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February 04, 2012 10:23 AM UTC

Weekend Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

We must take the current when it serves,

Or lose our ventures.

–William Shakespeare, from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar


41 thoughts on “Weekend Open Thread

    1. The newly elected GOP SoS didn’t really care if he voted in the wrong district (that wouldn’t really affect any election outcomes), he simply wanted to defraud the Town Council:

      …he didn’t want to give up his $1,000-per-month Fishers Town Council salary after moving out of that district.

      I guess, like Gessler, he forgot to look up what the office of the SoS pays, and realize maybe he would have to moonlight if he won the election.

    2. A Hamilton County jury found White guilty of six of seven felony charges, including false registration, voting in another precinct, submitting a false ballot, theft and two counts of perjury. He was acquitted on one fraud charge.

      That’s a lot ot of felony fraud.


      Marion County judge has ruled that White should be replaced by Democrat Vop Osili, the man he defeated by about 300,000 votes in the November 2010 election, but that ruling is on hold pending an appeal.

      Let’s see, Mr. Gessler.  What presents a greater threat to the democratic process? Running for and winning office fraudulently or possibly between one and three people in a few CDs voting both here and in Kansas? And by the way, were they Rs, too? Can’t wait to hear Gessler’s take as well as ABots.    

            1. that Gessler take immediate action, such as immediately implementing Dave’s suggestion, to protect us from this dire problem as proven by this one example? While there may be 6 possible examples of the kind of fraud he has already seen fit to attempt to address with draconian measures, this single example involves six actual felony convictions so that should more than make up the difference.  

          1. rank monetary motives what with the thousand a month.  But it’s so like conservatives to have retro world views.  Going into politics, particularly on the local and state level, strictly for the opportunities of a lucrative nature is so old school. Traditio-io-io-n…Tradition! Lalalalalalala etc.

      1. The order replacing Brown with Osili was a separate proceeding – a finding that didn’t require the criminal conviction to proceed.

        Now that the criminal convictions have come back, I expect the appeals court will rule on the order installing Osili post haste.

  1. my aching ass . . .

    INFLUENCE GAME: Big donors and what they want

    The presidential campaigns all have said they do not trade political favors for election money.  Among AP’s findings:

    – An energy firm run by William Koch, a $1 million donor to the pro-Romney political committee, paid to lobby Congress on mining and safety issues and also over a proposed federal land swap that would enlarge the donor’s Colorado ranch.

    – The casino company run by Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire whose family has given $11 million to a political committee that supports Gingrich, has acknowledged it’s under federal investigation by the Justice Department and a civil probe by the Securities and Exchange Commission for possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The company denies wrongdoing and says the investigation stems from an allegation by a disgruntled employee. Adelson’s family has provided nearly all the money that the pro-Gingrich group has received so far.

    – A hedge fund run by a New York investor, Paul Singer, who gave the pro-Romney group $1 million, has pushed for federal laws that would give official U.S. backing to the firm’s legal efforts to profit from the debt of distressed and Third World nations.

    – A board member and former chairman of a prestigious Los Angeles hospital, John C. Law with the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, has given the pro-Obama committee $100,000 as the hospital has lobbied Obama’s administration over Medicare and Medicaid funding for teaching hospitals and electronic medical records, the National Institutes of Health and Army research programs.

    – A Pennsylvania coal producer, Consol Energy Inc., which donated $150,000 to the pro-Romney group, paid a $5.5 million fine last year for violations of the Clean Water Act at six of its mines. It is lobbying to prohibit the federal government from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. Weeks after the company gave money to support Romney, who previously had agreed that humans are contributing to climate change, the candidate appeared to back off that position and said he would oppose spending high amounts of federal money to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, like those from coal plants.

    Face it, unless and until we get some meaningful campaign finance regulation, we — the American electorate, regardless of party or affiliation — are at best nothing more than a bunch of sometimes semi-useful dupes and chumps.

      1. I think most elected officials would love to see workable campaign reform. Because at present, they spend about ½ their waking hours dialing for dollars. That’s not fun.

        But proposing this is a sure way to lose votes.

