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  1. Arvadonian1Arvadonian1 says:

    Jena Griswold running for Senate?

    • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

      What makes you think so? I doubt it. Secretary Griswold is that rarity, a dedicated public servant. She will have her hands full making the Secretary of State office transparent and useful to the people of Colorado.  Maybe a couple of years  down the line, she might run for Federal office.

      • unnamed says:

        I heard rumors that she had been talking to the DSCC and Emily's List about the possibility.

        • CoDem2020 says:

          Pretty sure its because the only competitive people for the Senate race are rich white men right now. Jena would clearly be the best woman to run, having won statewide against a popular incumbent… 

          • VoyageurVoyageur says:

            Jena is a fine lady, and I sent her money in her race.  But running for the Senate after just a few months as Sec State won't set well.  Cary Kennedy and Alice Madden have great credentials but recent losses.  Joe the Goose is a great guy but again, running for higher office just a few months into his present term.   Johnston and Romanoff, multiple losers.

            only Hick looks strong and he has Potomac Fever of the wrong kind.

            face it, Trump or no Trump, the Pride of Yuma isn't going to be easy to beat.  As an old Holyoke Dragon, that isn't easy for me to say.

            • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

              Now V….

              Johnston and Romanoff, multiple losers.

              Have you forgotten the story of Honest Abe?  One of our greatest Presidents who suffered many-a-defeat before he occupied 1600 Penn? 

              • Diogenesdemar says:

                . . . or RMN?

                . . . or RWR??

                . . . wait, scratch all of that, what if this only works for GOPers???

              • VoyageurVoyageur says:

                Lincoln did lose his re-election to the House for opposing the Mexican War.  But conyrary to myth, he didn't lose the Senate race in 1858 –because there were no races for the Senate.  State legislatures elected senators then.  Lincoln and Douglas were designatedby their parties as the guys who would be elected if that party prevailed but did not run face to face.

                In the event, more Republican votes were cast for the legislature than Democratic votes.  But Illinois had grown rapidly since the 1850 census in the northern, Republican regions.  The south, heavily overrepresented, leaned Democrat.  It wasn't a drliberate gerrymander but the result was that a democratic minority elected a legislative majority — and ergo, Douglas.  But Lincoln won the closest thing to the popular vote.

      • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

        Daily Koshttps://www.dailykos.com/stories/1851383

        has a link to a Politico bithttps://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-score/2019/04/18/harris-rakes-in-cash-from-dem-bundlers-588333

        that links to a mention behind a paywall https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/2019/04/colorado-secretary-of-state-considering-senate-campaign-3105876

        Politico says:

        Another strong candidate could be joining an already crowded Colorado Senate Democratic primary. Griswold met this month with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and DSCC Chair Catherine Cortez Masto, “and has also spoken with officials at EMILY's List, according to the two sources,” Campaign Pro's James Arkin reported.

        I just hope people DON'T just hear their personal chances in the Democratic primary and DO have some conversations among themselves.

         

  2. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    It's going to be a long day – raining in Mar-a-lago and, like a petulant, home-bound child, we should expect a steady stream of Twitter meltdowns on this Good Friday:

  3. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Mueller attempts to analyze the stench and determine if there is enough evidence to say the stench emanates from a particular person. 

    Eventually, a report emerges saying while the stench APPEARS to be coming from one person, it could be from multiple sources.  The multiple sources may not have effectively collaborated in producing the reek, but could simply have happened at the same time. And we won't be able to tell, precisely, because investigators were overcome by the odor.

    Meanwhile, world class climbers and a famous free skier die in the Northwest.  Alaska melts and endangers civilization.  Different methods of measuring the change in worldwide climate closely parallel each other and the trend of all of them is up.  Worldwide, last month was 3rd hottest ever.

  4. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Joe Biden, who will be 78 on election day and 86 if he serves two terms, will announce his candidacy next week, if he remembers.  Only Bernie Sanders, 79 and 87, respectively, is older.

    Sigh.

    "Old age is a shipwreck."

    – -Charles deGaulle.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Times change . . .

      . . . 87 is the now the new 85.

      Alas. The baby-boomer Democrats have done a horrible, crappy (shipwreck?) job of ceding power and raising up the next generation of experienced politicos. There’s now a whole missing generation from the national stage of what should be this party’s easy answer to incompetent autocracy.

      • VoyageurVoyageur says:

        I'm 73.  I hate it when Biden calls me "that kid from the blog."

        • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

          At 73, you are the leading edge of the Boomer generation.  At 63, I'm smack in the middle of it.  I think the Boomer generation ended with the death of JFK.  1964 on was a different era.

          Biden, born in 1942, is older than the Boomers. 

          I have a hard time seeing an upside in the Biden campaign.  As usual, if he somehow emerges as the nominee, I'd vote for him. If Sanders emerges as the nominee, I'd vote for him.  Time, effort, money and brainpower from me will be going to candidate(s) who do not qualify for Social Security or Medicare.

