FLOODED WITH LIES: Udall, Hickenlooper, And Democrats Politicize Tragedy

“Nothing is too slimy for me to do to get reelected”

PeakNation™, you may have missed this Truth Test put out by Brandon Rittiman at 9News this week, but we think it is well worth your time to catch it.  Sen. Mark Udall and surrogates attacking on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s behalf (if Hick is really sincere in his belief that negative campaigning only poisons the water well, then he needs to forcefully denounce anyone who does so on his behalf.  Then again, the only thing Hickenloooper does forcefully is ogle women) have politicized the devastating floods that killed a number of Coloradans last year and destroyed many more lives and communities.  If that wasn’t enough, Udall and Hickenlooper’s complete rewrite of history flies in the face of the very bipartisan response of Colorado’s politicians to the floods last year.  Does Udall not remember sitting across from Gardner in a helicopter as they surveyed together the devastation across Colorado?  Rittiman certainly remembers.

Udall is running a campaign where nothing is left sacred.  What should be a moment of pride for Coloradans everywhere, a time that represents who we are, people who can passionately disagree with one another but come together to fight alongside each other when tragedy strikes, has been cheapened and destroyed by Udall and his campaign, who only cares about winning an election no matter the costs.  That is not the Colorado way, and that is not who we are as Coloradans.  There are lines we won’t cross, and there are traditions of doing what is right that are more important than casting your neighbor out so you can win.  If Udall insists on running a campaign that degrades what us Coloradans can achieve when we come together, then it is time for him to go.

We will say this for Udall though, at least he doesn’t have to hide, cowering behind other people, while they do his dirty work.  Hickenlooper doesn’t even have enough dignity to do that.



DEATH TO GOP: A Cause SEIU Can Believe In

In an era when political rancor runs high and the general public is searching for leaders to break through the din, yesterday, a union political organization stood out.  Not for taking a leadership role, but for being exceptionally rancorous. In July, liberal Rep. Crisanta Duran was caught chanting “Death to Colorado GOP” – totally unbecoming of an elected official, regardless of whether she agrees with those across the aisle or not. We called her out on it.

Yesterday, the Service Employees International Union finally responded to the tweet…after an entire month had passed.  Here’s what the SEIU had to say about Colorado GOP:

SEIU Local 105, is death to GOP a cause you believe in?  We certainly hope not.  Then again, without Colorado members of the GOP, SEIU might save a significant amount of money.

Since 2000, SEIU and its various entities have spent nearly $8 million to influence state and local races (donating exclusively to Democrats and their causes, of course).  This cycle, SEIU has spent at least $75,000 against federal candidate U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, and almost as much against Rep. Cory Gardner, who is running against liberal Sen. Mark Udall.

But, beyond the cost savings realized if all Colorado GOP candidates, um, died, we’re pretty sure there are at least a few GOP union members. No wonder union membership is at an all-time low.  Who wants to belong to a union that calls for its members’ deaths?


PeakFeed: NRA Goes After Bloomberg And His “No Roads” Comment

Don’t be mad at us, Michael. You should stick to your own state.

The National Rifle Association started a $500,000 TV ad campaign aimed at making sure everyone in Colorado knows the ridiculous comments former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made about us.  As if Coloradans needed more reason to despise Bloomberg and his nanny-state politics.

This is a problem for Gov. John Hickenlooper, since his close relationship with Bloomberg is well known.  From listening to Bloomberg (but not having any time for Colorado Sheriffs) when it came to the gun legislation Hickenlooper signed into law, to writing love letters to Bloomberg, we’re sure Hickenlooper has a shrine set up to his patron saint of know-better-than-thou somewhere in the Governor’s mansion.

Which makes the NRA ad even more devastating is the fact that Hickenlooper takes advice from Bloomberg when Bloomberg clearly has little to no clue about Colorado itself.  Bloomberg’s infamous comments highlighted in the ad where he claims former Sen. Majority Leader John Morse was recalled in an area of the state that is the ruralist of the rural—to the point where they have no roads—ignores the fact that El Paso county is actually the most populous county in the entire state.  How anyone from Colorado could love a man so out of touch with our state to write him a fawning letter, shows just how out of touch Hickenlooper is with anything Colorado not five blocks from Wynkoop.


SLAP: Dem Attempt to Block GOP Candidate Ballot Access Rejected

Democrat’s attempt to block the GOP candidate for House District 23 in Lakewood was soundly rejected, yesterday.  With the judge’s ruling sending a strong message to Dems that disenfranchising voters isn’t the way to ensure electoral victory. 

