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EDITORIAL: Colorado lawmakers should stand up for open records | Denver Post

Posted On: August 20, 2016

It should come as little secret to regular readers that governments often work to confound the public’s right to know when asked to make available information that might embarrass or cause them legal troubles. Read more… [...]

Douglas Bruce granted early prison release by parole board | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: July 28, 2016

DELTA – A contrite and apologetic Douglas Bruce, the anti-tax activist imprisoned March 11 for probation violations, was granted parole effective on his eligibility date of Sept. 3, only moments after a hearing Thursday at the Delta Correctional Facility. Read [...]

Colorado Springs City Council votes to limit officials’ freebies | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: July 12, 2016

No free lunch. That’s the message in new ethics rules for Colorado Springs officials and department heads, as chosen by the City Council during preliminary work Monday on ethics code revisions. Read more… [...]

A Colorado mom asked for records…school district billed her $567 | Chalkbeat Colorado

Posted On: July 06, 2016

…Under the law, schools must let parents and students inspect education records within 45 days of a request and “may not charge for search and retrieval of information from education records,” according to a statement provided by Dorie Turner Nolt, [...]

EDITORIAL: Candidates paid at the polls for a lack of accountability | The Gazette

Posted On: June 30, 2016

…Some of those hard-fought races revealed a lot – warts and all – about candidates and their campaigns. Accordingly, the outcome seemed to say a lot about local voters’ sensibilities. Notably, their overwhelming rejection of two Colorado Springs legislative candidates [...]

Klingenschmitt after loss: ‘God’s will is not always done in this world’ | Colorado Springs Gazette

Klingenschmitt after loss: ‘God’s will is not always done in this world’ | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: June 29, 2016

…Gardner, who served in the House from 2007 to 2014, beat Klingenschmitt, who this year finished his first term in the House, in the primary for the state Senate District 12 seat vacated by term-limited Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado [...]

Liston takes Colorado House District 16 seat from incumbent Joshi | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: June 29, 2016

…After an insult-filled campaign, Liston took the District 16 seat from incumbent Janak Joshi with 61 percent of the votes in unofficial primary election results. Read more… [...]

GUEST COLUMN: Springs voters deserve better | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: May 26, 2016

Amid a presidential election year that has been like almost no other – sinking to new lows in mudslinging, smears and cheap shots – I didn’t think things could get much worse. Certainly not in my own community. Then, a [...]

‘Gutter politics at its worst’ | The Colorado Springs Gazette

‘Gutter politics at its worst’ | The Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: May 17, 2016

A negative campaign mailer sent to supporters of Larry Liston paints the Republican state House of Representatives candidate as a cross-dressing liberal, and that’s not even the worst part of it, Liston said. Read more… [...]

Colorado Springs City Council votes to dismiss ethics complaint | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: April 27, 2016

The Colorado Springs City Council voted 7-1 Tuesday to dismiss a complaint alleging that Mayor John Suthers, eight council members and other city officials violated the city’s ethics codes. Read more… [...]

Governor’s office brushes off transparency questions | Complete Colorado

Governor’s office brushes off transparency questions | Complete Colorado

Posted On: April 21, 2016

Governor Hickenlooper’s office gave no serious or meaningful answer to transparency questions posed by Complete Colorado in follow-up to an exclusive report in which a former state employee says he was ordered to delete emails. Read more… [...]

Colorado youth prison warden charged with misconduct, remains on job | Denver Post

Posted On: March 30, 2016

The warden of a medium-security prison for juveniles has been issued criminal summonses for three counts of official misconduct but continues to run the Pueblo facility nearly four months later.   Read more… [...]

Douglas Bruce transferred to Canon City prison | KOAA-TV

Douglas Bruce transferred to Canon City prison | KOAA-TV

Posted On: March 25, 2016

Colorado Taxpayer Bill of Rights author Douglas Bruce has been transferred to a prison in Canon City, according to Colorado Department of Corrections records. Read more… [...]

