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January 31, 2020 09:57 AM UTC

Get More Smarter on Friday (January 31)

  • by: Colorado Pols

Happy Nauru Independence Day; please celebrate responsibly. 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 an audio/visual learner, check out The Get More Smarter Show or The Get More Smarter Podcast. And don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter.


► It appears that we are nearing the inevitable conclusion of President Trump’s acquittal at the hands of Senate Republicans who refuse to see anything wrong with anything wrong. On Thursday evening, Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander — who is not seeking re-election — was nevertheless unable to summon the courage to support a call for more witnesses in the Senate trial. Maine Sen. Susan Collins announced that she WOULD support a call for witness testimony, but without Alexander’s support there probably aren’t enough Republicans to make that happen. CNN’s Chris Cillizza breaks down how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell kept his caucus together on avoiding new witnesses.

As The Washington Post reports, the end is near — though it may be drawn out a bit longer still:

While many Republicans have expressed hopes that the expected failure of a vote to call new witnesses would mean a rapid end to Trump’s impeachment trial, officials are warning that might not be the case.

A longer schedule could mean the trial stretches beyond Monday’s Iowa caucuses, further complicating the campaign schedules of the four senators seeking the Democratic nomination who are sitting as jurors.

A senior administration official and two congressional officials said Friday it was unlikely that senators would rush immediately to a verdict after the witness vote fails. They requested anonymity to speak candidly about internal discussions.

The administration official and a congressional official raised the possibility that the Senate could take up a new procedural resolution laying out rules for the trial’s endgame — which could include time for closing arguments, private deliberations and public speeches by senators.

The Senate passed such a supplemental resolution in the middle of the 1999 impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

Perhaps no Senate Republican is more emblematic of the GOP’s blind loyalty to Trump than Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner. As Greg Sargent of The Washington Post revealed on Thursday, there is significant evidence that Gardner has known for years that former Vice President Joe Biden did nothing unethical in relation to his dealings with Ukraine, which invalidates a key Trump argument about why $391 million in foreign aid was withheld from the country.

You’ll be seeing a lot of the hashtag #CoverUpCory over the next year.


► Jason Salzman of the Colorado Times-Recorder takes an impeachment-related comparison of two of the most endangered Republican Senators in 2020: Gardner and Susan Collins of Maine. You can probably guess who ends up looking better.


► Monday is the deadline to change your voter affiliation in Colorado if you want to cast a vote in the March 3 Democratic Presidential Primary. There will probably not be chaos.


► As Jim Anderson writes for the Associated Press, legislation to repeal the death penalty in Colorado moved a step closer to passage with a vote in the State Senate.


► We’re still waiting for end-of-year fundraising reports from several federal campaigns, most notably those of Sen. Cory Gardner and Democratic Senate challenger Andrew Romanoff. If both campaigns wait as long as possible to file their reports, you probably won’t hear anything about the numbers until Saturday.


Get even more smarter after the jump…




 As Politico explains, the results of Monday’s Iowa caucuses could also help settle a long-simmering debate over the relative value of television advertisements compared to an emphasis on social media outreach.


► The folks at Republican-leaning polling outfit Magellan Strategies are predicting a “turnout tsunami” in 2020. According to a new study from Oxford Economics, even a minor increase in turnout among Democrats nationwide will likely prevent President Trump from winning re-election in November.


► In the wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, officials in the United States are encouraging Americans to avoid traveling to China, where the outbreak started. The more interesting story would have been trying to find someone who still wanted to visit China at the moment.


Colorado politicians — both local and federal — are pushing for fewer restrictions on the production and sale of hemp and related products.


► Democratic Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg will visit Denver this weekend. He sat down for an interview with Joe St. George of Fox 31 Denver to discuss his ideas for curbing gun violence and his upcoming Super Bowl ad.


 9News takes a look at how Colorado lawmakers are attempting to craft legislation for a paid family leave policy in our state.


 State lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill that would set aside a pot of money to be used to increase teacher pay in Colorado.


Colorado gets a “C-” grade when it comes to infrastructure, according to the Colorado Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.


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► It’s almost over, Iowa.


► Perhaps it is time to start encouraging all politicians to take an oath that they will not remove their pants in public.


► Because of course he does.




► Former Congressman John Delaney has dropped out of the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination. In related news, Delaney was apparently still a candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination.


► Whatever you do, don’t miss this week’s episode of The Get More Smarter Podcast:

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  1. Check out the costs of Sanders' and Warren's plans, per Steve Rattner:

                                                              Warren            Sanders

    Medicare for All                                 $20.5 TN       $30-40 TN

    Green New Deal                                     3.0 TN           16.3 TN

    Free College Tuition                               0.6 TN            0.5 TN

    Eliminate Student Debt                           0.6 TN            1.6 TN

    TOTALS                                             $24.7 TN        $48 – $58 TN

    OMG!  I didn't realize how fiscally conservative Elizabeth Warren is (at least compared to the "Socialist", as the GOP will refer to him).  Kwtree responded yesterday that Warren's plan will be paid for by a 3% employee and a 7% employer tax, along with wealth taxes and fees on stock trades.  What BS!  (The wealth tax only collects $4 TN per Sanders and Warren.)  Middle class taxes will have to be raised to even begin to pay for all of this.

    Trump is itching to run against Sanders or Warren.  Warren's support dropped once she was forced to disclose just a little of the tax increases to come.  Sanders' has somehow skated along without a similar spotlight on his plans that cost twice as much as Warren's!

    Get real, Dems.  These two candidates don't have a prayer in November.

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