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INSIGHTS: Beautician's chair the newest front on domestic violence
INSIGHTS: Beautician's chair the newest front on domestic violence

By: Joey Bunch - 0 10 hr ago

The unique bond between women and their beauticians is the newest front in Colorado's fight against domestic violence. Freshman Rep. Edie Hooton, a...

Trump's challenge: Stop blaming others, take ownership

By: - 0 Sun, Feb 19, 2017

The first month of Donald Trump's presidency has been activist, ambitious, and full of adjectives. He is making a difference, as new presidents seek to...

Few candidates, well-financed ticket a rarity in Colorado Springs City Council elections
Few candidates, well-financed ticket a rarity in Colorado Springs City Council elections

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Sat, Feb 18, 2017

With only 49 donations among them, challengers in two of the hottest Colorado Springs City Council races had racked up $45,220 as of Wednesday - quite...

PPACG continues house-cleaning with ouster of transportation chief
PPACG continues house-cleaning with ouster of transportation chief

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Fri, Feb 17, 2017

The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments has ousted another employee - the organization's second high-ranking official to get the ax in recent...

Colorado driver's license offices to be closed through Feb. 20 for tech upgrade
Colorado driver's license offices to be closed through Feb. 20 for tech upgrade

By: Chhun Sun - 0 Fri, Feb 17, 2017

All Colorado driver's license offices will be closed at 3 p.m. Friday as officials conduct a technology upgrade, the state's Department of Revenue...

Bennet, Gardner split on vote for Pruitt to lead EPA
Bennet, Gardner split on vote for Pruitt to lead EPA

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Colorado's two senators voted with their parties on the confirmation of Scott Pruitt as the next Environmental Protection Agency administrator Friday....

Denver schools OKs resolution protecting immigrant students
Denver schools OKs resolution protecting immigrant students

By: - 0 Fri, Feb 17, 2017

DENVER — Denver's school board has passed a resolution aimed at protecting students who might be affected by President Trump's efforts to strengthen...

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis joins with congressional colleagues to create Cannabis Caucus
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis joins with congressional colleagues to create Cannabis Caucus

By: - 0 Fri, Feb 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — Marijuana now has its own official club in Congress, thanks to Colorado congressman Jared Polis and three of his colleagues. The Boulder...

Senate bill to allow concealed carry without permit passes GOP-led committee
Senate bill to allow concealed carry without permit passes GOP-led committee

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Fri, Feb 17, 2017

A Republican-led state Senate committee gave a party-line nod to a bill that would allow Coloradans to legally tuck away a gun without getting a...

Pew: More support than oppose Colorado's Gorsuch for Supreme Court
Pew: More support than oppose Colorado's Gorsuch for Supreme Court

By: - 0 Thu, Feb 16, 2017

A Pew Research poll released Thursday evening found more voters want the Senate to confirm President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch...

Wary White House reportedly sizing up Hickenlooper for 2020 presidential race
Wary White House reportedly sizing up Hickenlooper for 2020 presidential race

By: Dan Njegomir - 0 Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Gov. John Hickenlooper is being taken so seriously as a potential contender for the 2020 presidential race that the Trump administration is...

Seven questions: ColoradoPolitics.com catches up with Amy Stephens
Seven questions: ColoradoPolitics.com catches up with Amy Stephens

By: Dan Njegomir - 0 Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Republican Amy Stephens represented Colorado Springs District 20 and then District 19 in the state House from 2006 through 2014, serving as House...

Colorado Springs Republican takes offense at being called 'half Latino
Colorado Springs Republican takes offense at being called 'half Latino" by Democrat

By: Dan Njegomir - 0 Thu, Feb 16, 2017

No one disputes that state Rep. Joe Salazar of Thornton referred to fellow state Rep. Dave Williams as "half Latino" the other day at a gathering away...

Colorado bill eliminating death penalty fails on party-line vote as emotions run high
Colorado bill eliminating death penalty fails on party-line vote as emotions run high

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Thu, Feb 16, 2017

An effort to eliminate the death penalty in Colorado was rejected by a legislative committee Wednesday night after an emotional hearing. The effort...

Colorado Democrats end Republican effort to curb fetal-tissue research programs
Colorado Democrats end Republican effort to curb fetal-tissue research programs

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Wed, Feb 15, 2017

A Republican bill Wednesday attempted to hold state institutions accountable for participating in trafficking fetal body parts, despite a lack of...

