Cool Story, But YOU VOTED AGAINST THAT

UPDATE: It looks like Boebert already did it, taking credit for $77.5 million in federal grants “benefiting CO-03”.

 

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Last summer we wrote about federal funding “earmarks,” also known as “Member Designated Projects” and “Community Project Funding Requests,” that included an oft-quoted graphic showing how Republicans in Colorado’s congressional delegation were responsible for all of $0 in federal funding returning to our state…

 

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Deadly Insurrection: It’s All One Big Joke To Jenna Ellis

Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis.

As Colorado Newsline’s Julia Fennell reported yesterday, former Colorado Christian University “constitutional law professor” Jenna Ellis, who gained nationwide fame as one of the principal faces of ex-President Donald Trump’s legal team challenging the results in dozens of failed lawsuits across the country, has been subpoenaed by the Select Committee investigating the January 6th, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol along with her boss Rudy Giuliani, crackpot attorney of record Sidney Powell, and Boris Epshteyn:

Ellis, 37, is accused of promoting claims that the 2020 election was stolen and participating in attempts to disrupt or delay the certification of the election results based on her allegations, according to a redacted letter sent to Ellis on Tuesday by the chairman of the committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi. The letter alleges that between mid-November 2020 and Jan. 6, 2021, Ellis sought to convince state legislators to take steps to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

Three other members of Trump’s legal team, Rudolph Giuliani, Sidney Powell and Boris Epshteyn, were also issued subpoenas Tuesday.

“The four individuals we’ve subpoenaed today advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results, or were in direct contact with the former President about attempts to stop the counting of electoral votes,” Thompson said in a statement Tuesday, referring to Ellis, Giuliani, Powell and Epshteyn. “We expect these individuals to join the nearly 400 witnesses who have spoken with the Select Committee as the committee works to get answers for the American people about the violent attack on our democracy.”

Ellis is also accused of preparing and circulating two memos claiming to analyze the constitutional authority for the vice president to reject or delay counting electoral votes from states that had submitted alternate slates of electors, according to Tuesday’s statement.

Responding with the seriousness befitting the weighty subject of an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead and faith in American democracy seriously compromised, Ellis responded to her subpoena via Twitter:

Well actually, the Select Committee does want a “date” of sorts. Under oath.

Of course, if you had responded to Jenna Ellis’ claims that the election was stolen from Donald Trump with the same flippancy (which admittedly we did), Ellis would have castigated you like she did the whole media establishment after taking over for Giuliani in the infamous dripping hair-dye press conference at Republican National Committee headquarters on November 19, 2021:

In retrospect, the record has clearly established that press conference was 1. too long and 2. devoid of evidence.

But again, let’s return to the urgency and certainty with which this same Jenna Ellis worked to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, which directly provoked the violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. Ellis has escaped the professional sanctions that her boss Rudy Giuliani has been hit with, which has been attributed at least in part to lax oversight of attorney ethics in Colorado compared to other states. But outside the conservative info-bubble Ellis migrated to at Newsmax a few months after January 6th, her reputation is as tarnished as Giuliani and fellow coup plotter John Eastman–both of whom have seen their job prospects dwindle since Trump left office.

If Ellis actually believes anything she said before January 6th, as we said about conspiracy theorist Joe Oltmann and the Dominion Voting Systems defamation trial, the Select Committee is a golden opportunity to make her case. If Ellis’ response to this inquiry into violence she had a direct hand in inciting is to crack wise and evade the hard questions, first and foremost Ellis is undercutting herself and everyone she helped convince of the “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen.

The other possibility is that Ellis knows the truth and doesn’t care. Like Eastman, Ellis may well give two completely different answers about the legitimacy of Trump’s coup attempt depending on her audience.

There’s only one way to deal with such people, and that’s under penalty of perjury.

Dahlkemper Won’t Run in CO-07; Path Clear for Pettersen

State Sen. Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood)

The dominoes continue to fall in the wake of Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s surprise retirement announcement earlier this month — and they keep falling in favor of State Sen. Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood).

