GUEST POST: State Rep. Ray Scott Introduces HB 1202 to Restore Local Control to School Districts

Published on February 18, 2014 by

Colorado House District-55 Representative Ray Scott (R) of Grand Junction introduced his bill, “Local Accountability for School Districts (HB 1202)” to the House Education Committee yesterday.  Representative Scott’s designed his bill to provide a legislative mechanism for school districts wanting to opt out of onerous state and federal testing mandates, and implement their own, locally-designed, assessment tools.

In the introduction to the bill, Ray Scott cites the educational cost of a high number of school days spent in assessment as the number of instruction days on school calendars is trending downward.

HB 1202 promotes increased local accountability through common-sense applications of testing methodology, tailored to the needs of local students, and not the one-size-fits-all standards imposed by bureaucrats in state and federal government. The wording in the bill emphasizes:

A high quality, rigorous assessment system should the primary focus of assessment practices.  Uniformity for uniformity’s sake should not trump a school district’s goal of exceeding minimum state standards.

Balanced Assessment includes the following assessment practices that provide rigorous authentic performance expectations and produce meaningful, timely, descriptive results:

  • Formative – occur frequently, embedded within teaching & learning,
  • Interim – periodic checks, track progress toward learning targets,
  • Summative – at the end of learning, assess degree of mastery.

The majority of these assessments occur at the classroom level, with common assessments at the school level and state mandated assessments at the district level.

  • Daily & Weekly – classroom level assessments as part of teaching and learning
  • Monthly &/or Quarterly – school level assessments to track progress
  • Semester &/or Annual – school level and district level to assess degree of mastery

Teachers employ a wide variety of strategies to assess student learning in meaningful ways and help build an informative student body of evidence.

Accountability:      The school district would direct the selection and administration of the balanced assessment system within its schools.  All assessments with the balanced assessment system would meet the following requirements:

  • Quality Assessment – meet or exceed the quality assessment standards reflected in the State’s assessment review process.
  • Performance Rigor – meet or exceed the assessment of Colorado Academic Standards, 21st Century skills, career & college readiness and higher order thinking skills
  • Relevancy to Teaching & Learning – meet or exceed the relevancy expectations as reflected in Standards 1-5 of Educator Effectiveness,
  • Technical Rigor – meet or exceed the appropriate technical rigor requirements as reflected in Standard 6 of Educator Effectiveness.
  • Public accessibility to school and district results on the balanced assessment system.

Comparability:

The school district would annually administer the state PARCC performance assessments in select grades (3,8,10), as well as Colorado ACT, providing continued accountability and statewide comparability.

Representative Scott’s bill also addresses “parent refusals” which place schools in the position of giving zero scores to those students who, for a variety of reasons, refuse to participate in protracted standardized assessments. HB 1202 exempts schools and districts from having to include those zero scores in their overall achievement statistics.

Ray Scott’s bill follows on the heels of the “Colorado Mom’s Bill,” SB-14 136, introduced by Senator Vicki Marble (R), Senate District 23, which unfortunately failed to progress in the State Assembly. SB-14 136 would have delayed the implementation of the highly controversial “Common Core” standards in Colorado for one year, giving the State Board of Education as well as school districts time to review and prepare for its intrusive mandates. The Colorado Mom’s Bill would also give school districts a way to opt out of the related testing required by the new state and federal standards.

There is a growing uneasiness in Colorado regarding the impact of Common Core and its related assessments. Pressure is building on Capitol Hill to get legislators to pay attention to the concerns of teachers, and administrators already struggling under huge administrative burdens in their schools, and the citizens and parents who understand that the bureaucratic takeover of local learning never has a good outcome.

 

 

Frightened Teachers Union Fights School Reform in Mesa County

Published on October 23, 2013 by

October 22, 2013

 Our Kids’ Future or the Union – The Choice is Yours

 by Jeff Leany

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This has been a particularly interesting election year. The Mesa Valley Education Association (MVEA) is pulling out all of its stops to see that it holds control of a union friendly board. It has been that way for many years, perhaps as many as 40.

