A House panel declined to add funding for Colorado wildfires to a disaster relief bill (Li Tsin Soon Image)
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of Colorado representatives failed to convince a Congressional committee to attach a $125 million amendment to a Hurricane Sandy relief bill Monday night. The amendment would have included a $19.8 million authorization to clean up debris in waters that the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires affected last spring. Read more »
SUPER SIZE ME: A recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested a lower mortality rate for overweight people
Attention, lardasses, paunchguts, thunderthighs and chubbycheeks. Start working out because you’re going to be packing some weight in the form of your thinner pals’ caskets.
So says the latest study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study looked at more than 100 previous studies, which examined nearly 2.9 million people and 270,000 deaths. Read more »
Perlmutter was one of two suburban members appointed vice chair of a House Democratic task force on gun violence on Jan. 4
WASHINGTON — Rep. Ed Perlmutter is not the only suburban-based Democrat who is championing gun-control measures. Months after the Golden lawmaker appeared on a national Sunday television talk show to discuss the need to restrict firearms, Rep. Bill Enyart of Illinois has also emerged as a leader. Read more »
BOX OFFICE DUD: A bit of career advice for Damon: Spend less time jeopardizing other people’s livelihoods and more time concentrating on your own
DENVER–Matt Damon was hoping to blow the lid off the energy industry with his anti-fracking screed Promised Land, but it turns out the only thing he may have blown is his career.
The movie is a box-office dud, earning an anemic $6.9 million since it opened in limited release Dec. 28 and wide release Jan 4. Read more »
TVERT: “Why is it that someone who is an heir to an alcohol fortune would want to keep an alternative to alcohol that’s less harmful illegal?”
DENVER–Colorado pot advocates were anything but mellow Thursday as former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) unveiled a national and state effort to highlight the public-health drawbacks of marijuana.
Kennedy, a scion of the prominent Democratic family from Massachusetts, announced the launch of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), described as a bipartisan alliance aimed at promoting science-based marijuana information for public-policy development. Read more »