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The first crop of candidate endorsements are in, and they make interesting reading. The Business Journal doesn’t endorse candidates, but both the Independent and the Gazette have weighed in. You wouldn’t think that the two lineups would have much in common, but there’s a certain curious symmetry.                          Gazette                                                           Independent District 1        Don Knight                                                    Don… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Who’s ahead? Council candidate odds updated

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To those of us covering it, the 24-candidate City Council race may seem like the biggest show on earth, but it may scarcely register on the radar screens of most Colorado Springs residents. Our neighbor Susan was surprised to note that Jim Bensberg was running for office. “I didn’t even know there was an election,”… Continue Reading Election? What election?

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At a recent City Committee presentation to City Council candidates, one of the presenters stressed the importance of being a lightly regulated, aggressively business-friendly city. Candidates were reminded that we compete with scores of cities better able to offer generous incentives to relocating companies, so we’d better make sure that city policies (including low electric… Continue Reading Broken record for business – when will we ever learn?

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Hazlehurst: King raises $26,000 in two weeks – rivals lag

Another two weeks, another batch of fundraising reports from city council candidates. There’s something cruel and remorseless about these coldly competitive filings. If you can’t raise enough money to run an adequate campaign, it means you most likely have no chance. And if people aren’t willing to dip in their pockets and help fund your… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: King raises $26,000 in two weeks – rivals lag

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The endorsement wars are heating up, as City Council candidates vie for money, legitimacy, and support. In something of a surprise, the Regional Business Alliance declined to endorse any of the five candidates in District 1, including highly visible council incumbent (and Bach ally) Tim Leigh. That may have been because of Leigh’s ongoing battle… Continue Reading Council endorsement wars heat up

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On Valentine’s Day, newly seated Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace wrote a letter to Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, expressing concerns over the increased danger of catastrophic flooding along Fountain Creek. That danger, Pace pointed out, is a direct consequence of Colorado Springs’ inability and/or unwillingness to fund its backlog of stormwater infrastructure maintenance and… Continue Reading Pace picks up on Pueblo’s stormwater, SDS concerns

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Let’s put candidates under business microscope

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What do business people want? They want a business-friendly City Council, one with members who understand the myriad problems that businesses encounter in their dealings with local government. They want elected officials who are smart, accountable, adaptable and quick to respond to changing realities. They want decision-makers, not ditherers. They want far-sighted yet practical folks… Continue Reading Let’s put candidates under business microscope

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The mid-February campaign finance reports are in and given that ballots for the April 2 election will be mailed out in three weeks, they’re pretty illuminating. Reports cover a two-week period, typically between Jan. 31 and Feb. 15. We’ll lead off with District 3, where former council member Tom Gallagher is opposing incumbent at-large councilor… Continue Reading Council campaigns – where there’s smoke, there’s smoke!

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Two interesting and apparently unrelated news items surfaced on Tuesday. Susan Edmonson will become the CEO of the Downtown Partnership. After 141 years, The Gazette no longer will be printed in Colorado Springs. The latter comes as no surprise. It has been clear for years that The Gazette’s 32-year-old presses needed to be scrapped. As… Continue Reading Downtown news could lead to solutions, and a ballpark

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All cities face challenges at some point in their history. Fire destroyed much of San Francisco, Katrina drowned New Orleans and a 1900 hurricane leveled Galveston. War ravaged Beirut, Dresden and St Petersburg. The Black Plague decimated London, and more than a thousand famines have swept through Chinese cities. We dread the four horsemen of… Continue Reading City must work to ignore those donkeys of delusion

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