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Old 07-10-2015, 06:57 PM
 
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Indeed. If a candidate of Irv Halter's character and military experience couldn't win against Lamborn, no one can. And Richard Skorman would have made so much better of a mayor than Bach. But, as he noted in conversation with me, it's just not possible anymore for a Democrat to get more than 40% of the vote (at the outside) in a city-wide election.
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:33 PM
 
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Yes, democrats rarely win county-wide elections. But the percentage of democrats in El Paso County is significant - something like 40-ish percent - enough that they make a very big impact in state-wide electoral vote decisions. And we do have democratic enclaves where candidates like Merrifield regularly win. So yes, in some ways we are solidly red, but in the big picture, we really are purple.
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:44 PM
 
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...Pete Lee (D) win their state Senate and House seats (respectively) last November? Those two districts cover the heart of Colorado Springs.
Well, Lee's district is nicely gerrymandered to encompass downtown, Old North End/CC, and Manitou. But it is far outweighed by the donut districts that keep Colorado Springs/El Paso County reliably and safely (ugh) Republican-dominated.

And there is no way in the foreseeable future that Colorado Springs will ever have a Democrat congressional representative -- in fact, there is little point in Democrats contending for such until such time (a lot further off for the Springs than for the state as a whole) as immigration and Millennial voting trends make it possible.

Competitive districts are good for the body politic; the nationwide profusion of gerrymandered "safe" districts is a leading cause of the troubles American civic life finds itself in.
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Old 07-10-2015, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Monument, CO
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I hope CS is as good as we always think it is. we would love to live in the city, but my husbands job will still be by IKEA in Centennial, so we are going with Monument now. We spent the last 4 years in Highlands Ranch. There are downsides I am sure, and Monument is definitely one of the pricier places in El Paso county, but beautiful and quiet!
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Old 07-11-2015, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs area
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I love it because the natural beauty is amazing. I love hiking and there is hardly a better place to live for that. I love that it has everything I could want or need in terms of shopping close by without the hassle or traffic of Denver. I love the good schools. I love the mostly friendly people. I love the weather. I love the lack of humidity. I love the little museums and historical sites all over the place both in town and for day trips. I love the diversity of flora and fauna and the mingling of habitats here. I love the small-town feel of my neighborhood. I love the easy N/S commutes we have. I love our sunsets and our mountain vistas. I love that it is not ridiculously fast-paced here. I love that buying a house is still a realistic goal for even one-income families here. There's more but that should give the idea.
I totally agree plus it is family oriented--low crime--has good health care--amazing wild life--I feel like I belong(community feel).
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Old 07-12-2015, 01:41 AM
 
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Well, Lee's district is nicely gerrymandered to encompass downtown, Old North End/CC, and Manitou. But it is far outweighed by the donut districts that keep Colorado Springs/El Paso County reliably and safely (ugh) Republican-dominated.

And there is no way in the foreseeable future that Colorado Springs will ever have a Democrat congressional representative -- in fact, there is little point in Democrats contending for such until such time (a lot further off for the Springs than for the state as a whole) as immigration and Millennial voting trends make it possible.
Thank you for the informative post. Clearly I am not familiar with the political intricacies in Colorado Springs. However from what I have seen Colorado Springs as a city is much more purple than Los Angeles will ever be. For example I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts that the Springs gets a Democrat in DC sooner than LA will have a Republican.

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Competitive districts are good for the body politic; the nationwide profusion of gerrymandered "safe" districts is a leading cause of the troubles American civic life finds itself in.
I couldn't agree more.
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Old 07-12-2015, 09:01 AM
 
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I have never experienced the community feel/feeling like I belong even in the small towns I've lived in, let alone a city...excited to see what its all about. I'm hoping Colorado is the spot for me. I'm looking for the state that I feel is meant for me.
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Old 07-13-2015, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Powers/Dublin
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I am one that moved from San Diego. But I also grew up in Northern Virginia. Mostly it is much more affordable, a lot less traffic and people. My sister moved here for work and when I visited I felt it was a great place to live. I was jealous that she could afford a brand new house and car. I was struggling in San Diego and hating my job commute. So the choice was made and although I have moments of missing San Diego weather and beaches or friends and family in Northern Virginia, its not enough to move back.
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Old 07-13-2015, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA
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Having lived in many cities...I loved something about them all.

But, I stayed the longest here... nice people, great climate, you can own a gun for protection with no issues, unlike NY,
( I hate being defenseless in my home, like the women I see on TV being burgled!),
good house prices...love that everything on TV is an hour earlier, haha.
Now there are great restaurants, finally.
Close to Denver for more museums and art, better shopping ...not too far.

No bug issues like humid Minn, NY, and forget about the prehistoric things in TX and FL!
No oppressive heat like the Midwest, whew, one summer there was enough for me!
Mild winters... no HUGE flooding or tornados.
I live on high ground far enough from the creeks, not near a forest like friends living in dread in Cheyenne Canon...feel safe from burglars with my German Shepard...

There also is the tourist element that keeps the place lighthearted and I like the Westside old hippie, laid back element, too.

Gee, I guess I really DO love it here. I don't care what your life style is...couch potato or hiker or Christian fundy or liberal...
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I think the USA including CS would be far better off, if the politics, religions, mindsets etc etc didn't dominate so many regions as it does in this country. No matter what side of anything you live your life by. I just think we would be a stronger more accepting country, if we got off this merry go round. I just think we would all be better off, and it would take so much stress off of living from one place to the other in this country.

Politics is mentioned several times in this thread about CS. Most reviews on the area, no matter what publication you read. After the beauty of the area is mentioned, its economy and population figures. Not always but many times CS conservative or Religious background is mentioned. I'm not sure if that is because Focus on the Family, is based there or Military Base or what the reason is. Is that the reason, does anyone know? It just seems to come up a lot with this particular city for many years now. Thanks.
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