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US: Colorado (News/Activism)

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  • Glenn K. Beaton: We will not worship the Colorado Civil Rights Commission

    06/24/2018 11:32:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    The Aspen Beat ^ | June 23, 2018 | Glenn K. Beaton
    The bigotry of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission earned it a spanking from the United States Supreme Court ... A born-again Christian named Jack Phillips ran a bakery. Aware of Phillips' heartfelt religious beliefs, a gay couple demanded that he violate those beliefs by designing and creating an artistic cake to celebrate their marriage. This was even before Colorado had legalized gay marriage. Phillips politely told the couple that they were welcome in his bakery and that he would be happy to sell them anything off-the-shelf. But he could not violate his faith. He even offered to find them an...
  • PAC backing Johnston for governor gets another $1M from Bloomberg ( enemy action in Colorado )

    06/20/2018 6:56:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Colorado Politics ^ | June 19, 2018 | Marianne Goodland
    A political action committee backing former state Sen. Michael Johnston of Denver for the Democratic nod for governor has received another $1 million dollars from Michael Bloomberg, bringing the wealthy former New York mayor’s total donations to the committee to $2 million. ... The $1 million contribution was the largest that any campaign committee received in the most recent reporting period from May 31 to June 13, according to the secretary of state’s office’s TRACER campaign finance system. Second on the list: another $750,000 from fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder to his gubernatorial campaign, bringing his total...
  • Any thoughts on the upcoming Colorado primary?

    06/15/2018 7:43:18 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 20 replies
    06/15/18 | Me
    From my limited research, it seems likely that Stapleton will win the Republican primary for the Governor's race, and that he'll almost certainly face Polis in November. And then Stapleton will likely lose. Polis has a 5 point edge on him in current polling, but I don't know that any of the other Republican candidates have any better chance. Incidentally, here's each candidate's position on my #1 issue, gun rights: Walker Stapleton Supports teachers voluntarily carrying concealed weapons. Supports repeal of "misguided" 2013 gun control measures limiting magazine size and requiring more background checks. Advocates increased security at schools and...
  • Senate GOP campaign arm has no plans to endorse Republican nominee in Virginia

    06/13/2018 2:23:06 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 63 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 6/13/18 | Jordain Carney
    The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has no plans to endorse Corey Stewart, the party's Senate nominee in Virginia, the group's chairman said Wednesday. "We have a big map, right now we are focused on Florida, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana. I don’t see Virginia in it," Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who leads the Senate GOP campaign arm, told CNN.
  • In Republican debate ... candidates for governor [trunc.] [Greg Lopez most pro-Trump]

    06/10/2018 8:51:05 AM PDT · by catnipman · 9 replies
    The Denverite ^ | 6/6/2018 | Esteban L. Hernandez
    Lopez said he couldn’t really find any policies he didn’t like [about Trump] — “I think he’s doing a great job,” Lopez said about Trump — but said he would like to see a different approach to NAFTA and dealing with Canada and Mexico.
  • Victim shot by back-flipping FBI agent says he initially thought an 'idiot set off a firecracker'

    06/07/2018 2:23:57 PM PDT · by Rio · 43 replies
    Yahoo! News / GMA ^ | 06/07/2018 | CAROL MCKINLEY, CLAYTON SANDELL, BILL HUTCHINSON and SABINA GHEBREMEDHIN
    A 24-year-old man accidentally shot by an FBI agent doing a backflip on the dance floor of a Colorado nightclub says he initially couldn't believe he had been wounded while enjoying a night out with friends and thought "some idiot set off a firecracker." In an exclusive interview with ABC News' "Good Morning America" set to be broadcast Thursday, Thomas Reddington said he remains "confused" by the bizarre incident that happened at the Mile High Spirits Tasting Room near downtown Denver around 12:45 a.m. Saturday.
  • Senators propose bill letting states regulate marijuana after talks with Trump

    06/07/2018 9:39:18 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 7, 2018
    CNN Refuses to Show This Hillary Video. Click Here to Watch Health Sciences Institute Ads by Revcontent Lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday aimed at resolving the long-running tension between states that legalized medical and recreational marijuana sales and the federal government, which still deems all use a federal crime. The bill, offered by Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., comes after President Trump's April assurance to Gardner that he would support reform. Gardner told reporters at a morning press conference that "I have spoken to the president today and that certainly was part of the conversation."
  • He Started Vaping As A Teen And Now Says Habit Is 'Impossible To Let Go'

    06/07/2018 1:14:29 PM PDT · by Drango · 36 replies
    NPR ^ | June 7 '18 | John Daley
    The debate over the health risks of Juul, vaping and e-cigarettes is now spilling into the public square. In one of the most restrictive measures nationwide, San Francisco voters this week upheld by what looks to be a large majority — nearly 70 percent in a preliminary tally — a ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, as well as conventional menthol cigarettes. Even before that, federal agencies had launched a wave of crackdowns against retailers that sell e-cigarettes, including the popular Juul brand, to minors. Public health advocates and officials worry these sales could be an emerging disaster,...
  • University suspends student after ‘some people said that other people said that (trunc)

    06/07/2018 10:02:43 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 55 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 6-7-2018 | Andrew Johnson - University of Denver
    FULL TITLE "University suspends student after ‘some people said that other people said that she said offensive things’" The University of Denver recently suspended a freshman student for fall quarter 2018 for having allegedly used several slurs frequently in everyday conversation, with the school saying that the behavior violated its harassment policy by creating “a hostile environment of divisiveness and disrespect.” The student, meanwhile, has denied any wrongdoing in the matter, and a campus watchdog group has raised serious concerns about the university’s approach to the controversy. Addison Puffer, an outspoken conservative and student government senator, claims that her suspension...
  • Experience: I fought off a mountain lion

    06/07/2018 6:23:27 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 36 replies
    Guardian ^ | Fri 11 Mar 2016 09.00 EST Last modified on Mon 21 May 2018 06.12 EDT | Andy Peterson
    I froze, watching the tree. The mountain lion’s head would come up and look around, then it would go back to whatever it was eating, its jaws crunching through the bones of its kill. I started backing away, keeping my eyes on the lion. You couldn’t carry a firearm in a national park at the time, but I did have my two-and-a-half-inch utility knife and I started folding out the blade as a precaution. Then the screwdriver loudly snapped back into the case. There was the mountain lion, its yellow eyes looking at me as though it knew every thought...
  • FBI agent whose gun accidentally went off in nightclub identified [Chase Bishop]

    06/05/2018 8:20:32 PM PDT · by Ken H · 93 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 05, 2018 | n/a
    The off-duty FBI agent whose weapon discharged at a Denver nightclub has been identified as Chase Bishop of the bureau's Washington Field Office, law enforcement sources told CBS News. Bishop was apparently on a personal trip in Denver when his weapon went off Sunday after he did flip while dancing, wounding another person in the leg. The name of the victim has not yet been released but authorities said he is expected to be OK. CBS Denver reports that Bishop was taken to the Denver Police Department headquarters and later released to an FBI supervisor. Possible charges are pending lab...
  • Nancy Pelosi on Supreme Court Ruling: Bake That Cake, Christians!

    06/05/2018 5:19:52 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 57 replies
    brietbart ^ | 06/04/2018 | Joel B Pollak
    Would-be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) slammed Monday’s 7-2 Supreme Court ruling in the Masterpiece Bakeshop case, attacking “discriminatory practices behind the guise of religious liberty.” The Court found in favor of a Colorado baker who was sued when he declined to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage because of his Christian beliefs. The baker asserted his religious liberty under the First Amendment. The decision avoided ruling on the broader question of whether religious liberty trumps non-discrimination on the basis of sexuality, and held only that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had not given the baker...
  • A Baker’s First Amendment Rights

    12/05/2017 10:00:40 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 4, 2017 | ROBERT P. GEORGE and SHERIF GIRGIS
    You need the First Amendment precisely when your ideas offend others or flout the majority’s orthodoxies. And then it protects more than your freedom to speak your mind; it guards your freedom not to speak the mind of another. Thus, in classic “compelled speech” rulings, the Supreme Court has protected the right not to be forced to say, do or create anything expressing a message one rejects. Most famously, in West Virginia v. Barnette (1943), it barred a state from denying Jehovah’s Witnesses the right to attend public schools if they refused to salute the flag. In Wooley v. Maynard...
  • Media, Celebs Slam SCOTUS’ Cake Ruling: ‘Abolish the Supreme Court’

