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Man'O'Action

Out of curiosity. Have you guys thought of doing Q&A's with local PACs, issue groups, and lobbyists? They may not be elected but they certainly fall under the heading of Colorado Politics, News, and Inside Information.

It would be interesting to hear more about who is controlling the political donations of working man.

Jake

Sounds good to me, maybe the AFLCIO and explain all those unitemized contributions it collected last cycle?

lessQmoreA

Is this site just Q&A's now? It seems that is all that is posted any more.

Man'O'Action

Hard hitting news, exposes, whatever... I'd just like to see some of the unelected movers and shakers get raked over the coals if possible. Unions using forced dues to fund political goals is a good example.

Jake

I know what you mean. I posted this last Friday, didn't seem to generate much interest. Although, I wasn't asking Sen. Salazar if he still had his truck.

So I was bored today and started doing a little digging on the Secretary of State's web site. I was looking at small donor committees, political committees, etc... I pulled up the listing for the CO AFL& CIO. I thought I would check into how much money they gave last cycle. Now, in Colorado a small donor committee can only accept contributions of $50 or less.

Also, you do not have to itemize contributions under $20. Well, guess what, ALL of the AFL&CIO contributions were under $20. Therefore, in the month of November they received $117,111 in contributions, all under $20. If you do the math at $19.99 per person, that means at least 5858 people gave to AFL&CIO. Now repeat this, to some degree every other month during the cycle.

I don't know how many union members there are in Colorado, but that seems very strange to me!

Todd

I agree. The focus on QAs over the past couple of weeks has taken away from the site. I like a QA every week or so but I feel like the amount over the last week or so has been a little over the top.

Todd

Oh, I haven't seen mention of the "Yes on C&D" Web site yet. Here's a link for everyone who is curious...

http://www.voteyesonc-d.com/

rtw

it's a good thing organized labor has such high ethical standards...

RedHawk

Todd - just for you: the "No" web site,

www.taxincrease.org

Alva Adams

We post Q&As as our invitations are accepted, and in this case, they just kind of snowballed into the same time period for some reason; it wasn't intentional. We want to get the Q&As up as soon as we can after they are completed so as not to lose the timeliness of any of the questions.

We have Bill Ritter tomorrow, Mark Udall and Ken Salazar next week, and that's it on the schedule for now.

Willard

I agree, too many Q&A's. And if you insist on doing a Q&A with a Salazar, at least do it with Alan Salazar. He's the intelligent one.

brio

Random question - Does Senator Groff (who is in his first full term) get another after this, or is he limited?

NoMoreCannedAnswers

I think the recent rush to do Q&A is a tribute to how much "buzz" this site is getting in the political community. But that "buzz" was created by this site being interesting and unpredictable enough to offer something new.

As has been noted recently by many others, all we are getting when we give them the questions and they have weeks to prepare their response is the same BS that we can read in any of their press releases or websites.

If elected officials think its worthwhile to have some presence infront of this group, then they should have to do Q&A "live". At least then we might have a prayer of hearing something new and meaningful instead of the same old spin. t doesn't matter if they are D or R, reading canned prepared remarks is a waste of all of our time.

Come on Alva, get back to the original intent of this site and give us something interesting and unexpected. If someone wont do Q&A live, then screw em, who needs em. The closer we get to November 06, the more willing they are going to be to play by YOUR rules. Just don't compromise on the rules.

You call the tune - if they don't wanna dance to it, then screw em. They can use the Post or News to put out the same old tired spin.

Kudos to Udall for agreeing to go real time on the Q&A. He proves that you CAN make the time if you think this is important.

NoMoreCannedAnswers

I think the recent rush to do Q&A is a tribute to how much "buzz" this site is getting in the political community. But that "buzz" was created by this site being interesting and unpredictable enough to offer something new.

As has been noted recently by many others, all we are getting when we give them the questions and they have weeks to prepare their response is the same BS that we can read in any of their press releases or websites.

If elected officials think its worthwhile to have some presence infront of this group, then they should have to do Q&A "live". At least then we might have a prayer of hearing something new and meaningful instead of the same old spin. t doesn't matter if they are D or R, reading canned prepared remarks is a waste of all of our time.

Come on Alva, get back to the original intent of this site and give us something interesting and unexpected. If someone wont do Q&A live, then screw em, who needs em. The closer we get to November 06, the more willing they are going to be to play by YOUR rules. Just don't compromise on the rules.

You call the tune - if they don't wanna dance to it, then screw em. They can use the Post or News to put out the same old tired spin.

Kudos to Udall for agreeing to go real time on the Q&A. He proves that you CAN make the time if you think this is important.

Manofthehour

Have to say I agree with Man'O'Action, a Q&A with Colorado's well funded 527 would also be nice to see.

Ralph

You really should have covered the dust-up between GOP Chair Bob Martinez and Tom Tancredo/Bob Beauprez.

marshall

Man'O'Action,

You want hard hitting news about a certain political organization in Golden that is a shell for Grover Norquist having the same tax status as say Habitat for Humanity. I am sure they are doing about the same good work for the community and that is the reason they both are tax exempt.

http://colorado.indymedia.org/newswire/display/10685/index.php

You have to wonder where that liberal media is on this one...or maybe the media is just lazy instead of liberal. They are both 'L' words and maybe the Republicans that use this word to beat the media into submission just got them confused.

sally

I agree with Ralph - this is an interesting story and a real hornet's nest. what do the dead governors say?

Jake

It would appear that the liberal media is alive and well at IMC. Or would that site be classified as ultra-liberal or ultra left wing liberal?

Hugo O'conor

I knew I liked Bob Martinez! Kudos to him and thank you Ralph for the link!

Poncho

Agreed, I'm a big immigration reformer, but Tancredo has really seemed to be stepping on some bad turf even for him. Has Tommy ever told anyone EXACTLY how much all of his border security is going to cost? And has he ever really told an event how he REALLY feels about people of Mexican descent?

jon

Good Holtzman comic in Westword.

http://www.westword.com/php/comics/worstcase/index.html

Q&A

I think the number of Q&As has been intense and should be limited to one every two weeks - your a big dog now, as demonstrated by the fact that everyone in Colorado Politics wants a piece of ColoradoPols...play like a big dog.

Also, you should have Joel Hefley on your Q&A...maybe he will choose to formally announce his retirement on your blog.

Alva Adams

These are all good ideas on the Q&As. Thanks for your input, and in the future we will try to space them out more often.

Please also keep the suggestions coming as to who you would like to see participate in a Q&A. We have approached some interest group people without success thus far, but we'll do more of that as well.

ziik

I love Marc and Kristen, and I'm sure they are offended by that cartoon..but i think its pretty funny.

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