The MVEA and other unions hold power by protecting even the weakest of members by virtue of tenure, in which it is almost impossible to remove a teacher after the three year probationary period. Tenure was dealt a blow by passage of SB191, the teacher effectiveness act, which was passed in 2010 with bipartisan support. SB191 effectively ends tenure for teachers who are ineffective after three years. A study by a Harvard Group in 2012 addresses this subject: ‘Researchers Report Findings Showing Lasting Impacts of Effective Teachers.’ It states, “Teachers who raise test scores have long-term effects on students’ college enrollment and earnings as adults.” In addition, “Excellent teachers help students make approximately three times the progress of students who are assigned to teachers in the bottom 20-50 percent.”(opportunityculture.org) This is why tenure must go. However, as soon as this election is over, the Colorado Education Association (CEA), of which MVEA is a part, is challenging SB191.

The unions are the money behind Amendment 66, the billion dollar tax increase, which is on the ballot. It would fund SB 213, Senator Johnston’s School Finance Bill, which passed on a party line vote – not a single Republican vote at the senate or house level. This bill was rejected by Club 20, which is a body of 20 separate counties within Western Colorado as well as by the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce. The unions want the new tax dollars and no reform!

An MVEA group at Rimrock Elementary stated that if a single non-union supported candidate was elected to the Board of Education, the Union Contract will be thrown out and the teachers would receive pink slips in December. It hard to believe anyone would swallow these fabrications, but I am told these type of lies and fear tactics are common in the union environment. In addition, the MVEA attacked the Douglas County School District as not performing and brought in a completely biased movie, totally lacking in credibility, which claimed that teachers are unhappy and the board is nothing but a business. However, a survey of the Douglas County teachers by a state organization measuring teacher satisfaction gives a completely different story. More than 71% of Douglas County teachers participated in 2013 TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning) Colorado Survey, with higher participation than any other district in the Denver Metro area. Satisfaction was indicated in that 67% of the 92 questions showed improved satisfaction with 30% staying the same in 2013. In 2012 Douglas County had an unheard-of 48,000 applications for teaching positions (In comparison, District 51, about one third the size, had under 400 applications.) Over 90% of Douglas County licensed teachers stay in Douglas County, disproving the claim that “all the teachers are leaving.” The proficiency rate, according to School View, the Colorado Division of Education (CDE) website of district and school evaluations, puts Douglas County 11-18% percentage points above District 51, our district being below the state average. Check the numbers for yourself at the CDE website and look under Schoolview. Why wouldn’t we want to emulate those numbers?

The unions have given lots of money to Mikolai and Parrish, and the union president and others are campaigning within District 51 showing support of these two, as well as Williams. Who do you think these men are going to be loyal to: the union or what is best for the kids? I have already seen how Greg Mikolai will react, being loyal to the union. In last year’s negotiations all five board members said “no” to lanes (increased salary for educational credits), as research shows this costly practice has no bearing on increased classroom performance.

When Ann Tisue and I had to leave after several days of negotiations, the other board members reversed that decision and granted the lanes. We had been told that if there were to be any issues we would be notified. This never happened and Ann and I found out what had transpired the following week.

The choice is yours. If you want the union, vote for their slate. If you choose not to have the union controlling your board and want vibrant, effective teachers, engaged students and a top quality curriculum vote the other slate: KandaLowensteinSluder.

You do have a choice this year: keep the status quo or change to a higher standard by paying for better teachers, retaining them, and challenging the poorer teachers to step up and improve. There are many outside pressures to take away local control. Let us rise to a higher level, and take our kids there with us!

 by Jeff Leany  10/22/13

 

D55 Rep. Ray Scott Appointed to CSG-WEST Water & Enviroment Committee

Published on August 15, 2013 by

Ray Scott, Colorado Representative from District 55 in Western Colorado, has a reputation of being a fierce advocate for energy industry jobs on the Western Slope. He has worked with various organizations, including those in the energy sector, to improve environmental standards and practices to make exploration and drilling viable in environmentally sensitive regions of the state, Representative Scott has also gained significant credentials as an authority in matters of water use and environmental conservation.

HB1223, offered up by Ray Scott in 2011, was designed to balance the representation of energy interests in Colorado by ensuring that the board of the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission (COGC) would have members from diverse regions of the state. This was not just a push for energy sector jobs in Western Colorado. HB1223 ensured that the differing environmental, agricultural, and economic needs in Colorado would be considered in important policy decisions by COGC.

Well into his second term in the General Assembly, Representative Scott’s balance and fairness regarding energy, jobs, and environmental conservation, has earned him recognition from the leaders of the opposition party. The Democrat Speaker of Colorado’s House of Representatives, earlier this month, appointed Ray Scott to the Council of State Governments-WEST (CSG-West) Water and Environment Committee.

