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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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Outside Groups Buy 20 Days Worth of Non-Stop Ads in Colorado Elections

Outside Groups Buy 20 Days Worth of Non-Stop Ads in Colorado Elections
Thanks to the Supreme Court, we have stripped away all the pretenses about money and politics. Money is speech. Speech is money. PACs have evolved (devolved?) into Super PACs and Super PAC dark money has become the black hole of politics. And, whether or not you think this is what the Constitution requires, is there anyone out there who really thinks we’re better off for it?
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$3.3M and Two Years Later: Still No Benghazi Scandal

$3.3M and Two Years Later: Still No Benghazi Scandal
The House Select Committee on Intelligence, following almost a two-year intense investigation, unanimously determined there is no basis for what has become known as the Benghazi Scandal. Although there was confusion, and the Obama administration didn’t have all the facts when it began to inform the American people about the events and the causes, there was no evidence of anything even remotely linked to a scandal.
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By Local: Compromise Struck in CO Fracking Debate Aimed at Heading Off Ballot Initiatives

By Local: Compromise Struck in CO Fracking Debate Aimed at Heading Off Ballot Initiatives
After months of thorny, stop-and-start negotiations that in recent weeks seemed doomed to fail, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced today that he had succeeded in wringing a truce out of dueling big-money backers of ballot initiative proposals concerning local control over oil and gas development in the state.
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CO State Senator, Erstwhile Sheriff Caught With Hand in the Cookie Jar, Slapped With 3 Felonies

CO State Senator, Erstwhile Sheriff Caught With Hand in the Cookie Jar, Slapped With 3 Felonies
Colorado State Senator Steve King was always a bit of a character, but defrauding the public jumps over the line of eccentric into downright criminal.
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High Time Someone Said Something: NYT Calls on Federal Government to Repeal Pot Ban

High Time Someone Said Something: NYT Calls on Federal Government to Repeal Pot Ban
In an editorial over the weekend, the New York Times editorial board called on the federal government to repeal the ban on pot, citing that in the “more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana,” the ban has inflicted “great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.”
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Rallying Against Abortion, Christianity Doubles Down at Conservative Conference

Rallying Against Abortion, Christianity Doubles Down at Conservative Conference
“Am I the only guy who’s ending sentences with ‘amen’ this weekend?” Ralph Reed, conservative political operative and born-again Christian, asked during his speech at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver this weekend. If the enthusiastic round of cheers and applause offered by the audience in response is any indication, then no, he’s not alone. The culture wars of the 90s and early 2000s have died down considerably as American society becomes increasingly secularized, but religion's role in the conservative right still looms large.
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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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Denver TV Station Hides Shadowy Right Wing Group's $740K Political Ad Buy

Denver TV Station Hides Shadowy Right Wing Group's $740K Political Ad Buy
A TV ad-buying company with close ties to Republican Party leaders reserved a whopping 1,326 spots in the Denver market this fall, but the station receiving the $740,070 contract removed it from public view when a reporter tried to learn who was footing the bill. The deleted ad reservation at Denver’s KMGH Channel 7 came from Target Enterprises, a Los Angeles-based firm whose client list includes top Republican candidates and well-known conservative groups.
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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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