Would-be Colorado Springs City Council candidate gets $11,000 in donations but fails to get 50 required signatures
Would-be Colorado Springs City Council candidate gets $11,000 in donations but fails to get 50 required signatures

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Some fierce fights are on tap in the April 4 race for all six district seats on the Colorado Springs City Council, as several new candidates surfaced...

Charter school funding divides opinion, not strictly by party, in legislature
Charter school funding divides opinion, not strictly by party, in legislature

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Wed, Feb 15, 2017

As the debate over equitable funding for charter schools continued on Wednesday in the legislature, political lines became unclear, as Democrats picked...

Seal for bilingual high school grads clears Colorado hurdle
Seal for bilingual high school grads clears Colorado hurdle

By: - 0 Wed, Feb 15, 2017

DENVER — A movement to add a seal to the high-school diplomas of Colorado students who speak more than one language has cleared a hurdle that stopped...

Conservation Colorado joins public lands fight for Outdoor Retailer show
Conservation Colorado joins public lands fight for Outdoor Retailer show

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Wed, Feb 15, 2017

We told you last week that Utah is shaking in its hiking boots that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is trying to lure away the twice annual Outdoor...

ON UNSOLID GROUND: Study of Cheyenne Mountain landslide area soon to begin
ON UNSOLID GROUND: Study of Cheyenne Mountain landslide area soon to begin

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Wed, Feb 15, 2017

The long-awaited study of the enormous Cheyenne Mountain Landslide Complex soon will begin, Mayor John Suthers said Tuesday. Perched atop or beneath...

Taxi drivers protest laxer Colorado Springs requirements for ride-hailing companies
Taxi drivers protest laxer Colorado Springs requirements for ride-hailing companies

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Wed, Feb 15, 2017

In an unexpected show of frustration with a city policy, area taxi drivers protested a licensing requirement at Tuesday's Colorado Springs City Council...

Colorado governor talks pot challenges in California Capitol
Colorado governor talks pot challenges in California Capitol

By: - 0 Tue, Feb 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper told California state senators Tuesday to set standards for edible marijuana goods and driving...

Feds seek to dismiss claims over Colorado mine waste spill
Feds seek to dismiss claims over Colorado mine waste spill

By: - 0 Tue, Feb 14, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Attorneys with the U.S. Justice Department are asking a federal judge to dismiss claims by New Mexico and the Navajo Nation that...

Colorado Springs Olympic Museum project receives $775,000 boost in funding
Colorado Springs Olympic Museum project receives $775,000 boost in funding

By: Matt Steiner - 0 Tue, Feb 14, 2017

A Valentine's Day gift from the Downtown Development Authority helped move the project to bring a U.S. Olympic Museum to downtown Colorado Springs...

Former Colorado Springs Rep. Klingenschmitt accuses GOP rival of trying to smear him
Former Colorado Springs Rep. Klingenschmitt accuses GOP rival of trying to smear him

By: Dan Njegomir - 0 Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Former Colorado Springs Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt: Rival "hired" "my rapist" to "defame me." Yes, former Colorado Springs Republican state Rep....

Colorado Springs City Council approves median ordinance
Colorado Springs City Council approves median ordinance

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Tue, Feb 14, 2017

A controversial ordinance that bars pedestrians from narrow, peaked medians on busy streets was unanimously approved by the Colorado Springs City...

Republican Victor Mitchell is officially in the race for governor
Republican Victor Mitchell is officially in the race for governor

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Former Republican state Rep. Victor Mitchell is officially in the race for governor next year. The Secretary of State’s office registered his campaign...

Hemp for cows? Colorado approves hemp-animal feed study
Hemp for cows? Colorado approves hemp-animal feed study

By: - 0 Tue, Feb 14, 2017

DENVER — Colorado livestock could be eating hemp under a bill that passed the state Senate Tuesday. The state Senate voted 34-0 in favor of bill...

More grocers want to be added to list of those that can sell full strength alcohol
More grocers want to be added to list of those that can sell full strength alcohol

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Less than a year after lawmakers passed a grand compromise gradually allowing the sale of full-strength alcohol in grocery stores, a buzz has again hit...

Tampon tax exemption clears first Colorado legislative hurdle
Tampon tax exemption clears first Colorado legislative hurdle

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Tue, Feb 14, 2017

The tampon sales tax exemption for Colorado cleared its first House committee on a party line vote Monday. Democrats characterized the estimated...