Eastern Politics Won’t Fly In The West.

When Colorado was debating the gun control legislation in May and June of this year, Obama, Biden and the East Coast Political Establishment weighed in heavily in favor of limitations on our rights.
Today, the President of the Colorado Senate is out of a job in a history making recall, along with one of his cohorts from Pueblo, Colorado.
Fox21News has the story.

Colorado lawmakers lose recalls over gun laws support

by FOX21 Continuous News Desk

John Morse

DENVER (AP) — Two Colorado state lawmakers who backed gun-control measures in the aftermath of the mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut last year have been ousted in recall elections.

Pueblo voters in Democratic Sen. Angela Giron’s district approved her recall, with results coming in late Tuesday. Returns earlier showed Democratic Senate President John Morse also lost his seat in Colorado Springs.

In Giron’s race, voters chose Republican George Rivera, a former Pueblo police officer, to replace her.

George Rivera


The firearms legislation package Giron supported this year included size limits for ammunition magazines and expanded background checks for private and online gun purchases.


Angela Giron


Her working-class district favors her party but includes Democrats who are big supporters of the Second Amendment.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

The leader of the Colorado state senate lost his job in the state’s first ever legislative recall Tuesday and a second Democratic lawmaker challenged over her support for stricter gun laws after last year’s mass shootings also appeared in trouble in a race seen as a measure of popular support for gun legislation.

Senate President John Morse faced a tough election in the Republican stronghold of Colorado Springs, where he won re-election by just a few hundred votes in 2010.

“We as the Democratic party will continue to fight,” Morse told supporters in Colorado Springs as he conceded the race.

With 94 percent of the projected vote counted, voters in Colorado Springs favored recalling Morse by 51 percent to 49 percent.

Republican Bernie Herpin, a former Colorado Springs city councilman, will replace him.

Bernie Herpin

Sen. Angela Giron was also struggling in Pueblo County. With about 45 percent of projected results in, 56 percent of voters favored the recall.

Angered by new limits on ammunition magazines and expanded background checks, gun-rights activists filed enough voter signatures for the recall elections — the first for state legislators since Colorado adopted the procedure in 1912.

The recalls were seen as the latest chapter in the national debate over gun rights — and, for some, a warning to lawmakers in swing states who might contemplate gun restrictions in the future. But gun rights activists’ efforts to force recall elections for two other Colorado Democrats failed this year.

Tuesday’s vote also exposed divisions between Colorado’s growing urban and suburban areas and its rural towns. Dozens of elected county sheriffs have sued to block the gun laws and some activists are promoting a largely symbolic measure to secede from the state.

Morse recall organizer Timothy Knight said voters were upset that Colorado’s Democrat-majority Legislature seemed more inclined to take its cues from the White House than its constituents. The gun laws passed this year with no Republican support.

“If the people had been listened to, these recalls wouldn’t be happening,” Knight said.

Both legislators voted for 15-round limits on ammunition magazines and for expanded background checks on private gun sales after the 2012 mass shootings in Aurora and Newtown, Conn. The legislation was signed into law by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The National Rifle Association and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg lined up on opposite sides of the recalls.

Reported contributions to Morse and Giron totaled about $3 million, dwarfing the amount raised by gun activists who petitioned for the recall, though some independent groups didn’t have to report spending. Both the NRA and Bloomberg contributed more than $300,000 to the pro- and anti-recall campaigns.

Preliminary figures showed roughly 17,000 people — just 15 percent of registered voters — cast ballots in Morse’s election, and that more Republicans turned out to vote than Democrats. Turnout in Pueblo, a more Democrat-friendly city than Colorado Springs, was about 30 percent, with more than 32,000 people voting.

Unlike most recent elections, there are no automatic mail ballots, so voters had to cast their ballots in person.

“This is a good, old-fashioned knock and drag operation — knocking on doors and dragging them to the polls,” said Colorado Democratic Party chairman Rick Palacio, who worked Giron’s district on Tuesday.

Morse, a former police chief in a Colorado Springs suburb, was first elected to the Senate in 2006.

