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Protesters target Colorado anti-sanctuary cities bill ahead of hearing

Karla Gonzales Garcia, program director at Color, the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, Feb. 22, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

Civil rights protesters gathered Wednesday at the Capitol to protest the “Colorado Politician Accountability Act,” a hot-button Republican House bill being heard in the House State Affairs committee. The bill, HB 1134, is sponsored by Colorado Springs freshman Rep. Dave Williams. It taps into the harsh view of so-called sanctuary policies that marked the Trump […]

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Hancock doubling down, holding immigration forum

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will co-host a public forum Saturday, Feb. 11, to help tell immigrants and other community members about what the city can and will do in response to President Donald Trump’s recent executive actions regarding immigration. In a statement released the same day Trump announced a ban on immigration from several mostly […]

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Challenges for charities harness outrage over Trump

Challenges are being thrown down again. Donald Trump was instigated to take the Ice Bucket Challenge by Vince McMahon, Mike Tyson and Homer Simpson in 2014. He accepted, and Miss Universe and Miss USA dumped Trump-brand bottled water over the future president’s head. Now anti-Trump operatives on social media want to soak him again. Have you […]

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? DeGette: Ending the Hyde Amendment

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette
Recently there’s been a groundswell of support for legislation to right a four-decade wrong: a restriction using federal funds for women’s health care that has predominantly hurt the underprivileged. This ban, known as the Hyde Amendment, prohibits federal funds in Medicaid and other health programs from being used for abortions. Now the restriction stops this […]

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Police oversight office move up to voters

Lisa Calderon,co-chair of the Colorado Latino Forum Denver Chapter, addresses a small crowd of supporters at a rally Monday afternoon on the steps of the Denver City-County building. Caldron’s group, along with the Denver Justice Project and others, rallied for the passage of a Denver City Council ordinance placing a ballot question before city voters that would make the Office of the Independent Monitor part of the city charter. The effort is aimed at giving authority to the office, similar to other city departments. Photo by Mike McKibbin/Colorado Statesman
A proposed city charter amendment to put a police and sheriff accountability office on par with those and many other Denver departments will be on the Nov. 8 city ballot. Denver City Council voted 9-0 Monday night, Aug. 15, with four council members absent, to place a question on the ballot that would make the […]

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Caldara: Independence Institute works to build ‘Freedom Embassy’

Jon Caldera

More than three decades after its founding, the Independence Institute has grown from a free-market think tank into what Jon Caldara, its president of 17 years, calls Colorado’s “Freedom Embassy,” bringing together the state’s disparate right-leaning organizations — including those representing wings of the movement that aren’t natural allies — into a place where he […]

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From lobbying to campaigns, Fofi Mendez devoted to protecting vulnerable

Veteran lobbyist Fofi Mendez, principle at Mendez Consulting, Inc., talks about her start in the field after she had already established a career decades ago working with anti-violence programs during a recent visit to her firm's Denver office. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)
Twenty-five years later, lobbyist Fofi Mendez, the principle at Mendez Consulting, Inc., says the memory still sends a shiver down her spine. She had an established career in Colorado working in the anti-violence realm, directing victim’s services for the Rape Assistance and Awareness Program — now known as the Blue Bench — starting in the […]

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