EXPECTING VISITORS? Polis Cleans Up Wikipedia Page

It would seem embattled Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis is doing some renovations on his Wikipedia page, according to @congressedits, a bot that tweets anonymous Wikipedia edits that are made from IP addresses in the US Congress.

The big question is – does this mean he is preparing for an announcement, and, if so, what would that announcement be?  Is it that Rep. Nancy Pelosi finally will reward his bad behavior by giving him the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee?  Or, will Polis, who has few friends left in his own party after the bungled fracking ban ballot initiatives negotiations, give the Democratic Party the middle finger and switch to an Independent?

We’ll walk you through the changes, and you decide.  Here they are:

1) Changed his occupation from Businessman to Politician (we suppose that is more accurate these days)

2) Switched the order of his occupations from “entrepreneur, philanthropist, and politician” to “politician, entrepreneur, and philanthropist” (see above)

3) Changed the description of how BlueMountainArts.com was founded from “Polis along with his parents” to “Schutz (that’s his mom), with help from Polis”.

4) Gave additional details on the transaction when Blue Mountain sold, changed from “which he sold to Excite@Home three years later in a deal worth $780 million” to “Schutz sold bluemountain.com to Excite@Home in 1999 for $430 million in stock and $350 million in cash”

5) Added Republicans creds: “In February 1998, Polis founded ProFlowers, an online florist, in La Jolla, California. In December of that year, former Reagan economist Dr. Arthur Laffer began advising Polis and joined ProFlowers as a Director. ProFlowers, later renamed Provide Commerce, Inc., went public on NASDAQ as PRVD on December 17, 2003. In 2005, Provide Commerce was acquired by media conglomerate Liberty Media Corporation for $477 million.”

Noting the hire of Art Laffer, a Republican, and his sale to Liberty Media, run by Republicans, might seem odd for someone about to step into leadership at DCCC.  But, maybe not.  Polis is known to surprise.  And, maybe this all means nothing.  But, we usually don’t deep clean our house unless we’re expecting visitors.


HAT TRICK: Polis Vs. Udall, Hickenlooper, and Romanoff on Fracking Ban Initiatives

“It’s my party, I can cry if I want to”

Liberal Rep. Jared Polis has been sent to time out.  First, Governor Hickenlooper surprised the world by declaring attempts to call a special session over (note: this happened while most of his staff is on vacation).  Then, embattled Sen. Mark Udall and Andrew Romanoff (D-Still Deciding), who is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District, came out against Initiative 88 and 89.

Then, we received notice that Hickenlooper would be holding a press conference this afternoon to also denounce these ill-conceived initiatives.

This means that Polis is all alone in his corner with his radical environmentalists.  This cannot be how he imagined it would go down.  But, perhaps he shouldn’t be surprised.

The three who have banded together to denounce Polis’ temper tantrum-induced initiatives just happen to be Udall, who is stinking it up in the polls (see: Quinnipiac, Gravis); Hickenlooper, who is behind in polling compared to his Republican opponent Bob Beauprez; and Romanoff, who is facing an uphill climb against one of the hardest working Congressmen out there.  Is it any wonder that the three of them are sprinting toward the center on this (or any) issue?

Beyond the success of the initiatives, at stake for Polis is the possibility of leading the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  Word on the Hill is that he’s still angling for the job.  But, now that his fellow Democrats have already coalesced against Polis’ ballot initiatives to save their own hides come November, has Polis lost much of his leverage?


FRACTIVISTS FLOP: Minus Outside Money And People, Fractivists Fail In CO

Colorado Community Rights Network, a fractivists group pushing an extreme anti-fracking initiative this fall, determined it would be impossible for them to gather enough signatures in time to qualify for the ballot.  As The Gazette’s Megan Schrader reported:

The first of several proposed ballot questions to increase local regulation over the oil and gas industry threw in the towel early Monday admitting the group was unlikely to collect almost 86,000 signatures by the Aug. 4 deadline.

