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Diving into the deep end

Two of our state legislators were lost to recall elections pushed by the gun lobby; a third resigned under threat of recall, her resignation saving the Democrat's majority. All this because of legislation that seeks to bring reason to this business of guns. Two of the worst gun massacres happened in this state: Columbine and Aurora. And the bloodbath continues around the country. Recent remarks by Joe the Plumber disgusted many but didn't really surprise anyone. Meanwhile, the NRA and other groups (around here, it's Rocky Mountain Gun Owners) continue to foment, and they promote and endorse candidates. As a private citizen I claim the right to un-endorse, and will do so by affixing this graphic to pictures of those candidates who value their guns over everything else.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Jun 25, 2014, 07:28 PM (5 replies)


Today we had a post-primary kickoff meeting for one of our state legislative campaigns. We're all somewhat familiar with each other, but haven't all worked on the same campaigns in the past. So, to get things going, we were asked to introduce ourselves with a brief commentary about who we are and what brings us to this campaign work.

It was a bit amazing that, out of the dozen people in the room, half were former republicans. I'd switched way back in the 1980s, same for a couple others. Three, however, switched as recently as 2008, due entirely to the message they heard from a certain Illinois senator. One of the more recent 'converts' said that he got tired of defining his affiliation as "enough, already".

The good news -- we're all, today, very committed Democrats. We have some tough races ahead, all in a deep red area of a state trying to move from purple to blue. For those of us not 'born to the blue', the hard work of these campaigns gives an unlooked for but very welcome sense of respite. The mat on the front porch says "Welcome Home." And we are.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Jun 25, 2014, 05:56 PM (2 replies)

Oil and Gas Industry Buys Colorado Fracking Election

-Gary Wockner

In what may have been the most expensive and farce of an election in the history of Colorado, the oil and gas industry has likely spent $1 million to buy a fracking election in the city of Loveland, CO. When the votes were tallied last night for a two-year fracking moratorium in Loveland, “no” votes squeaked out a victory by a 10,844 to 9,942 margin, getting just 52 percent of the vote.

The industry has so-far reported spending more than $375,000 on those 10,844 votes, but massive unreported spending that exploited a loophole in the Colorado campaign finance law ruled the election. As long as the industry’s ads didn’t say “vote for” or “vote against,” they didn’t have to report their spending. That resulted in a deluge of an aerial attack of TV ads, radio ads, newspaper ads and inserts, and mailers that inundated voters in Loveland. Residents reported getting one and sometimes two mailers a day over the last three weeks, many including bucolic photos of pristine Colorado landscapes while hailing positive aspects of fracking.

Anti-fracking activists from a local group Protect Our Loveland spent about $7,500 trying to pass the moratorium. In the end, Protect Our Loveland was likely outspent by a 100 – 1 margin by the most profitable industry on the planet.

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Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Jun 25, 2014, 01:37 PM (0 replies)

It's on!

After tonight's primary we now know that previously failed senate candidate Ken Buck will run against Democrat Vic Meyers for the House seat being vacated by Cory Gardner. Buck is stridently anti-abortion with no exceptions, favors privatizing Social Security, has a track record of ethics problems and during his tenure as DA has been spanked by the state supreme court. And the Tea Party loves him.

The bumper sticker pictured references the rape case he refused to prosecute, even though the rapist confessed; Buck said the woman merely had a case of "buyer's remorse".

Here's the contact information for Vic Meyers. He's been canvassing the district for a year. He's a very good man, I'm proud to know him, and very proud to support him in this race. We deserve representation in Congress and it's been a while since we've had any. We need Vic. Please visit his website. Donate if you can. Knock doors if you can. Make phone calls if you can.


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Jun 25, 2014, 12:18 AM (0 replies)

Riddle me this:

What's the difference between the Issa hearings and a roomful of snotty-nosed toddlers?

The toddlers will eventually grow up.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Jun 24, 2014, 11:08 AM (0 replies)

Quite possibly the best Pride Parade picture EVER

This was just sent from a friend who attended yesterday's parade in Denver.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Jun 23, 2014, 08:53 PM (4 replies)

Anyone watching the Issa soap opera on C-span2?

Excuse me, but Issa presuming to question anyone else's credibility is more than a little bizarre.

This is weird.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Jun 23, 2014, 07:44 PM (2 replies)

jerk dynasty

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Jun 23, 2014, 06:13 PM (1 replies)

Is it accidental?

Listening to John Kerry speak about the events happening in Iraq, I noted that instead of pronouncing the individual letters I-S-S-L, he pronounces them as a single world "EYE-sl". It almost sounds like he's saying "Issa".

Not to suggest that he's doing that intentionally.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Jun 23, 2014, 03:41 PM (2 replies)

Dammit! Dammit! Dammit!

7,500 gallons of crude oil spills in Poudre River


Years ago I lived for a while in Eureka CA. I was amazed that the local paper carried daily earthquake reports. Now I live in northeast Colorado, and our local paper carries weekly spill reports from all the drilling. And they keep telling us that there are no problems. It is to weep.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Jun 21, 2014, 02:51 PM (1 replies)
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