Sep
08
2014
1

Sen. Mark Udall (D, Colorado) has no right to exploit murdered journalists.

He simply does not.

In the course of an hour-long debate with Gardner in Grand Junction, Colo., [Mark] Udall said that “ISIL does not present an imminent threat to this nation.” He cited his membership on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee to substantiate that assertion, and he even invoked the names of the American journalists murdered at the hands of the Islamic State in the course of his pleas for restraint.

“I can tell you,” Udall said, “Steve Sotloff and James Foley would tell us, don’t be impulsive. Horrible and barbarous as those executions were, don’t be impulsive, come up with a plan to knock ISIL back.”

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Sep
02
2014
12

Hickenlooper the Coward.

That’s not my assessment, although I certainly do agree with it (OK, so I guess that it is): it’s the assessment of Bob Crowell, father of a murder victim whose murderer might be given clemency if John Hickenlooper loses.

No, seriously.

“I think that’s the coward’s way out.”

This story has been addressed on RedState before, notably here and here: the short version is that John Hickenlooper, Democratic governor of Colorado, is against the death penalty. Fine*. This theoretical stance of Hickenlooper’s has come up against the real-world example of Nathan Dunlap, who is a remorseless, cold-blooded killer who ruthlessly and senselessly murdered four people twenty years ago, and who has been staving off his execution ever since. The problem for Hickenlooper is this: while the people of Colorado would dearly love to see Dunlap get the needle, the Lefties that make up Hickenlooper’s organization would not. (more…)

Aug
14
2014
8

Andrew Romanoff (D CAND, Colorado-06) plays with chalk, won’t clean up after himself.

This is, indeed, the maturity level that one has come to expect from Democratic candidates these days:

On June 27, former Colorado Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff oversaw a group of volunteers chalking the sidewalk of the government district office of U.S. Representative Mike Coffman in protest over immigration issues. The political protest ended when the building manager, Quyet Dang, arrived in the parking lot and told the crew if they didn’t clean up the chalk he would call the police. The chalking ended almost immediately, but the cleanup took 15-30 minutes, or even longer than that according to some sources. Regardless of how long the cleanup lasted, the tapes show Romanoff leaving before it is finished.

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Aug
13
2014
3

AFP’s anti-Mark Udall ad: ‘Unaffordable.’

Pretty hard-hitting one from Americans For Prosperity.

This post from January addresses what Mark Udall did: the short version is that Senator Udall tried to pressure Colorado state officials into cooking the books to make it look like Obamacare didn’t cancel several hundred thousand people’s insurance policies.  This was, of course, later whitewashed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s pet cronies, because what is the point of having fellow-Democrats in office if they can’t cover for one of their own?  Even when the Democrat in question blatantly lied: (more…)

Jul
10
2014
6

Lane’s Law of Gun Control Activism demonstrated by Michael Bloomberg.

The law itself is simple – Gun control fanaticism causes brain damage – and Michael Bloomberg is just determined to prove it: “The NRA went after two or three state Senators [i.e., last year's Colorado recall elections over draconian new gun control laws]  in a part of Colorado where I don’t think there’s roads. It’s as far rural as you can get.”  This led to the inevitable headline: “Bloomberg dismisses Colo. Springs, Pueblo as roadless, rural backwaters.”

…And there’s nothing else to say, really.  Because gun control fanaticism causes brain damage.

Jun
17
2014
3

Gov. John Hickenlooper drops the F-bomb during Colorado sheriffs’ meeting.

I’m just going to send people over to RedState for this one: but I will note that while I’m glad that John Hickenlooper seems to think that being raked over the coals for he and his staff’s incredibly clumsy imposition of new gun control laws is exasperatingly funny*, many of us find Colorado’s gun control laws to simply be exasperating. It would be nice if more elected Democrats actually read the Constitution.  The real one, not the one that the Left dreams of.

Moe Lane

*Expect the usual suspects to cling to the laughter of the sheriffs like a drowning man clings to a spar. If for no other reason than that it will distract them from the sight of one of their most powerful governors crawling on his belly before gun rights activists…

Jun
14
2014
9

Embattled Gov. John Hickenlooper apologizes to sheriffs about gun control law implementation.

