It's easy enough to find someone who can get you hoppin' mad over politics; easier still to find someone who'll bore you into a coma. Just invite your least favorite uncle over for a beer, tell him you missed Rush today, and ask him to fill you in.
Conservative operative Jonathan Lockwood, whose advocacy work in Colorado was once labeled "flat-out deranged" by The Denver Post editorial board, launched his own political communications firm this week after a boisterous year as spokesman for the Oregon Senate Republicans.
I'LL SEE YOUR BERNIE AND RAISE A JOYCE FOSTER ... The battle of the bold-faced names is on in the House District 9 Democratic primary, where three-term incumbent state Rep. Paul Rosenthal is facing two candidates seeking to dislodge him from the southeast Denver seat.
Less than a week had passed since Bernie Sanders — yes, that Bernie Sanders — endorsed Rosenthal challenger Emily Sirota when Rosenthal rolled out a Bernie endorsement of his own from Bernie Steinberg — yes, that Bernie Steinberg — to counter it.
Former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy, one of five Democrats running for governor in next year's election, on Tuesday proposed allowing residents to purchase health insurance through Colorado's Medicaid program or the state employee health plan in an effort to boost coverage while cutting costs.
National and Colorado Republicans and their conservative allies piled on U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter after the Arvada Democrat announced Monday he's changed his mind and plans to seek reelection in the 7th Congressional District, although the GOP doesn't appear to have a candidate ready to challenge the six-term incumbent for the suburban seat.
After cutting a provocative path though Colorado’s political scene for half a decade, conservative spinmeister Jonathan Lockwood pulled up stakes and decamped for a strange land with strange customs, a place unaccustomed to his rapid-fire, unrelenting attacks on liberals and his take-no-prisoners approach to making a point — a place called Oregon.
After weeks of publicly considering whether to run in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District next year, Democrat Levi Tillemann told Colorado Politics on Tuesday that he plans to announce on July 9 that he’s campaigning for the seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman.
Actually, the pro-GOP advocacy group Compass Colorado used even stronger language in a shot at Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper this week over his proposed use of carrot and stick on insurers to keep the state’s health insurance exchange viable. The governor himself put a more pragmatic spin on it.
At issue is the governor’s acknowledgment Wednesday on Colorado Public Radio’s Colorado Matters that he might cut Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield out of lucrative Medicaid contracts administered by the state if the insurance giant exits the state’s health insurance exchange, set up under Obamacare. It’s one option under consideration and is similar to a plan announced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo:
“We’ve certainly talked about that,” Hickenlooper said, “… as a way to try to provide motivation that more insurers cover all parts of the state — or at least a number of parts of the state.”
That prompted a press statement from Compass Executive Director Kelly Maher:
“Apparently, mob-style blackmail tactics are an acceptable way to conduct business if you’re the Governor. … Demanding a private company bail out the state health exchange, or face the consequences financially, is like government meets The Godfather.”
Like its counterparts in other states, Colorado’s health insurance exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, was established under Obamacare to let individuals and small businesses compare available health plans, select the coverage that best suits them and, if they qualify, receive subsidies to help pay their premiums.
Colorado’s exchange has been the subject of endless partisan debate, much like Obamacare nationally; it also has experienced assorted woes since its inception.