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NH Primary Source: Who’ll get the endorsement? ‘Lewandowski US Senate primary’ has begun – WMUR Manchester

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WHO WILL COREY ENDORSE? When Corey Lewandowski announced on Dec. 31 that he won’t run for the U.S. Senate, he also prompted a bit of a guessing game by making it known that, “I will be making an endorsement for the U.S. Senate in the near future to ensure we defeat Jeanne Shaheen in 2020.”>> Download the FREE WMUR appAn endorsement by the former Donald Trump campaign manager means something in terms of resources. It means a lot, in fact.There’s no question that donors had been holding off on giving to the three announced GOP candidates for the seat pending Lewandowski’s…

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With Bennet And Gardner Back To Work, What’s Next For Impeachment In The Senate? – Colorado Public Radio

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As senators return to Washington, D.C. after two weeks away, it’s still unclear on when an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump would begin.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer continue to spar over whether witnesses should be called in any Senate trial. McConnell argues that should be decided after opening arguments, senator questions and other motions, as happened during the Clinton impeachment trial.

But Schumer counters, if anything, during the two-week break more questions have been raised about the hold up of military aid Ukraine.

He also…

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GOP-Led Panel Eyes Russia, Turkey Sanctions, Countering Trump – Financial Post

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(Bloomberg) — A key Senate committee is pushing ahead with bills to sanction Turkey and Russia, along with a slew of other measures that could tie President Donald Trump’s hands when it comes to diplomacy and cultivating personal relationships with global leaders.

The hearing Wednesday by the Republican-led Senate Foreign Relations Committee comes the day after Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House and the month after he hosted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Washington.

Trump has consistently spoken favorably of Russia and Turkey, even as…

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Opinion: Republicans can’t avoid backing Trump in impeachment – Los Angeles Times

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Democrats seem bewildered by Republicans’ inability to see President Trump as deserving impeachment. But it’s not all that mysterious.

Republicans understandably don’t want to commit political suicide, either for themselves or for their party. Nearly all political observers acknowledge that a Republican who votes for impeachment would be inviting a primary challenge from a candidate who will defend Trump 100%. The latest polls show 94% of Republicans support the president and are against impeachment. It is also likely that Trump would campaign for any challenger who takes on a…

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Denver professor joins Democrats vying for Cory Gardner’s Senate seat – The Denver Post

A University of Denver professor with a background in international relations and homeland security has joined the crowd of Colorado Democrats trying to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner. David Goldfischer of Denver filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for the seat Monday. He teaches at the university’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and was the founding director of the programs in International and Homeland Security.
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Scarborough: Swing State Republicans Won’t Get Re-Elected If They Ignore Trump’s Abuses – HillReporter.com

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A number of GOP lawmakers can support Donald Trump throughout the impeachment inquiry and feel no blow-back from their voters. In fact, for a number of Republicans, there is no choice but to remain in lockstep with the President throughout the process.

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Some Republicans, though, were elected in swing states and will face tough reelection bids in 2020. These lawmakers need to walk a tightrope of appealing to independent voters who may not be happy with Trump. On Tuesday, Joe Scarborough delivered a warning to these contenders, saying that if they…

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What you need to know about the effort to bring wolves back to Colorado – The Colorado Independent

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The last time Colorado was home to gray wolves was in the 1940s. Supporters of reintroducing the endangered species to Colorado are busy gathering signatures to put a measure on next November's ballot. (Public domain photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr: Creative Commons)
The last time Colorado was home to gray wolves was in the 1940s. Supporters of reintroducing the endangered species to Colorado are busy gathering signatures to put a measure on next November’s ballot. (Public domain photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr: Creative Commons)

Editor’s note: This story originally was published on Nov. 17, 2019. On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund submitted to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office what it said are more than 200,000 signatures to the to place restoration of wolves on Colorado’s…

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Ballot Initiative Reveals Division Over How Colorado Democrats Talk About Abortion – Rewire.News

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The top two Democrats vying to take on U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) in next year’s election have offered varying responses to questions about their support for later abortion care, which Colorado anti-choice activists are trying to ban.

Dan Caplis, the host of a right-wing radio show in Colorado, has asked both…

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Reporter’s Notebook: House votes on impeachment articles would be monumental decisions – Fox News

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There are important roll call votes on Capitol Hill — but votes on articles of impeachment against President Trump would be monumental.

