CONFRONTING THE MOB: Hickenlooper Stares Down Rabid Anti-Fracking Protesters In Longmont

If you haven’t seen the video from Governor John Hickenlooper in Longmont, check it out. The clip should be called “Greens Gone Wild”, because the mob of fracking activists literally boil over on their own Democratic Governor.

The video is interesting for reasons beyond the mere irony of liberal, progressive wackos attempting to intimidate a governor they helped elect. (Check out the lady pounding her sign on the governor’s vehicle as he departs).

The scene is noteworthy because other Democrats in Colorado are going to face this manufactured mob in the coming days, months and weeks as well. And Democrats will be forced to make a choice…do they stand on the side of jobs, domestic energy and one of the nation’s most popular governors, or do they side with the mob of angry, anti-drilling radicals like the crowd in Longmont?

 

BIAS BY OMISSION: MSM Quick To Tout Pro-Obama Surveys, Ignoring Positive Romney Polling

If you are looking for evidence of media bias, look no further than how the local media selectively covers the churn of presidential polls that have been coming out.

Here is the cheat sheet…polls that are good for Obama draw in-depth analysis and review; polls that speak well to Romney’s chances get ignored.

As case in point, consider John Ingold’s story online this morning where he herald’s the notoriously biased PPP poll, a poll showing that Obama is surging with Independents.

As Mitt Romney was giving a speech in Jefferson County on Sunday night to open what will likely be the defining 11 days of his campaign, a new poll came out that is potentially worrisome for the Republican presidential nominee.

It’s not the headline-grabbing 6-point lead for President Barack Obama that the Public Policy Polling survey of likely Colorado voters found. It’s how the survey got to that number.

Wanna report PPP? OK, fine. But then maybe the Post should also report the findings of Rasmussen too. Why wouldn’t they? Well maybe it is because Rasmussen’s most recent survey showed Romney leading.

From The Hill last week:

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CANADA, EH? NRCC Launches Ad Hitting Joe Miklosi For Support Of Single-Payer Healthcare

The worst Congressional candidate in Colorado is about get hit for the first time on the airwaves. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) just launched it’s first attack ad smacking Denver State Rep. and CD6 challenger Joe Miklosi for his support of a “government run, Canadian-style” healthcare system in Colorado.

The ad launched as part of a nationwide, $6.3 million ad blitz hitting 26 different Congressional races. In a sign of how far fellow Democrat Congressional candidate Sal Pace’s fortunes have fallen, the NRCC decided he’s doing so poorly they didn’t need to bother wasting money hitting him.

The Miklosi hit also comes before the Denver Democrat has even introduced himself to a district where he remains a virtual unknown commodity.

The attack over healthcare is not just based on Miklosi’s support of Obamacare, but a vote he took in 2009 in the Colorado State House.

Here is how a Rocky Mountain News article described House Bill 1273, which Miklosi co-sponsored, at the time:

A plan to lay the groundwork for a Canadian-style, single-payer universal health care system in Colorado has been introduced by a group of Democrats.

House Bill 1273, sponsored by Rep. John Kefalas, of Fort Collins, and co-sponsored by 18 legislators, would create a privately funded commission to study how a government-funded health care system could work. The goal is to send a single-payer bill to the General Assembly in 2011, he said.

Miklosi is getting hit as, at least according to voter registration numbers, CD6 should be competitive. Miklosi’s pathetic and embarrassing campaign has done their best to ensure it’s an easy re-elect for incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Coffman, but the basic contours of the district will ensure it’ll remain a targeted race.

No word yet on whether Miklosi plans on responding with another awful, awkward infomercial-like spot.

 

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.

 
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