<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/government Sun, 23 Jul 2017 16:46:55 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Six months of Trump doesn't shake his Colorado believers]]> http://gazette.com/six-months-of-trump-doesnt-shake-his-colorado-believers/article/1607716?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/six-months-of-trump-doesnt-shake-his-colorado-believers/article/1607716?custom_click=rss

Donald Trump's true believers in Colorado still believe. - Since taking up residency in the White House six months ago, the first family has taken on political wounds over their potential involvement with Russian operatives, a shaky health care overhaul and campaign promises that have yet to materialize, including a border wall paid for by Mexico and locking up his opponent, Hillary Clinton, over her use of a private email server as secretary of State. - Trump was never more popular than Clinton in Colorado, though he closed a double-digit gap in the polls by campaigning consistently in the state the last six weeks. Clinton won the state by 5 percentage points in November.



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Sun, 23 Jul 2017 15:11:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Black Hills Energy proposes rate hikes to cover gas generator]]> http://gazette.com/black-hills-energy-proposes-rate-hikes-to-cover-gas-generator/article/1607715?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/black-hills-energy-proposes-rate-hikes-to-cover-gas-generator/article/1607715?custom_click=rss

Black Hills Energy is asking the state Public Utilities Commission for a package of rate hikes to help pay for a gas-fired generator in Pueblo to replace its coal-fired plant in Cañon City, which closed in December 2012 under pressure for clean-air advocates.

Black Hills is asking to create tiered rates for customers who use higher amounts of energy, similar to the summertime rates charged by Xcel Energy.

The utility also wants to raise its minimum monthly residential rate from $16.89 to $20.13. The charge covers fixed cost such as a connection, meter and billing to maintain service at a home, separate from the amount of energy the home uses.

Black Hills' net-metered solar customers pay up to 50 percent more. The



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Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:54:56 -0600
<![CDATA[White House indicates Trump would sign new sanctions bill ]]> http://gazette.com/white-house-indicates-trump-would-sign-new-sanctions-bill/article/1607702?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/white-house-indicates-trump-would-sign-new-sanctions-bill/article/1607702?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The White House indicated Sunday President Donald Trump would sign a sweeping Russia sanctions measure, which the House could take up this week, that requires him to get Congress' permission before lifting or easing the economic penalties against Moscow.

Lawmakers are scheduled to consider the sanctions package as early as Tuesday, and the bill could be sent to Trump before Congress breaks for the August recess. The legislation is aimed at punishing Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the newly appointed White House press secretary, said the administration is supportive of being tough on Russia and



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Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:03:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Russian ambassador to U.S. concludes assignment ]]> http://gazette.com/russian-ambassador-to-u.s.-concludes-assignment/article/1607694?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russian-ambassador-to-u.s.-concludes-assignment/article/1607694?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Russian ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak — a high-profile figure in the controversy over Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election— has concluded his assignment in Washington.

The Russian Embassy in Washington announced on Twitter that Kislyak's tenure ended on Saturday.

Kislyak's successor has not been announced, although it is widely expected to be Anatoly Antonov, a deputy foreign minister and former deputy defense minister seen as a hardliner regarding the United States.

A Washington fixture with a sprawling network, Kislyak has emerged as a central figure in the investigations into Russian interference in the election and whether any Trump associates



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Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:29:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Trump lawyer says in Denver no pardons discussed, no collusion occurred]]> http://gazette.com/trump-lawyer-says-in-denver-no-pardons-discussed-no-collusion-occurred/article/1607692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-lawyer-says-in-denver-no-pardons-discussed-no-collusion-occurred/article/1607692?custom_click=rss

How does Donald Trump's lawyer define collusion? That it's not illegal and nobody he knows has done it. And you know what else Jay Sekulow told a gaggle of reporters after his speech Saturday night at the Western Conservative Summit? There has been no discussion of Trump pardoning himself or anyone else, the national news of the day Saturday. Trump mentioned the "complete power to pardon" in a tweet Saturday morning, leading to speculation that he might pardon himself, family members or those in his administration if matters worsen in the investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian meddling in his win last year.



