GIVING UP: Is Governor Hickenlooper Throwing Sen. Udall Under the Bus?

Will the DSCC cut its losses in CO?

Yesterday, we reported on emails between the Hickenlooper administration and the Colorado Division of Insurance in which the Division of Insurance told the administration that the number of cancellations due to Obamacare was firmly at 250,000.  What nobody seems to have considered is that these emails were made public only because the Hickenlooper administration waived deliberate privilege, which is basically like waiving executive privilege.

This is pretty significant. Executive privilege exists so that heads of governments can have open and frank discussions about sensitive issues.  And they did that because they prized their image as a transparent administration over additional email facts that paint liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall into a cancellation corner.

We mentally bookmarked this yesterday for future reference, but we had no idea that Hickenlooper himself would throw Udall under the bus the very next day (today) during a BuzzFeed interview:

“I am concerned that it is going to be a difficult year for Democrats and I am going to be painted with that same brush,” he said. And while he pointed to a rare decrease in the rate of growth in health care costs as a sign that the Affordable Care Act’s cost-control measures are working, he says he doesn’t expect that to help much with the politics. He also said he doesn’t anticipate wanting President Obama (or any other out-of-state figure) to campaign for him.

“As a campaign thing, when I walk into a room and say how many people hate the ACA, half of the hands or two-thirds of the hands in the room go up,” he said.

The big question becomes, when will the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and it’s head, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) finally give up on Udall?  Rumor has it (by that we mean Bennet was Hick’s chief of staff, in case you forgot) that Hickenlooper and Bennet are tight – is Hickenlooper paving the way for the DSCC pullout?

 

PEAKFEED: Sen. Udall is a Near Perfect Match for Obama in ElectionHarmony.com’s Valentine’s Day Cards

Did you meet your elected official on ElectionHarmony.com?  If not, now you can.  The site launched today to make it easier for Americans to identify Senate Democrats who align perfectly with Obama’s liberal agenda.  From the site’s email:
Senate Democrats may appear a bit shy at first, touting their “independence” from President Obama and Harry Reid. But it turns out that according to our friends at ElectionHarmony.com – they and President Obama are a near perfect match!
Below is a Valentine just for us. Oh, and hey, look, Sen. Mark Udall is nearly a perfect match with President Obama’s agenda.
 

OBAMACARE KILLS: Grieving Brother Recounts Death of Sister Who Lost Health Insurance

There may be 335,000 Coloradans who lost their health plans, but it’s the four children who lost their mother, the brother who lost his sister and the husband who lost his wife that a recent A Line of Sight article titled “Obamacare Killed My Little Sister” features.  If you can read this article without getting angry and without feeling the sadness that this writer clearly feels, you have a heart of stone.

The article recounts the story of its author’s sister who had a health insurance plan that she liked, but that was canceled under Obamacare.  Because she delayed seeking care as she waited for her Obamacare-approved policy to kick-in, she died.  See, she wasn’t feeling well, but she and her husband didn’t have a lot of money and she was waiting until February 2 for her insurance to kick in.  The author remembers his sister’s final hours:

“Her body went into septic shock just two days before her Obamacare policy would have kicked in.  Her kidneys shut down.  She went to the emergency room where, after heroic efforts, a marvelous medical team managed to stabilize her condition.  I saw Julie that day for several hours.  She could not move, or speak, but a tear trickled down her check when she saw the eldest daughter of her four children.  After I left, hoping for the best, I learned the next day that her gentle heart stopped beating around 4:00 a.m.”

By the time she sought treatment, it was too late.  She died of an infection due to septic shock two days before her insurance kicked in.  This is horrifying.  Sen. Udall and his cronies in the Senate played political games with people’s healthcare, lied about it, and people died.  When are we, as a nation, going to say enough is enough?

 

DEEP BLUE RUBBER STAMP: Udall Votes with Obama 99% of Time

We don’t know if you’re like us, but, after Sunday night, we just needed a little TLC.  We curled up on the couch with our favorite blanket, a nice warm mug of cocoa in hand (marshmallows!), some gooey Mac ’n’ Cheese in a bowl, and this video on repeat.

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REPUBLICANS RESPOND: Rate the State of the Union Responses Below

Last night, three Republicans offered responses to the President’s State of the Union speech.  We’ve embedded them below.  Let us know in the comments which response tickled your fancy.  We’ll start with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.  Because ladies first.  Then, alphabetical.  Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen also gave a Spanish-language response, but we haven’t seen a clip online yet. continue…

 

PEAKFEED: The State of the Union and Five Years of Failure

As we watch tonight’s State of the Union Address, we thought it would be helpful to share this quick reminder of all the failed promises and empty rhetoric that President Obama has delivered over the past five years since he took office.  You’re welcome.

 

DEAD WEIGHT: CNN/ORC Poll Shows Democrats Sinking Fast

It’s starting to feel a lot like 2010 again.  Yesterday’s CNN/ORC International poll is showing that the wind is at the back of Republicans in Congressional races heading into the 2014 mid-term elections. From the poll’s analysis:

“A CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday also indicates that President Barack Obama may be dragging down Democratic congressional candidates, and that the 2014 midterm elections are shaping up to be a low-turnout event, with only three in 10 registered voters extremely or very enthusiastic about voting next year.”

