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Past articles by Tom:

US House passes bill giving pot businesses access to banking

The bill heads next to the U.S. Senate, where both of Colorado's senators hailed its passage in the House. → Read More

Colorado School of Mines professor advocates in Congress for US rare earth minerals

WASHINGTON • A Colorado School of Mines professor cautioned a Senate committee Tuesday that the United States needs to extract more of its rare earth minerals to meet an increasing → Read More

Perlmutter bill raises red flags against dangerous gun owners

WASHINGTON — Colorado U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter reintroduced a bill Tuesday that seeks to further limit gun ownership from potentially dangerous persons in a move strongly supported by a new public opinion poll. → Read More

Gardner: Federal government encourages theft by inaction on marijuana banking laws

Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner on Tuesday accused the federal government of endangering the public by refusing to recognize the marijuana industry as a legitimate business enterprise. → Read More

Colorado congressman says border detention centers 'stressful' for immigrants, staff

Colorado U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican, condemned conditions at detention centers used to hold illegal immigrants along the U.S. southern border during a congressional hearing. → Read More

Environmentalists sue Interior to block Colorado coal mine expansion

The lawsuit accuses the federal government of violating the National Environmental Policy Act when it approved the West Elk Coal Mine expansion in March. → Read More

U.S. Senate searches for funds to erase public lands maintenance backlog

The Senate committee is searching for ways to provide dedicated funding to restore national parks, monuments and other federal land to a state of good repair. → Read More

Gardner, Bennet want to ease permitting on federal lands

Colorado senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet introduced a bill to boost the outdoor recreation industry on public lands. The bill would benefit outfitters, educational organizations and community groups by giving them easier access to the permits they need to work or seek recreation on federal lands. → Read More

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet says cancer surgery a success

U.S. Sen Michael Bennet has undergone successful surgery for prostate cancer, his office announced Friday, → Read More

Colorado's Diana DeGette warns drug companies about high insulin prices

“I think we can all agree that the system is broken,” the Denver Democrat said at a hearing. → Read More

Colorado Supreme Court supports police in cellphone scavenging case

DENVER • Aurora police didn’t violate a murder suspect’s constitutional rights by searching the contents of his cellphone, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday. → Read More

Gardner bill gives states discretion on overriding federal marijuana law

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner reintroduced a bill in Congress to ensure states can determine marijuana legalization issues for themselves, regardless of whether federal policy differs. → Read More

Bill aims to protect 400,000 acres of Colorado's outdoors, 3 fourteeners

A Colorado Department of Natural Resources official told a congressional committee that a bill to designate more than 400,000 acres of land in the state as “protected” would benefit conservation and the local economy. → Read More

Skeptical senators question Pentagon officials on need for space force

WASHINGTON • Defense officials tried to convince a U.S. Senate panel Wednesday that a new half-billion dollar a year space force is needed to counter growing threats from Russia and China. → Read More

Plans to expand space program create hope for a bigger Colorado role

Federal officials laid out a plan to expand commercial space travel before U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and other lawmakers while Colorado political leaders try to position the state to benefit from growing opportunities in the final frontier. → Read More

Victims of mass shooting at Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood can sue over lax security, appeals court rules

Victims of the 2015 mass shooting at the Colorado Springs’ lone Planned Parenthood can sue the reproductive health care nonprofit over what they claim was lax security, a Colorado appeals court ruled Thursday. → Read More

Congressional hearing on energy, climate change spotlights Colorado business

The outdoor recreation industry can help the nation’s efforts to break free from polluting fuels that contribute to global warming, a Grand Junction business owner said at a congressional hearing on clean energy. → Read More

Federal appeals court denies BLM gate keys to inspect oil, gas sites in Colorado

The BLM has broad authority to inspect drill sites, but the agency has no right to put its own locks on gates or force landowners to turn over their keys, the Denver-based U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling says. → Read More

Sen. Michael Bennet presses VA on veteran suicide prevention efforts

WASHINGTON • U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has joined other senators in demanding answers from the Department of Veterans Affairs about what they allege are its misuse of suicide prevention resources on the heels of a report showing Colorado’s rate of veteran suicides is among the nation’s highest. → Read More

US Senate approves Gardner bill to oppose Chinese domination in Asia Pacific

The U.S. Senate this week approved legislation co-authored by Colorado's U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner that seeks to counter Chinese dominance in the Asia Pacific region. → Read More