• Douglas Bruce responds to assault allegations

    By STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Douglas Bruce said Wednesday that recent allegations against him are an attempt to tarnish his reputation and he did nothing wrong in a courthouse incident this month. Bruce, 65, is accused of assaulting Dede Laugesen - executive director of Colorado Springs Government Watch and wife...

  • Klingenschmitt announces bigger political plans at Colorado Springs town hall

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    What was billed as a town hall meeting turned into a half-hour tease for Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt's announcement that he plans to run for a state Senate seat. Klingenschmitt, R-Colorado Springs, went through a list of his accomplishments in the state Legislature Wednesday at the...

  • Former governors support Hickenlooper's plan to maintain testing

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Gov. John Hickenlooper received backup Wednesday from his gubernatorial predecessors, and together they pushed back against the anti-testing, anti-standards movement that has gained bipartisan traction in the Colorado Capitol. Former governors Roy Romer and Bill Owens, who faced their...

  • Legislative roundup: Bill to protect municipalities from water rights violations moves to Colorado Senate

    By MEGAN SCHRADER AND NEWS SERVICES megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    DENVER - A bill to protect municipalities from claims of water rights violations over stormwater detention facilities and wildfire mitigation efforts passed committee Wednesday and is headed to the Senate floor. Senate Bill 212, by Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, was drafted in response to a...

  • After attack, Colorado lawmakers advance fetal homicide bill

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    DENVER -€” A woman accused of cutting into the belly of an expectant mother to claim the unborn child can't be charged under Colorado law with murder. But Republicans in the state Senate advanced a bill Wednesday aimed at changing that situation. Republicans have drafted a proposal...

  • Three debates scheduled for Colorado Springs mayoral candidates

    The Gazette -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    A mayoral runoff debate between Mary Lou Makepeace and John Suthers will be conducted by El Pomar Foundation's Forum for Civic Advancement and KOAA TV-5. The event, moderated by KOAA anchor Rob Quirk, will be from 6 to 7 p.m. May 5 at Penrose House Garden Pavilion, 1661 Mesa Ave.,...

  • Colorado lawmakers start work on marijuana refund proposal

    Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    DENVER — The final numbers are in, and Colorado owes its residents some $58 million in pot tax refunds. But state lawmakers start work Wednesday on a proposal to ask voters if the state can keep the money. Colorado's constitution requires new taxes to be refunded when overall tax...

  • Colorado Springs lawmaker back on committee, will hold town hall Wednesday

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    DENVER - Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt was restored to a committee Tuesday that he was removed from for saying the attack of a pregnant woman in Longmont was a "curse of God." Klingenschmitt, R-Colorado Springs, was removed from the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee by...

  • Colorado lawmakers expected to push education testing bills on Wednesday

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    DENVER - Lawmakers' two best hopes left this session to address concerns about too much testing could pass each other in the night Wednesday on their way to the other chamber of the Colorado General Assembly. The question is: Which will survive in the chamber ruled by the opposite...

  • Legislative roundup: Colorado lawmakers likely to ask voters to keep pot TABOR money

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Lawmakers introduced a bill Monday that would put a measure on the November ballot asking Colorado voters if the state can keep an estimated $58 million collected in marijuana taxes. House Bill 1367 would allow the state to keep the revenue it collected from a 15 percent excise tax...

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