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Panel pressing for FDA recall authority

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An advisory commission is urging Congress and President George Bush to give the Food and Drug Administration authority institute product recalls instead of only being able urge business to do so. The commission was formed in July after a number tainted products such as dog food, toys and toothpaste were recalled. The panel is also… Continue Reading Panel pressing for FDA recall authority

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Gary Hart to speak in the Springs

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Former U.S. Senator Gary Hart will be in Colorado Springs Nov. 7 to speak about security in the 21st century. The presentation is part of the El Pomar Foundation’s Forum for Civic Advancement, which seeks to engage those interested in civic involvement or those who serve or would like to serve in elected positions. Hart’s… Continue Reading Gary Hart to speak in the Springs

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The Colorado Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments about the constitutional amendment that limits lobbyists’ gifts to legislators at 9 a.m. Thursday. Voters approved Amendment 41 in November 2006. Since then, the Colorado Attorney General attempted to interpret the amendment’s reach. In May, the court granted a temporary injunction until a full hearing on… Continue Reading State Supreme Court to consider lobbyist gift rule

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All over the length and breadth of our great nation, lefty blogs such as Dailykos and Huffington Post have found a new target/victim: rookie Congressman Doug Lamborn. For those of you with actual lives who don’t follow petty political spats, here’s some background. A Monument couple, Jonathan and Anna Bartha, one of whom had worked… Continue Reading Swiftboating the Congressman

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Call me old fashioned, but I think the City Council should pass an ordinance making it illegal to wear clothes that show undergarments. I’m sure the ACLU will take issue with this, but there are laws against grafitti and other forms of visually disparaging things, and I think the baggy pants thing is a form… Continue Reading Springs caught with pants down?

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Is innumeracy (i.e., mathematical and/or arithmetical ignorance/incompetence) a problem among the political class? You’d certainly think so, given an article in this morning’s Denver Post questioning the financial assumptions of a couple of state legislators re revenue from gas wells on the Roan plateau in western Colorado. Here’s an excerpt: “A proposal by statehouse Republicans… Continue Reading Politicians and Numbers

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Our often-embattled congressman, Doug Lamborn, has apparently chosen to be the spear-carrier for bills which have little chance of passing, but are sure to infuriate the newly ascendant Democrats. His most recent bill, which would have stripped all funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting follwed a similar bill aimed at the National Endowment for… Continue Reading Lamborn strategy all wrong?

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Up close and personal with Monument’s mayor

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Betty Konarski was the first born in a family of five children; her younger siblings were all males. Big males. The brothers currently weigh in-between 240 and 250 pounds and stand tall between 6’4 and 6’5. Konarski learned early on how to be strong and how to be a direct communicator. “I learned to protect… Continue Reading Up close and personal with Monument’s mayor

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Public safety threat drives bond issue

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When 61 prisoners were granted early release from the El Paso County jail in July 2003, the story made the front page headlines and the five o’clock news. El Paso County Citizens for Public Safety protested the move on the courthouse steps – and Mothers Against Drunk Driving warned of the danger of putting DUI… Continue Reading Public safety threat drives bond issue

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Colorado Springs City Councilmember Charles Wingate has been charged with forgery and embezzlement for allegedly using a city business card to charge pizza deliveries to his home. Wingate denies wrongdoing, and said he will be exonerated when the facts come out in trial. The first-term councilmember allegedly charged several pizzas to a card belonging to… Continue Reading City Councilmember facing felony charges, 15 years

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