Truth about contributions buying votes

Alright, this issue needs to be cleared up once and for all.

There are people in town trying to rewrite history about contributions to city council members – or just don’t know what they are talking about.  Part of the reason we are in this whole mess with the Longmont Fair Campaign Practices Act (LFCPA) and the Election Committee (EC) all comes down to a $5,000 contribution to Gabe Santos from the Longmont Association of Realtors.  But here’s what the people who keep mentioning this either have conveniently forgotten or don’t want you to know: Continue reading

Staggering bill for Election Committee hearings

In my recent “Scrap the Longmont Fair Campaign Practices Act” I said “The financial cost to the city (special counsel and prosecutor) was in the thousands, while the fines levied were barely in the hundreds.”  Apparently I was being too conservative.  The bill (up to this point) is in a city document that may make your jaw drop, even I was surprised.  Be prepared to be appalled. Continue reading

Clueing in the easily puzzled

It’s a rare treat for your loyal editor and publisher to respond to the occasional sniping from the pointless peanut gallery.  If I did it all the time, I’d have nothing else to do, and it’s boring to argue with the ignorant.

But someone (you’ve never heard of) has gone out of her way to mention me a couple of times in reference to a recent board appointment, so let me answer.  Her name is Paula Burr (just by typing that, her name exposure just went up 100 fold), an Obamabot from Organizing For America (which probably explains why she doesn’t care for me or my appointment) and has repeatedly said she’s “puzzled“.  I’ll try to unpuzzle. Continue reading

Longmont never leaned left

(The following guest opinion appeared in the November 24, 2009 Longmont Times-Call)

One of my more favorite hobbies is to collect data, sift through and crunch the numbers, and then try to make some sense out of it or look at it in a slightly different way.  I’m a political junkie, especially when it comes to elections, so I’d like to put to rest this falsehood that keeps floating around town. Continue reading