Published on June 19, 2012 by

Numerous bloggers, radio personalities and conservative leaders from Colorado attended Americans for Prosperity's “RightOnline” Internet activism conference in Las Vegas this past weekend. Front Range blogger Kelly Maher and Colorado AFP Chairman and radio talk-show host Jeff Crank were in attendance.  Bloggers from Peoples Press Collective, and several other news and opinion blogs joined Internet activists from all over the country to attend educational workshops and to hear speakers such as Sarah Palin, Scott Rasmussen, and Michelle Malkin. Activists and bloggers from the Western Slope also joined over 1,000 like-minded new media reporters and writers at the largest conservative Internet activist event in the country.

RightOnline was started five years ago by AFP's Erik Telford in response to Netroots Nation, the annual gathering of bloggers and Internet activists from the Left end of the political spectrum. The goal of RightOnline has been to train ordinary people to use the Internet to get out the news that is so often ignored or subjected to the spin of the Liberal-biased Mainstream Media. The Internet is a powerful tool that can be used for the instantaneous sharing of news and opinion. Social networks like Twitter and Facebook have proven to magnify that power in ways that 10 years ago the earliest bloggers could only have imagined. This article on ColoradoPeakPolitics is a perfect example of blogging and the ability of an ordinary individual to write news that otherwise would never make it into the biased newspapers and television programs that once dominated the market.

RightOnline 2012 paid special tribute to the godfather of citizen journalism, Andrew Breitbart.  Breitbart's aim was to go over and around the Mainstream Media with an army of observers who expose the truth of what goes on in culture, politics and in the workings of government. These citizen journalists, bloggers, videobloggers, and commentators are invested in the future of America because they are ordinary Americans. RightOnline has, to a large degree, fulfilled its promise of creating a conservative Internet presence that has overtaken the Left in quality, quantity, and the entertainment value of Internet reporting.

Citizen journalism is not a new concept. Professional reporters have been around for only a century or so.  Citizen journalism has reemerged out of the righteous indignation of a generation of Americans who are disgusted with the lack of ethics in the Mainstream Media, and the Liberal bias that has tarnished its journalistic standards for decades.

RightOnline encourages all Americans to become citizen journalists and to contribute their observations in the form of news and commentary whenever possible. Print media and traditional news stations are on the decline. It is still important to interact with those outlets, but the New Media of the internet and social networking provides uncounted ways for the real news to get to more people at the speed of a click. 

It was just a year ago that the new media of Twitter ended the career of Liberal Democrat Congressman Anthony Weiner.  The literal exposure of his mis-deeds would never have been possible without the army of observers that Andrew Breitbart inspired to become citizen journalists. That is the essence of the new media, and the focus of RighOnline.


MEDIA POLLING #FAIL: PPP Puts Out Bogus Poll, Media Bites Without Reading Sample

Polling is about determining a population's belief by asking a representative sample, so polls that don't accurately represent the population they are polling shouldn't be counted as accurate representations of that population's sentiment. Case in point (again): PPP's latest poll of Colorado.

The PPP poll out today claims Obama is beating Romney in Colorado, 49-42, but that's when they oversample Democrats by 7.3%, undersample Republicans by 2% and undersample unaffiliateds by 4.4% compared to the active voter registration totals in Colorado as of June 1. 

Every other recent poll — Rasmussen, Purple Strategies, NBCNews/Marist — has had the race tied or within the margin of error. Yet somehow, after weeks of bad press, and Colorado's unemployment rising in April and May, Obama is up 7 in the PPP poll?

The Democrat flacks over at PPP must also have missed veteran Democratic pollster Peter Hart's focus group in Colorado last week where Obama was dubbed a "slick salesman, but his words didn't match his actions" by a group of undecided voters, 10 of 12 whom voted for Obama in 2008. 

And for some godforsaken reason the media is reporting the poll without any mention of the serious sampling flaws. 

For example, Alicia Caldwell at The Denver Post blindly wrote up the results without bothering to mention the fact that it polled a Colorado electorate that doesn't exist. Do they teach statistics in J-School? Did she not scroll down her own blog to read Curtis Hubbard's coverage of the brutal Denver focus group? Didn't that make her wonder about such a wildly divergent result in the PPP poll versus the focus group?

