State alternative fuel vehicles use alternative fuel less than a third of the time

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  Colorado, Good Government, Government Waste, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
In the past 15 months, only a third — and often much less — of the fuel pumped into Colorado’s Compressed Natural Gas state vehicles was CNG, a database obtained by Watchdog.org shows.
At one point CNG use was less than 20 percent, but the state has substantially increased the use of CNG in the [...]

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Stimulus award to Denver Post’s $50K bike tour goes unreported

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Colorado, Federal Stimulus, Journalism, Open Records, State Government, Stimulus, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

"Pedal the Plains" promotional video

The Denver Post’s inaugural 2012 “Pedal the Plains” bicycle tour may have received $50,000 in Stimulus funds from Gov. Hickenlooper, unreported by the paper.

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Denver’s paperwork burdens women-owned businesses

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Business, Colorado, Economy, Jobs + Growth, Spying, State Government, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Joshua Sharf | WatchdogWire.com
Denver’s process for certifying women-owned small businesses not only duplicates the federal paperwork, it includes several provisions that are significantly more intrusive, and puts potentially sensitive information in the hands of government employees.
The federal Women-Owned Small Business certification process is administered by the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, while the City [...]

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State bans purchase of most SUVs but governor, family still chauffeured in them

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Accountability, Colorado, News, Politics & Elections, State Politics  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
Last year, the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, in an attempt to improve the state fleet’s environmental friendliness, issued a policy that prevents most departments from buying all-wheel-drive sports utility vehicles.
Yet, Gov. John Hickenlooper and his family are still chauffeured around in two SUVs, which according to government figures get [...]

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National Parks ‘listening sessions’ cost $38,320 and filter free speech

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Censorship, Colorado, Energy and Environment, Free Speech, Local Government, Local News, Regulations, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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‘Listening sessions’ seeking public comment on the plan to prohibit certain vehicles from Monument Road are costing taxpayers money and stifling speech.

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Colorado governor supports most tax votes, but refuses to release his own tax info

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Accountability, Colorado, IRS, Journalism, State Government, State Politics, Taxes, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Gov. John Hickenlooper hasn't taken a clear position on Hancock's plan to allow Denver voters to strip key provisions from the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), but only as those provisions apply to the city.

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
When you’re a millionaire, even giving to charity apparently is complicated.
Watchdog.org has confirmed from two media outlets in Denver that Gov. John Hickenlooper did not provide his charitable contributions when releasing his tax returns to some Denver media. Representatives of one outlet said he didn’t provide the contributions until asked and [...]

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