State Rep. Amy Stephens wants to reform the Independent Ethics Commission.
DENVER — A bill to reform the state’s Independent Ethics Commission (IEC) has been assigned to the legislature’s “kill committee,” but supporters of the measure say Democrats should think twice before sending it to its doom.
While Republicans have long criticized the commission as a partisan vehicle for damaging political reputations, Democrats learned last year that the headline-mongering can go both ways after two complaints were filed against Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The Democratic governor was hit by another embarrassing headline last month when the commission voted to keep the latest complaint instead of sending it to an administrative law judge, even though three of the five commissioners have contributed to Hickenlooper’s past campaigns.
“Former state Reps. Rosemary Marshall and Bob Bacon, both Democrats, and former U.S. Attorney Bill Leone, a Republican, donated to Hickenlooper before being appointed to the commission,” said the Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels in the Feb.25 article. Read more »
Michael Morell, former acting director of the CIA.
WASHINGTON –- Colorado House Republicans stepped up their scrutiny of the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi attack and are targeting two key officials with ties to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Rep. Doug Lamborn has asked Michael Morell, former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, to appear before the House Committee on Intelligence to explain an apparent contradiction in his testimony two months after the 2012 attack.
Morell told Congress he did not coordinate with the White House about changing the talking points used by then-United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice on several Sunday talk shows just days after the assault, but emails suggest Morell misled members of a joint House and Senate committee.
Rice originally told CBS’s “Face the Nation” the terrorist attack was a spontaneous protest, but changed her story in a Feb. 23 “Meet the Press” interview and acknowledged her comments were not “100 percent accurate.” Read more »
Rep. Cory Gardner’s poll standings were a significant factor in his decision to run against Sen. Mark Udall.
WASHINGTON — Rep. Cory Gardner stepped into the office of Rep. Mike Coffman to ask for advice: Should he change his mind and run for the U.S. Senate?
The conversation took place last week after a new private poll was conducted with startling results – the Republican from Yuma was slightly ahead of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup.
Challenging Udall would be no easy task. It would require taking on an incumbent senator with near-universal name recognition, a hint of glamor, and a significantly large war chest for a state such as Colorado.
But Coffman, the former Colorado Secretary of State and Republican from Aurora, told his friend and colleague to go for it.
So did Rep. Doug Lamborn, the Republican from Colorado Springs. “It’s a risk, but it could pay off pay big time,” Lamborn said in an interview Tuesday.
Colorado Republicans have long recognized Gardner’s ambitions and potential to attain higher office. Read more »
Sen. Mark Udall
DENVER — Democratic Sen. Mark Udall isn’t a big fan of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline but switching his support could help him win reelection, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The survey, conducted by the Democratic polling firm Hickman Analytics for the pro-industry Consumer Energy Alliance, found that Colorado voters who back the pipeline would be more likely to support Udall for reelection if President Barack Obama approved the project.
A majority—66 percent—of Colorado voters surveyed said they support the construction of the Keystone pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Canada to Texas refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.
Of those, 52 percent said they would be less likely to back Udall if the president rejects permits to build the pipeline. Another 19 percent said they would be more likely to support Udall, while 29 percent said it would either make no difference or that they didn’t have an opinion.
The same survey found Udall leading Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck in a hypothetical match-up by 46 to 43 percentage points. In a race with a generic Republican candidate, however, 41 percent favored the Republican and 37 percent backed Udall.
Buck has since dropped out of the Senate race and thrown his support behind Rep. Cory Gardner, who’s now considered the frontrunner in the June 24 Republican primary. Read more »