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Re: “Berian's saga takes him to Rio for the Olympics

Berian, who was an unsponsored runner working at a McDonalds inside a Colorado Springs Wal-Mart two years ago, ran 1:46.15 in a race won by world record holder David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya in 1:42.15. Rudisha set his world record four years ago at the London Olympics.

American Clayton Murphy was the surprise bronze medalist, finishing in 1:42.93.

Posted by skyrunner on 12/21/2016 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Sorry Dems, biased media, the Electoral College, and more

"Although the Electoral College should be updated to a more proportional system, " - David Naumann

The big issue with the Electoral College really isn't the Electoral College itself, but rather how the majority of the states implement it.

The Electoral College assigns the number of electors based on the total number of Representatives and Senators each state has in Congress. In the case of Colorado, we have 7 congressional districts and Representatives and each state has two Senators so that gives us 9 Electors in the Electoral College. Colorado, like the majority of the states, has adopted a "Winner Take All" policy when it comes to the assignment of electors. That means which ever way Denver and Boulder vote, that is how all of the state's electors have to vote.

Let me repeat, this "Winner Take All" approach is a STATE approach and is not even mentioned the Constitution or federal law.

Now, keeping in mind that the congressional districts are supposed to be roughly disturbed by population and are to represent the people, while each state gets two Senators and their purpose is to represent the state, to me the most correct way to assign electors is by winner of the congressional district with the remaining two be decided by the state legislature. The state could assign these two by proportion, by winner take all, or by legislative vote.

The down side to any proportional or district based assignment of electors is that it becomes far more likely that no candidate will achieve the 270 necessary electoral votes to secure the election, in which case the House of Reps elects the President and the Senate elects the VP. This has happened in the past and would be much more likely in a proportional Electoral College system.

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Posted by Dave H on 12/20/2016 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Sorry Dems, biased media, the Electoral College, and more

"In response to "The winner loses" (Letters, Nov. 30): You do not live in a democracy. The United States operates as a representative republic. " - Bob Wolverton

Not quite. The US is a constitutional federal republic. It is similar to, but not quite the same as a representative democracy. You, Bob, have mixed the two terms. Here is the difference:

Democracies are rule by vote, can be direct or representative, and do not have an executive position.

Republics are rule by law, are always representative, and have an executive position which is not a monarch.

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Posted by Dave H on 12/20/2016 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Latest Drake legal battle fizzles

Mr. Hazelhurst,
Did I miss something where a CITIZEN OWNED utility has a responsibility to, in due diliigence, share potentially negative public health information that could damage the CITIZEN OWNERS welfare, but you and the board are arguing the opposite?

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Posted by Deane Bobbitt on 12/20/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Trump's inexperience, Colorado's primary system, Centennial extension, and more

Mr Mabon, in reading your letter more carefully it should be required reading for every public servant in the country. Bravo - they work for us, not the other way around, tho sometimes it doesn't feel that way.

And in corporatist Trumpland we'll all be workin' for the man...again.

Posted by Vietnamized on 12/15/2016 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Trump's inexperience, Colorado's primary system, Centennial extension, and more

Mr Casimir, roads don't last that long. TABOR has lasted longer...and the longer it lasts the longer we'll be dodging potholes. It would be innovative if some of our great materials engineers could get that to work though...then maybe TABOR could work, too - NOT!

Posted by Vietnamized on 12/15/2016 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Slice of Life

Should not be there in the first place. Had been me there would have been a few flat cones. Love to flatten cones!!!!

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Posted by JENSENBIZ on 12/15/2016 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Trump's inexperience, Colorado's primary system, Centennial extension, and more

Tannim, let me get this straight - our current President, former Harvard Law Review editor, Constitutional Law professor who has a 57% approval rating and scares he crap out of Putin (as does NATO and the former Lady Secretary) is the fellow more than half the nation wants impeached? Math challenged, you are.

I would vote for Trump to be your operating surgeon any day - maybe he could correct your attitude with some fine hand gestures or something.

Mr Mabon, freedom from religion is every bit as important as freedom of religion. Tannim fails to acknowledge that the bible was written by men, and severely edited over the years. It stands on its own until some self-appointed direct line to the almighty wants to cherry pick and change interpretations.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 12/15/2016 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Where are the Trump populists?

CSIndyReader, if you are inferring that a retired General had a job that required him to make money (as in business?) you are looney. The military spends our money! When he finishes with the DoD he'll wind up at Boeing or Lockheed/Martin or some other tax dollar sucking defense contractor - or maybe as a lobbyist for all of them!

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Posted by Vietnamized on 12/15/2016 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Sorry Dems, biased media, the Electoral College, and more

Howdy again, Longtooth! Rick Perry won't be a problem - he'll abolish his job and go back to Texas! That's if he remembers what his job is...

December 19th, folks - early Christmas if Trump doesn't get to 270!

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Posted by Vietnamized on 12/15/2016 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Sorry Dems, biased media, the Electoral College, and more

Again, to correct my screw-up, the website is asktheelectors.org. Also, this claptrap about 'bound' electors is not going to fly very far when the unconstitutionality of it comes to the fore.

