RED ALERT: Voters Like Red Light Cameras More Than Hick and Udall

It’s pretty well understood that people just don’t like red light cameras.  Well, what if we told you that people like red light cameras better than some Democratic politicians?  It’s true and it comes from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling.  Delicious.

Today, PPP published a poll that showing Hickenlooper unable to break 50% against every Republican candidate, but Tom Tancredo.  Against Tom, he gets just 50%.  The news is worse for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, who leads U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner by just two points – 47% to 45%, respectively, which is probably within the margin of error.

Nonetheless, you know what’s at a solid 50% approval rating?  Red light cameras.  That’s right folks.  Again, Coloradans like red light cameras better than the Democrats’ top of the ticket.  Here are the results of the poll:

Sorry, we’re still giggling.  Of course, it’s worth noting that the R/D/U for the poll leans a little left at 36% D, 32% R, and 32% U.  As we mentioned before, a more appropriate weighting would look something like this:

Local pollsters have been weighting their polling for this year at 38 or 39% Republican, 34 or 35% Democrat and 27 or 28% Unaffiliated.  Historically speaking, U’s have never come close to 36% and likely won’t in this environment.

The poll, a survey of 618 Coloradans, was conducted April 17-20, 2014. The margin of error, oddly, was not disclosed.  Also odd – top of the Republican ballot gubernatorial candidate Mike Kopp, either wasn’t included in the survey or the results weren’t released.  Care to disclose either of these items, PPP? We know you have problems disclosing information that doesn’t benefit the left.

Nonetheless, maybe this is why Hick isn’t committing to legislation that would forbid red light cameras – the concept is actually more popular than he is.


BATTERED AND BRUISED: Udall in Worse Shape Than Originally Thought

Last week, Harpers Polling published a poll that showed U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner and liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall neck and neck in the 2014 U.S. Senate race.  That’s not surprising given that Gardner is a formidable candidate.  But, when we looked at the underlying numbers, it revealed the Udall may be in worse shape than anyone thought.  See the results below from the Harpers polling memo.

The interesting thing about the poll is that the pollsters weighted the sample close to registration, which doesn’t necessarily reflect actual turnout. The turnout that they modeled is 31% Republican, 33% Democrat, and 36% Unaffiliated.  Local pollsters have been weighting their polling for this year at 38 or 39% Republican, 34 or 35% Democrat and 27 or 28% Unaffiliated.  Historically speaking, U’s have never come close to 36% and likely won’t in this environment.

And, indeed, the turnout for 2010 was as follows: 39.47% Republican, 33.63% Democrat, and 26.21% Unaffiliated, a full ten points lower than the Us predicted in the poll.  Even former Obama strategist David Plouffe is warning that Republicans could have another banner year like 2010, according to Bloomberg:

“We have a turnout issue,” Plouffe said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend. “This is a screaming siren that the same problems that afflicted us” in 2010 when Democrats lost control of the House “could face us again.”

With a margin of error at +/- 4.35%, even with the potentially unrealistic weighting, it’s easy to see that Udall is in some treacherous waters.  And, this is with weighting in favor of Udall in a poll commissioned by a right-leaning Super PAC, American Crossroads.  Come election day, things could be a lot uglier.


PeakFeed: “Colorado is a Godsend for Republicans”

The pundits say:

“Colorado is a Godsend for Republicans to get a candidate like Cory Gardner,” says host Luke Russert.

“This recruiting class by (NRSC Chairman) Jerry Moran is so good it makes Nick Saban jealous,” says political consultant Brad Todd.

Our best chance to put the Kansas senate seat into play is for disgraced, recently-ousted, Obamacare-figurehead Kathleen Sebilius to run, responds Democrats.

Yep, it’s going to be a fun election cycle PeakNation™.


PeakFeed: And Liberals Wept Because Cory Gardner is Awesome

And all that mud and muck the liberal left and Sen. Mark Udall have been slinging at Colorado’s next senator, Rep. Cory Gardner, just fell away. If you don’t like Cory Gardner after this ad, you might not have a soul.


CHEAP TALK: Coffman and Gardner Show Dems What Equal Pay for Equal Work Looks Like

To piggy-back off of our post last night in which we exposed the hypocrisy of liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s call for equal pay for equal work despite the females on his staff only making $0.84 for every dollar one of his male staffers earn.

