<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/government Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:42:38 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[GOP adds measure to aid Mattis' confirmation to stopgap bill ]]> http://gazette.com/gop-adds-measure-to-aid-mattis-confirmation-to-stopgap-bill/article/1591768?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gop-adds-measure-to-aid-mattis-confirmation-to-stopgap-bill/article/1591768?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Republicans controlling Congress Tuesday unveiled $10 billion in supplemental war funding and $4 billion more for disaster relief for Louisiana and other states as key additions to must-pass legislation to keep the government running into next spring.

The bill would also deliver $170 million in long-delayed help for Flint, Michigan, to fix its lead-tainted water system.

The legislation would prevent the government from shutting down this weekend and buy several months for the new Congress and incoming Trump administration to wrap up more than $1 trillion worth of unfinished agency budget bills.



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:03:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Two Coloradans join group calling itself 'Hamilton Electors' in attempt to derail Trump]]> http://gazette.com/two-coloradans-join-group-calling-itself-hamilton-electors-in-attempt-to-derail-trump/article/1591767?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-coloradans-join-group-calling-itself-hamilton-electors-in-attempt-to-derail-trump/article/1591767?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs man is one of two members of the Electoral College suing the state in a long-shot attempt to prevent Donald Trump's ascension to the presidency.

In documents filed Tuesday in federal court, the electors argue that a state law that requires them to vote for the presidential and vice presidential candidates that won Colorado's popular vote is unconstitutional.

If the law is struck down, members of the Electoral College could work with other Republicans and Democrats to choose an alternative to President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, said Robert Nemanich, who's listed as a plaintiff in the case along with former Democratic state representative Polly Baca.



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:28:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Bullying, harassment reported at federal lab in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/bullying-harassment-reported-at-federal-lab-in-colorado/article/1591750?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bullying-harassment-reported-at-federal-lab-in-colorado/article/1591750?custom_click=rss

DENVER — An investigation into falsified data at a federal laboratory in Colorado also uncovered bullying and a hostile work environment that persisted even after an employee complained to managers, a congresswoman said Tuesday.

Employees at a U.S. Geological Survey lab in suburban Denver were subjected to "offensive language and behavior" by at least one co-worker, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., said during a congressional hearing.

It is the latest report of workplace trouble in the federal government. Investigators and employees have also alleged sexual harassment and bullying in the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service.



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:51:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Upcoming Colorado Springs City Council election lures new potential candidates]]> http://gazette.com/upcoming-colorado-springs-city-council-election-lures-new-potential-candidates/article/1591678?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/upcoming-colorado-springs-city-council-election-lures-new-potential-candidates/article/1591678?custom_click=rss

With two-thirds of Colorado Springs City Council seats up for grabs next spring, a lot of people are contemplating a run for city office.

Five of the six incumbents will seek re-election April 4. Councilman Keith King, however, will end two decades of public service when he leaves office next May. He has served not only on the council, but also in the state House and Senate.

So plenty of wannabes are angling for his seat in District 3 covering the West Side, including the Broadmoor area and Old Colorado City.

But that or any other council position is not for the faint of heart - nor for those who need a living wage. The job pays $6,250 a year for weeks that nearly always exceed 40 work hours. The members also govern



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:40:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Merkel is last of Obama's key European allies still standing]]> http://gazette.com/merkel-is-last-of-obamas-key-european-allies-still-standing/article/1591715?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/merkel-is-last-of-obamas-key-european-allies-still-standing/article/1591715?custom_click=rss

BERLIN (AP) — Just a few months ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel brought together the leaders of the U.S., Britain, France and Italy to discuss the world's crises, a moment captured in a photo of the five seated around a conference table. When she hosts a summit of 20 leading global powers in July, she will be the only one of them left — and many of the policies her partners worked for might be reversed.

Merkel, the last of President Barack Obama's key European allies still standing, appears well on course to extend her 11-year grip on power, though even she warned her conservative party Tuesday that she faces her most difficult campaign yet.