Even the normally solid reporter at Politico, Alexander Burns, reports the poll without even mentioning the enormous statistical problem it has. 

It may be an easy post and click generator to write up poll results, but reporters should at least know what they're reporting before they click the publish button. 


FRACK THAT: Hick Professes His Undying Love Of Fracking While Salazar Wages War On It

From our blog to Hick’s ears.  

Just as we were posting our story on Salazar strangling the fracking business, Governor Hickenlooper was telling the Atlantic Next Generation Energy Summit in Washington that concerns over fracking are overblown.  

Well, unless, you’re a solar or wind company, that is. Then, you should be concerned – very concerned – because here’s what Hick had to say about fracking in Colorado:  

“I was personally involved with 50 or 60 (fracked) wells,” he said, at the Atlantic Next Generation Energy summit in Washington. “There have been tens and thousands of wells in Colorado … and we can’t find anywhere in Colorado a single example of the process of fracking that has polluted groundwater.”  

The Denver Post's Democrat blogger Allison Sherry noted that Colorado is among the top two states for solar energy. Of course, Sherry doesn’t mention that solar energy (and wind, for that matter) only becomes economically viable if you subsidize it to death for consumers. Take a gander at these subsidies:  

No wonder that wind power produced just 2.9% and solar power produced just one-tenth of one percent of the energy used in the United States, according to the Energy Information Agency (EIA) – it's totally inefficient! In case you don’t believe your eyes (we didn’t), that would be $775.64 per megawatt hour in solar power subsidies given by the federal government in 2010 [!], compared to the $0.64 for natural gas and petroleum liquids. Here are a few more surprises from the Independence Institute’s Hard Facts: An Energy Primer, released last month:  

· Renewable energy subsidies were 49 times greater than fossil fuel subsidies when comparing the amount of energy produced per dollar of subsidy.  

· In 2009, renewables received a 77 percent share of total federal energy incentives while fossil fuels received a 13 percent share but produced seven times the energy.  

Given these numbers, we’re wondering why Colorado families should have to pay these outsized subsidies via taxes and energy costs when we have 8.1% unemployment in Colorado. Maybe it’s time to remind liberals that “fat cat” renewable energy executives shouldn’t get rich off the backs of our struggling families.

Being one of the top two states for solar energy is kind of like being the thinnest kid at fat camp. A dubious honor for sure.


SWING COUNTY KICKOFF: Romney Campaign Opens State Headquarters In JeffCo

On Saturday, the Romney campaign hosted the grand opening of its state headquarters in Lakewood. Over 200 "fired up" volunteers stopped by to check out the campaign’s new digs.  

Tweeted Lynn Bartels:

CBS4 also stopped by and interviewed former Congressman Bob Beauprez, who praised the campaign for its strategic thinking by locating in Lakewood. According to Beauprez:  

“If you understand Colorado politics, you understand that it is very difficult to put together the numbers to win statewide unless you have Jefferson and Arapahoe Counties. So, the selection of this headquarters, in this location is very strategic.”

According to the Secretary of State’s end of month voter registration stats on June 1, Jeffco’s registration is 37% Republican, 31% Democrat, and 31% Unaffiliated; Arapahoe County’s registration doesn’t look much different with 37% Republican, 33% Democrat, and 30% Unaffiliated.


Translation: Republicans appear to be the ones fired up and ready to go this year.  



Budget votes are inherently boring. Americans hate math, and budgets have numbers. There are ways, however, to avoid the boredom.

Years ago conservative Republican state legislator Sam Zakhem got in trouble. The Democrats had a bunch of amendments to the state's budget – all of them increasing state spending. (I know, you're shocked … shocked.)

Rather than sit through their blather and then punch the NO button time after time, Sam jammed his no button with a letter opener. Whenever the vote count machine was opened, Sam was recorded electronically as a “no” vote.

