POLITICAL PAWNS: Dem Group Fundraises On Civil Unions, Attacks Potential Ally

Colorado Democrats constantly talk about their desire to pass civil unions in Colorado. But, when they controlled the Capitol for four years, they didn’t bring a single civil unions bill forward. Not. A. One. It’s a far more effective issue to have for fundraising than actually passing it.

That same level of hypocrisy showed up again recently when a group formed to fight for civil unions — Fight Back Colorado — sent their first attack mailer…that didn’t even mention civil unions. Their target? Republican State Rep. Robert Ramirez, who is a potential ally of civil union supporters.

Why do we say Ramirez is a potential ally? Because the state’s leading gay rights organization One Colorado has a video on their YouTube channel where Ramirez says he’s open to supporting civil unions.

Why would they attack Ramirez then? It’s simple: Fight Back Colorado is nothing more than another political attack group geared towards electing Democrats.

Supporters of civil unions should be outraged. Rather than build support for the cause, Fight Back Colorado is attempting to burn bridges all in the name of electing more Democrats.

They are merely playing on the emotions and bank accounts of civil union supporters to further their tax-hiking agenda.

Spare us the civil rights lecture, this is about power and partisanship.


SUPPORTING RAPISTS’ RIGHTS: Coors Campaign Slams Perlmutter’s Record In Devastating New Ad

UPDATE: Eli Stokols reports on proof Perlmutter knew that the bill to allow child victims of sexual predators testify on closed-circuit television was constitutional, but still decided to vote for rapists’ rights anyway.

But Coors’ campaign spokeswoman, Michelle Yi, says that defense doesn’t hold up and points to audio recordings on the Coors campaign website of Perlmutter at a hearing being informed that the bill under consideration was constitutional.

“As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ed Perlmutter heard at a hearing on Feb. 7, 1996 that in 1990, the Supreme Court of the United States had ruled that closed-circuit television were indeed constitutional,” Yi told FOX31 Denver. “During Second Reading of the bill on Feb. 14, 1996, Perlmutter was also informed that the Office of Legislative Legal Services issued a memo that stated the Colorado Supreme Court had also ruled that “the defendant’s rights under the Confrontation Clause were not violated.”
“The real insult is that Ed Perlmutter thought he knew more about the Constitution than the Supreme Court of the United States and the Colorado Supreme Court. Unfortunately for Ed Perlmutter, there is no statute of limitations on extreme votes.”

The issue of rape has been used already this cycle to smear pro-Life candidates for the Legislature, but now the issue is rearing its head on a Congressional campaign. Only this time, rape is actually at the center of the policy dispute.

The campaign of Congressional challenger Joe Coors is out with an ad slamming incumbent Democrat Congressman “Extreme Ed” Perlmutter for his votes that would protect rapists and force child victims of sexual abuse to face their abusers in court.

Check it out here:



HICKENLOOPER HEARTS PERRY: On Lone Star Trip, Hickenlooper Gushes All Over the Way Texas Does Business

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Sit up at your desks and pay attention liberals…Governor John Hickenlooper wants to turn Colorado into Texas…at least, when it comes to our state’s business environment.

Reports The (Austin) Statesman:

Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, set aside some of their political differences Friday to address more than 160 Denver business leaders meeting in downtown Austin…

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce visits a city each year in search of economic and cultural development ideas to bring back to Colorado.

At Friday’s breakfast at the W Austin Hotel, Hickenlooper pronounced Austin a “wonderful city” and recounted a late night of sampling Antone’s and other clubs to study the city’s claim to be the Live Music Capital of the World.

“We’re going to steal every idea that we can, and I certainly agree with you in terms of the importance about a predictable, pro-business environment,” Hickenlooper told Perry during a question-and-answer session.

But, Hickenlooper said, Colorado will be “relentlessly pro-business” in ways that seek to balance priorities.

All we can say to that is, yee haw!


