Budget Battles and Dying Hills

    Yesterday there was a vote in the House on another short-term (3-week) Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government. Much has been written about Republican Freshman and hills to die on. One thing upon which we all agree is that spending has gotten completely out of control, and something must be done about it. Colorado’s fourth congressional district has a new Republican representative after | Read More »

    Betsy Markey (D, CO-04) speaker is kind of… strange.

    I had to cut this down quite a bit, but below is the highlight of a clip of former Energy and Transportation Secretary Frederico Pena, who apparently thinks that internment camps (presumably stuffed to the brim with Latinos) are in our future if Cory Gardner beats Betsy Markey in November. Along the way, he gets the historical record fairly badly wrong.  Expanded text after the | Read More »

    Betsy Markey (D, CO-04) speaker is kind of… strange.

    I had to cut this down quite a bit, but below is the highlight of a clip of former Energy and Transportation Secretary Frederico Pena, who apparently thinks that internment camps (presumably stuffed to the brim with Latinos) are in our future if Cory Gardner beats Betsy Markey in November. Along the way, he gets the historical record fairly badly wrong.  Expanded text after the | Read More »

    Responding to Peace Action West

    Peace Action West responded to Diggs Brown’s response to the a survey about foreign policy that I wrote a diary about last week. Their response is so full of logical fallacies that it would take a month to deconstruct. Most of it is an appeal to authority of a list of dubious foreign policy experts (really, Arnold Schwarzenegger?). Rebecca Griffin tries to play off of | Read More »

    The Inevitable Result of Feigning Fiscal Conservatism

    Betsy Markey (D, CO-4) has been working hard lately to convince the voters in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District that she is a fiscal conservative. So hard, in fact, that she claimed to have voted against the TARP funding bill even before she took office (listen here for yourself). Umm, I voted against the TARP funding, umm, you know when, of course that was actually, uh, | Read More »

    Colorado’s Political Temperature

    Colorado bloggers Ben Degrow of Mount Virtus and Michael Sandoval (a.k.a. El Presidente) of Slapstick Politics have completed their second survey to measure the Colorado’s Political Temperature.  Here are some of the highlights: The biggest winner, making significant gains in both support and perceived strength since our July survey, is gubernatorial candidate Josh Penry The larger shifting field of the U.S. Senate race gives a less | Read More »

    Five House races to look at.

    There’s no unifying theme to these choices: they’re merely five candidates for the House of Representatives that the GOP has recruited, supported, or at least working with. There are more – there are, in fact, a good deal more – but these will do for a start. And so, in no particular order: Cory Gardner (CO-04). State legislator.  One of three candidates  for this R+6 | Read More »

    Colorado Definitely Not Blue Outside The Cities

    The Colorado 4th District now belongs to the Democrat Party for the first time in a long time. They should not unpack their boxes. Fort Collins is a College town. The core of the University is mainly liberal despite this being an “agricultural” college. It has a broad technical college that has a fairly strong base of liberal professors. From what I see, Obama was | Read More »

    State of the State: Colorado (CO-04)

    Betsey Markey won the election for this seat this year over incumbent Marilyn Musgrave. Musgrave was one of the most disliked Republican representatives in a solid Republican District. Many of the people I talked to wanted her out and didn’t care how it happened. She took over the seat in 2003 after Bob Schaffer (who lost to Mark Udall for the open U.S. Senate seat) | Read More »