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The time has come to ask some difficult and uncomfortable questions about Keith King. The City Council meeting of Tuesday, July 22, was a particularly sad and dispiriting spectacle, magnifying questions about King’s leadership as Council president. King allows — even encourages — Councilors Joel Miller and Don Knight to make lengthy political speeches from… Continue Reading King: Inevitable conclusion tells us it’s time to go

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It looks as if residents of El Paso County, Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Fountain and Green Mountain Falls will have the opportunity of voting to tax themselves (I mean, “fee” themselves) to fund regional stormwater needs. Colorado Springs City Council obligingly approved the proposed intergovernmental agreement earlier this week, and other jurisdictions are expected to… Continue Reading Stormwater leaders gear up for ballot campaign

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Hazlehurst: Council puts kibosh on Xcel’s interest in Utilities

The Colorado Springs City Council (in its dual capacity as the Utility Board) met Wednesday and ignored Xcel Energy’s June 28 offer to enter into a non-disclosure agreement with Xcel subsidiary Public Service Company of Colorado “with the specific intent of exploring over the next 60 days if there is a value proposition that would… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Council puts kibosh on Xcel’s interest in Utilities

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Two years ago, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill that slashed that state’s top income tax rate by 24 percent and made smaller reductions for low-income filers. As the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities pointed out, the measure “fully exempted business profits that are ‘passed through’ from the firm to individual owners. No… Continue Reading Kansas offers tough lesson in tax-cut consequences

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Elon Musk does not think small. The 43-year-old founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors, took on  legacy organizations that seemed impregnable, challenging the mighty on their own ground. A payment system that competes directly with Visa and MasterCard? How preposterous — didn’t he realize that it wouldn’t work? A couple of billion dollars later,… Continue Reading Springs never had a shot at Tesla’s mega-jackpot

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Xcel Energy’s June 27 letter to Colorado Springs Utilities will be a game-changer, regardless of its immediate outcome. In the letter, Xcel vice president for asset development Bryan Hassler proposed that Xcel and CSU enter into a nondisclosure agreement “with the specific intent of exploring over the next 60 days if there is a value… Continue Reading How should Council respond to Xcel? Listen, at least

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Analysis: Drake: Will everyone lose?

The ongoing debate over the downtown Martin Drake Power Plant has been almost exclusively locally focused. Proponents and opponents alike have examined local costs, local health impacts and Drake’s impact on the local economy. But Colorado Springs isn’t an island, and it may be that a newly unfolding national energy narrative will make the positions… Continue Reading Analysis: Drake: Will everyone lose?

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What can we do about income inequality? In a long piece in Politico, billionaire venture capitalist Tom Hanauer supports nearly doubling the national minimum wage to $15 an hour. Hanauer is seriously rich. He was the first non-family member to invest in Jeff Bezos’ tiny little online bookstore, and also founded an Internet marketing company… Continue Reading Want to be a congressional intern? Open your checkbook

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Hazlehurst: We need to be more business-friendly

Mayor Steve Bach’s oft-stated goal is to make Colorado Springs the most business-friendly city in America.  Wait a minute! Aren’t we already business-friendly? And if we aren’t, let’s just get rid of the rules and regulations that inhibit business. That’s not as easy as it seems. City ordinances, and the regulatory practices that result from… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: We need to be more business-friendly

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Like Rodney Dangerfield, Colorado Springs architects get no respect. It must be galling to be shut out, to see the most nationally significant regional architectural commission since the Air Force Academy go to an out-of-town firm. Earlier this week, we learned that the U.S. Olympic Museum organizers had chosen Colorado Springs-based contractor GE Johnson Construction… Continue Reading Museum organizers should be going all-local

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