Recent rumors have been spread by local media and union sympathizers that the implementation of Colorado’s new teacher evaluation standards have gone awry in Douglas County and that there is now mass exodus of teachers “fleeing” the schools within the Douglas County School District (DCSD).
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Sen. Morse Claims to Fight Outside Interest Groups While Outside Interest Groups Fund Pro Morse Campaign
While embattled Colorado Senate President John Morse claimed “we cannot allow outside interest groups to determine what is best for Colorado”, campaign finance reports tell a different story. A Whole Lot of People for John Morse, an issue committee set up to defend Morse in a recall election, received its largest donation from a 501(c)(4) based in Washington D.C. and retained the services of Chicago and D.C. consultants and pollsters, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed today.
On Tuesday, the State Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to forcibly raise taxes in order to garnish and secure more funding for public education in Colorado. Handed down as a 4-2 decision, the high court sided with the State and overturned a 2011 ruling by a Denver district judge in the Lobato v Colorado school funding case. The Supreme Court’s decision against Lobato solidified the legal precedent of local control for schools throughout Coloradoand dealt a blow to judicial activism in the state.
Last week, Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper chose to place his stamp of approval on a significant Medicaid expansion plan for the state of Colorado, despite a prominent study released weeks earlier which detailed the failed effects of a nearly identical attempt at Medicaid expansion in nearby Oregon.
The Colorado Senate Democrats responded to Colorado Sheriffs who have challenged the constitutionality of two gun control measures passed during the last legislative session, by openly stating that the law enforcement officers, elected by the people, stand with criminals.
Local energy innovation has continued to trump efforts by the Sierra Club and other environmental activists to bring the national “war on coal” to Colorado Springs. Despite multiple attempts by leftist groups over the last year to shutter the downtown Martin Drake coal fired power plant run by Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU), the local Neumann System Group (NSG) recently submitted an $18.75 million grant proposal to the Department of Energy that would continue installation of its clean coal scrubber technology at the Drake facility.
State Senator John Morse (D-Colorado Springs), who has been targeted for recall due to his votes to restrict the 2nd Amendment, spent campaign funds at a Colorado Springs store which offers “relaxing, ergonomically correct products to relieve stress throughout the day and help those with back pain.”
Progressive nonprofit Great Education Colorado claims to be the most effective education advocacy group in the state, but less than 30 percent of Great Education’s funding actually finds its way to education campaigns and issues. The small amount spent on education has supported initiatives that would drastically raise taxes on Coloradans.
Aurora Sentinel Editor Dave Perry recently penned an article calling the NRA and its members terrorists, true to a past statement that he has “long been a proponent of putting down people.” In a vicious display of anti-2nd Amendment rhetoric, Perry wrote, “Send the guilty monsters directly to Guantanamo Bay for all eternity and let them rot in their own mental squalor.”
Allies of Colorado Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs), who faces a potential recall election because of his unpopular support of strict gun control measures, recently launched a misleading website along with a series of robocalls and radio ads labeling recall petitioners as frauds and criminals.