As Ernest Luning reports for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman:

Jefferson County Commissioner Lesley Dahlkemper has decided against running for the Colorado congressional seat held by retiring Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter. Instead, the Lakewood Democrat plans to stick with her bid for re-election, she told Colorado Politics.

Dahlkemper, a former member of the Jefferson County school board, said last week that she was considering joining the Democratic primary after Perlmutter’s surprise announcement on Jan. 10 that he wouldn’t seek a ninth term representing the Jefferson County-based 7th Congressional District.

“I’m lov[ing] serving as a county commissioner and working on issues that matter in Jefferson County — reducing wildfire risk, expanding open space and trails, helping small businesses and struggling families navigate COVID recovery and more,” Dahlkemper said in an email. “My focus is on re-election this November. Even though I’ve won two countywide elections in Jeffco, I’m not taking anything for granted this November.”

Dahlkemper’s decision to stay out of the Democratic Primary in CO-07 is significant news. Dahlkemper is the wife of former state lawmaker Mike Feeley, who famously lost the first race for CO-07 in 2002 to Republican Bob Beauprez by a mere 121 votes; she has built up a solid political career of her own after serving on the Jefferson County School Board and winning a seat on the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners in 2018.

Pettersen shot out of the gates quickly in CO-07, officially announcing her candidacy one day after Perlmutter’s retirement news broke. Her campaign promptly rolled out a massive list of major Democratic endorsements, followed by an announcement that she had banked $200,000 within five days of launching.

Pettersen may yet face a Primary challenge in June, but it would be tough for any Democrat to catch up to her now. State Rep. Brianna Titone (D-Arvada) has talked about running but doesn’t have the same campaign infrastructure in place. We’ve heard whisper of a few other potential names on the Democratic side, though nothing concrete. Anybody still pondering a decision had better move quickly with precinct caucuses beginning in early March.

On the Republican side, Laurel Imer and Erik Aadland have been in the race since 2021. State Rep. Colin Larson (R-Littleton) said last week that he planned to make a decision on a potential campaign by the end of this week; according to Luning, Larson is still thinking it through and now says he’ll have something to say “next week.”

MAGA Candidates Drop Craziest Anti-Abortion Bill Yet

Rep. Ron Hanks (R).

Against the backdrop of the 6-3 conservative U.S. Supreme Court hearing arguments in cases that could well mean the overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing abortion rights for all Americans, Republicans in the Colorado General Assembly are back in 2022 with an assortment of anti-abortion bills. Former House Minority Leader Patrick Neville has reintroduced his perennial bill making abortion a class 1 felony, and as we discussed yesterday, CD-8 candidate and Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer signed on as the Senate sponsor of a reprise “abortion surveillance” bill similar to one that died in the 2021 session.

But folks, none of those bills can hold a proverbial candle to House Bill 22-1079, sponsored by two upwardly aspiring GOP House members, Rep. Dave Williams running in CD-5 and Rep. Ron Hanks in the race for the GOP nomination to take on incumbent U.S. Senator Michael Bennet. House Bill 1079, “Concerning Abolishing Abortion in Colorado,” takes the fight to ban abortion “from fertilization to natural death” to a disturbing new level:

The bill requires the state to enforce homicide and assault provisions without regard to the opinion of the United States supreme court in Roe v. Wade and other supreme court decisions, past and future.

The bill authorizes the state to disregard any federal court decision that purports to enjoin or void this requirement and subjects a Colorado judge to impeachment or removal [Pols emphasis] if the judge purports to enjoin, stay, overrule, or void the requirement.

Rep. Dave Williams (R).

In short, what we have here is an assertion of state sovereignty over federal law, following the anachronistic idea that states can simply nullify laws they don’t like. It’s an argument that was mostly settled by the American Civil War, and again in the 1958 Supreme Court case of Cooper v. Aaron–only much more recently becoming a renewed legal debate topic as right-wing controlled legislatures have attempted bills like the one above.

