Get More Smarter on Wednesday (June 3)

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BECAUSE CORONAVIRUS…

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American military leaders are speaking out in opposition to President Trump’s statements on Monday that he would use armed soldiers to quell protests across the country. As The Washington Post reports:

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said Wednesday that he does not support the use of active-duty military forces in quelling countrywide unrest — a statement that puts him at odds with President Trump, who has threatened to send troops into U.S. cities.

Esper’s announcement comes after a week of increasingly violent unrest gave way to largely peaceful protest Tuesday evening. Brutal clashes between police and the public seemed to subside, and there were only sporadic reports of looting and other mayhem across the nation.

As CNN reports, Esper probably moved closer to getting fired by President Trump, but at least he’ll maintain something of a conscience.

Democratic Senators are also warning the White House not to proceed with the forceful use of military personnel on American streets and to invoke the Insurrection Act. From POLITICO:

“In short, we oppose in the strongest terms the use of the U.S. military to impede the First Amendment rights of Americans,” the senators wrote. “In cases where there is a need for additional security, state and local law enforcement, with support from the state National Guard, who live with and within the communities they serve, under the control of each state, are fully capable of responding.”

And what did Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) have to say? From CNN:

Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican up for reelection in Colorado, didn’t directly answer the question.

“Peaceful protests are going to have to continue,” he said when asked if he was comfortable with what happened near the White House. [Pols emphasis]

Gardner ducked a similar question from Colorado Public Radio on Monday, claiming ignorance about President Trump’s directives to state governors to get tougher on protestors.

Governor Jared Polis, meanwhile, had no problems standing up against Trump.

 

The Colorado legislature is halfway through the process of finalizing a new state budget with $3.3 billion in cuts. Today the House of Representatives voted — on a strict party-line vote — to approve an amended budget for discussion in the State Senate.

 

►  Colorado Democrats unveiled an extensive bill to deal with police accountability, as Jesse Paul writes for The Colorado Sun:

Democratic state lawmakers on Tuesday began to unveil a sweeping bill aimed at increasing law enforcement accountability in Colorado by collecting racial profiling data, ensuring officers hold each other accountable and making it easier for the public to file lawsuits against police.

The measure, which could be introduced as soon as Wednesday, also would beef up how law-enforcement involved deaths are investigated, prevent problematic officers from moving to different police departments and sheriff’s offices, and require agencies to use body cameras while giving them guidelines on how and when to release footage.

 

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is expected to announce today a decision on additional charges for officers involved in the killing of George Floyd.

 

A sixth day of protesting in Denver on Tuesday took a less-confrontational turn as large groups gathered for a peaceful protest.

 

 Infamous racist Republican Rep. Steve King is finally on his way out of Congress after losing a Primary battle on Tuesday.

 

If you’re looking for political news that isn’t about Coronavirus, it’s available right after the jump…

 

NOW ONLY PARTIALLY CORONAVIRUS-RELATED…

 

Just take a moment and look at this picture from President Trump’s Bible-toting photo op on Monday. From left to right, you see Attorney General William Barr; National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien; a guy pretending to be President; and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Read more from The Washington Post.

Freshman year Homecoming Dance. Photo via Reuters

 

You know your Bible-touting photo op backfired when EVEN PAT ROBERTSON won’t defend you anymore. But Colorado Christian University’s Jeff Hunt will sure stick with you!

 

Republicans — and the White House — are starting to freak out about losing control of the U.S. Senate. As POLITICO reports, Democrats are significantly outmaneuvering Republicans in Colorado:

The advertising disparity is starkest in Colorado, where Sen. Cory Gardner’s campaign launched its first ad recently and has so far spent more than $330,000 with a similar amount booked in the weeks ahead, according to Advertising Analytics. Democratic groups have spent more than $4 million on air in total this cycle, and no GOP outside groups have been on air yet. The NRSC and One Nation will be first to answer in early July, and Senate Leadership Fund, the super PAC affiliated with One Nation, has $5.5 million booked after Labor Day.

