On the Catholic vote.

Here is an interesting article on how the GOP has captured the conservative catholic vote or vice versa.

From time to time I will update that beat.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/23/…

There was a demonstration in from of Health and Human Services in DC. One family’s story:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/…

THere are two new articles regarding what may impact the so-called catholic vote.

This from the Denver Catholic Register describes the rally against the HSS mandate –

http://www.archden.org/index.c…

This article is from a Philadelphia news website.  It describes the second day in the trial  of a catholic priest accused of covering up crimes against children –

http://www.philly.com/philly/n…

3rd day of trial in Philly: http://www.philly.com/philly/n…

Continuing trial in Phily:

http://www.philly.com/philly/c…

And: http://www.philly.com/philly/w…

I note that Dolan is talking up the Obama “fight” with Catholics as the same time the criminal trial of clerical coverup is unfolding in

Philadelphia.  There is very little coverage of that trial, nationally. Interesting?  I will continue to post links.

March 28th – T. Cardinal Dolan on the O’Reilly Factor:

Hear the leading Cardinal in the US talk about politics and Obama care –

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/…

Bigotry, Prejudice and CO’s Civil Unions Bill

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Waiting to testify at the CO Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Civil Unions, I was reminded of something that happened when I was a little girl.  We lived three miles outside of Detroit in a small house with eleven residents (my parents and nine children), and my dad had occasional weekend  poker games in our garage. The garage was a real working garage with a grease pit to fix cars (a six-foot-deep rectangular hole), which he covered with several layers of plywood, in order to have his friends over for a poker game on top of it. (Ever seen the Roseanne show? It was just like that, only our kitchen was much smaller than theirs.)

Dad was deaf from a childhood accident, but he heard the language of the streets through beer, cigarettes, cars, and frequent “gut checks.” Everyone from the shop was invited to poker night, no matter what their faith, color, ethnicity, language, bank account, religion, etc. The only rule to be invited to poker night was you couldn’t drive a foreign car. (I previously wrote about that here.)

We had one television, one telephone, and ten people fighting over them, so I read often, and listened to Canadian public radio, where my liberal curiosity was nurtured. I loved meeting all my dad’s friends from “the shop” — each had a different accent, a different smell, a different look. When I studied Native Americans, my dad had a friend who was a Native American chief, and my dad asked him to teach us. Chief Red Bird, a local volunteer at a state park, brought his daughter and some friends, and had a mini-pow-wow in our living room. He even made us leather slippers, which we wore when we visited him at Detroit Metropolitan State Park.

Dad didn’t discriminate, at least not in the usual ways. Although my father quit school in the eighth grade and only later went back to finish the eleventh grade (there was no special education offered for poor, deaf kids in the forties), he was an expert at people. Dad made friends with everyone — literally everyone — and he brought them all home for poker. Jewish friends, Italian friends, Greek friends, African-American friends, German friends, Asian friends — didn’t matter. As long as they didn’t drive a foreign car, they were all his friends.

At our local drug store, there was a woman with numbers tattooed on her arm, and when asked, she told us in a very thick accent how she had escaped Nazi Germany. My mother would not have approved of me asking such nosy questions, but when I was alone, I asked them of everyone I met. Ethnic Detroit in the 70s was the perfect place to learn about the world.

I remember being intrigued by one of my Dad’s poker-playing friends, “German Joe.” Joe’s wife was the best baker, and he frequently brought over German anisette pastries. He also had an adorable schnauzer named Snoopy that did tricks and followed commands in three languages. I was about eight years old when I blurted out to Joe, “Are you a Nazi?” My dad’s friend became very serious and quiet, kneeled down to be eye level with me, and said (something like),

“When I was sixteen, I joined Hitler’s army because I loved planes and they said I could fly them. I did not hate Jews. I did not hate anyone. I just wanted to fly planes. I worked for Hitler until I escaped and came to this country. Every day of my life, I pray to G-d to forgive me for being on the wrong side.” With tears in his eyes, Joe continued, “When you grow up, remember to ask a lot of questions… because if you don’t, you might end up on the wrong side, like me. Sometimes I wish I died in the war. You should never live like Old Joe.”

I sensed Joe’s deep shame and never forgot it. I also never shared Joe’s secret with my parents (my dad was deaf, remember). Many of my father’s nine brothers fought the Nazis in World War II — it wouldn’t have gone over well. How could someone who appeared so kind have been part of something that was so unspeakably cruel?

Later, as a teenager, I started attending a synagogue and eventually converted to Judaism. In shul, I heard many more horror stories about the Holocaust, and often thought of Joe — Joe with the sweet dog, the delicious cookies, and the horrible secret. Joe the Nazi, who flew planes for the most murderous regime in human history.

I learned as a kid, to talk to everyone, to assume nothing, and to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. It’s easy to hate people; it’s much more difficult to understand them. I studied psychology in college for this reason.

I was thinking about all of this yesterday at the CO State Senate Judiciary hearing on Civil Unions. A young woman representing the Anti-Defamation League testified that people who opposed Civil Unions were motivated for many different reasons, but among them were bigotry and prejudice. A very tense exchange between the young woman and Senator Lundberg went something like this:

Lundberg: “Are you saying that anyone opposed to Civil Unions is a bigot, or is prejudiced?”

Woman from ADL: “No, I am saying there are many motives to oppose equality for gays and lesbians. Among those reasons is bigotry and prejudice. That’s why I’m testifying on behalf of ADL.”

Lundberg repeated his question in slightly different words, and the woman repeated her answer in a similar fashion. As the proverbial saying goes, you could cut the tension with a knife.

I thought about German Joe, and I thought about the woman with the numbers on her arm. I thought about Rosa Parks, whom I met when I was sixteen; my high school social studies teacher invited her in to speak to our class. I remembered her saying how important it was to the civil rights movement that white people joined the cause, too. I thought about one of my best friends who killed himself while struggling with his sexuality and the homophobic world around him, and I thought about Senator Lundberg.

When it was my turn to testify, I said,

“I’m sorry Senator Lundberg is out of the room…” (he and Senator King left the room frequently during the hearing, each missing approximately half of the testimony. Even while there, Lundberg rarely looked up from his laptop or iPad, apparently doing his taxes, or something else equally more important than listening to the pain of gays and lesbians for hours). I continued, “because I wanted to tell Senator Lundberg I do not believe every person who opposes gay marriage or civil unions is a bigot, or is prejudiced.”

On the break, I gave Senator Lundberg a copy of my testimony, shook his hand, and told him the same thing. And I meant it. I don’t believe he hates gays.

In my testimony, I spoke of being homophobic while in high school. When I heard gay jokes as a kid, and laughed at them, I meant no harm to anyone. Like my Dad, I didn’t hate gay people, or Jews, or Muslims, or African Americans, or Italians, or anyone else. Hate has never been a part of my heart, even a little.

