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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a Colorado case that questioned how clearly attorneys must communicate the immigration consequences of a guilty plea to their clients, an issue which Attorney General Phil Weiser had argued the justices need not decide.

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In a letter also signed by 34 of their Democratic colleagues, the lawmakers asked Biden to create a task force headed by the new position to coordinate efforts to combat what they call "a persistent and growing gun violence problem," which they say are currently segregated across federal agencies.

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"Today, I offer this division of labor: Keep states focused on intercity and interstate corridors — with resources from the National Highway Performance Program," Denver Mayor Michael Hancock testified remotely. "Two, use the Surface Transportation Block Grants to local areas to lift the economy — from the local level up — and accelerate progress on the key priorities before us."

 

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The Judicial Conference has labeled Colorado as a "judicial emergency" due to high numbers of case filings in the seven-judge district court. One of the seats has been vacant since 2019, and the Biden administration has not yet sent a nomination to the U.S. Senate.

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The companies manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines told a House panel led by Rep. Diana DeGette on Tuesday that they expect to deliver an additional 140 million doses in the next five weeks, vastly increasing the supply to date and making it possible for most Americans to be inoculated by the end of summer.

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The number of civil cases filed in federal court in Colorado rose by 39% between 2000 and 2019, and the administrative body for the judiciary has called for two additional judges to handle the workload in the state. However, the rate of cases that make it to trial has slowly dropped over the past two decades, now comprising less than 1% of civil cases annually.

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The Colorado Wilderness Act from U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette and the CORE Act from U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse are among the eight public lands bills that the House passed in the prior Congress, and are destined for another vote by the full chamber without needing committee consideration first.

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U.S. Rep. Jason Crow has reintroduced a measure that would establish a memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to those soldiers who served in the global war on terrorism.

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U.S. Rep. Ken Buck and 10 other Republican House members have written to Facebook’s independent oversight board to allege uneven censorship of conservative political views on the social media site, following the decision to remove former President Donald Trump from the platform in early January.

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"You don’t need to take my word for it, that the insurrections acted at Donald Trump’s direction," the Denver Democrat told senators, opening the third day of Trump's second impeachment trial. "They said so. They were invited here. They were invited by the president of the United States."

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U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette is calling the five leading COVID-19 vaccine makers before her congressional subcommittee to find out what they're doing to speed up production, her office said Monday evening.

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In a letter to state Democratic Party chair Morgan Carroll, the state's three elected Democratic National Committee members — Joe Salazar, Jeri Shepherd and Radhika Nath — demanded what appears to be an unprecedented "public censure" of Hickenlooper "for his support of a hateful, xenophobic, and racist amendment offered by Republicans Senators."

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Some members of the legal community are expressing concern about the decision of Colorado’s U.S. senators to recommend a former prosecutor and current corporate attorney to fill a federal judicial vacancy, after the Biden administration had previously requested candidates from “historically underrepresented” legal experiences.

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"The Spotlight Act would reverse the Treasury Department’s inexplicable rule that allows dark money donors to hide in the shadows and avoid disclosure. The American people have a right to know who is spending money in their elections.”

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U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs cited political pressure exerted on Air Force leaders to locate the command in Huntsville, Ala., and irregularities in how the Pentagon judged the contest. The Republican also noted efforts by lawmakers in California, Tennessee and New Mexico to challenge the move.

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The freshman lawmaker will sit on the Senate committees on Energy and Natural Resources; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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The Closing the Loophole on Interstate Firearm Sales Act, which U.S. Rep. Jason Crow has termed the Colorado Loophole Act, would prohibit a federally-licensed firearms dealer from transferring a long gun to a recipient who does not live — or whom the seller believes does not live — in the state where the business is located.

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Kacey Wulff, senior adviser for COVID-19 response, resilience and recovery for Gov. Jared Polis, has left the Polis administration and returned to the federal Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services. Her new job, as chief of staff to the assistant secretary, began on January 21. 

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The Colorado delegation fell along party lines Wednesday as the House of Representatives voted whether to impeach President Donald Trump on charges he incited supporters a week ago into storming the Capitol to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden's election win.