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Studying Healthcare to Death: Colorado Commissions $500,000 Study on Rising Costs

Why haven’t insurance costs improved under the new healthcare law? Inquiring minds at the Colorado State legislature want to know. The $2,500 savings per family promised by the Administration never came to fruition. In fact, the Affordable Care law has created the opposite effect for many, including those in Colorado. The reason cited for escalating premiums has been Obamacare. Yet, the cause of rising costs is a mystery to some senators in the Rocky Mountain state, causing them to commission a $500,000 study on the issue. “[T]he Senate passed a measure Friday that would form a commission to diagnose why so-called affordable healthcare is a ...

Udall Meets S. E. Colorado

Senator Mark Udall, (D-CO) visited communities in southeastern Colorado to talk about the economy and local issues. On Friday, January 13, Udall met with the residents in the Arkansas Valley to focus on ways to bolster the local economy. On Friday morning, Jan. 13, Udall toured the Rocky Ford site of Innovative Water Technologies, a start-up water purification company. "There is nothing more fundamental than clean water," said Udall. “I am going to work with IWT to further connect them to FEMA and will work as a member of the Armed Forces Committee to research ways in which the military can utilize this technology more broadly." Next Udall ...

Discovering Michael Bennet, Senator from Colorado

Discovering Michael Bennet, Senator from Colorado Sen. Michael F. Bennet’s voting record shows that he has voted for record spending and national debt. Bennet voted for the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, more commonly known as the “stimulus” or the “Recovery Act,” which is the largest spending bill in U.S. history. He has also voted more than once to raise the government's debt ceiling by trillions. Bennet is also intent on health-care reform. In 2009, CNN's John King asked then-freshman Bennet, "If . . . you are a critical vote for health care reform, and every piece of evidence tells you if you support ...

Introducing Michael Bennet, Senator from Colorado

Michael Farrand Bennet, (D-CO), was first appointed as the junior senator from Colorado in 2009 by then- Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter to fill the seat vacated by Sen. Ken Salazar, who became secretary of interior in the Obama Administration. Before his appointment as a junior senator, and subsequent election to a full six-year term in November 2010, Bennet was the superintendent of Denver public schools. The selection seemed to be a fluke to both Democrats and Republicans, who considered Bennet a dark-horse, as he lacked legislative experience. Bennet, a Democrat, had never campaigned for nor held any legislative office before his appointment. ...

News Briefing for Monday, March 30

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Perry tells tea party group he was right to back Dewhurst over Cruz in 2012 primary Says loyalty bound him to his lieutenant governor, says more of this quality is needed in US politics “Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a tea party group Sunday that he supported his lieutenant governor against Ted Cruz in the 2012 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate out of loyalty — a characteristic, he said, that is sorely missing in American politics. During a conference call hosted by Tea Party Patriots, Mr. Perry said he endorsed then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst because of the strong relationship they had developed over the years. ...

News Briefing for Friday, March 27

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: The GOP quandary: How far right without falling over the edge? “…Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is at or near the top of most early polls among Republicans, likes to boast how he stuck to conservative principles to win statewide office three times in a centrist state. “To win the center, you don’t have to go to the center, you have to lead,” he said last week during a Tea Party Patriots telephone town hall. Tea party loyalists are still somewhat wary of Walker, though, because of past positions on immigration and government support for ethanol, a big issue in Iowa, site of the nation’s first caucus. In 2006, he ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, March 24

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party first to cheer Cruz bid (quote by Jenny Beth) “He's a leader of the Tea Party in Washington, so it's not a surprise that Tea Party leaders are heaping praise on Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential announcement today. Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, was the first to embrace Cruz, noting his firm stands on conservative principles. "It's fitting that Sen. Ted Cruz is the first announced candidate in the GOP presidential field," Martin said in a statement. "In his two short years in the Senate, he has yielded to no one in championing the values of personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free ...

News Briefing for Monday, March 23

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Cruz to launch White House bid, will tea party go along? (Tea Party Patriots mentioned) “…While tea party leaders still like Cruz, they’re also looking elsewhere for 2016. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, regarded as a new voice and a Washington outsider, has drawn a passionate following, particularly in Iowa. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the 2008 Iowa caucus, retains a loyal conservative following. Walker so far has pulled ahead of everyone, and held a telephone town hall last week with followers of one group, the Tea Party Patriots. Afterward, the group said on its website “there is perhaps no one the ...

News Briefing for March 21

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Early line: 3-man race for 2016 GOP nomination “Much of who’s ahead and who’s not at this stage “is based on who’s known and who’s not known,” said Fergus Cullen, another former New Hampshire Republican chairman. Cullen hosted a reception at his home for Bush last week. What’s lacking in the top tier is a hardcore conservative or tea party favorite. Tea party loyalists are sympathetic to Walker, for example, but still have some doubts. At a Tea Party Patriots telephone town hall meeting this week, some questioned whether he has shifted his position on government help for ethanol over the years. Mike Huckabee, ...

News Briefing for Thursday, March 19

HEALTHCARE: GOP aims to sink Obamacare with reconciliation But first they have to strike a difficult deal on an overall budget “Senate Republicans want to use a powerful budget maneuver known as reconciliation to go after President Barack Obama’s health care law — particularly if the Supreme Court strikes down key provisions of Obamacare this June. Using the fast-tracking procedure offers some advantage for Republicans, largely because a reconciliation package can’t be filibustered. But it’s not going to be easy. First, House and Senate Republicans need to agree on a budget resolution, which could be difficult with fiscal conserva...