WELLINGTON WEBB: Secret Special Interest Money In Reapportionment Is “Democracy In Action”

Former Denver Mayor and lover of false accusations of racism, Wellington Webb, did a bang-up job of making a fool of himself on the Reapportionment Commission. Between making up prison populations out of thin air and calling major Democrat donor Mario Carrera "an honest broker" between Republicans and Democrats on the Commission, Webb didn't come across as the sharpest tool in the shed.

Now in an article examining reapportionment and redistricting by ProPublica, a left-leaning investigative journalism group, Webb takes the cake for dumbest comment of the month.

In an article examining the web of secret donor money and hidden agendas behind the process of redrawing state and federal legislative lines, Webb tells the reporter that the whole process was "democracy in action."

From the article:

In January 2011, before the public process had started, The Foundation for the Future reported a $16,818 in-kind donation of "data, data use, and training" to a group called Colorado Long View. Matt Inzeo, the communications director for the Colorado Democratic party, described Colorado Long View as a Democratic-aligned nonprofit that worked on reapportionment. Inzeo said neither he nor state party chair Rick Palacio knew much about the group.  

Part of the power of using nonprofit groups for political action is the ability to conceal who is actually calling the shots. No one we contacted would say who was actually responsible for running Colorado Long View. Its current registered agent seems apt: It's "The Corporation Company." Kevin C. Paul, the Denver attorney who originally incorporated the group, said he was "honestly not sure" who is in charge of it. Attorneys Mark Grueskin, who worked with Democrats on redistricting, and Scott Martinez, who worked on redistricting and with Democrats on the reapportionment commission, would not comment. [Peak emphasis]

…The largest donor to Colorado Long View was the Colorado Education Association, the state's largest teachers' union, which gave $100,000 in October 2009 to a group called "Colorado's on the Move," which later changed its name to "Colorado Long View."

So a process bankrolled by a group whose own registered agent is left in the dark is somehow a model of democracy?

We wonder if Webb knows he comes across as an idiot and doesn't care, or worse, doesn't even know. 

Webb's fellow Democrat Reapportionment Commissioner, Arnold Salazar, estimates that 99.9% of the reapportionment testimony from the public was manufactured. 

Major Democrat donor and Reapportionment Commission Chairman Mario Carrera estimates at least 80% of the testimony was manufactured.

Democracy in action, right?

BS cries Republican Reapportionment Commissioner Mario Nicolais.

"I think it makes a mockery of the process," Nicolais told ProPublica. "It has nothing to do with actual communities and people, and it has everything to do with political parties and partisan performance. It's a sham."

Now we're not saying the Republicans were transparent and concerned with honest public testimony — it's a sham on both sides of the aisle.

But with all we know about how the process worked — run by outside political consultants funded by shadowy donors — is it too much to ask of the Commissioners to not continue lying through their teeth?

The lines are drawn. You can stop spinning, Wellington. Or have you been in politics so long that you can't tell a lie from the truth anymore?


 

GOVERNOR TO BE DETERMINED: A List of Hick’s Missing Issue Positions

As Governor Hickenlooper embarks on his new taxpayer funded polling operation “To Be Determined” listening tour, we think it's instructive to look at what issues Hick has already marked TBD. As a gubernatorial candidate Hick never really had to stick his neck out on any issues — why bother when running against Maes and Tancredo? 

But as Governor he's kept that TBD political persona intact to the point of believing it's ridiculous to even expect clearly articulated issue positions from him, the state's Chief Executive. 

When Tim Hoover of The Denver Post asked him about political players from left to right complaining about his TBD persona, Hick complained, saying "where is it in the rule book that you have to always take a side and be part of these divisional arguments?"

Where in the rule book? Umm…it's in the job description, your Excellency. 

“Rather than lead Colorado to economic prosperity, John Hickenlooper governs with his finger in the air to notice any changes in the political winds,” says Tyler Q. Houlton, President of Compass Colorado. “This is a governor who refuses to take a stand on every important and controversial issue.”

“To Be Determined is a perfect name for Hickenlooper’s gutless jobs plan – he simply doesn’t have one.”

To conservative commentator George Will, Hickenlooper declared that due to Colorado's political makeup, he didn't even have to wade into the big issues, saying "we are such a purple state, we can avoid the big fights."

That doesn't even make sense. If we're a competitive state, then that necessarily means we'll have more big fights, not less. 

