From billboards now appearing in Greeley, Colorado:
How’d that work out for the Native Americans?
Thanks a lot gun grabbers. Unlike Magpul, these guys didn’t leave voluntarily.
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“Helping kiddos get food in their bellies.” This is actually a headline on the Colorado State Senate Majority Office website describing their latest effort to expand the welfare state and deepen dependance on government handouts.
The so-called “Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition Program” carves out classroom time after the start of school, during which institutions that are already struggling to serve kids academically must now serve breakfast to all students. By the second year of this program, schools with at least 70% of the students qualifying for free or reduced priced lunches will be required to participate in Breakfast After the Bell. To add some context to this number, a family qualifies for reduced priced lunches if they are earn 185% of the federal poverty level; that is 68% of the entire Denver Public Schools population.
But at least the Democrats are honest about this being another taxpayer money grab. The bill clearly states that one of its purposes is to “generate additional revenue for school nutrition programs through federal and state reimbursements.” They also slipped in a clause that effectively cancels the law if federal per-meal reimbursements decrease.
For those families who need assistance feeding their children, a safety net is helpful. But, nearly 70% of families need help with this for what’s likely the least expensive meal of the day? When a carton of eggs or a tub of oatmeal costs just $2 and offers multiple meals, it seems that a parent could likely feed their child more efficiently than a government program ever could. Of course, if nearly 70% of children genuinely need breakfast supplements because their parents are faring so poorly, why are Democrats hell-bent on killing the jobs that would lift Coloradans out of poverty?
It’s also bothersome that this is another incremental step by Democrats to control citizens’ lives. Imagine the outcry if at some point a lawmaker wants to claw back this appropriation – it’s not going to happen. Add this one to the list of government spending that will never go away.
Five years into Obama’s high unemployment and anemic economic growth, it’s difficult to imagine that lawmakers would enact rules to frustrate private sector hiring. But once again, Colorado Democratic lawmakers target small business owners in a year they dedicated to creating economic opportunity and prosperity. The latest affront comes under the farcically-named Employment Opportunity Act that Governor Hickenlooper signed into law on April 19th.
This new law allows the government to pull up a chair beside the hiring manager, and forbids a small business owner from running a credit check on a potential new hire. True to form with a lot of these types of restrictions, the government writes itself out of the bill, by listing numerous government jobs that do not have to comply with the law. Well-funded special interests such as banks and financial institutions earned passes as well.
But not exempted were mom-and-pop retail stores and restaurants. In fact, the law goes straight after those businesses by explicitly stating that access to customer financial information that would be customary in a retail transaction would not be grounds for an exemption to this law.
This law was jammed through both houses of the Colorado legislature on straight party line votes. It says a lot when not a single Republican would vote for this bill, and not a single Democrat voted against it. It’s just another example of unnecessary regulation that causes businesses to think twice about setting up shop in Colorado.
While Bruce Finley may not be The Most Trusted Man in America, or even a household media name, he is an environmental reporter for the Denver Post, which is at the geographic epicenter of what is shaping up to be the most meaningful energy revolution in generations. We’re talking about Colorado’s natural gas economy. Because of that, and the paper that he writes for, we feel that it is important to be transparent in his journalistic endeavors.
Simon Lomax, Research Director for oil industry advocacy group Energy in Depth, noticed that Finley came up short in this department for a story that he wrote for the Denver Post last month. Despite Finley’s 20-plus-year background in reporting, no correction has been made to add a qualifier to one of his sources.
Finley quotes a Western Slope doctor, Mitchell Gershten, lamenting the secrecy of hydraulic fracturing fluid components. The article makes it seem as if Gershten was just another small town doc fighting for his patients. The truth is that Gershten is an outspoken anti-fracking activist who has organized petitions and letter writing campaigns, and has been published in the Grand Junction Sentinel, Boulder Daily Camera, and the Delta County Independent.
In the same article Finley also quotes a representative from the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance without a word describing what this group is all about. It kind of sounds like a generic group of citizens who could be banding together for a variety of issues, except it is not. The Grand Valley Citizens Alliance is a single-issue advocacy group formed to do one thing: push back against oil and gas exploration efforts in Colorado.
Lomax lists other perceived shortfalls in disclosures related to Finley’s article, and the entire rebuttal, titled “Reporter, Disclose Thyself,” can be found here. As far as we can tell, Finley has not updated his piece since the day after it was published in late March. Perhaps it’s about time.
