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My primary predictions

10. August 2010

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Here are my picks to win the today’s primary election – and you can put your money on them!  I won’t, because I know my limits as a prognosticator. Romanoff v. Bennet Polls, power and cash flow all say Bennet – so I’m going with Romanoff.  While in the legislature, Romanoff attended every dreary Dem […]

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Pam Shockley-Zalabak for mayor?

30. July 2010

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Today’s Business Journal features a story about the mayor’s race. We list the candidates, announced and unannounced, and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and list their campaign themes. We omitted UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak from the list, because it appears highly improbabable that she would leave her present position for four years of ill-paid hurly-burly […]

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McInnis: ‘We’ve moved on’ from plagiarism

21. July 2010

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There’s nothing quite as dispiriting as a political campaign gone bad. Staff members jump ship, support evaporates and the candidate has to soldier on and pretend that everything’s just hunky-dory. To make matters worse, the media just won’t let it (whatever “it” is) go. They ask the same pesky questions, they roll their eyes, they […]

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McInnis goes down

14. July 2010

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Sequence of events: 1. Former congressman Scott McInnis gets a $300,000 “fellowship” from the Hasan Foundation, an outfit funded by a wealthy Colorado family who also happen to be major donors to republican candidates. 2. To “earn” the 300 grand, McInnis agrees to write a series of essays on Colorado water issues. 3. McInnis takes […]

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Tim Leigh quits race – who’s next?

6. July 2010

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Tim Leigh’s six – month candidacy for mayor seemed to reaffirm much of what is best about Colorado Springs. Here was a guy who came to the Springs from Grand Forks a quarter of a century ago. He fell in love with the city, raised a family, built a successful business, made many friends and […]

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Strong mayor, weak mayor-what about no mayor?

1. April 2010

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Colorado Springs, April 1st 2010: A group of local residents concerned about the excesses of local government is pushing a constitutional amendment which would abolish the state, the city, the county, public school districts, and all other forms of government. “To revolt is a natural tendency of life,” said Mike Bakunin, a spokesman for No […]

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Pioneers, bums and the Broadmoor golf course

19. January 2010

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“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” Anatole France, Le Lys Rouge, 1894 Go on the library’s website (ppld.org), search for the earliest photograph of Colorado Springs, and what do you see? It’s a grainy […]

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Larry Liston’s Lexus Lanes for Lobbyists

14. January 2010

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I never thought of the ever-amiable Rep. Larry Liston as a particular friend of the lobbyists who helpfully swarm the state Capitol when the legislature is in session, but he’s asking his colleagues to extend them a hand. He’s introduced a bill (HB 1092), which, according to a summary posted on the legislature’s website “authorizes […]

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Nebraska porkmeister nullifies Constitution!

4. January 2010

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Our own Colorado Springs homeboy, Attorney General John Suthers, penned an eminently sensible op-ed column yesterday regarding the so-called ‘Nebraska Compromise.’ For those of you who ignored the nasty horse-trading that Senate majority leader Harry Reid had to do to get 60 votes for the health care bill, the ‘Nebraska Compromise’ is better described as the […]

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Gazette’s FreshInk gets less ink – like most newspapers these days

23. December 2009

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The Gazette has abandoned its ambitious plans to publish its FreshInk as a four-day per week free tabloid newspaper and instead has relegated it to a once-a-week insert. FreshInk, launched during April of this year, was the brainchild of Gazette publisher Steve Pope, who reportedly told his staff at the time that FreshInk was intended […]

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