Lewis-Palmer School Board passes controversial policy | Complete Colorado

Posted On: March 25, 2016

…One provision also violates Colorado’s Open Meetings Law, something board President Mark Pfoff said he would take a closer look at after being questioned about it by Complete Colorado. Read more… [...]

…bill to protect charitable contributions unanimously passes committee | Colorado House GOP

Posted On: March 23, 2016

Denver – Today, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed House Bill 1318, sponsored by Representative Cole Wist (R-Centennial), which protects the intent of charitable contributions made to Colorado non-profit organizations. The bill closes several loopholes in the Colorado Charitable Solicitations [...]

GUEST COLUMN: Klingenschmitt’s constituents deserve answers | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: March 17, 2016

The Gazette made a commendable attempt to get televangelist and state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt to come clean about his controversial charity’s murky money trail … Unfortunately, the first-term lawmaker disclosed little that actually shed new light on… (a) nonprofit operation that has [...]

Colorado Springs City Council censures member Helen Collins | Colorado Springs Gazette

Colorado Springs City Council censures member Helen Collins | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: March 15, 2016

City Councilwoman Helen Collins was censured by her fellow Colorado Springs council members Tuesday, the Ides of March, marking the latest in a series of actions against the beleaguered conservative. Read more… [...]

Colorado Springs’ Rep. Klingenschmitt discusses finances of his nonprofit, for-profit enterprises | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: March 13, 2016

DENVER – A charity known for the controversial sermons delivered by Colorado Springs lawmaker Gordon Klingenschmitt raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in 2014 and spent almost all of its donations sending mailers and soliciting funds. Read more… [...]

Douglas Bruce given 2-year prison sentence for violating terms of probation | Colorado Springs Gazette

Douglas Bruce given 2-year prison sentence for violating terms of probation | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: March 11, 2016

DENVER – The author of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights is headed to prison for two years after he was sentenced Friday for violating the terms of his probation in a tax evasion case. Read more… [...]

…political activist booted from Colorado Capitol | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: March 08, 2016

DENVER – Political consultant Dede Laugesen was asked to leave the Colorado Capitol Monday after trying to ask Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt questions about his nonprofit and for-profit entities. Read more… [...]

Database records bill dies, but stakeholders hope to work on a compromise | Colorado FOIC

Database records bill dies, but stakeholders hope to work on a compromise | Colorado FOIC

Posted On: February 25, 2016

Opposition from a state agency and several local governments Wednesday doomed proposed legislation intended to modernize Colorado’s open-records law by requiring that public records kept in database formats be available to the public in similar formats. Read more… [...]

Magistrate rules Colorado Springs councilwoman violated city ethics code | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: February 19, 2016

Colorado Springs City Councilwoman Helen Collins engaged in fraud, abuse and corruption in government, violated ethical standards and created the appearance of impropriety in her real estate dealings with friend Douglas Bruce, a retired U.S. magistrate judge ruled this week. [...]

Collins found in violation of ethics code | Colorado Springs Independent

Posted On: February 19, 2016

Remember all the hubbub over City Councilor Helen Collins’ land transaction deal with Douglas Bruce? Read more… [...]

Judge finds Douglas Bruce, TABOR founder, violated 5 probation terms | Denver Post

Posted On: February 10, 2016

A Denver district judge has found Douglas Bruce, the author of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, violated five conditions of his probation in a 2012 felony tax evasion conviction. Read more… [...]

Former state rep. Douglas Bruce faces resentencing after violating his probation | Colorado Springs Gazette

Former state rep. Douglas Bruce faces resentencing after violating his probation | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: February 09, 2016

The author of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights has been found guilty of violating his probation and will be resentenced in March. Read more… [...]

Klingenschmitt again under attack | Colorado Springs Independent

Posted On: January 29, 2016

Colorado Government Watch, formerly known as Colorado Springs Government Watch, has filed a complaint with the IRS regarding State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt’s non-profit. Read more… [...]

