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Court Ruling Favors Less Turnout, Republicans in CO Recall Election

Court Ruling Favors Less Turnout, Republicans in CO Recall Election
A Colorado judge ruled that voters in the upcoming recall elections cannot use mail-in ballots, and must vote in person. The ruling is a blow to Democrats, who wrote the more inclusive mail-in legislation when deciding how the election would be run earlier this year.
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CO Department of Corrections Ordered to Disclose Execution Plans

CO Department of Corrections Ordered to Disclose Execution Plans
The Colorado State Department of Corrections has been ordered to reveal details about how it carries out executions. This follows a state-wide conversation begun by Governor John Hickenlooper regarding the necessity and efficacy of state-sponsored lethal sentences.
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Amendment to National Defense Bill Would Require Feds to Review HIV Crimes

Amendment to National Defense Bill Would Require Feds to Review HIV Crimes
A bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would require the Department of Defense to conduct an internal review of policies and prosecutions related to military members living with HIV. The amendment would be the first time Congress has voted on HIV-criminalization matters since the passage of the 1990 Ryan White CARE Act, which required states to certify they had a process to prosecute deliberate transmission of HIV.
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Feds Probe Denver for Violating Deaf Prisoner Rights

Feds Probe Denver for Violating Deaf Prisoner Rights
The federal Justice Department is investigating Denver – which touts itself as “one of America’s most accessible cities” — for failing to provide sign-language interpreters for deaf prisoners.
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AIDS Council to CDC: Stop Criminalizing HIV/AIDS Patients

AIDS Council to CDC: Stop Criminalizing HIV/AIDS Patients
PACHA is also requesting that state and federal authorities review the cases of persons convicted under such laws and overturn convictions if deemed appropriate. The group is calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to “issue a clear statement addressing the growing evidence that HIV criminalization and punishments are counterproductive and undermine current HIV testing and prevention priorities.”
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CO’s Death Penalty: Spending Millions to Execute Almost No One

CO’s Death Penalty: Spending Millions to Execute Almost No One
With a bill to repeal the death penalty likely to be introduced in the 2013 Colorado Legislature, there are bound to be philosophical arguments about the merits of capital punishment. One thing that seems beyond debate, though, is that ending the death penalty could save Colorado taxpayers a lot of money.
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Conservative CO Representative Supports Abortion Pill in Instances of Rape, Incest

Conservative CO Representative Supports Abortion Pill in Instances of Rape, Incest
Rep. Amy Stephens (R-Colorado Springs) argued Tuesday against an anti-abortion proposal that would have made providing emergency contraception to victims of rape and incest a Class 3 felony.
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Native American Women Struggle to Gain Access to Emergency Contraception

Native American Women Struggle to Gain Access to Emergency Contraception
In face of inaction on emergency-contraception access, Native American women are being forced to turn to their own "Plan B" in order to prevent unintended pregnancies.
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AZ College Fights to Stay Competitive with Online Education Offerings

The new programs are the result of extensive study of student and workforce trends. In addition to the two programs that launched earlier this year, the schools plan to roll out four more degree programs – in teaching, applied science, and two yet-to-be determined areas.
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Merck Pulls Boy Scouts Funding on the Basis of Discrimination

The Merck Company Foundation, the charitable arm of pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck and Company, announced last week it was halting all contributions to the Boy Scouts of America until that organization ceases discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.
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