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Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:40:59 -0600
<![CDATA[In tweet storm, Trump decries ‘illegal leaks’ and asserts ‘all agree’ he has complete power to pardon]]> http://gazette.com/in-tweet-storm-trump-decries-illegal-leaks-and-asserts-all-agree-he-has-complete-power-to-pardon/article/1607674?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-tweet-storm-trump-decries-illegal-leaks-and-asserts-all-agree-he-has-complete-power-to-pardon/article/1607674?custom_click=rss

NORFOLK — A defiant President Trump unleashed a flurry of nearly a dozen tweets Saturday morning, asserting that he has the “complete power to pardon” aides, family members and possibly even himself — an apparent response to the special counsel’s widening Russia probe — and decrying “illegal leaks” in the “FAKE NEWS.”

The president also lashed out at a new Washington Post report of previously undisclosed alleged contacts between Attorney General Jeff Sessions — at the time a U.S. senator and senior adviser to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign — and a Russian official.



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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:12:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Dissatisfaction with GOP health care plans dominates Colorado Springs forum]]> http://gazette.com/dissatisfaction-with-gop-health-care-plans-dominates-colorado-springs-forum/article/1607626?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dissatisfaction-with-gop-health-care-plans-dominates-colorado-springs-forum/article/1607626?custom_click=rss

Dissatisfaction with GOP health care plans dominates Colorado Springs forum



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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:50:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Eager-to-please tycoon drives Trump's Russia connection]]> http://gazette.com/eager-to-please-tycoon-drives-trumps-russia-connection/article/1607656?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eager-to-please-tycoon-drives-trumps-russia-connection/article/1607656?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW -- In 2013, the Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov and his son, Emin, arranged an extravagant party entrance for their guest, Donald Trump: an armored Mercedes stretch limo driving off a freight elevator right into a ballroom with 3,000 bedazzled Russian guests.

They were worried Trump's security detail might spoil the surprise. Then Trump waved his team off.

"Don't bother with them," he said, Emin Agalarov, a pop singer, told The Washington Post last year in an interview. "I'm going where I want to go because I trust you.



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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:20:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Zinke in Denver makes a case for energy production on public lands]]> http://gazette.com/zinke-in-denver-makes-a-case-for-energy-production-on-public-lands/article/1607633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/zinke-in-denver-makes-a-case-for-energy-production-on-public-lands/article/1607633?custom_click=rss

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told the Western Conservative Summit Friday night that America should open up its public lands and shores for more energy production.

"I can tell ya, the war on American energy is over," said the former Montana congressman who is chief steward of the nation's parks and public lands. He received perhaps the longest applause of the evening from the largest annual collection of conservatives outside of Washington, D.C.

Zinke has actions behind his mission. Last month the department issued an order to speed the permitting for oil and gas drilling on federal lands. And President Trump signed an executive order in April to boost offshore drilling.



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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:30:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Did John Bolton call for war on Russia? Says Trump didn’t collude]]> http://gazette.com/did-john-bolton-call-for-war-on-russia-says-trump-didnt-collude/article/1607632?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/did-john-bolton-call-for-war-on-russia-says-trump-didnt-collude/article/1607632?custom_click=rss

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, a mainstay of past Republican administrations, doesn't think Donald Trump colluded with the Russians. But if the Russians meddled in U.S. elections, they must be dealt with. In a powerful 20-minute speech to a few thousand people at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver Friday night, Bolton said he hasn't seen evidence to convince him Trump's campaign was complicit. "The evidence is unmistakable Russia tried to interfere in our election," Bolton said. "I think there's no evidence the Trump campaign tried to collude with the Russians." Holding his bent thumb and index finger about an inch apart, he said. "These are two different issues." Applause ensued.



