<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/government Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:32:55 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Political analysts ask: Is Colorado still a battleground state or has it turned light blue?]]> http://gazette.com/political-analysts-ask-is-colorado-still-a-battleground-state-or-has-it-turned-light-blue/article/1581374?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/political-analysts-ask-is-colorado-still-a-battleground-state-or-has-it-turned-light-blue/article/1581374?custom_click=rss

Donald Trump has officially added Colorado to his post-nomination tour of battleground states.

Whether the Centennial State is the purple swing state it once was is up for debate, however.

Colorado pollster and political analyst Floyd Ciruli says there's a strong indication Colorado has turned blue for Democrats, even if it's a light blue.

"Democrats are doing pretty well here," Ciruli said.

He noted the compelling wins by President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and how well Democrats weathered the 2014 GOP tidal wave that swept Republican Sen. Cory Gardner into office and gave Republicans the state Senate but left Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper standing with Democrats still holding the state House.

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Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:09:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs council OKs pool and athletic club despite neighbors' protests]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-council-oks-pool-and-athletic-club-despite-neighbors-protests/article/1581271?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-council-oks-pool-and-athletic-club-despite-neighbors-protests/article/1581271?custom_click=rss

An appeal by residents to keep an athletic club and swimming pool out of their neighborhood failed Tuesday, unanimously rejected by the Colorado Springs City Council. Council members approved a rezoning and OK'd the development plan for Pikes Peak Athletics.

Kirk McCormick, testifying for himself and his neighbors, said the 28,000-square-foot facility would be only 150 feet from their homes, and swim meets would create thunderous noise from bullhorns, whistles and cheering fans.

But the houses are 600 feet away and 150 feet above the proposed site near Chestnut Street and Elkton Drive, noted Hannah Van Nimwegen, a city planner.

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Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:01:48 -0600
<![CDATA[U.S. Senate candidate Glenn says allegation of misdemeanor assault likely linked to his parents' 'violent' marriage]]> http://gazette.com/u.s.-senate-candidate-glenn-says-allegation-of-misdemeanor-assault-likely-linked-to-his-parents-violent-marriage/article/1581387?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-senate-candidate-glenn-says-allegation-of-misdemeanor-assault-likely-linked-to-his-parents-violent-marriage/article/1581387?custom_click=rss

Compelled to respond to a report alleging he struck his father in the face more than 32 years ago, U.S. Senate hopeful Darryl Glenn said he doesn't remember every detail of the incident because "when you grow up in a violent home, the fights, the screaming, the pain all blur together."

In an email to the media Wednesday night, Glenn explained that he was trying to stop his father from beating his mother on the night of Nov. 20, 1983, in their Colorado Springs home. He said, "I do not believe I ever hit him," adding that his mother has backed up this statement.

"My father hit my mother, and I got between them to try and protect her," Glenn wrote in the email. "The police were called. He claimed to the police that I hit him.

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Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:59:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Homeland Security chief criticizes politicians' 'overheated rhetoric' related to Muslims, immigration]]> http://gazette.com/homeland-security-chief-criticizes-politicians-overheated-rhetoric-related-to-muslims-immigration/article/1581378?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/homeland-security-chief-criticizes-politicians-overheated-rhetoric-related-to-muslims-immigration/article/1581378?custom_click=rss

ASPEN - Homeland Security director Jeh Johnson on Wednesday described his agency's efforts to have Muslim-Americans help law enforcement identify terrorists and decried political rhetoric that "vilifies Muslims."

Speaking during the annual Aspen Security Forum, Johnson was careful not to mention GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, but warned that anti-Muslim campaign chatter "is a setback to our homeland security efforts."

"Overheated rhetoric that fans the flames of fear and prejudice has consequences," he said.

Democrats have criticized Trump's campaign for its pledges to block all or some Muslim immigration into the U.S.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:34:10 -0600
<![CDATA[John Hickenlooper “pretty unlikely” to take Clinton cabinet post]]> http://gazette.com/john-hickenlooper-pretty-unlikely-to-take-clinton-cabinet-post/article/1581372?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/john-hickenlooper-pretty-unlikely-to-take-clinton-cabinet-post/article/1581372?custom_click=rss

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is putting cold water on the idea that he would join Hillary Clinton’s administration if she wins in November.

On the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Hickenlooper said Wednesday that “it’s pretty unlikely I would take a cabinet position to be very blunt.”

