A report says Wyoming has the second-smallest percentage of women in its state Legislature. Louisiana is first.
The report, released earlier this month by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Pew Charitable Trusts says 13 percent of Wyoming lawmakers are women, with just one serving in the state Senate and 11 in the House. Nationally, 24 percent of state lawmakers are women.
Wyoming gave women the right to vote about 146 years ago.
The co-chair of the Colorado Springs, Colorado, chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union resigned Friday after posting on Facebook that he would shoot Donald Trump supporters before election day.
Loring Wirbel told The Gazette that the post was not meant to be taken seriously, but he acknowledged it could be seen as offensive. “It was intended totally as a joke. They are taking that stuff out of context. It’s smear politics.”
Along with a USA Today opinion article calling Trump a fear monger, Wirbel posted, in part, “We have to really reach out to those who might consider voting for Trump and say, ‘This is [Joseph] Goebbels. This is the final solution. If you are voting for him I will have to shoot you before election day.’ ”
Goebbels was Adolf Hitler’s propagandist and advocated for the murder of millions of Jews.
The El Paso County Republican Party executive director Daniel Cole reported Wirbel’s comment on Facebook and questioned whether it was appropriate coming from a leader of an organization that stands for free speech.
“It’s beyond belief that he would think it was acceptable to post something like that,” Cole said.
The ACLU of Colorado released a statement saying it did not condone Wirbel’s post but “our members, supporters, and volunteers are free to express their own personal views and opinions in their personal lives. We have fought for decades to preserve that right, as well, for all Coloradans, no matter how strongly we disagree with the content.” The post was deleted.
A Salt Lake City federal judge dismissed an excessive force lawsuit Friday that was brought by the family of a Utah doctor who killed himself a day after his 2009 arrest in a multi-state artifact looting investigation.
James Redd’s family did not prove that Bureau of Land Management agents violated the doctor’s constitutional rights, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled.
His widow, Jeanne Redd, filed the wrongful-death lawsuit in 2011, arguing that paramilitary agents overwhelmed her husband at gunpoint and subjected him to “inhumane and unjust acts.”
The judge acknowledged there was no evidence James Redd, who maintained his innocence, posed a threat or was violent but said BLM agents did nothing unreasonable. “The [dozens of] agents’ mere presence and proximity to Dr. Redd did not create an excessive show of force, even if the agents wore SWAT-like gear and carried — but did not point — machine guns,” he wrote.
The University of Colorado Hospital has performed the state’s first bionic eye transplant, allowing a woman to see her son for the first time in 15 years.
The Denver Post reported that Jamie Carley, of Johnstown, suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that slowly kills retinal cells. Doctors placed a microchip in the retina of one eye last month. A pair of glasses equipped with a small camera transmits video to the microchip, stimulating her optic nerve.
The bionic eye doesn’t give Carley perfect vision. She is now training her brain to interpret the new optical signals.