The Longmont Years: 2009-2011 Breaking the Bloc

In this installment, we pick up in early 2009 after apparent local political burnout – or so I thought.  The previous two years were hectic, to say the least.  Output increased in quantity and quality, both in the written and spoken word.  By the end of ’08 I had gone back to one of my first loves: aviation.  But staying away from local politics was apparently not in the cards. Continue reading…

Longmont Airport’s future more secure with recent developments

With the unanimous approval by Longmont City Council of the new FBO (Fixed Based Operator) at Vance Brand Airport, the future of the airport becomes that much more secure, probably to the chagrin of those that have endlessly tried to undermine the airport for the last 20 years.   Continue reading…

So Long, Longmont

The title of this post is actually a title of a book by the recently deceased Longmont resident D. Ernie Greenly.  Back when I got started (with Wrongmont) we had some interesting back-and-forth conversations, but we never got together for that beer he wanted to buy me.  When I use that term, I’m not leaving Longmont, yet, but Longmont is leaving many of us. Continue reading…

LP024: Hickenlooper attacked in Longmont, Presidential predictions, and Bagley’s got a gun

On Episode 24 of Longmont Politics, Chris talked about the libelous comments of former Longmont City Councilmember Sean McCoy (Twitter: @seanpmccoy) and suggesting Chris was a “homegrown terrorist”.  Then it was on to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and his visit to Longmont involving fracking and the harassment he received and the near-riot by Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont (OHOFOL).

Chris then talked about his current presidential predictions, and finished up with the story of Longmont City Councilmember Brian Bagley and his accidental bringing of a firearm to the Boulder County courthouse.

Music played in this show was “Every Little Thing” by Modern Science – courtesy of Music Alley.

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Longmont’s Historic Preservation Commission needs applicants

The City of Longmont Historic Preservation Commission had three openings to fill, and as of last Tuesday nights City Council meeting only had two applicants. The two regular term positions were filled by those applicants who applied by the deadline and the third spot was re-opened. It will be re-advertised on the City Clerks webpage for selection from City Council at a later date. Continue reading…


In one of the biggest blowouts in recent Longmont history, Sean McCoy lost to councilmember-elect Bonnie Finley in a Ward 3 rematch of an election from four years ago.  The numbers so far:

Bonnie Finley  3644  63.20%
Sean McCoy    2122  36.80%

One last bit of advice for soon-to-be former councilmember McCoy:
(Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out) Continue reading…

UNELECTMCCOY: Just a reminder – McCoy “Worst Councilmember Ever”

Might be a bit premature, but everyone in Longmont should soon be celebrating the end of the long and miserable tenure of Sean McCoy to Longmont City Council.  Barring some serious ballot stuffing and mass hypnosis in Ward 3, the clock above represents the countdown to 7pm Nov 1 – even though the new councilmembers won’t be sworn in until next week.  Below is the famous, or infamous, McCoy’s Greatest Fits.
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Sean McCoy’s Greatest Fits

The latest flap with Longmont City Council member Sean McCoy and the Exec. Board voting at the recent Colorado Municipal League conference is nothing new to local political observers. McCoy lost control of decorum and the civic process from the day he took office in late 2007–and the fits just keep on coming.

UN-ElectMcCoy gladly presents a YouTube collection of Sean McCoy’s Greatest Fits, leading off with the infamous “lunatic fringe” speech…

YouTube – Sean McCoy targets “lunatic fringe”
January 31, 2008
Longmont City Council member Sean McCoy scolds the “lunatic fringe” in Longmont who don’t pay homage to the People’s Republic of Boulder. (Council meeting; 1-29-08) Ref:

YouTube – Sean McCoy targets Firestone Mayor Simone
March 19, 2008
Longmont City Council member Sean McCoy accuses Firestone Mayor Mike Simone of slander. (Council meeting; 3-18-08)Ref:

