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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 16, 20187min604
The head of Denver police union, Detective Nick Rogers, testified to Congress Thursday about law enforcement issues in a so-called sanctuary city of undocumented immigrants. He was one of a handful of Coloradans in the ring Thursday speaking about the contentious immigration issue, intensified by the Colorado’s purple, swing-state political status. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Windsor, […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirFebruary 15, 20183min969
Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, left, and Cory Gardner channel their inner Canadian in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington. (Office of Sen. Michael Bennet via YouTube)

Judging by a video posted to YouTube this week by the press staff of Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, you’d think he and his Colorado counterpart, Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, just can’t get enough of each other. And it’s not only when they collaborate on high-profile, heavyweight issues like the immigration-reform legislation they jointly introduced on Wednesday. Sometimes, it involves lighter fare. Like curling.

Yes, the winter sport that’s beloved everywhere north of the United States. Only, this time, it was played by two pols in a hallway of the Russell Senate Office Building in the nation’s capital.

 

We’ll resist the temptation to crack wise about this centuries-old Scottish pastime (or the latter-day Canadians who embrace it with a passion). We’ll just confess some of us at Hot Sheet are mystified by its appeal — even if it is an Olympic sport — and leave it at that.

Instead, let’s note how our two U.S. senators seem to have figured out the antidote to our nation’s acrimonious political climate — and maybe the key to survival in it — is a warm and chummy display of bipartisanship. Certainly, in perennially purple Colorado, where the largest voting bloc is unaffiliated.

The video is a tribute to the ongoing Winter Olympics and the fact that, “Colorado has the most athletes of any state competing in Pyeongchang.” There are plenty of smiles and even a high five between the two officeholders. It all should play well in a swingable bellwether like Jefferson County — even if most of the voters there don’t get curling any more than we do.

 


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 23, 201814min495

Enough Senate Democrats blinked Monday and voted with majority Republicans to fund the federal government for three more weeks — bringing an end to a three-day government shutdown — after receiving a commitment to vote on immigration legislation by early February, leading GOP lawmakers to declare grudging victory as divided Democrats endured stinging criticism from immigrant-rights supporters and other elements of the party's base. 


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Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 18, 20185min424
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, the Democrat from Denver who is an architect of compromise and reason on immigration issues in Washington, took to the floor of the Senate Wednesday evening to try to salvage a compromise on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. A deal tied to President Trump’s demand for a wall and […]

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Janine DavidsonJanine DavidsonDecember 18, 20174min768

Colorado has often been at the forefront of improving lives for everyone. DACA recipients, or DREAMers as they’re also known, should be no exception. From healthcare to tax reform, this year Congress  has focused on large legislation impacting all Americans. Our members of Congress should also remember the many contributions our DREAMers make to our communities and economy. It’s time to improve their lives by once and for all creating certainty and clarity.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 13, 20172min1729

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.