WHY THE LEFT WINS: Democrats Have Already Started Canvassing

While Republicans are busy pointing fingers about who “lost” the election, Democrats are quietly going about their business.  This means that those on the left have already resumed their canvassing activities. Yes, you read that correctly, the ballots haven’t even been certified and Democrats are already walking neighborhoods under the guise of stopping fracking in the South Platte.

Getting beyond the inaccuracies of the propaganda distributed, the point is they’re distributing it.

Here are photos of the brochures they passed out:

How was the Obama ground game so strong this cycle? It wasn’t just OFA – it’s in the DNA of the left in Colorado. From environmental groups to labor unions and pure Democrat front groups like ProgressNow — and funded by donors with near bottomless bank accounts — liberals in Colorado have kept a constant campaign up for years. While the conservative movement and the Republican Party licks its wounds and fights amongst itself, the Left is already back at it.

 

SHOCK: Secretary Salazar Threatens To “Punch Out” A Colorado Reporter

UPDATE: Audio of Salazar’s threat against the reporter is now available. Check it out after the jump.

Yesterday we reported that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and his ten-gallon hat were apparently on their way out.

Today we learned that he isn’t taking his impending ouster well.

From Politico:

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar threatened to punch a reporter on a recent trip to Colorado, according to witnesses.

Dave Philipps, a reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette, tried to ask Salazar about his appointments to the Bureau of Land Management and the wild horse population in the state. Specifically, Philipps had questions about the government’s relationship with a wild horse buyer who allegedly sold more than 1,700 horses to Mexican slaughterhouses…

According to Kathrens, Salazar took two questions from Philipps before disagreeing with his line of questioning.

“Don’t you ever … You know what, you do that again… I’ll punch you out,” Salazar reportedly told Philipps before ending the interview and walking off.

The alleged incident took place when Salazar was in Colorado on Election Day, on behalf of the Obama campaign.

“The secretary regrets the exchange,” Interior spokesman Blake Androff told POLITICO.

“These threats would have been inappropriate coming from anyone, but the fact that it came out of the mouth of the Secretary of the Interior is alarming,” Kathrens said in a statement. “I can’t believe that a top official in Obama’s cabinet could be so defensive.”

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STFU: America-Loving Conservatives Should Take A Moment To Tell Secessionist Morons To Do Exactly That

Please.Shut.The.F$%^.Up.Secessionist.Morons. As America-loving conservatives, we have a simple message to those vacuous idiots who are petitioning for Colorado to secede from the United States of America because Obama won the election:

Get over it.

We’ll keep this short and sweet, as we don’t want to give the whack jobs any more of the attention they so clearly crave than is necessary to put them in their place.

When you lose an election you don’t take your ball and go home. You pick your broken a__ up off the ground and get back in the game.

Thankfully, it appears a good portion of the signatories aren’t even from Colorado, notes Westword’s Sam Levin :

A quick glance through the signatures on Colorado’s petition show that many of them are not residents of Colorado. In the most recent thirty at this writing, only three of them are listed as residents of Colorado — from Pueblo, Littleton and Denver.

As rock-ribbed conservative and Colorado Christian University President John Andrews told The Colorado Observer the petition effort is “infantile, absurd and politically suicidal….It sets a new world record for sore losers. Anyone who wants their state to secede from the union is someone whose brain has already seceded from their body.”

Do the conservative movement a favor folks, and tell the secessionist troglodytes to STFU.

 

WAITING: Will the SD19 Race Head to Recount?

The race between Republican Lang Sias and Democrat/union darling Evie Hudak was the closest Colorado race of the 2012 election.  As it stands, Hudak is leading by just 332 votes, but that’s not enough to trigger an automatic recount.  Some analysts believe that post-election ballot counting, which includes provisional ballots and overseas/military ballots, may tighten the race to within .5% and trigger an automatic recount. According to the Secretary of State:

“If the difference between the candidate receiving the highest number of votes and the candidate receiving the second-highest number of votes is less than ½ of 1% of the total votes cast for the candidate with the highest number of votes, there is a mandatory recount.”

The process is not terribly complex, but the Jefferson County Elections Division has provided an overview of the process.  Here a few key dates to remember when considering the status of the SD19 race:

November 14: Last day to accept voter cure letters, affidavits and copies of ID.  Also, last day to accept military and overseas ballots.  Currently, the Jeffco Elections division estimates that it has 300 to 600 resolution board ballots, 3,200 to 3,700 military and overseas ballots, and 7,300 to 7,600 provisional ballots.

While 7,300 to 7,600 provisional ballots sounds like a lot of ballots, not all provisional ballots are counted in their entirety.  Here are some guidelines for provisional ballots:

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SHADOW PRESIDENT: Romney’s Deficit Reduction Plan Takes Center Stage

After months of calling Mitt Romney a heartless money-bagged scrooge with plans to raise taxes on the middle class in order to cut taxes for the rich, now Democrats in Washington are saying something very different…Mitt Romney’s plan makes sense.

From the New York Times this morning:

WASHINGTON — With both parties positioning for difficult negotiations to avert a fiscal crisis as Congress returns Tuesday for its lame-duck session, Democrats are latching on to an idea floated by Mitt Romney to raise taxes on the rich through a hard cap on income-tax deductions.

The proposal by Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, was envisioned to help pay for an across-the-board income-tax cut, a move ridiculed by President Barack Obama as window dressing to a “sketchy deal.” But many Democrats now see it as an important element of a potential deficit-reduction agreement — and one they can claim to be bipartisan.

The cap — never fully detailed by Romney — is similar to a longstanding proposal by Obama to limit income-tax deductions to 28 percent, even for affluent households that pay a 35 percent rate. But a firm cap of around $35,000 would hit the affluent even harder than Obama’s proposal, which has previously gotten nowhere in Congress.

“Let’s just say there’s a renewed interest,” said Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. “Part of it is people reflecting on Obama’s proposal, but when Romney said what he said, it just added fuel.”

“I was a little surprised Romney proposed a dollar cap when he did it,” Conrad added.

A key difference between Obama’s and Romney’s plans is Obama’s planned on limiting even charitable deductions, which would inevitably screw a good portion of America’s charities, colleges and non-profits who rely heavily on the wealthy to donate in exchange for a lessened tax burden.

Beyond the fact that it was Obama’s proposal that was demonstrably bad for those that help poor people, we can’t help but marvel at the sheer brazenness of Democrats in Washington being such disingenuous, dishonest scoundrels.

They slammed Romney’s plan as the worst economic plan since Mao’s Great Leap Forward, and only days after the dust has settled from the election are already looking to adopt it.

Kind of like when Obama slammed Hillary in the primary over the individual mandate and then made it the centerpiece of Obamacare, eh?

 

GENDER GAP ERASED: Colorado the Only Swing State to Jettison Gender Gap

The female vote was critical in helping to re-elect Barack Obama this year in all swing states…except Colorado, according to Rutgers University’s Center for American Women in Politics.  According to the press release, nationally, a majority of women (55%) voted for Obama, while a majority of men (52%) voted for Mitt Romney.  The press release further notes that:

“Defined as the difference in the proportions of women and men voting for the winning candidate, a sizable gender gap was evident in the election results.The gender gap was 10 percentage points in 2012, with 55 percent of women, but only 45 percent of men, voting for Obama. The gender gap in this year’s presidential race is larger than in any year except 1996, when it was 11 percentage points. There was a 7-point gender gap in the final vote in both 2004 and 2008. Obama won about the same proportion of women voters in 2012.”

Most interesting among the findings was what wasn’t there – the gender gap in Colorado evaporated in the 2012 election. When defined as Rutgers does above, as the difference between the proportions of women and men voting for the winning candidate, Colorado saw Obama’s voters as 50% women and 50% men.  Even Romney’s gender percentages were not terribly far apart with 46% of voters as female and 49% as male.

To put it in perspective, eight of the nine swing states had gender gaps.  Colorado was the one that didn’t.  The following is the gender gap in each swing state:  Iowa (15 points), New Hampshire (11 points), Nevada (10 points), Ohio (10 points), Wisconsin (10 points), Florida (7 points), Virginia (7 points), North Carolina (5 points), and Colorado (0 points).

Below is a chart showing how women and men voted in the nine swing states.  Colorado came pretty close to even across the board.

Colorado performed far differently than the remainder of the swing states.  Perhaps it’s because the “war on women” model was developed here and women are growing wearing of talking about their reproductive organs.  Or maybe, while Republicans were not successful this election, there were some groups on the right that fought back against the left’s outrageous attacks.  While Republicans still were outspent this election, the fact that they weren’t steamrolled this election like in 2010 is a testament to the power of fighting back.

 

BIDING TIME? Secretary Salazar’s Days Appear Numbered

With President Obama looking at the makeup of his second term cabinet, a number of folks from his first term look set to step down or get pushed out. The Wall Street Journal highlights three officials dealing with energy policy that could find themselves unemployed very soon, including Colorado’s Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

WASHINGTON — Energy-industry officials and environmental groups are watching for change at the top in President Barack Obama’s second term, with Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Energy Secretary Steven Chu seen as possible candidates to step down.

Any new faces could have a big impact on some of the most important issues affecting the US economy, including the rapid growth of oil and gas production backed by new drilling technologies and the decline of coal.

Mr. Salazar’s spokesman said the secretary remains “focused on the job.” The White House declined to comment on who might leave the Cabinet or when, and representatives of the EPA and the Energy Department didn’t return messages seeking comment…

While there is no particular impetus for Ms. Jackson or Messrs. Salazar and Chu to leave right away, all three have shouldered considerable criticism from corporate executives, industry lobbyists and Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Mr. Salazar, a former US senator from Colorado, was widely criticized for issuing a temporary drilling ban after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Remember that Vanity Fair article that belittled Salazar’s lack of influence in the Obama administration? Now it matters more than ever.

Salazar has never been one of the Obama administration’s favorite cabinet members (see: disastrous BP spill press conferences), nor that of the energy industry.

Just look at Salazar’s recent play to publish new oil shale rules. His rush to publish these job-killing anti-energy regulations, even though Obama has four long years, suggests that maybe Salazar too knows his days are numbered. We can only hope.

 

NEW TEAM: House and Senate Leadership Elected

Yesterday, the Colorado State House and Senate elected new leadership for the 2013 session.  Below are the legislators who were elected to leadership positions.  Congratulations to all.

House

The Democrats

Rep. Mark Ferrandino – Speaker of the House

Representing Denver’s House District 2, Rep. Ferrandino is the first openly-gay Speaker of the Colorado State House. He is currently an adjunct professor at Metro State University in Denver. He and his partner have a dog named Dagny.  Perhaps someone has been reading Atlas Shrugged?

Ferrandino was first elected the Colorado State House via a vacancy committee in 2007.  He also has served in numerous positions in the Colorado Democratic Party throughout the years.  He also has served in several positions in the Owens administration as well as the Clinton and Bush (the younger) administrations.

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FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE: Coffman’s Blistering Attacks On Miklosi Show Way Forward For #WaronWomen

In an election season defined in large part by liberal claims of a Republican “war on women” the closest Congressional race in Colorado was notable for one thing — the refusal of the campaign of Congressman Mike Coffman to stay on the defensive on the issue.

Coffman’s four-point victory over Denver Democrat Joe Miklosi may provide the way forward for dealing with Democratic fear-mongering among the all-pivotal swing suburban female vote: fight fire with fire.

Rather than try to talk solely about the economy, or stay on defense pushing back against Democratic attacks, Coffman’s campaign went on the offense, hitting Miklosi for opposing laws that would help capture and punish child abductors and sexual predators.

The so-called “Bennet model” of focusing on suburban female swing voters and trying to convince them Republicans are “too extreme” appears to work best when it’s not countered with equal ferocity and messaging.

Coffman’s victory shows the way forward is to push back on the same message: Democrats are “too extreme” for suburban female swing voters.

Ads like this are a prime reason why Miklosi’s unfavorable ratings were higher than his favorable ratings in private polling.

Republicans thinking of running in 2014: take notice.

(Ads embedded after the jump)

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SILVER (BULLET) LINING: Joe Coors Didn’t Defeat Ed Perlmutter, But He Did Defeat Joe Miklosi

Joe Coors may not be a beer, but his campaign, like his family’s beer brand, provided a silver (bullet) lining to this otherwise brutal election cycle.

While his campaign for Congress may not have been victorious, he did play an outsized role in another competitive Congressional race in Colorado — Mike Coffman’s 6th Congressional District.

Coors’ hard-charging campaign drew the attention, and millions of dollars, of numerous liberal outside groups, from Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC to government union AFSCME. In total, liberal groups spent about $2 million attacking Coors and defending Congressman Ed Perlmutter.

That was time, money and attention not going towards what ended up being the closest race in the state — the CD6 matchup between Republican Congressman Mike Coffman and Democrat challenger Joe Miklosi.

Coffman took the race 49-45, while Perlmutter won 53-41, a spread that’s got to gut Democrats who are otherwise feeling pretty good today.

Who knows what caused such an epic failure to occur?

The Democrats’ legal team, funded healthily by the likes of Pat Stryker and other liberal donors with bottomless pockets, was successful in persuading the courts to turn the district from ruby red to Rockies purple in redistricting. How in the world did they allow the likes of Joe Miklosi to end up as their standard bearer in the year they had the best shot at the seat?

Republicans may be licking their wounds and wondering what happened today, but they can be thankful Joe Coors showed up on the scene and someone else other than Joe Miklosi did not.

 
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