CONSERVATIVE CATNIP: UN Demanding Feds Overturn Amendment 64

If conservatives needed another reason to support the implementation of the marijuana legalization ballot initiative Amendment 64, other than the 10th Amendment, the United Nations just gave it to them.

Reports the Associated Press:

The head of the U.N. drug watchdog agency is urging U.S. federal officials to challenge ballot measures in Colorado and Washington that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over.

…He told The Associated Press on Tuesday he hopes Attorney General Eric Holder “will take all the necessary measures” to ensure that marijuana possession and use remains illegal throughout the U.S.

The only thing conservatives hate more than the federal government telling them what to do is the United Nations sticking their noses where they don’t belong.

We’re sorry, but lectures from an organization that puts Sudan on its Human Rights Council just don’t carry any credibility.

We might suggest Governor Hickenlooper tell both the feds and the UN where they can stick it on Amendment 64.


HICK’S MORGAN CARROLL PROBLEM: What Liberal Legislation Will The Legislature Cook Up For The Governor?

While Mark Ferrandino and his fellow legislative Democrats were thrilled on election night to take the State House majority, one Colorado Democrat was probably less enthused: Governor John Hickenlooper.

Hickenlooper has been able to essentially coast his first two years, encountering almost no controversial legislation on his desk thanks to split control of the two legislative chambers since taking office. That is all about to change, with left-wingers like State Senator Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora) taking the legislative reins.

Reports The Colorado Observer’s Valerie Richardson:



NEW NORM: ProgressNow Happy about 7.9% Unemployment

Earlier today, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment released the October unemployment numbers, which were reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The great news is that Colorado’s unemployed fell to 7.9%, which puts the state even with the nation. Of course, ProgressNow, the big-money, left-wing organization, and its political director wanted to make sure that the right was happy about this number.

The answer is no.  When the average unemployment rate under the last president was 5.1%, and over the entire U.S. history is 5.8%, a 7.9% unemployment rate is not something to celebrate.  If ProgressNow wants us to be happy about millions of families who are struggling during the holidays, the answer is still no.

We hope that the 0.1% decrease in unemployment makes for a more meaningful Thanksgiving for those who were able to find jobs.  But, let us not forget (we’re talking to you ProgressNow) that there are still thousands of families in Colorado who need help this holiday season – help finding a job, help putting food on the table, help paying bills.  So, while ProgressNow is celebrating the 0.1% decrease in unemployment, the right will be looking for ways to expand opportunities, increase hiring, and offer aid to those who are suffering.

Thanks ProgressNow for offering us this opportunity to remind readers that 7.9% unemployment isn’t normal and it’s not acceptable.


WINNING: Host of First Ryan Fundraiser Named Entrepreneur of the Year

Michael Fries, president and CEO of Liberty Global, Inc., was honored over the weekend with Ernst and Young’s “National Entrepreneur of the Year” award in the category of Media, Entertainment and Communications, according to the Denver Business Journal. Liberty Global is second only to Comcast in size in the media industry, which Ernst & Young attributed to Fries’s leadership in a press release:

“Mike Fries is the visionary behind the leading cable company, employing more than 21,000 people and connecting 13 countries with the digital world,” said Bryan Pearce, Americas Director, Entrepreneur Of The Year, Ernst & Young LLP. “With a laser focus on innovation, Fries continues to enhance Liberty Global’s Internet, voice and video services, bringing an amazing entertainment experience as well as simplicity to societies across the globe.”

The Peak readers might remember Fries from earlier this year when he and his wife, Amber, played host to Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s first fundraiser following his selection.  As we noted then, the Fries aptly live in one of Denver’s most notable homes, Stoiberhof, which was built for some of Colorado’s first entrepreneurs.

Congratulations to Michael Fries, Liberty Global, and the rest of his team on a job well done.


POWER OF THE PEOPLE: Hickenlooper Needs To Tell The Feds Where To Stick It On Amendment 64

With Thanksgiving approaching there are two things we are especially thankful for in this time of Democratic dominance at the ballot box: the 10th Amendment and TABOR. Both constitutional amendments help keep liberal politicians in check at the national and state levels, bringing power closer to the people.

Unfortunately, the good governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, doesn’t seem to respect the power of the people through Amendment 64 to tell the federal government to shove it. Rather than standing up for his state’s right to dictate our own laws on the sticky-icky, Hick has decided instead to make condescending comments about not “break[ing] out the Cheetos and Gold Fish too quickly” because Obama’s federal government still declares adult marijuana possession illegal.

We agree with our liberal buddies over at Colorado Pols who have told Hick he needs to “grow some spine” and tell the federal government where they can stick their marijuana laws.

For a conservative perspective, take Republican Congressman Mike Coffman’s recent actions for example. He has co-sponsored a bill to exempt states that pass marijuana laws from certain sections of the Controlled Substances Act, even though he’s not a legalization supporter. In doing so he is proving that conservative principles of small government and states’ rights trump individual policy stances.