The Colorado Community Rights Network was relying almost exclusively on volunteers to collect signatures to put a question on the November ballot asking voters whether local communities should be able to regulate industries that threaten a community’s health or safety. [the Peak’s emphasis]

PeakNation™, that is one down, and more to go.  What should be most encouraging to us on the commonsense side of things—and, what should be most terrifying for fractivists pushing their extremists’ agenda—is that CCRN were determined to use an (almost) all-volunteer network to gather their signatures.  In other words: your average Coloradan.  Yet, not only did they fail, they failed by such a wide margin that they quit the race with more than three weeks left to go.  This shows the average Coloradan has no stomach for this anti-business, anti-Colorado, far-Left agenda.  The only hope fractivists have in Colorado is to ship in out-of-state people, while, simultaneously also pumping in gobs of out-of-state money.

All that talk about “local control” is officially dead.  We’re now more likely to see Mark Ruffalo collecting signatures, than a Coloradan who’s not getting paid to.

One aspect of this battle that hasn’t gotten much attention is fractivist fatigue.  Fractivists certainly don’t have the facts on their side.  Their doomsday scenarios have no science behind them, and the only faucets being lit on fire are nearly 2,000 miles away in Pennsylvania where swamp gas is known to naturally happen.  Fracitivists’ failure to capture the Colorado electorate this year will only make it harder in the future, as Colorado’s strong fracking safety record becomes more and more well known.  This is not to say fractivists still won’t be able to pick off a community or two in the future (how could they not when you got a place like the People’s Republic of Boulder where they don’t have pet owners, but rather pet “guardians.”  We at the Peak are still eagerly waiting for the first Yorkie emancipation), but never will they have a better time to blind the entire state of Colorado to their extremists’ position.  If they don’t make it this year, they won’t make it any year.

Rep. Jared Polis can’t be looking forward to kissing his millions goodbye in this boondoggle.  If he actually sees this all the way through to the end, he might have to start accepting that Congresional salary he’s been refusing all these years.

The fact that the fractivists’ initiatives are dying off under their own weight, makes it that much more incredible that Gov. John Hickenlooper is still being held hostage by Polis.  Surely, if Hick had any sort of actual leadership ability he wouldn’t be at the mercy of someone who has no solid ground to stand on.  Then again, the Governor’s mansion did get some beer taps installed this last spring, so we can’t be sure he even knows it’s summer already.


DROP THE INITIATIVES: Democrats Turn Up Heat on Polis, Dangle DCCC

Rep. Jared Polis, Colorado job killer

Democrats are begging their own Rep. Jared Polis to back off his proposed ballot initiatives for fear they may cost them the U.S. Senate, but nothing, not even a reported call from President Barack Obama has been enough to convince Polis to back the truck up.  Of course, Polis is well known for not caring about anything or anyone other than himself.  Even a former Howard “Send Republicans to Russia” Dean fears that the initiatives could be toxic to Democrats this election cycle, according to Time:

“The concern among many Democrats is that the ballot initiatives that we’re talking about are very very appealing the farther left you go; troubling at the center; and on the right, they are turn out machines,” says Steve McMahon, a Democratic strategist and Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign manager. “If you’re in a safe district, you’re not concerned. But if you’re a Democrat that has to win statewide these things look a lot different.”

And, that is where Rep. Nancy Pelosi comes in.  Polis is actively campaigning for a huge promotion, the leader of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  That’s basically the same job that Sen. Michael Bennet has on the Senate side.  That means that Polis would be in charge of helping Democratic Congressional candidates make it across the finish line. This would be a big freaking deal.

The Beltway Buzz says that Nancy Pelosi is trying to talk Polis out of the initiatives.  Is this the carrot that she’s dangling to force his retreat?

Will Polis roll the fractivists and his “great concern” about his garage turned guest house the pace of oil and gas development just for a chance to be Pelosi’s top deputy?  Or, does Polis actually want to affect policy in a way that would protect communities from the “nightmare” of high-paying jobs and responsible energy production?  Was this all a vanity campaign that Polis will shelve in order to become Pelosi’s campaign pimp?

Or, does Polis really care about oil and gas in Colorado?  Better yet – does Polis really care about Coloradans?  We suspect we know the answer to that.


