“CHAMPION” OF ECO-EXTREMISTS: Out-Of-State Eco-Extremists Know Udall Stands With Them

“Maggie and I: Eco-extremists #1 team!”

Just in case no one was quite sure where Sen. Mark Udall’s real loyalty lies, eco-extremists from Washington D.C. and California were more than happy to spell it out for us at a conference up in Aspen.  Quotes by Gene Karpinski, the President of the far-left organization the League of Conservation Voters, were especially enlightening.  Not only does he completely obliterate any illusion that Udall may be a center of the road moderate, but he does it so matter-of-factly that it is abundantly clear Udall is thick as thieves with them.  As Karpinski told everyone up in Aspen:

“We [LCV] do a scorecard… Mark Udall, your current Senator has a 97% lifetime score.  And, not only does he vote right almost all the time, he’s a champion… His wife Maggie comes out of the movement as well.  She gets it.  It’s a team that works all the time.” [the Peak’s emphasis]

Unlike Karpinski, the normal Coloradan doesn’t have a cushy job working for a beltway firm, they actually have to worry about the economic catastrophe that would befall us if these eco-extremists ever got their way when it came to governing.

Mike Phillips, a state Senator from Montana, shows just how much eco-extremists don’t understand jobs and the economy when he had this to say about it:

“Currently we have the marketplace so eschewed [sic], by so willingly hiding all these costs.  We routinely deny important negative externalities…  As soon as we put the market signals more right, private money will chase profits…”

As we wrote about earlier, The Economist puts the price of carbon at roughly $185 per carbon ton before renewables are competitive.  To put that in perspective, right now the European economy is struggling to support even just a $10 per carbon ton cap and trade market.  Incorporating those hidden costs like eco-extremists want would most likely raise electric rates a cool 1,700%, and that’s being generous.

But, the hits don’t stop there for Udall, as Karpinski willingly admits those EPA regulations Udall called just a “good start,” are in reality the most extreme carbon proposals America has ever seen:

“We have an EPA announcing back on June 2nd, by far the most aggressive proposal to cut carbon pollution this country has ever seen.” [the Peak’s emphasis]

This all shows that Udall’s extreme positions are more at home among eco-extremists like Tom Steyer out in California, or with Karpinski stuck in the Washington D.C. Beltway mentality.  So much so, the activists of the far left have long considered Udall their “champion.”  No amount of empty campaign rhetoric Udall now utters will change what his actions and record have been saying these past six years.

 

BREAKING: People Don’t Like to Pay Taxes, Especially Not on Pot

This may come as a shock to you, PeakNation™ but the tax proceeds from the legalization of marijuana – an all-cash business with a giant loophole for medical use – are far lower than expected.  Color us shocked.  From the Denver Post report:

“Colorado’s tax collections from recreational marijuana sales in the past fiscal year came in more than 60 percent below early predictions, and now a state lawmaker says it may be time to reconsider the tax formula.”

According to initial estimates, the new tax was supposed to generate $33.5 million through the fiscal year, which ended earlier this summer.  The actual amount brought in? A paltry $12 million.

Colorado State Rep. Dan Pabon is chairing the “what do we do with this alleged pot windfall” committee and has suggested that perhaps that medical marijuana issue is to blame.  Here’s the deal – recreational pot users must pay 25% sales and excise tax to the state of Colorado as approved by voters last November.  Medical marijuana sales are taxed at just 2.9%.  Saving 22% on pot?  Of course people will opt for medical marijuana, instead of recreational.  More from the Post:

“A market study for the Colorado Department of Revenue says the lower-taxed medical-marijuana market, which continues to outpace the recreational market in sales, is to blame. Rather than pulling consumers out of the medical-marijuana market, the recreational market has largely feasted on tourists and people who previously bought pot on the black market.”

Why even commission a study on this?  Just use common sense.  The other issue is that it’s an all-cash business.  There are legislators working on some kind of solution, but currently, the industry is basically un-bank-able.  Perhaps marijuana outfits are not reporting all the income they receive.  And, why would they – can the government even track the funds flowing through this industry?