On some of these issues, Hick made sure to avoid a determination before the sell by date, like Prop 103, while on others Hick waited until a position was safe before taking it, like supporting Tebow. 

1. Prop 103: Can you imagine a CEO not taking a position on their company's revenue stream? That's exactly what Hickenlooper did on Prop 103.

2. Olympics: A Blue Ribbon Commission must decide before Hickenlooper lets the "entrepreneurial spirit" dictate this decision…you know since so many entrepreneurs farm out decision making to committees. 

3. Redistricting: Hick was happy to let the courts decide this one, rather than wade in during the legislative session and force legislators, who are accountable to the people, to draw the lines.

4. Reapportionment: Like redistricting, Hick could have made a difference, preventing the process from devolving into a vindictive attack on GOP women and incumbent GOP legislators. Instead, he watched the process from the sidelines and only weighed in to lament what happened afterwards. 

5. Early Childhood Literacy: No position during his State of the State speech. Still waiting on "bipartisan legislation."

6. Drilling on Roan Plateau: For a Governor who likes to mention his oil and gas background quite often, it's strange he's avoided a position on an economic development issue that could make an enormous difference to a region of the state with unemployment surpassing 20% in some counties. 

7. Endorsing Obama: It's been 287 days since Obama filed for re-election. Hickenlooper has yet to endorse his campaign, and has said he doesn't plan on stumping for him in Colorado. 

8. Tebow as starting QB: When Hick invoked Tebow during his State of the State address, you'd think he was a fan all along. Not so. Asked by Eli Stokols of Fox 31 back in October about Tebow moving into the starting QB position, Hick hedged and said he supported whatever Coach Fox wanted. 

9. DPS endorsements: During the Denver school board elections, Hick went out of his way to praise a slate of candidates, but refused to endorse them. Observers wondered why he didn't have the guts, or intellectual honesty, to just come out and endorse. 

10. Dealing With Occupy Denver: After much public lamenting about a supposed lack of legal recourse, Hick eventually shut down the squatter camps, but not until Senator Greg Brophy and talk radio bludgeoned him into doing so

11. Bill to make it harder to amend the state constitution: During the last legislative session, Hickenlooper refused to weigh in on a bill that would have made it easier to amend the state constitution. As the leading spokesman for many a ballot initiative, it's something Hick has had plenty of time to consider his position on, yet he stayed silent. Shocking. 

12. Unionization of state employees: There was vague talk of changing outdated personnel rules during the State of the State, yet on a defining issue when it comes to state personnel, Hick has been nowhere. That may change soon, as we hear talk of bills designed to force him into a position.

13. PERA reform: While State Treasurer Walker Stapleton was forced to sue to try to figure out where the problems reside on this massive public pension boondoggle, Hick has been nowhere. 


 

QUID PRO CROW: Democrat Partisan ‘Hack’ Lawyer Hired By Mayor Michael Han(d)cock

Remember this scene from The Hangover?  

Ah yes, the quid pro crow.

Nobody does the quid pro quo quite like the Democrats here in Colorado, and boy did they pull a doozy when Denver Mayor Michael Han(d)cock appointed Scott Martinez, the partisan hack lawyer involved in reapportionment and redistricting, as Deputy City Attorney. 

After drawing the gerrymandered lines in Congressional redistricting and leading the legal fight to screw GOP women legislators in legislative reapportionment, Scott Martinez has been thanked with a cush government gig with Mayor Hancock. 

Speaker Frank McNulty had some particularly choice words regarding the appointment, telling The Denver Post:

"Mayor Hancock should hope that Scott Martinez brings a higher level of professionalism as a member of the city attorney's office than he displayed as a Democratic hack in the reapportionment process."

In announcing the hiring of Martinez, Hancock praised him as a "bold community organizer" and having "a fervor to help deliver a world class city where everyone matters."

Yes, because community organizers have been such a positively profound force on this country's economy…oh wait.

And we all know how hard Martinez worked to make sure "everyone matter[ed]" in reapportionment — that is only if you define "everyone" as liberal Democrats.

We're still waiting on the left to blast Hancock for appointing a partisan hack into a government job, as that has been a favored line of attack against Secretary of State Scott Gessler. 

But we won't hold our breath.


 

BECKER BOWS OUT: Smooth Transition From The Mario-Mander Continues

State Representative Jon Becker (R-Fort Morgan) announced yesterday that he won't be seeking re-election after the Reapportionment Commission drew him into the same district as Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling). While the Democrats had hoped their politically vindictive maps via the Mario-Mander would cause a rash of nasty primaries on the Republican side, most intra-party fights have been squelched by retirements.

