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As The Washington Post reports, the U.S. Justice Department is moving closer to charging several individuals involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol with sedition. 

U.S. authorities have opened case files on at least 400 potential suspects and expect to bring sedition charges against some “very soon” in the sprawling investigation of the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol, officials said.

Acting U.S. attorney Michael R. Sherwin said Tuesday at a news conference that while new arrests in the nationwide manhunt will soon “plateau” after an initial wave of 135 arrests and 150 federal criminally charged cases, investigations continue into whether different “militia groups [and] individuals” from several states conspired and coordinated the illegal assault on Congress beforehand.

In charging papers, prosecutors have already identified a dozen members or affiliates of militant right-wing groups, including the nativist Proud Boys and the anti-government Oath Keepers and Three Percenters, the latter two of which recruit heavily among former military and law enforcement personnel.

As The Denver Post examined last weekend, Colorado has more than its share of militia members from groups such as Oath Keepers and Three Percenters.


► Colorado’s Congressional delegation is pushing for President Biden to reconsider a move from the Trump administration to make Huntsville, AL the permanent home of the Space Force. From a press release issued by all Colorado members:

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and the entire Colorado Congressional Delegation urged President Joe Biden to suspend the Trump Administration’s decision to move U.S. Space Command from Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Huntsville, Alabama until the administration conducts a thorough review.

On January 13, the Air Force announced that Huntsville, Alabama, would be the permanent headquarters of U.S. Space Command. Following this announcement, reports surfaced that President Donald Trump politicized the process, choosing to relocate U.S. Space Command from its provisional headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In a letter to President Biden, the lawmakers detailed how the Trump Administration’s announcement raises questions of national security, personnel, and undue political influence. They also describe the seemingly arbitrary changes to the selection process and the lack of transparency and sufficient data to justify the relocation decision.

The Denver Post has more on this request. If you’re trying to read the tea leaves here, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Jefferson County) still thinks the Space Force will remain in Colorado.


As Meg Wingerter reports for The Denver Post, a new COVID-19 model shows that Coloradans can save 4,000 lives by continuing to take safety precautions:

In the best-case scenario, the public maintains roughly the level of precautions they’re practicing now, efforts to vaccinate older people stay on track and a more-contagious strain of the new virus never takes hold. Even if everything goes right, however, the pandemic’s death toll could reach 6,000 by June 1, according to the projections from the Colorado School of Public Health.

The state reported about 5,500 COVID-related deaths as of Tuesday afternoon.

Under the worst-care scenario, where people start mixing freely and the more-contagious B.1.1.7 strain takes off, the death toll could reach 10,900 by June, according to the new projections. The state has found 10 cases of the new strain out of hundreds tested, indicating it isn’t yet widespread in Colorado.

Just wear the damn mask, please.


Senate Republicans are bracing for a wave of potential retirement announcements as they strategize on how to take back control of the U.S. Senate in 2022.


More political (and coronavirus) news is available right after the jump…


As Promised, More Words…


Congresswoman Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert (R-Fox News) announced that she has been appointed to the House Natural Resources Committee and the Budget Committee. As Vail Daily reports, Boebert is claiming in a press release to have quite the background working in the oil and gas industry:

Boebert noted among her credentials for serving on the Natural Resources Committee that she has held three different jobs in western Colorado’s oil and gas industry, and that both fossil fuels and renewable energy are major employers in Colorado.

We don’t know enough about Boebert’s background to question this claim, but we hadn’t heard this before.


Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-Jefferson County) announced that he has been appointed Chair of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions, one of six subcommittees of the House Financial Services Committee.


► Former Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler made it official that he will seek the role of State Republican Party Chair.


Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado Springs) has never been what you might call “useful,” but there’s evidence to suggest that his limited utility has been even further diminished.


We could write an introductory sentence for the Tweet below, but that seems kinda pointless.


Speaking of Bennet, The Associated Press has more on efforts from the Biden administration to support some of the Denver Senators’ environmental goals:

President Joe Biden is set to announce a wide-ranging moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on U.S. lands and waters, as his administration moves quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment and address climate change.

The drilling moratorium is among several climate-related actions Biden is outlining Wednesday, according to two people with knowledge of his plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement.

Biden also is likely to direct officials to conserve 30% of the country’s lands and ocean waters in the next 10 years, initiate a series of regulatory actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and elevate climate change to a national security priority. The conservation plan, similar to legislation offered in 2019 by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, would set aside millions of acres for recreation, wildlife and climate efforts by 2030, part of Biden’s campaign pledge for a $2 trillion program to slow global warming.


Congresswoman Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert (R-Fox News) wants to defund Planned Parenthood, because that was next on the list of right wing policies that someone told her to work through.


Colorado criminal justice leaders are pushing President Biden to end the death penalty.


