Credit Where Credit is Due

(Between this and Stapleton’s PERA concern trolling, he set the bar pretty high for his own performance–will they sing Stapleton’s praises come audit time like they did Cary Kennedy? – promoted by Colorado Pols)



Just sayin’…

From veteran political reporter Ed Sealover at the Denver Business Journal:

The audit that has set off a conversation about whether Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton should invest in foreign currency also had high praise for Stapleton’s predecessor, Cary Kennedy.

During Kennedy’s four years as treasurer from 2007 through 2010, her office’s return on its investments met or exceeded every benchmark against which it was compared in a difficult market, wrote Buck Global Investment Advisors, which performed the audit for the state.

While investment returns were below national benchmarks during the first few quarters that Kennedy was in office, they exceeded them, sometimes by eight times the percentage of return, at the end of her term, the audit showed.

Cary Kennedy said no to risky investments.  The kind of investments that landed countless government funds across the country in hot water.

After receiving the audit, the one-time real estate company executive was complimentary of his predecessor and the state’s investment officers, who he inherited in his administration.

“It’s a reflection of the admirable job that the staff of the treasurer’s office has done, which includes her,” Stapleton said. “I give her credit for doing a good job and maintaining state investments in a volatile market.”



Chamber to Fight Against Amendment 47


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The walls are starting to close in on the extremists who are backing the Right-to-Work measure.

From the Rocky Mountain News

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce will oppose Amendment 47, the right-to-work measure backed by a batch of conservative business leaders.

The Denver chamber’s board voted this morning to accept the recommendation of its legislative policy committee. The vote was “close to unanimous,” chamber’s Tamra Ward said.

The “close to unanimous” vote has to be a shock to the Yes on 47 campaign.

This comes directly on the heels of UFCW Local 7 standing down from some of their counter initiatives.

From The Colorado Independent

The United Food and Commercial Workers union announced Wednesday that it will be retracting two proposals set for the 2008 ballot after negotiations with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter.

This morning’s comments in the Rocky Mountain News from longtime Republican Joe Blake (before the vote) are perhaps most telling

In a statement, Denver chamber President Joe Blake said, “I am delighted that the UFCW Local 7 has taken the first step away from mutually assured destruction and toward a return to the strong relationship that business and organized labor have enjoyed for decades.

“Together, labor and business passed FasTracks and Referendum C, and by working together we can continue to change Colorado’s business climate for the better.”

Cross-posted on SquareState.net

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AFSCME Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

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From the AFSCME website.

The 1.4-million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, today endorsed New York Senator Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.

“The next president is going to play a critical role in rebuilding America’s middle class and ensuring that everyone shares in our country’s prosperity,” said AFSCME International President Gerald W. McEntee. “President Hillary Clinton will make us stronger at home and respected abroad.”

Full press release after the jump…

Press release from AFSCME on their endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President.

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

AFSCME Endorses Hillary Clinton for President
Politically Active Union Pledges to Mobilize Volunteer Army for Senator Hillary Clinton in Iowa and Across America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 1.4-million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, today endorsed New York Senator Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.

“The next president is going to play a critical role in rebuilding America’s middle class and ensuring that everyone shares in our country’s prosperity,” said AFSCME International President Gerald W. McEntee. “President Hillary Clinton will make us stronger at home and respected abroad.”

AFSCME’s International Executive Board voted to endorse Senator Clinton following an extensive 10-month, member-driven endorsement process – including candidate appearances, interviews and membership polls. The union’s polls show that Senator Clinton enjoys deep support among its members.

“We’ve looked at these candidates closely, and we’ve drilled down deep into the union to see who was inspiring our members, who has what it takes to take back the White House and govern effectively when they get there,” McEntee said. “We looked for the candidate who will fight for working families and who has the greatest ability to win, the candidate who will motivate our members to make calls, knock on doors and talk to their co-workers like never before.”