And yet, by not speaking up, by not showing up, by not standing up, I was part of the problem. When my friend Bret killed himself, and left a note, I found that I, too, in high school, shared something with German Joe.

Never again. Never again. Never again.

I will listen to all sides. I will strive to understand. I will assume everyone has good intentions unless I can prove otherwise. And I will never, ever stop asking questions. I will never stand quiet when those around me are persecuted. I owe it to the woman with the numbers on her arm. I owe it to Rosa Parks. I owe it to my friend Bret, and to many other millions of people who have been persecuted because of the (literally) thoughtless actions, or inactions, of others.

Senators Lundberg and King gave their reasons for not supporting civil unions. For King, he essentially believes civil unions are a veiled attempt at gay marriage, and defining marriage is the right of the church. To quote King, “Separation of church and state is there to protect the church.”

Lundberg’s argument was similar. He believes the civil unions bill is no different than the gay marriage attempts of the past. Because of the fact Lundberg only actually listened carefully to a few minutes of the five hour long Senate Judiciary hearing, he managed to avoid hearing all the reasons why the Civil Unions bill is very different from earlier gay marriage legislation (I sat immediately to his right in the completely packed chambers and watched him surfing the net for five hours  — that is, when he was even in the room). The bill passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and will now continue on to the entire Senate, despite King and Lundberg’s opposition.

“Ask questions, Senator Lundberg”, I thought. “Listen. Engage. Understand. Feel what it feels like to walk in the shoes of another.” That’s how Colorado will know you are not a bigot.

Have you ever testified on behalf of Civil Rights?

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Regarding Redistricting and Absurdity

The biggest change in the Democratic proposal moves U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, an Aurora Republican, from a Republican-heavy district into a new swing district.

Richard Westfall, who represents the seven Republican plaintiffs, said an expert will refute the idea of using competitiveness as a criterion.

“The court does not need to do wholesale surgery to Colorado’s existing districts to draw a plan that is constitutional,” he said.

Read more: Colorado’s congressional districts dispute goes to court today – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/legi…

http://www.denverpost.com/term…

Your honor, as our next expert witness, I call on God, Who in His infinite wisdom has blessed the “right” and smiteth the “left” and given precedence in all legal matters to His chosen, especially in cases of retail and wholesale surgery.

Confessions of a Moderate Republican ~ The Theory

Now that I have announced that I am no longer running for POTUS in 2012 and do not have that as a distraction, I was thinking about doing a monthly diary about what it is like to be a moderate republican.  

I say a moderate republican because some of my viewpoints typically clash with some of the members of my party on more ways than one.  I am very well aware that if all my opinions got out and were attributable to me, I would probably be called a RINO at best, and more than likely be called much worse by members of my own party.  Such is the nicety of being able to post “anonymously” for what it is worth.

What I am trying to do is provide some of my thoughts so you can put it all together.  I suspect that by the time I am done, some of you will conclude that I am clueless, idiotic, or just plain an asshole… Some of you will be right.  Keep in mind that I am probably not going to provide a bazillion links to sources that most of you would find acceptable, but my thought process is really more to elucidate my opinions and tie them back into me being a Republican.

Some of the areas that I was thinking about doing the diaries on are as follows:

Abortion

Gun Control

Taxes – State

Taxes – Federal

Education Spending

Energy Sources

The President – OK you knew this one was coming.

Why I think the Republican Party in Colorado is totally screwed up ~ Bet you didn’t see this one coming

I have strong opinions on all of these areas, and some of them are just that, opinions.  I will not bore the heck out of everyone with a million links or graphics, because frankly, I try to have a meager life outside of work and I really haven’t got the time to go digging for every relevant argument to support my opinions.  Besides, some of these areas really don’t warrant links anyway, now do they?    Remember this is opinion, which may or may not be based in facts…

What do all of you think about this idea?   If it is a worthwhile endeavor, then I will start the writing process.  Any suggestions as to the first one?  If it is not, then I will continue to post my snarky crap whenever the mood strikes me.  Don’t worry, in the coming months I expect to find a lot of crap I can be snarky on and would probably write diaries like that on the side as time permits.

Besides the suggestions I have above, do you have any further recommendations?  If I have an opinion on the topic, it might be fun to write about it.

Peace,

Raiders

Should I start writing?

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Shut It Down

The people we sent to Washington can’t seem to get the job done. It is amazing to me that congress is still arguing about a budget that should have been passed before the fiscal year started back in September 2010. It is increasingly looking as though the government will shut down on Friday. Some on the right are excited about the prospect of a shutdown. I’m starting to think that it might be a good thing if they got what they are clamoring for. Call it tough love. If they shut down the federal government, they might find the consequences are not what they are expecting.

Dianne DeGette’s office has been swamped with calls from people worried about their Social Security and Medicare checks. Paychecks for military personnel will also be delayed. How do the blockheads clamoring for a shutdown think that the families of soldiers are going to continue to live indoors and eat regularly if they don’t get their monthly paycheck? I remember stories about how many military families need food stamps in order to make ends meet. Missing a paycheck, even if it is eventually received, is disastrous for families already on the edge.

Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain National Park will shutdown at a time when lots of families have Spring Break. So, merchants selling souvenirs, lodging, and meals to visitors to these parks, during a traditionally peak time, are going to see a drop in sales instead of the increases they had planned for. It is a bit ironic that the Representative from Congressional District 3, Scott Tipton, is one of those merchants. His business relies on tourism at Mesa Verde.

If you are one of those merchants, you won’t be able to get any loans to carry you over this unexpected bump in the road, because banks rely on SBA guarantees for a lot of small business loans, and the SBA will be shut down. Don’t expect to get your income tax refund from the federal government, either. The IRS will be shut down.

Tipton agrees with a strategy to shutdown the government. I don’t think he has considered the consequences, unless he planned to be a one term congressman all along. Looking forward to the next budget crisis, a little birdie told me that a call to Tipton’s office yesterday resulted in a Tipton staffer saying that he would not touch Medicare. Minutes later the Democratic Central Committee sent out a fundraising plea, using Tipton’s support of the Paul Ryan plan to destroy Medicare during the 2011/2012 budgeting process as a reason to donate. Tipton is so caught up in “doing what he was elected to do” that he can’t see the freight train coming at him.

UPDATED: Senate Passes Civil Unions Bill S-172–POLL

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Update: The Senate has passed the Civil Unions bill, and it’s off to it’s fate in the house.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed the civil unions bill, and referred it to the ‘Committee of the Whole’, which the assembly website abbreviates as COW.

Bad abbreviations aside, what’s your take: Will the bill pass the Senate, and does it have a fighting chance in the House?

