CHICKEN OR EGG?: Donations of the Largest Birth Contol Manufacturers

Women are undeniably going to influence the election this year, particularly so in Colorado.  Democrats have nearly turned themselves inside out trying to convince women that Republicans don’t have their best interests at heart, with some Democrats falsely charging that Republicans want to take away birth control for women.

A quick look at the largest manufacturers of prescription birth control (e.g., birth control pills, patches, and rings as well as intrauterine devices) shows that these companies donate predominantly to Democrats.  Shocking.  To be clear, we’re not implying that’s necessarily the reason that Democrats have embraced this line of messaging.  Truthfully, this line of messaging is more likely fear-mongering.  That said, the financial relationship between birth control manufacturers and Democrats shouldn’t be overlooked.

By market capitalization, the top manufacturers of birth control include Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pfizer, and Teva Pharmaceuticals.  See the chart below.

According to Investopedia.com, Merck is the manufacturer of the NuvaRing; Johnson & Johnson owns Ortho-McNeil, the manufacturer of diaphragms and birth control pills Ortho Tri-cyclen and Ortho-Evra; Pfizer manufactures Depo-Provera contraceptive injection and several birth control pills including Lybrel and Loestrin; and, finally, Teva Pharmaceuticals owns Barr Pharmaceuticals, which produces oral contraceptives and IUDs.

A review of the companies’ political donation records shows a decided lean toward donating to President Obama’s campaign.  In fact, overall, these companies’ donations reveals that their employees have given nearly four times as much to Obama’s campaign as they have to Romney’s campaign.

Again, we’re not saying the $175,000 in donations is necessarily driving messaging, but we do think it’s relevant to note the relationship, and to follow the money.  We just think that voters should arm themselves with information before heading into the voting booth.

 

COUNTDOWN TO TAXMAGEDDON: 100 Days Until Largest Tax Hikes in History

Obama’s tax hikes as part of Obamacare are set to go into effect in just 100 days.  You may have seen the overview that we’ve done of the tax hikes and how they will affect your family.  On the cusp of Taxmageddon, we thought it would be a good idea to share this helpful chart with you.  Again.  (And, yes, we will probably share it again – because it’s just that important.)  And, no MSNBC viewers, this is not a tax on the rich.  This tax will hit the middle class.

 

 

THE FALL CAMPAIGN: AD BLITZ BY ROMNEY

Analysis of past campaigns shows that when a candidate has a large advantage in TV advertising buys, it can make up to a 6% difference. The Mainstream Media’s story is that TV doesn’t matter much; what matters is polls that favor Obama. The MSM goal, after all, is to discourage Republicans from voting. (Now that Colorado has shifted to Romney, according to the September 17 Rasmussen poll, don’t expect that to be front page news in the Post.)

A huge television advantage helped Obama in 2008 and Romney in the 2012 primaries, however. Will either candidate have such an advantage this fall?

Cash for TV in 2012

Obama and Romney are both wagering on this one.

Obama’s campaign: We put our money down early to destroy Romney personally. Instead of a “teflon candidate” we want him to be the “velcro candidate” where every charge against him sticks. That’s why we spent so much money early. Ours is the Clinton strategy of 1996: he crucified Bob Dole, and Dole never gained traction. Romney will be the same.

Romney’s campaign: We saved our money for the final weeks of the campaignEverybody already knows Obama is a failure; think economy and Obamacare. Since TV ads only “work” for a week, we are holding our cash until the final month. We want to have more than two ads to every one Obama ad. We are counting on a six percent shift our way when voters actually cast their ballots. That’s what experts say we can get … and Obama’s temporary boost around the conventions shows they know what they’re talking about.

How Much Cash Do the Sides Have?

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GAS CAN MAN: Fill Up Your Car Like It’s 2009

As families struggle economically in Colorado, one of the ever-increasing expenses has been the price per gallon of gasoline. Have no fear!  Gas Can Man is coming to Grand Junction TODAY September 21st to cut the price of gasoline to the January 2009 price of $1.84 at 4 p.m. for the first 100 drivers at the LOCO #13 (Gas Station) 573 32 Road, Clifton, CO.

