Jason is a journalist and media critic. From 2004-2009, he was a media critic for the Rocky Mountain News. Jason’s columns twice received Denver Press Club/Denver Newspaper Guild awards. Jason is the author of three books: Making the News: A Guide for Activists and Nonprofits; (with Ben Cohen, of Ben and Jerry’s) 50 Ways You Can Show George the Door in 2004; and (with Michael Huttner) 50 Ways You Can Help Obama Change America.
Jason’s chapter, “Journalism and the Scientific Consensus on Global Warming,” was published in How the West Was Warmed (Fulcrum, 2009). I’m a co-author of, “Local TV News: Getting Away with Murder,” which appeared in the Harvard Journal on Press/Politics (1997).
Jason’s articles have appeared in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Christian Science Monitor, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Nonprofit World, Shaman’s Drum, Sierra, Utne Reader and elsewhere.
Jason is co-founder of Rocky Mountain Media Watch, a nonprofit organization that aims to hold the news media to their own professional standards, like those promulgated by the Society of Professional Journalists. That is also the goal of the Big Media Blog.
Jason is also co-founder of Effect Communications, which consults with activists and nonprofit groups on communications issues.
Jason is married and has a 19-year-old son, Dylan, who seldom stops, and a 13-year-old daughter, Nell, who never sleeps.
Reproductive rights advocates contend that because the single-payer initiative does not provide explicit guarantees of abortion coverage, Colorado's current ban on public funding for abortion (except in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment) will remain in force, thus depriving patients of comprehensive health-care coverage.
NARAL Pro-Choice America officials have stepped up support for pro-choice Democrat Morgan Carroll in her competitive race against U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), who’s voted repeatedly to defund Planned Parenthood.
A Republican running for U.S. Senate in Colorado was on record during the GOP primary as supporting a "personhood" abortion ban, but now, as Republicans have done in previous Colorado elections, he’s sounding more pro-choice.
A campaign fact sheet cited an April survey showing that 59 percent of the 2,400 U.S. small businesses polled favor raising the minimum wage, and that about 40 percent of those polled already pay entry-level employees "far above" the required minimum wage in their location.
Darryl Glenn, an anti-choice Colorado Springs County Commissioner, defeated a pro-choice GOP rival and three other anti-choice Republicans in the race to take on pro-choice Sen. Michael Bennet in November.
Former Colorado State University athletics director Jack Graham is backing a “woman’s right to choose” as he competes against four self-described “pro-life” Republicans in a primary to take on pro-choice Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) in November’s election.
In signing this bill into law Wednesday, Gov. John Hickenlooper added Colorado to a growing list of states that have passed laws requiring worker protections for employees who are pregnant or have related conditions.
“Ensuring women have access to the most effective methods of birth control enables them to create the best future for themselves and support a healthy start for their children,” said Erin Miller, vice president of health initiatives at the Colorado Children’s Campaign.
“Women of color and immigrant women already face significant obstacles to obtaining health care," Victoria Gómez Betancourt, spokesperson for the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, said at a news conference. "This means that any extra hoops and hurdles created by these bills will impact already marginalized women most of all."
State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt also said that transgender people “not only want to be confused about their own identity, but they want the rest of us to be confused with them. Now they want the government to join them in that pretense. They are making us into liars.”
In a reversal from last year, Colorado lawmakers on Thursday approved a state budget that includes funds for a program credited with reducing the teen birth rate by 40 percent and the teen abortion rate by 35 percent.
The Center for Reproductive Rights, in a March 4 letter sent to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center on behalf of the patient, Jennifer Versailles, stated that the Catholic hospital's denial of the tubal ligation procedure violates state and federal laws mandating pregnancy related care.
Pro-choice advocates say that last week's in-court outburst by Robert Lewis Dear Jr. is further proof that anti-choice rhetoric contributed to the November 27 killings at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood.
Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, whose controversial anti-choice comments have drawn national attention, said that “Planned Parenthood executives” have the “same demonic spirit of murder” as the man accused of killing three people at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs.
Three days after the shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility, state Sen. Kevin Lundberg vowed to continue to demand that Colorado’s chief medical officer investigate whether Planned Parenthood has broken state laws related to fetal tissue research.
Garfield County is eschewing a successful contraceptive program in favor of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), which focuses on “abstinence-focused comprehensive sexual health education.”
