It’s always fun to follow the continuing feud between Mayor Steve Bach’s administration and Council President Keith King’s five-person Council majority. King’s latest biblically-tinged letter to Bach, obtained by the Business Journal, starts off on a hopeful note. “City Council is willing…to come together and honor the Isaiah 2 mandate: ‘Turn our swords in plowshares […]
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To recapitulate: State Rep. Larry Liston gets caught sending a foolishly inflammatory e-mail, and then his Democratic counterpart Mike Merrifield gets tripped up by one as well. And before them there was Rep. Jim Welker, who made a habit of forwarding right-wing, faintly racist screeds to fellow legislators, lobbyists and members of the public.
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City Councilors Jan Martin and Val Snider reached the end of the political trail Tuesday afternoon when they sat through their last, mercifully brief Council meeting. Term limits forced Martin to leave the dais, while Snider declined to run for a second term, choosing to run ultra marathons instead. Martin and Snider will be missed. […]
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Sixty years ago, during the late summer of 1948, my father announced that he had a treat for his 7-year-old son. He sat me down in the front seat of his 1940 Mercury four-door sedan and we drove downtown to the D&R G.W. Depot (now Giuseppe’s) to see President Harry Truman. The president wasn’t here to cut ribbons — he was locked in a fierce battle for the presidency with New York Gov. Tom Dewey.
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Could there be anything more fun than the uproar over HB 1072, the recently-passed bill that amends the so-called “Labor Peace Act” of 1963? If political junkies were film buffs, it’s like seeing the original cut of “Casablanca.” Labor dinosaurs do battle with business troglodytes! Sinister labor barons threaten the free enterprise system! Democratic pols, flush with labor dollars, crush the GOP defenders of truth, justice and the American way! The fearless advocates of working Americans fight the evil minions of millionaire monopolists!
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At the beginning of the week, Bloomberg’s website featured two stories. One noted the continuing fall of Facebook shares since the company’s initial public offering, when the investing public snapped up 421 million shares of the 8-year-old firm at $38 a share. At that price, the company was valued at...
It was fascinating, if not exactly enlightening, to see the northeast corner of Acacia Park turned into our very own Potemkin village on Wednesday afternoon. A press release described the event in glowing terms. “The City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities, Downtown Partnership, Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Colorado Springs Urban Intervention […]
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Who’s going to be the first “strong mayor” of Colorado Springs? With 101 days until the April 5 election, and 80 days until voters receive mail ballots, it’s likely that the next mayor is among those who have already declared their intention to run. It’s a little late for any...
<em>“I view derivatives as time bombs, both for the parties that deal in them and the economic system.” Warren Buffett, letter to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway, 2004.</em> During 1997, Blythe Masters, a 34-year-old British-born Cambridge graduate, whose degree is in mathematics, conceived and created a new financial product at J.P. Morgan in New York. It was designed to separate the default risk on loans from the loans themselves.
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Minneapolis-based Artspace may soon begin construction of an affordable live/work complex for artists on a roughly 1-acre site at 315 E. Costilla. The existing building, which once housed the Gill Center for Public Media, has been acquired for $1.8 million by the Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority (managed by...
During Monday’s “budget markup session,” City Council members couldn’t stop using three apparently interchangeable phrases. They promised to concentrate upon providing “essential city services,” “vital city functions” and “core city services.” In the view of every one of our nine elected officials, public safety comes first. And after public safety comes...
­­­­­We should, I guess, be flattered that Colorado has been designated by the national-political-pundits-who-know-everything as a “swing state.” And no, they’re not talking about rampant sexuality — they’re talking about the fall election. We’re no longer an automatic Republican check-off. For the first time since 1976, Coloradoans might give a majority of their votes to the Democratic nominee.
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