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On Monday, ProgressNow Colorado sent a camera and a cardboard cutout of President Obama--with no other provocations--into the line at Mitt Romney's rally in Denver.

FOX 31 reports on what happened:

On Tuesday morning, the group posted the four-minute video on YouTube, in which dozens of Republicans pass by cardboard Obama and, in a few cases, can’t help but hurl less-than-politically correct comments its way. You can watch the video below.

“Go back to Kenya!” one person says.

“Strangle him!” says another.

The video and more from FOX 31's report after the jump.
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Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 01:07 PM PDT

CO-Sen: NRSC pullout imminent?

by angka

Over at the premiere rumor-mill blog in Colorado, speculation is rife that the national GOP brass is pulling out of the Colorado Senate race.

NRSC To Abandon Schaffer?

We're hearing credible rumors this morning that the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) will shortly pull out of the Colorado Senate race, citing dwindling cash reserves, Schaffer's plummeting poll numbers, and unexpectedly strong threats to incumbent GOP Senators around the country. Such a move would effectively represent the end of the Bob Schaffer's run, as national donors follow the NRSC's cue...

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Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 02:22 PM PDT

Tell McCain: hands off Colorado's water!

by angka

When Sen. John McCain came to Colorado last week, he proved one more time that he doesn't understand Colorado or the issues we care about. To put it simply, he's missing the boat on water.

Talking to the Pueblo Chieftain newspaper, McCain said the Colorado River Compact "obviously needs to be renegotiated." (Pueblo Chieftain, Aug. 15) He wants to take water from Colorado to deliver more to his home state of Arizona.

Senator Ken Salazar wasted no time responding. "Over my dead body," he said. What McCain proposed flies in the face of decades of hard-won negotiations, which resulted in an agreement reached just last year that protects Colorado's water rights from exploding sprawl in downstream states like Arizona.

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John McCain's latest trip through Denver and Aspen Friday might be better called the "chickens coming home to roost" tour.

The Denver Post:

McCain speaks in Denver

Photo by ProgressNowAction

...McCain's appearance set off a small protest outside the hotel, including Carol Kreck, the 60-year-old librarian who received a trespassing ticket for protesting outside a McCain event two weeks ago.

Holding the "McCain = Bush" sign that sparked controversy at the earlier event, Kreck said she would continue to protest McCain's candidacy.

"I don't want eight more years of the same policies," said Kreck, standing on a public sidewalk in front of Denver's Grand Hyatt and flanked by about 15 other people holding identical signs and one that wore a shirt saying "one nation....under surveillance."

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Tue May 13, 2008 at 11:10 AM PDT

Create your own McCain Billboard!

by angka

How many times have you seen a billboard or bumper sticker and thought you could do better?

Well, here's a chance to use your creativity for a good cause - educating people about John McCain.

Public perception of John McCain is very different than his right-wing record and questionable ethics. The media is giving him a free ride but we can't. It's up to all of us to help our fellow Americans understand who McCain really is.

That's why ProgressNowAction is launching a national contest to find the best description for McCain in five words or less. Click the link below to submit your idea:

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Fri May 02, 2008 at 05:41 PM PDT

A war for oil, after all

by angka

It's true, I was there, John McCain said this today.

My friends, I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East, That will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East.

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From the diaries. This is a hugely significant development in one of our top tier Senate races. mcjoan

Two days ago, questions surfaced about the relationship between Colorado Senate candidate Bob Schaffer and convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff's storied efforts to stall human rights and immigration reforms in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a US territory.

Today, the Denver Post's homework is complete, and it's utterly devastating:

Just before boarding a plane to the Mariana Islands in 1999, then-Congressman Bob Schaffer announced he was embarking on a fact-finding mission to get to the bottom of repeated allegations of labor abuse in the American protectorate.

"I plan to walk right into those factories and living quarters to see for myself what conditions exist," Schaffer said in a news release in August of that year.

What he didn't say was that the trip was partly arranged by the firm of now-jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who represented textile factory owners fighting congressional efforts to reform labor and immigration laws on the islands and who was being handsomely paid to keep the islands' cherished exemptions.

Schaffer and his wife stayed for free at a palm-studded beach resort and, besides factories, also toured historical sites and met with clients of Preston-

Gates, Abramoff's firm, according to a copy of the trip's agenda archived in Schaffer's congressional papers.

He left believing that allegations of widespread abuse were largely unfounded -- blaming them on Big Labor's efforts to shut down a booming textile industry allowed to use the "Made in USA" label but dependent on tens of thousands of imported workers.

In a recent interview with The Denver Post, the Republican candidate for Colorado's open Senate seat described the protectorate's guest-worker program as a "model" lawmakers could use as they overhaul the U.S. immigration system...

You have to read all of this--reporter Michael Riley goes on to detail the horrific labor conditions widely reported in the Northern Marianas, Schaffer's ridiculous Abramoff-arranged vacation that never even attempted to veer from its Potemkin script, and (best of all) Dick Wadhams completely slobbering himself trying to defend the indefensible.

And there's more--we've been going through contribution records looking for ties between Schaffer and other CNMI corporate interests. I previously mentioned donations to Schaffer's Senate campaign from the pro-business governor of the territory, and here's another bit:

Two $1000 contributions to Schaffer on 3/31/1997 from Jerry Tan, brother of sweatshop owner of scandalous record Willie Tan, who hired Abramoff to lobby to preserve the "Made in the USA" status quo in CNMI. The entire Tan family, through Tan Holdings and affiliated businesses, were key figures in the CNMI/Abramoff scandal. They were assessed the largest fine ever levied by the US Dept of Labor, approximately $9,000,000, and after that they hired Jack Abramoff to protect their "interests."

Here's a .PDF of donors from Saipan's ZIP code (remember, US territory) to Schaffer.

Coming up: Greenberg Traurig, anyone?

Cross-posted at ProgressNowAction


ProgressNowAction launched a new online campaign to save Colorado’s Western Slope from the expansion of massive oil drilling led by the Canadian oil company EnCana and its lobbyist, ex-Congressman Scott McInnis.

"We call on the public to join our citizens’ campaign to oppose efforts by EnCana and its lobbyist Scott McInnis that threaten the Western Slope’s land and private property rights," stated Michael Huttner, Executive Director of ProgressNowAction.

(Full release follows)

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Just delivered to 25,000 Coloradoans:

We are on the brink of history. Will you help?

More than one year ago, the House of Representatives passed the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (H.R. 810). This bill would override President Bush's 2001 decision to limit federal funding of embryonic stem cell research and take the first step toward providing potential cures for many debilitating diseases including Parkinson's and diabetes. As author of the legislation and the mother or a diabetic daughter, the passage of H.R. 810 was one of my proudest moments.

The U.S. Senate is poised to pass this landmark legislation this week and send it to the President's desk for his signature. Unfortunately, despite the support of 72% of Americans and overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress, President Bush is threatening to use the first veto of his presidency on this life saving research.

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Americans overwhelmingly reject the right wing's failed leadership. Nearly 70% disapprove of President Bush and his rubber-stamp conservative Congress. So, with the November election approaching, what do the right-wing leaders do? They turn to their favorite distraction - attacking gay people.

The Senate is poised to vote on the Musgrave/Allard Federal Marriage Amendment this week. This is a transparent political move designed to pander to their extreme right base and distract the rest of us from their failures on issues like spiraling national debt, skyrocketing healthcare costs and a quagmire in Iraq.

Don't let them succeed. Demand that our elected leaders get back to the real business of the people and stop using their crusade against gay people to divide us:

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