“Reverse-Coronations” No Better; Who, if Anyone, Wins Grassroots Momentum?

On Friday Ken Buck was ready to bow out of Colorado's U.S. Senate race. By Sunday he had received a new boost from more than 200 emails and calls from "activists in Colorado" urging him to stay in -- a figure he shared with me in a short phone interview he was gracious enough to give this afternoon. "Everyone who called has been positive and supportive and encouraging," Buck said. When asked if he was surprised by the outpouring, his single-word answer was "overwhelmed." Not much else came out of the conversation except that Buck's campaign is looking beyond the October reports. "I have a longer term goal than quarter-to-quarter fundraising," he said. Colorado Independent blogger John Tomasic gives me too much credit for helping to … [Read more...]

Anti-NRSC Backlash Grows, Many Supporters Urging Ken Buck to Stay In

Word is spreading about the new online petition calling for the National Republican Senatorial Committee to butt out of Colorado's primary election and call for a fair and open process. Night Twister makes a strong statement. Yesterday I reported that Ryan Frazier has decided to stay in despite the pressure to bow out. And now I'm learning that early reports of Ken Buck's announced departure from the field may be premature. Buck is getting many calls from his supporters urging him to stay in, too -- apparently enough to give any candidate pause. I'm not sure that many people expected the outrage from Colorado's grassroots to be so instant and loud. If the people want to ensure they have a strong voice in a fair primary electoral … [Read more...]

Replaying Discussion of Colorado Political Developments: Jeff Crank Show

For my handful of fans out there, yesterday morning I was honored to appear as a guest on the Jeff Crank Show to discuss developments in Colorado's governor's race and the U.S. Senate race. The podcast of the August 29 episode is available compliments of AM 740 KVOR in Colorado Springs. I join the show at the 12-minute mark. Thanks to Jeff and Laura for setting up the appearance -- I truly enjoyed myself! You can tune in to the Jeff Crank Show for entertaining conservative political commentary every Saturday at 8 AM local time. … [Read more...]

It Looks Like NRSC Can’t Talk Ryan Frazier Out of U.S. Senate Primary

With word spreading that Ken Buck will drop out of Colorado's U.S. Senate primary on Monday, there is very good reason to believe the NRSC's effort extends to trying to push Ryan Frazier out of the race as well. However, a trusted source has directly contacted the Ryan Frazier campaign this morning and tells me that Ryan is in it to win it. In fact, Frazier and his team are working hard today at the State Fair in Pueblo. The state of the race is changing quickly, but I am heartened and reassured by the news that it still looks like the people of Colorado still will have the choice of a credible pro-liberty candidate. In related news, Joshua weighs in on developments in the Senate race and notes:I spoke with Dick Wadhams yesterday and … [Read more...]

Pat Waak on Vandalism: “I Never Said Which End of the Other Side It Was”

The morning of this week's deplorable attack that shattered windows at the Democratic Party Headquarters in Denver, state Democratic chairwoman Pat Waak took advantage of the occasion to launch an outrageous broadside against Obama Care opponents:“We ought to be having a serious, conscientious debate about what’s best for the country,” Waak said. “Clearly there’s been an effort on the other side to stir up hate. I think this is the consequence of it.” Complete Colorado has posted audio from yesterday's edition of Colorado's Morning News on 850 KOA. Listen to the interviewers give Waak an opportunity to retract her remarks: … [Read more...]

Another Memo to NRSC: Jane Norton Isn’t Exactly a Prolific Fundraiser

What justifications will the NRSC offer for backing Jane Norton for Colorado's U.S. Senate seat over a series of Republican primary challengers (e.g. Ryan Frazier and Ken Buck? A major one will be an alleged fundraising prowess that her rivals supposedly lack. Of course, Norton has never won election on her own. The only time she ran for statewide office was on the coattails of popular incumbent Bill Owens in 2002. But she did have her own committee "Friends of Jane Norton" (search the Secretary of State website, be sure to check the "Include Terminated?" box). She edged out the Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Bill Thiebault in total fundraising: $99,471 to $90,085. But put her modest advantage in context. In a race that … [Read more...]

I Hope the Rumors of Premature NRSC Colorado Endorsement Are Unfounded

Update, 5:00 PM: Complete Colorado has uncovered evidence of the NRSC registering web domains for Jane Norton, which unfortunately would seem to confirm the rumors. Writing at the People's Press Collective, El Presidente echoes my sentiments and notes that the popular outrage from grassroots Colorado conservatives is starting to build. A well-placed rumor is circulating that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is planning to endorse former lieutenant governor Jane Norton upon her official entry into Colorado's Republican U.S. Senate primary in the next few weeks. I sincerely hope the rumors are unfounded. The NRSC has no business coming into this race so early in the process to endorse anyone. It wouldn't matter if they … [Read more...]

Friday: Denver Counter-Protest in Response to Obama Care Bandwagon

Local blogger Zombyboy is organizing a counter-protest this Friday evening (August 28) at 5 PM at the Tivoli Commons on Denver's Auraria campus as the pro-Obama Care crew buses into town. Richard Combs plans to attend, and is drumming up more support. If you can make it, remember to take the opportunity not only to say No to the Obama Care government health care takeover, but also Yes to consumer-centered, pro-freedom health care reforms. … [Read more...]

Your Family (and Mine) Can’t Afford Barack Obama’s Policies

Hold on to your shirt (and your wallet), as you read new Heritage Foundation research by Brian Riedl:The Office of Management and Budget has released its annual mid-session review that updates the budget projections from this past May.[1] They show that this year, Washington will spend $30,958 per household, tax $17,576 per household, and borrow $13,392 per household. The federal government will increase spending 22 percent this year to a peacetime-record 26 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). This spending is not just temporary: President Obama would permanently keep annual spending between $5,000 and $8,000 per household higher than it had been under President George W. Bush.[2] Driven by this spending, America will run its … [Read more...]