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Yes, government should help create jobs

Here’s a profoundly irritating campaign trope, to which most of our council/mayor candidates seem to subscribe: “Governments don’t create jobs — companies, entrepreneurs and people create jobs. The role of government is to remove obstacles to business and stick to the basics — public safety, infrastructure and parks!” That sounds great on the campaign trail,… Continue Reading Yes, government should help create jobs

There were few surprises at Thursday night’s mayoral goat rope at UCCS, skillfully emceed by KKTV’s Don Ward and featuring the usual assortment of questions from a media panel, community leaders, UCCS students and Gazette readers. At this point in the campaign, the candidates have responded to every likely question dozens of times, and have… Continue Reading UCCS election forum: Observations and reflections

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Twelve of the 13 at-large candidates for City Council were seated uncomfortably Tuesday evening behind tables that arced across the stage at Stargazers. There they would sit for the next two hours, giving bite-sized replies to complex questions (“you will each have 30 seconds to answer”). It was Westminster for local politics, the biennial City… Continue Reading Candidates differ, despite common backing

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Nearly one month from now, on April 7, the City Clerk’s office will receive the final ballots in the 2015 Colorado Springs municipal election, and we’ll learn the outcomes as city voters choose a new mayor (unless a runoff is required), three at-large members and one district representative for City Council, plus District 5 deciding… Continue Reading City could be headed for calmer times

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What do politicians love? Ask ’em, and you’ll get the usual mush. They love America, the Constitution, the Declaration, the flag, their church, their families, their hometown, their adopted hometown, the brave men and women in uniform who defend our country and keep us safe and secure, and so forth. Maybe so, but love is… Continue Reading Polarizing politics create a strange state

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“When Dan Gallagher took over from Mark Earle [as airport director] he looked through a stack of business cards in Earle’s desk drawer,” said Mayor Steve Bach last week. “One of the cards was from Sierra Nevada Corporation, so Dan called them.” That was the beginning of a long, complex process that culminated last week… Continue Reading How Gallagher found Sierra Completions

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It looks as if Mayoral candidate John Suthers is bringing out the heavy political artillery. According to today’s campaign finance filing (available online at https://www.springsgov.com/CampaignFinance/Query/Filings) the former Colorado Attorney General’s campaign paid Colorado Media Group, a Denver media buyer, $147,000 for radio and TV ads. The Suthers campaign also paid the Starboard Group, a Denver political… Continue Reading Suthers takes early lead in air war

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“I just want to serve my community.” “I love this city, and I want to help make it better.” “I’m deeply humbled that so many people have asked me to step up run for Mayor/City Council (choose one).” “I will act collaboratively and cooperatively to move our city forward.” “We are at a crossroads/an inflection… Continue Reading Candidates: Look to Drake options

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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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In a telling display of futility, City Council refused Tuesday to put Mayor Steve Bach’s proposed $160 million infrastructure bond issue on the April 7 city election ballot. After a parade of city department heads and concerned citizens came forward to emphasize the gravity of the city’s capital improvement, stormwater, public safety, road maintenance and… Continue Reading New city theme: Don’t start thinkin’ about tomorrow

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