<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/government Mon, 30 May 2016 08:34:46 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn has tough road to November ballot]]> http://gazette.com/republican-u.s.-senate-candidate-darryl-glenn-has-tough-road-to-november-ballot/article/1577130?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/republican-u.s.-senate-candidate-darryl-glenn-has-tough-road-to-november-ballot/article/1577130?custom_click=rss

HIGHLANDS RANCH -A Democrat political tracker - an opposition party henchman trying to catch political faux pas on camera - crashed a small neighborhood meet-and-greet for Darryl Glenn earlier this month. The man stood obtrusively in the middle of the living room with a small camera recording Glenn's conversations.

The man was asked to leave - and did so without incident. But the fact he was dispatched to a small event for Glenn represents a recent and seismic shift in Colorado's Republican U.S. Senate primary race.

In April 2015, top officials within the Colorado Democratic Party didn't know who Darryl Glenn was or that the El Paso County commissioner had declared his candidacy that January.



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Sun, 29 May 2016 19:47:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Military Update: Senate Basic Allowance for Housing reform would end windfalls of rent sharing]]> http://gazette.com/military-update-senate-basic-allowance-for-housing-reform-would-end-windfalls-of-rent-sharing/article/1577117?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-senate-basic-allowance-for-housing-reform-would-end-windfalls-of-rent-sharing/article/1577117?custom_click=rss

The Senate Armed Services Committee, as part of an aggressive campaign to limit military compensation costs, is calling for "substantial reform" of the $21 billion Basic Allowance for Housing program.

One proposal would end what the committee perceives as windfall BAH payments made to service members live together, thus lowering their actual cost of off-base housing while assigned stateside.

A second change would cap individual monthly payments to the lesser of two amounts: either what individuals actually pay to rent housing or to a local BAH maximum based on their rank and dependency status.

The reforms are described in the committee's 678-page report released last week to explain hundreds of provisions in its fiscal

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 04:40:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Opponents say they'll sue to reverse approval of Colorado Springs land trade]]> http://gazette.com/opponents-say-theyll-sue-to-reverse-approval-of-colorado-springs-land-trade/article/1577032?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/opponents-say-theyll-sue-to-reverse-approval-of-colorado-springs-land-trade/article/1577032?custom_click=rss

Save Cheyenne said this week it plans to sue Colorado Springs to prevent city leaders from giving the Strawberry Fields property to The Broadmoor.

The land trade was approved by the City Council on Tuesday.

Bill Louis, an attorney for Save Cheyenne, pointed to an 1885 decision - when Colorado Springs dedicated the 189.5 acres off Mesa Avenue as "a public park" - as grounds for Save Cheyenne to file suit because the city "has no power to deed that land," he said.

"There will definitely be litigation," Louis said, indicating a suit will be filed next week.

With a 6-3 vote, the council approved a resolution for the land swap. The city will receive more than 480 acres and trail easements and The Broadmoor will get the



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Sat, 28 May 2016 12:26:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Hickenlooper gets credit for flair with Trump-Sanders socks amid book release]]> http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-gets-credit-for-flair-with-trump-sanders-socks-amid-book-release/article/1576979?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-gets-credit-for-flair-with-trump-sanders-socks-amid-book-release/article/1576979?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Sporting a Donald Trump sock on his right foot and a Bernie Sanders sock on the left - both complete with out of control three dimensional locks - Gov. John Hickenlooper said his autobiography released this week is the anti-vice presidential bid.

But if he was trying to get more press for his book "The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics," Colorado's quirky governor succeeded.

A tweet of Hickenlooper's Trump sock went viral, getting hundreds of re-tweets and comments after MSNBC's Rachel Maddow asked on Twitter if they scared cats or needed to be brushed.

Turns out the socks are manufactured by Los Angeles-based Gumball Poodle. Hickenlooper bought them in Grand Junction at a small boutique store



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Fri, 27 May 2016 11:23:33 -0600
<![CDATA[An anti-vice presidential bid? Gov. Hickenlooper gets personal in autobiography]]> http://gazette.com/an-anti-vice-presidential-bid-gov.-hickenlooper-gets-personal-in-autobiography/article/1576981?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/an-anti-vice-presidential-bid-gov.-hickenlooper-gets-personal-in-autobiography/article/1576981?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Sporting a Donald Trump sock on his right foot and a Bernie Sanders sock on the left - both complete with out-of-control three-dimensional hair - Gov. John Hickenlooper said his autobiography released this week is the anti-vice presidential bid.

