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The Gazette editorial • Updated: July 11, 2014 at 12:27 pm •
Y’all listen up now. Colorado’s full of rubes. Ask former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. That’s ’cause us-here-dumb rednecks ain’t got the sense to vote as the big-city mayor done told us to.
Here’s how Bloomberg laid it out in an instantly infamous Rolling Stone interview published this week:
“The NRA went after two or three state senators in a part of Colorado where I don’t think there’s roads. It’s as far rural as you can get,” Bloomberg said.
Well, dag nabbit, that makes us hotter than a barefoot centipede on a hot rock. So let’s apply a bit of Jed Clampett common sense to this.
Fiction: “The NRA went after two or three state senators.”
Fact: The NRA — under intense pressure — contributed too-little-too-late and less than Bloomberg. Colorado resident and retired Army Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown — a successful international publisher and longest-serving member of the NRA’s board of directors — formally complained to NRA executives about their failure to help.
Fiction: There ain’t no roads and “it’s as far rural as you can get.”
Fact: The opposite is true. Recalled Senate President John Morse served the most densely populated district of Colorado’s most populous jurisdiction, El Paso County. Here’s a ranking of Colorado’s most urban counties by population: 1. El Paso, 655,044; 2. Denver, 649,495; and 3. Arapaho, 607,070.
Former senator and New York City native Evie Hudak, forced to resign by a recall, served all those hillbillies in two Denver-Boulder suburbs. Got that, Westminster and Arvada? Bloomberg thinks you’re “Duck Dynasty.”
Voters ousted Sen. Angela Giron in Pueblo, in one of Colorado’s seven metropolitan statistical areas. It has lots of roads and a freeway running through it. Even a few cement ponds. But to the Big City Big Shot, it’s a place of clodhoppers “as far rural as you can get.”
Maybe Bloomberg can’t handle celebrity, or his standing as the 11th-richest American. Whatever the reason, Rolling Stone erases doubt the man has lost his rubles.
Bloomberg’s ignorance has serious, long-term ramifications in Colorado. For Democrats and gun-control advocates, his meddling proves problematic. For their opponents, it’s a gift that never stops giving.
Republicans and Second Amendment defenders received no bigger assistance than the hundreds of thousands Bloomberg spent trying to counter recalls that forced three liberals from office and destroyed foolproof Democratic control of the Senate. His participation backfired and played an essential role in helping the recalls succeed.
Bloomberg’s weird Colorado obsession threatens state Senate hopeful Michael Merrifield, who’s running against popular and moderate Sen. Bernie Herpin for that “far rural as you can get” seat vacated by Morse. Merrifield was, until recently, Bloomberg’s Colorado coordinator for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an anti-Second Amendment group founded by the mayor and partly responsible for Colorado’s new gun laws. Merrifield is a Bloomberg man, more John Morse than John Morse. If put in the Senate, expect Bloomberg-style soft-drink bans.
“Both Michaels think we are rubes and hicks who need to be controlled and talked down to,” said El Paso County GOP Chairman Jeff Hays, a gradjeeate of that there Air Force Academy in Rubeville.
Merrifield has shown contempt for constituents throughout his political career, Hays contends, trying to restrict their firearms and in “the sneering vitriol when he wrote about the ‘special place in hell’ for parents who support school choice.”
“It’s not an accident that both Merrifield and Bloomberg have made such shocking, nasty comments about the good people of Colorado Springs,” Hays said. “They share the same worldview.”
We respectfully ask Merrifield and Bloomberg to keep that worldview in New York and stop looking down on Colorado. That would make us yokels happier than an itchy pig rubbin’ against a rail fence.
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Wednesday’s rally for gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez was such a success that, on Monday, August 11, we’ll replicate the festivities with Congressman Cory Gardner, our Republican nominee for US Senate. Congressman Gardner is planning to arrive at 3:30 PM. To join in the fun, RSVP to Lee Hopper at [email protected] and arrive at El Paso County Republican Headquarters by 3:20.
State Sen. Bernie Herpin didn’t waste any time making a name for himself in Denver. Elected in the wake of the recall of Sen. John Morse last September. Herpin on Monday was chosen Legislator of the Year by the Colorado County Clerks Association.
According to a press release from Herpin’s re-election team, he won the prize “because of his ability to lead and reach across party lines to get things done in Denver.”
Herpin faces former state Rep. Mike Merrifield of Colorado Springs, a Democrat, in the general election.
