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Strong mayor, strong magic and America’s Hogwarts

Thursday, November 11, 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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Hick’s gold-plated transition team – po’ folk not admitted

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper named 52 people to his statewide transition committee yesterday. It’s an interesting group for many reasons. Of the 52, only two (Bill Hybl and James Stewart, both Republicans) are from Colorado Springs. The vast majority are residents are residents of of the Denver/Boulder metro area. A fair number are Republicans, business people, […]

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Reform on its way…maybe

Monday, November 8, 2010

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As the New York Times pointed out this morning, the real election story is about the states, not Washington. We can expect two years of inaction from the nation’s capitol, as Republicans and Democrats do their best to demonize each other, and as renascent Gopsters launch dozens of Seinfeldian investigations into alleged governmental abuses. It’ll […]

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Election eve “red tsunami” spares Colorado

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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The red tsunami that swept the midwest apparently dissipated when it hit Colorado. Despite knocking off a couple of Congressional incumbents, Republican gains in our fair state were nothing like those the Gopsters expected, and the Democrats feared. Some observations: -A lot of folks wondered whether Michael Bennet had the moxie to fight off an […]

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New state venture capital committee leaves out Springs

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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Yesterday, Gov. Bill Ritter named 21 people to a new “venture capital investment advisory committee.” According to a report in the Denver Business Journal, “The panel is charged with helping to draw financial support for several Colorado industry sectors, including aerospace, bioscience, clean energy and information communication technology.” “I established this advisory panel to build […]

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Bill Hybl for strong mayor?

Friday, September 3, 2010

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The strong mayor initiative is on the ballot. It’s propelled by money, voter discontent, money, powerful men and women, money, organization, and … did I say money? We can expect a powerful, well-financed campaign to drown out dissenting voices. It’ll probably pass, and then we’ll have to elect a person to fill the newly created […]

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Stay in the race, Dan!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

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Republican power brokers want Dan Maes to step aside as Republican nominee for governor. Their concerns: He can’t win, and he might drag down the rest of the ticket. Both concerns have merit, but there are two much larger questions that the uber-GOPsters haven’t considered. Dan Maes won the nomination fair and square. He came […]

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Tim Leigh quits race – who’s next?

Tuesday, July 6, 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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Tim Leigh: vision trumps experience

Monday, May 24, 2010

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Tim Leigh is mad, mad, mad at me!! Why? Because I suggested that Sallie Clark would be a better fit as a “strong mayor” come 2011. Here’s what Tim wrote in his defense. “I have been asked about my vision for Colorado Springs. It’s simple. My vision includes resetting Colorado Springs as “a world class […]

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Good news, bad news from the caucuses

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Last night’s caucuses held a few surprises, to the delight of some. Good news for Republicans: it looks as if Scott McInnis made at least two good decisions, as his race for the Governor’s mansion gathers steam. After shelling out $467 to an “image consultant,” he shaved his 1980′s mustache and changed his hair color […]

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