The governor is considered a top prospect for a number of posts, particularly as secretary of Interior or Commerce, if the Democratic presidential nominee defeats Republican Donald Trump. And his comments at an energy policy hosted by Politico appears to contradict the prevailing wisdom that he is interested in serving if asked.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:47:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Donald Trump stopping in Colorado Springs on Friday]]> http://gazette.com/donald-trump-stopping-in-colorado-springs-on-friday/article/1581324?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/donald-trump-stopping-in-colorado-springs-on-friday/article/1581324?custom_click=rss

Donald Trump will stop by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs on Friday for a campaign event.

The Republican presidential nominee will be at Gallogly Events Center at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at donaldjtrump.com/schedule. The center can hold about 1,500 people, according to the university.

"Trump understands the political map better than mainstream pundits give him credit for," Jeff Hays, chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party, said in a statement. "The national election could easily come down to Colorado. The election in Colorado will certainly come down to Republican turnout in El Paso County. Trump gets it. That's why we're among his first stops after the convention in Cleveland.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:55:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Water advisory ended for Falcon residents]]> http://gazette.com/water-advisory-ended-for-falcon-residents/article/1581290?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/water-advisory-ended-for-falcon-residents/article/1581290?custom_click=rss

A precautionary boiled-water order was in place briefly Wednesday morning for residents of Falcon Highlands Metropolitan District while officials tested the water for contamination.

The tests were ordered after an "electric/mechanical" failure in the district's water infrastructure caused a loss of pressure on Sunday, prompting concerns that the change might allow a disease-causing organisms into the drinking supply, District Manager Cynthia Beyer said Wednesday.

But test results came back clean. At about 9:22 a.m. Wednesday, the district was notified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that the boil advisory had been rescinded, Beyer said.

The district is upgrading its hardware and software

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:31:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Rates going up for Colorado Springs Utilities customers after City Council vote]]> http://gazette.com/rates-going-up-for-colorado-springs-utilities-customers-after-city-council-vote/article/1581300?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rates-going-up-for-colorado-springs-utilities-customers-after-city-council-vote/article/1581300?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs Utilities electric and natural gas rates will increase Aug. 1, the City Council agreed this week.

For residential electric customers, the increase averages $3.06 a month, a 4.3 percent rise. Commercial customers will pay $40.60 more on average each month, a 6.5 percent increase. And industrial ratepayers will pay $2,040 more, a 6.9 percent increase.

Natural gas rates will increase 10 percent for residential customers, adding $3.30 on average to the monthly bill. Commercial customers can expect to pay 16.2 percent extra, or about $68.07 more a month.

Industrial customers will see a 17.1 percent increase, adding $680.76 to the average bill.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:22:31 -0600
<![CDATA[On Unsolid Ground: Council brainstorms ways to help Colorado Springs landslide victims]]> http://gazette.com/on-unsolid-ground-council-brainstorms-ways-to-help-colorado-springs-landslide-victims/article/1581267?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/on-unsolid-ground-council-brainstorms-ways-to-help-colorado-springs-landslide-victims/article/1581267?custom_click=rss

Tears were shed Tuesday as landslide victims described their plight to the Colorado Springs City Council, which spent its lunch hour brainstorming how to help the financially and emotionally devastated families.

What the council can't do is tap the general fund to help them, City Attorney Wynetta Massey said.

"A constitutional provision prevents government from aiding private citizens," Massey said. "City staff wages serve a public purpose. It's not for the private entity; it's for the government. (You) can't use general fund dollars."

Councilman Keith King had suggested that approach, among others, after a recent visit to landslide-devastated Lower Skyway homes. But Mayor John Suthers warned that using general fund

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:57:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Top Sanders supporter in Colorado urges movement to back Clinton]]> http://gazette.com/top-sanders-supporter-in-colorado-urges-movement-to-back-clinton/article/1581289?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/top-sanders-supporter-in-colorado-urges-movement-to-back-clinton/article/1581289?custom_click=rss

PHILADELPHIA — On the same day Democrats formally nominated Hillary Clinton for president, one of Colorado’s biggest advocates for Bernie Sanders urged his supporters to give Clinton a chance after the Democratic National Convention — a plea that several Sanders delegates said they were not ready to do.

