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    In Colorado, Democrat Spokesman Threatens Reporter With Arrest for Requesting Governo

    In Colorado, Democrat Spokesman Threatens Reporter With Arrest for Requesting Governor's Tax Returns

    By Tim Graham |
    October 12, 2014 | 8:08 PM EDT

    The Democrats are looking desperate in Colorado. Chuck Plunkett of the Denver Post reported that “Arthur Kane, an award-winning journalist, posted a first-person account Friday of an encounter with the [Gov. John] Hickenlooper campaign in which he says he was threatened with arrest.”

    Hickenlooper, a former mayor of Denver, is seeking re-election. (Some Democrats have even mentioned him as a dark horse for president.) Kane is a former Denver Post reporter and former local investigative TV producer now working for He's seeking the governor's tax returns. Mitt Romney Alert! Here's Plunkett's take:

    Like many Colorado media outlets, including The Post, Kane asked the campaigns for Hickenlooper and former congressman Bob Beauprez to provide copies of the candidates’ income tax returns.
    The campaigns have provided tax information to outlets, like The Post, but Hickenlooper’s campaign has denied Kane. The returns are private information that candidates aren’t required to release. They are not part of open records laws. But serious candidates usually honor the request.

    Plunkett’s saying the Democrats are playing unserious games with Kane. Here’s how Kane described the threatening exchange with the governor’s spokesman on, which he recorded:

    Campaign spokesman Eddie Stern led me out of an office building that houses a number of different offices, including the Hickenlooper campaign, at 2525 16th St. in Denver and asked me to leave.

    “Do you mind if we step outside,” Stern said, leading me out of the office complex to the sidewalk and parking lot.

    “This is a private office, and I have to ask you to leave at this time,” he said. “Will you not record me?”
    “No I will not, not record you,” I responded.

    “It’s a private office. I’m being recorded without my consent,” he said.

    “We’re standing in a public parking lot, a public sidewalk, probably paid for by taxpayers. So anyway are you going to give me the tax returns or not?” I asked.

    Stern then led me into the lobby of the building.

    “I’ve been asking you for a month and half for the tax returns,” I said.

    “Again, this is a private office. We’re asking you to leave or we’re going to have to call police,” Stern said.

    “You’re going to call police on a reporter?” I asked. “You haven’t been able to answer my phone calls, you haven’t been able to provide me with documents I asked for. Just answer the question and I’ll leave. Are you going to give me the tax returns or not?”

    The week of Sept. 15, I called the office and emailed asking for the governor’s tax returns. Stern did not respond to that and at least four other calls and a visit to the office this week.

    The one time he did come to the phone, I asked him for the address of the office to pick up the returns and he refused to disclose it.

    “We’ll look at your inquiry and the outlet you’re with and bounce it off the team and get back to you,” Stern said Sept. 25.I told him if he didn’t call me back in a week I would come to the office, which I found through a public records database, to pick up the returns.

    He finally called police from the lobby of that building.

    “You’re really going to call police,” I said as he dialed 911. “OK. I’ll record this and I’ll leave.”

    Earlier in the day, Kane reported he attended a news conference and asked Gov. Hickenlooper why the returns have not been provided to him. “I think what we’ve done is release them to every legitimate media operation that we know of,” he said. Isn't it funny how Democrats don't think a media outlet is legitimate if they seem aggressive with Democrats?

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    Who can forget Hickelooper's illegal alien,MS-13 gang member employee. Was Hickenlooper one of those employers that lined his pockets by hiring illegals for cheap?

    Gomez-Garcia gets the max: 80 years

    The inmate, sporting a possible gang symbol on his head, declines to stay in court and face the anguish expressed by Detective Donald Young's widow, daughter and police partner, wounded in the May 2005 shooting.

    By Howard Pankratz
    Denver Post Staff WriterPOSTED: 10/26/2006 01:00:00 AM MDT1 COMMENT| UPDATED: 8 YEARS AGO

    Kelly Young, right, widow of police Detective Donald Young, and their daughter Kourtney listen Wednesday during the sentencing of Raul Gomez-Garcia. (AP / George Kochaniec Jr., pool photo)

    Raul Gomez-Garcia, convicted of killing police Detective Donald Young and wounding his partner, Jack Bishop, was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum of 80 years in prison after Young's widow and the judge labeled the killer a "coward."

