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March 29, 2021 11:18 AM UTC

Get More Smarter on Monday (March 29)

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It’s a beautiful day today. Tomorrow, maybe not so much. Let’s Get More Smarter; if you think we missed something important, please include the link in the comments below (here’s a good example). If you are more of an audio learner, check out The Get More Smarter Podcast. And don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

CORONAVIRUS INFO…

*Colorado Coronavirus info:
CDPHE Coronavirus website 

*Daily Coronavirus numbers in Colorado:
http://covid19.colorado.gov

*How you can help in Colorado:
COVRN.com

*Locate a COVID-19 testing site in Colorado:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment 

 

As The Washington Post reports, health officials are starting to sound the alarm about a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic:

A day after the United States surpassed 30 million coronavirus cases, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday gave a heartfelt warning, her voice at times near breaking, about the ongoing rise in infections.

“I’m going to lose the script and I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom,” Rochelle Walensky said at a White House news briefing Monday. “We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope. But right now, I’m scared.”…

…The recent U.S. seven-day average, at just under 60,000 daily cases, is a 10 percent increase vs. the prior seven-day period. Hospitalizations have risen, too. The seven-day average death rate, which typically lags behind cases and hospitalizations, increased by 3 percent, Walensky said.

The news isn’t all bad, fortunately: Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are proving to be 90% effective in real-world studies.

In related news, many top health officials from the Trump administration are now openly discussing how badly the administration failed in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brett Giroir, Trump’s coronavirus testing czar, told CNN, “When we said there were millions of tests available, there weren’t, right? There were components of the test available, but not the full meal deal.”

 

► Here in Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis is providing new updates on our COVID-19 response. Jefferson County is seeing a worrying uptick in COVID-19 cases. As Westword explains, there is a real risk that Colorado could have to move back to more restrictions in order to keep the virus at bay, even though more Coloradans are starting to get vaccinated.

 

► Colorado Republicans selected Kristi Burton Brown to be their new Party Chairperson. Brown held off former Secretary of State Scott Gessler in a marathon voting process that required three ballots to reach a majority. As we explain in a separate post, this was not a good ending for “The Honey Badger.”

 

► It might be Spring Break for you, but not for the state legislature…

As Colorado Newsline reports, lawmakers are considering making permanent changes to the criminal justice system after a significant drop in jail populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Colorado Times Recorder looks at Democratic efforts to kill the inevitable GOP anti-abortion bills that pop up every legislative session. In a separate story, The Times Recorder fact checks a silly pharmaceutical industry claim that efforts to limit drug prices in Colorado would violate federal law.

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would essentially require businesses in Colorado to accept cash — something that many retailers started to refuse during the pandemic.

The Colorado Sun reports on HB-1189, which seeks to increase monitoring of toxic emissions.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel updates on the progress of legislation that would remove the statute of limitations for filing civil cases against alleged sexual abusers.

Federal officials have given Colorado approval to move ahead with a state legislative proposal to conduct modified CMAS testing this year.

 

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

 

And Now, More Words…

 

The publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman takes a deep dive into the mess that is the current redistricting process as officials wait for delayed Census numbers.

On a national level, uncertainty over redistricting and Census data may be driving several incumbent Democratic Members of Congress to look at running for statewide office in 2022.

 

As Westword reports, the City of Denver could see $300 million from the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress this month. Governor Jared Polis kicked off a statewide “listening tour” on Sunday to discuss how best to spend stimulus money headed to Colorado.

 

 Commerce City is suing the Suncor oil refinery for allegedly contaminating water supplies.

 

 Snowpack levels in Colorado remain well below normal despite a snowy month of March.

 

Denver School Board Member Tay Anderson is responding to allegations of sexual assault.

 

Vice President Kamala Harris has been tasked with trying to figure out the root cause of a surge of immigrants at the southern U.S. border.

 

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is finding himself abandoned by Republicans after he had the temerity to not allow former President Trump to steal votes in Georgia.

 

The New York Times reports on a bold new plan for wind energy from the Biden administration:

The Biden administration on Monday announced it will designate an area between the South Shore of Long Island and the New Jersey coast as a priority offshore wind zone, in an effort to accelerate a burgeoning industry that has long struggled to gain a foothold in the United States.

Officials also announced $3 billion in loan guarantees available to offshore wind projects. The moves come as President Biden prepares an approximately $3 trillion economic recovery package that rests heavily on the construction of electric vehicle charging stations, improved power grids and other infrastructure key to cutting planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.

Separately, the White House is setting a goal of deploying 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind in the United States by 2030 — a goal it claimed will create about 75,000 jobs — and devoting funding already approved by Congress to port infrastructure and transmission development.

Remember when the President of the United States believed that windmills caused cancer?

 

CNN is among the news outlets providing live updates on the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was among those charged in the May 2020 murder of George Floyd.

 

The massive container ship that has been blocking the Suez Canal is finally free.

 

Florida Republicans are considering following the lead of their counterparts in Georgia in making it illegal to give water to voters standing in line at polling places.

 

Vox.com previews President Biden’s upcoming infrastructure proposal.

 

 

 

Say What, Now?

 

► Looks like we’re back to claiming that many American cities have been burned to the ground.

 

Your Daily Dose Of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

 

If you’re looking to book some racist speaking engagements in Colorado, you’re in luck!

 

Congresswoman-elect Julia Letlow of Louisiana is pleading with fellow Republicans to get COVID-19 vaccinations.

 

ICYMI

 

► Missouri Republicans are just completely ignoring voters now.

 

► 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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