MVP: State Sen. Bernie Herpin Named Legislator Of The Year

Legislator of the Year

Democrats vowed to take back former state Senator John Morse’s seat almost immediately after he lost it.  Too bad for them, the man, Sen. Bernie Herpin, who replaced him has demonstrated himself to be quite the skilled legislator.  So much so that The Colorado County Clerks Association, who are gathered together for a few days, just voted him the Colorado legislator of the year.  As Joey Bunch at The Denver Post reports:

State Sen. Bernie Herpin didn’t waste any time making a name for himself in Denver. Elected in the wake of the recall of Sen. John Morse last September. Herpin on Monday was chosen Legislator of the Year by the Colorado County Clerks Association.

According to a press release from Herpin’s re-election team, he won the prize “because of his ability to lead and reach across party lines to get things done in Denver.”

As a legislature mostly built on bipartisanship and bonhomie (hence, the need for extremists like Morse, who forced his personal agenda on the state, to be booted out), Herpin’s commitment to working across the aisle should be rewarded with another term.  Over the past few years, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s failed leadership led to some nasty partisan battles; hopefully more legislators like Herpin can step up and fill the bipartisan leadership void Hickenlooper has let fester in our state.


BITTER: Ousted State Senator John Morse Launched Committee to Restrict Recalls

The successful effort to recall Democratic Senate President John Morse was one of the more satisfying outcomes of 2013.  Imagine our entertainment when we stumbled across a new issue committee called “Citizens for a Stable Colorado”.  Stable how, you ask?  By keeping the same arrogant, not-accountable-to-constituents legislators in office. Here’s the purpose of the organization:

“To educate Colorado voters on the instability caused by easing recall elections and to oppose any ballot initiatives that try to ease the requirements for recall elections”

Who would stand up such an organization?  Turns out the organization was filed in April 2014 by Tyler Chaffee at Strategies 360, who helped pass the “Better Denver” bond as well as helping out those poor union folk, like the SEIU.  The other person listed as an agent is none other than “”.  Of course, takes us right to John Morse’s mug.

Morse, perhaps feeling a little sensitive after being removed from office by his constituents after not listening to them his disastrous gun grab, set this committee up to fight Initiative 76, which would have defined who could be recalled and how.  There were just two beneficiaries of this committee – Morse ($3850) and Marc Grueskin’s firm Rechtkornfeld, PC ($10,812).  The Colorado Forum Fund also received a donation of $437 when the account was terminated in July.

Who donated to the committee?

  • Unions and allies: American Federation of Teachers, Colorado Education Association, Colorado Association of School Executives
  • Left-wing groups: Colorado Bar Association, One Colorado (mission creep anyone?), Conservation Colorado (…because it’s concerned about mail in ballots causing pollution…?)
  • Gang of Four: Pat Stryker

Gosh, what interest could these groups have in shutting down recall efforts?  Could it be that these groups are trying to maintain their stranglehold on Colorado?  Or, is it just that John Morse is super bitter?  Since the ballot initiative was struck down by the Colorado Supreme Court on a technicality, Colorado may never know.

But, we will laugh about the fact that Morse set up a committee from which only he and Grueskin benefited that so obviously was driven by Morse’s bitterness.


US TOO: Democrats Complain about Voter Fraud Their Bill Enabled

Echoing how PeakNation™ feels about the new election laws that Colorado Democrats rammed through last session, Christy Le Lait, former campaign manager for former Senate President John Morse’s recall campaign, had this to say about the stunt Jon Caldara pulled during the election last September:

“I think (Caldara) got away with voter fraud,” Le Lait said.

Yes, Christy, we do too.  That was the point.

Just in case you weren’t sure, Lynn Bartels of The Denver Post spells it out explicitly in her piece:

“…a stunt he [Jon Caldara] undertook in September to highlight what he believes are flaws in a new election law.”

But thanks to you and your Democrat friends, voter fraud is now legal. continue…


PEAKNATION VOTED: Our Top Ten Stories of 2013

Happy New Year, PeakNation™. This has been a spectacular year for the Peak and we have only you to thank.  In preparation for the 2014 legislative season, feel fee to take a stroll through memory lane below at the top ten stories by number of clicks of 2013.  It’s pretty safe to say, based on the stories, that the big political story of 2013 was the Democrats’ gun grab in the state legislature.  But, posts about Colorado’s historic recalls and the related shenanigans from the left rated highly as well.

