PEAKFEED: Democrat State Rep. Ginal Says Fracking Study is Political

When the Colorado State House debated a bill to conduct a study on fracking, Republican Rep. Lois Landgraf asked the bill’s sponsor Democrat Rep. Joann Ginal whether the study would be scientific or political.  Rep. Ginal, a scientist herself, offered a, ahem, revealing answer and Revealing Politics was there to catch it on camera:

From the video:

Landgraf: “The bill’s sponsor has said that this is not biased, yet on lines 9 and 10 on page 5, we’re having four people out of six from one party and two people out of six from the minority party. And, if that does not speak to bias, I’m not sure what does.”

Landgraf (later): “I’d still like an answer to why this is, in my opinion, very political.”

Ginal: “Yeah, it’s political.  I mean it… the Governor is you know… choosing some people… but what we’re trying to do as far as the majority and minority is let everyone have a chance at choosing someone.”

Ooops, we bet she wishes she could take that all back.


ICYMI: Tell Mark Udall Obamacare Is Striking Out

With the Rockies season opening last week and baseball getting into full swing, Americans for Prosperity cleverly seized the opportunity to hit a home run against incumbent liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall.  At the Rockies’ home opener last Friday, AFP activists passed out baseballs imprinted with, “Tell Sen. Mark Udall that Obamacare is striking out”.  See pictures below.

AFP Colorado executive director Dustin Zvonek had this to say about Udall:

“If Mark Udall pitched baseballs like he pitched healthcare, he’s have washed out of the minor leagues long ago for not being able to throw straight.  Not only did the senator throw Coloradans a wild pitch, by lying to them about the health law, but he’s been Team Obama’s most valuable player for years, backing a host of policies that haven’t served this state or nation well. And we at AFP plan to hold him accountable”.

Not only did AFP activists pass out baseballs, but AFP paid to have a plane circling with a similar message.  Three cheers for creativity.


HYPOCRISY: Udall Calls for Equal Pay; Female Udall Staffers Make $.82 for Every Male Dollar

Liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall and fellow Democrats love to perpetuate the gender pay gap myth and exploit the flimsy statistic to make political hay.  We, here at the Peak, have no problem doing likewise.

When we look at the most recent reported salaries for Udall’s Senate office, we see that on average female staffers working under Udall make only $0.82 to every dollar that a male in Udall’s office makes.  Now, even when we provide a little context (which is more than Udall does when citing the gender pay gap), and only look at the staffers that were with Udall for the entire pay period, women make only two cents more, $0.84 to every male dollar.

The problem with the gender pay gap is that it is devoid of context whatsoever.

Differences in education, work experience, industry, occupation, position, hours worked, or job tenure are never factored in.  Everyone can agree that equal work should get equal pay, but this ridiculous stat is definitely not equal work.  This article from The Daily Beast shows the ten best paying industries and how they are dominated by males:

  1. Petroleum Engineering: 87% male
  2. Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration: 48% male
  3. Mathematics and Computer Science: 67% male
  4. Aerospace Engineering: 88% male
  5. Chemical Engineering: 72% male
  6. Electrical Engineering: 89% male
  7. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering: 97% male
  8. Mechanical Engineering: 90% male
  9. Metallurgical Engineering: 83% male
  10. Mining and Mineral Engineering: 90% male

Likewise, the ten least lucrative jobs:

  1. Counseling Psychology: 74% female
  2. Early Childhood Education: 97% female
  3. Theology and Religious Vocations: 34% female
  4. Human Services and Community Organization: 81% female
  5. Social Work: 88% female
  6. Drama and Theater Arts: 60% female
  7. Studio Arts: 66% female
  8. Communication Disorders Sciences and Services: 94% female
  9. Visual and Performing Arts: 77% female
  10. Health and Medical Preparatory Programs: 55% female

But if Udall doesn’t care about context (when it doesn’t suit him politically), neither do we.  Equal pay for equal work, right Udall? Rabble, rabble, rabble!


ANOTHER FRACKING ENDORSEMENT: Obama’s Own Secretary of Interior Says Fracking is Safe

Earlier this year, former Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar came out in favor of fracking.  Now, the current Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has said fracking can be done safely.  Jewell who was appearing before a Congressional committee had this to say (via The Colorado Observer):

It absolutely can be done and has been done safely and responsibly,” Jewell said.

