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The King and his Court get to work

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It was 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, time for the new City Council to begin its first meeting as the Utility Board. Eight of nine board members were in their seats, but board chairman Keith King was standing over a table to the side, fussing with a stack of papers. The minutes ticked by; 1:05, 1:07,… Continue Reading The King and his Court get to work

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It’s not surprising that North Korea’s ditzy young dictator couldn’t find Colorado Springs on the map, even while threatening nuclear attack. His uncertain physical geography may simply parallel our city’s murky psychic geography. We live here, but do we understand our place of residence? It’s as comfortable and unknowable as the Chelsea Hotel in the… Continue Reading City leaders – King and his court still old, white, male

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Geezers Rule!

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After the newly seated City Council decided to install rookie Councilor Keith King as presiding officer and two-year incumbent Merv Bennett as deputy assistant presiding officer ( I know, I know, those aren’t the official titles), it seemed appropriate to utter the G-word. Asked whether the city ought to be led by a trio of… Continue Reading Geezers Rule!

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Council elections have come and gone with results that baffled even the least savvy prognosticator (that would be me). I called two of six, doing a little better than the Housing and Building Association (1-5), but a little worse than the Independent and the Gazette (3-6). Yet my record’s a lot worse than theirs, since… Continue Reading Thoughts about what to expect from new City Council

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(Published 2:40 p.m., April 4) Colorado Springs voters — don’t we love ’em??!! They’re as dazzlingly unpredictable as Lady Gaga, as infuriating as a dog that won’t stop barking, and as exciting as a Tim Tebow touchdown run with three seconds left in the fourth quarter. So, in the immediate assessment of the 2013 city… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Analyzing the city election’s winners and losers

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News flash: today’s Election Day! And if you either didn’t know or don’t care, you’re not alone. The City Clerk mailed ballots to 207,155 registered voters. As of yesterday evening, more than 10,000 had been returned as undeliverable, while another 1,601had been issued by the Clerk’s office, leaving a total of 198,142 ballots to be… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Election money and my own pick-six election prediction.

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Go to the Humane Society and adopt six dogs. Don’t pay any attention to the Golden Retrievers and Labradors — we want tough, assertive, dominant dogs. How about two Pit Bulls, a Doberman, a Rottweiler and a pair of German Shepherds? Now load ’em in the back of your pickup, drive down to their new… Continue Reading Bracing for dogfights during transition to new Council

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach announced yet another economic development program on Friday afternoon after most city employees had gone home. The “Spirits in the Springs” initiative is designed to encourage private and public sector employees alike to linger after work and enjoy life at any of the dozens of downtown and Westside bars and… Continue Reading Bach hosts inaugural “Spirits in the Springs” event

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“When you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”-Sherlock Holmes, “The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet.” Why would a shadowy 527 committee, “Citizens for a Sound Government” spend thousands of dollars attacking an apparently random group of Colorado Springs City Council candidates, including Joe Barrera and Don Knight in District… Continue Reading Negative campaigning goes nuclear – and it wasn’t Kim Jong-Un

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The penultimate campaign finance reports are trickling in – and, as always, they make interesting reading. There are some new players in the game, and some older ones that have had to switch horses in midstream. The stalwarts of the medical marijuana industry had put their money into “Smokin’ Tom” Gallagher’s campaign, but he abruptly… Continue Reading Coal and marijuana make curious political bedfellows – or do they?

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