Build Back Better: Footing for Climate Smart 21st Century USA

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After some weird all-night, poorly-done performance art–which consisted of words and sometimes sentences strung together with bored partisans as background props, fidgeting on their phones: the Build Back Better Act finally passed the U.S. House of Representatives Friday morning. 

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had lots and lots of words between items of actual business on the House Floor before final passage of the Build Back Better Act, which now heads to the U.S. Senate.

This bold and ambitious legislation is a cornerstone of President Biden’s domestic agenda, and a real boon for rural Colorado.

Fortunately the Western Slope can count on some great Colorado leadership in the U.S House of Representatives, even if it’s not our own cartoonish Twitter Troll of dubious character who couldn’t be bothered to do something useful for her district. 

Luckily Representative Neguse who also represents parts of western Colorado, and the other non-Trump Party members of Colorado’s delegation, did support this bill and worked hard to include provisions that will benefit our communities.

So now it is up to our Senators — Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper —  to help move this through the Senate. We need them to keep standing up for rural Colorado by securing this investment in its future. 

I write as someone who has spent all my years in Colorado working to organize and create change on the Western Slope, generally in rural communities and small towns. The Build Back Better Act can be a game-changer for our region, an area that has lagged behind our urban counterparts in infrastructure, community services, and income for decades. 

The Build Back Better Act can help restore the health of our lands and waters, create jobs, and build for a more sustainable and propserous future. This Act would be a real downpayment on the work needed to conserve our pubic lands, benefit wildlife, and make a positive climate impact.

Our public lands have been mined and fracked for resources that have helped cities thrive, and the water that would flow in our rivers here has also found its way there, along with most of the wealth from the minerals and timber that have also been removed.  

But rural places are not alone in this way. Other disproportionately affected, under-funded and front-line communities will also see an infusion of needed investments when the Senate passes Build Back Better. That’s why I support it being fully funded and sent to President Biden. 

Build Back Better will invest in places and communities where such resources are both badly needed and can be highly impactful. This is the type of investment that tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate subsidies will never provide, the kind that strengthen the foundations built up from the bottom, not the kind that only promises that crumbs may one day tumble down from above. 

For western Colorado the Build Back Better bill–now heading to the U.S. Senate–and the recently signed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will have a real impact on the ground–in “red” and “blue” counties alike, for conservatives and liberals, for farmers and students, in valley and mountain towns, for workers and children and families.  

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Rittenhouse Verdict Societal Implications Thread

It’s the news dominating discussion as the cycle fades into the din of Thanksgiving week, so here’s a thread to discuss the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenage vigilante who everybody agrees killed two complete strangers in the street with a weapon he legally should not have possessed–and just got away with it. Washington Post:

President Biden on Friday called on Americans to respect the jury’s decision in the Rittenhouse trial, telling reporters that the system “works” and declining to discuss a previous tweet in which he appeared to suggest that Rittenhouse was a white supremacist.

“I stand by what the jury has concluded,” Biden said upon arriving back at the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he underwent a routine colonoscopy. “The jury system works, and we have to abide by it.”

Later Friday, in a statement issued by the White House, Biden urged Americans to “express their views peacefully” and said that while the verdict “will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken.”

Although Rittenhouse has been acquitted of all the charges brought against him in state court, the fact that Rittenhouse crossed state lines to carry a weapon he wasn’t legally allowed to own could still result in federal charges:

Legitimizing a claim of “self-defense” in a situation where someone has put themselves directly in harm’s way with an illegal assault rifle almost guarantees future killings like those carried out by Kyle Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse’s acquittal on a claim of self-defense after traveling across state lines to roam the streets of Kenosha during a riot sets a precedent that could well inspire a dramatic increase in armed vigilante violence during future protests of all kinds. The open carry ban in Denver is all that prevents a similar situation playing out in Colorado’s largest city, as we saw last summer when an idiot at a racial justice protest in neighboring Aurora unloaded his openly-carried weapon at a passing vehicle injuring two fellow protesters.

One thing is sure: no good will come of this verdict. It rewards every kind of behavior society should not.

Tom Sullivan Helps Grow Democratic Senate Majority

Rep. Tom Sullivan (D-Centennial).

