Tag Archives: Jared Polis

Dem Colorado Gov Finally Issues Statewide Mask Rule

The Denver Post reports: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide mask mandate Thursday afternoon, after days of pressure from his fellow Democrats to make the move. Polis announced at a news conference that he has issued an executive order requiring everyone age 10 and older to wear a mask or other facial covering while in public indoor spaces. The …

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Colorado Now 11th State To Ban “Gay Panic Defense”

Denver’s CBS News affiliate reports: Using a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity as an excuse for murder or violence is no longer a valid defense in Colorado courtrooms. Colorado is now the 11th state to outlaw the so-called “gay or trans panic defense.” The most publicized case where the defense was used is the Matthew Shepard murder trial in …

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Colorado Gov Re-Closes Bars Two Weeks After Opening

The Denver Post reports: Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday closed Colorado bars for in-person service — after allowing them to reopen at limited capacity on June 19 — due to the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus. The move comes as Colorado has seen COVID-19 cases increase in the past two weeks. Other states experiencing surges in infections have also …

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COLORADO: Hobby Lobby Open In Defiance Of Gov

The Denver Post reports: Hobby Lobby locations across the Denver area were open to shoppers Monday despite the statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Jared Polis last week mandating all non-critical businesses shutter until April 11. The chain’s decision to stay open in the face of coronavirus social-distancing orders hasn’t gone unnoticed on social media. Employees from locations nationwide have …

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Colorado Gov Issues Statewide “Stay At Home” Order

Denver’s ABC News affiliate reports: Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide stay-at-home order Wednesday afternoon. It goes into effect 6 a.m. Thursday and will last until April 11. Many Coloradans, including the vast majority of people in metro Denver, live in counties where stay-at-home orders have already been announced. In-person gatherings with people outside one’s residence are prohibited. People can …

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Colorado Becomes 22nd State To Abolish Death Penalty

The Week reports: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed a bill on Monday abolishing the death penalty. Colorado is the 22nd state to ban capital punishment since it was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976. Polis also commuted three death sentences to life in prison without the possibility of parole, saying the “commutations of these despicable and guilty individuals …

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Colorado Becomes 18th State To Ban Ex-Gay Torture

The Denver Post reports: For years a group of Colorado lawmakers have tried and failed to pass two laws they say would improve the lives of LGBTQ Coloradans. One bans mental health professionals from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation or “sexual or romantic attraction or feelings toward individuals of the same-sex,” and it would make advertising conversion therapy …

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Colorado Bans Animal Abusers From Owning Pets

Denver’s CBS News reports: A new Colorado law will ban animal abusers from owning a pet for upwards of five years. Gov. Jared Polis signed HB19-1092 into law Thursday afternoon. “It will increase restrictions of people convicted of felony pet animal cruelty, and facilitate mental health and treatments to address the underlying factors that drive tragic animal cruelty,” Polis said. …

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COLORADO: Jared Polis Elected First Out Gay Governor

Vox reports: Jared Polis has won the Colorado governor’s race, becoming the first openly gay person to be elected governor in America. Polis, a Democrat who has served in the House of Representatives since 2009, did not attempt to hide his sexual orientation on the campaign trail, and sometimes used it to emphasize the contrast between himself and President Donald …

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COLORADO: Rep. Jared Polis Wins Dem Gubernatorial Primary, Would Be First Openly Gay Governor [VIDEO]

CBS Denver reports: Jared Polis claimed the Democratic nomination for governor in Colorado with a clear victory Tuesday after he spent $11 million of his own fortune to vanquish three rivals. The five-term Boulder congressman would become the nation’s first openly gay man elected governor if he wins in November, and his candidacy represents a sharp leftward shift that will …

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Rep. Jared Polis To Intro Bill To Repeal GOP Tax Cut

Business Insider reports: As the new tax cuts ushered in solely by Republicans begin to take effect, one Democratic congressman is unveiling a repeal plan, signaling that President Donald Trump’s primary opposition is serious about reversing his signature legislative achievement. Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado will introduce the Students Over Special Interests Act next Tuesday. The legislation, according to a …

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COLORADO: Birther Tom Tancredo Drops Governor Bid

CBS Denver reports: Former Congressman Tom Tancredo, who put his name in the ring for governor of Colorado last fall, has withdrawn his candidacy. The Republican confirmed the move on Tuesday afternoon. Tancredo said although he feels competent to win Republican primary, he sees no path to victory in the gubernatorial general election for a Republican and doesn’t want to …

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House Panel Blocks Vote On Equality Act [VIDEO]

Yesterday Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) attempted to introduce the Equality Act as an amendment to an anti-union bill before the House Committee On Education & The Workforce. The amendment was blocked by a voice vote of the panel after Rep. David Roe (R-TN) objected on the grounds that the Equality Act is not germane to the main bill. More from …

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VIDEO: Equality Act Introduced

Lambda Legal reacts: We applaud the introduction of this essential bill. Today, it spotlights the pervasive, unjust, and unacceptable discrimination facing LGBT Americans and their families; when passed, it will be a crucial next step forward in ending that discrimination. Its introduction comes nearly one month after the Supreme Court’s historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that made marriage equality …

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Smoking Crayfish & Gay Marriage

Rep. Jared Polis gets the Gregory Brothers treatment.

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Rep. Jared Polis Intros House Bill To Stop Rep. Steve King From Introducing Bills

From the official site of openly gay Rep. Jared Polis: On the heels of Rep. Steve King’s outrageous announcement Wednesday of his “Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act,” Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02) today proposed the “Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act.” The bill would prevent Steve King from abusing taxpayer dollars by substituting the judgments of the nation’s duly serving …

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RE-ELECTED: All LGBT House Members

The 2014 midterms were not a total disaster, at least for the six openly LGBT members of the US House. Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Jared Polis* (D-CO), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Rep Mark Pocan (D-WI), Rep David Cicilline (D-RI), and Rep. Kysten Sinema (D-AZ) all retained their seats today.  Openly gay US House candidates who lost their bids …

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Civil Unions Begin In Colorado

Colorado’s first civil unions took place moments after midnight local time.  Photos are going up on Twitter and we’ll excuse the sideways shots because folks are understandably excited.

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Half Of Congress Files DOMA Brief

Almost half of the sitting members of Congress today filed a joint Supreme Court brief in the support of the overturn of DOMA. Via press release: Today, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Ranking Constitution Subcommittee Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) in the House, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in the Senate, along with …

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Rep. Jared Polis Introduces Bill To Decriminalize Marijauna Possession

Openly gay Rep. Jared Polis today introduced a House bill that would decriminalize the possession of marijuana and allow states to collect taxes on legal sales. Polis said he expects his measure could draw bipartisan support from fellow Democrats and from Republicans, especially those with Libertarian leanings. “The more states lead the way, the more pressure it puts on Congress …

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