Denver's excellent mayor, John Hickenlooper, only just entered the race for governor of the great state of Colorado. Current Governor Bill Ritter chose not to run for re-election just a couple of months ago.
John's facing his very first fundraising deadline this Sunday night at midnight (MDT).
Boulder County DA Stan Garnett announced only a couple of weeks ago against current Republican Attorney General John Suthers after Suthers filed suit against the federal government to block health care reform. Suthers has a huge war chest, but it's taken him years to accumulate it. He's frankly a terrible fundraiser, and if we can get Stan off the ground quickly, Suthers will have a serious contender.
First a review of the event, and then the teabagging part saved for the end...
Yesterday I drove up to Brighton to Ed Perlmutter's Government at Your Grocery event. After having seen the nature of the crowd at the Stout Street Clinic in Denver, I wanted to see what the atmosphere would be like at an event where there was actually an expectation of being able to speak to one's Congressman as opposed to just doing street theater for the media.
It turned out that the crowd was less animated in Brighton than it was in Denver, despite the presence of the media. The vast majority of the people present were residents of the district who were in support of sweeping reform of the healthcare system. Many were in favor of far more sweeping reform (single payer) than is currently being proposed.
I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee or a ragout. -- Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
Continuing the discussion, I don't think Michelle Bachmann (?-MN) is dumb, crazy, or kookie. On the contrary, I think she's a brilliant satirist whose motives are just misunderstood.
Gary Hart, U.S. Senator (Ret.) and former presidential candidate, sent this message out today for Mark Udall:
I am writing my fellow Coloradans who care about our country's future because the 2008 election may be the most important election in a generation. More than ever, we need wise and enlightened leadership in Congress and in the United States Senate, where we are just a few votes shy of the 60-votes necessary to reverse the disastrous course George W. Bush has set for America.
Unable to manage the national security quagmire they have made in the Middle East, the Bush-Cheney Administration is now "ramping up" its rhetoric against Iran. Please contact your Senators and Representative to support my legislation to prevent the Bush Administration from launching war in Iran without prior Congressional authorization!
Short diary, because it's an incredibly simple truth.
If every registered voter in America contributed $5 each to his or her preferred federal candidates, no candidate would have to accept a dime from corporate PACs, nor need $4600 contributions from wealthy donors.
No one denies the fact that the United States is addicted to oil and gas, and our dependence on it is not going to go away soon--if ever. But we can take steps to mitigate the effects of our dependence on the environment that we live in.
That's why Mark Udall, Tom Udall, and John Salazar passed common-sense provisions in the House version of the energy bill--to increase the share of renewables in our electric generation to 15% by the year 2020, to fund research into climate change and carbon capture, and to block drilling on federal lands atop the Roan Plateau in Western Colorado.
I have some great news to share and a request to make for your help. I just passed through the House of Representatives with broad Democratic and Republican support, a package of common-sense proposals to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and to increase our usage of clean, renewable energy.
For the first time ever, national energy policy will require all electric utilities to acquire 15% of their power from wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources by the year 2020. I sponsored or cosponsored important provisions in the energy bill that will provide funding for climate change research, surface owner protection, funding for research into carbon capture and storage, and protection of the Roan Plateau.
But the fight's only begun, and I need your help right away.
Schaffer, who is from Fort Collins, clearly did not want to step into the Pinon Canyon controversy Tuesday. Asked for his opinion on the proposed expansion, the former 4th District congressman declined to give one.
"Next year, when and if I announce my Senate candidacy, it will be a more appropriate time to speak out on this important subject," he said, choosing his words carefully in a telephone interview. [emphasis added]
If you ever needed proof that the Colorado Republican Congressional delegation is in the nuttiest camp of the lunatic fringe of the right wing, look no farther than this vote Friday.
Only 84 Republicans in the House voted for an amendment which would have forbidden Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi from traveling to other countries. 337 members voted No, including all the Democrats and a vast majority of Republicans.
But among the Yes votes were all three of Colorado's Republican contingent--Lamborn, Tancredo, and even the "new" and supposedly "bipartisan" Marilyn Musgrave.
I subscribe to lots of Republican lists because I want to know what they are saying about gay people, immigrants, Democrats, and all of the other Republican Public Enemy Number Ones (yes there is more than one in "One" with Republican math). But this takes the cake as the most vitriolic fundraising letter I've received in this election cycle. And the cycle is young.
Apparently, according to this paragon of Conservative Truth, Rep Keith Ellison (D-MN) is for genital mutilation, pedophilia, polygamy, domestic violence, and Sharia totalitarianism. Oh, and he conspired with 9-11 terrorists.