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Nation’s top conservative donors descend on Colorado Springs for Koch confab

Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch provide the daily bread for their formidable national network of conservative organizations and activists — and their extensive circle of like-minded donors helps turn water into wine. All of them are converging on Colorado Springs this weekend to share inspiration and develop strategy for three days at The Broadmoor. […]

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Colorado legislature killed big-picture review of public schools — so guv orders it instead

Reassessing Colorado’s K-12 education system is a big job. So big, evidently, that Gov. John Hickenlooper isn’t going to wait for the legislature to get around to it. Certainly not after the state Senate’s ruling Republicans snuffed out legislation that would have gotten the ball rolling during the 2017 session. Hence, the governor’s executive order […]

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Educators in the line of fire train to open fire, if needed, at a course in Greeley

Not long ago we took note of an independent effort to pick up where the 2017 legislature stopped short — training Colorado’s K-12 educators in the use of firearms to defend their campuses. A GOP bill passed by the state Senate would have provided the training to designated faculty and staff with concealed-weapons permits; as anticipated, […]

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A sage of the Springs — no conservative by any measure — tips his hat to TABOR

Colorado Springs native and legendary man about town John Hazlehurst has, in no particular order, served on the Springs City Council; run (unsuccessfully) for mayor; toiled as an appraiser of fine art, and long ago, spent years circumnavigating the globe in a sailboat. And that’s not to mention his New York days as an investment […]

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Colorado’s county clerks are at home on all terrain; so is Lynn Bartels

Leave it to Lynn Bartels to pine away for the open prairie — while visiting Aspen. But then, the longtime Colorado political reporter turned communications director for the Secretary of State’s Office was just ditto-ing the sentiment of a county clerk from the state’s eastern plains after both attended this week’s Colorado County Clerks Association summer […]

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‘Ban the box’ beaten back in Colorado — but on the rise nationally?

As the legislature wound down last month, ruling state Senate Republicans stopped legislation that would have prevented employers from inquiring about the criminal past of job applicants. The Democratic-sponsored House Bill 1305 would have prohibited job applications from asking job seekers to disclose if they ever had been convicted of crimes — typically by asking them to check […]

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In Colorado politics, the path to victory isn’t necessarily paved in gold

“…(Y)ou can’t just waltz in and buy yourself a seat in Congress or a governorship,” Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, tells Sandra Fish of KUNC-FM public radio in Greeley. Fish tests that hypothesis in an eye-opening report for the station this week and concludes that plenty of wealthy Colorado candidates who self-funded […]

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