According to a press release from Representative Scott’s office, the CSG-West Water and Environment Committee, “provides western legislators a forum to discuss growing and competing demands on Western water and the environment.” CSG-West collaborates with the Western Governors Association as well as other governmental and private organizations to plan and implement strategies for development that protect the environment and create jobs in the West. Representative Scott has made it clear with his appointment to this important committee that energy sector development and jobs, and environmental conservation and clean water are not mutually exclusive.

 

ADDING INSULT TO DOUBLE INJURY

Published on April 22, 2013 by

By now, we are all familiar with the bombing of the Boston Marathon.  Those of us on the right are also familiar with the Main Stream Media (MSM) blaming us for this event without any evidence whatsoever.  In fact, we were looking for them to do so.  We know all too well that blaming the right is their modus operandi.

 

The fact is, with one glaring exception—Tim McVeigh—there has not been a single right-wing committed, politically motivated tragedy worthy of national attention.  So, not only does the MSM blame the right without evidence, but they also do so without much historic precedent.  I would argue that this is injurious behavior toward all conservatives.  This is really a second injury that we must suffer.

 

When I see the stories of the Boston Marathon bombing, or other such tragedies, I am injured.  When I read about an eight year old boy who died while waiting for his Dad to cross the finish line, I think of my own two sons, and I hurt for that Dad.  When I hear that the boy’s mother and sister were also seriously injured, I think of my wife and daughter, and I hurt for that whole family.  Do I hurt as much as that Dad, or as much as that family?  Certainly not!  But I still feel their loss from thousands of miles away, and I do hurt for them.  I would be a horrific sociopath if I lacked the empathy to do so.  My injuries from this event are miniscule compared to those of the people directly involved, but they do exist.  This is the first injury that we suffer.

 

Then for the MSM to go out of their way to try to place the blame for these kinds of events on me and those who believe as I do is an unconscionable, belligerent, injurious act toward all conservatives.  If most such tragedies had occurred because of the actions of right-wingers, or if the MSM had any bit of evidence whatsoever for their claims, then this would not be true.  But the fact is, when such events have even just the least inkling of political motivation, the vast majority of them have historically been perpetrated by individuals who are left leaning.  And, as we conservatives are well aware, it usually only takes the MSM minutes from the time an event occurs until they are trying to blame right-wingers—certainly not enough time to have developed even a lead in the case, much less any evidence!

 

This time around was no different.  From CNN “experts” suggesting the Boston Marathon bombing to be a right-wing plot, to Chris Matthews on MSNBC making a similar suggestion, to various reporters tweeting like-minded thoughts, conservatives were being bashed by liberals in the MSM before all of the physically injured had even reached the hospital!  If you are a conservative in America today, you are always twice injured by any such national tragedy.

 

So how do conservatives respond?  A recent trend I have noticed is that after such events, conservatives and conservative groups start posting certain types of memes on social media.  (A meme is a picture and/or phrase that is intended to quickly get a point across, and is shared repeatedly by large numbers of individuals.)  The most common memes circulated by conservatives after these events tend to point out that the vast majority of mass shootings in American history have been perpetrated by left-leaning individuals.  They will usually have one or two sentences to support the idea that the perpetrator was left-leaning.  But by its very nature, a meme does not ever make a complete case, nor does it ever intend to prove the point, it just demonstrates the point.  Posting and/or sharing such memes is done by conservatives as an act of defense against the second injury they suffer in virtually every such national tragedy.

 

The day after the Boston Marathon bombing, long after the MSM had all but ignored the Saudi national who was a person of interest, as they bashed right-wingers at a fever pitch, I posted one such meme on a social media site.  A liberal friend of mine did what liberals do whenever someone disagrees with them, he attacked.  He started off with a seemingly benign, sarcastic comment:  “This is helping.”  Knowing where he was coming from, I responded with another meme that is circulating, and added an additional comment:  “As George Orwell said, ‘The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.’ Using truth to combat disinformation always helps, no matter how much you hate it!”  Perhaps I could have been a bit less confrontational, but after the injuries of the previous day, and having my beliefs relentlessly attacked by the MSM, with that attack continuing on into this day, I wasn’t going to take any guff from someone who clearly didn’t think I had a right to defend my beliefs.  So, he responded by accusing me of “drifting into partisan BS.”  I asked him to show me what part of the meme was untrue, and asked him to back his position up.  He then pointed out that three of the six items on the meme did not make a complete case and/or prove the point, therefore, he claimed, those three points were not true.  He did not prove the points to be false, he merely showed that a complete case to prove the points was not contained within the meme.