“High gas prices have been one of the main topics of concern that Americans all over the country have experienced and we are using Gas Can Man to promote the idea that with a “can do” attitude we CAN do better,” Steve Gill, Chairman of Morning In America, Inc a Nashville. TN based 501c4 focused on American energy policy, said.  “We need an all of the above approach to energy policy, because coal, gas, natural gas, biofuels, solar, nuclear, etc., ALL fit in the CAN!”

The first 100 drivers who arrive at the gas station Friday afternoon will have the opportunity to purchase a maximum of 15 gallons of regular unleaded fuel at the way-back-when price of $1.84.

Hurry and fill up your tank at 2009 prices!  Learn more at www.gascanman.com.

 

FAKE FACTS: Perlmutter’s Ad Claiming Coors Outsourcing Not True

Credit: Facebook

The campaign of incumbent Congressman Edwin Perlmutter is out with an attack ad hitting Republican challenger Joe Coors for allegedly outsourcing jobs to Asia. The problem is, unlike the Coors campaign ad slamming Perlmutter for voting to support rapists’ rights which 9News deemed true, the Perlmutter ad is based on phony facts.

We’re not surprised the campaign of a liberal lawyer and career politician like Perlmutter would not understand how business works and immediately lunge for protectionist political cover, but facts are stubborn things.

In order for CoorsTek to access the growing South Korean consumer market they were required to open a factory there. If they didn’t build a factory in Korea, they couldn’t sell their product to one of Asia’s fastest growing economies.

Would Ed Perlmutter, a man completely devoid of business experience, decide it’s better to not grow the company? Would he have decided it wasn’t worth expanding into a key market simply because it required opening a factory there? If so, there’s a reason Perlmutter has never signed the front of a pay check.

Not only was the factory a requirement to expand the company — something people in business generally like to do — but it didn’t affect a single American job.

According to the Coors campaign, not a single job was moved to Asia — employment levels in the US were equal before and after the South Korean factory opened.

That means there was no outsourcing…meaning the Perlmutter ad is pure bunk.

Just because the ad’s a lie doesn’t necessarily mean the ad won’t be effective. In 2010, Perlmutter effectively hammered Republican challenger Ryan Frazier over Frazier’s company’s role in outsourcing. That was an easier hit as the company website had a section entitled “Outsourcing.”

This time around, facts are likely to get in the way of the clean hit. Is anything in the Perlmutter re-election bid real lately?

 

HELLO COLORADO: Romney Swings Through Again on Sunday and Monday

Romney has announced two additional campaign visits early next week on Sunday and Monday.

Sunday

The first event will be a Victory Rally in Denver at D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School (10359 West Nassau, Denver).  For you map snobs out there, the event is technically in Jeffco.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the program begins at 7:00 p.m.  To learn more or to secure a ticket, click here.

Monday

The second event, also a Victory Rally, will take place in Pueblo and serves as a “reschedule” from last Sunday for the event that had to be canceled due to an homemade plane crash at the Pueblo Airport.  The event will take place at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, 31001 Magnuson Avenue, Pueblo.  Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 11:30 a.m.  To learn more or to secure a ticket, click here.

Both events are free, but require tickets.

 

 

OBAMA’S 99 PROBLEMS: NARAL Plots to Win Back Disenchanted Obama Defectors

NARAL and its allies must have been heartily disappointed when Personhood didn’t make the ballot in Colorado for the 2012 election.  Perhaps that’s why the organization, which has largely become the ”reproductive rights” arm of the Democratic Party, has announced its plans to “to win over pro-choice female voters who voted for Obama in 2008 but are not  planning to vote for him, do not plan to turn out, or are only weakly supporting  him in 2012″, according to the Daily Caller.

The article explains the rationale for the grand scheme: “According to NARAL’s model, based on extrapolations from GQRR’s extensive  survey and consumer data, there are over 5.1 million women pro-choice ‘Obama  defectors’ nationwide, 1.2 in battleground states, and 338,020 in 25 key  battleground counties.”

