<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/government Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:23:56 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Supreme Court set to close out current term with 3 big cases]]> http://gazette.com/supreme-court-set-to-close-out-current-term-with-3-big-cases/article/1579026?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/supreme-court-set-to-close-out-current-term-with-3-big-cases/article/1579026?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is set to close out its current term with opinions Monday in three remaining cases after a flurry of decisions last week.

It's expected to be the justices' final meeting before they disperse on their summer breaks.

The last three cases concern regulation of Texas abortion clinics, the public corruption conviction of former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and a federal law that seeks to keep guns out of the hands of people convicted of domestic violence.

Just eight justices are taking part in the cases following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February.



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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:16:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Pastor told he cannot advertise Jesus on Colorado Springs bus benches]]> http://gazette.com/pastor-told-he-cannot-advertise-jesus-on-colorado-springs-bus-benches/article/1578962?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pastor-told-he-cannot-advertise-jesus-on-colorado-springs-bus-benches/article/1578962?custom_click=rss

A local pastor said he was told his advertisements on bus benches in Colorado Springs would be barred if they use the name Jesus.

Lawson Perdue, a pastor at Charis Christian Center in west Colorado Springs for 15 years, said he was told if the name Jesus was allowed, hate messages would have to be allowed, too.

Perdue said his church has been advertising on transit benches in the city for the past three years, using various Jesus-related campaigns. Two years ago benches said "Celebrate Jesus," last year benches said "Experience Jesus," and now benches say "Jesus is Lord.



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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:31:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Lamborn rival Vargas calls congressman 'the worst']]> http://gazette.com/lamborn-rival-vargas-calls-congressman-the-worst/article/1579007?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lamborn-rival-vargas-calls-congressman-the-worst/article/1579007?custom_click=rss

Calandra "Callie" Vargas is a profile of seeming contradictions.

She's a very conservative millennial.

She describes herself as a country girl who helps take care of horses, but also a hipster who is a beer and coffee snob.

Vargas hopes to be the future of politics, replacing what she not-so-affectionately calls the "khaki-pants wearing men's club."

Vargas puts her GOP primary opponent for the 5th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, in that camp of fashion faux pas.

She is unforgiving in her scorn of the almost 10-year incumbent.

"Doug Lamborn is the worst. He's just the living worst," Vargas said. "People need to know that Doug Lamborn is the worst. He makes Christians look stupid.



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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:31:35 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County Assessor: Property prices soaring near wind farm]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-assessor-property-prices-soaring-near-wind-farm/article/1578989?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-assessor-property-prices-soaring-near-wind-farm/article/1578989?custom_click=rss

The El Paso County Assessor's Office reported in February that values on property around a recently constructed wind farm near Calhan were on the rise.

That trend has not changed, county assessor Steve Schleiker told the county commissioners on Tuesday. He said later in the week that a 37.6 percent rise in market value near the 145 windmills is simply a reflection of the overall real estate climate throughout the county.

"Are we seeing any abnormalities? Not at all," Schleiker said. "It's just that the market has picked up. We're seeing a hot residential market here, and it's no different out on the plains.



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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:38:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Lamborn cruising through primary, claims victories for Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/lamborn-cruising-through-primary-claims-victories-for-colorado-springs/article/1579014?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lamborn-cruising-through-primary-claims-victories-for-colorado-springs/article/1579014?custom_click=rss

Facing his 4th primary election in five terms, Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn is in congressional cruise control.

He's spent nearly $211,000 on advertising and other things, but has hardly acknowledged his opponent. No debates. Few public appearances.

It's a formula the incumbent member of the House Armed Services Committee has relied on for years.

"I'm excited about the prospect of going back to Washington with Barack Obama out of the White House and having a new start," he said. "Especially if we have Donald Trump instead of Hillary Clinton, (we'll be) making tremendous progress on a whole series of conservative initiatives.



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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 21:09:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Numbers change dramatically in Colorado Springs Utilities governance survey]]> http://gazette.com/numbers-change-dramatically-in-colorado-springs-utilities-governance-survey/article/1578976?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/numbers-change-dramatically-in-colorado-springs-utilities-governance-survey/article/1578976?custom_click=rss

Contrary to reports that a majority of 1,100 survey respondents don't want the City Council to keep running Colorado Springs Utilities, survey questions actually reaped only 164 responses at most.

