Another election, and plenty of opportunities lost. First, with the Presidential race I got 44 out of 50 states right, which is my worst call yet. But, I was far from alone on that one and people far smarter and more prominent than I got it even worse. At the time of this writing, Florida still hasn’t been officially called, but I assume Obama will get it and a final tally of 332-206, although the popular vote was much closer than that Electoral College number looks. Continue reading
The following was sent to the Times-Call for publication, they refused to run it for reasons unknown at the time of this posting. I ran the subject matter by a few random people, all were outraged and asked why they hadn’t heard about it. I wasn’t going to write about it as it’s old news to me, but apparently unknown by most. I assume the Times-Call isn’t running it because of the subject matter, but they’ve been running some pretty screwy Open Forum letters lately, so that can’t totally be it. I also assume this is something plenty of people in Longmont, while disturbed by it, would find interesting – dare I say newsworthy. Continue reading
(The following appeared in the August 29, 2012 Longmont Times-Call)
Contrary to his blind loyalists repeated fawning, I’d like to paint you a quite different picture of State Senator and U.S. Congressional candidate Brandon Shaffer. I’ll get to his horrid voting record over the last 8 years later, but there’s even something more despicable he’s engaged in that you probably aren’t even aware of. Continue reading
The following was pulled from the old Wrongmont site and appears to be written around 2007. Unfortunately, most if not all of the hyperlinks are broken as those sites either don’t exist anymore, or the articles were just removed. But the information is still relevant and helps give full context and perspective on one of the more disturbing activities of State Senator Brandon Shaffer (Dem-Longmont). Now he wants to be the U.S. Congressman for Longmont. Continue reading
The usually left-leaning Denver Post editorializes that local governments shouldn’t be piling on excessive fracking regulations such as moratoriums, and State Senate President Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont) agrees. Maybe the real excess against fracking is coming from Mayor Coombs and the local progressive/enviro crowd?
Read the editorial at Denver Post
Update (Jan. 13): Percy Conarroe responds to the Post editorial… Continue reading
State Senate President and Congressional candidate Brandon Shaffer (Dem-Longmont) has been caught ignoring a Department of Defense directive over the use of military uniforms in a political campaign message.
Read the rest at Colorado Peak Politics
(A copy of this letter first appeared 7-12-11 in the Longmont Times Call.)
To no one’s surprise, state Sen. Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, told a group attending a backyard 4th-of-July party that he’s running for the 4th District Congressional seat held by Republican Cory Gardner.
Scarcely front-page material, especially after being pre-released via YouTube, the Times-Call nonetheless did its duty in reporting Shaffer’s confirmation. Fair enough.
But it didn’t stop there. The very next day, Shaffer again made the front page, this time in a lengthy interview so boring that the dramatic backyard scenario had to be trotted out again. Continue reading
Below is the original opinion piece sent in to the Times-Call. What was printed in the May 6, 2011 edition was a shorter version I sent since the longer one below could not, or would not, be ran. There were quite a few changes to my 300 word version, and I’m sure my 700 word version would have been edited beyond the point of making it worth printing. Follow this link for earlier comments and updates on the story. Continue reading
Loser pickin’ a winner
(SEE UPDATE AT BOTTOM) Something you may not see in the Times-Call or any legitimate online news source is a pathetic little open letter from Longmont City Councilman Sean McCoy to U.S. Congressman Cory Gardner (copy secured through Open Records request can be found here). If I wrote that screed, or had some imbecile ghost writers put it together for me, I’d hope no one would see it, as Mr. McCoy often portrays himself as an “educator“. God help our schools. Continue reading