Denver bill would make it illegal to declaw cats except for medical necessity

“It’s like chopping off the last knuckle of your finger,” said Councilwoman Kendra Black, the bill’s sponsor.

Elaia the brewery cat visits Wynkoop brewery, Aug. 30, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) beer; brewery; denver; colorado; brewery cat; pets; animals; nightlife; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
Elaia the brewery cat visits Wynkoop brewery, Aug. 30, 2017. We didn’t ask about her claws. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A bill under consideration by the Denver City Council would make it illegal to declaw your cat, unless it was deemed medically necessary. Councilwoman Kendra Black, the bill’s sponsor, called it a “cruel practice” in an email to fellow council members asking for their support.


Colorado’s Amazon HQ2 bid: Colorado is awesome

State and local officials highlighted Colorado’s location, workforce, transportation, quality of life and opportunities for collaboration.

Should Amazon choose Colorado for its second North American headquarters, it will have access to range of tax credits and economic incentives, but those programs are not at the center of the bid submitted Wednesday by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.

Instead, state and local economic development officials highlighted Colorado’s location, workforce, transportation, quality of life and opportunities for collaboration to make the case for the online retail giant to move here.


Mike Pence Denver fundraiser tickets getting cheaper “due to popular demand”

As Democratic activists were quick to note on social media, high demand for something in limited supply usually has the opposite effect on prices.

Mike Pence addresses crowd at Town Hall at Mile High Station. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Mike Pence addresses a crowd at Town Hall at Mile High Station during the 2016 campaign. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

The Colorado Republican Party just really wants anyone who’s interested to be able to hear Vice President Mike Pence speak when he visits Denver next week.

That, a party spokesman insists, is the only reason the GOP reduced ticket prices to an Oct. 26 fundraiser from $275 a head to $150.


How a public option like Bennet’s Medicare-X proposal could help — or hurt — insurance options in Colorado

“An intriguing part of this bill is that it would start to come into effect in the areas where it is needed the most.”

There are a lot of questions about how a public option might change the insurance market in Colorado, particularly in rural areas where customers face high prices and few choices.

But Joe Hanel of the Colorado Health Institute called U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s Medicare-X proposal the only idea to come out of Washington, D.C., recently that actually addresses the vexing problem of urban and rural disparities.


U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is introducing a public option health care fix with a rural focus

“Medicare-X” would let people buy into Medicare plans and provider networks and would be rolled out first in counties with one or no insurance providers.

Michael Bennet on Election Night 2016 at the downtown Denver Westin. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Michael Bennet on Election Night 2016 at the downtown Denver Westin. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Tim Kaine of Virginia, both Democrats, plan to introduce their own health care proposal this week that aims to provide relief in rural areas, the Washington Post reports.

The proposal doesn’t go as far as the single-payer or “Medicare for All” plan introduced by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont. That plan has been treated as a sort of litmus test by activists on the left. As the Post notes, this new proposal’s backers are swing-state Democrats walking a line between activists on the left and political realities on the ground.