Cory Gardner is Not a Figment of Your Imagination

Colorado Congressional DelegationCongress is nearing the end of its Memorial Day recess, which began last Friday and continues through this weekend. It’s been a busy break for most of Colorado’s Congressional delegation.

Many of Colorado’s Congresspeople used this “district work period” to meet with constituents and local groups. Freshman Reps. Joe Neguse (D-Lafayette) and Jason Crow (D-Aurora) have been all over the place in the past week (Neguse has already conducted more town hall meetings than any other freshman lawmaker in the country). Congressman Ken Buck (R-Greeley) did some podcasting; Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Denver) conducted a CNN “town hall” as part of his campaign for President; and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado Springs) even found some time to do a little yardwork.

Yet there is one member of Colorado’s Congressional delegation who is — once again — difficult to find in person. In fact, the only reason we even know roughly where Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) has been is because of a line buried in this Politico story about former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley:

She has also been asked to campaign alongside Republican candidates who might be more reluctant to stump with the president, including Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, widely considered the most vulnerable of the 2020 cycle. The president’s approval rating in the state is underwater by 13 points, according to an April poll conducted by Morning Consult. Gardner, who was traveling internationally in connection with his position on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was not present Thursday when Trump visited Colorado to deliver remarks at the Air Force Academy’s commencement ceremony. [Pols emphasis]

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (right) speaks with constituents in Arvada this week.

Gardner was also conspicuously absent from Colorado during the last long “district work period” in March, which has become standard practice for the Yuma Republican. Coloradans generally don’t even learn about what Gardner is doing until after he’s done it. Reporters can’t get answers to the most basic of questions. And town halls…those are another subject altogether; you’d have better luck finding Gardner at Disneyland than at a town hall event.

Gardner is entering his first re-election campaign as a top target for Democrats; he is generally considered to be the most endangered incumbent Senator in the country. But many of 2020’s most endangered Republican incumbents are making time for their home states. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) was shaking hands on the Memorial Day parade route, and Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) popped up in several places.

Coloradans should expect their Congressional Members to be visible — particularly since Congress isn’t getting much done when they are in Washington D.C. — but what we’ve come to expect from Gardner is absence.

Matt Arnold Beats Bob Beauprez–Again

“Both Ways” Bob Beauprez (right).

A press release from perennial conservative gadfly Matt Arnold announces his latest David-and-Goliath victory over former GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez’s political machine–a battle that has its roots in the 2016 elections and an attempt by Beauprez to “purge” the GOP caucus in the state legislature of undesired Republicans:

Notching yet another appellate victory, Campaign Integrity Watchdog prevailed against the desperate attempt of “Both-Ways Bob” Beauprez” to appeal his ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ (CPA) committee’s conviction for multiple violations of state law issued over two years ago.

The Colorado Court of Appeals ruling (case 2017CA883) was issued Thursday 30 May 2019 and not only affirms the trial court finding that ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ (CPA) was guilty of failing to register as a political committee and disclose donors, but also affirmed the monetary penalty imposed on CPA while reversing the imposition of attorney fees on CIW’s officer Matt Arnold.

‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ (CPA) will thus be required not only to finally (after over three years of operating in violation of law) to register as a political committee, disclose its contributors, and pay penalties imposed in the trial court ruling, but also will be required to pay CIW’s court costs incurred as a result of CPA’s meritless appeal.

“The wheels of justice grind slowly,” stated Campaign Integrity Watchdog officer Matt Arnold, “but they do grind – and have ground CPA’s groundless appeal to dust.” Arnold continued, “Campaign Integrity Watchdog calls on Beauprez and Colorado Pioneer Action to quickly and fully comply with the orders of the trial and appellate courts, including registering the entity with the Secretary of State, filing required disclosures, and paying penalties imposed by law. CPA has defied the law long enough; time to man up and pay the piper.”

To briefly recap the history here, Bob Beauprez’s political organization started up a group called Pioneer Action to run ads in the 2016 election cycle. This group proceeded to launch attacks in Republican primaries on both GOP incumbents and candidates aligned with Dudley Brown and the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, including “pistol-packing” Rep. Lori Saine among a number of others. This “red on red” campaign outraged the targeted candidates and their hard-right backers, and drove a wedge within the Colorado Republican Party still playing out today in the recall of Rep. Tom Sullivan.