Earlier this month, state Senator Keith King (R-CO Springs) also announced he wouldn't give Democrats the satisfaction of watching him primary another Republican and instead would step down after many years of service at the Capitol. 

Representative Becker said in a statement:

“While I am disappointed that the reapportionment process resulted in Jerry and me drawn into the same House district, I am honored to represent the people of Eastern Colorado.    

Though I will not seek reelection in 2012, I look forward to serving the people of the new House District 65 over the coming years and putting my experience on the Joint Budget Committee and House Appropriations to work for Eastern Colorado.”

Becker was a first term freshman who had risen quickly at the Capitol, most recently being named Chairman of the high profile House Appropriations Committee. He spent the first legislative session on the Joint Budget Committee, a plum assignment for a freshman legislator. 

The announcement of his not seeking re-election, while a blow to the Eastern Plains, as well as to the GOP caucus, which is losing an important voice, is a good sign of the more-or-less smooth transition since Democrats used the reapportionment process to try to stoke intra-party fights on the GOP side.

Other than the Marsha Looper v Amy Stephens impending primary, the GOP has been able to avoid incumbent-on-incumbent match ups set up through the Democrats' reapportionment maps.   

Speaker McNulty, who certainly must be thankful for the thus-far tranquil transition, praised Becker's service in a statement, saying:

"In just one year, Jon has proven himself to be an outstanding legislator. As a member of the Joint Budget Committee, Jon played an integral role in balancing the state’s budget in a responsible way. As chair of the House Appropriations Committee and a JBC member, Jon will continue to fight for a fiscally responsible state budget in the next legislative session.”

Thanks to selfless public servants like Jon Becker and Keith King, 2012 is shaping up to be a lot better for Republicans than Democrats on the Reapportionment Commission had planned. 


 

CLASS, THY NAME IS KEITH KING: State Senator To Focus On Education After Reapportionment Shanking

State Senator Keith King is not seeking re-election after being shanked in the back by the Democrats on the Reapportionment Commission, who forced him into the same district as Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman. But Senator King is a class act, compared to the cowards on Reapportionment who didn't want a fair fight at the ballot box. 

Rather than throw in the towel on public policy, Senator King has announced his intention to keep fighting for the cause most near and dear to him: education.

In a statement, he added:

"I am disappointed that the Democrats intentionally grouped two senators together in El Paso County. I will not give them the satisfaction of watching close colleagues primary each other in the 2012 elections.

For this reason I will not seek re-election and will support our Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman in his election efforts in the new Senate 12 District. Bill is a good legislator and a close friend. I am looking forward to serving with him in the upcoming session.”

As Lynn Bartels notes over at The Spot, Senator King has been a leading voice on education issues for many years at the Capitol. He has also been a long-time leader in education reform outside politics, playing major roles, from principal to board member, at a number of charter schools in Colorado Springs.

If Democrats really cared about education outside political talking points, they wouldn't have "Mario-Mandered" Senator King out of his district. 

Thankfully for Colorado, Keith King won't let that stop him from continuing to fight to make schools in Colorado better for our children.

Class, thy name is Keith King.


 

The Silver Lining

Published on December 15, 2011 by

Fellow elephants, let me assure you: Things are not as bad as they seem. After a couple of very predictable losses at the State Supreme Court, suddenly people think that Colorado Republicans are headed back to the gallows of perpetual minority. It’s the Blueprint all over again. It brings back nightmares of the liberal takeover in 2004, but I’m here to tell you — don’t worry! This time it’s just a bad dream. When you wake up in the morning, it’s December 15, 2011, and here’s how things are different from December 15, 2003:

1. President Bush vs. President Obama. There is a President in the White House that Colorado’s unaffiliated voters can’t stand– but this time he’s a liberal Democrat. More that 50 percent of Colorado voters disapprove of President Obama. A little known fact: When President Obama won Colorado handily in 2008, Colorado Republicans picked up two state house seats. How good can we do when Obama is on the ballot, and upside down in the polls?

2. The Democratic Leadership Void. The Dems were leaderless in 2004, so Andrew Romanoff and Alice Madden filled the void. Today’s Democratic leaders — Udall and Hickenlooper — are a good at getting themselves elected, but people down ballot aren’t expecting any help from them. Can you imagine Hickenlooper barnstorming for Mark Ferrandino as Speaker? Mark Udall plugging for Morgan Carroll to Preside over the State Senate. ANY of them pushing for Barack Obama for President? (Shut up Michael Bennet- no one likes you.) As the Peak has covered well, Hickenlooper isn’t looking to steer the Democratic ship through these choppy waters. He’s looking for a lifeboat.  

