DAILY DOSE OF OUTRAGE: IRS Paid Bonuses to Employees Who Owed Back Taxes

The latest news about the IRS had us spitting up coffee this morning.  The Washington Post is reporting that the government’s most loathed agency paid more than 1,100 employees who owe back taxes more than $1 million in cash bonuses and more than 10,000 in extra paid vacation.  From the Post:

Like many companies and government agencies, the IRS sweetens the deal for its employees by giving bonuses based on performance. But at the IRS, breaking the federal tax laws you were hired to enforce and running afoul of other agency rules aren’t considered relevant to performance-based awards.

Abuse of power and breaking the rules is becoming second nature to the IRS. Just last year, the agency was guilty of discriminating against conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, including groups that operate in Colorado.

IRS building, photo courtesy of Cliff1066

When the government compels its citizens to fork over a depressing chunk of their hard earned income, how can the agency that collects that money get away with this kind of despicable behavior?  Government should make it their priority to spend every last penny of OUR money as responsibly and efficiently as possible.  And let’s face it, no one in his or her right mind could reasonably argue that government is either of those things.

This is why nothing disgusts us more than #ProudToPay and liberals who try to make people feel good about paying their taxes, or worse yet, try to make people feel like they’re not paying enough.  Yes, we’re looking at you Progress Now.  Next time Democrats feel like forcing another debate about raising taxes, we urge them to look inward and tackle every last abuse before turning to the people with their hand out.

 

 

BULLYING: Only the Left Is Allowed to Have Issues With Obamacare (Apparently)

Carol Perry, target of bullying by the left

Have you run into problems with Obamacare?  Apparently, you’re not allowed if you’re a Republican or have donated to Republican causes.  At least, that’s the message from our counterparts on the left according to its post from yesterday.

Americans for Prosperity sent out a media advisory yesterday for a rally today at 8:30 a.m. at the Capitol featuring AFP president Tim Phillips, Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, and Carol Perry, a Coloradan who has been negatively impacted by Obamacare.  The goal of this event is to hold Sen. Mark Udall accountable for his Obamacare vote.  In conjunction with the press conference, AFP will launch a new ad against Udall.  From the other blog’s post:

Perry also appears to be a frequent witness in favor of Republicans on a wide variety of issues. We’ve found records of her testifying against last year’s gun safety bills. In the 2012 elections, Perry was a public face of My Purse Politics (photo above right), a a project of the Conservative Women’s Alliance aimed at turning out the woman conservative vote. But one of the most amusing, and telling, press hits for Carol Perry came last June in testimony on the lack of respect for “political diversity” at the University of Colorado.

Uh-oh, Perry is a (gasp) Republican?  That means that any issue she has with Obamacare is purely politically motivated, right?  That’s sarcasm.

The facts are these: Sen. Udall was a deciding vote (yes, we’re doubling down on that) for Obamacare.  Obamacare has left more than 335,000 people in Colorado without the plans they liked, despite promises from Udall that “if they liked their plan, they could keep it”.  Many in Colorado have lost the doctors they liked and are now forced to pay more for plans they don’t like.

This attempt to discredit Perry is simply a bullying tactic from the left to silence critics who speak out against their signature piece of legislation and it’s shameful.  First Perry is a victim of Udall’s ill-conceived Obamacare and now the left?

 

GOOD GRIEF: Chickenlooper Noncommittal On No Brainer Bill

We’ve made it our business to document Gov. John Chickenlooper’s lack of backbone ad nauseam.  When it comes to controversial issues, he’s a well-known hedger.  Just look at his handling of the gun recalls and weak-kneed endorsement of Amendment 66.

Despite all that, however, we never thought we would actually see the day when Chickenlooper failed to take a position on one of the most populist pieces of legislation ever to be considered by the General Assembly: the banning of red light cameras.

Senate Bill 181 would prohibit local municipalities from using red light and photo radar cameras to issue people tickets.  The bill passed out of the Senate yesterday and now heads to the House for consideration.  It has bipartisan support and should be a no brainer for a Governor who just wants everyone to like him.  Well, here’s the headline we got instead:  

Proposal to ban red-light cameras advances, Hickenlooper noncommittal

Gaaah, come on man!  Red light cameras don’t make the roads any safer and only serve to line the pockets of local government coffers, which explains why the Colorado Municipal League and Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police oppose the bill.  Yes, throwing your support behind this one might upset a few cronies, but who cares?  You don’t have to be a pollster to know that voters hate red light cameras with a burning passion.

 

BAD IDEA: Fracktivists Compare Fracking to Slavery…?

Let’s just start this by saying that almost nothing should be compared to slavery.  It was a black eye in our nation’s history, it was horrific for its victims.  So, when anti-fracking panelists at a Colorado Christian University fracking debate last night compared fracking to slavery, one panelist, Josh Penry, who was speaking on behalf of various business groups, called the comparison “outrageous”.

