McInnis isn’t thrilled with any of the current GOP senate candidates

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Scott McInnis.

Scott McInnis.

Former Congressman Scott McInnis told KNUS radio host Craig Silverman Saturday that he’s taking Spanish lessons and hasn’t ruled out a run for statewide office, despite the spectacular crash of his 2010 gubernatorial campaign after his “musings on water” articles proved to be plagiarized.

But he doesn’t see an opening for himself in the current Republican primary race to take on Democrat Michael Bennet, as he said the “alignment” isn’t right today.

McInnis, who’s now a Mesa County Commissioner, isn’t excited about any of the current GOP Senate candidates, saying he’dlike to see Rep. Scott Tipton run. And he said failed 2008 Senate candidate Bob Schaffer, also a former Congressman, would “win that race.”

McInnis gave no indication that his plagiarism scandal, which torpedoed his 2010 campaign, would hurt him in future statewide campaigns.

McInnis: As you know, following that BS, and that’s exactly what it was, I was caught totally off guard by those allegations. And to be  straight with you, before I ran for governor, we spent about $50,000 doing opposition research, and the opposition research was on me. And I wanted to know every hiccup somebody would bring up. Every vote we looked at. We looked at every possible thing. This never came up, because we never know about this. Well, after this broke, we didn’t have time to get ahead of it, Craig. ..those allegations that there was, not perjury, but–

Silverman: Plagiarism.

McInnis: Plagiarism. That shows you how much I was involved. But it worked. It was very effective. It destroyed our opportunity. …We suspected Hickenlooper would be their candidate and we ran consistently 12 points ahead of him.

He said the plagiarism accusation was based “false information,” pointing to his “complete exoneration” by the state’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. He was cleared of dishonest lawyer behavior but not slimy political behavior, including throwing his elderly research assistant under the bus. That’s what cost him.


Who Will Be the Next Candidate to Exit the GOP Clown Car?

votebuttonIt has been exactly one month — to the day — since we last asked you this question: Who will be the next Republican Presidential candidate to drop out of the 2016 race?

We didn’t include Jim Gilmore in our last poll, and we won’t include him here. We’re too lazy to figure out if the former Virginia Governor is still running or not.

Cast your vote after the jump, and remember our polling etiquette here at Colorado Pols: We don’t want to know what you want to happen, but what you think will happen next…


Major Scandal in New Mexico Has Colorado Angle

Jay McCleskey is in some trouble in New Mexico.

Jay McCleskey.

As the Associated Press reports, things are getting hot enough in New Mexico that Gov. Susana Martinez is being forced to respond to several serious allegations about her political operation. You know things aren’t good when the FBI says it “will neither confirm nor deny” the existence of an investigation:

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Monday that she’s confident a close political adviser did nothing wrong and called allegations of fundraising violations “cheap shots” following reports of a federal investigation.

In a statement to The Associated Press, the Republican governor said she’s aware of complaints being raised about her political consultant Jay McCleskey. The complaints, Martinez said, are coming from political opponents who have tried to attack her previously…

…Her comments come after the Santa Fe New Mexican reported that the FBI has interviewed some state Republicans about Martinez’s fundraising activities and McCleskey. The newspaper said it was unclear what potential violations federal agents are investigating.

New Mexico politics are pretty hard to beat right now when it comes to brazen corruption. Just last month, former New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran pled guilty to embezzlement charges after resigning from office (McCleskey was also a top advisor to Duran). Now, Gov. Martinez is in the middle of several simultaneous scandals, including an investigation alleging political enemies were unfairly targeted for state tax audits.

But because this is Colorado Pols, the scandal you should be most interested involves Jay McCleskey, who by all accounts is Martinez’s top political advisor. From 2005-09, McCleskey was the Regional Political Director for the Republican National Committee — and was heavily involved in political operations in Colorado. As the Santa Fe New Mexican, reports there’s a lot of funny money going around:

For the past several months, the FBI has been interviewing some state Republicans about Gov. Susana Martinez’s fundraising activities going back to her first run for governor.

