PIMPING THEIR RIDES: Denver Police Department Unveils Second Lowrider Amid Budget Shortfall

Visit the Denver Post article to see the actual picture of the lowrider.

For months, Denver residents have been hearing the sob story about the city’s budget shortfall (despite its aggressive pursuit of parking tickets) and the importance of passing 2A to help stabilize the Denver budget.  And, then, there are the million yard signs advocating for the tax hike for Denver’s families.  But, despite the so-called shortfall, the Denver Police Department’s has a new toy, a low-rider squad car designed by students.  Here’s what the Denver Post had to say about the absurdity: “It has everything a traditional squad car does, but it’s the details that make it pop — or drop.”

DPD’s second (yes, second) low-rider is painted deep blue and is equipped with 18-inch chrome rims, hydraulic lifts (these allow the driver to raise or lower the chassis), and a custom sound system with two sub-woofers in the trunk. To be fair, some of the time and funds dedicated to pimping this ride were donated by Colorado State Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association and mechanics, so its only partially a boondoggle.

Amazingly, Denver’s Manager of Safety Alex Martinez said “the lowrider is just another way the police department can continue to create a relationship with the community.”



CHECK YOUR MAIL: Adams County Educates Residents on Corruption

Local good government watchdog, Adams County Reform Project, has come out swinging with three new hard-hitting mail pieces highlighting Adams County’s history of ethical lapses within its leadership.  The five leaders the organization has focused its efforts on include County Commissioner Alice Nichol, County Assessor Gil Reyes, County Sheriff Doug Darr, County Treasurer Diane Christner, and County Coroner Jim Hibbard.

The first of three mailers highlighted the county’s “sad tradition” of terrible governance with a lengthy timeline of the corruption.  The timeline also is featured on the web site.



DEMS’ NOSE GROWS: CO Women’s Alliance Sends Cease and Desist Letter to CO Accountable Government Alliance

The Colorado Accountable Government Alliance is known for its vastly inaccurate and ugly mailers against Republican candidates.  Its mailer to voters in Colorado State House District 18 against Republican female candidate Jennifer George is no different.  The mailer describes the Colorado Women’s Alliance as a “radical anti-birth control front group” that “wants to outlaw common forms of birth control.”

The only problem is that Colorado Women’s Alliance hasn’t taken any position on birth control, and prefers to leave those personal choices to women.  In response, the organization fired a shot across the bow telling the peddlers of political putrefaction to stop the lies or face additional legal action.  From the cease and desist letter:

“The CWA has never issued any statement opposing a woman’s personal choice to use birth control. The CWA has also never sought to outlaw any common form of birth control. Any statements by CAGA to the contrary are both patently false and misleading.”

The Colorado Women’s Alliance Director, Debbie Brown explained the focus of the group (hint: it’s not on birth control):

“We are focused on discussing economic issues of importance to women in a substantive and meaningful way. We emphasize that women and the choices they make in their personal lives, are most directly impacted by a strong economy, availability of jobs, and the ability of women to secure financial security for themselves and their families.”

A quick review of Colorado Accountable Government Alliance’s funders show a bunch of far-left groups, but interestingly no women’s organizations. Here are just a few of the top organizations who have donated to CAGA:



CLAW BACK: Will the Jeffco Democratic Party Make Theft Victim Whole?

UPDATE: Jeffco Dems party chairman, Chris Kennedy, has revoked Estelle Carson’s “Democrat of the Year” award, which never should have been given in the first place.  (see below)  No word yet on whether the Jeffco Dems will return the money donated to the party by the felon.  Also, no word on whether the victim “donated” any money to the Jeffco Dems.

The Jefferson County Democratic Party’s 2011 “Democrat of the Year” Estelle Carson was convicted today of felony identity theft and felony theft for stealing checks from a 71-year old developmentally disabled woman and using them to pay her own cable, cell phone and internet bills.  The victim is partially blind, developmentally disabled, has cerebral palsy, and is confined to a wheelchair. Carson, a despicable human being, is due to be sentenced in December.

Since 2010, Carson has donated nearly $250 to the Jeffco Dems, some of which may have come from her victim’s pocket.  Carson also contributed $350 in non-monetary donations, which were not itemized in TRACER, but also may have come from her victim. Will the Jeffco Dems return the money to the victim?



BUSTED: Brittany Pettersen Caught Coordinating with New Era

Colorado State House District 28 candidate Brittany Pettersen used to work (still works?) for New Era Colorado, a nonpartisan left wing youth recruitment organization, so we weren’t surprised to see on Twitter that the embattled candidate leveraged the very partisan “nonpartisan” group’s volunteers to walk precincts.  Unfortunately, that’s not allowed under the IRS rules.

According to the IRS, in order to be classified as a charitable organization eligible to received tax-deductible donations, such organization may not “participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.” “The term ‘candidate for public office’ is defined as an individual who offers himself, or is proposed by others, as a contested for an elective public office, whether such office be national, State, or local.” Rev. Rul. 2007-41, 2007-25 I.R.B. 1421 (June 18, 2008).

