<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/government Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:00:07 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Trump's first year in office has been a can't-miss drama]]> http://gazette.com/trumps-first-year-in-office-has-been-a-cant-miss-drama/article/1619439?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trumps-first-year-in-office-has-been-a-cant-miss-drama/article/1619439?custom_click=rss

A bleak description of "American carnage." A forceful rollback of his predecessor's achievements. A blatant falsehood from the White House podium.

And that was just the first 24 hours.

In his first year in office, Donald Trump proved to be a singular figure, casting aside norms and traditions, fighting with Republicans and Democrats alike and changing how the nation and the presidency are viewed at home and abroad.

Seemingly each day spawned several can-you-believe-it headlines that would have defined a previous president's term. But in the hyper-accelerated Trump news cycle, many were forgotten by the next morning.



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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:20:33 -0700
<![CDATA[US marches for women's rights slam Trump, encourage voting]]> http://gazette.com/us-marches-for-womens-rights-slam-trump-encourage-voting/article/1619433?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-marches-for-womens-rights-slam-trump-encourage-voting/article/1619433?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demonstrators from Los Angeles to New York marched in support of female empowerment and denounced President Donald Trump's views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women's rights on Saturday, the anniversary of his inauguration.

People marched in Casper, Wyoming, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Houston. In Park City, Utah, where the annual Sundance Film Festival is in full swing, actress Jane Fonda and nationally known attorney Gloria Allred joined the women's march.

In Morristown, New Jersey, that state's new first lady told a crowd she was a victim of sexual violence while attending college.



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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:18:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Tens of thousands protest Trump, vow to take back country at second Denver Women’s March]]> http://gazette.com/tens-of-thousands-protest-trump-vow-to-take-back-country-at-second-denver-womens-march/article/1619392?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tens-of-thousands-protest-trump-vow-to-take-back-country-at-second-denver-womens-march/article/1619392?custom_click=rss

On the anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration and just hours after the federal government went into a partial shutdown, tens of thousands of protesters — most waving signs and many clad in signature pink hats — flooded Denver’s Civic Center Park and streets around the state Capitol Saturday morning for the city’s second Women’s March, as organizers vowed to channel a year’s worth of outrage into electoral power.

“We’re here to protest. We’re sick of the government, we’re sick of the shutdown, we’re just sick of everything,” said Catherine King of Denver, who took part in the Denver march a day short of one year earlier. “This country is just kind of upside-down right now, and we’re out to



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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:05:17 -0700
<![CDATA[As session opens, money-stressed Colorado Parks and Wildlife seeks solutions]]> http://gazette.com/as-session-opens-money-stressed-colorado-parks-and-wildlife-seeks-solutions/article/1619416?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/as-session-opens-money-stressed-colorado-parks-and-wildlife-seeks-solutions/article/1619416?custom_click=rss

Last summer, cash-strapped Colorado Parks and Wildlife was outbid by a local government body for the lease on Berthoud's Lonetree Reservoir, which the state agency had managed for anglers and other recreation-seekers since the 1970s. Managers of the Berthoud Heritage Metropolitan District have said they will keep Lonetree open to the public.

"I don't see that as a problem," state Sen. Tim Neville said of a small local government taking over an asset that long had been managed by the state.

Neville told Colorado Politics that local governments may be more attuned to their communities. He added he could also envision cases in which a private company could be more efficient and responsive than CPW.



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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:42:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump admin. moves to bar Haitians from agricultural, seasonal worker visas]]> http://gazette.com/trump-admin.-moves-to-bar-haitians-from-agricultural-seasonal-worker-visas/article/1619431?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-admin.-moves-to-bar-haitians-from-agricultural-seasonal-worker-visas/article/1619431?custom_click=rss

The Trump administration is moving to prohibit people from Haiti — which the president allegedly insulted in a meeting last week — from applying for visas for seasonal and farm workers.

The Department of Homeland Security has given notice it plans to prohibit people from Haiti, as well as Belize and Samoa, from applying for H-2A and H-2B visas, which are temporary.