Check out the video below at the 4:50 mark.  H/T to Complete Colorado for catching the, ahem, moment.  The gentleman who compared fracking to slavery is Weston Wilson, an employee of the Environmental Protection Agency and fractivist.

An excerpt from the debate:

“You know, slavery had a lot of economic benefits, but it had an ethical problem,” Wilson declared.

“Outrageous,” Josh Penry, one of the other panelists, interjected.

“Burning fossil fuels is an ethical problem. You can’t put under the seas Bangladesh or Micronesia because of our collective burning of fossil fuels. That’s what’s happening,” Wilson continued.

Outrageous, indeed.  #Protip: If you have to invoke slavery, one of the worst (if not the worst) blemishes in our country’s history, you’re losing the debate.

 

NO VOTE, MAXIMUM POLITICAL DAMAGE: Senator Kerr Leads Democrats in a Farcical Political Theater

Extreme legislation by Colorado Democrat state Senators last week divided their caucus and may lead to some uncomfortable questions being asked of their most vulnerable when they start to campaign.

Sen. Andy Kerr figured he’d try to re-enact the 2013 legislative session by proposing a bill that would feel more comfortable in liberal safe-havens like Massachusetts than the commonsense, middle of the road way of Colorado.  It didn’t take long for Coloradans to notice and to make their displeasure heard.  And the media?  Kerr’s antics just irritated them.

How bizarre was this bill and this entire episode?  Associated Press Kristen Wyatt reporter and Denver Post reporter Kurtis Lee try to describe it to KRCC:

Kristen Wyatt:  This was a bizarre episode in the legislature.  It was like the Super Bowl when they snapped the ball to Peyton Manning and it went bad right from there…  Everything went wrong for the Democrats in terms of they couldn’t agree themselves whether this bill was appropriate, whether it went too far.  It was Republicans just sitting back and watching them squirm on reproductive health.

Kurtis Lee:  It was interesting to see why Democrats, their reason for killing the bill.  They said, hey they don’t want this to be a big topic the last three weeks of the session.  They said that Republicans would make this the key point the rest of the session, they didn’t want this to “D.C.-style politics,” they didn’t want filibusters.  Republicans said, hey we didn’t say any of this, look you guys ran into this, this was your bill, you saw the opposition to it and you have to own it.

KW:  It seems that Democrats turned on the stage lights, set the scene, handed out tickets, and then blamed Republicans for turning it into a theater production. [the Peak emphasis]

Two vulnerable Democrats, Sen. Rachel Zenzinger and Sen. John Kefalas, were less than thrilled to have this bill before them, and with Democrats only having a one-seat majority in the Senate, their wavering support for the measure ensured its demise.

Unfortunately for Zenzinger and Kefalas, Kerr seems more concerned with scoring personal political points than helping them out.  As he told The Colorado Statesman:

Kerr said that despite the concerns within his own caucus, he had the votes to pass the bill. Democrats needed all 18 members to support the measure… If even one Democrat bucked the party, it would have died.

“I’ve talked to every single Democrat in the caucus and every Democrat stands up for individuals in Colorado making their own decisions when it comes to their reproductive health care, and every single member of the caucus has said that they’re ready to vote ‘yes’ on this,” explained Kerr. [the Peak emphasis]

So which is it, Zenzinger and Kefalas?  Is Kerr a liar or would you two have voted for this extreme measure?  Your constituents deserve to know.

 

ROMANOFF IS A ONE-PERCENTER: Washington Post Gives Dems Next to No Chance of Capturing House

If things seem kind of lackadaisical at Andrew Romanoff’s campaign recently, we now at least have a reason.  This new analysis on the House races reported on by The Washington Post shows not only do Democrats have about only a 1% chance of retaking the House, but most likely they will end up losing five seats.

The most likely outcome, according to [John] Sides [at the Monkey Cage Blog], is a five-seat gain for Republicans — meaning that they would control somewhere in the neighborhood of 239 seats in the 114th Congress. If Republicans did get to 239 seats, it would be the second most seats they have controlled since the 80th Congress, which spanned from 1947 to 1949.

Ha!  Keep working your asse butts off Team Romanoff.  Your chance at taking back the house is literally next to zero.  If we were you guys, we’d also be taking all that sweet campaign cash coming in for being the most “competitive” race in America and figuring out which margarita machine makes the best blended margaritas!  “Hey, Andy, can we have a campaign office with some rooms in the back; we don’t want the donors walking in and seeing the hammocks we’re setting up.  Prices are going up at Chipotle and we want to make sure we got enough cash coming in to splurge for the guac as well. It is extra, you know.”

