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Re: “UPDATE: New king-maker group formed

Which one of these "king makers" actually has local elected experience from which they can tap to offer advice on winning local elections? Blaha? Nope. Crank? Nada. Cowart? Never heard of him. Hays? Ditto. Durham? Okay, but it's been nearly 30 years since he held an elected office. Ironically, bsed upon their experience none of these guys themselves could score high enough in the categories they want to use to evaluate Mayoral candidates to get themselves elected Mayor.

Why not just enroll in Leadership Program of the Rockies (formerly the Republican Leadership Program)?

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Posted by goldsabbath on 11/20/2014 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Visualize the growth of fracking

When the walls crack from the fracking who do I call to sue???

2 earthquake fault lines located near Colorado Springs
But odds of major quake low, experts say Scott Harrison, Multimedia Journalist,…

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Posted by guruD on 11/20/2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Who should govern Springs Utilities?

Let's cut to the chase here. What is needed is CSU be set up as a municipal utilties distict with it's own elected board members. As I've said before it would be comprised of 16 members elected from 8 districts and one elected at large. The terms would be for six years with a maximum of 2 terms. This would keep institutional memory in tact.

We need to keep CSU under local control and to drive a wooden stake in the heart of those that want to sell CSU or privatize all or part. It does the community no good to break the organization up. Mucking around trying to re-invent the wheel is a waste of time. Taking a airplane trip to Sacramento or another city that has a MUD would save a lot of time.

A simple charter change removing council as the utlities board and over-laying a current MUD governance model should to the trick. We must keep CSU under local control at all costs or we'll pay a dear price for letting our utility go to an outside for profit firm.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 11/20/2014 at 3:15 PM

Re: “El Paso County will likely ban marijuana social clubs

El Paso County Colorado stop making proclamations against marijuana. The personal dislike of marijuana should not allow people with positions of power to create laws to prevent what they feel is wrong. It is about politics and not protection. Voters need to really look at the abuses of power from the BoCC, Health Department Board and now the planning commission.

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Posted by TruB on 11/20/2014 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Fueling innovation

Don't park that truck in front of the court house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by JENSENBIZ on 11/20/2014 at 10:12 AM

Re: “El Paso County will likely ban marijuana social clubs

Hey, Luke. FYI: selling ANY marijuana is against the law. Amazing how one given a crown wants a crown only for themselves.

Give people power - and true colors show. Your argument is laughable based on your own testimony. You're breaking federal laws, Luke. So stand up for liberty. We're glad to welcome you back to the principles we fought together on.

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Posted by on 11/20/2014 at 9:28 AM

Re: “El Paso County will likely ban marijuana social clubs

Three Kings Dab Supply, we had the 1st fight. And we won. opened in the heart of the city and was built on the principles of liberty and privacy rights.……

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Posted by on 11/20/2014 at 9:18 AM

Re: “El Paso County will likely ban marijuana social clubs

good point, guruD.

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Posted by on 11/20/2014 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Visualize the growth of fracking

GREAT- Can't wait for the earthquakes to start like in Ohio & OK after they started fracking, and in Texas small towns are running out of water since they sold the water rights to the fracking companies. Good Luck with that.

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Posted by guruD on 11/20/2014 at 8:47 AM

Re: “El Paso County will likely ban marijuana social clubs

How about the MMJ state division work out the employment & driving laws? MMJ needs to be re-scheduled by the Feds and not considered a Schedule 1 drug like meth & heroin. We should not be able to be fired from our jobs just because we are MMJ patients, and we should not have such a vague driving standard of 5 nonograms to be intoxicated.

I had myself test twice: after waking up that day and not having smoked for 12 hours for my blood test I still came in at 18 nonograms (they told me a contact buzz would still register as 15 nonograms) and with my pee test I came in at 97. This isn't an accurate measure for DUI driving and a better method needs to be resolved!

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Posted by guruD on 11/20/2014 at 8:34 AM

Re: “El Paso County will likely ban marijuana social clubs

Luke Bonow, you're funny. I built your website. I've referred literally hundreds of patients your way. I helped AOM from the beginning. I worked, marched and petitioned City Hall to end prohibition of MMJ in the Springs. I served on the Mayor's Task force and together opened the door for all MMJ.

We won on a 5-4 split at city hall. 1 vote. Back then MMJ was EVIL. One vote less and YOU wouldn't even be here. Remember?

Your self righteousness shows your true colors. It's OK for YOU - but ending prohibition for adult use in a social and safe environment is too much liberty for you.

Crawl back into your barrel of false patriotism, or come out and fight for liberty.

