The report of the city’s Independent Ethics Commission regarding Colorado Springs City Councilor Helen Collins’ role in a 2014 real estate transaction with TABOR author and former elected official Douglas Bruce deserves a one-word synopsis: Devastating. In the report, released early Monday afternoon, June 8, the Commission found that Collins committed at least two felonies, as […]
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All politics, all the time! At least, that’s how it feels if, like me, you’re a political junkie blundering through the blogosphere. It’s as if you’ve wandered into a huge, geeky party where everyone is articulate, analytical, argumentative and obsessively political. It’s as addictive as daytime television, or supermarket tabloids, or golf, or fly-fishing or … well, let’s not go there.
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You can say one thing for City Council president Keith King: he can sure write a memo! At this week’s Council “Retreat” King presented a five-page action memo, laying out the course that he believes Council should follow as it turns its baleful eye upon the City for Champions proposal. For connoisseurs of this neglected […]
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By John Hazlehurst   On May 19, Colorado Springs finally will elect a new mayor. It’s been a drawn-out process, featuring too many debates, too many mailers, too many TV ads and too much money. But why complain? That’s politics in the first quarter of the 21st century. Whether Mary Lou Makepeace pulls the upset […]
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You know the difference between a porter and a stout. You understand nitro isn’t what dentists give patients. You cringe when someone says, “I’ll have an ‘Indian Pale Ale.’” Not only that, but you’ve been home brewing for a decade and all your friends say your Belgian wit is the bee’s knees. No matter your […]
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Taxes. They’re always too high, never too low. Few of us appear to believe that we pay a fair share of taxes, or that the tax system is structured to reward hard work, penalize sloth and fund only the basic necessities of government. In the famous dictum of Sen. Russell Long, D-Louisiana: “Don’t tax you, […]
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A news release from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee last week said, “Republicans Panicked over Colorado Senate Prospects.” That’s because, the DSCC explained, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman declined to take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in the 2016 election. Rep. Cory Gardner’s win over Sen. Mark Udall in 2014 suggests that a moderate Republican […]
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Following Val Snider’s decision not to seek a second at-large term on City Council, it’s clear at least three new members will take their seats at the Council dais after the April 7 city elections. Jan Martin is term-limited after eight years and can’t run again. Merv Bennett will run for a second term, and […]
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Mayor John Suthers announced yesterday that Colorado Springs Airport Aviation Director Dan Gallagher will leave the position in early October. Gallagher has taken a job as director of aviation business and finance with the Massachusetts Port Authority. Current Assistant Aviation Director Troy Stover will serve as interim director while a national search is conducted for Gallagher’s […]
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On June 2, Mayor Steve Bach will perform his last official function, introducing John Suthers to be sworn in as Colorado Springs’ next mayor. For Bach, and the city, it has been a long, strange trip. Elected in 2011 by a 57-43 margin over Richard Skorman, Bach led the city through four singularly tumultuous years. […]
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State Rep. Bob Gardner, himself a veteran of many political wars, doesn’t mind sharing his view of the battle going on now inside the Colorado Springs city government. “The mayor has fought with two successive Councils,” Gardner said of Steve Bach, “so the responsibility for fighting is the mayor’s.” The four-term state legislator was an […]
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Those of us unfortunate enough to report on politics are used to hysteria. If, for example, it became publicly known that your boss was foolin’ around with his female subordinates, it would be unfortunate for those involved and their families, but hardly a matter of countywide concern. But Sheriff Terry Maketa? Given the indignantly expressed […]
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