Background:

On the news that a majority of Americans support gay marriage my inclination was to think there would probably be a high-profile campaign to pass the bill–but all I’ve found so far are some relatively tame petition campaigns, such as this “Republicans for Equality” petition buried on One-Colorado.org.  it seems to me we should have a high profile push to get the civil unions bill the rest of the way through the CO Senate and House.

A quick look online didn’t turn anything up, so I asked on the open thread which legislators were swing legislators, and where a person would go to help out. Ralphie oh-so-helpfully explained that the bill is DoA in the house, because McNulty can send it to committee to die. Is he likely to do that? What about putting it on the ballot this fall then? Newspapers across the state are endorsing the Senate bill, so maybe it really could pass?

Will/how will the civil unions bill pass/die?

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Lamborn, McNulty give nod of support to Harvey

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Congressman Doug Lamborn and Speaker of the House Frank McNulty endorse Ted Harvey for GOP Chair.

Highlands Ranch – Today, Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) and Colorado Speaker of the House Frank McNulty endorsed Ted Harvey for Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.

“I’m pleased to endorse Ted Harvey for chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.   Ted’s unique skill set and diverse background will bring a lot to state party leadership and will help us to strengthen our majority in the State House and retake the State Senate in 2012,” said Speaker McNulty.

“It is an honor to receive the endorsement and vote of Congressman Lamborn and Speaker McNulty.  As chairman I’m dedicated to expanding the Republican majority in the Colorado State House, re-taking the State Senate and making Barack Obama a one-term President,” declared Harvey.

 

Gessler, Schaffer, Buck join Harvey’s Team

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State Senator Ted Harvey’s bid for chairman gains momentum

HIGHLANDS RANCH — “I’m honored to have Secretary of State Scott Gessler, State School Board Chairman Bob Schaffer and District Attorney Ken Buck support my campaign for state chairman.  I appreciate their votes and am grateful for their leadership and commitment to our party,” said Harvey.

University of Colorado Regents Steve Bosley and Jim Geddes, as well as, State Representatives J. Paul Brown, Jim Kerr, Larry Liston and Tom Massey have also added their support to Harvey’s bid to lead Colorado’s Republican Party now that Wadhams is out of the race.

“The out pouring of support for my campaign from around the state has been overwhelming,” said Harvey.  “I am committed to redoubling my efforts to earn the votes of the members of the Central Committee who are the backbone of our party.  My passion is to boldly move forward and return the Republican Party to dominance in 2012.”

“I am eager to work hard to unite our Republican leaders and financial supporters with our traditional party activists and the new TEA Party grassroots under a principled, dynamic and successful GOP banner so we can take the battle of ideas directly to the Democrats,” concluded Harvey.

 

Additional supporters for Harvey for Chairman since Wadhams withdrew:

Secretary of State Scott Gessler

State School Board Chairman Bob Schaffer

District Attorney Ken Buck

Steve Bosley, University of Colorado Regent

Jim Geddes, University of Colorado Regent

Representative J. Paul Brown

Representative Jim Kerr

Representative Larry Liston

Representative Tom Massey

These leaders join Ted Harvey’s initial list of supporters:  

Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp (Jefferson County)

Senate Minority Caucus Chairman Mark Scheffel (Douglas County)

Senate Minority Whip Scott Renfroe (Weld County)

State Senator Kevin Grantham (South Eastern Colorado)

State Senator Kent Lambert (El Paso County)

State Senator Kevin Lundberg (Larimer County)

State Senator Steve King (Mesa County)

House Majority Caucus Chairwoman Carole Murray (Douglas County)

State Representative Mark Barker (El Paso County)

State Representative David Balmer (Arapahoe County)

State Representative Randy Baumgardner (North West Colorado)

State Representative Laura Bradford (Mesa County)

State Representative Kathleen Conti (Arapahoe County)

State Representative Don Coram (Montrose County)

State Representative Chris Holbert (Douglas County)

State Representative Janak Joshi (El Paso County)

State Representative Marsha Looper (El Paso County)

State Representative Ray Scott (Mesa County)

State Representative Jerry Sonnenberg (North East CO)

State Representative Libby Szabo (Jefferson County)

State Representative Glenn Vaad (Weld County)

Former State Senator David Schultheis (Colorado Springs)

A Kinder, Gentler Colorado Republican

Sorry, I can not provide the Sunday Denver Post link to “Colorado Votes” the section that shows how the Colorado Delegation voted last week.  I did however scan it for perpetuity.

The sub heading was “Sending U.S. Jobs Abroad”

Sending U.S. Jobs Abroad

For: 184/ Against: 242

Members Defeated a Democrat-

ic bid to use H Res 38 (Above) as

a vehicle to curb the practice of

U.S. firms sending jobs over-

seas.  A yes vote was to deny fed-

eral contracts to any company

that the Department of Labor

finds to be outsourcing jobs.

Voting yes: All Colorado Democrats

Voting no: All Colo. Republicans

What’s more patriotic to a Republican than lying?  Corporate welfare?  Wars for resources?  Groveling at the feet of their corporate masters?  No, it’s their anti-labor practices and the capability to entice people to vote rich and live poor.  In places that need unions the most, (The Deep South) where without regard to race, creed or religion, they are the most exploited workers in the United States, workers are taught and believe that “union” is another word for communism.  To them, check off dues are a fate worse than paying for gloves, steel toed shoes and uniforms.  They are not stupid, they are a product of a system that demands only functional illiteracy, stop, go, yield, red, green, yellow, nothing more.  For a political group that claims religious conviction, they are without a doubt miserable failures at the most hard fast rule of all religion, liberal philosophy, popular literature and art.  They may be the most sordid villains ever, not because of the greatness of their misdeeds, but because of their blatant acts of exploitation, greed and self-interest in a time of prosperity and scientific enlightenment brought on by the selfless acts of productive, peaceful and noble human beings.  MC

Who makes too much?  Mike Coffman asks for a 10% congressional wage cut.  I say 72%.

Hourly pay for a PFC in Vietnam?   .51 cents

Federal Minimum Wage in 1970? $1.25

Federal Minimum Wage per hour 2011?  $7.25

Hourly pay for a E-3 Army PFC 2011?   $9.75

Average US teacher wage?  $20.19

Median union wage per hour?  $22.92

Wage per hour for US Congressperson, assuming 2080 hours per year?  $83.65

Wage for the average small business CEO/Partner/Owner?  $124.23

Wage per hour for the top 500 CEOs average of $12.8 million?  $6,153.84

Solution?  Reduce Congressional pay to $22.92 an hour, a 72% pay cut.  Freeing up $54,496,800 and use that money to employ 3,613 minimum wage workers.  Congress would still be making middle class wages, although if we really wanted to be mean about it, we could pay them what we pay teachers.  I am sure that it may have the stimulating effect of attracting a nobler congressperson.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Ryan Frazier’s new ad

Flying high above CD7 today was a small airplane towing behind it the words “RYAN FRAZIER FIGHTS SKY HIGH SPENDING”.

