Andrews Deleted Tweet About Stapleton Due To The “Hysteria” It Was Causing

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Walker Stapleton.

Former Colorado Senate President John Andrews created a mini-frenzy on Twitter yesterday, when he wrote that Walker Stapleton, Colorado’s Republican candidate for governor, told a luncheon crowd of 20 “faith leaders” that Stapleton would be “pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious freedom.”

“I saw this thing spiraling away unproductively, the way it happens so often on Twitter, and I thought, I have better things to do with my time and better ways to support my preferred candidate for governor,” he said, adding that he knows there are screen shots of his Tweet out there. “I wanted to do my small part toward sanity and civility and pull the plug.”

“What I wrote was that Stapleton told us he is pro-life, pro-family,” he said, “and pro-religious freedom. I’m saying that if someone were to ask him today, ‘Is that so?’, he would treat it as a shrug: ‘Everyone knows that’s so.'”

While that’s generally true, the details about Stapleton’s positions on those topics aren’t fully known.

For example, he’s said he’d be a “pro-life governor,” and will protect the “born and unborn.”

But he wouldn’t tell a television reporter if he’d sign legislation making abortion illegal or harder to get in Colorado.

That’s a question that’s salient given the U.S. Supreme Court’s shift to the right and likely move back from protecting abortion rights.

“I was having words in my mouth,” said Andrews. “Stapleton was having words put in his mouth. I didn’t want to put Stapleton and his campaign team in a position of having to answer to some spittin’ match that Andrews started.”

“I’m proud of the photo [of himself and Stapleton that accompanied the Tweet],” he said, saying it was the “follow-on hysteria” that bothered him.

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It Worked! Right-Wing Base Loves Stapleton For Appearing With Tancredo

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Political observers were left scratching their heads last week over why Walker Stapleton, who’s  Colorado’s Republican candidate for governor, would appear at a fundraising event with former Congressman Tom Tancredo, whose views on undocumented immigrants (kick them out), Mecca (bomb it), abortion (ban it) and much more don’t align with the swing voter sensibility that most rational candidates aim to mimic in a general election like the one coming up in November.

One explanation: Stapleton has no prayer of winning the general election if his GOP base voters, including the ones who love Tancredo, aren’t enthusiastic about Stapleton. And Tanc is an enthusiasm magnet for the GOP base.

This could explain not only why Stapleton wrapped Tancredo in a tighter embrace last week but also why Stapleton told a radio host again a couple weeks ago that he’d like to campaign with Trump here in Colorado. He said the same thing in June.

If Stapleton’s intent was to fire up his base, it appears to have worked, according to the right-wing focus group of Chuck Bonniwell and Julie Hayden, radio hosts on KNUS 710AM’s afternoon show.  They approved!

“I give Walker Stapleton a ton of credit,” said Hayden, a former Denver TV reporter. “He did not back down one iota. You know, Tom introduced him, gave a great speech…. Congratulations to you, Walker Stapleton!”

Hayden’s advice: Let Tancredo “go out to every event. They need a cheerleader type to rev people up.”

Boniwell, who’s been described as the id of Colorado’s Republican Party, was impressed by the Tancredo-Stapleton event, but he predicted that Stapleton will lose in November.

“It’s over, you know, basically,” said Bonniwell, who’s also the owner of the Glendale/Cherry Creek Chronicle.

(more…)

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BIRTHERISM! Colorado Lawmaker More Interested In Obama’s “Secret” Past Than Trump’s Tax Returns

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Colorado State Rep. Judy Reyher (R-Swink) is “much more interested” in Obama’s alleged “secret” past than she is in seeing Trump’s tax returns.

“Call me a birther,” Reyher wrote on Facebook this week, “but I still wonder why Obama’s past is such a well kept secret. We only know what the Democrats have released. I am much more interested in that secret than I am in President Trump’s tax returns.”

With those birther views, which have been totally proven false, you might wonder where Reyher gets her news. She answered that question in another post this week.

“My news source is my gut and the truth,” she wrote, later adding that “no one has yet proven that Obama ever taught a single class nor that he actually graduated from a university.”

“I read a great deal, and I get my sources from a lot of different places.”

Reyher, who did not immediately return a call for comment, was defeated in a June primary by a Republican opponent, Don Bendell, who accused her of being a weak candidate. He loss means she will exit her seat next year.

Reyer said Bendell can’t win his Pueblo area race against Democrat Bri Buentello, after Brendell acknowledged not paying child support for 17 years.

Reyher was the center of a controversy about previous Facebook posts. In one, she called African-Americans “hatred filled beings,” but she steadfastly denies being a racist.

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Stapleton Won’t Say If He’d Sign Bills Making Abortion Illegal Or Harder To Get in Colorado

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Colorado’s Republican candidate for governor won’t say if he’d sign legislation making abortions illegal or harder to get in Colorado.

“I’m not going to get into a bunch of hypotheticals on a particular piece of legislation. Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. We’ll see what happens in future,” Walker Stapleton told CBS4 political specialist Shaun Boyd last week.

But Boyd’s hypothetical question isn’t so hypothetical now, with the U.S. Senate poised to add Trump’s conservative nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, paving the way for the gutting Roe v. Wade, which protects abortion rights in America.

In the absence of Roe, state governments would be free not only to pass laws outlawing abortion outright but also to put roadblocks in place to restrict access to abortion.

Such legislation didn’t land on Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk, but here are three examples of bills that were promoted by anti-choice Republicans in the Colorado legislature just this year:

This bill would have banned abortion in Colorado by defining life as beginning at conception

This bill would have forced a women not only to have a vaginal or abdominal ultrasound prior to having an abortion but also to wait 24-hours before having an abortion after she informs a doctor that she wants one.

This legislation would have stopped the use of a method of abortion used for 95 percent abortions performed during the second trimester.

Those bills aren’t hypothetical, but would Stapleton sign them if they landed on his desk?

He won’t say, but Stapleton told Boyd he’s a pro-life Republican, who believes that life begins at conception. Such a belief would align him with anti-abortion activists who oppose some forms of birth control, which could potentially destroy fertilized eggs, or zygotes. But Stapleton told Boyd his anti-abortion stance includes exceptions for rape, incest, and to save a mother’s life.

During a speech to state Republicans in April, Stapleton vowed to protect the “born and unborn.” He’s said he’ll be a pro-life governor.

Stapleton’s Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, is pro-choice, saying that he would not ban any abortion, even late abortions, because “this is a very personal decision for a woman.”

“It’s between her conscience, her god and her doctor… in no way, shape or form should it be the government’s decision to tell a woman what to do with her own body,” Polis told Boyd.

“This is a more real threat than ever before,” Polis told a group at Planned Parenthood, according to CBS4.

