John Morse
American politician
John Morse
John P. Morse is a legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado. Elected to the Colorado State Senate as a Democrat in 2006, Morse represents Senate District 11, which encompasses Manitou Springs, Colorado and eastern Colorado Springs. On April 17, 2009, he was selected to become Colorado's next Senate Majority Leader, following the resignation of Senate President Peter Groff and the promotion of previous Majority Leader Brandon Shaffer.
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Insurance Commissioner Reminds Consumers of 2017 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period, Encourages Consumers to Join More Than 413,000 Pennsylvanians Who Enrolled Through Federal Marketplace
Yahoo News - about 1 month
HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller today reminded consumers that open enrollment continues for 2017 health insurance plans available through the federal health insurance marketplace at www.Healthcare.gov. As of December 31, 2016, more than 413,000 Pennsylvanians have enrolled in plans for 2017, slightly ahead of Pennsylvania's 2016 enrollment at this point last year. "Health insurance plans available through the federal marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act are an important option for Pennsylvania consumers," said Commissioner Miller.
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Colorado Springs, Site Of Planned Parenthood Attack, Is A Hub For Conservative Christians
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Colorado Springs, Site Of Planned Parenthood Attack, Is A Hub For Conservative Christians
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Putin to Join More Than 100 Leaders at Paris Climate Talks
ABC News - over 1 year
Putin to join more than 100 world leaders on Paris climate talks' first day, France says
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Effort To Repeal Colorado Gun Control Laws Fails
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Colorado's controversial ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines larger than 15 rounds will remain law after a House Democrats killed an effort to repeal the measure Monday night. Just last week, state Democrats also stopped a Republican attempt to repeal universal background checks on all private and online gun sales and transfers. Both restrictions were part of a package of new gun control measures signed into law in 2013 by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D). Furious opponents hit back in the wake of the laws' passing last year. Two senators who supported the bills -- Senate President John Morse (D-Colo. Springs) and state Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) -- were ousted in the state's first-ever recall election. A third recall effort was underway against another Democrat, state Sen. Evie Hudak (D-Westminster), but Hudak resigned from office before a recall could take place. The high-capacity magazine ban repeal bill sponsor, Rep. Chris Holbert (R-Douglas County), told Den ...
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Gun Background Checks In Colorado Soar To All-Time High In 2013
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Almost 400,000 people tried to buy firearms last year in Colorado, where historic new gun laws went into effect in July, The Denver Post first reported. In 2013, the Colorado Bureau of Investigations processed a total of 396,955 background checks, the highest number of checks in state history. It was an increase of more than 50,000 from 343,302 checks in 2012, which was also a record year for gun sales. A total of 7,351 applications for both private and retail sales were denied in 2013, at a rate of 1.85 percent. The denial rate in 2012 was 2.14 percent. The most common reasons for denial varied: 1,412 were due to an arrest or conviction of assault; 381 because the applicant had a restraining order against them; 166 for arrest or conviction of sexual assault; and 41 were because of a homicide conviction, and arrests or convictions for other crimes. There were a total of 6,198 private sale background checks from July through December, with 122 of those denied during that period. Re ...
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Colorado Secession Attempt Will Strengthen State, Says Governor John Hickenlooper
Huffington Post - about 3 years
A failed secession attempt by 11 Colorado counties generated conversations that will make the state stronger, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said Tuesday. Voters in six of the 11 Colorado counties voted the largely symbolic secession proposal down last month, while five counties approved. The secession movement "really led to debates and discussions that are going to make each of your counties stronger and, I think, ultimately make the state stronger," Hickenlooper told local officials at a Colorado Counties Inc. event, the Associated Press reports. Washington, Phillips, Yuma, Kit Carson and Cheyenne counties voted in favor of secession, while Weld, Logan, Sedgewick, Elbert and Lincoln counties rejected the 51st state question. Voters in Moffat County, the sole northwestern county involved in secession threats, also rejected secession, halting the possibility of it becoming a new panhandle to Wyoming. The secession plan was driven by a number of new laws recently passed by the Dem ...
