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The Democrats’ Silly, Dishonest Excuse of ‘Voter Suppression’ in Colorado



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David Axelrod joined DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former state senator Angela Giron in blaming “voter suppression” for Tuesday’s successful recall election against Giron and state senator John Morse.

The term “voter suppression” implies someone making an effort to prevent people from voting, which is not what happened here, where the elections were amply covered in local, state, and national media and all of the usual polling places were open for all of the usual hours, with no intimidation or other obstacles. The core of the Democrats’ argument is that because voting by mail was limited, some sort of nefarious authorities have prevented Coloradans from casting votes.

The lack of voting by mail stems from a lawsuit by the state’s Libertarian party, contending that the Colorado secretary of state’s office and county clerks did not give them the legally required amount of time to gather signatures to get their candidates on the ballot. On August 12, district-court judge Robert McGahey ruled the party had ntil August 26 to gather enough signatures to get on the ballot — meaning the county clerks wouldn’t have enough time to print and mail ballots to voters for the September 10 election.

The confusion stems in part from House Bill 1303, a sweeping elections bill passed by Colorado Democrats this year (including Giron and Morse) that requires all mail-in elections. McGahey called that new law “flawed” in his decision, declaring that its deadlines conflict with deadlines specified in the state constitution.

Democrats have yet to spotlight a Coloradan who wanted to cast a ballot but could not. And there’s simply no evidence that Tuesday’s results were a fluke result from some minuscule group of voters.

Turnout for the 2010 Colorado State Senate election in the state’s third state-senate district, electing Angela Giron to a four-year term, was 45,140.

Turnout in Tuesday’s recall election was 34,556.

In other words, turnout for the recall was about 76 percent of the most recent “normal” Election Day turnout — when voters are coming out to vote in the governor’s race, the U.S. Senate race, House races, etc.

Turnout for the 2010 Colorado State Senate election in the state’s eleventh state-senate district, electing John Morse to a four-year term, was 28,712.

Turnout in Tuesday’s recall election was 17,485 — about 60 percent of the “normal” turnout.

That’s pretty good for a special election for one state-level district office in early September. For comparison, when a special U.S. House election was held in Chicago earlier this year, 81,819 votes were cast, which was 43 percent of the 2010 turnout.

Democrats like to throw around the figure of what percentage of registered voters voted, but turnout is always significantly below 100 percent. Colorado’s statewide turnout was 48.4 percent in 2010; in the much-hyped presidential year of 2012, it was 67 percent.

The claim of “voter suppression” has a clear subtext: It’s not our fault, the voters really love our positions. It’s probably easier to lie to the electorate if you begin by lying to yourself.

Tags: Colorado Recalls , David Axelrod , Debbie Wasserman Schultz

What Else Is the PPP Survey Firm Not Telling Us?



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Tom Jensen of the Democratic-campaign-affiliated polling firm Public Policy Polling:

We did a poll last weekend in Colorado Senate District 3 and found that voters intended to recall Angela Giron by a 12 point margin, 54/42. In a district that Barack Obama won by almost 20 points I figured there was no way that could be right and made a rare decision not to release the poll. It turns out we should have had more faith in our numbers because she was indeed recalled by 12 points.

It’s a free country, and if PPP doesn’t want to release a result, they’re free to eat the costs and keep a survey result to themselves.

But the rest of us are free to wonder just how “rare” it is for PPP to not release a poll, and what other results they’ve withheld from public release. 

From an interview with Tom Jensen, after the 2012 election, which PPP’s final result was quite close to the final results:

DTH: It appears that, while polling is statistical, some of it is gut feeling. Is that true?

TJ: Absolutely. In an era where people’s time is getting more and more precious, and there’s sort of more and more ADD, people just aren’t answering polls the way they used to. And that puts pollsters in a situation where it is getting to a point where the art side of polling is as important as the scientific side of polling.

Everybody’s gut makes mistakes.

Tags: PPP , Polling , Colorado Recalls

Time to ‘Fold It Up,’ Mayor Bloomberg?



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“For Mayors Against Illegal Guns, if they lose even one of these seats, they might as well fold it up. And they understand that.” — state senator Angela Giron, Colorado Democrat, one month ago.

Last night, Giron and state senator John Morse both lost their seats, as voters approved the recall of the two lawmakers and elected pro–Second Amendment Republicans to replace them.

As noted below, Bloomberg spent $350,000 opposing the recall.