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Shooting The Messenger: Coffman Slams New York Times For Publishing Anonymous Anti-Trump Opinion

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U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)

Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman bashed the New York Times this morning for publishing an opinion piece, written by an anonymous “senior” Trump official who was aiming to spotlight the dangers posed by the president.

The Times should “probably tighten up on these anonymous sources,” explained Coffman to KOA 850-AM Morning News host April Zesbaugh, adding that it was “very disappointing” because “anybody in the White House or outside the White House could have written that.”

Coffman turned his attack on Times, instead of addressing the content of the op-ed, which included this:

“The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making…”

From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions.”

The New York Times prefaced the opinion piece by writing that the senior Trump official who wrote it is “known to us” and his or her “job would be jeopardized by its disclosure.”

Professional journalists carefully use anonymous sourcing to inform the public of information that would otherwise be impossible to report–about topics ranging from the Vietnam War (Pentagon Papers) and presidential law-breaking (Watergate) to child abuse in the Catholic Church (See Spotlight.) to the exposure of government waste via whistle blowers, and much more.

Journalists will advise readers to beware of anonymous sourcing from news outlets that aren’t trustworthy. The New York Times, though not perfect, is among the most trusted news outlets in the world.

An email asking Coffman, a Republican, what he thinks of the substance of the Times opinion piece, for example, its plea for Americans to cross party lines and stand up to Trump, was not returned.

Not only did Coffman not answer Zesbaugh’s question about whom he thinks wrote the piece but he chose to provide a non-answer that didn’t address the shocking information about Trump in the op-ed.

Politicians, like Trump himself in his rantings against the news media, are known known to attack the press when confronted with stories they disagree with.

Coffman’s shoot-the-messenger attack on the Times reflects his decision last year to call for an investigation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, after FBI surveillance led to the resignation of Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Here’s a transcript of Coffman’s statement this morning:

ZESBAUGH:  You’re in the beltway – how much buzz is there today about who in the White House wrote that OpEd in the New York Times?

COFFMAN: Oh, I don’t know  [laughs].  You know, I  think they should probably tighten up on these anonymous sources. I mean, the fact is, anybody in the White House or outside the White House could have written that. So,  [It’s] very disappointing.

Listen here:

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Trump Has Kept America Safe In An “Admirable Way,” Says Colorado’s Republican Candidate for Governor

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Over the weekend, the Associated Press quoted a top Republican congressional aid as saying that the “great danger” in the November election is an “enthusiasm gap,” and there is “nobody who can close the enthusiasm gap quite like the president.”

Here in Colorado, political analysts agree that Republican candidate for governor Walker Stapleton needs to somehow find a way to make his GOP base enthusiastic about his campaign–which could explain why Stapleton enthusiastically told a radio host again last week that he’d like to campaign with Trump here in Colorado. He said the same thing in June.

“Nothing has changed,” said Stapleton about his desire to campaign with Trump, “except that — you know, the Washington media scene is ugly.”

But it appears Stapleton won’t be seeing the president here.

Trump’s advisers have devised a strategy to send Trump to campaign “where he can be helpful,” according to the AP, and Colorado apparently isn’t on the list, while Texas is.

In response, Stapleton seems to be trying to whip up GOP enthusiasm by expressing hope that the president comes to Colorado anyway–and by praising Trump, particularly when Stapleton is addressing conservative audiences.

Stapleton said Trump has kept America safe in an “admirable way,”  and there’s “no change” in his desire to campaign with Trump in Colorado, as you can hear in his interview on conservative radio last week (Listen here at 27 min 30 sec.).

Stapleton also told KNUS radio host Steffan Tubbs that he backed Trump’s new tax law and, “I’ve been a supporter of the President’s economic policies and his immigration policies, as far as sanctuary cities are concerned because those are issues that directly either benefit or impact Colorado.”

Addressing whether he thought Trump would come to Colorodo, Stapleton said, “The President also has a busy schedule. He is foremost concerned with Congress, and making sure that Republicans hold Congress. And he constantly, you know, has to wear a suit of armor around D.C.. So, we’ll see what the future holds.”

Democratic President Barack Obama visited Colorado in the 2014 midterm election in support of Gov. John Hickenlooper, who was seeking re-election. Among other things, the pair played pool.

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Gardner Goes to Bat for “President Trump’s America First Agenda”

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Colorado Senator Cory Gardner blasted out an urgent fundraising appeal over the weekend, stating:

Gardner: Your contribution is vital to the future of President Trump’s America First agenda. With your support, we will strengthen our Senate Majority. Will you step up and make a contribution today?

Gardner emailed the plea to fellow Republicans in his role as the Chair of a GOP committee that’s in charge of electing U.S. Senators in the November election.

Republicans hold a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate currently, but both the senate chamber and the U.S. House of Representatives could change to Democratic control in November — an outcome Gardner referenced in his fundraising appeal in an effort to create sense of urgency.

Gardner: Democrats are spending millions on negative and misleading attack ads in their attempt to win back the Senate in 2018. The stakes are too high, and time is running out. We have 5 days until our crucial fundraising deadline, and we are well short of our goal. Pitch in NOW to help us DEFEND the Republican Majority! Senate Republicans are counting on you to step up and help us win in November!

The email promised that all donations would be matched by four times, though the source of the matching funds wasn’t indicated, and Gardner’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

Gardner has indicated that he will give up his leadership of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) after the upcoming election to focus on his own re-election in Colorado in 2020.

Asked this year if he was planning to run again for his current U.S. Senate leadership position, in which he’s charged with electing Republicans to the U.S. Senate, Gardner told The Hill, a Washington DC publication, “I am going to be focused on 2020.”  This was interpreted as a sign that he would give up the position, which gives Gardner a seat at the Republican leadership table in the U.S. Senate.

In June, Gardner told conservatives at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver that Republicans will be able to confirm scores of judges if they can retain control of the U.S. Senate in November.

Gardner said the “media is afraid of this,” and they “want us to fail.”

Since then, Trump nominated U.S. District Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve in the U.S. Supreme Court, and Gardner has fully endorsed the conservative, after refusing to meet with Obama’s Supreme Court selection, Merrick Garland, prior to the 2016 election.

Gardner’s critics say he tries to present himself as independent-minded about Trump’s agenda, while backing the president in under-the-radar fundraising appeals and voting with the mogul over 90 percent of the time.

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Radio Host Says “Gay Mafia” Is One Of Polis’ Weapons

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Why do some conservatives think it’s okay to say Colorado’s Democratic candidate for governor, Jared Polis, has the support of the “gay mafia?”

KNUS radio host Chuck Bonniwell, who also owns of the Cherry Creek/Gendale Chronicle, told me in a free-wheeling and respectful conversation Friday that Polis has the support of the “gay mafia.”

“Did you say gay mafia?” I interrupted.

