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Seeing Hillary Clinton At Her Commerce City Rally August 3rd, 2016

Hillary Clinton was in town having a rally in Commerce City, Colorado at Adams City High School August 3rd. NEVER POLITICS was there to cover the story! We arrived in Commerce City at the high school at 12:15pm. Doors opened at 1pm and the rally started at 3pm. By the time we arrived at the school, the line was huge, winding all the way around the school. It was a sweltering Colorado summer day. The temperature was 93 degrees and very sunny, and people sweated as they waited in line. My husband and I were somewhere in the middle of the line as we waited to get inside. We waited in the heat for two and a half hours before we got to the front of the line, went through security, and went inside.

We were among some of the last people to make it inside before the gymnasium was full and no more people were admitted. We heard that the gym held about 2,000 people. It was a full house inside, people of all walks of life, all ages and races, from tiny children to the elderly. The energy in the rally was palpable. We were inside for about 20 minutes before the rally started.

Governor John Hickenlooper entered the rally alongside Hillary Clinton. He gave a wonderful speech introducing her. Then Hillary Clinton took the stage and gave a rousing stump speech. The focus of her speech was her jobs program. She spoke eloquently about keeping jobs inside the the United States, including manufacturing jobs. She spoke about getting Americans the training to get jobs and learn trade skills. She described her visit that day to the Knotty Tie Factory, a Denver tie and scarf manufacturer. She talked about how Trump’s products are made everywhere but America but highlighted how this Colorado company, Knotty Tie Co, kept jobs in America. She further went on the attack against Donald Trump, calling him unfit and unqualified for the job of President.

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She talked about getting more broadband internet to Americans in rural areas to make America more competitive and connected. She also spoke about taking on the Gun Lobby which brought a huge cheer from the crowd. At one point the crowd interrupted Hillary with chants of “HILLARY! HILLARY!” The crowd was fired up and ready to go! Hillary ended her speech by saying, “Colorado, lets win in November!” She encouraged the crowd to get involved with her campaign and volunteer and get out the vote. She said because “‘You’re hired,’ is better than “You’re Fired.” A clear dig at Donald Trump. Hillary had her stump speech down. I did not see any teleprompter for her to read off of. She seemed confident, poised, and very presidential. I have to say, I think she will win in November. Keep reading NEVER POLITICS for all your Colorado political updates between now and Election Day! Never Politics: Where It’s Always Politics!

 

Bernie Sanders Wins Colorado Caucuses: Live Blogging Tonight’s SUPER TUESDAY Results

I am a proud registered Independent. People tried to persuade me to change my affiliation to a registered Democrat for the sake of voting in the Colorado caucuses, but I resisted. I enjoy being an Independent. I have an aversion to group-think and to taking part in large groups. The very nature of a caucus is a group setting and I don’t enjoy taking part in groups when it comes to voting. I like to reach my own conclusions and vote my conscience instead of blindly having to follow Party allegiances or being forced to be a part of a group dynamic where people can pressure you to vote a certain way. Yes, I tend to support Democrat candidates. But I don’t identify as a Democrat. I identify as a progressive independent. And I enjoy my unaffiliated status as a voter. Identifying as an independent comes with it’s own set of benefits and drawbacks. The drawback is that unaffiliated voters cannot vote in the Colorado caucuses under state law. In some states, like Michigan, independents are allowed to vote in the primary process. But here in Colorado we independents are excluded from the process. This is the trade-off for being an independent. We don’t have a say in this step in the nominating process. But I’d rather be an independent and give that up than give up my status as an independent.

NPR had a great piece recently about how unaffiliated voters are changing politics. The article states that 39% of voters now are unaffiliated voters according to a 2014 analysis by Pew Research Center. The article states how in Colorado, unaffiliated voters outnumber Republicans and Democrats. And many of us unaffiliated voters in Colorado are under 35. I am part of this trend, at age 32, I am a member of this huge trend in Colorado voters. The millennial generation is tired of the two-party system and the dysfunction that exists in government and the two-party system.

I have predicted that Bernie Sanders will win the Colorado caucuses. It is almost 9pm and as of right now Bernie is leading 57.3% to Hillary Clinton at 40.7%. But the news networks are not making a call yet about who has won the Colorado caucus. Stay with me at NEVER POLITICS as the news develops. I will be live-blogging all evening as the results come in.

