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Impeachment, Lauren Boebert, new Colorado state legislative session and a public records win – Denver, Colorado

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When the wind blows (sometimes violent in Colorado), modern politicians coordinate their arguments, vote in line with party policy, and use social media to amplify their voice. It was discovered this week in Washington, DC that there was an unprecedented second impeachment of the incumbent president.

However, 10 US House of Representatives Republicans have broken the ranks, moving beyond a simple call for unity. None of those Republicans were from Colorado. Justin Wingerter voted on how state delegations voted on impeachment as well as efforts to force Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment to dismiss President Donald Trump. I monitored it. He was also temporarily unable to tweet following the controversial debate in Washington in the first week of Congressman Lauren Boebert.

Perhaps this week’s impeachment proceedings have overshadowed Colorado State Capitol’s opening of the 2021 session on Wednesday, vowing new members and submitting seven new bills to pass before taking a one-month break. It was the fact that I did. We’ve provided a cheat sheet about 10 things you need to know about this session.

Meanwhile, Saja Hindi reports on a discussion of the seemingly evergreen promotion to set public health insurance options and explains how this year’s fight is set up:

By Friday afternoon, lawmakers are expected to effectively revoke the bill passed during a special December session aimed at providing $ 4 million to companies owned by people of color. Alex Burness explained why the proceedings spurred immediate action.

And not forgetting the city of Denver, Conrad Swanson considers the first vote to allow more people to share rent payments and expands the location of homes in the middle of the city. Did. Below, we will elaborate on how the group won against the mayor’s office with respect to public records on the matter.

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Last month, the Colorado State Capitol approved a $ 4 million COVID bailout for a minority-owned company. Later, a white barber sued the state, and this week lawmakers passed an amendment to open a bailout program to whites. The situation that a black lawmaker told us was “horrifying.”

The Denver Post, Hyun Chan

Denver, Colorado – January 14: Newly appointed Speaker of the House, Alec Garnett, D-Denver, is the second day of the 73rd Colorado State Capitol General Assembly on Thursday in Denver, Colorado. January 14, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Hyoung Chang / The Denver Post)

Parliamentary Diary • by Saja Hindi

Public options

The Colorado State Capitol in 2021 is just beginning, and the battle to create public health insurance options is already becoming a mess.

Last year, lawmakers sought to pass a hybrid public health insurance option that would offer alternative options to those who buy insurance in the private market, reducing costs and offering more competition.

But then a pandemic broke out, and lawmakers withdrew the bill and vowed to regain it in 2021.

The first day’s speech in Congress was generally intended for Democratic and Republican leaders to present a vision for the session, but Wednesday was more ambiguous than usual due to a break affected by COVID.

But Senate minority leader Chris Holbert revealed one thing in his speech.

“The ruling party’s labeling of our hospitals as greedy while promoting so-called” public options “as if the government had a greater involvement in the provision of health care. For some reason, it’s more affordable or more accessible, “said Douglas County Republican.

“No, it’s not working and it’s not working.”

He also questioned whether the hospital could handle the increased number of cases during COVID if public options were implemented.

In an interview, Senate President Leroy Garcia said that part of the problem was that the term “public option” elicited strong emotions, and he hasn’t seen a new bill, but now is the time to access health care. It’s time to discuss affordability.

“We have to do something to tackle this challenge, and I encourage my colleagues, including me … we should be willing to attack the challenge.” He said.

Proponents of the “Colorado Option” say the pandemic emphasizes the need for such a model more clearly — especially more people face unemployment and thus health care problems. As you go.

If passed, the public option wouldn’t come into effect immediately and wouldn’t look exactly like last year’s proposal, said Avon Democrat Dylan Roberts. But recovery efforts beyond the daily pandemic response should include such options, Vail’s Democratic Senator Kelly Donovan argues.

The bill has not yet been introduced.

Other Colorado Political News

  • The 2021 Colorado State Capitol began on Wednesday. There are 10 things to note during this unusual session.
  • Colorado sought to support minority-owned businesses during COVID. A white man has filed a proceeding, and lawmakers are turning back.
  • Meet Colorado House Speaker Alec Garnett.
  • Colorado’s new $ 10 million unemployment system is off to a bumpy start.
Lauren Boebert standing on the parliamentary floor

Congress.gov via Getty Images

In this screenshot taken from the congress.gov webcast, Republican Rep. Lauren Bobert is a house to approve the 2020 presidential election at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. I am giving a lecture at the debate.

