The second week of September 2006 brought a lesson in why the wisest political junkies take poll results with a grain of salt.
From "Revelation or aberration?":
A benchmark poll that places Democratic congressional candidate Jay Fawcett an astounding 13 points ahead of his GOP opponent among likely voters in one of the most Republican-leaning districts in the country has electrified the campaign of the retired Air Force lieutenant colonel.
But the campaign manager for Republican Doug Lamborn maintains he is "hugely skeptical" of the poll, released this week. Among the findings:
41 percent of the voters polled were likely to vote for Fawcett.
28 percent were likely to vote for Lamborn.
Another 28 percent are undecided.
"Even some people on our side have a hard time believing this, and it is based on what people have been fed for 25 years," says Fawcett's campaign manager, Wanda James, herself an unaffiliated voter. "I'm sick of people saying this is a 2-to-1 Republican-to-Democrat district and completely forgetting about the independent voter."
(Editor's note: Lamborn would go on to win 60 percent to 40 percent.)
Also, city leaders seemed to be catching onto the urban-living idea.
From "Downtown digs":
If a local ballot initiative in the November election passes, downtown Colorado Springs could eventually see the addition of 2,000 housing units — a departure from the city's earlier plans of a downtown where people go to work and play, but not to live.
"Now there is more interest in urban living," says Vice Mayor Larry Small, who, with Colorado College President Richard Celeste, co-chairs the Imagine Downtown project ...
Imagine Downtown leaders, who already have sketched out myriad uses for the [Downtown Development Authority] tax, say housing and retail opportunities will help revitalize a downtown that has seen several businesses close over the past few years.
(Editor's note: Downtown's property owners and tenants would pass the measure in November.)