How Can We Find Common Ground?
When I’m saying that I don’t mean left-right, I’m talking about the drug war and drug policy. I’ve been reading some diaries of late that are at best skeptical of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington State. I personally thought they were wrong, I’m not here to talk about legalization of drugs though. For all disagreement between anti-drug conservatives and pro-drug libertarians, there’s gotta be | Read More »
An Orchestrated Media Hit On Ken Buck
As I type, the left wing media is orchestrating a hit job on Ken Buck in Colorado. The left wing propaganda machine has taken a quote wildly out of context and driven it to national attention through a series of websites, including a 501(c)(3), the Huffington Post, and the Denver Post. Steve Benen, writing for the Rachel Maddow Show site, has also picked up the | Read More »
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 2012. Also in 2012 was an election where the Colorado state legislature went fully under Democratic control… | Read More »
Perhaps I am more ambivalent than I should be about the legalization of marijuana. I lean toward letting the law remain as it is, but my hostility toward the nanny state pulls me in the direction of individual responsibility and letting the chips fall where they may. Therein lies my concern, though. Letting the chips fall where they may could lead society to pick up | Read More »
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 | Read More »
The Undiscussed Effects of Legalization
After a $1 million opening day, marijuana enthusiasts huzzahed the triumph of the decriminalization of their recreational drug of choice and (after paying prices above street value to pot shops) promptly forgot why they were happy and thought only of their next snack. Rinse, repeat. The debate rages on, however, between the decriminalization/legalization crowd and the buzzkill narc squad crowds as the polling indicates a | Read More »
Why I #BackBuck and You Should Too
Next year, conservatives have an opportunity to take back the Senate and expand the GOP majority in the House. The stage has been set for another cycle reminiscent of the wave election of 2010. The chance to make D.C. listen is nearly upon us. In Colorado, we have a conservative champion who is not ashamed of his principles, and is proud to stand with conservative | Read More »
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.
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. | Read More »
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 | Read More »
Update on 2014 Gubernatorial Races- Part 4: The West
Out west, there are ten gubernatorial races. Four of those offices are held by Democrats and all are running for reelection. Of the six Republican offices, only one (Arizona) is term-limited. So let’s just start there where Jan Brewer will have to step down. There are four declared GOP candidates: secretary of state Ken Bennett, Christine Jones, state senator Al Melvin, and Maricopa County attorney | Read More »
You Will Be Made to Care
A Christian baker in Colorado refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding. A judge is now ordering him to do so or face financial penalties. Surely there are plenty of bakers who would bake a cake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig, the gay men who wanted the cake. But they went to Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, CO. When Phillips | Read More »
Assessing the 2014 Senate Races- Part 1: The West and Midwest
The following is an assessment of the state of the Senate races for 2014 by region starting out west. In Hawaii, Democratic incumbent Brian Schatz will face a primary fight against Democratic Representative Colleen Hanabusa, Daniel Inouye’s hand-chosen successor who was passed over in favor of Schatz. One expects Hanabusa to win this primary and win the general election against whoever runs for the GOP. | Read More »
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 | Read More »
Obamacare: One Month In
The healthcare exchanges have been up for a month now. The reports of glitches, account creation failures, and revelations of serious design flaws have been all over social media and the mainstream news. Many who were actually able to browse the plans available on the exchange found high premiums, high deductibles, and limited to no out-of-network coverage. In addition to the technical challenges and a | Read More »