“I’m honored to receive this prestigious award from leaders who are entrusted to fairly conduct our elections and properly staff our bureaus of motor vehicles,” Herpin stated. “I look forward to continuing to make all levels of government work more efficiently to ensure that more Coloradans can get back to work themselves.”
The County Clerks Association is holding its three-day summer conference at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. Also on Monday’s itinerary was the first debate between secretary of state candidates, Republican Wayne Williams and Democrat Joe Neguse.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Republican nominee Donald Trump’s running mate, will hold a rally at 6 p.m. Wednesday at The Antlers hotel in downtown Colorado Springs.
Jeff Hays, chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party, said no other details about the Pence campaign stop have been announced, but it will be after a Pence event in Denver earlier Wednesday.
“I’m excited Mike Pence is coming here,” Hays said. “This is a conservative town with a lot of Christian influence. I think he’s a great match for Colorado Springs. Their emphasis on Colorado Springs and El Paso County is very perceptive.”
The Pence campaign event comes on the heels of Trump’s visit to the state Friday, which still has some circles reeling about a peculiar spat with the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
On Friday, Trump stayed at The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, in downtown Colorado Springs.
‘Trump’s elevator got stuck just before his motorcade took him to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for a political rally.
Doors will reportedly open at 3 p.m. You can get tickets here.
Pence is scheduled Tuesday to make an appearance in Phoenix.
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WASHINGTON – RNC Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement on the July jobs report:
“This jobs report would be so much better if Harry Reid would do his job and get the Democrat Senate to vote on the 43 jobs bills passed by the Republican-led House of representatives,” said Chairman Priebus. “Instead of putting people back to work, Harry Reid is letting those bills gather dust. He can’t be bothered to help the unemployed.
“Of course, it’s good news to see some Americans finding work, but we still need millions of jobs. Our unemployed and underemployed fellow Americans don’t have months and years to wait. They need jobs now.
“We also can’t forget that the unemployment rate doesn’t tell the whole picture. It doesn’t account for the millions of Americans who have dropped out of the labor force because they’re exhausted from looking for jobs that don’t exist.
“In order to create the jobs we need, Americans have to fire Harry Reid and elect a Republican Senate this November that will pass pro-growth policies, including legislation to build the Keystone Pipeline. The best way to create jobs in America is to make sure Harry Reid loses his job as Majority Leader.”
The El Paso County Republican Party is hosting a rally for Bob Beauprez, Republican nominee for Governor, Wednesday, August 6, at 5:30 PM. Please RSVP to Josh Hosler at [email protected]
Today, The GAO Will Testify In Congress On Ongoing Issues With The Implementation Of ObamaCare. “The GAO report is not due to be released until early Thursday, ahead of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on implementation of Obama’s Affordable Care Act. GAO acquisition and sourcing management director William Woods is scheduled to testify.” (David Morgan, “Federal Obamacare Market Still Faces Cost Overruns, Delays: Watchdog,” Reuters, 7/30/14)
- GAO Officials Will Report ObamaCare’s Marketplace And Website Were “Over Budget And Behind Schedule.” “The investigators, from the Government Accountability Office, an independent arm of Congress, said that the marketplace and its website, HealthCare.gov, were over budget and behind schedule because of ‘new and changing requirements’ imposed by administration officials.” (Robert Pear, “Problems With HealthCare.gov Could Force Delays In Fall,” The New York Times, 7/30/14)
THE GOVERNMENT’S WATCHDOG FOUND THAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS TO BLAME FOR OBAMACARE’S COSTLY OVERRUNS AND ROCKY ROLLOUT
The GAO’s Report Found That The “Obama Administration Set The Stage” For The ObamaCare Website’s Failures. “Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president’s new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday. Behind the administration’s repeated assurances that consumers across the land would soon have seamless access to health care, a chaotic procurement process was about to deliver a stumbling start.” (“Probe Exposes Flaws Behind HealthCare.Gov Rollout,” The Associated Press, 7/30/14)
The Obama Administration’s Inability To Hold Contractors Accountable Led To Costly Overruns At The Expense Of The American Taxpayer
