Friday, June 30, 2017

Colorado Springs featured in Politico story about "Libertarian Paradise"

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 11:04 AM

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Politico.com has a new story out about Colorado Springs that recaps the city's progress, or lack thereof, going back about a decade, titled, "The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise."

It recounts the darkened street light era, follows Steve Bach through his one term as the city's first strong mayor and ends with the Mayor John Suthers years.

Here's one take from it:
By 2015, the final year of his term, Bach was no longer talking to any member of City Council, save for Bennett. Both sides were fighting proxy battles in the middle of council meetings, quibbling over the sorts of things—moving money from one government account to another to pay bills—that would normally be routine. People outside the council chambers were paying attention, and they didn’t care for what they were seeing—the city that was supposed to run like a business was actually scaring companies. The business leaders who had once supported him had even started their own, newer version of the City Committee—called Colorado Springs Forward—and were looking for a different candidate to back.

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