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High hopes for Springs’ lobbyist in Washington

Question: How does a lobbyist sleep? Answer: First he lies on one side and then he lies out the other. OK, so everyone knows there’s no shortage of lobbyist jokes out there. And now that a lobbying firm has been hired by a group of locals that includes the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, I… Continue Reading High hopes for Springs’ lobbyist in Washington

Cost-cutting and greater efficiency in government. What’s not to like about that, especially in these times? Nothing, of course, unless the people in charge flub it. Which is pretty much what happened over at the Defense Department after the Obama administration announced it was going to start in-sourcing some of the work typically awarded to… Continue Reading Defense Dept. in-sourcing should come to an end

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An unexpected exit from the mayor’s race

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Politics, with its always-present potential to entertain and horrify at the same instant, delivered big-time this month with the Scott McInnis plagiarism implosion. Why McInnis, a Republican gubernatorial hopeful, hasn’t yet pulled out of the race is beyond most of us, though it sure revealed much about his character. On the flip side, it was… Continue Reading An unexpected exit from the mayor’s race

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You get what you pay for, meaning, of course, that it usually takes spending a few extra dollars to get something of value. As a business news outlet, we feel pretty good about the quality of our work. We’re pretty sure you do, too. In fact, in our surveys of readers, you’ve made it clear… Continue Reading Coming soon: A paywall to rid you of your guilt

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Independent board needed for CSU

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A critical vote is coming on the $1.2 billion Southern Delivery System, and I’m hoping it passes. Actually, I can hardly imagine it failing. As a result, Colorado Springs water rates will be going up in the next two years, climbing from an average of $36.86 to $46.24. Additional votes will be needed for additional… Continue Reading Independent board needed for CSU

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It’s nearly 200 pages long and chock-full of well-intentioned ideas on how to tackle one of our most intractable problems. Adopted in early 2009, the “10-Year Blueprint to Serve Every Homeless Citizen in the Pike’s Peak Region” reflects the sort of thinking that leaves you believing something good is right around the corner. The economic… Continue Reading Much remains missing from homeless strategy

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What makes Colorado Springs different than other cities in America? How do you describe the Springs to people who don’t live here? What sets us apart? Those are some of the questions that the editors and reporters who work here asked themselves recently as we explored whether we were tracking the right “beats,” those areas… Continue Reading In print, online, why our coverage is now different

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USOC: On road to recovery?

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Scott Blackmun, on the job as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee since January, was finally, formally introduced to the community at a reception last week at the Carriage Museum at the Broadmoor. In attendance: assorted local luminaries, elected officials, a few Olympic stars and, the one guy in the room with undeniable gravitas, former… Continue Reading USOC: On road to recovery?

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If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out. Generations of reporters have been raised on that journalistic bromide, and now, after suffering an embarrassing mistake in full public view, Mike Kazmierski has come to embrace it, too. Kazmierski, the head of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp., got burned last month… Continue Reading Opinion: EDC to ramp up vetting

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