Maybe she just wants an elected office – any elected office. According to the latest Wikileaks data dump, a mere 67 days before Alice Madden filed to run for CU Regent, she was pitching her credentials to John Podesta, looking for his help to get her appointed to the then-vacant lieutenant governor position in Colorado.
And she had everything planned out: there is a good chance that Hickenlooper would take a role in the Hillary Clinton Administration, and, in that case, the lieutenant governor would have to be prepared to serve as governor, and they had to make sure that the nominee would not be someone rumored to want a shot at the governor’s office in the 2018 election – because that would tick Ken Salazar off. Is he still running for governor?
Just “get me on the short list. And I can do the rest!!” declared the enthusiastic Madden.
Madden went on to list her left-wing bona fides, just in case Podesta forgot how great she actually was: “architect of the 2004 state legislative takeover” (what would the Gang of Four say?), House majority leader, climate advisor to Governor Ritter (which wasn’t actually scandal free), Chair of Sustainable Development at CU, among other things.
This episode raises big questions about how serious Madden is about the CU Regent position. Disappointed that she didn’t get the job she really wanted – lieutenant governor, and then, eventually, the governorship – all without having to run for either position, she just took the next best thing she could find – a totally unrelated elected role as CU Regent.
A week after ballots began to be sent to voters across the state, a picture is starting to emerge as the Secretary of State is posting daily updates on returns. While no one will see exactly which candidates received votes until the polls close n November 8, we do see the breakdown in party affiliation among returned ballots, and can begin to make some assumptions as these numbers to build over the next two weeks.
According to the Denver Post, in 2014, the first year that Colorado had an all mail-in ballot election, Republicans outpaced Democrats in the early days of the ballot return window. Today’s statewide numbers are below:
Republican ballots returned: 36,790
Democrat ballots returned: 48,030
Unaffiliated ballots returned: 27,435
Other party ballots returned: 1,677
These are very early numbers; voters have returned just 113,932 out of more than 3.1 million ballots that were sent out to active voters last week. So don’t read too much into these numbers, but by mid-week next week, we should start to see a pattern emerge. In 2014, Republicans had a lead in the ballot count two weeks ahead of election day, and maintained a lead throughout the ballot return process. Republicans, do your patriotic duty and get those ballots in.
Heidi Ganahl, a University of Colorado alum who persevered through great personal and business challenges to become a mother, wife, and founder of a doggie daycare business that she grew to more than 150 locations, was endorsed by the Denver Post for the at-large CU Regent position.
In Ganahl’s selection, the Post’s editorial board took a pass on career lawyer/politician/government worker Alice Madden, Ganahl’s Democrat opponent in the race.
This summer, Madden made waves by taking the controversial step of accepting a paid position at the University while a candidate for the Board of Regents. Ganahl immediately called her out on the conflict, and Madden went scrambling to find a lawyer to give an opinion that there was no conflict. When you are hunting down lawyers to figure out whether you have a conflict of interest in seeking a political office, it’s usually not a good sign.
Ganahl’s inspirational story is not without challenges. She lost her husband in an airplane crash at a young age, and, in 2000, as a single mother, invested what was most of her net worth into a new venture – Camp Bow Wow. Leveraging the marketing and branding experience that she developed at Dura Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ganahl grew the business into the largest pet daycare center of its kind, and sold the business to VCA in 2014.
Ganahl’s strong business acumen, love for her alma mater, and status as a political outsider not tied to special interests puts her in a great position to fight for a strong CU. This is a stark contrast to her opponent, who felt the need to seek out a legal opinion to tell her whether or not she had a conflict of interest running to become regent of a university where she just took a job. Oh, and Madden also is a pet of Tom Steyer, who will not stop until he destroys the oil and gas industry.
Not only that, but Hillary’s campaign team, including its chairman John Podesta, seem to think they have the Denver Post in their back pocket, and can persuade them to write whatever they want.
The email also reveals that Conservation Colorado, the local League of Conservation Voters, is an arm of the campaign.
The email discussion focuses on an ad Bernie Sanders launched in Colorado in February, that stated his staunch opposition to fracking.
The Clinton campaign team discussed how to counter the ad, suggesting they use the Denver Post to call Bernie’s stance unreasonable, recruit Conservation Colorado to say that an anti-fracking stance is extreme, and to call in Polis to their defense, because he’s all pro fracking.
Check out this exchange:
I think we can get Polis if we want him to. he does not like that he is
painted as anti-fracking in the press and this is an opportunity for him to
push off sanders and appear more reasonable. It also benefits us—a
I am going to quietly check with Conservation Colorado (the state LCV) and
see if they have an appetite for pushing back on Sanders.
I think the Denver Post Ed Board could smack Sanders if we want them to but
that makes it a bigger fight.
The email reveals that they needed to show their support for fracking, yet less than two weeks later she pledged to stop fossil fuels and during that CNN debate said: “By the time we get through all of my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place.”
The spin Clinton’s team wanted to go with in February, was that Sanders was the only candidate to oppose fracking.
We’re still scratching our head over the Clinton team’s belief that Polis is not anti-fracking. We suspect this will come as news to his supporters.
John Hickenlooper is taking part in a nationally-funded dark money campaign against Colorado Senate Republicans. In this thirty-second spot just released by America Votes, a “social welfare” non-profit group that refuses to disclose the donors who are funding its operations. It is widely speculated that George Soros is the driving force behind the organization that Hickenlooper is working with here. Wait, don’t Democrats hate dark money? Odd.
