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A group of House Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday to abolish the nation’s newest armed service, eliminating the Space Force and giving the Air Force its responsibilities.

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The outpatient clinic at the new Veterans Administration hospital in Aurora will be named after Lt. Col. John W. Mosley, a Colorado native and pioneering civil rights leader who served with the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, under legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, D-Centennial.

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be the draw at a high-dollar fundraiser in Colorado Springs next month for Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn's re-election campaign, according to an invitation obtained by Colorado Politics.

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Former U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner faced nearly identical criticism two years ago when he hopped a plane for the nation's capital at about the same time then-Vice President Mike Pence was landing in Colorado for a Gardner fundraiser.

This week on Colorado Politicking, legislative reporter Pat Poblete and political correspondent Ernest Luning discuss Reps. Joe Neguse, D-Lafayette, and Lauren Bobert, R-Silt, being drawn into the same legislative district and the latest from the campaign trail. Meanwhile, judicial reporter Michael Karlik previews three cases the state Supreme Court is set to take up when it returns next week.

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U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper plans to hold a virtual town hall tonight to talk about the $1 trillion infrastructure bill he helped pass in the Senate, his office said Monday. The Colorado Democrat also plans to take questions from constituents.

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President Joe Biden on Thursday indicated the Islamic State group's Afghanistan affiliate was responsible the attacks, which Pentagon officials say left 13 American service members dead and another 18 wounded.

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The bill, approved on a 219-212 vote, would restore the ability of the U.S. Justice Department to prevent changes to voting rules in places with a history of discrimination and allow minority residents to challenge state laws they consider discriminatory — reversing the effects of two recent Supreme Court decisions.

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State Rep. Yadira Caraveo, a Thornton Democrat, on Tuesday became the first candidate to announce a run in next year's election for Colorado's eighth U.S. House seat, touting her background as a pediatrician and daughter of immigrants, her Adams County roots and a record passing progressive legislation.

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The Windsor Republican is joining with Democratic U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia to sponsor the House version of a bill meant to crack down on what Buck calls the "stranglehold" companies such as Google and Apple maintain over app developers through the tech giants' mobile app stores.

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The progressive political action committee Democracy for America has again endorsed U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, the Lafayette Democrat seeking a third term in Colorado's 2nd Congressional District.

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Ernest Luning: "On the theory that it can help make sense of where you’re going if you have a clear picture of where you’ve been, here are some of the hallmarks of Colorado elections in the modern era — a grab bag of some of the mosts, firsts, and other superlatives, the purely political milestones that have defined the state’s contests for major statewide and congressional offices over the past 50 or so years."

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The U.S. Senate on Wednesday morning unanimously confirmed former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's nomination to become U.S. ambassador to Mexico, the first of President Joe Biden's ambassador nominees to be confirmed.

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 Those who follow the judicial nominating and confirmation process believe Colorado has been quick to repopulate its bench for one likely reason: U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper have been fast at making their preferences known.

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U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper celebrated the infrastructure bill; Rep. Jason Crow, a Centennial Democrat, introduced legislation to expand electric vehicle charging capabilities; and Rep. Ken Buck asked for reimbursements for Colorado farmers and ranchers participating in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program.

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The District Court Judgeships Act of 2021 would expand the U.S. District Court in Denver from its current roster of seven active judges to 11. The district court is the state's federal trial court, and it has had seven members since the mid-1980s, despite a near-doubling of both the state's population and total cases filed.

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This week on Colorado Politicking, legislative reporter Pat Poblete and chief legislative reporter Marianne Goodland discuss Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's trip to Colorado, and judicial reporter Michael Karlik discusses Mesa County's chief judge, who is facing a lawsuit because he is alleged to have ignored expired protection orders not getting cleared, resulting in arrests that violate the Fourth Amendment.

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Ernest Luning: "Just as Salazar’s heritage and background mirrors the ever-evolving relationship of the American Southwest and its centuries-old neighbor to the south, Salazar’s political rise from the ranch his family has tended for generations in Los Rincones — one of the first spots in Colorado to be settled by Europeans — set the pace for the Colorado Democratic Party’s climb from obscurity to near-total control of the state."

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Former colleagues and Coloradans who knew former U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi mourned the death Monday of the 77-year-old former shoe salesman from Gillette, Wyoming, who retired earlier this year after serving four terms in the Senate.

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The House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jason Crow to increase the number of visas available for Afghan interpreters and others who are facing retribution for aiding U.S. and coalition forces during the 20-year war.

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Two of Colorado's three Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives, along with Weld County and a Denver-based think tank, are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a New York law regulating the ability to carry a concealed firearm outside of the home.