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Why do individuals and businesses donate to political campaigns? More specifically, what motivates local residents and businesses to donate to candidates in non-partisan city elections? In this bitterly partisan era, you know (or think you know) what you’re going to get in a partisan election. Staunch Republicans may have contributed to Mitt Romney’s campaign in… Continue Reading The politics of political contributions

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Mayoral candidates: Tough assignment

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Following Val Snider’s decision not to seek a second at-large term on City Council, it’s clear at least three new members will take their seats at the Council dais after the April 7 city elections. Jan Martin is term-limited after eight years and can’t run again. Merv Bennett will run for a second term, and… Continue Reading Mayoral candidates: Tough assignment

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Suthers to announce for mayor

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will formally announce his intention to run for mayor of Colorado Springs. The announcement will happen at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave. Suthers was born and raised in Colorado Springs, and according to a news release, he is “focused on getting Colorado… Continue Reading Suthers to announce for mayor

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For journalists, Colorado Springs has traditionally been a target-rich environment. Ours is an argumentative, contentious and perpetually dissatisfied community — there’s always something going on. Sadly, for those of us who thrive on dissonance, dissension and dysfunction, 2015 promises to be less interesting than 2014. • City elections: We’ll have at least four serious candidates… Continue Reading New year might be brighter, less crazy

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Mayor Steve Bach’s brief Monday announcement that he won’t seek re-election came as no surprise. Nearly a year ago, Bach met with John Suthers at the latter’s request. Suthers, who would be term-limited as Colorado’s attorney general at the end of 2014, told Bach that he intended to run for mayor, citing an oddly disingenuous… Continue Reading Mayor’s exit sets up intriguing race in April

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Bach indicates he won’t run

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will announce whether he intends to run for a second term as mayor within a few days. Will he or won’t he? All indications are that he won’t. He’s privately told a few friends that he won’t run, and senior administration officials are already speaking of their time in office… Continue Reading Bach indicates he won’t run

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Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

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Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

Makepeace, Miller, Suthers & Lathen — it has a certain mellifluous ring, don’t you think? It could be a long-vanished New York law firm, sharing an office building with Nixon, Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Mitchell. But as the April 2015 municipal election approaches in Colorado Springs, it’ll be clear that MMS&L aren’t amiable partners… Continue Reading Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

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Early analysis of the mayoral Final Four field

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When Colorado Springs voters go to the polls to elect a new mayor next April — only about 140 days from now — there will be at least three well-qualified candidates to choose from, four if incumbent Mayor Steve Bach chooses to run for a second four-year term. Bach, Amy Lathen, Mary Lou Makepeace, John… Continue Reading Early analysis of the mayoral Final Four field

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Mayor Bach: Let us know

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This week brought consecutive days of major local headlines. Monday, the news came from County Commissioner Amy Lathen, announcing her candidacy for mayor of Colorado Springs in the April 2015 municipal election. Tuesday, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers joined the battle, saying he will commence his campaign after his state office term ends in January.… Continue Reading Mayor Bach: Let us know

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The race for mayor of Colorado Springs definitely is heating up, far ahead of the April 2015 municipal election. El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen formally announced on Labor Day, sending a statement to the media that may presage a major campaign theme. “It is time to unlock the doors of the Mayor’s Office,” Lathen… Continue Reading Mayoral candidates make moves to set up race

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