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A screen shot from the Facebook page of Thompson Parents and Community announcing an event hosted by Thompson School District Board Member Denise Montagu.

Thompson school board member hosts event that may be in violation of Colorado’s open meetings law

“The open meetings law requires that when three or more members meet and public business is discussed, the meeting must be open to the public at all times,” said Brad Miller, the attorney for the Thompson school board.

Thompson School District votes down contract for second time in two weeks

Thompson School District votes down contract for second time in two weeks

Audience members compared Kerrigan, who called for innovation in the contract, to Adolph Hitler, and shouted “Long live the king.”

By Sherrie Peif · May 21, 2015 · 0 comments · Education, Featured, K-12 Transparancy, PERA, Sherrie Peif, Thompson, Top News
U.S. Representative Jared Polis

Polis’ attendance at fundraiser dances close to ethical lines

Fund raising invitations citing specific legislation appear inappropriate…

By Todd Shepherd · May 21, 2015 · 0 comments · Politics
Blake: Is Glendale really the ‘Vatican of Liberty?’

Blake: Is Glendale really the ‘Vatican of Liberty?’

At a 2013 gun-rights rally Dunafon referred to his small (0.6 square miles, 4,200 residents) enclave inside Denver as “the Vatican of liberty.” But it’s looking more like the Vatican and less like liberty now.

By Peter Blake · May 21, 2015 · 0 comments · Business/Economy, Civil Liberties, Featured, Property rights
JCEA sends out “STRIKE FAQs” flier

JCEA sends out “STRIKE FAQs” flier

From the flyer — “The JCEA leadership has been getting a lot of questions about the legalities and logistics regarding a potential strike.”

By Todd Shepherd · May 20, 2015 · 0 comments · Education, Featured, Jeffco, Original Report, Politics
Colorado invites Medicaid fraud: Pays hundreds of millions in claims without provider ID numbers

Colorado invites Medicaid fraud: Pays hundreds of millions in claims without provider ID numbers

Colorado is inviting Medicaid fraud by paying claims without provider identifier numbers.

By Linda Gorman · May 18, 2015 · 0 comments · Blog note, Featured, Gold Dome, Health Care, Linda Gorman, Politics
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Amtrak isn’t underfunded, but is badly mismanaged

As I have noted before, infrastructure that is funded out of user fees tends to be better maintained than infrastructure that is funded out of tax dollars.

By Randal O'Toole · May 17, 2015 · 0 comments · Featured, National, Politics, Randal O'Toole, Transportation
Union policies hard to defend under Prop 104 negotiation sunshine

Union policies hard to defend under Prop 104 negotiation sunshine

Last year’s passage of Proposition 104 has opened the door to watch the school district-union negotiation process. Citizens are now better empowered to study and question the logic behind certain provisions sprinkled through various union contracts. Exposed to daylight, many of these provisions are hard to defend.

By Greg Bratton · May 14, 2015 · 0 comments · Education, Featured, K-12 Transparancy
Student walk-out rumor leaves everyone in the dark

Student walk-out rumor leaves everyone in the dark

If the rumor of a mass student walkout planned for multiple high schools in the Thompson School District is true, its organizers have done a good job of keeping it quiet from law enforcement and district officials. Complete Colorado learned Friday of a possible walkout by students to protest a recent school board decision. It is supposed to occur Tuesday […]

By Sherrie Peif · May 11, 2015 · 0 comments · Education, K-12 Transparancy, PERA, Sherrie Peif, Thompson, Top News
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JeffCo schools not as transparent with open records as law requires

Open records requests to the Jefferson County School district have been met with obfuscating “interpretations,” time delays that appear to be outside of the legal limits allowed by the law, and with potentially illegal hourly charges for legal review of the documents requested.

By Sherrie Peif · May 11, 2015 · 0 comments · Education, Featured, K-12 Transparancy, Sherrie Peif