Tags: Colorado Recalls , Mike Bloomberg , Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Do Democrats Still Think the NRA’s Clout Is a Charade?



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Senator Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, April 11, 2013:

The NRA’s Supposed Clout Is a Charade

He was right in one sense; the NRA doesn’t spend as much as its rivals. It just gets more for its money, it seems.

Above, the illustration on NRANews.com this morning.

The NRA spent $361,703 on the two recalls.

The Denver Post, yesterday:

FOR RECALL

Total raised: $540,000

Itemized donations in Colorado: $147,000

Itemized donations outside of Colorado: $368,000

Some top donors

•NRA: $360,000

•I Am Created Equal: $56,800

•Colorado Citizens Protecting Our Constitution: $29,800

•Victor Head, Pueblo resident: $5,800

•Dianna Harris, Colorado Springs resident: $4,500

AGAINST RECALL

Total raised: $3 million

Itemized donations in Colorado: $1.5 million

Itemized donations outside of Colorado: $1.5 million

Some top donors

•Taxpayers for Responsible Democracy: $620,000

•Michael Bloomberg: $350,000

•DLCC Unincorporated Individual Acct: $300,000

•Eli Broad: $250,000

•Mainstream Colorado: $211,800

Tags: Chris Murphy , Mike Bloomberg , NRA , Colorado Recalls

Lowriders Getting Out the Vote for Democrat Giron in Colorado



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The Denver Post:

Pueblo’s East Side Lowriders joined forces with Sen. Angela Giron to take voters to the polls to fight against recalling the Democrat for her support for stricter gun laws in the 2013 session.

The Pueblo East Side Lowriders’ cars can be seen in this video below:

KRDO:

State Sen. Angela Giron greeted the low riders and voters in the parking lot.

“It means everything to me personally because I have the support of low riders and people in the community and grassroots efforts,” said Giron.

Giron is running against Republican George Rivera. In Colorado Springs, state-senate president John Morse is facing Republican Bernie Herpin.

Our Charlie Cooke reports from Colorado Springs today.

Tags: Angela Giron , Colorado Recalls , John Morse

Forecast for a Split Decision in the Colorado Recalls?



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The Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt looks at the bad options in Syria, the walking clichê that is Miley Cyrus (briefly), Obama’s actual “Recovery Summers,” and . . . 

There’s Good News and Bad News in the Colorado Recall Rumor Mill

The fact that liberal blogger Markos Moulitsas sees different states of play for the two recall elections out in Colorado suggests that this is, indeed, his best assessment of how things stand out there, and not a fear-mongering effort to raise funds:

The scuttlebutt from people who have seen the numbers are that [State Sen. Angela] Giron is relatively safe (or as much as you can be in a summer special election with an uncertain electorate), but that state Senate President John Morse, the other recall target, lags slightly among likely voters. The NRA certainly smells blood in the water (they have lots of practice with that), and are trying to close strong.

Meanwhile, Democrats have shifted strategies. Rather than fight over the gun issue that dominated the early parts of the race, they are expanding the playing field, particularly focusing on women’s reproductive rights. These are Democratic districts, and the approach seems to be to remind people that they can’t be single-issue voters.

Whenever the opposition wants to change the subject, isn’t that a sign you’re winning on that issue?

The local Republican parties selected former Colorado Springs city councilman Bernie Herpin to take on Morse and George Rivera, former deputy chief of the Pueblo police force, to take on Giron.

Anyway, they’re still sorting out the rules for the September 10 recall election:

The Colorado constitution requires voters to vote “yes” or “no” on the recall question in order to have their vote for a successor be counted, but that provision could be in conflict with the U.S. Constitution, said Attorney General John Suthers.

He said a nearly identical provision in the California state constitution was declared unconstitutional during the recall of Gov. Gray Davis in 2003.

Gov. John Hickenlooper wants the state Supreme Court to decide whether the California ruling is applicable and, if so, to waive the “prior participation requirement.”

“We need this clarification from the court to determine how to count the ballots,” Suthers said. “If they tell us the Colorado constitutional provision is unconstitutional, then you don’t have to vote in the recall election to have your vote count in the subsequent election.”

If the issue is not addressed, a successful challenge to the recall election on constitutional grounds could mean the invalidation of the entire election, according to an interrogatory to the Colorado Supreme Court filed by the attorney general’s office on behalf of Hickenlooper.

The court may rule as early as the end of today.

Tags: Colorado Recalls , Angela Giron , John Morse

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