NO APOLOGIES: Denver Post Tries to Vilify Harassment Victim; Leadership Silent

When The Denver Post wrote a hit piece on well-regarded Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert, the journalist seemingly had half of a story and tried to vilify Staiert for helping friends with pro-bono legal work.  It just so happened some of her legal work included defending a friend from over-zealous litigation by the City of Littleton, her former employer.  Staiert defended her position in the original article:

There is no conflict of interest, she said, and no vendetta against her former employer. Staiert was fired Sept. 20, 2011, the same day she filed a sexual harassment complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Littleton municipal court Judge James Anderson.

It was clear that the story had an angle.  Then, Staiert fired back a stinging op-ed titled “Why women are afraid to fight harassment” explaining the sexual harassment she suffered while working for the City of Littleton. Here’s an excerpt:

The Denver Post’s article vividly demonstrates why so many women are unwilling to stand up and fight sexual harassment and unequal treatment. The reporter twisted a history of sexual harassment into a story of female vengeance.

The Post insinuated that I should not represent people in the city of Littleton because it fired me. Never mind that one of the Colorado Bar Association’s ethics experts deemed the story “rubbish.”

We thought perhaps once the newspaper understood the mistake it made regarding Staiert’s situation, it would retract its story.  Or perhaps even correct it.  We reached out to Greg Moore, editor of the newspaper, and asked whether the newspaper would like to issue a statement, correct its story, or apologize to Staiert.  We sent the email nearly a week ago (we figured he’s busy guy).  We’ve heard nothing.  The story hasn’t been corrected. No apology has been issued to Staiert, to our knowledge.

Perhaps even worse, where are women on this issue?  The right was appalled, but where is Laura Chapin, the left’s general in the War on Women mantra, when a woman is mistreated?  If Chapin’s bloviating was truly about caring for women, and not just a way to use women to score cheap political points, she would have been all over this. The same goes for any liberal who pushes uses the war on women verbiage.


DISASTER PORN: Hick Uses Colorado Pain For Personal Gain

One of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s current, favorite sound bites is the one where he talks about how crappy of a hand he was dealt as governor with 13 federally declared disasters happening since he took office.  Yet, from what we can gather, a majority of those federal disasters have been wildfires; and, when given a chance to really confront preventing future wildfires– and not just be Colorado’s crier-in-chief, what were once catastrophes for Colorado suddenly became mere math problems for Hickenlooper.

Now, he never quite spells out what those 13 federally declared disasters were, which, don’t get us wrong, technically he’s probably correct.  But oddly enough, it’s been a little hard to nail down the 13 exactly.  Using FEMA’s website, it’s easy enough to see Colorado has had four major disaster declarations during Hick’s term.  But, this is where things get really odd.  Of the four, three of them are wildfires.

Hick is a man who admits far more children will die from swimming pool accidents than in shootings, but that didn’t stop him from going ahead and passing stringent gun laws, one of which, he now himself admits is unenforceable.  Yet, such sentimentality does not extend to those who have had their lives destroyed by wild fires.

Earlier this year, when a bill was introduced in the legislature for Colorado to have its own air fleet to combat wildfires, Hickenlooper balked at the initial proposition.  As he said during a press conference at the end of January (courtesy of KDVR):

The governor also said he’s not ready to support a Republican proposal to create a state-owned fleet of air tankers to respond more quickly to wildfires across the state.

“The benefit doesn’t justify the cost,” Hickenlooper said. [the Peak’s emphasis]

A man who will infringe upon millions of Coloradans second amendment rights because he is sentimental over something that causes less harm than swimming pools, can’t get beyond his abacus when it comes to something so severe it resulted in a majority of the major federal disasters declared under his watch?  Disingenuous much, Hick?

If Hickenlooper wishes to continue the poor-me, sob story of 13 federally declared disasters during his term, he needs to own up to the fact that given the chance to do whatever he could to prevent those disasters from being repeated, he’d rather pull out his calculator than stand up for Coloradans.

Hick is fine at delivering speeches right after a disaster happens, but when it comes time to lead Colorado months later to real solutions, his leadership fails.  And, everything Colorado has suffered through under his watch becomes nothing more than a talking point he uses to get himself reelected.

