Politics & Policy

CO Thursday Afternoon Roundup

•Colorado Democratic Chair Pat Waak takes aim at Ryan Frazier (CO-7) and Dan Maes (Governor) over their own employment and their candidacies.

•How often do the contentious political ads appear in Colorado? One blogger caught 10 in the span of 35 minutes, starting at just past 8 o’clock in the morning.

U.S. Senate

•Now for something completely different–Ken Buck earns the highest rating while Sen. Michael Bennet trails just a bit behind in the overall social media/site design rankings of OhMyGov’s campaign website evaluations.

•NBC’s David Gregory of “Meet the Press” tweeted this morning on Colorado’s Senate race:

Looking toward Sunday – Both CO Senate candidates face credibility attacks – http://tinyurl.com/2bngo7m and http://tinyurl.com/3×9t7cd

Gregory points to the “rape case refusal” for Buck and Bennet on health care.

• The Colorado Independent’s Scot Kersgaard defends his reporting on the Buck story, and denies “coordination” between ProgressNow and his own media outfit.

CompleteColorado.com raises questions about Bennet’s deal for Denver Public Schools’ failing PERA plan–did Bennet own stock in the company helping to orchestrate the “exotic” deal at the time the deal was made?

•Bennet traveled to the Western Slope, promoting the state’s natural resources, pressing on the need to move away from dependency on foreign oil, and stressing the importance of loans to small businesses to jumpstart the economy–and touting his moderate record in DC:

“If you look at our entire Congressional delegation both Democrat and Republican, I’ve been the most likely to vote with the other party of anybody that’s been back there in Washington,” Bennet says.

•Why so much money in Colorado’s Senate race? Allison Sherry of the Denver Post has some insight:

Colorado’s No. 1 ranking in this area underscores a story line many voters here already understand: It is a politically unpredictable place whose statewide races often run within any poll’s margin of error all the way up to Election Day.

Colorado also gives outside groups more bang for their dollar because it is relatively inexpensive to buy television time and sparsely populated compared with a Pennsylvania or a Florida, where outside groups would have to dole out two or three times the dollars to affect more voters.

•There has been so much ink spilled tracking the campaign spending that the Post’s Curtis Hubbard posted a roundup of all the links.

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