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Joey BunchJoey BunchSeptember 13, 20173min3010

Michael Bennet, Colorado’s senior senator, wants to protect non-citizens who have volunteered to serve in the U.S. military as the Trump administration gets tough of immigration policy.

Bennet is cosponsoring an amendment to shield the legal immigration status of those enrolled in the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest.

A backlog of background checks already has thrown up to 1,800 non-citizen recruits into risk of being discharged. Current law automatically forces out recruits after two years if they haven’t completed basic training, which can’t start until the background check is completed.

Those in the program are deemed to have skills critical to the military. He said the U.S, armed forces include more than 800 service members who are beneficiaries of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. the so-called Dream Act.

The bill is the latest maneuver in Democrats’ struggle over immigration with President Trump, who announced last week that he would end DACA.which has shielded young non-citizens who were brought the U.S. as children, as long as they are bettering themselves.

All of the bill’s co-sponsors are Democrats: Dick Durbin of Illinois, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Dianne Feinstein of California, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Mark Warner of Virginia.

Politico reported Tuesday night that the Democrats might not press too hard, however, to get the measure into the National Defense Authorization Act, the bipartisan bill that funds the military. They don’t want to anger Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, the Republican from Arizona.

McCain has been willing to stand up to Trump on immigration matters and provided a crucial vote to defeat Republicans’ repeal and replace effort against President Obama’s Affordable Care Act in July.

If that’s the case, the amendment serves as a political reminder of those Trump hopes to deport.

“The men and women serving in our military through the MAVNI program are willing to risk their lives in defense of our country,” Bennet said in a statement. “We cannot allow bureaucracy to threaten these service members’ immigration status—that would be a disservice to the commitment and patriotism they have displayed in choosing to serve in our Armed Forces.”

Bennet’s amendment would require that those recruits to allowed to remain in the Armed Forces until the completion of background checks and security screenings, “regardless of how long the screenings take,” Bennet’s office said.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 9, 20176min1840

For the second week running, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has found himself on a list of potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, this one compiled by D.C.-insider publication The Hill. And although the former geologist and brewpub pioneer maintains he’s taking no steps toward a run, he recently told a national radio audience that he’s open to considering it after he finishes his term as governor.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 21, 20175min910

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner wants to explore Mars. Maybe not in person, but the Republican authored an amendment to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act, a bill sponsored by Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and passed by the full Senate Friday, Feb. 17, that indicates an interest. Gardner's amendment calls on the space agency to develop a plan to reach Mars with specific timelines and benchmarks, so Congress can hold the agency accountable and provide oversight.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 17, 20174min1640

The Colorado Democratic Party plans to hand out a slew of awards at the party’s 84th Annual Dinner, including a new award honoring a young volunteer — although this year it’s going to two recipients. Honorees this year include state Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, the party’s Rising Star Award winter; U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, Democrat of the Year; Ted Fritschel of Arapahoe County, Volunteer of the Year; and Euell Santistevan, Jr., of Jefferson County and Taryn Sebba of Larimer County, the party’s Murphy Roberts Young Volunteers of the Year. The Chair’s Award for Service will be announced at the dinner.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 29, 201615min700

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VOL. 01 NO. 194 | NOVEMBER 29, 2016 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2016


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DENVER — As surely all of us (those who are not living entirely off the grid) have been reminded recently … Just 26 shopping days until Christmas! Mercy already. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday  Big Spending Every Other Day … Hold on to your wallets, it’s going to be a long 26 days.

Hope you are having a good start to your week following the (for many of us) long Thanksgiving holiday. That thankful spirit might change after several of the stories we are sharing today.

Putting the very early 2020 presidential talk aside … News that undocumented teachers currently working in Colorado schools are coming out publicly against federal law is more than a little disturbing.

Hold on to your britches … Let’s get started!

 

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“I don’t know Mexico … I mean, I remember it, but it’s changed a lot. I don’t know people from Mexico.”

– Undocumented Colorado State University sophomore Brithany Gutierrez — fearful she will be deported under a President Trump administration.

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Democrats set their sights on 2020 … Hickenlooper?

Couldn’t we just get the current president-elect sworn-in before jumping ahead four years to the next presidential race? Apparently not — not in America where everyone lives in either the past or the future, never the present … UGH!

