Lefty Lemmings Need to Read Before They Launch Attacks

Demonstrating quite a bit of ironic ignorance, the diarist "Go Blue" and commenters at the Dead Governors site latch onto an unsubstantiated attack against former state senator and state treasurer Mark Hillman, using hollow ammunition provided by the Lefties at the Bell Policy Center. As explained yesterday, Hillman co-wrote a report for the Independence Institute on the difference between the promises made in the Referendum C campaign and the promises delivered in state spending. The Bell then released a quick press release ignoring the substance of the report and decrying the analysis as "simplistic," as well as a preliminary research summary that projects FUTURE revenue and spending. Yet pushing along the herd of lemmings, the … [Read more...]

Save the Males?

Just wanted to give a little shout out to Jessica Corry, a good friend of Mount Virtus, who has started as one of the featured diarists at the Denver Post's new Politics West site. In fact, I just came across this excellent piece she wrote on behalf of my "endangered" species. I know we need a lot of help, but ... "Save the Males"? Seriously, she makes a very important point, often overlooked because of its political incorrectness. Check it out. … [Read more...]

Bell’s Silence Concedes Misleading Voters on Ref C

The Independence Institute (where I work) published a study this week titled "State Budget Scrutiny Reveals Ref C Shuffle," detailing how the promises made in Colorado's 2005 tax increase campaign have gone unmet. Lawmakers have increased spending far more in budget areas not connected with the promises of the Referendum C campaign than in the key areas used to sell the tax increase to Colorado voters (i.e., public schools, state universities, and health care). The report is well documented with actual data. Yesterday, the tax increase apologists at the Bell Policy Center issued a quick response that did not dispute the substance of the findings but asserts that the Institute report uses a "simplistic analysis" and criticizes it for … [Read more...]

Media Matters Acknowledges Democrats’ Marriage to Defeat

An irrelevant left wing "watchdog" group named Media Matters has reprinted the comments of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer on Greeley's Amy Oliver Show. The key excerpt of Schaffer's comments highlighted by Media Matters goes as follows: "I think it's foolish to behave the way you see people like Harry Reid and other, others who are leading the Senate right now, that I think are trying to, at the end, the analysis of their achievement and what they are effectively accomplishing is a deliberate loss and a surrender in Iraq for the sake of their political advantage at election time in 2008. I think they're hoping America loses." The comments were reported and repeated uncritically, which can only lead an open-minded observer … [Read more...]

Ritter’s State Union Proposal Deserves Scrutiny

The fact that Gov. Bill Ritter and his Democrat cohort wants to impose mandatory collective bargaining on Colorado state employees has been the Capitol's worst-kept secret for 2006. Today, the Rocky Mountain News quotes a leading Democrat legislator as confirming the rumors: Senate President Joan Fitz- Gerald, D-Coal Creek Canyon, confirmed she has heard Ritter's office may be working on a state government reform package that could include collective bargaining for state employees. And she spoke positively of the possibility. "Under the Owens years, the state employees did not fare well and they lost a lot of their benefits," she said. Ritter declined to talk specifics on a possible initiative. "We're working on how to best … [Read more...]

Cartoon Double Standards

In a story reminiscent of the Danish Mohammed cartoon protests, numerous American newspapers (at least 25, according to reports collected by Michelle Malkin) have refused to print this week's edition of "Opus" because it's potentially offensive to Muslims: [Writers Group comics editor Amy] Lago said she flagged some of the syndicate's newspaper clients for two reasons: because of the possibility that the jokes about Islam would be misconstrued and because of the sexual innuendo in the punchline. "The strip came in and I knew we would have to send out an alert to all the newspapers," Lago said. "I do that fairly regularly with materials that might pose issues for local areas. ... We knew that because it was a sex joke, it could raise … [Read more...]

MSM’s Eerie Silence over Political Progress in Iraq

Ed Morrissey at Captain's Quarters tackles the MSM's eerie silence over a major development of political progress in Iraq: Let's say we're at war, and we're waiting for some specific action to take place to show us that our efforts are succeeding. Add in that the war itself would be rather controversial and that our political class is split as to whether we will ever see that specific action take place. Imagine that Congress and the White House have scheduled a showdown in the next couple of weeks to determine how much longer we will wait for that development. Now imagine that the specific action for which we've waited actually occurs. Where would you think that story appear in Washington's biggest newspaper? Read the whole piece at … [Read more...]

Dem Divide: “Dump Udall”

Boulder liberal Rep. Mark Udall wants Colorado to choose him as our next U.S. Senator, but he is treading a fine line of confusion on the most important issue of our times. From the Aspen Times comes this gem: Thursday, Udall's plans were momentarily derailed when protester George Newell positioned himself behind the congressman, directly in line with cameras of local photographers. Newell carried a sign saying, "Dump Udall. He Votes For War" - a reference to Udall's recent vote for passage of a $100 billion war bill sought by President Bush. When one of Udall's staff tried to get Newell to step away, the protester reacted angrily, saying, "That's assault." When Udall joined in with a politely-phrased request to get out of the way, … [Read more...]

Ritter Health Care Reform = Budget-Busting Nightmare?

Democrat Governor Bill Ritter's blue ribbon commission to reform health care has come up with an idea that would blow a mile-wide hole in the state budget, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette. But who is going to foot the bill for the proposed bureaucratic nightmare? Colorado Republicans, conservative and moderate independents, and even plenty of Democrats know this plan isn't going to fly. After all, it's only one of five plans the commission is floating. Once we all waste our ammunition shooting down the big, bad, scary plan, the Democrats will try to sneak through one of the less offensive (but still $1-3 billion a year costly) alternatives. Mark my words. Check out Lin Zinser's take at We Stand Firm for more details. … [Read more...]

Unions Sidestep Campaign Laws, County Officials Crack Down

With stories yesterday and today, Face The State brings out the 1-2 punch, exposing the bonus Democrats get from groups that exploit Colorado's campaign law, and then highlighting an effort by some local governments to clean up the act. From yesterday: During the last election, the nation's largest unions utilized a loophole in Colorado's campaign finance laws that allowed them to give millions of dollars in anonymous political contributions to Democrat candidates—all while never revealing the name of a single individual donor. For the Service Employees International Union, the nation's largest union with more than 1.6 million members, this setup allowed its leadership to transfer portions of membership dues to small donor committees … [Read more...]