Cleverness (or not) of the pun aside, is an advertising medium normally reserved for wedding proposals and Geico insurance really the best use of his money?

I mean, maybe if he took it to the next step and parachuted into a Broncos game or something it would get him noticed, but this just didn’t seem effective to me. Many voters don’t know the congressional candidates well enough for them to connect that message to a space on their ballot, especially not in that particular race. So maybe he should get himself on tv before wasting cash on a bizarre stunt like this.

So CPols, what do you think? Will this win him any votes?

How Talk Radio won the 2010 midterms for the Republicans

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How Talk Radio won the 2010 elections for the Republicans.

I first sounded the alarm about the power of Republican control of the public radio airwaves at the height of the Obama honeymoon blush and BTP, (Before the Tea Party) A lively debate on this blog ensured.  This is what I wrote in February of 2009.

FIRST, WE MUST HAVE real debate:

This blog is an excellent example of First Amendment and free speech. These are the pro factors for participation.

1) Equal access

2) No censorship based on content

3) No limit on how much or how many times one can post

4) If someone posts something you don’t like or consider false, you can can refute it immediately.

5) No points off for bad spelling.

6) No limit to the medium…in other words, there are not a finite number of websites.

7) There is therefore no government regulation.

8) NO ONE CAN HAVE A MONOPOLY ON THE WEB.

These are the con factors, which limit participation.

1) You have to be literate in English.

2) You have to register, so you are not anonymous.

3) You have to have access to a computer and the Internet, usually an outlay of a couple hundred dollars and then a monthly service charge.

4) You have to have to the time and space to read and reply.

SECOND; WHY RADIO NEEDS THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE;

1) Radio is a limited medium.

2) The airwaves belong to the people of America and as the airwaves are a finite resource, there is government regulation.

3) The government has not legislated to prohibit monopoly control.

4) One party, the republicans, control the content of the majority of talk radio programs.

5) Access for opposing viewpoints and access to correct factual errors is extremely limited; this creates a virtual censorship.

Why Radio is so important a medium:

1) It is cheap. Once you buy the receiver, there is no more cost.

2) It is portable, you can hear it all the time, it is mobile, you do not have to stop and use time and space, to the exclusion of other activites, to listen.

3) You don’t have to be literate.

4) Because of its scope, range and universality, it is a powerful tool in creating public opinion.

What is happening now:

1) The hate speech on talk radio is increasing in violent tone, falsehood, and viciousness against the Democratic party and its constituents.

2) There has not been the opportunity for honest debate on the public airwaves on economic issues of grave importance on which there can be real differences of opinion as well as fact.

3) The strategy of republicans to stonewall the administration is enhanced by their ability to limit debate on talk radio and consolidate their public.  

by: dwyer @ Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 08:17:41 AM MST

On 5.3.09, I wrote:

Boyles is building a base for the republican comeback in CO in 2010

Don’t dismiss him.  Ken Buck announced his candidacy on the boyles show…The state repubs look at what they’ve got: almost total control of the local radio airwaves; a beginning grassroots movement, well funded by Dick Army, the ability to use radio as a feedback loop to reinforce the tea cup people; a few hot button issues…the FLU, illegal immigration, taxes, and big gov. …and local dems (read the most “popular blog” in the State)_ who totally dismiss them……

On August 9th, 2009, I noted that Bill Bennet’s “Morning in America”  reported that Talk Radio is the epicenter of the Town Hall strategy.

To summarize:

This is what the boyles show has been associated with:

1) Consistently promoting the “birther” movement so that now a quarter of the American public and a third of republicans believe that the President of the United States may not be legitimate.  There are no polls showing where Coloradans stand on the issue, but there is no reason to believe that they would poll differently.

2) When Villafuerte was nominated by Ritter to be US Attorney in Colorado, mobilitized his audience to call Senator Sessions and have him  ask Villafuerte to be questioned by the FBI one more time before he would vote for her confirmation.  Villafuerte withdrew her nomination.

3) Consistently accused Ritter of being involved with a coverup involving the use of Federal Criminal Data Base during the 2006 election.  Ritter announced he would not run for re-election.

4) Introduced Dan Maes and gave him airtime.

5) Called Tancredo at an airport back East and got him to announce he would run for governor, after McGuinnes meltdown.

6) Hosted the famous Dick Wadhams/ Tom Tancredo fight.

7) Put Freda Poundstone on the air to denounce Maes because of a dispute over money she gave him.

8)  Consistently promoted Tancredo’s candidacy.

This is what local Republican Talk Radio does:

Eighty hours plus a week of local show  are devoted to promoting conservative causes and vicious unrelenting attacks on Democrats. Tancredo is the defacto republican candidate and the hero of the airwaves.  He went from 8% to 34% with no public campaign ads except his radio free time.  Now, the money and the ads are rolling.

“Brownie” will be devoting this whole month to promoting local candidates.

There is no pretense of even allowing the occasional non-conservative on the air.  It is like sports talk and everyone is for the Broncos and a personal friend of the team.

Caplis/Silverman lead the charge against Hickenlooper/Obama.

Both are trained courtroom attorneys….except there are not defense attorneys on the show, no judge, and no charges.  But H/O are prosecuted nonetheless.

The invitation for the Democratic candidates to attend is issued (..Said the spider to the fly) but there is nothing to guarantee impartiality….  Besides, it is a year and a half too late.

Ken Buck: US military should be “homogenous”.

Every day, I wake up and think to myself, “Maybe pro-Buck bloggers H-man and BJ are right — maybe I’m being too hard on Ken Buck. Maybe I shouldn’t remind people he doesn’t support a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body, or that he told a crowd of supporters they should vote for him “because he doesn’t wear high heels”. The fact that he supports CO’s Ammendment 62 (the “the eggmendment”) which would give full legal human rights to any fertilized egg, regardless of whether or not it was actually implanted into a woman’s uterus — well, maybe that isn’t so crazy, after all, right?

The fact that Ken Buck is a tea-party backed candidate who believes Social Security was a bad idea, or that that the federal government should not be in the business of offering guaranteed student loans — at least those ideas are still  slightly to the left of the official Colorado political clown, Tom Tancredo, correct?

http://www.buckingcolorado.com/

Just when I start to second-guess myself, Ken Buck does it again. Ken Buck shows us just how normal a radical fundamentalist can appear if you put him in a suit and tie and give him a podium and a microphone. At a debate against US Senator Michael Bennet in Colorado Springs last night, Buck was asked about his view of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. Buck replied that the US military should be “homogenous”.

What???

Homogenous… as in all the same sexual orientation? What does that have to do with serving one’s country? Isn’t the beauty of America her diversity — the melting pot, the “huddled masses” from every continent yearning to be free? Why would enlisted men and women have to be the same?