The irony, of course, is that Democrats consistently try to paint Republicans as a party hell-bent on disenfranchising voters.  Yet, it has become clear the opposite is true.  The Democrat’s strategy is obviously to accuse Republicans of doing what they themselves are guilty of and hope that no one notices.

As the Republican State Party noted in their press release on the HD 23 case:

This isn’t the first time Colorado Democrats sued to disenfranchise voters.  During the historic 2013 recall elections, the Colorado Democratic Party also used the courts in a failed attempt to invalidate the recall petitions and keep the will of the people from moving forward. 

We get why Democrats are so worried about House District 23 that they would resort to such low and desperate tactics.  Not only is current Rep. Max Tyler a supreme doofus, GOP challenger Jane Barnes is the ideal candidate.  She is a small business owner and mother of four with strong ties to the community.  Perhaps most importantly, unlike Tyler, she’s never compared school children to maggots and worms.  So there’s that, too.


GROWING CANCELLATIONS: Another 2K In Cancellations That Udall Promised Wouldn’t

“Ouch, 340,000 Coloradans aren’t going to be happy with me.”

Despite Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar’s best attempts to prevent more health care cancellation notices from piling up at the feet of Sen. Mark Udall, she wasn’t able to stop a further 2,000 from being added this month.  The 335K figure everyone has been quoting will now be 340K+ figure since these 2,000 are joining another 3,000+ that have been lost since April.  As Valerie Richardson at The Washington Times writes:

The state Division of Insurance said in a letter to the Colorado Senate Republicans that another 2,105 policies were discontinued in August in the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act, bringing the total to 341,666.

The growing tally has dogged the Democrat Udall in his bid for re-election. Republicans have blasted him for voting in favor of Obamacare and then repeating President Obama’s claim that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” which PolitiFact voted the 2013 Lie of the Year.

One would think having been caught telling the lie of the year would lead Udall to run a campaign that tried to overcompensate for such a fact.  Not Udall.  Rather, he made the radical decision to double down by running a campaign chalked full of lies and deceits.  Any hope that he would reassure Coloradans that he wasn’t the liar of the year PolitFact called him in 2013, went out the window even before his first extremist ad.  Udall has followed that first ad with more negative, cynical, and—dare we say—dour political ads with nary an apology to any of the now 340K+ Coloradans who have lost the very health care plans Udall promised they could keep.  This doesn’t even begin to count the number of Coloradans who’ve lost their doctors because the one they have been seeing all these years is no longer covered by their insurance.

In such a tight race between Udall and Rep. Cory Gardner, a few hundred votes on Election Day could be the deciding factor.  Udall can’t be sleeping easy knowing each day hundreds and hundreds of more Coloradans are getting cancellation notices in their mailboxes.  Cancellation notices that he promised would never come.  Adding them to the already 340K+ Coloradans makes a very large bloc of Colorado voters Udall directly lied to.  They would be more than enough to be the death knell of Udall’s political career.


SPEAKER PELOSI: Will Romanoff Vote To Make Pelosi Speaker Again?

With former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi coming to town on Friday, it’s time for Colorado’s wandering politician, Andrew Romanoff (D- Teepee—so he can follow the political buffalo herds) to answer an important question: if he were to win this November (stop your laughing PeakNation™) would his first vote be to make Nancy Pelosi the Speaker of the House once again?

This is vital for every Coloradan to know because, while we completely disagree with Pelosi on almost every major political issue facing our country right now, no one can doubt her abilities as a political operator.  This is the lady, who as Speaker, had no problem sacrificing 63 moderate and blue-dog Democrats to get her extremely-Left agenda passed.

Pelosi represents the 8th most liberal Congressional District in the country (no one cares about Washington D.C’s Rep, since they can’t vote), at an astounding D+34 score on the Cook Partisan Voting Index.  Needless to say, she brought the full liberal feelings of her district to bear upon the entire country when she was Speaker.  If Romanoff is elected, we, as Coloradans, need to know he will not vote for 2008 to happen again.

Remember, in 2008 and 2009, Pelosi didn’t even get her full agenda passed.  Left on the table was:

  • A carbon tax that would have even further crippled our economy than it already has been under President Obama and Rubber Stamp Udall.
  • A proposal to give the Washington D.C. Representative the right to vote despite the fact they would have an outsized voice in Congress based on our federal government being based there.
  • Comprehensive immigration reform that would be just as long as Obamacare’s 2000+ page bill if not more (not to mention the 20,000 pages of regulations that have come with it).