Those visas allow businesses to bring in workers from other countries. The H-2A visa is for agriculture and the H-2B is for non-agricultural seasonal work in places such as resorts.

The notice of which countries are eligible was to be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, but a copy was publicly posted online Wednesday per the usual



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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:03:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Insights: Colorado's Cory Gardner rides the Trump roller-coaster from Yuma to the spotlight]]> http://gazette.com/insights-colorados-cory-gardner-rides-the-trump-roller-coaster-from-yuma-to-the-spotlight/article/1619415?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/insights-colorados-cory-gardner-rides-the-trump-roller-coaster-from-yuma-to-the-spotlight/article/1619415?custom_click=rss

Coloradans in the U.S. House and the Senate seem to have a handle on this Trump thing. And Colorado Politics is no longer the only institution taking note.

And sometimes that means saying nothing at all. Lots of publications have been heaping praise on Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner of Yuma for his willingness to choose his battles against Trump.

When the president (allegedly) said immigrants from Africa and Haiti came from shithole countries, and America should instead welcome (read: white) immigrants from Norway, Gardner lost his voice.

"I'm not going to get into the who-said-what-said, but what was reported is unacceptable," Gardner said on "Face the Nation" last Sunday morning, steering the conversation away from



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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:42:38 -0700
<![CDATA[GOP, Dems show no sign of retreat in shutdown's first day]]> http://gazette.com/gop-dems-show-no-sign-of-retreat-in-shutdowns-first-day/article/1619414?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gop-dems-show-no-sign-of-retreat-in-shutdowns-first-day/article/1619414?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats showed no signs of ending their standoff over immigration and spending Saturday as Americans awoke to the first day of a government shutdown and Congress staged a weekend session to show voters it was trying to resolve the stalemate.

The closure of many government agencies was a striking display of Washington dysfunction, played out on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, and there was more finger-pointing than signs of bipartisan dealmaking.

Trump made light of the debacle in a tweet that Democrats "wanted to give me a nice present" to mark the start of his second year in office.

The president spoke with Senate Majority Leader Mitch



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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:07:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Mountains yes, Ellis Island no: Some US parks open, some not]]> http://gazette.com/mountains-yes-ellis-island-no-some-us-parks-open-some-not/article/1619404?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mountains-yes-ellis-island-no-some-us-parks-open-some-not/article/1619404?custom_click=rss

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK — The snowy mountains and frozen lakes of Rocky Mountain National Park are still accessible to visitors, despite the federal government shutdown.

But across the country in New York, the nation's most famous monuments to immigration — the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island — were closed Saturday.

The National Park Service oversees both natural wonders and historic landmarks across the nation. The park service's parent agency, the Interior Department, had vowed to keep as many parks and public lands open as possible during the shutdown, which began at midnight Friday on the East Coast.

But by mid-day Saturday, the pattern was spotty.



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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:03:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump travel ban to get day in Supreme Court]]> http://gazette.com/trump-travel-ban-to-get-day-in-supreme-court/article/1619397?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-travel-ban-to-get-day-in-supreme-court/article/1619397?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has agreed to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries.

The issue pits an administration that considers the restrictions necessary for Americans' security against challengers who claim it is illegally aimed at Muslims and stems from Trump's campaign call for a "complete shutdown of Muslims" entering the U.S.

The justices plan to hear argument in April and issue a final ruling by late June on a Trump policy that has been repeatedly blocked and struck down in the lower courts.



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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:18:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Time runs out on averting shutdown for thousands in Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/time-runs-out-on-averting-shutdown-for-thousands-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1619339?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/time-runs-out-on-averting-shutdown-for-thousands-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1619339?custom_click=rss

Time ran out Friday for thousands of military families and federal workers hoping lawmakers would reach a deal by the midnight deadline to avert the second federal government shutdown in the past five years.

For military families in the Pikes Peak region, Friday was full of frustration as they waited on lawmakers to decide their fate. The military has been a top talking-point in the shutdown discussions, and some feel that troops are a bargaining chip.

