This morning, after KDVR‘s Eli Stokols broke the news that Evie Hudak would resign, the leftists in the Twitterverse went nuts extolling her debatable “virtues”. Extremist liberals seem to have forgotten just how bad Hudak’s record on Colorado’s working families, education, and women’s rights really was. So, we helped them out by Storifying it for them. We’re sure they’re #thankful.
UPDATE: Democrats wanted to be sure that our readers knew that the Democrats in the Colorado delegation voted for the pork-filled Frelinghuysen amendment that wouldn’t have helped Sandy victims for years, so as a favor to them, we’re correcting our error which gave their legislative judgment too much credit. You’re welcome.
When ColoradoPols penned an open letter to America about the devastation caused by the unusual flooding in Colorado, the letter started out…ok. And, then Pols took the opportunity to politicize this terrible tragedy by pointing out that Republicans voted against aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy. First, way to politicize a tragedy, you asshats. Rahm “Never Let a Tragedy Go to Waste” Emmanuel would be so proud. Second, it just ain’t true.
Let’s set the record straight. There were two pieces of legislation that made their way through Congress in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – one that provided immediate aid to those who lost so much during this storm (the Rogers amendment) and another that was filled with pork spending that promised aid several years later (the Frelinghuysen amendment).
Here’s what the Rogers amendment offered: $17 billion in immediate assistance to victims of Hurricane Sandy by providing funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster relief fund, housing for those whose homes were destroyed, and funding for damaged infrastructure and transit systems. Rep. Gardner and the Republican Colorado delegation voted in favor of this amendment. To say that Republicans voted down immediate aid is a flat out lie.
Here’s what the Frelinghuysen amendment offered: an extra $33 billion, 80 percent of which would not be spent until after 2015, and much of which did not directly help Sandy victims. Here are some examples of the pork that was contained in the this amendment, according to the New York Post:
“The pork-barrel feast includes more than $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. It also includes a whopping $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska and $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in DC.”
Yes, the funds were to be used even for a fishery in Alaska. We hope we don’t need to remind you, PeakNation™, that Alaska was not impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Gardner and the Colorado delegation rightly voted against that amendment.
Last night, KDVR political reporter Eli Stokols broke the story that the much-anticipated Lobato decision had been posted to the Supreme Court website on Monday night. The official ruling: Lobato was overturned. From the ruling:
“While we sympathize with the Plaintiffs and recognize that the public school financing system might not provide an optimal amount of money to the public schools the statutory public school financing system itself is constitutional.”
In its decision, the Court reversed a ruling of a lower court, and affirmed that the current method of school funding across the state is constitutional. The lawsuit was grounded in Article IX of the Colorado State Constitution, which requires the state to provide a “thorough and uniform” public school system. The plaintiffs went further, asserting that since funding was not adequate at the district level, many districts were unable to assert “meaningful control over educational instruction and quality, in violation of the Local Control Clause.”
When the original district court decision was handed down, liberals from across the state gloated about how they were right all along. Ooops, they were wrong. Guess the evidence brought forth by the plaintiffs wasn’t as “damning” as first believed (ahem, ColoradoPols):
“In 180+ absolutely damning pages of meticulously-compiled evidence, Judge Rappaport agreed with the plaintiffs. The combination of so many limits on the funding of public education with the increasing requirements that standardized testing and school accountability programs have placed on the system has, ruled the judge, resulted in an irrationally underprovisioned and broken system that is failing in its charge to thoroughly and uniformly educate Colorado’s children.”
The lawsuit was filed by people from the San Luis Valley area (Lobato is a parent of two public school students), but it addressed how funds were allocated across all of the 178 government-run K-12 school districts in Colorado. Other plaintiffs included parents, students, and school districts.
It turns out that yesterday’s “oopsie-daisie” attack on Robert Ramirez and his family, in which Colorado Pols insinuated that Ramirez was having an affair with his 14-year old daughter, wasn’t an isolated incident. Just two weeks ago, on June 21, front page editor “Progressive Cowgirl” attacked Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, because she owns a horse that qualified for the U.S. Olympic dressage team. Progressive Cowgirl had this to say about Mrs. Romney:
“Ann Romney is an elitist, tone deaf rich bitch who genuinely thinks she's just like you, despite her family's estimated net worth of $200 million.”
Wow. We think somebody (ahem, Progressive Cowgirl) is jealous that her horse didn’t make the Olympic team. Look, we’ll admit that we giggle during the videos of dressage, which has been likened to “horse ballet”. Of course, the video below is our favorite dressage video.
All silliness and horse ballet fun aside, Pols treatment of female relatives of candidates – and female candidates themselves – is troubling. We’ll admit, we’ve made fun of Michelle Obama’s excessive traveling and spending; however, the attacks described above are more personal and over the line.
