Gold Dome: U.S. Senators Prepare for Kavanaugh Vote

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U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said he’s opposing the appointment of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Just one of the reasons he cited was that Kavanaugh’s  view that sitting presidents may be immune from criminal investigations “is particularly troublesome at this moment.”

Meanwhile, interest groups are putting the screws to other Democratic senators in an effort to pressure them to oppose Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Sen. Suzanne Collins said her office has been targeted with vulgar language and threats pushing her to vote no on his appointment.

A complaint filed with the Secretary of State’s Office is claiming a Super PAC aired radio ads in July without disclosing the spending or donations used for the ad.

David Reid Ross, who was running for a Colorado House seat in Boulder County’s District 12, backed out of the race after his personal alt-right blog came to light.

The Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity announced it is getting involved in Colorado’s gubernatorial race with an endorsement for Walker Stapleton and as campaign donation of up to $1 million.

Almost 300 mentally ill people across the state have been jailed for months without a conviction because state officials say there is not enough room at the mental health hospital to treat them prior to trial.

Corporations have spent tens of millions of dollars on shifting the vote one way or another on Colorado’s ballot initiatives. The corporate spend dwarfs nonprofit and citizen fundraising.

Hillary Clinton is returning to Denver on a political fundraising tour. She’ll make an appearance at the home of former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and fundraise for Democratic candidates and the DNC.

Yesterday, a Trump administration immigration policy went into effect, allowing immigration officials to deny green card or visa applications that are incomplete or erroneous. Immigration lawyers say there isn’t enough oversight to prevent the policy from being abused.

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