MAKING UP NUMBERS: CA Congresswoman proposes $26 minimum wage…
Dems unfold 2014 minimum wage strategy…
Cruz counters with crude, says hikes would mean fewer jobs for “young people, Hispanics, African-Americans and single moms”…

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Colorado Democrats fracturing over fracking…
“could blow up the Democratic party this fall, particularly with Governor John Hickenlooper”

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Rand Paul starts new drone war…
“The constitutionality of this policy has been the subject of intense debate in our country since its implementation”

Despite FAA ban, marketers take to the skies…
Pressure rises for FAA to allow commercial drones…

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This country needs a…

Via Human Events on facebook:

No stupid, we need less government.

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Apple continues to fight Samsung (in court)

Apple, which has a plurality share of the smartphone market, has once again taken Samsung to court for supposed theft. Apple sought over $2 billion in damages for patent infringement. CNET reports, “The jury found all of Samsung’s accused gadgets infringed Apple’s ‘quick links’ patent but that none infringed the ‘universal search’ patent or the ‘background sync’ patent. Results were mixed for the ‘slide to unlock’ patent, with some Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy Nexus, found to infringe [on the patent], and others found not to [infringe on the patent]…
The jury awarded Apple only $119.6 million for Samsung’s infringement.” see more…

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CT Senator nearly hit by train while at presser on train safety…
“Safety, as you know, is paramount”

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Elon Musk sues to break Air Force’s launch monopoly…

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Congress returns to work to do nothing…
FLASHBACK: Permanent vacation needed for politicians and bureaucrats…

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Christie: Not even ‘casual’ marijuana use is OK…
DENVER POST EDITORIAL BOARD: Gov. Christie, put this in your pipe…
Neighboring states demanding cut of cannabis revenues for policing…

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Media protections should cover all media

make a badge... people love false sense of authroity ;)Last week, the Russian Parliament passed a law creating a new legal term for some independent journalists: “Internet user called blogger.”

The Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reports that “bloggers will be obliged to declare their family name and initials and e-mail address, and those authors whose personal website or page in social networks are visited more than 3,000 times per day must register on a special list, and abide by restrictions applicable to the mass media.” see more…

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This land is whose land? Debate over federal acres heats up…
American Lands Council releases candidate questionnaire…

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Ukraine interim PM warns of “third world war” as violence escalates…
Airspace incursions…
PUTZ: Vladimir Putin hates everything about the Internet except ‘Website Vladimir’…
Viral Vladimir vs. ‘CIA project’…

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Bundy rebellion “gives us a brief glimpse of the totalitarian regime that awaits a sleeping populace that does not take seriously its voting responsibilities and places in public office”
The Cliven Bundy in all of us…
BLOWBACK: Bundy blathers about blacks, Republicans bolt…

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White House highlights Obama’s horrible immigration plan

Children Of Undocumented Immigrants Rally In Washington To End DeportationsThere have been several somewhat strange petitions on the White House petition website, some have even received enough digital signatures to warrant an official response, even if that response is “we can’t comment.” One of the most recent petitions to receive a “we can’t comment” response involved a petition to deport Justin Bieber, who apparently is Canadian. see more…

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Pirates of the Caucussembly

We’ve been kicking this masterpiece around HoT HQ for the past week and needed to share it in advance.

Next nail under the hammer: A not very exhaustive piece about attending the Colorado Republican State Assembly (and the caucuses, division meetings, El Paso County Assembly, yadda yadda yadda … This has been costly in both time and financially to your faithful publisher). I may have to take a photo of the Statesman’s Game of Votes cover, as there is one note of humor that they had sadly overlooked.

Art by Chad Ginsburg
Coloring by Stephen VanDyke

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GAME CHANGER: After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?

“The question is whether we’re going to see sustained flame-up now. We could see more of that if they actually think that the federal government is going to stand down,” she said.

“It’s not the groups, it’s not their concerns, it’s not their anger, all of that is old, but the federal government backing down? I was like, wow! Seriously?”

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Voter choice (still) under attack

Turd Sandwich or Giant Douche?President Obama recently gave a speech in which he claimed that voting rights were under attack, saying “The stark, simple truth is this: The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” adding “Across the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote.”

No one can deny that fact.

In fact, the New York Times reports, “Over the last 15 months, at least nine states have enacted voting changes making it harder to cast ballots. A federal judge last month upheld laws in Arizona and Kansas requiring proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or a passport, leading other states to explore following suit.” see more…

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Colorado GOP congressional assembly primary challengers

First and foremost — Check out these slick badges:

Well, maybe not so slick:

see more…

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NATO and Ukraine Explained in 4 Minutes…

Over the past few months we have been hearing about that dastardly Vladimir Putin. An important fact is being ignored. He would never have invaded Ukraine without the excuse that US policy has been giving him for 25 years. This video delves into that ignored history, with a fair amount of swearing, and just a dash of assault…

You can find more videos like this by following @robbolaw on twitter.

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Why are men with badges enforcing smart meter installations?

This is an open letter to Pueblo County, Colorado Undersheriff Justin Hall, Sheriff Kirk Taylor, the San Isabel Electric Association (SIEA) and anyone else involved in the forced installation of smart meters. see more…

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SCOTUS overturns (some) campaign donation limits

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling in the case of McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission.

The ruling struck down a federal law that restricts how much money a donor may contribute in total to all candidates or committees.

There is much misreporting of this decision. see more…

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WAR ZONE USA: EPA/Forest Service/NOAA among new armed police forces…

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Supreme Court strikes down aggregate contribution limits…
“An aggregate limit on how many candidates and committees an individual may support through contributions is not a modest restraint at all. The government may no more restrict how many candidates or causes a donor may support than it may tell a newspaper how many candidates it may endorse.”

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