Taking note of a bigger-than-average development in the field of candidates setting up to run for Colorado’s newly-finalized state House and Senate seats, the announcement yesterday that Democratic Rep. Tom Sullivan of Centennial will run in the newly redrawn but still-swingy south Denver suburban Senate District 27:

The new redistricting maps, approved Monday by the Supreme Court, created a new, open Senate District in eastern Centennial and unincorporated Arapahoe County. In talking with my family and community, we have come to the decision that the best next step for continuing to serve Colorado and Arapahoe County, is to run for the new SD 27.

It is an honor and a pleasure to represent HD 37 in the State House, and I would be humbled and thrilled to have your support in this new adventure to serve SD 27. I am proud of the work we have done over the past four years to keep our children and communities safe from unnecessary violence, support our public schools, and build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic.

But there is still work to be done to ensure that all Coloradans have access to the opportunities they need to thrive, which is why I am running for the State Senate.

This race is key for protecting the Democratic majority in the State Senate, but I know we have the team for it. Just like in past elections, we will be out knocking doors and making phone calls to talk to our community members everyday. I look forward to seeing all of our wonderful volunteers again this summer.

Tom Sullivan, an ordinary guy propelled into public service after his son Alex was murdered in the July 2012 Aurora theater mass shooting, has emerged in just a few years in office as one of the most compelling, least pretentious, and hardest-working members of the Democratic House majority. Sullivan’s frank-spoken vigor in the House and on the campaign trail has made him an endearing and authentic figure very popular with voters exposed to his message. Sullivan’s strengths were further demonstrated in 2019 when the current chair of the Colorado Republican Party Kristi Burton Brown initiated a recall attempt against Sullivan that crashed and burned as a direct result of Sullivan’s personal popularity in the district.

Newly redrawn Senate District 27 is on paper very competitive, with Democrats outperforming Republicans by less than five percent. Sullivan’s inherent strength as a candidate can be expected to add points to the district’s past results, giving Democrats a solid edge–and Sullivan his next step up in a career that as of today is a room without a roof.

Get More Smarter on Friday (Nov. 19)

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*Colorado Coronavirus info:
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*Daily Coronavirus numbers in Colorado:
http://covid19.colorado.gov

*How you can help in Colorado:
COVRN.com

*Locate a COVID-19 testing site in Colorado:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment 

 

President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan passed out of the House of Representatives on Friday, and there was much rejoicing:

From The Washington Post:

House Democrats delivered on that promise, voting to approve more than $2 trillion in spending initiatives that would overhaul federal health care, education, climate, immigration and tax laws.

The measure adopted Friday amounts to a dramatic re-envisioning of the role of government in Americans’ daily lives. It sets aside in some cases historic sums to aid workers, families and businesses, seeking to rewire the very fabric of an economy still recovering from the financial devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.

In bearing the name of the president’s 2020 campaign slogan, the successful 220-to-213 House vote on the Build Back Better Act marks the second legislative milestone for Democrats this month. It comes about two weeks after they joined with Republicans to finalize a separate, sweeping bill to improve the nation’s roads, bridges, pipes, ports and Internet connections, delivering long-sought infrastructure investments that Biden signed into law Monday.

The bill still needs to get through the U.S. Senate, where West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin will hem and haw for awhile.

As Jonathan Weisman writes for The New York Times, the combination of income inequality, economic stagnation and a pandemic helped Democrats muscle through a big social spending effort more easily than former President Barack Obama was able to finish off The Affordable Care Act in 2010. As POLITICO notes, Democrats say they learned plenty of important lessons from 2010.

 

Vice President Kamala Harris makes history (again) today when she becomes the first woman in U.S. history to officially take the top job in the country. As CNN reports:

President Joe Biden on Friday will temporarily transfer power to Vice President Kamala Harris while he is under anesthesia for a routine colonoscopy, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.

The nation’s first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president will break yet another barrier when she temporarily steps into the acting role. Harris will work from her office in the West Wing while Biden is under anesthesia, Psaki said in a statement.

Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, arrived Friday morning at Walter Reed Medical Center to undergo his first routine annual physical since taking office.

