Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Joe Coors says Ed Perlmutter is the one who is too extreme for Colorado - Denver Post (blog)

Two ads from outside groups have hammered Republican as “extreme” but Coors fights back in a new spot that debuts today, saying his Democratic opponent is the one who is too extreme.

The ad highlights two criminal-justice votes Congressman Perlmutter made while serving in the Colorado State Senate.

The commercial is from Coors’ campaign and marks the first time he has gone after his opponent on the air. Coors’ other campaign ads are focused on introducing himself and on energy policies.

Perlmutter spokeswoman Leslie Oliver burst out laughing when she heard Coors was describing the congressman as extreme.

Coors spokeswoman Michelle Yi said the candidate was reluctant to go negative against Perlmutter but felt he had to counter the ads attacking him.

“The money being poured in against Joe from outside groups is on track to break records,” she said, adding her calculations show the amount spent so far attacking Coors is more than what is being spent in the state’s other six congressional races combined.

Here’s the script from the latest Coors ad:

“I’m Joe Coors. I approve this message”

Announcer: Congressman Ed Perlmutter’s Washington buddies are smearing Joe Coors with false, negative ads.

Extreme? That’s Ed Perlmutter.

Ed Perlmutter voted against the law that protects victims of child abuse from having to face their abusers in court.

And Extreme Ed Perlmutter voted against Colorado’s law allowing the use of evidence to convict sexual predators years later.

Extreme? That’s Ed Perlmutter.

In 1996, Perlmutter voted against a bill from fellow Democrat Bob Martinez that would have allowed children to testify via closed-circuit television when testifying against their abusers.

“Senator Martinez, I was going to support your bill and I think it has good intentions and a need,” Perlmutter said, at the time.

But Perlmutter, an attorney, noted the portion of the state Constitution that read that in criminal prosecutions, the accused has the right to “appear and defend in person and by counsel to demand the nature and cause of the accusation to meet the witnesses against him face to face.”

“And I feel â€" I feel for that â€" but that’s a prohibition and restriction that I cannot overcome no matter how much I like what you’re trying to do there. As a consequence, I’m going to vote ‘no,’” Perlmutter said.

Coors’ campaign maintains there was legal precedence for Perlmutter to support testifying by closed-circuit TV.

Martinez, a Commerce City senator who was term limited at the turn of the century, lives in the , which Perlmutter represents. Martinez said there were no hard feelings over Perlmutter’s vote, and he will be supporting the congressman in November.

He said he and Perlmutter at one point shared at an office at the state Capitol. “I saw how hard he works and how downhome he is with his constituents,” Martinez said.

In 2001, Perlmutter was only one of three senators to vote against a bill that removed the limitation period of 10 years for most sexual assault crimes. He said at the time he thought it was unconstitutional.

Oliver said in that same year Perlmutter got a 100 percent rating from the Colorado Women’s Agenda.

“This is a desperate response by someone like Joe Coors, who is too extreme for the people of Colorado,” she said.

“The fact is Joe Coors’ actions of calling the less fortunate ‘rednecks,’ supporting plans to end Medicare for seniors, raising taxes on the middle class, and outlawing a woman’s right to choose and make her own medical decisions is out of touch and too extreme for the hardworking people in the 7th CD.

“Whether 16 years ago or today, Ed Perlmutter, the father of three daughters, has a proven record of being tough on crime and protecting victims.”

Perlmutter’s campaign so far has run only one ad, which features a former Navy SEAL and his wife talking about how the congressman helped them.

Meet Shady Elders, Denver's newest supergroup - Westword (blog)

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Taking a Dylan-esque route of abandoning acoustic folk for mod-rock, Britt Rodemich teamed up with local favorites Casey Banker -- fresh off the now-defunct The Don'ts and Be Carefuls -- Miles Eichner of Tulip Wars and Marlon Chance of Spires, to form Shady Elders, an indie rock supergroup of sorts. "Everyone in this band can write songs," says Banker of the group, performing at Lost Lake. "I've never been in a band like that. I would say this is the most talented band I've ever been in."

