Tag Archive | "Mary Lou Makepeace"

The mayoral candidates and their homes

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


How much is your house worth? According to the County Assessor, my rickety 1898 Westside Victorian is worth $341,000 which, given its many problems, may be wildly optimistic. Most of us have skin in the local real estate game – so how about our leading mayoral candidates? Where do they live? And how much are […]

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Can Skorman win?

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Richard Skorman’s formal entry into the mayoral race makes an already interesting contest absolutely fascinating. Like Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper, Skorman is a doer, not a fighter. He started his first business, Poor Richard’s Feed & Read, immediately after graduating from Colorado College more than thirty years ago. A third of a century later, it’s still […]

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Some good advice for Sean Paige

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


We’ve all gotten good advice in our lives, whether from parents, peers, or wise elders. Twenty years ago, as a rookie city council member, I got some from an experienced peer, Mary Lou Makepeace. After some hesitation, I took it – and it helped me make the slow transition from being noisy and ineffective to […]

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Bill Hybl for strong mayor?

Friday, September 3, 2010


The strong mayor initiative is on the ballot. It’s propelled by money, voter discontent, money, powerful men and women, money, organization, and … did I say money? We can expect a powerful, well-financed campaign to drown out dissenting voices. It’ll probably pass, and then we’ll have to elect a person to fill the newly created […]

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Memorial, Mary Lou and the new mayor

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


For my many sins – and because our health care reporter, Amy Gillentine, was busy at the Space Symposium – it fell to me to cover this afternoon’s meeting of the “Memorial Commission.” The meeting featured brief remarks by former mayor Mary Lou Makepeace, who left office in 2003. Mary Lou spoke concisely, briefly, and […]

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Geezers stump for strong mayor

Friday, March 26, 2010


The campaign to change the form of government in Colorado Springs has begun in earnest. “Citizens for Accountable Leadership”, the brainchild of Colorado Springs developer David Jenkins, sent out a press release yesterday announcing that Chuck Murphy, Andy McElhany, and Mary Ellen McNally would chair the group, which so far has seven announced supporters. Norwood […]

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Meet our city’s new mayor

Monday, March 8, 2010


Judging from recent election results, a majority of Colorado Springs voters will support any reasonable measure to cure the city’s ills, as long as the measure doesn’t involve the dreaded “T” word. That may be why a proposal to change the city’s form of government to the so-called “strong mayor” system has gotten so much […]

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