Today, the Boulder Daily Camera reported that the Erie-based company has begun manufacturing its PMag ammunition magazines out of state for the first time ever, according to the company. Apparently, its sights have been manufactured out of state in the past. Here is a response to an inquiry from Facebook:
“More details on where HQ and production will be moving to will be announced as things are finalized. PMag production has already started out of the state. Please be patient, there is a lot of due diligence required to move a company of our size.”
The statement did not go unnoticed with 47 Facebook likes and 18 replies of encouragement. Some of the replies included welcome messages from other states, such as Wyoming, Georgia, and Texas, among others.
The company plans to reveal its relocation plans after the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting and exhibition this weekend. Magpul announced its plans to relocate on the day that Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper signed radical gun control legislation into law.
How many other companies will be chased out of Colorado due to far left policies of the current Democratic regime at the Capitol and in the Governor’s Mansion? Guess Democratic Sens. Andy Kerr and Jeanne Nicolson’s “Keep Jobs in Colorado” initiative doesn’t do a whole lot of good when you spend the other 95% of the legislative session chasing jobs out of state.
UPDATE: The crack criminal investigative staff over at Colorado Pols continues to press the case that the FBI doesn’t know what it is talking about in the case of the Saudi sex monster and the possibility that he might be connected to the death of Tom Clements. Check their post.
Look, we don’t know if the guy is guilty of killing the state’s corrections officer, but we know this is a monster of a human – a man who is so without moral dimension that he imprisoned a woman and made her his sex slave for years. Nobody is convicting the guy of this crime, but there are clearly strange enough ties that the FBI is taking a hard look. That isn’t racism. That is law enforcement.
On the morning after Colorado Department of Corrections head Tom Clements was gunned down at his home, The Colorado Observer had an exclusive angle that national and local news organizations soon followed.
Noting only a week prior to Clements death, the prisons chief had denied convicted Saudi rapist Homaidan al-Turki’s request for transfer back to Saudi Arabia, The Observer raised the specter of al-Turki’s involvement in Clements killing.
Al-Turki is bad news — in addition to raping and imprisoning his Indonesian maid, he published al-Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki’s anti-American sermons and has powerful ties among the Saudi elite. (In a strange local twist, al-Awlaki is a CSU grad.)
Law enforcement, as far up as the FBI we hear, immediately looked to an al-Turki connection, not least because, as The Observer reported exclusively, there were threats of retaliatory violence made when al-Turki was convicted in 2006. As The Observer‘s Tyler Sandberg reported at the time:
A 2006 classified State Department cable written by Deputy Chief of Mission in Saudi Arabia, Michael Gfoeller, said that “some Saudi contacts even fear that [the conviction of al-Turki] could encourage acts against Americans both inside and outside the U.S., including terrorist actions.”
This solid bit of reporting earned The Observer an outlandish attack from left-wing Colorado Pols, who deemed it “idiotic xenophobia.” Why? Because The Observer is a conservative-leaning publication, it must be racist.
We decided to let them prattle on with their progressive rant about political correctness at the time because if they wanted to defend an al Qaeda-affiliated rapist, that was on them. If they wanted to become the Al-Turki Times, well, we weren’t going to stop them from making fools of themselves.
In the weeks after Clements death, a white supremacist named Evan Ebel, who was part of the prison gang 211 Crew, was eventually tied to the killing and died in a shoot-out with Texas police while on the run.
But now comes a fresh angle in the story, with The Denver Post reporting that authorities are looking into the possibility that al-Turki paid the 211 Crew to carry out the killing of Clements:
With the frequency of flailing attacks left-wing Colorado Pols has been throwing out lately against the impending recall campaigns of Democratic Senators Hudak and Morse and Representative McLachlan, you might begin to wonder if they doth protest too much.
(Note to Michele Bachmann — it’s not “protestest too much“)
It makes you wonder if some on the left have polled the issue and are beginning to worry that a low-turnout recall election is more than just a minor annoyance.
Should any of the petition drives succeed, a recall election would likely be very low turnout, which would favor the highly motivated voter — something that gun rights supporters pretty much personify.
Of all the targets worrying about the recall drives, we’re betting Senate President John Morse is the one most concerned. There are a couple of reasons for this:
At the outset of the recall campaigns, Colorado Pols and liberals wrote them off as hopeless exercises in futility.
With the amount of ink spilled on the recalls recently, it seems safe to say the left is starting to take the possibility of losing their Senate President before next session starts pretty seriously.
Yesterday, our friends at left-wing Colorado Pols took a rare shot at the Democrats’ likely nominee for the 6th Congressional District, Andrew Romanoff.
Mocking an email that went out April 26 on his behalf from the campaign of Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado Pols deemed it “perhaps the weirdest email of support for a candidate that we have ever seen.”
