Get More Smarter on Wednesday (April 28)

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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 

*Coloradans can now get a COVID-19 vaccine at one of six locations without a prior appointment. 

 

President Joe Biden has seen his approval ratings surpass 60% in his first 100 days in office, which is a mark that his predecessor, Donald Trump, never even sniffed. Tonight, Biden will give his first speech as President to a joint session of Congress, where he’ll make a pitch for another big spending package. From The Washington Post:

The White House on Wednesday unveiled a $1.8 trillion spending and tax plan aimed at dramatically expanding access to education and safety-net programs for families, the latest effort by President Biden to try to turn some of his campaign promises into new policy.

The package cannot be implemented without congressional approval, and many Republicans have offered a cool reception to the scope of tax increases and spending that Biden has tried to advance. But the White House’s new “American Families Plan” provides Congress with details of the president’s domestic agenda, setting down markers for negotiations later this year.

Biden’s plan proposes a suite of domestic policies that would collectively represent a marked change in how Americans interact with the federal government.

The White House says its proposal would provide every American with two years of tuition-free community college; prekindergarten for all 3- and 4-year-olds; and paid family and medical leave for American workers. Among its sweeping agenda items, the plan also calls for devoting hundreds of billions of dollars to fighting child poverty and ensuring affordable child care nationwide. [Pols emphasis]

Biden wants to strengthen IRS enforcement efforts — which could bring in billions in unpaid taxes — as part of a solution for paying for this proposal.

Congressional Republicans will oppose Biden’s plan, because that’s just what they do, but the Biden administration is advancing proposals that reflect a new attitude from Americans who have decided they kinda like having a functional federal government.

The Associated Press has more on what to expect from Biden’s speech tonight.

 

The CDC issued new mask-wearing guidance on Tuesday. Fully vaccinated Americans can now safely go without a mask while walking and exercising outside or while eating at outdoor restaurants.

Meanwhile, 9News reports on the latest good and bad news in Colorado’s battle with the COVID-19 pandemic:

While cases are increasing at a slower rate compared to previous weeks, Gov. Jared Polis expressed concern over the continued upward trajectory of cases and hospitalization rates as the state had over 600 COVID patients in the hospital for the first time in months…

…Polis said that while school-associated outbreaks are a factor, he believes a much bigger factor is vaccinated parents resuming social activities with their unvaccinated children.

Roughly 37% of Colorado residents are considered to be fully vaccinated. The two counties with the highest current infection rates — Pueblo and El Paso — also have the lowest vaccination rates.

It’s not rocket surgery, friends. Get your vaccines.

 

The Colorado Sun has more on an ongoing saga of whistleblower complaints regarding how Colorado regulates air pollution.

 

Colorado Newsline explains the changes made to a big health care bill in the Colorado legislature.

Here’s more news from the state legislature…

Colorado Public Radio looks at concerns over the potency of legal marijuana.

Lawmakers want to speed up bond hearings for people arrested in Colorado.

Composting grandma gets closer to reality.

Colorado Newsline examines why widening highways is the wrong remedy for Colorado’s transportation problems.

 

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

 

And Now, More Words…

 

Colorado-based Magellan Strategies released new data about opinions on affordable housing in our state:

Among all respondents, 57% say affordable housing is a big problem in their community, and 73% say the cost of housing is unaffordable.

 

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will discuss strategies today for helping the city make a quick economic recovery.

 

Federal contractors will now be paid a $15 minimum wage thanks to an executive order from President Biden.

 

Loveland placed four police officers on leave in relation to an investigation into the arrest of a 73-year-old woman with dementia.

 

 U.S. News and World Report ranks the 20 best high schools in Colorado.

 

Baseless racist conspiracy theories? Congressperson Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert has you covered.

 

Douglas County Commissioners locked in an interminable internal struggle decided NOT to go ahead with a censure resolution against Commissioner Lora Thomas on Tuesday. As The Denver Post reports:

Tuesday’s meeting occurred in front of a full house in Castle Rock and nearly all of those who addressed the board defended Thomas. One resident called the whole ordeal “a Dumpster fire,” and others said the dispute would only divide Republicans and feed into Democrats’ hands.

 

More than 200,000 people have now died in India from COVID-19 as an outbreak in that country continues to rage unchecked. As The New York Times reports, health experts are worried about a new variant as one of the key causes:

Doctors, the public and the media are citing anecdotal — but inconclusive — evidence to suggest that a homegrown variant called B.1.617 is driving the country’s worsening outbreak. But researchers outside of India say the limited data so far suggests instead that a better-known variant, B.1.1.7., that walloped Britain late last year may be a more considerable factor.

 

If you’ve ever wondered about the history of cronyism at Colorado Mesa University, AnneLandmanBlog.com has all the details.

 

POLITICO examines how the Biden White House has locked down leaks and tamped down the drama.

 

 

Say What, Now?

 

Congressperson Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert (R-ifle) is so busy trying to own the libs that she doesn’t bother with things like facts:

 

Your Daily Dose Of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

 

► Tucker Carlson, not a doctor:

► Idaho Republican State Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger — who has been the subject of numerous sexual harassment complaints at the State Capitol — is facing new allegations of rape.

 

ICYMI

 

► House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is contorting himself into all sorts of weird shapes as he tries to re-write the history of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol:

More than anything, though, it’s almost impossible to square this [new] account with McCarthy’s comments from January. And to be clear, these weren’t heat-of-the-moment remarks. McCarthy said Trump bore responsibility during a speech on the House floor on Jan. 13 — a full week after the riot. He pointed specifically to Trump not doing enough to quell the unrest. Now he credits Trump for a widely panned video that came only after the worst of the unrest had subsided.

