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Mike Littwin

Special to The Colorado Sun

Littwin: Mesa County voting machine scandal seems right in line with the far more dangerous DOJ scandal

How did the passwords from Mesa County voting machines end up on a far-right-wing blog? And how does Clerk Tina Peters, a Trump truther, explain the leak? Just ask the MyPillow guy.

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Littwin: Why would McConnell give Biden a victory on infrastructure? If you’re not suspicious, you’re not paying attention

Michael Bennet, up for reelection next year, says he’s happy to run on both infrastructure bills, which he says will be popular in rural America. Guess what: Trump apparently thinks so, too.

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Littwin: Denver goes all in on vaccines. They may be the first to go quite so far, but they won’t be the last.

The one thing we can be relatively sure of is that when winter comes, the pandemic will grow even worse. That’s why the time to act is now. Will the suburbs join Denver?

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Littwin: As I take my mask out of storage, I have many COVID-related questions. Like, why do so many ignore the best answers?

If you trust the science — and that’s the problem; so many don’t — you know you must get vaccinated and now wear masks where advised. But even science still gets stuff wrong. Biology, we’re told, is messy.

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Littwin: The 4 cops called to testify about the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection dramatically offer their version of the Big Truth

The U.S. House select committee begins its work with testimony from D.C. police officers who said they felt betrayed by those lawmakers who would diminish what they faced that day in battling the terrorists storming the Capitol

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Littwin: At this point, it doesn’t matter who is to blame for our still-low vaccination rates. It matters what we do about it.

Many thought we were heading back to normalcy, but the delta variant upended all that. We need to be serious. If you need an example, arguing about whether shoolkids should be masked is not serious.

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Littwin: Who cares if the ultra-rich have their space toys? We need to worry about what toys — and what else — poor kids lack.

The enhanced child tax credit, which reduces child poverty by 45%, expires after one year. In a Sun-hosted zoom interview, Michael Bennet pushes for a permanent solution.

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Littwin: Biden’s passionate speech on the GOP assault on democracy got everything right — except the solution

If Biden, the great Senate institutionalist, doesn’t call out those Dems who oppose filibuster reform, then the speech defending voting rights is just so many words and Biden becomes part of the problem

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Littwin: Boebert blasts Biden for sending “Needle Nazis” to knock on Mesa County doors. Problem is, no needles, no Nazis, no Biden.

There will be no fans at the Olympics. France is going to “COVID passports.” Don’t they want to own their libs? America is ahead of the game, but Republicans cheer the news that Biden didn’t reach his 70% vaccine goal.

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Littwin: Bringing the All-Star Game to Coors Field sends a dual message — on vaccinations and on voting rights

The only reason the game is being played in Denver is that Major League Baseball pulled out of Atlanta after Georgia passed one of the earlier voter-suppression laws landing like a plague on much of red-state America.

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Littwin: We’re still waiting for climate change to hit Colorado’s ice-cold 2022 governor and Senate races

The midterms traditionally favor the party out of power — yes, that would be the Republicans — but the GOP is having problems finding candidates who could take on Jared Polis and Michael Bennet.

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Littwin: It’s the Fourth of July weekend. Do you know where your voting rights are?

The Supreme Court last week took another swipe at the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Reforming the filibuster is the only option left to defend voting rights

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Littwin: It’s redistricting season, with a brand new nonpartisan commission. But where’s a little gerrymander when you need one?

The preliminary redistricting lines, which will certainly change, have Lauren Boebert in a plus-10 Republican district, and that’s scary. The question now is how much embarrassment Boebert’s new 3rd District can take.

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Littwin: The tragedy in Arvada — the death of both the cop and the good Samaritan — is even worse than we imagined

Johnny Hurley shoots and kills the man who had shot and killed Officer Gordon Beesley. And then a cop arriving at the scene shoots and kills Hurley, who was holding the killer’s gun. Tragedy piled upon tragedy piled upon tragedy.

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Littwin: The timing couldn’t be better for Carl Nassib to be the first active NFL player to come out as gay

As the 6-foot-7, 275-pound defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders takes a giant step forward, it’s with the hope that in 2021, the era of the activist athlete, it’s the bigot who draws the scorn.

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Littwin: It was long past due for Juneteenth to become a national holiday, but why did it happen now?

The bill creating the holiday passed with near unanimity because of the momentum following George Floyd’s killing, but also because it gives cover to those seeking laws to suppress minority voting or to ban teaching anything controversial about race.

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Littwin: Biden is sending a half-billion vaccine doses to desperate countries around the world, but can’t give them away at home

Maybe you’ve heard about the shots-make-you-magnetic (and not in a good way) conspiracy theory. Sure, it’s a crazy proposition, but in the Ohio legislature, some Republicans are, uh, sticking to it.

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Littwin: If Democrats want voting reform, give Joe Manchin what he wants and make him deliver

If Manchin can’t deliver 10 Senate Republicans — the ones he insists are out there somewhere — to overcome a filibuster, he’s got to come up with a new argument.

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Littwin: Jared Polis may be big on emission-reduction goals, but just don’t let regulators try to enforce them

The governor’s threat to veto legislation that would have mandated, not merely suggested, Polis-supported goals shows once again that when he and progressive legislators square off, Polis prevails.

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Littwin: As good as the coronavirus news is, the sad truth is that it could be so much better

The risk for those who have been fully vaccinated is minimal. But for the vaccine hesitant, the vaccine procrastinators, the vaccine resisters, the risks are still profound.

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