We’re not saying that legalization is a bad idea, but only Democrats would ignore the ramifications of an aggressive tax regime on tax revenue.  Will the left finally acknowledge what we’ve been saying all along – tax something and it will go away?

 

DEMOCRATS BEFORE FRACTIVISTS: Supporting Democratic Party Trumps Clean Water

Cliff Willmeng, Boulder County fractivist, gives Colorado the middle finger

As Democrats nationally try to run from the environmental extremist arm of their party, it’s becoming more and more apparent that these extremists are really just a core part of the base for the Democratic party.  The Wall Street Journal today ran an interesting piece about how Democrats are beginning to abandon the Cliff Willmeng Wing of the Democratic Party.

“Mike McKenna, president of conservative lobbying firm MWR Strategies, which has close ties to GOP congressional leadership, said “it’s a genuine shift and an important one.” Among the drivers, he said, is the local tax revenue that comes from related economic growth.

Since March 2008, oil production has increased 58% and natural-gas output has risen 21%, making the U.S. the world’s largest producer of both fuels, according to federal and international agency statistics. Jobs directly related to oil and gas production have nearly doubled in the past 10 years to 697,600, government data shows.”

While Udall may be paying lip service to the oil and gas industry this election season (for about the first time ever), his fishing for dollars will likely not continue if he’s re-elected.  Afterall, remember the notes a constituent conveyed about Udall’s support of the Keystone XL pipeline:

“Meeting was not very productive as Ms. Robinson stated that the Senator was an environmentalist and his views were incongruent with support of the Keystone XL.”

And, let’s not forget that he’s married to one of the climate change racket’s movement’s biggest supporters, Maggie Fox.  Pillow talk could be awkward if he fully supported the oil and gas industry.  Of course, his 97% lifetime voting record from the League of Conservation Voters speaks for itself.

But, what’s most interesting in this WSJ article is the quote from a Fort Collins fractivist.  Despite Hickenlooper’s support and Udall’s recently-discovered support for the industry, fractivists will support Democrats come November.  Why?  Because the issues take a backseat to the party.  From the article:

“Kelly Giddens, campaign manager for the Citizens for a Healthy Fort Collins, a Colorado-based environmental group, doesn’t like Mr. Udall’s push for natural-gas exports but also doesn’t want a Republican to take his seat.  As for voting for Mr. Udall this November, she said, ‘It’s going to be a giant hold-your-nose-and-vote-thing.  But I will.’”

Think about it.  Fractivists shout from every Colorado mountaintop that fracking causes cancer, birth defects, and poisoned water (none of these are accurate, but we digress).  Yet, if they truly believe all of what they say, how could Giddens and other radical environmentalists possibly vote for recent fracking converts like Udall and Hick?  It would be a betrayal of their own survival instincts.

The answer is obvious – these fractivists don’t really believe the cancer-causing nonsense, and they are at the most basic level, nothing more than a pro-Democrat special interest group.  For Giddens and Willmeng, what is good for Democrats is more important than “clean water”.

 

PeakPolygraph: Fact-Checking Udall’s Claim As “Mainstream”

Udall is as mainstream as this picture isn’t photoshopped

The Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels is touring with Sen. Mark Udall in Steamboat today, and has already tweeted this little nugget:

Campaigning in Steamboat, @MarkUdall calls himself “mainstream,” says @CoryGardnerCO is “extreme.” #copolitics

— Lynn Bartels (@lynn_bartels) August 12, 2014

 

But, as Udall has said many times, never judge anyone by their words, rather, judge them by their actions.  PeakNation™, let’s see how well Udall’s actions support his claim of being “mainstream.”

Defining mainstream in Colorado is pretty easy; with a third Dems, a third GOP, and a third independents, we’re about as middle of the road as you can get with an emphasis on a live and let live, fierce independence.  But, independent thinking is the complete opposite of what Udall has displayed since entering the Senate.  Dating back to 2009, Udall’s support for President Obama’s agenda has been little better than a rubber stamp.  According to CQ Udall has voted with Obama 97% (2009), 95% (2010), 95% (2011), 97% (2012), and 99% (2013).  Those scores are higher than even the average support Udall’s fellow Democrats give Obama, meaning Udall is to the Left of his Leftist party.