Washington News • by Justin Wingerter

Bobert and crow

“As senior members of the delegation, we really work hard and work together. Democrats and Republicans,” Democrat Diana Degette told the Colorado Chamber of Commerce in the fall of 2019.

Most, if not all, state legislature delegations covered the three full-time reporters, but with a few exceptions, did not publicly criticize another member of the delegation by name. There is an informal agreement by. Around the election.

As long as such an agreement exists within the Colorado delegation, it has been eroded in the last few weeks starting December 22nd. Democratic Jason Crow Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert accused Twitter of writing down Coronadan killed by COVID-19 as a mere statistic.

5 days later, the crow Elected again Bobbert’s tweet about this election: “You will turn your back on your vow three days after receiving it” and “You are undermining our democracy.” January 1 He called Her desire to have a gun in the Capitol was a “political stunt.” Recently, he told Aurora Sentinel reporters that Bobert was “nowhere in the Capitol” and “stupid.”

“Cute Mansplaining, Congressman” Bobert answered At some point on Twitter, the battlefield she chose.

Does any of these affect the real world? I doubt it. This is politics and has a lot of thick skin. The delegation still expects to meet several times each year to promote Colorado policy. Otherwise, they will stay in the corner of their party and criticize the other side. It’s Congress.

More federal political news

Mile High Politics • by Conrad Swanson

Internal mail will be published

A local organization opposed to some potential code changes in Denver won an open record victory over Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration this week.

Florence Seaburn sued the administration on behalf of Safe and Sound Denver in the Denver District Court last month after Hancock’s spokesperson refused to request some emails, attachments, and other documents. She previously told The Denver Post that she wanted to know why and where the proposal began.

One is to allow up to five unrelated people to live together in the same home, and the second is to increase the number of places where homeless shelters and half-baked homes can be located. City officials say the change should help Denverite find more affordable homes and will treat group homes like nursing homes and other similar organizations.

City officials denied Severn’s request because of the privilege of deliberations (that is, publishing the document means hindering open internal discussions when working to make a proposal). They also cited attorney / client privileges in their denial, but to no avail.

In the course of the proceedings, Judge Michael J. Vallejos reviewed more than 40 emails in question and decided on Monday that neither argument was valid.

“If they are disclosed, these documents do not contain candid or personal material, so the court may have proposed a city project by the city, its employees, or members of a future committee. I’m having a hard time understanding how it’s hampered by the lively debate, “Vallejos wrote Monday.

He added that just because a lawyer happens to be on the email chain does not automatically activate the lawyer / client privilege.

“The email does not reflect that the sender was seeking legal advice or that legal advice was returned,” he wrote.

A total of four pages are considered protected under the deliberate privilege discussion, so these documents can be kept secret. The remaining Sebern requests must be released within 21 days.

In a press release from Safe and Sound Denver, Seaburn said he was grateful for Hancock’s office ruling and punishment.

“The standard procedure in the mayor’s office seems to be to obscure their actions and dare to challenge the inhabitants in court,” Sebern said. “This is an amazing attitude that forces us to spend the hard-earned money twice on the tax-paying Denbelite. One pay the salaries of the people who work for us, and then the proceedings if they are negligent. I will pay the cost. “

Other Denver and Suburban Political News

  • City auditors say the Hancock administration is still at risk of allowing political favors and conflicts of interest to affect commerce.
  • Residents of Denver will speak in front of the city council next month about the proposed changes for group life. This is a change that is on the road to becoming a law, despite widespread opposition.
  • Contrary to federal guidance during the pandemic, city officials are still unable to say the cost of each cleanup as the Hancock administration continues to dismantle Denver’s illegal homeless camps.
  • Police guarding the Colorado General Assembly and its surroundings are ready to protest after the FBI warns of plans for armed demonstrations in all 50 state capitals in the days leading up to President Joe Biden’s inauguration. It states.

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