DOA: Hick’s Bid To Appease Polis Appears Dead

“and the beer taste so good when it hits your lips”

We wonder if while Gov. John Hickenlooper was shooting pool and, (wait for it), drinking beer with President Obama the other night, Hickenlooper asked Obama for any advice on how to advance legislation.  Just kidding, between those two and watch-me-write-another-letter Udall, they couldn’t pass gas even after eating at Obama’s fav, Ben’s Chili Bowl.

Hickenlooper’s failed leadership with the special session meant to appease Rep. Jared Polis has been so incompetent, even Democratic lobbyists are throwing up their hands in disgust and resigning.  Despite that, Hick hasn’t even hit rock-bottom.  Denver Business Journal’s Ed Sealover reveals the State Senate is not all that impressed with Hickenlooper right now, as two key Democrat Senators hold out for bipartisan support:

Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton, said she would need to see more people backing the proposal before she is willing to support it. And she wants at least some Republican backing for the bill if she is to vote for it, she added.

Until we get bipartisan support, I’m not ready to move,” Tochtrop said.

Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, said she too would need to see some bipartisan support to advance a bill… [the Peak’s emphasis]

Amazingly enough—or really not at all, Hickenlooper in a sign of his amazing leadership abilities has failed to invite a single Senate Republican to any of the negotiations going on for the special session for the Jared Polis appeasement fracking compromise bill.  Because nothing says “I’m a centrist” like ignoring an entire party in a two-party system.  Sen. Minority Leader Bill Cadman nails it when he says:

But [Cadman] criticized the current negotiation process — in which he said he was not invited to be involved — as one that seems only meant to mollify Polis rather than examine the best policies for the state.

“We are at our core interested in doing what’s best for Colorado,” Cadman said. “I think it’s really time for people in Colorado to stand up for Colorado, and Governor Hickenlooper needs to stop being pushed around by Jared Polis.” [the Peak’s emphasis]

It’s a Hick-22: he has the Democratic votes to go alone without Republicans, so he blatantly ignores the Republicans, only to find out the Democrats he needs to join him won’t do so unless some Republicans do as well.  Well, he seems so eager to kiss-up to Polis, surely he can turn all those groveling skills to the Republicans now.  We’re sure Republicans and Coloradans all over are willing to definitely take Hick at his word nowadays.

If that all fails, we hear Michael Bloomberg is always willing to take Hick’s calls and share with Hick some sage advice about his own deep knowledge about our great state.


IMPLOSION: Hickenlooper’s Actions Detonate Centrist Group

“Why re-elect me? I drink beer.”

Lost in the hoopla of a disappearing Senator, a President who gives advice no one wants, and a Governor whose most redeeming quality is his ability to drink vast quantities of beer, is the fact that Gov. John Hickenlooper’s grand plan to demonstrate leadership with a special session to appease Colorado’s political bully Rep. Jared Polis has basically imploded.

Earlier this week, we wrote about highly-respected and prominent Colorado lobbyist Steve Durham calling it quits from the Colorado Association of Home Builders.  Denver Business Journal’s Ed Sealover reports the fallout from CAHB’s controversial endorsement of Hickenlooper’s special session was far more extensive than just Durham:

The Colorado Association of Home Builders’ bipartisan lobbying team and six of its board members have resigned in response to the organization’s decision to support Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposal to give cities and counties more regulatory power over oil and gas drilling. [the Peak’s emphasis]

From Hickenlooper’s recent “candid” comments to the Colorado Sheriffs, we know Hick has no problem tossing people under the bus, and that sounds like exactly what happened here.  Facing what will surely be seen as another explicit example of Hickenlooper’s failed leadership, Hick and his staff had no problem putting allies and friends to the sword to support his cockamamie scheme.  It doesn’t matter to Hickenlooper that he’s broken one of the most respected, centrists, business associations in Colorado in the process.  Even CAHB’s Democratic lobbyist Jeani Frickey Saito quit over CAHB’s endorsement, calling it shortsighted:

Saito said in her termination letter that the CAHB had become a powerful group because it had developed a coalition that included the likes of agricultural and business organizations and spoke with a unified voice against bills and ballot initiatives that threatened to impede development.

