Archive for October, 2012

Caldara just smiles as Gessler deflects blame from his office and points his finger at County Clerks as the cause of registration problems

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Here’s how Jon Caldara introduced Secretary of State Scott Gessler last week when Gessler appeared on Caldara’s Channel 12 TV show:

You know him, you love him, and he rubs so many people the wrong way because you do your job – Scott Gessler.

About what you’d expect, right?

Except in this case it was particularly ironic because during the interview, Gessler blamed County Clerks for not doing their job properly, for being a root cause of mostly bogus voter registration problems that Gessler alleges.

Asked by Caldara why noncitizens appear on the voting rolls, Gessler basically threw the County Clerks under the bus, and Caldara didn’t bother to ask if Gessler felt any responsibility himself.

“At the Secretary of State’s office you should catch that and not register them,” Caldara said.

Gessler responded by saying, first, that people register improperly because they don’t understand the law.

Then he said that this is the Clerks’ fault, as if Gessler operated on a distant planet form them.

Gessler: It’s the clerks that actually go through those forms and register people to vote–the county clerks, and it secondly shows that there is some slop as far as people not carefully looking at those registration forms and making sure that if someone says, “no” they’re not registered to vote, you know, that person shouldn’t be registered.

Is Gessler saying he could do the clerks job better than the clerks? Caldara didn’t ask.

But it makes you wonder, especially because Gessler said later that we have a “problem” with Colorado election law, whether he’s going to make a play for greater control of state voter registration.

A good question next time Gessler puts his face in front of reporters, which he’s done a few times during his reign.

Reporters should also take up Coffman’s offer to answer all questions

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Mike Coffman told The Denver Post’s Kurtis Lee over the weekend that Coffman himself will provide “very specific” answers to any question from his constituents.

As the people’s representatives, reporters should throw queries to Coffman, as well, because the Congressman’s record has yet to be fully aired out in the Denver media, possibly because just three months ago he was ducking not only journalists but friendly talk radio hosts.

Here are a few questions for Coffman:

If Coffman is a true believer in Social Security, as he says he is, why does Coffman repeatedly call it a Ponzi scheme, which is a criminal enterprise?

In light of Coffman’s position in favor of banning abortion in the case of rape and incest, with no exceptions, what would Coffman say to a teen girl who wants an abortion after being raped by her brother?

And what does Coffman have to say to women who use common birth control, like the IUD, that would be banned by personhood amendments, which Coffman endorsed in 2008 and 2010?

Does Coffman still think the Arizona immigration law is an “understandable response” to illegal immigration, now that the law has been struck down by the Supreme Court?

Why does Coffman oppose the Dream Act, which would help high-achieving children of illegal immigrants to attend college and give them a path to citizenship?

Does Coffman still think Obama is rushing “illegal” immigrants onto the voting rolls to influence the November election?

Why does Coffman think that too big a deal was made of his comment that Obama is not an American “in his heart” and too big a deal was also made of his statement that he doesn’t know if Obama was “born in the United States of America.”

Why did Coffman’s website call his private meetings at large corporations, like Home Depot and LabCorp, “town hall meetings?”

What is it about the flat tax that makes it have, in Coffman’s words, “tremendous value?” The taxing groceries part?

Why did Coffman vote in 2011 for the first Ryan Budget, which would have eliminated Medicare as an insurance option and would have forced seniors to choose among private insurance options? (The 2012 Ryan budget allowed seniors to choose from private insurance plans AND Medicare. But the 2011 version, which Coffman also voted for, did not.)

Those are just a few samples.

The Post explained how Coffman’s constituents can submit questions, but journalists might just have his direct line.