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Littwin: The question isn’t why Manchin walked away from Biden’s social-spending bill, but what to do next

Let me confess straight away that I have no idea why Joe Manchin decided after months of negotiations  to announce — and on Fox News yet — that he was single-handedly blowing up the centerpiece of Joe Biden’s first-year agenda. Negotiations were still ongoing, and while Manchin’s objections were well known, the very public breakup […]

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Littwin: There are many ways to cut Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending bill. Nearly all of them are bad.

The easiest thing to say about Joe Biden’s comprehensive spending program, which brings a massive sewing machine to America’s badly torn safety net, is that the cost — to coin a phrase — is too damn high. You know the number — $3.5 trillion, which, according to my calculations, is, in fact, really, really high. […]

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Amendment 78: Colorado voters will decide if lawmakers should have more oversight of state spending

A measure on Colorado’s November ballot asks voters to change the way the state approves spending money from the federal government, legal settlements and other non-state sources. Amendment 78 would require the Colorado General Assembly to determine how the state uses what it defines as “custodial money,” funding the state receives from outside sources for […]

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Colorado Democrats in the U.S. House want nearly $200 million for earmarked projects

The four Colorado Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have assembled a list of nearly $200 million in special spending on transportation initiatives and community projects in their districts as Congress reopens the door to the controversial practice of earmarking. The Colorado projects in an expected $2 trillion infrastructure bill range from $20,000 for […]

Posted inElection 2020, News, Politics and Government

Lauren Boebert beats Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District

Republican Lauren Boebert declared victory and Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush conceded just after midnight Wednesday in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District race. Boebert held a lead at 51% to 46% over Mitsch Bush in the massive district, which spans the Western Slope and reaches around to Pueblo at 1 a.m. the morning after Election Day, according […]

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With John Hickenlooper on defensive, mysterious group launches big-money ad attacking Andrew Romanoff

Allies of an under-pressure John Hickenlooper are rushing to the former governor’s aid in Colorado’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, launching a major television ad buy that includes a spot slamming Andrew Romanoff’s immigration record.  Let’s Turn Colorado Blue, a mysterious federal political action committee formed this week, has reserved about $750,000 in air time […]

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Groups tied to hospitals, insurance companies launch pricey ad blitz against Colorado public option

Two affiliated organizations with ties to hospitals and insurance companies have launched a six-figure public relations ad blitz against the creation of a “public” health insurance option in Colorado.  The campaign began earlier this month and comes ahead of the 2020 legislative session, which begins next week and is expected to feature an intense battle […]