Demand for written closing arguments leads to delay in Collins ethics proceeding | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: January 06, 2016

Colorado Springs Councilor Helen Collins insisted multiple times Wednesday that a list of 32 objections to her ethics hearing be accepted as evidence. Read more… [...]

Collins has dozens of objections to ethics hearing; Douglas Bruce removed by magistrate | Colorado Springs Gazette

Collins has dozens of objections to ethics hearing; Douglas Bruce removed by magistrate | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: January 05, 2016

The three-day ethics hearing for Colorado Springs City Councilwoman Helen Collins began Tuesday with a magistrate kicking Douglas Bruce out of the proceedings and the embattled councilwoman submitting dozens of objections to the proceedings. Read more… [...]

Recall group funded by teachers’ unions | Lakewood Sentinel

Posted On: January 04, 2016

Nearly 100 percent of money used by Jeffco United — the parent-founded organization behind the successful recall of three conservativeschool board members — came from local, state and national teachers’ unions, according to campaign reports ordered released by the Colorado [...]

Colorado ethics commission has no investigators, little authority | Denver Post

Posted On: January 04, 2016

The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission, approved by voters in 2006, struggles to do its work for lack of authority, resources and money, say critics who include former administrators. Read more… [...]

‘Parent-Led’ Recall Effort In Colorado Was Actually Bankrolled With $300k In Union Cash | Daily Caller

Posted On: December 31, 2015

Court-ordered fundraising disclosures have revealed that an allegedly parent-led effort to take control of a Colorado school board was heavily financed by over $300,000 from state and national teachers unions. Read more… [...]

Hearing finally scheduled for Colorado Springs councilwoman’s ethics case | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: December 30, 2015

Colorado Springs City Councilwoman Helen Collins’ ethics case finally will be heard next week in a three-day public session, seven months after her council colleagues cited her with violations and one year after the complaint against her was filed with [...]

Teachers unions gave huge sums of seed money to Jeffco recall, new records show | Chalkbeat Colorado

Posted On: December 24, 2015

National and local teachers unions provided more than $265,000 to a nonprofit group that served as a catalyst to recall three conservative school board members in Jefferson County. Read more… [...]

National Education Association gave $150,000 to Jeffco United recall effort | Complete Colorado

Posted On: December 23, 2015

What was billed as a grassroots movement by a group of moms to oust three conservative members of the Jefferson County Board of Education has direct ties to the nation’s largest teachers union. Read more… [...]

Editorial: Hiding political donors just got harder | Denver Post

Posted On: December 23, 2015

The public’s interest is best served with transparent elections that include full and timely disclosures of campaign contributions — so says Colorado law. Apparently, proponents who successfully pushed to recall three Jefferson County school board members thought differently.   Read [...]

Group that backed recall ordered to disclose donors | The Canyon Courier

Posted On: December 22, 2015

An administrative judge has decided that one nonprofit group that contributed to efforts to recall three former Jeffco school board members violated state campaign finance law, and must pay a fine and disclose its donors. Read more… [...]

Nonprofit that gave big to successful Jeffco school board recall effort broke state law, judge finds | Chalkbeat Colorado

Posted On: December 18, 2015

A nonprofit that launched in May broke state law when it made a large donation to the successful recall effort of three Jefferson County school board members and did not disclose its donors, a Colorado administrative judge decided Thursday. Read more… [...]

Probation violation hearing for former Colorado representative Douglas Bruce continues to be delayed | Colorado Springs Gazette

Probation violation hearing for former Colorado representative Douglas Bruce continues to be delayed | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: December 09, 2015

A Douglas Bruce probation violation hearing, originally scheduled in July, still has no end in sight. …No date has been set by the court for Judge Sheila A. Rapport to give her judgment. Read more… [...]

