John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 14, 20174min1426

The sponsors of the "<a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1230" target="_blank">Ralph Carr Freedom Defense Act</a>" plan to roll out the bill Thursday in a press event on the west steps of the Capitol. The hot-button bill, sponsored by Democratic Reps. Joe Salazar from Thornton and Daneya Esgar from Pueblo and Sens. Lucia Guzman from Denver and Daniel Kagan from Cheery Hills Village, is meant as a safeguard against what the sponsors see threats to civil rights to Coloradans posed by the Trump administration. It would prohibit officials in Colorado from providing any information that would could be used by the federal government to monitor or detain residents based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status or religious affiliation.


John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 13, 201710min428

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis on Sunday worked a 20 foot stretch of the line of people that snaked around Broomfield High School. It was a perfect Colorado springtime afternoon yet more than a 1,000 people showed up for his congressional town hall. The same amount turned out hours later 55 miles north at the town hall he held in Fort Collins. In Broomfield, the people in line were overwhelmingly Democratic or Democratic-leaning voters deeply concerned with news of “the Trump administration troubles,” as one man put it. As became clear over the course of the meeting, he was talking about what the crowd views as Trump administration executive oder overreaches, potential business conflicts of interest, the inexperience of his staffers and appointees, reports of unofficial contacts with the Russian government officials and advisers, and retrograde policy positions on health care, immigration, civil rights, the environment and national security.

Peter MarcusPeter MarcusFebruary 23, 20178min188
“Refugees, welcome.” It’s a seemingly simple, well-intentioned message from Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration that is overshadowed by politics. At an event at Denver’s Union Station this week, Hickenlooper and his administration’s agencies lined up refugees to share inspirational stories of finding success in America, juxtaposed with heart-wrenching tales of struggle as these refugees emerged from […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicJanuary 30, 20175min426

State Rep. Joe Salazar, a Thornton Democrat, said the explosive Trump White House — which has taken even Republican members of Congress and Trump cabinet appointees <a href="http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-gop-whiplash-20170130-story.html?ncid=newsltushpmgnews" target="_blank">by surprise</a> in the ten days since inauguration — is affecting the mood at the Capitol in Denver. “I can say it has changed conversations,” he told the Colorado Statesman on Monday. “My Republican colleagues have been very quiet about what’s happening with this administration.” Salazar added that he thought some of his GOP colleagues may be taking their cues from Washington. He singled out Rep. Dave Williams, a Republican lawmaker from Colorado Springs. “I’ve heard Rep. Williams is introducing a bill that would criminalize lawmakers — something to do with holding lawmakers criminally liable for any laws that might protect an undocumented person who caused harm to a Coloradan,” he said. “It’s utterly tone deaf coming from a freshman legislator.”