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Message to Congress: Shut up.

“Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain Truth be told, this is not a blog that I wanted to write. Even though the often-eccentric Republicans who seem to have taken over the institution once known as the House of Representatives seemed intent… Continue Reading Message to Congress: Shut up.

In an election year, Democrats and Republicans seldom get together on a single issue. But this year in Colorado Springs, that’s not the case. Both parties are getting together for a fundraiser for Pikes Peak United Way’s Waldo Canyon Fire Victim Assistance Fund. The event is 5:30 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Penrose House… Continue Reading Dems, Repubs put differences aside during fire fundraiser

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A Republican bill encouraging Colorado agencies to seek waivers from federal regulations got initial approval. The proposal would direct state agencies to explore whether it’s possible to seek waivers from federal regulations and determine if it’s possible for Colorado to implement its own rules. Agencies would report to the Legislature annually to discuss waiver possibilities.… Continue Reading Colo. bill to explore federal waivers passes 1st vote

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Colo. GOP propose gun rights legislation

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Colorado Republicans are reloading their holsters on attempts to expand gun rights. Some of their proposals this year are ideas that Democrats have rejected in the past. Republicans are trying to give business owners and employees the power to use deadly force against intruders. Another proposal would allow people to have a concealed weapon at… Continue Reading Colo. GOP propose gun rights legislation

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GOP maps strategy in wake of payroll tax debacle

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When last seen in Washington, House Republicans were furious with their own leader, Speaker John Boehner, and angry with their Senate Republican brethren over how the showdown over the Social Security tax cut turned into a year-end political debacle. The holidays and three weeks away from the Capitol have tempered some of the bad feelings,… Continue Reading GOP maps strategy in wake of payroll tax debacle

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Colorado GOP gearing up for February caucuses

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Colorado Republicans are wasting no time educating voters on party caucus plans. The party has set up an Internet link for the statewide party caucuses, which will be held Feb. 7. The national election season kicks off today with caucuses in Iowa. In a presidential election year, Colorado political parties may choose to hold their… Continue Reading Colorado GOP gearing up for February caucuses

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House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he’s confident that congressional Republicans are ready to move ahead with legislation that would continue a payroll tax cut. “I feel confident in our ability to move ahead,” the Ohio Republican told reporters after GOP leaders previewed legislation to extend the Social Security payroll tax cuts — and long-term… Continue Reading GOP leaders hope for agreement on payroll tax cut

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Colorado’s top political parties go to court this week to pitch their changes for the state’s congressional landscape — a process that could affect 2012 races in three districts now held by Republicans. Starting Tuesday, Denver’s District Court will hear arguments on the redistricting process required every 10 years to reflect updated Census statistics. The… Continue Reading Colo. court battle over congressional maps begins

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Colorado’s position as a key battleground state in the 2012 presidential race comes with a wrinkle neither party seems to like: A freewheeling ballot initiative tradition that could put both legalizing marijuana and gay marriage before voters on Election Day next year. Marijuana activists have begun gathering signatures to ask voters to allow pot for… Continue Reading Pot, marriage could play roles in ’12 Colo. races

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Coke, Pepsi and other soft drinks could get a bit cheaper in Colorado under a Republican proposal to repeal sales taxes on soda. Coloradans began paying a 2.9 percent sales taxes on sodas last year, when lawmakers looking for ways to raise money and confront obesity imposed a levy soft drinks and candy. Before, the… Continue Reading Republicans: Cut Colo. soda tax

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