<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/government Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:45:24 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance]]> http://gazette.com/trump-administration-lifts-transgender-bathroom-guidance/article/1597399?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-administration-lifts-transgender-bathroom-guidance/article/1597399?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protection for transgender students that required schools to allow them to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, stepping into an emotional national issue.

The administration came down on the side of states' rights, lifting federal guidelines that had been issued by the Obama administration. Without the Obama directive, it will be up to states and school districts to interpret federal anti-discrimination law and determine whether students should have access to restrooms in accordance with their expressed gender identity and not just their biological sex.

"This is an issue best solved at the state and local level," Education Secretary



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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:41:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Gardner says he favors telephone town halls, as protesters push for face-to-face]]> http://gazette.com/gardner-says-he-favors-telephone-town-halls-as-protesters-push-for-face-to-face/article/1597443?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gardner-says-he-favors-telephone-town-halls-as-protesters-push-for-face-to-face/article/1597443?custom_click=rss U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner on Wednesday would not commit to attending a town hall meeting, despite increasing pressure from protesters.

Instead, the Republican senator from Colorado said he will continue to meet with constituents as he travels the state during the February congressional recess and beyond in a less formal environment. Gardner also said telephone town halls are an option.

"I appreciate the people who are expressing their points of view," Gardner said of the protesters. "Whether they support what the president has done, or whether they oppose what the president has done, it is very good for all of us to hear what is going on."

The senator pointed to over 100 town halls over the course of his time in office, as

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:40:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Bill to restructure PERA, state retirement system, board advances]]> http://gazette.com/bill-to-restructure-pera-state-retirement-system-board-advances/article/1597417?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bill-to-restructure-pera-state-retirement-system-board-advances/article/1597417?custom_click=rss

A hearing this week aimed at modifying the composition of the PERA board devolved into attacks by Treasurer Walker Stapleton and a discussion over the role of older Coloradans.

Stapleton, a Republican, testified on Senate Bill 158, which would restructure the board in an effort to bring greater accountability and performance.

The bill passed the Senate Finance Committee on a party-line vote, with Republicans backing the proposal. The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration. If it passes the Senate, the bill faces an uphill battle in the Democratic-controlled House.

Stapleton, who is considering a run for governor in 2018, has long been at odds with the PERA board, raising concerns over the stability of the



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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:40:59 -0700
<![CDATA[Still more speculation about Gov. John Hickenlooper's future]]> http://gazette.com/still-more-speculation-about-gov.-john-hickenloopers-future/article/1597415?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/still-more-speculation-about-gov.-john-hickenloopers-future/article/1597415?custom_click=rss

We admit it: Hick watching is addictive. Sure, we all pretend we're so over the incessant national chatter about Gov. John Hickenlooper's vice presidential and even presidential potential. Yet, we no sooner wax weary of the gossip and speculation - than more gossip, speculation and even, sometimes, bona fide insights pop up in the news and restart the guessing game.

Hey, don't blame us; it's all those other media who just can't seem to let it go. It's savvy beltway insiders like The Hill; it's national media heavyweights like The Washington Post. Recently, it was even the Trump administration that started tongues wagging anew after the New York Post reported that the White House was scouring the backgrounds of its perceived, top



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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:09:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Legislative leaders hope some transportation spending will be at local level]]> http://gazette.com/legislative-leaders-hope-some-transportation-spending-will-be-at-local-level/article/1597403?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/legislative-leaders-hope-some-transportation-spending-will-be-at-local-level/article/1597403?custom_click=rss

Local leaders could get to call the shots with part of the money from a state transportation plan in the works at the state Capitol.

That was the revelation from a forum with House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Senate President Kevin Grantham Tuesday night in Denver. Business leaders came from across the state for the event put on by the coalition Fix Colorado Roads and the Colorado Business Roundtable.

Duran said she and Grantham had agreed on several things: the state needs about $3 billion in bonds to pay for transportation, the state needs to ask voters for some new tax money in November and, thirdly, local governments should decide local needs.