Democrats noticed that Sam was actually sitting on the side and – magic – was still voting no. They hollered about abuse of machinery, or something. Sam got chastised.

Club for Growth is tracking votes of members on the House 2013 Appropriations bill that will determine federal spending in the upcoming fiscal year. So far, they have a list of 25 amendments to the bill and how every congressperson voted on those amendments. Of the 25 spending cuts offered, only three have passed; each cut spending by less than $2 Million.

Colorado's most faithful budget chopper? Doug Lamborn at 92% “cut the budget.” Full results are here.

Our chief big spending cheerleader? Ed Perlmutter opposed twenty-four of the twenty-five budget-cutting amendments. (Diana DeGette matched Perlmutter. They're cute cheerleaders, especially when Ed does his cartwheels. Video here.)

Voters tell pollsters they want spending cut. So voting, “no, no, no, no, no” to budget cuts may not be a winning recipe. Just like baseball fans when the visiting team's pitcher gets pulled, voters may sing “Hey, hey, goodbye” to Ed.

Taxes aren't popular in Colorado's 7th District. Last year both Adams and Jeffco turned thumbs down on taxes promoted by Democratic State Senator Rollie Heath.

Four years ago Perlmutter looked like Jack the Giant Killer when he outperformed Obama in Jeffco. Campaign finances explain that win since Perlmutter's opponent raised a paltry $34,000. So Perlmutter is actually Ed the Gnat Swatter. In 2004 – in the same district – Bob Beauprez bested well-known Democrat Dave Thomas by 35,000 votes. This election looks a lot more like eight years ago than the Obama landslide of '08.

If voters bench Perlmutter, he still has a bright future. He was a bankruptcy attorney before being seduced by politics. If he isn't re-elected because voters figure his overspending stymied economic recovery, he can return to bankruptcy law – where his services will be in high demand. After all, Perlmutter knows a lot about how overspending causes financial stress.

Disclosure: My wife and I held a backyard party for Joe Coors.


COFFMAN SPANKS MIKLOSI…AGAIN: Latest Fundraising Numbers Speak To Pathetic Weakness Of Challenger

Congressman Coffman may not have had the best couple of weeks recently, but he can thank his lucky stars that he has been blessed with a pathetic challenger in state Rep. Joe Miklosi (D-Denver), and the most recent fundraising report provides the latest proof of that.

In the pre-primary period covering April 1 – June 6, Coffman nearly doubled Miklosi's fundraising, hauling in $325,00 to Miklosi's mere $175,000. To put that in perspective, Miklosi got his biggest chance to fundraise off of a Coffman mistake, most likely the biggest one Miklosi will get, and yet he raised less this period than he did in the first quarter of 2012.


Seeing that it took Miklosi two entire weeks to put together a poorly produced web video on Coffman's Obama comments, you could probably sense the poor fundraising report coming. Or maybe it's just a curse after Miklosi stiffed his first fundraising director of her full salary. 

Coffman's strong fundraising is also a sign that he is still far and away the favored candidate in the race. Since June 6, Coffman's utter fundraising dominance has only increased, with Miklosi reporting only $2,000 to Coffman's $50,000 in donations over $1,000.  

Even more damaging details come from digging into the financial reports for both candidates. Despite not knowing who is working for his own campaign, and bragging that the Washington, DC based DCCC is paying for much of his staff, Miklosi still managed to burn through $114,000 of the paltry $175,000 he raised, an unsustainable burn rate this far out from the election.

Miklosi now has less than $400,000 cash on hand, compared to Coffman's nearly $1.6 million. With the Denver media market likely to get much more expensive come the fall, with every outside group and political party committee expected to drop six figure sums into advertising, this is going to be a problem for Miklosi.

While candidates, by law, have access to cheaper ad rates, you can't buy much TV time with the pittance Miklosi has in his campaign account. 

At this point, we're betting the NRCC is starting to look at taking a larger chunk of the $1.6 million they reserved in the Denver media market and putting it toward knocking out Ed Perlmutter with Joe Coors. 

(Correction: We originally misidentified Coffman as the one not paying his staff member. It was Miklosi who is the deadbeat boss. We regret the error. Hopefully Miklosi regrets his own.)


