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


Photo credit: Shirley Li/Medill

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”.


CRAPTASTIC ADS: Miklosi and Pace Release Lame New Spots

Democratic Congressional challengers Sal Pace and Joe Miklosi released what are best described as “craptastic” new ads today.

For Miklosi, it is the first ad of his vastly underfunded campaign, and as The Denver Post‘s Kurtis Lee notes, it doesn’t even try to introduce the little-known Denver State Representative. It’s an odd choice considering Miklosi just moved into the 6th Congressional District in February, and he currently represents a Denver House District that has virtually no overlap with the Congressional District he’s running in, giving him little built-in name ID.

The spot itself is painful to watch. Miklosi’s acting feels like it belongs in a late-night infomercial rather than a contested Congressional race ad. Tell us more, Joe, about how the Juice Cleanse 4000 saved your life.



DOWNGRADED: Ed Perlmutter’s Race Moves Toward Republicans In Rothenberg Ratings

The Rothenberg Political Report, one of the most respected handicapping outlets in the land, has downgraded Congressman Ed Perlmutter’s chances of victory, moving the race from a “Safe Democrat” seat to “Democrat favored.”

National prognosticators are generally loathe to see a candidate as imperiled when he won his last election by 11 points like Perlmutter did in 2010, otherwise we expect Perlmutter’s status might be closer to Tossup.

Colorado 7 (Perlmutter, D). Move to Democrat Favored. Republicans have been bullish on this race for a while, especially given Joe Coors’s, of the famous beer family, willingness to spend his own cash. Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter should be fine, especially with Democratic turnout in the presidential race, but the House Majority PAC seemed worried enough to jump in to blunt the Coors ads. Perlmutter is still favored, but this is no longer a sure-thing for the Democrat.

We think Rothenberg is a little behind the eight ball on this race as “Democrat favored” seats don’t generally see $500,000 ad buys attacking the Republican challenger two months out, as is the case with Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC attacking Joe Coors. Nor do they generally have polls showing the Republican challenger up 9 points, even if that poll was conducted by the Coors campaign.

Despite Colorado Pols’ pathetic spin that Democrats are hoping the Nancy Pelosi Super PAC attack ad would “relegate [this race] to sideshow status” it’s not likely to become easy for Perlmutter at any point. Joe Coors is matching the DCCC and Perlmutter punch for punch on the airwaves, giving no reason to think that this one will be “put away” for the Democrats anytime soon.

As Perlmutter is an incumbent with a proven track record of winning tough races, he is likely to be seen as the favored candidate up until Election Day. That is, until Perlmutter has to pick up the phone to concede the race to his longtime neighbor, Joe.


WHAT REGULATION?: Investors Hoping to Resurrect FREX Waiting for PUC

Colorado’s business climate has taken a nosedive over the past decade or so, with Colorado staples like Frontier Airlines, Qwest CenturyLink, and First Data leaving the area for greener pastures.  Big government apologists have tried to explain the disappearing opportunity companies by blaming everything but Colorado’s rising cost of regulation.  Two Colorado Springs entrepreneurs may be learning about this regulation firsthand.

On August 31, the city of Colorado Springs discontinued the Front Range Express (FREX), a bus service operating between Denver and Colorado Springs, to save the $425,000 required from the Colorado Springs budget to keep the service running through the end of 2012.  According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the dynamic duo, Dan Ajamian and Sean Meenan, have formed “New FREX” and are seeking investors and/or bank loans to cover start-up expenses and to purchase the 57-passenger buses needed to launch the venture.  The two believe they can improve upon the old FREX business model:

“Ajamian believes New FREX can operate the service profitably if it reduces the  number of daily round trips from the 16 throughout the day that the city’s  Transit Division had been operating to four trips during peak commuting periods,  while increasing fares between $1 and $2.50 per trip. He and Meenan hope to hire  back many of the drivers who operated the city-owned FREX service, make the same  stops in Colorado Springs, Monument and the Denver area and offer high-speed  Internet access to passengers.”

While the two believe they can run the venture more profitably than the government, now they must apply for a permit and wait for the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to approve the proposed route.  The process could take up to seven months. If it’s not one government inefficiency, it’s another.   While the PUC has stated the two could request an emergency permit if it could show “an immediate and urgent need”, the 200 passengers who relied on FREX for their daily commute remain in limbo.  And, that’s to say nothing of the effect that a possible seven-month wait time could have on would-be investors in the project.  And, what about the drivers who may have been laid off?

To recap, we have an inefficient government service that has been discontinued, a company willing to step in and improve the process, but the government that couldn’t get it right the first time is now mucking up the process the second time?  No wonder our business climate is in Colorado.

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