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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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Council President Keith King is at it again. At a specially called Council meeting Monday afternoon, King came prepared to present Council with a proposed resolution “concerning the proposed City for Champions.” He also plans to name a “code review committee.” The proposed resolution seems to be an attempt by King to wrest control of… Continue Reading King’s latest forays delve into C4C, City Charter review

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State GOP participates in Denver MLK festival

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State GOP participates in Denver MLK festival

The Colorado state Republican party participated in the  Denver Martin Luther King Jr. Marade (march/parade) Monday morning for the first time, according to a news release from the American Conservatives of Color, based in Colorado Springs. Leaders from the Colorado GOP spoke to the assembly, walked in the Marade and had a booth at the festival. In… Continue Reading State GOP participates in Denver MLK festival

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Massey appointed interim city attorney

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Massey appointed interim city attorney

Wynetta Massey has been appointed as interim city attorney effective January 3. She succeeds City Attorney Chris Melcher  who is returning to private practice.  Massey has been deputy city attorney and legislative counsel to City Council and will appoint a new legislative counsel from within the city attorney’s office existing staff. Melcher, who will serve as a consultant… Continue Reading Massey appointed interim city attorney

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At a special media briefing this morning, Mayor Steve Bach praised council’s decision to restore funding to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Regional Business Alliance and the Police Department–but expressed dissatisfaction over Council’s apparent decision to fund park watering costs by taking $1.1 million from the city’s emergency reserve fund, and firmly rejected Council’s… Continue Reading Bach instructs staff to ‘disregard’ council’s action

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City Council, Broadmoor at odds over funding decisions

Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: A majority of the Colorado Springs City Council members are aggressively anti-business. That’s the only conclusion you can draw from Tuesday’s council meeting. Thanks to the Feckless Five (Council President Keith King and Councilors Helen Collins, Don Knight, Joel Miller and Andy Pico), Council stripped away funding… Continue Reading City Council, Broadmoor at odds over funding decisions

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Here’s some shocking news: Of the three credible Republicans (Ken Buck, Owen Hill and Amy Stephens) that have announced their candidacy for Mark Udall’s U.S. Senate seat, every one is vehemently opposed to Obamacare. Hill and Stephens are both sitting area legislators, so it’s perfectly possible that the Pikes Peak region could finally be represented… Continue Reading Pikes Peak region might finally have a U.S. senator – or maybe not

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