Pelosi already demonstrated in her short span as Speaker that she was too liberal for America.  The fact that House Democrats reelected her even after they lost 63 seats under her leadership, shows just how much power and influence she wields among her underlings.  Should Romanoff win, there is no doubt he would quickly fall under her dominion.

With Pelosi being in our state on Friday, it is time for Romanoff to answer whether the first vote he casts in Congress will be to make her Speaker again.  His affirmative answer will only illustrate that he is to extreme to represent such a moderate district like CO-06.

As Colorado pollster Floyd Ciruli told The Denver Post earlier this year, it’s impossible for Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker again without Romanoff.



BIG SPENDERS: Steyer’s NextGen Gives Money to VoteVets, Senate Majority PAC?

Mark Steyer, NextGen’s primary supporter

Far left environmentalist, Tom Steyer, may want to check the mission of his NextGen organization – is it a Democratic money laundering outfit or is it an organization dedicated to advancing his environmental agenda?  Politico this morning reported on the spending of Steyer’s organization after it was revealed that he raised a paltry $500,000 in July from one other donor, the founder of Patagonia.  From Politico:

Meanwhile, NextGen continues to spend big, with expenses last month totaling more than $6.5 million. That includes $1.4 million to a state-level NextGen committee in Pennsylvania; $250,000 to another state-level NextGen in Maine; $150,000 to the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund; $250,000 for the VoteVets.org Action Fund; $200,000 to American Bridge 21st Century; and $282,146.99 in reimbursements for staff time and overhead for NextGen Climate Action, a separate 501(c)(4). The super PAC also reported paying Boston-based Buzzards Bay Strategies more than $90,000 for grassroots consulting services. And NextGen sent the Senate Majority PAC $500,000, adding to a $5 million check Steyer funneled to the Democratic PAC via NextGen earlier this year. [Peak emphasis]

According to the NextGen website, here is the organization’s mission:

“NextGen Climate is a non-partisan organization focused on bringing climate change to the forefront of American politics.”

It’s tough to think of NextGen as nonpartisan (not that we ever did) when it donates to the Democratic Senate Majority PAC.  Like the fractivists in Colorado, NextGen must decide whether it is a Democratic organization or an environmental organization.  This was an issue we touched upon earlier this month when it became apparent that, for fractivists, party trumped issue:

“Think about it.  Fractivists shout from every Colorado mountaintop that fracking causes cancer, birth defects, and poisoned water (none of these are accurate, but we digress).  Yet, if they truly believe all of what they say, how could Giddens and other radical environmentalists possibly vote for recent fracking converts like Udall and Hick?  It would be a betrayal of their own survival instincts.”

We suspect that, despite Steyer’s calls for a clean environment, he’s really just about dirty politics as usual.


LORD OF THE FLIES? Beyond Feces in Hallways, New Report Outlines EPA Employees’ Inappropriate Behavior

Hey EPA, stop crapping on taxpayers

A new Energy and Environment (sorry about the paywall) report outlines additional details of inappropriate employee behavior at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 8 Denver office.  In June, we reported on an emailed memo going around the EPA’s Region 8 offices asking employees to not defecate in the hallways.  We couldn’t then believe that this was even something that anyone, much less so-called professionals, would need to be told.

This new report outlines (graphically, really sorry) just how bad things got over there, and describes at least nine suspected bathroom incidents:

“‘A male supervisor…told her that management knows that it is a female on the [redacted] floor who has been wiping feces and menstrual blood on the walls…and that they are worried that her behavior is escalating,’ the official said in an email.

Misbehavior wasn’t just limited to the restrooms

I had one employee report that her house keys were stolen off her desk on Jan. 31st and she had to have her locks changed – she also said that this place is getting strange so I am going to apply for the buy out,” said another official….

There were reported problems in both sexes’ restrooms but on Jan. 13, the ninth floor men’s restroom had ‘a trail of poop leading out in hallway,’ according to the incident report.”

According to the report, the Poopetrator (@SooperMexican) appears to not have been caught.  Apparently, the aggressively foul actions stopped soon after the memo went out and the EPA beefed up security.  Nonetheless, what on earth is missing in terms of leadership from the EPA when, as of late, there have been three high-profile events of employee misconduct.  First, it was EPA employee who watched porn all day, then, it was the EPA employee who laughably claimed to be a CIA agent, and then, this.

