For sheer weirdness, it’s hard to imagine a Colorado political season as wacky as this one. Consider the following: The GOP nominated a respected, amiable two-term congressman, Bob Beauprez, as their gubernatorial candidate. Nothing in Beauprez’ history suggested that he’d be anything other than a competent contender. In fact, just a few months ago, the Democrats were in despair because popular Denver mayor, John Hickenlooper, had declined to run, ceding the nomination by default to the little-known Denver district attorney, Bill Ritter.
It’s always fun when the buzzing of media mosquitos so annoys the powerful that they react inappropriately – especially when you, as the mosquito in question, manage to avoid getting slapped. But it’s not so much fun when the official’s action may not be merely inappropriate, but possibly unethical. Last weekend I got wind of […]
With less than two weeks to go before the August primaries, it’s time for careful analysis, snarky remarks and (largely inaccurate) predictions. Here in El Paso County, we’ve tended to focus upon the mud-splattering, name-calling, take-no-prisoners race for the 5th Congressional District seat, featuring the beloved comedy team of Jeff Crank, Doug Lamborn and Bentley Rayburn, or upon Mark Waller’s attempt to pull state Rep. Doug Bruce’s snout out of the public trough.
Watching the Broncos stumble haplessly around during last week’s preseason game against the ’Boys was, unless you are a Cowboys fan, a painful experience. The Donksters, who just last week were anointed as Super Bowl contenders by the Denver media, looked more like pretenders, destined to finish at or near the bottom of the AFC.
C’mon, fess up, did you pay your bill from the Stormwater Enterprise? It’s OK, neither did I. Oh, I got the bill in the mail some time ago, and I put it aside to pay, and then I just didn’t. I guess I had a Doug Bruce moment. As you may know, ol’ Mr. Antitax, the Dougster himself, claims that the so-called stormwater fee isn’t a fee, but a tax; and as such, should have been authorized by a vote of the people.
OK, what kind of city are we? Our goal, according to several iterations of our city’s nonsensical and ever-changing mission statement, is to be a “world-class city.”<br> But, as University of Colorado at Colorado Springs economics professor Tom Zwirlein pointed out the other day, that might not be a realistic goal.<br>