As of 2 p.m. EDT Sunday, the center of Hurricane Irma was located at 25.6 degrees north (N) and 81.8 degrees west (W). This puts Irma about 30 miles (mi) south (S) of Naples. Maximum sustained winds are at 120 miles per hour (mph), which classifies Irma as a Category Three (Cat 3) Hurricane, Irma’s minimum central pressure has risen to 936 milibars (MB), or 27.64 inches. Irma’s current direction is just W of due…"Hurricane Irma Hugging the Shoreline of Southwest Florida"
Regardless of whether Hurricane Irma strikes the Florida Peninsula’s west coast, or simply skirts by its coastline, the storm’s impacts on the Florida Peninsula will remain largely unchanged. With the exception of the western portions of the Florida Panhandle, Irma will blast the entire state with tropical storm force winds, and only the extreme eastern and northern parts of the peninsula will avoid hurricane force winds. Though the Gulf side will bear the brunt of…"Hurricane Irma’s Overall Impacts Differ Little regardless of Landfall"
Tampa, FL – Hurricane Irma looks likely to become the first major hurricane to strike Tampa Bay directly in almost 100 years. However, for a variety of reasons, not everyone in west-central Florida fled from the storm. Some people chose to stay behind and hunker down, while others were forced to remain behind. I had an opportunity to speak with some of those who provided reasons why they are hunkering down instead of leaving town. …"Tampa Bay Residents Provide Reasons for not fleeing from Irma"
Irma remains a Category Five Hurricane, with winds of 160 miles per hour (mph), with a minimum central pressure of 930 millibars (MB), or 27.46 inches. Irma was moving just north of due west (W) at 12 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 70 miles away from the center, with tropical storm force winds force winds up to 185 miles away from the center. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) expects a turn to the Northwest…"Irma’s Track toward Tampa Bay Could Devastate the Area – Saturday 2 a.m. Update"
Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, Colorado has found itself in the middle of a heated dispute after reactions to a teacher’s activity on Cinco de Mayo got out of control. Earning the cliché nickname PiñataGate, the incident began when the Spanish teacher went along with a student-driven idea to make a traditional piñata that had President Trump’s face stuck on it. Several students participated in the activity as others posted pictures and videos to social media. While quite a…"Female student feels too unsafe to attend graduation after Trump piñata incident (updates and exclusives)"
On its last day in session, and after its third reading, the Colorado legislature passed a bill that would reform civil asset forfeiture. The bill passed on its third reading, and would require the executive director of the Department of Local Affairs to produce a biannual report of all assets seized. The Department of Local Affairs was set up in 1966 to assist with local government needs. The bill would also require a database to be made…"New Colorado Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Now Awaits Governor’s Signature"
Stop the Shakedowns ( www.stoptheshakedowns.com ) is a movement that started in Colorado to pass ballot initiatives which stop government from keeping the money that they steal via enforcement. We expect to have 2 initiatives on the Colorado ballot in 2018. First, requiring the state to honor the 14th amendment, and prohibiting civil asset forfeiture in Colorado. Second, prohibiting any government entity from receiving the benefit of fines and steering the money to victims or…"Tired of government entities shaking you down?"
The Libertarian Party of Colorado held its annual convention last weekend, March 24-26 2017, at the Westin hotel in Westminster Colorado. Events began on Friday with a mixer, and concluded after business on Sunday. The event included many speakers from around the country, and resulted in many changes to the makeup of the party’s leadership. The convention kicked off with a casino night, which included the live music of Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts,…"LPCO: Big Convention, Big Plans"