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What’s Up With The Draft Legislation to “Improve” Colorado’s Caucus?

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According to an observer at the Republican National Committee (RNC) meeting in Chicago last week, the Colorado State GOP Chairman, Ryan Call, announced that he is actively drafting legislation to change Colorado’s election process from a caucus to a Primary, and is coordinating this effort regionally.

In his response to my inquiry, Chairman Call said that he does not support legislation to eliminate Colorado’s caucus process.  Continue reading

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Back from Hiatus

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog on this site.  The last post was just before I became a candidate for my local school board in 2013; I have since been elected and engaged with issues important to Coloradoans.  Some of my work since then has been posted on Watchdogwire.com where I currently contribute.  It is my hope to start posting regularly back here again.  Issues hot right now in Colorado are around our current election, education, fracking, and our new lawless mandatory mail ballot elections, to name a few.

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ADAMS COUNTY TO IMPOSE “FREE SPEECH ZONE” AFTER CITIZENS PROTEST

For months now, upset residents have been peacefully voicing their concerns to the Adams County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) during public comment over the implementation of a very controversial Stormwater Utility fee.  Apparently, the commissioners have heard enough.

During their May 20th BOCC regular meeting, newly-elected Commissioners Henry and Tedesco considered a resolution that would effectively silence the people who elected them and make these constituents easier to ignore by relegating them to a “free speech zone.” 

Such is evident in a March 9th email Henry sent with the subject line “Escalating Teabags” where she wrote:

 “With the possibility of an escalating atmosphere I DO NOT want signs brought into the Chambers.”

The email emerged from Henry’s concern about the possibility of the upset residents (most of whom are retired farmers on fixed incomes) demonstrating at hearings by throwing tea bags at commissioners. So far, opponents of the Stormwater Utility have been passionate and peaceful.  So why the need for a designated “free speech area” at the Adams County Government Center?   …>>> READ MORE

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What has the IRS Demanded from Conservative Groups?

AIM & Christian Newswire Christian radio host Dr. James Dobson had to submit radio broadcast samples to the IRS
Denver Post & Politico: list of friends and donors
Twitchy: List of high school and college student members of conservative groups
Caffeinated Thoughts: IRS asked Iowa Pro-Life Group What They Pray About
WSJ & Star Tribune IRS asked Tea Party Group About Walker Recall
Breitbart IRS asked Freedomworks for access to their website
Breitbart IRS asked Catholic Scholar who paid him to write anti-Obama articles
Daily Mail Here are the 55 Questions asked of the Richmond Tea Party
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DOJ Issues Directive Like KGB Violating Employee’s First Amendment

Obama’s lawless administration orders federal employees on Gays: “Silence Will Be Interpreted As Disapproval”

WND

Under President Obama, “justice” is anything but blind. Neither is it deaf. In fact, based on recent revelations, it appears to be watching your every move and listening to your every word. Still, if you happen to be a federal employee, now it’s even listening for your silence.

The only thing this Obama White House seems to generate is scandal. Well, here’s yet another to add to the growing list. In addition to the Benghazi cover-up, IRS targeting of political dissenters and the illegal seizure of media phone records, whistleblowers within DOJ have contacted Liberty Counsel to express grave concerns over this administration’s latest attack on freedom.

Our sources have provided Liberty Counsel an internal DOJ document titled: “LGBT Inclusion at Work: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Managers.” It was emailed to DOJ managers in advance of the left’s so-called “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.”

The document is chilling. It’s riddled with directives that grossly violate – prima facie –employees’ First Amendment liberties. Continue reading

CBS’ Bob Schieffer unleashes on Obama to White House official #IRS

MAD-Magazine-Scandals-ResortSource: Washington Times

Veteran CBS newsman Bob Schieffer on Sunday morning unloaded on a top White House official, comparing the Obama administration’s handling of the ongoing Internal Revenue Service scandal to former President Richard Nixon’s initial strategy for dealing with Watergate.

The assertion came after White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said the president will continue with his objectives and will not become bogged down by the IRS debacle, the Benghazi affair or other missteps.

SEE RELATED: White House aide: ‘Nothing that suggests’ IRS official at center of scandal ‘did anything wrong’

“I don’t want to compare this in any way to Watergate … but I have to tell you, that is exactly the approach the Nixon administration took. You’re taking exactly the same line,” Mr. Schieffer said.

He then castigated the White House for taking credit when the federal government does something right, but passing the buck when problems arise. Republicans and other critics have made similar claims that Mr. Obama seems to have little knowledge of what’s happening in his own federal government.

