23 May 2012

Colorado’s Mike Coffman is acting ‘UnAmerican’

It seems that Mike Coffman of Colorado is doing his best to hand his congressional seat over to the Blue column, but for those not familiar with Mr Coffman, he is not just a dumb birther caught with a live microphone.
Mike Coffman was Colorado’s former Secretary of State before running for Congress.
And in 2008, when politicos thought Colorado could have been one of the deciding states in the Election, Mike Coffman did his very best to try to become the Katherine Harris of the 2008 election.
Let’s go back to that year in this diary:

“At Issue: Forms used by Voter Registration Drives. They include a place for people to include their Driver’s License Number, State ID Card Number or Social Security Number (only requires last 4 digits). There is a box present which states “I do not have a Colorado Driver’s license or Dept. of Revenue identification number” which people are supposed to mark if they are going to only give an SSN.
The Secretary of State has included in his Rules (dated July 2008) that any new voter who does not mark that box and only gives their SSN shall not be registered to vote. In mid-September he issued a memo to the County Clerks telling them specifically to not register anyone who does this.”

09 Apr 2012

2012:The year without a Winter

Last year in Denver,Colorado, there was snow on the ground through the end of April and warm temperatures were not really felt until mid May.
Since the end of February this year, Colorado has only had 2 days that I can count where there were wintry conditions, and that was with lows of 30 degrees at night. What I can remember though, are March temperatures in the mid 80s occurring on four to six different dates, mirroring average temperatures for mid June.

Trees have already blossomed, and there are grasshoppers, bees, butterflies and lots of pollen in the air – something we should not see until late May or early June.

The Washington Post has reported that these first three months of 2012 have shattered records, especially in March.

In March, at least 7,775 weather stations across the nation broke daily high temperature records and another 7,517 broke records for night-time heat. Combined, that’s more high temperature records broken in one month than ever before.

06 Oct 2011

Occupy the EPA

Last week, concerned citizens gathered outside an EPA hearing in Denver to demand a change in the EPA’s ‘Haliburton’ loophole. Testifying with them, was former EPA official Wes Wilson who filed a Whistleblower lawsuit against the EPA. Mr. Wilson was there specifically to testify about the EPA allowing Oil and Gas companies

02 Oct 2011

OccupyDenver HITS DAY TEN

A local Occupy update: I was surprised when I went downtown today to learn that the Occupy Denver rally has been going on for 10 days. Surprised because according to my local news, there is no such thing as ‘Occupy’ anything. What does make the news is that legislators – Democrats

23 Apr 2011

Supreme Court deals setback for Environmental Activists and Refugees

On September 21, 2009, the Second Circuit made an important decision on a case known as Connecticut vs American Electric Power. Without going into too much detail, this was a case where several groups like the Audubon society were trying to stop coal plant emissions because it was harming the

20 Apr 2011

Denver’s Mayoral Race – Pay To Play?

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Denver’s Mayoral race is coming down to the wire with 4 potential candidates still in the mix – Michael Hancock, Doug Linkhart, James Mejia, and Chris Romer.This race shines a spotlight on the direction of our political process.

Does one become elected to higher office through public service or by means and connections to the wealthy?
In the case of Hancock, Linkhart and Mejia, public service to Denver was accomplished either by serving on the City Council (Hancock and Linkhart) or in the administration of the Mayor (Mejia).

Chris Romer took a different path to higher office.

In our neighboring state of New Mexico, Bill Richardson started an ambitious program to expand the New Mexico highway – called Governor Richardson’s Investment Partnership. This plan was funded by some creative investment plans – now known more widely as Credit Derivative or ‘default’ Swaps.
There was an investigation into this swap investment because, coincidentally, JP Morgan hired Denver Politico Mike Stratton to secure interests in New Mexico to the tune of $269,000 – when he was also connected to Richardson’s Political Action Committee.

JPMorgan paid Michael Stratton, president of Denver-based Stratton & Associates, $269,000 in 2003 and 2004 to help win public finance business relating to “state, county, and local government and corporate entities” in New Mexico, according to records filed with the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. Stratton’s firm gave $2,000 to Richardson’s first gubernatorial bid in 2002, and Stratton advised the governor on his 2008 presidential campaign, according to New Mexico records and the firm’s Web site.

But wait, it gets murkier – Richardson actually had to withdraw his name from the Obama administration’s cabinet nomination because of the investigation by the feds into the too close for comfort relationship between Richardson’s swap funding plan to Democratic ‘bundler’ David Rubin and his group – CDR:

12 Mar 2011

Earthquakes and Climate Change

In September of 2009, just after back to back earthquakes in Samoa and Indonesia, I wrote an article entitled “Climate Change, A whole lot of shaking going on” where scientists have theorized that Earthquakes are increasing due to an unlikely cause – Climate Change.

The theory is that while Earthquakes on different Tectonic plates do not cause others to occur, for instance the Samoan and Indonesian quakes happened within one day of each other, they can be correlated to other quakes and seismic activity – specifically to ‘glacial quakes’ caused by fast melting and moving multi-ton glaciers on Greenland.

It’s been nearly 2 years since then, let’s reconsider this theory, and remember, 2 years is not even a blink of an eye in Geologic time.

03 Nov 2010

Time to Roll out the Obama/Clinton 2012 ticket

I am sorry to say this so soon, Mr. President, but it is 3 am and you need some help in the White House.

05 Oct 2010

Should Another Bush Be Put in Charge of Colorado’s Budget?

Colorado has a decision to make this year for the State Treasurer’s race.
Do we stay with the current Treasurer, Cary Kennedy,
do we elect political newcomer Walker Stapleton?

Let’s take a look at the two candidates.
Cary Kennedy has a track record of helping the State of Colorado navigate Colorado through the difficult budget crises and working with across the aisle to solve problems with our budget.
She helped author parts of Referendum C in 2005 – which was supported by Republican Governor Bill Owens as a way to keep the state budget solvent.
Since becoming Treasurer in 2007, she has made the sound investments that have kept Colorado’s Budget growing at a moderate 3% annually, at a time when other states are defaulting on their loans.
What kind of leadership does Walker Stapleton have to offer?

10 Aug 2010

CO-Sen Michael Bennet – what Democrats need to know

There are many reasons for supporting or not supporting a candidate in a primary race. I could cite many reasons to support either Andrew Romanoff or Michael Bennet -but for Democrats there is really only one thing that they should know about this primary.
It’s that Michael Bennet can’t win against the Republicans.
From the Hill:

Sen. Bennet faces uphill battle if he wins the primary
The troubling news for Bennet — and other Democratic incumbents — is that only 42 percent of the Colorado voters polled approve of him, and 44 percent disapprove. Moreover, asked whether they wanted to elect a new person or reelect their incumbent, just 34 percent would vote for their incumbent, while 55 percent prefer a new person.