“Well, they work hard,” replied Bonniwell.

I told him I had to write a blog post about the slur.

“Oh no, not the gay mafia. You can’t say that” said Bonniwell, who one analyst described as the “id of Colorado’s Republican Party.”

“What is the gay mafia?” I asked.

“It’s just a lot of guys I know and am friends with who work incredibly hard for Jared Polis,” answered Bonniwell. “And they man these offices. And they do a great job on his behalf. I call them the mafia because they work so hard.”

“Would you ever say the ‘Jewish mafia,'” I asked Bonniwell.

“Oh god, yes, I grew up with the Jewish mafia all around me.”

I take Bonniwell at his word but Polis is also Jewish and I didn’t hear Bonniwell–or any other conservative pundit–say Plid is part of the Jewish mafia or any other mafia.

In July, KCOL guest host Karen Kataline said she was “pretty sure” Polis was part of the “gay mafia,” and she worried on air that the Republicans’ timid treatment of Polis being gay will make it harder to defeat Polis.

“I knew it. You’re criticizing the Italians,” Bonniwell joked when I continued to object to his saying “gay mafia.”

“There are wonderful Italian people here in Colorado, and you shouldn’t put them down.” said Bonniwell, concluding with, “Why don’t you like Italians?”

(Listen here: Aug. 24 at 33:15)

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What Would It Take for Colorado Republicans To Halt Their Plan To Hang A Trump Portrait At The Colorado Capitol?

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Colorado Republican leaders said today that a portrait of Trump will adorn a wall at the Colorado Capitol by late 2018 or early 2019.

But in light of recent crimes apparently involving Trump, would they halt the placement of the Trump portrait if the president were impeached, convicted of crimes, or if enough citizens objected to it?

The Colorado Times Recorder left a message with that question for Senate Republican spokesman Sean Paige, who distributed a news release about the Trump portrait.

Paige did not respond.

On Twitter, a famously sardonic account called “Missing Pundit,” tweeted

Congrats to Colorado Senate Republicans (who won’t see this, b/c they blocked me) for your portrait. In light of recent events, might I suggest you get started with the Pence portrait, which might be needed in the near future.

To be extra safe, you might commission a gallery along the line of succession. So get a move on the Orrin Hatch and Paul Ryan portraits. Although the latter one can wait until after the election, cuz you know.

The Mike Pompeo portrait might not be a bad idea either, but by the time we get there, we might have Secretary of State Gary Busey. #copolitics

State Senate President Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) said last month he quickly raised $10,000 for the Trump picture in the wake of news coverage of a stunt involving the placement of a Putin portrait on the wall inside the Capitol where Trump’s picture would hang.

Now, Sarah Boardman, a Colorado Springs artist, will begin work on the portrait.

In a video linked on the GoFundMe fundraising page, used to raise money for the art, Grantham said, “I am excited to announce we’re going to take the reins on this and raise the $10,000 necessary to put up President Donald J. Trump’s portrait in the hall of portraits right here in the Capitol rotunda of the Colorado State Capitol.”

When he launched the fundraising effort, Grantham said one donor funded Colorado Capitol’s portrait of President Barack Obama.

But because Trump is a “populist,” the “everyday citizens of Colorado” should ” should “have a part of this.”

(more…)

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“We Don’t Know If She’s Overweight Or Not As We Have Not Weighed Her”

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A conservative blog in Colorado responded to a talk radio host’s assertion that Colorado state senate candidate Faith Winter is “overweight” by asserting that, “We don’t know if she’s overweight or not as we have not weighed her.”

The blog, called ColoradoPeakPolitics, opined yesterday that KNUS 710-AM radio hosts Chuck Bonniwell (pictured above) and Julie Hayden should apologize for being “intellectually lazy”–not for calling Winter, who’s an elected state representative, “overweight” and “unpleasant,” as Boniwell did last week.

Then the blog, whose writers are anonymous, went on to list the attacks on Winter that Bonniwell and Hayden should have mentioned if they weren’t so lazy.

They should apologize. No, not because they offered opinions of her. (We don’t know if she’s overweight or not as we have not weighed her and as for her demeanor, we’ll leave that up to you.) But because they’re intellectually lazy…

Chuck and Julie can apologize to Faith Winter if they want. It would be the nice thing to do. But, more importantly, they should apologize to their listeners for being so lazy.

This “dynamic duo” proves again that they’re out to lose the battle to lose the war.

The snarky “dynamic duo” comment may reflect the blog’s lingering anger at Bonniwell, who said of ColoradoPeakPolitics earlier this year:

Bonniwell: “You might as well read press releases and fall asleep, unfortunately.”

After this blog post was published, ColoradoPeakPolitics tweeted:

Jason, to be fair, we did say that it would be nice if they apologized. But, truly, we have no idea what her BMI is, so any such speculation is simply an opinion.

A second tweet stated that “nobody should care what her BMI is. Vote on her policies, which are terrible.”

Republican bloggers and talk radio hosts are focused on Winter because the outcome of her Adams County race could determine which party controls the state senate. Her race is one of two top state senate seats from which Democrats hope to dislodge Republicans. The other is a Jeffco race pitting State Sen. Tim Neville (R-Littleton) against Democrat Tammy Story.

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Talk Radio Host Says Democratic State Senate Candidate Is “Overweight” And “Unpleasant”

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“She’s overweight, unpleasant, vicious, amoral human being.”

That’s how KNUS radio host Chuck Bonniwell described Democratic State Rep. Faith Winter, who’s running for a state senate seat.

Overweight?

I asked Bonniwell, who’s also the editor of the Cherry Creek/Glendale Chronicle, if he’d have characterized Winter as being overweight if she were male.

No response. I told him via another email that any comment from him would be welcome. Still no response.

But Winter is used to attacks from men, literally.

She filed sexual harassment charges against fellow Democratic State Rep. Steve Lebsock, who was eventually removed from the Colorado Legislature in an overwhelming bipartisan vote.

Winter was hailed by women’s groups for her stand against Lebsock.

Faith Winter

For his part, Lebsock denies most of the accusations, including unwanted grabbing and advances, even though Winter’s allegations were confirmed by an independent investigation.

Conservative radio hosts like Bonniwell, who keynoted the annual Adams County GOP fundraiser last year, are closely watching Winter’s state senate race in Adams County because the outcome could determine which party controls the state senate.

The race pits Winter against State Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik, a Republican who currently represents the Adams County district.

Republicans hold a one-seat majority in the state senate, and Humenik’s seat is widely seen as among a handful that will determine whether Colorado Republicans are able to hold their majority in the chamber.

If the GOP loses control of the senate, and Democrats retain the governor’s office, state government will be controlled by Democrats.

On the radio, Bonniwell gave credit to Winter for being a hard worker and diligent campaigner.