The problem for Pioneer Action is that they did not meet the so-called “primary purpose” test required of politically active nonprofits who aren’t required to disclose their donors. Indeed the group was apparently solely focused on electioneering communications–and it doesn’t matter that these were intra-GOP attacks. Matt Arnold sued and won contending that Pioneer Action should be required to disclose their spending like any other solely election-focused organization. This appellate decision cements that victory and ensures Arnold’s attorney fees will be paid by Pioneer Action.

It’s worth noting that Beauprez’s attempt to “purge” the GOP of undesired candidates was not in the end successful, and today the state house leadership as well as leadership of the Colorado Republican Party is dominated by RMGO’s allies. Arnold himself is now the registered agent for Values First Colorado, the House GOP’s “independent” communications arm directly involved with the Sullivan recall.

Once considered a pest to both sides of the aisle, Matt Arnold’s continuing victories over the vastly better funded Beauprez political operation and his current leadership role in the ascendant Neville faction show how the power has shifted within the Colorado GOP. It’s not our role today to judge the morality or long-term implications of this shift–but there is no longer any denying it.

Its Matt Arnold’s party now.

Hickenlooper: Impeach The [Expletive] [Expletive]

Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Okay, okay, you already know Colorado’s genteel Gov. John Hickenlooper didn’t use that kind of Rashida Tlaib-style salty language. But As Colorado Public Radio’s Andrew Villegas reports, Hickenlooper is joining with members of the Colorado Democratic congressional delegation and a growing national chorus in support of impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump:

Today, Hickenlooper is ready.

Thursday morning on CNN, Hickenlooper said it’s time to begin an impeachment inquiry against the president.

He said listening to Mueller’s statements to the media Wednesday convinced him.

“I think he laid the responsibility clearly at the doorstep of Congress,” Hickenlooper said. “I do think we have an obligation to follow where the facts lead.”

Like Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a significant number of Democratic political strategists, Hickenlooper has come around more slowly to the idea of impeachment hearings–weighing the likelihood of success against the political consequences of failure so close to the 2020 elections. But just as Diana DeGette and Joe Neguse have concluded, without impeachment hearings there may be no way as a country to conclusively reckon with the events of the last three years.

Of course, one side doesn’t want that reckoning to ever happen.

Of Camping and Campaign Bans

For Denver Mayoral candidate and occasional voter Jamie Giellis, the good news and the bad news are one in the same: The Denver runoff election finally concludes on Tuesday.

We’ve noted a few times in this space that Giellis is running what you could call a “nontraditional” campaign — which is a nice way of saying that she’s been a mess as a candidate. Both Giellis and incumbent Mayor Michael Hancock have ratcheted up the negative campaigning in recent weeks, though many of the wounds being suffered by the Giellis camp are self-inflicted. Take, for example, this mail piece that arrived in the mailboxes of Denver voters today:


First, let’s get to the unfortunate error: An extra ‘a’ and a few other misplaced consonants drastically change the meaning of this mail piece.

The irony of this copy-editing mistake is that it is a pretty good summation of Giellis’ all-over-the-place position on homelessness and the Urban Campaign Camping Ban. Ahead of the first round of balloting in Denver, Giellis was clear that she SUPPORTED ending the Urban Camping Ban but DID NOT SUPPORT Initiative 300 (which was commonly called “The Urban Camping Ban Initiative”). This was on April 28, 2019:

But as you can see in the mail piece above, Giellis now says that she DOES NOT support a repeal of the Urban Camping Ban, though she stands by her opposition on the now-deceased Initiative 300. Furthermore, Giellis claims that Hancock is lying when he says that she once DID support a repeal…even though she very clearly had no problem opposing it a month ago and several news outlets (including the Denver Post and 9News) have noted that she appears to have flip-flopped on the issue.

On the other hand, you could argue that the mail piece above contradicts itself at least once on Urban Camping Bans, so who can really say what her position actually entails?

