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Tina Peters fires her attorneys for the 5th time, delaying her criminal trial AGAIN

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, shown here with Mesa County Commissioner Bobbie Daniel (R)

Republican former Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters fired her attorneys again today and been granted another delay in her criminal trial as a result. He trial was scheduled to start this Friday, 2/9/24.

The Colorado Sun reports that Judge Matthew Barrett has now set Tina’s criminal trial for July 29 through Aug. 12, 2024. This is the fifth time Tina has switched lawyers since 2022, when a grand jury indicted her on a 13 count mix of felonies and misdemeanors related to election tampering.

Tina Peters is certain she will do no jail time for her conviction on obstructing government operations

Tina Peters’ mugshot for her arrest on 3/9/2022

KRDO TV in Colorado Springs is reporting that Tina Peters, who is now running for Chair of the Colorado Republican Party, believes her ongoing legal battles won’t hurt her ability to lead the Party if she is elected. She also believes she will not serve any jail time in connection with her conviction on obstructing government operations.

A jury found Peters guilty of the charge earlier this month. She is scheduled to be sentenced at 9:00 a.m. on April 10 in Courtroom 2 at the Mesa County Justice Center.

Peters told KRDO, “I promise you I’m not going to jail. This is not a jailable offense, so I’m not worried at all.”

Her conviction carries a potential sentence of up to 6 months in jail, a $750 fine, or probation and community service.

Tina Peters subpoenaed in Dominion defamation lawsuit

Tina Peters on a talk show on Lindell TV September 7, 2022, talking about getting subpoenaed in the Dominion defamation lawsuit while she was on her way into her arraignment. The case is moving forward after a judge refused to dismiss the suit.

Tina Peters announced on Lindell TV last night (video, about 2 min. in) that as she was heading into her arraignment hearing at the Mesa County Justice Center for her felony criminal case on September 7, she was served with a subpoena in the Dominion voting machine company’s defamation lawsuit.

Tina is scheduled to be deposed in the case November 7 in Grand Junction.

Lauren Boebert votes against bill to reauthorize U.S. to combat international human sex trafficking

House Rep. Lauren Boebert (L), with her former campaign manager, Sherronna Bishop.

On July 26, 2022 Colorado House Rep. Lauren Boebert voted against the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2022 HR 6552, which continues funding the Department of State and Department of Justice to combat human sex trafficking internationally through fiscal year 2026.

The law has been in place since 2020.

The bill sailed through the House on a vote of 401 to 20. The 20 who voted against it were all Republicans and included Ken Buck of Colorado, Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Louis Gohmert (R-TX).

Close Trump aides and campaign officials all testify Trump’s claims of widespread election fraud are baseless, unfounded

For those in Mesa County who still believe Trump’s big lie that he lost the 2020 election due to widespread election fraud, this 4 minute video presents testimony by close Trump aides, including top Trump campaign lawyer Alexander Cannon, who previously worked as Assistant General Counsel for the Trump Organization; Matt Morgan, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel to the Vice President of the United States, former U.S. Attorney General William Barr, and Trump’s daughter and Senior White House Advisor Ivanka Trump.

Boebert supporters fail in legal effort to disqualify Don Coram from the primary

Rep. Don Coram (R-Montrose)

A Denver judge ruled on Wednesday, April 27, that Don Coram, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives 3rd Congressional District seat, can remain on the primary ballot and challenge GOP incumbent Lauren Boebert.

Coram had petitioned onto the ballot and turned almost 2,000 signatures in to the Secretary of State. A petitioner must have 1,500 valid signatures to qualify for the primary ballot. Of the number Coram turned in, 1,536 were validated, but four voters in the district filed a lawsuit challenging that number, claiming some of the signatures the Secretary of State had accepted were actually invalid. The lawsuit specifically challenged 390 of the signatures that had been accepted.

Better know a commissioner candidate: Dave Edwards running for Mesa County commissioner in District 3

This is a video of a short talk given by Dave Edwards at a Get Out the Vote Rally held recently at the old Mesa County Courthouse. Edwards is running for the District 3 Mesa County Commissioner seat.

District 3 is the eastern and southern parts of the county, including Clifton, Palisade, Whitewater, DeBeque, Mesa, Collbran, Whitewater, Gateway and Glade Park. In his talk, Dave contrasts himself with former 2-term Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland, his opponent, who is running to be commissioner for a third term.

Dave served on the Palisade Town Council, is the former Mayor Pro Tem of Palisade, a retired CPA, has a law degree and volunteers with Catholic Outreach in their soup kitchen. His main policy concerns for some time have been about poverty in Mesa County, the struggles of a declining middle, homelessness and people in Mesa County who struggle to obtain the basic necessities. Other areas Dave is interested in improving are food insecurity, child care and public health, You can read more about Dave’s positions on issues here.

This blog has endorsed Dave Edwards as the best candidate for the office.

All Mesa County voters can vote in all commissioner races in the general election.

Recall effort against Governor Polis fails miserably

Rep. Jared Polis is safe in office after recall effort fails to gather anywhere near enough signatures.

It was another victory for progressives in Colorado today as upset Republicans who were trying desperately to recall Governor Jared Polis ended up gathering fewer than half the signatures they needed to put the recall measure on the ballot. The recall faction failed so miserably in fact that they didn’t even bother to turn in the signatures they did get.