In choosing to back a bill that fails to highlight any positive policy and is written instead to “placate the political whims of a congressman … [looking] to advance his own personal agenda,” a reference to Polis, the organization has gone against allies who have not supported the measure and “is abandoning a proven strategy for success,” she wrote.

“In our personal opinion, this view is not only shortsighted but also detrimental to the long-term credibility of CAHB,” she wrote. [the Peak’s emphasis]

Saito wrote this from 12 years of experience with CAHB.  These words were not written lightly.  Along with Saito and Durham, a full six board members resigned as well.

Hickenlooper claims to be a centrist, but as we saw from the 2013 legislative session, and as we see from these bipartisan resignations, the only bipartisan thing Hickenlooper is good at is uniting opposition against him.


FALLING APART: Spokesman’s Departure Shows Hickenlooper’s Political Machine Unraveling

And another one bites the dust.  Just as we predicted, more staffers are quickly announcing their departure from the ill-fated Hickenlooper administration.  Days after Hick lost his puppet master Chief of Staff Roxanne White, he now has to bid adieu to his mouthpiece Eric Brown.

The Denver Post is reporting that Brown has been looking for a job since at least April, which doesn’t surprise us at all.  Being a political spokesman is hard work, and when you’re boss has a hard time saying the right thing it can be a downright nightmare.

If we were Brown, we’d want to get out from under that mess before campaign season is in full swing this fall.  In fact, the timing for Brown could not have worked out better.  Especially considering that in the last few weeks he has somehow had keep a straight face while trying to justify the following incidents:

  1. Sheriff-gate during which Hickenlooper was caught on tape making false and contradictory statements about his knowledge of Colorado’s gun laws. 
  2. A compromise between Rep. Jared Polis and oil and gas companies over a fracking ban disintegrating on Hickenlooper’s watch. 
  3. Hickenlooper losing business community support to GOP challenger Bob Beauprez.
  4. Polling in the governor’s race that shows it has turned into a real dogfight and is no longer the sure thing Hick was hoping for.

It’s actually amazing that Brown lasted this long.




FRACKING BAN FAILS: Loveland Just Says No to Frack Moratorium

Last night, Loveland voted down a proposed two-year moratorium on fracking.  As we pointed out yesterday, the Loveland fight was ground zero for the fracking fight nationwide.  While fracking bans and moratoriums (essentially bans) passed in far left (Boulder) and center left (Broomfield) areas, Loveland was more neutral ground.  This was the firewall in fractivists’ efforts to ban fracking throughout the state.

The winners? In addition to the people of Loveland, who won’t see their economy tanked because of a radical far-left agenda, those who worked against the ban deserve a pat on the back.  Congratulations to BJ Nikkel and the Loveland Energy Action Project for a job well done.

But, the outcome did present a few losers last night.  Obviously, the fractivists were the big losers, but not for why you think.  The world is still waiting for an apology from Phil Doe or the local Food and Water Watch chapter for calling Nikkel a “Nazi” and a “dog”, which Doe denies.  He is lying. Read about the entire flap here in The Colorado Observer.

Then, there is the problem with Governor Hickenlooper and Jared Polis, who have been furiously trying to negotiate a compromise on fracking, setbacks and other regulations.  The fact that the Loveland fracking ban failed does not bode well for the far left’s attempts to wage war on fracking on the statewide ballot this fall.  It would be less likely if Hickenlooper called a special session now that the Loveland win has taken away some of his leverage.

Oh, and then, there’s all the national groups, like the Sierra Club, who thought they could parachute into Colorado and drive out the natural gas industry town by town.  We seem to RECALL a time when national groups pulling for an issue or a candidate didn’t work out so well….  But, radical enviros, please feel free to not learn any lessons from the past in Colorado elections.


POLIS’ DYSTOPIA: Experiencing Polis’ Fracking Hell First-Hand

Breaking news, apparently you can’t trust everything you read on the internet (well, except us, of course).  We got The Denver Post’s Vincent Carroll in trouble when we retweeted a photo of Polis’ bane of his existence natural gas wells.  Yet, when Jared Polis sent out this link trying to refute our retweet, his choice of angles seemed quite peculiar to us.  Let’s just say Glamour Shots couldn’t be prouder of finding more flattering angles for Polis’ agenda.  We’ve decided to put this matter to rest and drew straws to see which of us here at the Peak would go all incognito, set the record straight, and find out the truth about Polis’ and his well for ourselves.

