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Denver EPA Hearing Fuels Climate Change Debate

July 30, 2014

EparalleyDENVER—Anthony Delgado had a message Tuesday for Environmental Protection Agency officials as they consider enacting tough new emissions standards on coal-fired power plants: Don’t do it.

“They’re going to regulate us to the point where they’re going to close up the coal mines,” said Delgado, a coal miner from Craig. “In our community, that would close up the town.”

Delgado was one of dozens of miners and family members who rode in from northwest Colorado on five buses to take part in an Americans for Prosperity rally near the state capital to protest the proposed rules.

A few blocks away at the EPA building in LoDo, national environmental groups drummed up support for the power-plant regulations, insisting they are needed to combat climate change. The proposed rules would require a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030. Read more »

Poll: Democrats’ ‘War on Women’ has Backfired

July 30, 2014

demdonkeyDENVER—Colorado Democrats are convinced that the “war on women” tactic is a surefire election winner, but a poll released Tuesday shows that some women voters may be suffering from battle fatigue.

The right-leaning Colorado Women’s Alliance (CWA) issued the results of polling indicating that 77 percent of women voters surveyed “clearly see through the so-called Democrat ‘War on Women’ messaging strategy,” according to Magellan Strategies.

Those weren’t just staunch Republican women. The poll, conducted June 3-4, targeted 500 women viewed as swing voters: registered independents, Republican-leaning independents, and “soft” Republican voters.

The poll also found that “67 percent of respondents agree that women in America do not fear a government bureaucrat taking birth control away from them, but what they fear are politicians using the issue of access to birth control as a political tactic to scare them into a voting a certain way.”” Read more »

Anti-Fracking Effort Funded by Outside Billionaires

July 30, 2014

green loansDENVER—Colorado’s so-called grassroots anti-fracking effort is being funded by a shadowy network of wealthy left-wing donors in California, New York and Washington, D.C., according to a Senate report released Wednesday.

The explosive report, “How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA,” highlights Colorado’s anti-fracking movement as an example of how rich philanthropists are funding behind the scenes the national environmental agenda.

“The members of this elite liberal club funnel their fortunes through private foundations to execute their personal political agenda, which is centered around restricting the use of fossil fuels in the United States,” said the report.

The findings were issued by the Republican minority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, which oversees the EPA. Read more »

Ethics Panel Says Gessler Can’t Spend Public Funds on RNLA, But Deputy Can

July 29, 2014

Scott Gessler

Scott Gessler

DENVER—It’s apparently okay for public officials to use state funds to attend the Republican National Lawyers Association meeting, as long as they’re not Secretary of State Scott Gessler.

That’s how Gessler is interpreting the Independent Ethics Commission’s decision last week to allow Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert to attend the RNLA conference in August on the state’s dime—a year after he was rebuked for doing the same thing.

The commission ruled last year that Gessler had “breached the public trust for private gain” after he spent $1,400 from his office discretionary fund to attend the 2012 RNLA meeting in Tampa. Gessler has appealed the ruling, but the damage to his political career has been done.

Gessler lost his bid for the Republican nomination for governor in June, and while he says the hit to his reputation resulting from the IEC ruling wasn’t the only reason, it certainly didn’t help.
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Beauprez, Coffman Stand with Israel at Rally While Democrats Stay Away in Droves

July 28, 2014

Rep. Mike Coffman

Rep. Mike Coffman

DENVER—Jews have long been a dependable Democratic voting bloc, but Colorado Democrats weren’t exactly tripping over each other to speak at Sunday’s Rally for Israel.

A dozen speakers–including elected officials, Jewish and Christian religious leaders, and local radio personalities—fired up a crowd of more than 1,500 at the state capital in a show of support for Israel in its conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

Among the speakers were a slew of top Republicans: gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, Rep. Mike Coffman, former Rep. Tom Tancredo, state Rep. Frank McNulty, and Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler. Rep. Doug Lamborn wasn’t able to attend, but sent an email of support.

On the Democratic side, there was one speaker: state Rep. Rhonda Fields.
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Polis Won’t Budge as Great Colorado Fracking Battle Looms

July 25, 2014

Rep Jared Polis

Rep Jared Pollis

DENVER — Figures released Thursday show that all four fracking-related ballot measures are poised to qualify for the November ballot, which means one thing for Colorado voters: Prepare for the deluge.

