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Just when I was ready to start liking the Fort Collins Coloradoan again after its front page reporting of Marilyn Musgrave's vote against lowering student loan interest, they go and drop the ball on me big time.

As everyone is now aware, yesterday the U.S. Senate was unable to pass a minimum wage hike because the Republicans refused to grant cloture to the bill, insisting on saddling it with business tax break amendments.

But late afternoon on Wednesday the Republicans in the Senate went much farther than that, and actually introduced a counter-resolution that would eliminate the federal minimum wage altogether (Senate vote, see Bob Geiger's column here). Who introduced this groundbreaking legislation? None other than Fort Collins local boy Wayne Allard (R-CO), still in peak reactionary form as the defender of the wealthy hyper-elite.

Where was our local newspaper reporting on this bold legislative gambit by our local hero? Unfortunately, nowhere...

To Republicans like Allard, there is no economic problem that cannot be solved by making working class Americans toil harder for their daily bread. Aristrocatic conservatives like Allard worship the idea of hard work done by other people. The Republicans and their supporters have done everything they can over the last twelve years to give us a world of extreme wealth divisions, and productivity gains harvested by those at the top.

Was it news to the Coloradoan that Allard was the one who introduced such a potentially landmark bill, one that would have rescinded one of the greatest advances in 20th Century economic policy? No, it wasn't. They carried only a wire service article in the B section, with a few paragraphs buried in the jump that briefly mentioned the countermeasures introduced by the Republicans. Allard's name was nowhere to be found--not in the headline, not in the copy.

Why not? If you're a Republican or Libertarian who truly believes that the federal minimum wage should be eliminated, then you would celebrate Allard's historic move, right? If you're a Liberal, then you would surely want to know about it too. Either way, you'd want to read about it in the local paper, don't you think?

To my newsroom friends on Riverside: Come on, guys. This is serious stuff, and the local readers should know about it. Yesterday I decided that I'd plunk down two bits at Schrader's every time I mentioned the Coloradoan in a diary entry. By this reckoning, I owe you another fifty cents, but you're making it damn unpleasant this time.

We all know that Allard is an embarassment. A huge titanic embarassment for the state and for Larimer County. Is it so important to shield us from this?

...By the way, kudos on the Musgrave editorial today. Good analysis. A good step in the right direction. For that, you get my fifty cents today.

Originally posted to colorado crapmeister on Fri Jan 26, 2007 at 02:01 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  It's a total statewide news blackout (5+ / 0-)

    It isn't just the Coloradoan.  While all the media in the state repeats every attack business lobbyists make on Governor Ritter for his apparent willingness to sign union-friendly legislation, the fact that Colorado's senior senator wants to abolish the minimum wage isn't deemed newsworthy at all.

  •  Apply economic pressure (2+ / 0-)
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    Heiuan, condoleaser

    Democrats are holding the next presidential convention in Colorado.

    It might not be too late for democrats to raise hell and make threats.

    Send letters to Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and the Denver convention organization.

  •  don't blame it on colorado papers... (0+ / 0-)

    ...i have access to the associated press wire feed, and when i do a search for "minimum wage" and "allard" or "minimum wage" and "repeal," i don't get a thing.

    so, in other words, allard's, and his colleagues', efforts to abolish the minimum wage is not an "approved" story for the MSM.

    call the coloradoan (why exactly did they name it than and not the coloradAN????) and tell them you're cancelling the paper. it's a rag. it's owned by gannet, which is probably one of the worse MSM conglomerates. stick with blogs and the unapproved news; that's what i do, and i'm a journalist (only in the most esoteric sense of the word)...

    The radical invents views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. - Mark Twain

    by FemiNazi on Fri Jan 26, 2007 at 04:24:05 PM PST

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