by amy | 10:04 pm, April 9, 2013
Despite close to seven hours of testimony on SB13-252, a bill to raise the renewable energy mandate 150 percent on rural electric co-ops, it is very clear that the bill’s prime sponsors Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Senator Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass) do not understand their own bill and didn’t bother to consult those [...]
by Randall Smith | 7:30 pm, April 9, 2013
Senators John Morse and Gail Schwartz are pushing a bill that would
increase the amount of energy that rural electric co-ops have to
generate from renewable sources from 10 to 25 percent. It’s no
surprise in Schwartz’s case. She’s long been a pr…
by T.L. James | 4:09 pm, March 2, 2013
Dianne Feinstein contents herself with merely naming names and ticking off a bunch of irrelevant features when she decides what guns law-abiding citizens will be permitted to keep. Colorado Senate President and resident drama queen and self-righteous per-diem collector John Morse just outlaws entire categories: 13-21-1203. Definitions. AS USED IN THIS PART 12, UNLESS THE [...]
by Randall Smith | 8:59 pm, January 17, 2013
Barack I Obama Rex President Obama presented his “I have to do something” proposal to end gun rights in America. In truth, there’s not much there. You can see the whole list at Slate. I want to highlight a few of them.
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
This is a step closer to confiscation. It doesn’t matter if you were carrying legally, the cops can still run a background check on you before they give it back. It likely, they’ll keep your weapon during that time and you may never see it again.
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
Eileen McGuire-Mahony went over this in depth at People’s Press Collective so I’ll just hit the high points.
Executive order 16 turns your medical records into a national registry of gun owners. Remember, there’s a push to make all medical records available to the Federal government. It won’t take long for that data to go straight to the gun grabbers at all levels of government.
EO 17 sets a dangerous precedent of breaking the privacy that should exist between a patient and his therapist. Imagine a patient who is dealing with anger issues. Do you think he’s more or less likely to tell his therapist about them if he knows that the therapist will be taking that info straight to the cops?
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
Wait. Didn’t the NRA propose that? I’ll all for schools having an armed guard if the community wants it but that sort of thing should be handled at the local level, not as a dictate from Washington, DC.
There are a few other things that he wants Congress to do.
“Universal” background checks to prevent legal, private sales, a 10 round limit on magazines and, of course, a assault rifle ban. I highly doubt that the House will pass any of those things but with John Boehner on the case, anything can happen.
Colorado Democrats are jumping on Obama’s proposals as they craft rights eliminating legislation at the state level. Senate President John Morse is pushing as hard as he can for the total elimination of gun rights. He has an interesting attitude towards proposals made by Republicans.
“But Republicans bringing these bills are starting a conversation and I appreciate them engaging on this issue. I just don’t think those ideas are going to be helpful.”
Translation: “Thanks for playing but we’re going to ignore you.” If a proposal doesn’t take guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens, Colorado Democrats don’t want to hear it.
One of the main arguments coming from Democrats is the standard “If it would wave one life.” I ripped that fallacy apart in the last episode of Music Free Static. Many Colorado teachers disagree with the Denver gun grabbers. They’ve been signing up for gun training in droves. Sadly, Democrats would rather see children die than let honest citizens carry weapons in schools.
Lastly, I’d like to share this podcast from the Cato Institute on what’s in store for the Second Amendment this year.
by Randall Smith | 7:00 am, January 20, 2012
Thanks to my body choosing to inflict pain to rival watching another GOP presidential debate, I’m working on very little sleep. On the plus side, my level of snark is up. Sadly, little of it made it into this post. For as little as one comment a day, y…
by ColoradoPeakPolitics | 4:43 pm, September 19, 2011
OUR VIEW: Liberal bloggers can dance on the head of a pin all they want, but “less jobs” and “lost jobs” hurt just the same. Even a reluctant Hick said “raising the corporate [income tax] rate…right when we’re trying to attract businesses, that would…
by T.L. James | 6:52 pm, April 8, 2011
The gist of the story is that Morse may have claimed per-diem while on a fully-paid trip to China, which one might expect is not what Senate per-diem is meant to cover. Further, the paid-for trip itself may have violated Amendment 41 rules, in that the trip was sponsored by an organization which receives most of its funding from for-profit sources.
by T.L. James | 8:05 pm, March 30, 2011
Well of course he does. His response to the ethics complaint concerning an apparent excess charging of per diem is that his leadership responsibilities necessitated additional outside-of-session work days whose actual events weren’t recorded in his calendar.
by T.L. James | 11:23 am, March 18, 2011
No, not his own…that of District Attorney John Newsome. Said Senate Majority Leader John Morse himself in 2008: “It appears to me that they left the meter running and billed the taxpayers accordingly-to the tune of continuing to claim that they were due per diem for Saturday while attending a football game and attending to [...]
by Mr. Bob | 9:29 am, March 17, 2011
If you’ve ever had to travel on business you know about submitting claims for extra pay to help reimburse you for food, expenses and travel. John Morse who was the State Majority leader in 1999 submitted claims for the maximum per diem (99$ per day) fo…keep looking »
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