 

Senator Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) is being called out for mischaracterizing comments made by former Gov. John Hickenlooper more than a decade ago:

 

It’s tough to argue against the firing of this Denver police officer for making a really, really poor joke amid last week’s protests.

 

President Trump says that Republicans need a new location for the 2020 Republican National Convention because the governor of North Carolina isn’t keen on ignoring safety precautions aimed at preventing another coronavirus outbreak.

 

Ruh-roh, Republicans:

 

Governor Jared Polis is concerned about a surge of COVID-19 cases after days of protests involving large crowds of people.

 

Legislation to allow state employees to collectively bargain on employment matters passed in the State Senate on Tuesday.

 

► As Colorado Public Radio reports, the state is getting help from Americorps in implementing an aggressive contact tracing strategy for COVID-19 cases.

 

► Colorado offered new coronavirus-related guidelines for short-term rental properties.

 

A Universal Basic Income is a nice idea, but how about “Universal Basic Services“?

 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pulls out the “Banana Republic” talking point. She’s not wrong.

 

 Former state lawmaker John Bermingham died at the age of 96.

 

Your Daily Dose Of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

 

President Trump briefly descended into a bunker earlier this week amid protests outside the White House. But Trump has an explanation — he says he was doing an inspection.

 

Snapchat has stopped promoting President Trump’s account.

 

ICYMI

 

The Gallagher Amendment must die so that we all may live (with schools and firefighters).

 

Vox.com offers up eight ideas for reforming police brutality and the targeting of black Americans. Here’s a list of reading materials suggested by black community leaders in Colorado.

 

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  1. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    When you’ve lost Pat ‘Blood Diamond’ Robertson….you may have dun gone round the bend

    Pat Robertson Blasts Trump for Lack of ‘Love’ in Response to Protests

    Pat Robertson tells Trump that his response to the George Floyd protests “isn’t cool.” pic.twitter.com/vDBYxxUp10

    — Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) June 2, 2020

     

  2. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Of course he did. 

    Trump Vetoes Student Loan Forgiveness Bill

    [a] new student loan forgiveness rule introduced by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that critics argue limit student loan forgiveness for students when a college closes due to fraud.

    #DrumpfUniversity

     

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    The Punk-Ass President Had Peaceful Protesters Tear-Gassed So He Wouldn’t Look Like a Bunker Bitch

    Trump went to the bunker. 

    That’s what all of this is about. Trump isn’t mad about going to the bunker—he’s mad that everyone knows he went to the bunker, and so America has to pay for the president appearing to be a punk. And if we know anything about Trump, it’s that he’s only into appearances. It’s why he used to pretend to be his own press person just so he could leak fake stories about his life to the news. It’s why he began claiming he owned the buildings that just bore his name. He is the framework that Kylie Jenner followed on how to dupe Forbes into putting her on the billionaire list. And, his most famous trick of all: how he convinced a bunch of cowboys and good ole folks that he’s just like them when he secretly hates their guts—or as Howard Stern put it, “He wouldn’t even let them in a fucking hotel. He’d be disgusted by them. Go to Mar-a-Lago, see if there’s any people who look like you.”

    https://www.theroot.com/the-punk-ass-president-had-peaceful-protesters-tear-gas-1843854857

    Really difficult choice here:  which do you like better — “President Punk-Ass” or “President Bunker Bitch”? . . . 

  4. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Noticed the short reference at the bottom of Get More Smarter regarding the passing of former State Senator John Bermingham. He was among several willing mentors in the early 1980s for a certain neophyte green who was new to Colorado. He was a good man who will be sorely missed.   C.H.B.

  5. itlduso says:

    George Will calls for voting out not just Trump, but all GOP enablers.  (Looking at you all CO Republicans with nary an exception.)  

    It's saying something when the entire GOP party is lost to George Will.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/no-one-should-want-four-more-years-of-this-taste-of-ashes/2020/06/01/1a80ecf4-a425-11ea-bb20-ebf0921f3bbd_story.html

  6. itlduso says:

    Colorado pollster Andrew Baumann (anyone heard of him?):

    Folks, I’m telling you right now, I think there’s a VERY real chance Trump and Gardner lose CO by 20-plus in November.

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