Jared WrightJared WrightJuly 19, 201646min457

DENVER — YESTERDAY'S BIG HEADLINE IN SUM: 'REPUBLICAN CONVENTION DESCENDS INTO CHAOS' ... (but only for a little while, after that ... pretty much business as usual ... or at least Republican business as usual in 2016). As the second day of the Republican National Convention begins, we at this political journal can't help but marvel at all the red meat thrown out onto the stage yesterday to sizzle in front of a restless crowd. I can't remember a rawer, red-meat convention, this year with a pinch of alleged "show biz" — mostly in the form of reality television stars — thrown in. Ok, not just a pinch ... the cap came off. Colorado was most certainly part of the production. Some of it on stage, much of it in the drama department off stage.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJuly 1, 201622min562

Twenty-five years later, lobbyist Fofi Mendez, the principle at Mendez Consulting, Inc., says the memory still sends a shiver down her spine. She had an established career in Colorado working in the anti-violence realm, directing victim’s services for the Rape Assistance and Awareness Program — now known as the Blue Bench — starting in the early 1980s. Working with the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Mendez — her given name is Florangel — became president of the Colorado coalition by the end of the decade and got involved in its successful efforts to make marital rape a crime in the state.


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Karen MiddletonKaren MiddletonApril 30, 20166min443

An interesting thing happened on the way to NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado’s 2016 Annual Gala and Silent Auction: after an escalation of both physical and legislative attacks on reproductive rights over the past year, it is on track to be one of our biggest events ever in terms of attendance. We are including a very special award to Vicki Cowart and in honor of the staff of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains for their leadership and literal courage under fire after the domestic terrorism attack on the Colorado Springs clinic. They truly embody their motto, care “no matter what.” Our event’s success reflects what we know: Colorado is a pro-choice state, and we have been since before NARAL was founded 40 years ago.


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Nick McIntyreNick McIntyreFebruary 22, 20166min342

The raging debate on abortion in Colorado and throughout the United States is often unfocused, misinformed, and manipulated — especially by those whose financial and career interests are reliant on the abortion industry. If this debate is to go anywhere productive, we must get one thing straight: defunding Planned Parenthood is about the abortion of innocent babies. Period. These babies will grow up to become doctors, innovators and leaders if just given the chance to make it out of the womb alive. The radical attempt by Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains to frame this debate in any other way is a disgusting manipulation of the peaceful and empathetic views of pro-life citizens.