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  • Federal Court Rules Colorado Cannot Block Christian Baker’s Lawsuit Over State’s Hostility Toward...

    01/08/2019 11:46:53 AM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 8, 2019 | Melanie Arter
    Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop (Screenshot) (CNSNews.com) – A federal district court ruled Friday that Colorado cannot block an attempt by Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips to sue the state over its “hostility” towards him and his Christian beliefs. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) represents Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, in the lawsuit. As CNSNews.com previously reported , the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in June 2018, saying the commission “violated the Free Exercise Clause” by requiring Phillips to go against his religious beliefs about gay marriage...
  • Initiative to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms in Denver could be on May ballot

    01/08/2019 9:56:14 AM PST · by Simon Green · 22 replies
    Fox31 ^ | 01/08/19
    DENVER -- A push to make Denver the first U.S. city to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms is getting closer to being on the ballot for the May municipal election. On Monday, organizers with Decriminalize Denver plan to submit signatures to the Denver Elections Division to get the measure on the ballot. As of Friday morning, more than 8,000 signatures had been gathered. Only 4,726 valid signatures are required to make the ballot. The Denver Psilocybin Initiative would make personal use, possession and propagation of psilocybin mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms, for adults 21 and older the "city's lowest law-enforcement priority."...
  • END THE SHUTDOWN: Gardner is Right, Go to Battle Plan B

    01/05/2019 5:04:33 PM PST · by rintintin · 68 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | Jan 4 2019 | Colorado Peak Politics
    What has suddenly changed that would prompt U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner to come forward, the first Republican to do so, and urge the end of the government shutdown? The answer is simple — Democrats are now in charge of the U.S. House, and the Constitution requires all government spending must originate in the House. Why should Democrats cut a deal, when they control the purse strings?
  • 'Gun-toting hippies' greet Boulder 'assault weapons' ban with mass non-compliance

    01/03/2019 5:12:38 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 50 replies
    BOULDER, Colorado — Boulder’s newly enacted “assault weapons” ban is meeting with stiff resistance from its “gun-toting hippies,” staunch liberals who also happen to be devoted firearms owners. Only 342 “assault weapons,” or semiautomatic rifles, were certified by Boulder police before the Dec. 31 deadline, meaning there could be thousands of residents in the scenic university town of 107,000 in violation of the sweeping gun-control ordinance. ***** Semiautomatic pistols and shotguns are also included. Current owners were given until the end of the year to choose one of two options: Get rid of their semiautomatics by moving them out of...
  • Latino support for Republicans holds steady despite Trump immigration talk

    12/30/2018 8:57:41 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 7 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 30, 2018 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    LITTLETON, Colo. — Pedro Gonzalez has faith in Donald Trump and his party. The 55-year-old Colombian immigrant is a pastor at an evangelical church in suburban Denver. Initially repelled by Trump in 2016, he’s been heartened by the president’s steps to protect religious groups and appoint judges who oppose abortion rights. More important, Gonzalez sees Trump’s presidency as part of a divine plan. “It doesn’t matter what I think,” Gonzalez said of the president. “He was put there.” Though Latino voters are a key part of the Democratic coalition, there is a larger bloc of reliable Republican Latinos than many...
  • Patrick Frazee, the fiancé of missing CO mom Kelsey Berreth, is arrested and booked in her murder

    12/21/2018 9:42:27 AM PST · by bgill · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 21,2018 | Dakin Andone
    The fiancé of missing Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth was arrested and booked on murder charges in connection with her death, authorities said Friday. Patrick Frazee's arrest came nearly one month after Berreth, the mother of his 1-year-old daughter, vanished on Thanksgiving Day near Woodland Park, a city between Denver and Colorado Springs. Frazee was taken to the Teller County Jail, where he's still being held, Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said Friday morning during a news conference. Authorities do not believe Berreth is alive but have not found her body, De Young said. Frazee's arrest warrant, served at...
  • Utah ranks No. 1 for population growth this decade — adds nearly 400K new residents

    12/20/2018 8:18:50 AM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 12/19/2018 | By Lee Davidson
    Utah ranks No. 1 among the states for its population growth rate this decade — thanks to its high birthrate plus a strong economy that attracts people from other states and abroad. Growth slowed a bit here recently — and Utah ranked No. 3 for 2018, according to estimates released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. “We added nearly 400,000 people this decade,” the equivalent of adding two cities the size of Salt Lake City, said Pam Perlich, director of demographic research at the University of Utah's Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. In just the past year, Utah added 57,987...
  • Colorado baker back in court over second LGBTQ bias allegation