Thanks Hick, at least someone is benefiting from Colorado’s misery.


RACE TO WATCH: Are Unions Seeking Revenge Via the CD6 CU Regent Seat?

John Carson

Right now, Republicans now control the nine-member University of Colorado Regents board by five to four, but all that could change if Pat Stryker, Jared Polis, and their union BFFs have their way.  The CD6 seat, currently held by Republican Jim Geddes, is up for grabs and Republican John Carson and Democrat Naquetta Ricks competing for the seat.

Democrats aren’t going to let this one go easily.  According to the July 1 campaign finance report, Ricks has raised $37,563 from top donors like Pat Stryker ($400), Jared Polis ($400), Mark Udall ($100), as well as the United Food and Commercial Workers ($4,250), and the Pipefitters Local 208 union ($200).

But, why would Dems care about controlling this board?  Because Republicans, led by Regents Sue Sharkey and Geddes, have pushed an academic-freedom agenda aimed at countering the deep liberal bias at CU-Boulder. Here are just two exmples:

  • In September 2013, the board voted to add “political affiliation or political philosophy” to its non-discrimination clause, which is believed to be a national first.
  • The board also approved a “campus climate survey” to examine all forms of discrimination at CU, including political discrimination.

But, perhaps even more of a motive for union involvement was Carson’s role on the Douglas County School Board.  Carson was the president of the school board when it allowed its contract with the DougCo teachers union, the Douglas County Federation of Teachers, to expire on June 30, 2012.

Just yesterday, The Colorado Observer reported a 25% drop in union membership.  From the article:

The teachers’ union representing the Douglas County school system has lost one-quarter of its membership, signaling a growing frustration within the ranks that dues are used to finance politics instead of professional development.

It is critical to keep a Republican in the spot.  While CU Regent is often overlooked, it would appear that this is one race worth watching.


JUST RIDICULOUS: Adams 12 School Board Seat Still Tied Up In Litigation

Election law is a tricky thing.  While the basics are laid out in statute and in the constitution, much of it is still worked out through the courts.  Such is the case with the outcome of last year’s election for a seat on the Adams 12 Five Star school board.  

Remember back in October of last year when we told you about school board candidate Amy Speers, who realized a week before the election that she didn’t live in the district for which she was running?  Even if it were solely because of Speers’ stupidity, wouldn’t you expect her opponent to be the automatic winner in the race?

Apparently, it’s more complicated than that.  A recent court ruling created a vacancy on the school district’s board of education claiming November’s election had no winner because the other candidate in the race, Rico Figueroa, didn’t get a enough votes to be declared the victor.

Mario Nicholas, one of the state’s top election law attorneys, is defending Figueroa and calling foul on the judge’s interpretation of the law, telling The Denver Post:

“The judge seems to be requiring that to win an election you have to win a majority of votes and that’s just never been true in Colorado.”

Nicholas is exactly right.  Winning a plurality has never been a requirement in Colorado.  The judge’s ruling is based on opinion not legal precedent.  If it sticks, this could have potentially far reaching implications for future elections.

Regardless of how all that turns out, however, we would like to propose a new rule that should apply to all elections.  We’re going to call it “The Stupid People Rule.”  Basically, if your opponent is stupid and runs for a seat she is ineligible for, then you get to win.  Plain and simple.


SEE YOU LATER: The Colorado Observer Ceases Publication (for Now)

Last night, we received the sad news that The Colorado Observer would cease publication as of today, citing that they “have run out of money”.  Today’s media outlets struggle enormously to make their ventures profitable – even the most successful of the industry.  Nonetheless, TCO’s disappearance has left a hole in Colorado’s media landscape.

Here is the farewell note from Audrey Hudson, editor of TCO:

The Colorado Observer Ceases Publication

As the editor of the Colorado Observer, I am sorry to report that we are ceasing publication Aug. 1. We’ve run out of money. I hope we are able to find additional funding in the near future to resume operations, but it’s possible this marks the end of our run as an online publication.