If we eliminate unanimous senate votes that might inflate such scores, Udall looks even worse.  When the vote records are adjusted to only account for votes where Obama stated a position, but support for the bill fell below 80%, Udall’s support for Obama is even more apparent: 98% (2009), 95% (2010), 91.1% (2011), 97.9% (2012), 98.5% (2013).  Which should be most worrying to Coloradans is the fact that even as Obama’s support has plummeted among us, Udall hasn’t followed and is supporting him more and more.

But, it’s not only for Obama that Udall sells-out mainstream Coloradans.  On the Keystone XL pipeline, a clear majority of Coloradans support it, by almost 2 to 1.  Yet, Udall rather listen to one eco-extremist Californian on this issue than an overwhelming number of Coloradans.  At this point, are we even sure Udall knows the definition of mainstream?  We mean, of all the threatened Senate Democratic incumbents, he is the only one who doesn’t support the Keystone XL pipeline.  How can you claim to be mainstream, when all the people in the same boat as you are closer to the middle?

Even the folks over at FiveThirtyEight have singled out Udall as the most liberal Senator fighting for his job:

Democrat Mark Udall is rated as the most liberal of the candidates running in a competitive Senate race this year.

PeakPolygraph verdict:  Sen. Mark Udall’s statement that he is “mainstream” doesn’t even pass his own test of judging based off of actions, not words.  In fact, by almost every quantifiable measure, Udall has spent the past six years getting more liberal, putting him far out of the mainstream of Colorado.  This is even easier to see when you look at the actions of his own campaign:  Instead of running a positive campaign of touting what he has accomplished for Colorado over the past six years, Mark Udall is running one of the most politically cynical attack campaigns in Colorado history where he looks to win reelection by distortion and lies.  If Udall believes that’s mainstream, it just goes to show how long ago he left it.

 

INCONSISTENT MESSAGE: What is Hick’s Real Goal for the Oil and Gas Commission?

For Gov. John Hickenlooper sticking his foot in his mouth comes as naturally as breathing.  It’s almost like he couldn’t survive if he didn’t do it at least once a week.

His latest misstep comes on the heels of his announcement about yet another commission that will focus on oil and gas issues. In an AP story August 6, Hickenlooper clearly states that the commission’s “success is dependent upon it ending in regulation.”

Now, Hick is trying to say he actually never said that.  Even though he said it on-the-record and in a room full of reporters.

Hick’s comments didn’t go over well with folks who believe that Colorado already has the most robust oil and gas regulations in the state.  Or with House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, who believes that the commission should ask whether more regulations are even the answer in the first place. 

Maybe that’s why Hick is trying to back track or flip flop or whatever you want to call it these days.  Colorado Community Media explains:

According to the Associated Press, Hickenlooper said the task force’s “success is dependent upon it ending in regulation…”

…. Hickenlooper, in an interview with Colorado Community Media, insisted that’s not what he said, even though he made his comments in front of a group of reporters.

“What I said was legislation,” the governor said. “Go back and look at the quotes. I never said we needed more regulation. Now, we might. Again, this is the whole point of getting people from all the different viewpoints in the same room and letting them have a discussion in such a way to try to figure out: `Is there a compromise here?’” [Peak emphasis]

Come on, man, just own it already.  Didn’t your mother ever teach you that lying makes it so much worse in the end?

 

SLEAZY: Udall’s Campaign Plumbs New Depths Of Tactlessness In Attack Ad

Sleazy Udall

Old and tired apply to more than just Udall himself nowadays when it comes to his campaign, it now also applies to the ads he uses to attack his opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner.  Udall and his outside money have now released a sixth ad attacking Gardner over the so-called women’s issues; as if, a stagnant economy, a bureaucratic take-over of health care, and six years of rubber stamping President Barack Obama’s failed policies doesn’t affect women at all.