Hickenlooper initially rejected calls for stronger gun control laws after 12 people were killed and 70 injured in an Aurora movie theater in July 2012. The governor changed his mind right before the December 2012 Newtown massacre, in which a gunman killed 20 children and six women at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Hickenlooper, who is up for re-election in 2014, kept a low profile in the recalls. A recent statewide poll by Quinnipiac University suggested that 52 percent of voters disapproved of his gun policy while only 35 percent approved.

(Copyright ©2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The weather may have had something to do with the voter turnout, as it was quite wet and rainy in the late afternoon. Still, the fact that the folks in Southern Colorado ( Pueblo and Colorado Springs) spoke quite clearly says a lot to the Eastern Establishment.

Bloomberg Politics will NOT fly in the West. And lest anyone quibble: The NRA is a NATIONWIDE Organization. Bloomberg is a small frog in a rather large New York City pond.  

WE CAN DO IT~! What we’ve done on the state level can be done at all levels of the Federal, State and Local governments. WE, the People of the United States, DO NOT have to lie down like slugs in a garden and take whatever crap the Legislators have to hand out. This is one issue. There are a myriad more, that demand redemption, Nationwide


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11 Responses to Eastern Politics Won’t Fly In The West.

  1. BrianR says:

    Yep. Excellent.

    We need to see more of this happening, and in other venues. It’s about time things start happening to put some fear in the rabid socialists.

  2. Kathy says:

    “If the people had been listened to…” Some key words here, because this could have been avoided if there had been cooperation from the onset. Also this one ” We as the Democratic party will continue to fight,” Of course they will, because it’s about winning, not about the Constitution or what’s right.

    Good stuff and a great victory for Colorado.

    • Morse consistently refused to heed the call of his constituents. He would not respond to emails or other contact methods. He basically left his district with no other options. And the Victory is for the NATION, as well as Colorado. This made Fox News Sam Shepard, today. I only caught the barest glimpse, but it was noted, indeed~!

  3. Mrs AL says:

    I had not heard about this until you alerted me, Grouchy. I think the best thing that could happen for us is to score multiple victories outside the coverage of the MSM and leftists in the blogosphere. The leftist/provgressives worked off camera for a loooooong time and look where we are.

    Great victory and commentary.

    • Thank You, Mrs AL,,, You have outlined the goal of the alternative media. Politics is not just a local thing – What’s done in one venue successfully is copied nation-wide and even world wide.

  4. Clyde says:

    Good deal. About time the prog stats got a kick to the teeth.

  5. pepperhawk says:

    Grouchy, I read about this today and was overjoyed that the “people” gave a msg to the demorats/commies that we won’t put up with this. I read Bloomy is infuriated. Ha, who does he think he is! Let’s say NYC politics are not going to work in the red states. They won’t put up with this crap of taking away our Constitutional rights. Unfortunately the state legislature in Colorado is still 1 dem over the repubs. More of these yahoos need to be kicked out. But it is a major victory.

    • Thanks, PepperHawk. I hope Bloomy bursts his aneurysm. One thing, though, that I’ve noticed about the dems here in Colorado. They may be Dems, but MOST of Colorado is RURAL in area,,, And the RURAL areas are predominantly Conservative. Blanket statement, yes, and there are exceptions. But when wolves and coyotes threaten livestock, there’s one way to handle ’em.
      And it’s been that way in every rural area I’ve ever lived in. I lived in one town, where every pick-up had a gun rack, and when the driver / rancher pulled into the parking lot, it was a rare thing that he’d lock the truck.

      THAT, is knowing one’s neighbors.

      Thanks, PepperHawk, for the comment. We have a LOT of work to do. Let’s git ‘er done.

  6. Buck says:

    DO NOT THINK that these blogs have nothing to do with the national opinions.
    I sometimes despair myself thinking we are all preaching to the choir but whether conservative blogs are read widespread or more likely a reader passes the ideas own over a beer they are effective.
    We have something going and need to keep punching. I started watching View, Anti Liberal and The Claw some years ago and over and over I see points hammered in the blogs presented in more mainstream media as someone else’s original thoughts.
    For years I have hammered in the “comments” sections to quit calling homosexuals “gay” and I am beginning to see mainline commentators drop “gay” in favor of homosexual.
    You see, it works…