      2. and the mood and demographics are changing.  We won’t get an amendment on this any time soon but building public awareness can only be a good thing, even if it does nothing more for a while than make more people think twice about the motives behind the ads they’re seeing. We have to start somewhere and sometime. Why not here and now?

    1. My brother always loved improving his vocabulary with  word a day calendars and keeping up with his French the same way. This word’s for you, darling brother.

      1. In 11th grade English, we all had to subscribe to the New York Times (we got an educational rate).

        Every day, we were required to bring in the editorial page with 5 words circled that we didn’t recognize (and the definitions, of course).

        The teacher would call on us at random for our words, so there was no hiding behind someone else.

  2. Did you know that the land use policy of the Western Slope is set by ‘radical environmentalists’ who have been ‘gobbling up’ land?  

    The unfortunate use of the word ‘gobbling’ by Mr. Santorum aside, I mean with the problems he has and everything, Santorum does seem to be appealing to a particular subset of the Colorado Tea-Party crowd (the non-Paulites in particular).  

    Its probably behind a paywall, a few excerpts from today’s Sentinel.

    Santorum…spoke Saturday to more than 400 people at the Holiday Inn Express in Montrose.

    “I want to make the BLM a lot smaller,” Santorum said…

    Current federal policy is driven by “radical environmentalists who are gobbling up land,” Santorum said.

    …”We’ll fire everybody in the EPA that we can,” Santorum said to applause…

  3. I wrote this last Wednesday.  Once the Superbowl is over, I predict that this will be the next political game ball for the Republicans.

    “Right to Life people are piggybacking the Komen decision on the Catholic bishops rage.

    The Obama’s administration decision to require Catholic institutions to provide health insurance to their employees that includes free coverage for contraceptives and the morning after pill has the institutional church up in arms.  The Bishops required that a letter be read in all the parishes in the WHOLE country condemning this rule and demanding that Catholics protest. Catholic doctrine forbids artificial contraception and so the Bishops argue that this violates their free practice of religion.

    I am not a catholic, but I this has been reported in various venues.

    Now, PLEASE, I do not want to debate the merits of the case; I want to point out the political implications of the situation.”

    by: dwyer @ Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 18:16:34 PM MST

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    1. but if you want to be in a certain kind of business you should have to abide by regulations. If any church gets into home building they should still have to follow relevant building codes

      1. And medical safety regs, and a whole host of other government regulations.  This decision by the Obama administration is for Catholic hospitals, not the church itself.  Many non-Catholics work at those hospitals, and the hospitals take government money for payment.

        I’m guessing that the legal fig leaf that covers this is the latter; if Catholic hospitals decided not to take Medicare, Medicaid, Tri-Care, and other government money, they’d probably have a case to be exempt from the rule.

        I agree this will be a political football; Obama made a tough decision and he’ll probably lose a few votes for it.

        The Komen fiasco, on the other hand, won’t add to it – in fact, if they try to combine the two, the campaign might backfire.  (You didn’t hear that, righties…)

        1. This is a mandated provision under Obamacare… cost contraceptives have to be a benefit under all employer

          health insurance.  I think it is a great idea.  Celibate priests, not so much.

      1. Maybe they all feel guilty about it . . . that’s what religions are for, isn’t it??

        (If hypocrisy falls in the forest and there’s no god there to condemn it, does it make a sin?)


    If somebody wants to attend and write it up for the Daily Blog, let me know.

    I’m honor bound to listen to the Bradford ethics hearing.  But two stories in one night wouldn’t exactly suck.

    Especially interesting would be firearms incidents leaving the parking lot.  I’m not above a little sensationalism.

    1. she won’t be present to give the Mitten her personal endorsement.  

      But then I guess if she was really all that set on seeing Mitt in person she could have threatened to leave the party . . .    

    2. This seems to be a pervasive problem with the news media, including in Colorado — Colorado’s caucus is not on Tuesday, only Colorado’s Republicans have their caucus on Tuesday.  The Dems meet on March 6th.  

      I guess the upside of this common error is that the Dems will have the opportunity to publicize their March caucus and get a lot of mileage out of it, long after people have forgotten about the Repubs.

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