A former engineer at Mobil Corp., Jewell prefaced her comment by underlining her experience with the process of hydraulic fracturing.

“I may be one of the few secretaries of the Interior that has actually fracked wells before. I do understand the science behind this,” Jewell said. [the Peak emphasis]

The facts are not with fractivists.  It is only a matter of time before the average Coloradan starts to associate their science-denying ways with those of truthers and birthers.  Your new home fractivists?  The fringe.  Enjoy!


PEAKFEED: Brophy Helps Colorado Break Up with Hick

In one of the most creative ads of the election season thus far, Republican state Sen. and candidate for Governor Greg Brophy offered Coloradans a way out of its unhealthy relationship with liberal Governor John Hickenlooper – a “Dear John” letter.  Just watch.

From the ad:

Dear John,

I think we need to go our separate ways.  Please know that it’s not you, it’s me.   We’ve grown apart these past three years and I blame myself. I built up unrealistic expectations of you to be someone you just are not. I see that now and I apologize.

I’ll always remember with fondness how we first met at that bar of yours in Lodo.  You were so low-key and approachable.  I’ve come to see how that bar and it’s success is a fundamental part of who you are.  No matter where we go or what we do together, you never miss an opportunity to remind me of that place or beer.  Again, I blame myself for taking you away from the only place you’ve been truly happy.  It’s a big part of why I want to set you free.

Before we moved in together, you made me think you’re someone you’re not.  Those funny, quirky commercials.  Your claims that you believed what I do. Your pledged commitment to be an average, moderate guy. It sounded so reasonable, but it wasn’t really you. I need someone else, someone who puts me first instead  of his friends or party.

You said how much you supported the plain and well-known rules I’ve chosen to live by.  You even took an oath to uphold and live by them, John.  Yet when it mattered most, in that important Dunlap matter, you ignored my rules and said maybe the person after you could follow my rules.  Well, that’s the person I need now.

You keep imposing new and more restrictive rules on what I can  do and how I have to do it.  At first, I thought it was because you cared, but now I see it’s because you don’t trust me. Remember that time one of your friends said I couldn’t be trusted with a handgun because I might mistakenly get scared I could be raped and accidentally shoot someone on campus?  You never stood up for me or my rights.  No other person in this country has gone as far as you have to limit my rights with the stroke of a pen.

You only seem to care about the Denver part of me.  It would be one thing if you ignored the other parts of me, but it’s worse than that.  You abuse my rural parts and put unfair demands on them to act like Denver.  You could have said no to the ridiculous renewable energy demands that your friends put on me.  But, again, you chose them over me.  I need someone who cares about all of me, even when there aren’t fires or floods to draw them there.  You even changed my logo to some generic green triangle.  Why am I not good enough for you the way I am.

You’re such a nice guy.  I know there is another, much better situation out there waiting for you.  Maybe you could go back to your great bar, relax and just go back to being a bartender.  I wish you all the best, John.  I’ll think of you with every beer.



P.S., Maybe this will give you the time you need to focus on that Hillary you keep talking about.  Good luck with her, she seems perfect for you.


CASH GRAB: New BLS Report Shows That Higher Minimum Wage is Just a Union Pay Day

A new report by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics illustrates how Democrats’ cries for a higher minimum wage are nothing but a payday to their union overlords.  The percentage of American workers who are making minimum wage or less (service industry jobs that factor in tipping) have dropped from 13.9% in 1979 when the BLS started keeping track of it to just 4.3% in 2013.  More and more workers across the country are paid more than the minimum wage.

Yet, wanting to distract from the disaster that is Obamacare, Democrats have decided this is one of the most important issues facing America right now.

Well, distraction would be the least malevolent reason that Democrats want to raise the minimum wage. continue…


SELF DEFENSE GONE RIGHT: Dan Pabon, We Hope You’re Paying Attention

Over the last 18 months, Democrats in Colorado and across the country have renewed their assault on the 2nd Amendment.  They trot out statistics about gun violence and pass legislation under the guise of making us “safer,” but the truth is that they’re slowly trying to whittle away at our constitutional rights. 

Mark our words – the next assault will be on hand guns.  That is why we wanted to take a moment to highlight a recent case of self-defense with a deadly weapon gone right.  A homeowner in the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood of Denver came home to find someone burglarizing his house.  When the intruder went after the homeowner, he shot back in self-defense.

