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Mike CoffmanMike CoffmanJuly 17, 20185min370

Innovations such as electricity, passenger cars and air travel have provided all of us with a better quality of life and millions of jobs.  The same is true for the Internet – unquestionably the most impactful innovation of the last 25 years.  However, while a solid legal structure of consumer protections was built around these other innovative technologies, we cannot yet say the same for the online world.  Although the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made several attempts at establishing some basic ground rules, its actions to date have proven controversial and have not created the legal framework we need here in the U.S. to make the most of the internet.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsMay 10, 20189min411

The recent opinion piece from Colorado teacher Jill Cullis shed some light on the problems facing Colorado’s schools. Recent increases in funding, with the bulk of those dollars not going to teachers' salaries, is the real problem. During Teacher Appreciation Week, we should highlight the fact that outstanding teachers are making the same salaries as mediocre or even underperforming teachers. In fact, based on outdated salary schedules used in most school districts, many underperforming teachers will make more than their “highly effective” counterparts.  This is an incredible disservice to Colorado educators and students.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanFebruary 28, 20186min2052

A few weeks ago, Burger King put out an internet ad in which the company attempted to demonstrate the concept of “net neutrality” using their product. The premise was the store’s customers being told that if they were willing to pay a surcharge – up to $26 – they would receive their Whopper faster. Those unwilling to pay would have to wait, as much as 20 minutes in some cases.


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Regina ThomsonRegina ThomsonOctober 27, 20174min380

Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado's 6th Congressional District was named to the House Armed Services Conference Committee. In this role, the long-serving House Armed Services Committee member will work with other selected members of the House and Senate to hammer out differences regarding the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Agreement (NDAA).


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Mike CoffmanMike CoffmanOctober 26, 20174min1369

We’ve all seen the headlines about the effort to fundamentally overhaul and simplify our nation’s tax code. This long-overdue effort is one of the most important developments in Congress this year. We have not overhauled our tax code since 1986 because changing the tax code impacts everyone, which makes large changes difficult. However, much has changed since 1986. If we want a tax code that is fair, broadens our nation’s tax base and encourages rather than discourages economic growth, jobs and higher wages, we need to roll up our sleeves and take on this important challenge.


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Floyd CiruliFloyd CiruliOctober 11, 20174min624

On Sept. 13, President Trump met with the minority leaders of their respective houses, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, over a meal of Chinese food. Reportedly, they agreed to a deal on DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which included more border security without building a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. Though there were immediate disputes as to what was agreed to, the session offered some hope for a resolution to an immigration problem that has dogged the federal government for at least half a decade. More than 800,000 individuals are affected by a program started in the Obama administration in 2013 to protect mostly young illegal immigrants. DACA took form as it became clear that broader immigration reform was not possible.


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Kara MasonKara MasonSeptember 28, 20173min802

Two cities in the Denver metro area are taking contrasting approaches to supporting the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, which is set to end in six months if Congress doesn’t act on a permanent fix.

Aurora and Longmont were both presented with resolutions this week that asked council members to support the program that offers some protections to young immigrants that were illegally brought to the U.S. as children. But only one went through with a vote on the symbolic measures.

Monday night Aurora City Council had the chance to vote on a resolution that would have supported the continuation of DACA and U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream And Grow Our Economy Act, but instead decided to move it to the city’s Management and Finance Committee for “further development,” according to a report by the Aurora Sentinel.

Councilwoman Sally Mounier, who represents one of the most diverse wards of Aurora, said she wanted a resolution that encompassed immigration as a whole, not just DACA. But drafter of the resolution Councilman Charlie Richardson said that the measure was simple and asked whether those wanting to move the resolution were really supporting deportation efforts.

In a 6-3 vote, the resolution was moved to committee. Richardson alleged that it was a move made to sidestep an official stance on the issue for those who are up for re-election this November.

It’s unclear when that measure will be back before the full council.

On Tuesday, Longmont City Council took up a similar measure, passing it unanimously.

“We in Longmont have found DACA recipients to be important and well respected members of our community, and many Longmont businesses depend upon them as valued employees,” the resolution said.

The Longmont Times-Call reported there was no discussion on the resolution, but many community members showed up to support the measure.


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyAugust 17, 20173min861

Is the American Dream dead? Some might say yes, but 73 soon-to-be American citizens who now call Colorado home might beg to differ.

The immigrants from 32 countries ranging from Afghanistan to Vietnam will take the Oath of Allegiance Thursday morning to become brand-spanking new American citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the Aurora Municipal Center.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Denver District Director Kristi Barrows will administer the oath and Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora, Mayor Steve Hogan and several city council members are among the long list of local officials slated to attend and speak during the ceremony.

The city said its Office of International and Immigrant Affairs has been working to promote the benefits of naturalization:

Efforts included the expansion of English as a second language and citizenship classes in Aurora in collaboration with local nonprofits and the launching of the “Citizenship Corners” at Aurora local libraries, which have materials to promote naturalization among immigrants and refugees in the city.

The naturalization process typically includes a background check, interview with an USCIS officer and English and civics test, according to USCIS. Immigrants have to have lived in the U.S. for five years, or three years if married to a U.S. citizen, before becoming eligible for naturalization.

USCIS is encouraging new citizens and their families and friends to share their naturalization experience and photos on social media using the hashtag #newUScitizen.

Aurora’s Global Fest, which celebrates cultural experiences and artistic expression from around the globe, will round out the week on Saturday at the Aurora Municipal Center.

 


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJune 27, 20174min292

Remember last month when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington sent out a mass-email blasting 6th Congressional District Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman over the U.S. House’s version of the GOP health care plan? Standard fare for groups like the DCCC, we figured at the time — except, the missive implied Coffman had voted for the legislation when he was one of 20 Republicans in the House to break ranks with his party and vote against it.

We’d wondered if some DCCC staffer simply erred in compiling the list — the group no doubt had sent out similar screeds to the districts of numerous other House Republicans — but a spokeswoman chimed in after reading our first take and assured us, “This was no mistake. Her words.

As it turned out, it actually was just a cynical and deceptive tactic. Our words.

Looks like the DCCC is at it again. This time, they’re going after Coffman as well as Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton. Via Denver 9News’s resident political junkie (and crackerjack journalist) Brandon Rittiman:

Having been down this road before, we won’t be so naive as to suppose they were just cutting corners to save time by using substantially the same wording in the two diatribes — one regarding a Republican congressman who had voted for the much-debated GOP health plan, and the other regarding his colleague and Colorado compatriot who had voted against it. Both saddle their respective targets with responsibility for the GOP legislation; only a lawyerly reading would deduce one of the two had voted “no.”

Whether Coffman’s vote was a calculated sidestep — y’know, winked at with a kitchen pass from the House leadership so that the five-term survivor could tell his swing-voting district he had stood up to his own party — is a worthy issue. It’s also pretty much standard procedure in both parties for members in hotly contested districts.

Whether, at this point, the DCCC’s slash-and-burn e-blasts are even worth the digital bytes they’re written on — given their fast and loose wordplay — is also a worthy issue. Of course, that is pretty much standard fare for both parties, as well.