This bill will of course not live through its first committee hearing in the Democratic-controlled Colorado House, let alone pass into law where it would be subjected to a court challenge. But when you consider that this legislation instructing the state to defy the U.S. Supreme Court is sponsored by two Colorado Republican candidates for federal office, it’s more than a little concerning. It’s another stark reminder how the abortion rights Coloradans were assured for years would never be in danger no matter how many Republicans got elected are in grave danger today.

And it shows again how abortion, an issue that has ruined Colorado Republican candidates and galvanized Colorado voters to turn out to protect abortion rights over and over in general elections, is perceived completely differently in the context of a Republican primary. Williams and Hanks don’t consider this issue to be a liability–in fact their chances in the primaries they’re running in improve the more extreme a position they take, and they’re simply not strategizing beyond that date. In a Republican primary, anti-abortion extremism is the coin of the realm, and that’s why Neville’s bill merely making an abortion a felony wasn’t enough this year.

Like Maya Angelou said, when they show you this clearly what they stand for, believe them.

Thursday Open Thread

“If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.”

–Louis Brandeis

CD-8 Contender Kirkmeyer Jumps On Anti-Abortion Bill

Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer (R).

For the second year in a row, GOP Rep. Stephanie Luck representing Otero along with portions of Fremont, and Pee-ebla Counties is the prime sponsor of legislation just introduced into the Colorado House that would require doctors to supply data on every abortion in Colorado to a new database set up by the state. Failure to make these reports would subject doctors and nurses to administrative sanction under the state’s malpractice statute. Rep. Luck is also the sponsor for a second straight year of a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine for COVID patients, but we’ll save that for another blog post.

Because this year unlike last, Rep. Luck has a Senate sponsor for her anti-abortion measure–aspiring CD-8 candidate and state Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer:

To be clear, this bill has approximately one-half snowball’s chance in Hell of passing the Democratic-dominated House and making it to the Senate. But what we have here is another opportunity for a candidate for higher office in the legislature to plant the flag on an issue near and dear to Republican primary voters–much like Reps. Ron Hanks and Dave Williams did yesterday during the debate over a voting rights resolution.

Kirkmeyer is competing against Thornton Mayor Jan Kulmann to be the GOP’s “corporate wing” opponent to hard-charging conservative Weld County Commissioner Lori Saine, the natural choice of the Republican grassroots and loudest supporter of ex-President Donald Trump. Although Kirkmeyer has a far-right record of her own to run on as one of the principal supporters of the ill-fated attempt by northeastern counties to secede from the rest of Colorado a few years ago, the tree of GOP primary victory must be watered with the blood dripping from chuncks of wedge-issue red meat.

Legislative grandstanding is a trick Lori Saine knows well, of course, and neither Saine nor Kulmann have it in their bag in 2022. If Kirkmeyer wants traction in this three-way race, she’ll milk that bully pulpit for all it’s worth.

All the while serving as a warning to general election voters, who in Colorado overwhelmingly support abortion rights and are more aware of the threat to abortion rights this year than perhaps ever before. But that’s a conversation for after June 28th.

Get More Smarter on Wednesday (Jan. 19)

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As The New York Times reports, the U.S. Senate is debating a voting rights bill that might be DOA:

Democrats are pushing forward with what appears to be a futile bid to enact voting rights protections over Republican opposition, planning a vote Wednesday evening on legislation that they say is urgently needed to counter widespread balloting suppression efforts as they move toward a showdown over the Senate filibuster rules that the G.O.P. has repeatedly used to block it.

Senators will spend the day debating the bill, which the House approved last week, and arguing over the very nature of their institution as they clash over the rights of the minority to thwart legislation, and whether the filibuster — a storied Senate tool for asserting them — needs to be weakened.

Though they brought up the legislation on Tuesday using a procedural shortcut that avoided an initial Republican blockade, Democrats were far short of the votes needed to win its passage over unified G.O.P. opposition, and lacked the votes needed in their own party to change Senate rules and enact it unilaterally.

