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So, judging by the comments seen here, there are people in Colorado Springs who clearly see what is happening right under our noses. Good for us. The question then becomes, what is to be done about it? If you allow that the outcome of this April's election will either stem the council take-over tide or facilitate it, doesn't it become in a very real sense a critical election? I think it is. I have said so before.
You can bet that the folks who are supporting Fowler et all are not reading this article (past the first paragraph or two) nor are they commenting here. For my part, I'm going to try and engage in a little old-fashioned horse trading. Off my rump in front of the machine and out into the community to talk to people who may not vote unless I reach out to them. Get out there and bring in new voters. And if you can, put more dollars where they need to be as well.
This election is nothing more or less that a referendum on Philip Anschutz and his activities, goals and ambitions w/r to OUR CITY. His minions, in the personages of John Suthers and Karen Palus and Jack Damioli seriously overplayed their hand in the way they conducted the Broadmoor Land Swap throughout 2016. They offended the majority of Colorado Springs citizens! Now it our job to take advantage of that fact.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
If one disregards the dollar amount and looks at the 'number' of individual contributions from private citizens as an indicator of public support - Mr. Skorman and Mrs. Gaebler are up in the hundreds. The developer candidates, well, they are up in the - - - twenties!
Mr. Skorman has served on council in the past - and has served the community in various capacity for decades.
Colorado Springs Forward can raise money but have they really done anything to actually benefit the community ?
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, so that people can donate to Richard.
Many thanks to the Gazette! Keep up the good work!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for getting the info out!
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
What's annoying is that the people that SHOULD read this, won't. Or they'll call it "fake news"
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!
Yep - Wayne Laugesen and his wife have lived in Monument since 2011. It's public record.
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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