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Evie Hudak, Colorado Democrat, Resigns After Facing Recall Over Gun Vote
Huffington Post - about 3 years
WASHINGTON -- Colorado state Sen. Evie Hudak, a Democrat facing a recall election over her vote for stricter gun laws, announced her resignation Wednesday. Hudak was the third lawmaker who could have been ousted from office after she voted for Colorado's comprehensive gun control package earlier this year. The legislation, which was signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) in March, expanded background checks for all firearm purchases and banned ammunition magazines over 15 rounds. "In the interest of preserving the progress made over the last year, I am resigning as State Senator for District 19, effective immediately," Hudak wrote in her resignation letter. "Most Coloradans believe that going through a background check is a reasonable thing to do if it means we can keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals. Most Coloradans believe that the convenience of high-capacity ammunition magazines is less important than saving lives in tragedies like Sandy Hook, Aurora and Col ...
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Colorado Voters Oppose 'Gun Control', But Support Specific Gun Control Laws: Quinnipiac
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Colorado voters oppose the concept of "gun control", but support specific gun control laws in a new Quinnipiac survey released Tuesday. According to the poll, Colorado voters oppose "the stricter new gun control laws" in the state 55-40 percent, but when asked specifically about two of the states new gun control laws, voters flipped. When asked about universal background checks for all gun sales and transfers, those surveyed overwhelmingly approved, 85-14. And when asked about the statewide ban on high capacity magazines that hold more than 15 rounds, voters still approve, albeit by a very slim margin, 49-48. "Voters don't like gun control, or maybe they just don't like the words, 'gun control,'" said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "There's some support for limiting multi-round magazines, and overwhelming support for background checks." Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed a package of new gun control measures into law in ...
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Tom Tancredo Flips The Dirty Bird At Protester
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Former congressman and current Republican candidate for Colorado governor Tom Tancredo flashed his middle finger to a protester at a campaign event over the weekend -- and has no regrets. ColoradoPols first surfaced the video of Tancredo flipping the dirty bird at a supporter of Sen. Evie Hudak (D-Westminster) at a Hudak recall rally on Saturday in Denver. Hudak is the third Colorado Democrat who has been targeted for recall over her support for new gun control laws in the state. Tancredo says he the middle finger salute is not what he would do to people he doesn't agree with if he is elected as governor. But he isn't sorry for the move either, and said he gave the protester what he feels was deserved. "You have to understand how this happened," Tancredo told CBS4. "I wasn’t speaking to him. I was walking back to the vehicle with two ladies next to me and he yells, 'Get blanked,'" Tancredo said. "And he comes over the car and leans in, and I flipped him off." Watch Tancredo's fu ...
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Colorado Gun Group Raffling Same Type Of Weapon Used In Aurora Theater Shooting
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A group backing the recall of state lawmakers who support gun control is auctioning off an AR-15, the same type of gun used in the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a gun advocacy group, is giving away a Stag Arms Model 8TL AR-15. When survivors of the Aurora shooting held a remembrance ceremony in July, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners held a nearby protest opposing new firearms restrictions. The group supports the recall of state Sen. Evie Hudak (D) and has decided to specifically raffle the gun "in celebration of a third gun-grabbing state senator being recalled." Hudak's opponents have until Dec. 3 to submit the required 18,900 signatures to force a recall election. If recalled, Hudak -- who voted for gun control bills that passed in Colorado's last legislative session -- would be the third senator to be ousted in Colorado on the issue. The other senators, state Senate President John Morse (D) and state Sen. Angela Giron (D), were both boote ...
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Hickenlooper On Colorado Recalls: Outsider Money Should Stay Out Of State's Gun Politics
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When two Colorado Democrats were bracing for the fight of their political lives over their support of a few gun control bills, they also found themselves quickly swimming (and ultimately drowning) in millions of dollars of out-of-state money. With a third recall election looming on the horizon, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) says he think it would be best if outside groups stopped trying to influence the state's gun politics. "Colorado is a state where people like to be resourceful themselves and solve their own problems," Hickenlooper said in an interview with USA Today. "They don't really like outside organizations meddling in their affairs -- and maybe the NRA gets a pass on that -- but probably not a bad idea." Once the recalls were set into motion, the amount of money poured into fighting them didn't seem to help -- despite an 8-to-1 spending advantage by recall opponents. Supporters of Colorado's former Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Senato ...