“When the executive branch does things right, there doesn’t seem to be any hesitancy for the White House to take credit for that,” Mr. Schieffer said, citing the killing of Osama bin Laden as an example. “When these [scandals] happen, you seem to send out officials many times who don’t even seem to know what’s happened.”

He even demanded to know why Mr. Pfeiffer was making the rounds on Sunday talk shows, rather than a higher-ranking official. Continue reading

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Lawmakers To Investigate EPA for FOIA Scandal

Fourth Obama Scandal Headline This Week

EPA waives fee requests for friendly groups, denies conservative groups

Daily Caller

Republican lawmakers are launching an investigation into claims that the Environmental Protection Agency, while giving preferential treatment to environmental groups, made it harder for conservative groups to obtain government records.

“According to documents obtained by the Committees, EPA readily granted FOIA fee waivers for environmental allies, effectively subsidizing them, while denying fee waivers and making the FOIA process more difficult for states and conservative groups,” wrote Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Darrell Issa and Sens. David Vitter, Chuck Grassley and Jim Inhofe in a letter to the EPA.

Citing a report by The Daily Caller News Foundation, Republicans are asking the EPA to hand over all Freedom of Information Act fee waiver requests, responses to requests, and FOIA officer training materials since the beginning of the Obama administration. Lawmakers are also asking for all communications regarding FOIA fee waiver requests or appeals under the Obama administration.

The free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute obtained documents showing that since January 2012, the EPA granted fee waivers for 75 out of 82 FOIA requests from major environmental groups and only denied seven of them, giving green groups a 92 percent success rate. At the same time, the EPA rejected or ignored 21 out of 26 fee waiver requests from conservative groups. Continue reading

No Ordinary Scandal

WSJ: Peggy Noonan

We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate. The reputation of the Obama White House has, among conservatives, gone from sketchy to sinister, and, among liberals, from unsatisfying to dangerous. No one likes what they’re seeing. The Justice Department assault on the Associated Press and the ugly politicization of the Internal Revenue Service have left the administration’s credibility deeply, probably irretrievably damaged. They don’t look jerky now, they look dirty. The patina of high-mindedness the president enjoyed is gone.

Something big has shifted. The standing of the administration has changed. Continue reading

Benghazi Emails Released

BenghaziEmailsSource: Yahoo
Update, 12:43 p.m.: Now includesBrennan edits and Victoria Nuland’s push back.
Update, 4:36 p.m.: Now half complete.
Update, May 17: All emails now digitized.

The 100 pages of emails that the White House released on Wednesday, which cover the administration’s crafting of its talking points about the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya, do not contain any clear indications of a political cover-up.

But they do indicate that the CIA, FBI, State Department and the White House operate with the same sort of office drudgery as workplaces across America. There are the same cascading CC lists, the guy who insists on formally addressing every email message to “Colleagues” and the incessant looping in of one more person as a decision impends.

The following interactive arranges the emails as a typical inbox, in date order. For the sake of simplicity, every email is included in one inbox instead of separate ones for different people. You can click the “From” or “Thread” bars to sort by those fields instead.

Letters in square brackets indicate that a person’s name was redacted and replaced by a handwritten acronym representing the organization he or she works for.

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“Jobs Bill” A Joke per Dem House Majority Leader

Joke is on you, Colorado Voters

Source: Colorado Peak Politics

While Coloradans struggle under unemployment rates of 7% to more than 9% under Governor Hickenlooper and his Democrat predecessor (noteworthy: the state’s unemployment rate was a mere 3.7% when Governor Owens left office), behind closed doors Democrat lawmakers joke about the so-called “jobs bills” that they sponsored in the legislature this year.

Friday, Ed Sealover of the Denver Business Journal offered this troubling insight into the thinking of House Speaker Mark Ferrandino:

“The joke of the session was there’s no jobs bills. We said everything’s a jobs bill,” said Ferrandino, recalling floor debates in which some of his caucus members would stretch the definition of “jobs bill” mightily to argue that, for example, a survey of minority and women-owned businesses would help to create jobs. Continue reading

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Republican Party’s Death Spiral Continues

Here is how to stop it.

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The GOP has relapsed into a potentially fatal business-as-usual complacency.  The recommendations contained in its high-profile but anodyne “autopsy” represent, at best, a band-aid for a Party hemorrhaging from a much more fundamental wound:  being out of touch with the needs, values, and dignity of the American people.

The GOP high command today resembles nothing so much as our Generals who botched the Vietnam War, betraying our troops, humiliating America, and handing the Soviet Union a victory in the Cold War.  The GOP “forensic audit,” like those reports of the Army’s whitewashing its losses in Vietnam, declares “there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”  It is a false light indeed.

