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Robberies, deaths renew calls for Congress to pass legislation letting cannabis businesses access banking

By Gene Johnson, The Associated Press SEATTLE — A surge in robberies at licensed cannabis shops — including a pistol-whipping, gunshots and killings in Washington state last month — is helping fuel a renewed push for federal banking reforms that would make the cash-dependent stores a less appealing target. “It makes absolutely no sense that […]

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Opinion: Federal investments in science are needed to reduce wildfire

It used to be that October marked the end of wildfire season, and the most destructive fires occurred in or around forested areas. But increasingly, more Americans experience the impacts of wildfires year-round.  In 2021, nearly 50,000 wildfires were reported, which burned over  seven million acres of land. And as we saw with the Marshall […]

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What we can learn from the 10,000 tweets sent by Colorado’s congressional delegation in 2021

Colorado’s congressional delegation took to Twitter in 2021 to extol their policies, raise money and take jabs at their enemies, not necessarily in that order.  The state’s seven U.S. House members and two U.S. Senators tweeted 10,052 times in 2021 from both personal and congressional accounts. The Colorado Sun analyzed those tweets to identify a […]

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Brittany Pettersen is running for the Colorado congressional seat being vacated by Ed Perlmutter

State Sen. Brittany Pettersen, a Lakewood Democrat, is running for the Colorado congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter.  Pettersen announced her campaign to represent the 7th Congressional District on Tuesday, a day after Perlmutter, an Arvada Democrat, said he wouldn’t seek a ninth term in Congress. “I am ready to continue Ed […]

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Ed Perlmutter says he won’t seek reelection, upending Colorado’s 2022 political landscape

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter on Monday said he won’t seek reelection this fall, a decision that is sure to upend Colorado’s political landscape heading into the midterm elections in November. “After much thought and consideration, I have decided not to run for reelection,” the Arvada Democrat said in a written statement. “I’ve never shied away […]

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We analyzed dozens of Colorado congressional floor speeches to see who had the most — and least — to say in 2021

Colorado’s elected leaders faced a year of tumult at the U.S. Capitol – though some had more to say about it than others on the House or Senate floor.  From the Jan. 6 insurrection and the vote to impeach a former president, to debates over coronavirus measures and other hot-button topics, some congressional delegates made […]