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Council era ends as Martin, Snider bid farewell

City Councilors Jan Martin and Val Snider reached the end of the political trail Tuesday afternoon when they sat through their last, mercifully brief Council meeting. Term limits forced Martin to leave the dais, while Snider declined to run for a second term, choosing to run ultra marathons instead. Martin and Snider will be missed.… Continue Reading Council era ends as Martin, Snider bid farewell

Springs voters follow usual pattern

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You can always count upon Colorado Springs voters to be thoughtful yet unpredictable, eccentric but somehow centered, antic yet logical. What did we find out when City Clerk Sarah Johnson delivered preliminary city election results Tuesday evening? Quite a lot, actually — so here are the answers to a few questions. • Can a united… Continue Reading Springs voters follow usual pattern

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Election day arrives; early look at probable outcomes

In a few hours, sometime after 7 p.m. tonight, April 7, we’ll know the 2015 city election outcomes – but there’s still time to speculate about the results. In the spirit of forecasting the Academy Awards, here are a few questions that only the voters can answer. Will there be a mayoral runoff election? Yes.… Continue Reading Election day arrives; early look at probable outcomes

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Try as you will, you won’t find a single mayor/council candidate in this election who’s business-unfriendly. They’re all reading from the same script: more jobs, more manufacturers, more young professionals, more entrepreneurs and mo’ money. And they’re all against the same things: flood, fire, potholes, high utility bills and … did I mention potholes? They’re… Continue Reading Looking for the city’s nastiest candidates

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Yes, government should help create jobs

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Here’s a profoundly irritating campaign trope, to which most of our council/mayor candidates seem to subscribe: “Governments don’t create jobs — companies, entrepreneurs and people create jobs. The role of government is to remove obstacles to business and stick to the basics — public safety, infrastructure and parks!” That sounds great on the campaign trail,… Continue Reading Yes, government should help create jobs

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There were few surprises at Thursday night’s mayoral goat rope at UCCS, skillfully emceed by KKTV’s Don Ward and featuring the usual assortment of questions from a media panel, community leaders, UCCS students and Gazette readers. At this point in the campaign, the candidates have responded to every likely question dozens of times, and have… Continue Reading UCCS election forum: Observations and reflections

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Twelve of the 13 at-large candidates for City Council were seated uncomfortably Tuesday evening behind tables that arced across the stage at Stargazers. There they would sit for the next two hours, giving bite-sized replies to complex questions (“you will each have 30 seconds to answer”). It was Westminster for local politics, the biennial City… Continue Reading Candidates differ, despite common backing

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Nearly one month from now, on April 7, the City Clerk’s office will receive the final ballots in the 2015 Colorado Springs municipal election, and we’ll learn the outcomes as city voters choose a new mayor (unless a runoff is required), three at-large members and one district representative for City Council, plus District 5 deciding… Continue Reading City could be headed for calmer times

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What do politicians love? Ask ’em, and you’ll get the usual mush. They love America, the Constitution, the Declaration, the flag, their church, their families, their hometown, their adopted hometown, the brave men and women in uniform who defend our country and keep us safe and secure, and so forth. Maybe so, but love is… Continue Reading Polarizing politics create a strange state

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“When Dan Gallagher took over from Mark Earle [as airport director] he looked through a stack of business cards in Earle’s desk drawer,” said Mayor Steve Bach last week. “One of the cards was from Sierra Nevada Corporation, so Dan called them.” That was the beginning of a long, complex process that culminated last week… Continue Reading How Gallagher found Sierra Completions

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