Maybe the EPA should worry about its own internal environment before asking the rest of us to make major lifestyle shifts and expenditures to clean up ours.


BREAKING UP WITH HICK: Moderate Businessman Pens Breakup Letter

“Don’t let me be lonely tonight”

“So here’s the thing Hick, it’s not you, it’s us… JK! JK! JK!  It’s totally you!”

After reading how Gov. John Hickenlooper takes his break-ups like a little bitch (seriously, who drops out of college because a girl broke up with them?  Can we get someone to track that girl down?  Hick, do you have her address?  Still stalk her on Facebook?), we’re thinking once he reads this latest breakup letter, he’ll be in Alaska next week sporting a mustache, trying to grow gooseberries.

In what should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention to how Hickenlooper governed these past four years compared to how he campaigned in 2010, one unaffiliated businessman is having buyer’s remorse.  Dave Maney was more than excited to donate to Hick in 2010.  This time?  Not so much.  Here’s some excerpts from the breakup letter he sent to Hick’s campaign:

Maybe next time John will stick to the socially liberal, fiscally conservative, live-and-let-live Colorado themes that got him elected rather than sidling up to the radical left…  in this election, I’m a Beauprez donor

In the future 1) Don’t use weasel words in death penalty cases. I could’ve taken either “for” or “against”, but not the weasel road John took. 2) When your party goes radical and controls the legislature, rein them back in instead of letting them run riot. [the Peak’s emphasis]

Don’t worry, Hick, as long as you are Governor for a while longer you can still pay for other businessmen to hang out with you.  Nothing makes fast friends for life like cronyism.  Joshua Sharf over at Watchdog Wire details how a few large donors for Hickenlooper were able to buy a veto from him, hosting a max-dollar fundraising event the very same week the bill they were opposed to was introduced.

Two of those developers, brothers Chad and Troy McWhinney, have been longtime supporters of Republican office-seekers. However, they held a fundraiser for Hickenlooper in Windsor the week that the bill was introduced into the legislature. The suggested contribution for that fundraiser was $1,100, the maximum allowed under state law.

As Sharf points out, it was revealed just recently how large donors for Hickenlooper have a direct line to him.  Are we to ignore that Hickenlooper vetoed a grand total of just five bills over the past two years when nearly a thousand have been passed, and that one of those bills happen to be from donors who hosted a maxed-dollar fundraiser for him?

Is Hickenlooper just so old he knows he couldn’t take any sort of rejection anymore, that he’s willing to pay for companionship friendship.  Is his real reelection campaign theme, “Just don’t let me be lonely tonight?”  If that’s the case, Hickenlooper better start growing that beard now.


Peak Feed: Congressman Coffman Challenges Romanoff to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

UPDATE: Andrew Romanoff has graciously accepted the challenge and is looking for folks to nominate.  Have a favorite politician?  Suggest it to him via Twitter.

If you haven’t seen the ice bucket challenge all over Facebook and beyond, you must be living under a rock.  Just in case you don’t know what we’re talking about, here’s the gist. It’s a viral campaign to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), perhaps more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a devastating progressive degenerative neurological disease. Most patients survive just two to five years after diagnosis.  Those challenged with the Ice Bucket Challenge either have 24 hours to dump a bucket of ice over their heads or donate $100 to the ALS Association. U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman was nominated.  The video below shows him accepting it. He has now nominated his challenger, Andrew Romanoff.  Coffman was a good sport, even agreeing to donate one dollar for every “like” his post receives.  Will Romanoff take him up on the challenge?

From Coffman’s challenge to Romanoff:

“Hi, everyone, I’m Mike Coffman and I’m running for re-election to Congress from Colorado’s Sixth District.I was challenged by Jenny Ly to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I wanted to have the opportunity to participate in such a great cause to raise awareness and funds to combat this terrible disease.  ALS affects tens of thousands of Americans and their families every year. I hope this ALS challenge plays a part in bringing us closer to a cure.  In addition to completing the challenge, I also will be donating one dollar for every like this video receives. Let’s help get the word out about ALS. To learn more about this disease, I encourage you to visit www.alsa.org.

In the spirit of forming a united front to fight this disease, I nominate my opponent Andrew Romanoff.  You have 24 hours to complete the challenge or donate $100 to the ALS Association. I hope you can join me in raising awareness for ALS.”

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