Choking back tears at one point, Sanders backer and state Rep. Joe Salazar highlighted the stakes of the election in a breakfast speech Tuesday to Colorado delegates attending the convention. He acknowledged the challenge of supporting a former rival, but said the alternative was too dangerous for any other course of action.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:03:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Police report, handwriting expert contradict Senate candidate Darryl Glenn’s denial of 1983 assault charge]]> http://gazette.com/police-report-handwriting-expert-contradict-senate-candidate-darryl-glenns-denial-of-1983-assault-charge/article/1581281?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-report-handwriting-expert-contradict-senate-candidate-darryl-glenns-denial-of-1983-assault-charge/article/1581281?custom_click=rss

On a November night in 1983, Colorado Springs police answered a call from a father who said he had been struck in the face by his son, a senior in high school a month past his 18th birthday.

That young man was Darryl Glenn, according to a police report and other documents obtained by The Denver Post. Glenn, who is running for the U.S. Senate, has said he has no knowledge of the incident and that it may have been someone else — either his half-brother or another person named Darryl Glenn.

When The Post presented the candidate with the documents this week, his campaign spokeswoman said Glenn had no recollection of any run-ins with police.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 06:39:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Recount finds vote difference but no change in result of El Paso County commissioner primary]]> http://gazette.com/recount-finds-vote-difference-but-no-change-in-result-of-el-paso-county-commissioner-primary/article/1581225?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recount-finds-vote-difference-but-no-change-in-result-of-el-paso-county-commissioner-primary/article/1581225?custom_click=rss

The result of the District 4 El Paso County commissioner race will not change despite a recount ordered by Scott Turner.

Longinos Gonzalez remains the victor of the June 28 Republican primary election by 33 votes (3,450 to 3,417), down one vote from the 34 declared officially by the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's office on July 7. Results of the recount were released Tuesday.

Turner paid $2,660 for the candidate-requested recount after military, overseas and provisional ballots failed to bring the margin of the primary close enough to force an automatic recount. The clerk's office would have been mandated by state law to perform the recount if Gonzalez won by 0.5 percent, which would have been 18 votes.

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:02:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Landslide victim tells Colorado Springs City Council his house is 'beginning to sag']]> http://gazette.com/landslide-victim-tells-colorado-springs-city-council-his-house-is-beginning-to-sag/article/1581175?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/landslide-victim-tells-colorado-springs-city-council-his-house-is-beginning-to-sag/article/1581175?custom_click=rss

Dennis Cripps described to the City Council on Monday how a landslide is destroying his home, providing the prelude to more testimony by Colorado Springs landslide victims and experts to be presented to the council and mayor Tuesday.

"It's been a year, and the whole house is beginning to sag. We're hearing popping noises all night long, and I have a heavy tile roof that undoubtedly is going to collapse," said Cripps, one of several landslide victims on Broadmoor Bluffs Drive.

"I'm really grateful that the city and city's staff has been very helpful to the neighbors on Broadmoor Bluffs and I think on Zodiac Drive as well," said Cripps, who was invited by Councilman Keith King to testify.

Cripps said Mayor John Suthers

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:46:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Citing cyber 'revolution,' Obama issues attack response plan]]> http://gazette.com/citing-cyber-revolution-obama-issues-attack-response-plan/article/1581207?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/citing-cyber-revolution-obama-issues-attack-response-plan/article/1581207?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The White House warned Tuesday of a "revolution" of computer-generated threats to the U.S. stoked by growing cyber aggression by traditional U.S. foes like Russia and North Korea, and issued a color-coded response plan for the federal government to use after major cyberattacks.

Lisa Monaco, President Barack Obama's homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, said while Russia and China grow "more assertive and sophisticated" online, Iran has attacked U.S. banks and North Korea is showing a willingness to attack companies and countries alike. She also warned that non-governmental actors, like the Islamic State group and "hacktivists," are finding it easy to advance their goals through the internet.

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:07:39 -0600
<![CDATA[House intelligence panel member: U.S. adversaries feasting on DNC, Clinton data]]> http://gazette.com/house-intelligence-panel-member-u.s.-adversaries-feasting-on-dnc-clinton-data/article/1581199?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/house-intelligence-panel-member-u.s.-adversaries-feasting-on-dnc-clinton-data/article/1581199?custom_click=rss

Any information that passed through the Democratic National Committee's network or Hillary Clinton's personal servers should be considered an open secret to the world's intelligence agencies, according to a key Republican lawmaker.

"We all live in an environment now where we see bad actors [like] the Chinese People's Liberation Army, the Iranians, the Russians, who all have active cyber programs to steal emails," Rep. Mike Pompeo, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, told the Washington Examiner.

"I think it's the case for the DNC as well as for Secretary Clinton's homebrew server," he said. "One has to assume those bad actors are going to obtain access to those servers. So that information is available.

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:55:38 -0600