More tellingly, there has been a whopping 13-point swing in Republicans’ favor over the past two months.  Two months ago, Democrats held a 50%-42% “advantage among registered voters in a generic ballot, which asked respondents to choose between a Democrat or Republican in their congressional district without identifying the candidates”.  Last month, the poll showed that Democrats had blown their lead and that Republicans had moved into the lead with a 49%-47% advantage.  This month, Republicans widened their lead with a 49%-44% advantage.

It also appears that enthusiasm is with Republicans: continue…

 

UNHEALTHY VOTE: Sens. Udall and Bennet Vote Led to Insurance Cancellations

On Friday, CNN reported that Senate Democrats were responsible for the clause in Obamacare that led to the cancellation of millions of policyholders’ insurance plans.  Did you get one of the cancellation notices?  Yeah, thank our Democratic Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet.  According to the article:

“In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a resolution to the floor to block implementation of the grandfather rule, warning that it would result in canceled policies and violate President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked it.”

Sens. Udall and Bennet, along with their Democratic colleagues, blocked the resolution.  At the time, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley from Iowa warned that “as many as 69 percent of businesses will lose their grandfathered status by 2013 and be forced to buy government-approved plans”. continue…

 

NOT SO FAST: CO and Nine Other States May Sue Obama Administration for Payment of Mineral Lease Royalties

Photo: U.S. Geological Survey

Another day, another law disregarded by the Obama camp.  Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and representatives from nine other states have signed a letter to the Obama Administration demanding the administration pay up on mineral lease revenues owed to the states under the 1920 Mineral Leasing Act.  This nearly century-old contract requires a certain percentage of the royalties collected by the federal government to be returned to the states where the minerals were produced.

The administration now is trying to trim these payments under the guise of sequestration, saying that these royalties are subject to across the board spending cuts at the federal level.  Suthers and the other attorneys general have pointed out that these payments are established by statute, and not subject to arbitrary reductions.  The Grand Junction Sentinel quoted the letter this weekend:

“The revenues owed to the mineral-producing states under the (Mineral Leasing Act) are not a gift, a handout, or an entitlement but rather are the result of a compromise reached in 1920 that compensation is due to the states for mineral development within their boundaries.”

In a federal minerals lease, operators obtain the right to extract minerals on certain federal lands, and in exchange for that right, must give the federal government a certain percentage of the output, either in product or a cash equivalent.  Those royalties, then, are disbursed to several recipients in accordance with the Mineral Leasing Act.  In 2012, $2.1 billion in royalties were paid to states through the Office of Natural Resources Revenue.  Colorado received $157.8 million last year – not exactly pocket change.

The Grand Junction Sentinel also reported in the same article that the attorneys general may combine resources and present a legal challenge if their non-judicial approach is unsuccessful.  We are not holding our breath, as the Mineral Leasing Act would not be the first law that Obama set out to completely disregard this year.

 

BROTHERS FROM ANOTHER MOTHER: 10 Reasons Hick Could Be the Next Biden

Over the past couple of days, there has been buzz about town that Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper could be jockeying for the 2016 Veep slot on the Democratic ticket.  In fact, liberal sycophant Tina Brown, editor in chief of The Daily Beast, has called Hick “breezy, loose, and accessible” and suggested that Hick would be a good running mate for Hillary Clinton. Perhaps Brown isn’t so good with names because our governor is kind of socially awkward.

That said, her praise got us thinking.  Maybe she’s right.  Hick carries a number of the keys to success that current Democratic Vice President Joe Biden espouses.  Here are the top ten reasons Hick could be the next Biden.  Friday fun!

10) We often wonder if Hick lives in the State of Intoxication, as Biden is rumored to live.

9) Like Obama keeps Biden locked away, we doubt Hillary would let Hick make any important decisions.  C’mon, we know who would wear the pants(uit) in that relationship.

8) Both Hick and Biden have a penchant for stepping on major announcements – Hick on the tax increase and Biden on President Obama’s gay marriage reversal.

7) Like Biden’s “big stick” comment, Hick has a tendency to blurt out sexually inappropriate comments about those around him.  Remember when Hick said that Lt. Governor Joe Garcia was a “sex star”.  Remember that it was to a bunch of elementary students?

6) Both Hick and Biden have mastered the art of the backhanded compliment.  Hick has suggested that Hillary should seek a younger running mate to balance her.  Biden said that Obama was the first “clean” and “articulate” black presidential candidate back in 2007.

5) Both Biden and Hick have dual personalities – the statesman and the “drunk uncle of politics”.  Just never know who will show up when.

4)  Where was Biden (not to mention Obama) when Benghazi was going down?  Similarly, Hick has shown a propensity for being a man about town when major events are happening in CO – see here and here.

3) Both Hick and Biden have come under scrutiny for their bizarre behavior – Hick at his State of the State address and Biden at a 2012 Vice Presidential debate.

2) Bloomberg has both men on speed dial. With a flick of the finger on his smartphone, Bloomberg can magically transform both “moderate” Democrats into gun grabbing zealots.

1) Coloradans are looking for ways to get both Biden and Hick out of our state’s legislative process.

So, you see, PeakNation™, Hickenlooper would play a perfectly impotent Biden to Hillary in 2016.

 
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