• Americans Turned to Trump to Roll Back the Progressive Tide

    To understand his appeal, look at the excesses of liberals in recent years. He’s a wall against the wave.

    President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Cleveland, Nov. 5.
    President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Cleveland, Nov. 5. PHOTO: JIM WATSON/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

    At lunch the other day, a friend and strong anti-Trumper wondered aloud what brought all those thousands of people out to Donald Trump’s rallies. “After all,” he said “they’re pretty much the same show.” Mr. Trump on stage, in his usual bragging mode, attacking the press, settling scores with people he feels have betrayed him, while the audience in their red hats applaud uproariously, yelling approval for 90 or so minutes. “What’s the attraction? I don’t get it.”

    Not a bad question, really. As I thought it over, it occurred to me that what genuinely excites Mr. Trump’s crowds and draws them to him is their shared antiliberalism. By liberalism I do not mean liberalism of the kind that was at the center of our fathers’ Democratic Party—which supported labor unions, civil liberties, racial integration, involvement in international affairs. I refer to the liberalism now metamorphisized into progressivism, at the heart of the thinking of such Democrats as Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others.

    Read more …

  • Democrats Plan to Pursue Most Aggressive Gun-Control Legislation in Decades

    Focus spurred by an incoming class of lawmakers with ‘F’ NRA ratings who campaigned on the issue

    Georgia Democrat Lucy McBath, the highest-profile gun-control advocate on the ballot Tuesday, defeated GOP Rep. Karen Handel. PHOTO: DUSTIN CHAMBERS FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

    By Reid J. Epstein

    Updated Nov. 9, 2018 3:02 p.m. ET

     

    WASHINGTON—Democrats say they will pass the most aggressive gun-control legislation in decades when they become the House majority in January, plans they renewed this week in the aftermath of a mass killing in a California bar.

    Their efforts will be spurred by an incoming class of pro-gun-control lawmakers who scored big in Tuesday’s midterm elections, although any measure would likely meet stiff resistance in the GOP-controlled Senate.

    Democrats ousted at least 15 House Republicans with “A” National Rifle Association ratings, while the candidates elected to replace them all scored an “F” NRA rating.

    “This new majority is not going to be afraid of our shadow,” said Mike Thompson, a California Democrat who is chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. “We know that we’ve been elected to do a job, and we’re going to do it.”

    Mr. Thompson, who represents a district in the Napa Valley north of San Francisco, said he plans to introduce legislation mandating universal background checks in the opening weeks of the new Congress.

    The gun-control movement’s evolution was evident this week following news that a dozen people had been killed Thursday at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

    People hold a vigil Thursday to pay tribute to the victims of a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif. PHOTO: APU GOMES/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

    While in the past there were calls for time to mourn victims following mass shootings, this week advocates reacted instead with a call for new legislation.

    Susan Orfanos, whose son was killed Thursday after surviving the Las Vegas massacre last year, said in a television interview that she doesn’t “want prayers. I don’t want thoughts. I want gun control, and I hope to God nobody sends me anymore prayers.”

    Opponents of new gun laws say additional restrictions are unnecessary.

    Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican whose victorious Senate campaign Tuesday was backed by $2.5 million in spending by the NRA, was asked on Fox News what can be done to prevent gun violence like the Thousand Oaks shooting.

    Republican Marsha Blackburn’s victorious Senate campaign was backed by $2.5 million in spending by the NRA. PHOTO: MARK HUMPHREY/ASSOCIATED PRESS

    “What we do is say, how do we make certain that we protect the Second Amendment and protect our citizens?” Ms. Blackburn replied, referencing the U.S. Constitution plank that grants the right to bear arms.

    About 61% of voters participating in the 2018 midterm elections said America’s gun laws should be stricter, according to AP VoteCast, a pre-election and Election Day survey of about 90,000 people who said they voted or intended to vote. About 13% of Democrats and 8% of all voters said gun control was the most important issue affecting their vote.

    The 2018 elections marked the first time gun-control advocates outspent the NRA.

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    The gun-rights advocacy group spent about $20 million in the 2018 election cycle—much of it on advertising backing the confirmation of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said.

    Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun-control organization backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and a group founded by former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded in a 2011 shooting, spent a combined $37 million in 2018.

    Ms. Baker said she is optimistic NRA-backed candidates will prevail in governor’s races in Florida and Georgia that have yet to be called. The NRA also invested in GOP Senate candidates who ousted Democratic incumbents in Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota. NRA-backed Senate candidates lost in Montana and West Virginia.

    “The biggest Second Amendment implication of the election is that the pro-Second Amendment majority in the U.S. Senate will continue to confirm pro-Second Amendment judges to the lower courts all the way to the Supreme Court,” Ms. Baker said.