The politically savvy public service union, known for waging grassroots campaigns, is preparing to launch a major effort in the critical early state of Iowa, where it represents more than 30,000 workers.

AFSCME plans to spend more than $60 million on the 2008 campaign, and will mobilize a 40,000-member army of volunteers to elect Senator Clinton.

Bossing Around the Greeley Tribune: Part IV (can’t say I blame ‘em)

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So, the highest vote-getter (the spammer arrest story) was not on the front page of today’s Greeley Tribune.  It wasn’t even in the first few pages.  Only those brave souls who thumbed all the way back to page A10 saw the story.

Instead, the front page featured an adorable little story about Georgia Wier Greeley’s folklorist.

Among the adobe houses at Centennial Village Museum, surrounded by a respect for history, Georgia Wier is right at home.

Wier is Greeley’s folklorist, by all accounts a rare position, and she takes to her work like an engineer to a math problem. Wier can barely contain her excitement while showing just a fraction of the works of art she has collected over the years.

“What a folklorist does is so varied,” Wier said. “It’s all according to what your individual skills are.”

I can’t say I blame ‘em.  I’m sure a lot of readers will enjoy this feature.  Why should the reporter and the subject of the story be punished because nobody voted for the story online?

Frankly, the Trib is only making a half-hearted attempt at this.  If they want more people to vote, they have to promote it better.  Or scrap the idea altogether.

(cross-posted on SquareState.net and ProgressNowAction.org)

Sicko…


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Bossing Around the Greeley Tribune: Part III (with an experiment)

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Well, it seems the new “You Pick the News” campaign of the Greeley Tribune has gotten off to a less than sensational start.

Yesterday’s winning story managed to get 6 online votes.  Not the most earth shattering turnout.

So, if anyone is still interested, below are the selections for the June 1st front page story.

Be sure to cast your VOTE.

Just as an experiment.  Scroll down to the bottom of the poll–to the national stories–and vote for the “arrest of one of the world’s most prolific spammers” article.  If just a dozen of us vote for that article… it’s going to win.

Everyone hates spam.  So vote for the spammer arrest story!

LOCAL CHOICES

    Weld County residents will be among 500,000 residents to participate in a nationwide cancer study.

    Greeley’s folklorist Georgia Wier by all accounts is in a rare position, and she takes to her work like an engineer to a math problem.

    The train crossing that was the site of a fatal accident Wednesday has a history.

    Windsor residents react to the news of a Wal-Mart coming back to Windsor after three years of indecision.

    Vacancy rates in Greeley have remained the same in the last year, according to a study released Thursday.

NATIONAL CHOICES

    Gov. John Lynch signs a law establishing civil unions, allowing gays in New Hampshire to apply for many of the same rights as married couples as early as January.

    The tuberculosis patient under quarantine is identified as a 31-year-old personal injury lawyer in Atlanta. He’s been taken to a specialized hospital in Denver.

    President Bush calls for a summit of the U.S. and 14 other nations blamed as major contributors to global warming.

    Just because Katrina was the perfect storm — a catastrophic combo of the wrong hurricane in the wrong place at the wrong time — doesn’t mean that history can’t repeat itself.

    The arrest of a man described as one of the world’s most prolific spammers is the latest effort to stop junk e-mail at its source.

Bossing Around the Greeley Tribune: Part II

Well, there you have it.  The voters (all 81 of them) overwhelmingly voted to put the Swift buyout story up on the front page and, well, there it is (Sorry, you have to pay to actually SEE the electronic edition… they have a free daypass if you really want to see it for yourself).

But, the work of an editor is never done!  We have a new crop of stories to look after and it’s up to you to get out and VOTE.

Not many people participated in the poll on national stories (only 14!!), so make sure you cast a vote on that as well.  See the choices after the jump.

(cross-posted on SquareState.net and ProgressNowAction.org)

LOCAL STORIES

    A collision between a semi tractor and a train killed a person at a train crossing south of Gilcrest Wednesday.

