Tag: Cory Gardner

Bring On the Witnesses

 

McSally Collins GardnerYes, new witnesses will prolong the process by weeks at a minimum, and voting for witnesses under a Cocaine Mitch-Ted Cruz plan is likely necessary to a Trump and Trump-voter-supporting Congress winning this November. On Friday, there will be a series of votes. It is now more likely than not that there will be 51 votes, including Susan Collins (Republican-Maine), Mitt Romney (Snake-Self Serving), Lamar Alexander (Retiring-Chamber of Commerce), and Lisa Murkowski (Scheming-Big Union and Oil).

Senator Collins faithfully represents her state. She is a woman of honor who will take a tough vote when needed. It is she who reportedly first floated the common-sense proposal that the Senate trial should be run on the same rules as for the President Clinton trial. There was a basic sense of turn-about as fair play in this. She prevailed; these are the rules in the current Senate trial.

Senator McConnell is reportedly maneuvering for a single basket of witnesses vote, no chance for troublemakers and RINOS to actually work with the Democrats to inflict maximum damage on the president and the Republican majority in the Senate. This will work if he also insists on the Cruz control: paired 1-for-1 witness approval. You want the ‘Stashe? You have to vote for Biden’s boy. You want Mick Mulvaney? You have to vote for Eric Ciaramella. “Do ya really wanna jump?” [officially sanctioned clip, so “R” rated]

It’s a festive Friday as Jim is back to finish out the week. He and Greg wonder just how far Hillary Clinton is removed from reality as she claims voter suppression cost her key states in 2016 and that Russia will run Tulsi Gabbard as a third party candidate this year to help President Trump get re-elected. They also cringe as new polling shows incumbent Colorado GOP Sen. Cory Gardner with just 42 percent and losing to Democrat John Hickenlooper by double digits. And they close the week out by celebrating nine fun years of the Three Martini Lunch and looking forward to many more!

Draining the Swamp: BLM HQ Leaving DC for Colorado

 

One reason DC is so swampy is that so many federal agencies are located there. A mid-level bureaucrat can move from HUD to State to Agriculture, spreading bureaucratic groupthink and red-tape-induced sclerosis as they go. A great way to break this paper-pushing cartel is to spread agencies around the nation, preferably closer to the citizens they claim to serve.

On Monday, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced a positive development on that front. The Bureau of Land Management will relocate its headquarters to Grand Junction, CO.

Today is a historic day for our nation’s public lands, western states, and the people of Colorado. Relocating the Bureau of Land Management to the Western Slope of Colorado will bring the bureau’s decision makers closer to the people they serve and the public lands they manage. The problem with Washington is too many policy makers are far removed from the people they are there to serve. Ninety-nine percent of the land the BLM manages is West of the Mississippi River, and so should be the BLM headquarters. This is a victory for local communities, advocates for public lands, and proponents for a more responsible and accountable federal government.

Feminists Against Choice

 

imageThere is no easier, simpler, more efficient way to ensure that people have access to the products and services they want than to leave them to exchange money for them, unencumbered by mandates, quotas, or subsidies. One might argue that doing so is insufficient toward one’s aims — which usually begs the question of who exactly you think you are to get to decide such things — but it’s the logical starting point for all but the most committed of petty totalitarians.

Unfortunately, the dominant strain of leftist feminism is exactly that. For further evidence, look no further than Elizabeth Nolan Brown’s latest article on leftist opposition to a Republican-sponsored proposal to streamline the approval process for over-the-counter oral contraceptives:

The “Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act,” co-sponsored by Sen. [Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) and] Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), would encourage birth-control pill manufacturers to file an application with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell products over-the-counter (OTC), as well as repeal the Affordable Care Act’s restriction on using health savings accounts to buy non-prescription medication. The full text of the proposal has not yet been released.

Can a Catholic Support Deregulation of The Pill?

 

On this week’s flagship podcast, Rick Wilson predicted a win for the GOP in Colorado’s senate race this year. The polls and my gut tell me he’s right. Republicans have a great candidate in Rep. Cory Gardner, while Democrats are saddled with Sen. Mark Udall, who has hitched his wagon to President Obama’s agenda on every issue from gun rights to fracking. Udall has run his campaign on exactly one theme (I was one of the lucky ones to be push-polled on it): Gardner wants to take away women’s choice to abort, even in cases of rape and incest. Even the Denver Post called it “an insult” to the voters.

319px-Cory_Gardner,_Official_Portrait,_112th_CongressI’m thrilled to vote for Gardner next week. We’ve had a political dry spell here in Colorado when it comes to savvy Republican candidates. The up-the-leg tingle that made me an enthusiastic Gardner supporter was his counter-attack on Udall’s “anti-woman” message. Gardner proposed making the Pill over-the-counter. His proposal is sensible, timely, and tactically brilliant. He even managed to put Planned Parenthood in the awkward position of opposing greater access to cheap, safe, effective contraception for women. Imagine that.