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Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 7, 20182min554

Coloradans had some Cory, North Korea and crisis with their morning coffee today, as the Republican senator from Yuma appeared on “CBS This morning.”

“There is no doubt the sanctions put in place on the Kim regime are starting to work,” Gardner said of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Gardner said U.S. allies around the globe have helped ramp up the pressure on the nuke-rattling enemy of our nation.

But that doesn’t mean the crisis is over, just because Kim has softened his tone about talks.

“We not only have to take this sign, this gesture to talk, not only with a grain of salt but perhaps with an entire salt block,” he told the morning news show.

Gardner has kept up the pressure on North Korea from his bully pulpit as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity.

In January he backed the Trump administration’s policies to target North Korea’s crude oil industry, as well as blacklisting businesses, individuals and ships believed to help the isolated country evade trade sanctions.

Gardner said Wednesday morning that his advice to Trump is not to let up.

“What this administration needs to continue to do is apply maximum pressure, as it has, (and) continue to engage China and other countries around the world to enforce stricter standards and stricter sanctions,” Gardner said on CBS.


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyNovember 17, 20173min511
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. (Colorado Statesman file photo)

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock took to the national airwaves this week, boasting about the speed and efficiency of his city government and talking up the city’s bid for Amazon HQ2.

The Mile High City’s chief executive was featured on “CBS This Morning’s American Voices” series, which examines how national issues are playing out at a local level.

The five-minute segment focused on Hancock’s Denver Peak Academy, which trains employees to improve how government runs and boasts saving the city roughly $22.5 million. It also touched on the city’s affordable housing efforts including a $150 million housing fund, which through developer fees and increased property taxes will support new or preserve existing affordable housing, and renter eviction assistance. The “CBS This Morning” crew was most impressed by the 20-minute wait times at the Department of Motor Vehicles, down from 80 minutes.

A smiling Hancock also talked Denver traffic, growing up in a large family with nine siblings and overcoming adversity.

“There’s a line in one of Will Smith’s movies, simply, ‘When you want something, go after and get it, period,’” Hancock said. “I don’t know where that resiliency came from within me. Maybe it was watching my mother try to raise 10 children as a single parent, going through the difficulty that she went through that really gave it to me to say, ‘We’re going to fight. I don’t want to come back here, and I want to make her proud.’”

On Amazon, Hancock said, “We’re going to put our best foot forward. At the end of the day, we’re going to continue to be Denver regardless of what happens.”

Watch Hancock’s full interview here.