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1 year 5 months ago

Storm water stirs debate at council

COLORADO SPRINGS - Plans to form regional body to upgrade the crumbling storm water system in Colorado Springs and El Paso county have been put on hold. Colorado Springs Council delayed a vote Tuesday on a joint resolution with El Paso County Commissioners on storm water until next month. ...

3 years 1 month ago

Bruce denies attorney regulators' allegations

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce is denying allegations that he illegally offered legal advice to people last year. The counsel for the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation had filed a complaint alleging Bruce was practicing law without a license when he offered advice relating to...

3 years 4 months ago

Douglas Bruce indicted

A statewide Grand Jury has indicted Douglas Bruce for failing to pay income taxes on income earned in 2005, 2006, and 2007. The four-count indictment was announced this afternoon by the Colorado Attorney General's Office. Bruce is suspected of attempting to evade his tax responsibilities by funneling...

3 years 11 months ago

Douglas Bruce not held in contempt of court

A judge has ruled that anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce won't be held in contempt of court for not testifying in a lawsuit about tax-slashing ballot measures, but he will have to answer questions about them. Denver District Judge Brian Whitney ruled Tuesday against the attorney general's request to hold...

3 years 11 months ago

Contempt case to wrap up against Douglas Bruce

The contempt-of-course case against Colorado Springs anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce is expected to wrap-up Tuesday. There's no word on how long Denver District Judge Brian Whitney will take to decide whether to find Douglas Bruce guilty of contempt. Government lawyers say the father of Colorado's Taxpayers Bill of...

3 years 11 months ago

Douglas Bruce contempt hearing continues

Government lawyers are continuing to push for Colorado Springs tax-cutting activist Douglas Bruce to give information about his role in three ballot measures before voters this fall. The contempt-of-court hearing against Bruce continues in Denver. Bruce is the father of Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill Of Rights (TABOR), and the...

3 years 11 months ago

Douglas Bruce faces Round 3 in contempt battle

It's Round Three in the government's battle to have a Colorado Springs anti-tax activist answer questions about his role getting tax-slashing measures onto state ballots. Douglas Bruce has a hearing this morning in a contempt-of-court case. The government wants to compel Bruce to talk about whether he helped some...

3 years 11 months ago

Douglas Bruce catches another break

Colorado's best-known tax-basher has the government in fits again. Douglas Bruce has been given a second delay in the contempt-of-court charge against him. The Colorado Springs man was in court Wednesday to answer contempt charges after being accused of avoiding subpoenas in a lawsuit over three tax-cutting proposals on...

4 years 1 week ago

Douglas Bruce hires high-profile defense lawyer

Colorado anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce has hired high-profile Denver lawyer David Lane to represent him in a contempt-of-court case. The case stems from failed efforts to subpoena Bruce to testify in a lawsuit over tax-cutting measures on the November ballot. Bruce, who has represented himself in court, was in...

4 years 3 weeks ago

Douglas Bruce due in court today

The father of Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights is headed to a Denver court to answer questions about new tax-cutting proposals. Douglas Bruce of Colorado Springs was scheduled to appear Monday for a deposition in a lawsuit over three tax-cutting ballot measures headed to Colorado voters this fall. ...

4 years 1 month ago

Douglas Bruce: Officer sent disparaging e-mail

Anti-tax advocate Douglas Bruce says a Colorado Springs police detective sent him a disparaging message from the city e-mail system. The e-mail asked, "Punch any reporters lately?" Bruce, a former state representative, kicked a news photographer on the floor of the state House in 2008. Detective Matthew Hulett...

4 years 2 months ago

Court battle over Colorado tax initiative

Proponents of three anti-tax measures on the November ballot are telling a judge they can't identify the source of the initiatives. Five proponents who are accused of failing to report campaign donations said Monday they got the ballot language and instructions from a mysterious "Mr. X," who sent them...

4 years 5 months ago

Issue 300 adopted

Colorado Springs City Council has adopted Ballot Issue 300 into the city code. A resolution containing an interpreted version of the issue passed on Tuesday by a 6-3 vote with councilmen Sean Paige, Tom Gallagher and Darryl Glenn all cast votes against the measure. Voters passed 300 in November...

4 years 7 months ago

Issue 300 goes back to discussion table

Issue 300 author Douglas Bruce will meet with Colorado Springs city staffers to try to clarify the purpose of Issue 300. Voters passed Issue 300 in November 2009. It eliminates enterprise fees and phases out enterprise payments to the city in eight year's time. Several money issues have come...

4 years 7 months ago

Council discusses 300

If you voted for Ballot Measure 300, Anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce wants you to attend a city council meeting on Tuesday. The city will be talking about how to resolve the conflicts between the ballot measure and the city charter. Voters passed issue 300, which ends city enterprise payments,...

4 years 9 months ago

Bruce trespassing case continued

Jury selection in the case against Douglas Bruce got underway Friday morning, but quickly hit a speed bump. When chosen, the jury will decided whether Bruce and Douglas Stinehagen broke the law on August 15th when they refused to leave a Costco store parking lot. The two men say...

4 years 9 months ago

Bruce and friend will stand trial

Anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce is calling out the city of Colorado Springs for unfair prosecution practices after he and friend Douglas Steinhagan were cited for trespassing while collecting signatures for a ballot initiative. That was the focus of a pre-trial hearing Tuesday afternoon. After about 7 hours of testimony and...

4 years 9 months ago

Debate about 300 continues

The ballots have been cast and counted but there are still questions about a key measure in Colorado Springs. Debate continues about ballot issue 300, which votes past Tuesday night and ends enterprise payments to the city At a press conference Wednesday, anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce who sponsored the...

4 years 10 months ago

Judge dismisses Bruce's trespassing case

Anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce's trespassing case was dismissed by a judge today. Bruce and another man were ticketed on Aug 15. for trespassing in a Costco parking lot for refusing to leave while petitioning for signatures for a city ballot proposal. The officer wrote the wrong date on the...

4 years 11 months ago

City attorney accused of breaking campaign law

A former assistant city attorney is accusing his old boss of violating campaign finance and labor laws. Thomas Marrese sent an email to Douglas Bruce and the Gazette Wednesday claiming that city attorney Patricia Kelly instructed a co-worker to write a memo highlighting the potentially negative impacts of Bruce's ballot...

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