One prominent New Mexico Republican, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed being interviewed in recent months by federal agents about funds from Martinez’s campaign, as well as money from her 2011 inauguration committee, going to the governor’s political consultant, Jay McCleskey…

…McCleskey has been Martinez’s political consultant since she launched her first gubernatorial campaign in 2009, guiding her to decisive victories, first in the 2010 Republican primary, then the 2010 and 2014 general elections. The year before Martinez’s election, he managed Richard Berry’s successful race for mayor of Albuquerque. Berry became the first GOP mayor in 20 years in the state’s largest city.

After Martinez took office, McCleskey started his own firm, McCleskey Media Strategies. He is one of the best-paid political consultants the state has ever known. [Pols emphasis]

Indeed, McCleskey and his wife Nicole McCleskey (a partner in the polling firm Public Opinion Strategies) are pulling down a ridiculous amount of money, as detailed here by Colorado journalist Sandra Fish.

There is no indication thus far that McCleskey’s time in Colorado might have included some similar shady shenanigans, but with the FBI investigating, this might not be the last time we hear McCleskey’s name round these Internet parts.

Get More Smarter on Monday (Nov. 9)

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► Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson is not handling his “frontrunner” status very well. On the eve of Tuesday’s Republican Presidential candidate debate in Milwaukee, Carson is racking up one embarrassing headline after another. Carson, naturally, is blaming the media for reporting about his bizarre statements and claims; in response, the media and his fellow candidates are basically telling Carson to stop whining.

Famous rich person Donald Trump smells blood in the media waters and is going in for the kill — but is he too anxious to stick a (metaphorical) fork in Carson?


► Oil and gas drilling is more dangerous than previously thought; a new report shows that eight people died in Colorado in 2014 while working for oil and gas extraction companies — more than previously calculated.

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Lundberg may try to subpoena witnesses who declined to answer questions at today’s hearing

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Sen. Kevin Lundberg (R).

Sen. Kevin Lundberg (R).

With witnesses from across the political spectrum refusing to participate in today’s “informational hearing” on alleged sales of fetal-tissue for research purposes, Sen. Kevin Lundberg may request authority to subpoena witnesses for legislative hearings next year.

“I can go to the Senate and seek permission to have that authority for any specific issue,” said Lundberg, who’s the Senate Republican Assistant Majority Leader, on KLZ 560-AM Thursday (at  18:45 below). “And this may rise to that occasion.”

“I have never seen subpoena powers granted to a [Colorado legislative] committee, but it’s within the rules,” said Lundberg on air, citing his position as chair of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee, which would have jurisdiction on this matter.

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado State University, Planned Parenthood, and the University of Colorado have refused to attend today’s 9 a.m. hearing at the state capitol to answer  questions from Lundberg and 20 other conservative state lawmakers, Lundberg told KLZ morning host Steve Curtis.

If they refuse to testify again next year, Lundberg said, he’ll consider seeking subpoena power from his Senate colleagues, who hold a majority.

“I haven’t ruled that out at all,” he told Curtis, adding that it will depend on what information is uncovered at today’s hearing. Lundberg believes, for example, that if fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood were used in scientific research at Colorado Universities, it would violate Colorado’s ban on indirect funding of abortion. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains maintains that it has no fetal-tissue donation program.

For background on CSU and CU’s fetal-tissue programs see here and here.


Trump Moves In For The Kill on Carson–Too Soon?

Donald Trump.

Donald Trump.

As The Hill reports, Republican presidential co-frontrunner Donald Trump is cranking up the rhetoric against Ben Carson, the only other candidate even close to him in opinion polls after gains made in recent weeks:

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump says primary rival Ben Carson’s violent childhood indicates that he has a “pathological disease” that has still not been treated.

“When you suffer from pathological disease, you’re not really getting better unless you start taking pills and things,” Trump said on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” on Friday.

“Do you think that’s the right temperament to be president? I don’t think so,” he added.

Ben Carson.

Ben Carson.