While we wait for results in the Democratic Colorado caucus, lets consider the GOP caucus for a moment. Mike Littwin over at the Colorado Independent has penned a great piece about why the Colorado GOP effectively has no Super Tuesday this year. It was cancelled by Colorado GOP officials wanting to tamp down on the anti-establishment wave in the 2016 election. This is a loss for democracy. While thousands of Colorado GOP voters still gathered at precincts across the state, the straw poll remains cancelled. The Republicans in Colorado are being effectively silenced.

Donald Trump’s rise was dismissed by the media. They wrote him off as a candidate who would fade out, but he is on his way to winning the nomination now. Trump has won 6 states tonight on this Super Tuesday. Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight famously put Trump’s chances of winning the nomination at 1% last year. Nate Silver has egg on his face now. Nate is eating crow! Perhaps the GOP will find a way to stop Trump, but I don’t see how they can. And while the media dismissed Trump from the start, they have featured Trump heavily in TV, print, and radio coverage, so I think that the media has played a big role in Trump’s success. In fact, I’d go even farther and say that the media has created a monster. The media gets tons of ratings from Trump coverage so they have an incentive to cover Trump extremely closely. The media and Trump have a relationship the same way that oxygen feeds a fire; Likewise, the media feeds the Trump campaign. To me this is very scary. CNN might as well be the Trump-All-The-Time-Coverage-Channel now.

CNN has just made a projection and called the Colorado caucuses! Bernie Sanders has won the Colorado caucuses 58.3% to Clinton’s 40.7% Colorado came through for Bernie. Colorado’s progressives were excited and energized by Bernie’s message. I knew that Colorado would go for Bernie. (I made a prediction on Facebook that Bernie would take Colorado tonight.) Bernie has now won 4 states on Super Tuesday: Colorado, Vermont, Oklahoma, and Minnesota. Hillary Clinton swept the Southern states and has won 7 states so far this Super Tuesday: Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas and Massachusetts. I think that due to Bernie’s success tonight, he will stay in the race indefinitely. I can imagine Bernie staying in the race all the way up to the Democratic convention. His populist message clearly is resonating with voters, in the diametric opposite of Trump’s populist message. Tonight has been a great night for Clinton and Trump and a decent night for Bernie. Bernie’s success in states like Colorado and Oklahoma shows he has some traction and he is also getting some delegates. But I would have to say that Clinton has run away with the nomination and has flexed her dominance on this Super Tuesday. Hillary Clinton has amassed 296 delegates this Super Tuesday. Bernie Sanders has amassed 183 this Super Tuesday. So now, in total, Hillary Clinton has won 855 delegates and Bernie Sanders has 269 delegates. Remember, it’s a race to get 2,383 delegates to win the Democratic nomination.

Dave Perry of the Aurora Sentinel Pens Excellent Editorial On Why TABOR Is Harmful to Colorado

Dave Perry, editor of the Aurora Sentinel, has written and published an excellent editorial on why the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) will cause problems for the state of Colorado in just a few years. As Dave Perry said on his Facebook page:

“Nobody cares about the arcane mechanics of state government and politics. But if you care about sitting in endless traffic, paying lots more for state college tuition, or watching big businesses pack up their jobs from Colorado and head elsewhere, you better pay attention to what’s happening under the gold dome right now.”

Here is the link to the excellent editorial. Take a few minutes out of your day to read it.

Governor John Hickenlooper Endorses Morgan Carroll for Congress

np_logoOn Tuesday September 15th, Governor John Hickenlooper announced he is endorsing Democrat Morgan Carroll for Congress in the competitive 6th District. Morgan Carroll is running against incumbent Republican Mike Coffman. The district is one of the most competitive races in the state and country. Mike Coffman is seeking a 4th term while Morgan Carroll has represented Aurora as a state senator since 2009.

Post Election Analysis: Colorado Midterms 2014

It’s been a few days now since Election Day and ballots continued to be counted here in Colorado. The Democrats look to hold the Colorado House of Representatives by one seat. They had a nine seat majority last session and now barely hold on to power. And the Colorado Senate is still up in the air with ballots still being counted in Adams County. A very close and contentious 2014 Election on both the local and national levels. But as the expression goes, the local is global. The political trends that we see this election year on the local level bode as bellwethers for the nationwide political trends.

Obviously, it was not a good year for the Democrats. Yet, none of it was unexpected. The “Sixth Year Itch” prevailed in that the President’s party, the Democrats, were voted out of office in record amounts. The Senate flipped from being Democrat controlled, with Harry Reid as Majority Leader, to Republican control, with Mitch McConnell as presumed new Senate Majority Leader. The House of Representatives also picked up several seats. The total numbers: GOP picks up at least 7 seats in the Senate, and at least 14 seats in the House, give or take a few if the GOP takes a few additional races that continue to be up in the air while recounts, runoffs, and remaining ballots are counted.