Jeffco’s recall free-for-all spurs call for campaign finance reform | Canyon Courier

Posted On: December 08, 2015

An ethics watchdog group has called for state campaign finance reform in the wake of the release of contribution figures from the Jeffco school district’s contentious recall election. Read more… [...]

School board to get sunshine-law training — in secret | Canyon Courier

Posted On: December 08, 2015

Jeffco’s five new school board members will take about two hours at their next meeting to hear legal advice on “the Colorado Open Meetings Law, the Colorado Open Records Act, conflicts of interest and standards of conduct for local public [...]

Grand County commissioner admits to public embezzlement, resigns | Denver Post

Posted On: November 20, 2015

A four-term Grand County commissioner pleaded no contest Friday to allegations of embezzlement of public property and resigned from his post, prosecutors say. Read more… [...]

Watchdog group files complaints against groups pushing recall | The Canyon Courier

Posted On: October 28, 2015

A Colorado Springs-based watchdog organization has accused groups involved in instigating the recall of three Jeffco school members of violating state campaign finance laws in two lawsuits that will go before Colorado’s Office of Administrative Courts.  Read more… [...]

Colorado Springs councilwoman forced to amend ads against proposed tax

Posted On: October 16, 2015

Colorado Springs Councilwoman Helen Collins has had to change the radio ads she is paying $10,000 to air in opposition to Ballot Issue 2C, the proposed city sales tax increase. Read more… [...]

Colorado Springs councilwoman on Douglas Bruce: ‘Your honesty and integrity are meticulous’

Colorado Springs councilwoman on Douglas Bruce: ‘Your honesty and integrity are meticulous’

Posted On: October 09, 2015

DENVER – No immediate end is in sight for a hearing to determine whether Douglas Bruce violated his probation. …On Thursday, the judge and prosecutor urged Bruce to be more succinct and to stop repeating himself. He rarely complied. Read [...]

UPDATE: The secret life of Gordon Klingenschmitt | Colorado Springs Independent

Posted On: September 30, 2015

The Liberal bastion of the West, with a capital L, is arguably Aspen, with its free buses, subsidized housing and penchant for supporting Democrats. So Aspen is the last place you’d expect to find extreme right-winger Gordon Klingenschmitt. Right? Read more… [...]

A tangled web of city strife | Colorado Springs Independent

A tangled web of city strife | Colorado Springs Independent

Posted On: September 30, 2015

This week City Councilor Helen Collins and her ally, anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce, filed an ethics complaint against “the Gang of 8” — her Council colleagues — as well as several other officials. The seven-page complaint, which cites 15 alleged [...]

Pastor blaster: Watchdog group calls out Klingenschmitt on nonprofit fundraising | Colorado Springs Independent

Pastor blaster: Watchdog group calls out Klingenschmitt on nonprofit fundraising | Colorado Springs Independent

Posted On: September 30, 2015

Gordon Klingenschmitt, the highly controversial Republican state representative from Colorado Springs, again is under fire — not for outlandish remarks about gays and lesbians as in the past, but for allegedly using his for-profit business to drum up money for his [...]

Colorado Springs Councilwoman posts ethics complaints against ‘the Gang of 8’ | Colorado Springs Gazette

Colorado Springs Councilwoman posts ethics complaints against ‘the Gang of 8’ | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: September 29, 2015

Colorado Springs Councilwoman Helen Collins, who faces an ethics hearing before the City Council, has responded with a host of ethics complaints against her colleagues. Read more… [...]

Watch group files complaint against Klingenschmitt, politician is unfazed | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: September 25, 2015

DENVER – A fledgling government watch group filed a complaint this week asking the Colorado Secretary of State to investigate the operations of Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt’s nonprofit Pray in Jesus Name Ministries, an online and TV ministry. Read more… [...]

Pikes Peak region lawmaker wants more transparency in Colorado judicial branch | Colorado Springs Gazette

Pikes Peak region lawmaker wants more transparency in Colorado judicial branch | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: September 22, 2015

Financial and other records in Colorado’s judicial branch are not open for public scrutiny under Colorado law, but that’s something the assistant House minority leader hopes to change. Rep. Polly Lawrence, R-Roxborough Park, called a press conference Tuesday to highlight [...]