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    At the state level, voters in Washington state approved a ballot referendum expanding the state’s requirement for background checks on gun purchases. In Florida, Democrat Nikki Fried leads the race for agriculture commissioner, whose office regulates the state’s concealed weapon permits.

    The highest-profile gun-control advocate on the ballot Tuesday was Democrat Lucy McBath, who defeated GOP Rep. Karen Handel in a suburban Atlanta House contest. Ms. McBath, a former Delta Air Lines flight attendant, became a gun-control advocate after her teenage son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed in 2012 by a man who said the boy was playing music too loud. The assailant was later convicted of murder.

    Ms. McBath, who became a spokeswoman for Everytown and a 2016 campaign surrogate for Hillary Clinton, relayed her story on the campaign trail and in her early television advertisements. But in the closing weeks before Election Day, Ms. McBath focused on health care and economic issues.

    Everytown’s closing TV ad backing Ms. McBath didn’t mention gun control, focusing instead on health care. “Voters absolutely understood where Lucy stood on the issue of gun safety,” said Everytown President John Feinblatt. “There was no question in voters’ minds about Lucy’s story.”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/democrats-plan-to-pursue-most-aggressive-gun-control-legislation-in-decades-1541791440?mod=trending_now_2

     

  • INTERVIEW: Jared Polis on energy, death penalty, TABOR and more

    Author: Next with Kyle Clark, 9News – November 9, 2018 –

    Colorado Gov.-elect Jared Polis is interviewed Nov. 7 on “Next with Kyle Clark.” (KUSA-9News, Denver)

    Shortly after he was elected governor of Colorado, Jared Polis sat down with 9News anchor Kyle Clark to discuss his historic victory and his plans.

    During a 10-minute conversation, which aired Nov. 7 on 9News’ “Next with Kyle Clark,” the Democrat weighed in on oil and gas regulation, the death penalty, TABOR and taxes, and on being America’s first openly gay candidate to be elected governor.

    Here’s a transcript of Clark’s interview with Polis. And watch the full interview below.

    Kyle Clark: Governor Elect Jared Polis, congratulations. Welcome back to “Next.”

    Jared Polis: Thank you, Kyle. Pleasure to be here.


    Clark:
     Colorado voters gave Democrats sweeping control of state government last night, yet they also rejected two statewide tax increases and rejected increased restrictions on oil and gas drilling. What’s your takeaway from all that together?


    Polis:
     Well, look, it’s an opportunity for Democrats to show that Democrats can govern. I think what’s important for me as the governor elect will be to work to be a governor for the whole state. It doesn’t matter whether you voted for me or not, and I’m going to do my best every day to represent not just the different people of different parties and persuasions, but also we have a very diverse state geographically, and I plan to be a governor for Grand Junction and Pueblo and Sterling just as I am for Boulder and in Colorado Springs. So, it’s a great state. Read more …

  • We’ll analyze the results of how Colorado voted at the local, state, and federal level and discuss the ramifications.

    Please join us to discuss current Colorado political issues from The Right Side this Saturday morning, November 10th.

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    Democrats recapture Colorado Senate, now hold complete power at Capitol.
    https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2018/11/06/colorado-senate-democrat-control.html?ana=e_me_set1&s=newsletter&ed=2018-11-07&u=ewaw5QTZsfAZ0BN1ha0knw0d36a24e&t=1541604498&j=84882061

    Voters reject oil well setbacks as Colorado’s Proposition 112 defeated.
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    contest name choice name party name total votes percent of votes registered voters ballots cast
    Representative to the 116th United States Congress – District 4 ( 1) Karen McCormick DEM 678 23.25 5384 2973
    Representative to the 116th United States Congress – District 4 ( 1) Ken Buck REP 2238 76.75 5384 2973
    Representative to the 116th United States Congress – District 6 ( 1) Mike Coffman REP 17232 48.02 70351 36426
    Representative to the 116th United States Congress – District 6 ( 1) Jason Crow DEM 17317 48.26 70351 36426
    Representative to the 116th United States Congress – District 6 ( 1) Kat Martin LBR 636 1.77 70351 36426
    Representative to the 116th United States Congress – District 6 ( 1) Dan Chapin UAF 700 1.95 70351 36426
    Representative to the 116th United States Congress – District 7 ( 1) Ed Perlmutter DEM 56439 59.34 204348 96929
    Representative to the 116th United States Congress – District 7 ( 1) Mark Barrington REP 34813 36.6 204348 96929
    Representative to the 116th United States Congress – District 7 ( 1) Jennifer Nackerud LBR 3866 4.06 204348 96929 Read more …

  • An amazing letter from a fellow American – former Adams County Commissioner Alice Nichol on her decision to Walk Away.