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Posted by on 11/20/2014 at 8:28 AM

Re: “El Paso County will likely ban marijuana social clubs

Being that marijuana is the 'least toxic drug' known on Earth, as characterized by pharmacologists and physicians alike, how about we just fight to designate cannabis as a vegetable and stop treating it like alcohol, which kills tens of thousands of people a year?! Allowing marijuana to be regulated like alcohol assumes there is a danger and risk in it's consumption and if we accept this as truth, then the politicians get away with being liars and thieves!! Facts and truth are the only sustainable reasons for fighting for the legitimacy of a plant that far outweighs the benefits of any other consumable drug sold in the U.S.

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Posted by AVG on 11/20/2014 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Incentivizing Infill

Using TIF is good for the developer and not good for the taxpayers. It's especially odious when taxpayer dollars are used to build grandiose projects like the C4C stadium without a vote of approval from the citizens. And though TIF has become the new normal financing arrangement for infill projects large and small within a defined URA, most likely it's not needed to spur private development.

The Nevada Policy Research Institute published a study in 2009 on the use of TIF and its consequences, many of which were negative and unintended. From the report: "These impacts are particularly egregious given the fact that they are completely unnecessary for the purpose of encouraging investment in city centers. City officials in Anaheim, Calif., have recently demonstrated that redevelopment can be accomplished much more effectively and without adverse consequences simply by easing the barriers which have impeded development in the first place." "Easing the barriers", which Olson touches on, would result in far better consequences for COS than utilizing TIF. To read the complete report:…

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Posted by curious on 11/19/2014 at 7:18 PM

Re: “El Paso County will likely ban marijuana social clubs

As the owner of Three Kings Dab Supply I can tell you that whoever has the first fight is going to need money. I currently have 2 tickets for running a marijuana club and the Supreme Court battle this will turn into will cost the business advocate upwards of $10000 dollars. Please consider supporting me in tho fight financially at

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Posted by Shelton Howard on 11/19/2014 at 4:57 PM

Re: “El Paso County will likely ban marijuana social clubs

I Have simpler solution. Get the licenses needed to sell marijuana. Dont try to go around the law, just follow it. The Dispensaries had to pay fees upon fees, background checks, background on funds check, yearly huge licensing fees, to sell marijuana. Most clubs sell marijuana w/out all the fees, which is totally unfair to the way the law was if the clubs were solely byob, then it shouldnt be an issue, but they are not following the rules. Apply for License, go through the PROCESS...or Open a bar, allow marijuana smoking, open a food place/coffee shop that allows marijuana smoking.... Selling it at clubs is against the law. Denver has banned the clubs, Pueblo has banned the clubs, El paso has banned the clubs, Colorado springs will hopefully ban the clubs that are selling to the public, w/out proper licenses, MED uninforced/ State uninforced, does the state see who/what/where the product is coming from even?, Retail shops pay 25% excess tax, do the clubs?(nope) no licenses for any of it, yet clubs still seem to sell shatter/wax/concentrates, joints, cannabis at Colorado Springs that is, soon the city council will wake up.

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Posted by Luke Bonow on 11/19/2014 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Business Alliance chief resigns

Like Joe Raso, Mike Kazmierski saw the writing on the wall.…

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Posted by bobdobbs on 11/19/2014 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Business Alliance chief resigns

No RBA leader can bring jobs to any city where infrastructure rots, schools decline, leaders pander to religious extremists, councilors bicker - all with a majority of voter approval. Catalyst for decline and failure is TABOR which took away the power of the elected to do what's needed to structure a successful city that works.

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Posted by OldCrank on 11/19/2014 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Lathen draws a crowd for mayoral announcement

If the idiotic TABOR requires a citizen vote to increase taxes then it ought to require a citizen vote to lower any taxes and explain where replacement funds come from. Else these clown car cuties will continue the insanity of cutting taxes by using the big lie that it will increase tax revenue - we know trickle down does not work.

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Posted by OldCrank on 11/19/2014 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Business Alliance chief resigns

While reading articles about Reno's financial problems caused by its partnership with the billionaire owner of the Aces stadium, I came across this report on Tax Increment Financing (TIF) from the Nevada Policy Research Institute titled "Rolling the Dice on the Taxpayer's Dime". TIF is the method to be used to build the C4C stadium. From page 1 of the report: TIF "systematically channels tax dollars away from school districts, police departments and fire departments, for example, and into redevelopment agencies. Redevelopment agencies use those tax dollars to make payments on bonds that have been issued in order to construct elaborate public facilities or to provide financial incentives for private developers to invest in city centers."

This report is essential reading for COS citizens in order to understand what our mayor and City Leaders are getting us into with their scheme to build a downtown stadium using TIF. You can access the report at NPRI or via the link at the bottom of this article:…

Links to the 2 articles in previous comment are here:……

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Posted by curious on 11/19/2014 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Lathen draws a crowd for mayoral announcement

more teabagger tax cuts... where is the $1.9 mill going to come from?? street repair department more than likely with these whack-a-doodles.

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Posted by happyfew on 11/19/2014 at 10:43 AM

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