With immigration slowing, babies born in the U.S. rather than newly arrived Mexican immigrants are now driving most of the fast growth in the Latino population. A new analysis of census data highlights a turning point in Hispanics’ rapid U.S. growth. Demographers point to the potential for broader political impact as U.S.-born Mexican-Americans widen their […]
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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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Colorado Springs Utilities is looking for a few good businesses to work on the Southern Delivery System. The municipal utility is hosting its annual business opportunities workshop Thursday, July 14 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Leon Young Service Center, 1521 Hancock Expressway. The free event will give subcontractors the chance to meet […]
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President Obama today nominated Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, to head U.S. Strategic Command. Strategic Command, based at the Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb., oversees the nation’s nuclear weapons, missile defenses and space warfare mission.   The four-star general has commanded the Air Force Space Command since 2007, […]
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In his “State of the City” address today, Mayor Lionel Rivera called upon Colorado Springs residents to suspend the city's TABOR law for this year and through 2012 and urged the legislature to reform the pension plan for state and local government workers.
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Three of the voter initiatives that will appear on the November ballot sure sound attractive. Among other things, they promise to lower state income taxes, eliminate vehicle-registration fees, require government-owned authorities to start paying property taxes and forbid the state from assuming debt of any kind. What’s not to like? A lot, it seems. Critics […]
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Citizens for Accountable Government, the group calling for a switch to a strong mayor form of government in Colorado Springs, may find that an obscure 1992 city ordinance could derail its efforts. The measure restricts any initiative to a single subject. Created in response to multi-subject initiatives such as the Douglas Bruce-authored 1991 “mini-TABOR” amendment, […]
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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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As the drought afflicting Colorado Springs and much of the rest of the state continues, tempers are hot over a deal in which the city utility sold an additional three million gallons of water to irrigate a golf course. The Broadmoor Hotel was sold city drinking water to irrigate its golf course while the rest […]
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The Small Business Administration says its new SBAExpress loan program will make loan applications easier to complete and faster to implement. The pilot loan program will also significantly expand the number of lenders participating in the program and increase access to capital for small businesses. In particular, the SBA has implemented program modifications to allow […]
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