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Re: “Spotlight on dark money in Colorado Springs city election

They are spending an inordinate amount of money to get control of the City Council. That job pays less than $7000 a year. Something big must be in the works for them to need their people in those positions. Time will tell what it is. Corruption stinks! Thank you Pam for giving us information that we would never get otherwise.

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Posted by katm on 03/18/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Campaign money, Skorman endorsements, and voter turnout in the City Election

I think that the Gazette is secretly supporting Chard Skorman, the Healthy Choice for City Council. Everytime they publish a negative editoral about him, he receives many contributions.
Perhaps next time they will also publish his website, info@richardskorman.com, so that people can donate to Richard.
Many thanks to the Gazette! Keep up the good work!

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Posted by What's the Word? on 03/18/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Gazette predicts big things for Elton John

An area with 750,000 netting 9,000 tickets for a big name of decades standing as Elton John: The 'Stones' may not book the city for their 75th Anniversary Tour.

Posted by Robert Gentry on 03/17/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Can Colorado Springs get a cannabis-friendly City Council?

District 6 candidate Melanie Bernhardt has clarified her stance on recreational cannabis and has published a page in favor of this at https://melaniebernhardt.com/platform/reta… Don't let these candidates get away with voting against the will of the people on this issue.

Posted by Ed Sanders on 03/17/2017 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Spotlight on dark money in Colorado Springs city election

Voting against the 'slate' candidates of Basham, Crow-Iverson, Fowler and Hendrix might encourage them to move to Greenwood Village to be closer to their handlers forcing the local power money to spend another four years seeking candidates they can control.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 03/17/2017 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Spotlight on dark money in Colorado Springs city election

I'm sickened by how corrupt our city Politics are, and continues to become, more so with every passing year. Just look at who's running this year's campaign? That says it all. I'm sickened by how easily those who run for public office can be "bought" (mostly Republicans, by developers). That our CITY FATHERS GOT IN BED WITH DEVELOPERS AND KNOWINGLY ALLOWED HOMES TO BE BUILT ON LANDSLIDES is beyond disgusting! And what happened to THEM...NOTHING! but innocent people have already and will continue to, lose their homes, and their property values. I will never understand why there has been NO class action lawsuit. The City should give remuneration to EVERY homeowner whose home sits on a landslide! I'm sick of politics, and the bad guys winning with lies and big money donations.

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Posted by mbomcar on 03/17/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “A solution for improving Colorado's roads and bridges

The problem with our transportation infrastructure isn't lack of funding, it's that we spend the funds we already have in an extremely wasteful manner: adding more miles of pavement, or extra lanes to a busy road, intuitively makes sense as a way to reduce congestion and travel times, but in practice building more roadway always invites more traffic over time ("induced demand") and so we get a very temporary benefit at very high cost. If the goal is to improve network capacity and average speeds within and between cities, we should not be throwing money at one of the least efficient modes of intra-city transport available and should instead be investing heavily in commuter rail, buses, and infrastructure that invites walking and cycling (the exact opposite of what we have now, infrastructure which imposes extra burdens on anyone not traveling via automobile).

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Posted by David E on 03/17/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Spotlight on dark money in Colorado Springs city election

Pam Zubeck has done an admirable job of uncovering important and relevent facts. Compare this thorough and factual reporting to what is coming out of the Gazette. As a result of this one article, Id bet that there are voters who have already mailed in their ballots who wish they had not been so quick to do so. Thank you Ms. Zubeck and thank you Indy.

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Posted by Mur on 03/17/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Spotlight on dark money in Colorado Springs city election

Thanks for getting the info out!

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Posted by Rubia Rowell on 03/17/2017 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Campaign money, Skorman endorsements, and voter turnout in the City Election

It may be there were several pre-ballot drop polls being conducted - the one RO references seems to be fishing for information that could be used to help drive the Skorman campaign and another similar poll had questions seemingly related to a 'push poll' asking similar questions but so worded as to 'disinfluence' voters from Skorman and direct them toward Fowler. 'Disinfluence' may not be a real word. It is now.

With all that has been written about the $300,000.00 plus dollars in this campaign, it will be interesting to see what the grand total is to include what must be a hundred of so (?) precinct walkers going door to door to make personal pleas to vote for Candidate A or Candidate B. That cannot be cheap.

With a great need for the sales tax revenues to support local government being available primarily from a great increase in 'Quality Wage' jobs - why are the independent and developer candidates asking questions about marijuana and sanctuary cities?

