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Archive | October, 2010

At last, a new downtown hotel!

29. October 2010

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One swallow may not make a Spring, but a new downtown hotel is reason for celebration. Perry Sanders and Rafi Sassower accomplished the seemingly impossible, by securing $11 million in permanent financing for their Mining Exchange Hotel project. That pretty much guantees that the hotel will be open for business by mid-2011. Given the unrelenting […]

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Gazette, “Czechoslovakian” president deny global warming

26. October 2010

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It’s always interesting to read the increasingly bizarre arguments of the climate-change deniers. This morning’s editorial in the Gazette was no exception. Loyally defending Ken Buck’s  remarks on the subject, the G’s editorial writer cited a couple of superannuated contrarians, as well as the “Czechoslovakian” president Vaclav Klaus. Republican Ken Buck, whom the Gazette endorsed for […]

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A modest proposal: Variable rate sales taxes

22. October 2010

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Here’s the dilemma of Colorado local governments: When they really need money, the voters won’t give it to them. Consider the failed property tax increases that city council referred to the electorate during the past year.  Both were turned down, and neither should have been presented, had council members considered one of the fundamental principles of […]

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Strong mayor will be less powerful than present ‘weak mayor’

21. October 2010

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If the “strong mayor” initiative passes on Nov. 2, there may be an unforeseen consequence or two. Some observations: Money talks, everything else walks. In 1991, I managed to get elected to city council by spending a then-unprecedented $9,000 on a decidedly amateurish campaign. I made my own TV spots, designed my own posters and […]

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Rivera’s opposition to 300 part of awkward dance with Jenkins and Co.

18. October 2010

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Mayor Lionel Rivera and the proponents of Issue 300 have been engaging in an awkward little dance ever since David Jenkins decided to put real money behind the “Mayor Project.” Rivera has long supported changing the form of government, but his particular model is substantially different from the one that voters will either approve or […]

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Michael Bennet, The Gazette, and the AARP

13. October 2010

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Still trying to figure out just why Michael Bennet refused to schedule an interview with the Gazette, which is endorsing candidates for the first time since it passed from local ownership more than 60 years ago. Dissed by Bennet, the Gazette endorsed his Republican rival, Ken Buck, and threw in a couple of zingers as […]

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Economic restructuring, or metaphorical colonoscopy?

11. October 2010

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A story in this morning’s Denver Post caught my eye – and not because it was about another gloomy economist making another gloomy forecast. Here’s the quote from Nobel Prize – winning gloommeister Michael Spence. Noting that the labor market is global but most worker aren’t, Spence said that “We’re underestimating the extent that to […]

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Tim Leigh breaks leg in bike crash

8. October 2010

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Local cycling paths and running trails will be a little less crowded for the next few weeks,after a cycling accident late Thursday afternoon left real estate broker, ex-mayoral candidate and present city council candidate Tim Leigh with a  broken femur. The good news is his ego is still intact. Tim underwent an operation this morning, […]

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Hente, Martin speak out on strong mayor proposal

4. October 2010

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Incumbent City Council members Jan Martin and Scott Hente have penned a letter in opposition to Issue 300, which would alter the city’s form of government and allow a “strong mayor.” They make some good points, including that many problems of city government have been the result of antic voter decisions, including TABOR and restricted-use revenue […]

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