U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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  • Denver Post Op-Ed: Leave cannabis regulation to the states, Mr. President
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 14, 2017 | Preview rr

    It turns out we are more the rule than the exception here in Colorado: A majority of Americans now live in an area that allows legal access to recreational or medical marijuana. You only have to look to the success of Colorado to see why the legalization of cannabis has occurred throughout the nation. Colorado has proven that allowing responsible adults to legally purchase marijuana gives money to classrooms rather than cartels; creates jobs rather than addicts; and boosts the economy rather tha... Read more

  • Why Americans should be worried about their online, broadband privacy
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    Over the last couple of months, the dialogue surrounding government surveillance and consumer privacy has shifted in a troubling direction. While news outlets are covering everything from false claims of wiretaps to outlandish claims of reconnaissance microwaves, Republicans are quietly taking real and dramatic steps to protect corporate profits at the cost of your privacy. A few weeks ago, Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) filed bills in both the House ... Read more

  • Denver Post: With Trump in White House, states must take the lead on climate change
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment

    This past year capped off the hottest on record for the third consecutive year, and 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have occurred this century. Polar ice is melting rapidly, even during the winter; Greenland is losing about 260 billion tons of ice each year; and natural disasters including floods and fires in Colorado are getting worse due to human-caused climate change. We should all be alarmed that several climate-change deniers are about to assume key environmental posts in the Trump adm... Read more

  • Supreme Court must validate DACA, DAPA+ immigration programs
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in U.S. vs. Texas, which will decide the fate of the president's Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA+) programs. I joined thousands of demonstrators on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington in support of these programs, which help keep families together, allow DREAMers and parents of American children to work legally, and would greatly contribute to our economy and national ... Read more

  • Congress, it's time to vote on email privacy
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science & Technology, LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    In 1986 the Internet was just an experimental form of communication between a handful of academics, and yet more than 30 years later, Americans’ online email privacy laws remain stuck in the pre-internet era. At this moment, law enforcement can access American citizens’ emails without a warrant, even though the exact same messages in paper form would require a warrant. Law-abiding Americans have a right to be frustrated and upset. While email has developed into one of the most common forms of co... Read more

  • An innovative way to expand college access
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 17, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Nearly six years ago, in May 2009, the Colorado state Legislature passed a bill that created rules for concurrent enrollment programs, which allow high school students to take courses for college credit. Last year, 94 percent of school districts in our state participated in this program, with roughly 20,000 Colorado high schoolers taking advantage of the opportunity to work towards a college degree, for free, while in high school. For many of these students, it means getting a head start on thei... Read more

  • A Bipartisan Immigration Program We Need to Pass Now
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Economy

    While it appears increasingly likely that congressional Republicans will punt on much-needed comprehensive immigration reform, it is important for us to look at smaller, yet still useful, steps forward to chip away at this growing, but manufactured crisis. As an entrepreneur and business owner, I have seen firsthand how hard it is to raise funds for worthy projects and companies. Luckily, we have a program in place to help meet the needs of visionary entrepreneurs and developers: the EB-5 visa p... Read more

  • The House Must Act to End Employment Discrimination
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 18, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    From coast to coast, courts are taking action to extend equal rights to LGBT Americans. Unfortunately, back in Washington, the Republican-controlled House has extended its historic streak of inaction by continuing to allow employees to be fired simply because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Today, despite unprecedented progress in the battle against discrimination, a majority of states still allow employers to fire an employee based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In o... Read more

  • Charter Schools: We Want to Break Through the Partisan Gridlock
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 8, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    As strong advocates for parental school choice, we were pleased that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was open to learning about the tremendous opportunities that charter schools can offer students and families. His decision to allow continued access to high-quality charter school options will ensure that the best curriculum, programs and school performance guide where parents enroll their children in school, not their ZIP code. Nationally, this debate is alive and well within and between our ... Read more

  • Two Democrats for Charter Schools
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 20, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Regarding Peggy Noonan's "The Ideologue vs. the Children" (Declarations, March 8): We urge Mayor Bill de Blasio to reconsider his course of action to close and stop the expansion of high-performing charter schools in New York City. During his campaign, candidate de Blasio promised to work to reduce income inequality for New York City residents and we applaud his commitment on this critical issue. Too many of our low-income children have been sent to unsafe, under-achieving schools that do little... Read more

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