Local Republican proponents of the effort were spotted using illegal techniques to gather signatures, like setting up tables in public parks without obtaining the required permits and taping signs advertising their petition effort on government buildings.

In the end, the “Dismiss Polis” people gathered only 300,000 of the 630,000 signatures they needed to qualify for the ballot.

Governor Polis responded to the news by saying “After all that fuss, I was pleasantly surprised that they didn’t turn in a single signature on the recall. I hope the remaining misguided efforts against others see the same results … Recalls should not be used for partisan gamesmanship.”

Edwards formally challenges Soper’s residency and legality of his election to HD-54 seat

Republican Matt Soper had the Carreon family evicted from the 10 Hartig Drive house where he claimed he had lived for 12 months prior to the election, after the actual residents of the house told the Daily Sentinel that Soper never live in the house with them.

Former Palisade Town Trustee Dave Edwards filed a formal petition (pdf) yesterday with Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and the state legislature officially disputing the legality of Matt Soper holding the Colorado House District 54 seat.

District 54 comprises the western portion of  Delta County and much of Mesa County outside the boundaries of the City of Grand Junction. 

Edward raised enough money to formally serve the petition directly to Soper and fund the bond that the Colorado Revised Statutes require be posted in such disputes.  The bond money is apparently to help prevent frivolous challenges to election results.

In this case, the challenge is far from frivolous and could end Soper’s political career.

Matt Soper’s legitimacy as Colorado House District 54 Representative is challenged

Dave Edwards

Former Palisade town trustee Dave Edwards is seeking to formally challenge the legitimacy of Matt Soper being seated as a Representative for Colorado House District 54.

Palisade is in House District 54.

Soper, a Republican, was elected to the HD-54 seat in November, but the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel ran a series of articles before the election that charged that the residence Soper had listed on his official Candidate Affidavit was not his true residence. If it wasn’t, Soper may not have met the legal residency requirements to run in District 54. 

To qualify for a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, a candidate must have lived in the district for 12 months prior to the date of the election.

I Need Your Help

Attention Readers,

I need your help.

Our apartment in Boulder, Colorado got completely destroyed in the September, 2013 floods. It had six feet of swirling water in it and after the floods there was nothing left. Now, almost two years later, it is finally being rebuilt and is nearing completion. Because it was so small, space was tight and at a premium. To that end, we had a wonderful little stacking dinnerware set in the kitchen that looked like this:

Stackable dinnerware set with rack

It basically crammed an entire dinnerware set for four into a tiny footprint, sparing a lot of space. I can’t find another one like it anywhere. Have you seen anything like this anywhere? If so, let me know where! Thanks!

Helping Cook the Toffee

The Toffee Makers, downtown G.J.

A couple attending the downtown G.J. Art, Music and Bike festival stop to help an outsized Mr. Enstrom and his assistant prepare some fresh toffee. They may not know that Doug Simons, the current owner of Enstrom Candies, served for 8 years on the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority Board (twice as chair) during the time the FBI raided the Airport Authority offices looking for evidence of fraud. 

Splash Pad in Jail

The City of Grand Junction has done its best to lock people out of the formerly well-loved Splash Pad, an interactive fountain originally constructed for people to play in downtown on warm spring and summer days.  The splash pad proved too popular, however, leading to problems of overcrowding and bacteria-filled water. So the City shut it down in July of 2014, and now people must pay to use the splash pad at the Lincoln Park Pool.

The City of Grand Junction has done its best to lock people out of the formerly well-loved Splash Pad, an interactive fountain originally constructed for people to play in downtown on warm spring and summer days. The splash pad proved too popular, however, leading to problems of overcrowding and bacteria-filled water. So the City shut it down in July of 2014, and directed people to the splash pad at the Lincoln Park Pool, which is free.

Killing the Messenger: U.S. Postal Service in Congress’ Crosshairs

Supporters of the U.S. Post Office in Grand Junction protest further cutbacks at the Patterson Road mail sorting facility on Friday, Nov. 14th.

Supporters of the U.S. Post Office in Grand Junction protest further cutbacks at the Patterson Road mail sorting facility on Friday, Nov. 14th.

Supporters of the U.S. Postal Service rallied outside the Patterson Road Mail Processing Annex in Grand Junction Friday afternoon to protest a new round of cuts that will eliminate Saturday delivery and close 82 more postal stations, including mail sorting facilities, nationwide.

In 2006 Congress mandated that the U.S. Postal Service pre-fund health benefits for its future retirees 75 years in advance, a requirement made of no other business on Earth. The requirement is costing the Postal Service a whopping $5.6 billion per year, making it financially much harder for it to operate. In addition, now the U.S. Postal Board of Governors, which oversees the Post Office, will meet to approve cutbacks aimed at eliminating Saturday mail delivery. These newest rounds of cutbacks will delay the mail, making it take much longer to simply get a letter across town.

Bottoms Up

Two bushes, located at the "Vintage 70s" subdivision along G Road between 12th Street and Horizon Drive, are carved into the shape of a gigantic buttocks and appears to be mooning drivers traveling along G Road.

Bushes located between two garages in the “Vintage 70s” subdivision along G Road between 12th Street and Horizon Drive, appear to be carved into the shape of a gigantic buttocks, mooning drivers traveling along G Road.