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Council Matters: Marijuana  #43 August 21 2017

August 21, 2017 0 min to read

Council Matters: Marijuana #43 August 21 2017

Category : Council Matters

This may be the first time urinalysis has been discussed on Council Matters. Medical Marijuana is the burning topic today as Bill Murray tries to persuade Tom Strand that Colorado Springs should legalize it. The city is leaving $16 to $24 million a year in tax revenue on the table by not allowing recreational marijuana sales. Gateway...

Reality Check, Teachers & Teaching, Part 2

August 11, 2017 0 min to read

Reality Check, Teachers & Teaching, Part 2

Category : Reality Check

Gary and Dee continue the discussion on  Teaching in America today.  We compare the pay of teachers to babysitters and child care centers.  We’re getting a real bargain here.  We can afford to pay our nation’s educators more.  We discuss how many colleges staff their departments with adjunct professors to avoid havin...

Reality Check, August 8, 2017, Teaching Part 1

August 7, 2017 0 min to read

Reality Check, August 8, 2017, Teaching Part 1

Category : Reality Check

Gary and Dee discuss the Anti-Civil Rights Era that we find ourselves in these days.  Our main topic is Teaching in America today.  What are the requirements to be a teacher.  What is the pay like.  What have charter schools done to the equation.  How many teachers are paid a living wage in the US vs. overseas?  How many teache...

Reality Check, Approval Voting, Voting Suppression, Who Is Running?

July 31, 2017 0 min to read

Reality Check, Approval Voting, Voting Suppression, Who Is Running?

Category : Reality Check

Gary and Dee discuss another alternate voting method:  Approval Voting.  It’s much easier than Rank Choice Voting.  It’s biggest drawback is that it doesn’t have a ‘catchy’ name.  The Voting Integrity Commission is up and running.  Sadly, Colorado is one of the states cooperating with it.  Thanks W...

Reality Check July 21, 2017 with special guest Joe Barrera

July 23, 2017 1 min to read

Reality Check July 21, 2017 with special guest Joe Barrera

Category : Reality Check

Gary, Dee, and Joe discuss Rank Choice Voting.   Rank choice voting is a better way to vote.  It gives everyone a voice.  It eliminates negative advertising.  It stops fringe candidates from winning.  It has the side effect of a more involved electorate.  In US cities where it is used, there is a higher voter turn out.  It is...

July 21, 2017 0 min to read

Category : Council Matters

Councilors Bill Murray and Tom Strand are at it again, discussing Colorado Springs issues with wit, charm and daring. No holds barred when discussing Stormwater issues that face the city – including EPA lawsuit, Pueblo lawsuit, and the difficulty of financing Stormwater infrastructure. Does the City have the leadership to m...

Reality Check, July 14, 2017

July 18, 2017 1 min to read

Reality Check, July 14, 2017

Category : Reality Check

Gary and Dee discuss the latest version of the Republican Tax Cut bill, otherwise known as Trumpcare.  What would this new ‘healthcare’ bill change?  For adults under the age of 65 the consequences are disastrous.  The premiums could rise to as much as five times what a younger adult would pay.  Currently, that is cap...

Reality Check July 7, 2017

July 10, 2017 0 min to read

Reality Check July 7, 2017

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Gary and Dee discuss dialysis and dialysis clinics.  What is the state of dialysis here in the United States?  Did you know dialysis is guaranteed to everyone who needs it?  Why is so much of our dialysis care tied up in for-profit clinics?  What are the consequences of this?  DaVita is a national for-profit dialysis clinic chai...

Reality Check, July 3rd, 2017

July 5, 2017 0 min to read

Reality Check, July 3rd, 2017

Category : Reality Check

Gary and Dee discuss health care in America.  We’d love to discuss the current health care ‘reform’ proposals, but those aren’t finalized, yet.  Our main focus of discussion is lack of primary care physicians.  According to a Medical Colleges report, the US could lose 100,000 physicians in eight years.  Th...

Reality Check, 6-30-2017

July 1, 2017 1 min to read

Reality Check, 6-30-2017

Category : Reality Check

Part Two of Guns.  Gary and Dee are back for the second half of our episode on #guns.  What happens in states with stricter gun laws?  Lower rates of homicide and suicide.  There was no substitution effect found.  Removing guns from domestic abusers lowered intimate partner death rates 7 – 19%.  How did the Protection of ...