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CO: Denver council member says budget cuts ‘sufficient,’ no tax hike needed

By   /  November 5, 2012  /  Colorado, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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By Dan Njegomir | Colorado Watchdog DENVER — For months, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and other supporters of a citywide, $44 million-plus property-tax hike on Tuesday’s ballot have been touting City Hall’s efforts to tighten its own belt as an incentive to voters to help bridge a projected $94 million spending gap. They’ve argued that case tirelessly […]

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CO: Investigation reveals dozens of police and fire pension ‘double-dippers’

By   /  October 29, 2012  /  Colorado, Pensions, Transparency  /  4 Comments

Pretty good for government work!

by Todd Shepherd | Colorado Watchdog Dozens of retired police and firefighters are pulling down five-figure pensions each year while simultaneously going back to work full-time for the state of Colorado and earning a full-time salary, a process commonly known as “double-dipping.” The vast majority of public employees like teachers and state employees receive their […]

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CO: Audited tobacco program raises legal questions, lawmakers’ ire

By   /  October 23, 2012  /  Accountability, Colorado, Issues, News, State Government  /  No Comments

El Estado de Colorado quizás no esta siguiendo la ley al pie de la letra ya que el departamento de salud influye para crear leyes más potentes en contra del tabaco.

By Dan Njegomir  | Colorado Watchdog DENVER — Despite being red-flagged in a recent audit, Colorado’s state health department has been refusing for months to seek an official legal opinion on whether it should be doling out millions of dollars a year in public funds to advocate ever-more-stringent anti-smoking laws. Now, state lawmakers, who say they’re fed […]

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Election lawsuit filed against Boulder County Clerk

By   /  October 18, 2012  /  Colorado  /  2 Comments


by Todd Shepherd | Colorado Watchdog BOULDER — Tensions between election watchers in Boulder County and the clerk and recorder’s office have now spilled over into legal action. A lawsuit has been filed  against Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall, alleging Hall has blocked certified election watchers from observing the receiving and handling process […]

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CO: Feds ignore congressional demand to halt rural Internet expansion

By   /  October 11, 2012  /  Colorado, Open Records  /  6 Comments

Los críticos de Eagle-Net dicen, esta compañía esta generando una competencia muy desleal contra las compañías más pequeñas,

By Dan Njegomir | Colorado Watchdog DENVER — Federal officials appear to be in no hurry to respond to a written demand by four Colorado congressmen that the government stop a stimulus-funded broadband project from poaching private-sector customers. A national telecommunications industry blog that follows the issue closely has reported that the National Telecommunications and […]

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CO: Energy Dept. protecting trade secrets of defunct company

By   /  October 8, 2012  /  Colorado  /  6 Comments

Green energy

By Todd Shepherd | Colorado Watchdog The U.S. Department of Energy is working to protect the trade secrets and the competitive edge…of a company that doesn’t exist anymore. That’s the only conclusion you can draw from the recent response to a Freedom of Information Act request to the DOE asking for all their testing data on […]

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