 

To make a long story short, he was not able to demonstrate any part of the meme to be false, but he descended into foul language as he attempted to order me to remove my original posting, claiming that I had no right to post it on this of all days.  Eventually, he said, “I tried to reason with you, show that the OP was factually wrong and in bad taste. What I got was an escalation.”  Actually, by using sarcasm, insults, foul language, and disinformation he was really trying to attack me for defending my beliefs which were already under very public attack.  Yes, he got escalation, but about nine-tenths of the escalation was coming from him.

 

Keep this in mind, conservatives.  The left does not know how to reason.  They do not know what constitutes proof/disproof.  They will not listen to your side of the issue.  They only attack.  Whether they are attacking with guns (mass shootings), bombs (Saul Alinsky et al.), disinformation (MSM), other words (social media), or by any other means, they will always try to injure you, and if they can’t do that, they will at least insult you.  Whenever there is a criminal national tragedy, conservatives will always be twice injured, and if you try to defend yourselves against such injury, the left will add insult to your double injury.  Perhaps we should stop assuming a defensive position and mount a strong offense against the left!

 

STOMP JESUS

As a Holy Week or Passover exercise, consider Intercultural Communications instructor Deandre Poole’s mandate that students write the name JESUS on a piece of paper, place it on the floor and stomp on it. Highly religious student Ryan Rotela refused, and told the instructor he “was deeply offended by what you told me to do” saying “if you were to stomp on the word Jesus, it says the word has no value.” Rotela also complained to Poole’s supervisor.

Subsequently, Rotela’s college (Florida Atlantic University, Davie campus) said this class exercise was “insensitive and unacceptable.” After this formal apology, FAU brought separate charges against Rotela and denied him access to his classes. 

With that background consider a legal question.

Do Deandre Poole and FAU have a fiduciary relationship and duty to protect students, including Rotela? Here’s why the question is important.

 A fiduciary relationship creates a duty of good faith, honesty, trust, and confidence between dominant and subservient parties when the subservient party voluntarily surrenders to the mind and will of the dominant party because of age, expertise, or mental capacity. [T]he dominant party has a duty to … avoid abusing the power differential.”

A fiduciary duty may exist between Rotela and both Poole and FAU, the two dominant parties. FAU’s words of apology seemingly admit an environment lacking “openness, tolerance, and civility,” as advocated by the American Council on Education. If the relationship exists and Poole or FAU violated their consequent duty to students, then Rotela (and any others similarly maltreated) may have a lawful complaint.

Colorado legal cases include seven figure judgments when fiduciary duties are violated, so this isn’t just legal gobbledygook.

FAU may escape fiduciary duty if it persuasively disclaims a duty to provide an open, tolerant and civil educational environment. It may, perhaps, be able to claim successfully that taking students’ tuition and establishing mandates for exactly how their educations shall proceed do not create a fiduciary relationship. (Poole’s Intercultural Communications class was a 75% mandate for communications majors by my read of major requirements.)

Gospel accounts of Jesus’ final days list the legal proceedings he endured, before the Sanhedrin, Herod and Pontius Pilate. Analyzing the accounts and known legal requirements for the three, all violated their established rules. Both Jewish and Christian traditions describe the consequences of rulers behaving unjustly.

We cannot judge Rotela’s guilt or innocence regarding violating student conduct rules. In a spirit of Christian forbearance, we should hope both that Rotela behaved properly and that FAU is not penalizing Rotela for his lawful actions. Colorado’s leaders, both political and educational, should behave in good faith and honesty – admitting they owe a quasi-fiduciary duty to all Coloradans and all students.

 

Hickenlooper Gets the Cold Shoulder on the Western Slope

Published on March 25, 2013 by

Braving unseasonably cold and blustery weather, a robust crowd of about 650 gun-rights supporters lined the streets and gathered around the student center of Colorado Mesa University today in protest of Governor John Hickenlooper’s appearance at Club 20.

As part of its legislative forums held on the campus of CMU in Grand Junction, Club 20 hosted Governor Hickenlooper as well as other political figures who have close ties to the Western Slope such as District 3 United States Congressman Scott Tipton, District 55 Colorado Representative Ray Scott, and District 54 Colorado Representative Jared Wright, among others. Liberal Democrat John Hickenlooper is a fish out of water in the company of Colorado’s representatives from the conservative western counties, but with the citizens of Mesa, Montrose, Garfield and other surrounding counties, the governor is a fish in hot water.