LOVE LETTER TO SALAZAR: Stop Fracking With Colorado Jobs

With Colorado’s high unemployment numbers and wobbly economy, you would think that the administration would be scrambling to support industries that are actually creating jobs.  You would be wrong…unless you think levying $1.5 billion in regulatory compliance costs on natural gas small businesses is supportive.

Hey, Ken Salazar, Colorado “son”, we’re talking to you.

The Department of the Interior and its lackey, the Bureau of Land Management, have proposed a series of rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”. In response, the Western Energy Alliance commissioned an economic impact study from John Dunham & Associates that found that these new rules would cost the energy industry around $1.5 billion each year due to “significantly more permitting and operational expenses for companies drilling and completing oil and gas wells on federal lands.”

That’s unfortunate since fracking and the associated increase in energy production would create thousands of new jobs in Colorado. Jobs aside, the new rules will cost energy companies over a billion a year in lost production, which is the exact opposite of what BLM chief Mike Pool said in testimony to Congress last month about the development of the rules:

“[the rules were developed with an eye toward public awareness and oversight [of fracking] without introducing complicated new procedures or delays in the process of developing oil and gas resources."

Whoops, I guess he forgot about that.

According to Western Energy Alliance government relations guru, Kathleen Sgamma, “states have been successfully regulating [fracking] for generations, including on federal lands, with no incident of contamination that would necessitate redundant federal regulation." This isn’t the first time that Western Energy alliance has fought back, the alliance sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, requesting that he suspend the fracking rules.  

Colorado Oil and Gas Association clarified the situation for anyone who was momentarily confused by the incessant pandering by the left to its environmental base: “[Colorado disclosures] ha[ve] been characterized as the most transparent and stringent set of hydraulic fracturing regulations and is setting the pace for the rest of the country.”  

Hey, Secretary Salazar, keep your hands off Colorado’s jobs.  

Thank so much!  


The 215,000 Coloradans who are still looking for a job.


Recall Reverberations

Published on June 15, 2012 by
The recall effort in Wisconsin was a particularly epic failure for the left. It ultimately boiled down to a contest between economic reality and progressive ideology. 
Reality won out. Despite the outraged caterwauling from the left about the election being bought by the spawn of Citizens United, in the final analysis it was simply the fact that Governor Walkers reforms are working, that became the single most significant determinant in the outcome. 
That public sector unions are an economic catastrophe is fairly self-evident to most by now; lacking any competitive pressure, enjoying the uniquely enviable ability to hire the people who determine their compensation, and having that compensation come from money coerced from the taxpayers by law – rather than being tied to any performance measures – government unions have been a key stressor on many state budgets. Their very existence invariably breeds structural corruption.
Almost immediately after being applied to remedy that problem in his state, Gov. Walker’s reforms began bearing fruit. The result has been an elimination of Wisconsin’s deficit without an economically devastating tax increase; the transformation of Wisconsin into an eddy of modest growth within a national pool of general stagnation; and windfalls for local school districts freed from the benefits-rackets they had previously been chained to by the unions.