When Faith canvassed his door, Bonniwell says he greeted her as follows: “Oh! Great to see you, Faith! Who are you screwing today? What human being are you filing against as part of your corrupt policy?”

Bonniwell then mocked how he thought she’d respond by talking about sports: “And she’ll kinda go, oh thank you thank you, what do you think about [the Broncos]. I like our new quarterback a lot!”

Because women talking about sports is hilarious and certainly couldn’t be genuine.

Chuck concluded his assessment of Winter by saying, “She’s a terrible human being.”

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Tancredo To Appear With Stapleton As “Special Guest” At Sept. 1 Fundraiser

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If you’ve been following Colorado’s governor’s race, you know that former Congressman Tom Tancredo gave Republican Walker Stapleton his full-throated endorsement during the GOP primary, embellishing Stapleton with Tancredo’s ultra-conservative imprimatur and delivering  primary voters to Stapleton, who’s connections to the Bush Dynasty were viewed with skepticism by Tea Party types.

In the past few months, after Stapleton became the Republican nominee for governor, political observers have been asking whether Stapleton will try to distance himself from Tancredo, who wants to expunge our country of all undocumented immigrants and suggested we bomb Mecca, among other things.

Well, Stapleton’s embrace of Tancredo isn’t loosening.

Tancredo is a “special guest” at a Sept. 1 fundraiser, where the former Congressman and Stapleton will be raising funds “to help Colorado WIN in November.”

To be fair, the speculation that Stapleton would reverse course and dump Tancredo isn’t consistent with how Stapleton has been running his campaign so far.

Stapleton embraced Trump, for example, during the primary, and he’s sticking with the unpopular president, even going so far as to invite Trump to Colorado to campaign with him.

If Stapleton isn’t running away from Trump, you wouldn’t think he’d run away from you, I told Tancredo.

“Right,” Tanc replied. “It would be interesting to know who’s hated more in Colorado. Me or Trump.”

(more…)

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Trump Nominee For Colorado U.S. Attorney Received Unusual and Harsh Reprimand

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Trump’s nominee for Colorado’s U.S. Attorney, Jason Dunn, once received a searing and rare reprimand by Judge Richard L. Gabriel, who now sits on the Colorado Supreme Court.

Gabriel’s admonishment of Dunn came in a 2015 appeals court decision tossing out a ruling that the Douglas County School District had made a illegal campaign donation by distributing a report, produced by a conservative group. Dunn represented the Douglas County School District, referred to below as the “District” by Gabriel, who sat on the Colorado appeals court at the time.

Writing for the majority in the case, Keim v. Douglas County, Gabriel commented on the “tone” of Dunn’s briefs, writing that they contained “personal attacks and serious accusations” that were inappropriate and unfounded” as well as “rhetoric” that was both “unpersuasive and unhelpful.”

Gabriel wrote in paragraph 32 of the decision:

Third, we feel compelled to comment on the tone of the District’s appellate briefs. In its briefs, the District referred to Keim’s arguments as “nonsensical”; accused her of “subtle mischaracterization,” “wholesale mischaracterization,” and “blatantly misleading” the court; described its reaction to certain of Keim’s arguments with inflammatory (or perhaps sarcastic) language like “dumbfounded”; *728 and even referred to certain of the ALJ’s findings in a derisive way. These kinds of personal attacks and serious accusations were inappropriate and unfounded. Disagreement—even vehement and vigorous disagreement—with a trial court’s rulings and with the arguments of an opposing party and counsel are, of course, part and parcel of any litigation matter. Nonetheless, we expect such disagreements to be civil and respectful. The use of rhetoric like that cited above is unpersuasive and unhelpful. See Martin v. Essrig, 277 P.3d 857, 860 & app’x (Colo. App. 2011).

Court observes say that judges rarely admonish attorneys, particularly of the caliber normally nominated for the position of U.S. Attorney, in written opinions.

“I do not recall a Court ever calling out arguments in a brief in that way,” said Denver attorney Jane Feldman, who staffed the Colorado Ethics Commission and has over 35 years of litigation experience. “Courts generally address arguments made in a brief, and say the arguments are not persuasive, but do not comment on the tone. Furthermore, I have drafted and reviewed many briefs, and I don’t recall ever reading a brief in which the arguments were described in that way. Lawyers generally try to be professional in briefs, because you do not want to negatively impact the Court in case the majority is on the other side, and the records are reviewed on appeal. Lawyers generally don’t disparage the arguments made by the other side in that way. You might say something like, ‘Plaintiffs argument is contrary to the facts,’ or “is not in accordance with common practice,” but it sounds like Dunn went too far.”

Dunn, a “shareholder” at Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck, did not return a call for comment.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) threw his support behind Dunn in June, when Trump nominated Dunn for Colorado’s chief federal prosecutor, after a 18-month delay.

“I am confident that he will make an excellent United States Attorney for the District of Colorado,” Gardner said in a statement, published in The Denver Post. “Jason has a proven record of public service and involvement in his community, and he has the integrity and character that will make Colorado proud. I will urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support his confirmation.”

The Post reported that Dunn worked on regulatory issues and for prominent Republican candidates and causes.

If Dunn is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he would replace Colorado’s interim U.S. Attorney, Bob Troyer, who replaced 2016 Obama appointee John Walsh.

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Trump’s Interior Secretary, Whom Colorado Republicans Praised Last Week, Says Trump Is “Delightful To Work For”

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Last week, after Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with Colorado Republican state senators, including Kevin Grantham of Canon City, Beth Martinez Huminek of Westminster, and Randy Baumgardner of Hot Sulpher Springs, he meandered up to Steamboat Springs, where he gave a lengthy interview praising Trump and warning against blaming climate change for Colorado’s wildfires.

Grantham tweeted that Zinke, who’s in charge of public lands, was doing a “great job,” but the Steamboat Springs Pilot asked Zinke not about his boosters but about how he felt about his critics.

Zinke said they don’t “even want to look at the truth.”

“There’s a lot of angry people out there, and quite frankly, they don’t even want to look at the truth, and it’s just a series of attacks without merit. At the heart of it, you do right, and you fear no one. I’m passionate about public lands. I’m passionate about never selling them, never transferring it, but we have to manage it, and there has been a consequence I believe of almost environmental terrorism, where we’re limiting access, shutting down roads, not having the ability to remove dead, dying trees. It comes at a cost.”

Zinke led the charge to reverse Obama’s efforts to preserve lands at the Bear’s Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah.

Trump is “delightful to work for,” Zinke told Steamboat Springs Pilot reporter Matt Strensland, adding that the president is “actually doing exactly what he said he’d do.”

The phrase “delightful to work for” and the word “Trump” are not often paired with each other, according to a Google search.