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    “Never underestimate the power of political gravity.”

    https://newrepublic.com/article/153625/mueller-reports-lasting-damage-trump

    • DavieDavie says:

      Great article Dio — this quote has got to make Pitiful Pear really proud of his President when he shouts "No Collusion!"

      Mueller portrays Trump and his associates as a gang of grifters too incompetent to pull off a full-fledged conspiracy, endorsing the dim-bulb theory of their legal innocence. As his report explains in an uninflected tone, “On the facts here, the government would unlikely be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the June 9 meeting participants had general knowledge that their conduct was unlawful.”

    • DavieDavie says:

      For a president fixated on the national security threat posed by German cars, Mexican vegetables and Canadian dairy products, at least we can be assured of his skills in the national security arena when it comes to the Russians:

      Mueller offers new intriguing details about a post-election meeting in Trump Tower featuring Kislyak, Kushner, and soon-to-be-disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn. Kislyak helpfully suggested that he had generals in Moscow eager to brief the Trump transition team on Syria. When Flynn pointed out that the transition team lacked secure communications, Kushner brightly suggested that they could have the secret conversation from inside the Russian embassy. If Kislyak had not objected, Kushner would have blundered into one of the most humiliating moments in recent diplomatic history: letting generals in Moscow lecture an incoming president’s transition team about a major Middle Eastern point of contention from inside the Russian embassy.

       

  6. itlduso says:

    Could someone please explain to me why Senator Lois Court's bill to prohibit driving while holding a cell phone lost 11-0 in the House Judiciary committee?  I believe it had already passed the Senate.

    Distracted driving is the single greatest threat to myself and to all of us on a daily basis.  Not guns, not ISIS.  The CO DOT estimates there are 40 crashes a day caused by distracted drivers.  Coincidentally, a friend's 27 year old daughter just last week caused a crash while reaching for her cellphone — totaled the car and injured herself, but not others.

    The paramount purpose of government is to protect the health and safety of its citizens.  Apparently, both parties on the House Judiciary committee run by Mike Weissmann have decided to abrogate their prime responsibility.  For what?  Freedom?

    What am I missing here?

    • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

      ABC affiliate here in Denver has a story up:  https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/360/hands-free-driving-bill-dies-again-colorado-lawmaker-vows-to-bring-it-back

      With "freedom" on the R side, and the ACLU warning about such a bill as a basis for police discrimination on the D side, I don't know the bill would be a high priority for passage.

      handsfreeinfo.com also points out

      Current [Colorado] prohibitions:

      • Text messaging prohibited if driving in “careless or imprudent manner.”
      • Drivers under 18 are prohibited from using cell phones as well as all text messaging.
      • Colorado law prohibits drivers with any type of instruction permit from using a “mobile communication device,” including cell phones and text messaging units. This includes instruction permit holders of all ages.

      Penalties: $300 fine and 4 points vs. license. For drivers under 18, $50 then $100.

       

      And finally — there's not much evidence of a law like this doing much to impact actual behavior.  The "not me" rationalization kicks in for too many of us, and people think "I can be safe enough" when using the phone.

      • itlduso says:

        John, I saw that too from Channel 7. 

        The racial profiling objection is ludicrous.  They expect us to believe that police officers will pull over a car driven by a minority person who is not on the phone (because if he is on the phone it would be illegal and they should pull him and everyone else over), and accuse that person of driving while on the phone, all the while, hoping that there is an actual cell phone in the car at all!?!

        And, the objection that the law won't do any good is standard right-wing Freedom! bullshit.  Well, then we shouldn't have a law against murder since laws don't change human behavior.

        In the meantime, 40 crashes a day and untold numbers of defensive driving maneuvers happen (I just had one today on I-25, and I don't even drive that much).  A moving vehicle is as lethal as a gun.  I pray to God that I never hurt anyone while doing my best to be a safe driver.  I don't trust my reaction if someone harms me or my family if they cause a crash because they were on their cellphone.

  7. ParkHill says:

    Trump is screwed because Mueller didn't file charges.

    Corollary: Impeachment would benefit Trump, which the Democrats should not give him.

    Mueller decided he couldn't file criminal charges against Trump because a sitting president cannot be put on trial, meaning he has been denied a legal forum in which to defend himself. If Trump was innocent, he should prefer to have that proven in court. 

    Following the Clinton pattern, the House could impeach Trump, which would result in the Senate refusing to find him guilty. That would give a Trump a vindication he doesn't deserve.

    Following the Nixon pattern, the House impeaches, Trump resigns, and Pence pardons him. Again, Trump walks.

    The best path forward would be for Trump to lose election in 2020. At that point, all the criminal cases could proceed against him without the threat of vindication or pardon.

  8. DavieDavie says:

    *rump really does have a knack for making a bad situation (of his own creation) much, much worse.

    Political cartoon

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