Courts Matter

Court: Colorado’s GOP’s creation of super PAC was legal

James Anderson (Associated Press)-

A super PAC created by Colorado’s Republican Party to accept unlimited campaign contributions is legal as long as it doesn’t coordinate with the party, a state court said in an opinion released Thursday.

The Colorado Court of Appeals found that nothing in Colorado or federal law prevented the state GOP in 2014 from creating an independent spending committee that isn’t subject to spending limits that apply to political parties.

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Colorado’s senators agree on most candidates for federal vacancy

Monica Mendoza (Denver Business Journal)-

In what appeared to be a partisan spat over the choosing of candidates to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court bench in Colorado, Colorado’s two U.S. senators — one a Democrat, the other a Republican — set up two different search committees.

But those panels have come with nearly the same short lists of candidates.

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Sen. Gardner’s committee advances 4 names for federal judge in Colorado

Monica Mendoza (Denver Business Journal)-

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and his federal judicial search committee have announced a short list for the vacancy on U.S. District Court in Colorado.

Gardner Tuesday said his Judicial Evaluation Committee, which he put together in August, has recommended four legal professionals as potential nominees to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court of Colorado created by Judge Robert Blackburn’s move to senior status… Click here to read the full article in The Denver Business Journal.

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2nd search committee name in hunt for Colorado federal judge

Monica Mendoza (Denver Business Journal)- It appears there are dueling search committees for the hunt to fill a vacancy on U.S. District Court in Colorado.

Today, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, announced the formation of a bipartisan advisory committee that will recommend qualified applicants to fill an upcoming vacancy on the U.S. District Court in Colorado, created by Judge Robert Blackburn’s taking senior status on April 12, 2016.

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Will Colorado Continue to be a Model in Filling Judicial Vacancies?

Peg Perl (HuffPost Denver) – Three years ago, Colorado was hailed as a “model for senators across the country” because of the cooperative, timely and successful screening process our then-Senators used to inform the President’s nomination for a vacancy on the U.S. District Court of Colorado. It is unclear whether we are still deserving of such praise.

U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn announced last April that he will be taking Senior Status effective April 2016. This announcement opens up a “future vacancy” on the District Court for Colorado and gives the President and the Senate a year to nominate and confirm a new federal judge. While a year seems like a long lead time, that’s not always long enough to get something accomplished in D.C. (There is some sort of human years:dog years conversion needed to for real time:Congress time).

Click here to read the full story in the Huffington Post.

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