Naturally, Trump has exactly zero problems with the media turning their scrutiny to Carson–whose bizarre statements about such far-flung topics as the origins of the Egyptian pyramids, allusions to a violent childhood that friends and neighbors can’t themselves remember, and most recently an admission that a major point in Carson’s biography was fabricated have richly earned him the less-then-fawning attention he is presently receiving.

Trump added that the media investigation into Carson’s past is worthwhile and not just a witch hunt.

“I don’t think it’s small ball if you have somebody that admits that he suffers from pathological disease,” Trump said.

Despite the fact that Carson hasn’t fared well under this latest round of factual scrutiny from mainstream media, we do wonder if Trump suddenly turning his trademark brand of nasty on Carson might provoke a sympathy backlash that helps Carson and hurts Trump. The fact is, every Republican with a functioning cerebral cortex wants an alternative to Trump, and Carson has the pseudo-nonpolitical outsidery-ness the “Tea Party” base is demanding. The latest polls of early states show a ten-point gap between Trump, Carson, and the rest of the GOP pack, which has so far failed to thrive.

Far be it from us to offer advice to The Donald, but there may be an argument for not going, you know, “full Trump” on Carson–at least not just yet. And it wouldn’t surprise us if, despite a rough couple of weeks, Carson receives more than the usual benefit of the doubt from the Republican pundit class while he gets his bio straight.

Because for all his warts, Republicans might actually need this guy.

Get More Smarter on Friday (Nov. 6)

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Fox Business Network announced the lineup for the next Republican Presidential debate, which takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in Milwaukee. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are being demoted the the “Less-Than-One Percenters” debate, where they will be forced to try to make conversation with Rick Santorum and that talking muppet from Louisiana, Gov. Bobby JindalFox has decided that George Pataki and Lindsey Graham don’t meet the requirements to gain a seat at the kid’s table anymore, so they’re off the stage completely. Yay, Democracy!


► Congressional Republicans voted for a defense spending bill that would bar President Obama from moving Guantanamo Bay prisoners to anywhere in the United States. As the Associated Press reports:

The House overwhelmingly backed a $607 billion defense bill that would bar President Barack Obama from moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. prisons, setting up a showdown with Congress over his 2008 campaign pledge to close the Cuban facility.

The long-running dispute heated up on Capitol Hill on Thursday just hours after the House passed the bill, 370-58. Three Republican senators from Kansas, Colorado and South Carolina — states where the administration has explored housing Guantanamo terror suspects — held a news conference to make it clear they will fight to prevent moving them to U.S. soil.

Closing the prison was a priority of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and he promised during his first days in office that he would eventually shutter the facility, which he argues is costly and gives extremists a recruiting tool.

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) was among the grandstanding Senators who held a press conference yesterday to do some serious fist shaking at Obama. Gardner talked at length about his own plan for…just kidding, he doesn’t have a policy solution of his own. Wouldn’t it be nice if more politicians showed some backbone and actually tried to solve this issue instead of telling scary stories?


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Get More Smarter on Thursday (Nov. 5)

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► Governor John Hickenlooper has asked the Colorado Supreme Court to decide whether or not Attorney General Cynthia Coffman can enter the state into a lawsuit over the objections of the Governor. From Mark Harden of the Denver Business Journal:

The Clean Power Plan, adopted by the federal Environmental Protection Agency in August, is intended to cut carbon dioxide emissions nationwide by 32 percent by 2030, compared with 2005 levels, with coal-fired power plants the main target. States were given flexibility in how they will meet the goals.

The governor, a Democrat who supports the power plan, believes that Coffman, a Republican, overstepped her authority in joining the 24-state suit. He argues that he, not Coffman, “has the ultimate authority to decide on behalf of the state when to sue the federal government in federal court,” Hickenlooper’s office said in a statement.

The filing says that the governor is not raising an issue before the Supreme Court over the merits of the suit against the Clean Power Act, but rather with what he perceives as a challenge to his authority as governor.

