Shifty Mayor Coombs plays games at council meeting

At the same time people were complaining about political maneuvers our state House and Senate were making at the deadline of the legislative session, our own Mayor Dennis Coombs pulled a maneuver I had never seen at a council meeting. Continue reading

Home stretch of Longmont 2011 Election: Turnout and projections

Predicting voter turnout is never an easy task, especially in off (or odd) year elections like this years.  Predicting actual winners is equally difficult as it all boils down to who gets out the vote and who doesn’t.  I’ll try to make a stab at these with educated guesses based on past history and trends. Continue reading

Home stretch of Longmont 2011 Election: The money game

With just a couple of days left to get votes in, there are some races that can already be called.  Of course, I’m talking about the money race, as of the 3rd Reporting Period for candidates.  People can argue about the importance, or lack thereof, of contributions, but the candidates who raised and spent the most in 2009 won. Continue reading

Longmont City Council Ward 1: Brian Bagley

(The following was submitted by candidate for Longmont City Council Ward 1 Brian Bagley and appeared in the 10/20/11 Times-Call)

To make a city great, just start 

Given the many political editorials and letters to the editor we’ve seen of late, I felt motivated to write a column of my own. Although inspired, I still struggled to find a topic. After all, I’m campaigning for Longmont’s City Council Ward 1 seat and the pressure to submit the perfect editorial is nothing short of intense. Continue reading