    Gomez-Garcia had refused to attend his sentencing, infuriating Bishop and widow Kelly Young.

    "He was a coward then; he is a coward now," Young said as she stood in tears and told of the pain Gomez-Garcia inflicted on her and her two young daughters, Kelsey and Kourtney.

    "I'm shocked that Gomez-Garcia is not here," said Denver District Judge Larry Naves. "He approached the officers from the back in a cowardly fashion, and the fact he can't face the witnesses (today) is consistent with that kind of cowardly act."
    Bishop and Donald Young were ambushed on May 8, 2005, as they provided security at the Salon Ocampo social hall, 1733 W. Mississippi Ave. Young died at the scene.

    Gomez-Garcia, an illegal immigrant, fled to Mexico, where he was arrested June 4, 2005. He was brought back after Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey promised the Mexican government he wouldn't seek the death penalty or file a charge that carries a life sentence.

    Gomez-Garcia had a right under Colorado law not to be present Wednesday. But that didn't soothe the normally mild-mannered Bishop.

    "With all due respect, victims' rights are not taken into account," he said. "I think for myself and Kelly, he should be seated there to hear what we have to say.

    "Killer's mark

    Prior to the sentencing, Gomez-Garcia was brought into the courtroom and was asked by Naves whether he wanted to attend the hearing. Etched into the hair on the back of Gomez-Garcia's head was the number 13.

    Tim Twining of the Denver District Attorney's Gang Unit said the letter "M" is often associated with the Surenos street gang. It is the 13th letter of the alphabet and is usually used by members to denote "murder" or "Mexican."

    An infuriated Bishop said Gomez-Garcia was using the number to thumb his nose at the proceeding and declare his gang affiliation.

    DA's comment

    "His lawyers were trying to stay in front of him so we couldn't see clearly what he had in the back of his head," Morrissey said. "But I could see the 13, and it is an affiliation with an L.A. gang that he had. It was not something that came up during the course of the trial, but obviously it is something he is very proud of today."

    Defense lawyer Fernando Freyre said he couldn't comment directly on the matter.

    "I will say that when someone knows they are going to spend the rest of their lives in prison, they often do things to ensure their own safety," Freyre said, adding that in prison, "people sometimes tell you how to dress."

    Sgt. Frank Gale of the Denver Sheriff Department said Tuesday that Gomez-Garcia asked for clippers to cut his hair so he could be presentable in court. He said Gomez-Garcia's cellmate cut his hair, and deputies discovered the 13 on his head Wednesday morning.

    Gale said that because of potential lawsuits, authorities couldn't shave the 13 off or order Gomez-Garcia to get rid of the number.

    Bishop called the shooting a "horrific case" where Young paid the ultimate sacrifice.

    "I serve in two roles - I'm a victim and a police officer," Bishop said. "Donnie and I were shot. It was a cold-blooded and cowardly shooting. (Gomez-Garcia) chose to do it, planned it and then did it. I'm furious with what he is getting away with here."

    He recalled being with Young as he died and the trauma it has caused. "When you are there with a good friend and you talk to him for the last time, that is something that doesn't go well with me," Bishop said.
    Family's anguish

    Kelly Young said that Gomez-Garcia showed his true colors the night he ambushed the officers and when he refused to be present at the hearing.

    "Donnie was a brave police officer. He (Gomez-Garcia) took away from me and my girls ... the most important person in our lives. I lost my soulmate and the person I intended to spend the rest of my life with," Young said.

    Her girls, she said, lost their buddy, soccer partner and playmate.

    A Denver jury convicted Gomez-Garcia of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. He received 48 years in Donald Young's death and 32 years in the shooting of Bishop.

    Naves said that during the trial, Gomez-Garcia perjured himself and represents a danger to society. "He has shown by his conduct he is a risk to resort to extreme violence at the slightest provocation," the judge said.

    The judge read a letter from Kourtney Young, 14.

    "Why did he pull the trigger?" she asked. "The way I see it is that Gomez-Garcia had no self control, no feeling. He couldn't handle the fact that my dad was the bigger man and maybe embarrassed him in front of his friends.

    "But that's life; it doesn't make it OK to go shoot someone," she said.

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