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.


FORE MORE YEARS? RNC Web Video Tells Obama “No Mulligan” On Economy

President Obama's cocky tone and self-assured nature on full display throughout 2009 is coming back to bite him. The RNC is out with a new web ad using Obama's infamous promise from 2009 to turn the economy around: “If I don’t have this done in three years, then this is going to be a one-term proposition."

The ad combines two damaging themes about Obama, his extensive time on the golf course — he’s coming up on his 100th round of 18 holes since becoming president — and his words not matching his actions.

It’s been a rough few weeks for Team Hopenchange. Their solution to this problem? A speech!

To extend the golf metaphor, there’s another good clip that came to mind. It seems soliloquies are not an effective strategy in economics nor golf:


DISCLOSURE FOR THEE, BUT NOT FOR ME: Why the delay in CO Dems Financial Disclosures?

Published on June 15, 2012 by

Colorado Democrats have long bucked the national party when it comes to financial disclosure of campaign contributions–after all, Stryker, Gill et al practically invented SuperPACs. But now it appears Democrat members of Colorado's congressional delegation don't care much for their own financial disclosures either.

According to LegiStorm, Sen. Mark Udall and Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Jared Polis were among 92 members of Congress who requested extensions on their personal financial disclosures (PFDs).

Although there is nothing inherently unethical in requesting the 90 day extension, it is odd to see Polis and Perlmutter among the 3 (of 5) Colorado Democrats to request extensions. As you may recall Polis is at the center of a national scandal involving insider-trading by members of Congress. Ironically PFDs are aimed at preventing things such as, you know, insider-trading.

Perlmutter, for his part, is trying to play up his blue-collar image–but may have finally met the one opponent who can take him to task on the airwaves for his hypocrisy–a ride likely to be shortened once he files his PFD.

It'll be fun for Republicans to see what “treasures” Polis' and Perlmutter's PFDs hold.


DANCE WITH THE ONE WHO BRUNG YA: AFL-CIO To Pull Funding From Political Campaigns

Following the Wisconsin union smackdown the AFL-CIO has announced its decision to shift funding from political candidates to bolstering its own infrastructure and advocacy. Probably wise, as critics are calling the failed recall a death knell for unions.  

AFL-CIO spokesman Josh Goldstein was very careful in his initial conversation with Washington Whispers to emphasize that the decision is not an indictment of Obama’s failed leadership in the Wisconsin recall. Which, of course, means that it is.  

While there were "a lot of different opinions" about whether Obama should have gone to Wisconsin, according to Goldstein, "this is not a slight at the president."  

Contrast Goldstein’s comments with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s in May: “Trumka threatened to reduce support for the Democratic party and launch ‘an independent labor movement’ if Democrats didn't more fully support the union agenda.”  

We’re not sure how much more pro-union Democrats could be, particularly in Colorado, where union “Get Out the Vote” efforts have been largely spearheaded by union-backed organizations.

According to, unions have given a total of $5.1 million to Colorado State House and Senate candidate since 1996. The public sector unions alone have given nearly $2.75 million to the same races. Frighteningly, these numbers don’t even calculate money to statewide candidates, statewide ballot initiatives, gubernatorial candidates, or independent expenditure committees (e.g., 527s or SuperPACs).

After the fallout from Goldstein’s statement, he sought to clarify the method behind their madness, saying:

"Some candidates will get more, some less, some the same — but overall we'll be focused more on spending resources to build our own structure [that] works for working people instead of others' own structures."

We wonder which legislative candidates still will receive union “Thank You” money in Colorado. Union donations should be a good barometer of how large of a drain on the system each candidate either has been or promises to be. Stay tuned…..


STILL “DOING FINE”? U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Climb To 386,000

The U.S. Labor Department reported today that the economy continues to deteriorate for Americans out of work, with unemployment claims continuing to rise. Don't worry, though, Obama has a solution. Blame Bush!

Per the Labor Department press release:

In the week ending June 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 386,000, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 380,000. The 4-week moving average was 382,000, an increase of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average of 378,500.

To clarify, this measures the number of new applicants for unemployment benefits.  The number of those receiving some sort of unemployment benefit – either at the state or federal level – remains at nearly six million.  

In contrast, the total claims prior to Obama’s Great Recession averaged less than three million.

The news is particularly devastating for Obama as economists surveyed by MarketWatch had projected that claims would fall to 376,000.  

The snail's pace of the so-called recovery has been a problem for a  while now, a problem that seems to be compounding both economically and  politically for Barack Obama since February. Per Marketwatch:

Claims fell steadily in the second half of 2011 and touched a  four-year low in early February, but they turned higher shortly  afterward and remain somewhat elevated.

This is certainly not positive news for the 215,961 unemployed Coloradans — and yet another reminder of how out of touch Obama was in commenting that "the private sector is doing fine."

Unfortunately for those looking for a job, this indicator is not the only one showing weak job prospects as the U.S. unemployment rate rose in May to 8.2%, which was the first increase in nearly a year.

We hate to beat a dead horse, but the bad news just keeps on coming.


FLASHBACK: In July 2009 Obama Said He’s Responsible For Fixing The Economy — “Give It To Me”

A video clip of President Obama demanding responsibility for the economy has recently been unearthed and is likely to show up on your TV screen in the not-so-distant future. In July 2009, Obama bragged about how he was proud to own the economy, about how it was his responsibility to fix the economy. He goes to so far as to demand "give it to me."

Well, Mr. President, conservatives are more than happy to oblige. 

Per the transcript:

“My administration has a job to do as well. That job is to get this economy back on its feet. That’s my job, and it’s a job I gladly accept. I love these folks who helped get us in this mess and then suddenly say, “Well this is Obama’s economy.” That’s fine. GIVE IT TO ME. My job is to solve problems, not to stand on the sidelines and carp and gripe. So, I welcome the job. I want the responsibility.” — President Obama, July 14, 2009

With unemployment rising nationally and in Colorado, we’re sure conservatives and swing voters alike are more than glad to place the blame right where the President directed.  

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