Still, they announced that they would mount a long-shot effort to establish an exception to the filibuster for voting rights bills, requiring opponents to hold the floor for an old-style “talking filibuster” that would allow a final, 51-senator majority vote — instead of the 60 now needed — to move forward after all senators had exhausted their opportunities to speak.

If Democrats can’t get Republicans to do the right thing on voting rights, it appears that the backup plan is to at least force them to go on record with their opposition.

In related news, the progressive political group Emily’s List announced that it will no longer support Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, on account of the fact that Sinema is not really a progressive lawmaker anymore.

 

As Charles Ashby reports for The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters could soon have a lot of extra time on her hands:

About the same time the Mesa County commissioners were voting to remove Clerk Tina Peters permanently as the top election official on Tuesday, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office filed a new lawsuit seeking to do the same thing.

Similar to its lawsuit against Peters last year that led to her being temporarily removed as the county’s designated election official for the 2021 Coordinated Election, this new lawsuit details things Peters has done and said in an effort to show she isn’t trustworthy to oversee elections.

Peters is facing numerous investigations into possible criminal misconduct and wire fraud, including a local grand jury probe into allegations she and at least four others engaged in tampering with election equipment and official misconduct.

Click here to read more about Peters and her escalating problems.

 

Colorado Republicans in the state legislature seem determined to prove to voters that they are completely unserious. This headline from The Denver Post speaks volumes:

Via The Denver Post (1/19/22)

 

Colorado will provide free KN95 surgical masks thanks in part to a federal government subsidy. Denver7 has more on where you can get your masks.

 

State Sen. Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood) has confirmed her status as the frontrunner in CO-07, as Ernest Luning reports for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman:

Democratic congressional candidate Brittany Pettersen amassed more than $200,000 in the first five days of her bid for the Colorado seat held by retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, her campaign said.

The Lakewood state senator had received nearly 500 donations through Sunday since announcing her candidacy a week ago, her campaign said, bringing in $157,325 on top of the $44,773 she had left over from a previous run for the same office.

“We did it!” Pettersen said, announcing the total in an email to supporters. “Our campaign has $202,099 in the bank, and we did it in just 5 days!”

Last week Pettersen also announced a slate of 72 endorsements in a 72-hour period, including high-profile Democrats such as House Speaker Alec Garnett.

 

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Time To Pull Clerk Tina Peters’ Card

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, “MyPillow Guy” Mike Lindell.

As the Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby reports, Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, facing multiple criminal investigations into potential state and federal law violations related to the theft and distribution of proprietary voting machine data, may soon be permanently relieved of the job of overseeing elections in Mesa County:

About the same time the Mesa County commissioners were voting to remove Clerk Tina Peters permanently as the top election official on Tuesday, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office filed a new lawsuit seeking to do the same thing.

Similar to its lawsuit against Peters last year that led to her being temporarily removed as the county’s designated election official for the 2021 Coordinated Election, this new lawsuit details things Peters has done and said in an effort to show she isn’t trustworthy to oversee elections.

Peters is facing numerous investigations into possible criminal misconduct and wire fraud, including a local grand jury probe into allegations she and at least four others engaged in tampering with election equipment and official misconduct.

After being temporarily barred from overseeing elections last November, Clerk Peters was offered a set of terms by Secretary of State Jena Griswold by which Peters could resume some of the election responsibilities Peters would normally manage in her duties as county clerk while the criminal investigations into her misconduct continue. Peters rejected Griswold’s offer last week:

Those terms would have required Peters to retract certain statements made regarding voting machines and submit election-related communications to the Sec. of State’s office on a daily basis, among other requirements. In exchange, Peters would have been able to resume her role in supervising Mesa Co. elections…

In a statement on this matter, Peters said quote, “Please name one time in the history of the world in which the side demanding you ‘repudiate’ your beliefs, especially beliefs for transparency, in exchange for return of your rights, have been the good guys?”