None of this escaped the majority of Wisconsin voters, who, to their credit, seem to know a good thing when they experience it, and had no desire to climb back aboard a sinking vessel after being helped into a lifeboat.
An accompanying reason for the rout of the recall effort was the fatigue of Wisconsinites over the spectacle generated by opponents of Walker’s program. While the unions may have thought they were making a brave statement of principle (bilking the taxpayer apparently counting these days as a “principle”) by making fools of themselves through holding public temper tantrums, sit ins, striking up obnoxious drum circles, swinging from the rafters, and generally behaving like over-sugared 2nd-graders in the capitol building, the average Wisconsin working man or woman coming home to view this circus being performed on their TV, (and on their buck) every night, did not share their idealistic fervor. Nor did they feel a sense of comradery with the State Senators who, facing a vote they would likely lose, ran off to Illinois or Minnesota, forcing State Troopers to go gather them up like truant children.  The result of this disgust with the anti-Walker mob’s behavior was a quite profound electoral repudiation of their casus belli.
The impacts of the Wisconsin election extend past the Badger State’s borders, contributing to the national interest in the election. Many other states have the same problems with public sector unions, and Walker’s success ensures that these insidious institutions are on the way out. More than that, it gives other governors across the nation the political aegis and encouragement to pursue the same fiscal repairs in their own states. 
The weariness of most Americans of the spectacle caused by those who don’t get their way transcends Wisconsin’s borders as well. There is an abiding sense in the nation that childish, anarchic, sometimes criminal actions of the likes of Occupy Wall Street and the Wisconsin Mobs have pressed the limits of public civil tolerance. 
From the juridical machinations that usurp the legislative branch by using courts to formulate and enact public policy, to union backed groups orchestrating successive recalls when they keep failing to get the desired result, to finally stretching the bounds of civil conduct with “occupy” degradation and riots when reality does not conform to their dogma, the left seems to habitually cross the line between healthy, vigorous opposition, and a denigration of the political process and rule of law that helped shape our society.
We see shades of this even in local politics – for instance, candidates who, following electoral loss at their county conventions, respond not with grace and dignity, but with embarrassing write-in campaigns tinged with conspiracy theories and finger pointing. Nothing illegal about that, or even wrong, in any metaphysical sense — but certainly not a tactic consistent with either a sense and spirit of civil conduct, nor of winning political strategies. A didactic enterprise (often very useful) is one thing; a vindictive, uncultured crusade is entirely another.
It is heartening that the American public remains as unconvinced by liberal attempts to supplant reality with utopian fantasies, as they are by seeing Occupy Wall Street, union hacks, and disgruntled fringe candidates making embarrassing spectacles of themselves, and maligning our political process at the same time. They responded in Wisconsin by re-electing Scott Walker in a landslide, and will respond in the coming months by electing responsible candidates across the board, from Rose Pugliese for Mesa County Commissioner, to Mitt Romney for President.

BREAKING: Colorado’s Unemployment Numbers Rise – Again

Have we mentioned lately that the economy is tanking?    

Today, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) released its May unemployment numbers – and the numbers reveal more bad news for the Obama economy. The unemployment rate creeped up to 8.1%, which is up two-tenths of one percent from April. Colorado, which enjoyed lower unemployment than the national average the past few months, is now catching up to the national average of 8.2%. Does this foreshadow a possible uptick in next month’s national unemployment?  

In a press release, RNC spokeswoman Ellie Wallace said:

“This morning’s disappointing Colorado jobs numbers are further evidence that the current administration does not understand the needs of the middle class here in Colorado. Yesterday President Obama gave a speech that offered absolutely no new ideas for fixing the economy. The fact is he hasn’t lived up to his promises, and we can’t afford four more years of his failed policies.”

Either way, let’s remember that no president since FDR has ever been re-elected with unemployment above 7.2%. As a reminder, we’re at 8.2% unemployment, nationally. Check out Fox Business host Eric Bolling’s predictions from July of last year.  

In the clip, Bolling estimates that the Obama administration would have to hope for 255,000 new jobs every month.  Let’s take a look at how many jobs actually have been created each month since July 2011:    

Looks like the average jobs added per month – 158,000 – is a far cry from the 250,000 needed to get unemployment under that magic number 7.2% number. It's no wonder Obama's poll numbers continue to be weak, with no sign of improving. But, again, the private sector is doing just fine, right?


WIN, LOSE OR DRAW: The 2012 Colorado Peak Politics Legislative Wrap Up

Now that the legislative session is over, and the social issue special session concluded, and the bills signed by the Governor, we figured it was time to look back at the totality of the 2012 legislative session and give the politicos, press corps and politicians a grade. 

Between the glitter bomber Democrat aide, Laura Bradford's DPD encounter and legislators nearly coming to blows on the House floor, this session did not disappoint the more tabloid-minded among us.

For technophiles, 2012's session was also one to remember. Twitter quickly became a dominant force under the Gold Dome, with minute-by-minute (or in John Schroyer's case, second-by-second) coverage coming from the Capitol press corps. Eventually, the House GOP and Democrat caucuses joined the battle, bringing their partisan food fight to followers of the #COleg hashtag everywhere.