See also:
- The Don'ts and Be Carefuls show songwriting growth on the Sun Hits EP
- The Don'ts and Be Carefuls farewell show at hi-dive, 8/31/12

Originally forming as a two-piece, drums and guitar outfit with former Le Divorce drummer, Chris Durant, Shady Elders have evolved over the last year to include the impressive lineup it has today. "I just helping Britt," says Banker of when he began playing guitar in the band, though in time he and the rest of the gang found they had a real chemistry together, becoming more than just Britt Rodemich's backing band. "A successful band is a band that feels easy to be in. And this band feels very easy, very fluid."

"I think we all know now what works with Shady Elders as a band," says Rodemich. "Casey has a style of writing that caters to what the Don't's and Be Carefuls did; and I've noticed that he's streamlined what he does to be parallel to what I do. And it's the same with Miles and Marlon."

"I keep expecting the honeymoon period to end," says Marlon Chance. "But it doesn't. When I come in to this band I feel energized."

With a voice like a drugged Ella Fitzgerald singing to a dying lover, Rodemich delivers vibrato soaked vocals that glide beautifully atop the band's Lo-Fi sentimentality, creating a sound of both tenderness and strength. With a handful of songs in their repertoire and an enthusiastic backing from Hot Congress, Shady Elders are in the developmental stages of recording an E.P. Until that day, we leave you with this Brass Tree Sessions live recording.

Hot Congress Presents: Shady Elders, Wire Faces, Rubedo, Guest DJ Kevin Galaxy, 10 p.m. Saturday, September 22, Lost Lake, 3602 East Colfax Avenue, 303-333-4345

Lost Lake Lounge

3602 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Colorado Classics: Barry Helton, former CU Buffs All-America punter - Denver Post

To give everyone proper recognition, Barry Helton needed a third Super Bowl ring.

As it was, he made due with the two he won playing with the San Francisco 49ers, one of the cherished pieces of jewelry coming his way in Super Bowl XXIV when San Francisco crushed the Broncos 55-10 on Jan. 28, 1990, at the Louisiana Superdome.

Helton gave his first Super Bowl ring to his father, Perry Helton, in recognition of his father being his hero. Helton kept the second Super Bowl ring for himself, but his mother, Sharon, deserved co-ownership of the ring given her husband, if not a ring of her own.

"My parents always were supportive of me in anything I wanted to do," Helton said, remembering back to his youth growing up on the family farm outside of the small town of Simla, about 50 miles northeast of Colorado Springs.

At a key juncture in his life, his parents did more than just offer support. They helped him become a punter, and he parlayed his skill to All-American status twice at the University of Colorado, a place on the Big Eight Conference's all-decade team (1980-89) and to NFL championships with the 49ers in the 1988 and 1989 seasons.

But there was a time when he wondered if he had a place on the football field.

As the team's quarterback, Helton guided Simla to eight-man state football championships in three consecutive seasons, 1980-82. It was difficult for players from the eight-man division to gain attention from major colleges, but the staff at Colorado found out about him, and he was offered a scholarship to play for coach Bill McCartney.

But in spring practice of his freshman year, McCartney decided to install the wishbone offense. That change didn't fit Helton's skill set.

"I didn't think I was fast enough to play quarterback in the wishbone," Helton said. "I was used to the passing game, and passing isn't a major part of the wishbone offense."

Helton went home for the summer determined to find a place on CU's team where he could excel.

"I had to figure out a place to play," Helton said. "In all honesty, my mom and my dad helped me the most to try punting. I had done a little punting in high school, but never practiced it."

Helton and his dad went to a one-day punting school at Oklahoma State University and then returned to the farm for advanced punting school.

"We were out in the middle of nowhere on the ranch, and my mom and dad would go out with me every day to practice punting," Helton said. "My mom would throw the ball to me underhand, and my dad would watch my steps and time the hang time. My dad was my eyes, but they both taught me how to punt."

For a long time, Helton wondered how he would have done as a college quarterback if McCartney hadn't changed offenses. He believes he would have been competitive.

But there have been great rewards for his punting. He remembers the 20-10 victory over Nebraska in Boulder in 1986 as a highlight.

"That was the most fun I ever had," Helton said. "I had a better game against Nebraska the year before, but when we won, the score was the most important statistic. We came close to going to the Orange Bowl, but we never could beat Oklahoma."

With the 49ers, Helton was in the midst of a locker room of who's who of pro football. He played quarterback for the scout team and sat in on quarterback meetings with Joe Montana and Steve Young.