There are only two links in the text, and both take you to a page where you can unsubscribe from Romanoff’s email list. We’ve never seen an unsubscribe option so prominently placed in an email of support, particularly when that email comes from someone else. This point bears repeating: The email is from John Hickenlooper’s campaign, but the only actionable links take you to Romanoff’s website, where you can unsubscribe from his list. You can only unsubscribe from Hickenlooper’s email list if you click on the link at the very bottom of the email.
There is a small contribution button at the end of the email, which is nice…except that it takes you to a contribution page for Hickenlooper for Colorado. The entire email is about Andrew Romanoff’s campaign for congress, but there is NO included option to do anything positive to support him. WTF?
It appears Colorado Pols isn’t on Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter’s email list, because he sent the same email on Romanoff’s behalf only a week earlier, on April 19.
Just as with Hickenlooper’s email, the email from Perlmutter has only two prominent links in the body of the email and both go to pages that unsubscribe you from Romanoff’s email list.
Oh, and the big “Contribute” button in red at the bottom? That cash ends up in Perlmutter’s coffers, not Andy’s.
At the end of their rebuke of a fellow Democrat, Pols insists a mistake must have been made — almost hinting it was Hick’s fault. Yes, Pols, mistakes were made. And the common theme is Andy Romanoff’s campaign.
(full Perlmutter/Romanoff email below)
While Coloradans learned an expensive lesson about affordable green energy last year, it looks like Idaho-based Exergy Development Group may be shaping up to be the next instant classic in a series of government-funded renewable energy busts.
The love affair between clean energy and what many consider the world’s dirtiest sport took a strange turn earlier this month, when the USA Pro Cycle Challenge, Colorado’s bike race that claims to draw one million spectators annually, sued one of its main sponsors. Exergy promised millions to the race over a three year period, and is currently being sued for the $2.5 million they promised for 2013.
But as things are shaping up, Colorado’s professional bike race liability may be just a drop in the rainwater cistern for Exergy. It turns out that last year the Virginia-based turbine maker AES Corp. sued Exergy for failure to pay up to $37.9 million for 32 wind turbines. A few short weeks after this lawsuit, Idaho Power forced Exergy to suspend work on six wind facilities, effectively cancelling faltering projects that had been years and millions of dollars in the making. Exergy also faced a public relations nightmare as their hometown publicly accused them of failing to cover a $27,500 bill for the City of Boise police and waste removal for a race, a bill that the company eventually paid.
The USA Pro Cycle Challenge claims that even with the loss of Exergy’s commitment, it still has more sponsorship commitments than last year, including a Founding Partnership donation from our state’s “favorite” clean energy brewery.
A loyal reader sends along the below photo of Democratic legislators napping during the debate over SB252 on Friday night.
SB252 would mandate a 25% minimum for renewable energy for rural electric co-ops, which would have the effect of drastically raising electric rates for rural customers.
It’s part of what legislative Republicans have deemed a “War on Rural Colorado” by Democrats this session.
It appears even Democrats are tired of House Speaker Mark Ferrandino’s sh*tty calendar management skills.
4/30 UPDATE: The Denver Post‘s Kurtis Lee picks up on the tireless work ethic of Rhonda Fields and Jeanne Labuda:
Photos of lawmakers sleeping at their desks — no matter the late night hour — are never a good look.
And in an era where everyone has a camera, either on their smart phone or tablet, photos can easily be taken — just look at Democratic Reps. Rhonda Fields of Aurora and Jeanne Labuda of Denver.
An image snapped of the two on Friday night as lawmakers debated bills into Saturday morning shows them slumped in their chairs on the House floor with their eyes closed.
4/30 UPDATE 2: Sleeping, or some cases appearing to sleep, on the House floor can come back to bite politicians. The Wayback Machine brings us this gem from the Rocky Mountain News in 2006:
…A Democratic “527” organization…[has] been running TV commercials and sending out fliers which include a picture of [Republican State Senator Lew] Entz leaning back in his chair in the Senate, feet on his desk and his eyes closed. He’s asleep on the job, the ads suggest.
“I’ve done that for 20 years when I’m not doing anything,” Entz said. “I lean back and relax. I never went to sleep in my life.”
The picture was printed in The Denver Post in 2005. Amber O’Connor, Entz’s campaign manager, said the Post has asked the 527 to stop using the copyright picture. But it was still appearing in ads as late as Monday.
The Democrats control the Senate 18-17 and they’re focusing on Entz’s district since they fear losing a seat elsewhere.