PACE PUBLIC PEE BLACKOUT OVER: GJ Sentinel Drops Urination Bomb On Pueblo Democrat

Nearly a year after we broke the news of Congressional candidate Sal Pace’s second arrest for public urination, a mainstream media publication has finally acknowledged the criminal act in print.

In an article about Pace’s meeting with the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel’s editorial board, Gary Harmon touches on Pace’s biggest Google problem.

Sal Pace, the Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Scott Tipton, painted himself as a maverick unafraid to defy his own party leaders.

Pace also told The Daily Sentinel editorial board Monday he regretted two incidents when he was younger.

Pace, twice, was charged with public urination: once as a Fort Lewis College student in Durango and, more recently, in downtown Denver in 2003, when he was working as a staffer on a campaign against Referendum A, which was to build unspecified water projects around the state.

“The hardest part was telling my parents and some day I’m going to have to explain it to my kids,” Pace said.

As the Sentinel is one of the biggest publications in the conservative 3rd Congressional District, you can be sure more than a few folks will be learning of this incident through today’s paper. That is, if they hadn’t tried to type Sal Pace’s name into Google, only to have the first auto-suggestion be “sal pace criminal record.”

As we noted last week, the CD3 race is increasingly becoming a lock for incumbent Republican Congressman Scott Tipton. Outside groups haven’t been spending money, Pace recently lost his Communications Director and overall the race seems to be drifting away from competitive territory.

Even if Pace were doing better, this race would not be leaning in Pace’s favor with his full criminal record reaching print for the first time less than 50 days out from the election. Maybe Pace should have addressed this last year.


GOLDEN DOME AIR WAR: Compass Colorado First Up On TV In Battle For State Legislature

State Senator Evie Hudak’s worst nightmare is back…on TV. Conservative group Compass Colorado went up on the airwaves yesterday with three new ads targeting legislative Democrats in tough races, including one hitting Hudak for her support of over $4 billion in higher taxes and her lavish taxpayer funded junkets while on the State Board of Education.

Compass was last seen on TV a year ago slamming Hudak for her leading role in pushing for the failed $3 billion tax hike ballot initiative known as Prop 103 — an initiative that went down 2-1 across the state, we might add. (See that ad here)

This time around, Hudak’s love of higher taxes again plays a leading role. Reports The Colorado Observer:

DENVER — The fight for control of the Golden Dome has just been kicked up a notch. Yesterday, conservative group Compass Colorado released three tough TV ads hitting three Democrats in tight races. They mark the first TV ads of the 2012 election cycle to focus on races for the State Legislature.

The spots hit incumbents State Senator Evie Hudak (D-Westminster) and State Representative Max Tyler (D-Lakewood), as well as former State Representative Dianne Primavera (D-Broomfield), who is looking to reclaim her seat after being defeated in 2010.

Each ad has at least six figures behind it, although the total buys were not released by Compass Colorado.

The ads are slated to run for four weeks on cable.

As The Observer notes, while Compass is up first, they won’t be alone for long.

Check out the three spots after the jump:



“Dear Daughter”: Newest Romney Ad Highlights Impact of Obama Economy On Women

Romney has released a new ad today titled “Dear Daughter” which features a mother speaking to her young child about the challenges women are facing in America under the Obama administration.  Eli Stokols has reported that the ad will run in Colorado; however, the exact ad buy was not available.  Here’s an excerpt:

“Dear Daughter, welcome to America.  Your share of Obama’s debt is over $50,000, and it grows every day.  Obama’s policies are making it harder on women.  The poverty rate for women – the highest is 17 years.  More women are unemployed under President Obama – more than 5.5 million can’t find work.”

As we’ve written about extensively, women are the Holy Grail for candidates this election season.  But a new Denver Post poll shows that the gender gap is becoming a gender sliver, with Romney narrowing the gap to just six points.   In Colorado and across the United States, women have suffered under Obama’s oppressive policies.  Just a quick rundown from our post last month:

  • Obama has a history of paying his female staffers 18% less than their male counterparts.
  • The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics’ job report for July 2012 showed that 214,000 women over the age of 20 have exited the workforce since June.
  • When comparing July 2011 to July 2012, we see that over 1.5 million women over the age of 20 have left the workforce.
  • More than 860,000 more women are unemployed since Obama took office.