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:43:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Report: Secret Pentagon study found $125B in wasted spending]]> http://gazette.com/report-secret-pentagon-study-found-125b-in-wasted-spending/article/1591684?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-secret-pentagon-study-found-125b-in-wasted-spending/article/1591684?custom_click=rss A Pentagon-commissioned study in 2015 found the Defense headquarters wasted $125 billion. But upon learning of the study's results, military leaders ordered the findings never be released to the press or public, according to a report published Monday evening. In January 2015, the Pentagon learned it could cut $125 billion in administrative costs at the Arlington, Va., facility over the next five years. But Defense leaders chose to keep the report secret in fear lawmakers would cut funding, the Washington Post found. The Defense Business Board study stated all of these cutbacks could take place without any military employees being terminated. The federal advisory board of corporate executives and consultants recommended that some employees be encouraged into early retirements and their positions be eliminated through attrition, while overcompensated contractors would be cut back.

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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:42:31 -0700
<![CDATA[State Senate Republicans form select committee to talk 'facts' on energy policy]]> http://gazette.com/state-senate-republicans-form-select-committee-to-talk-facts-on-energy-policy/article/1591315?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-senate-republicans-form-select-committee-to-talk-facts-on-energy-policy/article/1591315?custom_click=rss

Colorado Senate Republicans are forming a select legislative committee to discuss energy and environmental issues in-depth with the goal of educating the public and fellow legislators.

"It's a big deal, because it's some place to gather that information," said Sen. Ray Scott, a Republican from Grand Junction, who will lead the panel. "If you think about it, there's not a lot of people in that building who really understand the energy issues. They're not in the energy industry. We all develop an opinion based on these different groups that come screaming to the Capitol saying the sky is falling. Let's spend some time looking at the data, looking at the facts."

Scott first spoke of the committee at an American Petroleum



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:49:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Court rules against effort to reverse city land swap involving Strawberry Fields]]> http://gazette.com/court-rules-against-effort-to-reverse-city-land-swap-involving-strawberry-fields/article/1591675?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/court-rules-against-effort-to-reverse-city-land-swap-involving-strawberry-fields/article/1591675?custom_click=rss

A judge Monday delivered a setback for a community group trying to block a controversial land swap involving Strawberry Fields.

Fourth Judicial District Judge Michael P. McHenry rejected a bid by Protect our Parks to get a ballot question on the April citywide election with the potential to reverse a land trade involving the 190-acre property abutting North Cheyenne Canon Park.

As proposed, the ballot language would have required the city to seek voters' approval before any future sales and trades of parks and open space.

The measure would have contained a clause making it retroactive to May 1, voiding the proposed land deal if it had passed.

In his ruling, McHenry denied the group's proposed initiative on two



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:45:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Navajo Nation files $160 M claim with EPA over mine spill]]> http://gazette.com/navajo-nation-files-160-m-claim-with-epa-over-mine-spill/article/1591671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/navajo-nation-files-160-m-claim-with-epa-over-mine-spill/article/1591671?custom_click=rss

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation has submitted a claim of more than $160 million in damages to the federal government over last year's mine waste spill that fouled rivers in three western states.

A cleanup team led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency triggered the August 2015 spill while working at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado.

The 3-million-gallon blowout tainted rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah with tons of toxic heavy metals including arsenic, mercury and lead.

In a letter Monday to the EPA, attorneys say the tribe still awaits more than $3 million in unreimbursed expenses for costs through Sept. 30 to deal with the spill that contaminated the San Juan River.



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:34:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Gov. Hickenlooper aims Colorado marijuana tax revenue toward affordable housing, homeless]]> http://gazette.com/gov.-hickenlooper-aims-colorado-marijuana-tax-revenue-toward-affordable-housing-homeless/article/1591618?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gov.-hickenlooper-aims-colorado-marijuana-tax-revenue-toward-affordable-housing-homeless/article/1591618?custom_click=rss

A proposal by Gov. John Hickenlooper to direct marijuana revenue toward building affordable housing and curbing homelessness offers a glimpse into the potential the new revenue can have on public services and projects.

But Hickenlooper and his administration are hesitant to acknowledge that cannabis dollars can have a positive impact on expanding state programs. For now, the governor is adamant that the dollars should be spent only on issues related to marijuana.

To the chagrin of pro-marijuana activists, Hickenlooper believes there is a correlation between homelessness, a need for affordable housing and substance abuse, including impacts from marijuana legalization.