Helton played four seasons for the 49ers and finished

Barry Helton was an all-American punter at Colorado then went on to play in the NFL. (Photo courtesy of University of Colorado.)

his football career in 1991 after a season with the Los Angeles Rams.

After football, Helton returned to Colorado Springs, got his dealers' license and entered the car business. He is entering the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame at an induction banquet Oct. 30.

"Athletics sure were good to me," Helton said. "At one point of my life, that period was the high point. But as I've gotten older, I realize that was a small part of my life. I wouldn't trade what I have today."

Even with his Super Bowl rings, Helton doesn't mind being called a small-town guy.

"My values never changed," Helton said. "I learned that right was right and wrong was wrong. There was no gray area. It made things real simple."

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Helton bio

Born: Jan. 2, 1965, in Colorado Springs

High school: Simla

College: University of Colorado

Family: Wife Lisa, daughter Nicole and sons Bret, Chad and Brad

Hobbies: Coaching youth sports

Future: Always open to helping young people

Broncos Mailbag: Denver D must step up to top QBs; Maninng too - Denver Post

Denver Post sports writer Mike Klis posts his Broncos Mailbag on Tuesdays during the NFL season. With the Broncos next playing on "Monday Night Football," look for next week's installment Wednesday.

Pose a Broncos- or NFL-related question for the Broncos Mailbag.

Mailbaggers, I read your letters, and wrote you back, all while on a flight from Atlanta to Denver. Technology: It can't be stopped. On to the mailbag...

There is a lot of discussion about having seven defensive coordinators in seven years. Can you help me understand why there continue to be massive holes in the middle of the secondary, and numerous missed tackles? The defense looks better, no doubt. But the defense's biggest weakness still shows week-in and week-out.
-- Brenan, Tulsa

There have been some missed assignments. The linebackers have a lot to do with covering that middle-hole you're talking about. But Denver's D played well enough to win Monday. It didn't create turnovers and didn't put enough pressure on Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan.

But Peyton Manning's first two interceptions were responsible for the Falcons' 10-0 lead. The defense really allowed just 17 points. That normally wins on the road. The run defense has been impressive. The Steelers only averaged 2.9 yards per carry and the Falcons' Michael Turner had just 27 yards on 16 carries until he got 15 after the 2-minute warning to ice the game. Kevin Vickerson, Justin Bannan, Joe Mays, Keith Brooking and Mike Adams were all tough in filling the run gaps Monday.

The Broncos, week-in and week-out, have faced exceptional quarterbacks. In fact, I have Ryan and Ben Roethlisberger ranked among the top three in

Broncos linebacker Von Miller hauls down Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan on Monday. More Broncos photos. (John Leyba, The Denver Post)
this week's Tuesday Morning Quarterback rankings. The Broncos' pass defense would look better if it played the likes of Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker or Mark Sanchez.

Those guys just aren't on the Broncos' schedule this year. Again, the Broncos' schedule is loaded -- I mean loaded -- with top-tier quarterbacks.

The words jumped out at me on Tuesday morning: "I put our team into too big of a hole." The words of a TEAM guy (Peyton) taking responsibility for his team's loss, unlike the current Bears QB who calls out his O-line in front of a national audience. Do the Broncos players realize how fortunate they are to be rid of Cutler and to have a class act like Manning in the organization? I'll take his bum neck over Cutler's obnoxious mouth any day.
-- Dave, Long Valley, S.D.

I agree Manning is the better of the two quarterbacks. But let's put Cutler's public rant against left tackle J'Marcus Webb in some perspective. In the same game, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers went over the top while chewing out receiver James Jones following an idiotic interception. The general reaction was Jones deserved it.

I disagreed. I thought Rodgers' actions were dead wrong.


all seen Manning grimace on the field. He let Lance Ball know the running back should have swung right on pass protection after Manning was sacked on a safety blitz in the fourth quarter. Manning didn't go nuts or throw a fit. But everybody knew somebody messed up.

Troy Aikman and Dan Marino would sometimes blister their teammates. Come to think of it, John Elway was rarely seen chewing out a teammate. I think he once said in an interview he doesn't like confrontation. Not a bad leadership trait.

But I do agree with you Dave that Peyton did "Manning Up" at his postgame press conference Monday, while I've never heard Cutler take full responsibility for his off days. As quarterback tasks go, Manning has far less flaws than Cutler. But "obnoxious mouth" is too harsh.

