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► Lawmakers in Colorado kicked off a (likely) three-day special legislative session this morning. As Alex Burness reports for The Denver Post:
With the coronavirus spreading uncontrolled throughout the state, lawmakers hope to spend as little time together as possible, and so they enter the special session with a specific and limited game plan. If all goes as expected, they’ll be in and out of the Capitol in three days — the minimum time it takes to pass a bill — having passed at least seven measures (and probably no more than 10) that’ll spread a total of about $328 million in COVID-19 relief around the state — $228 million in economic stimulus and $100 million to protect public health.
“Our objective is to go in there with precision, focused, with a greater majority on the items we’ve already identified and talked about,” said state Senate President Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo. “There’s not time or need for any sorts of shenanigans, and they wont be tolerated by me.”
Everyone seems to be mostly on the same page.
If you were wondering about mask-wearing at the Capitol, Burness also has you covered:
About half the Colorado Senate Republicans present for the special session are not wearing masks. pic.twitter.com/OngPQQZEfR
— Alex Burness (@alex_burness) November 30, 2020
► The New York Times reports on an important Supreme Court case about redistricting that began this morning:
On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments on a question that goes to the heart of American democracy: Must the government count everyone living in the country, citizens or not, in the census totals that the House of Representatives uses to reallocate its 435 seats among the states?
For more than two centuries, the answer has been “yes.” Both Article 1 of the Constitution and the 14th Amendment require that House seats be allotted according to “the whole number” of persons in each state. That phrase has long been read to include all the nation’s residents, whether American citizens, foreigners admitted here on visas or immigrants with no documents at all. But President Trump signaled in a memorandum this summer that he intends to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the 2020 census totals that he hopes to send to the House next year for use in reapportionment.
Federal courts have ruled in three separate lawsuits that Mr. Trump lacks that authority, saying in one case that the question was not even close. But the Supreme Court will have the final say.
► Governor Jared Polis and first gentleman Marlon Reis have tested positive for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, as experts had warned, Colorado is seeing a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations since Thanksgiving.
► Republicans are worried that President Trump’s constant lies about voter fraud could depress turnout in two critical runoff elections in Georgia that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate. Vox.com has everything you need to know about the Georgia runoffs.
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► President Trump talked with Fox News on Sunday to air many grievances. As Chris Cillizza writes for CNN, Trump is a lunatic:
I went through the transcript of the “interview.” The lines you need to see are below.
1. “You have leaders of countries that call me, say, that’s the most messed-up election we have ever seen.”
Really? Leaders of foreign countries are calling Trump and saying that the 2020 election is “the most messed-up” one that they have seen? Who, you ask? Oh, Trump didn’t name any names. And away we go!…
…3. “We had glitches where they moved thousands of votes from my account to Biden’s account. And these are glitches. So, they’re not glitches. They’re theft. They’re fraud, absolute fraud.”
4. “I think we caught four or five glitches of about 5,000 votes each, and different states. And, again, they’re not glitches.”
This pattern continues for the rest of the interview. Here’s one of our particular favorites:
6. “And then they did dumps. They call them dumps, big, massive dumps, in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and all over.”
“Dumps” are rightly understood as areas with large populations — mostly in cities — reporting their votes.
So many dumps.
► Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp says that President Trump is trying to get him to interfere in the 2020 election on his behalf. As The Washington Post reports:
“Georgia law prohibits the Governor from interfering in elections,” Kemp spokesman Cody Hall said in a statement. “The Secretary of State, who is an elected Constitutional officer, has oversight over elections that cannot be overridden by executive order.”
The statement followed a tweet earlier Monday in which Trump called Kemp “hapless” and questioned why he hadn’t used “emergency powers” to force Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) to match signatures on mail-in ballots to signatures on the envelopes in which they were received.
Trump has maintained, without foundation, that such an exercise would demonstrate widespread fraud, while Raffensperger has said it is impractical, given that ballots were separated from envelopes during counting. He has also said repeatedly that he has seen no evidence of widespread fraud.
During a television interview on Sunday, Trump took aim at Kemp, saying: “The governor’s done nothing. He has done absolutely nothing. I’m ashamed that I endorsed him.”
► President-elect Joe Biden has appointed an all-female communications team.
As The Washington Post reports, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is stomping her feet and declaring that the Trump administration already had an all-female communications team. This is not true.
► Congressman Joe Neguse (D-Boulderish) was selected to a top leadership position in the Democratic caucus. As Justin Wingerter of The Denver Post reports:
U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse’s recent election to a position within House leadership puts the rising Democratic star on an impressive trajectory at the age of 36.
Neguse, of Lafayette, was unanimously elected co-chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, the No. 8 position in House leadership. He’s the youngest member of leadership and will be the first sophomore congressman to serve as DPCC co-chair.
“Joe Neguse is brilliant, hard-working, personable and strategic. That’s a powerful combination and a recipe for tremendous success in the United States House of Representatives,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a New York Democrat.
► Alabama Sen. Doug Jones lost his bid for re-election in November but remains a U.S. Senator until January. Thus, you can still contact Jones through his official Senate website.
Why are we telling you this? Because Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner also lost his bid for re-election in November and is also still a U.S. Senator until January…but unlike Sen. Jones, there’s no longer a way to contact Gardner through his official Senate website.
► Literally dozens of “protestors” showed up in Denver over the weekend to complain that President Trump should get another term in the White House because of some sort of election fraud that didn’t happen.
► As The Associated Press reports, President Trump is racing to screw over a bunch of birds before his term ends:
The Trump administration is moving forward on gutting a longstanding federal protection for roughly 1,000 species of birds in the United States.
Friday’s move comes despite objections from former federal officials and many scientists that billions more birds will likely perish in coming decades as a result.
Why are we doing this? Because oil and gas companies are tired of worrying about killing migratory birds.
► Congresswoman-elect Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert hosted a large Thanksgiving gathering despite requests from state and local officials to restrict the size of such events.
► The Colorado Times Recorder looks at a potential candidate to become the next Chair of the Colorado Republican Party.
► Republicans in Jefferson County and Adams County say they will not agree to certify election results in their respective counties. Fortunately, nobody asked them to certify election results, so it makes no difference what they say.
► Democratic State Sen. Kerry Donovan, who is also a rancher, has come up with an innovative way of re-using old campaign signs.
► The election of Democrat David Ortiz to the State House of Representatives will speed up efforts to make the State Capitol more wheelchair-accessible.
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► The Republican candidate in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District looks to be the winner after a recount found that she earned SIX more votes than her Democratic opponent. That’s six votes out of nearly 400,000 ballots cast.
► Republicans are absolutely obsessed with AOC and “the squad.”
► Denver Mayor Michael Hancock had a lot of gristle to chew on during the Thanksgiving holiday.
► Check out the latest episode of The Get More Smarter Podcast, featuring an interview with Sulita Sualau and Ron Ruggiero of SEIU Local 105:
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