The Washington Post has dropped their list of possible Democrat contenders for the White House in 2020.

So, making the list to be the next possible Apollo Creed of the left — according to reporter Chris Cillizza — Colorado’s very own Gov. John Hickenlooper. The guy the left has speculated could be everything from vice president of the United States to Lakeside, Colorado, dog catcher makes the cut because …

“Hickenlooper also has a terrific life story — according to the Washington Post — a Denver brewery owner who became mayor and governor — and a down-home demeanor that screams, ‘I am not a politician.’ Hickenlooper’s biggest problem as a candidate may be that he is viewed as too moderate for the current Democratic Party.”

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Also, making the Post’s list of possible Democrat presidential contenders: Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen.-elect Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and first lady Michelle Obama … the list can only grow exponentially from there. What, no Elizabeth Warren? What about Bernie Sanders for round two? Come on, the old guy’s an Energizer Bunny!

 

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Colorado anxiety over possible Trump immigration plan

Following a presidential campaign filled with accusation, high power rhetoric (“lock her up!”) and promises … It’s not surprising that we’re speculating about what the Trump presidency will actually look like. Those in the media concerned with possible immigration policy changes have claimed the front of the line.

With a headline that reads, ‘Trump policy would impact 1,000s of Colorado undocumented residents,’ The Coloradan profiles undocumented Colorado State University sophomore Brithany Gutierrez. She shares that her family came to Northern Colorado from Mexico with a visa to care for her ailing grandfather. And some teachers have stepped up into the media spotlight as well.

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Apparently, some Colorado undocumented teachers have cause to worry about changes to U.S. immigration policy. Chalkbeat profiles three of these educators — who despite reporting they are fearful — give their full names, the Colorado schools where they are employed and allow their pictures to be published. Meanwhile, according to the reporting of the Denver Post the city of Northglenn won’t enforce federal immigration laws … The City Council passing the resolution Monday night.

 

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Colorado doctors wrestle with new aid-in-dying law

What to do about Colorado’s new right to die law? The newly passed initiative appears to be problematic for one-third of Colorado physicians opposed, according to the reporting of the Denver Post.

Physicians across Colorado are preparing to work under the new law, whether or not they approve of it. The state constitutional amendment, approved by a two-thirds to one-third margin Election Day, makes clear that doctors do not have to participate — they are required only to transfer a patient’s medical records to a new physician.

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Aiding, in what many in the medical field believe is tantamount to suicide is contrary to their training. And for physicians, a breach of their Hippocratic Oath … “First, do no harm” (or for you who speak Latin- “primum non nocere.)  The new law is permissive, not mandatory. Each physician, and hospital system, will decide whether to participate.

 

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Former U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn’s next act

With a smidgen of sarcasm, Colorado media begrudgingly reported on El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn’s announcement that he’s begun a consulting firm.

In a release, Glenn said DLG Esquire Attorney at Law will focus on assisting strategic policymakers, business and neighborhood leaders in “implementing innovative solutions to growing community challenges.”

DENVER, CO - JUNE 20: Senate primary candidate Darryl Glenn speaks during a rally at Westin Hotel at Denver International Airport, June 20, 2016. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)

“My life will not be defined by a single political campaign,” Glenn said in the release announcing his new venture. “Those will come and go. But what has driven me to run for elected office in the past still drives me today. The knowledge that heroes do walk among us with tremendous strength and power. And I look forward to helping them realize their aspirations to change our world for the better.”

Full story in The Statesman here.

 

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Calendar

12/1/2016        Reagan Club of Colorado monthly meeting

12/2/2016        Weld County South Republican Breakfast Club

12/2/2016        Denver GOP First Friday Breakfast

12/3/2016        Liberty Toastmasters Denver

12/15/2016      ACDP Executive Board Regular Meeting

12/19/2016      ACDP Executive Board Regular Meeting

 

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Today in History

2012 – The United Nations General Assembly voted to accord non-member observer state status to Palestine.

1990 – Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council passes two resolutions to restore international peace and security if Iraq does not withdraw its forces from Kuwait and free all foreign hostages by January 15, 1991.

1972 – Atari announces the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game.

1963 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

1952 – Korean War: U.S. President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower fulfills a campaign promise by traveling to Korea to find out what can be done to end the conflict.

1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.

 


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