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Denver, CO Governor Diversifies the Bench

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Five Black women are currently serving as judges in Colorado, which is a record-breaking number in the state. They were appointed by Gov. Jared Polis during a period of less than two years.

In October 2019, Frances Johnson was appointed for the 4th Judicial District Court in Colorado Springs, making her the first Black woman to hold the position in general jurisdiction.

A month after that, Nikea Bland became the first Black woman appointed to a Denver district court of general jurisdiction.

“It’s 2020, and there shouldn’t be any Black firsts left, but here we are,” Bland told Essence. “I’m just glad to see we are finally moving forward. It’s progress.”

This year, Pax Moultrie was selected to the Denver Juvenile Court in February, Samorreyan “Sam” Burney was assigned in the 4th Judicial District County Court in Colorado Springs in April, and Jill Dorancy was appointed a district court judge in July.

Polis, who took office in January 2019, appointed more Black women to the statewide bench than all the 42 previous governors combined. The efforts were done in accordance with his commitment to have representation for everyone.

“I am honored to appoint several highly qualified and dedicated Black women to serve in Colorado’s judicial branch — it’s about time! I am committed to building a Colorado for all, which is why we need more people of color in positions of leadership and represented in our government, in order to truly reflect our community,” Polis said.

Moreover, the appointments are somehow surprising to many, especially that the state consists of 84% white and 4% Black population.

“It’s not the first place that people from outside the state would think of as diverse,” Moultrie said. “This is an example of what happens when people in leadership positions embrace and value diverse talent. If it can happen here in Colorado, it can happen anywhere!”

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End of Her Reign

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According to a statement from Buckingham Palace Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully on September 8, 2022 at age 96 at her Balmoral Castle, the British royal family’s estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She was said to have been vacationing there this summer. It was reported that members of the Royal family were present by her side including her four children.

For 70 years and 214 days, the longest of any British monarch and the second-longest recorded of any monarch of a sovereign country, Queen Elizabeth held the throne as Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952 when she ascended the throne upon her father’s death. The Queen’s eldest on Charles, Prince of Wales with take other as King Charles III.

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Ready to #Retire Rubio

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Rep. Val Demings Wins Florida Primary

Rep. Val. Demings, the former Orlando police-chief turned U.S. Representative and previously one of President Biden’s potential vice president choices, defeated three of her democratic opponents in Tuesday’s Primary elections. She became the highly favored Democratic nominee after gaining 85% of the vote. She will move on to face incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in November.

Demings has served three terms in Congress. Aware of the uphill battle she faces, Demings is not only running to defeat Sen. Rubio, but a win in November would make her the first Black U.S. Senator from Florida.

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Vice President Kamala Harris Talks Maternal Health And Abortion Rights At Essence Festival

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