"When they allow a talk show host to play them like a two-dollar banjo, they demonstrate what kind of backbone they'll bring to the job later on, if we elect them. After they get elected will they continue to allow Jeff Crank to put a nickel in them and wind them up every Saturday morning?"

Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Jeff Crank 2021 Colorado Springs City Council Ballot Recommendations


While there are a few principled conservatives on the Colorado Springs City Council, unfortunately there is a majority of council members who are not conservative and who seem to think Colorado Springs taxpayers are the source of unending funding for their projects.  Under current leadership, Colorado Springs now has one of the highest sales tax rates in the state of Colorado and the city has supported and pushed for tax increase after tax increase over the last several years.  When is the last time you heard someone from the city say “no thank you, we don’t need more money.  We’ll do with what we have.”?  The city has consistently asked voters for more money instead of making the difficult choices that have been made by other governments.  Colorado Springs will become just another big city with high tax rates if we continue on our current path and we need leaders who believe in government performing only the essentials and keeping government regulation off the backs of businesses and citizens.

I’ve reviewed the candidates for Colorado Springs City Council and have looked at the surveys submitted by some candidates to Springs Taxpayers (you can find these surveys here).  Here are my endorsements in Colorado Springs City Council races:

District 1 – Dave Donelson

District 2 – Randy Helms

District 3 – Arthur Glynn

District 4 – None – both candidates are liberal

District 5 – Mary Elizabeth Fabian

District 6 – Mike O’Malley

On Issue 1, I see both sides of the argument.  While supporters like Mayor John Suthers and City Councilman Wayne Williams say that the 30 word limit makes it difficult to hold elected officials accountable to the way they plan on spending the money, opponents point out that the current limit prohibits elected officials from making ballot language too complicated and confusing.  You’ll have to decide which argument rings most true to you.

Thank you for voting and for caring about the city that we all love.  Colorado Springs has always been a special place and we will have to fight to keep it that way.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Jeff Crank's 2020 Ballot Recommendations

“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.  We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness.  If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our moment here.  We did all that could be done.” – Ronald Reagan

Never have Ronald Reagan’s words been more true.  The 2020 election is, without a doubt, the most important election of our lifetime.  I would never try to tell you how to vote, but I am often asked how I am going to vote.  I’ve put quite a bit of research and thought into several of the candidates and ballot issues in 2020.

It is imperative that we re-elect President Trump but there are also many other very consequential candidates and issues on this year’s ballot.  Cory Gardner’s re-election is so important to have a Senate firewall against the insanity of the left’s war on the rule of law.

I don’t choose my elected officials based on my feelings but rather their views on the issues and how they will either advance or inhibit my freedoms and liberties.  I hope you use that same criteria – and not personality – to make your determinations.  These recommendations are my personal recommendations and do not reflect the position of my employer.  Please make sure you vote.  If you have any questions about your ballot, please call the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s office at (719)575-VOTE (8683) if you live in El Paso county or your local clerk and recorder.

Here are my recommendations:

President of the United States: Donald J. Trump

U.S. Senator: Cory Gardner

U.S. Representative (5th District): Doug Lamborn

U.S. Representative (3rd District): Lauren Boebert

State Senate District 10: Larry Liston

State Senate District 12: Bob Gardner

State Representative District 14: Shane Sandridge

State Representative District 15: Dave Williams

State Representative District 16: Andres G. Pico

State Representative District 17: Rob Blancken

State Representative District 18: George M. Rapko

State Representative District 19: Tim Geitner

State Representative District 20: Teri Carver

State Representative District 21: Mary Bradfield

District Attorney – Fourth Judicial District: Michael Allen

County Commissioner District 2: Carrie Geitner

County Commissioner District 3: Stan Lee VanderWerf

County Commissioner District 4: Longinos Gonzalez, Jr.

Judicial Retentions:

            Colorado Supreme Court:  

                        Melissa Hart: No

                        Carlos A. Samour: Yes

            Colorado Court of Appeals:

                        Judge Ted C. Tow III: Yes

                        Judge Craig R. Welling: No

            District Court Judge – 4th Judicial

                        Judge Will Bain: Yes

                        Judge Jann P. DuBois: Yes

                        Judge Thomas Kelly Kane: Yes

                        Judge Michael Paul McHenry: Yes

                        Judge David Prince: Yes

                        Judge Erin L. Sokol: Yes

                        Judge Gregory R. Werner: Yes

            El Paso County Court Judge:

                        Judge Laura Norris Findorff: Yes

                        Judge Shannon Gerhart: Yes

Statewide Ballot Issues:

·       Amendment B – Repeal Gallagher Amendment -

·       Amendment C – Bingo License Changes – Yes

·       Amendment 76 – Citizen qualification of electors – Yes

·       Amendment 77 – Eliminate gaming limits in casinos – No

·       Proposition EE – Tax on tobacco products – No

·       Proposition 113 – Eliminate Electoral College – No

·       Proposition 114 – Introduction of wolves in Colorado – No

·       Proposition 115 – Prohibition on abortion after 22 weeks – Yes

·       Proposition 116 – Reduce state income tax from 4.63% to 4.55% - Yes

·       Proposition 117 – Voter approval for fee increases – Yes

·       Proposition 118 – Force business to provide paid family and medical leave – No


Colorado Springs Ballot Issues:

·       Issue 2A- City to keep $1.9 million instead of returning to taxpayers – No

·       Issue 2B – Parkland conveyance in city – No

·       Issue 2C – Parkland conveyance in city – Yes

Colorado Springs School District 11 Ballot Issue 4A:

·       School district to keep additional tax revenue instead of returning to taxpayers – No