Metro State to institute illegal immigrant tuition
DENVER – Metropolitan State University of Denver is moving ahead with its new tuition rate for illegal immigrant students.
Former House speaker and Metro trustee Terrance Carroll told The Denver Post that the university is not looking for a fight. But he said the school is willing and able to defend its decision.
The school’s decision in June drew criticism from Republicans who rejected Democrats’ legislation this session to make higher education less expensive for illegal immigrants.
Attorney General John Suthers has issued a legal opinion that says the school’s decision is “not supported by governing law.”
The new tuition rate lets certain illegal immigrants attend college at about $3,578 per semester, about half the nonresident rate.
Officials say 72 new and 24 returning students have registered under the new rate.
Movie shooting suspect gets social media fans
AURORA – Families dealing with the loss of their loved ones are outraged at the notoriety gained by the Aurora theater shooting suspect as social-media accounts begin to surface from people calling themselves “Holmies.”
The Denver Post reports that several Facebook accounts and at least one Twitter account have been created since the July 20 shooting that left 12 people dead, and 58 wounded.
The Twitter account is dedicated to jokes about suspect James E. Holmes, including tongue-and-cheek references to how he should be executed if convicted. The Facebook accounts also contain joke posts and some women expressing attraction to the suspect.
Tom Teves, whose son Alex Teves died in the Aurora theater, faults the media and said the suspect’s name should no longer be published because he’s in custody.
Judge to decide campaign finance rules
DENVER – A judge said he will rule within a week whether campaign finance rules enacted by Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler are lawful.
The Denver Post reports that Denver District Judge J. Eric Elliff heard testimony Friday about the rules that took effect March 7. The changes limit some campaign-finance fines and raise the cap on donations to certain political groups before they have to report to the state.
Groups Colorado Ethics Watch and Colorado Common Cause in their challenge say the rules limit what voters know about who’s donating to political groups, along with how much money is being donated, and what it’s being spent on.
Gessler argues that several laws would be deemed unconstitutional if he loses the case, which will result in less campaign finance transparency.