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Governor signs anti-sexting bill into law

“I refer to that as the thermal nuclear option. That type of adjudication or an arrest on a juvenile’s record is going to have almost fatal consequences for the ability to obtain student loans for college or higher education. So prosecutors across the state, as was I, were hesitant to ever charge a juvenile with that kind of enormous offense for sexting.” — 19th Judicial District Attorney Michael Rourke.

By Sherrie Peif · June 9, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Featured, Gold Dome, Legal, Sherrie Peif, Top News, Weld County
DA Morrissey's hire of nephew spurs accusation of nepotism

DA Morrissey's hire of nephew spurs accusation of nepotism

“Other investigators have to help him do his job, which puts a burden on those investigators. While he is gone doing ride alongs his work has to be done by other investigators. If he was qualified for the job this wouldn’t be happening,” the source said.

By Todd Shepherd · December 4, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Criminal Justice, Denver, Legal
Fundraising email from CU regent tiptoes along ethical lines

Fundraising email from CU regent tiptoes along ethical lines

“…I still need another $50,000 to run the kind of advertising program I’d like. Again this is an under-the-radar fundraising effort because we don’t want the other camp to find out that we are doing an Independent Expenditure.”

By Todd Shepherd · November 3, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Elections, Exclusives, Gold Dome, Higher Education, Legal, Open Records, Politics

Video appears to show petitioner trading candy bars for signatures

When I got to the platform I heard and watched a petition circulator with a rolling suitcase offering people walking by him a candy bar for signing petitions.

By Todd Shepherd · October 4, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Constitutional Law, Elections, Legal, Politics
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Blake: DIA sends ominous signals on cab competition

There has been a healthy trend toward more competition in ground transportation in Colorado. The airport would be taking a step backward by trying to re-establish a monopoly or near-monopoly.

By Peter Blake · September 2, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Denver, Legal, Peter Blake, Transportation
Blake: Single-subject rule is too limiting

Blake: Single-subject rule is too limiting

This year, the single-subject rule kept off the ballot a reasonable attempt to change the way Colorado draws congressional and legislative district maps after each decennial census.

By Peter Blake · August 17, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Business/Economy, Constitutional Law, Elections, Gold Dome, Legal, Peter Blake, Politics, TABOR, Taxes
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Blake: On the initiatives, just say 'no'

Initiative No. 98: Automatically sending the state’s unaffiliated voters ballots of both major parties so they can vote for candidates in one or the other primary without joining, even temporarily, that party? That’s so… Millennial: Participation without commitment.

By Peter Blake · August 10, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Business/Economy, Economy, Elections, Energy, Environment, Gold Dome, Health Care, Legal, Politics, TABOR
Blake: Buck's 'Blue Lives Matter' bill misses the mark

Blake: Buck's 'Blue Lives Matter' bill misses the mark

The American Civil Liberties Union long ago made social welfare reform more of a priority than protection of constitutional rights, so it isn’t surprising that it has supported hate crime laws.

By Peter Blake · July 30, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Criminal Justice, Legal, National, Peter Blake, Uncategorized
FCC emails: Agency may owe favorable judicial decision to 'nuclear option'

FCC emails: Agency may owe favorable judicial decision to 'nuclear option'

Guess Senator Reid changing the filibuster rules really does matter. Not sure the old DC Circuit would have ruled the same way

By Todd Shepherd · July 22, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Exclusives, Legal, National
Blake: The "can't regulate her" regulator

Blake: The "can't regulate her" regulator

The reason bureaucracies live forever: They happily take a mile when given an inch, but tend to ignore those all-too-rare legislative attempts to curb their authority. Like rented mules, they need to be hit with a two-by-four just to get their attention. Frances Koncilja, newest member of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, is trying to wield such a plank. Just […]

By Peter Blake · June 22, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Business/Economy, Economy, Gold Dome, Legal, Peter Blake, Politics