Numbers issued Monday by Colorado Springs Utilities raised questions for Councilman Don Knight, who got a precise accounting from Utilities of how many people answered each question.

"The telephone town hall vendor made 17,000 outgoing calls. Of that, we had 1,034 connections, in addition to 42 people who called in using the toll free number, and 24 participated via the webcast, for a total of 1,100 participants," a Utilities spokesman reported.

But only a fraction of the town hall participants took the survey.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:34:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Klingenschmitt wants criminal charges for group making attack ads]]> http://gazette.com/klingenschmitt-wants-criminal-charges-for-group-making-attack-ads/article/1578965?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klingenschmitt-wants-criminal-charges-for-group-making-attack-ads/article/1578965?custom_click=rss Just days before the primary election, state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt is fighting back against a political advocacy group he believes to be responsible for mailing attack ads against him to Republican voters in his district.

Klingenschmitt, who faces Bob Gardner in the state Senate District 12 race Tuesday, submitted a letter to 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office Thursday calling for a criminal investigation into former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, founder of nonprofit Colorado Pioneer Action.

In the letter, Klingenschmitt said the mailers contain false information, a misdemeanor under state law. He added that the ads also violate campaign finance law because they do not identify what individual or organization sent them.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:30:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs congressman happy with Brexit vote]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-congressman-happy-with-brexit-vote/article/1578957?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-congressman-happy-with-brexit-vote/article/1578957?custom_click=rss While the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union sent shock waves through global financial markets, the move was hailed by U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs.

Lamborn, who faces a Republican primary next week in a bid for his sixth term, said the vote was a signal that the 28-member union has stepped too far in trying to control the immigration and environmental policies of member states.

"The EU has been encroaching on every country's sovereignty almost from the day it was created," said Lamborn, who founded the House Sovereignty Caucus, which aims to diminish the role of international compacts on U.S. laws.

He said it was also a clear message that the EU should focus on international finance and stay

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[More Republicans than Democrats have submitted Colorado primary ballots]]> http://gazette.com/more-republicans-than-democrats-have-submitted-colorado-primary-ballots/article/1578944?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-republicans-than-democrats-have-submitted-colorado-primary-ballots/article/1578944?custom_click=rss

More Republicans than Democrats have turned in ballots for Tuesday's primary election.

The Secretary of State's Office reported Friday that nearly 21 percent - 207,268 of 997,493 - of Republicans have submitted ballots for the all-mail election. Ballots were mailed to 990,763 Democrats, with 187,637 - almost 19 percent - having been returned.

Voter turnout looks to be on track to eclipse numbers from the 2014 primary, when 21.84 percent of statewide voters participated.

The ballot includes five Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, seven Congressional races - including a challenge to Colorado Springs Republican incumbent Doug Lamborn, 18 state Senate seats, all 65 state House seats, all 22 district attorney offices



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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:02:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Senate candidates far apart]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-senate-candidates-far-apart/article/1578936?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-senate-candidates-far-apart/article/1578936?custom_click=rss

The candidates in the state Senate District 12 primary have painted contrasting portraits of one another: Bob Gardner, the much-too-moderate conservative, and Gordon Klingenschmitt, the polarizing politician incapable of compromise.

Gardner, who served in the House from 2007 to 2014, and Klingenschmitt, who this year finished his first term in the House, are vying to replace term-limited Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs. Election day in the all-mail primary is Tuesday.

The candidates' stances on the Affordable Care Act illustrate the difference in their legislative strategies - and the images they have created of one another.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:19:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Wreck cleared on I-25 near Monument]]> http://gazette.com/wreck-cleared-on-i-25-near-monument/article/1578937?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wreck-cleared-on-i-25-near-monument/article/1578937?custom_click=rss

An accident northbound on Interstate 25 at Highway 105 near Monument was blocking the left lane on Friday afternoon.

No fatalities have been reported.

