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TOP OF MIND TODAY…
► Congressional leaders are putting the final touches on legislation that will prevent another government shutdown. From the Washington Post:
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill scrambled Wednesday to finalize a sweeping spending bill that includes a compromise on border security two days ahead of a deadline for government funding to expire, as last-minute disputes arose on an array of issues.
While President Trump appeared open to signing the legislation — which includes far less funding than he has sought for construction of barriers along the southern border — White House officials said he was waiting to see the final package before making a decision.
Still pending were issues, including whether to use the bill to provide back pay to federal contractors who were caught in the middle of the recent government shutdown and to extend the federal Violence Against Women Act.
President Trump is likely to sign the legislation — despite not getting what he wants — and will try his damndest to make it look like this is some sort of victory for his administration and all wall-loving people. In reality, this is nothing short of a big, fat loss for the White House.
As the Los Angeles Times reports, the rebranding of the wall debate is already underway.
► Denver teachers are still on strike, but negotiations have restarted between Denver Public Schools and the teacher’s union.
► The U.S. Senate passed a massive public lands bill on Tuesday that includes reauthorization for the popular Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). It may be up to the House of Representatives to make sure LWCF is properly funded, however. At the very least, it’s nice to know that Congress isn’t completely broken. Just “mostly” broken.
Get even more smarter after the jump…
IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…
► As Ernest Luning writes for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman, freshman Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Boulderish) might just be the ideal candidate for Democrats to put forward against Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) in 2020.
► The man who might have been Speaker of the House — had Republicans maintained their majority in 2018 — is blaming GOP losses on failed attempts at dismantling healthcare reform. From the Washington Post:
Speaking privately to his donors, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy squarely blamed Republican losses in last year’s midterm elections on the GOP push to roll back health insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions — and in turn blamed his party’s right flank…
…McCarthy’s remarks about the Freedom Caucus threaten to renew an old rift between the top House Republican and the Freedom Caucus — one that dates to 2015, when the group blocked McCarthy from succeeding John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) as House speaker. McCarthy has since moved aggressively to win over conservatives by pursuing a harder line on immigration, spending and other key policy issues.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the Freedom Caucus chairman, said McCarthy’s remarks were “very troublesome” after a reporter described them. “I hoped the us-versus-them mentality of the past was something that indeed was in the past,” he said.
McCarthy’s comments signal big problems for Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, whose support for these failed attempts will no doubt be front and center in 2020.
► Senator Cory Gardner also has an abortion problem as he looks ahead to his 2020 re-election bid.
► Now that infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been convicted on multiple charges in a New York courtroom, his new permanent home is likely to be the Supermax prison facility in Florence, Colorado. We get the best criminals!
► Sarah Kliff of Vox.com explains how private health insurance works in Canada and Europe.
► Congressman Scott Tipton (R-Cortez) wants our ship back.
► As the Denver Business Journal reports, some of Colorado’s most influential companies are pushing hard for immigration and climate change reforms.
► One straw law! One straw law! One straw law!
► A State House committee killed a dumbass Republican proposal that would have required Colorado students to participate in a hunter education course.
► Democrats are recruiting a strong challenger to take on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2020. Democrats also have a top-tier candidate for Senate in Arizona in former astronaut Mark Kelly.
► Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the Parkland School Shooting in Florida.
► Let the lemonade flow freely (or cheaply, anyway).
Your Daily Dose Of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
► President Trump’s new 2020 campaign slogan is basically the same phrase that Democrat Hillary Clinton once used.
► President Trump has a great idea for an Independence Day parade that already exists.
► This is what it looks like when Colorado Republicans try legislating with crayons.
► An increasing number of Coloradans support raising taxes on the state’s wealthiest people.