Gold Dome: State of the Union Whiplash

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In his State of the Union address last night, President Donald Trump called for unity and collaboration while also calling out Democrats for playing partisan politics. My favorite description of the speech was that it was “whiplash” inducing.

And lawmakers from Colorado weighed in with their responses to the president’s speech.

Despite the natural newsworthiness of the speech, our favorite national news story this morning of course involves the Colorado man who choked out a mountain lion after being attacked.

Gov. Jared Polis congratulated the man but also encouraged others not to emulate him.

Gov. Jared Polis met separately with representatives for Denver Public Schools and its teachers union. The governor is still deciding whether the state should intervene in their dispute.

Rep. Mike Weissman, who was expected to sponsor a bill proposing to split the 18th Judicial District in two, is backing off the plan, saying it needs more analysis first.

A rail operator is suing the City of Denver over the eminent domain action that move rail in order to make way for the National Western Stock Show overhaul.

Denver police said two officers violated the department’s policies by handcuffing Colorado Independent editor Susan Greene after she recorded a police interaction along Colfax.

Colorado’s insurance regulator fought against an ACA rule change from the Trump administration, showing how states are using their regulatory powers to fight federal policy.

Hundreds of sex offenders are removed from Colorado’s registry each year. In one instance, an incarcerated offender who was removed from the list became an attorney, despite his victims objections to him being allowed to come off the sex offender list.

Ralph Northam, the governor of Virginia who is facing calls to remove him from office over a racist photograph, said he wants to hire a detective to investigate who appeared in the photograph.

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