Category Archives: public policy

Two Colorados, two visions, one tight race

By Andrew Romano The 2014 Colorado governor’s race wasn’t supposed to be like this. It wasn’t even supposed to be a race. On one side was the overwhelming favorite: current Democratic Gov Continue reading

The Senate 7: Republicans Positioned for Slim Senate Majority

Republicans are in their best position to recapture the U.S. Senate since the year began, with a slate of battleground races shifting slightly in their favor over the last month. Continue reading

Iran’s president says nuclear deal possible before deadline

By EDITH M. LEDERER UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran’s president warned world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday that the goal of extremists creating chaos in the Mideast is the destruction of civilization and rise of Islamophobia Continue reading

Rouhani returns to UN as nuclear talks stall

By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Stalled nuclear talks and the delicate diplomacy surrounding the fight against Islamic extremists have lowered expectations for a rapid warming of relations between Iran and the United States as the Iranian leader returns to speak at the United Nations on Thursday. President Hassan Rouhani’s election last year signaled a thaw in more than three decades of U.S-Iranian hostilities, leading to a landmark phone conversation with President Barack Obama during last year’s U.N. General Assembly, which was Rouhani’s first as president. Continue reading

Federal prison population drops by roughly 4,800

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal prison population has dropped in the last year by roughly 4,800, the first time in several decades that the inmate count has gone down, according to the Justice Department. In a speech Tuesday in New York City, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department expects to end the current budget year next week with a prison population of roughly 215,000 inmates Continue reading

Erasing the Gender Gap

Earlier this month, Colorado Senate candidate and Republican Rep. Cory Gardner released an ad touting his plan to make birth control pills available over the counter. Continue reading

States Push Legislation Requiring Immigration Civics Exam for High School Graduation

Can you name all three branches of the federal government? How about how many votes it takes to override a presidential veto, or what the first 10 amendments to the Constitution collectively are called Continue reading

Pat Roberts in Trouble Following Kansas Court Ruling

In Kansas, the Republican Party’s mission to save three-term incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts seat, just got a lot harder. The Kansas Supreme Court ordered Thursday the name of former Democratic candidate Chad Taylor be removed from the Election Day ballot Continue reading

Biden triggers 2016 speculation with Iowa visit

By Steve Holland By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the 2016 Democratic presidential competition there is Hillary Clinton and everyone else, all powerful politicians who could make a credible run should she decide not to seek the presidency. Vice President Joe Biden is at the top of that group, which also includes Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Biden’s visit to Iowa on Wednesday for a relatively minor event speaks volumes about his desire to keep his name relevant in the 2016 discussion Continue reading

Scottish independence vote cheers supporters of Texas secession

By Jim Forsyth By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The upcoming vote to decide whether Scotland should be independent of the United Kingdom has bolstered those campaigning to split the state of Texas from the United States. Continue reading