The protest/rally which was organized by Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Mesa County Patriots, Freedom Colorado and other Western Slope grassroots organizations, attracted numerous men, women and children who have not previously been involved politically. The political affiliations of these protesters was not fully clear, but their passion for personal liberty was on full display, and it appears they take the threat posed by Democrat legislators in Denver very seriously.

The organizers of the rally had hoped to surround the student center at CMU to ensure that when Governor Hickenlooper arrived to prepare for his speech, scheduled for 12:30 p.m.,  he would see with his own eyes and hear with his own ears the disapproval by citizens of the gun control measures he signed into law just days ago. Hickenlooper, whose base of opposition, politically and philosophically, is concentrated in the Western Slope counties, most likely knew he would be met with a cold shoulder and opted to sneak into the Club 20 meetings before protesters gathered outside.

The most prevalent theme echoed on the signs carried by those protesting Governor Hickenlooper’s gun control laws can be summed up in a few short phrases, “one-term,” “recall the governor,” and “impeach.” The chances that Hickenlooper, who still has a lot of support among Democrats and moderates on the Front Range, will be recalled or impeached are slim. But 2014 is just around the corner and there is no doubt that grassroots conservatives in Colorado will have a strong candidate to challenge him in his run for a second term. The Western Slope is one of the primary focal points of opposition to Governor Hickenlooper. Is it possible that the candidate who will challenge him in 2014 will also arise from the Western Slope?

 

Ray Scott Introduces Important Jobs Bill

Published on January 21, 2013 by

Ray Scott, Colorado’s State House representative from D55 has introduced a jobs bill that could have a significant impact on both jobs and education in the state. Scott has far-reaching knowledge and experience related to the energy sector in Western Colorado and has made a reputation for himself in the State Assembly as an advocate for jobs creation through the development of Oil and Gas.

Representative Scott’s “Energy, Jobs and Higher Education Act” is designed to address the stubborn problems of unemployment and skyrocketing tuition in Colorado’s colleges and universities in one legislative package. The key component of Representative Scott’s Bill is an “incentive wells program” that will encourage energy sector job creation by providing reasonable tax exemptions to energy developers who drill in Colorado. The “Energy, Jobs and Higher Education Act” gives energy developers two years of relief from having to pay severance taxes on new wells acquired between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2015. Following the exemption period, severance taxes paid by developers will then be directed to the Colorado College Opportunity Fund for the remainder of the operational lives of wells established during the period of time indicated in the bill.

Representative Ray Scott has high hopes that the bill will receive bi-partisan support, and says in a recent press release, “We’re creating jobs and expanding access to higher education with this bill. It’s a two-fold approach toward creating opportunity and accelerating our state’s economic recovery.”

 

Attacking Dougco school board, union leaders swing… and miss

Published on January 6, 2013 by

A new year is upon us. While many students get ready to wrap up their extended school breaks, the disgruntled teachers union leadership in Douglas County continues its smear campaign. And while reform opponents stretch the truth to attack the school board that bid them adieu, their attacks also leave behind some collateral damage. They swing and miss the target, but end up hitting others.

A recent YourHub piece by the Denver Post‘s Clayton Woullard shines some light on the activities of the union’s local front group “Douglas County Classrooms,” and its forceful push to resist both expanded choice for families and a more accountable, performance-based school system. Unfortunately, the union-backed group’s self-serving message conflicts with some of the facts:

[Douglas County Federation field representative Mandy Sheets] also mentioned parents and teachers in Douglas County Classrooms are concerned by the amount of time the board is spending in executive session, the increased work load of high school teachers with a new schedule that is meant to save money, she said, while the district continues to grow its general fund balance. District officials have said the balance is at levels it requires in case of emergency.

Seems they’re concerned about a board spending too much time in executive session the same way that a Mafia enforcer might be concerned about his victim spending too much time in the hospital with broken knees. Behind the scenes, DCFT actively supported the ongoing lawsuit against the Choice Scholarship program. The lawsuit has contributed significantly to the board needing to spend decision-making time behind closed doors.

