A Florida lawmaker’s aide called school-shooting survivors ‘actors.’ Within hours, he was fired.

By Marwa Eltagouri | Washington Post An aide to a Florida legislator was fired Tuesday after claiming two survivors of a Florida high school shooting who spoke to CNN were not students, but instead “actors that travel to various crisis when they happen.” Benjamin Kelly, an aide to state Rep. Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa, reportedly sent an email to the Tampa Bay Times’ Washington Bureau Chief Alex Leary about the appearance of two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, on CNN. The students are survivors of a mass shooting at the Parkland, Florida, school Wednesday that left 17 people dead and dozens of others wounded after… Read More

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Denver council approves $115 million DIA janitorial contract

The Denver City Council on Tuesday approved the awarding of a new $115 million janitorial services contract at DIA to a longtime provider whose performance had been questioned by losing bidders. Councilman Kevin Flynn held the contract back a week on Feb. 12, saying he was seeking answers from Denver International Airport officials. On Tuesday, he said that although he still had concerns, his questions were answered. The council approved the maximum five-year contract with San Antonio-based ISS Facility Services in a block vote. DIA officials have defended the selection of ISS against protest letters submitted by at least two losing bidders, saying the new contract includes stricter benchmarks for… Read More

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HOAs could not ban big dogs under bill before Colorado legislature

Colorado’s House of Representatives is gearing up for a dog fight as it tackles a bill to prohibit community associations from banning dogs based on their size or breed. “People with big dogs are having a hard time finding a place to live,” said Rep. Paul Rosenthal, D-Denver/Arapahoe, explaining why he drafted the legislation, scheduled for a floor debate Wednesday. The bill summary, only two sentences long, “invalidates any covenant that prohibits the keeping of certain types of dogs based solely on a breed, weight, or size classification.” Community rules on nuisance barking, the disposal of waste and the number of dogs allowed per household would remain valid. Municipal rules… Read More

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Pence was set to meet with NK officials before cancellation

By Ashley Parker | Washington Post PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Vice President Mike Pence departed for a five-day, two country swing through Asia earlier this month having agreed to a secret meeting with North Korean officials while in South Korea at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. But on Saturday Feb. 10, less than two hours before Pence and his team were set to meet with Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and Kim Yong Nam, the regime’s nominal head of state, the North Koreans pulled out of the scheduled meeting, according to Pence’s office. Start your day with the news you need from… Read More

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Former Clinton aide Renteria says she’s running for governor after feeling “uninspired” by campaign

Amanda Renteria, a top Hillary Clinton campaign aide, puzzled California politicos when she filed to run for governor last week with little explanation. Now she’s playing catch-up, releasing her first campaign video Tuesday and painting her long-shot run for office as an attempt to shake up the state’s political establishment. “We’re at a time when we need new voices and new faces in order to change politics,” Renteria said in an interview with the Bay Area News Group. The Central Valley native decided to jump in the race after feeling “uninspired” by the frontrunners, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, she said. She attended a… Read More

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No sign of Russians or businesses named in Robert Mueller election meddling indictment found by Colorado Secretary of State’s Office

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office said Tuesday that it could find no activity associated with the 13 Russian nationals or handful of businesses named in special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment released last week centering on meddling in the 2016 election. “The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office has reviewed the indictment about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and found no activity with any of the businesses or charities it has on file,” the office said in a news release. The office said it compared the names of people and companies listed in the indictment document to those in the state’s business and charities database and found no record… Read More

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