Get More Smarter on Wednesday (September 26)

The news is 30-40% Kavanaugh today. 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…

► And then there were three.

A third woman has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct on the eve of Thursday’s hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. From the Washington Post:

A third woman came forward Wednesday to accuse Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, saying he was physically abusive toward girls in high school and present at a house party in 1982 where she says she was the victim of a “gang” rape.

The woman, Julie Swetnick, a Washington resident, is represented by lawyer Michael Avenatti, who revealed her identity on Twitter and posted her photograph.

Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee released a copy of the testimony that Kavanaugh is expected to deliver on Thursday.

 

What do 11 Republican Senators do when they are worried about saying something awful when a woman testifies about sexual assault? They hire a woman to do their work for them. As Chris Cillizza writes for CNN:

Senator Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee…confirmed what had been rumored for days — that Rachel Mitchell, a deputy county attorney in Maricopa (Arizona) County, was coming on as outside counsel and would handle the bulk of questioning of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both teenagers…

…Every one of the 11 Republican senators on the current Judiciary Committee are deathly afraid of becoming the next Specter or Heflin — a man who looks either condescending, clueless or both when talking to a woman about her own story of experiencing sexual misconduct. The party, writ large, has massive concerns that even a single moment in which one of their senators looks to be out of touch or bullying could trigger even larger problems for Republicans at the ballot box in 41 days time. Less than 3 in 10 women said they approved of the job President Donald Trump was doing in the latest CNN-SSRS poll, and the party is looking at a major gender gap on the generic congressional ballot…

…Desperate times call for desperate measures. And that’s exactly what this move by Grassley is.

As James Hohmann writes for the Washington PostPresident Trump’s comments about Kavanaugh’s second accuser likely played a role in this decision by Grassley.

 

► Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) on Monday appeared to support the idea of investigating claims of sexual misconduct levied at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. On Tuesday, Gardner stood next to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a press conference in which Senate Republicans all but guaranteed that Kavanaugh would be confirmed to the highest court in the land.

What will Gardner say today?

 

 

Get even more smarter after the jump…

IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…

 

► The last two races for Governor in Florida were decided by less than one point. The Florida Senate race could be the most expensive U.S. Senate race in American history.

► Sticking with the topic of opinion polls, CNN tries to figure out the true measure of support (or lack thereof) for President Trump.

 

► A new report from the Rural Health Policy Project shows that Medicaid expansion benefitted people in Colorado more than in any other state. The Denver Post has more on the study’s results.

 

► Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-Jefferson County) is promoting legislation that would allow people recovering from cancer treatments to pause their student loan obligations.

 

► An anti-gun violence group is spending at least $1.5 million to help unseat Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) in CO-6.

 

► As the Durango Herald reports, Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton is doing the old “private business is more efficient than the government” routine.

Elsewhere, CBS 4 Denver takes a look at Stapleton’s “blind trust” fallacy.

 

► Republican Grady Nouis, a candidate for State House in HD-29 (Arvada/Westminster), is not at all shy about attending rallies for white supremacist groups.

 

► As Politico reports, Republicans are turning to the abortion issue in order to motivate their base of supporters ahead of the November election.

 

► It’s not just you: The air in Denver is probably a bit more cancer-y this week.

 

Tell us who you think will win in Colorado’s biggest Congressional race (CO-6).

 

Your Daily Dose Of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

 

► The New York Times examines data that seeks to understand the perception of media bias:

The bias consumers bring with them distorts their rating of news content, new research shows, and those who are most distrustful of the news media tend to be the most biased readers.

The evidence also suggests that people are at greater risk of bias if they habitually turn to more extreme sources — such as those least often preferred by political moderates.

If you are worried about your own perception of media bias, let us be of assistance: Just listen to whatever we say at Colorado Pols.

 

► Former Yale classmates of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are annoyed at the “choir boy” image he tried to present during a Fox News interview on Monday.

 

ICYMI

 

► “Even if it’s all true, does it disqualify him?” Uh, yeah, it does.

 

►  Sad clown.

 

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7 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. itlduso says:

    If you were hiring a nanny and heard troubling allegations wouldn't you investigate before leaving your children with the nanny?

    There is absolutely no reason why the FBI shouldn't vigorously investigate these allegations against Kavanaugh.

    What say you, Cory Gardner?

  2. Davie says:

    In an effort to dilute the percentage of Kavanaugh news, here is an encouraging development on the Colorado News front:

    The Colorado Media Project has a major progress report on the future of news media in Colorado.  It is a deep dive into what we can do to ensure timely, trustworthy and comprehensive coverage of all the news that is fit to deliver to your electronic medium of choice.

    https://mailchi.mp/03e648694eff/cmp-project-updates?e=975b59a285

    • mamajama55 says:

      It's a shame that the requirements to make more food stamp (SNAP) recipients work harder were what torpedoed this farm bill.

      When I taught adults English last summer, I would sign off on the social services form, that this adult was attending classes to learn English. That seems a worthwhile requirement. 

      But of course, this isn't enough for the power-mad, arrogant jerkwads of the political world. They must require more – more work, more hours, drug tests, loyalty oaths, religious tests, citizenship papers…..all for the greater glory of Trumpublicans.

      Did they want the sick people, the working poor, the young moms who can't afford $300 /week for childcare to also forego nutritious food? If the children of the working poor could somehow crawl back into the womb, would they be protected and supported then?

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