"There is always a lot of support from other Americans, but it seems like that also makes us pawns," said Kadi Simmons, whose husband is a Fort Carson captain.

Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump signaled some movement as the clocked ticked toward the shutdown.



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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:27:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Everything you need to know about a government shutdown]]> http://gazette.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-a-government-shutdown/article/1619333?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-a-government-shutdown/article/1619333?custom_click=rss

The federal government is barreling toward a shutdown, the first since 2013. If Congress indeed fails to pass appropriations legislation by their Friday midnight deadline, the process that follows could complicate many lives — both those of federal workers and the millions of Americans who rely on them to experience places like the National Parks. Here are the answers to questions you might have about how the shutdown could affect you or your neighbor.

What is a government shutdown?

Exactly what it sounds like. Much of the federal government gets its funding from annual budget appropriations decided by Congress.



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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:24:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Government Shutdown: What’s closed, who is affected?]]> http://gazette.com/government-shutdown-whats-closed-who-is-affected/article/1619384?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/government-shutdown-whats-closed-who-is-affected/article/1619384?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON— The federal government shutdown only partially curbs operations. But the longer the shutdown continues, the more likely its impact will be felt.

U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered, but almost half of the 2 million civilian federal workers will be barred from doing their jobs if the shutdown extends into Monday.

How key parts of the federal government would be affected by a shutdown:

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INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

A shutdown plan posted on the Treasury Department’s website shows that nearly 44 percent of the IRS’ 80,565 employees will be exempt from being furloughed during a shutdown.



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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:40:02 -0700
<![CDATA[US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other]]> http://gazette.com/us-government-shuts-down-dems-gop-blame-each-other/article/1619362?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-government-shuts-down-dems-gop-blame-each-other/article/1619362?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The government careened toward shutdown Friday night in a chaotic close to Donald Trump’s first year as president, as Democrats and Republicans preemptively traded blame while still struggling to find some accord before a deadline at the stroke of midnight.

The lawmakers and Trump’s White House mounted last-ditch negotiations to stave off what had come to appear as the inevitable, with the parties in stare-down mode over federal spending and proposals to protect some 700,000 younger immigrants from deportation.

After hours of negotiating, the Senate scheduled a late-night vote on a House-passed plan. It appeared likely to fail.



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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:30:10 -0700
<![CDATA[POLL: Who do you believe is most at fault if the government shuts down tonight?]]> http://gazette.com/poll-who-do-you-believe-is-most-at-fault-if-the-government-shuts-down-tonight/article/1619338?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/poll-who-do-you-believe-is-most-at-fault-if-the-government-shuts-down-tonight/article/1619338?custom_click=rss

By a 20-point margin, more Americans blame President Trump and Republicans rather than Democrats for a potential government shutdown, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

A 48 percent plurality says Trump and congressional Republicans are mainly responsible for the situation resulting from disagreements over immigration laws and border security, while 28 percent fault Democrats. A sizable 18 percent volunteer that both parties are equally responsible. Political independents drive the lopsided margin of blame, saying by 46 to 25 percent margin that Republicans and Trump are responsible for the situation.



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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:10:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs mayor raises red flags over sports and event center plan for Antlers Park]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-mayor-raises-red-flags-over-sports-and-event-center-plan-for-antlers-park/article/1619293?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-mayor-raises-red-flags-over-sports-and-event-center-plan-for-antlers-park/article/1619293?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers is leaning against a plan to put a downtown sports and event center in city-owned Antlers Park, although he hasn't ruled it out.

Suthers, back in town Thursday after a two-day economic development trip to China, said he's worried about legal questions raised by City Attorney Wynetta Massey related to Antlers Park. In an opinion last year after the proposal surfaced, Massey said a sports and event center would violate restrictions designed to protect public use of the park.

"I have great respect for Wynetta Massey as an attorney," said Suthers. "Her legal opinion raises very legitimate legal issues.



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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:47:54 -0700