“The attorney general has filed an unprecedented number of lawsuits without support of or collaboration with her clients,” said Jacki Cooper Melmed, chief legal counsel to the governor, referring to Hickenlooper and past governors as clients of the state’s attorney general.

► National media outlets were keeping an eye on Colorado to see how voters responded to high-profile school board campaigns. Local media outlets were a bit less cognizant, for some reason. As we wrote yesterday:

As our state’s foremost bellwether suburban population center, what happened in Jefferson County is hugely prophetic for the direction of Colorado politics. Democrats have finally broken the curse of off-year elections going famously badly for them, and established critical momentum going into next year’s general election in a county whose voters can swing the entire state. Without a doubt, Democratic campaigns at every level of American politics are looking at these results and thinking big.

As for our local media? They can either tell the story of this new reality, or be left behind by it.

Meanwhile, in Jefferson County, Superintendent Dan McMinimee sent out a “please don’t fire me” letter to Jeffco employees about 15 minutes after the polls closed on Tuesday. Marianne Goodland of the Colorado Independent writes that voters in three Colorado school districts gave “the middle finger” to the Koch Brothers.



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Radio Host Still Upset Over GOP “Elitism” in Decision to Change Presidential Caucus

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Craig Silverman.

Craig Silverman.

It’s been a couple months since Colorado Republican Party Chair Steve House appeared on Craig Silverman’s radio show and said, in part, that it would be too unweildly to for Republicans to vote on the GOP presidential candidates at Colorado’s caucuses.

Silverman is still talking about House’s comment, arguing just yesterday on air that it would not be difficult to hold a straw poll at the caucuses. Silverman rightly maintains that without the presidential straw poll, which was nixed by an executive committee of state Republicans, Colorado is irrelevant in the national Republican nomination process.

Just because Silverman is saying the same thing repeatedly doesn’t really make me want to pay attention to it. He repeated himself for years about JonBenet Ramsey, and few cared. But in this case, I thought I’d head to the podcast archive and listen to what House actually factually told Silverman, whose show airs Saturday mornings on KNUS 710-AM.

Colorado GOP chairman Steve House.

Colorado GOP chairman Steve House.

It turns out that House said that holding a straw poll “inflates the number people who come [to the caucuses] by a dramatic amount, and all kinds of problems ensue.”

To be fair, House also argued that new GOP rules would bind Colorado Republicans to their straw poll selection, even if their preferred presidential candidate dropped out by the time the convention rolled around. And House didn’t want to risk that Colorado delegates to the convention would not be able to cast a vote.

But House said the logistics of running the caucuses with an increased number of participants was “one of the bigger reasons why the decision came down the way it did.”

Silverman called that an “elitist game,” and he hasn’t let go of it, to his credit.


Why do Colorado Senate Republicans think it’s a good idea to attack Jeffco voters?

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Senate President Bill Cadman (R).

Senate President Bill Cadman (R).

Control of the Colorado Senate swings in the balance next year, with the Democrats hoping to pick up one itsy bitsy state Senate seat and the Republicans clinging to a majority of one itsy bitsy Senate seat. And that seat is most likely in Jefferson County.

With this in mind, after last night’s uprising against conservatives in said Jefferson County, you’d think the Republicans’ official Senate Facebook page would speak in a humble tone, with an eye on the not-so-far-away-longer-term.

Instead, the Colorado Senate GOP lashed out at the Jeffco electorate, which, did I mention, will be voting again in just 12 months (or, about 364 days).

Here’s what the Colorado Senate GOP Facebook page had to say, in a statement that deserved wide coverage:

Parents not willing to support school reform get what they vote for — reform-resistant status quo schools run according to union shop rules. If that’s good enough for their kids, so be it. It’s the students, not the parents, who will live with the consequences.

Do Colorado Senate Republicans hope to hold their Jeffco swing districts with this attack line? Do they think attacking the Jeffco parents is a winning strategy for 2016?  It’s a legitimate question for reporters to put to Senate Republicans, given what they said today on Facebook.