YouTube – Sean McCoy’s perceived “agitators and aggressors”
March 26, 2008
Paranoid Longmont City Council member Sean McCoy lauds police presence at the meeting to protect against supposed “agitators and aggressors.” (Council meeting 3-25-08) Ref:

YouTube – Sean McCoy fears being taken out of context?
April 02, 2008
Longmont City Council member Sean McCoy claims people are being cute and taking him out of context when reproducing his on-the-record public rants. (Council meeting; 4-1-08)

YouTube – Sean McCoy cheapshots LifeBridge
May 28, 2008
Longmont City Council member Sean McCoy makes snide inferences and exaggerations toward the LifeBridge Christian Church previous annexation process into the city. (Council meeting; 5-27-08)Ref:

YouTube – Sean McCoy shows anti-growth agenda
July 09, 2008
City Council member Sean McCoy overreacts with anti-development extremism to a simple IGA for potential access points providing better traffic flow along the CO Hwy 119 corridor into Longmont. (Council meeting; 7-8-08) Ref:

YouTube – Sean McCoy charges “phony patriotism”
July 15, 2008
Longmont City Council member Sean McCoy makes slanderous remarks toward the Vote! Longmont booth presence at the city’s Rhythm on the River event. (Council meeting; 7-15-08) Ref:

YouTube – Sean McCoy disses Centerra development
January 28, 2009
No-growth Longmont City Council member Sean McCoy decries neighboring Larimer County and the city of Loveland’s use of urban renewal tools to achieve its dynamic and successful Centerra development
along I-25. McCoy labeled the process “loose and fast play.” (Council meeting; 1-27-09)

YouTube – Sean McCoy: Obama worshiper
January 28, 2009
Longmont City Council member Sean McCoy makes sappy praise and a bumbling reading on the evening of Barack Obama’s inauguration. (Council meeting; 1-20-09)

YouTube – Sean McCoy bungles agenda reading
February 26, 2009
Longmont City Council member Sean McCoy stumbles through a consent agenda motion in his typical bumbling style. (Council meeting; 2-24-09)

YouTube – Sean McCoy explains sucking methane gas
April 1, 2009
Longmont City Council member Sean McCoy muddles thru what he learned at recent NLC Conference regarding green initiatives, saying “one of the members of a community close to Portland is sucking methane gas” and “they suck enough methane gas off (from garbage dump) to run a city of 75,000.” (Council meeting; 3-31-09)

YouTube – Sean McCoy gripes about noisy minority
May 13, 2009
Longmont City Council member Sean McCoy once again bellyaches saying those who criticize are a “noisy minority” using the local newspaper as a “stick to beat council with on a regular basis.” (Council meeting; 5-12-09)

YouTube – Sean McCoy rails against Gabe Santos
May 13, 2009
Worked up Longmont City Council member Sean McCoy denounces fellow councilmember Gabe Santos for his supposed rhetoric and negativity. (Council meeting; 5-12-09)

YouTube – Sean McCoy sinks to a new low
August 18, 2009
Longmont City Council member Sean McCoy re-targets the “lunatic fringe” in Longmont with another round of juvenile name-calling and public insults toward those who raise legitimate concerns about public policy done in secret at council executive sessions. (Council meeting; 8-18-09) Ref:

YouTube – Sean McCoy slanders “radical negative bloggers”
September 1, 2009
Longmont City Council member crosses the line into slander by absurdly accusing “fringe groups like LIFT and websites like Wrongmont and Longmont Advocate” of costing the city millions of dollars in lost real estate and business revenue. (Council meeting; 9-1-09)

Home stretch of Longmont 2011 Election: Turnout and projections

Predicting voter turnout is never an easy task, especially in off (or odd) year elections like this years.  Predicting actual winners is equally difficult as it all boils down to who gets out the vote and who doesn’t.  I’ll try to make a stab at these with educated guesses based on past history and trends. Continue reading…