Colorado voters will decide next year if they want to replace Colorado’s private health insurance industry with a single-payer system, under which the state government would provide health insurance for all residents.
An “informational hearing” on the use of fetal tissue research in Colorado, staged by the state's Republican legislators Monday, turned into a one-sided condemnation of Planned Parenthood after Colorado universities, a state agency, and Planned Parenthood declined GOP requests to attend the hearing and answer questions.
An area resident launched an online fundraising program that's raised more than $16,000 in response to a decision by county commissioners in Colorado to withdraw a $1,500 grant for a cancer-screening program at a Planned Parenthood health center.
Colorado’s chief medical officer is trumpeting data showing that a pregnancy-prevention program has reduced teen abortion and pregnancy rates. A state GOP lawmaker says the program is "killing children."
"With personhood repeatedly being brought up—and defeated by landslide margins—on the Colorado ballot, it would seem relevant to the upcoming Republican debate being held in Boulder next week,” said Karen Middleton, director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado.
Colorado state Sen. Tim Neville, who last year introduced a bill requiring a doctor to perform a vaginal ultrasound on a woman seeking an abortion, is a leading GOP contender so far to take on pro-choice Sen. Michael Bennet next year.
A new free, downloadable book explains the changes in Colorado law, and it emphasizes that certain practices, such as using a formula to set bail based on types of crimes, are flat-out unconstitutional.
Rep. Doug Lamborn asked the University of Colorado Denver to provide details about the “body parts” or "aborted fetal tissue" used in all research funded by the National Institutes of Health at the university.
Colorado Republicans will at best see a neutral response by general-election voters and at worst face a serious backlash in next year’s election as a result of their continued attacks on Planned Parenthood, political analysts say.
On the same day that Colorado's health department and attorney general declined to investigate Planned Parenthood, 30 state lawmakers, all Republicans, called for an investigation of the women's health organization.
In a class action lawsuit against a grocery store, workers in Colorado won over $300,000 due to them in unpaid minimum and overtime wages and penalties. But most Colorado businesses who practice “wage theft,” get away with it.
Despite the absence of evidence that Planned Parenthood broke any laws, the university has suspended fetal-tissue acquisitions from entities “implicated in the Planned Parenthood investigation.” But research will continue using tissue from other sources.
After voting to defund Planned Parenthood, but still using the organization's logo last year in a campaign ad aimed at gaining women’s votes in his swing district, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) now broadly attacks the women’s health organization.
In registration packets for the Western Conservative Summit, which attracted GOP presidential contenders to Denver over the weekend, conference goers received a booklet titled, “Top Ten Myths About Homosexuality.”
A possible Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Colorado, under fire by abortion rights advocates for waffling on her abortion stance, has apologized for telling an anti-choice radio host that she'd never called herself "pro-choice."
The Women’s Lobby of Colorado’s legislative scorecard shows that women and Democrats in the state legislature were more committed to "issues that are important to women" than Republicans and men, but, overall, little progress has been made on gender equity.
After the Colorado legislature rejected funds for a program that reduced teen pregnancies in Colorado by 40 percent over five years, the state's chief medical officer said he'll seek money for the program from private foundations.
A bill introduced in the Colorado legislature in response to a horrific attack on a pregnant woman is based on boilerplate legislation promoted by a national anti-choice organization, Americans United for Life.
Republicans continue to oppose efforts by Democrats to pass the legislation, which would provide $5 million to replace private funding that supported the program during a five-year pilot phase. The private funds run out June 30.
In March, an attacker in Colorado cut a fetus from the womb of a pregnant woman. Now, state Republicans have introduced legislation allowing an "unborn child," from fertilization until birth, to be considered the victim of a crime.
A brutal attack on a pregnant Colorado woman ignited an effort to pass a fetal-homicide bill, which would allow a fetus to be considered a victim of a crime. Pro-choice activists say Colorado already has laws designed to punish perpetrators of crimes involving fetuses, and they say a new law could undermine a woman’s right to choose.
Controversial Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, who once suggested that a gay Congressman would "join ISIS in beheading Christians," has said he's "very proud" of a South Dakota legislator who compared Planned Parenthood to the Islamic State.