Makeitgreatonce: read Malcolm Nance's "The Plot to Hack America". Trump is interested in making Russia greater.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 12/15/2016 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Sorry Dems, biased media, the Electoral College, and more

Thank you for the advice Mr. Tannim, but I have chosen to pursue understanding of The US Constitution, our form of government, and how it has changed, beyond what was superficially covered in High School.
To describe our government as a "REPUBLICAN form of government" is to not understand that "republican" is simply an adjective describing a republic...sorta like redundantly saying "a republic is a republican form of government".
And I tried to make it clear that the term "republic", by itself, is NOT an adequate description of our form of government, as there are governments around the world that label themselves "republic" that have NOTHING in common with the US form of governance. The US is much MORE than simply a republic... or, as you express: "REPUBLICAN".
But the point of my post (which you chose to ignore) is the dismissal of democracy as the ESSENTIAL word to describe the spirit, indeed the essence, of how we have historically viewed our nation and its aspirations. I'm of the notion that Conservatives do not like democracy, and your letter reenforces that notion.
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Aside: The Liberal ideology to maintain and expand the "common good" is what protects "the the rights of the individual". Without government (a democratic one) your individual "rights" would be a pipe dream. "WE THE PEOPLE" protect the rights of the individual. Thats why our Constitution begins with THOSE three words...not "ME THE INDIVIDUAL".

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Posted by asawatcher on 12/15/2016 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Sorry Dems, biased media, the Electoral College, and more

Rabbi Mel: I guess blessed are the peacemakers, but Trump's "I have great respect" is hard to take seriously after the last 5 years of disrespecting President Obama. It's just another lie, from someone who seems to be unable to tell the truth about anything at all.

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Posted by JerryS on 12/15/2016 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Latest Drake legal battle fizzles

Wow. What an interesting headline. I wouldn't say its fizzling out to the 1000+ people I have supporting this petition on change.org that I fully intend on hand delivering Monday the 19th at the Utilities Board meeting at 1pm. (102 S. Tejon St in case anyone wants to join me) There are more people aware of this than you know. We will not be silenced. You want to know why I started the petition? Because its reprehensible that our own elected officials are lying to us and trying to punish the person calling them out on their BS. Clearly the power plant isn't sustainable. This is FACT. It's a horrible accident waiting to happen and is poisoning us all slowly with every breath we take. But carry on theres nothing to see here...Sweet. I love magic. If theres nothing sinister in the report why so scared to just let us all see it? What have you got to hide? My guess is ALOT.

We'll be protesting at noon outside the building if you want to come join us. Then be sure Ill be speaking to the Utilities Board.

Heres the link to my petition. Share it. Sign it. Come join me to hand it over.

Power to the People my friend.

https://www.change.org/p/city-of-colorado-springs-tell-the-city-of-colorado-springs-release-documents-that-show-violations-of-air-pollution?recruiter=13824889&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

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Posted by Amy Gray on 12/14/2016 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Where are the Trump populists?

We tried to tell them Trump was a stone cold liar, that his campaign promises were hot air and not going to happen. Bend over Trumpaloons, you're going to get schlonged by Don the Con who has already broken every promise he made to you.

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Posted by OldCrank on 12/14/2016 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Election view outside Colorado

Steve Bannon, Joe Corsi and a legion of others have made personal fortunes making up fictitious stories about the Clintons. The more egregious the lie, the louder they scream it. Think Joseph Goebbels. That the American voter is so self involved as to avoid paying attention to anything other than what potty-mouth Trump and his thugs dole out then we are truly lost.

I, for one, will continue to fight.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 12/14/2016 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Where are the Trump populists?

If you were fooled by Trump for all the time he was running for President then you are dumber than a box of rocks. P T Barnum would have been proud, and would have called each and every one of you a sucker.

It will NOT be a refreshing change to see a retired General as the Secretary of Defense. That's the surest way I know to see more tax dollars going to the defense industry and our young men and women heading off to fight another oil war somewhere. (BTW, the DOD is the largest consumer of petroleum products in the world, hence Rex Tillerson as Secty of State).

December 19th will either be our salvation or will seal the fate of the once-free world.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 12/14/2016 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Latest Drake legal battle fizzles

Wow, John, you're really missing the point here. We've got a "citizen owned" utility who chose to commission an air quality study, paid for by these citizen owners, yet they won't share the results of the study with the citizen owners who breathe the air! Where is the transparency?! Let's not fool ourselves. If the air quality study had come back with favorable results, CSU would be crowing about the excellence of our air and patting themselves on the back. Instead we have a complete refusal to share the data and ludicrous sanctions against the very person who is trying to bring out the truth. We all know what that means. THE AIR STUDY RESULTS ARE NOT GOOD! So not only is CSU behaving badly, but the Utilities Board has also been utterly silent. Here are elected officials who should stand up for their constituents but instead they've drunk the Kool-Aid and are total CSU puppets. It's really quite shameful and embarrassing. People ... elections are just around the corner!!!

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Posted by Nicole Rosa on 12/14/2016 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Pledger: ahead of his time

a working man for the working man

Posted by apathetic on 12/14/2016 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Your Turn

outspent was the key! democracy for sale

Posted by apathetic on 12/14/2016 at 2:12 PM

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