Hearing for Colorado Springs councilwoman delayed by judge’s recusal | Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted On: September 17, 2015

Colorado Springs City Councilwoman Helen Collins won’t get a hearing before her colleagues anytime soon. The hearing judge selected by the council has recused himself, citing an “experience” with Douglas Bruce, Collins’ friend and associate. Read more… [...]

Judge chosen in Helen Collins ethics case | Colorado Springs Independent

Posted On: September 02, 2015

More than seven months after the City Attorney’s Office accused City Councilor Helen Collins of ethics violations, the city has finally chosen a judge to preside at a hearing on the matter. Read more… [...]

Audit: 1 person counseled through gambling addiction program | KRDO-TV

Posted On: September 02, 2015

The Department of Human Services is facing criticism over an audit that has lawmakers saying a state gambling addiction program is not working. Read more… [...]

Letter: Watchers dog Bruce in ethics imbroglio | Colorado Statesman

Posted On: July 22, 2015

Thank you for your coverage of convicted felon Douglas Bruce’s recent appearance in Denver District Court, where he is facing charges that he has violated the terms of his probation since his release from jail three years ago. Read more… [...]

UPDATE: City Council limits communication with media | Colorado Springs Independent

Posted On: July 17, 2015

This just in from Council Administrator Eileen Gonzalez: “saw your blog post from earlier today, just wanted to set the records straight – City Council is not trying to limit communication with the media. By asking the media to contact [...]

Following his testimony Monday, Douglas Bruce hearing continued until later this summer | The Gazette

Posted On: July 13, 2015

Douglas Bruce defended himself in court Monday against charges he violated his probation, and the prosecution indicated additional complaints have been filed against Bruce since his last hearing in April stemming from problems in other states with rental property. Read [...]

Colorado Springs councilwoman requests full hearing before council | The Gazette

Posted On: June 15, 2015

Colorado Springs City Councilwoman Helen Collins has requested a “full trial” before the council on three ethics accusations made by her fellow council members. Read more… [...]

Colorado Springs City Council to decide whether to censure Helen Collins | The Gazette

Posted On: June 08, 2015

The Colorado Springs City Council will decide Tuesday whether to pursue censure of Councilwoman Helen Collins, as the city’s Independent Ethics Commission recommended upon determining that she “has no place in government” after her “unconscionable” efforts to help felon Douglas [...]

UPDATE: Council member accused of forcing families out of homes | KRDO News Channel 13

Posted On: June 01, 2015

…Two tenants said they got a call several months ago from (Doug) Bruce, who told them the property manager had been a scammer and they should send their rent checks to Bruce.  The tenants said they asked for additional documents [...]

EDITORIAL: Election bodes well for Springs | The Gazette

Posted On: May 20, 2015

…The election means more than just a changing of the guard in the executive branch of city government. It initiates a new beginning for the community, which has endured a difficult and necessary shift in governance since voters changed the [...]

Doug Bruce won’t face charges in Denver | The Gazette

Posted On: May 18, 2015

Denver prosecutors will not pursue criminal charges against Douglas Bruce, who was issued an arrest warrant in April on suspicion of assaulting the director of the Colorado Springs Government Watch, the nonprofit announced last week. Read more… [...]

VIDEO: Arrest warrant issued for Colorado anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce in assault case | 7News Denver

Posted On: April 22, 2015

DENVER – Douglas Edward Bruce, the former state representative and author of Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights, has a warrant out for his arrest on an assault charge. Read more… [...]

Councilwoman to get more time to respond to ethics complaint | KRDO News Channel 13

Posted On: April 10, 2015

Colorado Springs City Councilwoman Helen Collins will get more time to respond to an ethics complaint against her. Read more… [...]

