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Colorado leaders bridge the divide-The Durango Herald

It might be a hyper-partisan political world, but some states have senators from different parties.

Although one might expect that a Democrat and a Republican from the same state might stick to their partisan issues, all 11 states in the 115th Congress with senators from different parties have had their senators work together on at least one bill.

“In the Senate, unless you have a very large majority, you have to get some buy-in from the minority party. It changes how much bipartisanship you need,” said Laurel Harbridge Yong, an associate professor of political science at Northwestern University.

In Colorado, Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner are among the senators from the same state and different political parties who work together on legislation the most.

Showdown looms over Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination-The Durango Herald

The so-called “nuclear option” in the U.S. Senate is providing conflict for many senators, but none more so than Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado.

This week, the Senate plans to vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, and Senate Republicans have threatened to take away the 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees if Democrats filibuster Gorsuch.


Friends find Gorsuch smart, affable-The Durango Herald

Disagreeing without being disagreeable is the way many friends, bosses, co-workers, and former law clerks describe fourth-generation Coloradan and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Whether it’s Gorsuch pausing to ask a courthouse security guard about his family, or letting a former law clerk’s 3-year-old son ride one of his horses, Gorsuch is “not shy about inviting people into his world,” said former law clerk Jason Murray.

Senate defeats attempt to undo BLM’s methane rule-The Durango Herald

Gwen Lachelt may have impacted the votes that defeated the joint resolution to disapprove of the Department of the Interior’s methane rule.

On a visit to Washington on Tuesday, the La Plata County commissioner ran into Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, in an elevator.

“By chance, I was able to visit with Sen. McCain for quite some time. I talked to him about why the BLM methane rule is so important to La Plata County. We do not like the black eye of living under the largest methane cloud in North America,” Lachelt said.

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Op-ed: Media mistakes continue after the election-Media File

There is an expectation that the media always needs to be correct. They need to understand the entire country and every situation. Although that is an unrealistic expectation, the expectation that they will do their best is reasonable. In this election, journalists did not do their best, and, although they criticized themselves after the election, they still haven’t done much better since then.

After the election, the media wrote their typical post-mortem pieces. They paid more attention to arguments than issues. They didn’t feel a need to get outside of their liberal city bubbles. They didn’t make a point to understand the complexities of people in this country. They didn’t take people seriously (and that includes President-elect Donald Trump). They didn’t stay unbiased, and they even took sides. They made wrong assumptions and they got lazy. The problem is that they are still doing many of those things.

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