Get More Smarter on Thursday (March 25)

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The alleged shooter in the Boulder King Soopers massacre on Monday made his first court appearance today. Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa is being held without bail as he awaits the opportunity to enter a plea on 10 first-degree murder charges. Alissa’s defense attorney asked a judge for more time to conduct a thorough mental health evaluation of her client.

In related news, President Biden called Boulder Mayor Sam Weaver on Wednesday to express his condolences for Monday’s shootings at a local King Soopers.

As Colorado Public Radio reports, the weapon used in Monday’s shooting is essentially an assault rifle packaged as a handgun.


► Congressman Joe Neguse (D-Boulderish) is leading an effort to convince President Biden to sign an executive order banning the importation of assault weapons. From The Washington Post:

More than 60 House Democrats are pressing Biden to take “life-saving action” and sign an executive order that would ban the importation of assault weapons after back-to-back mass shootings killed 18 people in the United States.

Days after Biden expressed support for “common sense steps” that could curb gun violence, the Democrats sent a letter Thursday morning urging him to keep his campaign promise and ban foreign firearms, including semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines…

…“This week, my community in Boulder witnessed a horrific and senseless mass shooting in which 10 individuals tragically lost their lives,” Neguse said in a statement. “Our hearts are breaking from this tragedy, and we know this grief is not ours alone, but carried by a nation that has witnessed the horrific pain of gun violence far too many times. It doesn’t have to be like this.”


► As Jesse Paul reports for The Colorado Sun, state lawmakers may look to add Colorado to the list of states (currently at seven) that have banned assault rifles:

Already lawmakers at the state Capitol are having preliminary conversations about if and how to move forward with such a bill. It’s unclear if there’s enough political will and time left in the 2021 lawmaking term to get the complicated policy done…

…Democratic state Reps. Judy Amabile and Edie Hooton, who also represent Boulder in the Colorado legislature, also support a state assault-weapons ban like Fenberg does.

“We want to be very thoughtful,” Hooton said. “We want to make sure what we introduce we can pass, we can enact. There are some clouds breaking.”

Lawmakers acknowledge that a Congressional assault weapons ban would be more effective than a state version, but they’re waiting for Congress to take action. Colorado Public Radio has more on the state proposal.


► Let’s catch up on more news from the Colorado legislature:

Lawmakers are considering legislation to create a fee on certain types of insurance coverage in order to create a fund that could be tapped in the event of a natural disaster.

Colorado Public Radio examines the different discussions taking place around efforts to fund a transportation infrastructure overhaul.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports on legislation intended to protect animals that are a part of traveling shows.


►  Colorado may have made its final revisions (fingers-crossed) to the color-coded COVID-19 dial.



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


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Governor Jared Polis visited the scene of the Boulder shootings on Wednesday:


Area residents lined the streets as law enforcement vehicles escorted the body of slain Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley from the coroner’s office to a funeral home.


 Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado could be used as a holding facility as DHS officials work to process a mass influx of unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border.


 Results are still being tabulated from Israel’s fourth parliamentary election in the last two years. It appears that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not have enough support to form a parliamentary majority.


As POLITICO reports, South Dakota Sen. John Thune — a Republican in line to eventually replace Sen. Mitch McConnell as caucus leader — is still mulling whether or not to seek re-election in 2022. Former President Donald Trump has promised to support a primary challenger to Thune, who angered The Big Orange Guy for being insufficiently subservient.


► As Marianne Goodland reports for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman, one Colorado Republican group wasted no time in vomiting out a nonsense theory about the Boulder shootings:

A group that calls itself “the Conscience of the Republican Party” claimed Tuesday that recent mass shootings are part of a Marxist plot for gun control.

“It would seem ‘mass shooting incidents’ are resuming… Just in time to provide the basis for a propaganda-blitz in support of disarming innocent people,” according to the Facebook post on Tuesday from the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado. The post was published less than 24 hours after the shooting at a south Boulder King Soopers that killed 10 people, including Officer Eric Talley, an 11-year veteran of the Boulder Police Department.

“The timing of these things is suspicious, to say the least,” according to the Facebook post published around 2 p.m. Tuesday. “That may seem horrifically cynical, but there is good reason for suspicion with the Marxist Party in power. Their campaign to disarm Americans is a cornerstone of of their Utopian vision.”

Reality, friends, is much less complicated than you think.


President Biden will hold his first news conference today.


Unemployment claims have dropped to their lowest level since the COVID-19 pandemic began.


Another mass COVID vaccination site has opened in Larimer County.


The Cherry Creek School District selected its new superintendent. Several of Colorado’s largest school districts — including Denver and Jefferson County — are still in the process of finding new superintendents.


 Becky Hogan, the widow of former Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, is running for Aurora City Council.


The Washington Post follows up on a column from Jennifer Rubin earlier this week in assessing Republican concerns about extreme Senate candidates in Ohio and Missouri:

One candidate resigned the Missouri governorship in disgrace, facing criminal charges and allegations that an extramarital affair had turned violent.

Another, an Alabama congressman, served as President Donald Trump’s warm-up act for the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, urging participants to “start taking down names and kicking ass.”

A third recently had his Twitter account temporarily suspended when the Ohio hopeful referred to some of the people crossing the southern border as “Muslim Terrorists” and “Mexican Gangbangers.”

And that could be just the beginning.

That eerie sound you hear is the ghost of Todd Akin’s disastrous 2014 Senate campaign in Missouri.


► The massive container ship blocking the Suez Canal remains stuck, preventing any boat traffic in either direction.


► It appears that New York will become the next state to legalize recreational marijuana, though the first official weed sales are probably about a year away.


They’re not wrong:



Say What, Now?


► We’re old enough to remember when politicians tried to make logical arguments:


Your Daily Dose Of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 


Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is refusing to turn over text and emails that he sent and received on January 6, which isn’t at all suspicious.


The Onion!

Via The Onion (3/25/21)





Rachel Maddow of MSNBC says that Colorado’s experience with responding to mass shootings with gun safety regulations shows that the political minefield isn’t as dicey as pro-gun zealots would have you believe.


► Don’t miss this bonus episode of The Get More Smarter Podcast, featuring an interview with Senator John Hickenlooper (D-Denver) in which he refers to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as a “schlub”:





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4 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MichaelBowman says:

    "This legislation has but one goal, just one… And that goal is to let Washington Democrats rig the rules of democracy from top-down."

    ~Sen. Mitch McConnell on For the People Act:

    Rigged…like letting black people vote?

  2. unnamed says:

    That picture of Ted Cruz makes me want to throw up.  More than other pictures of Ted Cruz.

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    “I haven’t been uniting the Congress but I have been uniting the country, based on the polling data.”

    ~President Biden, today

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    At least he's not your Roll Coal!, Southwest Airlines pilot!  Any over/under on whether he's Denver-based? 

    Southwest pilot on hot mic goes on expletive-laden rant against the Bay Area

    “F—king weirdos, probably driving around in f—king Hyundais, f—king roads and s—t that go slow as f—k,” and, “You don’t have balls unless you’re f—king rolling coal, man, goddamn it.”

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