UPDATE: Bruce/Collins alliance affirmed in lawsuit | Colorado Springs Independent

Posted On: April 10, 2015

…Evidence suggests the two are more than just political allies. According to a lawsuit filed in 4th Judicial District Court, Bruce and Collins have been working on land transactions together across the country, including in North Dakota, South Carolina, Illinois and Oklahoma, besides Collins’ [...]

Council member accused of forcing families out of homes | KRDO News Channel 13

Posted On: April 08, 2015

Families in Kansas City are accusing a Colorado Springs City Council member of forcing them out of their homes. Documents show Colorado Springs City Council member Helen Collins acquired two apartment buildings off Prospect Avenue in Kansas City through a [...]

For 4 months, families had no running water in KC apt. bldg owned by Colorado council member | Fox 4 News Kansas City

Posted On: April 07, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two families that lived in an apartment building at 11th and Prospect, owned by a city councilwoman in Colorado Springs, had to be out of their homes by 2 p.m. Tuesday. “This is not right. I shouldn’t [...]

Need a court record? Good luck with that | Colorado Springs Independent

Posted On: April 07, 2015

Don’t think for a minute that the court system in El Paso County welcomes citizens who need to access court records. In fact, Clerk of the Court Lynette Cornelius declares that those records aren’t the public’s records at all. Read more… [...]

Colorado Springs councilwoman’s news profile helps Kansas City neighbors track her down | The Gazette

Posted On: March 24, 2015

Residents in Kansas City, Mo., have been trying to reach Councilwoman Helen Collins about some property she owns in their neighborhood. That got a lot easier recently when her name popped up in a Google search providing news reports about [...]

Sunshine Week: Gazette’s use of records aids in keeping public informed | The Gazette

Posted On: March 20, 2015

Gazette reporters routinely use public records in the course of their reporting. Here is a sampling of recent stories in which access to public records played a role in the story – or was the story itself. See this story [...]

Colorado makes progress on open-records costs | The Gazette

Posted On: March 16, 2015

DENVER — A 2014 Colorado law to cap search fees for open-records requests has led to significant price decreases for the public, with some agencies dropping fees more than a third. But Colorado still has work to do to make [...]

EDITORIAL: Councilwoman Collins and Doug Bruce’s shenanigans | The Gazette

Posted On: March 15, 2015

In early 2014, The Gazette’s editorial board belabored grading Councilwoman Helen Collins for a special “report card” we issued on city politicians. After the new council’s first year, Collins had voted “no” on almost all issues, and while not advocating [...]

Recall against Colorado Springs councilwoman will proceed | The Gazette

Posted On: March 13, 2015

The recall election against Councilwoman Helen Collins stands. Colorado Springs City Clerk Sarah Johnson, with input from Colorado Springs Municipal Court Judge HayDen Kane, ruled Thursday that recall petitions are valid and voters in District 4 will be asked on [...]

Condo deal creates big questions for Colorado Springs councilwoman, anti-tax activist | The Gazette

Posted On: March 09, 2015

The sale of a small residential condominium on Colorado Springs’ southwest side has created big questions for City Councilwoman Helen Collins and anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce. Read more… [...]

Complaint: Councilwoman Helen Collins ‘appears’ to have violated city’s ethics code | The Gazette

Posted On: March 06, 2015

Colorado Springs City Councilwoman Helen Collins, already the target of a recall election, is now facing an ethics complaint that alleges she participated in a real estate deal with tax-limitation author and convicted felon Douglas Bruce, which helped him avoid [...]

Former Black Forest fire chief Bob Harvey cleared by DA in use of fire district credit cards | The Gazette

Posted On: March 05, 2015

The El Paso County District Attorney’s Office said it found no wrongdoing during an investigation into former Black Forest Fire Protection District Chief Bob Harvey’s use of the district’s credit card. Read more… [...]

