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In small groups, meetings and conversations across Colorado Springs, deep discussions have been ongoing about what ballot issue (or issues) should go before local voters in the November election. The suspense won’t last much longer. By the end of July, El Paso County’s commissioners must decide as required by state law what countywide questions to… Continue Reading Hard to justify more than stormwater on November ballot

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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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At first glance, the banner headline atop The Gazette’s front page on June 27 probably made many readers choke on their coffee. “Carson could lose 16,000 troops,” that headline screamed. Underneath, another line (we call them teasers) lured readers to a story in the Business section with this dire message: “Ripple effect — Maximum cuts… Continue Reading Let’s not overreact to potential Army cuts

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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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Urban renewal! It’s what we all want, isn’t it? Imagine new structures replacing blighted areas of southwest downtown, a gleaming new city arising from the abandoned buildings, potholed streets, cracked sidewalks and decaying warehouses of downtown’s forgotten zone. Aren’t you glad that the city, the state, the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority and downtown property… Continue Reading Tejon’s energy shows how downtown can develop

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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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Routon: Primary sends stern message to Lamborn

Just one minute after the deadline for turning in ballots in Colorado’s 2014 primary election, El Paso County created the first surprise Tuesday night. The first results of mail-in votes showed U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn with a tenuous 51-49 percent lead, just a 1,200-vote difference, over Republican challenger Bentley Rayburn. At that moment, 7:01 p.m.,… Continue Reading Routon: Primary sends stern message to Lamborn

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Look closely: Broadmoor has elevated itself

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If you went to The Broadmoor in the 1970s, when my first experiences there took place, you couldn’t help but be impressed. The golf was superb, you could find locals all the time at the Golden Bee and Tavern, the Terrace Lounge beside the lake was great for people-watching and the old Broadmoor World Arena… Continue Reading Look closely: Broadmoor has elevated itself

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These days, almost any news about the local business and jobs environment tends to skew toward the dark side, focusing on what we need instead of what we have. We need more companies with primary jobs. We need more venture capital. We need more programs to develop the workforce. We need more unity among local… Continue Reading Manufacturing Partnership looks promising from the start

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Editorial: Crucial moment for Mayor Bach

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One question we hear at times from readers goes something like this: You’re a business paper. Why do you pay so much attention to local politics? That’s a fair reaction. Our answer is to make two points. First, between senior reporter/columnist John Hazlehurst and executive editor Ralph Routon, we believe our historical perspective from decades… Continue Reading Editorial: Crucial moment for Mayor Bach

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