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Mike Littwin

Mike Littwin
Mike Littwin

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 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: 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: A year after George Floyd’s death, much has changed. Not all of it good.

A year ago, it all seemed obvious. A year later, unarmed black people are still being killed by cops. Voter suppression is being passed in red states. The voting rights bill named for the late John Lewis sits stalled in the U.S. Senate.

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Littwin: New mask guidelines are welcome — until you see we must rely on the honor system. Is that really science?

Here’s how that will likely work in America in 2021: Many of those who don’t need to wear masks any more will keep wearing them and many who do need to wear masks still won’t.

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Littwin: In a wild week, Ken Buck bucks Trump, Lamborn gets sued and Boebert is still Boebert

After Buck, in a show of principle, supports Liz Cheney and calls out the Big Lie, the question now is whether Trump retaliates. Here’s a guess: Doesn’t he always?

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Littwin: The problem with CU President Mark Kennedy is not just that he was hired, but how he was hired

And in case you think that the legislature will ensure transparency in such a hire next time, you may want to think again.

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Littwin: The Black caucus told us there was a problem. And then along came Buckwheat.

The explosive confrontation on the Colorado state House floor between Reps. Holtorf and Sullivan was not just remarkable. It was also inevitable.

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Littwin: For speaking the naked truth about Trump lies, GOP decides Liz Cheney must be punished

The truth is easy to find. Just watch vulnerable Big Liars backpedaling as Colorado’s own Eric Coomer and Dominion Voting Systems fight the Big Lie in the courts.

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