What is keeping Lance Ball from rising above Knowshon Moreno on the depth chart? I worry every time Moreno touches the ball, and by putting another one on the ground against the Falcons, he confirmed my worry. Ball seems to be a solid No. 2 back who can get yards both running and receiving, and protects the ball.
-- Jake, Marion, Iowa

Moreno's fumble did seem to drop him behind Ball on the depth chart that changed mid-game.

Is Ronnie Hillman still recovering from his injury?
-- Adam, Denver

Yes and no. His hamstring is not quite 100 percent. Once you tweak a hammy or quad, they never are quite the same again. But the rookie running back is more than healthy enough to play. The missed preseason time, though, put Hillman behind on aspects of tailback play other than ball carrying.

It's too bad because the Broncos could have used Hillman's speed on the Georgia Dome field turf Monday.

Hillman is getting close. He will compete in practice this week for the right to play Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Mike, why, oh why, did the Broncos come out passing against the Falcons? I thought John Fox is a conservative defensive-minded coach? What ever happened to establishing the run on the road and keeping it close for the first half?
-- Brandon, Farmington, N.M.

Holy smokes. Fox is criticized almost weekly for being too conservative. His game plan puts the ball in his best player's hands (Manning) early Monday and now Fox is too rambunctious?

It's true, Brandon, the Broncos' no-huddle, put-it-up gameplan failed early. And they got back in the game by slowing down the tempo, huddling-them-up and letting Willis McGahee churn off-tackle.

But that was a nice adjustment the Broncos made. The early damage was just too severe. Don't blame Fox, though, for Manning's three interceptions. As Manning said afterwards, blame goes to the player.

What are the habits of an owner? Take Mr. Bowlen, for example. What are his habits during the regular season? Does he travel with the team? Does he conduct all his non-football business from Broncos HQ? Is he at Dove Valley 24/7, or only when needed? Does he make his in-season home in Denver? If I remember right, his offseason home, is somewhere in Hawaii!?
-- Fawad, Knoxville, Tenn.

Pat Bowlen does travel with the team to every game. He is at his Dove Valley office almost every day during the season. Does he conduct non-football business from the Broncos' headquarters? I don't know. I do know I've paid the utility bill and talked on the phone to my wife while I've been working at Dove Valley.

Bowlen does have a home in Denver, and an offseason home in Hawaii. He's rich. Not billionaire rich, but richer than most Americans and Canadians. Rich people own offseason homes.

I saw that Peyton Manning got the game ball for the season opener against Pittsburgh. What do players typically do with their game balls?
-- Steve, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Keep it, give it to mom, or autograph it and give it to charity for auction. I've already seen a ton of Peyton Manning autographed footballs at various fund-raising functions in Denver.

When the Broncos sign a player to the active roster, how long do they have to make a roster move to get them back to 53 players? For example, last week, when they added Caleb Hanie and Dan Koppen weren't they at 55 players?
-- Chuck, Casper, Wyo.

Hanie and Koppen were added at the same time Ty Warren was placed on injured reserve and guard C.J. Davis was waived off the 53-man roster to the practice squad. Those transactions were filed together to the league office.

Any idea on how Peyton is feeling physically after two games?
-- Phile, St. Peters, Mo.

He's fine. I know there are some arm strength concerns after his three interceptions floated and wobbled. But he also threw deep darts to Demaryius Thomas in the end zone (when the ball was knocked away incomplete by a safety) in the second quarter and Eric Decker (who didn't come down with it) in the fourth quarter.

Manning has said repeatedly he's not fully recovered from his neck injury. He's not specific. Many of those close to him say there is still some issue with nerve regeneration. But no one questioned his health last week.

Sometimes, a quarterback simply throws a bad pass or three.

Listen to Mike Klis on Klis' Korner at 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and at 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday on 102.3 FM ESPN. Pose a Broncos- or NFL-related question for the Broncos Mailbag.

Rockies' Michael Cuddyer is nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award - Denver Post

SAN FRANCISCO â€" Michael Cuddyer followed Rockies trainer Keith Dugger into the clubhouse Tuesday, typically an ominous sign. But for the first time in weeks, Cuddyer had made real progress. The Rockies' outfielder ran and played catch, his oblique no longer feeling like someone was stabbing him with a knife on every breath.

"I feel like a baseball player again," Cuddyer said.

