My Dec. 6 blog on the Alabama Senate race opened with, “Alabama Judge Roy Moore is in the first post-Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, et.al. sex scandal election.” His loss in a state that Republicans have held a near total lock on since the early 1990s was a powerful demonstration that character counts.
Former congressman and gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo didn’t take long to respond to establishment GOP consultant Karl Rove’s tirade on Fox News early Tuesday evening after Rove called Tancredo a “disgraced former congressman” on national television.
A coalition of civil rights groups and left-leaning organizations on Friday demanded an apology from the Colorado Republican Party for "viciously attacking" the Southern Poverty Law Center on Twitter, but the state GOP's chairman called the request ridiculous and doubled down on the party's criticism of the watchdog group.
Durango leaders, however, didn’t think much of the reporting beneath the video by Fox News’ Joseph J. Kolb, who was in town for a soccer tournament, Shane Benjamin reported for the Durango Herald on Friday.
Kolb’s lead source on the speculative relationship between pot, homelessness and Durango’s downtown? A homeless guy.
“Legalized marijuana has drawn a lot of kids here from other states and the impact has not all been good,” said 58-year-old Matthew Marinseck, who Kolb reported was holding a cardboard “help” sign.
Kolb said some panhandlers just straight up ask for pot.
Official sources, even in Kolb’s piece, however, don’t back up the premise that pot and panhandling are partners in southwest Colorado.
“Panhandlers like Marinseck may not exactly pose a threat to pedestrians shopping at the boutiques, souvenir stores or microbreweries in downtown Durango,” Kolb reported. “But they don’t exactly evoke the wholesome image the business district wants to project.”
Tim Walsworth, executive director of Durango Business Improvement District, spoke about homelessness in the Fox News piece, but made no mention of marijuana’s role in the prepared statement he gave Kolb.
So the lead source in a national story connecting pot to panhandling is a homeless guy in Durango.
“The reporter had an angle, and he took the information he got to fit his angle,” Walsworth said. “I told him I did not believe marijuana was the cause, and that was not quoted at all.”
What’s more, the reporter barely identified himself as a reporter, Walsworth said. He left a voicemail that may have included “something Fox,” but he really presented himself as a concerned citizen who was in town for the soccer shootout and wanted to learn more about the panhandling issue, he said.
“(He) certainly never said I am doing a story for Fox News, which just calls into question his credibility,” Walsworth said.
On second thought, let’s cut Perino some slack here. The video atop the article taking pot shots at her home state was unrelated, apparently a report connected to the 4/20 marijuana observance in April.
The former White House spokeswoman for George W. Bush said she never tried pot.
U.S. Rep. Ken Buck goes behind the scenes and names names in his new book, “Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption is Worse Than You Think," and on Tuesday readers got to see what all the fuss is about.
Republican lawmakers have revived and revamped controversial legislation targeting so-called sanctuary jurisdictions and the politicians who support the policies behind them, although the new bill would only subject elected officials to lawsuits, not criminal prosecution.
Lawmakers in three states plan to introduce legislation modeled on a bill sponsored by a Colorado Springs Republican to impose civil and criminal liability on public officials who establish so-called sanctuary policies that protect undocumented immigrants from federal authorities.
State Rep. Dave Williams swung hard on national television Wednesday at opponents of legislation the Colorado Springs Republican introduced earlier in the week to subject politicians to lawsuits and criminal charges if they’ve helped establish “sanctuary” cities in Colorado.
Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson settled her sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes for a reported $20 million and a public apology Tuesday, ending the case that triggered the downfall of the cable channel's chief executive.
Carlson alleged in a lawsuit filed two months ago that she was demoted and let go at Fox because she rejected Ailes' sexual advances and complained about workplace harassment.