"One solution in one part of the state is not necessarily the solution for



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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:44:27 -0700
<![CDATA[Uncertainty surrounds renewed talk of red-light cameras in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/uncertainty-surrounds-renewed-talk-of-red-light-cameras-in-colorado-springs/article/1597360?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uncertainty-surrounds-renewed-talk-of-red-light-cameras-in-colorado-springs/article/1597360?custom_click=rss

Talks to restore red-light cameras to help curb traffic violations in the city are just that - talks, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department.

After Police Chief Pete Carey said Tuesday that he was considering bringing the cameras back, his department spokesman Lt. Howard Black clarified the department is still "in very preliminary conversations internally." The move would have to be approved by City Council before going into effect.

The city once supported such cameras meant to catch red-light runners, but shut them down after Carey, then interim police chief, said they weren't improving traffic safety. City Council President At-Large Merv Bennett did not respond to requests for comment.



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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:12:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Millions targeted for possible deportation under Trump rules]]> http://gazette.com/millions-targeted-for-possible-deportation-under-trump-rules/article/1597354?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/millions-targeted-for-possible-deportation-under-trump-rules/article/1597354?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Millions of people living in the United States illegally could be targeted for deportation — including people simply arrested for traffic violations — under a sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the Trump administration.

Any immigrant who is in the country illegally and is charged or convicted of any offense, or even suspected of a crime, will now be an enforcement priority, according to Homeland Security Department memos signed by Secretary John Kelly. That could include people arrested for shoplifting or minor offenses — or simply having crossed the border illegally.



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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:12:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado legal group endorses Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court bid]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-legal-group-endorses-neil-gorsuchs-supreme-court-bid/article/1597373?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-legal-group-endorses-neil-gorsuchs-supreme-court-bid/article/1597373?custom_click=rss

A group of lawyers, judges, legal scholars and law students wrote a letter to Senate leaders boosting Judge Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination.

The Judge William E. Doyle Inn of Court is an organization of the legal community in Colorado. Fifty-one of its members wrote the letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and the Judiciary Committee's top-ranking Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

"Judge Gorsuch has shown himself to be a judge — and a person — of extraordinary decency and collegiality with a deep respect for the law," the members of the inn wrote. "Judge Gorsuch's strength of character and intellect is valued



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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:28:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Former Democratic presidential candidate blasts media over 'onslaught' against Trump]]> http://gazette.com/former-democratic-presidential-candidate-blasts-media-over-onslaught-against-trump/article/1597333?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-democratic-presidential-candidate-blasts-media-over-onslaught-against-trump/article/1597333?custom_click=rss

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee defended Republican President Donald Trump on Tuesday against a tiresome "full onslaught" by the "mainstream media" — and says he can relate to the commander-in-chief's struggles.

Chafee, a former U.S. senator and Rhode Island governor, told WPRO-AM he saw issues with the media firsthand during his own 2016 run. He said reporters focused on his advocacy of the metric system, a topic he himself introduced in his announcement for president.

"They immediately went to trivial things like metric, and during the debate, they gave me eight minutes out of two hours," he said.



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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:27:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Update: Driver's license services now available in El Paso County]]> http://gazette.com/update-drivers-license-services-now-available-in-el-paso-county/article/1597314?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/update-drivers-license-services-now-available-in-el-paso-county/article/1597314?custom_click=rss

Driver’s license services in El Paso County are not available Tuesday as employees continue to work on issues that have arisen with the new driver’s license system.

The offices closed at 3 p.m. Friday for a technology upgrade that was supposed to last through Monday. On Tuesday morning, county officials said they are still working on the system but full services could be reinstated later if the technology issues are resolved.