The Vietnam Army brass bitterly clung to a fundamentally losing doctrine long after its futility had been demonstrated by defeat after defeat.   While our troops fought valiantly they were led to perdition by the thoroughly falsified doctrine of “victory through firepower.” Long afterwards, the visionary, courageous, and stubbornly brilliant General David Petraeus transformed the Army back into a winning force.

The GOP super-consultants similarly rationalize the ongoing political humiliations made inevitable by faulty doctrine.  Until the GOP learns the lessons that Petraeus taught the Army the Grand Old Party will be operating under a heavy, and quite likely politically fatal, handicap.  These are lessons that the left fully has internalized. Continue reading

Senator Owen Hill calls out Dem’s Voter Fraud Bill

Colorado Senator Owen Hill found the best words to describe a complete overhaul of Colorado’s election scheme dubbed by Republicans “Colorado’s Voter Fraud Bill.”  If signed into law, the bill would allow for the same lax standards of registration and voting as is currently written into CO law but extended to election day. For registration it’s merely the last 4 digits of a Social Security number if the registrant claims they don’t have a Colorado ID. For casting a ballot the standard is as low as an unspecified utility bill, a pay stub, or a bank statement. #Horseshit

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Obama blames American guns for Mexican deaths

Source:  DailyMail

The president omitted mention of Operation Fast and Furious, his Department of Justice’s program that ‘walked’ thousands of guns across the border.

President Obama used a speech at Mexico’s Museo Nacional de Antropología – the National Anthropology Museum – to claim that ‘most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States.’

‘I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms,’ Obama said. ‘And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will.’

‘But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people.’

‘That can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States,’ Obama added. ‘It’s the right thing to do.’ Continue reading

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Obama Blueprint for Disarming Americans

Army Manual Outlines Plan to Confiscate Weapons During National Emergency

The blueprint for how Americans would be disarmed during a declared civil emergency is contained in an Army manual that outlines a plan to confiscate firearms to prevent them falling into the hands of rioters or dissidents.

Given the imminent introduction of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s draconian gun control legislation, which would instantly criminalize millions of gun owners in the United States if passed, concerns that the Obama administration could launch a massive gun confiscation effort have never been greater.

In July 2012, the process by which this could take place was made clear in a leaked US Army Military Police training manual for “Civil Disturbance Operations” (PDF) dating from 2006. Similar plans were also outlined in an updated manual released in 2010 entitled FM 3-39.40 Internment and Resettlement Operations.

The document outlines how military assets will be used to “help local and state authorities to restore and maintain law and order” in the event of mass riots, civil unrest or a declaration of martial law. Continue reading

CO Dems Caught Sleeping On The House Chamber Floor During Debate

The picture was sent to me by a friend. The shot was taken Monday and shows Democratic Reps. Jeanne Labuda -Denver and Rhonda Fields -Aurora sleeping during a debate over SB13-252. which will drastically raise electric rates for those in rural Colorado, including struggling farmers. What’s up with Colorado Democrat’s #WarOnRuralCO?

From Colorado Peak Politics

It appears even Democrats are tired of House Speaker Mark Ferrandino’s sh*tty calendar management skills.

4/30 UPDATE: The Denver Post‘s Kurtis Lee picked up on the photo:

Photos of lawmakers sleeping at their desks — no matter the late night hour — are never a good look.

And in an era where everyone has a camera, either on their smart phone or tablet, photos can easily be taken — just look at Democratic Reps. Rhonda Fields of Aurora and Jeanne Labuda of Denver.

An image snapped of the two on Friday night as lawmakers debated bills into Saturday morning shows them slumped in their chairs on the House floor with their eyes closed.

4/30 UPDATE 2:  Colorado Peak Politics

Sleeping, or some cases appearing to sleep, on the House floor can come back to bite politicians. The Wayback Machine brings us this gem from the Rocky Mountain News in 2006: Continue reading

Adams 12 Teacher Union Rejects Open Negotiations

Soruce: The Colorado Observer

Adams-12-Schools-logo-150x150DENVER – Simmering tensions between the Adams 12 School District and the local teachers union are heating up, with the union rejecting the district’s offer of open and public negotiations.

In rejecting the offer, which must be agreed to by both parties according to the current collective bargaining agreement, the District Twelve Educators Association (DTEA) claimed that the offer was nothing more than the “school board intentionally polarizing the open negotiations.”

Collective bargaining agreements between unions and public school districts regulate virtually every aspect of school operations and have far-reaching fiscal consequences.

Wonder why? Here is one example of why they don’t want transparency:
WATCH VIDEO: Teacher Union Organizer Caught “Off Camera” by jraiffie
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