    06/04/2018 12:05:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 76 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 6/4/18 | Corrine Weaver
    Progressives in the media have no respect for the traditions and structure of the branches of the government. As soon as one issues a decision based on anything but liberal ideology, the world is over. After the Supreme Court released their decision in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop LTD. vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in favor of the baker, Jack Phillips, the media went on a rampage. Liberal book publisher Haymarket Books tweeted out on its verified account almost immediately after the ruling was released, “Abolish the Supreme Court.”
  • In Masterpiece Cakeshop, Justice Kennedy Strikes a Blow for the Dignity of the Faithful

    06/04/2018 2:33:22 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | June 4, 2018 | David French
    Tolerance, it appears, is not a one-way street. Since the rise of the gay-marriage movement, it has become fashionable to decry dissenters as haters and bigots, to attempt to write them out of polite society in the same way that the larger American body politic has rightfully rejected the Klan. Politicians thunder against Christian bigots. Media organizations put the words “religious liberty” in scare quotes, as if the expression of deeply held religious beliefs is a mere pretext, used to conceal darker motivations. And ideologues in state agencies give full vent to their rage, mocking faithful Christians as if they...
  • Supreme Court Reverses Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

    06/04/2018 7:17:18 AM PDT · by CFW · 211 replies
    Scotusblog ^ | 6/4/2018 | Scotusblog
    "Whatever the confluence of speech and free exercise principles might be in some cases, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's consideration of this case was inconsistent with the State's obligation of religious neutrality. The reason and motive for the baker's refusal were based on his sincere religious beliefs and convictions." link to decision https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-111_j4el.pdf
  • FBI agent accidentally shoots bar patron when gun falls out of holster while dancing

    06/03/2018 1:46:43 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 192 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3 June 2018 | MARK OSBORNE
    An FBI agent got himself into an embarrassing situation on Saturday when his service weapon fell out of its holster while dancing at a Denver club and he accidentally shot a fellow patron while retrieving it. Denver police responded to Mile High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Bar for an accidental shooting at about 12:45 a.m. on Saturday. According to police, an off-duty FBI agent was dancing at the club when his firearm fell to the ground. He picked the gun up and it went off, shooting another person in the leg. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital in...
  • Thousands of acres ablaze in Colorado, New Mexico

    06/02/2018 10:37:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 6/2/2018 | Dakin Andone and Dave Alsup
    Massive wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico have torched thousands of acres and forced hundreds to evacuate their homes. A blaze known as the 416 Fire in Colorado's La Plata County has burned 1,100 acres, US Forest Service spokesman Jim Mackensen told CNN on Saturday. The fire, about 15 miles outside the town of Durango, is 0% contained and has forced the evacuations of 1,500 residents, Mackensen said. No structures have been destroyed, he added
  • Denver Uber driver fatally shoots passenger after apparent argument, police say

    06/01/2018 8:50:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 6/1/20-18 | Greg Norman
    An Uber driver in Denver shot a passenger multiple times early Friday before the vehicle they were traveling in crashed, snarling traffic on one of the city’s major roadways, according to media reports. Denver police said the driver and passenger apparently got involved in a dispute before the driver opened fire, striking the adult male multiple times while traveling on Interstate 25 near University Boulevard around 3 a.m. The vehicle, identified by Fox 31 Denver as a silver sedan, veered off the road and hit a wall on a highway ramp. The driver called 911 to report the shooting, The...
  • Planned Parenthood Group Moves to Use Trump’s NLRB to Bust Union

    05/24/2018 1:18:20 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 8 replies
    Pay Day Report ^ | 05/24/2018 | Mike Elk
    Recently, a group of 153 Planned Parenthood support staff at 14 clinics in Colorado has attempted to unionize with SEIU. Clinic workers say they put up with long work weeks for low pay with starting wages at a mere $12 an hour. “Its low compensation for the intense and emotional work we are doing,” says Dominique Silverman, who regularly faces protesters on her way into work. Organized labor has stood in solidarity with Planned Parenthood in their fight to block federal cuts to their funding. Groups like the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and SEIU have all...