“Our office is committed to providing the best customer service experience possible for our citizens,” said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman. “We’re confident that personnel will work through these issues quickly, and we’ll be back online for our citizens



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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:38:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Two GOP state senators push TABOR reform, leadership finds that "interesting"]]> http://gazette.com/two-gop-state-senators-push-tabor-reform-leadership-finds-that-interesting/article/1597332?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-gop-state-senators-push-tabor-reform-leadership-finds-that-interesting/article/1597332?custom_click=rss

Senate Republican leadership on Tuesday described an effort to reform TABOR as "interesting," though leaders say it is not representative of the majority of the caucus' priorities.

Senate President Kevin Grantham of Cañon City responded when asked about the proposal, which has sponsorship from two Republican lawmakers, Rep. Dan Thurlow of Grand Junction and Sen. Larry Crowder of Alamosa.

The lawmakers are proposing that the state's spending cap under TABOR - the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights in the state constitution - be tied to personal income rather than the current formula: inflation plus population change. The idea is that government would be allowed to grow when economic times are good.

"It's an interesting concept,"



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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:35:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Pro-Trump "Spirit of America" rally coming to Denver]]> http://gazette.com/pro-trump-spirit-of-america-rally-coming-to-denver/article/1597325?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pro-trump-spirit-of-america-rally-coming-to-denver/article/1597325?custom_click=rss

Here's a change of pace: A nationwide rally in support of President Trump.

According to advance publicity for the Feb. 27 event, Tea Party national co-founder Debbie Dooley helped organize the planned "Spirit of America" rallies when "she grew disheartened by the mass deception undermining the president and his policies." Hence, the rallies, including in Colorado, "in support of President Donald J. Trump and his America-First Policies."

Colorado's will be noon on the 27th in Denver on the Capitol's West Steps.

Here is more from the event's press release:

Heading up the effort in Colorado is Betty Blanco of La Junta, a retired teacher, and Founder of the Arkansas Valley Tea Party Patriots-CO.

"I am proud to



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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:52:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Protesters will hold town hall meeting for Gardner, but he'll be absent]]> http://gazette.com/protesters-will-hold-town-hall-meeting-for-gardner-but-hell-be-absent/article/1597323?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/protesters-will-hold-town-hall-meeting-for-gardner-but-hell-be-absent/article/1597323?custom_click=rss

Liberal activists are tired of waiting to ambush any event put on by Sen. Cory Gardner, so they're staging a Gardner event without him.

The "in absentia town hall" is Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Byers Middle School at 105 S. Pearl St. in Denver.

Members of Congress are on a break from Washington this week, but public events in Colorado by House and Senate members in either party are scarce.

Liberals are mad about all things Trump. Conservatives are mad because Democrats are giving Trump's nominees - including Denver's Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court - a hard time.

Protests at senators' offices across the country have become fixtures in the news, with each nominee and executive order Trump puts



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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:40:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump's new Security Council boss has Colorado Springs ties]]> http://gazette.com/trumps-new-security-council-boss-has-colorado-springs-ties/article/1597281?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trumps-new-security-council-boss-has-colorado-springs-ties/article/1597281?custom_click=rss

The new head of the National Security Council will be a familiar face in Colorado Springs.

President Donald Trump on Monday named Army. Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to the job. When McMaster was a colonel, he led a Fort Carson unit of more than 5,000 soldiers through one of the post's successful deployments to Iraq.

Trump announced the pick Monday at his Palm Beach club and said McMaster is "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience," the Associated Press reported.

McMaster has long been considered one of the Army's top tacticians and now serves as a top deputy at Training and Doctrine Command where he works for another Fort Carson alumnus, Gen. David Perkins.



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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:27:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump taps military strategist as national security adviser]]> http://gazette.com/trump-taps-military-strategist-as-national-security-adviser/article/1597276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-taps-military-strategist-as-national-security-adviser/article/1597276?custom_click=rss

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser.

Trump announced the pick Monday at his Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago. He says McMaster is "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience."

Trump says retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who had been his acting adviser, will now serve as the National Security Council chief of staff.

Trump had been looking for a replacement for retired Gen. Michael Flynn, who was ousted last week.



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