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Woodland Park voters will face a record number of ballot questions in the city’s April 5 election, nine of which are proposed charter amendments that would streamline governmental processes and create incentives for new business. Recommendations to streamline operations, which include term-limit modifications for council and mayoral appointments, as well as public notification requirements and […]
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Amy Lathen was elected to serve as chairwoman of the El Paso County Board of Commissioners, while Dennis Hisey will serve as its vice-chairman. The group reorganized today with a new leadership slate. Darryl Glenn will serve as third commissioner, and will act as the chairman in the event that both Lathen and Hisey are […]
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By Jan Martin After eight years of spending every day worrying about the details of running a city, I’m enjoying taking some time to get reacquainted with the Colorado Springs I love. Although I’ve attended countless events, been on the inside circle of local politics and know all the movers and shakers, I’m enjoying taking […]
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Tuesday’s City Council meeting began amicably enough. Wearing western shirts, cowboy hats and blue jeans, Council’s seven male members thereby saluted the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. A few minutes after the meeting began, Council President Merv Bennett read a resolution honoring former Mayor Steve Bach for his four years of service as the city’s […]
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On June 2, Mayor Steve Bach will perform his last official function, introducing John Suthers to be sworn in as Colorado Springs’ next mayor. For Bach, and the city, it has been a long, strange trip. Elected in 2011 by a 57-43 margin over Richard Skorman, Bach led the city through four singularly tumultuous years. […]
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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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