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Colorado Republican lawmaker drops out of race because he can’t make child support payments

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A Colorado Republican state lawmaker was forced to drop out of his reelection campaign because he was unable to pay his child support fees.

A judge denied lowering child support payments for Rep. Tim Leonard (R-Evergreen) after reviewing his legislative earnings.

His child support payments are $2,500 and he said he was unable to make these payments and be lawmaker at the same time.

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“I cannot be a citizen legislator and abide by the court’s ruling,” Leonard said. “I’ve got to do one or the other.”

Leonard has six children ranging from 10-24 years old and has been divorced for six years. He said it was sad that he is unable to be both a single dad and member of the government.

“It really narrows the field,” Leonard said. “You can’t have citizen’s candidates anymore. It self-selects.”

His office is now looking for a replacement. “Now there is a window for my replacement,” he said. “The vacancy committee can meet, and they can win in a Republican district. And my district doesn’t have to be the victim of my family’s personal situation.”

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Leonard was first elected to represent his county in 2016.


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New Jersey man indicted as possible Hezbollah terrorist who wanted to bomb FBI, bridges and tunnels

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NBC investigative reporter Tom Winter reported Thursday that the U.S. Attorneys office in New York has indicted a New Jersey man who was scouting locations to bomb in the United States in the name of Hezbollah.

According to NBC News, Alexei Saab was arrested in July after he was discovered to be scouting locations like the FBI building in New York, bridges and tunnels in New Jersey and New York, Rockefeller Plaza, Times Square, as well as some targets in Boston and Washington, D.C. like Fenway Park.

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‘No comment’: Ukraine president won’t say if Trump personally asked for his country’s help with Joe Biden

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Al-Monitor reporter Laura Rozen tweeted a list of all of the foreign leaders that President Donald Trump called from June to August 12, 2019. Of those leaders, House committee chairs said they intend to look specifically at a July 25 conversation between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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The Independent reported Wednesday that Trump allegedly told Zelensky to "reopen" an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Republican congressman collapses in capital rotunda moments before going on Fox Business

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According to Samantha-Jo Roth of NY1, Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) collapsed in the Cannon House Office Building Rotunda as he was about to go on air with Fox News.

The police and members of the media quickly came to his aid until he was conscious.

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“I’m back,” Reed told police officers who came up to assist him.

According to Roth, he is speaking and conscious.

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