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As Expected, No Follow-Through: TX Drags Feet on Providing Mandated Voter IDs

As Expected, No Follow-Through: TX Drags Feet on Providing Mandated Voter IDs
The Voter ID law passed in Texas was promised to be a relatively benign fix to a (non-existent) voter fraud problem. Democrats were wary, and for good reason. Methods for distributing these mandated IDs have fallen far short than what was promised, leaving many likely disenfranchised.
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Colorado Attorney General Seeks to Suspend Gay Marriage Cases

Colorado Attorney General Seeks to Suspend Gay Marriage Cases
Attorney General John Suthers, acknowledging the altered “reality of the legal landscape” brought to Colorado by recent federal court rulings, announced he is asking judges to suspend all litigation in gay marriage cases wending their way through the state and federal judicial systems here until higher courts decide with finality on the constitutionality of state gay marriage bans like the one voted into the Colorado constitution in 2006.
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Bad Cop/Bad Cop: IA Gets Involved in Denver Cop Domestic Violence Case

Bad Cop/Bad Cop: IA Gets Involved in Denver Cop Domestic Violence Case
A Denver police captain was arrested on domestic violence charges. The department tried to cover it up, but the Blue Wall cracked. Internal Affairs is now involved and it looks like the scandal goes to the very highest levels.
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Show Me the Donors! CO Law May Force Citizens United to Disclose Contributor List

Show Me the Donors! CO Law May Force Citizens United to Disclose Contributor List
Citizens United, the group whose name became synonymous with unlimited campaign funds, may be forced to disclose their donor list under Colorado Law. Contesting it in court, Citizens United is claiming that it's ad-movies aren't electioneering per se, but (laughably) documentaries.
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Amnesty Shamnesty: Republican Party Still Battling Itself Over Immigration

Amnesty Shamnesty: Republican Party Still Battling Itself Over Immigration
Republicans must do something about immigration reform now or they will find themselves speeding into another presidential election year wrestling with the same “Latino problem” that destroyed any chance for a Republican victory in the last election. But will the Tea Party fringe of the GOP let anything happen?
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Donald Sterling: Too Big to Dog Whistle

Donald Sterling: Too Big to Dog Whistle
NBA commissioner Adam Silver gave a seminar in crisis management, after which nearly everyone agreed he had done the bold and courageous and, most important, the right thing in banning the racist lecher Donald Sterling and setting up the process by which he’ll almost certainly be tossed from the league.
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CO Residents Battle Power Company Xcel Over Expansion of Rooftop Solar

CO Residents Battle Power Company Xcel Over Expansion of Rooftop Solar
Environmentalists and solar power energy supporters gathered at Colorado's Public Utilities Commission to voice their support for net metering, a way for independent, home-based solar power to be siphoned onto the grid. Xcel, the state's main energy supplier, claims that net metering doesn't make it enough money.
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No More Abortion Clinic Safe Zones? Supreme Court to Decide Fate of 'Bubble Laws'

No More Abortion Clinic Safe Zones? Supreme Court to Decide Fate of 'Bubble Laws'
In 2000, the Supreme Court ruled that buffer, bubble, zones around abortion clinics were perfectly constitutional. Since then, the court has become more conservative, and states have pushed ever more restrictive abortion laws. When buffer zones are revisited by the court this year – will it change its mind?
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New Mexico Affirms Equality of Marriage, Colorado Holds It's Breath

 New Mexico Affirms Equality of Marriage, Colorado Holds It's Breath
Gay rights supporters in Colorado are applauding the New Mexico Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the right of same-sex couples to marry in the state, celebrating the unanimous decision as yet another in a cascade of similar developments coast to coast that underscore the progress the movement for equal rights in the U.S. has made in the last decade.
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CO Congressman Rails at Oil and Gas Association: ‘Stop suing the communities I represent’

CO Congressman Rails at Oil and Gas Association: ‘Stop suing the communities I represent’
Colorado Representative Jared Polis fired off a letter to the Colorado Oil and Gas Industry, a powerful oil and gas lobby, decrying their lawsuits against the cities of Fort Collins and Lafayette. Both cities, after ballot initiatives, forbade the industry from fracking near their communities.
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