Have a safe and happy night.  Our New Year’s resolution this year is to be nicer, kinder, gentler.  Just kidding. We cannot wait for the 2014 legislative session and election – it’s going to be amazing.

10) CIVIL WAR: Hudak Agrees To Resign If Recall Goes Forward, Allegedly Demands Johnston Get Blacklisted In Return

9) GOOD RIDDANCE, EVIE: Senator Hudak Resigns To Avoid Recall

8) DUDE, WHERE’S YOUR PLAN? Coloradans Losing Health Insurance Over Obamacare, Colorado Media Silent

7) BITTER MAN: Morse Falsely Attacks Pueblo Recall Organizer As “Unemployed Plumber”

6) YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID: Congresswoman Diana DeGette Becomes The Latest Colorado Democrat Embarrassed Nationally By Her Own Words

5) DID KYLE CLARK KILL MAG BAN? 3 Takeaways From 9News’ Debunking of Bungled Up Mag Ban

4) FOLLOW THE MONEY: Initiative 22 Funders in the Spotlight

3) EXCLUSIVE: Explosive Video Shows Giron Protesters Being Secretly Paid In Cash, Harassing Recall Organizers

2) GUN CONTROL BACKTRACK: As Salazar Fallout Mushrooms, Hick Expresses Doubt About High Capacity Magazine Ban

1) REPUGNANT OBTUSENESS: Democrats Ask Manufacturers of High Capacity Magazines to Stay and Make Their “Baby-Killing” Products Here, Only Sell Them Somewhere Else


REVISIONIST HISTORY: CO Dems Conveniently Forget No Good Very Bad Year

This was a bad year to be a Democrat.  That’s why it was funny to read the Colorado Senate Democrats’ #yearinreview tweets that seemed to ignore the realities of 2013.  Here’s just one example:

Careful, Democrats, don’t break your arms trying to pat yourselves on the back.  This bill, H.B. 1303, was so “great” that even now-Hick campaigner, then-head of The Denver Post ed board Curtis Hubbard heaped on criticism: continue…


NAUGHTY OR NICE: The Peak’s Gifts to Some of Our Favorites

It’s that time of the year PeakNation™ where we here at the Peak try to make up in one solid day all the naughtiness we sprinkle throughout the rest of the year in hopes Santa will bring us that Republican majority we’re asking for (we’ll also settle for the impossible-to-find PS4).

While giving coal is what we do for all the naughty Democrats out there the other 364 days of the year, in a blatant, naked attempt to curry Kris Kringle’s favor the night before he dishes out the loot, we’ve spent the past six minutes thinking of the perfect Christmas gifts for those nearest and dearest to our hearts taxes. So, here we go:

We know Governor Hickenlooper has had a tough time leading and making decisions this year, so we thought we would take it off his hands and give him a Magic 8-ball. “Will Coloradans grow to like my gun laws?” Very Doubtful “Will it be a tough year for me?” You may rely on it “Will I get reelected?” Better not tell you now

It’s been an especially tough year for former Senator Angela Giron who lost her job this year, but we hear she is especially fond of Denver so we got her 5280 Best of Denver restaurants issue. We know Hickenlooper consultant Max Potter would be grateful for our purchase. Ang, “Go Denver” to your heart’s delight.

Speaking of Potter. We hear that he’s awfully concerned about ham sandwiches, so, to put his mind to ease, we got him a gift card to Snarf’s. As an added bonus, it came with a side of gun rights.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been having a tough year understanding Coloradans, so we sent him some old John Denver CDs and a Colorado history book. We thought he especially would be interested in all the gun-slingers who have lived here, so we dog-eared those pages for him. continue…


BACKFIRE: Governor’s New Media Adviser Compares Gun Rights to Ham Sandwiches?

UPDATE: Noting that Alan Salazar, Hick’s strategery chief, retweeted the bizarre proclamation, Colorado’s gubernatorial candidates weighed in via The Colorado Observer.  Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo said that the tweet “seem[ed] to claim that ‘there is no Second Amendment’ and called on the governor to explain the message”, observing:

“The tweet implies that the governor looks at gun rights in the same way as [Potter] does, and unless the governor says something to the contrary, that’s what we have to conclude.”