Or would women even be allowed in a “homogenous” army? After all, most of them do look a little different than their male counterparts. The US military is not “homogenous” when it comes to gender or body type.

The word “homogenous” has been used to justify discrimination against African-Americans, Asians, Jews and others in many contexts in many times throughout American history. It was also used when people were trying to keep women out of the military. Hate someone? (Anyone?) Play the “homogenous” card. “But we want them all to look/eat/sleep/pray/think/wear-clothes-like/use-the-bathroom-the-same-way or the military/school/country club won’t be ‘homogenous’.”

How far does candidate Ken Buck take this “homogenous” thing? Does homogenous also relate to other characteristics, besides sexual preference and gender? In Buck’s mind, is there a “homogenous” look? Skin color? Language? Ethnicity? Hair color? Religion?

Ken Buck stated he wants the US military to be “homogenous”. My question is, “Why?” Maybe I don’t want to know.

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Poll: Quo Vadius Maes?

Tuesday is the day the Secretary of State prints the November ballots. If Maes is still on the ticket, it will be too late to replace him with a more “acceptable to the Powers that be” candidate.

Will Maes be on the ballot on Wednesday, August 25th?

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Man on Probation Runs for Office in Denver

Bob Lane won the Republican nomination for HD 9 last Tuesday and will face incumbent Democrat Joe Miklosi in the Fall. But did Republicans know what they were getting when they voted?

Bob Lane is currently on probation, after being charged with Assault and Domestic Violence in July of last year. Lane was able to strike a plea deal with the Denver DA office wherein he completes a Domestic Violence Evaluation and Treatment Program and gets a “Disturbing the Peace Charge” instead of the full Assault Charge.  

Bob Lane won the Republican nomination for HD 9 last Tuesday and will face incumbent Democrat Joe Miklosi in the Fall. But did Republicans know what they were getting when they voted?

Bob Lane is currently on probation, after being charged with Assault and Domestic Violence in July of last year. Lane was able to strike a plea deal with the Denver DA office wherein he completes a Domestic Violence Evaluation and Treatment Program and gets a “Disturbing the Peace Charge” instead of the full Assault Charge.

According to Lane’s Statements, the victim is an undocumented Asian immigrant who wanted to marry him for citizenship. When he refused, she tried to steal his cell phone. It was when he took it back that she called the police on him.

This writer thinks that the undocumented immigrant portion of the statement is the only reason he got the plea deal. She wasn’t willing to come forward and correct his story out of fear.

In any case, I think it is a bit short-sighted for someone to run for office while still on probation, regardless of the circumstances. Joe Miklosi should be thanking his lucky stars right now because Lane’s Primary opponent would have given him a much bigger fight.

This HD9 Independent knows who he will be voting for. I hope that any other CPOLs readers that live in HD9 give this issue the attention it deserves. This isn’t about party, it’s about who you want to be YOUR representative. Personally, I disagree with Miklosi a LOT. Especially on his immigration issues. But I would rather have someone like him, who I know from experience is open-minded and that I can have a conversation with, than a criminal who lashes out at any and everyone who opposes him.

I’ll take Joe, thanks.  

Who will be Dan Maes’ running mate?

Assuming Maes doesn’t suddenly “see the light” between now and Tuesday (the deadline for naming your running mate) and withdraw in favor of Liniger…

… who will he select (and who will accept the job) as his running mate? I’ve got some suggestions below, but surely there are lots of others out there.  

Who will be Dan Maes' running mate?

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Jeopardy insults

(It’s a slow day, so I’m retitling this diary and promoting it to let foes of given candidates play this version of Jeopardy Insults.    The author didn’t quite get the nature of Jeopardy right — you don’t spell the answer, you’re given the answer and must supply the question.  Example: “An old curmudgeon rashly elected to Front Page Editor:”

BJWilson: “Who is Voyageur?”  So, have at it (within the usual bounds of our impeccable good taste, of course.)   – promoted by Voyageur
)

Jeopardy Question:  “How do you spell vacuous?”

Check out yesterday’s Colorado Matters broadcast interview with senate (and sometimes suggested replacement-gubernatorial-as-consolation-prize-loser) candidate, Jane Norton.

http://www.cpr.org/#load_artic…

I’ve often heard what a dim bulb Jane is, but I have to confess I never actually have heard her speak (outside of her badly scripted and delivered campaign commercials) until yesterday morning.

Between poorly parroting GOP talking points, simply outlandish jabber, and much outright avoidance answering the questions posed, this is some of the most entertaining self-parody and nonsense that I have heard this year (and that’s saying something).  Just one problem, J-No was slinging it straight.

Interviewer Ryan Warner is, on several occasions, nearly unable to hide his incredulity.  (Still, he’s appropriately servile, er – “polite,” enough not to ask any of the obvious death-blow follow-up questions.)

While simultaneously negotiating I-25 traffic and laughing my ass off I sadly missed some of what was said.  But, my favorite candidate response was to a question about the problem of illegal immigration.  Jane’s partial solution to this complex problem — because there is insufficient jail space to hold 12 million illegal immigrants – those who won’t voluntarily leave should be given 30-day community service sentences.  Problem solved!

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you candidate V-A-C-U-O-U-S.

Does He Stay or Does He go Now? McInnis Edition

So most of us know by now that McInnis screwed himself.

Plagued by pernicious plagiarism charges that only get worse with each successive update the real question of course is no longer if McInnis will be in the governor’s mansion one day, but WHEN he will head back to the ol’ homestead that does not include some time under the gold dome.

So with that in mind the question must be asked, when will Mr. McInnis head back home?

Will he drop out before the primary? Will he try and win the primary hoping for a replacement afterwards because he knows almost any republican other than Maes will have a better chance against Hickenlooper? Will he stay and fight?

Of course there are arguments that if he does wait until after the primary to drop out of the race, the rank and file republicans won’t accept the elite insiders telling them who their candidate should be. Some even wonder if republicans will accept a replacement. They may just stay home rather than be told what to do.

Will he become Don Quixote incarnate and go for it all?

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Why was the Hasan Foundation paying for a WATER article anyway?

( – promoted by ClubTwitty)

Look at the Hasan Family Foundation website: http://www.hasanfamilyfoundati…

The Foundation seems to have NOTHING TO DO with water policy. Here is its mission statement as set forth on its home page:

Founded in 1993, the Hasan Family Foundation’s original mission was to fund educational and health initiatives in Southern Colorado. In terms of education, the Hasan Family Foundation has a keen interest in projects that promote education in the arts. Since 2001, the foundation has expanded this mission to include funding programs which bring a better understanding of the Muslim and South Asian cultures to the people of the United States.

Education in the arts? Better understanding of Muslim and South Asian cultures? What, pray tell, does Colorado water policy have to do with those topics?