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Mike Bloomberg Vows Colorado Recall Was A Gun Control Win: 'What Do You Mean We Lost?'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
One month after two Democratic Colorado state senators were recalled for supporting gun control, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I) considers the event to be anything but a setback. In this week's TIME cover story, Bloomberg addressed the Colorado recall votes, saying that while it was a sad reality for State Sens. John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Angela Giron (D-Pueblo), the event was not a loss for gun control since the state's law is still in tact. "What do you mean we lost?" Bloomberg told TIME. "I'm sorry for those two people. But we won in Colorado. On to the next state." Back in March, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed bills into law requiring background checks on private and online gun sales, as well as restrictions that ban magazines with higher than 15 rounds of ammunition. Colorado's largest state-based gun lobby, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, filed a lawsuit back in September challenging the measures signed by Hickenlooper. Amid Bloomberg's comments, wor ...
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State Sen. John Morse Has 'No Regrets' After Support Of Gun Control Got Him Recalled
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The stunning victory for the National Rifle Association and gun rights activists in the first recall election in Colorado history was complete Thursday when state Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) officially left their offices after the two were ousted over their support of strict new gun laws in the state. "I leave the legislature with no regrets," Morse said in departing words, the Denver Post reported. Morse is replaced by Republican Bernie Herpin, a former Colorado Springs City Council member. "Bernie Herpin was used as a pawn in an election where almost 80 percent of voters did not even participate and only 11 percent of the district elected him," Morse said in a statement upon exiting office. "Make no mistake about it -- he was elected in a myopic recall where he ran on only one issue. Senate District 11 has dynamic needs and is not defined by one issue." Morse and Giron supported a strict gun law package that included univer ...
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Tin Foil Hats Are the Rage at Talk-Radio Stations
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Tin foil hats are the hot fashion at conservative talk-radio stations this week, with hosts, like KHOW's Peter Boyles, saying Monday he thinks the United Nations Small Arms Treaty, signed Wednesday by the United States, might really be aimed at bringing on world government. (Listen to Boyles here.) If a really smart guy like Boyles chooses to spread lies about the Treaty, which is about saving innocent lives, mostly in Africa, how can you expect other talk-show hosts down in Colorado Springs to correct callers when they air paranoia and falsehoods about the Treaty, even if the guest is State Senator-elect Bernie Herpin, who was just defeated John Morse in a recall election? Herpin was a guest on Colorado Springs' KVOR radio Sat. morning, with Herpin taking questions from callers (Listen here): Caller: "And basically I think that's part of the ultimate goal to use [the Small Arms Treaty] to disarm American citizens across the board. And I think that's why Obama is supporting the M ...
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Colorado Gun Lobby Sues Gov. John Hickenlooper Over New Gun Control Laws
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Colorado's largest state-based gun lobby, has filed a lawsuit against Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) over the gun control measures he signed into law earlier this year. "Rocky Mountain Gun Owners will fight to keep the constitutional rights of Coloradans intact by challenging these laws on every front," Dudley Brown, executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners said in a statement. The lawsuit was filed in District Court on Sept. 4, according to The Denver Post, and claims that the gun control laws that were enacted this year in Colorado -- including universal background checks for all gun sales and transfers and a 15-round limit on ammunition magazines -- are unconstitutional. "Last week, gun rights supporters beat two anti-gun senators at the ballot box," a post on RMGO's Facebook page reads. "Now, RMGO is looking to beat the gun-grabbers in court." The RMGO statement references last week's historic recall -- the first ever recall election in state hi ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Morse
    FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 51
    For the 2009 session of the Colorado General Assembly, Morse was named chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
    More Details Hide Details Morse has introduced legislation to increase vehicle registration fees by $1 to pay for rural ambulance services. and to increase survivor benefits for police and fire fighters. For the 2010 session, Senator Morse has introduced bills including the Homeowner Protection Act, Higher Education Flexibility, and the Seniors Lifetime State Park pass.
    On April 17, 2009, he was selected to become Colorado's next Senate Majority Leader, following the resignation of Senate President Peter Groff and the promotion of previous Majority Leader Brandon Shaffer.
    More Details Hide Details Born into a military family, the eldest of ten children, Morse graduated from Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado; he earned the Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America as a teenager. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and then the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, earning a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance, while working as an emergency medical technician.