Needless to say, after six ads attacking on the same theme (a theme not even in the top ten for what concerns voters this election cycle), to keep it fresh, Udall’s campaign decided to add a little girl to an attack ad.  Udall’s campaign know they have strayed beyond good taste here, as they try to play it off to CBS4’s Shaun Boyd, that this whole ad just happened to be more of a happy coincidence:

The Udall campaign says Garza’s daughter was not deliberately included in the ad [PeakQuestion: As if the ad went on the air without Udall and his campaign’s approval?].

In fact, they say her mom just happened to bring her to the shoot, and at the last minute ask if she could sit on her lap.

As if these ads aren’t focus-tested to hell and back.  Are these the same Democrats who claim Karl Rove was planting subliminal messages way back in 2000 with the Al Gore “Rat” commercial, but now, nearly 14 years later, a little girl just happens to end up on the lap of her mother as her mother is talking about her daughter and abortion?  It’s not like they could only do one take for the commercial.  Udall’s campaign very deliberately left a shot of the mother just by herself on the editing floor.  How many times did Udall see this ad when he signed on for it?  He says he directly approves this ad at the end of it; that means, he watched it however many number of times and decided it was no big deal for a young girl to be dragged into this ad and his campaign.

Women around Colorado are starting to take notice of being pigeon-holed by Udall and his campaign.  Krista Kafer had this to say in The Denver Post:

 Most independent Colorado women (72 percent) believe the “War on Women” message is a worn out tactic. In other words, the straw man has lost his stuffing and is looking a little limp…

… Udall should stop treating us as single-issue voters. His narrow perception of women’s concerns is insulting. Surely there is something in his record regarding health care, foreign policy, environmental health, or the economy that he is proud of and can feature in an ad. Or perhaps he is planning on discussing these issues with just the guys.

While Amy Stephens wrote this in The Colorado Statesman:

 If I could give some advice to my Democratic colleagues, reconsider your War on Women tactics. While there is a diversity of opinion about these issues among women, one thing is clear: We are not one-issue voters. Stop treating us that way.

The new lows Udall’s campaign is willing to go to force its tired, old, staid attacks on Coloradans is despicable.  The fact that they try to play off a very calculated, cynical, political decision as just happenstance shows just how seedy of a race they are now running.

 

BFFs: Hickenlooper Awkwardly “Fawns” Over Bloomberg to Bloomberg Reporter

In case it was unclear that Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado’s de facto Governor, Michael Bloomberg, were close, let this audio from a media interview between a Bloomberg reporter and Hick erase all doubt.  Complete Colorado‘s Todd Shepherd cleverly CORA’d all of Hick’s media interviews that former spokesperson Eric Brown not-so-cleverly recorded.  Ouch.  Listen here:

From Complete Colorado:

“Actually, watching what Michael Bloomberg did for New York, as Mayor, it made me love Bloomberg News in a way nothing else really could. When DeBlasio took over, and basically (unintelligible) people trashed Mayor Bloomberg, I got a whole, long…fawning letter up to Bloomberg just saying how outrageous it was.  And then just reciting what I thought he’d be remembered for, and every big city mayor that I know, thinks that he’ll go down as one of the greatest mayors, not just in New York, but in the history of the United States.”

Aside from the fact that Hick claims that Bloomberg is not pulling the strings in Colorado when it’s clear that he is, his fawning to a Bloomberg reporter is just awkward, as you can hear on the audio when the reporter responds to his fawning with repeated and noncommital “uh-huhs”.  Mike Bloomberg has almost nothing to do with the everyday operations of Bloomberg News.  It would be like a Patriots fan talking about how much they love Gillette razors, the sponsor of the Pats’ stadium.