But there’s more, much more:

Look also at the Foundation’s proud listing of its grants at this page:

http://www.hasanfamilyfoundati…

The $300K paid to McInnis dwarfs any other grant listed on that page, with the exception of one $1 million grant. None of the other grants appear to have anything to do with water policy.

Then look at the “fellows” funded by the Foundation. One is an Islamic scholar: that certainly seems to fit the Foundation’s mission. Another is (surprise, surprise) Muhammad Ali Hasan. And then there’s Scott McInnis, sticking out like a sore thumb, supposedly serving as a fellow on … water policy?

And you’ve gotta love the Foundation’s chilly description of how McInnis performed as a Foundation “fellow”: apparently he didn’t quite meet their expectations even BEFORE the plagiarism allegations:

The Hasan Family Foundation extended a Fellowship to former Congressman Scott McInnis following his departure from Congress.  This two year Fellowship, which commenced in the Fall of 2005, was intended to afford Mr. McInnis a platform to be a forceful and effective advocate for Colorado’s water rights. More importantly, the Foundation intended that Mr. McInnis would use the resources made available to him to speak, write and advocate in a manner that would elevate the public awareness of the crucial water rights issues confronting Colorado.  The Foundation expressed its expectation that during the Fellowship Mr. McInnis would travel the state and would partner with media sources to inform the public about important water issues and the roles of the federal and state government legislation and regulation that so significantly impact those issues.  As with other Fellows, the specific method and manner of accomplishing the Fellowship goals were left to Mr. McInnis.  In light of recent inquiries about Mr. McInnis’ work as a Foundation Fellow, the materials that he submitted to the Foundation as a result of his Fellowship are published on this website. Further inquiries and requests should be directed to Mr. McInnis.

Wow: the ill will between the Foundation and McInnis, even before the plagiarism came to light, is almost palpable in those highlighted expressions. It’s obvious McInnis took the Foundation’s cash and didn’t nearly live up to expectations.

And of course, all that’s before the Foundations’s chairwoman Seeme Hasan’s totally devastating (but also somewhat puzzling – see below) response to the latest plagiarism revelations:

In light of the accusations against Scott McInnis regarding plagiarism of articles to the Hasan Family Foundation, I am shocked, angry and disappointed. Any work related to the fellowship that Mr. McInnis submitted was always represented as final. At no time, whatsoever, did Mr. McInnis communicate that any of the work were “rough drafts.” Any representation that they were submitted to the Foundation as “rough drafts” is

absolutely incorrect.

In addition, there were never discussions nor any knowledge by the Foundation that Mr. McInnis was working with a “research advisor.” If indeed Mr. McInnis was working with a “research advisor,” it was never brought to our attention, nor authorized. The work that the Foundation hired Mr. McInnis to do was to be done solely by Mr. McInnis, and not in concert with anyone else.

The Hasan Family Foundation takes the issue of plagiarism extremely seriously. At no time was it brought to our attention that Mr. McInnis used information not cited or unethically used work that was not his own. All work was represented to be original and final. We will conduct an independent, internal investigation and if the allegations are proven to be true, we will demand Mr. McInnis return all monies paid to him by the

Foundation.

What’s puzzling is that the Foundation in its angry press release says that McInnis was not authorized to have a “research associate.” However, in another place on its website the Foundation stated that “As with other Fellows, the specific method and manner of accomplishing the Fellowship goals were left to Mr. McInnis.” This seems to be a contradiction, and it seems appropriate for McInnis to release every single bit of all correspondence and agreements between himself and the Foundation. It would also behoove the Foundation to do so independently, so that the good name of the Foundation and its other good works will not be tarnished any more than it already has been by this sordid episode.

The Hasan Foundation also needs to disclose all documentation concerning its odd decision, given its mission statement, to give such a huge amount of money to a former Congressman to write on a subject that was unlike almost anything else that the Foundation was involved with. (Muhammad Ali Hasan was funded to write about water, but hey, he’s the foundation founders’ son.) Absent a persuasive explanation, it just doesn’t add up.

McInnis has refused to disclose his full tax returns. He has claimed significant charitable contributions, but when pressed, resorts to anecdotes such as providing a dead elk to a family. Enough is enough. McInnis needs to come clean: full disclosure of all tax returns, full disclosure of all charitable contributions, and full disclosure of each and every bit of communications and all other documents between the Hasan Family Foundation and him, and between his “research associate” and him.

If he refuses to do this, Coloradans may well wonder whether there are more skeletons in his closet.

Again: this whole connection with the Hasan Family Foundation and McInnis just doesn’t seem to add up. And that’s even BEFORE the plagiarism revelations, the attempt to blame his underling, etc. etc. etc.

Ament and Stapleton Want To Play With Your Money

( – promoted by Colorado Pols)

In this week’s Denver Business Journal, Ed Sealover interviews both GOP candidates for the Treasurer’s race:  J.J. Ament and Walker Stapleton.

First, the good news:  Both candidates give very good reasons why they believe Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101 would be disastrous for Colorado.

But the bad news is that both are unhappy Treasurer Cary Kennedy isn’t churning the state’s $6.5 billion portfolio fast enough, or taking enough risk.  Rather, they say she’s willing to settle for solid returns each year with only a staff of 2 or 3 fund managers.

J.J. Ament has experience working the industry side of the public finance world (Citigroup), so naturally his solution to the portfolio question is to pay private traders and fund managers to churn the ol’ portfolio rather than just let those lazy bureaucrats sit on tidy profits through a “buy and hold” strategy.

Walker Stapleton, of Bush family fame, touts a one-time $20 million payout on a single real estate transaction a couple of years ago as his “track record of success”.

He has a different outlook altogether on how to invest $6.5 billion.  He sees hyperinflation just around the corner, and worries that Kennedy is following the same conservative investment strategies as her Republican predecessors, Mark Hillman and Mike Coffman.

Stapleton’s prescription to keep ahead of hyperinflation (“double digit inflation” in his words) would be to make the portfolio highly liquid so “you can get in and out of investments that you make fairly quickly”.

Not sure what sort of investments he’s contemplating that could insure double-digit returns.  Might I suggest a Ponzi scheme followed by a relaxed retirement in the Caymans?

Note:  There are no links to the article referenced, not because they are on the forbidden list, but because it is in the Premium content section of the DBJ’s website.  But I recommend you pick up a copy of the print edition or subscribe to the online edition for the full story.

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I’m calling out EVERY Republican on this Blog…

…OK, I get that the leadership of your Party can give a shit about the Active Duty Military and Vets. That you’ll use a SM in uniform for any Photo-op possible, promise that you’ll take care of the troops and vote against their interests.

I’ve posted links to several slimey-ass things that the Republican leadership has done to vets, including taking money from a WWII Vet as a “loan” and then telling him to fuck off.