It’s routine for a vice president to assume presidential powers while the president undergoes a medical procedure that requires anesthesia. Then-Vice President Dick Cheney did so on multiple occasions when then-President George W. Bush underwent routine colonoscopies.

Just remember us when you win a trivia contest with this answer 20 years from now.

 

Governor Jared Polis will provide an update on the state’s COVID-19 response this afternoon. You can watch the 1:00 livestream on the Governor’s Facebook page.

 

The Denver Post reports on an historic agreement between Gov. Jared Polis and the state’s employee union, Colorado WINS:

Colorado’s state employees’ union and Gov. Jared Polis have agreed on a new contract that promises the more than 30,000 people who work for state government across-the-board raises, a minimum-wage hike and more paid time off.

This is a first for the state, as the union, Colorado WINS, only recently won collective bargaining rights. That was a result of a 2020 bill Polis signed after scuttling a similar proposal the year prior.

The union, Colorado WINS, said that over 99% of members voted to ratify the contract. Polis supported it, too, and the two sides held a press conference Thursday at the Governor’s Mansion in Denver to mark the agreement.

“Every Coloradan should be able to live (in) and enjoy our great state of Colorado,” Polis said Thursday, flanked by union leaders. “We aren’t just saying that we value our workers; we’re showing it.”

Colorado state employees have generally been significantly underpaid compared to private sector counterparts.

 

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Friday Open Thread

“If people would dare to speak to one another unreservedly, there would be a good deal less sorrow in the world a hundred years hence.”

–Samuel Butler

Another Republican Follows Boebert Around the Globe

We wanted to take note of a story this week from Briana Bierschbach and Hunter Woodall of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that sounded familiar even before Colorado Rep. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert was mentioned. Don’t stop us if you’ve heard this before, because we already know that you have:

Since launching his first campaign for the Second District in January 2020, Republican Second Congressional District candidate Tyler Kistner has reimbursed himself a total of more than $26,000 from his campaign accounts for mileage, which equates to roughly 46,000 miles, or around 84 miles per day through early July of this year. That’s the same as driving the width of the United States more than 16 times.

“Forty-six thousand miles is an awfully high number. Even if you’ve included driving out of state for things, that’s a lot,” said Brett Kappel, a campaign finance lawyer and FEC expert at Washington, D.C., firm Harmon Curran. “There are plausible explanations for a high mileage reimbursement rate, but 46,000 is extremely high.”…

As we first reported last December, Boebert reimbursed herself for a ridiculous amount of “mileage” allegedly accrued during her 2020 campaign for Congress — money that suspiciously matched the amount that she needed in order to pay off a lien on her restaurant in Rifle, Colorado. Boebert’s mileage reimbursements worked out to about 37,000 total miles driven in about a 9 month period…which the Star-Tribune dutifully noted:

Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert faced scrutiny from ethics experts this year after she reimbursed herself more than $21,000 between April and early November of 2020, which would have equated to driving roughly 37,000 miles during that time period, which is more than the circumference of the planet. [Pols emphasis]

“I’m trying to think of a plausible explanation it would be so high,” said Kappel of Kistner’s nearly 46,000 miles over his two campaigns. “I’m having a hard time coming up with something.”

Kistner claims to have driven about 9,000 miles more than Boebert, though that was over a longer period of time; in terms of objective absurdity, Boebert’s mileage claims still garner the blue ribbon.

You might say that Boebert has been an inspiration to other Republicans across the country. Most people might say it differently.

Gentle Lowering of GOP 2022 Expectations Goes On

Although Republicans emerged from the 2021 off-year elections feeling energized in some other parts of the country, the mood in Colorado is decidedly lower-key with polls showing that Gov. Jared Polis and majority Democrats have survived the worst of the last year’s political uncertainty–and a now-concluded redistricting process that failed to give Republicans the “aggressive” advantage they sought in other states, setting the state up for a decade of Democratic majorities that more or less uphold the results of recent elections in Colorado in which Democrats have generally triumphed.

