Colorado GOP Headlines for the week of 08-18-2014

Polling Analysis Reveals Five Frightened Democratic Senators Brad Dayspring | NRSC | August, 21 2014 Today the race is a dead heat – a statistical tie – despite Democrats spending millions to viscously and falsely attack Gardner, whose energetic and positive campaign is rallying voters to his side.  Democrats from the DSCC and Senate Majority PAC are on pace to be the two biggest spenders in Colorado by Election Day, having already spent or committed nearly $13 million dollars of TV advertising between them, on top of Udall’s $3.1 million commitment. On the Republican side of the equation, Cory Gardner’s campaign is on pace to be the top Republican spender, not an outside group, having spent or reserved $4.2 million through Election Day.  Mark Udall’s campaign is old and rusty – a relic of yesterday – which reinforces to voters that Cory Gardner is a new kind of Republican.Another 2,000 Insurance Policies Cancelled in Colorado Greg Campbell | Daily Caller | August, 21 2014 More than 2,000 more Coloradans had their health insurance plans cancelled as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a letter from the state regulatory agency to state Senate Republicans.  Following a dust-up earlier this year between Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and the Division of Insurance, Republicans have requested regular updates on policies that are cancelled because they don’t conform to Obamacare or because companies are getting out of the individual insurance market… Emails obtained by the website Complete Colorado showed that Udall’s staff pressured the insurance commission to make that distinction to the point where some staffers felt bullied.   Rep. Cory Gardner calls out Sen. Mark Udall, calls his flood claims “tall tales” Lynn Bartels | The Denver Post | August, 15 2014 In a blistering news release, Rep. Cory Gardner’s campaign today ripped his Democratic Senate opponent, Mark Udall, saying Udall is “no stranger to tall tales on the trail, but one of his most outrageously false claims relates to Colorado’s devastating 2013 floods.” During a three-day road trip Monday through Wednesday, Udall, who is running for re-election, dinged Gardner while touting his efforts in helping Colorado’s flood victims. Udall’s campaign on Thursday sent a news release with the headline, “Gardner Endangered Flood Recovery.”Unemployed by ObamaCare: Three new Fed surveys highlight damage to the labor market. Editorial | Wall Street Journal | August 21, 2014 On Thursday the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia reported the results of a special business survey on the Affordable Care Act and its influence on employment, compensation and benefits. Liberals claim ObamaCare is of little consequence to jobs, but the Philly Fed went to the source and asked employers qualitative questions about how they are responding in practice.  The bank reports that 78.8% of businesses in the district have made no change to the number of workers they employ as the specific result of ObamaCare and 3% are hiring more. More troubling, 18.2% are cutting jobs and employees. Some 18% shifted the composition of their workforce to a higher proportion of part-time labor. And 88.2% of the roughly half of businesses that modified their health plans as a result of ObamaCare passed along the costs through increasing the employee contribution to premiums, an effective cut in wages.

Long List for Gas-Oil Panel Peter Marcus | The Durango Herald | August, 16 2014  “The commission should come up with legislative recommendations that clarify, and in some cases expand, the authority of local governments to prevent and minimize oil and gas impacts on communities,” said Lachelt, [chair-woman of the task force] who has been working on gas and oil accountability in Southwest Colorado for more than 25 years.

GOP’s Birth Control Gamble Elise | The Hill | August, 18 2014 GOP candidates around the country are saying they want to make the pill available over the counter without a doctor’s prescription for the first time since it was approved in 1960. The party hopes its stance, widely shared by healthcare providers, will help neutralize tough debates over birth control coverage and cut into Democrats’ traditional advantage among women voters. “Cory’s proposal puts women in control,” said Alex Siciliano, spokesman for Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the first 2014 Senate candidate to talk up the idea. Making oral contraception available to adults at every pharmacy, without the trouble of a doctor’s visit, would drop the retail price and save money and time and hassle,” Siciliano said in a statement.

