Re-elect Bennet for Senate

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SENTINEL ENDORSEMENTS

✘ NO on Amendment 69 (Statewide Healthcare System): Oct. 14

✘ NO on Amendment 70 (State Minimum Wage): Oct. 11

✔ YES on Amendment 71 (Requirements for Constitutional Amendments): Sept. 20

✔ YES on Amendment 72 (Increase Tobacco Taxes): Oct. 13

✔ YES on Proposition 107 (Presidential Primary Elections): Oct. 6

✔ YES on Proposition 108 (Unaffiliated Voter Participation in Primary Elections): Oct. 6

✔ Gail Schwartz (D) over Scott Tipton (R) for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives: Oct. 18

✔ Michael Bennet (D) over Darryl Glenn (R) for U.S. Senate: Oct. 19



Ballots are in the mail. We are nearly through our slate of endorsements for local offices, congressional seats and statewide ballot measures. Normally, these endorsements build up from the local races to the statewide races and then the presidential race. As we’ve indicated previously, we have changed our policy on endorsing presidential candidates — a decision dating back to October 2014.

This year, to reflect our position that local elections carry more direct impact on our quality of life than state and national races, we endorsed for congressional seats first. Today we weigh in on the race for U.S. Senate. Next, we’ll tell you who we like for the two county commissioner seats up for grabs.

Meeting with candidates represents a significant investment of time. But these face-to-face interactions provide much more information than simply where a candidate stands on important issues. The editorial board meetings yield clues about a candidate’s personality, candor and effectiveness to lead.


One of the reasons we endorsed Republican Cory Gardner for U.S. Senate two years ago was the idea of having two formidable senators from opposing parties representing Colorado.

So it stands to reason that we’re backing the incumbent, Democrat Michael Bennet for another six-year term. Preserving this dynamic, however, is a secondary consideration. Bennet deserves another term because he’s earned it by delivering results for Colorado.

We’d be hard-pressed to find a Democrat in the Senate who has reached across the aisle more often than Bennet. Most famously, as a member of the “Gang of Eight” — four Democrats and four Republicans — he helped craft a compromise to fix the broken immigration system — largely on feedback from Coloradans who depend on immigrant labor in fields, orchards, dairies and slaughterhouses. The House has refused to consider it.

“To me, this is a nonpartisan issue,” he told the Sentinel’s editorial board. “In fact, it’s Republicans, farmers and ranchers, who want this problem solved the most.”

Bennet’s opponent, El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, has made no secret of his wariness of bipartisanship, equating compromise with a lack of leadership.

We couldn’t disagree more. Glenn’s “true conservative” platform — reducing taxes, regulatory reform, reducing the debt, energy independence, enhanced national security, etc. — isn’t necessarily the problem. He’s well-spoken on a variety of issues with positions that resonate on the West Slope. But he would have to mount a scorched-Earth campaign to achieve his goals, thus contributing to the partisan dysfunction in Washington, D.C. Republicans might want smaller government, but they want a functional government. Glenn’s absolutist intractability, in our view, is a threat to functional government.

Bennet has done more for Colorado than we can list here. He brought a U.S. Patent office to Colorado; he helped create a “breakthrough” therapy designation, establishing a new pathway for drug approval that benefited 600 bioscience firms in the state; he pushed the Department of Interior to complete assessments to ensure continued operation of Trapper and Colowyo mines; he helped craft an overhaul of the education bill, representing the most significant retreat of federal oversight of local school operations ever legislated; and he passed a bill to expedite liquefied natural gas exports.

He is the standard-bearer for presence in Colorado, too, logging nearly 80,000 miles visiting all corners of the state.

Some may disagree with his votes on the Affordable Care Act or the Iran nuclear deal, but we think Bennet defends those votes in an honest and straightforward manner.

We think Bennet and Gardner put Colorado first. Glenn’s equivocation of his support for Trump in light of Trump’s comments about women hints that Glenn is putting the Trump movement ahead of anything else.


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Kudos to the Sentinel’s editors for its “no brainer” endorsement of Michael Bennet for re-election as Colorado’s senior Senator (“Re-elect Bennet for Senate”).  For the same fundamental reason – our Nation’s need for a competent and functional government – and to preserve its journalistic integrity, the Sentinel should also endorse Hillary Clinton for President.

Perhaps in response to local “deplorables’” whining about its purported “anti-Trump bias”, the Sentinel gave “wall-to-wall” coverage to Trump’s “whistlestop” in Grand Junction yesterday – without mentioning that the turnout (less than 4000) was much smaller than Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole’s on November 3, 1996. 

Predictably, the Sentinel’s coverage also included not one word of “fact-checking” – even though Charles Ashby aptly noted that Trump spent most of his 50-minute “speech” merely “repeating verbal attacks he’s launched at other campaign stops against” the media and his eminently more qualified Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, most of which have been substantially or entirely debunked by multiple reliable sources.  For example, just today Washington Post “fact checker” Glenn Kessler gave Trump “three Pinocchios” (“mostly false”) for alleging collusion between the FBI and State Department regarding a belatedly up-classified but originally
“Unclassified” e-mail.  See:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/10/19/trumps-claim-of-collusion-by-the-fbi-and-state-to-make-hillary-clinton-look-less-guilty/?hpid=hp_special-topic-chain_factchecker-330am:homepage/story.

Likewise, FBI Director James Comey stated and testified last July that “there was no intentional misconduct in connection with” the sorting and belated destruction of Hillary’s 30,000 personal e-mails.  Meanwhile, Trump still refuses to disclose his tax returns (offering only false excuses), and his third “trophy wife” and resume-falsifying would-be “first lady” has not yet proven that she did not commit immigration fraud.

What becomes perfectly clear from the opinions expressed by the Trump supporters interviewed by the Sentinel’s reporters is that both the Donald Trump they adulate and the Hillary Clinton they revile are delusional figments of their misinformed imaginations. 

For this, the Sentinel’s reluctance to “fact-check” Trump remains locally responsible – and can best be disabused by a forceful endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President.

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