I wonder what John Hickenlooper’s internal polling is telling him?

Governor John Hickenlooper is offering an apology to some of his fiercest rivals on the issue of gun control: Colorado’s sheriffs.

[snip]

A Hickenlooper spokesman confirms that the Governor apologized to the sheriffs for not meeting with them prior to the passage of gun control bills they opposed. Hickenlooper also said his administration didn’t do a good job anticipating pushback on gun control. According to his spokesman, Hickenlooper pledged better communication in the future.

9News goes on to mention that the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page made an additional claim that Hickenlooper’s spokesman declined to confirm; 9News neglected to actually mention it, though. Fair enough, since it’s single sourced and news organizations don’t like to risk get burned – but I’m happily partisan, so let me quote the Sheriff’s office:

 Governor Hickenlooper said he didn’t realize it was going to cause such controversy and had he known he would not have endorsed the new gun laws without more research.

…That internal polling must be downright awful.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Jun
10
2014
7

QotD, That’s The NIMBY, Elitist Colorado Democratic Party Right There edition.

The New York Times must not be feeling well: they usually just blurt out inconvenient truths about Democratic politicians like this.  Today’s example: millionaire Congressman Jared Polis (D, Colorado) and his hatred of cheap, clean energy:

Mr. Polis became a self-proclaimed poster boy against fracking last year when a red-and-white drilling rig sprouted near his weekend home in Weld County…

Yes, God forbid that our self-proclaimed ruling class ever see their part of the skyline sacrificed for such a trivial thing as energy independence and clean power*. That’s for the peons who aren’t enlightened enough to be rich Democratic liberals.

Via

Moe Lane

*Remember when the left liked natural gas? Yeah, turned out that was just pillow talk, baby. As usual.

PS: While I understand that hydraulic fracking is a matter of some theological urgency to certain percentages of the population, I would appreciate it if the people who are so insistent about keeping other people’s religious sensibilities out of the public debate would exercise similar restraint when it comes to their own.

Jun
09
2014
1

Colorado Democrats approve $13 million dollar rate hike to keep Obamacare exchange going.

Such an innocent-looking Tweet.

Reading it – or the Twitter feed in general, which is for Colorado’s state Obamacare exchange – you’d never know that it represents a $13 million rate (read: ‘tax’) hike on Colorado voters. But that is indeed what it is.  It’s also a budget that is more or less out of control, but more on that later.

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May
05
2014
6

More accusations that Veterans Affairs let veterans Die In Line.

This time, in Colorado.

A VA investigation of one of its outpatient clinics in Colorado reveals how ingrained delays in medical care may be for an agency struggling to rapidly treat nearly 9 million veterans a year amid allegations that dozens have died because of delays.

Clerks at the Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Fort Collins were instructed last year how to falsify appointment records so it appeared the small staff of doctors was seeing patients within the agency’s goal of 14 days, according to the investigation.

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Mar
20
2014
7

Senator Mark Udall’s (D, Colorado) campaign revealed to have a tax lien.

It must be nice to never have to worry about following the rules and regulations that one has imposed on the rest of us. Case in point: Colorado Democrat Sen. Mark Udall’s failure to pay unemployment insurance tax. Not the stupidest thing that a Democratic Senator has ever done, but it’s dang sloppy: as Colorado Peak Politics notes, “You’d think a campaign as well funded as liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s could afford a compliance guy.”

You’d think.

Feb
21
2014
7

Colorado young people discovering that thousands > hundreds. #obamacare #mandate

Forgive me for saying this, but: I told you so.

A note, and a clarification on this Denver Post piece:

Matt Leising spends about $3,600 a year on medication to treat asthma and sinus problems, so he was supportive when Washington politicians were debating the Affordable Care Act.

After the law passed and then began rolling out last fall, Leising went to Colorado’s health care exchange website to look for coverage, but the 29-year-old Littleton resident quickly realized he couldn’t afford any of the plans.

The lowest monthly premium was $175, but the deductible was $10,000, meaning he would still have to pay for his medication and other expenses. He decided to just pay for his medication out of pocket and take the $95 tax penalty for a single person.

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