It's Friday, Lookout readers, and it's the perfect time to share the results of my informal survey on the popularity of cats versus dogs.
I'm not going to talk in absolute numbers because of the relatively small sample size — but thanks to the more than 100 of you who wrote in! Dogs, unsurprisingly, came in first place with 45.5 percent of the vote. Cats were a not-that-distant second at 33.3 percent, and the very popular write-in option — BOTH! — won another 21.2 percent of the votes.
Some of the reasons cat lovers gave for their vote included cats' self-cleaning functions, relative independence and lower maintenance, and less wear-and-tear to the house (although Tacocat would have every vertical surface in our house in tatters if we let her). Most dog lovers — a literal simple majority — responded with the one simple all-caps word "DOGS!" (not all included the exclamation mark), a boisterous declaration I can agree with. Both-lovers pointed out that one of each, if they get along, can be a kind of best-of-both-worlds situation. Ultimately, almost everyone agreed that sharing your life with any pet — preferably a rescued one — was preferable to not.
Thanks for sharing with me, folks, and thanks for the anecdotes you sent. I almost didn't have time to write this stuff for all the responses I've had to write! And now I'd better turn you over to the serious news, because there's an awful lot of it today.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- El Niño weather patterns have arrived and could bring extra moisture in the coming months, particularly important for the long-dry Four Corners region.
- Some 5,000 young children will return to preschool today in Denver now that the teacher strike is over.
- State lawmakers today will consider a bill that would require lab-grown meat to be specifically labeled.
- Sen. Michael Bennet says he will oppose President Trump's nomination of Colorado native David Bernhardt for interior secretary, saying he objects to Bernhardt's work to limit local input on oil and gas leasing in Colorado.
The Big Stuff
Live together on Colorado Matters:
Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner
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Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., left, and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., head to the chamber for a series of procedural votes on a bipartisan immigration deal, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)
Colorado's two U.S. senators joined Colorado Matters — together — live on the air yesterday morning to discuss the recent government shutdown, border security, their own political futures and how they make it work representing Colorado together in such a divided Washington.
During the interview, both Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet said they opposed President Donald Trump declaring an emergency on the southern border (before word came that Trump planned to issue the order), and both voted in favor Thursday of a compromise bill to avert a second shutdown.
More CPR News
- Meet the man — revealed Thursday as 31-year-old Travis Kauffman — who killed a juvenile mountain lion with his bare hands when it attacked him in Horsetooth Open Space almost two weeks ago.
- After reaching an early morning agreement to end the teachers' strike in Denver, many teachers returned to classes on Thursday with hugs, high-fives — and a sense of relief.
- Found in nonstick coatings like Teflon, and some cleaning products, PFAs — perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds — have been contaminating water sources around the country, including in Colorado. The EPA on Thursday unveiled a plan to dial them back.
- Attorney General Phil Weiser, taking a different stance than predecessor Cynthia Coffman, says he will not oppose Clarence Moses-EL's petition for exoneration and compensation after he served nearly 30 years in Colorado prisons for a crime he says he did not commit.
- Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, widely expected to run for president in 2020, said Thursday that he supports universal heath care — but does not think supporting it should be a litmus test for what makes a good Democrat.
- Democrats in the Colorado legislature Thursday introduced a bill aimed at making it easier to temporarily take firearms away from persons whom a court deems a danger.
- Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Councilwoman Robin Kniech announced a deal Thursday to raise the minimum wage for all city workers and most city contractors' employees to $15 per hour, pre-empting an issue scheduled for the spring 2019 Denver ballot that would raise minimum wage for workers at Denver International Airport only.
- Despite prevention programs introduced by the military and Congress keeping watch, sexual assaults at military academies in the U.S. continue to rise.
- The first tax returns filed since the 2017 tax bill, which was sold to the public as a tax savings for most Americans, are in — and many taxpayers are finding their returns are smaller than they expected. There are probably good reasons, though.
- The Senate has confirmed President Trump's nominee for attorney general: William Barr returns to a post he first held under President George H.W. Bush.
- President Donald Trump is expected to declare a national emergency to help fund a southern border wall in addition to signing a compromise bill crafted by Congress this week. The declaration could tap military funds to pay for construction.
- Since the 1960s, folks in Dixville Notch, N.H., have gathered for the state's early primary at midnight to cast the first votes of the presidential race. Now the storied tradition is under scrutiny as investigators look to see if all those casting midnight ballots actually live in the jurisdiction.
7 songs for winter 2019 from CPR's OpenAir
Top row, left to right: DBUK, Definitely, Maybe; Middle row: Church Fire, The Reminders; Bottom row: Don Chicharrón, Corsicana. (Photos courtesy of artists)
The roads may be slower and colder, but not the music scene in Colorado. The latest Colorado Music Sampler from CPR's OpenAir rounds up seven recent songs from local artists, with artist backgrounds and links to stream and download.
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