Monday Open Thread

“When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned.”

–Herbert Hoover


17 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Pueblo educators voted to end the strike. Well negotiated, well-picketed, well-done, folks.


  2. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    Great news, Trumplicans! Your magnificent leader, the Screaming Yam, has announced his administration is working hard to save 70,000 Chinese jobs…wait..did I just say CHINESE JOBS? Yep. That's right…Tweeted by the Great Chinese Savior..Donald J. Trump, Hisself.

    One of you Trump voters wanna 'splain how this is OK with you?

  3. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Forty one demonstrators in Gaza have been killed in protests again the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

    Trumpism kills.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      I’m wondering if Jared Kushner can do as much for U.S.-Mexico relations as he’s done in the Middle East?  

      No wonder Yammybritches is so anxious to get that wall built!?

  4. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    Tillemann says he’ll withdraw from primary if poll shows only Crow can beat Coffman

    Democratic congressional candidate Levi Tilleman said Friday he’ll drop out of the 6th District primary if a poll he has commissioned shows that primary rival Jason Crow is the only Democrat who can unseat five-term Republican Mike Coffman in the suburban swing seat.

    Tillemann told Colorado Politics he expects to have the results in hand Monday of a survey measuring the two Democrats’ relative strength against Coffman and will quit the race the next day “for the good of the nation and the party” if it looks like Crow’s position is “substantially” better.

    But if it turns out national Democrats have been bluffing, Tillemann added, he plans to call on Crow to withdraw and for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to “stop meddling” in the party’s primaries.

    • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

      Decisions by a poll commissioned by one campaign … hmm, I don't know as there is a great deal of power in that idea.

      I'm all in favor of everyone telling the DCCC to "stop meddling" in primaries — with the minor reservation of avoiding an "all-Republican" outcome from an open primary, such as California.

      • PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

        It's a reaction to this:

        Tillemann’s pledge is the latest salvo in an escalating battle between the Democrats’ left wing and the party’s establishment — in this case, embodied by New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, the DCCC chair, who said earlier this week that polling demonstrates the more centrist Crow has a chance to beat Coffman, but Tillemann doesn’t. [emphasis mine]

        Lujan made the remarks during a series of media appearances responding to a story first reported by Colorado Politics in January, that Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland had encouraged Tillemann to step aside in favor of Crow, the candidate party leaders had determined “very early on” was more electable.

        • VoyageurVoyageur says:

          I think I'd put more confidence in a third party poll interested in only winning the seat than one commissioned by a candidate wanting to make himself look good.

  5. UglyAmericanUglyAmerican says:

    I've been invited to countless house parties and the like on behalf of Jason Crow, and have seen or heard of Tilleman only in the context of the kvetching about the DCCC. While he can't help being a Dick, is he just a bad retail politician with no real support?

  6. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    White House, EPA headed off chemical pollution study

    Scott Pruitt’s EPA and the White House sought to block publication of a federal health study on a nationwide water-contamination crisis, after one Trump administration aide warned it would cause a "public relations nightmare," newly disclosed emails reveal.

    The intervention early this year — not previously disclosed — came as HHS' Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry was preparing to publish its assessment of a class of toxic chemicals that has contaminated water supplies near military bases, chemical plants and other sites from New York to Michigan to West Virginia.

    The chemicals at issue in the HHS study have long been used in products like Teflon and firefighting foam, and are contaminating water systems around the country. Known as PFOA and PFOS, they have been linked with thyroid defects, problems in pregnancy and certain cancers, even at low levels of exposure.

    Air Force admits firefighting foam that was spilled on base contaminated water and soil; people south of Colorado Springs left in lurch

  7. Half Glass FullHalf Glass Full says:

    The Colorado Supreme Court has today modified its opinion holding that Doug Lamborn doesn't have enough valid signatures to be on the ballot in CD-5. My question is whether that modification has any bearing on the federal courts' decision that Colorado's entire residency scheme for petition circulators is unconstitutional. 

    • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

      Waitaminnit – Is Lamebrain on the ballot or isn't he? If I'm reading this right, he is on the ballot, and the residency scheme for petition circulators has been ruled unconstitutional.

      The Sec State office could appeal the ruling, but probably won't, according to Max McGuire of the "Our Community Now" blog:

      “[Colorado Secretary of State] Wayne W. Williams shall certify Douglas Lamborn to the 2018 Republican primary ballot for the Fifth Congressional District unless, for reasons other than the residency requirement discussed in this order, he does not qualify,” Brimmer wrote in his order.

      The Federal judge’s ruling came in just under the wire and, due to the timing of the primary, is likely to be final. In order for ballots to be mailed to Coloradans living out-of-state, abroad, and serving in the United States Armed Forces, they would have needed to be printed by May 12. With the ruling being handed down on May 8, there wasn’t realistically enough time to appeal and ensure that Coloradans serving abroad get their ballots.

      In a statement released late on Tuesday night, Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert said that while the office would reassess Judge Brimmer’s ruling, their top priority was to make sure the ballots get printed and mailed out. The language strongly suggests that the Secretary of State’s office will not challenge the ruling prior to the primary election, though it is possible they could file an appeal afterward.

      The controversy surrounding the GOP primary in Colorado’s Fifth Congressional District appears to be over. Whether this case becomes binding precedent in Colorado, however, is a completely different matter …

      • DavieDavie says:

        The State Supreme Court left open the question of constitutionality of the residency requirement.  The Federal District Court answered it.  The modification in all likelihood (I am neither a lawyer nor have I read the modification) probably just aligns with or recognizes the Federal ruling.

        Dollars to donuts, Lamebrain is on the ballot.  It's up to CD5 voters to determine if they want competent venal or incompetent venal representation.

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