Peter Blake

Rest In Peace, Peter Blake – journalist and friend

Rest In Peace, Peter Blake – journalist and friend

“He had a way of poking through the pretenses that he saw from politicians and from others, but always in a very gentlemanly and friendly way,” — John Temple, former editor of the Rocky Mountain News on the passing of reporter and columnist Peter Blake.

By Todd Shepherd · December 9, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Gold Dome, Media, Peter Blake, Politics

Blake: Vail Resorts now has buyer's remorse over 'handshake agreement' with government

The proposed lift-ticket tax was passed overwhelmingly by the town’s voters last November. But almost immediately the council decided the parking garage wasn’t a priority.

By Peter Blake · October 19, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Peter Blake, Politics, Taxes, Transportation
Blake: Should Republicans think about adding 'SuperDelegates?'

Blake: Should Republicans think about adding 'SuperDelegates?'

Propositions 107 and 108 on this year’s ballot could result in binding presidential primaries open to the unaffiliated…that’s why the national GOP is likely to explore various options, including superdelegates.

By Peter Blake · October 13, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Elections, Peter Blake, Politics
Blake: Radio spat illustrates strong divisions on immigration on the libertarian right

Blake: Radio spat illustrates strong divisions on immigration on the libertarian right

When Gary Johnson used the phrase “undocumented workers,” it triggered a strong reaction from Boyles, who considers it weaselly and born of political correctness. “Why can’t you use the word illegal instead of undocumented?” he asked.

By Peter Blake · October 7, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Elections, Media, Peter Blake, Politics
Blake: All 'hail' the taxi industry's last legal monopoly

Blake: All 'hail' the taxi industry's last legal monopoly

Street hails are a relatively new development in Colorado. They’re still virtually unknown in the suburbs, and Denver City Council only legalized them in 2007, a year in advance of the Democratic National Convention here.

By · September 27, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Economy, Peter Blake, Taxes
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Blake: Amendment 72 and the twisted logic of hiking tobacco taxes

With all these worthy charities counting on additional tax money for their budgets, you’d be doing them a favor by smoking more, not less.

By Peter Blake · September 16, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Criminal Justice, Elections, Peter Blake, Taxes, Uncategorized
Blake: Taxi madness in Aspen

Blake: Taxi madness in Aspen

There would seem to be little need, especially in Aspen, for “free,” taxpayer-paid transit — there’s no question that the city-subsidized rides amount to socialism for the rich folks who populate Aspen.

By Peter Blake · September 9, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Economy, Peter Blake, Transportation
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Blake: DIA sends ominous signals on cab competition

There has been a healthy trend toward more competition in ground transportation in Colorado. The airport would be taking a step backward by trying to re-establish a monopoly or near-monopoly.

By Peter Blake · September 2, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Denver, Legal, Peter Blake, Transportation
Blake: Denver Water's empire building

Blake: Denver Water's empire building

The Aurora Water Department, squirreled away on the 3rd floor of its city hall, can only envy the empire building of its larger neighbor.

By Peter Blake · August 26, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Denver, Peter Blake
Blake: Single-subject rule is too limiting

Blake: Single-subject rule is too limiting

This year, the single-subject rule kept off the ballot a reasonable attempt to change the way Colorado draws congressional and legislative district maps after each decennial census.

By Peter Blake · August 17, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Business/Economy, Constitutional Law, Elections, Gold Dome, Legal, Peter Blake, Politics, TABOR, Taxes