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Colorado initiatives: change you can pay for.

Monday, September 13, 2010

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Colorado Springs voters will be asked Nov. 2 whether they want to radically revise the city charter and replace the city manager for of government with a so-called “strong mayor” system. While the term “strong mayor” may be misleading, one thing is clear about the proposal: It has been driven and financed by a handful of […]

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The Primary is over, now the fun begins

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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Thanks to would-be Sheriff Jake Shirk, I narrowly missed a perfect primary prediction record. Had I picked Shirk, I would have made a perfect zero – but even the best prognosticators sometimes fall short. Forced to choose between two experienced, intelligent, and eminently well-qualified candidates, Democrats went with Michael Bennet. The incumbent Senator has the […]

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An alpha dog for the city?

Friday, March 19, 2010

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On February 10, our 15 year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever, Bucky, left this mortal plane. I was heartbroken. Bucky had been with me since he was a puppy. He was constant, loving, irascible and untrainable. Our friends learned to put up with Bucky, the quintessential Alpha dog. Somehow, he never quite understood that I was the […]

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The city needs a weak leader

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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Ours is a predictable city. Those of us who have spent a couple of decades (or more) at the foot of Pikes Peak know that: It snows in April. The hail will get your tomatoes in July. Douglas Bruce will submit lunatic initiatives during every election, and some will pass. Residents of the city core […]

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Meet our city’s new mayor

Monday, March 8, 2010

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Judging from recent election results, a majority of Colorado Springs voters will support any reasonable measure to cure the city’s ills, as long as the measure doesn’t involve the dreaded “T” word. That may be why a proposal to change the city’s form of government to the so-called “strong mayor” system has gotten so much […]

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City Council, Fellini, and Spinal Tap

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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“It’s like a Fellini movie!” said a delighted caller yesterday evening. I knew what he was talking about  – like me, he was taking a break from the Olympics to watch our intrepid city council members, as they wrestled feebly with issues so bizarre, so unseemly and so surreal that they seemed not just Fellini-esque, […]

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TABOR, the Constitution and the Kingdom of Colorado Springs

Thursday, February 11, 2010

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Colleen O’Connor reported this morning in the Denver Post that Herb Fenster, a prominent Boulder attorney, plans to sue the state over TABOR, claiming that the 1992 Douglas Bruce initiative, which extensively amended the Colorado Constitution is itself unconstitutional. “His lawsuit,” O’Connor wrote,“ will argue that TABOR deprives the state legislature of its power to tax […]

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Colorado Springs: Battlefield of liberals, conservatives

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

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There’s nothing better than a good, old-fashioned left/right bloodbath, especially when it involves our own fair city. Lefty commentator David Sirota started the ball rolling with a bitingly snarky column in the Post, which also ran in the Gazette, characterizing Colorado Springs as “a shining example of what happens to a community when conservatives’ anti-tax […]

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Repent, O Mayor, of your ruinous misadventures

Thursday, November 5, 2009

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Scampered over to City Hall yesterday afternoon to attend the Mayor’s hastily announced press conference. Like everyone else in the room, I was curious to hear what he had to say. Would he surprise us? Would he depart from his usual script? Nope. He was as confident, as knowledgeable, as well prepared, and as smooth […]

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