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Words of advice for Council candidates

During my brief career in politics, I ran for office on four separate occasions. In 1989, I ran for the District 20 school board and lost. Two years later, I ran for an at-large City Council seat and barely made it, taking the fourth and final position by a few hundred votes. Four years later,… Continue Reading Words of advice for Council candidates

Nearly 500 days ago, actually 70-plus weeks, Colorado Springs celebrated a momentous victory. On the wintry morning of Dec. 16, 2013, in Denver, the Colorado Economic Development Commission voted unanimously to approve state tax funding assistance through the Regional Tourism Act to help finance City for Champions. Little did anyone realize at the time what… Continue Reading C4C: Clock ticking, time for progress

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Just when you think Colorado Springs might be improving its image as seen by the outside world, we stumble again and expose our unsightly political underbelly for all to see. City Council and mayoral candidates deny climate change. State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt embarrasses himself, the Colorado Republican party and this city with outrageous comments that… Continue Reading City’s chance to repair damage

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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

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Election didn’t arouse masses

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As the final days wound down for the 2015 municipal election, several discouraging points jumped out at us. As important as this election obviously was to Colorado Springs, electing a new mayor and filling some pivotal spots on City Council, we were expecting a potentially record number of voters. After all, the mail ballots were… Continue Reading Election didn’t arouse masses

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John Suthers and Mary Lou Makepeace might not have a lot in common, but they shared remarkably similar levels of surprise Tuesday night. From their reactions, it felt like they just had seen, without warning, the ending of a movie that they assumed to be far from over. Suthers, with the uncharacteristic giddiness of a… Continue Reading In the end, mayoral finalists on same page in some ways

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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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Timing is right to help transform city

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As we prepare for a new mayoral administration in Colorado Springs, along with (hopefully) a more cooperative City Council and new guidance at the Regional Business Alliance, the timing looks good for business, civic and political leaders to coalesce in support of fresh, aggressive and ambitious ideas. Please take note that I didn’t say “new”… Continue Reading Timing is right to help transform city

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