Obviously, the main narrative in the media is that the GOP trounced the Dems. And they did. I will give them that. And they had an extremely savvy strategy, especially in the Cory Gardner/Mark Udall race. I believe that Gardner benefited from the Democrats war-on-women central focus setting a vulnerable Mark Udall up for failure. This is what angers me. That the Democrats bungled this one and were complacent about the focus on this issue. As a feminist, I agree that the GOP’s policies are not women-friendly. The legislation coming out of D.C. is not women-friendly. They can’t even pass an Equal Pay Act in D.C. Then there’s the terrible decision made by the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby Case. Between those and the Personhood legislation on state and national levels coming up every election cycle, and the “Forcible Rape” terminology in legislation, how are women supposed to believe that the GOP works for their interests at all? So the Democrats are correct to pursue this strategy. But it was not in their political interest to make it the center of Mark Udall’s campaign. Voters have a lot of anxiety right now about a lot of serious issues, and they have no confidence in Washington D.C. to address these issues. People are angry, and also checked out. And a wonderful Senator, one of the GOOD guys, Mark Udall pays the price. And opportunist and liar Cory Gardner is now a Senator.

The Colorado Independent has a great piece by writer Mike Littwin, in which he sums up the Colorado 2014 midterms in a nutshell stating: “The strangest thing is that Hickenlooper – who has spent so much time at the center of a gun-laws, sheriffs-pandering storm — is the Democrat who survives, and Udall, whose career has been basically storm-free, is the one who gets toppled.”

Such is the strange world of politics, where nothing is fair and anything can happen.

ELECTION NIGHT 2014: COLORADO AND NATIONWIDE RESULTS AND ANALYSIS

 

Election Night is finally here, and the results are slowly rolling in. I will be live-blogging throughout the evening! CNN is already projecting that Kentucky Senator and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell will keep his Senate seat with a comfortable margin. Perhaps we will know at the end of the night if McConnell will become the Senate Majority Leader as well.

However, we may not know this by the end of tonight, or even by the end of this month if the Louisiana Senate race is the deciding senate seat (which may be forced into a December runoff if neither candidate receives the salient number of 50% of the vote.) I am so disappointed about the Kentucky senate race results, and the reality that McConnell wasn’t voted out of office. But it is hardly a surprise. Kentucky is just a conservative state and the sixth year itch is prevailing. And that’s not even mentioning how extremely unpopular President Obama is in that state, which was Alison Lundergan Grimes undoing.

Stay with NEVER POLITICS for all your Election Night news, with a special focus on Colorado’s races and the role of independent voters and candidates in Colorado and beyond. The polls close in Colorado in about 45 minutes! I am especially interested in how many independent (unaffiliated) voters vote in Colorado and nationwide. The dominant trend seems to be that more and more voters are leaving the two dominant parties and choosing to be independents. This should not be a trend that the Democrats and Republicans take lightly. This shows the severe dissatisfaction and disillusionment that voters feel with the two party system. But it encourages me, as I think they will have to pay attention to this trend and manifest some positive collaboration in Washington D.C. if they are interested in their own political survival.

BREAKING NEWS:

New Hampshire Senate Race: Jeanne Shaheen (D) wins key Senate Seat, fending off Republican Scott Brown!

Colorado Update: The polls have been closed now for a half hour and the results in the governor’s race are exceedingly close, with Beupreaz leading Hickenlooper 49-47%. And in the Senate race, Cory Gardner looks to be crystallizing his lead, 52 to 43% with 41% reporting!

CNN is reporting that the Louisiana Senate race WILL indeed go to runoff, with the vote split between the two Republican candidates causing neither Landrieu or Cassidy hitting the magic number of 50%! This race will not be settled until December. The laywers will be pouncing in Louisiana!

 Colorado’s AMENDMENT 67 “Personhood Amendment” HAS FAILED! A huge victory for women and women’s reproductive freedoms.

 7News is projecting that Mike Coffman has defeated Andrew Romanoff in Colorado’s 6th Congressional district 54% to 41% with 68% reporting. This devastates me. The worst news of the night hands-down. However, Romanoff fought the good fight and his campaign was fought with honor and honesty.

The Republicans only need 2 senate seats now to reach their magic number to gain control of the Senate.

 Governor hopeful Wendy Davis has lost by a huge margin in Texas.

 CNN has called the Colorado SENATE Race. Rep. Cory Gardner has defeated incumbent Mark Udall, 51% to 44%. I feel that the Democrats blew this race with their one-note campaign, setting Udall up for defeat.