If you can’t remember what started all this hullabaloo, here’s a link to Jared Polis’ melodramatic breakdown.

Polis said: “Basically there’s a huge drilling operation, like, right in our driveway.”

Polis reality:  Here’s a panoramic view from Polis’ driveway.  For those who really want to keep score at home, here is a photo of how far back Jared Polis’ vacation home is from the road.  Oh, did you also notice those mountains behind Polis’ vacation home?  That would be because the natural gas wells are to the east of the vacation home.  Which begs the question: who the hell looks east when they live along the front range?

Polis said: “This is my detached garage and guest house.”

“This is our guest house.”

Polis reality:  Polis complains a lot in the video about the proximity of the natural gas well to his “guest house.”  There’s just seems to be one problem with that complaint: this looks like the most inhospitable “guest house” ever.  There are no windows on the side facing the natural gas wells, and maybe a few small ones on the far end of one of the other two sides closest to the natural gas wells.  If we were Polis’ guest, we’d probably not be concerned about the views of a natural gas well as much as the fact Jared was keeping us in a windowless dungeon.

Polis said: “It’s a reminder of what’s happened to the neighborhood.”

Polis reality:  You mean this neighborhood that includes a tire dump site and a cow feed lot just down the road from you?

Polis said:  “I thought this would be a family place for decades or generations.  That was what my hope was, and, you know, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.  It’s now in the middle of an industrial zone.”

“There’s a crane that comes every year, I think the fracking noises have scared her off.”

“Look at that thing, this is like basically we’re living in an oil zone now.”

“This part of our Colorado dream is over.”

“It’s too late for us.”

“This place will never be the same.”

Polis reailty:

You’re right Polis.  The sound of those crickets chirping was deafening.  Your crane has to be suffering PTSD.

We know your property is a hellmouth right now, but imagine the bullet you dodged: what if your neighbors had decided to put up something even larger and more obtrusive, like a farm silo?!


PAGING CO ETHICS WATCH: CFRR Files Campaign Finance Complaint Against Polis’ Group

Coloradans for Responsible Reform (CFRR) recently filed a campaign finance complaint with the Secretary of State’s Office alleging that liberal U.S. Rep. Jared Polis’ anti-fracking (aka local control) groups have failed to report contributions. Was it something we said?

From the press release:

“On May 19, Coloradans for Safe and Clean Energy (CSCE), the Polis issue committee, reported that it had received contributions totaling $1.45 million from Coloradans for Local Control (CLC), another Polis-backed entity. Spokesmen for CSCE indicated to news organizations that they were not required to list the sources of CLC’s funding since it was not a registered issue committee, leaving the public in the dark about the funding sources for Polis’ anti-energy ballot issues.

However, CFRR has learned that Coloradans for Local Control designated Coloradans for Safe and Clean Energy as its trade name on the same day that CSCE registered as an issue committee. For this reason, Coloradans for Local Control d/b/a Coloradans for Safe and Clean Energy is in violation of campaign finance laws by failing to report its contributions and expenditures.”

What’s the big deal, Rep. Polis?  Since you’ve publicly stated that you’re funding these ridiculously bad ideas, we’d think you’d be proud to be on TRACER. Unless, you’ve secured more funding from folks less palatable than you….  Perhaps Tom Steyer?  What about Michael Bloomberg?  He keeps popping up everywhere.  Who is on that list that is so super secret?  We’re dying to know.  It’s not like it’s the right that uses government institutions like the IRS to punish political opponents (ahem, Sen. Bennet, Lois Lerner and President Obama).

Perhaps the worst news here is that CFRR is not even a right leaning organization. This is lefties, such as Kelly Brough, former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, going after lefties.  If that’s the case, where were you, Colorado Ethics Watch?   You’re non-partisan, right?  RIGHT?

© 2011-2013 Colorado Peak Politics