Doug Lamborn rival Owen Hill looks to join lawsuit that threatens to keep incumbent congressman off ballot

WASHINGTON — As U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn fights to get back on the ballot, he could be opposed in court by one of his biggest rivals — fellow Republican and state Sen. Owen Hill. A spokesman for the legal group that has bedeviled Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, said Hill and several state lawmakers plan to file a motion Thursday asking to intervene in Lamborn’s federal case to return to the June 26 primary after the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday bounced him out. Hill and El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, also a Republican, are challenging Lamborn in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District. Kyle Fisk, the spokesman, said Hill plans to retain… Read More

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Letter: City’s limited funds must go to biggest needs, not to pay for travel to sister city

Limited funds must go to biggest needs, not travel Re: “Amid debate, Council postpones travel-policy decision” (Page B1, April 19): I applaud San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo’s advocacy of allowing a single council member to travel on any sister-city trip. Some of the newer council members might not remember the lean days of the not-too-distant past when the city had to cut valuable services, including the police, due to budget constraints. The city is not suddenly flush with money to allow extravagant sister-city travel; in fact, I’m one of those residents he referred to who prefer the city prioritize the limited funding to areas of greatest need. Related Articles Letter:… Read More

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The Spot newsletter: Who’s on the 2018 ballot anyway?, regulating the sale of body parts in Colorado, Denver mayor remains in hot water and more

Welcome back to The Spot, where The Denver Post’s politics team captures what’s happening this week — from the Colorado legislature to Denver city hall, with a stop through the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C. It’s another edition of “Who’s on the ballot, anyway?” in Colorado politics. (More on the soap opera that is election 2018 below.) Sign up for The Spot newsletter for a weekly rundown of Colorado politics. At the Colorado Capitol, lawmakers are gearing up for the legislative session’s final push, tackling everything from drones to teacher strikes and gerrymandering. We’re all starting to go a little crazy under the gold dome… ‘Nuff said. #coleg pic.twitter.com/0uNBtJqaIm… Read More

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Letter: Pacheco Reservoir plan a step in right direction

Pacheco Reservoir plan a step in right direction An expansion of Pacheco Reservoir near Casa de Fruta is one of the most promising water supply projects in the state. When built, Pacheco will be the largest reservoir in Santa Clara County, providing a wide range of benefits to the Bay Area, the Delta and throughout the state. In fact, the California Water Commission staff released public benefits scores showing that Pacheco’s expansion and a Los Vaqueros Reservoir expansion are the top two proposed projects vying for Proposition 1 funding. The expanded reservoir will improve steelhead habitat, provide an emergency water supply, reduce flood risks to disadvantaged communities, expand groundwater recharge,… Read More

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Trump says for first time that Cohen represented him in ‘crazy’ Stormy Daniels case

By Philip Rucker | The Washington Post President Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday for the first time that his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen represented him in efforts to silence Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who has alleged a sexual encounter with Trump more than a decade ago. Trump earlier this month denied any knowledge of the $130,000 payment to Daniels that was arranged by Cohen and is subject of a federal investigation, telling reporters: “I don’t know” about the payment or where Cohen got the money. And the White House repeatedly has insisted that Daniels’ allegations that she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 were false.… Read More

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Opinion: Criticisms of Urban Shield training miss the point

The Urban Shield law enforcement training program has been mischaracterized as merely a SWAT-team exercise and weapons expo. I was present during the meeting in 2007 when then-newly elected Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern asked command staff to develop a program that raised the level of emergency training for all public safety officers based on real-life events. Urban Shield was created to ensure coordination with other police agencies, fire departments, local and state municipalities, hospitals, search and rescue teams and emergency medical responders This continues to be the cornerstone of what Urban Shield is all about. In today’s environment, it’s essential to be prepared for the unexpected. There used to… Read More

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