Editorial

Our View: Udall’s CIA Victim Story Doesn’t Wash

March 12, 2014
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Sen. Mark Udall spilled the beans that the Intelligence Committee knew about the secret documents.

Sen. Mark Udall spilled the beans that the Intelligence Committee knew about the secret documents.

Contrary to what some published reports have suggested, it is highly unlikely that the CIA has been spying on Sen. Mark Udall or his staffers, nor did agency spooks sneak into the U.S. Capitol or hack into the senator or his staff’s computers.

The latest uproar in Washington that involves the Colorado senator centers on an investigation conducted by the Senate Intelligence Committee, of which Udall is a member, into the CIA’s contentious interrogation program during the Bush administration.

Speculation ran rampant after the New York Times published a story March 4 reporting that the CIA’s inspector general was investigating whether agency spies “were improperly monitoring the work of staff members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.” Read more »

Our View: Udall’s Hollow Words

March 10, 2014
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Colorado has not been repaid for opening the park gates during the government shutdown.

Colorado has not been repaid for opening the park gates during the government shutdown.

Sen. Mark Udall continues to speak against the injustices committed when the park service overlords were forced to barricade its boundaries from the public in October to protest a squabble over government spending and the repeal of Obamacare.

In his latest press release, Udall applauded himself for being an avid outdoorsman and embraced a new park service report that bemoaned the impacts of the two-week shutdown they forced down our collective throats.

That report “underscores the destructive effect that partisan politics can have on these national treasures,” Udall said in the statement from his unofficial reelection campaign office in Washington.

“The reckless 2013 government shutdown and the pain it caused in Estes Park and across Colorado have only steeled my resolve to keep fighting to support and protect Colorado’s spectacular parks and monuments and the communities they support,” Udall said. Read more »

Our View: Udall Works Tirelessly so IRS Gets Paid

March 4, 2014
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Sen. Mark Udall has demanded more paper forms so Coloradans can pay taxes.

Sen. Mark Udall has demanded more paper forms so Coloradans can pay taxes.

Congressional oversight of the IRS turns out to mean vastly different things to Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill.

House Republicans have tackled several bills to prevent the IRS from infringing on freedom of speech and targeting conservative groups for harassment.

Other bills passed by the House last week with mostly Republican support would block the revenue collection agency from asking intrusive political questions, limit audits, and prevent the agency from sharing taxpayer data.

Not to be outdone in the upper chamber, Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall issued a demand on Thursday calling for the IRS to rush to the aid of his constituents in rural areas and deliver paper forms so they can pay their taxes.

“Citing the upcoming deadline for Coloradans’ to file their income tax returns, Mark Udall urged the Internal Revenue Service today to swiftly ensure it supplies rural Coloradans with ready access to paper tax forms and other essential resources,” said the statement issued by Udall’s office. Read more »

What’s Behind Salazar’s Conversion to Keystone?

February 25, 2014
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Where was Ken Salazar’s approval when it really mattered?

Where was Ken Salazar’s approval when it really mattered?

Ken Salazar’s recent conversion from President Barack Obama’s liberal Interior secretary to a supporter of the Keystone XL pipeline and fracking for natural gas has heads scratching from Colorado to Washington, D.C.

The Democrat and former Colorado Senator resigned from his Interior post April 12, which means he is forbidden to lobby Congress or any federal government agency for one year.

Salazar was hired in June by the international law firm of WilmerHale to add Denver to its roster of more than a dozen offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. In addition to its numerous lobbying roles, the firm also advises companies in the energy sector.

As one Washington insider told The Colorado Observer, just because Salazar can’t work as a lobbyist, doesn’t mean he can’t deliver speeches or talk to reporters about issues that would benefit the law firm’s current clients, or act as an advertisement to recruit new clients. Read more »

Our View: Shunning Obama Won’t Improve Udall’s Election Efforts

February 10, 2014
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Udall is not sure he wants Obama to campaign for him.

Udall is not sure he wants Obama to campaign for him.

The hits keep coming for Sen. Mark Udall, whose support for President Barack Obama’s so-called “affordable” health care is haunting the vulnerable Colorado politician in a crucial election year.

First there was the pledge from Udall that consumers who are now mandated to buy health insurance could keep their current policies.

But when that turned out to be false for 335,000 Coloradans who received notices their insurance plans were cancelled, Udall’s Washington staffers harassed Colorado state government workers to dumb down the staggering numbers.

The staffers’ argument, sanctioned by Udall after the scandal was revealed last month, was that the majority of those cancelled policies could be renewed, never mind that the new prices would be significantly higher.

How much higher?

A Kaiser Permanente study last week ranked the top ten most expensive regions in the U.S. under Obamacare, and Colorado’s ski country came in first place for the highest health insurance premiums in the nation, The Colorado Observer reported. Read more »

Our View: Legislature Should Extinguish Tobacco Bill

January 31, 2014
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Know-it-all lawmakers are once again seeking to treat adults like children

NANNY STATE: Know-it-all lawmakers are once again seeking to treat adults like children

We’ve always believed that the rule limiting state lawmakers to introducing just five bills is misguided because it tips the balance of power in favor of the executive branch and needlessly hampers the ability of the General Assembly to solve problems.  But a bipartisan proposal to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 has us wondering whether some legislators should be allowed to introduce any bills at all. Read more »

Our View: Dems Still Unclear on Meaning of Bipartisanship

January 23, 2014
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'You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.'

‘You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.’

To paraphrase Inigo Montoya, we don’t think bipartisanship means what Colorado Democrats think it means.

For example, we’re reasonably confident that bipartisanship doesn’t mean defeating a school-choice bill, as Senate Democrats did Wednesday, then flinging mud at the Republicans who dared support it. Read more »

Our View: Time to Derail the Unemployment Gravy Train

January 14, 2014
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Are perpetual unemployment benefits creating a permanent class of loafers?

Are open-ended jobless benefit extensions making unemployment a way of life for some Americans?

In an exercise that is beginning to look like something out of the Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day, Senate Democrats are pushing for yet another extension of jobless benefits for out-of-work Americans.  The proposal is the latest in a series of extensions stretching all the way back to 2008 — and we hope lawmakers will reject it. Read more »

Our View: Dems Should Resist Extreme Left-Wing in 2014, Seek Bipartisan Compromise

January 1, 2014
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By rejecting the demands of the far left-wing, Democrats may be able to paper over last year's self-inflicted political wounds.

By rejecting the demands of their far left-wing, Democrats may be able to paper over last year’s self-inflicted political wounds.

With Christmas in the rear view and the New Year upon us, now seems like the right time to look back on the 2013 legislative session and to look toward the 2014 legislative session.

Governor Hickenlooper, aided by his Democratic Party allies in the state legislature, muscled through a divisive and ideological agenda in 2013 that included gun grabbing, vote rigging and tax hiking. Read more »

Our View: Obama’s Handshake Diplomacy

December 27, 2013
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Mr. Obama’s embrace of dictator Raul Castro while American Alan Gross languishes in a Cuban prison cell sends a dangerous message

To even the most casual observer, it has become all too clear that President Obama fails to appreciate the value of negotiating from a position of strength.

From Syrian Dictator Bashar al-Assad’s crossing of Mr. Obama’s “red line,” to Iran’s continued commitment to developing nuclear weapons in the face of international objections, naiveté and incompetence have characterized this administration’s global outlook.  Read more »

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