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Looking into the crystal ball for 2014

Some years begin with little fanfare or anticipation, just a fresh outlook and a clean plate. But something about the arrival of 2014 feels different. In part, it’s knowing that the year will be automatically eventful, thanks to the scheduled elections in June (party primaries) and November (general). But it’s also based on Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Looking into the crystal ball for 2014

As odd-year elections go, the 2013 vote in El Paso County certainly won’t stand out as earthshaking. Or, for that matter, even mildly surprising. Everybody who has been paying the slightest attention had to know the only issue of real interest to the Colorado Springs business community. That was Amendment 66, a sweeping measure that… Continue Reading Don’t look for election’s messages, but …

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Hickenlooper expands Medicaid under ACA

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Gov. John Hickenlooper announced plans to expand Medicaid coverage to people living within 133 percent of the federal poverty level, in line with federal guidelines under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court said states could decide whether or not to expand Medicaid coverage in a landmark decision upholding most of the… Continue Reading Hickenlooper expands Medicaid under ACA

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Colorado has received a $2.9 million grant from the federal government’s “Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge.” The money will be used during the next four years to accelerate the state’s plan to improve school readiness. The money will increase access to high-quality early learning programs and help develop the capacity of those people,… Continue Reading Colorado receives $29.9 million ‘Race to Top’ grant

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Colorado governor to speak at Dem convention

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  Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will get another chance to speak to delegates at the Democratic National Convention.   According to the Denver Post (http://goo.gl/D0oKp ), Hickenlooper is scheduled to address the convention in Charlotte next month. The convention is scheduled Sept. 3 through Sept. 6, but details of Hickenlooper’s speech have not been released.… Continue Reading Colorado governor to speak at Dem convention

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Mowle reappointed to trustee post

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Gov. John Hickenlooper reappointed Thomas Mowle to his post as the El Paso County Public Trustee Tuesday. All 10 of the governor-appointed trustees, who set and manage their own budgets, stepped down from their posts in early July following a Denver Post article that alleged some of the trustees were mismanaging public funds by renting… Continue Reading Mowle reappointed to trustee post

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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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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says that like most governors, he prefers state regulation of oil and gas drilling to federal regulation. “Most governors are going to argue that it should be a state responsibility,” Hickenlooper said Wednesday at a news conference during the energy consulting firm IHS CERA’s annual executive conference in Houston. “We can… Continue Reading Colo. gov. prefers state regulation of drilling

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Cripple Creek gaming revenue up in July

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Revenue at Cripple Creek casinos increased during the summer months – up nearly $2.3 million from June to July. Average gross proceeds, or the amount the casino keeps after paying winners, were nearly $13.6 million in July, up from $11.3 million the previous month. Gaming analysts say revenue always increases in July, so the increase… Continue Reading Cripple Creek gaming revenue up in July

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Gov. John Hickenlooper has asked for federal disaster declarations for a total of nine Colorado counties. This week, Hickenlooper asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for aid in drought-stricken counties in Colorado – Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande, Saguache counties. “Drought impacts are resulting in the loss of native grass, mixed forage, cool season grasses… Continue Reading Hickenlooper asks for federal disaster declarations

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