A piece I wrote in last week’s Business Journal, in which both mayoral candidates and political operatives agreed that an effective campaign would cost as much as $500,000, left one question unanswered: Where would the money come from? In past years, candidates vied for endorsements from four powerful business groups: the...
Has there ever been such a sour and depressing political season? It’s as if every NFL team went 0-16; as if Chicago’s weather spread across the nation and covered all 50 states with ice, slush and dirty snow; or as if we all got fired on Christmas Eve. And it’s not...
“Breakin’ rocks in the hot sun/I fought the law — and the law won.” — written by Sonny Curtis, performed by the Crickets, the Bobby Fuller Four, and the Clash. Ah, the good old days! When laws were laws, criminals were caught, and punishment was certain. Do we still fight...
Fact No. 1: At almost $20 million annually, Colorado’s historic preservation fund is by any measure the largest in the nation. Fueled by a voter-mandated 22 percent share of gaming taxes paid by casinos in Cripple Creek, Blackhawk and Central City, the fund has provided more than a billion dollars to preservation projects statewide since […]
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Remember Sarah Connor? In the first “Terminator,” she was the apparently simple-minded young woman who found herself at the center of history, with the fate of all mankind hanging on her courage, intelligence and resourcefulness. And, as all of us who loved the movie know, Sarah came through.
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Strawberry Fields? Strawberry Hill? Strawberry Hills? You know that you’re in a nasty political clash when the warring sides can’t even agree on the name of the entity they’re fighting over. Sorry guys, but you’re all wrong. The 189.5-acre parcel that the city proposes to transfer to The Broadmoor was...
This year might well be remembered as a watershed moment in Colorado Springs politics — a time when voters and elected officials alike abandoned the deadlock and dysfunction that plagued the city ever since the 2011 voter-mandated switch to a strong-mayor form of government. In retrospect, the thaw began on...
On Nov. 4, Democrats in Colorado Springs — and, I guess, everywhere in America — were partying as if it were 1964, leaving Republicans the dazed and demoralized denizens of a new political dystopia. Forty-four years after another Arizona Republican was crushed by his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama completed his unlikely ascent to the presidency. And how unlikely was it?
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The long-awaited HDR Inc. “Study of Alternatives Related to the Potential Decommissioning of the Martin Drake Power Plant” was released earlier this week. As I ploughed through most of its 160 pages, I felt for our hapless city councilors. They’ll have to read it, understand it, and base important decisions on the report’s content. Actually, […]
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There’s an opening in Denver that absolutely fits my skill set. During my so-called career, I’ve worked in four of America’s most disliked professions. I was a 1970s investment banker in New York City; I worked as a real estate broker in the 1980s, specializing in overpriced properties; in the...
The Democratic National Convention!! Coming to Denver in August!! Aren’t we excited? Not I. I’m certainly glad that it’s not in Colorado Springs, and I feel sorry for friends and relatives in Denver. They’ll have dubious privilege of being part of a bizarre, inconvenient and largely meaningless spectacle.
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Terry Maketa hits the spot Three girlfriends, that’s a lot Naked selfie and a tax hike too Terry Maketa is the sheriff for you! As County Commissioner Darryl Glenn accurately noted, Sheriff Terry Maketa’s multiple improprieties in office were “the worst-kept secrets in town.” Four years ago, Pam Zubeck of the Colorado Springs Independent detailed […]
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