colorado National Guard Boss Decries Rift With Regular Army

    03/16/2015 12:56:32 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 5 replies
    Military.com ^ | March 16, 2015 | Tom Roeder
    Colorado's National Guard boss, Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, describes the relationship between state Guard leaders and Army brass as broken, saying the two entities are giving each other the silent treatment over budget battles. "The relationship is not good and it is sad," said Edwards, an Air Force officer who reports to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper rather than the Pentagon. Tensions are high over Army proposals to strip the Guard of attack helicopters and shave the Army Guard's ranks by 8,000 troops to save cash. Army leaders were a no-show at a gathering of top National Guard commanders in...
  • Nearly 200,000 Colorado Health Plans to be Canceled Despite Obamacare Extension

    03/14/2015 4:54:33 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 15 replies
    PJ tattler ^ | March 13, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R) said he’s “utterly appalled” by the Colorado Division of Insurance decision to cancel 190,000 health plans that don’t comply with Obamacare regulations — even though they have the authority to continue the old plans for another year under grandfathering rules announced last year. “Coloradans were promised by supporters of this healthcare law that if they liked their plans, they could keep their plans,” he said. “DOI should follow through on that promise, and prove that last year’s extension wasn’t simply an empty election year ploy to fool people into believing they were going to be...
  • Jared Polis refers to Tom Cotton, Army veteran, as ‘Tehran Tom’

    03/11/2015 5:11:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 10, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    Democratic Colorado Rep. Jared Polis took shots at Republican Sen. Tom Cotton on Twitter Tuesday, labeling the Iraq War veteran as “Tehran Tom” for his role in a letter sent to Iran. “Tehran Tom took his case directly to the Iranian government,” Mr. Polistweeted to his nearly 32,000 followers. He was referring to a letter — signed by Mr. Cotton and 46 of his Republican colleagues — to Iran’s government regarding nuclear negotiations between the two nations, the Washington Examiner reported. “Tehran Tom asks Iranian Revolutionary Guards for help in battle against US diplomats,” Mr. Polisadded, receiving 53 retweets.
  • Denver schools have four times the administrators as other districts

    03/11/2015 9:49:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Watchdog ^ | March 11, 2015 | Arthur Kane
    Denver Public Schools had four times the number of administrators as any other large metro area districts last year, and salaries and benefits for those staffers are $22 million more than the next largest metro district, Colorado Department of Education figures show. The teachers’ union president reviewed the data Watchdog.org obtained and said the nearly $68 million paid to DPS administrators would be better spent on students. “We need to be talking about keeping dollars closer to classroom when it comes to public education,” said Henry Roman, president of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association. “Should they be putting the money...
  • Mysterious 'bright green' fireball spotted over Colorado

    03/11/2015 9:09:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 60 replies
    mashable.com ^ | 03-11-2015 | Brian Reis
    So it's true: The early bird gets the fireballs. Coloradans who were up before the sun on Wednesday morning saw a "bright green" fireball soar across the sky before it burned out over the mountains. More than 60 eyewitnesses filed sightings on the American Meteor Society's website. Greg Moore, an analyst and contributor at Weather5280, told Mashable he was driving over the top of Vail pass, west of Denver, just before 6 a.m. local time when "a bright green fireball caught my eye." The object had a "flaming tail with a long trail behind it," Moore said. "As it moved...
  • Physical security of the Clinton e-mail sever

    03/10/2015 9:00:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 159 replies
    And Still I Persist… ^ | March 10, 2015 | Bruce F. Webster
    I’ve raised in prior posts (here and here) the issue of physical security of the clintonemail.com e-mal server, which is why were it was located and how it was set up matters. Last night, Mitch LaKind — who has experience setting up secure military e-mail servers — wrote me about the detailed issues surrounding Clinton’s approach. I’ll let him speak for himself (emphasis mine, though): As a former contractor to the Air Force, I personally managed the Microsoft Exchange servers that were installed at Thule Air Base. My experience with Microsoft Exchange goes back to 1997, when the earliest versions...
  • ( Mesa ) County signals its intent to sue over sage grouse ( Colorado )

    03/10/2015 8:47:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Grand Junction - DAILY SENTINEL ^ | March 10, 2015 | Emily Shockley
    Mesa County commissioners have thrown their first jab in a growing fight against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the department’s decision last November to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species. Commissioners on Monday approved and signed a notice of intent to sue the federal government for listing the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened and for designating a critical habitat for the bird in western Colorado and eastern Utah. The notice of intent to sue claims the listings are improper because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service noted the Gunnison sage-grouse population in the Gunnison Basin is “stable...
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously...
  • Colorado Debates Whether IUDs Are Contraception Or Abortion

    03/06/2015 10:15:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | March 5, 2015 | Megan Varlee
    A popular contraception program in Colorado is receiving criticism from conservative lawmakers who say that the program's use of intrauterine devices, or IUDs, qualify as abortions. More than 30,000 women in Colorado have gotten a device because of the state program, the Colorado Family Planning Initiative. An IUD normally costs between $500 and several thousand dollars. Through the program women could receive one for free. This is because the program received a $23 million private grant in 2009 that has covered all its costs until now. To keep going, a group of bipartisan lawmakers are trying to push a bill...
  • Magellan Midstream and Plains All American plan crude line from Colorado

    03/03/2015 5:52:14 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 2, 2015 | Robert Grattan
    Magellan Midstream Partners and Plains All American Pipeline are teaming up on a new $850 million, 550-mile pipeline to carry crude oil from Colorado to Cushing, Oklahoma. The new pipeline, called the Saddlehorn, will be built and owned by the Saddlehorn Pipeline Co., a 50-50 joint venture between the two companies. In an announcement Friday, Plains and Magellan said the new line has binding commitments from producers Noble Energy and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., and that Anadarko has an option to obtain a 20 percent stake in the venture. The line could be in service by mid-2016 if permitting and construction...
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 51 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas Supporters

    02/27/2015 4:49:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas SupportersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 26, 2015 @ 6:02 pm In The Point | 12 Comments There are a lot of stories about the Dem members of Congress boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. But most of the names on the list are longtime opponents of the Jewish State.The boycott lists consists of two groups. Congressional Black Caucus members who are offended on Obama’s behalf and can smell racism anywhere.The other consists of opponents of Israel.It’s instructive to compare the list of boycotters to the 54 members of Congress who signed...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • 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 · 31 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 · 33 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...