    #walkawaycampaign

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    Update: Adams County Ballots

    10/23/2018

    You may have heard that some Adams County ballots were delayed in delivery. Those ballots are the #1 priority for this office and as of this afternoon are in the hands of the USPS.

    We know there has been some misinformation out there, so we’d like to take a moment to explain what happened.

    On Oct. 15, our print vendor delivered Adams County ballots to the General Mail Facility. About 61,000 of those—including Clerk Stan Martin’s—did not make it into the mail stream and were returned to a secure location.

    Once we were made aware that some voters weren’t receiving ballots, we worked with our partners at the printer and USPS and located the ballots.

    As previously mentioned, those ballots are now in USPS hands to be processed this evening for delivery to voters over the next few days.

    Here are the zip codes that were most affected:

    80241
    80601
    80602
    80640
    80011

    For a complete list of zip codes affected, click here.

    The 61,000 ballots included a variety of political parties. Here’s what that breakdown looks like:

    Numbers are approximate.

    Democratic: 19,000
    Republican: 17,000
    Unaffiliated: 24,000
    Minor Party: 1,000

    These ratios are consistent with party affiliation percentages throughout Adams County.

     

    https://www.adamsvotes.com/press-releases/update-adams-county-ballots/?fbclid=IwAR2rMhwHPIqgUeL040qGCkSg0gBFF9JgnT5hdlJhWVuRfhGdgOk8YvqrJ70

     

  • Admin’s note: Vote NO on 73. It’s not “for the kids” as supporters of this TAX INCREASE say. This ballot question is a liberals spending dream and an end run around TABOR. Education already gets a funding increase every year since Amendment 23 passed in 2000. It’s too bad that student’s achievement results didn’t rise. More money does not equal better outcomes. TABOR will survive this misguided attempt.

    Ballot initiative seeks to increase taxes by $1.6 billion; could end Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights

    A controversial ballot initiative would raise taxes on Coloradans by $1.6 billion to increase funding for public schools if approved. Opponents argue it also would make the constitutionally protected Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) impotent.

    Amendment 73, the Establish Income Tax Brackets and Raise Taxes for Education Initiative, seeks to amend the state constitution to replace Colorado’s flat rate income tax with a progressive income tax. Individuals earning more than $150,000 would be taxed more and the corporate income tax rate would increase. The revenue collected from the tax hikes would go into a newly created Quality Public Education Fund.

    The state constitution requires a 55 percent supermajority vote for the initiative to become law.

    “‘Take your success elsewhere’ should be the signs erected if Colorado approves Amendment 73,” Penn Pfiffner, former state legislator and chairman of the board of the TABOR Foundation, told Watchdog.org. “The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights properly treats everyone equally, requiring the same income tax rate be applied to everyone. Currently, if you make more money, you pay more, but only at the rate that everyone else pays. This proposal would change that, bringing an attitude that the upper middle class and wealthy should be attacked and made to pay increasing amounts. It is the worst concept in raising taxes.”

    A group of opponents of the measure launched a “Blank Check. Blatant Deception. Vote No on 73,” campaign, arguing the ballot language is deceptive. It tried to have the question removed after the required deadline and Colorado’s secretary of state rejected its complaint. Read more …

  • Adams County Clerk Stan Martin
    If you haven’t received your ballot yet, hang tight!

    All Adams County ballots were dropped at the General Mail Facility on Monday 10/15. They are working diligently to process over 3.2 million ballots being mailed to Colorado voters. Here in Adams County, approximately 75% of ballots were processed and delivered last week. There are approximately 65,000 ballots remaining to be mailed, mostly in the Brighton and Thornton areas. We anticipate the remaining ballots will be processed at the General Mail Facility and hit your mailbox in the coming days.

    If your ballot feels a little heavier than usual, that’s because it is! With so many contests and measures in this election, most citizens will receive a two-page ballot. Be sure to include both pages when you return it.

    For your convenience, Adams County added six additional 24-Hour Drop Boxes in recent years. You can drop your ballot off for free at any one of the 22 Drop Boxes or 8 Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs) that opened today. Be sure to check the link below for dates and times that VSPCs are open.

    Visit our website to see a list of all those locations: https://www.adamsvotes.com/where-do-i-go-2/.

    If you would like to track your ballot using our BallotTrax technology, sign up here: https://adamsvotes.ballottrax.net/voter/#/.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 720 523-6500; we’re here to help!

    Stan Martin
    Adams County Clerk & Recorder

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