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Today is Thursday, April 02, 2015

Corn soars on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula

Corn prices soared Monday on the expectaton that Russia's invasion and occupation of Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula would slow or halt the country's corn exports and increase demand for U.S. corn. As the chart below shows, a huge 2013 crop has depressed corn prices and they have a long way to go to recover last year's highs, which seems unlikely. This is called a point and figure chart. When prices fall, zeroes accumulate. When prices rise, x's climb the chart reflecting buying pressure. The price objective shown on the chart is derived by an algebraic equation that reflects upward buying pressure. It is not a forecast.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/03/14 at 08:19 PM
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Gov. John Hickenlooper has 27,700 followers on twitter; Tom Tancredo 4,251, Scott Gessler 3,004

Who's good at using twitter and social media? Among Colorado's gubernatorial candidates, Gov. John Hickenlooper has 24,700 followers and 1,072 tweets @Hickforco. Republican gubernatorial candidate, Tom Tancredo has 4,251 followers @ttancredo and 2,935 tweets. He has more followers than his GOP opponents: Bob Beauprez has 1,810 followers and 1,690 tweets @bobbeauprez. Sec. of State Scott Gessler has 3,004 followers @scottgessler and 606 tweets. Senator Greg Brophy has 3,751 followers @SenatorBrophy and 7,232 tweets. Steve House has 328 followers at @SteveHouse4Gov and 68 tweets.  Mike Kopp has 275 followers and 152 tweets @ColoradoForKopp. FYI, Denver Post political reporter, Lynn Bartels, has 6,050 followers and 17,100 tweets @lynn_bartels. I have 338 followers and 9,212 tweets @RealDonJohnson.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/03/14 at 05:06 PM
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Bob Beauprez files to run for Colorado GOP’s gubernatorial nominaton

Former Rep. Bob Beauprez has filed to run for the Colorado GOP's nomination for governor. He ran a disastrous campaign for governor in 2006  and lost by about 17 percentage points. He is up against very articulate, experience and appealing opponents including Sec. of State Scott Gessler, former Rep. Tom Tancredo, Adams County GOP chairman, Steve House, State Sen. Greg Brophy and former State House minority leader, Mike Kopp. The GOP nominee will challenge Gov. John Hickenlooper who defeated Tancredo in 2010. Search this site for "Beauprez" for more information about him. Beauprez has been anxious to make another run for governor for a long time and has maintained his public visibility by writing a blog and posting on Facebook and Twitter where he has 1,810 followers and posted 1,690 tweets.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/03/14 at 04:29 PM
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Caterpillar closed down Friday

Caterpillar (CAT), which I own, has been on a tear since mid December. This chart shows where it was at Friday's close. It's down a bit today. This post is a test of my upgraded software. I do not take responsibility for how others trade and this post is not meant to provide trading advice.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/03/14 at 01:48 PM
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Live blogging Colorado GOP gubernatorial debate on Fox 31

The debate is on Channel 31 on satellite and 13 on Comcast in the mountains.

Scott Gessler joins the debate. Tom Tancredo stays home.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/02/14 at 09:01 AM
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Mark Udall uses Cory Gardner’s debut as senate candidate to email a fundraising letter

Sen. Mark Udall is using Rep. Cory Gardner's dive into Colorado's U.S. Senate race as an excuse to email a fundraising letter:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/01/14 at 09:47 PM
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Cory Gardner annouces he will challenge Mark Udall for U.S. Senate; must beat Owen Hill in primary

Rep. Cory Gardner of Yuma today announced that he will put his voting record up against Sen. Mark Udall's in this year's election. But he has to beat State Sen. Owen Hill of Colorado Springs in the GOP primary before he can take on Udall. Gardner attacked Udall who is from the hard left city of Boulder for not challenging President Obama on ObamaCare and other issues. Gardner's press release:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/01/14 at 09:20 PM
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David Camp tax reform bill is progressive, hits businesses, individuals making $200k plus says Rep. David Camp's (R-MI) tax bill would make taxes simpler and less expensive for lower income folks who already don't pay much in taxes and increase taxes on people who make more than $200,000 a year. The bill is bitterly opposed by investment bankers and Wall Street, which has turned off its campaign contributions to Republican candidates like Colorado's Rep. Cory Gardner who is expected to challenge Sen. Mark Udall. Few politicians are cheering Camp's bill, and it's dead on arrival for this year.