Get More Smarter on Wednesday (Nov. 4)

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► If you still have your ballot for the 2015 election, here’s a website that will teach you how to make some cool paper airplanes. There’s lots of election-related news to discuss, so let’s get to it…

There was only one statewide ballot measure in 2015 — Proposition BB — and voters overwhelmingly approved a plan to allow the state to spend tax money raised from the sale of marijuana. To those Colorado officials who continue to push back against legalized marijuana in municipal and county governments, let this be (another) lesson for you. Colorado voters are cool with weed; stop asking about it.


► The biggest election story in Colorado was the Jefferson County School Board recall, and the outcome left no doubt as to how voters want to proceed in Jeffco. As the Denver Post reports, voters throughout the state were fed up with a 2013 right-wing takeover of school districts:

Voters overwhelmingly chose to recall three members of the Jefferson County school board Tuesday night and elected two others to form an entirely new board in Colorado’s second-largest school district.

In neighboring Douglas County, three incumbents — Kevin Larsen, Richard Robbins and Craig Richardson — who claimed seats on the school board as part of a reform push several years ago lost in their re-election bids.

Susan Harmon, a Lakewood attorney who was chosen by Jefferson County voters to replace ousted member John Newkirk, said Tuesday’s results show that “maybe the tide is turning” in terms of school district politics.

“It sends a large message that you need to be responsive to your constituents, your teachers and your community,” Harmon said…

…As of 10 p.m., the Jefferson County recall effort held a resounding 64 percent to 36 percent lead. The Douglas County winners held a 58 percent to 42 percent margin in each of their races, as of 9 p.m.

Ousted Jefferson County School Board member Julie Williams did not appear to have received the message from voters, however:

Julie Williams, one of the Jefferson County school board members who was recalled Tuesday, said the election was taken over by “the liberal agenda and union bosses.”

“It’s hard to fight the lies,” she said after conceding defeat. “I will continue to fight for our kids, for stopping Common Core and the over-testing of our kids.”

As it turned out, it wasn’t that difficult for voters to differentiate the lies from the truth. Voters saw right through the nonsense from anti-recall efforts funded by the Koch Brothers and the Independent Institute and supported the recall by a nearly 30-point margin. The Washington Post has more on the national perspective:

It was a bad night for conservative school reformers in two Colorado elections being watched nationally in the education world — and public education advocates did well in key Philadelphia races as well.

Voters in the Denver suburb of Jefferson County on Tuesday tossed out three conservative members in a recall vote that was marked by some $1 million in spending, including support for the incumbents from a Koch-backed organization [Pols emphasis]. The school board earned national attention when the members in 2014 said the Advanced Placement U.S. History course was not patriotic enough and needed to be changed.

(Kudos to Colorado Pols readers, who foresaw the outcome in Jefferson County).


► There are several close races around the state that have yet to be decided, and counting is not yet complete in every county. Check the Secretary of State’s election results site for updates.



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Election Night Open Thread

You may begin…

Jefferson County Election Results

♦ Colorado Election Results (via Secretary of State’s Office)

♦ Denver Post results page

UPDATE #3: After getting off to a scary start, Proposition BB (Marijuana taxes) has rebounded:

Proposition BB
YES: 510,953 (66.51%)
NO: 257,264 (33.49%)

UPDATE #2: The closest race of the night might be in Lakewood, where the race for the next Mayor is neck-and-neck:

Adam Paul: 17,217 (50.09%)
Ramey Johnson: 17,153 (49.91%)

UPDATE #1: First batch of numbers are out in Jefferson County, and the recall is well on its way to becoming a runaway winner…

Jefferson County School District Open Seats:

District 3
Ali Lasell: 74,749 (57.95%)
Kim Johnson: 54,245 (42.05%)

District 4
Amanda Stevens: 85,037 (67%)
Tori Merritts: 42,324 (33%)


Recall Election
District 1 (Julie Williams)
YES: 96,160 (64.4%)
NO: 53,178 (35.6%)

District 2 (John Newkirk)
YES: 94,871 (63.8%)
NO: 53,841 (36.2%)

District 5 (Ken Witt)
YES: 95,509 (64.38%)
NO: 52,848 (35.6%)

Tom Tancredo Leaves the GOP – Again

Breitbart News has the scoop:

In a panel discussion at the University of Colorado after the recent Republican debate, I was asked by a student why she should be a Republican. The question forced me to ask myself the same thing.