The industry is prepared to spend $50 million to defend itself against anti-fracking initiatives backed by Democratic Rep. Jared Polis, who’s showing no signs of backing despite the entreaties of the state’s business community.

The multimillionaire Polis has demonstrated repeatedly that he’s prepared to spend whatever it takes to win elections, although matching that $50 million would put a significant dent in his estimated $68 million fortune. Read more »

Liberals Hype Personhood Measure for Political Gain

July 23, 2014

Protestors against “Personhood.”

Protestors against “Personhood.”

DENVER — Coloradans have shown they’re about as likely to pass a personhood amendment as they are to root for the Oakland Raiders, but you’d never know that from Tuesday’s rally.

Dozens of protesters waved “No 67” signs as impassioned speakers from Planned Parenthood Votes and NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado denounced Amendment 67, this year’s personhood measure, as a threat to “a woman’s ability to make her own reproductive health care decisions.”

“Amendment 67 truly is an attack on family planning, an attack on a woman’s access to health care, an attack on the privacy of the doctor-patient relationship, and an attack on basic rights of women in Colorado,” said Vicki Cowart, president of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Read more »

Democrat Candidates Rolling in Dough but GOP Gets More Bang for Buck

July 23, 2014

DENVER — Colorado Democrats routinely outraise and outspend their Republican foes, but a poll released Tuesday shows that this year’s statewide GOP candidates are doing more with less.

A Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday found that Republican Bob Beauprez is locked in a statistical tie with Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, despite the governor’s greater than 3 to 1 fundraising advantage.

Hickenlooper held the 44 to 43 percent edge over Beauprez in the PPP survey, which is known for its leftward tilt.

The poll also showed that Republicans are leading Democrats in every other statewide race, even though the Democrats have stockpiled more cash in two of the three contests.

In the race for Attorney General, Republican Cynthia Coffman held a 38 to 29 percent lead over Democrat Don Quick. Coffman has raised $252,820, significantly less than the $340,769 collected by Quick, according to the July 1 campaign-finance reports. Read more »

Polis Becomes Face, Name of Anti-Fracking Movement

July 21, 2014

DENVER — Democratic Rep. Jared Polis wasn’t in attendance at last weekend’s Western Conservative Summit, but his name seemed to be everywhere.

At least a dozen college students wearing red “No on Polis” T-shirts were circulating petitions on behalf of two pro-fracking ballot initiatives, a typically tedious job made much easier by the congressman’s notoriety.

“As soon as people see ‘Polis,’ they want to sign,” said Andrew Knarr, a 22-year-old student at Colorado Mesa University. “I haven’t had a single person say no.”

Knarr was of course picking low-hanging fruit at the annual gathering of 3,300 conservatives, but it’s also true that Democratic Rep. Jared Polis’s name has become shorthand for the anti-fracking movement in Colorado.

The multimillionaire Polis is bankrolling two anti-fracking ballot measures, Initiative 88 and 89, while business interests are pushing two counter-measures, Initiatives 121 and 137. All four initiatives must gather at least 86,105 valid signatures by Aug. 4 to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot. Read more »

Poll: Gardner Overtakes Udall Despite ‘War on Women’ Attacks

July 18, 2014

Rep. Cory Gardner

Rep. Cory Gardner

DENVER — Democrats have waged for three months a ferocious and relentless “war on women” campaign against GOP Rep. Cory Gardner, yet Thursday’s Quinnipiac Poll shows him edging Democratic Sen. Mark Udall for the first time.

That could mean one of two things: Either the “war on women” is starting to lose its zing, or Gardner is one of those candidates who is impervious to the onslaught.

Neither explanation is particularly good news for Colorado Democrats, who have relied for four years on the “war on women” as their can’t-miss strategy for defeating Republicans.

“If this polling is correct, it shows that Cory is probably going to win this election, because for three months, Udall and his allies have been pummeling Cory Gardner as somebody who hates women, who wants to invade their bedroom and take away their contraception—it’s been relentless,” said Republican strategist Dick Wadhams. Read more »

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