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► There are just five days to go in the 2015 Colorado legislative session, and the end couldn’t come quicker for Senate
puppet President Bill Cadman. Maybe Sen. Tim Neville will let him leave early now that he’s done the bidding of the far right and allowed a late bill exemption for a big abortion bill. John Frank of the Denver Post has more on the biggest matsah ball under the golden dome:
The measure gets its first hearing Thursday and probably will land on the Senate floor for a vote and heated debate in the final days before Wednesday’s adjournment.
“It’s an unfortunate way to define a whole session,” said Senate Democratic leader Morgan Carroll of Aurora.
► While Colorado Republicans make a last-ditch effort to pass legislation restricting abortions, they also made sure to kill a bill that would have continued a very successful program aimed at preventing teen pregnancies. But wait, there’s more irony! As Think Progress notes:
Colorado Republicans have officially voted to eliminate funding for an award-winning family planning program that has contributed to a staggering 40 percent drop in the state’s teen birth rate over the past five years.
Ironically, the vote to deny funding from the program came just one day after it received a prestigious award from the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), which periodically honors particularly effective reproductive health initiatives at its annual conference.
► The Aurora Sentinel sums up Day 3 of the Aurora Theater Shooting Trial.
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► The Veterans’ Administration has decided that they should probably just go ahead and try to finish their ridiculously expensive hospital project in Aurora. From David Olinger at the Denver Post:
A new Department of Veterans Affairs report concludes that every alternative to finishing its half-built Aurora hospital would be unpalatable.
The cost-benefit analysis, dated April 21, looked at five alternatives to continuing construction: living with the status quo, renovating the existing medical center in Denver, leasing a newly built medical center, contracting out veterans’ medical care and buying an existing facility.
It calls finishing the hospital the preferred option, one that would prove most cost-effective over the long term and provide the best care.
Really? They needed a study to determine that the best way to provide care for veterans in the Denver area was to build them a hospital? Somewhere, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) is blaming someone else for the VA problems today.
► The House introduced legislation supported by Gov. John Hickenlooper that would, as Ed Sealover of the Denver Business Journal explains, “remove the hospital-provider fee from the state’s revenue cap as a way to ensure greater road funding for the next five years.”
► The debate over national public lands in Colorado — and whether or not the state should take over management of said lands — is running out of steam.
► A hidden-camera investigation from Fox 31 finds that a Westminster heating and cooling company couldn’t come up with a better nickname for Montbello than “Mount Ghetto.”
► A State Senate committee killed legislation that would have prohibited Colorado schools from using Native American mascots.
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► According to a new report from the American Lung Association, Denver is now #13 on the list of U.S. cities with the highest levels of air pollution — a big jump from the #26 spot last year. It’s probably just a coincidence that Colorado has been drilling for so much oil and natural gas lately.
► This was sadly inevitable: Republican Congressman Tom Flores says the riots in Baltimore are probably because of same-sex marriage. Flores represents a district in Texas, so he probably knows a lot about this.
► The right-wing Koch Brothers are hoping to woo Latino voters to the Republican side by helping them pass driver’s tests. Wait, what?
► Congressman Ed Perlmutter is re-introducing The Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015 (or TMBABA).
► Congressional Republicans are working on a budget deal that would also allow them to try to get rid of Obamacare (again). It’s not going to actually work, of course, but what else are they going to do? Govern?
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