There was a full investigation, which found the homeowner acted legally.  No charges are being filed.  This act of self-defense took place in the 1600 block of Yates St., which is notably located in Rep. Dan Pabon’s district.  Based on voter registration, it is the third most Democratic statehouse district in the entire state. continue…


NO JOKE: Democrats Becoming American Version of the Old Tory Party

In a new story by The Associated Press, the wealth of various Congressional districts are explored.  And, what will come as shock to no one paying close attention, it’s the Democratic Party that represents the wealthy.

[I]n Congress, the wealthiest among us are more likely to be represented by a Democrat than a Republican. Of the 10 richest House districts, only two have Republican congressmen. Democrats claim the top six, sprinkled along the East and West coasts. Most are in overwhelmingly Democratic states like New York and California. [the Peak emphasis]

Not only are the wealthy represented by some of the most liberal democrats (Nancy Pelosi’s district is the 8th wealthiest; Henry Waxman’s is the 2nd), but they are almost among the safest Democratic seats out there. continue…


NEW FRONT? Will Partisan Politics Enter Battle Over Ownership of Denver Post?

With the news breaking yesterday that Digital First Media was shelving its project that would “save” newspapers, many of the papers that Digital First Media owns were left in limbo; among them our very own Denver Post.  This turn of events has started the rumor mill, and we turn to The Colorado Springs Business Journal for the best of them:

Will the Post find a billionaire angel investor ? Moguls local and national have acquired the Boston Globe (John Henry), the Washington Post (Jeff Bezos) and the Colorado Springs Gazette (Phil Anschutz). [the Peak emphasis]

That’s the true question on everyone’s mind, and, as The Denver Post is really the only choice of paper for those in the metro Denver area (and in turn, the majority of Colorado’s population), ownership of it bequeaths the buyer a large megaphone to speak to all of Colorado.  No longer is there a Rocky Mountain News (pause for a brief moment of silence in remembrance) for people to pick up if they find the reporting at The Post slanted too far to the left one way or another.

Editorially, The Post leans leftward, supporting action on climate change, gun control and environmental protection. Yet it rarely strays into the farther shores of liberalism and regularly runs conservative columnists such as Vincent Carroll and Mike Rosen.

HA!  That’s like saying CU is now a moderate campus because they have a conservative chair.  There’s a reason you can name the conservative voices at The Post off the top of your head. continue…


GUEST POST: Much Opportunity in Little Love for Obamacare

Two things stick out in the most recent PPP poll in Colorado:

  • The Peak has already pointed out Udall’s weak Hispanic numbers.  Udall’s weaknesses also show among Independents and those under 46.
  • Women, Independents and those under 46 aren’t tuned in to this election yet. That’s based on their high “not sure” responses to questions about Republicans’ favorability ratings.

Knowing enough to rate Republicans ends up boosting support of both Republicans and Udall. Greater support for them comes from fewer “not sure” responses.

For John Hickenlooper, knowledgeable voters aren’t a blessing. They know Hickenlooper supports tax hikes and the Democrats’ liberal agenda. Knowing Hickenlooper’s liberal record depresses his support, especially among those over 45.

Poll questions about Obamacare suggest one issue may cut deep into Hickenlooper’s support. Link increased state government cost and higher taxes to the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. Given TABOR, more dollars spent on Medicaid must mean fewer dollars for education, our colleges and our roads. Coloradans will not like this. Exclude Obama-clinging Democrats and only 20% of other Coloradans approve of Obamacare.

The poll identifies one group who aren’t tied to one party. It’s those who didn’t admit they voted either for Obama OR Romney in 2012. These people are:

  • 15% more likely to disapprove of Obama than approve of his job performance; 
  • 27% more likely to disapprove of Udall’s job performance than approve of it and 
  • 30% more likely to disapprove of Obamacare than approve of it.

This group – as they learn more about the candidates – appear ready to join the Republican side. We can reasonably wager that the bulk of truly independent voters share these levels of disapproval.

The Obamacare disaster creates a strong turnout message for conservatives. Democrats seem to think that boosting their turnout requires continued advances in liberalism. We should tell our voters about their extreme left (and harmful) notions so our side’s turnout grows even more. Turnout depends, after all, on two things: effort and messages like these. For the first time since 2002 we have winning messages.

Using both issues and effort, conservatives can put a double whammy on the Democrats.

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