The last 36 hours have truly been the most bizarre in recent political memory, and that’s saying a lot. On Monday evening, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffeman and former U.S. Representative and failed gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo executed a failed ambush and extortion plot to oust State Republican Party Chair Steve House. Pueblo County Republican Chair Becky Mizel was also in on the failed coup attempt. She was to be the new State Chair were this asinine coup attempt to succeed.
The brouhaha centered on House’s decision to hire Tyler Hart as his chief of staff and his decision to not tap Ted Harvey as Executive Director of the State Party. House was told he had to resign or he would be both slandered in the media with ginned up rumors about an affair, and be bogged down with frivolous lawsuits.
Apparently, the person in the position of your right-hand-man, closest confidant and top advisor does not get to be selected by you. Because politics. And if you act on your own accord as defined by your own values, your family will be shamed. Is there any wonder why, on God’s great Earth, people are sick and tired of politics as usual? It’s crap like this that has caused so many to be rightly cynical about party politics, and Republican’s especially. [See Thad Cochoran in Mississippi for more of the same.]
The silver lining in all of this is Steve House’s refusal to be bullied, and his courageously identifying the would-be extortionists. Out of the ashes of this mess arises a man who sticks to his principles no matter what, and THAT is what this party needs.
I see no scenario in which Cynthia Coffman can recover from this. She’s been watching too much House of Cards and her ill-conceived delusions of grandeur will no doubt be her political undoing. Take note, John Boehner.
On Friday June 13th, I had the pleasure of attending the Larimer County Republicans Lincoln Day Dinner as a guest of Judy Kob, a member of the advisory group to the LCGOP. The energy in the room was electric with patriotism and optimism, and the floor to ceiling windows on the west wall of the Lory Student Center provided a stunning mountain sunset backdrop. Read More
Saturday May 30th, Fort Collins City Councilman Gerry Horak held an open meeting at Cups Coffee in west Fort Collins. It was attended by small group of constituents (8) who each had a turn to ask questions about their areas of concern.
One of the topics discussed was the Open Streets program put on by the city; a day where a local street is closed to cars and open only to pedestrians and bikes.
After reading the above article a few times, I was not sure how anything within it could be considered “news”. Like the headline suggests, recyclables that are filthy (soaked and crusty pizza boxes) are of no value, and the recyclables market fluctuates to a point that when demand is down, recycle/waste management companies lose money. Groundbreaking, front-page stuff, right?
The author, Sarah Jane Kyle, makes a passing reference to a 20–year-old city ordinance that mandates residents are charged by the size of their garbage bin and not their recycling bin. This mandate, she explains, gives citizens a financial incentive to recycle…YAY! Oddly, though, there is no mention that the City of Fort Collins also mandates via ordinance that cardboard must be recycled. I would think that an environmental reporter writing about the repercussions of “dirty” recycling would mention that such recycling is mandatory, but I never went to J-School. Read More