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Insights: Trump’s deal on transportation is a ‘no deal’ for Colorado

When it comes to transportation, Donald Trump is much like a casino for a desperate state willing to bet the power bill money to try to win the rent. While the president was out of the country last week, his advisers rolled out the latest package of ideas for the $1 trillion investment in American infrastructure Trump promised. Colorado […]

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Denver fights back against Trump’s deportation crackdown with surprisingly simple change in law

As the Trump administration’s war on “sanctuary cities” heats up, cities have come up with increasingly creative ways to fight back. The latest example comes from Denver, which just passed a law aimed at protecting legal immigrants from being deported for committing relatively petty crimes, those carrying maximum sentences of 365 days — the federal […]

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Dems try to enlist military vets, including Colorado’s Jason Crow, in fight for House majority

ATLANTA — Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight — for majority control of the House. Looking ahead to next year’s elections, Democrats are trying to recruit at least two dozen military veterans to challenge Republican incumbents, arguing that candidates with military on their resumes appeals to independent voters and can […]

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States, including Colorado, struggle with oversight of online charter schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As U.S. children flock to virtual charter schools, states are struggling to catch up and develop rules to make sure the students get a real education and schools get the right funding. The future of virtual schools is part of the larger school-choice debate seeing renewed attention since the installation of Education […]

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Immigrant arrests and deportations up in Colorado, Wyoming

DENVER (AP) — Significantly more immigrants were arrested and deported from Colorado and Wyoming in the first few months of Donald Trump’s presidency than during the same period in 2016. The biggest surge was in arrests of immigrants suspected of residing illegally in the country without a criminal record. One hundred thirty-four individuals were detained […]

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Lamborn: EPA may reconsider Colorado Springs stormwater suit

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to drop a lawsuit against Colorado Springs over contaminated runoff that affects Pueblo County and downstream agriculture. Lamborn has spoken twice with EPA chief Scott Pruitt about the suit, which was filed in 2016 by the EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health […]

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Glenwood Springs Post Independent guest editorial: The inconvenient truth of why Colorado’s energy office died

Democrats and environmentalists are fond of talking about “inconvenient truths,” so here’s one they ought to chew on during this pause in the 71st General Assembly. Colorado’s Energy Office met its demise in the waning hours of the just-closed legislative session not because of Republicans, who made a good-faith effort to reauthorize and re-energize what […]

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Denver Post editorial: ICE reprieves for Vizguerra and Hernandez Garcia ring hollow

President Donald Trump’s claim that his administration would focus its massive deportation efforts on removing criminals isn’t proving all that reliable. The decision by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials early this month to rein in a little-used congressional privilege exposes the hardliner ideology behind statistics that show many of those being trucked out of the […]

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Colorado Springs Gazette editorial: Protect charitable deductions in tax reform

Congress and President Donald Trump hope to pass sweeping tax reform, and House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that he hopes to have a bill ready for Trump to sign before the Dec. 23 congressional recess. Give us tax reform, and give it to us soon. Just be careful to protect the country’s private-sector safety […]

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