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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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“To the glory that was Greece And the grandeur that was Rome.” – Edgar Allan Poe, “To Helen” The ruins of ancient Rome have fascinated historians, poets and melancholy romantics for centuries. Since Edward Gibbons’ monumental “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” historians have focused upon the politics of decay and collapse. But before… Continue Reading Colorado Springs: A modern-day ancient Rome?

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So what did we learn from the historic 2013 recall elections, which succeeded in removing Colorado Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo? It depends on whom you ask. Republicans, gunnies and The Gazette’s editorial writers might tell you that the people spoke with one voice, tossing out a… Continue Reading Two sides, two analyses from stunning recall results

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Here’s the text of a memo from Colorado Springs City Council President Keith King to Mayor Steve Bach, after City Council declined, by a 5 to 4 vote, to consider a resolution endorsing the vision and concept of the Bach administration’s City for Champions proposal. It’s an interesting potpourri of ideas, suggestions, arm-twisting and audacious… Continue Reading King versus Bach: Ideas, suggestions, power plays

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In an expensive, unnecessary and politically damaging recall election that culminates on Sept. 10, Colorado Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, will either be confirmed in office for one more year or recalled. If the recall fails, we’re back to status quo ante. Democrats will still control the both houses of the Legislature. John Hickenlooper… Continue Reading Recall could lead to legislative consequences

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