According To The Latest GAO Estimates, The Cost Of ObamaCare’s Website Is Approaching $1 Billion, At $840 Million And Rising. “The budget to get the site ready for the next round of enrollments, starting in November, jumped to $840 million as of March, according to the Government Accountability Office. That’s a $163 million increase since December.” (Alex Wayne, “ObamaCare Web Cost Approaches $1 Billion As Fixes Needed,”Bloomberg, 7/30/14)
- FLASHBACK: In December 2013, Then-HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Testified That The Administration Had Spent $319 Million And Obligated $677 Million For The ObamaCare Website Through The End Of October. KATHLEEN SEBELIUS: “Congresswoman, to date, through the end of October — and I’m giving you the cleanest audited numbers that we have — we have obligated $677 million for the total IT costs, and have outlaid $319 million of that $677 million. Some of that includes work, clearly, in the month of October. We will give you regular updates as we have newly audited numbers. I have asked the I.G. to become involved because I think it’s very appropriate to look at all aspects not only of not only the management practices but the contractor expenditures, the specs in the contract, the payment issues. … Well, through the end — yes, that’s the obligated amount. We have spent $319 million of that $677 million through the end of October.” (Committee On Energy And Commerce, U.S. House, Hearing, 12/11/13)
The Government Accountability Office Found That The Obama Administration’s “Risky Contracting Practices” Led To The Costly Overruns. “GAO’s report, prepared for a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Thursday, details a long series of management, oversight, and contracting problems that plagued the entire process, from risky contracting practices in 2011 through the botched launch last October.” (Sam Baker, “ObamaCare Website Has Cost $840 Million,” National Journal, 7/30/14)
- In One Instance, The GAO Found That The Cost Of Developing The ObamaCare Website “Nearly Quadrupled,” From $56 Million To $209 Million.“The overall cost of developing the federal marketplace, which helps consumers in 36 states sign up for subsidized private health insurance, nearly quadrupled to $209 million by last February from $56 million in September 2011, GAO said. The cost of developing a related federal data hub jumped from $30 million to $85 million.” (David Morgan, “Federal ObamaCare Market Still Faces Cost Overruns, Delays: Watchdog,”Reuters, 7/30/14)
After Taking Over Website Construction For CGI, Accenture Plc, Is Expected To Receive $175 Million, An $84 Million Increase From Original Estimates. “Accenture Plc (ACN), the company that took over building the site that failed at its introduction this past October, is expected to be paid $175 million as of June, an $84 million increase from the estimate in January when it signed a contract. The data are part of testimony for a congressional hearing tomorrow in the Republican-led House. The GAO places blame for the rising price on poor planning and supervision of contractors who built the website for the federal health exchange.” (Alex Wayne, “ObamaCare Web Cost Approaches $1 Billion As Fixes Needed,” Bloomberg, 7/30/14)
CGI Group, The Company Responsible For The Plagued ObamaCare Website “Wasn’t Severely Punished” And Was Only Docked $267,000 For Not Meeting Its Contract. “The site was built primarily by CGI Group Inc. (GIB/A) of Montreal. While top Obama administration officials publicly blamed CGI for not meeting the terms of its contract, the company wasn’t severely punished, losing only about $267,000 of their fees, Wood is scheduled to testify.” (Alex Wayne, “ObamaCare Web Cost Approaches $1 Billion As Fixes Needed,” Bloomberg, 7/30/14)
- The Obama Administration “Paid Nearly All Of CGI’s $12.5 Million In Fees.”“CMS ultimately paid nearly all of CGI’s $12.5 million in fees, withholding only $267,000, the report said. The agency later ended its contract with CGI. Another contractor, Accenture, was brought in to make website fixes.” (“Probe Exposes Flaws Behind HealthCare.Gov Rollout,” The Associated Press, 7/30/14)
“Inconsistent Oversight Had Led CMS Officials To Inappropriately Authorize More Than $30 Million In Contractor Spending.” “But the GAO said inconsistent oversight had led CMS officials to inappropriately authorize more than $30 million in contractor spending.” (David Morgan, “Federal ObamaCare Market Still Faces Cost Overruns, Delays: Watchdog,”Reuters, 7/30/14)
The ObamaCare Website Remains Incomplete, With The Likelihood Of Future Problems
“Large Segment Of The Marketplace System Still Remain Unbuilt.” “Meanwhile, large segments of the marketplace system still remain unbuilt, including a financial management system to automate payments of federal subsidies to health insurers that is due to be completed in December.” (David Morgan, “Federal ObamaCare Market Still Faces Cost Overruns, Delays: Watchdog,” Reuters, 7/30/14)
The GAO Has Warned That More ObamaCare Problems Could Be On The Horizon. “All the same, GAO says, similar problems could arise again without structural changes in the way the government manages its contracts and spending.” (Same Baker, “ObamaCare Website Has Cost $840 Million,” National Journal, 7/30/14)
