Establishment Gunning For Ramey Johnson

One of the important lessons Mayor Adam Paul learned from his mentor, Bob Murphy, is the need to eliminate critics.  When Ward 1 Council Member Ramey Johnson ran against Paul for mayor in 2015, she automatically went to the head of the mayor’s hit list.  Since Ramey received over 49% of the city wide vote during an election that was ultimately driven by fallout from the school board recall, she…

Establishment Forms Attack Committees

As our resident political science major Mayor Adam Paul well knows, one of the secrets to staying in political power is to run negative campaign ads against your challengers.  As noted previously, four of the five Council seats up for election this fall have strong challengers to the mayor’s candidates.  As we enter into the final couple weeks of the campaign the debate between the candidates will move away from…

Mayor’s “October Surprise” to Save Harrison

The October Surprise.  Every political science major (like Mayor Paul) knows the advantage incumbent politicians gain by using their insider power to create an issue that will either help their re-election efforts or hurt the chances of their opponents.  The political dictionary defines October surprise as a “news event late in a political campaign that has the potential to influence the outcome of an election. Because Election Day is typically held…

Can’t Fight City Hall – David vs. Goliath

Everyone knows the old expression “you can’t fight city hall” means the establishment in Lakewood.  The recent controversy around the citizens’ growth initiative has stirred up all the special interests who run Lakewood.  In addition to the developers and financial interests, the opposition to the citizens’ initiative has brought out the usual groups who seek government support (advocates for affordable housing and bicycles, business associations, and nonprofits).  In addition to…

Legal Games to Defeat the People’s Initiative

         It is a well known fact one of the ways the special interests retain control over the establishment both here and around the country is to use the court system to defeat efforts by the people to take control of their government.  The latest example of this is Lakewood’s growth initiative.               When it became clear the special interests were…

Establishment Restores Discipline to the Ranks

Over the years the establishment has been very good about keeping tight control over their minions.  It is well known when three or four candidates run for a Council seat it can result in some strange upsets.  The most recent example was when Charlie Able won a Ward 1 seat with a little over 40% of the vote.  It was slightly more than his establishment opponent.  However the other establishment…

Strange Bedfellows – Koch Brothers & Max Tyler Oppose Moratorium

             We’re all familiar with the phrase “politics make strange bedfellows”.  We have previously discussed the unholy alliance between the developers and the liberals [see December 2016].  However, the recently proposed building permit moratorium took this to an all new level.  Reformer Ramey Johnson, supported by the Council independents, proposed a six-month moratorium on new building permits for large multi-family residential projects.  The liberals led…

Rooney Valley Developer Offers Crumbs to Win Approval

  The establishment’s efforts to grow Lakewood by annexing over 300 acres of southern Rooney Valley from neighboring Morrison has taken a radical turn.   After the initial proposal met with a hailstorm of opposition it appeared the developer and his politician allies would wait out the November election in hopes their chances would improve in 2018.   The latest word is the developer now figures he better get the best…

Ward 1 Candidate Faces Carpetbagger Charges

                An issue that often comes up in politics is the “carpetbagger” question.  The qualifications to run for elected office usually include a residency requirement (except for some special districts, like fire and water, where property ownership is sufficient).  This usually requires a potential candidate to live in their district for at least one year (12 consecutive months) prior to the election.  While…

Strategic Growth Initiative Seeks Petition

           Since the current City Council, under Adam Paul, is unable (or unwilling) to control or limit the rash of new residential development (mostly apartments), a citizens group has proposed a Strategic Growth Initiative to place an issue on November’s ballot that would impose a 1% per year growth limit on residential construction.            Pursuant to the City Charter’s initiative rules, Lakewood…