<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/government Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:47:36 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[The Pentagon demanded money back from National Guard soldiers. It’s still reviewing what to do next.]]> http://gazette.com/the-pentagon-demanded-money-back-from-national-guard-soldiers.-its-still-reviewing-what-to-do-next./article/1588560?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-pentagon-demanded-money-back-from-national-guard-soldiers.-its-still-reviewing-what-to-do-next./article/1588560?custom_click=rss

The Pentagon is reviewing how to resolve the cases of thousands of Army National Guard members who collectively received at least $30 million, only to be told later that the money wasn’t really theirs and must be repaid.

About 10,000 members of the California Army National Guard could be affected, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. The military offered similar bonuses to Guard members in other parts of the country but hasn’t disclosed how many.

Davis said Monday that senior Pentagon leaders are “looking very closely at this matter.” Officials deemed the bonuses in California improper and have established a process for service members to argue that they should not repay the money.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:39:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes]]> http://gazette.com/obama-administration-confirms-double-digit-premium-hikes/article/1588532?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-administration-confirms-double-digit-premium-hikes/article/1588532?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That will stoke another "Obamacare" controversy days before a presidential election.

Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.

Moreover, about 1 in 5 consumers will only have plans from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group,

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:58:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Medical marijuana pleas to loosen regulations go nowhere with City Council]]> http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-pleas-to-loosen-regulations-go-nowhere-with-city-council/article/1588549?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-pleas-to-loosen-regulations-go-nowhere-with-city-council/article/1588549?custom_click=rss

Medical marijuana businesses in Colorado Springs have been hit hard by city regulations, and their plea to adjust an ongoing moratorium fell on mostly deaf ears at Monday's City Council work session.

Under the moratorium, businesses can't even move out of an area the city deems "undesirable" and into an industrial zone, where city regulators want them to be.

Indeed, owners of the 334 local businesses have only one legal excuse to move: an expiring lease with no opportunity for renewal during the moratorium, which now extends to May 2017.

And while the entrepreneurs are content with the city's ban on licensing new "MMJ" businesses, they're worried about a moratorium that could outlast a majority of council members.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:27:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Senator sues to stop ballot selfie law; nearly 114,000 Colorado ballots turned in]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-senator-sues-to-stop-ballot-selfie-law-nearly-114000-colorado-ballots-turned-in/article/1588511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-senator-sues-to-stop-ballot-selfie-law-nearly-114000-colorado-ballots-turned-in/article/1588511?custom_click=rss

With Election Day two weeks away, things are getting busy in Colorado.

State Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, and Scott Romano, an 18-year-old University of Denver student, filed suit in federal court Monday arguing the law against taking ballot selfies violates free speech.

The action is a misdemeanor in Colorado - one of 18 states with laws against sharing ballot photos.

Hill said in a statement he has seen "myriad" Colorado voters sharing their votes on social media.

"And while exercising free speech, they now have to be worried about being prosecuted for participating in the political process or for encouraging discussion on the important civic choices facing our state," Hill said.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:20:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Relentless Darryl Glenn sticks by his plan in U.S. Senate race against Bennet]]> http://gazette.com/relentless-darryl-glenn-sticks-by-his-plan-in-u.s.-senate-race-against-bennet/article/1588516?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/relentless-darryl-glenn-sticks-by-his-plan-in-u.s.-senate-race-against-bennet/article/1588516?custom_click=rss

U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn is a man of incongruities, a black Republican who says he'll vote for Donald Trump but won't endorse him, an initial supporter of Trump's ban on Muslims, later deeming it "overly broad," a one-time opponent of working with Democrats who now says he would.

Glenn, a two-term El Paso County commissioner, found himself in the spotlight this month when he said he would vote for Trump, just two days after calling for Trump to step down from the presidential race after a video showed the businessman bragging about sexually assaulting women.

More recently, he told The Gazette he will vote for Trump but not endorse him.

"When you hear that (video) as a father, as a Christian, it was very

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:08:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Plenty of money being poured into University of Colorado regent race]]> http://gazette.com/plenty-of-money-being-poured-into-university-of-colorado-regent-race/article/1588519?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plenty-of-money-being-poured-into-university-of-colorado-regent-race/article/1588519?custom_click=rss

A statewide race that usually flies not only under the radar but also below the birds is generating a lot of squawking his year, as big bucks are backing candidates for a at-large University of Colorado board of regents seat.