Ann Romney initially became interested in dressage as a therapy for her multiple sclerosis. In the May 2004 issue of Dressage Today, Mrs. Romney notes that “because of her riding and alternative therapies, she is now off all medications and doing well. "I have so much joy in the moment and love each horse I'm on."
She also told her interviewer that “when she began riding, her condition had weakened her muscles so badly that she could barely sit on a horse.”
Honestly, it’s just not that funny to make fun of someone’s debilitating illness, or to shine a spotlight on a 14-year old girl. We challenge women and voters to take a hard look at the way that the left treats women and decide if that’s the party that speaks for you.
The picture itself is from a printed campaign brochure, but the volley of sniping it caused between conservatives and liberals today was all online.
…”That attractive blonde woman posing with Ramirez in the upper left-hand corner? That’s not his wife,” Coloradopols noted in the blog piece this morning.
It’s not Ramirez’s wife. It is his 14-year-old daughter, a fact that conservative blog ColoradoPeakPolitics.com quickly tweeted out.
“@coloradopols Y’all don’t even try anymore, do u? You attack Ramirez for including a pic w his daughter b/c…she’s not his wife,” ColoradoPeakPolitics tweeted.
The Coloradopols post was soon changed, adding, “The woman in the picture may be a family member, but Ramirez should probably point that out in a caption.”
…Ramirez, though, found no humor in the situation and said he took the Coloradopols post to mean he was having an inappropriate relationship with the young woman in the photo.
“That is a straight insinuation that that is somebody other than my wife,” he said. “It bothers me.”
UPDATE: Mrs. Ramirez is NOT pleased:
They crossed the Mommy Line. Seriously, JeffcoPols! What is wrong with you? Our daughter is mortified! She is a 14 YEAR OLD GIRL! #COpols
— Suzie Ramirez (@mrsramirez2002) July 9, 2012
Will Rep. Ramirez’s opponent, lawyer-lobbyist Tracy Kraft-Tharp, disavow this attack?
Any father of a teenage daughter cringes when someone insinuates that his child is attractive. And, when a blog tags a photo of a male and female with “she’s not his wife!”, it implies he’s up to no good. But, when they both happen in the same caption, it’s just creepy. That’s what happened to State Rep. Robert Ramirez today on liberal blog ColoradoPols as they critiqued his walk piece.
We'll have to go to a screenshot to see what was originally published, as Pols edited their piece quietly after we taunted them for it on Twitter.
No, Pols, that’s not his wife. That’s his high school age daughter, you sick perverts.
(Note: Jason Salzman — nowhere does Pols acknowledge making the factual change in their piece. Deserving of a blog post from you?)
Anyone who reads Colorado Pols these days realizes it has become a shadow of its former self. The writing is weak, the analysis flawed and they generally lack the hard hitting oppo research and snark that used to define the site.
Beyond the fact that Pols insinuated that Ramirez’s photo with his teenage daughter was inappropriate, the post reads like one of those crazy emails campaign staff get when they check the email account listed on the campaign site — basically a long list of someone's pet peeves that ultimately amounts to nothing. And like many crazy people emails, it contains serious factual errors.
It's sad, really. Partisans on both sides of the aisle used to have at least grudging respect for ColoradoPols. Either the left liked them because of the dirt they dug up on Republicans, or the right admired them for their humor and snark.
Now they don't seem to possess either – just a lustful eye for a teenage girl. Chris Hansen of Dateline NBC – are you reading?
Last night, Denver Westword held an awards ceremony for their annual Web Awards, bestowing their honors upon a lucky few bloggers and Tweeters from topics ranging from politics to beer. We at Colorado Peak Politics were honored to receive the award for Best Political Blog, beating out some stiff competition.
It's been a hell of a year for us at the Peak, as Denver Post Politics Editor Chuck Plunkett said.
Here is what Westword said in selecting the Peak:
Colorado Peak Politics is Denver's Best Political Blog. Because of the secret-secret nature of this blog, it's not entirely clear where it's based. But we're awarding it Denver's Best Political Blog anyway, because, hell, we're in Denver and we read it — especially when we're in the mood for some conservative snark. Digging into the criminal record of Pueblo state rep and congressional candidate Sal Pace and discovering not one but two (!!) arrests for public urination? Brilliant. Calling him Rep. Sal Pace (D-Urination)? Even more brilliant.
We can think of one person whose day this is not going to make. That was made doubly true when we received a Google alert for "Sal Pace" with the link to the award — an alert that probably set off some alarm bells in that Congressional candidate's campaign.
But enough rubbing it in Pace's face. We'll save the gloating for election night 2012.
We have fun, we try hard, we bring the snark every day, but we don't think we are better than anyone else — except Colorado Pols.