Pro-choice activists, some wearing pink shoes Thursday under Colorado’s gold-domed Capitol, spoke out against a proposed law that would add burdensome licensing requirements for abortion clinics across the state.
Citing inaccurate science, a leading Colorado lawmaker is signaling he'll oppose providing funds for a state program that, during a five-year privately-supported test phase, reduced teen pregnancies by 40 percent.
Sen. Rand Paul marked last week’s anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by arguing for the urgent passage of his federal ‘personhood’ legislation. But in 2013, he said he was in no rush to pass his own legislation, which, he claimed, was intended to spark a discussion.
The speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives rejected a request by Colorado Springs Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt for a “moment of silence” to remember fetuses aborted since the Roe v. Wade decision.
Catholic bishops in Colorado declared a "neutral stance" on this year's Colorado's personhood amendment, while bishops in North Dakota urged voters to approve a "personhood" measure its November's ballot. Both were defeated on Election Day.
A leading "personhood" activist, in the wake of repeated losses, is advocating for his allies to focus on municipal measures instead of statewide initiatives. And a national anti-choice group, launched in October, has announced plans to do just that.
Gordon Klingenschmitt, a state legislator in Colorado who's set to take office in January, sees demonic forces at work in everyone from reproductive health-care providers to President Obama, and his extreme views may hurt Colorado's Republican Party.
During his re-election campaign in Colorado, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall has spotlighted senatorial candidate Cory Gardner’s extreme anti-abortion positions, which opposed by most voters, but the congressman has also co-sponsored unpopular abstinence-only legislation.
Colorado’s bishops, speaking through the Colorado Catholic Conference, say they've taken a “neutral” stance on Colorado’s "personhood" amendment. But they've backed church activity supporting the amendment and are criticizing a campaign against the measure by Catholics for Choice, which claims the bishops have tacitly backed Amendment 67.
A leading online streaming-video service has rejected an advertisement that features a rape victim who opposes Colorado’s "personhood" amendment, because the issue of abortion is too “controversial.” But Hulu runs ads on other political issues.
Opponents of Colorado’s “personhood” amendment have devised an online campaign to urge women nationally to stand with them to defeat the measure. Otherwise, they warn, the next "personhood" initiative might be in your town.
Colorado Republican senatorial candidate Cory Gardner has dropped support of state “personhood” amendments because he didn’t know they would have banned some forms of birth control. But an anti-choice group now says Gardner was briefed on the amendments and understood them.
A measure on the Colorado ballot has been compared to “fetal homicide” laws in dozens of states, but the measure is more far-reaching, and could subject pregnant women to prosecution for everything from choosing abortion to driving without wearing a seat belt.
Colorado gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, who has long opposed reproductive rights, said again Thursday that he’s against Colorado’s “personhood” amendments, but he was a co-sponsor in 2005 of federal “personhood” legislation, which he continues to support.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is surprised that Rep. Mike Coffman is featuring a Planned Parenthood Action Fund logo in a new ad, due to Coffman's anti-choice record and multiple votes in Congress to halt federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
In explaining why he believes Colorado’s personhood amendments are “completely different” from a federal personhood bill, senatorial candidate Cory Gardner says “one is a federal bill, one is a state bill.”
In a debate Tuesday night, Colorado gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez said he’s opposed to using tax dollars for abortion. As a result, he said, he’d oppose using state funds for intrauterine devices (IUDs), which he believes cause abortions.
With Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner repeatedly saying “there is no federal personhood bill,” even though he’s a co-sponsor of such a bill, Democrats are now airing a television ad correcting Gardner and telling viewers, “Gardner’s bill is called the Life at Conception Act. Look it up yourself.”
Rep. Gardner, who's challenging Sen. Mark Udall for U.S. Senate, produced an advertisement citing the “American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists” as a backer of his proposal to sell contraception over-the-counter. But this group does not exist, and an organization with a similar name doesn’t support Gardner’s proposal.
If the election were held today, Colorado voters would approve a "personhood" amendment on the November ballot, say the measure’s opponents, who believe they can still win if their multi-faceted campaign raises enough money.
Under attack by Democratic opponents for their opposition to abortion, two Republican congressional candidates in Colorado are airing ads designed to appeal to women. The ads are signs, a political analyst says, that the Democrats’ focus on women’s issues is effective.
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