Gold Dome: Back to Work at the Legislature

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The second session of the 71st General Assembly began yesterday, with a focus on sexual harassment from legislators and the general public.

Even before the day began, legislators were greeted with a protest on the Capitol grounds demanding the resignation of Rep. Steve Lebsock.

And Rep. Steve Lebsock responded by saying in a Tweet that he won’t caucus with the Democrats, who have been calling on him to resign his seat.

A meeting between Sen. Cory Gardner and Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday did little to settle the impasse regarding marijuana. Despite the lack of progress, Gardner said the meeting went how he expected it to.

As the legislative session gets underway, Colorado’s legal leaders outline their own lobbying goals for the next several months.

Boulder is seeking interested applicants to serve on a new working group the City Council created in December in an effort to make local election laws more “airtight.”

ICE agents visited six Denver-area 7-Eleven stores as part of a national operation to verify the immigration status of employees, though no arrests were made locally.

In bad news for newspapers, President Trump renewed his call for stricter libel laws. Meanwhile, one of his lawyers filed a defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed.

A 9th Circuit judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump’s plan to end the DACA program. Yesterday, Trump said the system was “broken” and “unfair.”

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Alabama’s voter ID law, rejecting arguments by civil rights groups that requiring a photo ID to vote is racially discriminatory, denies equal protection and violates the Voting Rights Act.

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