The sense of resignation about 2022 among Colorado Republicans has been compounded by the terrible campaign launch of the party’s favored candidate to oppose Polis in 2022, University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl in September. Ganahl’s early performance on the campaign trail has been so bad that fellow Republicans openly criticized her failure to answer tough questions or articulate a platform beyond generic Tony Robbins-style motivational slogans.

With Ganahl failing to thrive at the top of the ticket and no viable replacement on the bench–keep in mind that Ganahl is Colorado’s only Republican statewide elected official–smart Republicans are starting to look down the ticket in 2022 for winnable races. Earlier this week, conservative pundit Mario Nicolais spelled out the hard truth in a Colorado Sun column calling for Republicans to switch focus to the Secretary of State’s race:

Previously a municipal clerk, the Jefferson County clerk and recorder and the former executive director for the Colorado County Clerk Association, Anderson has an unparalleled depth of experience and expertise. For more than a decade she has led the charge to provide safe, accessible ballots to Coloradans.

She is also likely the best hope for Republicans searching for a shred of relevance in state government. At the top of the ticket, party regulars understand their gubernatorial front-runner, Heidi Ganahl, has little chance to topple Gov. Jared Polis next November. [Pols emphasis]

But at least they have a candidate for that office. The GOP has yet to register a candidate for either the Attorney General or State Treasurer races…

Since Nicolais wrote this column, of course, perennial loser Lang Sias announced his run for State Treasurer–not exactly a fear-inspiring candidate for Democrats, and ending the pipe dream by Colorado GOP chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown of an all-woman GOP ticket in 2022. But the point remains the same: Heidi Ganahl is too weak of a candidate to win at the top of the statewide ticket, and Republicans down-ticket are on their own.

As for Pam Anderson, running as a Republican to supervise a blue state’s elections while sidestepping the issue of her own party’s campaign to undo American democracy after it didn’t go their way in 2020? At some point, the smart money is likely to write her off too. The contradiction asked of voters is simply too great.

That’s Republican life in a blue state, folks.

Thursday Open Thread

“A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.”

–Caskie Stinnett

Colorado Republicans Can’t Get A Little Bit Militia

United American Defense Force (UADF).

Colorado GOP chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown.

Erik Maulbetch of the Colorado Times Recorder reported earlier this week about a presentation by Colorado Republican Party vice-chairwoman Priscilla Rahn to the infamous local far-right organizing group FEC United–founded by election conspiracy theorist Joe Oltmann and featuring its own armed militia wing calling itself the United American Defense Force (UADF). The full story is here and worth reading, but we wanted to take a moment to focus on the response by vice-chair Rahn when questioned about her decision to present on any subject before the state’s leading armed militia group:

“Being new to this position, I’m trying to build relationships with people and groups- I talk to everybody, or at least I try to,” said Rahn. “As a woman of color who’s a full-time teacher, I’ve been asked to talk often about schools and CRT by many different groups. I go where I’m invited. So it hurt me to be associated with something some people consider negative.” [Pols emphasis]

The thing is, if Priscilla Rahn wanted to know why FEC United and UADF are “considered negative” before she decided to speak at their event about the horrors of teaching children that racism is a thing, she didn’t have to go far. Last month, court documents revealed that Rahn’s boss and Colorado Republican Party chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown was herself the President of FEC United during its formative period. Burton issued a nervous statement the next morning to the Colorado Sun stating the “only priorities” she shared with FEC despite serving as president of the organization are “choice in schools and helping Colorado small businesses to reopen.” We assume this means “no” on the question of UADF starting a civil war over the 2020 elections, but KBB was not specific.

In short, the vice-chair of the Colorado Republican Party just re-legitimized an armed militia group the chair of the same party was obliged to disavow a few weeks previously. Either there’s a serious lack of discipline in the Colorado GOP’s senior leadership, or it’s time to accept FEC United/UADF at their current face value: as the beating heart of today’s Republican Party.

If that’s wrong, it’s necessary for all the party’s leadership to say so. Together.

How Republicans Reject Your Cake and Eat It, Too

Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Boulderish) reminds us to keep an eye out for Republicans taking credit for programs included in the Build Back Better infrastructure plan:

Neguse is reacting to Alabama Republican Rep. Gary Palmer trying to take credit for funding in his district that was created through the passage of a major piece of legislation THAT HE DID NOT ACTUALLY SUPPORT.

