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More Colorado counties may need Spanish ballots An increase in Spanish speakers could require 16 more Colorado counties to provide election materials in that language. County clerks are awaiting federal notification within the month on whether they must provide election materials in Spanish as well as English under the Voting Rights Act. The Colorado secretary […]
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The embattled state-owned workers’ compensation insurer of last-resort has withdrawn as the administrator of state employees’ claims, forcing Colorado to hire an independent contractor. One year remained on Pinnacol’s contract as an administrator of state employees’ workers’ compensation claims when it terminated its services and forced Colorado to put the services out to bid. State […]
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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 […]
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Employers in Colorado added 4,500 nonfarm payroll jobs from May to June, dropping the state’s unemployment rate to 8.5 percent, according to the state’s Bureau of Labor and Employment. While there was a net increase overall, government jobs dropped by 2,600 jobs, while the private sector added 7,100. June marked the fourth straight drop in […]
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Gov. John Hickenlooper has joined the Western Governors University Board of Trustees. A nonprofit, online university, the school was founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors, including former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer. WGU was established to increase higher education opportunities for working adults, offers online degrees in business, information technology, education and health professions. It […]
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A constitutional amendment to repeal Colorado’s gay marriage ban and replace it with language saying marriage is allowed regardless of sex could be headed to the 2012 ballot. A state title board will review language next week to clear the proposal for ballots. If approved, supporters would have to collect about 86,000 signatures to put […]
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State Sen. Rollie Heath says schools need more help than an initiative to raise taxes can offer. Heath says he hopes an initiative he is proposing would at least shore up some funding for public schools and higher education while deeper changes to education are decided, according to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. The initiative […]
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A few declined to comment on the ballot issues because they were not well informed about those issues, but those who were knowledgeable had a lot to say. Here’s what they said about these issues. Rocky Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Corporation Amendment 28 “This amendment makes it convenient for people to vote, and […]
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You’ve got a dozen or more old computers, keyboards and monitors in the storage room, and you can’t just toss them in the dumpster because it’s against the law – they’re full of dangerous chemicals and metals. So who are you going to call? Try Better Environment Through Technology Recycling. BETTR, as it calls itself, […]
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Redistricting discussions are building this week to a crescendo at the State Legislature. EDC, The Chamber of Commerce and the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors are all watching developments closely as the final determination could have major impact on El Paso County’s military installations and legislative bargaining in the future. Stay tuned for details on […]
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Rep. David Schultheis is brand new to the Colorado Legislature, but that doesn’t deter him from sponsoring a controversial bill that is also supported by Gov. Owens. In conjunction with the governor’s office, on Feb. 13, Schultheis, a Republican from District 22 in El Paso County, introduced to the Legislature a bill that would require […]
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