<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/government Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:06:41 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![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 12:51:40 -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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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:28:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Conservative group cancels speech by Yiannopoulos ]]> http://gazette.com/conservative-group-cancels-speech-by-yiannopoulos/article/1597270?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/conservative-group-cancels-speech-by-yiannopoulos/article/1597270?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES — Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has been disinvited to this year's Conservative Political Action Conference after his attempt to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men fell flat with organizers.

The American Conservative Union founded and hosts CPAC, which is being held Wednesday through Saturday outside Washington. In a tweet on Monday, ACU chairman Matt Schlapp said that "due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation of Milo Yiannopoulos to speak."

After the polarizing Breitbart News editor was invited, his invitation sparked a backlash.

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:43:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump supporters see a successful president — and are frustrated with critics who don’t]]> http://gazette.com/trump-supporters-see-a-successful-president-and-are-frustrated-with-critics-who-dont/article/1597251?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-supporters-see-a-successful-president-and-are-frustrated-with-critics-who-dont/article/1597251?custom_click=rss

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Many of President Trump’s most dedicated supporters — the sort who waited for hours in the Florida sun this weekend for his first post-inauguration campaign rally — say their lives changed on election night. Suddenly they felt like their views were actually respected and in the majority.

But less than one month into Trump’s term, many of his supporters say they once again feel under attack — perhaps even more so than before.

Those who journeyed to Trump’s Saturday evening event on Florida’s Space Coast said that since the election, they have unfriended some of their liberal relatives or friends on Facebook.

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:01:42 -0700
<![CDATA[AP source: Trump's revised travel ban targets same countries]]> http://gazette.com/ap-source-trumps-revised-travel-ban-targets-same-countries/article/1597238?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-trumps-revised-travel-ban-targets-same-countries/article/1597238?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — A draft of President Donald Trump's revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven't used it yet.

A senior administration official said the order, which Trump revised after federal courts held up his original immigration and refugee ban, will target only those same seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya.

The official said that green-card holders and dual citizens of the U.S. and any of those countries are exempt. The new draft also no longer directs authorities to single out — and reject — Syrian refugees

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:34:49 -0700
<![CDATA[INSIGHTS: Beautician's chair the newest front on domestic violence]]> http://gazette.com/insights-beauticians-chair-the-newest-front-on-domestic-violence/article/1597223?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/insights-beauticians-chair-the-newest-front-on-domestic-violence/article/1597223?custom_click=rss

The unique bond between women and their beauticians is the newest front in Colorado's fight against domestic violence.

Freshman Rep. Edie Hooton, a Boulder Democrat, will present Senate Bill 1175 to the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee on Tuesday afternoon.

To get or renew a license under the proposal, barbers, hairstylists, cosmetologists, estheticians, and nail technicians would have to undergo training in domestic abuse awareness. The law doesn't require them to intervene or report anything, and it specifically gives them immunity from criminal or civil repercussions if they do or don't.

Hooton hopes they do.

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:22:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump's challenge: Stop blaming others, take ownership]]> http://gazette.com/trumps-challenge-stop-blaming-others-take-ownership/article/1597225?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trumps-challenge-stop-blaming-others-take-ownership/article/1597225?custom_click=rss The first month of Donald Trump's presidency has been activist, ambitious, and full of adjectives. He is making a difference, as new presidents seek to do, and this is most assuredly a different kind of presidency.

Here are a few of his successes. He has nominated, as he said he would, a respected conservative originalist for the open Supreme Court seat. We expect Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed by the Senate this spring. He has gotten his four top inner-Cabinet members (State, Defense, Treasury, and attorney general) nominated, confirmed by the Senate, and off and running. Two of them have traveled abroad already doing the diplomatic business of the United States.

Some of his appointments, such as Nikki Haley to be United

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]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:50:02 -0700 <![CDATA[FDR issued an executive order sending Japanese Americans to internment camps — 75 years ago]]> http://gazette.com/fdr-issued-an-executive-order-sending-japanese-americans-to-internment-camps-75-years-ago/article/1597209?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fdr-issued-an-executive-order-sending-japanese-americans-to-internment-camps-75-years-ago/article/1597209?custom_click=rss

The documents would expose everything: the racism inherent in the president’s executive order, the cynical politics behind it, the lies told in court to defend it.

Peter Irons was sure of this. The lawyer had stumbled across the papers in a government storeroom: secret admissions from U.S. officials that a supposed matter of national security was not what it appeared.

The executive order led to abrupt expulsions, mass detentions and the persecution of thousands on the basis of their ethnicity, but it was false to the core.

Irons intended to prove it. But he could not do it by himself.

With the documents in hand and a knot in his stomach, he stepped out of a taxi in San Leandro,

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:32:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Pence says U.S. to hold Russia accountable, stand with NATO]]> http://gazette.com/pence-says-u.s.-to-hold-russia-accountable-stand-with-nato/article/1597205?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pence-says-u.s.-to-hold-russia-accountable-stand-with-nato/article/1597205?custom_click=rss

MUNICH — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday conveyed a message to jittery partners that the Trump administration will "hold Russia accountable" and maintain steadfast support for NATO, a military alliance the American commander in chief once dismissed as "obsolete."

In his overseas debut as vice president, Pence told the audience at the Munich Security Conference that the U.S. would be "unwavering" in its commitment to NATO and that President Donald Trump would "stand with Europe." Pence pointed to their shared "noble ideals — freedom, democracy, justice and the rule of law."

Addressing the violence in Ukraine, Pence said the U.S.

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:11:53 -0700
<![CDATA[‘California is a nation, not a state’: A fringe movement wants a break from the U.S.]]> http://gazette.com/california-is-a-nation-not-a-state-a-fringe-movement-wants-a-break-from-the-u.s./article/1597188?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-is-a-nation-not-a-state-a-fringe-movement-wants-a-break-from-the-u.s./article/1597188?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO — About 15 people huddled in a luxury apartment building, munching on danishes as they plotted out their plan to have California secede from the United States.

“I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of an independent California,” Geoff Lewis said as he stood in a glass-walled conference room adorned with California’s grizzly-bear flag and a sign reading “California is a nation, not a state.”

Sweaty onlookers from the gym across the hall peered in curiously.

Bolstered by the election of President Trump, the group, Yes California, is collecting the 585,407 signatures necessary to place a secessionist question on the 2018 ballot.

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Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:10:07 -0700