Don’t be surprised if you start seeing similar messages from Colorado Republicans such as Rep. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert, Rep. Ken Buck, and Rep. Doug Lamborn. All three Republicans have steadfastly refused to lift a finger to attract any federal funding into their own districts but don’t have a problem taking credit for anything that falls into their lap as a result of the work of Democrats.

At Least He’s Not Your Governor

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burghum.

It’s time for another edition of our long-running series, “At Least They’re Not Your Legislator…”

This week we take you to North Dakota, where Gov. Doug Burghum just signed his name to legislation that prevents the teaching of “Critical Race Theory” in North Dakota.

Of course, Critical Race Theory WAS NOT BEING TAUGHT IN NORTH DAKOTA. This legislation was thus about as necessary as barring Bigfoot from owning a dental practice.

As “Esquire” explains:

Unless the North Dakota schools plan to someday teach a third-year law-school curriculum, Critical Race Theory is not going to be wedged in there between English and Mathematics. Ever. But that’s the thing about bogeymen. They never sleep as long as they are useful. [Pols emphasis]

“Esquire” notes that the legislation was sponsored by a State Senator from Mott, North Dakota, which includes 2,382 people in a population that is 99.5% white.

As part of a special legislative session, Burghum also signed a bill to restrict vaccine mandates in his state. Unfortunately for North Dakota residents, COVID-19 DOES actually exist, so restricting vaccine mandates won’t help a state that has regularly posted some of the highest per-capita COVID death rates in the entire world.

FBI, Mesa DA Execute Warrants On Clerk Tina Peters

UPDATE: The Colorado Springs Gazette’s Ernest Luning reports that former Lauren Boebert campaign manager Sherronna Bishop’s Garfield County home was among those raided by authorities yesterday, according to “MyPillow Guy” Mike Lindell:

Lindell said one of the homes raided by law enforcement authorities belongs to Sherronna Bishop, a Garfield County resident and former campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert.

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Right to left: Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, Mike Lindell, mystery rando Gerald Wood.

As the Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby reports, yesterday was a big day in the joint local and federal criminal investigation against Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, suspected of presiding over a serious breach of election system security and subsequent leak of proprietary data in a half-baked and (let us be redundantly clear) failed attempt to prove the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump:

Federal agents executed four search warrants in Mesa County on Tuesday in pursuit of evidence related to investigations surrounding potential criminal matters related to Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and others involved in possible breaches of election security protocols, The Daily Sentinel has learned.

While Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said state and federal laws bar him from disclosing details about the searches, he said the warrants, which he called “federally authorized operations,” were executed sometime Tuesday morning.

Heidi Ganahl and Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters.

Although authorities are characteristically tight-lipped as their investigation continues, Clerk Peters rushed once again into the arms of “MyPillow Guy” Mike Lindell to complain about the horrors of being the subject of a lawfully-executed search warrant:

On Lindell’s internet TV blog late Tuesday, Peters responded to the “raids,” continuing to defend her actions, asking for more donations to a legal defense fund that she and others have created to help defend her against any pending criminal charges.

Although it is not known on whom the operations were conducted, Peters, her deputy, Belinda Knisley, and one of her elections managers, Sandra Brown, have been implicated in possible wrongdoings involving numerous counts of election security breaches, all of which could lead to state and federal felony charges and possible time in prison.

We’re watching for more information on all of the individuals who may have had search warrants executed on them yesterday, including Rep. Lauren Boebert’s former campaign manager Sherronna Bishop and a mysterious rando named Gerald Wood who we can’t help but notice bears more than a passing resemblance to D.B. Cooper (see photo top). Since the revelation that Peters had either herself stolen or facilitated the theft and subsequent leak of data from Dominion Voting Systems machines in her custody, Peters and the Trump dead-enders who immediately took her in as a heroic figure have made no real attempt to deny the allegations–simply arguing they were justified by a larger obligation to “election integrity” that somehow trumped (pun intended) Peters’ obligation to obey the law.

