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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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As odd-year elections go, the 2013 vote in El Paso County certainly won’t stand out as earthshaking. Or, for that matter, even mildly surprising. Everybody who has been paying the slightest attention had to know the only issue of real interest to the Colorado Springs business community. That was Amendment 66, a sweeping measure that… Continue Reading Don’t look for election’s messages, but …

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Clark testifies in D.C. before Senate committee

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Clark testifies in D.C. before Senate committee

El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark testified before the U.S. Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources in D.C. on Tuesday. Clark discussed the severe impacts of the Waldo Canyon Fire and post-fire flooding on the Westside of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and Ute Pass, explaining how tight budgets and short-sighted management decisions… Continue Reading Clark testifies in D.C. before Senate committee

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Colorado has $1.6 billion extra to spend this year, said House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, and the state needs to devote dollars to rebuild infrastructure destroyed by this year’s flooding and wildfires. At a legislative breakfast sponsored by the Colorado Springs Business Journal, DelGrosso appeared as a panelist, along with Colorado Springs representatives Bob… Continue Reading Congeniality, not sparks, sets the mood at political breakfast

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City Council clears Pico of ethics allegation

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The Colorado Springs City Council found that Councilman Andy Pico did not violate the city’s code of ethics by working for a firm the city has a contract with. The finding came after a closed executive session on Monday at which time the council reviewed a report written by the city’s three-person Independent Ethics Commission.… Continue Reading City Council clears Pico of ethics allegation

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Breakfast with the Journal: It’s political

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Speakers at the Oct. 16 Breakfast with the Journal probably won’t agree on much. Four politicians — two from the Springs and two from Denver — will weigh in on the upcoming 2014 Legislature, on what bills they support and what the last session accomplished. There’s little room for agreement from Republicans and Democrats. Republicans… Continue Reading Breakfast with the Journal: It’s political

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So what did we learn from the historic 2013 recall elections, which succeeded in removing Colorado Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo? It depends on whom you ask. Republicans, gunnies and The Gazette’s editorial writers might tell you that the people spoke with one voice, tossing out a… Continue Reading Two sides, two analyses from stunning recall results

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Udall to head U.S. Senate Stategic Forces subcommittee

Sen. Mark Udall will head up a committee that oversees issues critical to Colorado’s military and aerospace communities. Udall, who is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, has been named the chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, which oversees such issues as cyberdefense, military space programs, nuclear weapons and intelligence programs.… Continue Reading Udall to head U.S. Senate Stategic Forces subcommittee

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