It was fun to pretend that we had a real horse race on our hands, wasn’t it? Even though Mary Lou Makepeace had been outpolled 2-to-1 by John Suthers on April 7, she contested the runoff bravely and tenaciously. Pot for potholes? A peacemaker, not a prosecutor? Rock the Vote? Catchy slogans designed to capture […]
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  It was a cheerful and festive crowd that gathered in the downtown Gold Room on Tuesday night, even before the first results came out in the Colorado Springs mayoral runoff election. At 7:20 p.m., Secretary of State Wayne Williams made the announcement that everyone expected. “John Suthers leads with 67.88 percent of the vote,” […]
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John Suthers stepped onto the Gold Room stage Tuesday night, waiting for a two-man band to wrap up its version of the classic song “Johnny B. Goode,” knowing that he’d never have another chance so perfectly gift-wrapped to begin walking the talk as Colorado Springs’ officially anointed mayor-to-be. The crowd of about 300 supporters already […]
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At midnight Wednesday, the Colorado legislature adjourned sine die, as law requires. As in past years, the legislative session began with fervent promises of bipartisanship from both parties yet featured partisan squabbling over base-pleasing legislation introduced by Democrats and Republicans alike. The legislature nevertheless managed to pass the state budget well before the end of […]
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Keith King knew his time as president of the Colorado Springs City Council was about to end, so he chose diplomacy over a battle Tuesday afternoon. King nominated at-large Councilor Merv Bennett to become the new president, Bennett quickly was approved in a 9-0 vote, and just like that, the Council’s leadership changed hands in […]
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During my brief career in politics, I ran for office on four separate occasions. In 1989, I ran for the District 20 school board and lost. Two years later, I ran for an at-large City Council seat and barely made it, taking the fourth and final position by a few hundred votes. Four years later, […]
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City Councilors Jan Martin and Val Snider reached the end of the political trail Tuesday afternoon when they sat through their last, mercifully brief Council meeting. Term limits forced Martin to leave the dais, while Snider declined to run for a second term, choosing to run ultra marathons instead. Martin and Snider will be missed. […]
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You can always count upon Colorado Springs voters to be thoughtful yet unpredictable, eccentric but somehow centered, antic yet logical. What did we find out when City Clerk Sarah Johnson delivered preliminary city election results Tuesday evening? Quite a lot, actually — so here are the answers to a few questions. • Can a united […]
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In a few hours, sometime after 7 p.m. tonight, April 7, we’ll know the 2015 city election outcomes – but there’s still time to speculate about the results. In the spirit of forecasting the Academy Awards, here are a few questions that only the voters can answer. Will there be a mayoral runoff election? Yes. […]
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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, […]
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Most registered voters in Colorado Springs should have received their ballots for the 2015 municipal election, giving you ample time — until Tuesday, April 7 — to make the choices and mail or submit completed ballots. As in the past, the Business Journal isn’t endorsing candidates in contested races, which for this election include the […]
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More than 20 years ago, traveling from New Hampshire to California, Jason Wells stopped in Denver to visit a friend. As is the story for many transplants to Colorado, Wells fell in love with the state, the weather, the people, and says he’s “still visiting.” He earned his bachelor’s degree, law degree and a master […]
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