Politics & Policy

CO Friday Afternoon Nuggets

U.S. Senate

•MSNBC’s Ed Schultz calls Ken Buck a “psycho talker” for his comments on VA privatization, which the Denver Post detailed yesterday:

Denver Business Journal to NRSC: Lay off our “layoffs” headlines.

•Buck part of “Conservative Vanguard” of 2010 Senate candidates, according to National Journal.

House

•Pollster Glen Bolger has a look at one particular generic ballot survey–focusing on districts like CO-3 and CO-4 (“toss up”) and CO-7 (“lean Democratic”) with Democratic incumbents and the possibility of “wave” effects:

The generic ballot shows Republicans leading 44%-39%.   Besides all of the usual regional crosstabs, we also broke it out by the type of district.  We looked at the sample in the 66 Democratic INCUMBENT districts that Charlie Cook lists as either toss-up or leaning Democratic at the time of the survey.  In that key crosstab of Swing Democratic Incumbent Seats, the Republican lead grows to 49%-31% on the generic ballot.  That is a very powerful crosstab that says the wave is coming.

CO-4

• Embattled Democrats see federal dollars as a boost to their districts and their reelection prospects, like Rep. Betsy Markey:

Other lawmakers in tough races also have benefited richly from projects funded by Obama’s roughly $800 billion stimulus legislation. A $400 million loan guarantee funded by the law went to Abound Solar Manufacturing LLC, based in Loveland, Colo., home turf for Rep. Betsy Markey, one of the Democrats’ most endangered House incumbents. […]

Markey’s district also profited from a $45 million Energy Department grant to UQM Technologies, which builds electric vehicle propulsion systems. It used a portion of the money to build a new facility in Longmont, Colo.

Governor

•The Democratic Governors Association’s $150,000 ad buy (part of over $500K in expenditures by left-leaning groups and donors) in Colorado’s GOP gubernatorial primary has paid off: ”I think that John Hickenlooper is going to be elected governor,” said Glendening of the DGA. “I’ve been extraordinarily happy with Dan Maes as a general election candidate.”

•Tom Tancredo wows the crowd in Franktown, Colorado–and sees a path to victory through independents and Tea Party supporters.

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