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I would like to officially declare this guy's candidacy dead:

On Wednesday, as Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez toured Colorado to "build unity," a video surfaced that Democrats say shows his divisiveness.

The video shows Beauprez in a speech to the Denver Rotary Club in 2010 making comments that echo those that hurt Mitt Romney's challenge to President Barack Obama two years later.

"I see something that frankly doesn't surprise me, having been on Ways and Means Committee: 47 percent of all Americans pay no federal income tax," Beauprez said in the video. "I'm guessing that most of you in this room are not in that 47 percent — God bless you — but what that tells me is that we've got almost half the population perfectly happy that somebody else is paying the bill, and most of that half is you all."

He indicated Democrats had reasons to keep it that way.

"I submit to you that there is a political strategy to get slightly over half and have a permanent ruling majority by keeping over half of the population dependent on the largess of government that somebody else is paying for," Beauprez said.

Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio, who alerted The Denver Post to the clip on YouTube, said the comments fly in the face of Beauprez's "Unity Tour," which featured his running mate and former GOP primary opponents.

"If he's talking about unity, this is a funny way to show unity with Coloradans," Palacio said. "He must be talking about unity with other Republicans, because he didn't say anything about anybody else."

Reached while traveling, Beauprez's campaign stood by the remarks.

His campaign manager, Dustin Olson, said Beauprez had been talking about the same things on Wednesday's tour: creating jobs and opportunities, "about lifting up and creating more opportunity."

"I don't see why it would be controversial to want more people to prosper," Olson said. "We should be focused on building up our economy so more people have jobs and prosper. It is a sad state of affairs when people are in an economic situation where they are not able to pay federal income tax." - Denver Post, 7/2/14

While it's bad enough he doesn't see why his remarks are controversial, he's certainly stupid enough not to realize it's these same type of comments that sunk Mitt Romney's (R. MA) campaign.  But what do you expect from an idiotic nut job who also happens to be a bigot:

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez makes a point during his presentation to delegates at the District II Republican caucus held at Angevine Middle School in Lafayette, Colo., on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Republicans and Democrats held caucuses in every Colorado county on Tuesday night to select delegates to go to state assemblies to select the eventual candidates for the fall election. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Gubernatorial hopeful Bob Beauprez voiced clear opposition Wednesday to Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall's choice to issue same-sex marriage licenses, saying: "You don't just tamper with the Constitution arbitrarily."

"I'm with our Constitution," Beauprez said. "The people of Colorado spoke repeatedly in the law of Colorado that marriage is between a man and a woman.

"I think we've made a wise step with civil unions, and I support that," he added. "I'm very much in favor of equal civil rights for all our citizens, but that's very different than as we define marriage in Colorado. The distinction that needs to be drawn here is, whether you like it or don't like it, it is the Constitution."

Beauprez, a Lafayette native and former chairman of the Boulder County Republican Party, made the remarks after a campaign stop on Folsom Street in Boulder, where he was joined by running mate Jill Repella, former primary opponents Tom Tancredo and Scott Gessler and various other state GOP leaders.

"I always believe that while we may not have the registration numbers in Boulder County," Beauprez said, "some of the strongest, most principled conservatives -- people who understand why they're Republicans and why it makes a difference to adopt Republican principles and implement Republican principles -- I think they're found right here."

The roughly 100 in attendance Wednesday heard Beauprez speak of his five-pronged "Liberty's Promise" platform, which revolves primarily around limiting government influence in the everyday lives of Coloradans.

"You ask the teachers, truck drivers, farmers and ranchers," he said. "They'll invariably say, "It's government not just stepping on my toes a little bit, but it's got its boot on my neck." - Daily Camera, 7/2/14

The majority of Coloradans support marriage equality and Governor John Hickenlooper (D. CO) knows that:

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers filled a motion with federal court Wednesday afternoon in response to a lawsuit filled in federal court yesterday asking for an overturn of Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban.

The motion asks for courts not to consider the lawsuit pending a Supreme Court decision on the issue in general.

“We hope and believe that if granted, today’s motion will help end the divisive, costly, and now unnecessary litigation regarding same-sex marriage in Colorado,” said Solicitor General Dan Domenico.

The motion cited the ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver overturning a gay marriage ban in Utah. That decision was stayed by the court pending an appeal.

