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Tancredo isn’t alone in recent push for hate crimes prosecutions

Anti-illegal immigrant conservative GOP firebrand Tom Tancredo loathes hate-crimes laws, which he thinks are biased in favor of minorities and redundant. But Tancredo's recent...

Gays get rights: Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act sent to President

The U.S. Senate yesterday passed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act named for Matthew Shepard, the young man who died at a Fort Collins hospital...

Ritter reads as part of Matthew Shepard national theater project

Gov. Bill Ritter read last night as a member of the nationwide simultaneous production of "Laramie Ten Years Later: An Epilogue," a play that...

Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act passes despite GOP opposition

On Thursday the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was passed as part of the National Defense and Authorization Act...

Afternoon News Nuggets: 20 July 2009

Dug up fresh, daily. POLITICS AS USUAL: GOP Candidate for governor Josh Penry is not quitting the senate. He's going to fulfill his obligations...

Hate crimes amendment scheduled for vote; Christian groups oppose law as...

** Updated** The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed the House by a wide margin in the spring. Debate included a rousing short speech...

Dobson’s claim hate-crime laws would protect pedophiles a ‘Pants on Fire’...

It didn't work to call Matthew Shepard's murder "a hoax," so opponents of federal hate-crimes legislation are trying a new tactic: claiming the Local...

Markey to House: Shepard, Zapata ‘two victims of hate crimes in...

An impassioned U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey invoked the brutal murders of gay college student Matthew Shepard and transgender Greeley woman Angie Zapata in her remarks Wednesday afternoon supporting federal hate-crimes legislation on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Republican calls Matthew Shepard murder ‘a hoax’ in hate-crimes debate

A North Carolina Republican called the idea that Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was murdered because he was gay "a hoax" in the debate currently under way on the floor of the House of Representatives over legislation to expand federal hate-crimes law to cover sexual orientation.

Talk Left blasts federal hate-crimes bill, warns against ‘punishing thought’

With the trial of a man accused of brutally slaying a transgender Greeley woman about to start, gay-rights and anti-violence groups are urging Congress to pass federal hate-crime legislation. But a Denver criminal defense attorney and progressive blogger says not so fast. "Cooler heads are needed where our fundamental liberties are at stake," Talk Left founder Jeralyn Merritt writes Monday: