Colorado in focus: Colorado teachers’ active-shooter training shows them how to fire back
Watchdog News | June 22, 2017
Fox News: Colorado teachers’ active-shooter training shows them how to fire back More than a dozen Colorado teachers received training on how to fire back at active shooters in schools, in a program that gun-rights advocates call essential. Laura Carno, the founder of Coloradoans for Civil Liberties, described its program “in a nutshell” as “training […]
Study: Heroin use costs U.S. more than $51 billion a year
Cole Lauterbach | June 21, 2017
Heroin use and addiction in the U.S. costs more than $51 billion every year, according to a new study released by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s school of Pharmacy. Researchers came to the figure by tallying the costs of crime and incarceration, lost productivity on the economy, and treatment of not only addiction but […]
Colorado in focus: Did Colorado just make it legal to text and drive?
Watchdog News | June 21, 2017
Denver Post: Did Colorado just make it legal to text and drive? The electronic signs above Colorado highways offer a warning to drivers who reach for their cellphones: “New texting law fines increased to $300.” What it doesn’t mention: Texting while driving is now legal in Colorado as long as it isn’t done in “a […]
Colorado in focus: Billionaire Texas couple donates $4.5 million to study Colorado government
Watchdog News | June 20, 2017
The Denver Post: Billionaire Texas couple donates $4.5 million to study Colorado government Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday announced a $4.5 million initiative to study the effectiveness of certain taxpayer-funded programs with “blunt assessments based on facts and not politics.” The Democrat’s top priorities for evaluation include the state’s foster care and criminal justice systems. […]
Haupt: Fed up with elder abuse
William Haupt III | June 20, 2017
“The Federal Reserve can continue to print more money, but cities and states can’t.” – Rob Liner The central bank has crushed the interest rates seniors have relied on for centuries to supplement their incomes and live lives that are meaningful and independent. After slaving in factories, fighting wars for our country and preserving democracy […]
Colorado in focus: Colorado group wants to ban sale of cellphones to kids under 13 years old
Watchdog News | June 19, 2017
Fox News: Colorado group wants to ban sale of cellphones to kids under 13 years old A Colorado group is looking to curb the sales of cellphones to children under 13 years old and officials in the state have cleared the language for a proposed ballot measure. Parents Against Underage Smartphones, the backers of the […]
Colorado in focus: Civil asset forfeiture debate continues with stricter Colorado law
Watchdog News | June 16, 2017
Denver Post: Civil asset forfeiture debate continues with stricter Colorado law Local law enforcement agencies across Colorado received about $8 million in proceeds from property and money seizures over the past two years in a practice that police chiefs and sheriffs say could be curtailed by a new state law. It’s money that’s at the center […]
Colorado in focus: Remember the faithless electors? Colorado secretary of state wants to bolster rules banning them
Watchdog News | June 15, 2017
Denver Post: Remember the faithless electors? Colorado secretary of state wants to bolster rules banning them Nearly six months after the Colorado statehouse became the unlikely stage for a dramatic attempt to deny Donald Trump the presidency, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is looking to prevent a repeat performance of last year’s Electoral College […]
Colorado pension system faces risky future despite past fixes
Michael Carroll | June 15, 2017
Incremental fixes, tinkering and benefit adjustments over the past decade have failed to keep Colorado’s public-employee pension system within a reasonable fiscal comfort zone, say critics of the system. The state’s Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) completed a month-long “listening tour” of the state last week, giving PERA officials a chance to hear from stakeholders […]
McCaleb: Pennsylvania pension reform ‘better than doing nothing’
Dan McCaleb | June 14, 2017
Illinois is home to the worst-funded public pension systems in the United States. A little more than 400 miles to the east, Pennsylvania has the fifth-worst-funded state pension systems in the country. As in Illinois, Pennsylvania has a divided government, though in reverse. A Democrat is in the governor’s mansion in the Keystone State and […]