3. They don’t make Democrats like they used to. Let’s dwell on that leadership void further: Brandon Shaffer is not Joan Fitzgerald. The Senate Dems are more of a mess than people realize — much like the Republican Senate of 2002 and 2004. Mark Ferrandino is not Andrew Romanoff. He may be closer to Alice Madden — that is, maybe he will play dirty. But the Good Cop/ Bad Cop routine of Romanoff and Madden was important to donors, to unaffiliateds and the business community that Republicans had relied upon — I can’t think of a single Democrat that can come close to Romanoff in the state House right now. They are all…small and petty.

4. They make Republicans better than they used to. Frank McNulty vs. Lola Spradley. Cory Gardner vs. Marylin Musgrave. Enough said. And in those Republican Congressional seats that people consider competitive? We couldn’t ask for better match ups: In CD 3, Scott Tipton is facing a guy who is best known for facing TWO convictions for peeing in public. In the 6th, Mike Coffman set the NATIONAL land speed record for NRCC fundraising before he even had a competitive district, and now his milktoast opponent is facing a primary. And the 7th CD even might get interesting.  

5. Democrats can’t change the subject this time. There are no statewide offices on the ballot other than President in 2012. For the past three cycles, Dems have enjoyed capitalizing on mistakes made by Bob Beauprez, Bob Schaffer, and Ken Buck in way that hurt our team down ticket. There’s literally no way for Dems to do that this time, since there isn’t a race other than President than can substantially effect the party’s brand.

6. Competitive districts no longer mean Democratic Districts. For the first time since 2000, Republicans are outpacing Democrats in new voter registration. In fact, there’s some evidence that Democrats are hemorrhaging members in Colorado. If the trend keeps up, I’ll take my chances in a district that was drawn because it leaned Democrat by 3 points in 2010…    

7. Republicans actually have their S**t together. The dust hasn’t even settled, and we already have good candidates running in the right districts (a HUGE difference from 2004, in its own right). The state party is in the best financial position since McCain/Feingold passed. Donors are MOTIVATED, not disenchanted.  

My friends, what I’m saying is that it’s OK to be angry, but it’s not OK to think we are in trouble. We have to be diligent. We have to be smart. No backbiting or second guessing — it’s time to stand up and fight the people who did this — the people who can’t look a voter in the eye and tell them that Democrats in Colorado practice politics the way the voters would want them to. This is our year, and we have the high ground, the issues and the momentum on our side.  

This is a fact: Our team is in a significantly better position than it was the last time that this happened. The question is: What are you going to do to make it even better?  

 

THE GREATER MARIO: Denver Post Messes Up The Marios On Reapportionment Winners & Losers List

The Denver Post put out a winners and losers list yesterday from the reapportionment process. Rather than annotate their entire (flawed) list we wanted to focus on one area they got it totally and completely wrong — the placement of the two Marios.

Belonging at the top of the loser list is Mario Carrera. He went from someone getting glowing reviews in the papers to someone despised across the state by conservatives. Starting off a Super Mario, over the course of the commission, he showed his true colors and ended up Super Partisan Mario

If there was any doubt as to Carrera's spectacularly failed leadership, the ultimate repudiation of the scam that Carrera perpetrated came when Governor Hickenlooper, in a very public way, gave Carrera a big, fat tisk, tisk, tisk.

As the Post's list rightly recognizes, Mario Carrera's decision to donate $2,500 at an Obama fundraiser while chairing the Reapportionment Commission as the nominal "Unaffiliated" voter representative was an enormously stupid decision. As polls show real Unaffiliated voters in Colorado think quite poorly of the President, Carrera couldn't have done a worse job in representing that vital constituency.

On top of his sham voter registration, Carrera rigged the process to favor the Democrat-drawn maps, allowing the Democrats to review the Republican maps for four days before submitting their own. Adding insult to injury, he also supported banning amendments and even denying Republicans the opportunity to submit a minority report.

The fix was in and it came courtesy of a man named Mario Carrera. We'd say that qualifies him as a full-blown loser. No mixed bag there.


