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Sen. Bennet gets a case of the sillies

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado celebrated his year in the upper chamber with a video that touts "seriousness of purpose" and decries a "silly political conversation" and "silly debate" going on in Washington, D.C., with a call for "less of the silliness."

Well, one person's SILLY is another's NECESSITY to stop Pres. Obama's economic interventions (including health care reform, pursued with zeal by Bennet) that would further separate citizens from their wallets.

Obama is to appear with Bennet next month in Colorado, trying to shore up his candidacy.

Which leads us to a not-so-silly political question: what does Sen. Bennet think that the president can possibly do for him in Colorado that he failed to do for his favored Democratic candidates in the Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts elections?

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John "Bunny Hill" Hickenlooper . . . watch out for that tree!

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (Hickenscooter), channeling humorist Dave Barry, said at the SIA Snow Show, "'Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.'"

Trees with your face? Really? Two words, mayor: "Bunny" "Hill"

Hick, Hick, Hick of the city . . . watch out for that tree!

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"Nickel and diming the citizens of Colorado to death"

Gov. Bill Ritter's proposals to end a range of tax exemptions and credits is revealing the economic incoherence of some Democrats, for whom there is always a reason to raise taxes and never enough money.

Rep. Jack Pommer, Democrat of Boulder, disdained industry objections that repealing a 2.9 percent sales tax exemption on soda and candy could result in job losses.

"If it's a 'Pass this bill and we're going to shoot the puppy' kind of a deal, well then I guess that's somebody's negotiating tactic," said Pommer during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Wednesday. "But there is no way that if you can sell small, medium and large [fountain sodas] for the same price; if you can charge anywhere from 90 cents to two dollars for a bottle of soda; you can offer it on sale; offer free refills; that this 2.9 percent tax is going to have any effect on sales, at all."

Rep. Kent Lambert, Republican of Colorado Springs, later introduced some reality to the discussion. "I think this falls into the category of all these taxes that are literally nickel and diming the citizens of Colorado to death. All our consumers are sick and tired of this."

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In Pres. Obama's jobs speech, the I's had it

Pres. Obama's favored pronoun got a workout during his jobs speech in Ohio, as documented in this video by Americans for Prosperity.

Tonight's State of the Union address, we trust, will be all about you...

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Sen. Bennet - Carbon tax? Cap and Trade? Here's a tip: NONE OF THE ABOVE!

In this video, appointed U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet discusses meeting with environmentalists in Fort Collins, all of whom appeared to support a carbon tax.

"'Is there anybody that will take the other side of this argument?'" Bennet recalled asking. "And nobody would, which I misinterpreted as consensus that the carbon tax was the right thing, because we sort of moved on."

Alas, someone bravely stepped up to object, with the OTHER SIDE consisting of (wait, wait) CAP AND TRADE.

"I'm still trying to come to a conclusion about what mechanism is the one that will be the most effective," Bennet said, during the town hall meeting in Highlands Ranch. "I do think it's very important that we move ahead on our energy...climate legislation because the rest of the world has been waiting for us to make up our minds."

If Bennet's lockstep support of Pres. Obama's bloated health-care reform didn't put an end to his brief stay in the Senate, this type of enviro-advocacy should seal the deal with Colorado's electorate.

A Pew Research poll out this week of 1,504 adults found more than 80 percent of respondents ranked the "economy" and "jobs" and "terrorism" as top priorities. Health care was at 57 percent and global warming was WAAAAAY down the list at 28 percent.

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Colorado Dem infighting over Pinnacol talks

State Sen. Morgan Carroll, Democrat of Aurora, is not too happy with the closed-door privatization talks going on between the office of Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and Pinnacol Assurance, the workers' comp provider.

Carroll, who chaired a committee that reviewed Pinnacol last year, said the proposal should be public.

"Whatever the proposal looks like, if it's so good, why not bring it out for everyone? You know, if it's such a good idea, I think it would stand on its own merits," said Carroll in an interview after a town hall meeting last week.

Or, better yet, why not leave Pinnacol (seen as a piggy bank to backfill the state budget) alone?

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Hickenlooper: I'm just like Obama!

If you like how Barack Obama has run his presidency, you'd love John Hickenlooper as governor of Colorado.

That's our take on an interview the Denver mayor gave in 2008, prior to the Democratic National Convention, in which he said of presidential candidate Obama, "He’s running on a national level exactly what I did locally, right?"

It's worth hearing Hickenlooper tie himself tightly to Obama THEN, because we guess you'll hear a much looser version NOW when Hickenlooper travels Colorado to meet independent-minded voters. Those voters may be rightly suspicious (given the past year's events in Washington, D.C.) of someone like Hickenlooper who said he ran "on change, on transparency, no backroom deals" and connected that to "the stuff that Barack Obama's talking about."

Hickenlooper's interview by Robert Struckman, including the exchange below, is at NewWest.Net.

NW: Has Obama’s candidacy...proved any theories you have about the West...and if so what were they?

Hickenlooper: He’s running on a national level exactly what I did locally, right? I came in without really what most people would say was the requisite experience. I had never run for elected office at all. Denver is one of the, in terms of big city mayors, is one of the strongest mayor systems in the country. If the City Council wants to change one line item of my budget, they need a super majority....Usually, you’ve got to be a pretty seasoned political warrior to win a campaign like that.

But I ran on change, on transparency, no backroom deals. I ran on attracting talented people to government and making it accountable. It’s all very similar to the stuff that Barack Obama's talking about. It’s just a new way of doing things, not using the same old, tired models. And I think that his success in the West isn’t surprising. I mean, people out here are looking for new ideas.

The audio of the interview is at with the Obama section beginning at 13:43. [You may need to refresh link after loading.]

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