— Jeremy Meyer (@jpmeyerDPost) January 31, 2013
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In August 2012, Peak posted about a woman named Veronica Figoli, who became a U.S. citizen in 2011, yet illegally donated to Democratic candidate for State Treasurer Cary Kennedy in 2010. She was upset about receiving a letter from the Secretary of State asking her to prove her citizenship, despite registering to vote with a non-citizen document. She’s back and spewing her carefully crafted talking points all over Colorado’s golden dome.
Here is what she told AP reporter Ivan Moreno in August:
“I was viscerally upset. You know like how when you feel in your stomach like you just got punched?” Veronica Figoli said about opening the letter.
Here is a quote from her testimony yesterday against HB1050, which would have required election officials to to verify voter citizenship, carried by the Daily Camera and by Fox31’s Eli Stokols featuring Ms. Figoli again:
“‘I’m not making drama, but I really felt like someone was punching my stomach,’ said Veronica Figoli, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Venezuela.”
Quick note to Veronica – when you do media appearances with the same melodramatic talking points every six months on behalf of the left, you actually are making drama, and intentionally. But, you’re also being used by the left.
But, what’s possibly more disturbing is that the media ignored the fact that Ms. Figoli, as we reported in August, actually broke the law before becoming a citizen by donating to Kennedy. The media also failed to report that she’s an employee of a left-wing organization.
As we noted back then:
When liberals put up someone to complain about Gessler’s attempts to clean up the voter rolls, maybe they shouldn’t push a person who has already violated election laws?
And, now, building on that sentiment – and if liberals put her up again, maybe the media should include important details like how she’s a paid worker for the left.
2/2 UPDATE: Communications consultants contacted by the Peak say that it is not a good idea to deny sexual relations with the word “fallacious.” It distracts from the denial, we are told.
Move over Bob Torricelli, there is a new sleaze bag king in New Jersey.
No seriously, Mr. Torricelli, can you move over — Mr. Menendez will be sharing this cell.
With news that U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has now, a few years late, reimbursed a donor for two of his whore mongering jaunts down to the Dominican Republic, we figure it can’t be long before Menendez steps down over this campaign finance scandal just as fellow NJ U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli did in 2002.
Just yesterday, the Miami Herald reported the FBI was raiding the home of the Menendez donor in question.
Stringing up crime scene tape and using a locksmith, the FBI on Tuesday and Wednesday raided the West Palm Beach business of an eye doctor suspected of providing free trips and even underage Dominican Republic prostitutes to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez — who has denied what he calls the “fallacious allegations.”
Agents hauled away boxes and bags of evidence from the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to Menendez and other prominent politicians, to start hauling away potential evidence in several vans.
The prostitution allegations first surfaced on the Daily Caller shortly before the elections, with the website talking to two prostitutes who claim Menendez not only used their, um, services, but stiffed them on the final bill.
As the old saying in Washington goes, you can keep your job in Congress as long as you’re not caught with a dead girl or live boy. We might amend that to include underage prostitute girls.
With that said, let the speculation begin as to whom NJ Guv Chris Christie will appoint to take Menendez’s seat.
With news that State Senator Linda Newell is publicly eying the 6th Congressional District race, there are now three Democratic candidates talking openly of entering the race, with at least three more looking privately. With so many names floating out there now, it’s hard to ignore the candidate fishing expedition that the Democratic establishment seems to be on looking for alternatives to perennial possible candidate Andrew Romanoff.
Our sources tell us that U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s sphere of influence is still influenced by hard feelings. As most readers likely remember, Romanoff ran a bitter primary against the newly-appointed Bennet in 2010, going so far as to sell his house to pay for last minute attack ads.
If Romanoff thinks he gets a free shot, he better think again.
From our friend, FOX31‘s Eli Stokols:
DENVER — State Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, is now the third Democrat who is considering running against GOP Congressman Mike Coffman in 2014.
“Yes, the rumors are true,” Newell said. “I’m seriously considering a run at Congressional District 6 in 2014.