Think about votes cast in 2009 and and 2010 for or against ObamaCare. A failed effort to undo ObamaCare in 2017. Votes in 2008 to salvage the economy with the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Votes last Congress on tax reform. Various votes to fund the government and hike the debt ceiling. And, in the Senate, votes to confirm Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

News organizations and political firms have traved…

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INSIGHTS: John Hickenlooper, I’ve got some advice – coloradopolitics.com

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Has anybody seen Cardboard Cory? I keep expecting to spot his flat face on a milk carton.

Democratic operatives rebooted the cutout that was a social media hit for, like, 10 minutes in 2017 and took him on tour again last summer. The message was to say incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner hasn’t held what they considered a fitting town hall event.

At such events, of course, progressive activists would organize protests and make the incumbent look bad on the evening news. This proposition of democracy translates into Gardner providing the stage for the…

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Gardner reacts to new North Korea tests, Trump tweets – coloradopolitics.com

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President Trump said his relationship with the so-called “Little Rocket Man” was in peril Sunday over new missile testing, but Colorado’s Hawkish U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner spoke up louder about North Korea’s nuclear powers.

Gardner, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chairs its subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, has clashed with Kim Jong Un for years, and on Sunday called him a “maniac.”

Despite ongoing denuclearization talks with President Donald Trump, North Korea announced Sunday it carried out a “very important test” at a…

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U.S. Politicians Celebrate Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Landslide: ‘Freedom Wins!’ – Newsweek
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U.S. Politicians Celebrate Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Landslide: ‘Freedom Wins!’ – Newsweek

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists scored a shocking win in local elections this weekend, sweeping the contest to take 17 of 18 district councils and 388 of 452 seats—almost 90 percent. The vote—held amid serious unrest over Chinese government encroachment into the semi-autonomous territory—represented the most significant victory for the anti-government movement since mass anti-Beijing protests began in June.
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Covering Colorado Despite ban, high-capacity magazines still sold in Colorado Associated Press 3:56 PM – KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News

A state law banning the sale and transfer of large-capacity gun magazines has not stopped the sale and transfer of magazines that hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition. An undercover investigation by 9Wants to Know found examples of gun stores in Colorado either ignoring the law altogether or finding a loophole to get around the law. “It’s shocking to see that people are doing this,” said state Sen. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora.
Conservative writer says Senate Republicans who stick by Trump ‘should pay a steep price’ – AlterNet
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Conservative writer says Senate Republicans who stick by Trump ‘should pay a steep price’ – AlterNet

This week, the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump is entering a new phase in the U.S. House of Representatives: three witnesses are getting ready to testify publicly (all of the previous testimony and depositions have occurred in closed-door hearings). And the response of some far-right Republicans in the House is to echo a goofy conspiracy theory: that the real interference in the 2016 presidential election came from Ukraine, not Russia
In Trump’s Shadow, Republican Suburban Slide Shows Little Sign of Slowing – The New York Times
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In Trump’s Shadow, Republican Suburban Slide Shows Little Sign of Slowing – The New York Times

The last time Democrats controlled the government in Delaware County, a suburb of Philadelphia, the U.S. Civil War had just ended. But on Tuesday, Democrats ended a century and a half of Republican dominance. In two other Philadelphia-area suburbs, they captured Chester County's board of commissioners for the first time in history and seized control of Bucks County's board of commissioners for the first time since the 1980s. The Democratic gains in Pennsylvania, a state crucial to U.S. President Donald Trump's election in 2016, suggest Republicans have yet to staunch the bleeding...
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Billionaires back Hickenlooper and PACs push Gardner to top fundraising spots – The Denver Post

At least eight billionaires contributed to John Hickenlooper’s campaign for U.S. Senate in its first six weeks as the front-running Democrat competed toe-to-toe financially with Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, who also raised millions of dollars between July and September. Quarterly fundraising reports released late Tuesday show Hickenlooper’s campaign awash in big-dollar donations from wealthy individuals in Colorado and beyond, including billionaires George Kaiser, Christy Walton, Pat Stryker, Laurene Powell Jobs, Kenneth Tuchman, Stewart Resnick, Amos Hostetter and Eli Broad.
House approves CORE Act, including Thompson Divide protections; heads to Senate – Glenwood Springs Post Independent
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House approves CORE Act, including Thompson Divide protections; heads to Senate – Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Permanent protections for the Thompson Divide passed a major milestone Thursday when the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the CORE Act.  Local conservationists, outdoor groups, ranchers and communities have advocated for more than a decade to permanently withdraw 200,000 acres of the Thompson Divide from future oil and gas development. “We have been working to permanently protect the Thompson Divide for over a decade, and today’s vote is a significant step toward the finish line,” said Curtis
Will Zorro or Vanilla be tapped to face Cory Gardner?  – Mountain Town News
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Will Zorro or Vanilla be tapped to face Cory Gardner? – Mountain Town News