    12/19/2018 7:40:47 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | December 19, 2018 | by Associated Press
    DENVER - Attorneys for a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds - a stand partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court - argued in federal court Tuesday that the state is punishing him again over his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition. Lawyers for Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, are suing to try to stop the state from taking action against him over the new discrimination allegation. They say the state is treating Phillips with hostility because of his Christian faith and pressing...
  • Judge 'inclined' to let Colorado's latest cake case against Christian baker proceed

    12/18/2018 5:21:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 73 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — He won his six-year legal battle over his refusal to create a gay wedding cake, but Christian baker Jack Phillips is now facing what could be a lengthy courtroom sequel on the issue of transgender birthday cakes. Any hope of a speedy resolution was dashed Tuesday when a federal judge indicated he plans to reject the effort to dismiss the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s latest complaint against Masterpiece Cakeshop involving a birthday cake for a gender transition. “I’m inclined to deny the motion to dismiss,” said senior U.S. District Court Judge Wiley Y. Daniel. He also advised Mr....
  • Senate to vote on Trump-backed federal pot legalization, but passage unlikely

    12/18/2018 7:28:21 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec. 18, 2018
    The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on an amendment that would federally legalize marijuana by allowing states to regulate their own medical and recreational pot markets. But even one senator can block a vote on the amendment, which would address a longstanding conflict between federal and state law. Sen. Cory Gardner, D-Colo., is seeking to attach the measure to the First Step Act, a bundle of prison, prisoner re-entry, and sentencing reforms that senators voted 81-12 to advance Monday.
  • George H W Bush secretly sponsored Filipino child through charity

    12/13/2018 6:36:34 PM PST · by NRx · 22 replies
    The Gazette ^ | 12-11-2018 | Ellie Mulder
    Nearly 20 years ago, former President George H.W. Bush wanted to sponsor a Filipino boy named Timothy through Colorado Springs-based nonprofit Compassion International — but first, he needed a pseudonym. “He’s passed away now, so it’s probably not a classified name anymore — it was George Walker,” said Wess Stafford, Compassion president emeritus. “That’s the same name that he used, apparently, whenever he checked into a hospital and they needed to have it unknown that he was in there.” Bush’s security team was worried about Timothy’s safety, said Stafford. If word had gotten out that the child was communicating with...
  • New Boulder, Colorado AR-15 law seen as TEST for nationwide gun registration

    12/13/2018 12:46:53 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 71 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 12/13/18 | USA Features
    Unconstitutional: Whenever we see the Left moving to implement a new rule or law governing the use, handling, or ownership of firearms we are reminded of the very simple language of the Second Amendment, which reads in full: A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Liberal and conservative scholars and lawmakers have debated the meaning of “militia” and whether or not the founders meant that the Second Amendment applied only to organized state military forces. But others have noted that based...
  • Gary Hart: America’s Founding Principles Are in Danger of Corruption

    06/28/2015 7:03:08 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 51 replies
    TIME ^ | June 26, 2015 | By Gary Hart
    Welcome to the age of vanity politics and campaigns-for-hire. What would our founders make of this nightmare? Four qualities have distinguished republican government from ancient Athens forward: the sovereignty of the people; a sense of the common good; government dedicated to the commonwealth; and resistance to corruption. Measured against the standards established for republics from ancient times, the American Republic is massively corrupt. From Plato and Aristotle forward, corruption was meant to describe actions and decisions that put a narrow, special, or personal interest ahead of the interest of the public or commonwealth. Corruption did not have to stoop to...
  • GARY HART: Clinton billion dollar campaign should frighten Americans; alarmed at dynastic politics

    04/06/2015 6:14:46 AM PDT · by Liz · 26 replies
    politico.com ^ | 4/6/15 | Jonathan Topaz
    The prospect of a billion-dollar Clinton campaign “ought to frighten every American,” the two-time Democratic presidential candidate said......The post-Citizens United campaign finance environment has sullied the presidential process, benefiting establishment politicians who cater to financial backers. He pointed to his own experience; he and his wife mortgaged their home for $50-$75,000 — which made a significant difference in his 1984 primary campaign where he finished Hart finished second to Mondale. “If you need a billion dollars, how many people can do that? Only the Clintons and the Bushes and one or two others,” he said. Hart is alarmed by current...
  • Gary Hart Whines to Denver Post Over Cory Gardner Endorsement 'Heresy'