Perhaps this is Hickenlooper’s payment to the national Democrat powers who may be in a position to slip him a sweet gig in a possible Clinton administration? Now, thanks to Wikileaks, we can see that the Clinton campaign has been trying to keep Soros “happy.” In light of that, it would make perfect sense for Hickenlooper to kiss the Clinton/Soros ring one more time as we head into the home stretch of the campaign.
Hickenlooper’s cameo appearance in the ad for this dark money PAC comes on the heels of him illegally using the governor’s office to campaign for another PAC, the Democratic Senate Campaign Fund. Hickenlooper knew that it was illegal to use his office and the state seal to do so, but when forced to pull the spot, Hickenlooper’s staff was just conceding “an error.”
We find it a tad bit ironic to hear Democrats squeal when the Koch brothers set up a PAC, but look the other way when Soros, Clinton, and Hickenlooper are playing the same card. Oh, and as for those TV stations running the ad, they say they are not required to disclose ad buy amount because it’s not express advocacy and not of national importance. Riiiiiight.
In a segment of yesterday’s CD-6 debate that allowed candidates to ask one another questions, Mike Coffman went right to the heart of the scandal-ridden Clinton candidacy and asked Morgan Carroll what she thought about Clinton’s lawless mishandling of classified information. The answer wasn’t one that instills confidence.
Carroll immediately parroted Clinton’s excuse, defending her criminal acts as “a mistake,” but in the same breath says that she doesn’t defend the actions, and then saying that the uproar was “a political strategy against a partisan candidate.”
Depending on committee assignments, if elected, there is a good chance that Morgan Carroll will be read in on various classified programs and related national security information. Should someone seeking election to the United States Congress have such a cavalier attitude towards the security of the nation’s secrets? Clinton actively conspired to circumvent national security protocols over the course of years, and Carroll will not condemn that?
That does not sit well with most Americans, and more Democrat politicians should be asked if they are willing to condemn Clinton’s premeditated, illegal acts that placed her personal agenda ahead of the nation’s security.
Some officials at Platte River Networks might have gotten an immunity deal with the Justice Department to cooperate in the investigation of what happened to Hillary’s emails, but now they face jail time by an angry congressional committee for refusing a subpoena to explain the crimes to Congress.
U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith’s House Science, Space, and Technology Committee announced they will vote to hold the firm in contempt of Congress for ignoring the subpoenas. If the measure passes the House, that means the person is arrested by the House Sergeant-at-Arms and brought before that chamber to answer the charges and face punishment, usually prison time.
Two employees appear to be in the crosshairs, an IT specialist who admits to deleting thousands of emails, but invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and walked out of a congressional hearing, and another who did not bother to show up for the hearing.
“These emails reveal not just a smoking gun, but who pulled the trigger,” Smith said, describing the “delay tactics” Clinton’s lawyer had employed to block the congressional probe.
No one can accuse Smith of playing politics and trying to influence the election with the contempt of Congress citation, because he’s waiting until after November to move forward with the charges.
A Washington Post article declares that oil and gas development in Colorado and other Western states will harm the bird, despite new regulations on the industry and the new federal program restricting development and grazing.
Disclosure: their findings are based on a study that was published in 2008, and conducted decades before the new program to save the bird went into effect.
Kathleen Sgamma with the Western Energy Alliance industry group said the researchers ignored changes to federal and state land use policies meant to concentrate drilling in some areas and avoid impacting the most sensitive sage grouse habitat.
Now environmentalists are quibbling over what actually “affects” the birds, not kill or harm, just makes them have a bad day or something.
Now they argue that it’s not the well pad, it’s all that activity that goes with the well. You know, people.
In politics, candidates are often presented with ads written against them that they dislike, and they must decide how to handle the situation. If a candidate throws a fit, and does something extreme, like going to the District Attorney, there is the distinct possibility that the process will completely backfire, with tons more people knowing about the ad than would have ever seen it.
It looks like SD-19 candidate Rachel Zenzinger has chosen to throw a fit, and now her tantrum may cost her.
At issue is a mailer that points out numerous examples of Zenzinger’s reckless spending. The candidate takes offense to a remark that she voted for a taxpayer-funded junket to a so-called “sister city” in China as a member of the Arvada City Council.
First of all, she absolutely did vote for that. She later made a motion to qualify that public funds not be used for the trip after there was blowback from her fellow city councilmembers, but that does not negate the fact that she voted for the “sister city” trip to China in the first place.
Interestingly, that is the only part of the mailer that Zenzinger objected to in her complaint to the Jefferson County DA. We guess she is admitting to taking money from lobbyists illegally, and is cool with that.
Also, we assume she has no problem with the 39% ratchet up in Arvada government spending while on city council, and she agrees with the claim that she grew the state payroll by an astonishing 1,200 bureaucrats in a single year. We think that the cost of that waste far outstrips any coin that may or may not have been on the table for the China trip.
We told you last month that the suicide of a veteran who was allegedly wait-listed at a Colorado VA center prompted U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner to demand in investigation, and now those demands have been met.
The inspector general announced Wednesday that he is investigating waitlist practices, which the Obama administration assured us had been eliminated, this time targeting VA offices in Denver, Golden and Colorado Springs.
In addition to waitlisting, the IG is also looking at accusations of forgery, off-the-record bookkeeping, and whether reports were falsified after the veteran committed suicide.
The waitlisting scandals first erupted in 2014 at a Phoenix facility, where creative scheduling hid the fact that some 1,700 veterans were forced to wait more than 100 days for medical treatment.
President Obama demanded the resignation of then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, and pledged to fix the system.
Tragically, he has not.