The Colorado governor’s race has turned on aspirations, financial realities and whether a blue wave from the left might wash over Republican candidates, drowning gubernatorial nominee Walker Stapleton in favor of Democrat Jared Polis.While Polis spoke of free pre-school, universal health care and 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 — top wishes on almost any progressive wish list — Stapleton attacked Polis as “radical and extreme” and obsessed about government efficiency and relying on the private sector to address issues ranging from transportation and education to healthcare and public pensions.During the fall debates, Stapleton depicted Polis as a free-spending liberal ready to promise Colorado and its major industries into bankruptcy. If Polis delivers, Stapleton insisted, Coloradans will have to raise taxes and pay higher utility bills.ELECTION NIGHT 2018: Check back with ColoradoPolitics.com after the polls close for full results.The Republican … [Read more...] about 2018 Colorado governor’s race turns into bold aspirations vs. cost concerns
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Sobie Cummings, 11, plays with her dog, Dallas, at the family's home in Waxhaw, N.C., on Friday, March 29, 2019. A psychiatrist suggested that a service dog might help to ease Sobie’s crippling anxiety and feelings of isolation. But when they brought home a $14,500 Briard from Mark Mathis’ Ry-Con Service Dogs, Okami broke from Glenn Cummings' grasp and began mauling Dallas. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Rachel Cummings holds a photo of her daughter, Sobie, with their former service dog, Okami, at their home in Waxhaw, N.C., on Friday, March 29, 2019. She and her husband purchased the Baird from Mark Mathis of Ry-Con Service Dogs, in hopes the dog would help their autistic child. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)This May 23, 2018 photo provided by Rebecca Peluso shows Mark Mathis, owner of Ry-Con Service Dogs, during a training session with Ella Peluso and her service dog, Puzzle2, at Ry-Con's facilities in Raleigh, N.C. Peluso says the dog became increasingly difficult to handle. "The final … [Read more...] about ‘Lawless’ service dog industry devoid of training certification
The House and Senate are on recess, returning next week. April is shaping up to be a busy month. Reintroduction of important energy legislation is expected later this month, and the nominees to head the Interior Department and Energy Department will have their confirmation hearings in the Senate next week.CONGRESSSingle-Issue Legislation ApproachOn March 25, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) commented that he anticipates both parties will come together in the 113th Congress to pass bills that focus on particular energy issues rather than sweeping reform. Issues where agreements could be reached include energy efficiency, ethanol and the blend wall, medium-term nuclear waste storage, and small hydropower plants.Weatherization Funding SupportOn March 26, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) led a letter to the Department of Energy on funding for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The program’s budget was cut … [Read more...] about Energy & Environmental Law Update – April 1, 2013
If Connecticut is trying to throttle Internet legal services—a claim Louis Pepe of the Connecticut Bar Association calls “very unfair”—the result so far is a step back, but not a step away.In January, the state’s grievance committee dismissed an ethics complaint brought by Connecticut attorney Zenas Zelotes against five lawyers who use the online website Total Attorneys. Still pending, however, is an investigation by the state’s Department of Consumer Protection, prompted by a referral from the state bar, into websites like LegalZoom that sell legal forms to consumers.Zelotes filed complaints against lawyers using Total Attorneys in 47 states; the majority of them are still pending.Though the Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee exonerated the lawyers using Total Attorneys, its Feb. 8 opinion seemingly reaches that conclusion reluctantly. Committee members expressed “some concern about the exclusive nature of the [Total Attorneys] … [Read more...] about Does Connecticut Hate the Net?
Kodak once enjoyed a virtual monopoly, controlling 90 percent of the film market and 85 percent of the camera market. However, as the lesson goes, the old-school company declared bankruptcy in 2012, and it sold most of its intellectual property to the likes of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and new-age others who had been more proactive in embracing digital photography. The 2016 Report on the State of the Legal Market (PDF) hypothesizes that, like Kodak, lawyers are reluctant to stray too far from the business model that has served them so well in the past.Not that law firms are looking at extinction. “Firms at the highest end of the market will always be sought out for critical bet-the-company work,” the study stresses. “But the range of activities that only [original emphasis] traditional law firms can undertake will continue to narrow as alternative service providers become more expansive in their capacities and as software development increases the automation … [Read more...] about Some law firms look outside law practice to avoid their ‘Kodak moment’