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.

 

BULLYING: Only the Left Is Allowed to Have Issues With Obamacare (Apparently)

Carol Perry, target of bullying by the left

Have you run into problems with Obamacare?  Apparently, you’re not allowed if you’re a Republican or have donated to Republican causes.  At least, that’s the message from our counterparts on the left according to its post from yesterday.

Americans for Prosperity sent out a media advisory yesterday for a rally today at 8:30 a.m. at the Capitol featuring AFP president Tim Phillips, Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, and Carol Perry, a Coloradan who has been negatively impacted by Obamacare.  The goal of this event is to hold Sen. Mark Udall accountable for his Obamacare vote.  In conjunction with the press conference, AFP will launch a new ad against Udall.  From the other blog’s post:

Perry also appears to be a frequent witness in favor of Republicans on a wide variety of issues. We’ve found records of her testifying against last year’s gun safety bills. In the 2012 elections, Perry was a public face of My Purse Politics (photo above right), a a project of the Conservative Women’s Alliance aimed at turning out the woman conservative vote. But one of the most amusing, and telling, press hits for Carol Perry came last June in testimony on the lack of respect for “political diversity” at the University of Colorado.

Uh-oh, Perry is a (gasp) Republican?  That means that any issue she has with Obamacare is purely politically motivated, right?  That’s sarcasm.

The facts are these: Sen. Udall was a deciding vote (yes, we’re doubling down on that) for Obamacare.  Obamacare has left more than 335,000 people in Colorado without the plans they liked, despite promises from Udall that “if they liked their plan, they could keep it”.  Many in Colorado have lost the doctors they liked and are now forced to pay more for plans they don’t like.

This attempt to discredit Perry is simply a bullying tactic from the left to silence critics who speak out against their signature piece of legislation and it’s shameful.  First Perry is a victim of Udall’s ill-conceived Obamacare and now the left?

 

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: Well-Known DC Prognosticator Says Udall Loses Come Fall

PeakNation™ time to put the chocolate bunny down and get back to work.  On a day when many across the country were celebrating a resurrection, well-known and well-respected prognosticator Stu Rothenberg stated one thing that won’t be resurrected come November is liberal Senator Mark Udall’s political career.

 

SNOB ALERT: Mark Udall Snubs Greeley Residents

Considering how hard Sen. Mark Udall tries to portray himself as a “man of the people” he’s really off to an abysmal start, and The Greeley Tribune is calling him out on it. 

Udall recently stopped in Greely but only made time for a “private political event,” AKA a fundraiser.  He didn’t spend any time actually courting local voters, visiting with local businesses or learning about local issues.  Of course, Udall’s inattention is only further highlighted by the fact that Gov. John Hickenlooper recently showed Greeley some love.  During his visit, Hickenlooper spoke to a crowd of 200 and actually took time to answer questions.

Sadly, Udall’s attitude toward Greeley doesn’t surprise us.  He’s never cared much for anything east of I-25.  But as the Tribune rightly points out, Weld County is an important part of the state, and those voters deserve face time with those who want their vote.  If Udall thinks he can win over Greeley and Weld County by answering a few softball questions from a local reporter, then his strategy is severely flawed. 

Maybe Udall was just afraid that if he actually talked to voters in Weld County they’d want to know why he hasn’t opposed a statewide fracking ban that would kill local jobs and cripple the local economy?  As we’ve mentioned in this space before, Weld County can directly attribute its success to a booming energy sector that accounts for 92,100 jobs.  Udall should be visiting Weld County often and thanking them profusely for driving growth.

 

 

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.

 

NOT DC: Greeley Tribune Gives Udall Some Home Cooking by Serving up Big Fat Meatballs

Wow Greeley Tribune, we here at the Peak are looking forward to when our teams play each other in the softball league; those big fat meatballs you tossed at liberal Senator Mark Udall make us wonder if you didn’t secretly rescue Allison Sherry away from her exile up north.  For example:

GT Question: So, senator, why are you out and about today?

Translation: So, senator, what propaganda can we spread for you today?

GT Question: It’s believed Gardner will hit you particularly hard on the Affordable Care Act. Do you think that’s warranted?

Translation: You know that little law you said wouldn’t cause Coloradans to lose their health insurance or doctors?  Yeah, forget about trying to answer those questions, we’d rather just let you spew some 100% pure BS to us on how you didn’t pass this monstrosity.

