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Who’s going to be the first “strong mayor” of Colorado Springs? With 101 days until the April 5 election, and 80 days until voters receive mail ballots, it’s likely that the next mayor is among those who have already declared their intention to run. It’s a little late for any new candidates to surface, particularly… Continue Reading Campaign advice for city’s strong-mayor candidates

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History, as Henry Ford so memorably said, is bunk. Or, as the inscription carved above the entrance to the National Archives Building in Washington reads, “What’s past is prologue.” Those were once very American ways of looking at the world. We were a country unbound by a tortured past, unafraid of the future, anxious for… Continue Reading Once upon a time, when we alone determined our fate

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On Nov. 22 Create Denver released an 80-page study titled, “We Create Denver: Positioning Denver as the Creative Capital of the Rocky Mountain West.” A product of the 2010 leadership class of the Downtown Denver Partnership, it’s thorough and professional. It’s the kind of study that, in palmier days, the city of Colorado Springs would… Continue Reading Finding the creative capital of the Rocky Mountain West

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People change jobs all the time, so you have to wonder why Bettina Swigger’s decision to leave her job as executive director of COPPeR earlier this week caused such a stir. We featured the news on our website, as did the Gazette. Facebook exploded with sadly congratulatory posts, such as these two. “We were fortunate… Continue Reading Arts sector rich in diversity, lacking in opportunities

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For those of us who delight in the political theater of the absurd, Nov. 2 was an unmitigated delight. Dan Maes! Tom Tancredo! The Ugly Three! Dick “it’s not my fault” Wadhams! Strong Mayor to be named later! And most of all, the bamboozled voters of El Paso County, who loosened term limits when they… Continue Reading To feel better about local government, lower their pay

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Ours is the most conservative city in Colorado, and one of the half-dozen most conservative cities in America. When Republicans win, whether by taking control of the legislature, occupying the governor’s mansion, or winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, we help put them there. A generic Republican candidate can expect at least a 65-35… Continue Reading An El Paso County solution to the Colorado GOP’s problems

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Gold built and shaped Colorado Springs a century ago. The Mining Exchange Building, now on its way to becoming a luxury boutique hotel, was built to house what became the nation’s busiest stock exchange, eclipsing (for a time) New York in both share and dollar volume. More than 500 companies, most involved in gold mining,… Continue Reading City, family and American history intertwined with gold

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Election Day is around the corner, so what’s the worst thing you can call a candidate for office? Continue Reading Call politicians anything you’d like, just not professional

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It’s just days to the election, so it’s time to make a few predictions. As political insiders know, these thoughtfully researched gems have historically been so inaccurate that they’re a kind of reverse guide to the actual results. As always, I encourage comments and predictions from readers — and I’d love to offer a magnum… Continue Reading A few predictions about what November might bring

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“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” So began “Anna Karenina,” Leo Tolstoy’s great masterpiece. It’s a truth that, if applied to real estate deals, could be expressed only slightly differently. “Perfect real estate deals create universal happiness; every imperfect real estate deal creates unhappiness in its own… Continue Reading Fired up by CSU’s bid for Front Range Power Plant

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