As of Friday, Republican candidate Heidi Ganahl has raised nearly $173,000, some $50,000 from her own contributions and $7,500 from the Colorado Republican Committee, campaign finance reports show. Democrat Alice Madden has contributions of nearly $56,700. A political action committee also infused more than $91,000 into Madden's bid, for online and direct-mail ads, record show.

The campaign budget for the last statewide regent elected four years ago, Democrat Steve Ludwig, was $30,000.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:07:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Leaders debate over Medical Aid in Dying, ColoradoCare in CC event]]> http://gazette.com/leaders-debate-over-medical-aid-in-dying-coloradocare-in-cc-event/article/1588364?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/leaders-debate-over-medical-aid-in-dying-coloradocare-in-cc-event/article/1588364?custom_click=rss

Sides sparred Friday night over two ballot measures that have made national waves - one, aiming to socialize Colorado's health insurance industry and the other, legalizing lethal prescriptions for terminal patients.

The debate, held on the Colorado College campus, was part of The Gazette's Community Conversations as ballots arrived in voters' mailboxes and each side angled to make a final pitch to voters. It was moderated by senior political correspondent Joey Bunch.

Here are some highlights:

The first debate addressed Proposition 106, a measure that would make Colorado one of just a handful of states that allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:31:00 -0600
<![CDATA[After pricey primary, Gardner faces little-known third-party hopeful for Colorado Senate seat]]> http://gazette.com/after-pricey-primary-gardner-faces-little-known-third-party-hopeful-for-colorado-senate-seat/article/1588505?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/after-pricey-primary-gardner-faces-little-known-third-party-hopeful-for-colorado-senate-seat/article/1588505?custom_click=rss

Bob Gardner seems to have a clear path back to the Colorado statehouse.

Gardner, who beat Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt in a bruising Republican primary, faces a little-known Libertarian Party candidate who hasn't raised or spent any money on his campaign for the state Senate District 12 seat.

Gardner served eight years in the House before facing term limits in 2014. He spent nearly $100,000 in the primary to defeat Klingenschmitt, a televangelist one-term state representative who is best known for controversial comments he has made on his online broadcasts for his nonprofit Pray in Jesus Name Ministries.

The $171,705.70 raised by the two Republicans in the Colorado Springs race ranks sixth in fundraising through Oct.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:31:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Lily Tang Williams' U.S. Senate run is about pursuing the American dream]]> http://gazette.com/lily-tang-williams-u.s.-senate-run-is-about-pursuing-the-american-dream/article/1588506?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lily-tang-williams-u.s.-senate-run-is-about-pursuing-the-american-dream/article/1588506?custom_click=rss She chewed on the tiny bone, trying to get every piece of meat off. The hunger in her gut was a familiar feeling. She, and everyone else in the countryside, were being starved by their country.

Lily Tang Williams grew up during the Cultural Revolution in China, where she ate rats and boiled weeds to survive. Today she lives in the United States as an embodiment of patriotism, and the constitution. Williams, 52, is a Libertarian running for U.S. Senate, hoping to unseat incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet in November.

"Libertarianism is a hope for the country," Williams said. "Libertarianism is all about choice not force, and government is a force. Our ideology is simple: you should be left alone as long as you don't infringe

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[In U.S. Senate, Michael Bennet says he seeks partnerships over partisanship]]> http://gazette.com/in-u.s.-senate-michael-bennet-says-he-seeks-partnerships-over-partisanship/article/1588465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-u.s.-senate-michael-bennet-says-he-seeks-partnerships-over-partisanship/article/1588465?custom_click=rss

Michael Bennet took a quick leave of his coffee on the patio table outside the Market on Larimer in Denver last Tuesday to collect his iPad from his car.

The senior senator from Colorado realized how much the presidential campaign reminded him of Sinclair Lewis' "It Can't Happen Here." In the 1935 satirical novel, the fictional Sen. Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip won the White House with a bombastic, America-first campaign.

"I can't wrap my head around the idea of Donald Trump being president . I just can't," the Hillary Clinton ally had said a few minutes earlier, his right hand wrapped tightly around his paper coffee cup, which seemed to belie his calm demeanor.

