Christensen, aka “Polly Progressive”, off to worst start ever for Longmont councilmember

You don’t have to take my word for it, but newly elected Polly Christensen – who’s now earned the moniker “Polly Progressive” (hat tip The Coyote) – easily has had the worst start of any Longmont city councilmember.  And that’s saying something considering Sean McCoy once sat on that council.  Here’s a recap of what’s gone on, with links and tweets galore.  But first, this awesome YouTube video: Continue reading

Coombs invisible when it counts

Great leaders as mayors are highly visible in times of crisis. The classic example was that of Rudy Giuliani with the 9/11 attacks. He served to calm and reassure New York City as well as the entire nation.

By comparison, Longmont mayor Dennis Coombs was not at all visible to the public for 2 1/2 days after the September flood. When he did appear via media, it was a hastily produced web video of little value.

I have no doubt that Dennis Coombs is a terrific restaurant owner, but he is a fish out of water serving in public office as mayor. Challenger Bryan Baum has always carried the presence and wisdom of a mayoral leader and is best suited to lead Longmont both in good times and in times of crisis.

Musings from the wilderness

Life is good, especially when you flush out those that never should have been part of your daily existence.  This includes former friends, political enemies, and even some that may be political allies.  The offers and requests for getting back into, or remaining in, the political game haven’t slowed, but my response has been the same: no thanks.  Like I said, life is good. Continue reading

Andrews: A very different Colorado

OPINION
The Denver Post:  04/28/13

By John Andrews

Watch closely as the legislature is in its final days of the 2013 session. This year is shaping up as a game-changer for the way Coloradans govern ourselves and seek the common good.

Over the decades, we’ve seen a Republican-led House and Senate confronting a Democratic governor, and vice versa. We’ve seen the House and Senate controlled by opposite parties. We’ve seen the GOP in complete control, as they were briefly under Gov. Bill Owens, and the Dems in complete control, as they are now under Gov. John Hickenlooper.

But never in my 40 years here have we seen so aggressive an ideological agenda rammed through by one party — and with a nasty kicker in the form of rigged election rules that could lock in the dominant party’s gains for a generation. That’s what I mean by a game-changer. Continue reading

2012 Election Post-Mortem

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

Election 2011: Longmont has a hard time leaving party behind

Party matters. Even in a non-partisan race.  That’s the conclusion political science professor Kenneth Bickers of the University of Colorado reached after studying Longmont’s local election results from November. Even with no “R” or “D” on the ballot, he said, voting choices consistently tended to break down along party lines.

Read the rest at Times-Call