 

► Former Vice President Mike Pence took a ski vacation to Vail late last year that cost taxpayers about $757,000.

 

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  1. MichaelBowman says:

    At least he isn't your Ag Commissioner.  Fer KKKeerist Sake. 

    Texas Ag commissioner sues over debt relief plan

    Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, with backing from former President Trump’s controversial immigration adviser Stephen Miller and his newly launched legal group, is alleging that the American Rescue Plan’s $4 billion debt relief plan to help “socially disadvantaged” farmers illegally excludes white producers.

    lawsuit filed in federal court in Texas says USDA’s definition of “socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers” violates the Constitution and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    “If the court is unwilling to declare the department’s racial exclusions and the underlying statutes unconstitutional, then it should at the very least declare that the phrase ‘socially disadvantaged group’ must be construed, as a matter of statutory interpretation, to include ethnic groups of all types that have been subjected to racial and ethnic prejudice, including (but not limited to) Irish, Italians, Germans, Jews, and eastern Europeans,” the complaint says.

  2. MichaelBowman says:

    You are dust and to dust you will return.

    Genesis 3:19

    Bravo. 

     

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    There are 18 health care CEOs who make over $10 million; they paid themselves $317 million last year. Any guesses on who paid those premiums?  

    Remind me again why we caved on the public option? 

     

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    Federal agents raided Rudy’s apartment this morning (and somehow managed not to shoot him).  Any over/under on whether he blurts out something incriminating before COB today?  Will they announce a fundraiser for his defense fund at Four Seasons Landscaping in Philadelphia?

    Federal Investigators Execute Search Warrant at Rudy Giuliani’s Apartment

    Federal investigators in Manhattan executed a search warrant on Wednesday at the Upper East Side apartment of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who became President Donald J. Trump’s personal lawyer, stepping up a criminal investigation into Mr. Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine, three people with knowledge of the matter said.

    One of the people said the investigators had seized Mr. Giuliani’s electronic devices.

    Executing a search warrant is an extraordinary move for prosecutors to take against a lawyer, let alone a lawyer for a former president, and it marks a major turning point in the long-running investigation into Mr. Giuliani.

    • harrydoby says:

      Once the State of New York recovers all the taxes Trump has evaded over the past decades, perhaps they’ll use the proceeds to build the Trump Crime Family Wing at Sing Sing to hold all the members expected to arrive in the coming years!

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    #FamiliesFirst 

    Great to see Senator Bennet at the tip of this spear: 

  6. Diogenesdemar says:

    FFS Jared,

    …Polis said that while school-associated outbreaks are a factor, he believes a much bigger factor is vaccinated parents resuming social activities with their unvaccinated children.

    Where’s the substantiating evidence of this?

    Shouldn’t anyone whose effectiveness in their position demands a high level of credibility have learned by now that rank speculation does nearly as much harm as the disease?

    Stick to the proven facts, or at least scientific consensus — people’s lives depend on it.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Polis is many things, but I've not heard of anyone saying he typically will announce a position without some reasoning / testimony behind the statement. 

      With COVID, he's getting all sort of info — it's entirely possible the Colorado tracing program leads him to think transmission isn't only in schools, but in other community activities authorized by parents.

      CDC Science Brief says:

      A study comparing county-level COVID-19 hospitalizations between counties with in-person learning and those without in-person learning found no effect of in-person school reopening on COVID-19 hospitalization rates when baseline hospitalization rates were low or moderate.35 The association between COVID-19 incidence and transmission in school settings and levels of community transmission underscores the importance of controlling disease spread in the community to protect teachers, staff, and students in schools.32

      Though outbreaks do occur in school settings, multiple studies have shown that transmission within school settings is typically lower than – or at least similar to – levels of community transmission, when prevention strategies are in place in schools. Enhanced national surveillance data from the United Kingdom (UK) showed an association between regional COVID-19 incidence and incidence in schools. For every 5 additional cases per 100,000 population in regional incidence, the risk of a school outbreak increased by 72%.32 Few cases in Australian schools were reported when community transmission levels were low, and cases in schools increased when community transmission increased.3 In Michigan and Washington, delivery of in-person instruction was not associated with increased spread of COVID-19 in schools when community transmission was low, but cases in schools did increase at moderate-to-high levels of community transmission.38 When community transmission was low, there was no association between in-person learning and community spread.38

      Not precisely what Polis said, but indicative that schools are not necessarily the dominant factor in transmission.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        I agree JID, and the schools reopenings, which do have epidemiological supporting evidence, wasn’t what I was taking exception to, it’s that second “bigger factor” crap.

        I guess my unsubstantiated speculation, is that far too many people, many at the misinformation from their public officials, have begun to act like this is all over and that we don’t desperately need to continue with masks, limited gathering sizes, and distancing.

        The message I would like to hear is, “Right now it looks like we’ve stopped being sufficiently vigilant in Colorado. if you want this to ever end well, get your damn vaccinations; and also, it’s way too soon for anyone to be stupid yet (not just the ~20% of fully vaccinated parents maybe (?) taking their kids out socially).”

        2020 Polis was markedly better on the pandemic than the 2021 version. Methinks he’s hearing some poor (i.e., political) advising on these issues, now.

         

         

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