Regardless which candidate one votes for, it looks like there will be a collection of elected officials who will not be able to move the jobs needle anymore than the last bunch has not really moved the needle. Marijuana and goats seem to be the pressing issues.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 03/17/2017 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Campaign money, Skorman endorsements, and voter turnout in the City Election

FYI,

I recently answered my phone and was asked to participate in a poll which I did. Apparently this inquiry was sponsored by Skorman et. al. There were only two issues about which the poller addresses. First were questions regarding marijuana, whether recreational should be made available for sale in the Springs and others.

The second and most concerning question I fielded was whether I would support his view in making Colorado Springs a Sanctuary City.

I haven't heard or read one iota about this in the paper or on the news. True, I suspect I could have missed any or all reporting on this issue but, I am fairly competent observer of the news. Just thought I would put this out there.

Something to think about.

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Posted by Resident Observer on 03/17/2017 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Spotlight on dark money in Colorado Springs city election

As third generation of my family to live in this community I am sickened by the poisonous comments of special interest funding groups with too much money funding the campaigns of candidates they believe they can control. Local politics historically, has been driven by issues. Voters have the right to select candidates who will represent their home, neighborhood, schools and community, equally. Any effort to have our lives micromanaged by a few wealthy individuals is contrary to the principals of this Democratic Republic. Jeffersonians would argue that no Republic can tolerate inequality and survive. In the words of President Andrew Jackson,"It is to be regretted,that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes."

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Posted by Missye Bonds on 03/17/2017 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Reader: Vote to keep our town moving forward

While I support the same candidates as this letter writer, I really dislike the tone. These candidates have done an excellent job of presenting themselves and their credentials without resorting to the smear tactics of their opponents.

As supporters, let's do the same, please!

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Posted by Elle Ameno on 03/17/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Spotlight on dark money in Colorado Springs city election

Let's see....so, CSF backed Suthers vigorously promoted the Broadmoor Land Exchange, and CSF backed Bagley, Bennett and Strand also backed the Broadmoor Land Exchange which the Gazette Editorial Board also vehemently supported. Pico voted yes after Broadmoor exec Jack Damioli said, "If this land exchange goes through, you have my word going on record that we will live up to each and every one of the obligations we have set forth in this proposal and ensure that a positive vote is recognized accordingly." Now, Pico is getting support. Jill Gaebler voted no, and she is getting lambasted by the Gazette with no money from CSF, and Skorman opposed the land exchange, and he is also getting lambasted by the Gazette and, it appears from this reporting, by relatives of the Gazette leadership. Additionally, the Gazette ran an editorial from Phil Lane of CSF but refused to run an editorial from Greg Walta, co-founder of Together for Colorado Springs? In the words of my favorite Republican, "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power" - Abraham Lincoln

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Posted by Dana Duggan on 03/16/2017 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Campaign money, Skorman endorsements, and voter turnout in the City Election

Well worth the time to read:

This year, it's spent $72,000 so far to support management consultant Chuck Fowler, who's running in District 3 against businessman and former vice mayor Richard Skorman, and also to help District 6 incumbent Andy Pico, who has three opponents. (Those are the candidates for whom CCPOC has funded mailers so far.) The City Council races are nonpartisan.

http://www.csindy.com/TheWire/archives/201…

Posted by Robert Gentry on 03/16/2017 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Reader: Vote to keep our town moving forward

I will be voting for them! Though I'm still waiting to get my ballot that was mailed last Friday.

Posted by Judith Posch on 03/16/2017 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Richard Skorman maligned by dark money group in City Council race

What's annoying is that the people that SHOULD read this, won't. Or they'll call it "fake news"

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Posted by Matt 2 on 03/16/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Nor'wood working land swap deal with the city

This city and land its swaps are crazy! Colorado Springs really likes to "trade" away land that has been under assessed to obtain land that is over assessed! Pays to have land and lookiing for a good deal in this town with this city council and mayor. Just hope you put your ballot on the mail box!

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Posted by el jef'e on 03/16/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Nearly $73,000 in dark money flows into Colorado Springs city election

Yep - Wayne Laugesen and his wife have lived in Monument since 2011. It's public record.

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Posted by MargRita W on 03/16/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Nearly $73,000 in dark money flows into Colorado Springs city election

Phil Anschutz lives a little past Monument to the north. Denver. And sometimes a little west of Monument. Los Angeles. Reportedly hangs out often a little south of Monument. Broadmoor.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 03/16/2017 at 9:36 AM

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