We’ve expanded our research to include this year’s most competitive races in Colorado.

In the Republican Rep. Cory Gardner versus liberal Udall match up, when we look at Gardner’s most recently reported salaries for non-shared workers who were with him for the entire pay period, we see female staffers who work with Gardner earn an average of $1.04 to every dollar that a Gardner male staffer makes. That’s nearly 25% more than Udall pays his female staffers compared to his male staffers.  The absurdity of a man who “fights” for equal pay, but can’t pay his own female staffers a fair wage is off the charts.

Even more impressive are the numbers that come from Republican Rep. Mike Coffman, who is in the closest House race across the nation.   When we here at the Peak crunched his female staff salaries, they are making an incredible $1.12 for every one dollar Coffman male staffers are making.  Perhaps if Udall and his fellow Democrats focused on treating their own employees equally first, then we wouldn’t have to legislate a solution.  It shouldn’t be that hard, as two of Colorado’s top Republicans show how easy it is to do.

But, Democrats can’t resist the siren song of the equal pay gender politics.  Just today, Minority Leader Bill Cadman tried to tack on an amendment that the resolution include Udall and President Obama (both of whom pay women less) to the Democrats’ equal pay resolution political stunt in the state Senate.  This should have received a resounding “yes”, but, instead Dems laid the bill over until Friday (when nobody would pay attention).  Revealing Politics caught it all on video.

But cheer up Udall, at least you weren’t the worst offender the Colorado Congressional Delegation in terms of paying your female staffers for all their hard work; that award belongs to Rep. Jared Polis who, on average, pays his female staffers a measly $0.65 to every dollar that his male staffers make.  Equal pay for equal work should start with leadership.


FRACKING FRACAS: Gardner Calls on Udall to Disavow Fracking Bans, OFA Protests Gardner’s Office

On the same day that U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner called on liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall to disavow fracking ban initiatives across the state, the Organizing for America (formerly Obama for America) crew unleashed a wimper of enviro “protesters” at Gardner’s office.  According to a nonsense Greeley Tribune article, the protesters wanted “…to show Gardner the importance of new climate change research.”

OK, sure.

The timing may be a coincidence, but it comes at a time when embattled U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is desperately trying to transform himself into a so-called champion of Colorado’s natural gas industry and claims to be undecided on Keystone XL.  If Udall is truly undecided, he could probably use some education on this new-fangled climate change research, don’t you think?  But, it’s funny that “protesters” would only show up at Gardner’s office, not Udall’s office.

If these treehuggers really cared about the environment, they’d be camped outside of allegedly-squishy Udall’s office.  But, that’s not what this call to action is really about.  First and foremost, the environmentalists wouldn’t dare protest at Udall’s office because it would damage Udall’s already shaky Senate bid.  But, perhaps more importantly, this rallying point for the greenies is just that – an attempt to organize and solidify the OFA base in a year in which turnout has the potential to be lackluster. continue…


SEA CHANGE: Udall’s Embrace of Campaigning with Obama a Strategy Change or Is He Just Befuddled?

Yesterday, Senator Mark Udall said he’d have no problem voting for Obamacare again.  Today, we learn from an interview he had with Politico he’s looking forward to campaigning with President Obama:

But even though Gardner plans to tie Udall to Obama’s agenda on taxes, health care and gun control, the Democrat says he’s prepared to campaign alongside the president.

“I’m hoping that we get two or three of the following four people to come campaign: President Obama, Vice President Biden, former President Clinton and future President Clinton,” Udall said, referring to Bill and Hillary. [the Peak emphasis]

Whoa – that’s not what he told CNN in January, when he side-stepped the question of whether he would campaign with Obama four times.

Now, we know earlier this week Nancy Pelosi said that Obamacare was “a winner” for Democrats to run on in 2014, but given the track record the House Democrats have had for winning races these last few cycles, we can imagine few would actually take her campaign advice seriously.

More likely this just confirms rumblings we hear from people who are familiar with the inner-workings of the Udall campaign.  Despite an all-out assault by them and the left echo-chamber on Cory Gardner since he’s entered the race, they have been unable to get anything to stick.  The feeling is starting to set in over there that if this is a race to the middle, they will lose.

