So Jan Martin is going to run a 'transition team' for Makepeace.
Martin needs a job. Specifically to keep from being completely unemployed. Inquiring minds want to know what's in the cookie jar for this career politician.
So Lathen made a radio ad promoting Suthers. It was reported in the Indy several weeks before the election that Lathen said Suthers offered her a job as his chief of staff (?) if she would drop out of the mayorial race and she told him to take a hike. Is Lathen now willing - if not eager - to accept Suther's offer, if, of course, he's still offering?
Lathen needs a job. Specifically, she needs a job that will replace the $100K salary plus benefits she was paid as a county commissioner. Nosy, impolite, politically incorrect inquiring minds want to know what's in the cookie jor for this career politician.
My point in quoting the Makepeace section was not to judge her efforts, but to contrast that fluffy mention what the backhanded accusation the author wrote in Suthers mention.
So Makepeace is gathering a team of experienced, respected leaders to bring our city to where it needs to be. Horrors! These are the City Leaders who want to build a downtown stadium in order to jumpstart the gold rush to build skyscrapers. These are the City Leaders who concocted the TIF scheme to get the unwilling and unwitting citizens to pay for the $200M stadium - without a vote - which will benefit WHO other than the developer?
I'd like to see the Indy do a major multi-page article on what the people want to build in the URA. Solicit suggestions from readers as to what WE want. As for me, I'd like local entrepreneurs and young pros to design neighborhoods of small houses for the low income folk working in the restaurants and retail shops and banks and law and dental and doctor offices on Tejon. There is a huge need for small affordable housing in the URA. But there is no need for downtown skyscraper condos and offices for the affluent 5%.
Here's an interesting example of slanted journalism. I thought this was the 'news' section...
Suthers "finance report also shows the campaign spent $2,136 for his election night watch party, a fancy soirée with lots of tables loaded with food, at The Mining Exchange hotel."
"We need leadership, not a lawyer," Makepeace says in the release, "and as your new leader, I am already beginning to gather a team of experienced, respected leaders to bring our city to where it needs to be..."
Photo of Makepeace smiling, Suthers frowning.
Thumb on the scale much?
March came and went. Is there an update to this story?
"Mark Slaugh gave money he manages..." Not money he earned, but money he manages for the anonymous donors who wish to conceal their identities. Far from contributing from his own pocketbook, it is most likely he is drawing a salary for his services. Not one of the people who put up the actual money he is throwing around has been named.
Don't go to the Salvation Army fresh start program. You will be homeless again with less hope and faith in humanity because they are greedy and are not helpful, you can't even follow rules because you don't know what the real rules are, the rules change at a drop of a hat. If you have children they try calling child protection service on all parents, mainly terminated ones and thats most. Case managers tell personal information to other residents. Resident manager sleeps with residents and if said no she lies to get you kicked out. Resident manager is drunk on property all the time and they claim to have a zero tolerance policy but that also depends on who you are and if your sleeping with the resident manager. I question why they still get money when they are not helping and if you don't kiss their backside then you are out. The first two months you feel safe and an positive outlook for the future but after that all you feel is stressed out because all you hear is your going to be terminated and have 20 minutes to get your stuff and get off property and then you need to make arrangements to get the rest of your stuff in about 5 days after that your property becomes their and the resident manager picks through and takes what she wants.
MrK- No PM intended.
"Save the Springs of Colorado Springs got $10,915 from Every Vote Counts of Colorado Springs, run by marijuana advocate Mark Slaugh, and paid $10,810 to Newell Ledbetter Advertising Inc., for advertising."
Mark Slaugh gave money he manages to Save the Springs. STS gave it to Newell for advertising. How is this not identifying the people and parties involved?
The reporter makes her thesis statement in the headline ('much of it untraceable'), then proceeds to debunk her own headline in the body. How is this even a story?
Who care's who's having sex with who? Such a petty and pointless concern. We need better housing for the homeless. How about we concentrate on things that actually matter.
Thank you Jan Martin. May you find meaning and purpose in the next stage of your life. I've come to see that change isn't going to happen from the top down. Only through engaging and inspiring the hearts and minds of the citizenry will you achieve all that you wished to accomplish.
There is no reason to turn this into a pissing match. Anyone who is interested can read through the article and verify that no individual donors are named. Furthermore, the point of the article is that no one who donated via a PAC has been identified. Obviously, donors who were honest enough to give in their own names could have been named in the article, but they were not because they are beside the point.
Mr K, The story cites the exact names of the people and PACs who donated directly to candidates.
The "remainder of the story" is most definitely not "about exactly who the backers are." It is about exactly which campaign committees are shielding the actual backers from public scrutiny.
"About a quarter of the roughly $1 million that's flowed into city elections this spring has come from campaign committees whose backers' names are hidden from voters..."
Then the author writes the remainder of the story about exactly who the backers are.
How then are these names 'hidden'?
I think I'll vote for the guy who prioritizes essential services and infrastructure over gay pride and high speed internet (Hint: We already have HSI).
Good riddance Jan.
Enacting term limits is a dubious solution. The good politicians will be shoved out of office automatically just as they are beginning to get a grip on how to do the job right. Meanwhile, the bad politicians will be encouraged to raise the level of government corruption so they can get "theirs" in a shorter period of time. And they can always run again, but for different offices, when their current terms are up.
Not knowing who is spending what to elect their candidate is a problem. But the bigger problem is the existence of a permanent political class - those career politicians we vote into office who sponge off the public all their working lives. Robert Blaha wrote a guest editorial in the Gazette last week explaining what's wrong with this system. Term limits is the solution. But getting the spongers to cut the umbilical cord is another problem.
Things will never change in this "small-minded, close-minded, judgmental, holier than thou, better than everyone else little cowpoke town" UNTIL old rich white guys are GONE and leave the city into the hands of smarter, more evolved, more caring, more honest, less "bought and paid for" innovative and decent people. That means OTHER people besides older, retired, white folks have to go out and actually REGISTER to vote and then VOTE. Things will NEVER change until the people of this city get it together and GO OUT AND GET RID of the "old ways" and "old-type leadership." CHANGE. It's the ONLY CONSTANT in life and it's about time this city JUMPED ON THE BAND WAGON and decided to change (for the better!!!)
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