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CO: Lessons in Federalism

If elected, former State Senator Tim Neville will gut Social Security and Medicare, according to a new campaign ad.

One problem: Neville (R-Littleton) is running to regain a seat in the state Senate, and will have exactly no legislative input into either of those programs.  Social Security is entirely a federal program, while Medicare is administered by the state, under rules set by the federal government.  Medicaid, which is not mentioned in the ad, is federally funded with eligibility requirement determined in large part by the states.

The ad, produced by the Citizens’ Alliance For Accountable Leadership, and being promoted by Colorado Voters’ Voice, cites Facebook postings and references to the Heritage Foundation from 2011 and 2012, and the related website, NoToNeville.com, also includes references to the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  The references appear to be judgments by Heritage and CBPP on Congressional Republican tax and entitlement proposals which Neville mentioned approvingly.

Neville served in the state Senate for the 2012 session.  However, following reapportionment, he found himself in a district with a seat that didn’t come up for election until 2014.  He is challenging incumbent Jeanne Nicholson (D-Black Hawk) in Senate District 16, one of a handful of races that could decide control of the chamber this fall.  The Democrats currently hold an 18-17 advantage.

Joshua Sharf

Joshua is co-editor of Watchdog Wire - Colorado. Contact him at Colorado@WatchdogWire.com to learn how to get involved with citizen journalism in the Boulder State. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuasharf

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