This best explains Udall’s actions over the past two days.  Re-embracing Obamacare when it is hated by all but the Democratic base, saying now he is looking forward to campaigning with Obama when just over a month ago he couldn’t run away from Obama fast enough, could be a strategic change for the campaign.  But, Udall may just be flailing under the mountain of negative press over the the past few weeks.

The unenviable job of painting Gardner – nowhere near an extremist – as an extremist will now fall to mostly surrogates as Udall himself focuses on firing up the base and getting them to turn out in large numbers this fall.  And, from anyone on the outside, this was clearly their only play all along.  Udall’s record of voting with Obama 99% of the time, along with his refusal to embrace more moderate proposals like the Keystone XL pipeline, made any attempt by Udall to moderate seem preposterous.  Really, the only question is – why did it take so long for themselves to see this?

Perhaps between Steyer’s money and the fracking ban, the Democratic base will come out in large numbers this November. But in a deeply purple state like Colorado, it’s a risky bet.  But, such is the race Udall is forced to run after six years of painting himself into this corner.


OUR TAKE: Left’s Spin of Gardner’s Opposition to Personhood is BS

Slow down liberals, Rep. Cory Gardner’s change of heart about the controversial personhood amendment, which would ban abortion and common forms of birth control, isn’t going to be the boost to Sen. Mark Udall you’ve been hoping for.

Last night, The Denver Post reported that based on what Gardner has learned about personhood over the years he can no longer support it:

“The fact that it restricts contraception, it was not the right position,” Gardner said. “I’ve learned to listen. I don’t get everything right the first time. There are far too many politicians out there who take the wrong position and stick with it and never admit that they should do something different.”

Yes, there will be a bloc of social conservatives disappointed that Gardner has changed his position on personhood.  However, it’s not like those folks are ever going to vote for Udall.  Gardner is still pro-life and is still going to be the better choice in their eyes. continue…


HE’S BAAAACK: Michael Bloomberg Makes Another Appearance in Colorado

Don’t be mad at us, Michael. You should stick to your own state.

After Americans for Prosperity unveiled a large media placement hitting liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s Obamacare record, liberals everyone breathed a sigh of relief when the left-leaning Senate Majority PAC (SMP) revealed a $500,000 media buy against U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, who is running against Udall in the 2014 election.

Not so fast, Udallites.  There’s just one problem.

The SMP, backing Udall, is funded by none other than Colorado’s best liberal funder, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as revealed in a Slate article published little over a month ago about the rise of “Vanity PACs”:

“[Bloomberg] also contributed $2.5 million to the pro-Democratic Senate Majority PAC and $250,000 to Americans for Responsible Solutions, a pro-gun control super PAC founded by former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona.” [the Peak emphasis]

What’s interesting is that Bloomberg has given $2.5 million to the Super PAC and its most recent ad buy is approximately $3 million.  That $2.5 million sure came in handy.  What is it about Colorado that is so irresistible to Bloomberg?  He just cannot seem to stop meddling here.

Run your ads, Bloomberg.  We’ve already beat back your money three times – Crestina Martinez, gun legislation that resulted in recalls, and Amendment 66.  Do you really want to try for a fourth?


OUT: Owen Hill Ends His U.S. Senate Campaign on a High Note

Tonight, at 9:30 p.m. Republican state Senator Owen Hill sent an email to his supporters to tell them that he was ending his campaign. He noted that U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner had the best chance of beating U.S. Senator Mark Udall and that he “pray[s] that he does”.

Not only did Hill end his campaign, but he did so with great homage to something so lacking in our society – respect for human dignity. It’s this trait that above all else should inspire and compel the masses to vote for right-leaning candidates.  Part of Hill’s farewell message:

One of my favorite scenes in all of literature is toward the end of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Prisoners in the gulag are forced to build a building for their captors in the frigid Siberian weather. Two bricklayers are working back to back and when the time comes to quit for the day, instead of stopping, both men race to see who can lay their remaining bricks the fastest. While they risk upsetting the guards, human nature drives them to compete, to work, and to win. Even the worst conditions could not fully suppress the dignity and pride given by their Creator.

All in all, Hill’s farewell message was most inspiring and optimistic for the future.  Hill closes his note by saying that he is “more energized than ever for [his] work as a State Senator”.  We’re glad to hear he’s still looking forward and hope to see him run again in the future.

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