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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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Term-limit controversy ends, yet incumbents win

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Local races provided plenty of surprises on Tuesday, but not at Centennial Hall, as three incumbent Republican county commissioners were easily re-elected. In District 2, Amy Lathen defeated a Green Party candidate by nearly a 4-to-1 margin, garnering 37,707 votes to her opponent’s 10,708. In District 4, Dennis Hisey’s win over Democrat Doskor Hanchett was… Continue Reading Term-limit controversy ends, yet incumbents win

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Amendment 64 could transform the business, legal and economic environment in Colorado — changing marijuana into a cash crop worth millions. Continue Reading Marijuana: Economic stimulant, or just a can of worms

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Chamber to square off with state regulations

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Election-year tension and redrawn legislative districts could make the 2012 session of the Colorado General Assembly more contentious than usual. Continue Reading Chamber to square off with state regulations

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