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.

(more…)

Jan
29
2014
4

So, @MarkUdall! You going to have @barackobama campaign with you in Colorado?

I SAID… Senator Udall?  Will President Obama be campaigning with you in Colorado? (Transcript below via RCP link)

DANA BASH, CNN: Is he a liability for you, the president back home?

SEN. MARK UDALL (D-CO): When the president comes to Colorado and talks about our all-the-above energy approach — we’ve got lots of natural gas and solar power — that resonates with Coloradoans. When he talks about making sure our veterans are treated properly that resonates with Coloradoans.

(more…)

Jan
28
2014
3

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Democratic cronies ‘clear’ Sen. Mark Udall of bullying charges. #obamacare

Funny how that happened, huh?

Colorado Republicans were stunned late Monday upon learning that the “neutral and objective panel” that cleared Sen. Mark Udall of bullying state insurance regulators in fact consisted of three Democrats in the Hickenlooper administration.

Barbara Kelley, executive director of the Department of Regulatory Affairs, released a statement to Fox31 saying that the three members of the panel were herself, her deputy Michelle Pederson, and legislative liaison John Cevette, former chief of staff to Democratic Senate President Brandon Shaffer.

(more…)

Jan
13
2014
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Revealing Politics: Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) lied, lied, lied about Colorado job growth.

Which John Hickenlooper so totally did.

Executive summary: Gov. Hickenlooper bragged in his State of the State address that Colorado had gone from 40th in the nation in job creation to 4th. Which is impressive, yes? – Except that Colorado went from 40th in 2010 to 4th in 2012Also in 2012 was an election where the Colorado state legislature went fully under Democratic control… which means that 2013 was a year where Democrats ran amok through the legislative process.  The result? Colorado slipped from 4th place in 2012 to 10th place in 2013.

Oops.

(more…)

Jan
09
2014
11

Gov. John Hickenlooper (D, Colorado) pretends his job-killing 2013 policies… never happened.

Well now.

Governor John Hickenlooper played fast and loose with jobs numbers during his State of the State address today.  In one of the key sound bites of his speech, so critical that he also tweeted it out, Hickenlooper touted that Colorado had gone from being 40th in the country for job growth in 2010, to 4th now.

Hickenlooper must want to forget everything about 2013 (why didn’t he tout any of his big accomplishments from 2013?) because Colorado was 4th in the country for job growth in 2012.  But for 2013 (you know that entire year Democrats spent passing the most liberal, progressive agenda in Colorado legislative history), instead of looking to make Colorado’s economy stronger, the state has now dropped down to 10th. (more…)

Dec
16
2013
5

Sen. Mark Udall (D, Colorado) lied about #obamacare: watch him get called on it here.

Ladies and gentlemen, expect a war in the Colorado Senate race.

Senator Udall, don’t you DARE tell more lies about this healthcare mess.
YOU’RE the one who took away our doctors.
YOU’RE the one who cancelled our plans.
You looked us in the eye, Senator Udall, and you lied.

(more…)

Dec
10
2013
8

State Rep. Amy Stephens (R, Colorado) needs to run the state assembly primary gauntlet. #obamacare

I am (mildly) going to stretch a rule of mine and opine about the Coloradan Senate primary.  Specifically, I find I have a problem with one of the candidates’ primary strategy.  Full disclosure: a friend and colleague of mine works for another one of the candidates in that race.

Background: Amy Stephens is a Colorado state legislator who is running for the 2014 Republican nomination.  As that link shows, there is at least one serious issue with her as a candidate: Rep. Stephens sponsored and helped get passed a bill that set up Colorado’s currently-malfunctioning state Obamacare exchange.  As I noted earlier today on RedState, the site is under-performing even the most pessimistic expectations of it; and with end of year deadlines looming, betting that a Democratic-controlled state could handle Obamacare any better than the federal government can is starting to look like a very, very poor call on Rep. Stephens’ part.

None of which would have persuaded me to write on the subject, mind you.  This is why there’s a primary in the first place: let Republican voters decide who should represent them in the 2014 general election. If they want somebody who guessed wrong on Obamacare, so be it. But… there’s a wrinkle. (more…)

Dec
10
2013
7

The Colorado #obamacare exchange is a disaster.

I’m sorry*, but there’s no other way to describe these enrollment numbers. Which are, by the way, from a state exchange – meaning that the problems of healthcare.gov should theoretically be irrelevant to the conversation:

Enrollments have grown to 15,074, marketplace officials announced Monday.

Marketplace officials set a goal of 136,000 people covered on exchanged-based plans by the end of 2014, but so far the exchange has failed to reach even worst-case enrollment projections.

Officials’ worst-case scenarios pictured 22,215 people enrolled by Dec. 13. Their mid-range enrollment projection for that date is 40, 372.

(more…)

Nov
27
2013
12

Colorado anti-gun state Senator Evie Hudak (D) abruptly resigns her seat. #recall

Because gun control activists cannot protect their own.

State Sen. Evie Hudak has decided to resign rather than risk facing a recall election that, should she lose, would flip control of the senate to Republicans, FOX31 Denver is first to report Wednesday.

Hudak is expected to make the official announcement with a press release sometime Wednesday morning.

Hudak, D-Westminster, could have been the third Democratic lawmaker to face a recall over a package of gun control bills they helped pass earlier this year.

(more…)

Nov
09
2013
2

Rep. Diana DeGette’s (D, CO) #obamacare denial.

So a Colorado woman (one Cathy Wagner) finds out that her health care plan, like that of 250,000 other Coloradans, got cancelled (H/T: @allahpundit). Ms. Wagner’s new plan (healthy couple in late middle age, apparently no kids) went up 35% (to twelve grand a year) and a higher deductible.  This news is hardly surprising to anybody who regularly reads this site, but for the benefit of new visitors: this is not a bug in the system.  This is the system. And Ms. Wagner’s purpose in this system is to be turned upside down and shaken vigorously, in the hopes that large sums of money fall out of her pockets.  Or even moderate amounts of money.  Hey, every little bit helps.

Now marvel at the sheer empathy radiating off of 9-term Democrat Diana DeGette, not to mention the deep understanding of how her party’s signature policy of Obamacare has negatively affected Ms. Wagner, and millions of people just like her: (more…)

Nov
01
2013
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Tweet of the Day, But You Can’t Fight City Hall edition. #corecall

Nah. Never. That’s what the smart set all says.

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