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Re: “Opposition researcher looking into Council race


In your circle, what are you hearing as to voter intent? They know leadership of the highest order is required or will they vote for the glitz of the high dollar billboards and glossy flyers of the slate candidates?

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Posted by Richard Wehner Fiscal Realist on 03/11/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Opposition researcher looking into Council race

Colorado Springs Forward and Anschutz are trying to buy the City Council lock-stock-and-barrel.

To avoid becoming a "company town," I urge voters to support Skorman, Gaebler, and Avila.

Fowler, Crow-Iverson and Hendrix are owned by Anschutz and Colorado Springs Forward. They will represent their big donors, not the average citizen.

Greg Walta

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Posted by Greg Walta on 03/11/2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “City ballot issues: Just say YES to all three

Jeremy 1:

"motivation for Comcast and Centurylink to provide better service."

"Comcast" and "service" are mutually exclusive.

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Posted by Bill W. on 03/11/2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “City ballot issues: Just say YES to all three

CSI Reader:

"Vote no on issue two. Stormwater problems are a developer-caused issue and should be paid for by a tax/fee on new development."

Even assuming that the developers are at fault, why would you tax NEW developers? They did not cause the problem. If you want to eliminate any and all new development, a tax/fee for past stormwater issues will certainly work to make sure no developers bother building in Colorado Springs.

Stormwater issues are a legitimate infrastructure responsibility of the entire community. That's why we have a city/county government. If you'd rather that you and your neighbors keep bailing out their basements, vote against #2. But don't complain when your property value sinks into oblivion because it floods in heavy rain.

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Posted by Bill W. on 03/11/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “How to make goat milk lotion

Would you please reply to the previous comments and questions. I'm wanting to make some of this :)

Posted by Sarah Beth Simpkins on 03/11/2017 at 2:23 PM

Re: “City ballot issues: Just say YES to all three

Vote no on issue two. Stormwater problems are a developer-caused issue and should be paid for by a tax/fee on new development.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 03/11/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “CSPD's academy flunks eight due to failing the driving test

Did they indicate how many failed the physical fitness test? I have seen them out running in the neighborhood around Murray/Galley and a large percentage don't look fit enough to be considered for a police job.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 03/11/2017 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Legal opinion released; Zoo urges approval of land swap

Coming back into this discussion late - Master Planning is in progress and the lawsuit is awaiting consideration in the Colorado State Court of Appeals. Not one audience voice at the first Master Planning meeting put together by Broadmoor-hired NES, was from someone who supported the land swap. So who exactly was in favor of the swap and now gives a hoot about this property? Looks like no one - except those who stand to make money from its development one way or another. Jim Davies - were you were? Sandmarc - were you there?
There were almost 200 folks in the audience and to a man they are all still vitally interested in that land and how it is used. Jack Damioli, Karen Palus, Steve Schuck? Their pre-programmed sales job is done and done. No longer care .... not there. Next please?

Posted by Mur on 03/11/2017 at 11:29 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Is Richard Skorman really in bed with 'Big Marijuana?'

Skorman has my vote. Time to vote out those that oppose our constitution and bring in people that show respect for the will of the people. Our current council has shown that they clearly do not respect the people. Vote them out!

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Posted by Audrey Hatfield on 03/11/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Is Richard Skorman really in bed with 'Big Marijuana?'

I agree with the comments made in regards to supporting Richard Skorman. The Gazette & their cronie approved city council make our own elections "rigged"! (For some reason - the like button is not functioning on my ipad!? Am I being hacked? C.S. Wow, what a city! Nice to be on the other side of the wall here in Guatemala, and stick my head in the sand.

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Posted by Lyndall on 03/11/2017 at 6:58 AM

Re: “City ballot issues: Just say YES to all three

The 2C road tax was a 'city' tax measure.

The referenced jail expansion (and new courthouse) was a 'county' tax measure with the two being separate entities - the jail issue actually dated back to 2002 and resulted in what was very close to a successful recall against then sitting El Paso County Commissioners Tom Huffman and Chuck Brown because of reasons you stated.

The county did in fact ignore two separate NO votes from the public in two separate elections and went through the use of Certificates of Participation to fund the jail and courthouse - a legal but questionable practice that uses a private entity to incur the actual debt then lease the buildings back to the county. Long term debt not approved by the voters is not allowed - however, a 'lease' is not considered 'long term' debt but rather as a short term liability and thereby can be used to skirt laws put in place to control continuing debt without voter approval. So yes, you are correct, it was a 'screw you' scenario but one that was considered necessary at the time to meet the rising jail population - the need for a massive new courthouse was then questionable and still is!

But the issue may now be moot as there are now county politicians at the top two positions in city hall! Terry Harris was a 'master' manipulator and trained his protege well.…

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 03/11/2017 at 12:27 AM

Re: “City ballot issues: Just say YES to all three

"Just say yes to all three"

Um no thanks. Apparently the people running the Independant must be in the back pocket of the governing powers of Colorado Springs.

Vote No on issue #2. Colorado springs just gained approval for $253 million ($273?) over 5 years via a tax increase for road improvements now suddenly they want permission to spend a $6 million surplus? Where did this surplus come from? I will remind everybody that our road maint, parks and rec and public transpo programs were fleeced back in 2008 to add a addition to the jail after the voters shot down the construction project. After they didn't get voter approval they basically gave us the bird and built the addition anyways. Of course our roads didn't fall into disrepair overnight, it took over 6 years.

Vote No on issue #3. Do you want the city of Colorado Springs sticking their nose in your internet? Any "advanced high speed internet" will be made available to us without the help of Colorado Springs so they don't need to get richer via "Kick backs" or other ways of "skimming" from Xfinity or Century link or some other entity.

