Fiscal Analysts: Total Price Tag of Dems’ Dirty Dozen Tax Hikes = $337 Million+

The dirty dozen tax hike bills scheduled to be rammed through Colorado's Senate Finance Committee tomorrow? Legislative analysts released fiscal notes for 11 of the 12 bills this afternoon -- they estimate a total net tax increase of $20.4 million for the rest of the current fiscal year (through June 30, 2010), and a total net tax increase of more than $337 million between now and the end of FY 2011-12. While that wouldn't solve all the legislators' budget problems, passing the package of bills would shift a good share of the hard decision-making from the State Capitol to many a business and household in Colorado. And don't even ask how it might lead to creating stable, private-sector jobs.... … [Read more...]

Will Colorado Dems Ram Through Dirty Dozen Business Tax Hike Bills?

Word on the street is that the majority Democrats at the State Capitol are preparing to ram through a package of bills repealing tax breaks -- not only without a vote of the people as the state constitution's TABOR would require, but also pushed through the process quickly to minimize public scrutiny and apparent outrage. Taken together, House Bills 1189 through 1200 (look them up here) would end up increasing the tax burden on Colorado businesses and families. Currently, the "dirty dozen" business tax hike bills are slated on the House calendar for a hearing on appropriations at 8:30 AM tomorrow (Wednesday). The first question then is whether the Democrats will then quickly rush the bills into the Finance Committee -- where public … [Read more...]

Palin Crushes Huckabee in Righty Blogger Poll: Whom Did I Vote For?

Update, 1/26: The correct answer is Mitch Daniels. Sadly, no one guessed the correct answer by 6:00 PM. "Why did I pick Daniels?" you might ask. At this point in the game, all I can say is: "Why not?" John Hawkins at Right Wing News earlier today released the results of his conservative blogger survey "on which candidate they'd support if the 2012 Republican primaries were today." Yours truly was one of 69 to cast a vote. Sarah Palin won a 29 percent plurality in a crowded field of 12 candidates, while Mike Huckabee edged out Ron Paul for last place and 0 votes. The latter finding is especially interesting in light of the first poll to show a Republican candidate beating Barack Obama in a hypothetical 2012 general election matchup: … [Read more...]

Colorado Legislators Advance Modest School Spending Transparency Bill

Last Thursday afternoon I testified before the House Education Committee at the State Capitol on House Bill 1036 and what effective public school financial transparency should look like. The best coverage came from the Colorado News Agency:HB 1036, called the Public School Financial Transparency Act, contains many of the same provisions as last year’s all-GOP effort by Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Colorado Springs, and Sen. Ted Harvey, R- Highlands Ranch. That bill died on a party-line vote in the same committee. Stephens, who also is a co-sponsor on the new bill, and Harvey have reintroduced their bill again this year as Senate Bill 91, which they say would provide an easier way for people to search for and use data in a more meaningful way while … [Read more...]

Could Republicans Really Gain Eight U.S. Senate Seats this November?

Take a careful look at Friday's detailed analysis by liberal Nate Silver. Then add in news that Democrat Beau Biden won't run in Delaware and new data from Rasmussen showing conservative Mike Pence beating incumbent Evan Bayh in Indiana, and it sure looks like an eight-seat pickup is well within reach. Of course, politics remains a fluid and fickle game. All could change. And if you really want to believe that former governors George Pataki and Tommy Thompson would run in New York and Wisconsin, respectively, then perhaps one can also imagine the GOP taking over the Senate. A pipe dream? Likely, and not one to get terribly excited about anyway. But just to be able to see such a potential result as anything but crazy has got to be … [Read more...]

Colorado 2010 State Senate Showdown: First Quarter Look at Hot Races

Sometime late in the last decade, the good old Aughts, I set up the state of play as Colorado Republicans (currently 21-14 in the minority) seek to take back the state senate. Following the release of fourth quarter reports on the Secretary of State's campaign finance site, I have ranked in order an updated list of the eight seats -- out of 19 up for grabs -- most likely to change party hands: … [Read more...]

Colorado 7th CD Candidates Sound Off Saturday at Aurora Republican Forum

Do you live in Colorado's 7th Congressional District, but are undecided about whom to support? Interested in hearing more from the candidates directly? Well, a forum is scheduled for tomorrow that might appeal to you -- details below the fold:Aurora Republican Forum 7th Congressional Candidates Forum Saturday, January 23 at 8:30 a.m. Aurora Association of Realtors 14201 E. Evans Drive Aurora CO 80014 $5.00 donation suggested for Coffee & Donuts $20.00 annual dues – membership is optional … [Read more...]

37 Years of Roe v Wade: Time for Hope, Renewal to Continue Fight for Life

One day after a refreshing U.S. Supreme Court victory for free speech, today we mark the 37th anniversary of Roe v Wade -- a somber occasion for our nation. I recommend to you a well-written "In Memoriam" by Red State's Erick Erickson. A couple key passages:The truth that these children are biologically human and biologically distinct from their mothers is beyond question to anyone who believes in the most basic tenets of science. Why, then, are they declared so totally bereft of rights in our society? The fact that a woman can, with the protection of the law, kill her child on the day of its planned full-term delivery, indicates clearly that the only answer to this question is “physical location within their mother’s womb.” If a child is … [Read more...]

Listen to Face The State Weekend Edition: Political Survey Results

Update, 1/25: If you missed me on the air this weekend, you can listen to a recording of the discussion on the Face The State website. In most places across Colorado, you can tune in and listen this Saturday or Sunday to the Face The State Weekend Edition -- locally, here in Denver on AM 710 KNUS on Saturday at 5 AM or Sunday at noon. During part of the show I will be discussing with host Brad Jones the latest results from the survey of Colorado's political temperature -- an independent project co-sponsored by People's Press Collective managing editor Michael Sandoval and yours truly. … [Read more...]

State Rep Sara Gagliardi (D-Arvada) Stands For Government Health Care

A couple days ago I told you about my friend Libby Szabo running for House District 27. Well, you also ought to know a bit more about the incumbent Democrat who she is trying to unseat: Rep. Sara Gagliardi. Check this out from a recent Colorado News Agency story about Tuesday's health care freedom rally at the State Capitol:“We need to do something in this country, and I am in favor of single-payer national health care reform—so I would not support this initiative at all,” said Rep. Sara Gagliardi, D-Arvada, who is vice chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee. Yes, that's right. My state representative thinks the current Obama Care proposals rejected by a majority of Americans -- and most recently, Massachusetts … [Read more...]