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State medical cannabis programs failing to make enough progress, advocacy group finds

BY: - February 4, 2023

WASHINGTON — A report from a patient advocacy group found the future of medical cannabis in the states is hazy unless costs are decreased, product safety standards are improved, and civil rights are strengthened for patients and prescribers.  Americans for Safe Access issued its annual State of the States report on Thursday. The organization, a […]

Colorado bill to cap copay of EpiPens advances with unanimous committee vote

BY: - February 3, 2023

A bill to cap the cost of epinephrine auto-injectors for people with severe food allergies passed through a House committee in the Colorado Legislature on Friday, and lawmakers say it has the potential to save people thousands of dollars a year. House Bill 23-1002 would limit the copay for epinephrine auto-injectors, often known as EpiPens, […]

Congressional Black Caucus meets with Biden to push for police accountability

BY: - February 3, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Black Caucus met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Thursday evening to urge the administration to use its executive power for law enforcement reform, following criminal charges for police officers in the killing of a Black man in Memphis, Tennessee.  “My hope is this dark memory spurs some […]

Chinese surveillance balloon now drifting across the middle of the U.S., Pentagon confirms

BY: - February 3, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will postpone his planned trip to Beijing after the U.S. detected a Chinese surveillance balloon hovering over Montana. A senior State Department official said Friday that despite the Chinese government claiming the balloon had entered U.S. airspace accidentally, its presence was a “clear violation of sovereignty.” The […]

States criticized for spending federal relief funds on tax cuts, prisons

BY: - February 3, 2023

As states plan how they’ll spend the $25 billion remaining in federal COVID relief funds, some also are facing criticism and renewed scrutiny over how they allocated money already received from the American Rescue Plan Act. Of the $198 billion authorized by Congress in 2021, $173 billion already has been appropriated by states, the District […]

As Southeast states warm, TVA criticized on preparations for dealing with climate hazards

BY: - February 3, 2023

WASHINGTON – Extreme weather patterns have sparked several improvements to the climate resiliency of Tennessee Valley Authority electrical infrastructure over the past two decades.  However, a report from a government watchdog found the huge utility still has work to do in mitigating climate hazards to the regional power grid. “TVA has taken several steps to […]

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Family planning services among priorities Colorado budget writers hear from public

BY: - February 2, 2023

As the Joint Budget Committee at the Colorado Legislature considers how it will craft the next fiscal year’s budget, reproductive rights advocates want additional funding for family planning services in the state. The advocates want an additional $2 million for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Family Planning Program as the state faces […]

U.S. House agrees on something: Lawmakers condemn ‘the horrors of socialism’

BY: - February 2, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House held a strongly bipartisan vote Thursday, condemning socialism and former socialist leaders, though Democrats rebuked majority Republicans for spending time on a “political stunt” and refusing to allow debate on an amendment that would have clarified Social Security and Medicare are not socialist programs.  Maryland Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer said […]

U.S. House GOP votes to oust Rep. Omar from foreign affairs panel for past antisemitic remarks

BY: - February 2, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted along party lines Thursday to remove Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee for past antisemitic statements.  The removal, the first for a Democrat during this session of Congress, followed Democrats’ vote to strip two Republicans of all their committee assignments last Congress for making threats […]

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Trade agreements, access to foreign markets debated in U.S. Senate farm bill hearing

BY: - February 2, 2023

WASHINGTON – In its first meeting of the new congressional session, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry gathered Wednesday for a hearing on the trade and horticulture titles in the upcoming farm bill.  The legislators prioritized enforcing the nation’s agricultural trade agreements, expanding access to international markets and supporting underserved producers.  “The […]

Bennet, Buck push to block TikTok from U.S. devices, app stores

BY: - February 2, 2023

Two members of Colorado’s federal delegation are taking action in an attempt to block TikTok from U.S. devices due to security threats the app poses.  Last week, Republican U.S. Rep. Ken Buck proposed a bill that would prohibit TikTok from being downloaded on U.S. devices, while today Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet sent a letter […]

Billions in federal farm payments flow to a select group of producers, report shows

BY: - February 2, 2023

WASHINGTON — The top 10% of recipients of federal farm payments raked in more than 79% of total subsidies over the last 25 years — producing billions of dollars for a relatively small group of U.S. producers, according to a new analysis of federal data from an environmental group. In total, the federal government paid […]