Stranger than Fiction in the Colorado GOP. That sound you hear the one million Colorado Republicans face-palming

Colorado Republican Party Chair Steve House
Colorado Republican Party Chair Steve House

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.

Cynthia Coffman
Cynthia Coffman

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.

The bloggers over at Coloradopols.com have all of the statements and the timeline details. Please click over there and see their great work on this story. The full statement from Steve House, and the beyond shady shenanigans of Cynthia Coffman are expertly outlined.

Listening Session with Gerry Horak, Fort Collins City Council, District 6

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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.

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TEACHER’S UNIONS FIGHT COMMON SENSE REFORMS, HELP STOP THEM!

The teachers unions are in full attack mode. They’re fighting common sense reforms that would bring performance pay for teachers. We should reward the teachers who enable our students to achieve! But some on the Thompson school board are fighting to stop even these modest reforms. Click here to fill out the form telling the Thompson Education Association to stand up to the teacher’s unions!

Defend the taxpayers and the students’ rights to their education; show your support at the school board meeting Wednesday, May 20th 5:00 pm at the Administrative BLDG 800 S. Taft Ave. in Loveland, CO.

See You There!

Recycling…Not So Warm and Fuzzy

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The Fort Collins Coloradoan: March 21, 2015: “Your Bin’s Dirty Secret: Market forces, contaminated recyclables cost waste haulers” (print edition) “Dirty recycling costs haulers, and possibly you” (online edition)

 

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