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News Nuggets: 27 July 2009

Dug up fresh, daily. MUST READ: The Gazette unfurls a gripping two-part series examining a rash of murders — and other crimes — committed by...

Colorado College students: Stinky, socialist, smart

A 14-week conservation campaign on the Colorado College campus in Colorado Springs last semester encouraged students to change their daily rituals-- to get less...

Colorado students use texting to compare McCain, Obama tax burdens

Want to know how Barack Obama and John McCain's tax plans will affect your bottom line? Two Colorado College students have created a text message service to find out how typical tax burdens fare under both candidates.

Colorado election snafu roundup: Are we ready for Nov. 4?

It's not just you. Colorado is looking a bit iffy these days in terms of election preparedness. And with less than three weeks to go until November 4th, things just keep getting stickier. But wading through the constantly breaking election muck can be a less than savory experience. So please, put away your wellies and let the Colorado Independent guide you. Each Friday until Election Day, we'll publish a roundup of the week's big news related to election bungles around the state. If you've got news or opinions to share, please add them in the comments section below. After all, we're not as scientific as, say, Colorado's new electronic voting machines. Read on for the roundup:

Balink, GOP-backed student voter disenfranchisement rages anew

An ominous-sounding letter that El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Bob Balink sent to a journalism student at Colorado College has reignited a three-week old controversy over his past erroneous assertion that out-of-state college students are not eligible to vote in Colorado.

Lawmaker calls out El Paso Clerk Balink for ’12-point strategy’ on...

El Paso County is Colorado’s most-populated county. It’s also, undeniably, a GOP stronghold with a rich legacy of political hijinks and shenanigans — usually inspired by Republicans. And that leaves plenty of progressives leery that, come Election Day, Clerk and Recorder Bob Balink will do everything he can to make it difficult, or at least unpleasant, for non-Republicans to vote. Which leads us to Democrat state Sen. John Morse's claims of Balink's 12-point strategy to suppress the vote.

El Paso County Democrats claim voter disenfranchisement

Colorado College, a liberal arts school in Colorado Springs, is oft seen as a cradle of progressive thought in one of the most conservative cities in the United States. In recent years, that designation has caused some tension in the greater community. This week, the antagonism came to a head with a prominent State Sen. John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) accusing Republican Clerk and Recorder Bob Balink of deliberately trying to stop Colorado College students, many of whom come from out-of-state, from voting.
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