• Colorado Springs man intends to run for Klingenschmitt's seat

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, May 8, 2015

    When Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt announced his plans to run for the state Senate, he guaranteed House District 15 voters would have to choose their third representative in three elections. Josh Hosler hopes he gets the nod in 2016. Hosler, a Republican, said Thursday that he will run...

  • Governor talks successes, disappointments of Colorado legislative session

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, May 8, 2015

    DENVER - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper lobbied hard behind the scenes during the 120 days of the legislative session for a way the state could keep millions of dollars for education and transportation instead of giving it back to taxpayers. "I took out the Senate president and the...

  • Busy final day of Colorado Legislature results in testing compromise

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    DENVER - Some called it "magic," others merely said "acceptable," but before the gavel fell on sine die for Colorado's 2015 General Assembly, a compromise was worked out to reduce standardized testing in Colorado public schools. Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to sign the bill....

  • El Paso County flood mitigation projects spared by bill headed to governor

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY AND MEGAN SCHRADER The Gazette -
    Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    A bill that ensures the future of El Paso County's flood mitigation projects is on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper's desk Wednesday, after months of controversy and tweaks to appease water rights owners in southern Colorado. Senate Bill 212 will allow crucial, and some say,...

  • Colorado measure to allow rooftop rain barrels fails

    Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado's only-in-the-nation ban on backyard rain barrels is sticking around for another year. The state Senate moved Tuesday to reject a bill to allow homeowners to use up to two 55-gallon rain barrels. The maneuver was a late-evening vote to delay the bill, meaning it...

  • Majority of money to Colorado Springs candidates from handful of ZIP codes

    BY MARIA ST. LOUIS-SANCHEZ AND BILLIE STANTON ANLEU The Gazette -
    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Individual people - not businesses or PACs - have provided the biggest chunks of campaign money to Mary Lou Makepeace and John Suthers, who are vying to be the second strong mayo of Colorado Springs. And residents in only a handful of ZIP codes gave the most. With the May 19 runoff...

  • Colorado Springs mayoral candidates get feisty in final planned showdown

    BY BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Colorado Springs mayoral candidate Mary Lou Makepeace taunted opponent John Suthers a time or two in their final planned forum Tuesday night, but Suthers was ready with rejoinders at every turn. Appearing before a Broadmoor crowd at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion, both candidates...

  • Not everyone is happy with compromise reached on Colorado testing bill

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    DENVER - A group of senators favoring fewer tests and more local choice sounded off on a testing compromise Tuesday night, calling it a "back room deal" and "token bill" that falls short of what parents, teachers and students have been asking for the past 119 days of the legislative...

  • Colorado legislature's attempted tweaks to TABOR laws go nowhere

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    DENVER - Millions of dollars in anticipated tax refunds went unchanged this legislative session despite being the Senate president's top priority and the governor's call to address the "fiscal thicket" caused by constitutional constraints on the state budget and spending. Colorado's...

  • Locals may get say in urban renewal

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    DENVER - While the most dramatic urban renewal bill of the 2015 legislative session died Monday, a bill to give counties and other taxing entities a seat at the table when urban renewal authorities are doling out tax increment financing incentives passed the Senate on second vote and...

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