Top line assessment of Camp's tax reform: Increases progressivity and taxes on business and investment. By William McBride & Scott A. Hodge,

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/01/14 at 10:07 AM
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Owen Hill fans trashing Cory Gardner, RINOs, independents, politicians

In response to a  "letter to" Colorado senate candidate, State Sen. Owen Hill, his fans are trashing the political process and Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CD-4), who is expected to announce that he's in the race and already is being touted by Republicans as the guy who might beat Sen. Mark Udall. Hill apparently is more of a so called tea party candidate and supporter of the Stoner Generation than most because his supporters are showing a strong distaste for politics, politicians and the political process. In their comments on the blog's appeal to Hill to drop out of the senate contest and wait his turn, most of his fans look quite naive and distraught. In his short tenure in the state senate, Hill reportedly has voted against pot sales taxes and with the pot lobby almost every time. Is that true?

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/01/14 at 08:47 AM
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Cory Gardner, Scott Gessler, Tom Tancredo need strong web sites, Facebook pages

Republicans Cory Gardner, Scott Gessler and Tom Tancredo need strong web and Facebook pages. Gardner's new web site for his senate campaign isn't up because he hasn't officially announced, yet. Gessler's web page is even weaker than Tancredo's, and that's not saying much. Campaign consultants favor fundraising priorities for their candidates' web sites over content that sells them to activists and voters. Take a look at their sites, which are pitifully shallow, take voters for granted and show no respect for voters who want to see where they stand on the issues.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/01/14 at 08:11 AM
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Mark Udall kills VA, Vets health benefits bill with pork, gimmicks

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) helped kill a senate bill that would have restored benefits to our veterans and ensured their access to health care for  medical problems related to their service. Udall and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) voted for the bill that died because it is full of pork and provisions that would have paid for veterans medical care that had nothing to do with their military service. Those provision would have made VA health care even more of a single payer plan and would have overwhelmed VA hospitals and clinics to the point that they would not be able to serve the veterans who need to have their military-related injuries and traumas treated. This is just another example of how Udall and Bennet let the most corrupt senate majority leader in history, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), lead them around like the lemmings and hacks that they are.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/01/14 at 07:36 AM
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Bob Beauprez, Cory Gardner, Ken Buck know Big Money GOP contributors are lousy candidate pickers

If Republicans' Big Money contributors are picking Rep. Cory Gardner to beat Sen. Mark Udall and former Rep. Bob Beauprez to beat Gov. John Hickenlooper, Democrats must be laughing all of the way to November.  In Colorado, the GOP's senior statesmen and largest contributors haven't picked a winning senatorial or gubernatorial candidate in over a decade. They always pick sure winners who aren't.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 02/28/14 at 09:52 AM
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Ken Buck,  Amy Stephens out of Colorado senate race; Cory Gardner has chance to beat Sen. Mark Udall

Now that Ken Buck and Amy Stephens have droped out of the Colorado Senate race, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner (CO-CD-4) has a chance to beat Sen. Mark Udall because the Democrat senator is a dependable party line supporter of Liar-in-Chief Obama and the most dishonest Senate majority leader in our history, Sen. Harry Reid.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 02/27/14 at 01:19 PM
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Stock markets looking uncertain; topping again

The Dow Jones Industrials and S&P 500 are looking toppy again. Long term, charts are bullish, but that could end any day.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 02/26/14 at 12:11 PM
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Corn and soybeans are recovering

Corn and soybeans farmers are holding their crops off the markets in the face of weak export demand and in hopes that weather scares will give them higher prices in April, May and June. When the cold weather breaks, will farmers start selling in the face of possibly even bigger crops?

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 02/26/14 at 08:45 AM
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