Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Douglas Bruce in court Monday on possible probation violation

    Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    DENVER - Douglas Bruce, the Colorado Springs author of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR), is back in court Monday for a hearing to determine whether failing to disclose a real estate transaction with a city councilwoman, among other things, violated terms of his probation. Bruce...

  • Announced Army cuts show about half of expected reductions

    Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Troop reductions announced by the Army Thursday were only the first round of the branch's effort to eliminate 40,000 soldiers over the next three years. A Gazette review of the reductions at 30 military installations across the country show the figures released Thursday reflect about...

  • Army sets time to announce details of troop cuts

    Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Details of how the Army will cut an estimated 40,000 active duty troops and 17,000 civilians across the U.S. will be unveiled at 11 a.m. Thursday, according to Cynthia O. Smith, deputy division chief with Army Media Relations. El Paso County, home to Fort Carson, has long anticipated...

  • Recreational marijuana advocates want Denver voters to allow use in bars, clubs

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    DENVER - Authors of the constitutional amendment that legalized marijuana in Colorado want to legalize public recreational pot clubs in Denver, while Colorado Springs officials work in the opposite direction. Denver, which does allow private pot clubs, forbids the consumption of...

  • Colorado senators team up to prevent major cuts to Pikes Peak region military facilities

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    DENVER - Colorado's senators crossed party lines last week and teamed up to ask the secretary of defense to look kindly on the state when making decisions about reducing forces at military installations. "As you grapple with difficult force structure decisions and the confines of the...

  • Paul to Denver crowd: Government should mind its business

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    DENVER - A few hours after meeting with leaders of Colorado's marijuana industry, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul didn't talk about legalizing pot when he addressed a crowd of about 300 packed into a bar in Denver's Cherry Creek neighborhood Tuesday. The Republican presidential hopeful from...

  • Colorado's TABOR law will be reviewed in appeals court

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    DENVER - The U.S. Supreme Court didn't take up a legal challenge to Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, known as TABOR, and instead remitted the case back to the federal court of appeals for reconsideration Tuesday. A group of 33 plaintiffs, including current and former lawmakers,...

  • Scott Walker gives shout-out to Colorado Springs during Denver speech

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    DENVER - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, an all-but-announced 2016 presidential candidate, shouted out to his birthplace - Colorado Springs - Saturday night before thousands at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver. Walker, who headlined the three-day event, said his father was a...

  • For Rick Perry it's all about states' rights

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Long-time Texas Gov. Rick Perry brought his southern drawl to the stage at the Western Conservative Summit asking the country to “saddle up and ride” with him. He espoused the importance of having a president who respects state’s rights, using Texas’ growth in economy, improved...

  • At Western Conservative Summit Huckabee calls for fair tax, trade reform

    Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Gov. Mike Huckabee blamed America’s economic woes on a broken trade and import export policy that is only getting worse, starting with the new free trade bill that passed out of Congress last week. The presidential hopeful is on the campaign trail again after taking a seven-year...

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