Posts by Scot Kersgaard
Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.
Poll results released late Wednesday by Public Policy Polling reported Colorado voters favor banning assault weapons, with 58 percent supporting a ban and 35 percent opposing. Those survey results are supported by results released the same day by Quinnipiac University, The New York Times and CBS, which reported that 58 percent of likely Colorado voters also favor a national ban on high-capacity clips and magazines.
While many politicians are playing it safe, saying it is too soon to talk about gun laws or saying they don’t want to “politicize” the Colorado and now Wisconsin shootings, Democratic U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette and Ed Perlmutter have been outspoken about their desire for more stringent regulation.
Over the course of a five-hour rulemaking hearing Monday, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler probably got the message that a lot of people are unhappy with proposed rules that would stop county clerks from mailing ballots to inactive voters in some elections, change the way canvass boards are selected and give county clerks more power to determine how much access election watchers have.
It’s been 14 months since the police swarmed Bob Crouse‘s Colorado Springs House, confiscated his personal medical marijuana garden and brought felony against him for possession with intent to distribute. Friday an El Paso County jury found the leukemia patient not guilty.
DENVER–The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol this week is pitching its ballot initiative as a way to make it more difficult for kids to get the drug.
DENVER–What kind of president would Mitt Romney be? It’s hard to say, but one Massachusetts legislator says Romney is the kind of guy who will say whatever it takes to get elected and that he never really seemed interested in being governor.
The United States Supreme Court today ruled several key parts of Arizona’s immigration enforcement law, SB-1070, unconstitutional. The Court did uphold Arizona’s right to require law enforcement officers to ask for proof of a person’s legal status whenever they have stopped someone for a legitimate purpose and have reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally.
When Colorado U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, quizzed Drug Enforcement Administration head Michele Leonhart last week, it seems like he may have been trying to make a simple point–that marijuana is not as bad for a person as heroin or methamphetamine.
The race for the Republican nomination for the Fifth District congressional seat, centered in Colorado Springs, grows weirder by the day. You’ve got three-term incumbent Doug Lamborn waging a war of words not only with the district’s biggest and most important newspaper, The Gazette, but also with his predecessor in Congress, Joel Hefley.