There’s an argument to be made that having freely confessed to allowing unauthorized access to proprietary election system data in a fruitless attempt to prove fraud in the 2020 presidential election, thereby creating an actual security risk for future attempts to compromise voting machines, Clerk Peters has disqualified herself from ever having administrative access to a voting machine again. It’s in deference to the fact that Peters was duly elected to carry out those responsibilities, as well as being innocent until proven guilty in the multiple criminal investigations against her, that any offer was made to allow Peters to continue overseeing elections.

If Peters won’t agree to a few basic stipulations that include not digging her rhetorical hole any deeper, which if she had a better lawyer than Scott Gessler they would have been pleading with her to do months ago, anyone in oversight has not just the option but the responsibility to not let Clerk Peters near Mesa County’s voting machines.

Most people resign at or even well before this point, not to mention she’s also a flight risk. Unless/until the justice system renders the discussion moot, it’s time to take the necessary precautions to ensure Mesa County’s elections are in competent hands.

Wednesday Open Thread

“For many of the world’s conflicts, it is difficult even to conjure up a feasible settlement.”

–Noam Chomsky

What you can do to fight for progress this week (January 18)

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This year’s celebration of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took on added significance against the backdrop of the continuing struggle to pass voting rights legislation in Washington. The fight for voting rights for every American was central to Dr. King’s vision, and the family of the slain civil rights leader called for the U.S. Senate to take action on voting rights as the best way to honor his legacy. [1]

Here in Colorado, once again the best and worst in public leadership is on display. Today, in a debate over a resolution in the Colorado legislature urging Congress to pass voting rights legislation, far-right state Rep. Ron Hanks invoked Dr. King to spread toxic falsehoods about the 2020 elections, and even conspiracy theories blaming China for the COVID-19 pandemic. [2] It was a shameful reminder of the ignorance we’re up against as we fight to ensure the voting rights we take for granted in Colorado for every American.

Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. the fight to pass voting rights legislation isn’t over. Our friends at the Declaration for American Democracy and partners at Common Cause continue to organize in West Virginia and Arizona as progressives in those states try to persuade Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to change course. Click here to find out how you can get involved.

With the 2022 legislative session ramping up, you’re about to have many more opportunities to make a difference helping pass good bills and stopping bad ones from now through the beginning of May. Here are a few more ways to take action for the week of January 18, 2022:


League of Women Voters of Denver: Protecting Access to Reproductive Health Care

Vicki Cowart, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, will be our guest speaker addressing issues of reproductive freedom in Colorado. Please plan to attend this important briefing and invite your friends and family.

When: Tuesday, January 18 at 4:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Mexican Gray Wolf Presentation and Public Comment Writing Workshop

Please join Middle Gila Broadband Leader Roz Switzer for a Zoom presentation and comment writing workshop to advocate for the Mexican gray wolf. You’ll find out what these magnificent animals need to survive and thrive, then break out into smaller groups—each staffed with a wolf expert—to answer your questions and help you write your comments to the USFWS.

When: Tuesday, January 19 at 4:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Clinic hosted by Atlantis Community!

Partnering with Denver Health, Groundwork Denver, One Colorado, Joy as Resistance, and New Era.

When: Thursday, January 20 at 2:00pm
Where: 201 S Cherokee St., Denver

Click here to RSVP.


January Lakewood Town Hall: 2022 Legislative Session

Please join Representative Chris Kennedy, Senator Brittany Pettersen, Representative Kerry Tipper, Representative Lisa Cutter, and Representative Monica Duran for a Town Hall discussion on the 2022 Legislative Session.

When: Saturday, January 22 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Black Democratic Legislative Caucus Annual Preview and Update

The Black Democratic Legislative Caucus is excited to invite you to the Black Democratic Legislative Caucus Annual Preview and Update Jan 22nd at 11:00 am MT at the Blair-Caldwell African-American Library.

When: Saturday, January 22 at 11:00am
Where: 2401 Welton St., Denver

Click here to RSVP.


We’ll be back next week with more ways to help. Thanks again!

Sincerely,

Sara Loflin, Executive Director

After Falsely Stating Trump Won Prez Election, CO Senate Hopeful Wins Vote at GOP Forum

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Conspiracist Ron Hanks wins GOP debate straw poll last Saturday.