    10/15/2014 8:40:05 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 15, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    It's heresy I tell you. Heresy! A generally liberal newspaper must never be allowed the thought crime of endorsing a conservative Republican candidate in a major political race. Such was the attitude of former presidential candidate Gary Hart(pence) in his angry letter to the editor of the Denver Post denouncing them for the high heresy of endorsing Cory Gardner over Mark Udall in the senate race from Colorado. What is most interesting about Hart's letter is what is not in it, namely any complaint about biased coverage on the part of the Denver Post. Instead Hart throws a conniption fit...
  • Boulder Residents Given 23 Days to ‘Certify’ Assault Weapons or Face Fines, Jail

    12/07/2018 7:26:48 AM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 69 replies
    GunsAmerica Digest ^ | 12/4/18 | Jordan Michaels
    Residents of Boulder, Co., have until December 27 to “certify” their “assault weapons” or remove the firearms from city limits. Those who fail to comply could face fines, jail time, and confiscation and destruction of their firearms, according to the Denver Post. Boulder police say they have certified 85 firearms since the city council passed an “assault weapons” ban in May. Residents who already owned prohibited rifles, pistols, and shotguns were given the chance to keep their firearms by certifying prior ownership with police. The council also voted unanimously to ban “high-capacity” magazines and bump stocks. “My hope is that...
  • Democrat accused of repeated use of women’s restroom will resign in January

    12/06/2018 6:53:57 AM PST · by ETL · 42 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Dec 6, 2018 | Bradford Betz
    A Colorado Democrat whom female colleagues had accused earlier this year of frequenting a women’s restroom inside the Statehouse is resigning, a spokesman said Wednesday. State Sen. Daniel Kagan’s departure, effective Jan. 11, will come as the Democrats retake the Colorado Senate majority following November's elections, the Denver Post reported. MALE DEMOCRAT ACCUSED OF USING COLORADO SENATE’S WOMEN’S RESTROOM ‘MULTIPLE TIMES’“It’s been a great honor to serve the people of Colorado for just short of a decade,” Kagan said in a statement. “An important obligation of leaders, I believe, is to be open to acknowledging that it’s time to pass the torch to new...
  • Why Did 101 Lawmakers Send Letters of Support to Israel-Bashing CAIR?

    11/05/2018 5:44:15 AM PST · by SJackson · 34 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 11-5-18 | Steven Emerson
    If the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) stuck to its stated mission statement and only did civil rights work protecting Muslim Americans from discrimination and bigotry, you likely would never see it mentioned on this site.But CAIR has a second, perhaps more paramount objective that it never directly acknowledges: To oppose Israel and promote Palestinian nationalism.CAIR’s mission statement makes no mention of Palestine. Instead, it says it aims to “enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.” It describes its lobbying arm as focusing “on issues related to Islam and Muslims. The department monitors legislation and government activities and responds...
  • Colorado’s Hickenlooper staffs up for possible 2020 bid

    12/05/2018 10:53:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 5, 2018 | Nicholas Riccardi and James Anderson
    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and his allies are taking new steps toward launching a presidential campaign, including interviews with dozens of potential staffers and hiring a pollster and national fundraiser, according to a person close to the Democrat.He’s already launched a political action committee that allows him to raise money nationally and hired his 2014 campaign manager, Brad Komar, to run it. Since the PAC was formed in September, Komar has done 80 interviews with possible campaign staffers, the person said. Of those, Hickenlooper has conducted or participated in 30 interviews. The operation has hired Democratic veteran Anna Greenberg as...
  • GEORGE WILL: Republicans should study Colorado's change in tint, from purple to blue

    11/30/2018 10:14:14 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 74 replies
    SCNow Morning News ^ | November 28, 2018 | George Will
    Social scientists, say Colorado boosters, have plausible metrics identifying their state as the happiest and healthiest state, the former quality perhaps producing the latter. Or the other way around. Or maybe the tangle of causation cannot be unwoven. Be that as it may, 300 days of sunshine – this Mile High City is practically cheek-by-jowl with the sun – entice people into outdoor activities that help the state have chubby America's lowest obesity rate. Among the least happy and healthy Colorado cohorts is the Republican Party, which is less svelte than emaciated. This state is in many ways a glimpse...