- “Significant Risks” Remain For The Next Open Enrollment Period, Which Begins On November 15. “In testimony prepared for a House hearing on Thursday, William T. Woods, a senior official at the auditing agency, warned of ‘significant risks’ in the next open enrollment period, which begins Nov. 15. His comments were striking because the White House has said that the problems were mostly solved with the help of a new team of professionals led now by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of Health and Human Services.” (Robert Pear, “Problems With HealthCare.gov Could Force Delays In Fall,” The New York Times, 7/30/14)
IT’S NO WONDER THE WHITE HOUSE WASN’T ANXIOUS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COSTS OF FIXING OBAMACARE
In November, Then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Refused To Answer Questions About The Cost Of Fixing ObamaCare, Referring All Inquiries To HHS.QUESTION: “And we learned from GAO today at the hearing in the House that the website development costs, in the words of the GAO, north of $ 600 million. Do you have any comment on that number? It seems like …” CARNEY: “I didn’t see that report. I can refer you to HHS and CMS for how the contracts work for the development of the website. I know that the teams now that have been brought in are working under existing contracts in an effort to fix the problems that the website has and to continue to work down the punch list, as I described earlier.” … QUESTION: “And finally, more than $600 (sic) spent so far — is there any sense of how much more is going to be need to spend — to be spent here?” CARNEY: “I — for those kinds of questions, I refer you to CMS and HHS.” (White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 11/13/13)
- Carney, On Fixing ObamaCare In October: “The Budget For This Is Something That’s Housed Over At HHS, And I Would Refer You To Them, Including The Expenses Related To The Website.” QUESTION: “OK, last one on that, then. What is your estimate on how much more money it’s going to cost, then, to fix the website and implement the early stages? It’s already hundreds of millions of dollars that has been laid out and has been disclosed. What’s your new estimate? ” CARNEY: “Well, I’d say a couple of things. One, the budget for this is something that’s housed over at HHS, and I would refer you to them, including the expenses related to the website.” (White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 10/22/13)
Note: Tickets will be available only through Donald J. Trump’s website here.
Donald Trump’s Colorado campaign director confirmed Monday that the Republican nominee for president will be in Colorado Springs this week.
“Donald Trump is committed to winning Colorado and the campaign has plans for Mr. Trump to be in Colorado later this week,” said Patrick Davis, a Colorado Springs-based political consultant who works for Trump’s campaign.
Details of Trump’s visit weren’t immediately available, but if it’s similar to his campaign stop Monday in Virginia, it will include his running mate, Mike Pence, and be open to the public. Reservations for tickets were made on Trump’s website for that event at donaldjtrump.com/schedule.
Jeff Hays, chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party, said he was thrilled Trump is coming.
“The road to the White House could very well come through El Paso County,” Hays said. “If we do our job and we turn out in record numbers, we can make a difference in who wins the nine electoral votes in Colorado.”
Recent polls indicate Trump has an uphill fight in Colorado, a battleground state that last year unseated a Democratic incumbent in the Senate.
Hillary Clinton has spent millions of dollars on TV ads in Colorado, although her campaign’s advertising buys didn’t get extended in Colorado this week.
A poll released by Monmouth University had Clinton up by 13 points last week in Colorado. The state’s caucus process, however, awarded most of its delegates to Clinton opponent Bernie Sanders. Clinton needs Sanders’ supporters to vote in November.
Mitt Romney came to Colorado Springs in 2012 just a few days before the election, and John McCain and Sarah Palin stopped by just a few days after the 2008 Republican National Convention. Both of their speeches were held at a private terminal and hanger at the Colorado Springs Airport.
“They understand the math,” Hays said. “Any campaign worth its salt understands the importance of El Paso County.”
Trump had the opportunity to come to Colorado Springs for the Republican Party’s state convention, but declined. Ted Cruz, then still in the running to be the nominee, did attend and walked away with all of Colorado’s elected delegates to the Republican National Convention held in Cleveland last week.
Colorado’s delegation led the push to unbind delegates so they could vote for someone other than Trump. Ultimately the “vote-your-conscious” movement was crushed and Trump secured the nomination without major incident.
Trump could have some making up to do in Colorado. He spoke in Denver at the Western Conservative Summit this summer and tried to smooth things over with the state’s party in his speech.
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