Colorado Republicans vote to keep 2018 primaries open to unaffiliated voters

A move to close the 2018 Republican primaries to unaffiliated voters was stopped Saturday after a majority of the party leaders voted against the proposal during a Central Committee Meeting. 2018 candidates for Colorado governor Who is running for governor of Colorado in 2018? (And who is on the fence?) Voters approved Proposition 108 in 2016, overhauling how major-party candidates are selected in the Colorado and allowing the state’s 1.4 million unaffiliated voters to cast ballots in either the Republican or Democratic primaries. But a caveat allowed political parties to opt out by a 75 percent vote of its central committee. Opt-out proponents only garnered 33 percent of the vote,… Read More

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Meetings with Prince Harry, Canadian PM for Melania Trump

WASHINGTON — Melania Trump is set to take her biggest step yet as first lady. She’s leading the U.S. delegation to an international sporting event for wounded service members, her first solo trip outside the United States to represent her adopted country. On the agenda for daylong stop Saturday in Toronto: a first-time meeting with Britain’s Prince Harry, founder of the Invictus Games; a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; remarks at a reception for the nearly 100 American athletes participating in the weeklong Olympic-style competition; and attending the opening ceremony. Her decision to lead the American delegation, whose members include Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, professional golfer Nancy… Read More

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Can California force Trump to release his tax returns to get on presidential ballot?

SACRAMENTO — President Donald Trump broke with 40 years of precedent when he refused to release his tax returns during his campaign. Now California lawmakers want to force him to decide between sharing his returns or giving up his spot on the state’s 2020 presidential ballot. California would become the first state in the country to require presidential candidates to release their tax returns if a bill passed by the Legislature last week is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. But legal scholars say there are significant questions whether the legislation passes constitutional muster. And it’s not clear whether Brown, who didn’t release his own tax returns in his most recent… Read More

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Liccardo: Rebuilding San Jose’s police department is going great, but we’re not done yet

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers When I became mayor two and a half years ago, our police department faced a crisis. While San Jose has long had the most thinly-staffed department of any major U.S. city, the Great Recession, layoffs, pay cuts and battles over pension reform all exacerbated our shortfalls. As a result, San Jose had lost about 600 officers in less than half a decade, and the losses would persist for another year. Related Articles San Jose police launch vigorous LGBT recruitment, outreach SJPD watchdog: Use of force is an ongoing concern San Jose… Read More

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Goodell, NFLPA, players respond to Trump’s remarks about anthem protests

Hours after President Donald Trump called for NFL owners to fire “son of a b****” national anthem protesters, urged fans to walk out of games if players protest and ridiculed the league’s hitting rules, the NFL Players Association, commissioner Roger Goodell and dozens retired and active players responded. “Whether or not Roger and the owners will speak for themselves about their views on player rights and their commitment to player safety remains to be seen,” DeMaurice Smith, the union’s executive director, tweeted early Saturday. “This union, however, will never back down when it comes to protecting the constitutional rights of our players as citizens as well as their safety as… Read More

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Trump tells NBA star Curry that White House visit is off

SOMERSET, N.J. — President Donald Trump says if a basketball player doesn’t want to visit the White House to celebrate an NBA title, then don’t bother showing up. Trump responded Saturday on Twitter to star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors — who’s made it clear he’s not interested in a traditional post-title White House visit. Curry told reporters on Friday: “I don’t want to go … my beliefs stay the same.” Trump weighed in Saturday from his golf club Bedminster, New Jersey. He said: “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” It was… Read More

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