The Colorado Observer launched in February 2012 with a mission to bring readers “Colorado news, analysis and commentary from a fresh perspective.” I believe we’ve done that.

We have tried to cover the top news stories with voices and viewpoints that are often overlooked, while exploring in greater depth issues that tend to receive short shrift in major media outlets.

We’ve taken pride in our coverage of elections, the state legislature, the historic legislative recalls, gun control, hydraulic fracturing, the environmental movement, ethics issues, the death penalty, public lands, endangered species, and water rights, as well as our daily coverage from Washington, D.C.

I know there were stories that would have been overlooked but for our pursuit. I know there were assumptions that would have gone unquestioned but for our analysis. I know we have made a difference in Colorado. And I hope that one day soon we will be able again to contribute our fresh perspective to the free exchange of ideas that is so vital to a democracy.

I would like to thank the reporters, editors and contributors who made it possible for us to have such an impact in such a short time. Most of all, I would like to thank our readers for their interest and support. It has been an honor and a privilege to bring you The Colorado Observer.

While the publication has left room for resurrection, it’s farewell for now.  We will certainly miss TCO, and we tip our hats to everyone over there on a job well done.


BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: What Are Udall’s Thoughts On Australians Axing Carbon Tax?

“A vote for me is a vote for a carbon tax!”

We rarely venture beyond our borders PeakNation™ (why would we when we have a state as beautiful as Colorado?), but this international story caught our attention.  Over in Australia, where they’ve had a carbon tax for the past couple of years, they did the almost impossible and repealed a bad law (taking note Hick?  If your magazine ban is “unenforcable”…).  As The Washington Times writes:

Australia is even more coal-dependent than America, using it for 75 percent of its energy needs (compared to 42 percent in America). But contrary to green expectations, the tax didn’t prompt companies to rush toward renewable sources, because they are far costlier.

Rather, utilities passed their costs to households — whose energy bills soared by 20 percent in the first year. Other industries that face hyper-competitive environment such as airlines suffered massive losses. (Virgin Australia alone reported about $25 million in losses in just six months.) The tax also made Australian exports globally uncompetitive, deepening the country’s recession. [the Peak’s emphasis]

With Colorado producing 64% of our energy from coal, we resemble Australia more than we do the average American state.  This makes it even more preposterous that Sen. Mark Udall, a man elected to represent our best interests in the United States Senate, is cheering on President Obama’s unilateral power-grab to hike our energy rates.

What has to be even more frustrating for Coloradans, is Udall’s ability to tune-out every and all voices except those on the far Left.  This shouldn’t come as a surprise as he’s lived almost exclusively in Boulder his entire time in Colorado; his wife, Maggie Fox, worked for Sierra Club for 20 years before working for Al Gore the past five years at Climate Reality Project ( before being unceremoniously dumped earlier this year when she couldn’t make the world temperatures rise fast  enough); one of his biggest backers, Tom Steyer, is a man who has made a fortune off of Australian coal but now views it as the greatest evil (“Really Mr J. Daniels?  You now believe alcohol to be the root of all evil?”).

Here’s how The Washington Free Beacon reported Udall’s support of the EPA’s attack on carbon:

Sen. Mark Udall (D., Colo.) called the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent, which could cost industry $50 billion a year to comply, a “good start.”

Clearly, Udall is not paying attention to the catastrophe that regulating carbon has been around the world.  Even 400 Coloradans rallying against it couldn’t even get a peep from Udall.  Oddly enough, the U.S. has far outpaced Europe and Australian when it comes to carbon reductions despite never regulating it.  It’s not like Udall’s fellow Democrats are threatening the very reason for the carbon emission reduction

In light of such contradicting evidence, we’d sure like to see Udall try to hem and haw his way of how he reconciles forcing a defacto carbon tax on Colorado, when Australia just axed there’s because it was so bad for their economy.


BLEW IT: Sen. Steve King Charged with Three Felonies

Look, there’s nothing more we can add to the conversation about State Sen. Steve King than what the Denver Post already covered.


TIME TO COME CLEAN: What Is Udall’s Role In The IRS Scandal?

“I really shouldn’t release these IRS emails.”