President Obama, it’s not about free birth control, it’s about economic freedom for women.


THE OTHER VIDEO: Revealing Politics Gets Revealing Comments From DNC Attendees On Free Stuff

The political press corps has whipped themselves up into quite a frenzy over video of Mitt Romney saying 47% of the country is addicted to “free” stuff from the government. It’s not exactly a far-fetched sentiment, certainly not if you asked a few folks at the Democratic National Convention what they believe…as Revealing Politics did recently.

Turns out Obama supporters do want and expect Obama to give them stuff:

Drunk Party Girl…You Are America.

Or rather, the folks who want a check and their college degree for free are Obama’s America.


QE-WHAT?: President Obama’s Latest Round of Stimulus Hurts the Middle Class


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Last week, Ben Bernanke, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, announced yet another round of stimulus, or quantitative easing, known as QE3.  Quantitative easing is a measure of last resort to stimulate the economy, in which, in this particular case, the Fed has committed to buying $40 billion per month of mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by problem children Freddie and Fannie until the economy improves substantially.  But, at what price?  Critics of the policy, such as Michael Pento, founder of Pento Portfolio Strategies, have called it “the nuclear option for [the administration]” and “a never-ending weapon that is being fired at the middle class.”

According to a statement by the Fed, the purpose of this program is to “stimulate the economy by pushing up the value of assets like stocks and homes or refinance their mortgages and pump the savings back into the economy by spending it.”Most experts believe this round of funding will have little to no impact on housing demand as the low demand stems from a large contingent who can no longer qualify to purchase a home because of credit damaged by the economic downturn, joblessness, a lack of a downpayment, or the permanence to invest in a home.

Further, the idea that consumers would plow savings that result from access to cheaper debt is part of how we got here in the first place.



CROSS-TABULAR CHORUS OF ANGELS? 5 Reasons Mitt Romney Should Be Euphoric Over The Denver Post/SurveyUSA Poll

Last week, The Denver Post released a poll by SurveyUSA showing the Presidential race tied in Colorado. Then today, the Post did something unusual — they released a bunch of the data below the top line numbers (PDF). Kudos to the Post for putting it all on the table.

Polls, as we are taught, are mere snapshots in time. The top line results…who is up, and who is down…is often less important in the end than what the cross-tabs beneath say.

Who is winning with key demographics? Who is under-performing where they need to over-perform? Who is gaining ground on the other guys’ turf? These are the questions that decide elections. These important data points are the all-important tidbits found in a polls’ cross tabs.

In the cross tabs of the Denver Post SurveyUSA poll…a poll that shows the challenger and the president in a tie…there is much good news for Willard Romney. Here are five reasons the SurveyUSA poll should make Mitt Romney and his campaign team euphoric about Colorado:



ON AIR: I Am Created Equal Releases New Radio Ad

I Am Created Equal, a political nonprofit designed to reach women during this election season and to counter the fake “War on Women”, has released its latest ad titled “I Worry”.  Here’s an excerpt from the ad:”Mr. President, you said you’d make things better.  But, you didn’t.  Half my neighborhood is out of work.  Houses are foreclosed, and friends and family are running out of options.”

Currently, the ads are running in Fort Collins, and will likely expand the ads to Northwest Colorado near Steamboat Springs and Durango. The ad ends with a woman telling President Obama that it’s him that women are worried about.

Women should be worried.  Since President Obama took office, almost one million women have left the labor force.  Many, many more are living in poverty.  Women have not fared well under this administration.

This ad follows an ad the organization published earlier this summer called “Hey Washington Politicians” that asks legislators to allow families to make their own decisions.

The organization is one of several that have cropped up in response to the Democrats’ alleged “War on Women”.

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