But now they’ve gone too far.

The Republicans in Congress have had no problems putting two wars on the Credit Card, blindly signed checks to Blackwater and Halliburton for fraudulent charges, and tossed $100 bills around Iraq like GOP Fundraisers at a lesbian strip club.

Now the carnage of these endless wars is coming back to haunt this country. I’ve ranted about PTSD and TBI and veteran suicide, and I’m trying my damnest to get Veterans Court going in Denver. One other important part of the puzzle is Veteran Homelessness.

Folks, there are Iraq and Afghanistan vets who are homeless in Denver. Some are living in their cars, some are “couch surfing” and others are living on the banks of the Platte river in the free sleeping bags I helped hand out at the last veteran standdown in October.

It’s a problem. A big one.

Now, there’s a bill sponsored by Sen Patty Murray (S.1237) that would devote $3.4 billion to Veteran Homelessness. On the 29th, Sen Murray asked for unanimous consent in passage of the bill. Sen Tom Colburn (R-OK) is objecting, due to the potential addition to the deficit.

Yes, the GOP has suddenly decided that deficit spending is bad. Somehow they didn’t notice during the war years, and they certainly didn’t notice that the Bush Tax cuts created a massive deficit. Sen Colburn was noticeably quiet about deficit concerns when we passed all the earlier war funding bill, so the fact he suddenly discovered his testicles on this bill is proof of the partisan bullshit going on in the senior leadership of his Party.

See for yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…

(For some reason, it won’t let me embed…)

Fine – if the GOP wants to play politics with Vets, that’s nothing new. But Sen Colburn, man up and put your ass in front of the podium and own up to your objection. Don’t be a sniveling candy-ass and ask “Dad” to put out your weak-ass arguments against the Bill. Let Sen Murray ask you why you hate Veterans.

This bill came out of committee with unanimous, bipartisan support. It helps vets right now who need it. But it seems that the senior leadership of the GOP feels it’s more important to score points than to take care of the vets it created with their wars.

So, my title says I’m calling out all the Republicans on this blog. I’ll even be respectful and actually use the name of your Party, something your members seem incapable of doing regarding the Democrats.

Call up your leadership – precinct, county, state, national WHATEVER. Tell them the one subject they don’t to pull this petty political BULLSHIT on is veterans. Tell them if they want to object to legislation regarding vets on this new-found fiscal responsibility, they need to PUT THEIR ASSES IN FRONT OF THE MIKE and own up to it.

If they mean it, and they actually have a plan, then they can go on the House or Senate floor AND SAY SO. No more hiding behind the Senate Majority Leader, Fox News or a Swiftboat group.

The Republican Leadership has created this crisis in Veteran’s care, and they need to own up to it. If you can find the unmitigated gall to apologize to BP, the GOP really needs to start apologizing to the US Military and Veterans.

NOW.

VetVoice blog on the issue: http://networkedblogs.com/5kZ0E

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…

Sen Colburns’ letter: http://big.assets.huffingtonpo…

OpenCongress.org website on S.1237:

http://www.opencongress.org/bi…

Committee on Veterans Affairs Press Release:

http://veterans.senate.gov/pre…

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Bob Hislop: The Smoking Gun

(What you’re really going to see here is a FAILed attempt at gotcha journalism by a right-wing Republican (and one who claims to want to end “self serving political agendas) who is trying to damage the campaign of another Republican running in HD-54. You can read the notes in the comments for more info, but there was no law broken here — not even close. – promoted by Colorado Pols)

http://themoveright.com/2010/0…

The Ethics Violation and Broken Laws:

What you’re going to see here is Bob Hislop himself using an online forum to raise funds for his campaign. The law that’s been broken comes into play not because he was raising funds, but because the forum Bob used was a Non-Profit forum. It’s from the AFAUSSS message board. This is a private chat forums which allows it’s members to chat amongst themselves. AFAUSSS is a 501(c)3 organization, which is strictly prohibited in promoting a candidate. Looks like Bob feels he’s above the law though.

Here’s the funny thing about this piece you’re about to see. I met with Bob during Parker Days. He and I sat in a sandwich shop, he bought me a soda, and we talked about him and his race. Near the end of our converstation, I through out a “hypothetical” to Bob. It went something  like this…

Me: So I’m working this story that I have a candidate that may have raised funds illegally. He apparently went onto this online message board, that’s owned by a non-profit, and solicited funds from people all over the country. Is that a violation?

Bob: Yes it is. It’s a major violation if someone were to do that.

Me: So in you’re view they’d be in violation of the law. If this were to come out, during the election, should that person drop out of the race?

Bob: It would be hard for them not to. It would be a serious ethics violation and they would probably be in some sort of legal troubles.

The “reliable conservative” hurts Republicans in CO, AR

A truly reliable conservative works to shorten the Republican primary and to lengthen the Democratic primary:

1) Run down the liberal candidates’ war chests by helping to keep the primary race competitive as long as possible

2) Protecting the conservative candidates’ war chests by shortening the primary race – making one candidate the overwhelming favorite

Norton dominated Buck until the AJS ads ran. The primary race is getting hotter and will chew up money that could have gone to the General Election. Winner: Bennet.

Lincoln dominates Halter and the AJS ads can only extend her lead. Halter will exit the race soon and start helping Blanche win the general election. Winner: Lincoln – if the early resolution can turn the race around.

AJS is helping Bennet win in Colorado and Lincoln close the gap in Arkansas. Tell me again how AJS is reliably conservative?

Sources

Arkansas Senate – Democratic Primary, http://www.realclearpolitics.c…

Scott McInnis is on the beat

You should never annoy a cop.  As a working lawyer in the suburbs with a criminal docket, it has been my sad experience over the years to have clients who insist on going to trial for a misdemeanor crime.  At trial, it is my guy’s word against the cop’s.  The jury hears the defendant’s pitch and then hears from the cop.  The cop is simply doing his duty.  He isn’t out to get anyone.  The client wants to get off of the rap for the crime he has committed.  The party’s motives come into play.

My experience is that the Jury always believes the cop if its one word against the other.  And it’s no surprise.  For juries, cops are usually seen as the good guys.

If you are a cop, you can be in trouble every time you approach someone you pulled over.  Even in small towns.  Even in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.  In 2006, the most recent year with public crime records for Glenwood, seven women were raped, 61 burglaries occurred, 43 cars were stolen and one armed robbery occurred.  

In little old Glenwood Springs.  Fortunately no cops got killed.

Scott McInnis was a Glenwood Springs cop.  As if that weren’t enough, he also volunteered with the fire department.  He later went to law school and became a lawyer in the same town he patrolled as a police officer.  He demonstrates to this day that he never forgot his oath of office.

