Watch out, here comes Thursday. Technically it's already here, but it's probably not too late to go back to bed. Your warm spot might even still be there.
I didn't say much yesterday about the new year being here and all that comes with it, but it's the third day of 2019 and so far I've discovered I have a headlight out, and learned that all the things Katy and I put off until January — because December was just too busy — now will make this month even busier than the last. I have made no resolutions, in keeping with my Y2K resolution never to make a New Year's resolution.
I will resolve this intro, however, by introducing the news and ending here.
The Big Stuff
Colorado's gun control debate may help predict how Hickenlooper could fare in a partisan presidential age
Gov. John Hickenlooper signs gun control measures in his office at the state capitol, March, 20, 2013, in Denver. (AP/Denver Post/RJ Sangosti)
It's been almost six years since Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a package of gun control measures that passed in response to the Aurora theater shooting, Sandy Hook, and other events in a difficult year. The measures were contentious in what is still largely, despite the recent blue wave, a Western state full of people who value independence and self-determination. Side note: Hick looks a lot younger in that photo above, doesn't he?
But now, as it becomes increasingly apparent that Hickenlooper is making moves calculated to position him for a presidential run, CPR News reporters Bente Birkeland and Sam Brasch take a look at how Hick's record of fighting clean and rarely being the face of an issue might help or hurt him in an age when extremes are the new normal.
More CPR News
- I'm just going to feed you this Colorado Matters headline, because it was more than enough for me to click: “How Colorado went from a teetotal state to the ‘Napa of Craft Beer.’ ”
- Warm-ish, dry-ish (or full-on dry), hail-y. All describe the disappointing weather of 2018 in Colorado. (As a snow lover, I'd also add the paucity of powder.) Well, it looks like we're in for more of the same in 2019.
- Are you a federal worker or contractor affected by the government shutdown? Many federal workers aren't getting paid right now, and missed paychecks can have consequences. CPR wants to hear your story — reply to this newsletter or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NASA's New Horizons deep-space mission has sent back the first high-quality images of the Kuiper Belt and the mysterious object known as "Ultima Thule," which looks like a snowman as its two progenitor objects slowly press together.
- Ryan Zinke has officially resigned as interior secretary and without a nomination from the White House that means Colorado native and former oil lobbyist David Bernhardt, Zinke's deputy, will take the reins.
- Now that everyone's recovering from their annual polar plunges and feeling grateful the next is a full year away again ... could it be that exerting ourselves in frigid weather actually makes us healthier?
- Just under 1 in 4 members of Congress will be women in the coming session; while it means women are still greatly underrepresented, it's the most there have ever been. Despite the overall increase, the portion of those Congressional women who are Republicans declined substantially.
- More impacts from the government shutdown come to light: Despite the massive backlog, most immigration court hearings will be delayed. A closed-door briefing at the White House on Wednesday yielded no indication that the stalemate over border wall funding would end.
Worth a Read
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