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Wanted: Lieutenant governor running mate

By Charles Ashby
Thursday, May 6, 2010

Jason R. Clark, an indendent candidate for Colorado governor is in search of a lieutentant governor to run on the ticket with him in November.

But rather than go the traditional route and talk to people he knows, or get potential candidates from others, he's turned to an unlikely source: Craigslist.

That's right, the online classified ad website that advertises just about everyone under the sun.

His ad, found here, says the ideal candidate:

1. MUST be a registered unaffiliated (Independent) voter before June 15, 2009.
2. At least 30 years old.
3. Resident of Colorado for at least 2 years prior to November 2, 2010.
4. United States citizen.

The ad goes on to say the job pays $68,500 a year, but requests no phone calls. Just go to Clark's website at


Father and son? Not really.

By Charles Ashby
Monday, May 3, 2010

Getting these two men sitting together smiling won't happen often during the 2010 gubernatorial race.

That's because Sean Duffy (right) and George Merritt (sitting left of him) are on opposing sides of that race.

Duffy is spokesman and chief bottle washer for former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis. He's the Republican running against Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, the Democrat to whom Merritt is the recently named press secretary.

Both were at a book signing at the Tattered Cover in lower downtown Denver. The two where there to hear Denver TV political reporter Adam Schrager and former state Rep. Rob Witwer, R-Genesse Park, talk about their newly publishing book, The Blueprint: How the Democrats took controll of Colorado and why Republicans should care.

By the by, the man sitting just to Merritt's right? That's Dan Hopkins, press secretary to former Colorado GOP Gov. Bill Owens.


Penry: End session now

By Charles Ashby
Friday, April 30, 2010

DENVER -- In a moment of frustration during debate on a measure to alter how payday lenders operate that Republicans opposed but Democrats clearly had the votes to pass, Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, pulled an unexpected parlimentary move.

He made a motion on the floor of the Colorado Senate to sine die.

Sine die is latin for "without day." While that might not mean much to normal folk, in the Legislature ears perk up when it is spoken, especially near the end of a long session. That's because under the golden dome it means, "the end." More specifically, the end of the session.

As it happens, a motion to sine die is considered a non-debatable motion. It failed, of course, on a straight 21-14 party-line vote, with Republicans joining their leader and Democrats opposing him. Did it do any good over the payday loan debate? No. That did pass, on an 18-17 vote.

The actual sine die is slated for May 12, which is the 120th day since the 2010 session began in January. By law, that's the last day the Legislature can meet, but there's nothing barring it from ending early (something the Democrats have managed to do since they took control of the House and Senate in 2004).

This year, however, that's not expected to happen.


Hurt feelings: Who you gonna call?

By Charles Ashby
Monday, April 26, 2010

House Minority Leader Mike May had his office put out a new form for legislators to use in the course of their day-to-day dealings with each other.

The Parker Republican calls it a "Hurt Feelings Report," and it is designed to allow "whinners and sissies in documenting hurt feelings, and to provide leaders with a list of members who require additional coddling, supplemental training and an awakening to the realities of legislative life."

OK, so it's not a real report. May is known for his quirky sense of humor that sometimes isn't uttered to spare anyone's feelings. Also, the guy is term limited and leaving the Legislature with no plans to run for another office.

The form asks for such information as a whinner or sissy's name, year sworn into office, name of person who hurt your sissy feelings and party affiliation. It looks much like a police report, including a false House rule and statute citing.

It also has a list of reasons for one's hurt feelings and asks that the person filling it out mark all that apply, including "I am a wimp," "I have bed-wetting issues" and "My caucus doesn't like my bill."

At the bottom it says:

"We, as the General Assembly, take hurt feelings seriously, really. If you don't have someone who can give you a hug and make things all better, please let us know and we will promptly dispatch a non-partisan 'hugger' to you ASAP. In the event we are unable to find an appropriate 'hugger,' we will notify the State Patrol and request that they send a trooper to your location. If you are in need of supplemental support, upon written request, we will make every reasonable effort to provide you with a 'blankey,' a 'binky,' and/or a bottle, if you so desire. In extreme circumstances, the Speaker shall appoint a Select Committee to kiss your 'ou-wie' away."


House honors former GJ legislator

By Charles Ashby
Monday, April 19, 2010

Occasionally, members of the Colorado House and Senate spend some time to acknowledge the service of a member of either body. And sometimes, that happens after they die.

On Monday, the Colorado House did just that for former Grand Junction representative Edward Carpenter, who represented House District 54 in the 1980s.

Carpenter died Sept 1, 2009, at the age of 87.

Born in Hayden, he fought in World War II and later moved to Grand Junction in 1975. Ten years later, he was elected to the House.

To read the entire memorial, go to

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