Union leadership also continues to complain about the district’s fiscally conservative practices. Try explaining to taxpayers, though, why they shouldn’t be happy with a stable budget that sustains teacher raises and a consistently high bond rating. After all, DCSD has focused support on students and classrooms, cutting from the central administration annual budget 20 full-time positions and $1.3 million (20 percent) over the past five years. DCFT could be upset because the board slashed 100 percent of taxpayer funds (roughly $300,000/year) used to pay for unaccountable union officers to leave the classroom.

As for the new high school schedule Sheets grumbles about, 90 percent of students surveyed like the the change. Without sacrificing overall instructional time, the plan grants more course options and flexibility. The top reason given by the handful who don’t like the change: “Some teachers have a negative attitude.” Hmmm… I wonder why?

Sheets also gripes that a part of the developing performance pay plan, known as “world-class education targets,” provide “no clarity” and ultimately no benefit to students. But the 100 Dougco teachers who have spent weekend hours collaborating to develop these targets certainly would have to disagree. Not only students and taxpayers, but also other teachers, are left under the bus by the union’s indiscriminate attacks.

Meanwhile, a relatively high-performing district continues to shine (19 John Irwin schools of excellence) while striving to build a system of greater excellence and making sure that all students’ needs are served. The high stakes of November’s Douglas County school board elections suddenly have become even clearer.

 

Dan Robinson’s Campaign: Chronic Incompetence or “Kerfluffle?”

Published on October 25, 2012 by

The Colorado State House District 55 incumbent, Ray Scott, has been hard at work for the past several months campaigning for a second term. In retrospect however, one might say his opponent, Democrat lawyer Dan Robinson of Grand Junction, has been the best thing going for the Ray Scott campaign.

Robinson, a seasoned candidate and entrenched Liberal who previously ran for county commissioner in Mesa County, may have bitten off more than he could chew when he became the Democrat candidate for Colorado D55.  His problems began when a document from the 21st Judicial District chapter of Access to Justice surfaced revealing his penchant for performing pro-bono legal favors for undocumented aliens.  Robinson magnified what would have been a minor controversy when, during his debate with Representative Ray Scott at Club 20 in September, he denied ever doing pro-bono work for illegals.

Fast forward to the 2nd Amendment Forum on October 13. Dan Robinson’s problems really began to pile up when he lied yet again. When asked about the amount in campaign contributions he had received from the Democrat Party in Mesa County, Robinson claimed he had received none. The Secretary of State’s office “tracer” website, which reports campaign funding across the state, revealed that the Democrats in Mesa County had actually donated $6,100 to Robinson by the date of that forum.

Just thirteen days out from the election, Dan Robinson and the Democrats in Mesa County sent out an email pleading for help. Robinson’s floundering campaign, it appears, is capsizing. The email reads:

There has been a snafu at the Post Office which has resulted in Dan Robinson’s campaign mailbox being closed prematurely.  For that reason, some folks who may have contributed to Dan’s run for Colorado State Representative from District 55 may see their checks returned.

Additionally, Dan is sitting on a couple of excellently produced television commercials and radio spots — but unless he can raise more money, they may never see the light of day.  It is crucial for us to get Dan’s voice out there in these last days of the election.  Please consider donating to Dan’s campaign today!

The email goes on to characterize the closing of Robinson’s campaign mailbox as a “kerfluffle.” One may speculate that the mailbox was gathering dust and the Post Office needed the space, or that maintaining the mailbox was costing more money than the campaign was bringing in. Either way, neither Robinson’s experience in his previous campaign nor his career in litigation served to help him overcome the chronic incompetence that has plagued his fight for a seat in the State House.

Voters in Mesa County are probably waiting with bated breath to see those “excellently produced television and radio spots” that the MCD email claimed Dan Robinson is “sitting on.” It might be wise, however, for Robinson to keep sitting on them, right where they are. Chances are, he won’t be sitting in the State Capitol anytime soon.

 

 

They say Beavis, I think he’s more Butthead

Published on October 18, 2012 by

From the invaluable [http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/ Instapundit]

It seems the Democratic strategy is now to call everything the Republicans say a lie. and then ignore it when the facts can’t back that up. The Democratic Party base (and if you have to pander to them this late in the game, it’s NOT GOOD) ate it up with a spoon. Not so everyone else.

Ryan was very much a wonk. Biden was very much a wanker. And I think that most of the Dem strategy for this debate was to try and get Ryan to lose his cool. That failed miserably, Ryan looked like the adult, Slow Joe came across as that smirking punk everyone knows from school who would laugh at anything he didn’t consider “cool”.

 
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