Confidential report says discrimination, retaliation claims ‘lack merit’

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Colorado, Ethics, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane |
The former CFO for Colorado’s controversial Secretary of State Scott Gessler is claiming a hostile work environment and that she was demoted because she testified against her boss at an ethics hearing and in front of a grand jury.
But an outside investigation, obtained exclusively by, determined that Heather Lizotte is [...]

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Hickenlooper’s veto may benefit unexpected fundraisers

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Colorado, Elections, Legislature  /  No Comments


By Jackie Moreau |
Colorado’s most recent legislative session was one of “unexpectations.”
Gov. Hickenlooper unexpectedly vetoed a finance-reform bill that kept unexpected fundraisers satisfied, Watchdog Wire’s  Joshua Sharf reports.
House Bill14-1375, which passed with bipartisan support, targeted Tax Increment Financing and developers who have been able to subvert costs of development projects from its revenue. TIF [...]

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Udall, Bennett pushed for satellite offices

By   /  August 1, 2014  /  Colorado, News  /  No Comments

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By Joshua Sharf |
U.S. Sens. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., in 2011 successfully pushed for the Patent and Trademark Office to open satellite offices, including one in Denver, even as paralegals at the agency were being paid to loaf – and receiving stellar performance reviews for doing so.
As part of the patent [...]

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Lyft: Killing ride-sharing puts public safety at risk

By   /  August 1, 2014  /  Colorado, Economy, Government Regulation, Legislature, National, News, Public Utilities, Regulations, State Government, State Lobbying, State Politics, Technology, Transparency, transportation, Virginia  /  No Comments


Uber and Lyft, responding to myths spread by their detractors, are promoting their services as a safer transportation alternative for consumers.

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U.S. Sen. Udall fails on pay equity

By   /  July 21, 2014  /  Colorado, News  /  No Comments

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By Joshua Sharf |
Despite heavy reliance on the “War on Women” theme during his tough re-election campaign, including pay equity, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., pays his full-time women staffers considerably less than the men who work for him, an analysis by Watchdog Wire shows.
This stands in stark contrast to his campaign challenger, U.S. Rep. [...]

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Colorado misspends $45 million in food stamp dollars

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Colorado, News  /  No Comments

Iowa cuts food stamp overpayment rate, but still hands out an extra $20 million.

By Andrew Collins |
Colorado offers tons of fail in its food stamp program and, unfortunately for taxpayers, the fail is growing.
Colorado misspent $45.7 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments in 2013, according to data released by the United States Department of Agriculture.
In percentage terms, Colorado misspent, either through underpayment or overpayment, 5.59 percent of the $818 million in [...]

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