Dr. Ben Carson
DENVER – Popular conservative columnist and author Dr. Ben Carson won the presidential straw poll at the 2014 Western Conservative Summit, defeating a cast of A-list Republicans.
Carson received 22 percent of the vote, followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, last year’s straw poll winner, who took 13 percent of the vote.
Carson headlined the opening night of the weekend conference along with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Utah Sen. Mike Lee. Carson was greeted with signs and chants of “Run Ben, Run” from a crowd of roughly 3,000.
Although questions of his presidential ambitions were left unanswered, Carson did offer Republicans some advice to heed in future elections.
“Some people are not going to like what I’m about to say, but, after the primaries are over, if your candidate didn’t win, don’t take your marbles and go home — we still need you to vote,” Carson said. Read more »
DENVER – Much as Democrats would like to distance themselves from Obamacare, somehow the unpopular legislation keeps coming back to haunt them.
On the official Colorado state website under healthcare, the discredited Obamacare talking point “If you like your plan, you can keep it” appears not once, but twice.
The Colorado Republican Party released a statement Thursday calling for Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper to remove the claim from the website.
“Mark Udall led the charge when it came to telling Coloradans the ‘lie of the year’ about Obamacare and now John Hickenlooper is carrying the torch by allowing this lie to remain on an official state website,” spokesman Matt Connelly said in the statement.
“It should be removed immediately and Governor Hickenlooper should apologize to Coloradans for his misinformation campaign,” Connelly said.
As of January, nearly 340,000 Coloradans and more than five million people nationwide had lost their health insurance because of President Barack Obama’s signature law. Read more »
DENVER – Even a member of Connect for Health Colorado’s board is getting frustrated with the exchange’s habit of spending first, asking questions later.
Dr. Mike Fallon objected to a proposal that suggested awarding grant extensions to the state’s assistance network sites prior to the release of a study rating the effectiveness of those sites.
The 150 assistance networks that are awarded Obamacare funding by the Colorado exchange include local government agencies as well as non-profit groups that reach out to underserved communities, but some also have political agendas such as the NAACP, La Raza and gay and lesbian organizations.
“As a board member on the finance committee, I would not feel comfortable offering six-month grant extensions to groups that have not been fully evaluated within the previous open-enrollment period, which is now three-and-a-half months passed,” Fallon said. “We’ve been asking for these evaluations and this quantitative look at these assistant sites – at least I have – ongoing, and each month it’s, ‘It’s coming, it’s coming, it’s coming,’ But now I’m being told we’re going to be offering more money prior to me seeing that report, and, so, I have angst with that.” Read more »
THOMAS: Taxation and regulation [of Marijuana] will curtail drug cartels and markets. We won’t be able to totally get rid of the cartels, but we’ll be able to reduce their market share.
DENVER—The Amendment 64 campaign added a new group to its growing coalition of strange bedfellows this week when leaders of the black community came out in support of the marijuana legalization and regulation measure.
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This isn’t the first time that Perlmutter has come under fire for a 2001 sex crimes vote
DENVER—In the aftermath of Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments, the last thing any congressman wants exposed is a previous vote against a bill to remove the 10-year statute of limitations for most sexual assault crimes, including rape, when DNA evidence implicates a suspect. Unfortunately for Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter, that’s exactly what happened this week. Read more »
RYAN: We have our own oil and gas, we have nuclear, we have all of the above—wind, solar, coal—let’s use it. We will open up these resources so that we can create jobs here. (Photo by Brad Richardson)
LAKEWOOD—Paul Ryan received a resounding welcome Tuesday from a packed crowd at Lakewood High School as he promoted the Republican ticket’s plan to turn around the economy.
At his first campaign stop in Colorado since getting the vice presidential nod, the Wisconsin congressman laid out an economic recovery plan that calls for energy independence, balancing the budget and cutting the deficit. Read more »
The Romney campaign slammed Mr. Obama for suggesting he wanted to replicate the taxpayer bailout of the auto sector with “every industry” yesterday in Pueblo (Photo by Brad Richardson)
COLORADO SPRINGS—President Obama made another economic policy gaffe Thursday in Pueblo when he suggested that he wants to bail out a host of other corporations as he already did with the auto industry. Read more »
Mr. Obama kept his focus on gender identity politics during hid Colorado speech yesterday
DENVER—President Obama turned his focus to women’s health before a predominantly female audience at the Auraria Campus Wednesday in the first of his two-day trip across the state. Read more »
Romney promoted his 5 point economic plan during a Colorado stop yesterday
GOLDEN—Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney told a packed Jefferson County crowd Thursday that his recently unveiled five-point economic plan would create 12 million jobs without raising taxes. Read more »
GREEN LIGHT: Support for ending Marijuana prohibition is finding support among mainstream conservatives
DENVER—It’s not just long-haired hippies and Bob Marley fans who want marijuana regulation in Colorado—it’s also some red-blooded conservatives in suits and ties.
That was the scene Thursday in Denver when a group of conservatives, headed by Joe Megyesy, former communications director for GOP Congressman Mike Coffman, met with representatives from The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol to discuss the issue of marijuana regulation and Amendment 64. Read more »