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Posted by Randall WolfShield Adams on 03/10/2017 at 11:57 PM

Re: “City ballot issues: Just say YES to all three

What about the coming stormwater fee?

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 03/10/2017 at 11:17 PM

Re: “City ballot issues: Just say YES to all three

Looks like the Independent has no issue spending people's money. TABOR should be refunded if not used for the purposes it was raised to do.

You whine about a "small" tax for city parks. Really? No such thing as a small tax. Independent should support government staying out of our pockets. Any idea how much the lottery already provides the city for parks? Might want to look into it before you start whining about the Mayor not wanting to add additional taxes.

Item 3 needs to go away. This is another tax hidden as a fee. Don't buy the hype that it will help make our city better by creating motivation for Comcast and Centurylink to provide better service. They both make the claim regularly that they have already run the fiber that isn't here and have no plans to run it anytime soon. Should they decide to, who do you think would pay for it? There was already a large increase in Franchise Tax this year and another one coming next year. Enough is enough.

Yes on 1. No on 2 and 3.

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Posted by Jeremy 1 on 03/10/2017 at 10:17 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Is Richard Skorman really in bed with 'Big Marijuana?'

nschutz bought the Gazette and is now using the newspaper's editorial page to hand-pick his own City Council. Anschutz opposes Richard Skorman, Jill Gaebler and Yolanda Avila because they had the courage to oppose his land grab of city park land.

His message to our public officials is simple: Do as I say or I will use my newspaper, my money and my connections to bury you.

Vote for Skorman, Geabler and Avila if you want a City Council responsive to the citizens of Colorado Springs.

If you want a Council owned lock-stock-and-barrel by Anschutz and The Broadmoor, vote for Fowler, Crow-Iverson and Hendrix.

Anschutz and The Gazette have made the decision just that easy ...

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Posted by Greg Walta on 03/10/2017 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Opposition researcher looking into Council race

And Mr. Gentry,

Can you PM me with the full contact details on Mr. Falili that you have redacted in your post?

I am quite sure with a minor amount of research, there will be a local connection.

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Posted by Staci6 on 03/10/2017 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Opposition researcher looking into Council race

A "Failing" Campaign for The CSF/Developer Candidates: Looks realistic. It is not dollars that win elections. It is what is marked down on the ballot. Looking back through the financiasl an interesting thing is observable:

- - - The Big Money candidates of Iverson-Fowler-Hendrix-Basham all have big donations from a very limited number of donors. HBA-CSF-Nor'wood-Lane-LaPlata-Johnson, etc. But those candidates have a very low number of private donors. (Votes count)

The non-Big Money candidates have impressive funds - but from many more donors - if votes count - then it looks as if CSF may have cause to be concerned.

Gaebler (wide public support) About 230 private donations. -0- Big Money donations.

Iverson has only 22 private donations. 21 Big Money donations.

Skorman (wide public support) About 210 private donations. -0- Big Money donations.

Hendrix has only 20 private donations yet has 16 Big Money donations.

Fowler has only 9 private donations. 14 Big Money donations.

Basham is at the bottom. 5 private donations. 13 Big Money donations.

Mrs. Collins is not big on fund-raising but she did, as you have stated earlier, beat Deborah Hendrix once - and then survived the Hendrix-led recall.

Obviously these numbers will change - but as of 8:00 pm on 10 March - that's the score.

The Take A Way: Looks as if the 'non-CSF/Builder' candidates have more wide-spread support, including the incumbents - thus more potential votes to win and the Big Money candidates will be able to go back to their day jobs on April 5th.

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Posted by Staci6 on 03/10/2017 at 8:42 PM

Re: “Opposition researcher looking into Council race

More Dots . . .

Dot #3: This appears to be the same Naji Falili the Republican Party used to research negative information on Hillary Clinton

CORA Request Information:
I Agree:Yes
Delivery Option:Electronic
Due Date: 02/07/2017 3:00 PM
Contact Information:
Last Name: Filali
First Name: Naji
Email Address:
Telephone Number:

Dot #4: This kind of operative seldom works 'Pro Bono'

Dot #5: When big money is spent to dig for dirt, it is for use. Somewhere.

Dot #6: Where will it be used?

As new 'Hit Pieces' in the local controlled daily paper against Gaebler-Collins?

In Mailers now that the ballots have dropped?

In what is a continuing series of 'Push Polls' as the ones targeting Richard Skorman that are not being conducted and that nobody is paying for?

In TV ads?

You only resort to sleaze when you have nothing substantial to offer and you fear your campaign is failing!

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 03/10/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Opposition researcher looking into Council race

Interesting dot connecting.

My dots:

Who has the money to pay for high-dollar DC operatives?

How much has been spent by whom to take over council?

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 03/10/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Parting words from the Sage

How can I translate my feelings about your exit? Adios, Arrivederci, Auf Wiedersehen, Sayonara or just plain, Don't let the door hit you in the ass.

For years you've been espousing your leftist, out-of-touch Bullsh!t in this rag and now you're leaving, it's a step in the right direction for the Independent and yet the smattering of indoctrinated zombie drone followers you have can still follow your rantings at the even less popular and dwindling readership of the C/S Business Journal. Yeah, sounds about right, you're going out with a whimper......

You're are a failed Investment Banker, Real Estate Broker, Politician and now, Journalist...... Your accomplishments are even less than your insights. What a fantastic and insightful life you've had......
S-A-R-C-A-S-M button OFF.

If you really care for the city you claim to love then go to Tahiti, GO, BE FREE...... Maybe just maybe your idiotic rantings will be forgotten by your minions so that they can then become contributing members to society.

Buh Bye.......

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Posted by skyskier on 03/10/2017 at 3:36 PM

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