On the other (other) hand, perhaps Giellis really means to propose an Urban CAMPAIGN Ban. After this election cycle, Denver voters might agree.

Get More Smarter on Thursday (May 30)

Was that the dog, or did you just release some “molecules of U.S. freedom?” It’s time to “Get More Smarter.” If you think we missed something important, please include the link in the comments below (here’s a good example). If you are more of a visual learner, check out The Get More Smarter Show.


President Trump is in Colorado today to give the commencement speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.


An effort to recall Rep. Tom Sullivan (D-Aurora) continues to reflect poorly on Colorado Republicans. Arapahoe County Republican Party Vice Chair Brenda Stokes says that Sullivan “shamefully politicized his son’s death” in sponsoring red flag legislation this year. Sullivan’s son was killed in the 2012 Aurora Theater shooting.


► President Trump is trying to navigate the aftermath of the first public comments from special counsel Robert Mueller, in which Mueller made clear that his investigation did NOT exonerate Trump. As the Washington Post reports:

President Trump on Thursday attacked Robert S. Mueller III as “totally conflicted” and “a true never-Trumper” and claimed that the special counsel would have brought charges against him if he had any evidence — a characterization directly at odds with what Mueller said in a public statement Wednesday.

Trump’s attacks came in morning tweets and later while speaking to reporters at the White House. In one of his tweets, he also seemingly acknowledged for the first time that Russia had helped him get elected in 2016 — but he strongly pushed back against that notion while talking to reporters as he prepared to leave Washington…

…Trump caused a kerfuffle earlier in the morning after seeming to acknowledge for the first time that Russia had helped him in 2016.

“Russia, Russia, Russia! That’s all you heard at the beginning of this Witch Hunt Hoax,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “And now Russia has disappeared because I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected. [Pols emphasis] It was a crime that didn’t exist.”

Shortly afterward, however, he told reporters at the White House that Russia had not helped him get elected.

As Greg Sargent writes for the Washington Post, Trump can’t put this one back in the bag. Meanwhile, CNN fact-checks Trump’s newest list of lies.


 Colorado Gov. Jared Polis today released his “roadmap to 100% renewable energy by 2040” plan for fighting Climate Change.

In related news, Glenwood Springs is now the 7th city in the United States to be powered by 100% renewable energy.


Get even more smarter after the jump…


Cory Gardner’s Wall Street Problem

If Senator Cory Gardner wants to win his tough re-election fight next year, there’s really no constituency he can ignore–which helps explain why he’s all over the map on so many issues. But over a decade in Congress, and especially since entering the Senate, Gardner has allied himself closely with the one sector of society that everyone loves to hate–Wall Street.

Depending on where the current market roller coaster heads in the next year, and predictions vary widely as of this writing, that could be a serious liability for Gardner much like the 2008 financial crisis meant doom for Republicans at the polls.

Ahead of 2020, Gardner has already raised almost $1 million from the finance, insurance, and real estate industries, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. And that’s consistent with history: in his 2014 Senate bid, Gardner raised over $800,000 from Wall Street, and has kept the money rolling in steadily ever since.

All of that campaign cash doesn’t come for free of course! National watchdog group Americans for Financial Reform laid out in a recent report that Wall Street pursued an aggressive deregulatory agenda in the 2017-2018 Congress, for which they spent almost $2 billion on congressional persuasion:

In the 2017–18 election cycle, Wall Street banks and financial interests reported spending almost $2 billion to influence decision-making in Washington. That total – of officially reported expenditures on campaign contributions and lobbying – works out to more than $2.5 million per day. A total of 443 financial sector companies and trade associations spent at least $500,000 each during this period.

Since 2008, financial industry spending has increased to levels even higher than they were before the financial crisis, and the spending in this cycle was the highest yet for a non-presidential year. This continued high level of spending reflects the ongoing battle to reshape the financial system and the industry’s persistent efforts to repeal or win exemptions from parts of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, to weaken implementing regulations, to further deregulate, and to forestall proposals for accountability and change.

