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Clark testifies in D.C. before Senate committee

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Clark testifies in D.C. before Senate committee

El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark testified before the U.S. Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources in D.C. on Tuesday. Clark discussed the severe impacts of the Waldo Canyon Fire and post-fire flooding on the Westside of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and Ute Pass, explaining how tight budgets and short-sighted management decisions… Continue Reading Clark testifies in D.C. before Senate committee

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Colorado has $1.6 billion extra to spend this year, said House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, and the state needs to devote dollars to rebuild infrastructure destroyed by this year’s flooding and wildfires. At a legislative breakfast sponsored by the Colorado Springs Business Journal, DelGrosso appeared as a panelist, along with Colorado Springs representatives Bob… Continue Reading Congeniality, not sparks, sets the mood at political breakfast

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City Council clears Pico of ethics allegation

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The Colorado Springs City Council found that Councilman Andy Pico did not violate the city’s code of ethics by working for a firm the city has a contract with. The finding came after a closed executive session on Monday at which time the council reviewed a report written by the city’s three-person Independent Ethics Commission.… Continue Reading City Council clears Pico of ethics allegation

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Breakfast with the Journal: It’s political

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Speakers at the Oct. 16 Breakfast with the Journal probably won’t agree on much. Four politicians — two from the Springs and two from Denver — will weigh in on the upcoming 2014 Legislature, on what bills they support and what the last session accomplished. There’s little room for agreement from Republicans and Democrats. Republicans… Continue Reading Breakfast with the Journal: It’s political

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So what did we learn from the historic 2013 recall elections, which succeeded in removing Colorado Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo? It depends on whom you ask. Republicans, gunnies and The Gazette’s editorial writers might tell you that the people spoke with one voice, tossing out a… Continue Reading Two sides, two analyses from stunning recall results

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Udall to head U.S. Senate Stategic Forces subcommittee

Sen. Mark Udall will head up a committee that oversees issues critical to Colorado’s military and aerospace communities. Udall, who is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, has been named the chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, which oversees such issues as cyberdefense, military space programs, nuclear weapons and intelligence programs.… Continue Reading Udall to head U.S. Senate Stategic Forces subcommittee

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Ballot issues to raise taxes have not historically fared well in El Paso County. So it was a surprise to some when two such issues passed with wide margins Tuesday. Ballot issue 1A, which called for a 23-hundredths of a cent sales tax increase to support staffing increases and equipment upgrades at the Sheriff’s Office,… Continue Reading Business community contributes to tax issues passing

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After Tuesday’s election, marijuana is no more than 30 days from becoming legal for limited possession and recreational use by adults in Colorado — but the regulatory atmosphere is still hazy. Amendment 64 passed with a 53 percent majority statewide — although it failed by a 3,300-vote margin in Colorado Springs, actually just 50.6 to… Continue Reading Amendment 64: The real challenge lies ahead for legalized marijuana

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Anderson’s idea doesn’t pan out

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Colorado Springs manufacturer and businessman Dave Anderson had a theory that he could coalesce voters around an idea of improving the nation’s finances and job market. He also believed he could rally voters around an independent candidate in U.S. House District 5, facing three-term Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn in the district that includes El Paso,… Continue Reading Anderson’s idea doesn’t pan out

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Election should revise local thinking

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As the local election results poured in Tuesday night, voters across El Paso County sent some surprising messages. Nothing caused more shock than the convincing passage of two — yes, two — tax increases, one renewing the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority’s capital improvement projects for another decade (through 2024), the other giving Sheriff Terry… Continue Reading Election should revise local thinking

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