It was as close as Bennet came in the conversation to knocking

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:08:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Liston hopes experience earns votes in Colorado House District 16 race]]> http://gazette.com/liston-hopes-experience-earns-votes-in-colorado-house-district-16-race/article/1588504?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/liston-hopes-experience-earns-votes-in-colorado-house-district-16-race/article/1588504?custom_click=rss The race for the Colorado House District 16 seat comes down to what importance voters place on experience.

Republican Larry Liston held the seat from 2005 to 2015. His Libertarian challenger, John Hjersman, is a retired merchant marine engineer looking to be elected to the Legislature for the first time.

Neither experience nor the lack of it is a negative, the candidates said.

Liston said he brings "good experience and judgment that you only get by doing." Hjersman said he will add fresh perspective to the challenges facing the state.

Liston's experience already has proved to be a benefit in his campaign.

During the primary, he used his achievements and reputation in the House to defeat incumbent Janak Joshi

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:00:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Libertarians hoping to get more of the spotlight]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-libertarians-hoping-to-get-more-of-the-spotlight/article/1588503?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-libertarians-hoping-to-get-more-of-the-spotlight/article/1588503?custom_click=rss If Libertarians make political inroads this year, perhaps they can thank Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

A general dislike - many would call it disgust - for the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates has some voters looking for alternatives.

"We're seeing a lot more positive responses to them (Libertarians) in terms of sign wavings and people with bumper stickers and things like that," said Michael Seebeck, chairman of the Libertarian Party of El Paso County and a candidate in Colorado House District 21. "I think it's having a positive impact for us because, let's face it, the Democrat and Republican candidates are a couple of train wrecks.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:00:01 -0600 <![CDATA[No free ride in House District 19]]> http://gazette.com/no-free-ride-in-house-district-19/article/1588502?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-free-ride-in-house-district-19/article/1588502?custom_click=rss

Pikes Peak region Democrats are not going to allow incumbent Colorado State House Rep. Paul Lundeen a free run to his second term in House District 19.

Tom Reynolds had no intention of running before last spring's county caucus, but when area Democratic leaders urged candidates to come forward and keep all 2016 political races from going uncontested, the 64-year-old stood up to be nominated.

"We just had to have a horse in the race," said Reynolds, who was chosen as a delegate to the caucus as a supporter of Bernie Sanders for president.

El Paso County Democratic Party second vice chairman Tom Blair said they were seeking "someone who is qualified."

"I wouldn't say we were grabbing just anybody," Blair said.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:35:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Opposites vying to replace Gordon Klingenschmitt in Colorado House]]> http://gazette.com/opposites-vying-to-replace-gordon-klingenschmitt-in-colorado-house/article/1588423?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/opposites-vying-to-replace-gordon-klingenschmitt-in-colorado-house/article/1588423?custom_click=rss

Democrat Sharon Huff and Republican Dave Williams couldn't be more different.

Huff never considered a career in politics until recently, while Williams - a political science graduate from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs - has been involved in politics for some time.

Huff, 65, is a professor at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs. She has been an interpreter for the deaf for more than 25 years and a counselor for the deaf at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind.

Williams, 30, is vice president of a small manufacturing-support service company after being a former vice chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party.

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]]> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:23:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Support strong for assisted suicide ballot measure despite opposition]]> http://gazette.com/support-strong-for-assisted-suicide-ballot-measure-despite-opposition/article/1588416?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/support-strong-for-assisted-suicide-ballot-measure-despite-opposition/article/1588416?custom_click=rss

Joellyn Duesberry knew eight months ago where her pancreatic cancer would lead.

What she wanted was a prescription to make it official - a lethal dose of drugs she could take when she felt ready to die.

"I'm on my way - I'm on a one way trip with cancer toward death," Duesberry said back then. "I'm already dead, in a sense."

Duesberry's desire lies at the heart of a November ballot measure placing Colorado squarely in a national debate over the autonomy terminally ill patients should be given to end their lives.

Proposition 106, known as the Medical Aid in Dying initiative, asks whether doctors should be allowed to prescribe lethal drugs to people with six months or less to live.

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Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:59:42 -0600