“President Trump is a businessman, and it’s really easy to figure out the direction where the president is going because in the White House he has a huge chalkboard — you know, whiteboard — that has campaign promises,” Zinke said in the interview. “And many of those campaign promises are crossed off.”

“I think people have to look at removing the hatred, which is I think shameful,” Zinke told the Pilot. “And the intolerance. When President Trump is mentioned in some quarters, there is anger and intolerance.”

Zinke defended himself from attacks on his travel, saying he followed all procedures. He denied having any relationship with Whitefish Energy, other than having graduated from White Fish High School.

Zinke went on to deliver a lecture at the Steamboat Insitute, where a protester yelled, “Why won’t you acknowledge that climate change is causing and accelerating wildfires, even in Routt County?”

Zinke shouted back, “You know what? You haven’t served and you don’t understand what energy is. I’d like to see your child have to fight for energy.”

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Does Coffman Still Favor An Investigation Of The FBI?

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As special prosecutor Robert Mueller turns up the heat on Trump and his associates, Republicans are fighting back with increased intensity, not just through Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Last month, U.S. House Republicans proposed impeaching Rod Rosenstein, who has refused to fire Mueller, but quickly withdrew the proposal in favor of trying to hold him in contempt of Congress, a move widely seen as attempting to lay the groundwork for Trump to fire him.

In addition, Trump’s attacks on the FBI are escalating, raising questions about whether Congress would support an investigation of the FBI itself.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) backed that position last year, after a FBI phone tap led to the resignation of Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Asked if the actions of the FBI needed to be investigated, Coffman said:

Coffman: “You know, I think it should be looked into. And here’s one thing. Did the FBI go through the procedures in place in current law to be able to be able to tap into that phone conversation? Are there other violations of law?

Coffman said at the time that he didn’t have a good feeling about Flynn.

Coffman’s office didn’t return an email seeking to know if he still holds this stance and whether he’d join with Trump and other Republicans in pushing for further investigations of the spy agency as Mueller’s investigation of Trump, which relies in part of FBI material, moves forward.

Coffman, who’s expressed broad support for the Mueller investigation, also said last year that the FBI should not just investigate Trump but also the Obama Administration.

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Republicans suggest Democrats should start listening to Neville’s ideas on education–but he supports Trump and DeVos

The Colorado Republicans’ Senate Majority Fund tweeted this week that State Sen. Tim Neville of Littleton has been a strong advocate for education reform his “entire time in the legislature – maybe the Democrats will start listening now.”

But a Google search reveals that Neville, who’s battling Democrat Tammy Story in a swing Jeffco state senate race, aligns himself with the Trump wing of the Republican Party–not with Democrats–on education issues.

Last Year Neville penned this letter to The Denver Post, praising Trump and his controversial nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.

Neville: President Donald Trump appears to recognize that the top-down, centralized, one-size-fits-all model of education that has dominated for at least the past half-century has failed our children and our society. The focus has been on perpetuating the current system — a system that puts the needs of the powerful teachers unions ahead of the unique needs of individual students — rather than on educating the next generations. To his credit, President Trump seems intent on changing this system, and putting control back into the hands of parents where it belongs.

His nomination of Betsy DeVos is a major step towards implementing that goal. DeVos has been an active champion of school choice and parental rights, and will help steer our nation’s education system in a direction that promotes effective education over blind maintenance of the status quo, and which helps ensure that all children have access to a quality education, not just those who can afford it.

I urge Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner to do what is right for our nation’s children and vote to confirm DeVos for secretary of education.

Neville’s position is straight-forward, which is what you expect from the Littleton lawmaker who, unlike many of his colleagues, makes his positions crystal clear on everything from abortion (against it, even for rape) and intrauterine devices IUDs to prevent teen pregnancy (opposed) to global warming (doesn’t believe it’s happening) and Trump (a big supporter, now and during the last election).

What’s not clear is why the Republican Senate Majority Fund suggested that maybe the Democrats will start listening to Neville on education topics.

“Why would Democrats listen to Neville on education issues when he’s a backer of Trump and Betsy DeVos,” was the question left by the Colorado Times Recorder on the Senate Majority Fund’s phone messaging service, but the call was not returned.

In its initial tweet about Neville, the Fund added a link to a poll by Democrats for Education Reform, touting public support for an array of broad statements about education. But it was unclear what they actually mean policy-wise and how they align with Neville.

Neville’s state senate race is being closely watched, as Colorado Republicans must hold their one seat majority in the chamber–or win the race for governor–if they are to stop Colorado Democrats from controlling state government.

On its website, the Colorado Republicans’ Senate Majority Fund, which exists to help Republicans like Neville, describes itself this way:

We believe that building an economic climate that promotes private sector success is the only way to solve Colorado’s economic challenges. Colorado’s general fund is generated solely from private sector businesses, individuals and families. Reducing government’s burden on them can truly stimulate economic growth and prosperity. In turn, private sector growth allows us to maintain our quality environment, strengthen our schools and improve our infrastructure. We are working tirelessly to ensure that Colorado continues to be an extraordinary place to live, work and raise our families. We hope you join us in this effort.

In the 2016 election, the Fund created ads for State Sen. Laura Woods of Arvada, Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Doty, both of whom lost, and State Sen. Kevin Priola, who won his race.

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KHOW Morning Host: Coffman Is “Right” To Call Social Security A “Ponzi Scheme”

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In a post Tuesday, the Colorado Times Recorder reported, among other things, that KHOW 630-AM’s morning host Ross Kaminsky said Social Security is “clearly” a “Ponzi scheme,” like U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) said a few years back.

In response, Kaminsky submitted the following opinion piece, posted in its entirety below.

Kaminsky wrote:

Regarding your article on my conversation about Social Security as a Ponzi scheme…

I’m sure you know this because I made it clear on the air, but just in case:

THEY CALLED ME and asked to be on the show to “explain to (my) listeners why Social Security is not a Ponzi scheme.” I told them that I think it is in almost all important aspects similar to a Ponzi scheme, and I’d be happy to have the debate but they need to be prepared for a host who will challenge almost every assertion they make.  I think I won the debate easily, because the facts are so clearly on my side. But that’s not my main point with this note.

One thing that I thought was slightly off, at least in tone, was when you say I “dredged up an old conversation.” I was accommodating the wishes of a group that I disagree with to address my audience. I enjoy real debates on real issues, as you know. It’s not very important but to the extent that you make it sound like I went back to some old conservative talking point(s), you make it sound like I do predictable conservative radio. I think I do neither, and it was the liberal guest who “dredged up” the topic, not I.