 The GOP are routing the Dems everywhere. They just won the Georgia Senate race. The GOP now only needs to win one more Senate seat to gain control of the Senate. Iowa and Kansas are still too close to call but lean Republican.

In Wisconsin, Scott Walker has sailed to re-election after a controversy-laden 4 year term. After his recall election and all of the curbing of collective bargaining rights for unions, Walker has won re-election. What does that say about the times we are in? A state that used to be so pro-union is veering dramatically to the right. This scares me more than anything else tonight. A very scary bellwether for our country. Scott Walker will likely run for President in 2016 now.

Kansas just elected the Republican Senate candidate Pat Roberts beating Greg Orman the independent. This defeat stings since it would have been so interesting if another Independent was sent to D.C. It is simply not to be.

Colorado Update: Proposition 104 has passed overwhelmingly. This Proposition will require any school board meetings which discuss collective bargaining (unions) to be open to the public. Well done, Colorado! However, Proposition 105, the GMO labeling proposition has been voted down, most likely due to the political ads that ran that said that 105 would raise food costs.

The Associated Press has just called that the Republicans have taken control of Senate Majority. Sen Mitch McConnell just got a promotion. He will now lead the Senate as Senate Majority Leader. He will have a fun time trying to control his caucus, especially the junior Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz.

More COLORADO Updates: The GOP has routed the Dems on all levels, not just the Senate/House Races, but also in state level government. The GOP Secretary of State candidate Wayne Williams has defeated the Democrat Joe Neguse. Similarly, the Democrat Betsy Markey has lost to Walker Stapleton for State Treasurer. Cynthia Coffman (R) has also won Attorney General, defeating Dem Don Quick.However, there are bright spots in the liberal Colorado Congressional districts 1 and 2, the progressive incumbent Reps. Diana Degette and Jared Polis both won handily! These two are two of my favorite Reps in the House of Representatives.

Mark Udall and Cory Gardner Duke It Out in Competitive Election Fight While Hickenlooper Also In Toss Up Race

Never Politics SmallAh, it is finally October. That means crisp apples, beautiful yellow Aspen trees….and cut throat politics and obscene amounts of outside of state Super-PAC money pouring in! Yes, the Midterm elections are a little over a month away and the politics here in Colorado are hot, hot, hot. Colorado is such a truly purple state, a state that is so evenly divided in terms of Democrats and Republican voters, that it absolutely could be Independents that decide the victors, like Third Way wrote about yesterday. Third Way notes how there is a large independent electorate in Colorado, with a surge of new independent voters in the state, comprising of an additional 300,000 voters as unaffiliated or independent! But a large amount of these voters are libertarians, ideologically Republican voters.

I want to influence the liberal Colorado voters who are independents to vote in this election for Mark Udall for Senator and John Hickenlooper for Governor. And in the 6th district to unseat Rep. Mike Coffman, and vote for Andrew Romanoff in the 6th Congressional District.

Both the Senate race in Colorado and the Governor Seat are considered toss ups at this time, with many pundits predicting that Cory Gardner will win Mark Udall’s senate seat, and that senate majority will go to the Republicans in the Senate. John Hickenlooper is also engaged in a tight race, with pundits labeling that race a tossup.

Gardner and Udall have been clamoring for the Women Voter bloc. And Gardner has a 13% deficit in the polls behind Udall with women. Gardner has a Women Problem. So of course he is pandering directly to women, telling us that he supports birth control, which I am pretty sure is laughable. It’s just odd when the tables are turned and women have the power and yet lies and pandering prevails.

Andrew Romanoff has run an excellent campaign against incumbent Mike Coffman. Indeed, in a recent debate, Romanoff went on the offense against Coffman, and showed he had an excellent grasp on the issues while Coffman drew gasps from the crowd when he denied that climate change, i.e. global warming, could be man made. But Romanoff has an uphill battle because incumbents usually win, even though Congress has abysmally low approval ratings, the people still tend to re-elect their past representative or senator. This disconnect in politics, this phenomena of re-electing incumbent politicians we are dissatisfied with, is especially baffling to me.

The midterms look especially depressing to me in terms of the likely outcomes. But I think Democrats could retain Senate Majority if people turn out. So I am encouraging all my friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family to vote.

The media continues to realize the importance of Colorado in elections. With some pundits now calling Colorado a more important bellwether than Ohio, given Colorado’s quintessentially purple status. I think Colorado is a very exciting state to live in for political nerds like me. I cannot wait for the election. I will be live blogging results on Election Day.