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Controversial Schultheis public schools religion bill ends in a whimper

DENVER-- A controversial bill that sought to expand space for religion in Colorado's public schools failed to make it out of committee Monday. Even before the hearing began, the bill's sponsor, Christian conservative state Sen. Dave Schultheis, R-Colorado Springs, seemed to have accepted the fact that his "Public School Religious Bill of Rights" would very likely fail to pass and so offered amendments that significantly weakened its provisions. In the end, so little was left of the bill that the majority Democratic committee members said it simply offered no new provisions on the matter. In the end, the four Democrats voted against the bill and the three Republicans voted for it.

Struggling ‘personhood’ forces face determined opposition

On Friday, Personhood Colorado turned into the Secretary of State 79,817 signatures in support of its initiative-- not even 4,000 more than the 76,047 needed to land its proposed anti-abortion "personhood" proposal on the ballot in November. Thousands of signatures are routinely thrown out in the process of validating initiative petitions. The group's amendment seeks to grant fertilized human eggs the full spectrum of rights enjoyed by U.S. citizens. The difficulty its sponsors seem to have had gathering support suggests the idea they are promoting is no more attractive now to Coloradans than it was in 2008, when they defeated a similar proposal in a landslide vote.

Who’s afraid of druids? Sen. Schultheis foggy on religious tolerance

Colorado Springs Senator Dave Schultheis works out his thoughts for the benefit of his constituents on Twitter, sometimes to great national attention. Last week,...

Udall sends upbeat energy to state legislators facing impossible session

The state legislative session opens tomorrow. The Colorado budget is in the red. Revenues are in the tank. Legislators will have to make brutal...

Bennet’s one-word cable news answer: The power of the bland ‘yes’

John King on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning asked Colorado Democratic Senator Michel Bennet a loaded yes or no question: Would you...

Denver Post embraces the Twitter, succombs to ridiculousness

Colorado State Sen. Dave Schultheis set the mediasphere alight this week with another one of his outrageous comments, born as usual from his deliberate...

Schultheis explains: It’s just that Obama is making the U.S. fascist

State Sen. Dave Schultheis, R-Colorado Springs, attempted to clear up the Twitter controversy he ignited by likening the President to one of the September...

Musgrave to GOP: ‘Don’t just assume we’re yours’

The conservative backers of New York third-party candidate Doug Hoffman, a crowd that included Marilyn Musgrave, Sarah Palin and presidential hopeful Gov. Tim Pawlenty...

State Sen. Schultheis will not seek second term

Colorado Springs Republican Sen. Dave Schultheis has announced he will not seek re-election in 2010. The staunch conservative posted a blog with the news...

Marilyn Musgrave in New York rallies the conservative troops

What does it look like when the arch-conservatives come to town? They're swarming places like Watertown in upstate New York, where semi-qualified Conservative...
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