Americans for Financial Reform identified 15 key Wall Street-related votes that made it to the Senate floor in the 2016-2018 Congress. Gardner voted yes on 14 of them, and was a no-vote on the other. Gardner voted to install ally of payday lenders Kathy Kraninger as their top regulator, to change around rules that allowed the merger which might create the country’s newest “Too Big To Fail” bank, and to give the banks a massive tax break at the expense of a surging deficit.

Think about that for a moment. The same dishonest bankers who crashed the economy in 2008 spent an average of $2.5 million per day trying to get Congress to roll back oversight and give them taxpayer-funded handouts. And Cory Gardner helped them at every step. If that’s not a hard-hitting political attack ad, we’d have trouble finding one.

Toxic coziness with Wall Street isn’t a new problem for Gardner, and like all such issues where his duties to constituents conflict with his political benefactors, Gardner is hoping this will go underreported back here in Colorado. The problem is there are real consequences for Colorado voters who carry the risk while Wall Street reaps the rewards. While we can’t imagine anyone would want to repeat the financial crisis of 2008 or the Great Recession that followed, that’s what dismantling consumer financial protections and post-recession banking reforms would lead to.

Gardner is ready to make all the same mistakes again.

Gardner Hasn’t Held a Town Hall in a Year and a Half, But Is He Talking to Voters in CO Springs?

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner hasn’t held a town hall meeting with constituents in about a year and a half, choosing instead to meet with private groups and telling the public about such meetings after they occur.

But he may have held conference calls with constituents, possibly in Colorado Springs, last week without informing reporters or the wider public.

Gardner’s focus on Colorado Springs may be part of a strategic move to identify and energize voters in the conservative area, where high voter turnout would be essential to a Gardner victory in 2020, say political analysts.

Gardner appears to have briefly announced a conference call with constituents May 21, as evidenced by a May 21 screen grab of the senator’s website circulated on Twitter. But then the announcement mysteriously disappeared.

Also last week, a robo-call blocking service recorded multiple calls from Gardner inviting Co Springs-area citizens to join a call with Gardner.

Gardner’s recorded voice states, “Hi This is Senator Cory Gardner I’m calling to invite you to join our live telephone town hall taking place in just a few moments please stay on the line and you will be automatically connected if you have any questions about this event please call my office at 202-224-5941.”

The use of robo calls to invite constituents to his telephone event would raise eyebrows, given Gardner’s stance against such calls.

On his website, Gardner asks constituents who want to be invited to his conference calls to provide their phone numbers. So it’s possible the robo-call blocking service snagged those numbers by mistake.

Gardner’s office didn’t return a call seeking to know if he offered citizens in Colorado Springs the opportunity to talk to him last week on the phone, and, if so, whether some or all of those offers were made unsolicited via robo calls.

In the past, when questioned by reporters about not holding in-person town hall meetings, Gardner has argued that conference calls, which he refers to as tele-town halls, are a good way to interact with his constituents.

Arapahoe GOP Official: Rep. Tom Sullivan “Shamefully Politicized His Son’s Death”

(That’s just twisted – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Explaining her reasons for supporting a recall of Colorado State Rep. Tom Sullivan (D – Aurora), Arapahoe Republican Party Vice Chair Brenda Stokes told CBS4’s Rick Sallinger that Sullivan politicized his son’s murder.

“You have a politician, who ran on a campaign that sadly politicized the loss of his son… and forgot about the important issues that us parents are faced with, especially with those horrible bills that just passed the state legislature.”

Reached for comment, Stokes reaffirmed her belief:

“Tom Sullivan took out-of-state money –from Bloomberg in particular– and ran on a platform which sadly in my opinion, and it will always be my opinion, he shamefully politicized the death of his son at the Aurora shooting, which tells me he cannot be independent when it comes to some of the legislation that affects other people.”

Sullivan’s son Alex was one of twelve people murdered in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting. Strengthening Colorado’s gun safety laws by establishing Extreme Risk Protection Orders was a primary message of his campaign.

Colorado Republican Party Vice Chair Kristi Burton Brown filed the Sullivan recall petition. She says she did so as a private citizen, rather than as a party official. Party chair Ken Buck affirmed her claim, despite having campaigned for his party position by saying “we need to teach [Democrats] how to spell RECALL!”


Thursday Open Thread

“There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.”

