President Donald Trump Archives - Colorado Politics

Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandJanuary 7, 20184min461
Next Wednesday, ads supporting the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will start airing on metro Denver TV, and those ads will encourage viewers to thank U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman for his votes on the law. According to the Washington Post, the ads are coming from American Action Network and will air in 23 congressional […]

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Kara MasonKara MasonJanuary 4, 20182min980

The last days of 2017 were hectic for one Arapahoe County agency, as President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

By the end of last week, the Arapahoe County Treasurer’s Office had collected around $20 million more in early property tax payments than it had the year prior. With Trump’s signing of the GOP tax plan, a number of residents were about to lose some of their federal deduction for local taxes paid in the new year, so they rushed in to prepay them before Jan. 1.

Under the revamped tax code, state and local tax deductions are now capped on federal tax returns at $10,000.

Lines to pay property taxes stretched out the door, a news release from the Arapahoe Treasurer’s Office said. Treasurer Sue Sandstrom said it was an “extraordinary effort,” as the bulk of those payments poured in over just four days, from Dec. 26 through Dec. 29.

“The Treasurer’s Office was pleased to provide the additional services to the many taxpayers who chose to prepay their property taxes,” Treasurer Sue Sandstrom said in a statement. “With extraordinary effort and team work by the treasurer’s staff, all taxpayers who came into the office, called in on the phone, or contacted us by email, had received the services they requested. This is a perfect example of how Arapahoe County takes seriously our pledge of First in Service.”

Other places across the state and country experienced a similar turnout last week. By last Wednesday, the Denver Post reported, 900 taxpayers had dropped by the county courthouse to pay property taxes. Washington, D.C., collected more than $50 million in property taxes from 7,500 taxpayers, according to The Hill newspaper.


Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandDecember 30, 20175min522
President Donald Trump Friday morning sent a message to Congressional Democrats: don’t even think about asking for federal authorization of DACA unless you’re also willing to pay for the border wall and a host of other immigration changes. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was initially authorized by a 2012 executive order from then-President […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirOctober 26, 20176min2870

For years now there has been a heated debate on energy in Colorado, with one side stating we need to rid our state of fossil fuels and the other stating we need to rid our state of renewable energy. Neither side has been willing to give an inch. The folks wanting to rid our state of the evil renewable sources of energy and their policies state that it is costing jobs in coal, gas and oil. The other side? Well, they will give you numbers on how fossil fuels will kill our planet (or already have), are dangerous all the way around, and are dinosaurs (no pun intended) in the world of energy.


Adam McCoyAdam McCoySeptember 29, 20173min4610

Denver hasn’t been shy about its resistance to the White House’s bellicose stance on immigration — i.e. a travel ban; President Donald Trump’s threat to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, and the promise to end a program, unless Congress acts, that provides protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

In late August, the Denver City Council and Mayor Michael Hancock agreed on a new policy which prohibits city employees from cooperating with federal immigration authorities and provides other protections for undocumented immigrants in Denver, Colorado Public Radio reports.

During a signing of the policy, Hancock urged the president to “leave our DACA children alone,” Westword reports, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program started under President Barack Obama. It shielded children brought to the U.S. illegally from deportation for two years and allowed them to legally work. Hancock also noted the 17,000 Coloradans protected under DACA.

Though the future of DACA is uncertain, over the fall, Denver will reach out to immigrants with a series of clinics to help DACA recipients and undocumented immigrants.

The clinics will educate interested parties on renewing their DACA status, answer legal questions and provide legal services and offer information on immigration and citizenship.

The city said the clinics are sponsored by local immigrant advocacy organizations including the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Colorado Latino Forum, and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. Prominent Denver law firms will provide council at the meetings on citizenship and immigration. No registration is required and all of the meetings will be held at a local Denver Public Library.

Find a full list of meetings here and here.