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Editorial: Show us the top candidates for tax-funded leadership roles

Some public-process issues deserve extra attention. House Bill 21-1051, now working its way through the Colorado Capitol, must be opposed. The bill aims to rewrite portions of the Colorado Open Meetings Act and Colorado Open Meetings Law to allow public bodies to disclose just one finalist when choosing a new chief executive such as a city manager, school district superintendent or university president ...
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Editorial: Mayor Coffman’s bewildering lawsuit against the city’s election law is a vote for trouble

The benefit of transparency in election and campaign laws is clear. When voters understand that specific unions or industries are bankrolling campaign TV commercials to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, those sometimes hard-to-find facts shed critical context on an election ...
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Editorial: Superintendent selection process not so super

We, the parents, teachers and taxpayers of Jefferson County will likely never know who the board passed over in this choice. We have no way of judging the wisdom of our five elected officials in this decision ...
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Editorial: HB 1051 would shroud public entities’ hiring decisions in secrecy, erode public confidence

But a bill making its way through the legislature right now could erode confidence in future such hiring decisions, by hiding who is actually being considered for the position ...
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Lauren Boebert separates personal, private Twitter accounts in response to federal lawsuit

After being sued in federal court for allegedly violating free-speech rights, Rifle business owner Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., argues through her attorney the motion be denied because the allegations ignore the distinction between personal and private Twitter accounts ...
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Questions remain after Manitou Springs’ police chief resigns without public explanation

The resignation of Manitou Springs’ police chief remains clouded in secrecy after city officials refused to release details regarding his departure and denied The Gazette’s request for related public records ...
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Colorado air pollution control managers ordered staff to falsify data and approve permits “at all costs,” whistleblowers say

State air pollution control managers endangered the health of Coloradans by unlawfully approving noxious gas permits for industry without federally-mandated modeling or monitoring, according to a whistleblowing complaint filed by technical employees inside the agency ...
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Attorneys blast federal decision disregarding Denver officer training on First Amendment

Civil rights attorneys are renewing calls to abolish the judicially-created shield for police, after the Colorado-based federal appeals court awarded immunity to Denver officers accused of violating a man's First Amendment rights, even after their training put them on notice about those rights ...
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State fraud hotline generates investigations that rarely see light of day

While State Auditor Dianne Ray releases to the public performance and financial audits of state agencies, state law requires her to keep the public mostly in the dark when it comes to reports to her office’s fraud hotline and any investigations those reports generate ...
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Editorial: Wrong bill for the wrong time

Anyone who cares about government transparency ought to pay very close attention to a bill that moved one step forward in the Colorado Legislature and is intimately tied to the controversial hiring process that handed Mark Kennedy the University of Colorado Boulder’s presidency ...
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