Simon LomaxSimon LomaxFebruary 9, 20188min6144

How often do you think the New York Times and a Colorado Springs conservative ever agree, about anything? That’s the question I was asking myself after reading recent news coverage in the Times about the geopolitical importance of U.S. oil and natural gas production. The Jan. 28 story explained how much diplomatic and economic leverage we now have over countries like Saudi Arabia and Russia, which have historically used their energy supplies to intimidate other nations and get their own way.


Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 5, 20184min715
State Rep. Joe Salazar  has a public beef with a Colorado Springs Gazette op-ed contributor over whether his legislation helps the homeless. In the back-and-forth community activist Rachel Stoval alleged his bill was a ploy to secure Democratic votes in El Paso County. “Right to Rest does not offer a single solution to homelessness. Shame […]

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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJanuary 18, 20185min461

It was with great disappointment that we read an editorial in Colorado Politics’ news affiliate, the Colorado Springs Gazette, calling for a preemptive conclusion to our democratic primary process in favor of prematurely anointing one candidate (“EDITORIAL: Republicans should clear the field for Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton,” Jan. 14.) Such strident favoritism for a candidate in the Republican primary is unbecoming of a paper that is quickly becoming Colorado’s paper of record, particularly among conservatives.

Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirFebruary 9, 20173min314

Think of it as the elephant in the room — and that’s not a reference to the fact that Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper was surrounded by Republicans Wednesday when he addressed a gathering of civic and business leaders in Colorado Springs.

No, it was the other elephant: I-25’s near-constant state of gridlock. Sure, the governor had the usual words of encouragement for the No. 2 city’s economic trajectory and its future prospects in general. But it was the woes of the city’s major traffic artery — and what the state was going to do about it — that he knew he had to discuss.

It’s pretty much the first topic to come up whenever the governor swings by the Pikes Peak region to pay his respects. As the Colorado Springs Gazette’s Matt Steiner noted in covering the governor’s latest appearance, Hick knew his audience:

…Hickenlooper turned his attention to I-25, which has frustrated people traveling from Colorado Springs to Denver for decades. During the speech he said, “If we do nothing, it’s a formula for congestion,” adding that more traffic backups could lead to local residents clamoring about too much growth in the area.

“You’ve got to have basic infrastructure,” he said.

What hope could he offer? Not much that was concrete. State lawmakers at the Capitol are still stuck in a bottleneck of their own as transportation talks between the two parties have yet to yield a long-term funding solution.

“We have to do something this session to turn this thing around,” Hickenlooper said. You have to wonder if by that point the governor was trying to reinforce his own resolve as much as he was that of his audience.

Here’s the link again to The Gazette’s full report on the governor’s visit.


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsApril 6, 20165min382

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams saw a familiar face when he visited The Durango Herald newsroom Friday: the new city editor, Sue McMillin, used to work at the Colorado Springs Gazette. McMillin’s career at the Gazette spanned more than 30 years, and she served as new director when she left in December. Williams, who lives in Colorado Springs, frequently appears in the newspaper. He served two terms as an El Paso County commissioner and one term as the El Paso clerk and recorder before being elected secretary of state in 2014.

Jared WrightJared WrightMarch 29, 20163min337

By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright _@JaredWright_ DENVER — Good day, and here's to a productive remainder of your Tuesday. Lots of speculation yesterday from those — most of you on this mailing list — who have connections to D.C. as reports of the U.S. Capitol shooting unfolded, the motives of the shooter and the resulting lockdown. The "shooting" took place in a buildingdesigned to protect the rest of the Capitol complex from would be security threats, though the only shots fired were from a fast-acting U.S. Capitol security officer who fired on a man that drew what appeared to be a gun while being screened at a security checkpoint. The man was identified by The Daily Beast as Larry Russell Dawson, "a prophet of God" (aka lunatic) from Tennessee with a rap sheet containing other incidents at the Capitol who is now hospitalized in stable but critical condition. No police officers were injured and one female bystander sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Colorado's Congressional delegation wasn't ...