Denver Volunteers to House Border Kids for Three Years

July 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — Denver Human Services asked the federal government to pay for illegal immigrant children to be housed at a facility in downtown Denver, according to multiple media reports.

The child migrants would stay at the Family Crisis Center near 10th Avenue and Federal Boulevard, according to KUSA, which broke the story after KLZ radio host Ken Clark aired a leaked memo Wednesday.

“It would be perfect,” Ana Mostaccero, a spokeswoman for the Denver Human Services Department, told KUSA reportedly. Separately, the Associated Press reported that the grant would be for three years.

Mostaccero did not return two messages for comment. Read more »

Colorado Obamacare Website Repeats ‘Lie of the Year’ Promising Patients Can Keep Healthcare

July 18, 2014

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 »

Connect for Health Colorado’s Old Spending Habits Die Hard

July 18, 2014

connectDENVER – 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 »

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 »

Polis Could Pay High Political Price for Anti-Fracking Initiatives

July 17, 2014

Fracking coloDENVER — Democratic Rep. Jared Polis may have no problem stiff-arming Gov. John Hickenlooper, but the next three weeks will show whether he has the nerve to do the same to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Polis is under intense pressure from state and national Democrats to pull his anti-fracking measures, Initiatives 88 and 89, rather than submit petitions by the Aug. 4 deadline. The initiatives need 86,105 valid signatures each to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot.

The Boulder congressman had agreed to support a Hickenlooper-driven compromise bill on fracking, but the Democratic governor abandoned Wednesday his quest for a special legislative session after being unable to cobble together the votes.

That means there’s no easy out for Polis, not that he’s looking for one. In a statement Wednesday, he said he was committed to finding “a solution that will allow my constituents to live safely in their homes” and blamed the failure of the compromise bill on “special interests and out-of-state organizations.” Read more »

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