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Let’s rename the USOC

24. November 2010

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The “United States Olympic Committee.” Colorado Springs, home of the United States Olympic Committee! What image, do you think, do those words evoke in the minds of our fellow Americans? Committees are generally seen as groups of middle-aged men in suits, sitting around conference tables, and discussing Very Important Things. Committees are not tourist attractions, […]

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Some good advice for Sean Paige

23. November 2010

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We’ve all gotten good advice in our lives, whether from parents, peers, or wise elders. Twenty years ago, as a rookie city council member, I got some from an experienced peer, Mary Lou Makepeace. After some hesitation, I took it – and it helped me make the slow transition from being noisy and ineffective to […]

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TABOR, Gallagher, the business personal property tax and the tunnel under Pikes Peak

22. November 2010

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For as long as I can remember, business interests in Colorado Springs and throughout the state have had a simple position on the business personal property tax: Get rid of it! They have correctly claimed that the tax inhibits business formation, creates disincentives for companies considering a move to Colorado, and unreasonably targets businesses. It’s […]

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How to win at the slots (maybe)!

18. November 2010

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The Colorado Division of Gaming issued its monthly stat pack yesterday, which tracks revenue, tax payments and adjusted gross proceeds(AGP) for the three mountain towns where gambling is legal. The bad news (at least for casino owners): revenue for October is down slightly in Central City and Cripple Creek, and up slightly in Blackhawk. Blackhawk […]

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Gazette for sale?

18. November 2010

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In an interesting blog this morning on Poynter, respected media analyst (i.e,, knowledgeable industry gossip) Rick Edmonds reported that “Barely eight months after emerging from bankruptcy, Freedom Communications, parent of the Orange County Register has put all its newspapers and television stations on the block.” Freedom owns the Gazette – so does that mean our […]

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Term limit extension: Commissioners 1, Democracy 0?

18. November 2010

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Let me see if I understand this: The County Commissioners, having been caught with their hands in the term limit cookie jar, are trying to make everything all right by nullifying the results of the vote extending those limits. Only in Colorado Springs!!! I think I share with my fellow residents a certain limited understanding […]

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Commissioners to backtrack on term-limit issue?

16. November 2010

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It looks as if County Commissioner Amy Lathen is having second thoughts about commissioner term limits. She was part of the 4-1 commission majority to refer to voters on Nov. 2 a controversial measure about extending commissioner term limits from two to three. An e-mail yesterday from the ubiquitous Jeff Crank of Americans for Prosperity […]

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Petition urges commissioners to revisit term limits extension

15. November 2010

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The indefatigable Rick Wehner, who is one of many disgruntled citizens unhappy about the apparently deceptive wording of the Nov. 2 ballot measure which loosened term limits for county elected officials, has decided to do something about it. Wehner is circulating an online petition asking that the measure  “…which was originally worded in an obtuse manner, […]

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Lamborn’s new power will benefit region

12. November 2010

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Ran into Doug and Jeanie Lamborn at the opening of the Fine Art Center’s new show last night. “She’s the artist,” said the Congressman, with exactly the relaxed and cheerful mien you’d expect from a politician who just won re-election with 75 percent of the vote. Discussing the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, […]

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Strong mayor, strong magic and America’s Hogwarts

11. November 2010

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I know, I know – the election’s over. You’re sick of politics, and the preening prattlers who pounce upon piles of corporate cash to get elected. Too bad for you – it’s strong mayor time! So here’s the latest mix of fact, rumor, speculation, and what-ifs? Declared: Buddy Gilmore, Brian Bahr, Dave Munger. Probable: Sean […]

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