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Colorado Lawmaker Sets Example For Trump, Deletes Fake News

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.30.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Colorado State Rep. Polly Lawrence (R-Roxborough Park) has set an example for lawmakers everywhere, from Trump on down, by removing a fake-news item f...

State Legislator Sets Good Example by Deleting Fake News From Her Facebook Page

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.10.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Outgoing State Rep. Kit Roupe (R-Colorado Springs) has cleansed a false "public service announcement" from her Facebook page. In May, Roupe shared th...

The Fake News Pledge and Colorado Politicians Who Need to Sign It

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.03.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Facebook and Google are taking a lot of heat for allowing falsehoods, packaged as news, to viralize across the internet, but lawmakers, who legitimiz...

Republicans Go Every Which Way and Both Ways on Trump

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.03.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The story of Trump's impact on Colorado's election is unfolding in front of us in the strangest ways, with Colorado Republicans going every which way ...

Defining Violence: America Needs To Reconsider Its Approach To Violent Crime To End Mass Incarceration

Marc Schindler | Posted 09.13.2016 | Crime
Marc Schindler

The U.S. will not be able to meaningfully lower its incarceration rate without changing how the justice system treats people charged with and convicted of violent crimes.

A High-Stakes Test of Trump's Impact in Colorado

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.14.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Depending on where you're coming from, one of the most interesting, important, scary, fun, inspiring, or depressing questions about Trump's triumph am...

List of States Considering Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Grows

Juan Escalante | Posted 06.29.2015 | Latino Voices
Juan Escalante

While in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants continues to be a hot issue, particularly in states like Texas, state legislatures across the country are now dealing with a new immigration related issue -- driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.

FYI: It's Legal To Eat Your Pet | Posted 05.05.2014 | Hawaii

Looking to try alternative cuisine in Hawaii? Kittens and canine companions are still on the menu. State lawmakers failed to pass legislation this ...

Response to My Colleague on 'Hitler' Argument

Stacey Newman | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Stacey Newman

I was extremely offended, as were many of my family, of your comparison of opposing policy views to the insanity of the Holocaust. Your comment was completely insensitive to those families throughout our state who have been forever altered by this horrific event in world history.

Self-inflicted Wounds: New Alaska Laws Reject Statehood

John Aronno | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
John Aronno

The signing of these bills into law is the closest any state has come to seceding. One resolution went so far as to urge the federal government to "recede." We have officially adopted laws asserting autonomy and authority over the union of which we are a part, to which we pledge allegiance to.

Joy Resmovits

Back To School In Texas: Scrutiny Of Rick Perry's Education Record Shows Mixed Results | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | Education

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's k-12 education record has become the Obama administration's newest piñata -- but the administration's attacks mostly paint Pe...

Could Twitter Determine the Electability of Politicians Who Tweet?

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alexia Parks

Will victory in the 2010 elections go to political candidates who tweet? Or could a politician's credibility be crippled by open access to the inner workings of their mind?

Ed Koch's Excellent Adventure

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

The ex-mayor has launched New York Uprising, a non-partisan, independent group that is trying to achieve the impossible: cleaning up Albany.

2010: The Year Main Street Sticks It to Wall Street and Washington

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

If anyone has ever dreamed of being an office holder, 2010 is the year to do it. There are going to be several situations where voters elect a complete unknown, just to express their anger about the incumbent.

State Lawmakers Move To Ban Health Insurance Mandates

The New York Times | Monica Davey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL -- In more than a dozen statehouses across the country, a small but growing group of lawmakers is pressing for state constitutional amendment...

107 and Counting

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Markarian

The Pennsylvania bill to prohibit large-scale puppy mill operators from crudely performing certain surgeries on dogs without anesthesia was the 107th new animal protection law passed by state legislatures in 2009.

California's Death Throes: A View From Sacramento

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

A grassroots movement working within Democratic Party structures might break the cycle of abuse the Republican minority has inflicted upon the state.

The nexus: Abortion zealot Jackie Walorski and Indiana's hate crimes legislation

Bil Browning | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bil Browning

The Indianapolis Star brings the encouraging news that the Indianapolis police department has "vowed to step up efforts to identify and report hate cr...

Emil Jones' Son Will Replace Him On November Ballot

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The son of retiring State Senate President Emil Jones was chosen to replace his father on the November ballot Thursday night, all but assuring the pol...