    A Tribune editor recalls her experience travelling to Greensburg, Kan. to visit her grandparents’ home that was crushed by a deadly tornado.

    Genevieve Barea and her boyfriend Dan Partch were in court Wednesday, facing charges of child abuse resulting in the death of 7-year-old 7-year-old LoReyna Barea.

NATIONAL STORIES

    Four current and former partners of the giant accounting firm Ernst & Young were charged Wednesday with tax fraud conspiracy and other crimes relating to tax shelters that he

    President Bush on Wednesday tapped his former trade chief and No. 2 diplomat, Robert Zoellick, to run the World Bank, embarking on a healing process to mend wounds inflicted b

    The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday it is suing Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing Co., claiming it secretly flew three of the CIA’s terrorism suspe

The Greeley Tribune Wants YOU to Pick Their Front Page Stories

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The Greeley Tribune is tossing the reins of their newspaper over to the chaos of the internet… sort of.

We report. You pick the news.

Help the Tribune reflect your interests. Each day from noon to 5 p.m., Tribune editors will list the top stories being considered for tomorrow’s front page. You tell us which ones should make the cut.

One poll focuses on our local stories. The second poll highlights the top national and international stories of the day. Vote for one on each poll. Use the comment feature to elaborate, to lobby fellow readers or to discuss the news. If a story on your mind is not on our list, please tell us about it.

To vote, go to http://www.greeleytr….

So I thought I would try an experiment.  For the next week or so, I’ll post the story titles that are in the running.  Then I’ll follow up with a post that says which story won, and whether it was indeed on the front page.

Could be boring, could be fun, either way everyone should do their civic duty and VOTE.

You can review today’s options after the jump.  The polls close at 5:00.

(cross-posted at SquareState.net, and ProgressNow Action)


LOCAL CHOICES

    The Swift deal: We take a look at how it will impact Greeley, the industry and the economy.

    With a 3-month-old in the hospital, a man faces child-abuse charges. Here’s what the arrest affadavit[sic] reveals.

    Why fumes spread in a UNC building and how it affected one of the patrons.

    Rep. Marilyn Musgrave leads a discussion on the No Child Left Behind law.

NATIONAL CHOICES

    Americans divided on whether doctors should help terminally ill patients die.

    Terror suspect extradited from London pleads not guilty; lawyer says he’s an activist.

    Trump steams ahead but most New Orleans high-rises on hold as recovery crawls.

    Trucker pleads guilty in deadly Indiana university van crash that led to victim mix-up.

    Former Rep. Parren Mitchell, founding member of Congressional Black Caucus, dies at 85.

    Hispanic support for Gonzales.

    Private security guards: a weak link in homeland security.

    Bush announces new sanctions against Sudan for its role in Darfur.

    Police find gruesome scene in Texas trailer: Mom, 3 children hanged; infant found alive.

    Some Michigan middle schoolers learn ways to reduce high infant mortality rates.

    Advanced Medical says that contact lens solution recall not due to manufacturing problem.

FaceTheState Discredited

The Republican noise machine in Colorado has been working overtime to promote their new website, FaceTheState, as a legitimate news source and political operative Brad Jones, as a legitimate journalist.  In fact, Jones has called for “higher journalistic standards” in political reporting.

During his recent right-wing media blitz, Jones made the following statement while appearing on Backbone Radio:

“If, if you don’t like what I’m saying, talk about what I’m saying. Don’t launch an attack on me or the site. Discredit us.”

Naturally, Colorado Media Matters has obliged with an item highlighting journalistic errors committed by FaceTheState.  Read the item HERE.

These are flat-out errors.  Will FaceTheState correct them?  I won’t hold my breath.

(cross-posted at SquareState)

Giant Killers

In an article entitled “Behind the Fall of Imus, a Digital Brush Fire” the front page of the The Wall Street Journal (subscription req.) reports on the role that Media Matters for America played in the eventual firing of Don Imus:

At 6:14 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, relatively few people were tuned into the “Imus in the Morning Show” when Don Imus referred to the Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed ho’s.”