The wreck was cleared at about 2:24 p.m.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:58:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Frazier's charisma helps him stand out in U.S. Senate race]]> http://gazette.com/fraziers-charisma-helps-him-stand-out-in-u.s.-senate-race/article/1578939?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fraziers-charisma-helps-him-stand-out-in-u.s.-senate-race/article/1578939?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Ryan Frazier is charismatic on stage unlike any other Republican in the U.S. Senate race.

Frazier stood out in early debates when other candidates - at one time there were more than a dozen - seemed green and uncomfortable on the stage.

The former 9NEWS political pundit has a measured, easy way with the press and the public, and aside from his troubles getting on the ballot, Frazier has managed to stay mostly above the fray in a five-man GOP primary that is getting uglier by the day.

Frazier has kept his race positive, focusing instead on an inspirational message of hard work and hope. Election day is Tuesday.

"I was that kid who grew up in a single- parent home and didn't have much.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:40:02 -0600 <![CDATA[US giving $48 million to help West deal with drought]]> http://gazette.com/us-giving-48-million-to-help-west-deal-with-drought/article/1578882?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-giving-48-million-to-help-west-deal-with-drought/article/1578882?custom_click=rss

BRIGHTON — The Obama administration is awarding $48 million in grants in 13 states, mostly in the West, to help farmers and others conserve water and energy amid drought and climate change.

The money will pay for improvements to irrigation and water delivery systems as well as provide technical assistance for planning and engineering conservation measures.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grants Thursday in Brighton, just outside Denver. He was in Colorado to speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen on Friday.

The grants will help complete 76 projects and save 123,000 acre-feet of water, or about 40 billion gallons, each year, said Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan Lopez.



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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:49:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Democrats end sit-on on House floor while promising to continue to press for gun votes]]> http://gazette.com/democrats-end-sit-on-on-house-floor-while-promising-to-continue-to-press-for-gun-votes/article/1578804?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/democrats-end-sit-on-on-house-floor-while-promising-to-continue-to-press-for-gun-votes/article/1578804?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Rebellious Democrats shut down the House's legislative work on Wednesday, staging a sit-in on the House floor and refusing to leave until they secured a vote on gun control measures before lawmakers' weeklong break.

Exasperated Republicans were forced to recess while cutting off cameras that showed the protest. But in an unprecedented step, C-SPAN used live video feeds from one lawmaker's Periscope account and another's Facebook page to transmit words and images from the House chamber.

More than 200 Democrats led by Georgia Rep. John Lewis demanded a vote on measures to expand background checks and block gun purchases by some suspected terrorists in the aftermath of last week's massacre in Orlando,



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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:54:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Democrat in county commission District 3 race will know her GOP opponent after primary]]> http://gazette.com/democrat-in-county-commission-district-3-race-will-know-her-gop-opponent-after-primary/article/1578824?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/democrat-in-county-commission-district-3-race-will-know-her-gop-opponent-after-primary/article/1578824?custom_click=rss

With less than a week left in the primary election season, the El Paso County commissioner's race for District 3 is heating up as two Republicans go head-to-head for the nomination.

"I'm ready to work for the voters, listen to the voters, and I'm excited to be county commissioner," said Stan VanderWerf, one of the Republicans in the June 28 primary. "The key word is leadership, and I will bring that."

His opponent, Karen Cullen, said the biggest issue facing the county is public safety, which includes fire and flood mitigation, law enforcement, water quality protection, and suicide prevention.

"We don't want to grow government," Cullen said. "We want to come together for a collaborative solution. It's about private



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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:14:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Watchdog flags Fannie Mae for lavish spending on new D.C. headquarters]]> http://gazette.com/watchdog-flags-fannie-mae-for-lavish-spending-on-new-d.c.-headquarters/article/feed/362134?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watchdog-flags-fannie-mae-for-lavish-spending-on-new-d.c.-headquarters/article/feed/362134?custom_click=rss

Joseph Lawler

Fannie Mae has run up enough excessive spending on its new downtown D.C. headquarters to incur "significant financial and reputational risks," a government watchdog warned Thursday.

The mortgage giant, currently in the middle of a move from Northwest D.C. to a new single building to be built downtown, has seen the budget for its new headquarters rise by 50 percent since the project was approved, accompanied by a few eye-catching expensive items, such as glass bridges, "town centers," and spiral staircases.

The cost overruns could present a political nuisance for Fannie.

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