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Incoming Colorado representative was one of more than a dozen state lawmakers in the U.S. Capitol riot crowd

By Cuneyt Dil, The Associated Press A second Republican lawmaker from West Virginia who marched to the U.S. Capitol to support overturning Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential win said in a radio interview Monday that he hopes President Donald Trump “calls us back.” State Sen. Mike Azinger told the broadcast outlet that the crowds loyal to […]

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Opinion: We don’t talk to each other enough, and that may have set us on the path to the Capitol attack

Like you, like every reasonable American, I condemn the storming of our nation’s Capitol. That being said, if you’re expecting to walk away from this holding your head high in righteousness because you’re on the “right” side of things, I think you’ll be disappointed.   I want to inspire reflection and not revulsion or superiority.  I […]

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“You literally just did history”: Colorado’s teacher of the year wants students to understand the power of bearing witness

The syllabus for Gerardo Muñoz’s AP World History class doesn’t call for discussing coups until Unit 9, but after watching a mob of extremists storm the U.S. Capitol Wednesday in an effort to stop the certification of the presidential election, Muñoz decided to skip ahead. His students had just witnessed history, and he wanted them […]

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Opinion: Violence in place of political debate weakens our nation

The violent incursion at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday disrespected, demeaned and threatened the right of every citizen who peaceably engages in the democratic process in our country. Deliberation, debate, argument, compromise, deal-making; these are the means to advance interests in a democracy.  The leaders and organizations of the West/Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation — including […]

Posted inElection 2020, Opinion, Opinion Columns, Politics and Government

Sen. John Hickenlooper: “Trump and the thugs who attempted a violent coup can’t override the will of the people”

On Sunday, I was sworn in to represent Colorado in the United States Senate. Three days later, I was hunkering in a secure location in the U.S. Capitol’s basement, texting my wife, Robin, that I was OK and to make sure she was safe. It’s now been about 24 hours since the Capitol was ransacked […]

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Opinion: Was it a coup? No, but the U.S. Capitol siege was the election violence of a fragile democracy

Did the United States just have a coup attempt? Supporters of President Donald Trump, following his encouragement, stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday, disrupting the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. Waving Trump banners, hundreds of people broke through barricades and smashed windows to enter the building where Congress convenes. One rioter died […]

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Joe Biden’s win confirmed after pro-Trump mob storms U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON — Congress confirmed Democrat Joe Biden as the presidential election winner early Thursday after a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in a stunning attempt to overturn America’s presidential election, undercut the nation’s democracy and keep Trump in the White House. Lawmakers were resolved to complete the Electoral College […]