Cheap Seats: The Cooling of Global Warming

July 24, 2014

That cold chill you feel when Sen. Mark Udall talks about “climate change” is more than a figment of your imagination.

It’s actually getting colder.

That’s not just Cheap Seats saying it, that’s the official word from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NOAA’s Climate Reference Network went to work in 2005 reading thermometers at what it humbly described as 114 pristinely sited temperature stations spread out fairly uniformly throughout the U.S.

The network’s temperature readings show that the U.S. has been getting cooler over the past decade, down about 0.4 degrees Celsius.

That’s not terribly surprising given the geological belief that the earth is entering a new Little Ice Age.

Consider that the Great Lakes last winter froze over for the first time since 1979, when all the rage was the coming Ice Age. Read more »

Hollywood Liberals Donate Generously to Udall, Energy and Natural Resource Sector Backs Gardner

July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Barbra Streisand topped the list of liberal Hollywood legends donating money to Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in the last reporting period.

Spielberg, who has directed such classics as “Jaws” and “E.T.,” and his wife each gave the maximum contribution of $2,600. Katzenberg, who founded DreamWorks with Spielberg, also gave the maximum donation.

Streisand, the darling of the liberal left, limited her contribution to $1,000, according to the latest finance reports of campaign fundraising activity from April 1 to June 30.

Udall’s success at raising money from Hollywood luminaries helped give him a fundraising advantage over his Republican challenger Rep. Cory Gardner. Udall has raised more than $13 million for the closely contested race with just under $6 million left in the bank. 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 asked to Pull Anti-Fracking Initiatives

July 23, 2014

DENVER — Colorado’s business community is making one last push to convince Democratic Rep. Jared Polis to drop his anti-fracking ballot campaign.

A coalition of pro-business organizations led by Vital for Colorado sent a letter Tuesday to Polis asking him to “stand down” and withdraw his ballot measures, Initiatives 88 and 89, aimed at cracking down on the oil and gas industry.

“We are writing to respectfully ask that you withdraw your support for all proposed ballot initiatives that would add language to our state constitution which will overly restrict the practice of hydraulic fracturing, limit energy development in Colorado and, as a result, create devastating consequences for our state,” says the letter.

The coalition includes about 25 pro-business groups as well as individuals such as Kelly Brough, president of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Tamra Ward, president of Colorado Concern, and Glendale Mayor Michael Dunafon. Read more »

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