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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 20, 20172min7390

Ray Scott won’t face an ethics rebuke from his fellow senators, after Republican and Democratic leadership said his social media accounts are his business.

Scott, a Republican from Grand Junction, received complaints from three Grand Valley residents because he blocked them from posting on his social media accounts, including Facebook, Charles Ashby of the Grand Junction Sentinel reported.

Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert, R-Parker, and Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman, D-Denver, agreed there was no violation to investigate, since the Senate doesn’t have rules regarding social media, Ashby reporter after an interview with Grantham.

Anne Landman, Claudette Konola and Martin Wiesiolek alleged they were denied free speech because they were blocked by Scott, which they further alleged was official misconduct of his legislative duties. (Disclosure: This reporter has blocked or muted at least a dozen people for various reasons, including compulsive tweeting at me, profane insults, conspiracy theories and stuff stranger than that. Forgive me, Founding Fathers.)

“Senate Republicans and Democrats agreed this was a frivolous attempt to taint our ability to control inappropriate comments on our personal social media sites,” Scott told Colorado Politics Friday morning. “Trolls trying to smear someone they don’t like personally or for our political views hopefully will move on to other adventures.”

Ashby wrote that the three cite the Virginia court case of Davison v. Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. In July U.S. District Judge James Cacheris ruled the board had violated the First Amendment rights of a blogger when the chairwoman blocked him from posting on her Facebook page.

Read Ashby’s story here.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 10, 20171min2600

If there’s one thing kids can’t get enough of, it’s state Senate President Kevin Grantham.

Perhaps that’s why the local lawmaker led off a middle school assembly in Canon City Monday about the importance of online safety.

“The Online Safety Roadshow: How to Be Internet Awesome” stopped at Harrison Middle School with Grantham as its headliner. The program was created by Google.

Grantham was flanked by a couple of Google employees who talked about things such as password safety, scams and being kind to others online.

“With students having greater access to the Internet through cell phones and other devices, it is important that they learn to use these tools responsibly,” Amber Tillman, a Google spokesperson, said in a statement. “The Online Safety Roadshow: How to Be Internet Awesome teaches students how to be smart and safe online through a fun and interactive assembly.”

Google offers its tips online, in case Grantham’s Google show isn’t coming to a town near you.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningOctober 3, 20178min5560

It's safe to say no one is happy with the special legislative session that convened Monday and concluded Tuesday at the Colorado Capitol.  Gov. John Hickenlooper has faced nearly unified opposition from Republican lawmakers since calling the special session in order to come up with a "simple fix" to a drafting error in complicated legislation he signed earlier this year.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 29, 20178min780

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Democratic lawmakers say it’s a simple fix, but Republicans say it’s anything but. As next week’s special legislative session approaches — it’s set to convene Monday — Republican leaders in the Capitol and outside pressure groups are ramping up their opposition and predict the endeavor will be an expensive waste of time. It isn’t the reaction Hickenlooper expected when he issued a formal call for the session earlier in September so lawmakers could correct a drafting error in a tax bill that’s costing some special districts hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue.