AMENDMENT 65: Using Big Money to Get Rid of Big Money?

It’s widely acknowledged that Democrats are the champions of the big money game that they invented right here in Colorado.  That’s why it’s so odd that Amendment 65, promoted by a committee called Coloradans Get Big Money Out of Politics,  is backed by none other than the lair of liberal lies, Common Cause.  In fact, Washington Post‘s “Right Turn” blog called Common Cause a “hyper-partisan outfit funded by the same leftwing players that back [Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington].”

According to the Secretary of State’s TRACER, Common Cause has donated nearly $100,000 to the Coloradans Get Big Money Out of Politics issue committee via direct donations and staff time. This proposed amendment seems hypocritical because Common Cause doesn’t disclose its donors either, according to the Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin:

“It’s hard to figure out Common Cause’s finances since it doesn’t reveal all its donors. In fact, under an Orwellian-named “Donor Transparency Policy” it makes clear that it keeps some donors anonymous. Still, you can glean some information. The Web site Capital Research Center lists OSI and other left-wing funders (OSI, the Joyce Foundation, Arca Foundation) among those who’ve given hefty gifts over multiple years.”

Further evidence that this committee is simply a front group for Common Cause can be found in its TRACER information, which shows that the registered agents are Common Cause employees.

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NBC NEWS: As Ohio Drifts From His Grasp, Colorado Orbits In Importance To Obama

NBC News’ Chuck Todd is out with an interesting bit of electoral college scenario-making this morning.

The quick read:

  • Ohio is the President’s firewall. If he can win there, the path to victory for Romney gets super tricky.
  • Unfortunately for Obama, and fortunately for America’s future, Romney is surging in Ohio. An Obama win there is anything but a certainty.
  • If Romney can jerk Ohio out of the Obama column, the President’s second-tier firewall becomes the states of Iowa, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Colorado. Win them all, and Obama gets 272 electoral votes.
  • Of the 4 states in his second-tier firewall, Colorado is the most problematic for Obama. He is trailing by most accounts here.

Thus, if the trends hold and Obama loses Ohio, the election will more than likely come down to Colorado.

Now the long read from Chuck Todd’s morning update to your electronic ears:

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“RAUCOUS RALLY”: Romney/Ryan Bring The House Down At Red Rocks

If (and when) Mitt Romney wins Colorado, pundits and prognosticators will likely point to the Red Rocks rally last night as the moment Mitt Romney sealed the deal in this state. The Republican ticket brought the house down before an adoring crowd of 10,000 with thousands more turned away at the door.

Reports The Colorado Observer‘s Tyler Sandberg:

MORRISON, CO — Seeking a powerful moment to propel their campaign across the finish line, Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan may have found it at a raucous rally out at Red Rocks Tuesday night.

By far Romney’s biggest crowd in Colorado to date, the more than 10,000 in attendance stomped their feet, banged thunder sticks emblazoned with the campaign’s logo and broke into impromptu chants of “Romney, Ryan.”

The optics of the event couldn’t have been better for the Republican ticket, with rally goers donning white, yellow and red t-shirts forming the “C” from the Colorado state flag, and the Romney “R” logo projected onto the twin cliffs on opposite sides of the amphitheater. 

The energy only two weeks from Election Day was palpable inside Red Rocks, with Colorado Republicans tasting the chance for victory in a state that went for President Obama by nine points in 2008. It was referred to often as the political event of the season, drawing a packed house that forced organizers to turn thousands away.

Not only could Republicans taste victory last night, but they seemed to already be savoring a tremendous turnaround from a jarring loss to Obama four years ago.

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NEW DEAL VS. FAILED STIMULUS: Red Rocks Cost $54,000 And Is Open 73 Years Later; Solyndra Cost $500M And Was Boarded Up In Months

Liberal blogs were out over the weekend trying to stoke stories of Mitt Romney’s campaign appearance at Red Rocks, a Colorado landmark built as part of the New Deal in 1941.

That’s right, folks–Red Rocks Amphitheatre was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Red Rocks was a “New Deal” employment project of theWorks Progress Administration (WPA).

Think about it: hundreds of men put to work by the government for five years to build…a concert hall? So Dodge Trucks–another recipient of taxpayer bailout dollars (!)–could sponsor the Red Rocks Summer Concert Seriesall these years later? Seriously, folks, is there a self-respecting modern-day Republican out there who would not have instinctively called the idea of using taxpayer dollars to build Red Rocks Amphitheatre a “boondoggle?”

The Denver Post being The Denver Post, they jumped on the theme this morning, drawing parallels between FDR’s jobs initiative way back when and President Obama’s failed stimulus in 2009. The implication in the Post story is more subtle than that of the liberal blogs, but it is still there…Romney is a hypocrite for campaigning at this New Deal icon.

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EXCLUSIVE: Senior Romney Official Predicts Colorado Win

With Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan rolling into town for a huge rally this evening, a high ranking Romney official is telling Colorado Peak Politics “we will win Colorado.”

Heretofore, Romney officials have been cautious about predicting outright victory in the state, happy to see polls moving in their direction, but avoiding any kind of clear declarations.

With early ballot returns trending Republican and an endless array of public polling showing the state swinging in Romney’s direction, folks on Team Romney are beginning to see Colorado as a strong pickup opportunity.

There is no clearer sign of Team Romney’s confidence than tonight’s joint rally with Romney and Paul Ryan at Red Rocks. It’s a rare event with both Romney and Ryan, but what makes it all the more important is the high expectations surrounding the rally.

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7 DEBATE HIGHLIGHTS: Attacking Me Is Not an Agenda

The final Presidential debate last night offered insight into the contrasting foreign policy visions – and political strengths and weaknesses - of President Obama and Governor Romney.

Best line of the night:

When debate moderator Bob Schieffer asked each candidate to outline his foreign policy agenda, Romney offered a four-point plan and Obama offered half-hearted attempts at zingers.  Romney responded with, “Attacking me is not an agenda.”
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OCTOBER 23: R – 70,826 D – 61,761 U – 37,687

According to a Colorado Peak Politics source, ballot returns as of this AM have Republicans leading. This includes mail-in ballots returned since they were mailed out on Monday, October 15, but not early voting numbers, which began yesterday.

According to the most recent Denver Post poll of Colorado, Governor Romney is leading among Unaffiliated/Independent voters 43-39.

Ballot returns as of the morning of October 23:

Democrats – 61,761

Republicans – 70,826

Unaffiliated – 37,687

Advantage, Romney.

 

CHEATERS: Dems Bribe Would-Be Voters with Pizza

10/24 UPDATE: Per The Colorado Observer’s Valerie Richardson:

DENVER–A Larimer County official busted up the polling-place pizza party Tuesday after a complaint filed by the Colorado Republican Party.

Democrats moved their Obama “2012″ banner and other signage after Larimer County Clerk Scott Doyle told them that they were too close to the Colorado State University early-voting site.

State law bans political or campaign signs within 100 feet of polling places.

Doyle also informed them that they needed to stop offering free T-shirts and pizza to voters, another violation of Colorado law.

Democrats love to proclaim that there is no such thing as voter fraud and that monkey business at the polls never happens. In fact, CNN reported just yesterday that Clear Channel removed billboards highlighting penalties for voter fraud because advocacy groups claimed the billboards were an attempt to suppress the minority vote in Ohio and Wisconsin.

So, how awkward for Democrats, then, when claims of Democrats skirting polling center rules actually surface, and in swing state Colorado no less.  From a Colorado Republican Party press release:

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UNDER PRESSURE: Did The Independence Institute Prompt The Denver Post Story On Green Energy Failures?

Last week the Independence Institute launched a billboard across the street from the Denver Post building, shaming them for ignoring a major political scandal in Abound Solar’s collapse. In this morning’s paper, a story appears detailing the extensive failure of green energy firms in Colorado. Coincidence?

We can’t be sure one is tied to the other, but one thing is certainly true: the Independence Institute and investigative reporter Todd Shepherd have led the charge to peel back the rhetoric around “green energy” and look at the issue without rose-colored glasses.

Knowing that, it’s rather interesting to us that the Post story completely ignores any mention of Shepherd or the Independence Institute’s work. The slight seems especially intended as the author quotes a DC-based think tank on green energy, rather than calling up the local experts over at i2i.

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COLORADO RASMUSSEN POLL: Romney 50 – Obama 46, Five Point Shift Towards Romney

Another Colorado poll, another sign Romney’s post-Denver debate momentum continues. Rasmussen is out with a poll today showing Romney up 50-46 over Obama, marking a five-point shift in Romney’s direction from Rasmussen’s last Colorado poll on October 7.

The October 7 Rasmussen poll had Obama winning 49-48.

Romney’s lead in today’s Rasmussen poll comes from a 12-point lead among male voters, while Obama clings to a thin 3-point lead among female voters. There’s a gender gap, to be sure, but not the kind the press and liberals have been talking about for the last couple of months.

The sample in today’s Rasmussen poll is 36D/40R/23U, significantly different from the Oct. 7 Rasmussen poll with a 30D/35R/30U sample.

According to a Colorado Peak Politics source, as of this morning approximately 36,000 Republicans had returned their ballots to 29,000 Democrats and 20,000 Unaffiliateds. It’s early, and hard to draw too many conclusions from, but that turnout seems to suggest today’s Rasmussen sample could be correct.

As we’ve been saying for months, we expect the Colorado electorate on Nov. 6 to have more Republicans than Democrats, despite left-wing pollster PPP’s suggestion that Democrats will magically turnout in higher numbers than they ever have in history.

Regardless of the perennial party ID fight, no matter how you slice it, Romney’s momentum in Colorado is real and continuing. Will it be enough to push him over the top? We’ll know in a little more than two weeks.

 
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