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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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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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LIVE: Lamborn vs. Rayburn Debate

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Tweets about “#codecides”

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Let’s help Mayor Bach leave a legacy

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Colorado Springs has been fortunate in that over the past five decades, we have had a level of city government that has always been at least adequate. Most of that time it has been quite good. For the Isaac-Makepeace era, one could argue it was excellent. While city government has been adequate to excellent, it… Continue Reading Let’s help Mayor Bach leave a legacy

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Robin Roberts, a Colorado Springs business leader and president of Pikes Peak National Bank, has accepted an offer to join the gubernatorial campaign of Glendale Mayor Mike Dunafon as the Denver-area businessman’s independent running mate. Dunafon made the announcement Thursday night on his Facebook page. Roberts, who says she has been registered as unaffiliated with… Continue Reading Local banker Robin Roberts enters governor race as running mate

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Judging from the emails piling up in my inbox, the two worst people in Colorado are U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, who will oppose each other in the Senate race this November as Udall seeks a second term. Did you know that “Shutdown Cory” single-handedly engineered the Tea Party shutdown of… Continue Reading It’s election year, and the craziness already has begun

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Council watches as powers erode

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Since 1991, Colorado Springs residents have often voted to limit the powers of City Council. In that year, city voters instituted the local Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) charter amendment that forbade Council from raising taxes without voter approval and limited annual city revenue growth. A companion measure phased out a half-cent capital improvements tax… Continue Reading Council watches as powers erode

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In the 1800s, when there were but only 35,000 people living in the entire territory of what is now known as Colorado, with many small farming and ranching communities, there came times when the need to work in a cooperative manner overrode all other considerations — and the people came together to help each other.… Continue Reading We have to overcome our strife, conflict

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Judge Harlan Bockman’s decision regarding the city’s dispute with the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) couldn’t be worse news for the city. The facts of the case are simple. When the city leased Memorial Health Systems to the University of Colorado Health in 2012, it received a payment of $259 million to cover potential… Continue Reading City’s dice roll on PERA comes up snake eyes

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