Webb Out; Dean All but a Lock

Anyone surprised at this "breaking news"? I know it's been sad to see Terry McAuliffe go, but the mood is greatly alleviated knowing that the screamer is a virtual lock to take his place. At one point not much more than a year ago it also looked like Dean had a virtual lock on the Democrats' presidential nomination, so don't count your chickens before they hatch. Yet it seems that the worst thing now that could happen to Dean is that Tim Roemer might pick up a little "Joe-mentum," a la failed presidential candidate Joe Lieberman. But let's wait and see... … [Read more...]

More on Churchill and Tenure

In regards to the mushrooming Ward Churchill controversy, David Harsanyi's column in this morning's Post advocates market pressure from parents and students (let me add, taxpaying citizens) as a means of injecting massive doses of calcium into the backs of CU's administrators. Harsanyi certainly is doing his part to put on the pressure. Mike Rosen has been tackling the issue head-on during his morning 850 KOA program. This blog and others (especially Joshua's) have been adding their voices, as well. Even well-known highly liberal CU law professor Paul Campos makes the case for firing Churchill. Colorado citizens send their tax dollars, many of whom also send their children (and in many cases their children's tuition, as well) … [Read more...]

The Power of Tenure?

The case of CU Prof. Ward Churchill has begun to highlight an interesting question: how will the radical fringes of American academia survive and adapt to an intense popular scrutiny, enhanced by the vast connections and lightning reactions of a less-than-sympathetic new media? The CU Board of Regents has called a meeting on the issue, which at this point probably translates to a lot of talk and a hope that the issue will just fade away. Meanwhile, the campus College Republicans hold a petition drive calling for Churchill's resignation. And Joshua interviews a CU history professor who places the blame for the university's inaction on the tenure system. Regardless of what happens specifically in the Churchill case, universities … [Read more...]

‘The winds of freedom are sweeping across Iraq’

Though I've been fighting illness lately and though I barely have time right now, I felt impelled to post this - the inspiring story of Iraqis turning out to vote in a historic election, showing bravery during threats of serious violence. "We have defeated the terrorists today," Ahmad Chalabi, a secular Shiite who is running for the National Assembly on the United Iraqi Alliance list, told FOX News. "The winds of freedom are sweeping across Iraq." … [Read more...]

Democrats and Privacy

Clay is on top of a breaking story from the State Capitol. Seems Democrat Rep. Jerry Frangas has been parading around a box full of state employees' confidential personal information as a way to entice media coverage for a bill he is proposing. Republican House Minority Leader Joe Stengel has addressed the serious concerns about the custody and availability of these documents in a letter to House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (Clay has posted the full text). Stengel has asked for an investigation. Will Romanoff open an investigation? How serious are Democrats about personal privacy and, more importantly, about preventing possible identity theft? … [Read more...]

Steering Clear of Guns and God, Anyway

Are the new majority Democrats in Colorado's statehouse losing focus so soon? A bill proposed by Senator Jennifer Veiga (D - Denver) that requires employers not to discriminate against employees on the basis of "sexual orientation" or "gender variance" has passed the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee on a 4-3 party-line vote. The repercussions of such legislation if passed into state law? Employers (except of religious organizations) may have to accept behavior they find morally repulsive or be unable to express deeply-held religious convictions. Such were the objections of Republican committee members Sen. John Evans and Sen. Tom Wiens. Or imagine this scenario: Mr. Smith owns a small family pharmacy. One of his … [Read more...]

Poudre: “Be the Change”?

The Poudre School District in Fort Collins, the ninth largest in Colorado with 25,000 students, is seriously considering whether they want to "Be the Change." Poudre's search for a new superintendent has narrowed to two candidates - one of them former Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Mike Miles. Miles is currently the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Fountain-Fort Carson School District. Anyone who remembers Miles' ill-fated but impassioned run for high office this past year will remember how he inspired the left-wing base of the Colorado Democratic Party in a fashion akin to Howard Dean. Like Dean, Miles' campaign crashed and burned in the primary to the anointed candidate and now current U.S. Senator … [Read more...]

Halaby Steps Down

Colorado State Republican Party Chairman Ted Halaby has announced he will not seek another term. In an open letter to the state central committee, Halaby decries the new system of campaign finance laws that have diminished the importance the clout and importance of the state party organization: ...it is clear that federal and state campaign-finance laws must be changed to bring the political process back within the traditional auspices of the national and state political parties and their candidates, with the accountability and timely disclosure this provides. I intend to do what I can to assist in this process. However, for now, unfortunately, the most influential battles in Colorado will be waged outside the political party process. … [Read more...]

What Negotiations?

Both the Republicans and the Democrats under Denver's golden dome have staked their ground on proposing solutions to the state budget crunch: Democrats and [Republican Governor Bill] Owens agree on many parts of the plan. Owens' budget proposal in December included a tax cut, dedicated transportation dollars and increasing the state spending limit by $500 million annually. The sides disagree on how much of future TABOR refunds the state should keep. [Democrat House Speaker Andrew] Romanoff's plan would re-start refunds once government spending reaches the level it hit in 2000, before Colorado's recession, which he calculates at roughly 6 percent of residents' personal incomes. Owens doesn't consider that a "meaningful cap" on … [Read more...]

SAD only begins to describe it

I would say that, all in all, I don't feel too bad for this most depressing day of the year. Maybe if I lived in the fog and gray skies of Britain rather than sunshine-filled Colorado, the story would be different: Dr. Cliff Arnall's calculations show that misery peaks Monday. Arnall, who specializes in seasonal disorders at the University of Cardiff, Wales, created a formula that takes into account numerous feelings to devise peoples' lowest point. The model is: [W + (D-d)] x TQ M x NA The equation is broken down into seven variables: (W) weather, (D) debt, (d) monthly salary, (T) time since Christmas, (Q) time since failed quit attempt, (M) low motivational levels and (NA) the need to take … [Read more...]