Legal Lasso: Hickenlooper Participates in Town Hall

by Tony Flesor

By the time you read this, March Madness brackets will be locked, so, well, I hope you submitted yours if you’re into that sort of thing. I got mine in just under the wire.

And last night, John Hickenlooper participated in a CNN town hall. And he did pretty well, as long as you approve of what happened in Colorado during his time in the governor’s office. There was still room for improvement, though.

IN LOCAL NEWS

Denver’s Airbnb Enforcement
Denver showed it’s not afraid to enforce its short-term rental rules by revoking its first license. It determined the Country Club mansion wasn’t the owner’s primary residence.

SCOTUS Rules on Colorado Case
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a Colorado case, finding that foreclosure lawyers are not debt collectors and thus debt-collection protections for homeowners don’t apply.

One City Council Candidate’s Criminal History
For one candidate, the Denver City Council race is a referendum on rehabilitation. Raymond Montoya has a history of stealing large amounts from employers and did time for his deeds. He believes constituents would have some understanding for his school-to-prison pipeline experience.

Menstrual Hygiene Bill Moves Onward
A bill that would require jails to provide menstrual hygiene products for female inmates passed the state House with unanimous support. It now moves on to the Senate.

No Clear Popular Opinion on Popular Vote
A recent poll shows that Coloradans are split on their feelings about whether the state should tie its electoral college votes to the national popular election outcome. That is, if they have an opinion on the subject at all.

IN NATIONAL NEWS

Clarence Thomas Breaks his Silence
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas broke his three-year oral argument silence in a case about racial bias in a murder trial. The case seems worthy of the special occasion — the murder defendant in question has been tried six times due to repeated prosecutorial misconduct.

Harvard Faces a Textbook Lawsuit
Harvard is facing a lawsuit over its use of a slave on the cover of a $40 textbook. A descendant of the man in the picture is claiming the school is using the photo without permission and, as a result, is profiting off of him.

Outside the Law
Who needs billable hours? A corporate lawyer turned her lifestyle blog side hustle into a $30 million business.

Google Hit With More GDPR Fines
EU regulators hit Google with a third fine for it ad practices. The company now faces more than $9 million in antitrust fines.

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