Each new revelation in the ongoing Lois Lerner IRS scandal is more disturbing than the last one.  Information of the totality of the situation continues to leak out at a slow pace as Lerner appears to have done everything possible to obstruct the Congressional investigation.  Lerner’s hard drive conveniently got scratched / crashed / destroyed / vaporized itself shortly after Congress started asking Lerner questions.  Among those lost (for now) communications are ones between Sen. Mark Udall, his office, and the IRS.  We’ve already seen once how nasty Udall’s office can be when they think no one is watching.  If Udall has nothing to hide this time—unlike last, he should release all communications between himself (and his office) and the IRS.

In the newest revelation about Lerner’s emails, Lerner calls regular conservative Americans “a@#holes” and “crazies.”  The tone is so brazen, even the MSM can’t ignore it any more.  Willie Geist, a pundit for MSNBC’s Morning Joe sums it up succinctly enough:

“If the question is, ‘was there political, ideological bias inside the IRS?’ Geist asked, “It’s hard to argue ‘no.’”

Such bias and behavior from one of the most intrusive and powerful bureaucracies of the Federal Government should be chilling to any American; especially so for all Coloradans, who highly value our independent freedom from the heavy hand of Government.  Even the hint that one of our own Colorado-elected officials might have even the smallest part in such an abuse of power, makes it necessary that Udall come clean with whatever communications he had with the IRS.  For Udall, if he has nothing to hide about this entire matter, clearing up any association with this scandal should be quite simple.

Due to previous behavior, and the mounting evidence that Udall no longer understands what it means to represent the spirit of us Coloradans, it’s only natural we’ll assume the worst about Udall’s role in the IRS schedule the longer he refuses to confront it.  The questions will become: how comfortable can Udall and his staff be that Lerner truly did destroy all communications between the IRS and them?  Is Udall willing to gamble that those emails will remain forever hidden, that whatever he or his office had to say will remain buried?

The fact that Udall is even weighing those options over the chance to clear the air on this issue shows how much Udall has changed just in the past six years.  How long ago did he leave behind any sense of what us Coloradans really stand for?

If Udall has nothing to hide, it’s time for him to address this issue head on.  Colorado deserves nothing less.


NEW SURVEY: Women Tired Of “War On Women” Tactics

A newly released survey by the Colorado Women’s Alliance proved what we have been saying for months: the so-called war on women is finally starting to backfire.  From The Colorado Observer:

…results of polling indicating that 77 percent of women voters surveyed “clearly see through the so-called Democrat ‘War on Women’ messaging strategy,” according to Magellan Strategies [the pollster].

Those weren’t just staunch Republican women. The poll, conducted June 3-4, targeted 500 women viewed as swing voters: registered independents, Republican-leaning independents, and “soft” Republican voters.

The poll also found that “67 percent of respondents agree that women in America do not fear a government bureaucrat taking birth control away from them, but what they fear are politicians using the issue of access to birth control as a political tactic to scare them into a voting a certain way.”

It was only a matter of time before women started to catch on to the left’s manic scare tactics.  Birth control is not under attack, so liberals need to calm the heck down.  In fact, you’ve got Cory Gardner – a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate – advocating that birth control pills should be sold over the counter.

The hysterical ‘war on women’ has finally turned into overkill, and it’s going to hurt the Mark Udalls of the world who think it’s the lynchpin to victory.


PeakFeed: Annie Get Your Gun

Guess the moral of this ad, PeakNation™: a woman is frantically on the phone as an “ex” is trying to break down the door to her house; after he busts in and grabs the kid, he pulls out a gun and, though left unseen, is implied to have shot the woman.  Our thinking here at the Peak: get that woman a gun to defend herself.  If the guy is determined to bust down the door, with the cops hopelessly too far to respond quickly enough, at least he’ll be staring down the barrel of a gun as a mama grizzly defends her cub.

Oddly enough, this is Michael Bloomberg’s–yep, every Coloradans’ favorite New Yorker–idea of an anti-gun ad.  The messaging in it is so bad, even the local New York City media can’t decipher the supposed liberal message behind it.  Have a look for yourself:

New York News

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