Translation – if an organization is considered a 501c3 nonprofit, it means that they’re tax-exempt.  That also means that they cannot coordinate with candidates.   And Brittany Pettersen should know that, having worked at New Era in the past.



BREAKING: Local Reporter Says Obama Refuses To Answer “Repeated Questions On Whether Requests For Help In Benghazi Were Denied”

UPDATE 2: See full video of the damning interview:

UPDATE: 9News has published verbatim excerpts of the interview, which you can find here.
A major news story is about to break, courtesy of 9News reporter Kyle Clark.

Earlier in the day, Clark asked on Twitter for questions to pose to the Commander-in-Chief. Our request: Benghazi. And specifically, was the President specifically made aware of a request for security backup by CIA officers on the scene.

And here is the big news. We haven’t seen the video yet, but Clark just tweeted a tease of the interview:





Try squaring that with Vice President Joe Biden’s comments during his presidential debate earlier this month:

“We weren’t told they wanted more security, we did not know they wanted more security,” the vice-president said.

This has all the makings of a big one. When the video is available, we will post it here.



NATIONAL JOKE: Joe Miklosi’s Horrific First Ad Mocked By The Cook Political Report

Congressional candidate Joe Miklosi has been the subject of much mockery in the Colorado media — from his bill to prevent alleged discrimination against biker gangs to being deemed a “Legislative Loser” by The Denver Post. Now Miklosi is getting ribbed in front of a much more national audience.

In an article by the nonpartisan, and highly regarded, Cook Political Report about strong ads helping vulnerable candidates, there is a bonus section dedicated to poking fun at one of the worst ads this cycle: Joe Miklosi’s.

The article is behind a paywall, but here’s the relevant section.

If you’re looking for proof some media consultants should keep their candidates away from scripts and cameras if they can’t act, look no further than Democratic state Rep. Joe Miklosi’s painful ad against GOP Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado’s 6th CD, which might be one of the reasons his favorable/unfavorable scores are worse than the incumbent’s in some polls.

Check out Miklosi’s monstrosity made for mockery after the jump:



(NO)SHOCK: Liberal Operatives Say Obama Leading…New Poll Showing Obama Ahead In CO Has All The Credibility Of A DNC Press Release

The Democratic political affairs firm OnSight…the same firm that houses top campaign operatives for U.S. Senator Mark Udall and Governor John Hickenlooper…released a poll yesterday saying that Barack Obama is leading in Colorado.

Is anyone surprised while every other poll has Romney surging, Democrats are trying to end that momentum with a half-baked poll of their own? Nahhhhhh.

But still the press treated the poll as credible.

From KDVR’s Eli Stokols:



Post attacks Gessler, coddles Morse

In case you missed it, the Denver Post editorial board doesn’t much like Secretary of State Scott Gessler. In its recent editorial it blasts Gessler for using his discretionary account for discretionary items that it doesn’t agree with. Amazingly, the editorial and coverage of this story in the Post remarkably dwarfs that of the scrutiny leveled against Senator John Morse.

The similarities between the two circumstances appeal almost identical but result in very different coverage. First, both stories were initiated by partisan groups, Ethics Watch (CEW) on the Left and Colorado Accountability Project (CAP) on the Right. CEW blasted Gessler and the Post wrote about it immediately, including two stories and an editorial, “Gessler needs to repay taxpayers.”

CAP attacked Morse for collecting more than $30,000 in undocumented per diem payments and the Post waited months before writing about it, even in the face of constant pressure from this blog. It finally wrote an editorial titled “Rule about legislators’ expenses still unclear.” It vaguely mentions Morse but does not attack him like it did Gessler.

Both instances show elected officials being reimbursed without documentation, Gessler $1,400 from cash funds and Morse $30,000 in taxpayer funds. Both examples are within the bounds 0f the law. The Morse editorial says, “The Senate ethics committee has suggested…that lawmakers be more specific when filling out forms about what they were doing…” and the Gessler editorial agrees the CEW complaints are frivolous.

But the editorial goes nuclear on Gessler calling him tone deaf and barely makes mention of Morse and his $30,000 windfall. The Gessler editorial could just have easily called for more clarification of discretionary account spending but instead chose to lecture him.

Sadly, the Post is showing its partisan stripes by blatantly attacking Gessler and slapping Morse’s wrist. But, of course, no bias in our local media.


OCTOBER 26: Republicans Continue 3 Point Lead In Ballots Returned

Another day, another ballot return figure showing promising figures for Mitt Romney and Republicans in Colorado.

The Secretary of State released figures for total ballots returned this morning. The figures are as follows:

Total ballots cast: 626,097

R: 244,264 (39.0%)

D: 225,850 (36.1%)

U: 149,877 (23.9%)

The most recent Colorado poll, a NBC/WSJ poll by Marist released yesterday, has Romney winning Independent/Unaffiliated voters.

On October 23, 2008 Democrats were at 40% of ballots returned to Republicans’ 33%. Oh, how the tides have turned.


See ballot return numbers from October 25 here, October 24 here, and October 23 here.

Check out the county-by-county breakdown of the early vote here.

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