MICHELLE OBAMA TO VISIT CENTENNIAL WEDNESDAY MORNING

Published on June 20, 2012 by

The wife of the president will visit Arapaho High School in Centennial the morning of Wednesday, June 20. It is likely that Michelle Obama will be touting her husband's purported accomplishments in an effort to calm the proverbial waters in the tempestuous swing-state of Colorado.

With a Supreme Court decision on Obamacare expected at any time, Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder on the hot-seat in the House Oversight Committee, a disastrous political month for the president, and a dismal economic outlook, Mrs. Obama is touring the country in an effort to shore up the Liberal base.  

It is expected that there will be a large number of protesters at the event tomorrow morning in Centennial. Americans for Prosperity is calling on concerned people in the area to meet Mrs. Obama and her entourage and send a message to her husband that “the middle class is not doing just fine.” 

The event will be held at Arapaho High School, 2201 East Dry Creek Rd. (at the corner of Dry Creek and University). The First Lady is expected to speak at around 10:30 a.m. If you're interested in attending this event you may want to arrive around 8:00 to ensure that you get a good seat.


 

EUREKA! SHE’S FOUND: Obama’s Government-Beholden Woman Disappears From Public…And Then Resurfaces

Last night a reader sent us an article from The Washington Post that started a womanhunt, if you will, for the infamous Julia. The article noted that Julia was nowhere to be found on Obama’s web site. Between the time The Washington Post uploaded that blog post and today, Julia has miraculously been found after mountains of criticism.  

When Obama and his campaign team dreamed up “The Life of Julia”, we’re pretty sure that they were all high-fiving one another in the brainstorming session for coming up with such an “ingenious” infographic. We’re also pretty sure that room was filled with men.  

The backlash against Obama’s view of women’s dependency on the federal government has been palpable. The criticism ranged from Twitter comments such as “that chick who depends on everyone else for everything” to Kelly Maher’s own rendition, “The REAL Life of Julia."  

The Daily Caller even did a round up of the Top 10 Tweets mocking the Life of Julia theme. 

With the critical role that women will play in this election, it was surprising to see the Obama camp get their outreach to women so very wrong. In fact, Washington Post blogger Patricia Murphy, nailed the sentiment in this wrap-up paragraph to her “She the People” post:

“Single women across the country are worried that Julia may have been dumped by the side of the road by members of the Obama campaign once it became clear that female voters are not all that interested in hearing the government promise to solve all their problems, instead of hearing women get credit for creating their own opportunities, which they do every day.”

Even worse than Obama’s messaging team totally missing the mark was what it revealed about the paternalistic way that Obama and liberals view the role of government and the abilities of women. Today, women make up the majority of people receiving bachelors degrees – by leaps and bounds. And, women are comprising more and more of the workforce.  Check out the helpful infographic from NPR below.    


Of course, the worst part of this entire “Julia” episode, as Murphy points out, is that Team Obama never came to her defense. And, then, buckled under criticism and re-posted without any explanation.    

As much as Obama and his minions pontificate on how their opponents don’t understand the middle class, the truth is that they don’t understand the middle class. Oh, they certainly understand the upper class as they drink champagne with hedge fund managers and celebrities in the White House. And, they definitely understand trading votes for government subsistence. But, they don’t understand people who are striving to carve out a better life for their children than they have had.  

And, they surely don’t get women and the pride women feel in singular achievement.

 

MIKLOSI PULLS AN AL GORE: Claims Credit For Legislative Accomplishments That Are Not His

Fox31's Eli Stokols has a brutal story on state rep and CD6 candidate Joe Miklosi's bragging about legislative accomplishments not of his own doing. Much like Al Gore claimed credit for "inventing the internet" through his work in Congress, Rep. Miklosi (D-Denver) is trying to pat himself on the back for the work of others.

Reports Eli Stokols:

Miklosi, a Denver Democrat finishing his second term in the statehouse, appears to be taking credit for legislative accomplishments he really had little to do with.

On his campaign website’s “Accomplishments” page, Miklosi lists several pieces of legislation that lawmakers passed last year — even though he didn’t do the heavy lifting on most of them.

….The first item listed under Miklosi’s “Accomplishments”, “OED Small Business Navigator”, aimed to help businesses grow by cutting red tape and was sponsored by Rep. Matt Jones, D-Boulder.

All Miklosi did was vote yes, along with all but one of his House colleagues, as the bill passed 64-1.

Stokols compares Miklosi's falsifying of his resume to CU regent candidate Matt Arnold who has lied about having a Masters degree, and you can see how well that has worked out for Arnold in the last couple of weeks. 

Either way — Matt Arnold or Al Gore — it's not a winning political strategy to take credit for things you haven't accomplished. 

Then again, as Miklosi became famous for trying to pass a bill that protects motorcycle gangs from discrimination this past session and became the laughing stock of the Capitol for it, it's no wonder he has to lie about his accomplishments to have any to list.

(Photo Credit: Colorado News Agency)


 

COLORADO NEW MEDIA FIGURES ATTEND RIGHTONLINE IN LAS VEGAS

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.  

 

HEY, HEY GOODBYE?

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.

Pathetic. 

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!  

Love,  

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

 
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