You Asked Alva, and we’ve answered. Last Friday we put out the call for a new mailbag, and Pols users submitted several questions in the comments section and via email.
Got a question for Pols? Email email@example.com. In the meantime, the answers to your latest questions (some serious, others…not so much) are after the jump.
Voyageur starts us off with a serious question…
In general, how is Pols doing? I notice a distinct falloff in the number of comments and number of users logged in. Are twitter and other social media cutting into us? With the folding of the Rocky and continue diminishing of the Post, the need for a viable media like Colorado Pols is critical. What’s the outlook?
We’re actually doing quite well, with traffic continuing to increase relative to other years. There has been some reduction in comments because 2012 is the first time in a decade that we haven’t had a statewide race on the ballot — at this point in 2010, we had multiple Senate candidates for both Democrats and Republicans – but that just means we have more people lurking and reading but not commenting. You’ll see some positive changes at Pols very soon that will only make Pols more awesomer.
‘A lurker on ColoradoPols’ asks via email…
What is M Miklosi doing to capitalize on M Coffman’s gaffe? I would think he would have ads at this point with quotes from Obama (“I believe in the American worker,” and the one about America not being able to be great w/out a strong middle class) with overlays of Coffman’s statement that he and Obama don’t share the same vision of America. I mean, the quotes are already part of the Obama campaign ads; can’t he use them?
I don’t live in that district, so don’t have a say, but it seems to me M Miklosi has been handed two gifts-one through redistricting and another through M Coffman’s loose lips, as they called them during the WWII-and that he’d do SOMETHING to sink M Coffman’s ship. His statements on 9News made him look like M Milquetoast.
We assume you are referring to “Joe” Miklosi, unless the CD-6 candidate has a twin brother named Matt. Miklosi would no doubt love to put some ads up on TV using Coffman’s quotes against him, but his campaign doesn’t have the money to run ads this early in the cycle. He needs to save his money for September and October.
Why does Pols hate R’s?
We have no problem with R’s. But we’ve always found the Z to be a little presumptuous.
Aren’t you all just one guy anyway?
Much like the “Lord of the Rings” saga, no single man (or woman) could wield the power of Colorado Pols and not be destroyed by it.
How come some posters get paid more than others?
Not everyone gets the same check. Some people get those huge checks that you get for winning a golf tournament or something. Others get regular checks. Some people get checks with rainbows and unicorns on them.
Why doesn’t the Big Line include Colorado’s presidential vote? Isn’t that a more interesting question than how badly Brandon Shaffer will lose?
That’s a good idea. We will add the Presidential race to the Line.
Why are so many Denver Pols posts about Aurora politics?
Because it would be silly to post stuff about Denver politics on a site called Aurora Pols.
Do you think Colorado Pols will still be around in three or four years, or is social media taking over the need for conversations and news dissemination that Pols has filled?
We’ll celebrate our 8th birthday in December. We’ll still be here in four years – only bigger and better. And with mayonnaise.
Do you approve of organizations posting their news and events here, not just individuals posting op-ed and news commentary style blogs?
We don’t really restrict any kind of political postings, and we’ll continue to be open to any individual, group or organization that abides by the rules.
Why did you put a user-generated content disclaimer on ArapaGOP’s promoted diary when you don’t put that disclaimer on most promoted diaries?
It wasn’t a disclaimer – it was a more of a highlight. We encourage people from all political perspectives to post on Pols (say that three times fast).
What’s your favorite breakfast food?
Do you do any marketing/advertising for Pols, or is it all word of mouth and Twitter hashtags?
We’ve never done any sort of paid advertising or marketing, but we’re considering it. We’ve spread organically, kind of like a virus. The good kind of virus.
Which elected officials are lurking here and not posting?
We don’t know who anybody is, quite honestly. Despite what conspiracy theorists and outright nutjobs might tell you, we don’t have any way to know who is reading or posting at Colorado Pols unless the user provides that information intentionally (like if they sign up for an account with an email address that includes their real name). There are thousands of registered users at Colorado Pols – far too many for us to track even if we were interested in doing so (which we aren’t).
Green Lantern vs. Spiderman?
Green Lantern, because he can fly.
Why are Penalty Box sentences so weak, and why aren’t Front Page Editors allowed to dispense justice on content offenders?
The idea of the Penalty Box is really to just sit an offender in the corner until they can cool down and play nice (or play by the rules). We don’t ever like to ban users unless it’s really necessary, but anything that would justify an excessively-long stay in the Penalty Box would likely be enough to get you banned outright.
If you could have one bill passed & signed (state level), what would it be? Assume it will be passed in next year’s session but you have to pick now, before you know who will control the House.
There are a lot of potential answers to that question, but we’ll go with fixing an issue that we believe is at the core of political inaction in Colorado: Compensation for elected officials.
Colorado legislators should be paid more than $32,000 per year. Yes, we know that this is “technically” a part-time job, but in order to serve in the legislature most people must have some other source of income. It’s hard to find an employer who would let you just take six months off every year, which excludes the vast majority of the population from being able to serve. By raising the salary to, say, $50,000 per year, Colorado would attract a more diverse and qualified batch of candidates every two years, which in turn would lead to a more diverse and qualified bunch under the Gold Dome.
The salaries for Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer and Secretary of State should also be raised. Colorado’s Attorney General, a statewide office, makes about half as much as a District Attorney in this state. That doesn’t make any sense.
What if any measures could Governor Hickenlooper take to grant gay and lesbian couples some of the rights that civil unions would grant? I’m thinking of a few:
1. Create a domestic partners registry that would grant no rights on its own, but would create a status that the below measures could enhance.
2. State employees can put same-sex partners on insurance (do we have that already? I don’t think we do).
3. Any hospitals in Colorado, as a condition of coverage in any state-run insurance (state employees, public benefits recipients etc.) must allow registered domestic partners to enjoy visitation and health care proxy rights.
4. Put on a state website, maybe the same one with the new domestic partners registry, a sample will and power of attorney for same-sex couples to use.
We can’t help you much here. Polsters, unite and answer this question!
Fidel’s dirt nap asks…
If ArapaGOPs brain were made entirely of veal…How much would it be worth, and would he construct better arguments on this blog?
Is there a going rate for veal? Can you mail excess veal to someplace that will send you cash in return (like those Gold-for-Cash infomercials)? You should be able to put your 401k plan into veal.