Alright, PeakNation™ you get the idea of how lazy of reporting was coming from The Greeley Tribune, but Udall needed a friendly reporter after he was getting mauled by the DC press.  We don’t think he’ll be that fortunate when he sits down across from The Durango Herald editorial board later this week.  Might we be of service and suggest some questions:

  1. Senator Udall, you were pushing hard this last week on equal pay, citing numerous times that Colorado women make less 80 cents an hour for every male dollar; yet, when this same context-free statistic is applied to your own staff, your female staffers only make 84 cents to every male staffer dollar; using such talking-point driven statistics makes us believe you don’t take this issue seriously and are only using it as a wedge issue, how do you respond? And, when can we expect you to pay your female staff appropriately?
  2. Senator Udall, back in November your staff had quite the disagreement with CDI over cancellation notices; come this fall when these plans no longer have an option to renew, will you and your staff finally feel that these people had their health insurance plans canceled?
  3. In a related follow-up: back in 2009 when you said Coloradans could keep their health insurance and doctor if they liked them, did you say this knowing full well they couldn’t or had you just not read the bill closely enough?  Did you understand what you were voting on?  Knowing what you know now, would you vote for Obamacare again?
  4. You’ve repeatedly said you are for an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, yet despite your fellow Colorado Senator Michael Bennet voting for it, and the State Department saying it would add no noticeable emissions, your staff told constituents that you are not in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Are you really for an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy or is that just a political line you hide behind to protect your extreme environmentalist nature?  Does billionaire Steyer factor into this decision at all for you?
  5. Yes or no: will you campaign with President Obama?

Durango Herald-ites, feel free to call us in if you need help!

 

WONDER NO MORE: Udall Says Nyet to Keystone XL

There has been much speculation swirling about whether liberal Sen. Mark Udall will support the building of the Keystone pipeline, which would provide energy security by bringing 800,000 barrels of oil to the United States each day as well as thousands of jobs.  Wonder no more.  Udall’s legislative aide, Carly Robinson, has put the kibosh on any hope of Udall supporting the Keystone Pipeline, according to a member of Vets4Energy, Tom McAdam, who visited with Robinson in early April.  Sen. Udall was not available to meet with McAdam.  Here’s his notes from the meeting, exclusively obtained by the Peak:

“Senator Mark Udall. Met with the Senator’s Energy LA Carly Robinson. Meeting was not very productive as Ms. Robinson stated that the Senator was an environmentalist and his views were incongruent with support of the Keystone XL. Ms. Robinson said that she was aware of the Heitkamp letter but would most likely not inform the Senator.”

While Udall’s meetings with uber-environmentalist Tom Steyer have indicated that he is not inclined to support Keystone – afterall, he needs the cash from Steyer for his uphill re-election campaign – he has never truly been candid with Coloradans in this fashion. But, what’s truly interesting is that Robinson would not pass on information to a Senator from one of his constituents.

Former chairman of the Colorado Democratic Party, Floyd Ciruli,summed up the broad support for the Keystone pipeline in The Denver Post last month:

Even before its recent environmental clearance, the pipeline has enjoyed national support during the last five years that it has been under debate. Pew Research and other credible national polls show broad support at or above 60 percent, including a majority of Democrats, based on a lack of evidence of a greenhouse gas effect, the desire for energy independence, and the project’s potential to boost the economy. Most recently, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar endorsed it, along with a host of Senate Democrats vulnerable in re-election.

But, not Sen. Udall.  He’s siding with Steyer over Colorado.  It was suspected before, but determined by Udall’s LA and her unwillingness to even listen to his constituent.

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JUDGE BY ACTIONS NOT WORDS: Udall’s Own Words Doom his Campaign

When your opponents can bury you with your own words, your political career is not long for this world.  Liberal Senator Mark Udall’s campaign team thought it’d be smart to tweet out a link to an old story on how much Udall is such a mountain climber (new drinking game: drink every time Udall mentions mountain climbing or Hickenlooper mentions beer or geology… just kidding – alcohol poisoning sucks!).  The problem with the story?  When Udall utters this line we bet he’d now wished he didn’t:

Udall said. “I’m much more inclined to look at what people do, as opposed to what they say.” [the Peak emphasis]

Oh, the irony.  Just this week Udall started a tour of Colorado, ironically called True to Colorado (from the man caught in “The Lie of the Year”?) where he hopes people pay attention to only his words and not his extremely liberal record of the past six years.  From the heights of hypocrisy, Udall has repeatedly tried these past few days to make this his motto:

“At the heart of freedom is the freedom to be left alone.”

First from his speech to the Democratic Assembly, to a campaign video, and finally in a tweet, Udall has been using this line.  Pretty words Udall, but like you said yourself, let’s examine your actions.  You’ve voted 99% of the time with Obama.  You want to pass more regulation on equal pay, when you yourself pay your female staff 84 cents to every male staff dollar.  You said yourself you were proud to cast the deciding vote on a bill that stripped 337,000 Coloradans of health insurance plans they liked, while making a drastic overhaul to an industry that is 1/6th of the entire United States economy:

“I look forward to casting that last vote.”

If you believe the heart of freedom is the freedom to be left alone, why were you proud to be the deciding vote on such an intrusive bill into the most private matters of Coloradans?

You took our health plans, you took our doctors, and you took our freedom to choose.  The only freedom you’ve left us is the freedom to be free of you.  Come November we’ll finally free ourselves to be left alone from you.

 
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