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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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Democrats lose Senate, Congress

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Democrats lose Senate, Congress

Democrats will transfer complete control of the 114th U.S. Congress next year after Republicans added the Senate to its existing House majority on Election Day, Nov. 4. Colorado shifted from deep purple to slightly red, electing Republican U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner over incumbent Democrat Mark Udall with 49.4 percent of the vote, according to the Associated… Continue Reading Democrats lose Senate, Congress

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Today is final day to vote

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Today is final day to vote

Today is Election Day and the last opportunity to vote. Ballots must be dropped at a polling location by 7 p.m. Ballots mailed today will not be counted. Polling locations follow: Main Office El Paso County Clerk’s Office 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 2202 Colorado Springs North Branch El Paso County Clerk’s Office 8830 N… Continue Reading Today is final day to vote

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Vote stations open throughout El Paso County

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Vote stations open throughout El Paso County

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s office opened 11 additional voter service and polling centers throughout the county to help voters with the Nov. 4 General Election. The centers are in addition to the Citizens Service Center at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road. Voters may use any of the centers to obtain a… Continue Reading Vote stations open throughout El Paso County

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Governor debate to stream live

The fifth debate between Colorado governor candidates, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Bob Beauprez, tonight, Oct. 15, at the Gallogly Events Center on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus, will be streamed live on pbs.org/newshour/rundown/colorado-governors-debate/. The debate begins at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees must have tickets. The tickets are… Continue Reading Governor debate to stream live

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Ballots mailed this week for 2014 General Election

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office will mail approximately 333,866 ballots today, Oct. 13, to voters for the 2014 General Election, according to a news release. The ballot includes races for federal, state and county offices along with various state and local questions and issues. A copy of a sample ballot, ballot issue… Continue Reading Ballots mailed this week for 2014 General Election

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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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Stormwater proposal deserves ‘yes’ vote

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Last week, an extraordinary thing happened in El Paso County! Citizens, working alongside their locally elected officials, local government staff members, business leaders, military representatives, nonprofit representatives and more, all brought to fruition a collaborative proposal to tackle our region’s long-standing, complex flooding and stormwater management problem. This is no small accomplishment. Stormwater management is… Continue Reading Stormwater proposal deserves ‘yes’ vote

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Residents: We’re unincorporated for a reason

Throughout the years, once-unincorporated areas in Colorado have chosen for different reasons to go legitimate and incorporate themselves — but some still have resisted. Among those communities that have chosen time and time again to remain under the jurisdiction of El Paso County are Falcon, just northeast of Colorado Springs, and Security-Widefield, between Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Residents: We’re unincorporated for a reason

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Four years later, it’s time to ask: Was the strong-mayor idea worth it?

In November 2010, Colorado Springs voters approved a radical change in the City Charter by a 60-40 margin. Issue 300, a citizen-initiated charter amendment, replaced the city manager form of government with a “strong mayor” system. The amendment, supported by an ad hoc coalition of longtime local business leaders, benefited from a sophisticated, heavily funded… Continue Reading Four years later, it’s time to ask: Was the strong-mayor idea worth it?

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