What’s interesting is that Hick seems to view Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, as a model governor.  Let’s take a stroll through some of Bloomberg’s nanny state legacy, taken from Gizmodo, which has the complete list:

  • No smoking in restaurants, bars, and public places (that includes e-cigarettes)
  • No cigarette sales to those under the age of 21
  • No cars in Times Square or in bike lanes (because Manhattan has so much available real estate)
  • Restrictions on levels of sodium in processed foods
  • No trans-fats in restaurant cooking
  • No Big Gulps
  • No styrofoam packaging in single-service food items
  • No loud headphones
  • Latch on NYC: Formula is locked up and tracked for new mothers to encourage breastfeeding

If Hickenlooper views Bloomberg as one of the best mayors ever, what can we expect next from the embattled Governor? As if the gun grab wasn’t bad enough, is Hick looking for a new nanny state legacy for himself?

 

 

THE REAL BETSY MARKEY: Lifelong Bureaucrat not Private Sector Leader

Former Congresswoman Betsy Markey, now candidate for state treasurer, just loves to tout her “private sector experience.”  However, we have to take issue with this after reviewing Markey’s CV because she’s barely spent anytime there.  The bulk of career has actually been spent in government, and we get the feeling that she just can’t seem to find work elsewhere.  

According to Wikipedia, Markey entered politics right out of college working on the staff of U.S. Senator John A. Durkin (D-NH).  She later worked for a Congressional subcommittee.  Markey then spent most of the 1980s hopping between government jobs at the U.S. Treasury and State Department.

Later in life, Markey worked on the staff of for former Sen. Ken Salazar before announcing her run for Congress.  She won in 2008 and spent the next two years back in D.C.  After her defeat in 2010, Markey got what many believed was payoff for her vote in favor of Obamacare when she was appointed Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs in the United States Department of Homeland Security.  She recently resigned that post to run for Treasurer. 

Yes, Markey did spend a couple years in the private sector but the bulk of her career has been spent earning her living from the government.  If she were truly sympathetic to the plight of small business owners, as she claims to be, then she never would have voted for Obamacare in the first place.  It’s totally disingenuous for Markey to pretend like she’s got her thumb on the pulse of the private sector, and we wish reporters would stop letting her get away with it. 

Some people genuinely feel the calling to serve in public office, while others are just unemployable outside of politics.  We get the feeling that Markey falls into the latter category.

 

PeakFeed: Gardner Keeps Pressure on Udall over Obamacare Support

Rep. Cory Gardner’s latest television ad tells the story of the 335,000 Coloradans who received healthcare cancellation notices because of Sen. Mark Udall’s support for Obamacare. Gardner’s family was among those whose health insurance was cancelled.  They bought their plan off the open market like so many Coloradans and were not on the health insurance offered to members of Congress.

Sadly, Colorado families have not only lost their health insurance plans but also seen their premiums rise and lost access to their doctors.  If Udall wants to talk about social issues, he needs to realize this is the real social issue of the 2014 campaign.  

 

TBD NO MORE: Beauprez Releases “A More Competitive Colorado” Economic Plan

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s lack of leadership has resulted in liberals run amok and has compromised the success of Colorado businesses.  Hick’s opponent Bob Beauprez yesterday released his solution to the problem – a plan called “A More Competitive Colorado”.  The plan outlines four steps to creating a more friendly business environment for Colorado companies:

  1. Audit state government to reform state regulations
  2. Adopt priority-based budgeting
  3. Empower Colorado job creators
  4. Hold the line on destructive legislation

Noting that “costs of regulatory compliance as estimated by our own government may exceed corporate taxation revenue by a factor of more than 8-to-1″, the Beauprez campaign laid out specific items to make Colorado more competitive.  Some of our favorites:

  • A moratorium on new regulations until a state audit could be completed
  • Forcing the state government to justify its use of one of taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars and forcing it to have clear customer-centric benchmarks for success
  • A searchable, transparent, online state budget (oh, the fun we could have!)
  • Competitive Colorado portal where Coloradans could report regulations that have a negative impact on their lives

The fact that this plan exists at all provides a contrast with our current Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has adopted from his predecessor the Blue Ribbon Commission legacy and a strong commitment to TBD – we’re still waiting to see what that might deliver.

Feel free to read the plan below. Tell us what you think.

The Stronger Colorado Plan, Part I: A More Competitive Colorado

 
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