The District Attorney (DA) is arguably the most influential position in the criminal justice system. In Colorado, the District Attorney is an elected office and holds decision-making authority and responsibility. Although this is an elected office, often too little information is known about DA candidates or decisions s/he makes once elected.
If there ever was a sate senator out of step with her district it is Laura Woods. Even when she’s running she can’t help but let her extremist views show, yet I haven’t seen much reporting in Colorado media on her incendiary statements or radical policy preferences. That is rather surprising considering her race is pivotal to determining who controls the Colorado State Senate in the coming year. This is a person who rationalized the Planned Parenthood attack in Colorado Springs; who supports the radical personhood amendment that would outlaw birth control; who is doing her best to bring back preventable, deadly, diseases by weakening Colorado’s (already weakest in the nation) vaccination law and spreading the long-debunked falsehood that vaccination is connected to autism.
Reporters shouldn’t be fooled by Rep. Mike Coffman’s recycled attempts to paint his Democratic challanger Morgan Carroll as anti-immigrant. Coffman tried the same tactic in 2014 and failed.
Perhaps the most dangerous belief Arvada State Sen. Laura Woods promotes is the long-debunked notion that vaccines cause autism.
Setting aside that in order to be “born without a father” a child would have to be the product of artificial insemination or have a deceased biological father, (and I suspect that number is quite small), let’s examine what Tancredo’s meme was likely trying to impart, which is the percentage of African American children born into single-parent households without a father. As it generally happens, the meme falls apart under scrutiny. The 72% figure was likely taken from the statistic that 73% of African American children are born to unwed mothers. The implication is that 73% of them don’t have a father in their life, but “unwed” doesn’t mean the father isn’t living with the mother and child. The latest figures available (2014) show that 66% of AA households are single-parent. Even this number is misleading, as many of those households have the father as the only parent.
I’ve been trying to convince journalists to find out why state senate candidate Nancy Doty thinks Sarah Palin gave a “Spot on” speech in Denver, in which the former Alaska governor raved about Donald Trump. (Here’s a funny video to emphasize the point.)
A couple weeks ago, former Rep. Tom Tancredo skewered Rep. Mike Coffman in his weekly Breitbart column, writing thet the “only thing authentic about [Coffman] is his passionate desire to keep that House Member pin on his lapel.”