Fellow gubernatorial candidate and state senator, Greg Brophy, said, “It’s an indication of how deeply their animosity toward gun rights and the Second Amendment goes.  I don’t think it’s a fluke that he’s the gun-control governor or that his staff is hostile to gun rights, and we get glimpses of it occasionally, like with this tweet.”

Max Potter was brought onto Governor John Hickenlooper’s communications staff as a “senior media adviser” at a time when Hick was under intense pressure due to the blow back created by his signature gun control legislation.  That makes the fact that Potter fired off a bizarre anti-gun tweet on Sunday evening comparing gun rights to “#hamsandwichrights” and “#lightbulbrights” seem like a waste of money a bit counterproductive.  Usually media specialists who work for governors don’t publicly tweet senseless and offensive messages.  #protip


While we appreciate the unfiltered glimpse into the mind of this senior Hickenlooper staffer (the governor’s office emphasized that Potter’s $130,000 taxpayer-funded salary was a “significant pay cut” from what he earned at 5280 – how classy), the citizens of Colorado don’t consider government infringement on their constitutional rights a laughing matter.  Exhibit A:  John Morse.  Exhibit B:  Angela Giron.  Exhibit C:  Evie Hudak. continue…


PeakFeed: John Morse’s Name Removed From Senate President Office Door

Senate President John Morse’s troubled tenure at the Capitol came to a final conclusion today, when his name was finally removed from the door to the office of the Senate President.

The recall is now complete.

Thanks to the reader-not-to-be-named who sent this along.

As Mark Hillman would say, delicious:



DEFEATED: Hick Warns Gun-Control Advocates to Stay Away

After the huge losses for Democrats in the most recent recall efforts, embattled Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper warned gun control advocates in yesterday’s USAToday to stay out of Colorado’s next recall effort to remove Democratic Senator Evie Hudak from office.  A successful recall effort would flip control of the Colorado Senate to Republicans.  Here is what USAToday wrote:

“But (it is) probably not a bad idea” for gun-control groups, such as the one established by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to curb their efforts if gun-rights activists collect enough signatures to force a recall vote on state Sen. Evie Hudak, a two-term Democrat from a suburban district north of Denver, [Hickenlooper] said.

Crushing defeat is a bitch, isn’t it Governor Hickenlooper?

Just last month, Democrats Senate President John Morse and state Senator Angela Giron were ousted from office in a special recall election for their refusal to listen to constituents and their increasingly radical legislative agenda. Out of state interests, such as New York City/nanny state Mayor Michael Bloomberg, outspent recall proponents eight to one with Bloomberg contributing $350,000 himself to combat the efforts.  The two losses were huge.  As a flashback, here’s what we at the Peak wrote on recall election night:

“These two races are huge losses for Democrats. According to an analysis by the liberal Mother Jones, Obama won Morse’s district by 21% in 2012. He won Giron’s by 19%. That’s a victory for conservatives deep in Democratic territory.”

Sens. Giron and Morse weren’t the first victims of Bloomberg’s toxic money.  Crestina Martinez, Democratic state Senate candidate running in Senate District 35 was one of the first recipients of Bloomberg Bucks™.  She lost to Republican state Senator Larry Crowder in 2012.  It would seem that every race Bloomberg touches turns to crap.

So, thanks, Mayor Bloomberg.  We couldn’t have bagged these big victories without you.


CALIFORNICATION: Colorado Tax Hike Campaign Being Run From Los Angeles?

A Washington, DC firm has been paid over a million bucks to (poorly) run the signature gathering operation for Colorado’s proposed billion dollar tax increase, and now it appears a firm in Los Angeles is running its social media.

A reader sent along the above photo of a Facebook update from the tax hike campaign — Colorado Commits to Kids — which was written in LA.

It appears Americans for Prosperity Colorado’s Dustin Zvonek was rather prescient earlier this week when he said Governor Hickenlooper, whose political operation is running the tax hike campaign, needs to be reminded that he’s running Colorado, not California.

Whether it’s cash from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, ad firms in Chicago for the Morse and Giron front groups, or a DC firm gathering signatures for a ballot initiative, it seems Democrats are able to find staff or support everywhere but in the boundaries of this great state.

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