Legal Lasso: Hickenlooper to campaign for Southern governor candidates

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IN LOCAL NEWS:

Hickenlooper to campaign for Florida and Georgia governor candidates
Gov. John Hickenlooper may be inching closer to a 2020 presidential bid. He said he has spent the summer “mulling” a campaign, and will travel to the Southeast in September to put his foot on the scales for two Democratic governor candidates, Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia.

Polis asks federal officials to delay Rocky Flats refuge opening
U.S. Representative and Colorado gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis wrote asking Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to postpone the opening of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, set for an opening ceremony Saturday. He cited the need to evaluate impacts from a 2013 flight and possible contamination from an adjacent Superfund site.

Interim legislative committee discusses way to address sexual harassment
A bipartisan interim state legislative committee agreed at a meeting Thursday to include in a proposal for a website to anonymously raise concerns about sexual harassment within the Capitol. But the committee has other areas of disagreement remaining to try working out at its final meeting Oct. 11.

Defense attorney & CU Law professor fill Boulder County judicial spots
Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed defense attorney Zak Malkinson and CU Law professor Kristy Martinez to fill two judicial vacancies on the Boulder County Court. They replace retiring Judges Noel Bloom and Karolyn Moore, effective Jan. 8.

Hancock presents 2019 budget proposal
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock presented a $1.5 billion budget proposal Thursday. The proposal includes a property tax rebate program for home-owning families, previously reserved for single people, elderly and people with disabilities. It also would create a program to help keep low-income residents from being displaced by development.

IN NATIONAL NEWS

Feinstein refers Kavanaugh information to federal investigators
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein has allegedly sent information to federal investigators about possible sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh when he was in high school. The senator herself has not spoken about the matter.

James wins New York attorney general race
Letitia James beat three other attorney general hopefuls in New York’s election Thursday to become the first black woman assuming the role. She will inherit a number of investigations from former and acting attorney generals Eric Schneiderman and Barbara Underwood, including those against President Donald Trump, his children and his foundation and an investigation against Exxon Mobil.

Manafort agrees to cooperate with prosecutors
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges in a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller. With more details expected to emerge, prosecutors have dropped five of seven charges against Mueller pending in Washington.

ACLU reaches deal for separated families to seek asylum
The American Civil Liberties Union said it has reached an agreement with the Trump administration to allow immigrant parents separated from their children at the Southwest border to apply for asylum in the U.S. The agreement covers parents issued deportation orders, and in some cases parents who have already been deported without their children.

MGM offers to donate costs of serving Las Vegas shooting survivors to charity
MGM Resorts International has drawn criticism for saying Las Vegas mass shooting survivors, who are named in a lawsuit by the casino’s operator, could instead choose to have the money that will be spent to serve them donated to charity. An attorney representing the victims has called the move “nonsense.”