  • 2008
    Age 50
    In December, Morse was named Outstanding Public Official in the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado's 2008 Advancing Equality Awards.
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    During the 2008 election, Morse was an outspoken critic of El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Bob Balink, who he accused of implementing a "12-point strategy" to disenfranchize voters including improperly interpreting rules regarding voter registration for students at Colorado College. Balink's office denied any improper conduct. Following the 2008 general election, Morse was nominated for the posts of Senate President Pro-Tem and Senate Assistant Majority Leader, but lost the caucus' vote for each post to Sen.
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    During the session, Morse was the lone legislator to vote in committee in favor of a proposal to require the use of paper ballot in all 2008 Colorado elections.
    More Details Hide Details As a member of the Joint Budget Committee, Morse was also a prominent voice supporting Democratic Party priorities in the state 2008-09 state budget, arguing in favor of increased spending on education and health care. In July 2008, Morse publicly called for an investigation of 4th Judicial District DA John Newsome amid reports that Newsome inappropriately used taxpayer money to pay for over $500 in expenses surrounding a trip to a college football game. Newsome, who faced a challenger in the Republican primary for the district attorney's position, denied wrongdoing and alleged that Morse's accusations were "politics of personal destruction." Both the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Colorado Attorney General's office launched investigations into Newsome's conduct.
  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 49
    In November 2007, Morse was elected by the Democratic caucus to serve on the influential Joint Budget Committee.
    More Details Hide Details In the 2008 session of the General Assembly, Morse sits on the Joint Budget Committee and chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee. He also sat on a special ethics panel investigating possible conflicts of interest for Colorado State Fair engineering contracts received by Sen. Abel Tapia. Among the legislation sponsored by Morse during the 2008 legislative session is a bill to increase drivers license fees to fund trauma care and require $5000 of trauma care to be covered in car insurance policies, and a bill to increase marriage license fees to fund Court Appointed Special Advocate programs. Another of Morse's bills, to establish a database of school security practices for use by Colorado schools and create the Colorado School Safety Resource Center to help school districts with safety plans, was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ritter. Morse was also the Senate sponsor of successful legislation encouraging judges to consider restorative justice as part of juvenile sentencing. He also sponsored legislation to grant public hospitals taxing authority so that they can satisfy the federal definition of a "public hospital" and qualify for federal funding.
  • 2006
    Age 48
    Although Morse had lived in Colorado Springs for over three decades, Colorado Republicans accused Morse of "carpetbagging" for moving into the district from his previous residence just outside district boundaries only a year before the 2006 election.
    More Details Hide Details Advertisements aired during the campaign accused Morse of incompetence as police chief of Fountain, but were pulled from broadcast because of inaccuracies. In the 2007 legislative session, Morse served on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and was Vice-Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. During his first term, Morse sponsored legislation to create a pilot mental health services program for discharged combat veterans in Colorado, and to change Colorado's concealed carry permit system for firearms. Following the regular legislative session, Morse served on the interim legislative Health Care Task Force and was vice-chair of the Police Officers' and Firefighters' Pension Reform Commission.
    First elected to the Colorado State Senate in 2006, Morse won a decisive victory in a competitive district, defeating incumbent Republican legislator Ed Jones.
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    John P. Morse is a legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado. Elected to the Colorado State Senate as a Democrat in 2006, Morse represents Senate District 11, which encompasses Manitou Springs, Colorado and eastern Colorado Springs.
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  • 2004
    Age 46
    In 2004, Morse became the President and CEO of Silver Key Senior Services, a Colorado Springs-based non-profit.
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  • 2003
    Age 45
    He held the chief of police position until November 2003, just nine months later.
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  • 2002
    Age 44
    In October 2002, he became acting police chief and was appointed as the permanent police chief in February 2003.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1984
    Age 26
    After working briefly as a Certified Public Accountant, Morse began to pursue a career in public affairs, earning first an MBA from Regis University in 1984, then a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1996 and a Ph.D. in public affairs from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details While pursuing advanced degrees, Morse worked for the Colorado Springs Police Department, advancing to the rank of Sergeant. After nine years in Colorado Springs, Morse joined the police staff in Fountain, Colorado, just south of Colorado Springs.
  • OTHER
  • 1954
    Age -4
    Born in 1954.
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