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Council field set; King launches first strike in District 3

7. February 2013

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  The petitions are in, and the field is almost set for the April city council elections. 24 candidates have qualified to be on the April City Council ballot. One additional candidate, Susan Quilleash in District 4, has submitted petitions which have yet to be. Council District 3 attracted the most attention with five candidates […]

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Show me the money! Sluggish fundraising from council candidates

4. February 2013

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  As predicted, April’s council elections may have a few surprises. So far, there are 19 official candidates for the six districts seats in play. Four incumbents are in the race: Tim Leigh in District 1, Angela Dougan in District 2, Brandy William in District 3, and Bernie Herpin in District 5. Here’s the rundown. […]

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Udall, Bennet working to designate buffalo as ‘national mammal’

22. January 2013

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“There’s somethin’ happenin’ here/what it is ain’t exactly clear…” – Buffalo Springfield, 1967 I know, I know – you think we in the media just make things up. Or you think that we’re so obsessed with bad news we ignore the good news. And you probably think that our two distinguished U.S. senators, Mark Udall […]

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Inauguration: Obama, Lincoln and William Henry Harrison

21. January 2013

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Giving a second inaugural address is an inherently thankless task to which every first-term president aspires. Your speech, however graceful and appropriate, will pale in comparison to Abraham Lincoln’s dark and masterful speech of March 4, 1865. Lincoln needed only 699 words to deliver the second-greatest speech in American history (the first being, of course, […]

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HBA selects its City Council picks

17. January 2013

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On Jan. 15, the Housing and Building Association announced their picks for council. It’s an interesting list, to say the least, and one which underscores a simple fact: times are a’changin’! The HBA has always been noted for a certain canny parochialism. They want an industry-friendly council, and they tend to support candidates who, if […]

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Bill Murray to run for District 2 council seat

16. January 2013

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Incumbent Colorado Springs Councilwoman Angela Dougan has an opponent in the District 2 council race. Army veteran and former firefighter Bill Murray announced his candidacy this morning, stressing his military experience, community involvement and familiarity with city issues. The perhaps overconfident Dougan, who has already raised more than $10,000 for her campaign, told Murray not […]

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District 3 race heats up with Williams’ entry

14. January 2013

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With the now-official entry of incumbent at-large councilwoman Brandy Williams into the contest for Council District 3, the race now becomes much more interesting. Williams joins former El Paso County Commissioner Jim Bensberg and former waterbed magnate/ State Representative/State Senator/D-12 school board member Keith King in the quest for a seat on the Council dais. […]

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Barrera to run for Leigh’s District 1 council seat

8. January 2013

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It looks as if council gadfly Tim Leigh may have some serious opposition in District 1, which includes most of northwest Colorado Springs. Longtime Colorado Springs resident and community leader Joe Barrera announced his candidacy for the district seat this morning. He included a specific, district-centered platform. Here’s the partial text of an email he […]

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What the council candidates’ filings say

4. January 2013

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Yesterday was the first day for City Council hopefuls to pick up and circulate petitions of candidacy. In past years, would-be candidates were asked to complete a sign-out sheet before picking up candidate packages, but that’s no longer the case. “I’m not interested in who’s picking up packages,” said City Clerk Sarah Johnson. “Once they […]

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A peculiar invitation from the Business Alliance

27. December 2012

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The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance (ReBA) is hosting Gov. John Hickenlooper at a free event from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday Jan. 11 at the Fine Arts Center. Here’s the text of the email regarding the proposed wing-ding. “2013 State of the State Address – Governor John Hickenlooper Date 1/11/2013 Time 8:30 AM […]

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