“In the last couple of months, citizens and political leaders across the state have come to me with the same inquiry. People in our district want a woman in Congress who has a strong record of bipartisanship and moderate values.”
While Andrew Romanoff may have been first to float his name publicly, voices from across the Democratic Party infrastructure are letting him know the nomination is not his for the taking.
From Colorado Pols:
For a man with the nickname “Honey Badger” negative press must cause little more than a shrug, but this week Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler might have something to smile about. He finally received a kind word from the Denver Business Journal for his new efforts to develop a system available to the public to gather detailed information about business activity and job growth. The end goal – to encourage businesses to relocate to areas in which industry is on the rise.
Here is what Gessler said about the project, “I think it can have a gigantic impact on business. This is something that, to my knowledge, has never been done – never on this scale. This could be transformational in a lot of ways.”
The program, dubbed the Business Intelligence Center, might be the first of its kind in the nation. The data will be sourced from information collected by his office, the Colorado Department of Revenue, and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
Gessler says that the information could be used by organizations like the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade to better pitch companies relocating from out of state to areas with high growth, or find areas with the necessary attributes using the data.
Colorado Technology Association CEO Steve Foster compared the potential growth resulting from this project to the growth seen after the government released geographic information system (GIS) data to the public. Private companies formed to turn that data into products for public consumption, like Garmin.
Hmmm, sounds like a better use of taxpayer funds than, say, turning the government into an unqualified venture capital fund, no?
During Governor Hickenlooper’s State of the State speech earlier this month he boldly declared “our economy is back.” That “Mission Accomplished”-like proclamation now stands in stark contrast to the news today that the US economy not only didn’t grow in the fourth quarter, it contracted .1%.
Per Business Insider:
The advance estimate for fourth-quarter U.S. GDP is out.
The economy contracted 0.1 percent in Q4 versus economists’ consensus expectations of a 1.1 percent expansion.
If the economy contracts in the first quarter of this year we’ll officially be back in a recession.
Lynn Bartels of The Denver Post reported during Guv Hick’s speech that when he declared the economy as being back, Republicans didn’t buy it.
As we noted at the time, vindicated by today’s news:
— Colo Peak Politics (@COpeakpolitics) January 10, 2013
When it comes to guns and gun violence, few know more about the topic than law enforcement officers who deal directly with it. They’re not prone to emotional or technically incompetent arguments that gun control supporters often espouse.
Therefore, it’s particularly notable that the County Sheriffs of Colorado have come out strongly against a number of proposed gun control measures by legislative Democrats, specifically an “assault” weapon ban, or bans on high capacity magazines, bulk purchases of ammo or private sales of firearms.
Reports The Denver Post‘s Kurtis Lee:
The County Sheriffs of Colorado has released a memo that outlines tough stances against many of the gun legislation efforts slated to be proposed by state Democrats in coming weeks.
The nonpartisan group of sheriffs says that hasty reactions to mass shootings in an Aurora movie theater last July and at a elementary school in Newtown, Conn., last month should not result in the introduction of new gun control measures.
…Executive Director Christopher H. Olson said the memo is the general idea of what the majority of Colorado’s 64 sheriffs believe is appropriate when it comes to gun legislation.
“I haven’t had had one sheriff that says ‘I absolutely don’t agree with what’s being said in this paper,’ ” Olson said.
You can read the full memo from the County Sheriffs of Colorado here.
There are two important arguments that have now been leveled against these proposed gun-grabbing measures.
Yesterday, Senator John McCain told The Colorado Observer that, much to the contradiction of Senator Michael Bennet’s statements, Colorado’s junior Senator played almost no role in the Gang of 8 of immigration deal.
WASHINGTON — Senator Michael Bennet’s role in a bipartisan group seeking to overhaul the nation’s illegal immigration laws was questioned after a key senator said he was “not part of the core negotiations.”
The Colorado Democrat, the new chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, did not attend a press conference at the Capitol Monday to announce the tenets of a comprehensive illegal immigration reform bill.