Secondly, PLEASE STOP calling me conservative. I am NOT conservative. My listeners know I’m not conservative. And you’ve known it for years. I’m libertarian or, if you prefer a little more specificity, Objectivist (though most people wouldn’t know what that means, so I’m fine with libertarian with a lower-case ‘l’), in my thinking. If you’re going to put adjectives in front of my name, I expect you to be accurate. How would you like it if I started talking about you on the air as Communist Jason Salzman? Or even Socialist Jason Salzman? (Maybe you are socialist…I don’t actually know…but I’m pretty sure you’re not communist.) Or, how about this one: Conservative Jason Salzman? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

I’ve always been responsive to your requests for comment from me, and the least I expect from you in return is to characterize me and my show accurately.

Finally, on the merits of the issue, yes I’m against Social Security as it’s currently structured and in a libertarian ideal world this would not be a government function. But we live in the real world and what I was pointing out primarily yesterday is that people think that Social Security represents 1) actual savings by the government on workers’ behalf, 2) something very much like either insurance or a pension in terms of how those things function and are structured in the private sector, and 3) a contract with the government. None of those things is true.

So you and I will disagree about whether Social Security is a legitimate function of government, but to the extent that the system pays former contributors out of current workers’ wages because there are not any actual assets underlying the “trust fund”, and secondarily that there is no enforceable contract between a worker and the government, it is mendacious to claim it does not have significant characteristics of a Ponzi scheme. It’s just one that has been blessed by Democrats when they had the power to do it and which subsequent Republicans didn’t have the courage to undo or fix because, really, they got in on the fun of raiding nearly $3 trillion of taxpayer money.

As a listener quipped, if Charles Ponzi began operating now, he’d be charged with running a “Social Security scheme.”

You should be honest enough to just say that you’re fine with the government running such a scheme, as I am honest enough to say that in my ideal world the program wouldn’t exist…and Americans would not have been trained out of being responsible for their own retirements.

Finally, you didn’t address an issue I raised which should trouble conservatives liberals like you: because it’s the biggest tax that many/most low-wage workers pay, because it’s not inheritable by one’s children, and because lower incomes correlate substantially with lower life expectancies, Social Security goes a long way to keeping poor people (and poor families) poor. Of course also having a horrendous “rate of return” also keeps them poor because richer people can put some money into real investments with better returns. Liberals should be ashamed of their refusal to consider personal accounts as part of the Social Security mix. But clearly the fear is that when those are available for a person’s first investable dollars (which are now taken as payroll tax), nobody will want the government program. Which should tell you all you need to know about it. It is a scheme that only still exists because government compels participation.

Coffman is right. I’m right. It’s not a close call.

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Denver Post letter writers debate relevance of Stapleton’s KKK family ties

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Members of the Ku Klux Klan march in a parade on Larimer Street in Denver, Colorado May 31, 1926.

The Denver Post published a few thoughtful letters over the weekend about whether the New York Times erred in reporting on the potential impact of Republican candidate for governor Walker Stapleton’s family ties to the KKK.

The letters responded to Post columnist Mario Nicolais’ June 29 piece titled “The New York Times kneecaps Walker Stapleton.”

In his column, Nicolais complained that the Times article, titled “Family History Haunts G.O.P. Candidate for Governor in Colorado” by Julie Turkewitz, was a “hit piece.” “It’s dirty, it’s wrong, and it contributes to the dumbing-down of the electoral process,” wrote Nicolais.

One letter writer, Ryan Bauer of Thornton, points out that Nicolais, who’s normally super detail-oriented, somehow failed to note that Walker Stapleton once bragged about his great-grandfather, Benjamin Stapleton, who was a leader of the Colorado KKK in the 1920s,

As the Times article points out, Stapleton touted his great-grandfather’s public service in at least one campaign ad as a candidate for state treasurer in 2009. He has avoided the issue more recently with rising public awareness of Benjamin Stapleton’s Klan affiliation, i.e. efforts to rename the Stapleton neighborhood as well as an eponymous school.

If Walker Stapleton felt it was appropriate to highlight his great-grandfather’s accomplishments for electoral gain, he also must decry the ugly, racist side of that legacy. It’s a loose end that, unless Stapleton officially comments, voters will be left to wonder whether his sympathies lie with the white nationalist bloc under the Trump-GOP tent.

A second letter, by Nancy Banks, states. in part:

Nicolais correctly argues that Walker Stapleton isn’t responsible for the sins of his great-grandfather; however, he ignores the fact that Walker Stapleton is not a self-made politician, but instead is the beneficiary of the political dynasty started by his great-grandfather — a dynasty that had initial success based on Benjamin Stapleton’s support for white supremacy and his support by white supremacists.

Voters are entirely within their rights to ask Walker Stapleton what that dynasty means to him, and to get a clear answer from him.

A third letter writer wrote:

I note that Denver attorney Mario Nicolais in his op-ed justifiably lambastes the New York Times for its association of Colorado gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton with the membership of his great grandfather Benjamin Stapleton in the Ku Klux Klan.

It is rather ironic to say the least that on the very next page George Will begins his criticism of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez by noting that “For three months in 1917, Leon Trotsky lived in the Bronx, just south of the congressional district where Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez recently defeated a 10-term incumbent in a Democratic primary.” C’mon George.

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Conservative Radio Host Joins Coffman in Calling Social Security a “Ponzi Scheme”

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Rep. Mike Coffman (R).

Conservative talk-radio host Ross Kaminsky dredged up an old conversation Tuesday, saying Social Security is “clearly” a “Ponzi scheme” and a “fraud.”

To his credit, Kaminsky didn’t just proclaim the 80-year-old program a “Ponzi scheme” and move on. Instead, he had a six-minute debate with Max Richtman, director of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. Listen here..

A search of Colorado politicians who agree with Kaminsky that Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme revealed U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), who told a radio host a few years back that Social Security is “obviously” a “Ponzi scheme.”

In fact, a Ponzi scheme is defined as an “investment swindle in which supposed profits are paid to early investors from money actually invested by later participants.” Maybe that’s what Social Security sounds like to people who think government shouldn’t collect taxes and devise programs to help people, because the program relies on the ongoing collection of Social Security taxes.

But if you’re ok with basic taxation for the benefit of yourself and others, you probably understand that Social Security is no swindle, but actually a successful government-run retirement system based on a funding formula that’s worked, with rational adjustments, for 80 years.

Asked about his Ponzi-scheme comment later, Coffman told Fox 31 Denver’s Ron Zappolo:

Zappolo: You are never afraid to say controversial things.

Coffman: It’s true.

Zappolo: I’ll give you just a couple. You went on somewhere the other day and said that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme. You’ve also talked about how all ballots should be in English. Correct?

Coffman: Right.

Zappolo: Do you ever think about, as a politician, some of these things, I might be better off steering away from?

Coffman: You know, no. [smiles] My staff wishes I would. [laughs]

Zappolo: The honesty comes out. [laughs]

Coffman: But I don’t. The thing with Social Security. I think it is, although I agreed with Ponzi.