By Nick Puckett for the Colorado Times Recorder

In an informal straw poll taken at the Palmer Ridge High School auditorium Saturday, Republicans picked state Rep. Ron Hanks (R-Canon City) as their choice to challenge Michael Bennet for U.S. Senate.

Shortly before the audience that about 150 at the Republican forum had handed in their votes, they cheered Hanks after he restated his belief that Donald Trump won the 2020 election.

“A lot of people say the next election is the most important of our lifetime and it becomes kind of cliché,” Hanks said at the event, hosted by the Sunrise Republican Women. “I still contend the 2020 election was the most important election of our lifetime, and we had better work to fix it.”

Hanks points to baseless evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

The remaining four Senate primary candidates at the event gave their ideas for repairing a system they believe to have been flawed for many years, whereas Hanks continued to emphasize what he believed caused the 2020 election to be rigged in favor of Joe Biden.

None of the other four candidates, Eli Bremer, Gino Campano, Deborah Flora and Peter Yu, went so far as to explicitly say that Trump lost. However, each stated that the country needs to restore election integrity.

Bremer came in second in the straw poll and Campano came in a close third.

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Republicans Have Some “Different Facts” on Wearing Masks

These people had no problem breathing oxygen, but someday their noses might fall off.

As The Colorado Sun explains in its “Unaffiliated” newsletter, Republicans are back to arguing about the definition of a “fact” as they continue their incessant whining about mean people making them wear something over their nose and mouth during a global pandemic:

Republicans in the House on Friday, the third day of this year’s lawmaking term, fought a resolution allowing House Speaker Alec Garnett, D-Denver, to require mask wearing and social distancing among visitors in the Capitol’s committee rooms, some of which are very small. The measure passed, though every GOP representative present voted against the measure…

…The vote came after Rep. Stephanie Luck, R-Penrose, pleaded with Democrats to reconsider the measure. She said her constituents won’t come to Denver to testify in person if they are forced to wear face coverings and instead would have to participate remotely. She also repeated disproven claims about masks, which have been scientifically shown to reduce the spread of COVID-19…

…Assistant House Minority Leader Tim Geitner, R-Falcon, unsuccessfully tried to amend the resolution to prevent the implementation of vaccine mandates and passports, which weren’t even on the table.

Rep. Kyle Mullica, a Northglenn Democrat who works as an emergency room nurse, called Luck’s remarks “absurd” and “false.”

Luck’s Friday floor speech is pretty remarkable for its ridiculousness. Take a look yourself or read the transcription that follows:

 

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Down The Rabbit Hole With Rep. Ron Hanks

UPDATE: Ron Hanks is the center of gravity in the Republican race for U.S. Senate, and it’s not just our opinion:

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Today, the Colorado General Assembly is debating and set to eventually pass a joint resolution urging the U.S. Congress to adopt comprehensive voting rights legislation:

WHEREAS, Falsehoods and conspiracies regarding the integrity 23 of the 2020 election have run rampant in our media and public discourse; and

WHEREAS, The months-long, coordinated attempt to interfere with the democratic process following the November 2020 election and prevent the peaceful transfer of power by overturning the legitimate results of the presidential election, which culminated at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, serves as a violent reminder of the fragility of our democracy… [Pols emphasis]

Now wait just a dang minute, says GOP House Minority Leader Hugh McKean in a statement:

In an epic waste of everyone’s time, Colorado Democrats are relitigating the 2020 election – yet again – attempting to bitterly divide the House chamber just days after we celebrated the accomplishments and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The last election results are settled… [Pols emphasis]

“Settled?” That will come as news to former President Donald Trump, as well as the solid majority of McKean’s fellow Republicans who believe despite a lack of any evidence that the 2020 elections were decided unfairly and are ready to see them overturned even now. Trump’s political machine keeps zealous track of the opinions expressed by Republicans at every level of government and the party apparatus, so we wouldn’t be surprised if McKean finds himself having to explain his views in the woodshed very soon.

