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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandFebruary 16, 20187min209
It’s not just about preventing another Columbine-style school shooting. Handheld radios in schools help employees manage difficult parents or help students get to school when the bus breaks down. But it’s the cost of setting up radio communications to first responders that is stopping many school districts from making that happen, and this week, Republican […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 16, 20185min209
A Republican going before the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee with any legislation — let alone a  gun bill — doesn’t usually leave happy. They don’t call it the kill committee for nothing, and Democrats have a 6-3 supermajority. But Rep. Larry Liston, a Republican from Colorado Springs, pulled off that rare feat […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 10, 20184min321
Travelers through Denver International Airport at lunchtime Friday saw something unusual: security officers protesting instead of protecting. According to a press release, they marched through the Jeppsen Terminal demanding the city of Denver require its contractors to pay officers the same as such airport workers as custodians and parking attendants. “In a city so robust […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 7, 20182min2650

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner used the weekly Republican Senate leadership press conference in Washington Tuesday afternoon to address the deaths of three law enforcement officers in Colorado since Dec. 31.

Deputy Micah Flick was killed in the line of duty Monday in El Paso County. Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm was shot while investigating a report of an assault in Thornton on Jan. 24, and Deputy Zackari Parrish was killed in an ambush in Highlands Ranch on the morning of New Year’s Eve.

Here is the transcript of Gardner’s remarks:

“Over the course of the past 36 days in Colorado, ten law enforcement officers have been shot and three have been tragically killed including one yesterday.

This has left four children without fathers and countless loved ones with enormous losses.

Deputy Parrish, Deputy Gumm, and Deputy Flick gave their lives to protect their community and we cannot do enough to honor their sacrifice, and we must never forget it.

I want every law enforcement officer in Colorado and this country to know that we have their backs and enough is enough.

Former State Rep. Joe Rice who served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan wrote how he prays for his fellow soldiers and their safety each and every day by saying and praying: ‘For all of those around the world in harm’s way we pray with you. Please God just not today.’

And I want to echo that sentiment and let our men and women in blue — law enforcement around the country — know that I pray with you each and every day. Please God, just not today.”