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:44:30 -0700
<![CDATA[A glance of every Trump transition appointment made so far]]> http://gazette.com/a-glance-of-every-trump-transition-appointment-made-so-far/article/1590880?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-glance-of-every-trump-transition-appointment-made-so-far/article/1590880?custom_click=rss

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:23:31 -0700
<![CDATA[On Unsolid Ground: Colorado Springs delays study on landslide risk; potential calamity exists for Broadmoor, zoo areas]]> http://gazette.com/on-unsolid-ground-colorado-springs-delays-study-on-landslide-risk-potential-calamity-exists-for-broadmoor-zoo-areas/article/1591572?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/on-unsolid-ground-colorado-springs-delays-study-on-landslide-risk-potential-calamity-exists-for-broadmoor-zoo-areas/article/1591572?custom_click=rss

The massive Cheyenne Mountain Landslide Scarp looms above a richly developed slope like a sleeping giant with a serious mean streak. But the city has yet to commission a study eight months after the state geologist recommended it be done "as soon as possible."

Potentially at risk are the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, The Broadmoor Resort Community, The Broadmoor and hundreds of some of the city's priciest houses tucked into The Broadmoor Valley.

The Colorado Geological Survey recommended the study last April after its geologists investigated last year's landslides that destroyed homes, damaged others, leaving them uninhabitable while their owners hope for a government buyout, and severed utility lines. City officials confirmed



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:59:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump warns of ‘retribution’ if companies move jobs out of U.S.]]> http://gazette.com/trump-warns-of-retribution-if-companies-move-jobs-out-of-u.s./article/1591605?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-warns-of-retribution-if-companies-move-jobs-out-of-u.s./article/1591605?custom_click=rss

President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday issued a dramatic warning to companies that they would face “retribution” in the form of tariffs if they move American jobs overseas, setting up a collision with corporate America and the free-market wing of the Republican Party.

In a string of early-morning tweets, Trump said he intends to keep jobs in the United States by lowering taxes for companies and slashing regulations, two key components of his economic agenda. But he also warned that companies that send workers offshore could face a 35 percent tariff on goods sold back to the United States.



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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:34:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump expands list of candidates to head State Dep't]]> http://gazette.com/trump-expands-list-of-candidates-to-head-state-dept/article/feed/428398?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-expands-list-of-candidates-to-head-state-dept/article/feed/428398?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is expanding his pool of candidates for secretary of state, leaving unclear whether former CIA Director David Petraeus' guilty plea for leaking classified information disqualifies him to serve as the nation's top diplomat.

"There's not a finite list of candidates" for secretary of state, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters on Sunday. "More than four. Who knows how many finalists there will be?"

The remark comes a week after Trump's aides confirmed that the president-elect had settled on four finalists for the post.

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]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:40:57 -0700 <![CDATA[Trump threatens payback for US companies that move abroad]]> http://gazette.com/trump-threatens-payback-for-us-companies-that-move-abroad/article/feed/428293?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-threatens-payback-for-us-companies-that-move-abroad/article/feed/428293?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is threatening to impose heavy taxes on U.S. companies that move jobs overseas and still try to sell their products to Americans.

But the plan could drive up prices for U.S. businesses and consumers and risk setting off a trade war — if it's legal to begin with.

In a series of early-morning tweets Sunday, Trump vowed a 35 percent tax on products sold inside the U.S. by any business that fired American workers and built a new factory or plant in another country.

Trump campaigned on a vow to help American workers but also to reduce taxes and regulations on businesses.

Trump tweets "there will be a tax on our soon to be strong border of 35 percent for these companies

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]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:05:48 -0700 <![CDATA[Expansion of Colorado's largest coal mine clears a hurdle]]> http://gazette.com/expansion-of-colorados-largest-coal-mine-clears-a-hurdle/article/1591511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/expansion-of-colorados-largest-coal-mine-clears-a-hurdle/article/1591511?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado's flagging coal industry got a glimmer of hope when the federal government removed one obstacle to expanding the state's largest mine, but it isn't a done deal, and further court challenges are likely.

Arch Coal Inc. wants to extend its underground West Elk Mine into untapped federal coal reserves in Gunnison County. On Nov. 17, the U.S. Forest Service proposed a ruling that would clear the way for the company to build temporary roads on more than 30 square miles of largely untouched national forest land to facilitate the expansion.