And if there was any doubt that McKean does not speak for Republicans on what has become the defining litmus test question of the era for that party, leading Republican U.S. Senate candidate, freshman state representative, and proud January 6th protest participant Ron Hanks blew it up like a misbehaving voting machine.

 

Who says the last election results are “settled?” Not this guy:

HANKS: The, the systems we have are not secure. The chips are made overseas. They are built with wireless modem connections in them. This is not a gold standard. This is a recipe for disaster, an intrusion by foreign powers. They’re built in China, who do you think it might be in this situation.

We have multiple lines of effort, this is coming from a military officer here again retired, who had 32 years of military intelligence experience, we have multiple lines of effort, from the communist Chinese party, to undercut this nation.

They’re doing it through supply lines. They could very likely be doing it through (pause) weaponized bio-agents. This is the easiest way to turn a country and to take it over. They don’t even have to buy a box of ammunition. [Pols emphasis]

And, truth to tell, that’s a, uh famous famous statement from Sun Tzu, a famous Chinese general from many centuries ago that you’ll just turn a country by the easiest softest means possible. Ladies and gentlemen I think we have a problem, I appreciate uh the recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, may I be so bold as to say he might very well say we have a problem too. I ask for your support of Amendment L.005. Thank you.

There you have it, folks! A “unified field theory” of conspiracy that brings all the disparate pieces together: global supply chain and shipping backlogs, Dominion Voting Systems, and the big one–the “weaponized bio agent” the rest of us know as COVID-19–all part of a grand nefarious plot by communist China to destroy (or at least seriously screw with) the U S of A. You might think it’s crazy, but for millions of dogmatic diehard MAGA Republicans it fits perfectly with the narrative they’ve been hearing from the beginning of the pandemic. To watch Rep. Hanks lay it all out succinctly helps us in the reality-based community understand how so many fellow Americans came to believe something so outlandish.

Hugh McKean may not like it, in fact we’re sure he doesn’t–but Ron Hanks, who won the straw poll at a U.S. Senate forum in Monument last weekend, is the candidate who speaks for a majority of Republicans today. If you’re a Republican and that scares you, the only thing we can say is that denial of this reality won’t change it.

Yet Another Sad Trombone for Heidi Ganahl

Re-enactment of Heidi Ganahl’s Q4 fundraising period.

As readers of this blog are well aware, we have regularly labeled the gubernatorial campaign of Republican Hiedi Heidi Ganahl as the worst campaign for governor in the entire country. For her part, Ganahl has been very helpful in cementing that argument through her own campaign #FAILs.

Ganahl’s gubernatorial campaign quietly filed its Q4 2021 fundraising report over the weekend. We say “quietly” because we wouldn’t want anybody to know these numbers, either.

In the last three months of 2021, Ganahl raised $267,000 and wrote herself a check for $200,000, leaving her fledgling campaign with $351,430 in the bank to start 2022.

If you’re wondering how these numbers compare to previous Republican candidates for governor — none of whom were ultimately elected to the position — we did the research for you.

It’s not good.

 

We include Dan Maes here because he did (improbably) go on to win the Republican Party nomination for governor after Scott McInnis imploded in a plagiarism scandal. Other than Maes, however, no legitimate Republican candidate for governor has started an election year in the last decade-plus with less money in the bank than Ganahl. And it’s not like fundraising dollars are being split among multiple Republican candidates in 2022. Ganahl is bombing despite being the clear frontrunner for the GOP nomination.

The only thing that saved Ganahl from a Maes-like fundraising quarter is her own $200,000 contribution to the campaign. Ganahl burned through $239,000 in Q4, largely to pay salaries and fees for various consultants. Had she not written herself that check, she would have only added $28,224 to her campaign coffers in the final months of 2021.

Perhaps Ganahl is able and/or willing to self-fund her campaign to the tune of many millions of dollars. If not, there is no realistic scenario whereby she ends up being the next governor of Colorado.

Tuesday Open Thread

“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”

–Saint Augustine