I gave the young woman the standard talking points–that Republicans believe in smaller government, individual rights, fiscal responsibility, and free enterprise. But as I drove home, her question–and my inability to respond with any level of real conviction–got me thinking: Does the Republican Party leadership fight for these values and principles today?

After much thought, I reluctantly concluded that the answer is “no.” The proudly socialist Democrats are full of passionate intensity, while the Republican leadership is full of pathetic excuses. After this week’s House GOP “budget deal,” which betrays nearly every promise made to grassroots conservatives since 2010, I have decided it is time to end my affiliation with the Republican Party.

Former GOP Representative and professional PITA Tom Tancredo says that Republicans no longer stand for those things he believes in – so he’s going to turn independent and spend his time stumping for Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, “the only candidate who both understands the left’s agenda and has demonstrated the courage to fight for our liberties, our sovereignty, and the survival of constitutional government.”

Editorial Department: Cory Gardner for Vice President

Colorado Pols Editorial DepartmentWelcome back to the Colorado Pols Editorial Department, where we examine particular blog posts, Op-Eds, editorials, and other opinionated pieces of political writing.

Today, we take a look at Stuart Rothenberg’s “Rothenblog” and the case for Colorado Senator Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) as a potential running mate for Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio.

You can read the text of “Cory Gardner for Veep? Don’t Laugh” after the jump. We didn’t include the complete text, and our suggested edits from our Editorial Department appear in bold font. Click after the jump to read more…


Get More Smarter on Election Day (Nov. 3)

Get More SmarterToday is Election Day. If you haven’t voted yet, turn off your computer and get to a polling place. Now. Go. It’s time to Get More Smarter with Colorado Pols. If you think we missed something important, please include the link in the comments below (here’s a good example).


► DON’T MAIL THAT BALLOT!!! If you still have your ballot for the 2015 election, do NOT put it in the mail. Instead, click one of the following links for more information on ballot drop-off locations. If you never received a ballot, follow the links below for information on Provisional Ballots.

Visit to check your voter registration status or to print out a sample ballot. You can also check out for more information. For more details on local school board elections, check out ProgressNow Colorado’s voter guide.

The Ft. Collins Coloradoan has published a handy “procrastinator’s guide to voting.” We also asked Colorado Pols readers to weigh in on how they suspect things will turn out when the ballots are counted in the Jefferson County School Board recall.


► The Colorado Secretary of State has published voter turnout numbers by county. As of this morning, 911,365 ballots had been returned statewide. Turnout for the last off-year election, 2013, was about 1.4 million. In the most closely-watched race of 2015 — the Jefferson County School Board recall election — 136,554 ballots had been returned as of this morning (total turnout in 2013 was about 176,508 in Jeffco).


► Governor John Hickenlooper outlined his new budget proposal on Monday, as John Frank reports for the Denver Post:

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday outlined a $27 billion budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year that features $373 million in spending cuts and $189 million in taxpayer refunds.

The  fiscal paradox — a result of more moderating economic growth and restraints in the state constitution — sets the stage for a major budget battle in the 2016 legislative session, as evidenced by the sharp reaction to the Democrat’s plan.

“If this is not the fabled death by a thousand cuts, it comes pretty close,” said Rep. Millie Hamner, the top Democratic budget writer…

Hickenlooper’s plan represents a 0.4 percent decrease in spending compared with the current 2016 fiscal year budget, with the cuts hitting hardest on higher education, hospitals and state building maintenance. The reductions are needed to offset increased costs in K-12 education and Medicaid, the health care program for the poor — as well as to cover a projected deficit in the current year budget that could reach  as high as $220 million.

You suck, TABOR.


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