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Trying to stop the Carbon Cops

With a bill on energy policy, including climate change, reportedly to be introduced in the U.S. Senate next week, it's worth following the Americans for Prosperity "Regulation Reality Tour."

"The EPA is trying to enforce regulations without a vote of Congress," said Mary Ellen Burke of Americans for Prosperity, during a tour stop last month in Wheat Ridge, Colo. "We think that all these environmental issues should be debated on their own merits in Congress, where they're supposed to be."

When the EPA in December made its "endangerment finding" on greenhouse gases, the Wall Street Journal wrote, "With cap and trade blown apart in the Senate, the White House has chosen to impose taxes and regulation across the entire economy under clean-air laws that were written decades ago and were never meant to apply to carbon."

In the meantime, Americans for Prosperity created a petition in the form of an "EPA Carbon Cops Citation."

Carbon Cop Citation Form

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The Food Police will be watching you . . .

A Pennsylvania Department of Revenue ad has been making the rounds of the Internet and was sent to us by several WSYS followers. Its Orwellian theme made some people think that it was a joke, but it turns out it isn't.

We decided the visuals were too good to just let go and decided to make a parody in time for Memorial Day barbecues.

Mmmmmmmm, burgers.

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"And that's the way it is..." for Sen. Bennet

When WhoSaidYouSaid first published a video of U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet wistfully recalling the long-ago days of CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite, it showed Bennet's discomfort with the 24/7 new media world.

When he said it again at an event with Pres. Obama in Denver, and then dissed the blogosphere to a TV reporter, we thought, O.K., he really means it!

And now he keeps saying it - and not only saying it, but his campaign promotes him saying it - as with this video clip from his recent debate in Colorado Springs with Democratic primary opponent Andrew Romanoff.

"I believe we've lost something in this country because we don't go home at night, turn the TV on, watch Walter Cronkite for half an hour, turn it off and get about our business," said Bennet.

[And leave, we surmise, the taxpayers' business to policy pros like yourself who can expand the federal government's role into every area of our lives while crushing us with public debt.]

"Instead, this stuff is on all the time, 24/7, and I don't care what cable channel you're watching, they're not transmitting information, they're selling soap."

[And Walter Cronkite wasn't? The soap-selling is also known as the free market which, if successfully pursued, generates income for people to buy goods and services and PAY TAXES.]

And later, "We have to construct a politics in this country that's worthy of the aspirations we all have for our kids."

[Leave the construction of politics to voters who hammer home their points very well at the ballot box. Nov. 2 can't come soon enough.]

Walter Cronkite knew something that perhaps Bennet doesn't when he (Cronkite) said, "In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story."

Who Said? Cronkite said. ..."And that's the way it is."

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New Era could use some Liberty on the Rocks . . .

In this video about New Era Colorado and the "Drinking Liberally" program, one young man succinctly explains the problems they have to overcome to get young people politically involved...

YOUNG MAN: I have no idea what's going on with local government PARTLY 'CAUSE I DON'T CHOOSE TO [emphasis added by WSYS] but partly because they don't reach me through any youth friendly media.

This kid could use some Liberty on the Rocks.

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Hickenlooper's job hunt

He'll have plenty of company. The facts speak for themselves. This ad and website from the Republican Governors Association clearly shows the track record Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper will have to try to explain in his run for governor of Colorado.

Here's the buzz....

RGA spending upwards of $500K for ad hitting Hick & Ritter (or Hickenritter, if you prefer), The Denver Post

"No Jobs John," Anyone?, ColoradoPols

GOP Governors Group Swings into Action, The Wall Street Journal

And some background...

Businesses saying goodbye to Denver hit civic pride, The Denver Post

Denver area lost 2.9% of its jobs in a year; March unemployment at 8.5%, Denver Business Journal

Denver lost 39,700 jobs in 2009
, Denver Business Journal

Contractors: Colorado lost 31,600 construction jobs in one year, Denver Business Journal

Colo. job losses far steeper in '09, revised figures show, The Denver Post

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Rep. Labuda doesn't know how Colorado appoints judges

After hearing witnesses and other committee members at a hearing last week on the Congressional redistricting bill, state Rep. Jeanne Labuda took the time to defend the Colorado judiciary to the House State Affairs Committee. The only problem is, she is wrong on almost every point.

LABUDA: In every other state in the union, judges run for election just like you and I do.

1) Colorado is one of many states where judges are selected by appointment. We aren't the only state in the union. In fact, some other states that have an appointment system include Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas and Maine.

LABUDA: Years ago the people of Colorado were very wise when they agreed to let the Colorado Bar Association submit to the Governor a list of names from attorneys whom they thought were qualified to act as judges. And everybody who sits in a judicial position right now, is vetted thoroughly by the Colorado Bar Association, which I think everybody can agree is pretty impartial, it's got equal numbers of probably Democrats, Republicans and independents.

2) The Colorado Bar Association does not submit a list of names to the Governor for judicial appointments. There are two different kinds of judicial nominating commissions in Colorado, the Supreme Court Nominating Commission and the District Court Nominating Comission. According to
The Supreme Court Nominating Commission recommends candidates to serve as judges for the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. The chief justice of the Supreme Court chairs the commission and is a non-voting member. This commission includes one citizen admitted to practice law in Colorado and one citizen not admitted to practice law residing in each of the state’s seven congressional districts, and one additional citizen not admitted to practice law in Colorado.
Each of the 22 judicial districts in Colorado has a nominating commission to select the list of names to send to the Governor. Denver is the single exception to this rule. According to the Colorado judicial branch:
Each judicial district nominating commission consists of seven citizens residing in that judicial district. No more than four of these members can be from the same political party, and there must be at least one voting member from each county in the district. In all districts with populations more than 35,000, the voting members consist of three people admitted to practice law in Colorado and four people not admitted to practice law in Colorado. In judicial districts with populations under 35,000, at least four voting members are people not admitted to practice law in Colorado. It is determined by majority vote of the governor, the attorney general and the chief justice how many, if any, of the remaining three members will be persons admitted to practice law in Colorado.
So, depending on the size of the judicial district, there will be at LEAST a majority of members who are not admitted to the Colorado Bar. The Colorado Bar Association may very well be a very politically impartial group, but members of the nominating commissions aren't necessarily members.

LABUDA: And those are the people that get appointed to judicial positions, confirmed by the Senate and appointed by the Governor.

3) The Senate doesn't confirm judges in Colorado. In fact, an article on the Colorado Bar Association's web site discusses some potential drawbacks of adding the element of Senate confirmation.

LABUDA: We look at them for retention every 10 years.

4) The length of the time between each judges retention election is actually based on the term, so only members of the Colorado Supreme Court are up for retention every 10 years (and that's only after the initial 2-year term). According to
All judges stand for retention election after serving a two-year provisional term. County court judges then stand every four years, district court judges every six years, court of appeals judges every eight years, and Supreme Court justices every ten years.
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Stacking Benjamins to visualize the national debt

Seeing is believing...that we're going broke unless the federal spending spree from borrowed money comes to an end.

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