Arch still needs further approvals before it could build roads or expand. And at least one environmental group said it is willing to renew a three-year legal



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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:17:43 -0700
<![CDATA[For now, Trump bears signs of a dealmaker, not a policymaker]]> http://gazette.com/for-now-trump-bears-signs-of-a-dealmaker-not-a-policymaker/article/1591510?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/for-now-trump-bears-signs-of-a-dealmaker-not-a-policymaker/article/1591510?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — He phones. He kibitzes. He cajoles. He threatens. He rewards.

It's a freewheeling style that President-elect Donald Trump used to stop Carrier from shipping 800 jobs from an Indiana factory to Mexico. And it marks a radical shift from the measured words and scripted events that typify most presidents-elect.

It's the agenda of a dealmaker, one who seems inclined to take a transactional, ad hoc approach to economic policy — offering some help to this company, perhaps directing a warning to others.

Thursday's announcement by Carrier that it had reversed its decision to move certain jobs outside the country spotlighted Trump's inclination to personally intervene in the economy, down to a



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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:37:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump's team to raise millions for Jan. 20 events]]> http://gazette.com/trumps-team-to-raise-millions-for-jan.-20-events/article/feed/425081?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trumps-team-to-raise-millions-for-jan.-20-events/article/feed/425081?custom_click=rss

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The scramble to shape his administration underway, President-elect Donald Trump's team has simultaneously begun turning its attention to raising tens of millions of dollars for festivities related to his Washington inauguration.

Trump, who vowed during the campaign to "drain the swamp" of special interests corrupting Washington, has set $1 million donation limits for corporations and no limits for individual donors, according to an official on the Presidential Inaugural Committee with direct knowledge of tentative fundraising plans. At the same time, Trump's inaugural committee will not accept money from registered lobbyists, in line with his ban on hiring lobbyists for his nascent administration.

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]]> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:54:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Obama blocks new oil, gas drilling in Arctic Ocean]]> http://gazette.com/obama-blocks-new-oil-gas-drilling-in-arctic-ocean/article/feed/423211?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-blocks-new-oil-gas-drilling-in-arctic-ocean/article/feed/423211?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is blocking new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean, handing a victory to environmentalists who say industrial activity in the icy waters will harm whales, walruses and other wildlife and exacerbate global warming.

A five-year offshore drilling plan announced on Friday blocks the planned sale of new oil and gas drilling rights in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north of Alaska. The plan allows drilling to go forward in Alaska's Cook Inlet southwest of Anchorage.

The blueprint for drilling from 2017 to 2022 can be rewritten by President-elect Donald Trump, in a process that could take months or years.

Besides Cook Inlet, the plan also allows drilling in the Gulf of Mexico,

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]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:20:54 -0700 <![CDATA[Unlikely apprentice: Obama coaches Trump to be world leader]]> http://gazette.com/unlikely-apprentice-obama-coaches-trump-to-be-world-leader/article/feed/423056?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/unlikely-apprentice-obama-coaches-trump-to-be-world-leader/article/feed/423056?custom_click=rss

BERLIN (AP) — It's the last thing President Barack Obama ever expected he'd be doing in his final months in office: Coaching Donald Trump on how to be a world leader.

As the president-elect holes up in his skyscraper, Obama is giving Trump policy advice, style tips and gentle nudges to let the fervor of the campaign give way to the sobriety of the Oval Office. And as Obama completes his last world tour, he's been thrust into the unexpected role of Trump translator to anxious U.S. allies.

Standing next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Obama said Trump would quickly see that a president's responsibilities can't be treated casually and that diverse countries can only be governed by "listening and reaching out.

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]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:51:45 -0700 <![CDATA[Japan PM in NY for 1st meeting by foreign leader with Trump]]> http://gazette.com/japan-pm-in-ny-for-1st-meeting-by-foreign-leader-with-trump/article/feed/422966?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/japan-pm-in-ny-for-1st-meeting-by-foreign-leader-with-trump/article/feed/422966?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he believes Donald Trump is a leader in whom he can have great confidence after meeting with the president-elect Thursday.

Abe, who became the first world leader to meet with Trump since his election, was seeking reassurances over the future of U.S.-Japan security and trade relations. He described the meeting as "really, really cordial" but offered few details of their discussion.

"I do believe that without confidence between the two nations (the) alliance would never function in the future and as an outcome of today's discussion I am convinced Mr. Trump is a leader with whom I can have great confidence in," Abe said at a press conference following the meeting, where h

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