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Andrew Romanoff playing Scott Brown to Michael Bennet's Martha Coakley?

U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff told delegates at the Colorado Democratic Party state assembly today that he would support his rival, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, if Bennet wins the August primary. But Romanoff (who later won top line on that ballot after beating Bennet 60 percent to 40 percent) also made this remark to the delegates before they cast their votes...

"But with all due respect, let me also say this: this Senate seat doesn't belong to him (Bennet) any more than it belong to me. It belongs to the people of Colorado. It belongs to you."

That sounds a lot like what Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts said during a U.S. Senate debate in January. Brown was asked by moderator David Gergen if Brown would be willing to block health care reform while sitting in Ted Kennedy's longtime Senate seat.

"With all due respect," said Brown. "It's not the Kennedys' seat and it's not the Democrats' seat. It's the people's seat."

Eight days later, Brown won the Senate seat over Democrat Martha Coakley, 52 to 47 percent.

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Betsy Markey: Independent voters are "like renters"

Speaking to campaign volunteers in Longmont, U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey, D-Colo., likened independent voters to renters.

"We all worked very, very hard to get this seat," Markey said on Saturday in Collyer Park at a canvassing kick-off. "We need to keep this seat in Democratic hands. We've got a great majority in the House. It's going to be a difficult year, as we know. A lot of our independent voters, and you know a third of this district, 33 percent - a whole 33 percent - are independent voters. And last time they went with us. This year, you know, somebody told me the independent voters, we don't own them; they're like renters. We've got to earn them back every time. And we've got to earn their vote again. But we have a good story to tell. This has been a very, very productive session in Congress."

Hmmm. Maybe they're "like renters" in the 4th Congressional District because some of their homes have been foreclosed upon in an economy made worse by the tax-and-debt policies of Markey and her Democratic colleagues in Congress.

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Apples to apples: Hickenlooper and McInnis on ObamaCare

Put aside, for a moment, the horse race aspects of running for governor of Colorado and listen to about one minute apiece of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis discuss federal health-care reform and its effect on the state.

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Who the Democrats might include in the "people" category

The Democratic Party website has a category entitled "people".

Here are some other suggestions:

Straight people
Urban dwellers
Middle-aged people

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Hickenlooper pro-TABOR? Shhhh - it's a secret!

How could Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper have kept such an important fact a secret? Here's how...

"One of the real reasons that I'm a believer in TABOR, right...I think if you put issues before the public, they'll decide whether it's a worthwhile investment," the Denver Democrat, running for governor of Colorado, told the Douglas County Business Alliance this morning while answering questions on public policy and spending.

But as Republican candidate Scott McInnis pointed out when his turn came, Hickenlooper never mentioned that when the Democratic-controlled legislature sidestepped the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) to end business-tax exemptions totaling $100 million a year or more.

"And I appreciate the mayor and his newfound allegiance to TABOR. But I wished he'd of been a little more active in that regards just a few weeks ago," said McInnis, who later reeled off a list of tax policies pursued by the legislature on which Hickenlooper remained publicly silent.

Mayor Hickenlooper has repeatedly supported tax increases and policies leading to job loss in Denver. His silence on TABOR during this legislative session will contribute to bigger losses statewide.

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Rep. Pommer discovers the free market

Government raises business taxes; businesses pass on the cost to consumers. It's a simple equation, but one that consistently eludes the tax-and-spend meddlers at the Colorado statehouse.

Informed that the price of a vending-machine soda has increased by a dime or a quarter in some locations, Rep. Jack Pommer, D-Boulder told The Denver Post, that "it sounds like (vending companies) are taking advantage" of the tax to increase prices. "This tax isn't 10 cents (on a dollar). It's 2.9 cents."

The 2.9 cents is the tax exemption that Pommer and his Democratic colleagues ended for candy-and-soda sales. When industry objected, Pommer gave a soda-economics seminar at a committee hearing in January, documented by WhoSaidYouSaid under the headline, "Nickel and diming the citizens of Colorado to death."

"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," said Pommer.

So not only is Pommer a government tax-policy expert, he apparently understands the costs, manufacture and marketing of carbonated sugar water to such a degree that he can predict the effect on sales.

Well, we don't know whether sales of soda in Colorado have changed since the new tax went into effect May 1. But we do know that some vending machine companies have raised prices, which was entirely predictable.

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The Green Party platform can be summed up with a "nifty hat"

The Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Colorado, Bob Kinsey, can describe the Green Party platform with his nifty hat. If only all complex political ideas could be conveyed with the proper headgear. . .

"Isn't that a nifty hat I got here? With a sunflower and the peace sign? Those are some of the major issues that we in the Green Party talk about. That is, preserving our environment which is the very envelope that we live our lives . . . make it possible for us to live our lives. The flowers, the plants, the trees, the air we breathe , the clean water that we need in order to live healthy lives and in order to be able to grow the food that we need. And the other issue is peace. The issue of violence in the world. I'm talking about a non-violent revolution."

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