Just when you thought Democrats in the state legislature couldn’t control yet another aspect of Coloradans’ lives, here they come with legislation to control bathrooms. Fixtures, that is. A bill just passed in the Senate today, SB14-103 phases out regular toilets in favor of low-efficiency plumbing fixtures. If you’re feeling a little squeamish about the new regulation, you’re not alone. Republican Sen. Larry Crowder summed it up perfectly: Continue reading
Echoes of Colorado’s recent elections sounded in last Tuesday’s San Diego mayoralty run-off election where the Republican won handily. Some lessons emerge.
1. Republicans can win despite Democratic registration advantages. San Diego is 26% Republican to 40% Democrat. Pueblo’s Sen. George Rivera proved the same point last September, winning the recall in a district that was 47% Democrat to 23% Republican.
2. Used here in Colorado, the “Obama election model – flood the zone with negative attack ads and excite the base of the Democratic party – flopped” in San Diego. Just 6% of Obama’s TV ads in 2012 were positive. Continue reading
It’s been sad here at the Peak offices. It’s not that The Denver Post’s Allison Sherry is moving on to The Minneapolis Star Tribune, but that people here lost a lot of money when “Udall’s Spokeswoman” did not win the “Allison Sherry’s Next Job” pool.
We’re sad to see her go as her columns were like a window into Udall’s soul, or, more accurately, how much he was freaking out over his scandals and desperately wanted to change the conversation.
Now how will we get the Democrats’ talking points for the day?
We were thinking of doing a Top Five Allison Sherry moments in honor of her departure, but there was not much to her reporting that we couldn’t get from liberal Sens. Udall’s and Bennett’s press releases. Continue reading
We’ve written extensively on how liberal Governor John Hickenlooper keeps telling every audience he talks to that Colorado’s economy is on the up and up:
My friends, in 2010, when it came to job growth, this state was ranked 40th in the nation. Now, three years later, in that same ranking, Colorado is the 4th fastest job growth state in the country. 40th to 4th.
First, it was in the State of the State. Then, to a group of folks down in Pueblo, and most recently, in front of a group of businessmen in Denver. And, again, and again, and again we urge him and his administration to back up these numbers, because, frankly, we can’t find this “ranking” anywhere.
Needless to say, we’ve been met with silence. You’d think it’d be all too easy to release these rankings and force us to eat crow, but that only works if the numbers are real.
Our constant nagging must be getting to Team Hick as evidenced by Hickenlooper’s chief political guy, Alan Salazar, sending out this tweet Friday night:
From 40th to 4th more good news for CO economy http://t.co/6zFsS4JYQ4
— Alan Salazar (@AlanSalazarCO) February 15, 2014
PeakNation™, we know you hold us in high regard…think of us as purveyors of honesty, crusaders of truth. Yet, hard as it is to believe, we, too, make mistakes. So, let us be the first to say we are sorry.
What are we sorry for? When Democratic Candidate for Colorado Attorney General Don Quick came out last week saying Colorado’s current Attorney General should no longer enforce a law that is still constitutional (apparently, Quick does not know how to read Supreme Court rulings), we thought he was announcing his desire to run as a legislator so he could make new laws.
We were wrong. As far as we can tell from the ad below, as he talks about saving Colorado through schools and Boys and Girls Clubs, we have to believe he is now set on running for school board. He does know that Colorado’s Attorney General doesn’t build schools, right…? Continue reading
Governor Hickenlooper has started on his Great Apology tour throughout rural Colorado. Last week, he visited the Eastern plains town of Yuma, where he spoke with five county commissioners. He said he has told current legislative leadership that the legislative process must be fair and that legislation passed without all parties being allowed to participate will face a certain veto from him this year.
Not surprisingly, the topic of the rural renewable energy mandate came up, but what The Yuma Pioneer reported Hickenlooper as saying was even more interesting. Hick pledged to not sign legislation that didn’t have bipartisan participation. Here’s the excerpt from the article:
When challenged by commissioners from five eastern Colorado counties, Governor John Hickenlooper conceded that the process for passing SB 252 on rural renewable energy in last year’s Colorado Legislature was flawed.