“Because the Utah decision will not go into effect until the higher courts, including the United States Supreme Court, have had a chance to decide the question, Colorado (and other states) must wait for that final decision. In other words, the legal debate about this question will be suspended in Colorado as we await finality from the 10th Circuit or U.S. Supreme Court,” Domenico said.

While Suthers acted in coordination with Gov. John Hickenlooper asking for a delay in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples until a Supreme Court decision, it did reveal a split in each party’s thinking.

According to the filing, Suthers, a Republican, believes the ruling by the 10th Circuit of Appeals was “incorrect.”

Allowing same-sex couples to receive marriage licenses before a Supreme Court decision “would invite a race to the clerks’ office, result in irreparable injury to the State, licenses issued under a legal cloud of uncertainty, and undermine the predictable and standard judicial process for testing the constitutionality of state laws,” the motion said.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Denver County Clerk and Recorder both went on the record in the motion saying they agree with the 10th Circuit’s ruling. Denver is part of a state court case and the clerk and recorder’s office says if the state judge “finds that Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional and issues his decision without a stay, (which Denver supports), we will issue marriage licenses until it is.”

“Today, we joined with the Attorney General and the county clerks in Denver and Jefferson counties to ask the federal district court in Colorado to declare the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional and to stay its ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court addresses this issue,” said Governor John Hickenlooper.

“We understand there is frustration with the lengthy judicial process, but waiting until the legal process is finished will ensure that marriage licenses issued to same sex couples are not clouded by uncertainty. We hope the U.S. Supreme Court will take this matter up quickly. Equality for everyone can’t come soon enough,” Hickenlooper said. - KDVR, 7/2/14

Hickenlooper sounds pretty confident about the ruling and wants to make sure it stands.  Hickenlooper also recently sat down with Katie Couric to talk about Colorado's great experiment:

Of course they discussed Colorado’s groundbreaking marijuana “experiment,” as Hickenlooper has called it. The also talked about Colorado’s tax revenue, youth prevention measures, marijuana edibles and keeping pot from leaving Colorado, among other topics at the Aspen Ideas Festival, presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic.

“What would you say to the governor of Washington (Gov. Jay Inslee), in terms of how to handle this, and things that maybe you wish you had done differently?” Couric asked.

“Things like the edibles, and making sure you limit the dosage per edible,” Hickenlooper said. “They’re going to learn from our mistakes every way they can.

“As we try to figure some solution to this cash/banking conundrum, they’re not only watching us but also trying to help us with that. So, we’re kind of partners, right? Our staffs talk on a regular basis and are trying to figure out, how do we navigate this together?”

There was also this inevitable question, which Couric tossed out in the middle of the discussion: “Since it’s became legal in the state of Colorado, have you been partaking?”

Hickenlooper paused, took a sip of water, waited a beat, and then shook his head. “No,” he said with a grin. - The Cannabist, 7/1/14

Colorado tilts blue and is changing but we can't take anything for granted.  Especially with nut jobs like Beauprez and Reps. Mike Coffman (R. CO) and Cory Gardner (R. CO) running for re-election and for U.S. Senate, we have to make sure Colorado Democrats come out to the polls and defeat these extremists.  Click here to donate and get involved with Hickenlooper, Andrew Romanoff (D. CO) and Senator Mark Udall's (D. CO) campaigns:

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 08:49 PM PDT.

Also republished by Colorado COmmunity, LGBT Rights are Human Rights, Kossacks for Marriage Equality, LGBT Kos Community, Milk Men And Women, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, and DKos Cannabis Law and Drug War Reform.

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  •  It's been done already... n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Calamity Jean

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 08:58:18 PM PDT

  •  That's just wishful thinking by someone who (1+ / 0-)
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    wants to exercise authority in loco parentis.
    Who governs is central. If the people govern, then public officials are mere public servants. Being a servant does not appeal to people who don't know how to give anything but lip service.

    by hannah on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 04:26:59 AM PDT

  •  Beauprez is thank god less charismatic than (3+ / 0-)
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    Leftcandid, Stwriley, Mopshell

    Tancredo, but I'm not taking anything for granted. Our Republicans here in CO seem fairly extreme in general. A loss to Beauprez or Coffman would be pretty bad. Beauprez at least is boring and not real bright, just repeats the same stuff everyone he knows has been saying for a quarter century.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 05:23:38 AM PDT

    •  Not boring at all - he's been an AM shock jock (3+ / 0-)
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      Susipsych, Stwriley, Mopshell

      in the past few years and there is a treasure trove of right wing insanity that Colorado voters are going to be introduced to.