Also misplaced is the Republican Commissioner, Mario Nicolais, who the Post also places on the "Mixed Bag" list. Fellow GOP Commissioner and Colorado College professor Bob Loevy has dubbed Nicolais "the de facto leader of the Republicans on the 2011 Reapportionment Commission."

While the Republicans got the shaft by Mario Carrera, their consolation was having a leader willing to speak the truths the media refused to print (until it was too late). After Carrera lied through his teeth in public to Nicolais about the different deadlines Carrera held Democrats to compared to Republicans, Nicolais seemed to realize the fix was in.

After Carrera voted for maps that should have been inadmissible under his own rules, and blocked the GOP from having any say in the process, Nicolais let loose, calling Carrera a "wolf in sheep's clothing" and pointing out his bald faced lies. 

It was Nicolais's verbal pummeling of Carrera that finally convinced the media to mention the real Carrera backstory. 

Had Nicolais not gone on his tear we might still be reading the counter-factual drivel from the media that Carrera is an "Unaffiliated" voter who simply decided to side with the Democrats' maps because they were the better maps in his opinion.

While the GOP was most assuredly given the shaft by Carrera and his fellow Democrats in reapportionment, we can thank Mario Nicolais for ensuring a wide swath of Coloradans know why and how.

That's not a mixed bag in our books, that's a full fledged winner winner chicken dinner.

Maybe if the Democrats had listened to the Greater Mario, their own Governor wouldn't have expressed such distaste with them and their scam-i-fied reapportionment process.

 

NAME THAT SCANDAL: Give Us Your Best Reapportionment Map Flap Moniker

UPDATE 2: We’ve officially selected “Mario-Mander” as the winner of our “Reapportionment Map Flap Moniker” contest. Thanks to the reader who submitted it on our Facebook fan page. The Great Colorado Carve-Up, Mario-Gate and “We’re sorry, but your Republican map submission is in another email folder” were close runners-up.

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UPDATE: We’ve received a boatload of responses to this contest via email, comment and Facebook. After the jump are the current submissions. Feel free to send in more ideas or vote for one already submitted.

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Every good political dust-up has a moniker. Watergate. Iran contra. Sal Pace (D-Urination). In an effort to clearly communicate the unsavory and unethical way in which Democrats forced through politically vindictive reapportionment maps we are hosting a contest for our readers.  

A process that has "disappointed" even Governor Hickenlooper deserves a good turn of phrase.

Give us your best reapportionment moniker that sums up the shenanigans pulled by Democrats and "wolf in sheep's clothing" Chairman Mario Carrera.

To kick off the contest, we've included a few of our own suggestions. We will announce the winner's scandal sobriquet on Friday.

You can enter your submission(s) below in the comment section, or for those having technical trouble adding comments, you can email us at tips (at) coloradopeakpolitics.com 

Mario-Gate

Monday Morning Gerrymander

Morgan-Mander

The Vindictive Vector


Mario-Gate

Monday Morning Gerrymander

Morgan-Mander

The Vindictive Vector

The Four Day F-cking

The December Disgrace

The Backroom Bludgeon

The Petty Power Play

The Democrats Disgrace

The Great Colorado Carve-Up

Shameful Charade

Sunday Night Massacre

The Sunday Night Special

Front Range F-ck Up

Mile High Massacre

The Carrera Coup

Rutt’s Revenge

The Stryker Strikeback

Mario-Mander

“We’re sorry, but your Republican map submission is in another email folder.”

Mario’s Gerrymander Bario

Justice Bender’s Gerrymander

The Game of Shame

The Great Carrera-Mander

The Great Carrera Kerfuffle

The Disgraceful Districts

Carrera’s Folly

The Backroom Power Play

The Great Grab

 

BACKLASH GROWS: Hickenlooper Calls Out Democrats On Reapportionment

Governor Hickenlooper has joined the Peak in criticism of the Democrats' behavior and maps on the Reapportionment Commission, saying he is "disappointed" in the result. In a townhall meeting caught on tape by WhoSaidYouSaid, Hick goes off on the Democrats' unethical and unsavory maneuverings on reapportionment, which have created bitterness and bad maps.

During reapportionment, Democrats were given four extra days to submit a map than the commission's Republicans. After being given that four-day advantage by supposedly "Unaffiliated" Chairman Mario Carrera, who is a major Democrat donor, Carrera and the Democrat Commissioners then voted to block all amendments to the maps and stopped the Republicans from submitting new maps of their own, or even a minority report. 

That partisan power play didn't sit well with Colorado's Democrat Governor.

