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Colorado needs fiscal and constitutional reforms, according to TBD Colorado, a group set up by Gov. John Hickenlooper to encourage civic engagement in solving the state’s problems. “Our state has endless positive potential,” said TBD Colorado Board Chairman Greg Maffei. “Important, forward-facing actions and decisions must be made to ensure a vibrant future. Analysts from… Continue Reading TBD Colorado: State needs fiscal, constitutional reforms

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John Morse chosen as state Senate president

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Colorado Springs Democrat John Morse will serve as the next Senate president for the Colorado General Assembly. More replaces Senate president Brandon Shaffer, a Democrat from Longmont, who will hold the position until the 2013 legislative session convenes Jan. 9. “The time for politics and elections is behind us,” Morse said in a statement about… Continue Reading John Morse chosen as state Senate president

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El Paso County voters returned nearly all incumbents to their positions, voted to remove extra terms for commissioners and gave both the sheriff and the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority the tax money they asked for in years to come. They also gave the county two Democratic members of the state House, with Pete Lee… Continue Reading Local voters pass taxes for sheriff, PPRTA, retain commissioners

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The administrators of the E-470 toll road to Denver International Airport is launching another redesign and billing process for customers. The toll road has been plagued with late or non-payments since it switched to license plate fees and automatic billing. Officials believe the latest system will be simple, more informative, and gives the customers ample… Continue Reading E-470 officials change toll collection procedures

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State stocks up on marijuana enforcement SUVs

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Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division is giving enforcement vehicles to other state agencies after leasing more vehicles than it has workers. Enforcement officials signed an eight-year lease for two dozen new vehicles, mostly SUVs that cost $30,000 apiece. Months after signing the lease, the agency found fees were not as much as expected and it… Continue Reading State stocks up on marijuana enforcement SUVs

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Gov. John Hickenlooper is asking for more federal help for communities affected by wildfires this summer. The governor sent a letter to President Barack Obama yesterday, seeking additional money.   “The current disaster declaration does not account for the significant infrastructure losses and repairs the communities directly incurred as a result of these wildfires,” the… Continue Reading Hickenlooper asks for more federal aid for wildfires

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An El Paso County representative has received one of the lowest scores for her votes for conservation and the environment. And a state senator from the area earned the highest score. According to the Colorado Conservation Voters 2012 scorecard, Rep. Marsh Looper only voted in favor of environmental or conservation legislation 8 percent of the… Continue Reading El Paso legislators receive lowest, highest marks for conservation votes

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The recent wildfires in the state have sparked a number of scams, according to Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. The scams range from fake charity collections to home repair and construction fraud. Consumers may also have problems with their insurance companies or mortgage lenders. Any problems should be reported to the AG’s consumer complaint line… Continue Reading AG warns of scams in aftermath of Waldo Canyon fire

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Gov. John Hickenlooper has consolidated a number of programs under a new office, the Office of Early Childhood Development. The office will be under  the umbrellas of the Colorado Department of Health and Human Services. It will bring together programs from four divisions within CDHS, including child care licensing, quality initiative, Colorado child care assistance,… Continue Reading Governor creates new early childhood office

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Governor to sign Colo. state employee bill

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  Colorado state employees could see revised job protections under a measure headed to ballots this fall.   Gov. John Hickenlooper says he plans to sign the proposal to revise personnel regulations on Wednesday. The governor’s signature is the last step before the changes go to voters.   Many of the protections are in the… Continue Reading Governor to sign Colo. state employee bill

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