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 »

Cheap Seats: Obama’s Messy Missile Issue

July 25, 2014

Obama and Medvedev

Obama and Medvedev

Cheap Seats Quiz, identify the speaker and the circumstances:

“My concern is obviously that there’s been a lot of misinformation … This should snap everybody’s heads to attention and make sure that we don’t have time for propaganda, we don’t have time for games, we need to know exactly what happened, and everybody needs to make sure that we’re holding accountable those who — who committed this outrage.”

If you guessed Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina discussing IRS intimidation of President Obama’s political opponents, you would be right — in principle.

Gowdy didn’t say it, though Cheap Seats is reasonably sure the statement sums up his sentiments on the subject.

The actual answer is Obama himself, on the subject of just exactly who was responsible for shooting down a passenger-filled jumbo jet over Ukraine and killing all aboard. Read more »

Rep. Gardner Touts LNG Exportation to Aid Allies, Boost Economy

July 25, 2014

Rep. Cory Gardner

Rep. Cory Gardner

WASHINGTON — Rep. Cory Gardner during a speech here Thursday said legislation he authored to increase the exportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has vital domestic and foreign policy implications.

“To not pass this bill would be the equivalent of hanging up a 911 call from our friends and allies,” the Colorado Republican told an audience at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

“The opportunity is real, and the time is now,” Gardner said.

Gardner said that his bill, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, would create 45,000 jobs in the U.S. and empower European allies such as Ukraine, which depends on natural gas from Russia for electricity.

Promoting his legislation at a Heritage Foundation event would “help make sure its message gets a hearing far and wide,” said Gardner. Read more »

Fontneau Steps Down as CEO of Colorado’s Health Exchange

July 24, 2014

Patty-Fontneau-300x245The leader of Colorado’s contentious health exchange, Patty Fontneau, announced Thursday she was resigning her post to take a job in the private sector.

A statement issued by Connect for Health Colorado said the board of directors planned to name an interim director by next week and plan on hiring a professional firm to search for a new chief executive.

Fontneau has been named president of private exchange business for Cigna, a global health service company.

A spokesman for Cigna said Fontneau would help the company participate in other private exchanges across the country.

Connect for Health Colorado touted Fontneau’s accomplishments as CEO, including the enrollment of 140,000 consumers in private insurance and helping 100,000 people to access tax credits, “all while keeping fees among the lowest in the country.” Read more »

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