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The Oct. 14 letter from City Council President Keith King to Mayor Steve Bach, distributed Tuesday to media at the end of Council’s regular meeting, began innocuously enough. “The members of the Colorado Springs City Council,” King wrote, “wish to communicate our thoughts concerning the budget process and how we see our responsibilities under the… Continue Reading Council fights Bach for powers in charter

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Retired Maj. Gen. Irv Halter, the presumptive Democratic nominee for Doug Lamborn’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives has got so many things going for him that it’s possible to imagine that (gasp! choke!) he might actually win. In the past, Democrats have tried to appeal to El Paso County voters by nominating retired… Continue Reading Can Democrat Irv Halter beat Lamborn in 2014? He may have a fighter’s chance.

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City budgets are interesting snapshots of a particular time — of the beliefs, assumptions and priorities of those who write and approve the documents. What’s emphasized, and what’s minimized? What inconvenient truths are ignored, and what accomplishments aren’t accomplishments at all? And why are city budgets so complex, so difficult to dissect and so infuriatingly… Continue Reading City budget brings new meaning to … light bulbs?

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Before a packed room in the city administration building Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Steve Bach fired the first salvo as the simmering disagreements over stormwater funding between mayor, City Council, the Board of County Commissioners and the Regional Stormwater Task Force erupted into open warfare. It began with a somewhat muddled “Stormwater Needs Assessment” by CH2M… Continue Reading Mayor unveils ‘October Surprise’

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Now that a second effort to recall state Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Aurora, has been launched by NRA-backed Republicans, maybe it’s time for Democrats to reconsider their strategy as they attempt to fight off such efforts. When recall petitions were certified against Sen. John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, Democrats huffed and puffed… Continue Reading Should Dems fight latest recall attempt, or play rope-a-dope?

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State tax burden not as low as some think

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Taxes. They’re always too high, never too low. Few of us appear to believe that we pay a fair share of taxes, or that the tax system is structured to reward hard work, penalize sloth and fund only the basic necessities of government. In the famous dictum of Sen. Russell Long, D-Louisiana: “Don’t tax you,… Continue Reading State tax burden not as low as some think

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Folks who live near the Gulf of Mexico are well aware of red tides. During such phenomena, the Gulf’s crystalline blue waters turn a murky red, thanks to sudden algal blooms. Oxygen-deprived fish die and wash up on beaches, while humans may become severely ill from eating shellfish contaminated with red-tide toxins. Substitute “Democratic elected… Continue Reading Red tide could produce state’s next GOP governor

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It was millionaire vs. billionaire in a Los Angeles courtroom yesterday – and it looks as if the billionaire body-slammed the millionaire and left him bleeding on the floor. Attorneys representing Katherine Jackson couldn’t persuade a California jury that AEG Live bore any liability for the death of Jackson’s son Michael (you may have heard… Continue Reading Anschutz and Sanders: A dream partnership?

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“Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain Truth be told, this is not a blog that I wanted to write. Even though the often-eccentric Republicans who seem to have taken over the institution once known as the House of Representatives seemed intent… Continue Reading Message to Congress: Shut up.

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Why is Mayor Steve Bach’s quarter-billion-dollar plan to revive our economy titled City for Champions, not City of Champions? Simple: “of” was already taken by, among others, Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Detroit and Green Bay. “For” is fine, but it has a tentative flavor to it, implying that we’d be a really great city for champions to… Continue Reading City for Champions could become the spark we need

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