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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

A Haircut That Could Cost Democratic State Senator John Morse



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Out in Colorado, one of the pro-recall groups is hitting state senator John Morse for collecting his per diem for “haircuts and golf games.”

Morse and his defenders will undoubtedly respond that he’s been investigated and cleared of any illegal wrongdoing:

The per diem ethics complaint was filed in 2011 concerning expenses filed in 2009. All lawmakers are eligible to collect daily per diem during the 120-day legislative session, and Morris in 2009 was one of 11 lawmakers to bill for the full 120 days.

But Morse also billed taxpayers $99 a day for leadership pay on 206 or 239 days when the legislature is out of session, which lawmakers in leadership positions are allowed to do — that was the focus of the complaint.

The complaint was dismissed by a panel charged to investigate, but conservatives have continued to hit Morse over the per diem issue, even noting that the ethics committee that cleared him was dominated by Democrats.

A few details about that panel: “The ethics panel, comprised of three Democrats and two Republicans, reviewed the complaint and unanimously voted Tuesday to dismissed it, acknowledging that a senator’s word alone is sufficient for claiming legislative per diem payments.” In short, he said he did legislative work on those days, and that was good enough for them; no need to verify that he actually did work related to his state-office duties. The panel also decided to request new guidelines about how much time a lawmaker should devote to public business to claim a full day of payments.

Of course, a lawmaker’s choice to make the taxpayers pay for his haircut is the sort of thing that infuriates voters.

In Morse’s defense, he has a good head of hair:

If a lawmaker doesn’t want a per diem reimbursement appearing in an ad before a recall election, he probably shouldn’t take it.

Tags: John Morse

How Worried Are Democrats About Colorado’s Recall Elections?



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How often do you see me cheerfully quoting Daily Kos?

The scuttlebutt out of Colorado is that Colorado Sen. John Morse, subject of an NRA-backed recall, is in real danger of being ousted. The problem isn’t necessarily public opinion in the district, but the confluence of a couple of factors: 1) turnout is sketchy during special elections, and recall supporters are likely more motivated, and 2) a series of legal rulings have eliminated mail-in voting, which Democrats have mastered in recent years. This will be a good ol’ fashioned get-em-to-the-polls operation, and Republicans have been more efficient on that front of late.

Second Amendment advocates aim to replace Democratic senators John Morse of Colorado Springs and Angela Giron of Pueblo. Markos Moulitsas’s post doesn’t offer any “scuttlebutt” on Giron, but another commenter there says she’s “getting hammered” by the Pueblo Chieftain.

Last time out, in 2010, Morse won by a quite thin margin, 48.1 percent to 47.2 percent, with about 250 votes separating the two (and Libertarian Douglas Randall collected 1,258 votes). That year, Giron won more solidly, 54.8 percent to 45.1 percent, a margin of about 4,000 votes. In that November midterm election, about 28,000 votes were cast in Morse’s race, about 40,000 votes in Giron’s. Of course, in a special recall election, turnout may be much lower.

Moulitsas urges his readers to chip in to help Morse. 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.

Tags: John Morse , Colorado Recall

Will Colorado Become the New Wisconsin — Center of the Political World?



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Get ready for two very intense, quick fights in two state-legislative races that will carry a great deal of national weight on the gun-control issue:

A Denver judge Thursday ruled petitions submitted to oust a pair of Democratic senators from office are valid, a pivotal ruling that sets in motion Colorado’s first-ever recall election of state lawmakers.

“The petitions here substantially comply with law,” Denver District Court Judge Robert Hyatt said in his oral decision from the bench. “Recalls are a fundamental right of Colorado citizens.”

Shortly after Hyatt handed down the decision Thursday, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order to set the recall election date of Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo for Sept. 10.

Both are the targets of recalls by constituents for their support of stricter Colorado gun laws implemented this month.

Suddenly, every gun-control supporter and Second Amendment advocate will be focusing on these two state-legislative districts, hoping to send a signal about the post-Newtown gun laws.

Tags: Gun Control , Colorado , John Morse , Angela Giron

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