Hickenlooper Officially Anti-Death Penalty Now Staff | Colorado GOP | August, 18 2014 On Sunday’s #COPolitics with Eli Stokols, Governor Hickenlooper admitted for the first time that he is officially against the death penalty. Stokols: So given all that, I know in 2010 during the debate – our debate – you said you’re pro death penalty. If that question comes up again this time, has your stance changed, are you officially anti death penalty now? Hickenlooper: Yeah, I think that, I mean this is one of those weird things, my whole life I was in favor of the death penalty. You know, when Nathan Dunlap was being tried, it was a couple years after we had opened the Wynkoop and our new restaurant was like a family. I mean, we watched it on TV, and we all, in my memory, everyone I think but one person felt that he should be executed without question. But then you get all this information, right, that it costs, you know ten times maybe fifteen times more money to execute someone than it does just to put them in life in prison without parole. But once they go into life in prison without parole, they’re there forever. There’s no deterrence to having capital punishment. You know, I don’t know about you, when I get new facts, right, I change my opinion. I didn’t know all this stuff and I think, you know, there might be legitimate reasons why the U.S. – there’s not a single country in Europe or South America or Mexico or Israel or Australia – none of these countries support the death penalty anymore and there are good reasons for it.

Hollywood Democrats Fear Loss of Senate Majority Ted Johnson | Variety | August 19, 2014 Rob Reiner, Ed Zwick, Alan Horn, Spielberg and Streisand are among those who have contributed to Udall, who has collected $170,332 from the industry. Udall raised money earlier this month at Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills, with Clarity Partners’ Barry Porter, attorney Tom Hoberman and Dr. Howie Mandel

NRSC unveils 8-minute bio video emphasizing Gardner’s small-town roots, values Eli Stokols | KDVR | August, 20 2014 One of the more affecting vignettes features Cory’s mother, Cindy, telling a story about a young Cory working in the family’s farm implements store when a customer came in looking for a part he couldn’t afford. “Financially, he was struggling,” she said. “And when he had to give him the price of the item he was buying, it just really, really affected Cory. It made him feel really bad that he had to tell this man how much it was going to cost because he knew the farmer just didn’t have it.”  But the NRSC argued that the ad itself, largely in tone, is a contrast to the campaign being run by Udall and Democrats. “Neither the Udall campaign nor the DSCC seem to have anything positive to say about their candidate,” NRSC spokeswoman Brook Hougeson told FOX31 Denver. “Would they create a positive, biographical ad like this? It’s hard to imagine.”

Government turf war over oil and gas drilling bubbles up to Colorado’s U.S. Senate Race David O. Williams | Real Vail | August, 20 2014 U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, a Republican who represents the heavily drilled northeastern part of the state and opposes local fracking bans, is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in a close race that some analysts say could shift control of the Senate to the GOP in November’s mid-term election.  Last month, Gardner attacked Udall for not taking a stance on a pair of controversial ballot initiatives funded by Vail-area U.S. Congressman Jared Polis that would have tilted regulatory control over oil and gas drilling from the state to county and municipal officials.

Truth Test: Do Flood Claims Hold Water? Brandon Rittiman | 9NEWS | August, 20 2014 9NEWS generally focuses Truth Tests on ads running on TV, but was also first to report on the release of an online-only ad by the state Democratic party on Wednesday. As we explained in that initial report, the ad attempts to reframe the context of a statement made by GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, a former Colorado congressman. The ad makes Beauprez sound like he’s praising the government shutdown in a radio interview he gave three weeks after the flood. More precisely, Beauprez is praising the Republican efforts to negotiate during that time. He also mentions offers made to end the impasse.

CLAIM: “Politics before disaster relief. Congressman Bob Beauprez doesn’t put Colorado first.” VERDICT: Misleading Inherent in this argument is the assertion that Beauprez had a role to play in disaster relief. He didn’t. He wasn’t a congressman at the time. He wasn’t even a candidate.

President Obama blasted for golfing after tough speech on ISIS following James Foley killing Leslie Larson, Stephen Rex Brown, Larry McShane | New York Daily News | August, 21 2014 The vacationing commander-in-chief, after promising a relentless hunt for the terrorist butchers of a U.S. journalist, teed off on a Martha’s Vineyard golf course just a short time later. “Obama is more dedicated to golfing than he is to defending the nation,” sniped Liz Cheney, daughter of the former GOP vice president, via Twitter.




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