► As Jesse Paul reports for The Colorado Sun, problems with finalizing the U.S. Census will mean delays for Colorado’s redistricting/reapportionment process:

Because of slowdowns related to COVID-19, the Trump administration’s failed efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, and data anomalies, the Census Bureau isn’t expected to provide the population information to Colorado until sometime this summer. The data was supposed to be in by March 31 — at the latest.

The delay means it’s unlikely that two new, independent commissions will have enough time to redraw Colorado’s legislative and congressional maps in time to meet September deadlines set in the state constitution when voters passed Amendments Y and Z in 2018. The amendments were sent to voters by the legislature and completely overhauled the way districts are drawn in Colorado.

If the deadlines aren’t met, nonpartisan legislative staff will draw the new maps instead, putting a big damper on the intent of Amendments Y and Z and the bipartisan, much-heralded agreement that led to their passage. The amendments are aimed at removing political maneuvering around the once-in-a-decade redistricting and giving the public more say in the task.


The Denver Post has more on a Colorado man accused of dragging a Capitol Police Officer down a set of stairs during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Jeffrey P. Sabol made some pretty dumb decisions for a geophysicist.


► State lawmakers will likely push to skip statewide testing this year because of COVID-19.


Two well-known progressive strategists in Colorado are teaming up on a new donor mobilization group.


► Congress will investigate a ventilator purchasing plan overseen by the Trump White House that may have resulted in the production of more than 11,000 ventilators that aren’t really usable.


► The New York Times magazine wonders if America has finally reached a moment of reckoning regarding the nation’s plethora of firearms.


► The City of Denver has set a goal of net-zero emissions for all new buildings by 2030.


Say What, Now?


► We decided we needed a new section for Get More Smarter to keep up with some of the more incomprehensible social media posts being barfed out by certain politicians. We’ll kick things off with this missive from Rep. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert (R-Fox News).

What does this mean? Your guess is as good as any.



Your Daily Dose Of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 


► Good thing they kept the receipt! The State of Oklahoma has $2 million worth of hydroxychloroquine that it is trying to return to a pharmaceutical company because nobody needs $2 million worth of hydroxychloroquine. Governor Kevin Stitt insisted on the big order last April when President Trump was touting it (incorrectly) as a treatment option for COVID-19.


► Senate Republicans may have settled on a strategy that they hope will allow them to avoid passing judgment on former President Trump in the upcoming impeachment trial. Also, Sen. Marco Rubio is a dumbass.




 Congresswoman Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert (R-Fox News) claimed not to know some prominent anti-government militants. The Internet remembered for her


As POLITICO reports, big investors are trying to get through to Congressional lawmakers about the fallacy of worrying over the national debt.


Don’t miss the latest episode of The Get More Smarter Podcast, where hosts Jason Bane and Ian Silverii lament that Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Rifle) is as bad as they thought she would be:

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6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenver says:

    Translation from the Right English of 2020:

    Joe Biden can try to govern with a phone and a pen, but as Texas reminded us all yesterday, we are a nation of laws.

    Biden’s whims don’t trump the Constitution.

    — Lauren Boebert January 27, 2021

    "govern …" —  the standard phrase of those opposed to Executive Orders.

    "Texas …" — no doubt referring to the restraining order of a federal judge, in place for two weeks so Texas can argue for a temporary restraining order (and the Biden Administration can oppose such an order), which, if granted and maintained during appeals, would be in place until a trial on the merits of the legal claim.  Texas AG was crowing that it was the first victory against the Biden Administration. 

  2. MichaelBowman says:

    Speaking of Alabama, Tommy World War II was a battle against socialism” Tubervillle may be in for some uncomfortable questions from authorities investigating the January 6 riot: 

    The night before the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, Alabama Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville and the then-director of the Republican Attorneys General Association met with then-President Donald Trump’s sons and close advisers, according to a social media post by a Nebraska Republican who at the time was a Trump administration appointee. 

    Charles W. Herbster, who was then the national chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Advisory Committee in Trump’s administration, in a Facebook post at 8:33 p.m. on Jan. 5 said that he was standing “in the private residence of the President at Trump International with the following patriots who are joining me in a battle for justice and truth.”

    Tuberville, through a spokeswoman Tuesday, told APR that he did not attend a Jan. 5 meeting at the Trump International Hotel in Washington.

    Unfortunately for Tuberville, his co-hatriots were blabbing about it on the interwebs:

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    W. T. F.?

    Donald Trump will meet top House Republican Kevin McCarthy in Florida tomorrow for talks – despite then president calling him a 'p***y' for blaming him for MAGA riots

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Pussies never seem to learn, . . .

      . . . after McCarthy finishes Ttump’s overdue imperial knobbling tomorrow, it won’t be two weeks before the clown-emperor places full blame on McCarthy for adult acne, or 9/11, or toilets that need 20 flushes, or something.

  4. High Valley Lurker says:

    I’ve known a couple of women who made money working near to where oil drillers were after they got paid. They liked it better than truck stops.

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