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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 13, 20172min4150

Michael Bennet’s office paid his Internet bill. The U.S. senator from Denver, however, purposefully blacked out his website Wednesday for a cause.

He’s showing support for the Dreamers in Colorado and across the country. They could be deported unless Congress restores the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, an Obama-era program struck down this year by President Trump.

Bennet said, “122 Dreamers are losing their DACA status every day. We blacked out our website in solidarity with those Dreamers to signal that we are paying attention, we aren’t letting up, and we must protect their futures.”

In September Colorado’s Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Yuma joined with Bennet to co-sponsor a fresh version of the Dream Act.

Bennet is one of several Democratic senators engaged in the cyber-protest, led by Sen. Cortez Masto of Nevada.

Bennet was one of the original sponsors of the Dream Act and a member of the bipartisan Gang of Eight who passed comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate in 2013, only to see it languish and die in the GOP-held House that year. Bennet is working with Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois to find a compromise for Dreamers who met the qualifications to be contributing members of society.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 13, 20173min2460

Yeah, that’s good, but …

That was the reaction of the rarely satisfied Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, after his national organization released a report Tuesday heralding economic optimism of its members.

Just think of how happy they could be if the legislature would cut them some slack on sales and use taxes, he said.

“The numbers in this month’s Index of Small Business Optimism released today absolutely astound,” Gagliardi said in a statement. “The highest since 1983’s record and the second highest level in the Index’s 44-year history. One can only imagine how much faster this great economic news could accelerate here, if Colorado were to finally get a rein on its sales and use tax structure.”

The Colorado NFIB said the state has more than 700 taxing districts, “which has created a costly, confusing, needlessly time-consuming burden on small businesses, especially for the ones that don’t have the resources to pay someone solely to handle compliance.”

Last session the bipartisan House Bill 1216, created a legislative task force to work with the business community and tax experts to try to cut some of the red tape from tax collections.

The bill was sponsored by Reps. Lang Sias, R-Arvada, and Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Wheat Ridge, with Sens. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, and Tim Neville, R-Littleton.

“What we desperately need is a single application process for sales and use tax compliance in this state. Were that to happen,” Gagliardi said. “I have no doubt that today’s optimism could be sustained for a very long while.”

“The NFIB indicators clearly anticipate further upticks in economic growth for the fourth quarter,”Bill Dunkelberg, NFIB’s chief economist, stated. “This is a dramatically different picture than owners presented during the weak 2006-16 recovery.”

To read the full NFIB full monthly report, click here.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 13, 20174min259
Sen. Michael Bennet is arguing that the Republican tax bill could dim the energy behind wind and solar development in states that are plugged in, such as Colorado. The Democrat from Denver signed a letter to leaders of Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee to preserve wind a solar tax credits in their […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 11, 20178min353
James O’Keefe fancies himself a guerrilla journalist, but the conservative provocateur was stung by his own fake news again recently when he tried to sting the Washington Post with clumsy spy-kid tactics. The Post easily sniffed out a woman who falsely alleged U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore impregnated her in Alabama when she was a […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 11, 20175min1620
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Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ed Anderson of Monument was honored this week for his service to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition)

Retired Army Lt. General Ed Anderson of Monument was honored in Washington last week by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

Anderson is the former deputy commander of the U.S. Northern Command and vice commander of the U.S. Element at the North American Aerospace Defense Command at Peterson Air Force Base.

He retired in 2004.

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Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ed Anderson of Monument (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition)

After graduating from West Point, Anderson commanded field artillery units in the U.S., Korea, Germany and Vietnam and later served the Army staff in the office of the deputy chief of staff for research, development and acquisition in the Pentagon. He was director of firepower in the office of the deputy chief of staff for combat developments at Army Training and Doctrine Command headquarters.

Last year he served as interim executive director for the National Cyber Intelligence Center in Colorado Springs after five years as executive director of strategic, military, science, space and security initiatives for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

More than 900 people attended the event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to honor the 200 retired three- and four-star generals and admirals who serve on the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s National Security Advisory Council.

“After 39 years with the U.S. Army, I have a deep appreciation for our nation’s diplomats and development workers,” Anderson said in a statement. “Whether maintaining peace, bolstering stability or reducing poverty – they represent the best of America’s values. At the same time, their work in fragile states and volatile regions helps to mitigate security threats and keep American boots off the ground. Scaling back investments in their vital work is not an option.”

The broad coalition military, business, community and faith leaders is an influential nonprofit that advocates for diplomatic efforts on international affairs, including international AIDS relief, the Peace Corps, the World Bank and other such global efforts.

This year’s keynote speaker was Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

“Regardless of what the issue of the day is, we are always going to have the strongest economic position in the world,” she said, according to the coalition. “We’re always going to have the strongest military in the world … and we’re always going to be the most philanthropic country in the world.

“And for that, there is responsibility. And responsibility breeds leadership. And we have to always remember that those two things go together. And if we do, then the world will be a safer and a better place.”


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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 7, 20173min1870

Metropolitan State University of Denver is putting on a roundtable Thursday for Colorado business and community leaders to talk about the economic benefit of immigrants covered by DACA.

The discussion is part of a broader national campaign to urge Congress to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, passed by President Obama to shielded people brought to this country as children from deportation.

President Trump signed an executive order ending the program, but activists, Democrats and even otherwise conservative business leaders are urging Congress to reinstate the so-called Dream Act.

The program allowed an estimated 690,000 immigrants brought to this country as children to receive two-year renewal work permits, including about 17,000 in Colorado.

The iMarch, as it’s called, is in Room 440A3 of the Student Success Building at Metro State on the Auraria Campus in Denver.

The iMarch for Immigration Campaign is a national day of local events in all 50 states, organizers said.

iMarch will highlight the voices of leaders in the business, agriculture, education, tech, and faith sectors, and the support of state and local elected officials.

The Denver speakers are slated to be:

  • Jeff Wasden, president of the Colorado Business Roundtable
  • Janine Davidson, president of Metro State University
  • Chad Vorthman, executive vice president of the Colorado Farm Bureau

The event is supported by the New American Economy, the Colorado Business Roundtable and Voto Latino.

Colorado Politics has told you about the work of the New American Economy before. The national coalition of more than 500 Republican, Democratic and independent mayors and business leaders is urging Congress to act on comprehensive immigration reform for the sake of the economy.

“Coalition members include mayors of more than 35 million people nationwide and business leaders of companies that generate more than $1.5 trillion and employ more than 4 million people across all sectors of the economy, from agriculture to aerospace, hospitality to high tech and media to manufacturing,” the organization said in a statement.

The Colorado Business Roundtable advocates for business-supportive legislation in the state and across the West, working with industries, chambers of commerce, educational institutions and government leaders.

“Our goal is to improve the business environment, increase effectiveness and expand the reach of our partners,” the organization states.