NARAL policy director, Beth Shipp, in trying to defend the rationale for her organization’s existence, said that a lot of the pro-choice shift away from Obama has nothing to do  with abortion but rather the economy, which “still sucks” she noted.

(And, if we could all pause to make fun of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research’s Drew Lieberman who is calling these women “defectors”?  Are we in an East Germany?  Should these women receive political asylum from the KGB?  Ok, back to regularly scheduled blogging.)

Lucky us, Colorado just happens to be one of those battleground states with (likely) several of those counties.  The other states NARAL plans to target include Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.  According to the article, the organization plans to spend $2.5 to $3 million to reach these “defectors” via cable, online, and social media advertising, as well as volunteer efforts like “peer-to-peer” personal phone calls.

It would appear that, despite the best efforts of those on the left, to claim the election is over (and Obama has won), several of the states that Obama won in 2008 remain in play.  Perhaps, the Democrats should remember how their Patron Saint of the Oval Office, Bill Clinton, won – “it’s the economy, stupid”.  Or maybe they already do – and that’s the problem.

 

9NEWS TRUTH TEST: Coors Ad Hitting Perlmutter’s Support of Rapists’ Rights Is Accurate

Here’s something you’re not likely to see much this campaign season: a campaign ad “truth-test” that declares the harshest accusations flat out “TRUE.”

But that’s what happened when 9News took a closer look at the damning Coors campaign ad slamming Congressman Ed Perlmutter’s record of supporting rapists’ rights.

The fact that the truth test came on right after the ad itself aired makes it even more damning for Perlmutter.

CLAIM: Ed Perlmutter voted against the law that protects victims of child abuse from having to face their abusers in court.

This statement is true.

CLAIM: Extreme Ed Perlmutter voted against Colorado’s law allowing the use of DNA evidence to convict sexual predators years later.

There is no denying how Perlmutter voted as a State Senator in 2001. The ad’s statement about the vote is true.

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Denver Post – headline bias much?

By now, you’ve probably seen the appalling video of Denver Post owner Dean Singleton giving a big, wet sloppy kiss of an intro to President Obama.

But is the Post‘s coverage of the Presidential race biased?  Check out these two headlines, which came only within a day of each other.

Headline 1.  Romney’s statement about the “47 percent,” which according to the Post, “ignited a firestorm of criticism,” gets about 70% of the entire front page.  It’s a headline that’s not just above the fold, it literally spills over the fold.  From September 19:

What does the Post do with an Obama gaffe? (cough)  It goes on page 17 A.  Page (cough) 17A.  Roughly 33% of the entire page.

What are the three rules of real estate? Location, location, location.

Thanks, DP!

 

 

HICK STEPS ON MSM RECOVERY FICTION: Colorado Guv Says More Tough Times Ahead

Give it to Governor Hickenlooper. His awe-shucks, tell-it-like-it-is communication strategy may work well for his own political fortunes, but he often ends up putting his foot in someone else’s mouth.

While the mainstream media was out pushing 2011 census numbers released today proclaiming the economy has “bottomed out,” Hickenlooper took the occasion of increased revenue forecasts for the state of Colorado to sound a note of caution on those optimistic assessments:

“It’s always good to get positive news with the state revenue forecast,” Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said in a statement. “But we know many households are still struggling and different sectors of the economy are still fragile.”

That would seem to be an obvious statement of fact to those who recall that Colorado’s unemployment rate has risen for the last four consecutive months. The government’s coffers may be swelling, but that should be no cause for joy while Coloradans are still more likely to get a pink slip than a raise.

Still, it’s not a helpful argument from the state’s leading Democrat. Right now, Democrats are trying to convince people their stewardship has a positive effect on the economy. Any tiny headline that doesn’t spell economic doom has been heralded by them.

Governor Hickenlooper’s top economist, Henry Sobanet, kicked some more sand on the Democrats’ talking points when he predicted things could be about to get worse:

“We are maintaining a relatively cautious forecast as the economy continues to face several major uncertainties and risks, such as the continuing struggles in Europe and possible impending federal spending cuts and tax increases,” said Henry Sobanet, executive director of OSPB. “These issues may result in more pronounced slowing than currently forecast.

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