Colorado Springs hurt by “dysfunctional” city leaders, Realtor says | The Gazette

Posted On: February 10, 2015

The wrangling that’s taken place the past few years between the Colorado Springs City Council and Mayor Steve Bach hasn’t gone unnoticed in the local business community. Read more… [...]

Division cracking down on yoga teacher training is headed by a yogi | Denver Post

Posted On: February 09, 2015

Critics of a plan to increase regulation of certain yoga programs are crying foul after learning that the director of the regulatory agency is herself a yoga instructor. Read more… [...]

Group collects enough signatures in push to recall Colorado Springs councilwoman | The Gazette

Posted On: January 14, 2015

Colorado Springs voters in District 4 will be asked in April if they want to recall their city councilwoman, Helen Collins. Read more… [...]

Clerk: Enough signatures to put Collins recall on ballot | KOAA-TV

Posted On: January 14, 2015

Voters in Colorado Springs will have the opportunity to decide whether District 4 Council Member, Helen Collins, should be recalled from office. Read more… [...]

Volunteer officer joins recall election in Pueblo | KRDO-TV Channel 13

Posted On: December 28, 2014

PUEBLO, Colo. – …Nawrocki became the target of a recall after she, and  former council members Sandy Daff and Chris Kaufman were accused of breaking Colorado’s sunshine law by talking about public issues over email with former Pueblo County Transportation [...]

Recall effort launched against Colorado Springs councilwoman | The Gazette

Posted On: December 20, 2014

An effort to recall Colorado Springs Councilwoman Helen Collins launched this week cites her failure to “represent the best interests or address the basic concerns, of the long-ignored voters and hard-pressed taxpayers in City Council District 4.” Read more… [...]

Recall effort begins for Springs Councilwoman Helen Collins | KOAA-TV News5

Posted On: December 19, 2014

The effort to recall Colorado Springs City Councilwoman Helen Collins took a major step forward Friday. Three Colorado Springs citizens filed anaffidavitt to start the recall process. Read more… [...]

UPDATE: Official recall of Helen Collins started | Colorado Springs Independent

Posted On: December 19, 2014

We haven’t reached Helen Collins yet, but we do have a little more information: City Clerk Sarah Johnson says that the recall organizers have the petitions and may already be collecting signatures. Read more… [...]

Mayor Hancock’s office fails to produce documents under open records request | Complete Colorado

Posted On: December 17, 2014

Shortly after a dustup began between Denver International Airport and Frontier over taxes and landing fees, CompleteColorado.com filed a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request with Mayor Hancock’s office asking for documents related to Frontier Airlines. Read more… [...]

Watch dog group seeks access to emails in City For Champions discussion | KRDO NewsChannel 13

Posted On: November 19, 2014

City For Champions has brought out strong emotions from all sides, between City Council members and the public. Members of a newly formed group say they don’t have a stake or firm opinion about the issue, they just want answers [...]

Blog: Newly formed watchdog group targets Council member Miller | The Gazette

Posted On: November 19, 2014

A new Colorado Springs government watchdog group has formed and its first target is Colorado Springs City Councilman Joel Miller. Read more… [...]

Watchdog digs in: City auditor takes on a dicey slate: IT, fleet, lawyers, Utilities, C4C | Colorado Springs Independent

Posted On: November 19, 2014

Next year will bring an ambitious and controversial slate of work for the City Auditor’s Office. But taxpayers might not be privy to detailed findings, unless a City Council committee changes its policy for how Auditor Denny Nester reports his [...]

Blog: Colorado Springs has new electronic campaign finance reporting | The Gazette

Posted On: November 03, 2014

Campaign finance reporting in Colorado Springs just went paperless. The City Clerk’s Office launched an electronic campaign finance filing system for the April 7, 2015 general municipal election. Read more… [...]

Blog: Utilities manager joins Neumann Systems Group | The Gazette

Posted On: October 03, 2014

Colorado Springs Utilities energy manager George Luke has retired from the publicly-owned utility and is joining the Neumann Systems Group as vice president business operations. Read more… [...]