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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:20:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Obama spy chiefs upbraid Trump for his remarks about his intelligence agencies]]> http://gazette.com/former-obama-spy-chiefs-upbraid-trump-for-his-remarks-about-his-intelligence-agencies/article/1607630?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-obama-spy-chiefs-upbraid-trump-for-his-remarks-about-his-intelligence-agencies/article/1607630?custom_click=rss

ASPEN, Colo. — Two former senior Obama administration intelligence officials on Friday expressed anger at President Trump’s statements disparaging the intelligence community and disbelief at his embrace of Russia.

In remarkably strong terms and in their first extensive remarks on the topic since leaving office on Jan. 20, former CIA director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. let loose on Trump, who before taking office had compared his intelligence community to Nazi Germany.

“That was a terrible, insulting affront” to the rank and file — “completely inappropriate, over-the-top,” Clapper said at the Aspen Security Forum.



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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:13:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Sen. Cory Gardner says Republicans aren't done on healthcare at Western Conservative Summit]]> http://gazette.com/sen.-cory-gardner-says-republicans-arent-done-on-healthcare-at-western-conservative-summit/article/1607634?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sen.-cory-gardner-says-republicans-arent-done-on-healthcare-at-western-conservative-summit/article/1607634?custom_click=rss

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner told a crowd of thousands at the Western Conservative Summit Friday night that Republicans in Congress, as early as next week, will address healthcare. The Senate GOP's effort to repeal and replace Obamacare collapsed last week. Gardner never said how we would have voted on that bill, even though he was in a group that helped draft it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled the legislation when  it became evident Republicans didn't have the votes to pass it. But Friday night Gardner never said exactly what Republicans will do next, beyond giving states more flexibility to design their own programs, "to get Washington out of the way." "Those are the kinds of things we can all work together to do," Gardner



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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:11:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Education Secretary DeVos pushes school choice in Denver]]> http://gazette.com/education-secretary-devos-pushes-school-choice-in-denver/article/1607579?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/education-secretary-devos-pushes-school-choice-in-denver/article/1607579?custom_click=rss

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended her push to expand charter schools and vouchers before a conservative audience in Denver on Thursday.

Her remarks followed a day of protests during which public school proponents, led by teachers unions, held a rally and marched against DeVos' policies.

"Our opponents, defenders of the status quo, only protest those capable of implementing real change," DeVos said at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) annual meeting, which included mostly Republican lawmakers and policy leaders from around the country.

ALEC has long supported school choice programs, including controversial vouchers.



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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:58:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Newt Gingrich, in Denver speech, says state and local leaders should embrace “Trumpism”]]> http://gazette.com/newt-gingrich-in-denver-speech-says-state-and-local-leaders-should-embrace-trumpism/article/1607624?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/newt-gingrich-in-denver-speech-says-state-and-local-leaders-should-embrace-trumpism/article/1607624?custom_click=rss

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said state and local leaders should embrace “Trumpism,” and he urged congressional Republicans to ensure legislative progress or risk losing power to Democrats come the 2018 elections.

“I think that making America great again has to be, in many ways, a state and local challenge,” Gingrich said in a Denver speech on Friday.



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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:36:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Live coverage: Community Conversation on health care]]> http://gazette.com/live-coverage-community-conversation-on-health-care/article/1607391?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-coverage-community-conversation-on-health-care/article/1607391?custom_click=rss

What happens next with health care? How will the U.S. Senate's action - or inaction - affect Colorado? Will premiums go down or up more? Will more people be covered or fewer? Will pre-existing conditions be a factor in whether I can get coverage? Will my kids be kicked off my insurance or stay on it forever?

On July 21, Gazette Media, Colorado Politics and AARP are hosting a Community Conversation on health care to let you ask your questions about how health care changes will affect you.

Answering your questions will be: Rep. Doug Lamborn, El Paso County's Republican congressman; state Sen.



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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:28:23 -0600