Monday is here, Lookout readers, and it appears to have brought some extra chilly weather and snow for much of the state. It could be like this off-and-on all week.
To that end, Katy and I wanted some extra tasty lunches for the week and decided to center them around a super-easy oven-roasted chicken schwarma recipe my dad sent me a couple of years ago. It's so easy to make and so unassumingly tasty I tend to forget about it, but I could eat this all the time. We paired it with a simple Israeli salad recipe and a keto-friendly baba ganoush. The house still smells delicious.
We also started some seeds indoors for our herb garden, which was not nearly as easy as the above makes me wish it were. But hopefully it will pay off, just like knowing the news.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Police departments in Colorado currently have discretion to deny records requests they deem "contrary to the public interest," which a DU study found is routinely used to deny requests for details of misconduct investigations. A bill in the legislature would automatically open all those records.
- Two experienced skiers were killed by an avalanche near Crested Butte over the weekend.
- Colorado is getting behind a multistate lawsuit seeking to defend stricter vehicle fuel efficiency standards that the EPA under President Trump intends to weaken.
- The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, which prohibits employers from asking prospective employees for wage histories or basing salaries on past earnings, will get its first hearing in the legislature this week.
The Big Stuff
Colorado lawmakers on President Trump's emergency declaration; states planning to sue
President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington. (Evan Vucci/AP)
As you know by now, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday to direct funds to construction of a wall on the southern border of the United States.
“While the president tries to separate us, Coloradans, and my administration, will continue to unite by building a better Colorado for all.”
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis
Meanwhile, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued a statement saying Trump's plan to bypass Congress to spend money was "an astonishing abuse of power." Other state lawmakers agreed.
"We'll see you in court": California plans to sue the administration over the declaration, and Colorado A.G. Phil Weiser said Sunday that Colorado would be one of states joining the lawsuit.
Background: While the administration has tried to downplay the significance of the declaration among the 60 or so presidential emergency declarations since the power was codified in 1976, the vast majority of past emergencies have been declared to place economic sanctions on another country or group, or to respond to a crisis such as a disease outbreak or terror attack.
Disapproval: Congress could vote to pass a resolution of disapproval to overturn the declaration, though President Trump could veto it and, at least in the Senate, overriding a veto may not be possible.
Denver teachers rally in Civic Center again — to celebrate tentative new contract and planned vote
Denver Classroom Teachers Association strike leaders and teachers celebrated their tentative contract deal with Denver Public Schools Friday afternoon Feb. 15, 2019, in City Park. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
After rallying at the state capitol and marching through city streets during their short strike, Denver teachers rallied once more at Civic Center Park on Friday — this time to celebrate the tentative new contract.
Teachers will have a chance to ask questions about the new contract at a meeting on Tuesday and the ratification vote will run from Tuesday through Sunday.
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