Except, as we know now with certainty months after the data was stolen, leaked, and found to contain no evidence to substantiate any of the baseless contentions made in the wake of last November’s elections about Dominion Voting Systems, there’s no “whistleblower” justification for anything Peters did. The breach of security in Peters’ office that exposed the entire operating system of a Dominion computer to public scrutiny was the only crime committed. In fact, the security risk created by exposing this data publicly is likely to result in actual attempts at election tampering in the future. Dominion at the very least will be forced to spend a lot of money to prevent that.

As we’re seeing in the civil suit alleging defamation against Trump lawyers and right-wing media figures who platformed and repeated local crank Joe Oltmann’s fictional story of a call by a Dominion employee promising to steal the election, the defense that would naturally work best–that anything alleged was actually true–is dead on arrival once the judicial system becomes the forum. Tina Peters’s discredited conspiracy theories simply carry no weight with criminal investigators, prosecutors, and judges who know better.

Agitating the faithful through uncritical venues like “Lindell TV” is all Peters has now, and that won’t help Peters once the search warrants become arrest warrants.

Wednesday Open Thread

“I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain.”

–Lily Tomlin

Caller to KNUS: The COVID Vaccine Is Killing People. Radio Host: ‘Spot On’ … ‘Good Call’

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Steffan Tubbs.

If you were heading out Friday afternoon and listening to KNUS, you might have heard a caller tell right-wing radio host Steffan Tubbs that the COVID vaccine has killed “hundreds, maybe thousands” of people, and officials refuse to talk about it.

“If they have 20 people die in a vaccine, they take it off the shelf,” the caller told Tubbs. “We’ve had hundreds, maybe thousands of people die, and they won’t even report it. And the instances and the things it’s done to people’s bodies, they’ve refused to talk about these things.”

Tubbs reply: “Yep, spot on.”

The caller continued, “It’s all fear-based. You know, they’re lying at some level. They are manipulating at some level.”

Tubbs’ final response: “Good call.”

I texted Tubbs as I waited at a drive-thru pharmacy: “Media covering up thousands of deaths due to COVID vaccine. You don’t correct callers like him?”

He responded with, “Please kindly F—K OFF and never text me again.”

On air, Tubbs called me “one of our trolls.”

“Is it wrong, because I couldn’t care about this idiot’s opinion or whatever, that [I texted him] you can kindly f-off and lose this number?” said Tubbs on air after I texted him. “Was that bad to say? …I didn’t think it was.

“And we are a loving show. I mean the wall of love is on fire since 3:00. The phone lines have been on fire.”

Perhaps Tubbs is worried that his “on fire” phone lines would dim if he pointed out there’s no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine has killed anyone. People have died around the time they took the vaccine but scientists haven’t linked any deaths to the inoculation.

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Colorado GOP’s Loser Of Losers Runs Yet Again

Former Rep. Lang Sias (R).

As the Colorado Sun’s Jesse Paul reports today, but we told you was coming back in September:

Former state Rep. Lang Sias, a Republican, is reentering politics with a bid to unseat Colorado Treasurer Dave Young, a Democrat, next year…

Sias has been out of politics since 2018 when he was the running mate for Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton. Stapleton lost to Democratic Gov. Jared Polis by 11 percentage points.

Before serving as Walker Stapleton’s co-loser on the 2018 gubernatorial ticket, thus prematurely ending his legislative career, longtime Republican also-ran Lang Sias had finally managed to hold a Jefferson County Colorado House seat to which he was appointed in 2015–as a consolation prize by party brass after losing the Republican nomination in Senate District 19 in 2014 to infamous far-right Republican Laura Waters-Woods. Sias stepped down from contention for federal office in 2010 after losing the CD-7 primary to fellow perennial loser Ryan Frazier.

Lang Sias’ many sacrifices as a loyal soldier of the “establishment” wing of the Colorado Republican Party have been a metaphor for the party’s inability to control its own fate in recent years. With that said, Sias has never struck us as particularly inspiring as a candidate, and his lack of success could as easily be attributable to just plain sucking as a political figure as much as any other factor. After running in Colorado five times for four different seats and winning only the one he had already been appointed to, no Republican in Colorado has been given so much boosting only to squander it.

Lang Sias 2022, folks! Because the sixth time’s a charm.

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