A Denver District judge dismissed a lawsuit 7/14 against the CO Sec/State’s office “alleging the office didn’t properly verify signatures to get” LG Jane Norton (R) on the ballot. The suit was filed by Weld Co. DA Ken Buck (R) supporter Tom Bjorklund.
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Norton mgr. Josh Penry: “The fact that Ken Buck’s friends would pay Tom Bjorklund to sue Jane Norton to keep her off the ballot was a surprise. The fact that Ken Buck-Tom Bjorklund’s challenge was thrown out by a judge as a silly work of legal fiction was no surprise at all” (Sherry, “The Spot,” Denver Post, 7/14).
The Right Side Of Things
Norton and Buck’s agreement with ex-Rep. Tom Tancredo‘s (R) recent comments, “claiming that the danger of the nation’s debt far outweighs threats from al-Qaeda” (see Hotline 7/13), “underscore a central theme” in CO’s GOP Senate primary. “Both Norton and Buck are battling in far-right fields to win base votes before Aug. 10.”
Still, “what is unclear is how these positions will play out with unaffiliated voters.” Norton: “I don’t think we’re worried about scaring off people. What we’re concerned with is reaching out to disaffected friends in the Democratic Party and unaffiliated voters. Coloradans are concerned about the economy. The federal government is out of control.”
Additionally, Buck initially “disagreed” with Tancredo’s comments, but “after Norton posted her comments to Facebook and distributed them to media outlets and supporters, Buck changed course.” Buck: “The threats change day to day. Our country is weakened by increasing debt, and we won’t have the ability to fight al-Qaeda or an Iranian nuclear threat. I think by increasing debt…we are weakening ourselves against those threats.” Buck has “said he is not trying to be the ‘most conservative’ in this race.” Buck: “I won’t say something more conservative than Jane just because she said something. I’m not trying to get to the right of her. She is not a barometer” (Sherry, Denver Post, 7/15).
Meanwhile, in an interview with The Hill, Buck “argued that in several of his comments” seized upon by Dems “are what he sees as mainstream political thought.” Buck: “People have said to me, ‘Well, you’re trying to run to the right of her,’ and that just isn’t true. I have my set of beliefs and she has hers. I’m not sure who is more conservative.”
Buck also said he “is no ‘birther’ who questions whether” Pres. Obama was born in the U.S. Buck: “I have done my best to make it clear that I’m not one of these folks who is going to be talking about the birth certificate issue.” Buck “said legislation to require a birth certificate for presidential candidates would be ‘a reasonable thing,” but “says that comment was ‘immediately taken out of context” (D’Aprile, “Ballot Box,” The Hill, 7/15).
Rebels With A Cause
AP’s Wyatt asks, “Will the real political outsider please stand up? That question easily could be asked in” CO’s Dem Senate race, where both Sen. Michael Bennet (D) and ex-state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) “are arm-wrestling over who is less likely to embrace anything Washington. Being seen as the bona fide outsider is a powerful election-year quality as frustrated voters turn their backs on the establishment.”
Still, Bennet “called his primary race completely different from the races involving longtime” Dem sens. in PA and AR this year. Bennet: “It’s not as though I’ve been in the Senate for three terms.” Bennet said voters “appreciate that I bring a lifetime of experience outside politics” (7/15).
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With three days until the first debate, the polls are coming fast and furious. The latest round:
- An Associated Press/Gfk poll of registered voters found very few voters committed, with Clinton leading Trump, 37% to 29%, and Gary Johnson at 7%.
- A McClatchy-Marist poll gave Clinton a six-point edge, 45% to 39%, in a four-way ballot test. Johnson pulls 10% support, with Jill Stein at 4%.
- Rasmussen, which has drawn criticism for continually showing Donald Trump doing much better than he does in other polls, is at it again. A new survey gives Trump a five-point lead, 44%-39%.
In contrast to Hillary Clinton's meticulous debate practice sessions, Donald Trump "is largely shunning traditional debate preparations, but has been watching video of…Clinton’s best and worst debate moments, looking for her vulnerabilities.” Trump “has paid only cursory attention to briefing materials. He has refused to use lecterns in mock debate sessions despite the urging of his advisers. He prefers spitballing ideas with his team rather than honing them into crisp, two-minute answers.”
Donald Trump "is on the precipice of becoming the only major-party presidential candidate this century not to reach out to millions of American voters whose dominant, first or just preferred language is Spanish. Trump has not only failed to buy any Spanish-language television or radio ads, he so far has avoided even offering a translation of his website into Spanish, breaking with two decades of bipartisan tradition."
Bill and Hillary Clinton have purchased the home next door to their primary residence in tony Chappaqua, New York, for $1.16 million. "By purchasing the new home, the Clinton's now own the entire cul-de-sac at the end of the road in the leafy New York suburb. The purchase makes it easier for the United States Secret Service to protect the former president and possible future commander in chief."