–Maya Angelou

For SoS Griswold, Success Speaks Louder Than Trolls

Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D).

A press release today from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office celebrates the signing by Gov. Jared Polis of a package of bills that builds on Colorado’s already proud record of extremely high voter participation:

Today, Governor Jared Polis signed into law a package of legislation aimed at increasing access to and representation in our democracy. The new laws increase disclosure of political spending, expand automatic voter registration, increase voting access for all eligible Coloradans– including increased polling locations and drop boxes in the days leading up to and on Election Day — and guarantee polling locations or drop boxes on public universities and tribal lands. Campaign finance reform, expanded automatic voter registration, and improved access to voting for Coloradans were all priorities for Secretary of State Jena Griswold this year. Secretary Griswold worked with the legislature to advance this agenda.

“Colorado voters belong at the center of our democracy. These new laws will shine light on secret political spending; stop special-interests, corporations, and the well-connected from side-stepping the law; and increase access to voter registration and voting for all eligible Coloradans,” said Secretary Griswold. “I am proud of the work we accomplished with the legislature to help build a democracy that Coloradans can believe in, and further secure Colorado as a leader in election access and campaign finance transparency.”

As most of our readers know, Colorado presently has the second-highest rate of voter participation in the country, beat out only by the perennial do-gooders of the state of Minnesota. Automatic Voter Registration (Senate Bill 19-235) and two other bills expanding access to voter service centers and voters with disabilities, along with The Clean Campaign Act of 2019 (House Bill 19-1318) requiring more disclosure from SuperPACS and banning foreign spending on local elections all signed into law today, meant to build on that record of success while keeping disclosure laws up to date with the times.

Secretary Griswold took some silly-season fire last week after an open records request from Scott Gessler’s vindictive former deputy Suzanne Staiert revealed Griswold’s office had run a press release on Alabama’s controversial abortion ban by staff at Planned Parenthood for suggested edits–an incident ripe for wedge issue pearl-clutching, but in truth a routine occurrence on both sides in regular consultation with their friendly organizations. After Republican lawmakers run industry-authored “model” bills year after year and brag about conservative operatives from Americans for Prosperity working out of their offices during the legislative session, it’s ridiculous to get upset about a few suggested edits to a press release from an advocacy group that works on the issue.

What matters is this: Colorado’s nation-beating election system got even better yesterday with the help of legislation supported by Secretary of State Jena Griswold. If we top Minnesota in 2020 and become America’s most participatory electorate, Secretary Griswold will get the credit–deservedly, unlike Griswold’s Republican predecessor who opposed the 2013 reforms he later took credit for.

In the end, there are two kinds of political news: news you talk about for a couple of days and then forget about and news that changes things. The legislation signed by Gov. Polis is the latter, and it’s that success Secretary Griswold’s detractors tried to step on.

Freedom (Gas) isn’t Free

(Molecules of freedom! – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

In a bizarre literary crime, an official Department of Energy news release is touting exports of liquefied fracked gas (LNG) as “molecules of freedom.”

The U.S. Ministry of Truth is peddling long-term fossil fuel contracts as “freedom.”

This super-cooled fossil fuel is one of several last ditch hopes for an over-leveraged fracked gas industry deep in over-supply, debt, and declining prices.

Of course, pushing our petroleum products to oversea users, shipping “Freedom Gas” to Asia and Europe, would not happen apart from the rest of the energy market, or be exempt from climate reality. Which is to say, Freedom Gas isn’t free.

Shipping fracked LNG to foreign markets will likely raise the cost for U.S. consumers. Back when markets mattered to conservatives, this is when they might remind us that such is just “Economics 101.”

Nor is fracked gas, and expanding fossil fuel infrastructure, and locking in twenty-year fracked gas contracts good for the climate, or even a good investment. Scientists mostly agree that we must act with unprecedented urgency to get off fossil fuels as quickly as possible. That any and all delay merely postpones and increases the cost and burden that will be paid.

In other words, with “Freedom Gas” Americans would pay more now AND pay more later. Which is to say the administration’s claim is just a bleat of hot air. And its a real stinker.

