The Mayor’s Counsel meeting and press conference originally scheduled for Thursday Dec. 13 have both been canceled, due to the ongoing lawsuit against the city’s no-solicitation ordinance. The American Civil Liberties Union has subpoenaed Mayor Steve Bach, Councilor Merv Bennett and Police Chief Pete Carey to testify in the federal trial in Denver Thursday morning. […]
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The impending fiscal cliff, with an 8.3 percent cut in park budgets, could result in the termination of thousands of park workers and force other national parks to shut down, says the Coalition of National Park Retirees. But that’s not all. In addition, campgrounds, visitors centers, educational programs would end. Maintenance and repair for buildings, […]
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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, […]
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Most people believe that the future of Medicare and Social Security should be addressed in a separate debate – and not be part of any end-of-year deal addressing the nation’s budget deficit. In a survey after the 2012 election fielded by the AARP, 70 percent of Americans and 92 percent of older Americans said it […]
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Three union giants are launching an ad blitz aimed at urging Congress to avert the “fiscal cliff.” The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union are launching a joint, six-figure ad buy that will air in Colorado and four other states. The groups say the […]
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El Paso County voters returned nearly all incumbents to their positions, voted to remove extra terms for commissioners and gave both the sheriff and the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority the tax money they asked for in years to come. They also gave the county two Democratic members of the state House, with Pete Lee […]
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Colorado could lose as much as $366 million in federal funding for education, clean water, law enforcement and other state or local services if Congress doesn’t stop sequestration efforts, according to the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization. The House of Representatives passed a budget that would cut 22 percent of the […]
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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 […]
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  Senate leaders moved toward showdown votes Wednesday on rival Democratic and Republican plans for extending broad tax cuts that will otherwise expire in January.   In an announcement that seemed to surprise Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor that he was accepting a Democratic offer to hold back-to-back […]
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  The outlook for the U.S. economy appeared dimmer Monday after a report that Americans spent less at retail businesses for a third straight month in June.   The report led some economists to downgrade their estimates for economic growth in the April-June quarter. Many now think the economy grew even less than in the […]
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U.S. employers advertised more jobs in May than April, a hopeful sign after three months of weak hiring. Job openings rose to a seasonally adjusted 3.6 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That’s up from 3.4 million in April. It’s also the second-highest level in nearly four years, just behind March’s 3.7 million.   Still, […]
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President Barack Obama is launching a push to extend tax cuts for the middle class, as he seeks to shift the election-year economic debate from the dismal jobs market to assertions that Republican rival Mitt Romney protects the rich.   Obama, in an address from the White House later Monday, will call on Congress to […]
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