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Greg Gianforte Donates $50K to Press Group to Quell Civil Claims

Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte (R-MT) has pledged $50,000 to a nonprofit press group to settle “any potential civil claims” against him.

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Reactions to the Supreme Court Hearings on the D.C. Gun Ban

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. -Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. If you believe that you have a God-given or natural right to own a handgun, you may be able to point to at least one good thing that President Bush has done for you in the last seven years: nominating Justice John Roberts to the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice seemed very skeptical about arguments for Washington D.C.’s handgun ban as challenged in D.C. vs Heller during last Tuesday’s hearing, asking Walter Dellinger, who represents the city, "What is reasonable about a total ban on possession?"

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Pitkin County Stands Up to Patriot Act

Pitkin County Commissioners, based in Aspen, decided yesterday to hold a hearing at the end of June on civil liberties and the Bill of Rights. Both the Aspen Times and the Aspen Daily News are reporting today that the Commissioners are concerned about the actions the federal government has been taking lately with regard to personal freedom. The Daily News is reporting that Commissioners Dorthea Farris and Patti Clapper believe they’ve both been on a “watch list.” The move by the Commissioners was instigated by the Woody Creek Caucus which passed a ‘Bill of Rights Defense Resolution’ late in March. Woody Creek was the home of the late Hunter S. Thompson and home to a passionate group of citizens unafraid to express their opinions.

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Not Dead Yet: Smoking Ban Passes

Senate Bill 77, given up for dead the day before, was revived today when Sens. Curtis Bramble, R-Provo, and Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, changed their votes. The bill, which would prohibit smoking in private clubs and taverns, is staunchly opposed by bar owners. Why? Who knows. All the available evidence suggests business goes up when smoking goes down.

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