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Mayor’s exit sets up intriguing race in April

Mayor Steve Bach’s brief Monday announcement that he won’t seek re-election came as no surprise. Nearly a year ago, Bach met with John Suthers at the latter’s request. Suthers, who would be term-limited as Colorado’s attorney general at the end of 2014, told Bach that he intended to run for mayor, citing an oddly disingenuous… Continue Reading Mayor’s exit sets up intriguing race in April

Those of us who attended Tuesday’s City Council meeting, or watched it on TV, learned one thing: Council is mad, mad, mad! In fact, they’re MAD  AS  HELL, and they’re not going to take it anymore! Who are they mad at? Our honorable Mayor Steve Bach, whom they characterize as contemptuous, dismissive and unyielding when… Continue Reading Council-Bach feud spirals down to new depths

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Incline open for business

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Incline open for business

The Manitou Incline officially opened Friday, Dec. 5, with anxious climbers lining the entryway, awaiting the official ribbon cutting. Colorado Springs City Council’s Jill Gaebler, Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Snyder and the project’s manager, Sarah Bryarly were among those who spoke prior to the opening. “The Manitou Incline is part of our great legacy in… Continue Reading Incline open for business

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Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

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Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

Makepeace, Miller, Suthers & Lathen — it has a certain mellifluous ring, don’t you think? It could be a long-vanished New York law firm, sharing an office building with Nixon, Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Mitchell. But as the April 2015 municipal election approaches in Colorado Springs, it’ll be clear that MMS&L aren’t amiable partners… Continue Reading Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

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City Councilor Joel Miller announced his resignation from City Council Monday morning, effective at the end of the afternoon Council work session. Concurrently, he announced that he’ll run for mayor in next April’s city election. Miller, who took office 19 months ago, said that multiple frustrations in office contributed to his decision. “The same old… Continue Reading Joel Miller joins mayoral race, resigns Council position

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Makepeace makes strong points in campaign kickoff

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Mary Lou Makepeace knows how to fill a room and give a speech. Those talents were on abundant display Wednesday morning at the packed downtown Gold Room (a Mining Exchange event venue) as Makepeace formally kicked off her mayoral campaign for the April 2015 city election. Makepeace called for “collaboration and unity among our civic… Continue Reading Makepeace makes strong points in campaign kickoff

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Election dissection, from PPRDA to defense

In the aftermath of the 2014 election in El Paso County, we come away with some clear messages from voters and priorities for local leaders going forward. We already knew that the Pikes Peak region would go virtually all in with the nationwide Republican tidal wave. That much was obvious from the U.S. Senate race,… Continue Reading Election dissection, from PPRDA to defense

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Dispirited Democrats! Delighted Republicans! It was 2008 all over again, except this time the winners had an “R” after their names. A few dazed survivors were left to pick through the wreckage Tuesday night, including Michael Merrifield, Pete Lee and then, much later, Gov. John Hickenlooper, who somehow managed to come back from the dead… Continue Reading Pavlovian response prevails in stormwater vote

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It’s always fun to follow the continuing feud between Mayor Steve Bach’s administration and Council President Keith King’s five-person Council majority. King’s latest biblically-tinged letter to Bach, obtained by the Business Journal, starts off on a hopeful note. “City Council is willing…to come together and honor the Isaiah 2 mandate: ‘Turn our swords in plowshares… Continue Reading Back to business: Bach, Council still firing salvos at each other

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Mayor Bach unveils 2015 budget with some clever balancing

After months of dour predictions hinting that the 2015 city budget would incorporate as much as $6 million in cuts, Mayor Steve Bach unveiled his administration’s proposed budget Monday morning at the City Administration Building. There were no visible cuts. The 2015 general fund budget of $259 million is 3 percent higher than the 2014 budget.… Continue Reading Mayor Bach unveils 2015 budget with some clever balancing

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