He said he has told current legislative leadership that the legislative process must be fair and that legislation passed without all parties being allowed to participate will face a certain veto from him this year.
It is not uncommon to hear critics bemoan big money in politics. These discouraged observers commonly follow up their lamentation with a resigned acknowledgement of the alleged stranglehold that the Koch brothers seem to have on our process. While the Koch brothers may be Public Enemy Number One in the halls of MSNBC, their contributions don’t even break the top fifty in the 1989 – 2014 historical analysis that was recently published by OpenSecrets.org.
This list of “Heavy Hitters,” as OpenSecrets calls them, is almost completely dominated by labor unions and companies in our nation’s most regulated industries. Of the top ten, zero are rated as “leans Republican,” seven are rated as “leans Democrat,” “solidly Democrat,” or “strongly Democrat.”
Three highly-regulated companies are listed as “on the fence,” meaning they pay protection money at a rate of 40% – 60% to either side. Not surprisingly, given the government interference in their industries, the fence sitters are Goldman Sachs, AT&T, and the National Association of Realtors.
While it is no surprise that ActBlue, a national donation aggregator for liberal political causes, tops the list by a wide margin, the rest of the top ten reads like a roll call of the organized labor movement. Minus the fence sitters listed in the above paragraph, the following entities round out the top ten in order: American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; National Education Association; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; United Auto Workers; Carpenters & Joiners Union; and Service Employees International Union.
Where are the Koch brothers in this analysis? Koch Industries comes in at #59 in the list, and of the 58 organizations ahead of them, only 12 of them register as “leans Republican” or “solidly Republican.”
According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, since 2007, of the top five organizations giving in Colorado politics, unions occupy the top four:
- National Education Association – $9.8 million
- United Food and Commercial Workers – $8.2 million
- American Crossroads – $6 million
- SEIU – $5.7 million
- AFSCME – $3.9 million
We suggest that the next time you hear a liberal complain about the amount of money in politics, simply explain to him or her that labor unions are by far the biggest big money in politics and that if the government did not control so much of the economy, there wouldn’t be so many special interests feeling compelled to feed the beast.
Gov. John Hickenlooper likes to tout how well Coloradans have fared under his “artful” watch. Coloradans are doing so well, in fact, that we register the highest level of food stamps in the state’s history. That’s sarcasm, folks. Let us be clear. We don’t fault people for being on food stamps, but we want people to be so successful that they don’t need to be on public assistance.
From Complete Colorado:
According to data from the Colorado Department of Human services, the number of individuals receiving SNAP assistance has remained at over 500,000 for the last 15 consecutive months for which data is available (October 2012 to December 2013). Prior to October 2012, the number of individuals on SNAP in Colorado had never crossed the half-million mark.
We’re doing so, so “well” in Colorado, economically, that we’re actually leading all of the neighboring states in increase in food stamp enrollees through the period of 2009-2013 with a 59% increase.
Given this startling revelation, we have a quick #protip for Hick: When an elected official claims his state is doing well economically and the lowly people on the ground know better because they’re still struggling, repeating the lie doesn’t make their lives better. It just makes politicians out of touch. When Hick claims that Colorado was 4th in job creation in 2013, but the reality is that the state wasn’t, then Hick just looks like an idiot.
No charge for the free advice #TeamHick – but we are waiting for our ham sandwich, Max Potter.
Senate Democrats may appear a bit shy at first, touting their “independence” from President Obama and Harry Reid. But it turns out that according to our friends at ElectionHarmony.com – they and President Obama are a near perfect match!
Earlier this week, the next season of “House of Cards” came out on Netflix. To drum up excitement, the official House of Cards twitter handle trolled actual U.S. legislators. One of the legislators House of Cards trolled was Colorado’s very own U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner. See below. Way to represent, Rep. Gardner!
— Rep. Cory Gardner (@repcorygardner) February 11, 2014
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) February 12, 2014