Sen. John McCain (R-Az.), one of five senators who attended the event, spoke about Bennet’s role as well as that of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Az.) to this reporter afterwards.
“Neither [Bennet] nor Senator Flake were part of the core negotiations,” McCain said without elaborating.
McCain’s remark appeared to undercut statements that both Bennet and Flake’s offices released Monday.
Bennet’s statement implied he attended the press conference with the other members of the group.
Love or hate the deal, we think the whole thing is a comical illustration of how goofy Washington is. And more, it shows how shoddy the reporting has been.
To read some local accounts, you would think Bennet waded the Delaware through smog, ice and pestilence to forge an immigration deal.
Senator McCain told TCO a very different story. And so does this picture.
Paula Noonan, the failed State Senate candidate who self-funded $250,000 and current JeffCo school board member, is in for another round of mockery. Revealing Politics has released a mashup of her ill-fated 2010 graduation speech which has been described as “rambling” and “self-absorbed” by 9News.
We were reminded of Noonan’s spectacular flop when it was reported recently that she had been arrested on an outstanding warrant at the beginning of this month.
Oh, and by the way, Noonan is up for re-election to the JeffCo school board this year.
Check out the video after the jump:
12:45PM UPDATE: Former Republican State Representative, BJ Nikkel, who flipped her vote to support civil unions last year, comes out strongly against the Hagel nomination in today’s Denver Post. You can read the whole piece here.
Last year, I created something of a national firestorm when I cast a gridlock-breaking vote on civil union legislation over the objection of leaders in my party. If Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet are serious about equality, and if they are serious about protecting America’s national security interests, on this one nomination they will stand up to the president and vote against Hagel’s confirmation.
If, on the other hand, the Democrat-controlled Senate votes to confirm Hagel, it will send a very different message: Bigotry and discrimination are just fine, as long as you’re one of the president’s men.
With former US Senator Chuck Hagel’s nomination hearing for Secretary of Defense coming up on Thursday, it’s notable that neither US Senator from Colorado has offered their public support for the president’s pick. Last week Senators Udall and Bennet told The Denver Post‘s Allison Sherry they were undecided.
As neither politician has apparently made up their mind, we want to know: who will they stand by? Tim Gill or Barack Obama?
Tim Gill, the infamous funder of all things Colorado Democrat and liberal, originally got involved in heavily financing Colorado politics after a bill in the Colorado House attempted to ban teachers from discussing homosexuality in school, outside of STDs, according to the must-read Blueprint by former Rep Rob Witwer and journalist Adam Schrager.
It’s notable then that Chuck Hagel, as a US Senator, opposed an ambassador for not only being “aggressively gay” but for helping fund a documentary on how to teach children about homosexuality.
Uncovers BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski:
But there was actually more to Hagel’s comment than was previously reported. In a 1998 Omaha World Herald article recently published online, Hagel detailed his objection to Hormel’s nomination, saying he was concerned that Hormel had aligned himself with a group he considered “anti-Catholic,” and asserted that being gay was “beyond common sense.”
In the interview, Hagel referred to a documentary, filmed with money that Hormel donated, that was meant to show teachers how to teach children about homosexuality. Hagel said he had seen another video clip that showed Hormel at an event which Hagel said was “anti-Catholic” in San Francisco, featuring a group of male drag queens called “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.”
“It is very clear on this tape that he’s laughing and enjoying the antics of an anti – Catholic gay group in this gay parade,” Hagel said. “I think it’s wise for the president not to go forward with this nomination.”
If what Tim Gill got involved in politics for, only a few years before the Colorado House bill that spurred his involvement, is something that Senator Hagel did, then it seems reasonable to assume he must oppose Hagel’s nomination.
When Chuck Hagel’s nomination comes up for a vote, how will Senators Udall and Bennet vote? In support of their major benefactor and financier of their home state’s political party, Tim Gill, or will they push a partisan agenda and follow in lock-step behind President Obama’s pick?