"I ran for mayor in 2003 and I've stayed in public service because I think that people don't believe in government very much - increasingly less each year - and part of that is that so many elected officials try to present this polished, gleaming image of themselves as pretty much always right," Hickenlooper said Thursday. "I think most of us have done stupid stuff over the course of, certainly our youth.



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Fri, 27 May 2016 09:42:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper's book raises Clinton veep speculation]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-gov.-hickenloopers-book-raises-clinton-veep-speculation/article/1577006?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-gov.-hickenloopers-book-raises-clinton-veep-speculation/article/1577006?custom_click=rss

DENVER — John Hickenlooper, Colorado's term-limited Democratic governor, released a candid autobiography and is doing the book talk rounds this week, reviving speculation that he is positioning himself to join Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign ticket.

Hickenlooper insists he hasn't been approached by Clinton's camp, and he uses self-deprecating humor to deflect queries about his ambitions. But his name has come up before.

"Everyone says I'm on the short list," he said recently. "I think it's probably a long list; I'm probably closer to the bottom."

Hickenlooper is one of few Democratic governors who survived off-year Democratic routs over the past eight years. Virginia U.S. Sen.



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Fri, 27 May 2016 07:46:08 -0600
<![CDATA[2C roadwork begins with over $10 million collected in 2016]]> http://gazette.com/2c-roadwork-begins-with-over-10-million-collected-in-2016/article/1576923?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2c-roadwork-begins-with-over-10-million-collected-in-2016/article/1576923?custom_click=rss

Improvements are underway on many Colorado Springs roads, officials say, but there's been little paving so far this year.

That soon will change.

For example, concrete work began on roads across the city in January, but one of the first paving projects, Paseo Road in Palmer Park. began Tuesday.

With money accumulating from measure 2C, a sales tax increase approved in November, expect to see more road crews at work in coming weeks.

The city has collected about $10.2 million on sales from the first three months of 2016, but has spent only about $29,000.

The 2016 budget for 2C projects is about $44.8 million, $22.7 million of which is allocated to overlay, $17.7 million to concrete work and $4.4 million to



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Thu, 26 May 2016 07:24:17 -0600
<![CDATA[New Colorado center aims to remove the hassle of getting a U.S. passport]]> http://gazette.com/new-colorado-center-aims-to-remove-the-hassle-of-getting-a-u.s.-passport/article/1576924?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-colorado-center-aims-to-remove-the-hassle-of-getting-a-u.s.-passport/article/1576924?custom_click=rss

Five Colorado Springs post offices stopped processing passport applications Thursday.

In a move to speed up and improve its system, the U.S. Postal Service is consolidating services at a new passport center at the downtown post office, 201 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

"It's been a dream of ours for many months to provide a dedicated center, separate from window operations, to make passport service more accessible," said Linda Neill, customer relations coordinator for the Postal Service.

Two other area post offices - the Briargate station, 8585 Criterion Drive, and the Security station, 5755 Kittery Drive - will continue to accept applications, with window clerks doing the processing.

Post offices in Calhan, Palmer Lake



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Wed, 25 May 2016 20:46:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Fight to get on Colorado's crowded Republican primary ballot finally settled]]> http://gazette.com/fight-to-get-on-colorados-crowded-republican-primary-ballot-finally-settled/article/1576912?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fight-to-get-on-colorados-crowded-republican-primary-ballot-finally-settled/article/1576912?custom_click=rss

Ryan Frazier is an official candidate in the June Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Denver District Court Judge Elizabeth Starrs ruled Wednesday that Frazier had "substantially complied" with the Colorado law for getting on a ballot.

Frazier is the third candidate to make the ballot after challenging a Secretary of State determination they had failed to turn in enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot.

Two other candidates got on the ballot without incident.

All five will face off at a debate June 8 hosted by The Gazette and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Frazier was the only candidate who took his case to the Colorado Supreme Court.



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Wed, 25 May 2016 19:49:57 -0600
<![CDATA[11 states are suing the US government over transgender bathroom policy]]> http://gazette.com/11-states-are-suing-the-us-government-over-transgender-bathroom-policy/article/1576881?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/11-states-are-suing-the-us-government-over-transgender-bathroom-policy/article/1576881?custom_click=rss

AUSTIN, Texas — The Latest on 11 states suing the Obama administrative over a federal directive about transgender students in public schools (all times local):

1:40 p.m.

Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools.

The lawsuit announced Tuesday also includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

Conservative states had vowed defiance since the Justice Department handed down the guidance. U.S.



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Wed, 25 May 2016 15:53:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Clinton faulted on emails by State Department audit]]> http://gazette.com/clinton-faulted-on-emails-by-state-department-audit/article/1576871?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clinton-faulted-on-emails-by-state-department-audit/article/1576871?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton disregarded State Department cybersecurity guidelines by using a private email account and server, an internal audit found Wednesday. Her staff twice brushed aside specific concerns that she wasn't following federal rules.

The inspector general's review also revealed that hacking attempts forced then-Secretary of State Clinton off email at one point in 2011, though she insists the personal server she used was never breached. Clinton and several of her senior staff declined to be interviewed for the State Department investigation.

Earlier this month, Clinton, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, stressed that she was happy to "talk to anybody, anytime" about the matter and



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Wed, 25 May 2016 12:24:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Temporary Colorado registration permits will soon look more like permanent license plates]]> http://gazette.com/temporary-colorado-registration-permits-will-soon-look-more-like-permanent-license-plates/article/1576824?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/temporary-colorado-registration-permits-will-soon-look-more-like-permanent-license-plates/article/1576824?custom_click=rss

Temporary Colorado registration permits used to be placed inside a car's rear window and printed on a flimsy piece of paper.

Soon, permits will be bolted in the spot reserved for a permanent license plate and affixed to mounting board. They will be weather-resistant and contain security features that allow police to identify fakes. State officials say the change will hamper thieves from stealing temporary tags and give police an easier way to tie the temporary tag to car and drivers.

The new temporary plates will come to El Paso County June 13.

The Colorado Department of Transportation began a pilot program Monday at five Denver-area car dealers and three county motor vehicle offices.

All counties will be



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Wed, 25 May 2016 09:52:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs City Council finishes months-long fight over land swap with 6-3 vote]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-city-council-finishes-months-long-fight-over-land-swap-with-6-3-vote/article/1576787?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-city-council-finishes-months-long-fight-over-land-swap-with-6-3-vote/article/1576787?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs City Council approved a land swap between The Broadmoor and the city parks department on Tuesday that will give Colorado Springs more than 480 acres of land and trail easements in exchange for the 189.5-acre parcel known as Strawberry Fields.

The council voted 6-3 to pass the resolution. Bill Murray, Helen Collins and Council President Pro Tem Jill Gaebler cast the dissenting votes.

Moments before the council voted, several people sat silently holding up small cards with a picture of a strawberry that said, "Just vote no."

The city will receive more than 208 acres, allowing hikers and bikers access to the top of Mount Muscoco in North Cheyenne Cañon Park.



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Wed, 25 May 2016 07:06:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs City Councilwoman: Homeless 'game the system']]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-city-councilwoman-homeless-game-the-system/article/1576823?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-city-councilwoman-homeless-game-the-system/article/1576823?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs Community Development Director Aimee Cox fended off some City Council members' criticisms Tuesday as she briefed them on the city's work for homeless residents.

The community's wide-ranging Continuum of Care, which Cox facilitates, got the highest score in Colorado on its grant application to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department, Cox announced.

She said she has been asked to make a presentation in Durango on the work done here, and the governor's office has recognized the group for having done yeoman's work with few resources.

But while the city and community group look forward to the Nov.



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Tue, 24 May 2016 22:47:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado liquor store owners join forces to pressure Hickenlooper into signing beer and wine compromise]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-liquor-store-owners-join-forces-to-pressure-hickenlooper-into-signing-beer-and-wine-compromise/article/1576839?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-liquor-store-owners-join-forces-to-pressure-hickenlooper-into-signing-beer-and-wine-compromise/article/1576839?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Gov. John Hickenlooper is being pressured to sign a bill that would slowly open Colorado's liquor industry to chain stores hoping to hold multiple licenses.

The former brewpub owner turned full-time politician has been making the rounds peddling his new autobiography, but has indicated he has serious concerns with the bill.

Backers of the bill, namely hundreds of small liquor store owners who for years have operated under a state-mandated single-license rule, held a press conference Tuesday pressure the governor to sign the bill.

Looming over the debate is a group of chain grocery stores gathering signatures to put a question on the November ballot that would change state law and allow them to buy multiple



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Tue, 24 May 2016 22:21:30 -0600