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Colorado Supreme Court Bars Trump from Appearing on Presidential Primary Ballot

HeadlineDec 20, 2023

In a historic decision, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Donald Trump does not qualify for the state’s 2024 presidential primary ballot, citing his role in the January 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection. In a 4-3 ruling, the Colorado justices found Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution applies to Trump, reversing a lower court’s decision. Last month, a judge agreed that Trump had “engaged in an insurrection,” but said presidents are not subject to the Constitution’s insurrection clause, which was originally designed to prevent Civil War Confederates from returning to government. Trump has vowed to appeal, as he used the news to launch a fresh fundraising request. The case could end up at the U.S. Supreme Court and set a major precedent for all other states.

In related news, a judge has ordered Pennsylvania Congressmember Scott Perry to turn over some 1,700 cellphone records as part of the federal January 6 probe.

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