From WhoSaidYouSaid's transcript of Hick's remarks:

I think a little more time and a little more process would have gotten us a better result.

…I think that the bitterness of, I think the Democrats could have had, you know, I think there was a way to do it without creating all those primaries. And I was disappointed. Some of the people that I enjoy working with are probably not going to be able to stay in the legislature.

And the video:


It would have been nice to hear from Hick, you know, when he could have impacted the outcome. But Hick likes to weigh in on controversial issues only when it contains no threat to his own popularity. Now that the issue has been settled by the court, Hick felt safe to speak his mind.

The state House and Senate maps that were ultimately approved by the Colorado Supreme Court this week, without nary a word from Hickenlooper, pair the majority of GOP leadership into the same district as well as some of the highest ranking female elected officials in Colorado.

The vindictiveness of the maps and how they were unethically pushed through the process has begun to blow up in the Democrats' face. With the Democrat Governor criticizing Democrats' tactics it is beginning to seem like this reapportionment power play may become the Democrats' own "Midnight Gerrymander."

For a sitting Governor to criticize his own party on this is a sign that liberals have, in fact, over-reached.

And the backlash grows.  

 

THE LEFT BECOMES WHAT IT ONCE DESPISED: Mario’s Corrupt Bargain Beckons Ghosts Of Past

After our post yesterday mentioning the resemblance between the Democrats' dirty games on reapportionment and the "Midnight Gerrymander," a number of readers emailed to point out the striking similarities.

One attentive reader went back and pulled the full quote from The Blueprint. It reveals that not only was the "Midnight Gerrymander" a call to arms for former state Senator Mike Feeley, but more importantly for the liberal…er…progressive cause, it was also a rallying point for Al Yates, former CSU President and famed mouthpiece of billion heiress Pat Stryker.

In 2000, the Democrats won a one-vote majority in the state Senate that allowed them to stall and sandbag Congressional redistricting in the Legislature, forcing it into their favored public policy institution– the courts. When Republicans retook the Senate in 2002 they attempted to redo redistricting, as the state Constitution called for it to be dealt with by elected representatives in the Legislature and not the courts. That redrawn redistricting map became known as Senate Bill 352, or as The Denver Post editorial board later dubbed it — the "Midnight Gerrymander." 

From The Blueprint:

Although the Colorado Supreme Court would later overturn Senate Bill 352, by then, for some political watchers in Colorado it had acquired indelible symbolic meaning of what was wrong with the Republican Party. Democratic leaders nurtured that sentiment, recognizing that their greatest defeat might also prove to be an opportunity to unite against a common enemy. “It became a rallying point for Democrats and was used to point out the meanness of the leadership,” later said former Democratic state senator Mike Feeley.

Senate Bill 352 was also a rallying point for Yates. Speaking of it later, he said, “I was appalled, and it was at that moment I realized the future of our state was in jeopardy, and worse, our democracy was at risk.” The redistricting episode “was strong evidence that keeping and expanding power was far more important to those in power than addressing the needs of our state and its citizens.”

The irony of this situation is that while the "Midnight Gerrymander" was a rallying point for Al Yates, Yates had no problem orchestrating his own power play this go-round. The Democrats' reapportionment shenanigans are a clear effort to focus on keeping and expanding power more so than addressing the needs of Colorado and its citizens. They were certainly no statesmanlike outreach to those on the other side of the aisle. 

In fact, the Democrats' and their lap dog donor and Reapportionment Commission Chairman Mario Carrera, went even further than Republicans did last time. While the Democrat Senate caucus purposefully chose not to voice their dissent by walking out on the Senate Bill 352 vote, the Democrats and Carrera didn't even allow the Republicans on reapportionment to submit a minority report. Carrera and the Dems blocked amendments and Carrera allowed Democrats to review Republican's maps for four days before they submitted their own.

Democrats not only pulled their own power play, but they did so with underhanded and unethical tactics.

Yates' name has repeatedly popped up throughout this whole process. He is the convener of the Progressive Roundtable. The one, we suspect, who orchestrated the legal and political strategy in reapportionment and redistricting. The one who decided to pitch Brandon Shaffer overboard after the first round of maps in redistricting in an effort to more effectively target Mike Coffman. Someone made that decision up high and there are only a select few folks in the liberal machine capable of making that call. 

If redistricting power plays are what rallied Al Yates and the left to become more involved in state-level politics then there is no other word to describe their vindictive power plays in reapportionment: hypocrisy.

The left has become what it once despised.


 
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