Did you catch the State of the Union last night? President Donald Trump called for unity and collaboration while also calling out Democrats for playing partisan politics. My favorite description of the speech was that it was “whiplash” inducing. We have a little more on the State of the Union below, but most of our news roundup is focused on developments in court cases in our state and the lack of development in one judicial proposal.
IN LOCAL NEWS
DPD Officers Violated Department Policy With Journalist’s Arrest
Denver police said two officers violated the department’s policies by handcuffing Colorado Independent editor Susan Greene after she recorded a police interaction along Colfax.
Sex Offender Investigation
Hundreds of sex offenders are removed from Colorado’s registry each year. In one instance, an incarcerated offender who was removed from the list became an attorney, despite his victims objections to him being allowed to come off the sex offender list.
Polis Meets Separately With Teachers and District
Gov. Jared Polis met separately with representatives for Denver Public Schools and its teachers union. The governor is still deciding whether the state should intervene in their dispute.
Colorado Won’t be Getting a New Judicial District
Rep. Mike Weissman, who was expected to sponsor a bill proposing to split the 18th Judicial District in two, is backing off the plan, saying it needs more analysis first.
Stock Show Construction Stalled by Lawsuit
A rail operator is suing the City of Denver over the eminent domain action that move rail in order to make way for the National Western Stock Show overhaul.
IN NATIONAL NEWS
Governor of Virginia Attempts to Clear His Name
Ralph Northam, the governor of Virginia who is facing calls to remove him from office over a racist photograph, said he wants to hire a detective to investigate who appeared in the photograph.
California AG Won’t Release Misconduct Complaints
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is refusing to comply with a state law requiring government agencies to release copies of misconduct complaints made against sworn law enforcement members. Becerra said he is waiting to see whether state courts uphold the law.
Notorious RBG Makes Public Appearance
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made her first public appearance earlier this week after a cancer surgery to attend a performance of “Notorious RBG in Song.”
Four Justices Attend State of the Union
Although Ginsburg attended a concert on Monday, she opted to stay in last night during the State of the Union. Four Supreme Court justices did attend, however, despite justices frequently deriding the political spectacle of the events.
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