Ryan Chiachiere was.  A 26-year-old researcher in Washington, D.C., for liberal watchdog organization Media Matters for America, he was assigned to monitor Mr. Imus’s program.  Mr. Chiachiere clipped the video, alerted his bosses and started working on a blog post for the organization’s Web site.

The Media Matters for America homepage this morning showcases similarly offensive statements from over a half dozen other conservative personalities.  Such as Glen Beck calling Sen. Hilary Clinton “the stereotypical bitch“.  Neil Boortz suggesting that Katrina survivors consider prostitution because “it sure beats the hell out of sucking off the taxpayers.” As well as Bill O’Reilly, while referring to the disproportionately few jobs and contracts that have gone to locals in the rebuilding of New Orleans, saying “[T]he homies, you know … I mean, they’re just not going to get the job.

This morning, both the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News published a column by Bill Menezes, Editorial Director of Colorado Media Matters, that chronicles offensive behavior in Colorado’s conservative talk show circuit.

Is this the beginning of the end of the Republican noise machine?

Rosen and Limbaugh Attack Edwards for Press Conference

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Must be “sweeps week” for AM radio shows.

From Colorado Media Matters:

“During his March 22 Newsradio 850 KOA broadcast, Mike Rosen insinuated that Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards had called a press conference to announce his wife’s cancer had returned in order to ‘draw national attention to his campaign.’ Rosen’s comments were similar to those of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who suggested Edwards’ camp had manipulated the media to ‘jump-start the campaign.’ “

So are they saying the whole “we just got word from the doctor” statement was a lie?

Want to listen for yourself.  CMM has the audio.

“Let the Crap Flow”

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It seems that the press is still willing to uncritically print anything Dick Wadhams says.

As Colorado Media Matters notes:

In a March 1 article about political websites that “play dirty,” the Rocky Mountain News uncritically quoted likely incoming state GOP chairman Dick Wadhams as saying, “I probably would invite more of this from the other side, because I think it hurts them. So let the crap flow.” The News, however, failed to note Wadhams’ own widely reported use of dirty play in the 2004 U.S. Senate race in South Dakota between Republican John Thune and incumbent Democrat Tom Daschle.

In fact, Wadhams is a pioneer of dirty internet politics.  In 2004 he spent tens of thousands of campaign dollars manipulating blogs to trash his opponent.

The Wadhams Effect

After two weeks of misinformation about HB-1072, the Colorado mainstream media is now reporting on the role that Dick Wadhams, the chair-apparent of the Colorado GOP, played in doctoring the spin under the dome.

In their post mortem of the veto, the MSM has so far failed to mention repeated flaws in their coverage (outlined by Colorado Media Matters here, here, here, here, here, here, aaaaand here.)

Could this be the “Wadhams Effect” on the statehouse?

Just to add insult to injury.  A Post columnist lauded “an arsenal of ammunition” that the Democratic agenda was “providing” the GOP while completely omitting the whacky agenda that the GOP is pushing.  Colorado Media Matters has the item.

“In a February 11 column, The Denver Post’s Jeri Clausing reported on the Colorado Republican Party’s strategy of portraying the Democratic majority’s legislative agenda as “out of the mainstream” and listed Democratic-backed bills that she described as ‘ammunition.’ However, Clausing did not mention controversial Republican-sponsored measures, including a ban on almost all abortions and a ‘religious bill of rights’ for public schools.”

Just to be clear, there’s only so much impact that one political operative can have on the 2007 legislative session.  HB 1072 could be more of a sucker punch than a real sea change in the message dynamic under the dome.  But it sure seems like the media is willing to give this GOP pit bull an incredibly long leash.

Gov. Ritter Vetoes Labor Peace Act

Just one month after being sworn in, Gov. Bill Ritter has issued his first veto of a bill passed by the Democratically controlled legislature.

So, how did this happen?