Such an inviting target attracted 16 aspiring Democratic candidates at one time. The early front runner was Andrew Romanoff. He distinguished himself while still young as a member of the Colorado House of Representatives, a legislator able to find common ground. He’s handsome and well spoken. But his political career has stalled for a decade. He has failed in three bids to get to Congress. For the Halloween party, he dressed as Zorro, the fictional defender of commoners against corruption and tyranny. He told about his ideals, taking on the anti-immigrant platform central to Trump’s presidency. Romanoff pointed out his own mother was an immigrant as was all four of his grandparents. America, he said, is a better place because of its immigrants.
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SAFE Banking Act could facilitate financial services for cannabis – Colorado Springs Independent

Financial institutions are watching the progress of a bill in the U.S. Senate that would allow banks and credit unions to provide services to cannabis businesses. Most banks and credit unions have shied away from offering these services, but passage of the SAFE Banking Act in the Senate and signing of the bill by President Trump would open access to the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry. Although some financial institutions, such as Partner Colorado Credit Union and Safe Harbor Credit Union, have been providing banking services to Colorado marijuana businesses, many others have been unable to establish banking relationships because marijuana is illegal at the federal level.
Democrats see hopes rise in Senate with impeachment | TheHill – The Hill
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Democrats see hopes rise in Senate with impeachment | TheHill – The Hill

.....Democratic hopes are rising given the steady series of negative headlines surrounding President Trump, which have put Republicans on the back foot. GOP senators are likely to have to vote on Trump’s impeachment before voters go to the polls next November, which could be a problem for vulnerable incumbents such as Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Martha McSally (Ariz.), Joni Ernst (Iowa) and Thom Tillis (N.C.).
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So What Happens When Trump Is Impeached? – Truthdig

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The impeachment of Donald John Trump by the House of Representatives is all but inevitable. The House is slated to hold a formal vote on Thursday to authorize the impeachment inquiry, and in the coming weeks, it is expected to shift from closed-door investigatory sessions to public hearings designed to reveal the “high crimes and misdemeanors” committed by our 45th commander in chief.

If expectations hold, the public hearings will be followed by the introduction of formal articles of impeachment. The only unresolved questions at that point will be the number…

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A 3-digit number would help people in a mental health crisis get help immediately – 9News.com KUSA

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DENVER — Legislation would make mental health crises and suicide prevention help easier for people to reach by designating 988 as a hotline, similar to the way 911 is used in cases of emergency.

“We must do more to destigmatize access to mental health resources and prevent suicides in our country,” said Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner, who co-sponsored the bi-partisan legislation.

“This legislation is more than smart policy that will help save lives, it’s a statement that our government recognizes the crisis and is working…

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Colorado senator pays visit to compounding pharmacy in Florissant – Colorado Springs Gazette

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Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., paid a visit last week to Brent Stein, owner of the recently opened Mountain Key Pharmacy in Florissant.

Stein has made a name for the pharmacy with his customized compounding prescriptions tailored to the individual. Gardner caught wind of Stein’s specialty and included the pharmacy in his Oct. 18 tour of southern Colorado.

After a look at the pharmacy’s backroom, including a $10,000 scale for measuring individual parts of chemicals for specific prescriptions, the two chatted about the Food and Drug Administration and…

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Colorado GOP only got 4 signatures for a recall. They needed 13,506. – Shareblue Media
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Colorado GOP only got 4 signatures for a recall. They needed 13,506. – Shareblue Media

With Democrats holding a narrow 19-16 majority in the Colorado state Senate, U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) announced in March that he had a scheme to stop progressive legislation. After Buck was elected as the new state party chair, he vowed to use the state's recall process to remove duly elected Democratic officials during their terms. With the tally in now, it would be an understatement to say his efforts came up short.