Susan Beckman Shakes Her Fist at “Fatalist” 3rd Graders

Rep. Susan Beckman (R-Littleton)

One of the more notable Democratic accomplishments of the 2019 legislative session came in the form of several bills packaged together to help Colorado combat Climate Change and reduce our carbon footprint. Earlier this month, the editorial board of the Denver Post added themselves to the list of those who appreciated the legislature’s work on Climate Change:

Democrats achieved much in 2019 with their complete control of the Colorado state governance, but of all the policies that Gov. Jared Polis has or likely will sign into law, none is as important as the work lawmakers did to reduce Colorado’s carbon footprint.

There’s a good chance toxic D.C. politics will prevent the federal government from ever responding to the threat of climate change. States and local governments must step up and do what they can, and individuals, for that matter, must start chipping in too.

That’s why we applaud the relatively moderate “climate change” legislative agenda passed by Speaker of the House K.C. Becker, House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, Senate President Leroy Garcia, and Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg.

Democrats were able to pass important climate legislation despite opposition from right wing Republican hardliners like science-doubting Sen. Vicki Marble (R-Firestone) and Sen. Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction), who somehow believes that humans have actually improved Earth’s climate. On some of these bills, including HB-1261, the legislation passed with no Republican votes whatsoever…

…Which brings us to Rep. Susan Beckman (R-Littleton). In an illuminating Facebook post published on Friday, Beckman lamented the fact that third graders in her district had encouraged her to support HB-1261. Beckman says she is “very concerned” about the “fatalist view” being taken in these letters from third graders:

Facebook post from Rep. Susan Beckman (R-Littleton)

Here’s a closer look at the two samples provided by Beckman:

“The first reason the bill should pass is because air pollution hurts people’s hearts, lungs and more. If air pollution is doing this then we can get really sick or maybe even die. If people die, then babies can’t be born, and if no more babies are born, then there will not be any more people on Earth.”


“Another reason the bill should pass is because greenhouse gasses are connected to climate change. This is crucial because climate change causes icebergs to melt. If icebergs melt it causes floods. When there are floods people have to move to another place. If people are too slow and cannot get away, they would drown.”

KIDS: We would like to be able to breathe the air and not die in a flood.

REP. BECKMAN: Stop being so negative!

While we’re on the topic of fatalism, we should note that this is the very same Susan Beckman who lost her bid to become the Chair of the Colorado Republican Party and then complained of “flagrant abuse” of election rules after Ken Buck was declared Party Chair. Such a Negative Nancy!

Tightening Debate Qualifications Put “Benkenlooper” On Notice

Michael Bennet, John Hickenlooper.

CNN reports, the winnowing’s got to start some time:

The Democratic National Committee will double the qualifying thresholds and require that 2020 candidates meet both in order to participate in the third and fourth primary debates, the committee announced Wednesday.

Candidates had to achieve 1% in three polls from an approved list of pollsters or receive campaign contributions from 65,000 unique donors, including 200 donors each from 20 different states, to qualify for the first Democratic primary debates in June, which will be hosted by NBC News, and the second set of debates in July, which will be hosted by CNN.

In order to qualify for the third and fourth set of debates in September and October respectively, candidates will now have to achieve 2% in four polls from a slightly changed list of approved pollsters and receive 130,000 unique donors (from the date of their campaign’s creation), including 400 unique donors per state in at least 20 US states.

As we discussed over the weekend, Gov. John Hickenlooper appears to have qualified to participate in the first round of Democratic presidential debates set for late June in Miami based on the required qualification of a 1% or better showing in three qualifying nationwide polls. The new higher standard announced today, however, will knock Hickenlooper off the debate stage unless he substantially improves his position between now and September. Sen. Michael Bennet remains focused on gaining enough support to qualify for the June debate. A CNN town hall later this week will give Bennet what’s likely to be his best shot at a national introduction.

We aren’t the ones who rule conclusively when the fabled “window” opens and closes in a presidential race, but this is a process that will work itself out through the summer and fall. On the other side, our local contenders will either have pulled off the legendary Broncos “revenge tour,” or ended up like the Rockies in…well, most years.

But as seems to be the rule in crowded primaries near and far–you can’t win if you don’t play.