The Republicans have a good ad running against Governor John Hickenlooper--yes, the one featuring the Governor and President Obama playing pool. The content is not that whoopy, but it's watchable and takes a clever angle, so to speak.
The Hickenlooper campaign countered it with this brilliant ad, one that sticks to Hick's pledge not to run negative ads, while at the same time deftly skewering the opposition:
Andrew Romanoff accepts the cheers and well-wishes of his supporters at his 48th birthday party last evening. His race against incumbent Mike Coffman in the 6th congressional district is one of the most-watched across the country.
The 6th congressional district is, basically, the city of Aurora, CO. It includes a bit more than that--Centennial, for example--but the district could well be thought of as "Aurora's seat" in Congress.
The old 6th CD was only about 2% hispanic and was one of the most solidly red seats in the history of the world. With the change in district boundaries following the 2010 census, the district became much, much more competitive.
The current 6th is 22% hispanic, which is why the words "immigration reform" have been spoken, apparently for the first time, by Cong. Coffman.
I haven't seen any polling, but I would imagine that only a point or two separate the two candidates. This itself is a remarkable achievement for Romanoff, who is likely running even, or better, against an incumbent congressman, and doing so without taking any PAC money. (Coffman has raised nearly a million through PAC sources, so far.)
At the mention of Too Small to Fail, a titter ran through the crowd as they recalled the similar expression "too big to fail". Hillary gave a wry smile, said simply "yeah, I know," and continued on.
She announced that the American Academy of Pediatrics will recruit all 60,000 pediatricians in the country to promote early reading to children, and Scholastics will donate 500,000 books.
At least three times, she used the expression "read and sing" to children. I consider this a reflection of Ms. Clinton's Methodist background. It was John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, who encouraged Methodists to "sing lustily and with good courage."
Plus, as a pastor, I've noticed a general decline in public singing, or even the ability to sin. I was cheered that Mrs. Clinton included the importance of singing as well as reading.
Colorado senatorial candidate Cory Gardner spent last weekend with Tywin Lannister the Koch brothers at a palatial resort in Orange County, California. He was there with fellow politicians Marco Rubio, Mitch McConnell, and others, doing something-or-other, which they won't disclose, but you can bet it has to do with spending a lot of money to try to win some Senate seats.
The Koch's spent $870,000 on security for the meeting. All other business at the resort was cancelled, including the golf course. The weekend was topped off with dinner at La Casa Pacifica, the one-time home and now the Shrine of Richard Nixon. Theme of the meeting? “American Courage: Our Commitment to a Free Society”.
Someone reported to the Nation magazine that 300 other billioinaires also attended the meeting with the goal of raising $500 million to take the Senate for the GOP and another %500 million "to make sure Hillary Clinton is never president." (The source might exaggerate. As the Nation itself notes, there are 492 billionaires in the United States. Did 60% of them show up at the Koch soiree?)
Whatever the number, there's little doubt they will raise the billion dollars. Koch's alone gave $400,000,000 in 2012, which is chump change for them. (You'll miss the $100 you gave to Mark Udall much more than they will miss $400 mil.)
Cory Gardner's senate race against Mark Udall in Colorado is on everyone's radar screen. Control of the Senate is likely to go down to the wire, and the prospect of flipping Colorado must be making Tywin Lannister's the Koch's mouth water. It's a close race and Udall, truth be said, can be a rather wooden candidate.
Udall, however, will win. Colorado is a purple state, not a red one, and Gardner needs to break out beyond the Republican base. He knows this would be difficult, especially with his name all over the Personhood Amendment, i.e. a fertilized cell is a person. Even many right-to-lifers don't support it.
So Gardner did the worst possible thing. He flip-flopped with the lame excuse that he didn't know some of the implications of the Personhood Amendment, and he's oh-so-much-smarter now. The truth is that Personhood was an albatross he tried to throw overboard because the state of Colorado is oh-so-much-bigger than the (very conservative) 4th congressional district he currently represents. Gardner is going to be eating "Personhood Amendment" straight through to November.
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