      Beauprez is toast.

      By the way - he is on a "unity" tour right now, his first major move after winning the primary, which is why his 47% comments are being highlighted. He's already tripped and fell on his face in the first seconds of his campaign.

      "Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything." — Ray Bradbury

      by We Shall Overcome on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 06:56:59 AM PDT

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      •  I must listen to different stations (1+ / 0-)
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        heard him a few times when he was my congressman, and last Sunday on CPR.

        I'd be real happy if polls started showing him falling steeply. It would make money go away too. Udall I worry about. Mark has influence in DC beyond his simple vote in the senate.

        “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

        by ban nock on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 06:01:42 PM PDT

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        •  Well, actually it's "listened" (0+ / 0-)

          Denver is one of those markets that got caught in the big (Clear Channel) format change. We had a progressive talk station that did reasonably well in the market. But, a couple of months ago, it format was changed to something they now call "Real Talk" -- business and financial barter as near as I can tell. (This change was done despite the fact that the morning drive time show was hosted locally by a wonderful woman named Gloria Neal, who was named "Best Local Talk Show Host" for 2013.
          (This is the format they cancel. I am now using my Smartphone to listen to progressive talk.)
          Financial/business talk was tried in this market before -- it can't be sustained. And we have THREE other news/talk stations here -- that are ALL right-leaning.

          "Free your mind and the rest will follow...."

          by midknightryder13 on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 02:37:13 PM PDT

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  •  Actually it's probably true (2+ / 0-)
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    I pay no federal income tax, because by the time I deduct my mortgage interest, state and local taxes, and charitable donations, it wipes out my taxable income. (I do pay hundreds of dollars a year in state income taxes, however, because my state doesn't recognize itemized deductions.)

    Many corporations pay no federal income taxes because they have gotten laws passed that give them gazillions of special exemptions and freebies. (Corporations are people, so we get to count those in the 47%, right?)

    Many others pay no federal income taxes because their incomes are way too low, and/or they receive EITC and Child Tax Credits that more than offset their tax liability (by design, since they still pay payroll taxes).

    47% could be an accurate number, not that this guy cares whether it is -- he probably got it from Rush Limbaugh -- so it's not that stupid.

    As for "dependent on the government," that includes even more of us -- anyone who's working at a job that depends on federal funds, from construction to legal services to the cafeteria lady at my local naval base; anyone who drives on federally-funded highways; anyone who needs a drug whose research was funded by the NIH; anyone who receives a Pell grant or federally subsidized student loan. And every bank that is borrowing from the government at zero and lending it back to the government (by buying T-bills) at 2%. And every military contractor.

    •  It probably is true (1+ / 0-)
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      But, what he is saying is QUITE disingenuous. He is equating "not paying Federal Income Tax" with "not paying taxes". And, it has been shown time and again, that is simply not true. In fact, iirc, a higher percentage of taxes -- like sales tax -- are paid by lower income citizens.
      Further, people who "pay no Federal income tax" do so by filing the tax returns and receiving a REFUND. But, during that year -- those monies ARE collected by the Federal government -- who uses it INTEREST-FREE.  But, I don't see any rush to pay these people the interest that is saved by the Federal government by what are essentially tax-free loans.

      "Free your mind and the rest will follow...."

      by midknightryder13 on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 02:04:19 PM PDT

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  •  Haven't heard a Beaupeep about this on local news. (2+ / 0-)
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    Rec this up!

    It's time to start letting sleeping dinosaurs lie, lest we join them in extinction by our consumption of them.

    by Leftcandid on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 06:35:20 AM PDT

  •  Actually we are all dependent on the government. (2+ / 0-)
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    From the roads we drive on to the skies we fly through, the Federal government is involved in our lives in many different ways.  Most of pay into it in the ways of taxes and for that it safeguards us from terrorists, manages the rivers of the country, and supplies maritime safety for commerce along our coast.  And until the Weather Channel starts flying its own hurricane hunting aircraft we shall be dependent on the Coast Guard to provide that service.

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