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Rep. Ken Buck faces questions from attorney oversight group about actions as Colorado GOP chairman

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U.S. Rep. Ken Buck of Windsor must defend actions he took as Colorado Republican Party chairman or face a possible investigation by a state office that oversees attorneys’ conduct.

A representative for the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation wrote to Buck earlier this month asking that he answer questions about a recorded conversation in which he pressured a local party official to submit incorrect election results to set the primary ballot for a state Senate seat in El Paso County.

In the letter, obtained by The Denver Post, the office’s Lisa E. Pearce wrote that she needs more context before determining whether to investigate a complaint from a member of the liberal group ProgressNow Colorado.

Pearce asked Buck:

  • “Did you request Eli Bremer sign a false affidavit? If yes, please explain why. If not, please explain what you intended by your questions to Mr. Bremer during your audio recorded conversation with him.”
  • “Do you believe your conduct in the audio recorded conversation you had with Mr. Bremer violated Colo. RPC 8.4(c) or any other Colorado Rule of Professional Conduct? If not, please explain why not.”

Colorado RPC 8.4(c) says: “It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to … engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation, except that a lawyer may advise, direct, or supervise others, including clients, law enforcement officers, or investigators, who participate in lawful investigative activities.”

Buck has until June 24 to reply to the letter. A representative for the state Republican Party did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The complainant, Alan Franklin, political director for ProgressNow Colorado, said in a statement he is pleased that the office is investigating. He had asked the office to consider whether Buck should be disbarred.

“The Republican volunteer who Buck demanded commit this crime knew what he was being asked to do was wrong, and as a licensed attorney and former prosecutor Buck has a higher obligation to not engage in such deception,” Franklin said.

The ordeal was enough for some Republicans to question Buck’s status as state party chair. Although other political allies have rushed to his defense, arguing that he meant only to uphold a party committee’s vote during an internal dispute, the matter was also settled in court after a Bremer ally filed a friendly lawsuit.

The Denver District Court chief judge ruled that filing the paperwork would have indeed been illegal. The Colorado Supreme Court cemented the decision when it declined to hear the Republican Party’s appeal.

While the office awaits a response from Buck, allegations of election fraud and corruption made against several Weld County Republicans — including one of Buck’s congressional aides — remain under consideration by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

A spokesperson for Phil Weiser declined to comment Thursday on the status of the complaints filed by Weld County GOP Chair Will Sander claiming that three people were falsely listed as party delegates.

Both Sander and Bremer have said they’ve resolved their differences with Buck.



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josephwebster
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“It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to … engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation...". Really? Who knew. Apparently not Ken. Not ever.
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XKCD ‘Pinouts’

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via the comic delivery system monikered Randall Munroe resident at XKCD!

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fxer
25 days ago
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That positron rail is gonna fuck. shit. up.
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josephwebster
26 days ago
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Real pinout docs at last. Still love that coax. And voltage specs in eV/c.
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A look back at Leisure Suit Larry and the claims that pirated versions of the game contributed to the spread of the Jerusalem DOS virus in the late 1980s (Duncan Fyfe/VICE)

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Duncan Fyfe / VICE:
A look back at Leisure Suit Larry and the claims that pirated versions of the game contributed to the spread of the Jerusalem DOS virus in the late 1980s  —  Leisure Suit Larry sprang from the womb a combed-over Casanova in white polyester.  A court jester with a satyr's appetites …

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josephwebster
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JayM
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NASA Has Taken Mind-Bending New Photos of Jupiter

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josephwebster
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The Singleton - Paragon of Time Collection

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A sensational release from The Singleton brand. Matured in a single hogshead cask and bottled at 40.6% abv, The Singleton of Dufftown 53 Year Old 1964 Vintage is the first in the whisky brand’s new Paragon of Time Collection.  This is a real rarity and a real collectors piece for those looking to add to their collection.

The 53 Year Old will be presented in a crystal decanter and housed in a wooden presentation case, with a piece of the original cask incorporated into the packaging.

The Singleton has also partnered with award-winning artist Cai Zhi Song to celebrate the release by creating a commemorative sculpture called Blossom. It surpasses the brand’s previous oldest release by some way.  Previously it was  the 40-year-old Glendullan single malt from the whisky’s Forgotten Drop series released in 2018.

The whisky is said to feature ‘scented hand-cream, rose water and exotic tropical and berry fruit’ notes on the nose, with ‘dried figs and a suggestion of toffee’ on the palate

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josephwebster
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I need this. And I can get free shipping since it's over 200 pounds sterling. By several orders of magnitude...
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Akamai to slow down video game downloads during COVID-19 outbreak

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Content delivery network (CDN) Akamai announced today plans to slow down video game downloads during peak hours in order to preserve bandwidth and avoid traffic congestions during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

"In regions where demand is creating bottlenecks for customers, we will be reducing gaming software downloads at peak times, completing the downloads at the normal fast speeds late at night," said Akamai CEO Tom Leighton.

The slowdown won't impact the act of playing a video game, which doesn't generate large quantities of network traffic. Instead, the slowdown will only impact downloads for online games and not other types of traffic.

While online streaming accounts for the vast majority of today's internet traffic, game updates and game downloads are notoriously difficult to handle for CDNs like Akamai and others.

These types of events tend to happen in giant spikes, as a new game or game update is released, and players rush to get it.

Deprioritizing this type of traffic means Akamai will be able to avoid sudden traffic spikes and prevent congestion for all the people working from home or to emergency services.

Akamai said the slowdowns will occur only in regions where traffic bottlenecks are developing and that it took the decision to slow down game download speeds together with Microsoft and Sony, the two companies that run today's top gaming platforms -- Xbox and PSN.

Both companies will be deploying their own set of countermeasures. Microsoft described the slowdown as temporary.

"We appreciate the collaboration with partners like Akamai to deliver the joy of games in these unprecedented times," said Dave McCarthy, Corporate Vice President, Xbox Product Services.

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josephwebster
103 days ago
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Damn.
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