• Insights at Large: City Council candidate Vickie Tonkins

    By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Vickie Tonkins is all business and all about business. But ask the at-large City Council candidate what makes her different from the dozen other contenders, and she immediately says, "I'm one of the few women. And I'm a black woman." She's also a professor of critical thinking for...

  • EDITORIAL: Let's keep rain from roofs

    The Gazette editorial
    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Anyone who lives in Colorado for long hears about a rule so bizarre it sounds like urban legend. It's the law that says Colorado residents cannot collect rainwater that runs off their rooftops, which could otherwise be used to water flowers and grass. To collect the rain water is akin...

  • Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers

    Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Quad-City Times. March 16, 2015 Iowa ends voter fraud goose chase Former Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz's two-year, $250,000 witch hunt ended ignobly Friday. Schultz's successor, Republican Paul Pate, dropped his office's Iowa Supreme Court appeal of a lower court ruling that...

  • Colorado's marijuana money problem will be difficult to solve

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Colorado has a serious pot money problem. And it's not that it's being laundered. The state is on track to have to refund the revenue it generates this fiscal year from two voter-approved retail marijuana taxes: the 10 percent sales tax and 15 percent excise tax were intended to...

  • Mayoral candidates' essays

    Updated: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    Tony Carpenter I, Tony Carpenter, have decided to run for the mayor of our beautiful city, Colorado Springs, because I have heard from the citizens that our government does not listen and I want to listen and act. I am a very hands-on person that does what I say I will do and hold...

  • Man pleads not guilty to killing wife after eating marijuana candy

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    DENVER — A Denver man accused of killing his wife after eating marijuana-infused candy has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Forty-eight-year-old Richard Kirk entered his plea during a brief court appearance Friday as members of his family watched. He's accused of killing...

  • Record marijuana sales a boost for Colorado schools

    By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado reported its best month yet for recreational marijuana sales in January, with a tenfold spike since last year in the tax stream designated specifically for schools. Colorado notched $8.8 million from marijuana-related taxes and fees in January. The numbers were...

  • Colorado Springs City Council candidates field new questions, deny existence of global warming

    By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Al Loma and Vickie Tonkins don't believe in global warming. Fellow at-large City Council candidate Joe Woyte says there's "not enough evidence to say for certain" that global warming exists or that it's caused by man. And Councilman Merv Bennett, who's seeking re-election, says...

  • Georgia editorial roundup

    Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: March 11 The Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, Georgia, on carrying concealed weapons across Georgia borders: Under current laws, a South Carolinian legally carrying a concealed weapon becomes a criminal the moment he or she crosses the border...

  • 2 widely different medical marijuana bills to butt heads

    Updated: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — Sebastien and Annett Cotte don't plan to come home to Atlanta from Denver until after their 4-year-old son Jagger dies — or the Georgia Legislature passes a bill making medicinal marijuana legal. At 15 months, doctors told the Cottes their son wouldn't make it to 3,...

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