The most sweeping change that the end of session brought about was the end of, as Lynn Bartels has noted, at least 33 lawmakers' careers at the Capitol due to term limits and those deciding not to seek re-election. We're not sad to see many of them go, and more are likely to be booted by voters in November, but there are some legislators who the Capitol will be less without, like Senators Nancy Spence and Keith King.

This is the second in our now annual Winners and Losers of the Legislative Session. If you're interested, here is last year's list of: Winners, Losers and Sister Kissers.


Seniors – For the first time in years, Colorado's seniors will get a break on their property taxes. Despite initial opposition by Democrats, a combination of improved revenue forecasts and the GOP's refusal to back down, the Senior Homestead Exemption was reinstated, allowing seniors who have been in their homes for 10 years to get a 50% break on the first $200,000 of their home's value.


The AP's Crack Capitol SquadIvan Moreno and Kristen Wyatt of the Associated Press achieved what few Capitol reporters can — they wrote fair stories that drew virtually no criticism from either side. They not only managed to cover the Capitol fairly, but prolifically, cranking out stories mere minutes after press conferences or news events happened. Plus, they mentioned our site in the AP story on Glitter Bomber Boy, and we're suckers for having our name dropped into nearly every media market in the country.


Speaker McNulty — He wasn’t a winner in the minds of the talking heads and press in the Capitol, but like Scott Gessler, McNulty didn’t seem much to mind. From the start of the session, McNulty was the power center that mattered most. Sometimes the political yappers liked it, sometimes they didn’t. McNulty boxed Hickenlooper and the Democrats into restoring a huge tax break for seniors, something the Denver Post editorial board and the yappers didn’t like. But he got his way anyway. The same can be said of everything from the budget deal, to the Laura Bradford imbroglio, to the civil union free for all. Love it or not, McNulty was in charge. And when he had the moxie to swing back at Hick in the social issues special session, he established himself as the de facto head of the GOP, whether the cackling yappers under the Dome like it or not.


The Class Acts – When Rep. BJ Nikkel (R-Loveland), Rep. Jon Becker (R-Fort Morgan), and Sen. Keith King (R-CO Springs) were Mario-Mandered out of their districts this year, Democrats were salivating at the idea of nasty Republican primaries. But, each legislator took the high road, and gracefully bowed out. We hope we’ll see more of these class acts soon.   


Secretary of State Scott Gessler – Secretary Gessler’s term started out rough, but he’s proven his mettle this legislative season. After being derisively dubbed the "Honey Badger" by Democrats, Gessler decided to embrace the label, biting the heads off the poisonous Democrat snakes and "going on his merry way." Not only that, but Gessler has been the lucky recipient of an incompetent political rival in Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio, who launched a flaccid recall attempt on Gessler. Ever since that spectacularly failed opposition "campaign," Gessler has been given a fresh lease on his political life.


@JohnSchroyer – The Colorado Springs Gazette's Twitter machine. He likes burritos, #Schroyerhaikus and dominating Eli Stokol's Tweetdeck

Read his blog, Second Reading. He's good with full sentences too.



Glitter Bomber Boy  – State Senate Democrat aide Peter Smith thought it was a good idea to throw an unidentified substance (glitter) at Mitt Romney the same week Secret Service began their protection detail. Not only did Smith find himself quickly scooped up and escorted to a holding room by Secret Service agents, but his name ended up in newspapers across the country twice. First after he was arrested and second after we broke the story of his political employment with Brandon Shaffer's Senate caucus. Since Smith actually helped us land our first Drudge Report link, he's a winner to us, but a loser to everyone else.

Rep. Laura Bradford – Whether Bradford was drunk the night she was pulled over we'll never know for sure, but her handling of the situation and her subsequent immature standoff with Republican legislators was a distraction from the very real economic issues that legislators were tackling this year. Unsurprisingly, Bradford has decided not to seek re-election.

