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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: “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


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: “Spotlight on dark money in Colorado Springs city election

Let's, 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.…

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

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

I thought the Laugesen's lived in Monument. While it is certainly a gray area regarding regional issues, shouldn't they have more skin in the game if they are trying to influence the direction of Colorado Springs? You don't see me going to Monument to tell them how to vote for their local council.

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Posted by moderateguy on 03/16/2017 at 9:09 AM

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

As of reports filed 15 Mar, $338,090.98 has been spent in this campaign.

$206,022.17 of that record amount has been spent by Builders, Developers.

Jill Gaebler has received. $0 from Builders, Developers and CSF. (Zero Dollars)

Lynette Crow has received $55,257.00 from Builders, Developers and CSF.

Crow supporters are using DC political operatives to dig up dirt.

Gaebler supporters are promoting her record in office. Clean.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 03/16/2017 at 7:53 AM

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

Our most powerful developers, most notably Nor'wood Development, who owns Banning Lewis Ranch and much of the land in our downtown, will spend whatever it takes to buy the city council they need to put more of their development costs on the backs of our taxpayers and get an appointed utilities board that is NOT answerable to the ratepayers. This is an important election, please vote for candidates who will listen to you and are not answerable to developers and the Broadmoor.

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Posted by Jill D. Gaebler on 03/16/2017 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Colorado's mixed report on transgender issues

I am M2F transgendered and have been getting EXCELLENT care at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) for many years at both hospitals and Outpatient Clinics (OPC), even before the VA had an official policy on the matter.

I encounter Veterans at Palo Alto Division (main hospital) from as far away as Sonora, or even Nevada, who are there because the care there because the care they require is not available where they live hundreds of miles away. The VA offers travel reimbursement for the extra miles but not the extra time needed to make the round trip. All-in-all pretty good I'd say. Ms. Zabel should not be so critical of an organization, VHA, that provides excellent if not perfect care for us Veterans, transgendered and otherwise.

Posted by aNewDawn on 03/15/2017 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Public records laws don't always ensure a transparent government

In my own experience, the City routinely denies CORA requests and attempts to cite references to state law. The attorneys hope citizens will be intimidated by mention of CRS (Colorado Revised Statute) and the "" symbol. In one example this year, City attorneys denied a request citing a statute that later stated, when doing so they had to provide additional information that they did not do. The same reference to State law also had a later paragraph that specifically warned the information could not be denied in cases like the one I was seeking. My recourse? I had to prepare to sue and threaten to sue and the City relented. Had I gone to district court and lost, not only would I have had to pay my own court costs and legal fees, but also pay for the City attorneys' time who were loose in their interpretation of state law.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 03/15/2017 at 10:03 PM

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

A hundred thousand is chump change when the right Council can provide the votes clearing the way to subsidies and continued looking the other direction on infrastructure quality in new developments which is what has gotten us into this infrastructure pickle. Six council members could provide a super majority on the Utilities board to help guarantee that other Utilities customers continue to pay the cost of utilities extensions in new development. Six council members could refer a ballot measure that would give control of Utilities to an unaccountable board they could help put in place. Six council members would provide a super majority to approve an amendment to the Banning Lewis annexation agreement that would shift the cost of development of approximately $1 billion from the developer to the taxpayers. Lastly, six Councilmembers could provide the tax dollars for City for Champions by approving Urban Renewal agreements that would siphon City dollars for the museum(s) or even revive the stadium concept with the right influx of local tax dollars. In summary, although the dollars spent on the City election make it difficult for an ordinary citizen to run for Council, when compared to the multimillion dollar boon it could and probably will provide to those backing the candidates, it is dollar for dollar a terrific investment.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 03/15/2017 at 9:46 PM

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

I am glad that District 6 Candidate Melanie Bernhardt has not taken developer money in this election. Win or lose, she is a candidate which is not beholden to any interests except the voters and I wish to invite them to view her forum of the issues. She responds to her inquiries personally and there are multiple ways one can reach her .

All this money flowing for, as you remind us, a small paying job is scary, and causes me to not trust the city council members who benefit from these large contributions. Melanie believe she can run her campaign without the big money donors, and relies on small donations to fund her and public word of mouth. Let your voice be heard.

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Posted by Ed Sanders on 03/15/2017 at 7:56 PM

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