Category Archives: Colorado

The Colorado Governor’s Mansion: A House of Horrors For The GOP by Gregory Hilton

Earlier this year the Colorado Governor’s Mansion was expected to be an easy pick-up for the Republican Party. It has now turned out to be a house of horrors, and Democrats can not believe their good fortune. Retiring Gov. Bill Ritter (D) is so unpopular he did not try to run for re-election, but must now regret that decision. In a Fox News poll released on Tuesday, the Republican nominee is running a distant third and has few prospects for gaining support. The poll has Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) at 44%, former Congressman Tom Tancredo of the American Constitution Party at 34%, with GOP nominee Dan Maes at 15%. Continue reading

GOP Faces Major Crisis in Colorado – Calls Mount For Gubernatorial Candidate to Withdraw by Gregory Hilton

Many Republican leaders are hoping Dan Maes will withdraw from the gubernatorial race by today's noon deadline.

A huge crisis is now confronting the Colorado Republican Party, and the outcome could well be the landslide election of a Democrat who would not have won under normal circumstances. Republicans will probably be stuck with an unpopular nominee who refuses to leave the race, and the deadline for dropping out is noon today. Many prominent Republicans have been urging gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes both publicly and privately to withdraw. If he does bow out today, the Colorado Republican Party’s vacancy committee would be able to appoint a replacement. It would almost certainly be former Lt. Governor Jane Norton who just narrowly lost the Senate primary to Ken Buck. Continue reading

Tom Tancredo Wants to Bring Back Jim Crow Laws by Gregory Hilton

PHOTO: Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) wants a requirement for a civics and literacy test before people are allowed to vote. He told the First National Tea Party Convention last week he “intensely dislikes” John McCain and is glad he lost. Tancredo has also called for the bombing of the Muslim holy sites in Mecca and Medina in retaliation for a future terrorist attack in America.

After the passage of 46 years there is now a small movement to bring back Jim Crow Laws. Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) believes this is a good idea, and is now actively promoting the concept. Jim Crow Laws were literacy tests adopted by Southern states after blacks were granted citizenship rights under the 15th Amendment.
Potential black registrants had to answer difficult questions and were also confronted with a poll tax. Both practices were banned by the Voting Rights Act of 1964, and African American turnout increased by a huge percentage after the restrictions were lifted.
Tancredo does not use the phrase Jim Crow Laws, but instead talks of a literacy and civics test requirement for voters. This was part of Tancredo’s platform when he sought the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, and says “This is our country. Let’s take it back. . . The race for America is on right now.”
Tancredo spoke about the tests at last week’s First National Tea Party Convention and is actively lobbying for the proposal in the Colorado legislature. He received enthusiastic applause in saying, “If you can’t answer the same questions an immigrant has to answer in order to become a citizen, what the hell right do you have to vote? . . . People who could not even spell the word ‘vote’ or say it in English put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House. His name is Barack Hussein Obama.”
According to Tancredo, the President was elected “mostly because I think that we do not have a civics literacy test before people can vote in this country.” He outlined the proposal in a letter to Colorado House Speaker Terrance Carroll (D-Denver), “To suggest that any civics literacy test will necessarily be discriminatory is absurd on its face. Ignorance comes in all sizes, colors and flavors.”
The former Congressman included “a list of 100 sample civics questions used by the federal government for the naturalization civics test,” and suggested they might provide the basis for his proposed exam. Carroll is the first black Speaker in Colorado history and said Tancredo should know “how hateful those tests were and how hateful that period of history was.” The former Congressman responded by saying “the left has an obsession with race”, and says his call for a test is to obtain participation only from voters who understand the government.
An increased focus on the study of history and government in our schools is a wonderful idea. I have cringed in watching Jay Leno ask very simple questions to people on the street and receive moronic answers. I also wish all of our voters had the ability to read, but I would be surprised if any lawmaker endorsed the return of Jim Crow Laws. The call for new literacy and civics tests at the ballot box smacks of racism and bigotry.
The Republican Party should not be identified with proposals which imply black and brown Obama voters are incapable of making informed political decisions. This is especially true because according to the 2010 Census projections, white people will be a minority in the U.S. by the year 2050.
Tancredo’s four grandparents were all immigrants from Italy, and he was the most prominent foe of illegal immigration on Capitol Hill. The illegal immigration problem is a serious concern, and many steps have been taken to address it. It continues to be a problem, and we still do not have control of our borders.
America is a nation of immigrants, but there is a legitimate debate between people wanting to come here for a better life and those who are trying to preserve their current standard of living. There are 2.5 million welfare recipients in Los Angeles County and a significant number of them immigrated to the United States in the past two decades. We have cut back on legal immigration, but many of those who are expressing concerns about immigration levels are also distancing themselves from Tancredo because his rhetoric is so caustic and appears to have racial overtones.
The former Congressman served on Capitol Hill from 1998 until his retirement in 2008, and says if there is another terrorist attack in the United States we should respond by bombing the Muslim holy sites in Mecca and Medina. He calls La Raza “a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses,” and says he “intensely dislikes John McCain.” Tancredo told the convention he was glad McCain lost because the recent GOP victories were due to public disgust with Obama.
Blacks were not the only people targeted by Jim Crow Laws. The first literacy tests were passed to depress voting among Irish-Catholic immigrants in 19th century Connecticut and Massachusetts. Does Tancredo know about the extreme discrimination which faced Italians when they came to this country in the 18th and 19th centuries? They were the second most likely ethnic group to be lynched.

The Democratic Party Exodus Continues: Colorado Speaker Pro Tem Walks Out by Gregory Hilton

Barack Obama accepted his party’s presidential nomination in Colorado last year and won the state in November by a 5.5% margin. Now the political landscape has changed considerably. The approval ratings of prominent Democrats have plunged. Gov. Bill Ritter (D-CO) is seeking re-election but is already trailing former Rep. Scott McInnis (R) by a 48 to 40% margin. Appointed U.S. Senator Michael Bennett (D-CO) is losing by an even larger margin to former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton (R).
Furthermore, the Democratic Party exodus is continuing. Walking out the door yesterday was the Speaker Pro Tem of the Colorado House of Representatives who has also served as Chair of the Agriculture Committee for the past 6 years. State Rep. Kathleen Curry, 49, describes herself as a conservative Democrat but no longer feels comfortable in her party because they are not fiscally responsible.
“In a leadership position you should march in line more than I have,” she said. Curry was a dissenting voice in the Democratic caucus on the unionization of state employees. She also opposed the legislation to take away the senior citizens’ homestead exemption, and the sales tax exemption for agriculture. Additional breaks came when she opposed the doubling of “assessments” (i.e. taxes) on vehicles, as well as the “assessment” on health insurance premiums to pay for CoverColorado.
Curry will have to give up all of her leadership positions. Her decision has nothing to do with politics. She has been unopposed in the past two elections and no candidate had surfaced against her for 2010.
Now she will have to conduct a difficult write-in campaign to get her name on the ballot. Curry was first elected to the House in 2004 when Democrats won both chambers in the legislature for the first time since 1960.
Curry participated in a bus tour last year on behalf of the Obama campaign where she was joined by former Gov. Roy Romer (D), seen in the background of this photo, Ken Salazar (who is now Secretary of the Interior), and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). Last year Curry claimed Obama would be able to get the deficit under control. She changed her registration to Independent and has no plans to become a Republican. There has never been an independent in the Colorado House.