• Lebsock, former aide circulated petitions for Dem candidate in HD34

    Author: Marianne Goodland – May 22, 2018

    LebsockState Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, talks with reporters on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, about a polygraph exam he took that he says disproves allegations in a complaint filed by state Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, that he sexaully harassed her. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

    In the category of “you can’t make this stuff up” comes the latest entrant: Former Colorado state Rep. Steve Lebsock, in one of his final acts as a Democrat, helped a fellow Democrat with her eye on his former House seat get onto the ballot.

    Lebsock was booted from the General Assembly on March 2 for allegedly sexually harassing, then retaliating against a fellow lawmaker and other women at the Capitol. An hour before the 52-9 vote, he switched his party affiliation to Republican, leaving the choice of who would fill the vacancy to the Republican Party.

    Perhaps his final gift to the Democratic Party was to help a Democrat running for his Thornton House seat. Lebsock and his by-then former legislative aide, Elizabeth Strickland, collected signatures on behalf of Jacque Phillips, who made the ballot on April 19 with 883 valid signatures — just 12 more than required.

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  • The 8 who would be governor: Candidates square off at CoPo/Gazette forum

    Author: Ernest Luning – May 19, 2018 – Updated: 3 hours ago

    The Republican candidates for governor talk on a panel at an annual Colorado Civic Barbecue at the Garden Pavilion at Penrose House on Saturday May 19, 2018 in Colorado Springs. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

    For the first time, all four Republicans and four Democrats running for governor of Colorado squared off during a pair of debates Saturday in Colorado Springs, discussing policies ranging from transportation funding to gun violence, taxes to President Donald Trump.

    The candidate forum was presented by Colorado Politics, The Gazette and El Pomar’s Forum for Civic Advancement.

    Disagreements among members of the same party were few, and sparks only flew a couple of times during the exchanges, which took place just over two weeks before voters start receiving primary ballots in the mail — although the differences between the two parties were stark.

    The two 90-minute debates bookended the inaugural Colorado Civic Barbecue, a chance for several hundred members of the community to rub shoulders and listen to live bluegrass music between the doubleheader at the historic Penrose House near The Broadmoor hotel.

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  • A Radical Fix for Washington: Have Congress Do Its Job
    If Congress performed more of the tasks assigned to it by the Constitution, it also would feel compelled to act more responsibly

    ILLUSTRATION: ALEX NABAUM
    By Gerald F. Seib
    May 17, 2018 11:29 a.m. ET

    Here’s a simple yet radical thought on how to fix much of what ails Washington: Have Congress do its job.

    When attempting to explain the myriad problems that plague the nation’s capital, people talk of partisanship, polarization and a White House in perpetual chaos—and there’s certainly plenty of all that to go around. Yet every one of those problems is exacerbated by the way Congress has abdicated or shirked its duties.

    Maybe, just maybe, if Congress accepted and performed more of the tasks assigned to it by the Constitution, it also would feel compelled to act more responsibly—to find the compromise, to overcome the partisanship, to reach the durable solution. Like the young adult who leaves home and suddenly has to live with the consequences of his or her own actions, it would have to start doing the mature thing.

    Instead, we often are living with the opposite. For years, Congress has punted its Constitutional responsibilities down Pennsylvania Avenue to the president. It’s often unable to perform its most basic function, which is to pass spending bills, instead resorting to giant catchall spending measures that nobody has read and that leave the executive branch to fill in many policy blanks. In a similar illustration of its problems, a House crippled by intramural feuding on Friday failed to pass a farm bill, another piece of core legislation.

    On problem after problem, in other words, Congress has said in effect, “We’re not responsible”—which only liberates it to act irresponsibly. Read more …

  • Conservative activist and talk radio host Karen Kataline is calling on fellow Republicans to change their voter registration and become unaffiliated, so they can vote for “the weakest Democrats in the primary.”

    “It’s easy to change party affiliation online,” states the North Suburban Republican Forum’s website, laying out Kataline’s case prior to her recent appearance as a speaker there. “This year, the deadline is May 29. It’s just as easy to change it back [to Republican] for the general election.”

    Over the past month, Kataline says she’s spoken to Republican audiences across the front range about this idea, broadly called Strategic Voting or Insincere Voting, including at the Arapahoe County Tea Party (a debate), Colorado Jewish Republicans, Denver Republican Breakfast, the Larimer County GOP breakfast, and the Jefferson County GOP Breakfast Club. She’s making her case on talk radio and online forums as well.

    “There is no way to know if it’s working until we see the primary,” she said when asked if Republicans are accepting her idea, adding that she personally knows some Republicans who are going to do it. Others, she said, have told her they’d love to register as unaffiliated and vote Democratic, but they want to cast a ballot in the GOP primary. Some hate the idea. Read more …

  • Very interesting theory on Trump’s Success

     

    The mayor of Livermore California explains Trump’s popularity and success.   This is perhaps the best explanation for Trump’s popularity ….

    Marshall Kamena is a registered Democrat and was elected mayor of Livermore, CA.. He ran on the democratic ticket as he knew a Bay Area city would never vote for a Republican. He is as conservative as they come. He wrote the following:

    Trump’s ‘lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship’ By Marshall Kamena, Mayor of Livermore, CA.

    My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”

    Here’s my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

    We tried statesmanship.

    Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?

    We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?

    And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob. Read more …

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    Give a few bucks to help out the good folks looking into Boulder’s anti-gun funny business. They need funds for an open-records request the city doesn’t want them to see.


    On April 5, 2018, Boulder City Council passed its first reading of a ban on nearly every semi automatic firearm in city limits. The ban also includes bump stocks and all magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

    Despite more than 80 percent of the people who spoke that night opposed to the ban, city council then passed the ordinance on second reading on May 1.

    If this ordinance passes third reading, all owners of banned weapons will be required to obtain a certificate of ownership from the Boulder Police Department or surrender their weapon(s). No new purchases or possession will be allowed in the city limits.

    All bump stocks and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition will be required to be surrendered to the police.

    The only exceptions to the ban are for active law enforcement, military or anyone possessing a federal firearms license.

    I have already organized several successful Rally for Our Rights protests including one in Boulder, which brought out more than 500 people in the snow for a peaceful demonstration in defense of our right to keep and bear arms.

    However, my work is not done. I have good reason to believe that Moms Demand Action and several of the Boulder City Council members have violated open meetings laws to conspire on this ordinance, as well as possible other violations in their efforts to take away your rights under the United States Constitution.

    Because of that, I filed a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request for emails between city elected officials, certain city employees and Moms Demand Action leaders.

    The city of Boulder wants more than $1,200 to fill that request. I believe this is a stall tactic and a way to discourage me from getting at the truth. As a single mom fighting for my children’s future, this level of financing to keep all our rights in tact is out of control on the part of the city of Boulder.

    So I am asking for your help in funding my cause to get access to those emails and to keep fighting the fight down the road, as I’m sure more expenses like this one will pop up.

    Please donate what you can any little bit helps.

    Leslie Hollywood

    The Second Amendment Transparency Project

  • Candidate for Colorado State Treasurer Justin Everett sits down with host Jon Caldara to discuss his run for state treasurer, the hospital provider tax, PERA reform, and the Taxpayers Bill of Rights.

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