The last time there was a federal government shutdown with one party in control of both Chambers of Congress and the White House, Jimmy Carter was President. It’s time to Get More Smarter. If you think we missed something important, please include the link in the comments below (here’s a good example). If you are more of a visual learner, check out The Get More Smarter Show.
TOP OF MIND TODAY…
► It’s looking increasingly likely that the federal government will shut down when money runs out at midnight tonight. The Senate does not appear to have enough votes to approve a Continuing Resolution (CR) passed by the House on Thursday evening. Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump, are desperately pushing a narrative blaming Democrats for a potential shutdown, but Americans aren’t buying it. As the Washington Post reports:
By a 20-point margin, more Americans blame President Trump and Republicans rather than Democrats for a potential government shutdown, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
A 48 percent plurality says Trump and congressional Republicans are mainly responsible for the situation resulting from disagreements over immigration laws and border security, while 28 percent fault Democrats.
As for that House CR passed on Thursday, it would fund the government for a whole four weeks. Or as Congressman Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) said after the vote, it would give “the American people the certainty they need and deserve.” For four weeks.
More than 90,000 Coloradans will lose health coverage if Congress does not re-authorize funding for CHIP as part of a spending bill.
► Colorado Senators Michael Bennet (D-Denver) and Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) met with a group of reporters on Thursday to explain that they were still working on trying to construct a comprehensive immigration reform proposal. President Trump said last week that he would support a broad immigration plan if it landed on his desk, though he has since backed off from that statement. Bennet says that he will not vote for a budget resolution that does not include support for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
Elsewhere, federal employees in Colorado are crossing their fingers that a shutdown will be averted at the last minute. As Politico reports, the looming government shutdown is making morale even worse in the White House.
► According to the results of a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, President Trump now owns the record as the most unpopular President after one year in office. From NBC News:
Fifty-seven percent disapprove of Trump’s job, including a majority of respondents — 51 percent — who now say they strongly disapprove, which is a record high for Trump in the survey. That’s compared with 26 percent of Americans who strongly approve of the president’s job…
…Trump’s overall approval rating of 39 percent in the NBC/WSJ poll is lower than George W. Bush’s (82 percent), Bill Clinton’s (60 percent) and Barack Obama’s (50 percent) at this same point in their presidencies.
Trump’s job rating in last month’s NBC/WSJ poll was 41 percent.
Get even more smarter after the jump…
IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…
► Congressman Jared Polis (D-Boulderish) is pushing for legislation that would limit the federal government’s ability to crack down on marijuana sales in states where the drug has been legalized. But Polis is running into opposition from Republicans, including Rep. Ken Buck (R-Greeley).
► Republican candidates for Governor are starting to speak out at campaign forums, which means there is a lot of weird shit being shouted into the ether.
► Right-wing Republicans in Colorado sure love them some Tom Tancredo.
► This is what happens when you succeed in drowning your local government in a bathtub.
► Colorado lawmakers are getting closer to fully funding the Colorado Energy Office.
► Governor John Hickenlooper signed his name to the first bill to emerge from the 2018 legislative session. Senate Bill 27 allows Colorado nurses to participate in a 25-state compact allowing them to work across state lines.
► The Republican tax plan that was rushed through Congress at the end of 2017 is likely to cause problems with efforts to make rental properties more affordable.
► The Greeley-Evans School District is working on a plan to keep students safe as a new oil and gas well begins operations near the playground at Bella Romero Academy in Weld County.
► Denver made a list of 20 finalists vying to be the home of a new Amazon.com headquarters.
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► Some day you’ll be able to tell your grandchildren about the origin of the saying, “Well, spank me with a copy of Fortune magazine.” Chris Cillizza of CNN wonders why the Stormy Daniels story isn’t a bigger deal in the media.
► The Adams 14 School District is cutting back on recess.