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TOP OF MIND TODAY…
► Colorado’s votes in the Presidential Primary won’t be will be revealed until next Tuesday, so you still have some time to make your decision (but only a few more days if you plan on returning your ballot by mail). Go to GoVoteColorado.com if you need ballot or voting information. Today is the last day to register to vote and still receive a ballot for the Presidential Primary. Also, remember that 17-year-olds can vote on Super Tuesday as long as they will officially turn 18 before the November General Election.
Elizabeth Warren held a big campaign rally at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver on Sunday and is making a late push for undecided Colorado voters. Pete Buttigieg, meanwhile, made a campaign stop in Aurora; Jesse Paul of The Colorado Sun has more on a cool moment from Buttigieg’s “town hall” meeting.
Bernie Sanders was not in Colorado over the weekend, but his big victory in Nevada gives his campaign yet more momentum. Former Vice President Joe Biden, fresh off a second-place finish in Nevada, gets a big endorsement in South Carolina.
CBS4 Denver takes a different angle on recent candidate visits by profiling a local audio/visual company that makes sure these big events can be heard and seen.
► Greg Sargent of The Washington Post pens a must-read story on the ongoing loyalty purge being implemented at the request of President Trump:
When Trump demands that the Justice Department do his political bidding and/or rages at it for failing to do so, the press tends to treat this as flowing from an actual belief on Trump’s part: He really thinks a “deep state” cabal is out to get him, and he’s fighting back.
But this is a fundamental error. Trump is raging at officials who constitute an obstacle to his own active, ongoing corruption of the rule of law. And it’s working: The Justice Department actually is carrying out his corrupt bidding in many ways.
Barr actually did work to reduce Stone’s sentencing recommendation. (Even if you think the original recommendation was too strict, this is still not okay, given who Stone is.) Barr actually has opened a direct line to Trump’s private attorney for dirt on Joe Biden. The Justice Department actually did try to help block the whistleblower complaint revealing Trump’s Ukraine shakedown from getting to Congress. Barr actually did badly mislead the country about the special counsel’s findings.
As Aaron Rupar writes for Vox.com, Trump’s rambling explanations for some of the reasons behind his purge don’t make a lot of sense.
► Stories continue to filter out after last week’s campaign rally for President Trump in Colorado Springs. Among the more notable storylines: Trump’s completely dishonest claims about wind power, which is a burgeoning industry in Colorado. Republican elected officials in Colorado aren’t batting an eye, but at least one notable Mayor is pushing back at Trump’s wind rage.
► As The Denver Post reports, Colorado is getting national attention for coming health care battles:
Colorado has become a national battleground in the health care fight, particularly since Gov. Jared Polis and lawmakers began pursuing a state insurance option. A “dark money” campaign has aired more than $800,000 worth of ads and sent mailers to voters criticizing Democrats’ efforts.
Sponsors are confident they have the votes to pass a bill in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly, but they have made significant changes to the initial recommendations in an attempt to garner more support across the aisle. They’re not proposing a pure public option but rather a statewide health insurance option that would be run by private insurance. Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Avon, said the sponsors are also willing to consider amendments as the bill moves through the statehouse.
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IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…
► There are a lot of old people running for President in 2020. As The Washington Post reports, that means candidates have suddenly decided to stop revealing medical records.
► Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was interviewed by Anderson Cooper for “60 Minutes,” and the Sunday show was not great for him. Sanders’ response to questions about how much his major policy ideas might cost was not ideal, but it his comments about Fidel Castro and Cuba were probably worse.
► The editorial board of The Denver Post makes a plea for urgent action to combat gun violence among young people in Denver.
► Here’s a story you’ve seen before if you’ve been involved in Colorado politics: Latino voters might have a huge impact on the next election but nobody really knows because of “voter turnout.”
► The racist group “Proud Boys” enjoyed themselves a moment at last week’s campaign rally in Colorado Springs for President Trump.
► The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about Colorado’s “faithless elector” case beginning on April 28.
► President Trump has a “Homelessness Czar” who was just in Denver.
► The Aurora City Council is considering a proposal to combat “income discrimination.” As The Aurora Sentinel writes:
Landlords in Aurora could soon be prohibited from turning away renters with sources of income like vouchers or disability income.
A proposed Aurora law would specifically outlaw income discrimination in the city for all real estate transactions. The Aurora City Council is slated to discuss the issue at its Monday study session. It would then, at a later date, get a formal vote at a city council meeting.
Denver and Boulder have recently adopted similar ordinances.
► According to a press release, Democrat James Iacino picked up another big endorsement — this one from former CO-3 Rep. John Salazar.
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► President Trump is in India, where staffers are struggling to figure out how to feed His Royal Orangeness given that he’ll be surrounded by vegetarians. As CNN reports:
When President Donald Trump travels abroad — be it to Saudi Arabia or Singapore — his hosts usually try make him feel at home with his favorite meal: steak with miniature bottles of ketchup on the side. But what’s a beef-lover to do in India?
The President, whose diet is often a rotation of steaks, burgers and meatloaf, faces a potential shock as he prepares to travel to three Indian cities this week. His trip includes stops in Gujarat state, Agra and Delhi, where Hindus are the majority and cows are revered as sacred. In some neighborhoods, meat eating is so taboo that it’s not done in public.
Trump’s host, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has gone out of his way to generate an elaborate reception for the President, including hosting a massive rally in the world’s largest cricket stadium and arranging a tour of the Taj Mahal (the real one, not the namesake Atlantic City casino that Trump once owned).
But Modi is a devoted vegetarian and plans to serve vegetarian food to the President, according to people familiar with the planning. Trump will sit for several meals with Modi when he’s in India, including a lunch and a formal banquet Tuesday evening at ornate Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official presidential palace in Delhi.
► Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) learned a painful lesson last week: Do NOT try to hug President Trump.