Occupy Denver – The scabies-infested squatters were finally ousted from outside the Capitol, as well as city and state parks, through the no-camping ban. If we knew what they were protesting, and didn't elect a dog as their leader, we might have more sympathy, but as it stands, we’re still scratching our heads and asking, “WHAT DO YOU WANT?” Maybe Rep. Max Tyler can explain — he protested in solidarity with them. 


Rep. Joe Miklosi (D-Denver) – When Miklosi announced his bill to forbid discrimination against those in motorcycle gang clothing, we had to check our calendar to ensure it wasn’t April Fools’ Day. Turns out the only fool was Miklosi, who was also ranked as a Legislative Loser by The Denver Post. During his last legislative session before asking for a promotion to Congress, Miklosi did not do a single thing to shine. In his side job, running for Congress, he has been literally the worst fundraiser of any Democrat in any targeted seat in the country. Oh, and he was embroiled in a labor dispute with his former finance director, his general consultant bragged about "stealing" $90 million in taxpayer bonds and he doesn't even know who is running his campaign.   


Senate President Brandon Shaffer (aka T-GRAC): At the moment of sine die, Brandon Shaffer's power in the political world began to deflate like a popped helium balloon — but that's not to say there wasn't a bit of narrative foreshadowing early on. Shaffer began the session comparing his political plight to that of a rape victim, and ended it entering a hopeless, delusional, some might say tilting at windmills, race for the 4th Congressional District. Pat Stryker and Tim Gill decided you were the weakest link in their redistricting plan, Senator Shaffer. Goodbye. 


Senator Evie Hudak (D-Tax Hike): The Dean of the Dirty Dozen Delegation, Senator Hudak has never met a tax hike she doesn't like. Recently, Revealing Politics caught Hudak on candid camera admitting to supporting a tax increase that had not even been drafted yet. A leading cheerleader for $3 billion in new taxes in Prop 103, which went down 2-1 in Colorado, Hudak is wildly out of step with her district. Senator Hudak's biggest bill this session was lampooned by the Denver Post editorial board as "muddled economic thinking." Coming soon to a GOP mail vendor: a ready-made tax and spend messaging target. 

Dianne Primavera (& Ann McGihon) ethics violation – Busted for having a lobbyist host a fundraiser for her campaign during the legislative session, former Rep. Primavera is off to a rocky start to reclaim her Broomfield-based House seat that she lost to Don Beezley in 2010. The ethics complaint was dismissed after lobbyist McGihon removed her name from the host committee, but the case was a major PR blunder for her campaign in the local papers


@JohnSchroyer – He tweets so much Twitter blocks his account at times. In those cases, you can follow his backup account: @JohnSchroyer2.

In Twitter parlance this is called #TWITMO, or Twitter Gitmo. 



*A term coined by a football coach at the US Naval Academy to describe the frustration of a scoreless tie, this category is folks who moved the ball forward, only to lose the same yardage right back. 

Governor Hickenlooper — This category is really defined by Hickenlooper, who makes a positive move on energy, only to fall back with his less than engaged approach at the Capitol and decisions like disregarding victim compensation issues in the Lower North Fork Fire.

The Good Governor's meandering messaging has begun to catch up to him a bit. He landed himself in hot water with a few inadvertent X-rated references, including one with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. Not helpful, Governor. Mayor Han(d)cock still hasn't fully put the allegations about his visiting hookers to (bed) rest.

Post-legislative session, Hickenlooper's tendency to run his mouth has landed him in more policy-oriented trouble, including opposing the individual mandate at the heart of Obamacare and seemingly endorsing Mayor Bloomberg's attempt to make 20 oz sodas illegal. 

During the session Hickenlooper mostly played his regular legislative hand — he folded and sat it out, keeping himself free of the dirt of politics. The only thing that might be considered the least bit controversial was Hick's outright defiance of the enviros in his crusade for fracking, even recording a radio ad for the Colorado Oil & Gas Association.

"Hickenlooper is Amazing" may still be the bedtime story for many in the press corps, but his political chops are beginning to show some wear and tear. 

@JohnSchroyer – He is everywhere.

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