Since signing as the National League's most high-priced free agent this past winter, Cuddyer has not had the impact on the Rockies' season he had hoped. He has, however, immersed himself in the Denver area as promised.

Tuesday, he was named the Roberto Clemente Award nominee for the Rockies. Each club has a representative, the award

recognizing players for the positive contributions on and off the field, sportsmanship and community involvement.

Per his nomination, Cuddyer received $7,500 to be donated to a charity. Cuddyer chose giveSports, a project of Precious Child Inc., because of its mission and connection to Aurora theatre shooting victim Jessica Redfield Ghawi. The aim of the organization is to help cover the costs to allow disadvantaged children participate in organized sports.

For Cuddyer, the charity became personal when the Rockies returned home from a road trip in July after the shooting tragedy that jarred the state. He was among several Rockies players and team officials to visit victims in a hospital.

"When you see firsthand the people who were involved, when you talk to them and hear their stories, you want to help," Cuddyer said. "You can't change what happened. But maybe you can take their mind off it for a few minutes. I am position to give back, and you do it through your time, money, by raising awareness."

Ghawi was an aspiring journalist who loved hockey. She moved to Denver in 2011 to pursue her career.

For Cuddyer, there was a connection on many levels, namely his motivation to help kids. He was nominated for the Clemente award in the past while with the Minnesota Twins. Clemente died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while taking supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. He personally wanted to make sure those affected received the help they needed.

As Cuddyer learned more about Clemente's story, he became an inspiration.

"Seeing the way he died helping other people ... It just showed how he wanted to his fame and fortunate to benefit others," Cuddyer said.

The powerful message has long resonated with Cuddyer. Upon arriving in Colorado, he and his wife started a program to provide school supplies for kids. As part of his contract with the Rockies, he purchased a suite at Coors Field, hosting families for games. During his time in Minnesota, Cuddyer raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.

"You don't do it for recognition. You do it to help," Cuddyer said. "That's what it's all about."

Photos: Giants defeat Rockies, 6-3 - Denver Post

Posted Sep 18, 2012


SAN FRANCISCO â€" There’s nothing unusual about the Rockies losing at AT&T Park. It’s as much a part of their San Francisco experience as trolley cars and sourdough bread. What made Tuesday’s disappointing performance different â€" the Rockies lost 6-3 â€" was the sheer weirdness of the cool evening at China Basin. There was a runner’s interference as DJ LeMahieu drew contact with a well-placed elbow. Dexter Fowler was hit on the top of the helmet, preventing a double play, but for reasons unknown Charlie Blackmon didn’t advance (third-base coach Rich Dauer was screaming across the field for him to do so, but first-base coach Glenallen Hill didn’t see him). Tyler Colvin reached on catcher’s interference. And in the top of the seventh, a fan jogged leisurely onto the field and security took a new tact â€" they just let him tire himself out before greeting him at first base.

Story: Rosario ties rookie record, but Rockies lose at San Francisco in wacky game

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ann Romney to FOX31: Mitt doesn't disdain the poor - Fox 31

Posted on: 4:41 pm, September 18, 2012, by , updated on: 06:52pm, September 18, 2012

DENVER â€" Ann Romney, the wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, spoke exclusively Tuesday with FOX31 Denver about her husband’s controversial comments in a video that surfaced Monday characterizing nearly half of the country as Obama supporters who don’t pay taxes and live off the government.

“I’ve been on, obviously, on the trail a long time with Mitt and if you listen to the whole context of what Mitt talks about, he is talking about what’s happening right now in America and how more and more people are falling into poverty,” Ann Romney told FOX31 Denver.

“He wants to make sure to bring better opportunities for everyone. I know the guy, I know him really well, I know he cares. That’s why he’s running. It’s unfortunate when something gets misinterpreted like this, when it gets taken out of context.

“We’re facing some very difficult situations, and if we don’t take some corrective measures soon, more and more people will become dependent on government and that is not what he wants.”

When FOX31 Denver asked Ann Romney if her husband’s comments expressed a disdain for the poor, as Democrats have alleged in the last 24 hours, she said, “Absolutely not.”

Romney also spoke about the importance of the women’s vote in Colorado and across the country; and she told FOX31 Denver about the convention speaker she would have preferred to see in Clint Eastwood’s primetime slot at the RNC last month.