NOT SO MERRY: DBJ Poll Finds Coloradans Plan to Spend Less at Christmas

Snowflakes softly wafting through the air, the Parade of Lights, midnight mass – all of these things embody the joys of the Christmas/holiday season. But, let’s be honest, it’s the piles of presents that cause children-of-all-ages’ eyes to light up.

With Black Friday approaching, the Denver Business Journal asked its readers to gauge their plans for holiday gift spending – will you be increasing or decreasing your overall holiday gift spending this year?  As of right now, at noon, over 54% of respondents plan to spend less this year than last, according to the survey sponsored by Spencer, Fane & Grimshaw. continue…


DENIED AGAIN: Degette’s Quest for Leadership Shut Down

We almost have to feel bad for Colorado Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette.  She seems to have hit the glass ceiling in her own party.  Rumor has it that DeGette, the self-proclaimed “dean” of the Colorado delegation, had plans to run for Minority Whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she currently serves as the Chief Assistant of the Assistant of the Assistant Minority Whip (or something like that) with nine other Democratic henchmen vote counters.  Her plans were put on ice; however, when Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi froze leadership positions within the Democratic hierarchy late last week.

It just seems that Degette can’t catch a break.  First, in 2008, it was pretty apparent that DeGette was salivating over the possibility of taking over Salazar’s abandoned Senate seat.  She was the first (and possibly only?) candidate to fill out a questionnaire about her personal finances and information, according to the Post.  But naysayers at the time found her statewide appeal to be lacking:

“[Winning a statewide race is] not something most Democrats believe could be accomplished by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette of Denver, who, along with former state Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, is the woman most often mentioned as a possible contender for the Senate seat. DeGette’s political profile is more liberal than the party’s successful recent statewide candidates and her image too associated with Denver, they say.”

She fought back with identity politics in the Post, which noted that “the longest-serving member of Colorado’s congressional delegation considers herself a natural pick, but she has fought speculation from politicos that she’s too liberal for statewide office.”  DeGette herself contributed the following:




Go see the movie.

Remind yourself of the time in our national history when we acknowledged that our liberties came from our Creator God. And that preserving those liberties took sacrifice.

Republicans, especially, need this movie after the drubbing we experienced on election day.

This movie celebrates one of the Republican Party’s most spectacular achievements, freeing the slaves. Note – as a reminder against partisan one-sidedness – that members of both parties backed this constitutional amendment.

Freeing the slaves was just one of a series of nation-changing Republican initiatives. Those included the transcontinental railroad, homestead land for farmers willing to work it, creating land grant colleges like CSU, the mining act (foreshadowed by Colorado Republican Jerome Chaffee) that opened our nation’s resources for job creation, the national parks (Yellowstone was created by one of the movie’s participants, U.S. Grant).

All triumphs for ordinary, regular Americans.

We Republicans, in this deficit era, need to recall government’s affirmative role in allowing our citizenry to prosper through hard work.

We are still capable of greatness; we just need to find it in ourselves.

The hospital scene of Lincoln and recovering injured soldiers remind us that today’s Medicare and Medicaid are the distant heirs of Civil War military hospitals that treated 20,000 wounded soldiers at at time. (It may have been Walt Whitman’s Civil War notes and poetry that prompted the scene in the movie of discarded amputated limbs.)



POST PARTISAN NO MORE: Hickenlooper’s Helping Hand Dragged Hudak Through Tight State Senate Race

Without the helping hand of our allegedly post-partisan governor, the leading cheerleader for higher taxes in the Legislature, Senator Evie Hudak (D-Westminster), wouldn’t be looking at a possible recount — she’d likely be drowning her sorrows over her loss in SD19.

Governor Hickenlooper threw his lot in with a number of legislative Democrats this cycle, despite his reputation for rising above the din of partisan politics. But it was Hudak’s race where his popularity made the biggest impact — including robocalls and mailers.

Hudak is looking at a possible recount in her SD19 race with Lang Sias, with about a 330-vote lead but thousands of ballots yet to be counted.

There for but the Grace of Governor Hickenlooper goes Hudak, it seems.



DENIED: Polis’s Leadership Hopes Dashed Again

CD2, this is your Congressman.

When Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) would again chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, sources told Roll Call that he was “surprised”.  He might not have been the only Congressman to be surprised by the unexpected announcement.  Democratic Colorado Congressman Jared Polis was considered a possible successor to Israel, who, prior to the election, wasn’t expected to return prior to the post.

The move could have helped Polis’s climb to Democratic leadership, according to Roll Call‘s background on the position:

“…the position has produced party superstars, including former Rep. Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), who went on to be Caucus chairman and White House chief of staff under President Barack Obama and is now Chicago’s mayor. House Budget ranking member Chris Van Hollen (Md.) directed the DCCC during the 2008 and 2010 election cycles and is a top Obama surrogate.”


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