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New city theme: Don’t start thinkin’ about tomorrow

In a telling display of futility, City Council refused Tuesday to put Mayor Steve Bach’s proposed $160 million infrastructure bond issue on the April 7 city election ballot. After a parade of city department heads and concerned citizens came forward to emphasize the gravity of the city’s capital improvement, stormwater, public safety, road maintenance and… Continue Reading New city theme: Don’t start thinkin’ about tomorrow

As those of us who have covered City Council meetings in the past couple of years know only too well, former Councilor Joel Miller is remarkably prolix. Unlike his laconic colleague Helen Collins, Miller frequently spoke from the dais, going on … and on  … and on. On one occasion, he harangued his captive audience… Continue Reading The world according to candidate Joel Miller

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Mayor Steve Bach’s brief Monday announcement that he won’t seek re-election came as no surprise. Nearly a year ago, Bach met with John Suthers at the latter’s request. Suthers, who would be term-limited as Colorado’s attorney general at the end of 2014, told Bach that he intended to run for mayor, citing an oddly disingenuous… Continue Reading Mayor’s exit sets up intriguing race in April

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Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

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Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

Makepeace, Miller, Suthers & Lathen — it has a certain mellifluous ring, don’t you think? It could be a long-vanished New York law firm, sharing an office building with Nixon, Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Mitchell. But as the April 2015 municipal election approaches in Colorado Springs, it’ll be clear that MMS&L aren’t amiable partners… Continue Reading Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

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Makepeace makes strong points in campaign kickoff

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Mary Lou Makepeace knows how to fill a room and give a speech. Those talents were on abundant display Wednesday morning at the packed downtown Gold Room (a Mining Exchange event venue) as Makepeace formally kicked off her mayoral campaign for the April 2015 city election. Makepeace called for “collaboration and unity among our civic… Continue Reading Makepeace makes strong points in campaign kickoff

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Dispirited Democrats! Delighted Republicans! It was 2008 all over again, except this time the winners had an “R” after their names. A few dazed survivors were left to pick through the wreckage Tuesday night, including Michael Merrifield, Pete Lee and then, much later, Gov. John Hickenlooper, who somehow managed to come back from the dead… Continue Reading Pavlovian response prevails in stormwater vote

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It’s always fun to follow the continuing feud between Mayor Steve Bach’s administration and Council President Keith King’s five-person Council majority. King’s latest biblically-tinged letter to Bach, obtained by the Business Journal, starts off on a hopeful note. “City Council is willing…to come together and honor the Isaiah 2 mandate: ‘Turn our swords in plowshares… Continue Reading Back to business: Bach, Council still firing salvos at each other

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Mayor Bach unveils 2015 budget with some clever balancing

After months of dour predictions hinting that the 2015 city budget would incorporate as much as $6 million in cuts, Mayor Steve Bach unveiled his administration’s proposed budget Monday morning at the City Administration Building. There were no visible cuts. The 2015 general fund budget of $259 million is 3 percent higher than the 2014 budget.… Continue Reading Mayor Bach unveils 2015 budget with some clever balancing

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There’s a certain slimy literary genre that newspaper employees have grown used to in the past decade — the pre-sale, pre-bankruptcy, pre-termination letter from the boss. Digital First Media CEO John Paton sent such a missive to DFM employees last week. It’s a classic of its kind, beginning with the fake-friendly, informal opening salutation (“Folks,”)… Continue Reading Best name for a newspaper? It’s now taken

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The headline in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said it all: “Brewers settle for Colorado Springs as AAA team’s host.” Neither Colorado Springs nor Milwaukee had a choice. There are 32 major league teams and 32 Triple-A cities – so when one team jumps ship, as did the Rockies (and others in recent weeks), it triggers a… Continue Reading Baseball lives on in Springs, so why not a new name?

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