McInnis ran and was elected as member of the Colorado State Assembly, our state version of congress.  The other Assembly members eventually made him Majority Leader.  He ran for U.S. Congress and became Colorado’s congressman for the Western Slope.

McInnis got us two national parks as a congressman and he always fought to shrink the size and scope of government as a simple point of principal. He went to Washington for 12 years and then came home.

He got work here as a private lawyer and watched the same events transpire in Colorado over the past four years that we all have.  The Democrats became the majority in Colorado government and their new Governor named Ritter brought Labor Unions into the government work force.  The Colorado State Government ran out of money but somehow couldn’t shrink its taxpayer-paid work force to match our smaller state revenue stream.  We got into the hole and the dems tried to raise taxes instead of shrinking the government machinery.  

The majority Democrats passed increased taxes on natural gas production and the oil and gas jobs somehow ended up in Pennsylvania of all places.  Our only local airline got swallowed up by a Midwest concern and all those jobs moved to the Midwest because of tax decisions, including the ludicrous idea to tax software used in making an airline reservation.  The dems have engineered a train wreck since they took over our state government.  It’s enough to annoy a cop.  It’s enough to annoy a jury.  It’s enough to annoy anyone.  Including Scott McInnis.  So he has decided to do something about it.

Scott McInnis is running to be Governor for the State of Colorado.  He knows this place.  It is his home and the home of his family going back four generations.  Right now, it appears that if anybody in Colorado is ready to get us out of the hole we are in, it’s McInnis.  

Last week, Mr. McInnis spoke to the Parker, CO Republicans.  He gave out the sobering statistic that each day 275 more Coloradans lose their job.  He thinks the Dems in charge at the state Capital are “job cremators, not job creators”.   His empathy for these workers is real and profound.  

Addressing jobs in the area of natural gas production, he talked eloquently about the blue collar jobs that have left the state.  “Roughneck jobs are great jobs.  These are some of the good jobs that have left our state.  Grand Junction is now Number One in the Nation in job losses and energy is the reason.  Gov. Ritter put in the toughest anti-drilling legislation in the U.S.  Conoco-Phillips stopped all exploration when the new regulations became law.”

Bill Ritter wisely chose not to seek reelection as our governor.  The Dems have put up Denver Mayor and saloon keeper John Hickenlooper as his replacement after an emergency phone call from Dem President  Barack Obama.  I expect Hickenlooper, after his long tenure as a bartender, to carry the Lower Downtown of Denver by a healthy margin. That leaves the rest of Colorado for him to reach.   McInnis’ opinion – “The Denver Mayor seems to think that Colorado begins and ends at the Denver City Limits.”   McInnis doesn’t think Hickenlooper gets it.  At the Parker meeting he was most incensed by a recent Hickenlooper quote that “the recession is really caused by people’s mental state”.  Spoken like a true bartender.

McInnis told the Parker crowd that he will dedicate himself to restoring jobs.  He used the issue of Fort Carson as an example of what to do and what not to do.  According to McInnis, both Ritter and Hickenlooper are against Fr. Carson’s expansion.  After they made their views public, Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchins visited with the Secretary of the Army and got a commitment for the new Cyber Command to move to San Antonio.  This ought to have helped out our “mental state” a lot.

McInnis’ first promise, if elected, is to sign an executive order rolling back the unionization of state agencies.  So long Andy Stern and the SEIU.   Then to rewrite the job-killing oil and gas regulations and get oil companies to come back to Colorado.

In 2006, this writer had the opportunity to see Bill Ritter and Bob Beauprez at a joint appearance late in the campaign.  It appeared that Bill Ritter was ready and prepared to be governor and that Beaurprez wasn’t.   The 2006 election reflected this readiness. What we didn’t know at the time was that apparently Ritter had made his “deal with the devil” with the SEIU and other labor unions that culminated in a late-night executive order unionizing Colorado State workers shortly after his election.  

McInnis has promised to reverse that.  He appears ready to lead and is prepared to be a strong governor.  He promises to fix many of the problems we face in our state and his promise appears real.  

Who are you going to trust with your life, liberty and property, a bartender or a cop?

Mike Robinson is Sr. Partner at Robinson & Henry P.C., a Castle Rock Law Firm.

Douglas County School Board’s revolutionary times

There is a saying, “Give the people what they want, and they’ll come out for it.” It appears the citizens of Douglas County, CO wanted to see Big Labor’s hand picked school board candidates kicked out of office and that’s just what the citizens delivered this 2009 election year. The 2009 race saw a 72% increase in voter turnout over the last school board election. A total of 45,180 voters cast mail-in ballots this year. When the ballots were counted, the GOP backed candidates ran the table.

In most election years, our local economy has been healthy and school money issues took a back seat. This past year, the school district had a significant drop off in revenues. Instead of making any significant cuts in areas that affect Union workers, the board decided to make cuts in services to school children and their parents. The board cut school bus routes, putting the onus on parents to get their kids to school and sparing the Union workers from any significant hardship. It appears that this decision to cut bus routes was the last straw for many of the voters in the 2009 election. It’s not like the American Federation of Teachers has a good track record concerning school kids. See this quote: ” When school children start paying union dues, that ‘s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.” Albert Shanker, AFT President, Congressional Record, August 1985.

The GOP candidates held a victory party on election night at the home of one of the candidates. It goes without saying that they were in a good mood.

DCGOP Chairman John Ransom said “We did something for the kids in the County and that’s neat. Our children’s education is too important to be left to the Union.”

Dan Gerken, the winner in District D, said “I look forward to following through on what we ran on in choice in education, pay for performance and transparency.

Doug Benevento,the winner in District E, stated “I am honored that the people of Douglas County chose me.”

Meghann Silverthorn, the winner in District G, said “I am humbled by the support the voters have shown me and I truly look forward to delivering outstanding education to Douglas County.”

Meghann’s Husband, Jeff, called in from out of state to say how proud he is of his wife. Mr. Silverthorn is preparing for a deployment to Iraq.

All indications are that John Carson, the winner in District B, will be the new President of the Douglas County School Board. Carlson stated his goals for this term. He wants to implement more parental choice and to have parents have more say in their child’s educations. At one of the debates in the runup to the election, Carson was paired with Sue Catterall. She got some of her facts reversed and a lesser opponent would have pounced on her error, especially in this election cycle where the Union people challenged the GOP endorsed candidates for competence. Carson deftly fixed Ms. Catterall’s error and made it sound like she was merely making a new point. This kindness and understanding shown by Mr. Carson will serve him well in his new role as President of the School Board.

It only took defeated DC School Board President Kristine Turner a New York Minute to do her Dede Scozzafava impression: “I am planning to switch my party affiliation to an unaffiliated voter, as I don’t want to be associated with the foul type of behavior that the Douglas County Republicans have displayed,” Kristine Turner wrote in an email to the Colorado Independent.