Zappolo: You scared people in your district who are 65 and over.

“Social Security is social insurance,” said Richtman Kaminsky, who’s the morning host on Denver’s KHOW 630-AM. “You need to try to wrap your head around that, Ross. Social Security is a program of insurance for families. Social Security pays old-age survivor and disability benefits. A third of Social Security benefits goes to non-retired workers, spouses, survivors, disabled, children. About 3 million children get by because of Social Security. So this is insurance for families. [With Social Security,] you are buying insurance in the event that something happens to your framily and to have some modicum of decent living when you do retire.”

“Insurance is a contract,” countered Kaminsky. “You don’t have any contract with the government. They could change this. The only thing that’s keeping them from changing it, ending it, whatever, is political realities, which political realities, which is better than nothing I suppose.”

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Zinke Meets With Adoring Colorado Senate Republicans

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Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, whose department manages America’s national parks and other lands, met with Colorado Senate Republicans today, prompting Colorado Senate President Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) to send a tweet stating that Zinke is doing a “great job.”

Grantham: “Look who dropped by our offices today to meet Senate Republicans and discuss public lands issues. That’s right. It’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke! You’re doing a great job, Mr. Secretary. Thanks for stopping in.”

The politics of yucking it up with top Trump officials are dicey for Colorado Republicans these days, as the president enjoys low approval ratings here.

Republicans must win the governor’s office or retain control of the state senate, in which they have a slim one-seat advantage, to stop Colorado Democrats from gaining complete control of Colorado state government.

The Republican candidate for governor, Walker Stapleton, has invited Trump to campaign with him in Colorado in his race against U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO).

State senate Republicans haven’t extended an invitation to Trump directly, but embracing Zinke would appear to signal that they are not scared of cozying up to Trump.

In fact, State Sen. Tim Neville (R-Littleton), whose seat is considered vulnerable, backed Trump this year and during the presidential campaign. Neville faces Democrat Tammy Story.

Zinke, formerly a businessman, has reportedly welcomed meetings with right-wing activists who advocate transferring management of federal lands to the states.

Since his appointment to lead the Interior Department, he’s been heavily criticized by scientists, American Indian tribes, ethicists, and others.

He’s been investigated for billing taxpayers for the use of private jets, reportedly flown to meetings with political donors. Zinke has denied the allegations.

Zinke was in Colorado to tout his effort to boost maintenance of national parks.

“Our parks, as many of you may know, are $11.7 billion behind in infrastructure, most of that roads,” Zinke told the Ft. Collins Coloradoan. “It’s not a Republican or a Democrat issue, it’s an American issue.”

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Reyher: Pueblo Republican Can’t Win After Child Support Problems

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Rep. Judy Reyher (R).

“I honestly don’t believe he can win,” said State Rep. Judy Reyher (R-Pueblo) about Pueblo house candidate Don Bendell who acknowledged last week that he failed to pay child support for nearly 17 years.

Bendell successfully challenged Reyher in this year’s GOP primary, saying that Reyher had made  “a few mistakes…that are going to be used by Democrats against us,” and therefore she should not continue representing Pueblo at the statehouse–a charge that now has Reyher calling Bendell a “hypocrite.” With his June primary election victory over Reyher, Bendell is the official Republican candidate for the Pueblo area house seat (House District 47).

“He’s an awful candidate,” Reyher told the Colorado Times Recorder Monday, adding that “this is not the only skeleton in that man’s closet” and the revelation about child support “doesn’t surprise me at all.”

“I hate it, because I’m going to be known as the Republican who lost House District 47,” Reyher said.

The Pueblo Chieftain reported July 30: 

The three children from Don Bendell’s first marriage claim their father was a “deadbeat dad” for nearly 17 years before he began paying court-ordered child support payments — after they were adults.

Bendell, the Republican candidate in House District 47, confirmed that he didn’t start paying the $500-a-month, court-ordered support until early 1997, but said his ex-wife had refused some earlier efforts to pay her and had “brainwashed” his children against him.

Britt Bendell, one of Bendell’s children, got mad when he saw that his father was running as a family-values Republican. Britt Bendell told the Chieftain:

“He never did anything for us, his three children from his first marriage. It took years before my mother was able to get any child support from him.”

Reyher said Bendell was bragging how well he and his kids get along just last week.

Asked for a response to Reyher’s view that he can’t win his house race in light of his longtime failure to pay child support, Bendell issues this statement.

Bendell: “The recent salacious story dredging up ancient history of child support is a non-issue. I paid every dime owed, plus interest. I did fall behind, I regret that, and I own it. However, everything has been paid in full. I decided to run for office and serve my community. That does not make my family, especially children and grand-children fair game for cheap shots and political hit pieces.”

“I think calling him a narcissist in that article was pretty right on,” Reyher said, referring to reporting in the Chieftain that all three of his children said he was a narcissist. “He calls himself the John Wayne of the Arkansas Valley…But he’s not a cowboy. I was raised in a family of rodeo cowboys. He’s about as far from a cowboy as you can get.”

At one time there was a court order in North Carolina to arrest Don Bendell on failure to pay child support, but it was essentially unenforceable because Bendell was in Ohio and then Colorado, according to Bendell’s ex-wife as quoted in the Chieftain.

Don Bendell told the newspaper that he didn’t pay because the courts were stacked against him in North Carolina, but he ultimately paid off his child-support obligations in 1997, after his children were grown and the Clinton administration established a federal program to enforce non-payment of child support funds.

Referring to controversial Facebook posts that apparently inspired Bendell to challenge Reyher in the GOP primary, Reyher said, “I did not like Barack Obama, and neither did many many many of my Republican friends. And it was not because he was an African-American.”

Reyher believes that if she’d won the primary against Bendell, she’d have been able to deflect criticism of her Facebook activity, which was viewed as racist even though she insisted she wasn’t racist.

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Gardner Acts As If There’s No Hypocrisy In His Meeting With Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner released videos yesterday of himself gushing over Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Gardner’s embrace of Kavanaugh stands in contrast to the Republican senator’s refusal to even meet with Obama’s Supreme Court selection Merrick Garland. Gardner explained at the time that he wouldn’t meet with Garland because “our next election is too soon and the stakes are too high; the American people deserve a role in the process as the next Supreme Court justice will influence the direction of this country for years to come.”

Yesterday, with an election about three months away, Gardner issued a news release titled, “Gardner Meets With Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” which stated:

GARDNER: “Today I was able to meet with Judge Kavanaugh –  clearly he is a well-qualified judge who has incredible experience in the federal courts. We had a long conversation about the role of precedent and how a judge should perform on the bench. It’s not about personal opinion, it’s not about personal biases or policy preferences, it’s about looking at the law and ruling on the law and where the law takes you. We had a good conversation about how he would be on the Supreme Court. It was a very good meeting and I think he will make an incredible Supreme Court Justice.”

Here are the videos Gardner released related to his meeting with Kavanaugh.

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PILLS MAY REPLACE DIAPERS AND PADDED UNDERWEAR: Ads Disguised As News Illuminate Plight Of Denver Post

20180718_070629Much has been made of The Denver Post’s hedge-fund owner’s strategy of sucking profit from the enterprise while sending it into a death spiral with staff cuts that undermine the core journalistic mission of newspaper.

But everyone who tracks The Post knows that the paper’s problems run much deeper than Alden Global, its owner.

The core subscriber base of The Post’s print edition, which is still a major revenue source for big city dailies, is getting older and dying–while younger people don’t want to pay for journalism at all–online and certainly not in print.

Ironically, the newspaper’s precarious financial condition is undoubtedly the major reason its accepting fake news advertisements that brazenly aim to manipulate the loyal audience that continues to love and cherish the newspaper: old people.

Since March, I’ve tracked some of the fake-news ads that run in the Post’s print edition. To me, they’re shocking, funny, and heart-breaking, especially because I’ve seen them work on my very own mom.

I’m sure they’re hated by the fine journalists who work at The Post, but that doesn’t make the ads, often with fake bylines and disclaimers too tiny for the eyes of many oldsters, any less disgraceful.

Tuesday’s ad, for example, was headlined:

“New arthritis pain killer works on contact and numbs pain in minutes.”

“David Watson Associated Health Press” was the journalist-ish name atop the article. A Google search for this person revealed ads in newspapers across the country, including one with his name on it from the St. Louis Post Dispatch, which surely has the same audience problem as The Denver Post. The title of the St. Louis Post ad: “New Numbing Drug Relieves Crippling Arthritis Without Pills or Needles.” (A previous ad on a similar topic had “Robert Ward, Associated Health Press, as the author).20180723_071417

To its credit, The Post labels the ads as advertisements, but the warning is too small and does not get the newspaper off the hook for promoting the same fake news it purports to hate.

The ads undermine The Denver Post’s most valuable asset, which is its credibility as a trusted news source.

Here’s some other sample headlines of ads printed since March 13 in The Denver Post:

New pill reverses memory loss in amazing way. Subhead: Developed by Israeli doctor. Study shows key ingredient reverses years of mental decline and may also prevent dementia (July 23).

Pills may replace diapers and padded underwear at stores. Subhead: Clinical studies show new pill may be effective enough to replace diapers for bladder control. Initial users show dramatic reduction in trips to the bathroom, embarrassing leaks and nighttime urgency (July 18).

Why haven’t senior homeowners been told these facts? Subhead: Keep reading if you own a home in the US and were born before 1955 (July 7).

New drug numbs arthritis pain exactly where it hurts (June 18).

America is hungry for Martha Stewart’s new 30 minute dinner kits (April 30).

New non pill sex cream for men gets amazing results. Subhead: Recent warnings on sex drugs could lead to the creation of an amazing no-pill option. Key ingredients activate sensation pathways triggering erections and arousal.

New prostate pill reduces urge to pee especially during the night.20180724_081300

Adult diapers may no longer be needed thanks to amazing new pill (March 15).

Pill used in Germany for 53 years relieves joint pain in 7 days without side effects. Subhead: Now available in the US without a prescription! By JK Roberts, interactive news media. (March 14).

Americans report improvements in memory, concentration, and thinking power. By Daniel Ward as health press (March 16).

I don’t mean to hit The Denver Post when its down, but the victims of these ads deserve to know that none of this is news that’s been vetted by their trusted Denver Post. The deception is probably working. Otherwise these ads would have stopped months ago.

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AUDIO: Mitchell Urges Stapleton To “Run As Far Away From Donald Trump As Possible”

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On a conservative radio show over the weekend, former Colorado lawmaker Victor Mitchell had this advice for Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton, who defeated Mitchell in June’s Republican primary for the right to take on Democrat Jared Polis in the Colorado governor’s race.

Mitchell: My advice to Walker, for whatever it’s worth, is to run as far away from Donald Trump as possible,” said Mitchell during a Saturday interview with KNUS host Craig Silverman. “I understand he’s gone all in for Donald Trump. He says he loves Trump. He supports him 100 percent, unequivocally. He voted for him. He’s all in for Trump. You know he’s all in with Tom Tancredo and others who are all in for Trump 100 percent, under any conditions, always Trumpers. And personally I think that’s not a smart strategy I think.

Since the GOP primary, Stapleton and Jeff Hays, the leader of Colorado’s Republican Party, have both expressed their desire for Trump to come to Colorado to campaign with Stapleton.

Stapleton said recently he’s “already been in touch with the White House” about Trump coming to Colorado for a visit, and Hays has said he’d “love to get on the president’s calendar.”

Mitchell finished second to Stapleton in the Republican primary for governor, gaining 30 percent of the vote to Stapleton’s 48 percent. 

Ironically, Mitchell thinks his own admission during the GOP primary that he did not vote for Trump “obviously hurt me in a bad way” among Colorado Republicans, who, he says, are overwhelmingly Trump lovers.

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HOMOPHOBIA WATCH ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Conservative Talker Is Pretty Sure Polis Is Part Of “Gay Mafia” And More…

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The Colorado Times Recorder will not allow homophobic attacks, implied or direct, on Democratic candidate for governor Jared Polis to fester and spread in the conservative underworld or anywhere.

Whenever such homophobia emerges, we’ll diligently air it out on our news site, as I am doing today:

On FOX News radio in Loveland, Colorado, last week, host Karen Kataline worries that the Republicans’ timid treatment of Polis being gay will make it harder to defeat Polis.

Kataline says she’s okay with Polis’ sexual orientation, but she’s “pretty sure” he’s part of the “Gay Mafia,” which thinks “they should impose their will on all of us.”

She can’t possibly be homophobic, she says, because if she “had a problem with people being gay,” she wouldn’t have been “in the theater for decades.”

She concludes by saying the GOP is being blamed for being anti-gay, without any evidence.

Conservative Colorado Springs radio host Richard Randall is fine with gay people — and he can spot them with 100 percent accuracy on the periphery of the Pride parade in Colorado Springs!

But he hates it when they rub their sexuality in his face (so to speak). Also, he objects to reality shows on HGTV featuring a disproportionate number of gay couples. And he gets creeped out to imagine what it would be like to be gay.

Randall also thinks LGBTQ people should be “writing a thank-you card” to Trump for his travel ban, because the ban keeps people out of the United States who are known to throw “gay people off of buildings.”

On his Weekly Worldview podcast, Colorado-based talker Doug McBurney proposes “Homos Make Me Sick Day.”

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