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Council watches as powers erode

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Since 1991, Colorado Springs residents have often voted to limit the powers of City Council. In that year, city voters instituted the local Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) charter amendment that forbade Council from raising taxes without voter approval and limited annual city revenue growth. A companion measure phased out a half-cent capital improvements tax… Continue Reading Council watches as powers erode

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Four bills under consideration by the state Senate are somewhat misleadingly called the “telecommunications modernization legislative package.” According to the folks pushing HB 1328-133, they will “protect consumers, deliver the benefits of competition, protect 911, create a broadband fund and establish a streamlined process for private investment.” The state House already passed the package by… Continue Reading Beware of four bills sailing through Capitol

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Enduring groups built city’s base

Gen. William Palmer founded Colorado Springs in 1871, hoping to build a peaceful, prosperous and temperate city. Palmer’s vision may have been influenced by the purple prose of Fitzhugh Ludlow, who published “Heart of the Continent” in 1868, three years before the first stake was driven here. “When Colorado becomes a state,” Ludlow grandly predicted,… Continue Reading Enduring groups built city’s base

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Weinstein, MRFF fight near and far

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Weinstein, MRFF fight near and far

As charitable foundations go, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation punches way above its weight. In 2012, the organization brought in $584,347 in contributions and grants, and spent $582,136. That’s below the $1 million threshold that many rating agencies use in deciding whether a foundation merits evaluation, and is dwarfed by national giants with much lower… Continue Reading Weinstein, MRFF fight near and far

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What does Mark Ferrandino most desire as he finishes up his final session as speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives? There are lots of potential answers, but one comes to mind: Ferrandino, a Denver Democrat, would like to figure out how to snatch back the $120 million in tax increment funding that the state… Continue Reading Legislative action brings out rest of C4C story

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City, task force take separate stormwater paths

  Larry Small, the articulate former Colorado Springs vice mayor, defines as well as anyone the problem of asking voters to pass judgment on paying for stormwater projects. “Stormwater funding is always a hard thing to sell,” Small said. “And if it fails, it’s not the kind of thing that you can bring right back… Continue Reading City, task force take separate stormwater paths

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City Councilor Joel Miller’s attempt to rewrite Colorado Springs eminent domain ordinances may seem well-intentioned. But laws, like elected officials, are not always what they seem to be. Miller had unveiled his ordinance at the group’s work session on Monday, and he insisted upon bringing it up for a vote on Tuesday. City Attorney Wynetta… Continue Reading Eminent domain brings out the best and worst

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Denver Post may be for sale – will Anschutz bid?

National media including the New York Times reported Wednesday that Digital First Media, which owns multiple newspaper properties including the Denver Post, will shut down its digital news hub in New York City and is in the process of “readying its newspaper properties for sale.” According to Ken Doctor in the Nieman Journalism Lab, “The… Continue Reading Denver Post may be for sale – will Anschutz bid?

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Those of us who know Nolan Schriner understand four things about him. • He knows what he’s talking about. • He’s honest. • He doesn’t suffer fools gladly. • He’s diplomatic … but only to a point. It was apparent that Colorado Springs Council President Keith King and his Council colleagues Joel Miller and Don… Continue Reading Nominee fights back against Council’s ‘chilling effect’

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Hazlehurst: Council finds new low for embarrassment

It should have been a routine matter on City Council’s agenda this week. Mayor Steve Bach had nominated three Colorado Springs residents to serve on the Urban Renewal Authority. Under the charter, the mayor appoints qualified community members to the authority, subject to Council confirmation. As volunteer city boards go, it’s a powerful body. Once… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Council finds new low for embarrassment

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