Plus, it’s got to be more than a little discouraging to work for a candidate so out of touch with the congressional district he carpet-bagged into that he believes the best strategy for him to win is to encourage fellow down-town Denverites to move out to the suburbs to vote for him:

Don’t worry, Team Romanoff, stock up on the edibles now and we’re sure time will fly for you guys until you can get back on ThinkProgress’ payroll in November.

 

STORY DUMP: Udall Sells Out Good Colorado Jobs for $100 Million

Friday before a holiday?  Must be time for President Obama to unload some more news they don’t want the American public to notice.  In this edition, last Friday, the State Department announced they would not weigh in on the Keystone XL pipeline until a lawsuit pending in Nebraska is settled, but this is just the latest excuse in a long line of excuses Democrats have tossed out there in an attempt to have their cake and eat it, too.

Despite the State Department’s previous proclamation that the environmental impact of the Keystone XL pipeline was close to none in their final environmental assessment back in January, Democrat sugar-daddy Tom Steyer has given the party a 100 million reasons to delay a project that’s just commonsense for America on many levels.

Unfortunately for Colorado, our own liberal Senator Mark Udall is already well-ensconced in Steyer’s pocket.  This is especially unfortunate in light of the Keystone XL pipeline’s projected boon for Colorado jobs.  Wait PeakNation™, surely that doesn’t mean Udall is choosing his billionaire sugar daddy over creating good Colorado jobs!?  No politician would be that foolish.

Yet, that is exactly what is going on here.  Udall has chosen a $100 million over what is best for Colorado.  No wonder people in the know now see him being unemployed come November.  Who wants to bet he finds a job with Steyer shortly thereafter?

 

BATTERED AND BRUISED: Udall in Worse Shape Than Originally Thought

Last week, Harpers Polling published a poll that showed U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner and liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall neck and neck in the 2014 U.S. Senate race.  That’s not surprising given that Gardner is a formidable candidate.  But, when we looked at the underlying numbers, it revealed the Udall may be in worse shape than anyone thought.  See the results below from the Harpers polling memo.

The interesting thing about the poll is that the pollsters weighted the sample close to registration, which doesn’t necessarily reflect actual turnout. The turnout that they modeled is 31% Republican, 33% Democrat, and 36% Unaffiliated.  Local pollsters have been weighting their polling for this year at 38 or 39% Republican, 34 or 35% Democrat and 27 or 28% Unaffiliated.  Historically speaking, U’s have never come close to 36% and likely won’t in this environment.

And, indeed, the turnout for 2010 was as follows: 39.47% Republican, 33.63% Democrat, and 26.21% Unaffiliated, a full ten points lower than the Us predicted in the poll.  Even former Obama strategist David Plouffe is warning that Republicans could have another banner year like 2010, according to Bloomberg:

“We have a turnout issue,” Plouffe said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend. “This is a screaming siren that the same problems that afflicted us” in 2010 when Democrats lost control of the House “could face us again.”

With a margin of error at +/- 4.35%, even with the potentially unrealistic weighting, it’s easy to see that Udall is in some treacherous waters.  And, this is with weighting in favor of Udall in a poll commissioned by a right-leaning Super PAC, American Crossroads.  Come election day, things could be a lot uglier.

 

PeakFeed: Well-Known DC Prognosticator Says Udall Loses Come Fall

PeakNation™ time to put the chocolate bunny down and get back to work.  On a day when many across the country were celebrating a resurrection, well-known and well-respected prognosticator Stu Rothenberg stated one thing that won’t be resurrected come November is liberal Senator Mark Udall’s political career.

 

OUT: HD33 Candidate Dave Pigott Exits Race Throws Support Behind Primary Opponent

In one of the classiest moves thus far this election cycle, Republican candidate Dave Pigott exited the state House District 33 race and backed his Republican primary opponent, Marijo Tinlin.  Here’s a snippet from his press release announcing his withdrawal:

I do not believe, however, that either one of us can win in November if we spend the next three months campaigning against each other and dividing the party between two strong, conservative candidates.  I believe that we must unite behind one candidate now.

I am not so bold as to think that I am the only candidate who can win in November nor is my ego so big as to place my campaign over the best interests of my team or the values for which we fight.  Our community, our state, our nation, and our ideas to make them better must remain paramount.

And Tinlin’s response:

I am humbled by Dave’s exit from the race, and somewhat shocked.  Dave has an amazing story, background and experience and he was a great candidate in 2012.   Dave has been nothing but gracious during this campaign thus far and I am excited to have him supporting me.  I look forward to the wonderful things he will do in the future.  Now all the focus is on defeating Dianne Primavera in November.

And, that, folks, is how to exit a primary – on a positive note, unifying the party.  Congratulations to Tinlin and thanks to Pigott for his selflessness.  Tinlin, who showed a strong campaign at her assembly by garnering 55% of the vote, next will square off against incumbent Democratic Rep. Dianne Primavera in November.  UPDATE: House District 33 includes parts of Broomfield, Superior, and Erie.

 
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