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Republican gubernatorial candidate Hiedi Heidi Ganahl is running the worst gubernatorial campaign in the entire country. She’s making national headlines today for another bad reason: Hosting an in-person event with a conservative speaker who was literally TRYING to get infected with COVID-19. We wrote about this story on Monday, but here’s more from The Washington Post:

Days before he announced he had tested positive, Prager was in Colorado, where he spoke at a campaign event for Heidi Ganahl, a Republican running for governor. Officials with her campaign told KUSA they were not aware of Prager’s plan to get infected with the coronavirus.

“We are reaching out to all those who attended to make sure they are informed,” Ganahl’s campaign told the station in a statement. “We encourage those who attended … to get tested and follow CDC guidelines if they experience any Covid-like symptoms.”

The problem with this response from the Ganahl campaign is this: There is video evidence of Prager flat-out telling Ganahl that he was hoping to get infected with COVID-19.

Here’s more from 9News:


The Denver Post updates the latest COVID-19 numbers in Colorado:

Colorado’s COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to rise over the weekend, but it’s difficult to predict whether that trend will continue.

On Friday, more people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado than at any point since late December. The number of hospitalizations continued to increase, reaching 1,101 people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 on Monday afternoon.

New cases appeared to fall last week, however. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 12,885 cases in the week ending Sunday — a decrease of roughly 2,500, if it stands. The state’s data has lagged in recent months, though, with late reports sometimes erasing any signs of progress.

“We’ve been in a period of uncertainty with the trends in the data,” said Talia Quandelacy, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. “It’s hard to tell what some of these trends are showing.”

The bottom line seems to be the same as it has been: We’re still not yet getting a handle on turning back the coronavirus pandemic as too many Coloradans continue to refuse to get vaccinated. Westword has more on Colorado’s COVID numbers.

In related news, Larimer County is reinstating a mask requirement for residents in indoor public areas. As Colorado Public Radio reports, one of the safest places to be in Colorado, in terms of a high-percentage of people who are vaccinated, is on college campuses.


The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection plans to move forward today with holding former Trump adviser Steve Bannon in contempt for refusing to respond to a Congressional subpoena.


As The Associated Press reports, Texas has approved a new gerrymandered congressional map that dilutes minority representation.



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As Charles Ashby reports for The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Congressperson Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert STILL can’t figure out how to file a legal campaign finance report:

In a letter from FEC senior campaign finance analyst Shannon Ringgold to the Republican congresswoman released Friday, the beginning balance of her report filed at the end of September showing contributions and expenses for the first three months of this year does not equal the ending balance of her 2020 year-end report, which had been amended three times, according to her FEC filings.

Her closing cash-on-hand balance as of Dec. 31, 2020, was $286,794. Boebert’s beginning balance in her first quarter report for Jan. 1 to March 31 listed an opening balance of $356,794, a difference of $70,000…

…Earlier this year, Boebert received notice that she appeared to have accepted contributions in excess of campaign limits, something the congresswoman said she corrected in subsequent reports.

Boebert also has been criticized for failing to disclose $478,000 that her husband, Jayson, earned in 2019 in oil and gas consulting fees, and in using $6,650 in campaign funds to pay rent and utilities for her Shooter’s Grill in Rifle, money she paid back to her campaign committee.

Last year, Boebert was under fire for reimbursing herself $22,000 in mileage and travel costs.

This is at least the seventh campaign finance report Boebert has filed since she first started running for Congress in late 2019. Most of them have contained significant errors. Some errors may be math mistakes, but others are related to pretty serious violations.


We knew that Republican gubernatorial candidate Hiedi Heidi Ganahl was having trouble raising money. We didn’t know things were THIS BAD.


Senate Democrats are excited about the opportunity to pick up a new seat with State Rep. Dylan Roberts now running for Senate in SD-8.


Chris Cillizza of CNN wonders if House Democrats are on the verge of a wave of new retirements before 2022.


Fox 31 Denver reports on the response from Colorado politicians to Monday’s news that former Secretary of State Colin Powell has died from COVID-19 complications.


9News takes a closer look at Amendment 78, which is on the ballot in Colorado this fall.


The Denver Post reports on the process of cities and counties in Colorado getting their share of the money from a giant opioid settlement:

A years-long effort to get millions of dollars to Colorado communities hard hit by the opioid addiction crisis is entering its final stage, with Arvada and Commerce City on Monday night becoming the first metro area cities to sign on to a statewide settlement agreement designed to hold to account pain pill companies.

City councils in Brighton, Edgewater and Federal Heights are expected to follow suit on Tuesday night, with many more cities and counties across Colorado likely to approve the legal agreement in the coming months.

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser told The Denver Post on Monday that the state needs to have its role in a $26 billion multistate settlement with major opioid manufacturers and distributors “nailed down” by the end of the year. That means getting most counties and municipalities in the state to bless the settlement in the coming weeks.


Governor Jared Polis is calling in the National Guard to assist with cybersecurity efforts ahead of the 2021 election.


► Rachel Levine will be sworn-in today as the nation’s first transgender four-star admiral.


The New York Times reports on the rising popularity of the idea of mix-and-match COVID-19 booster shots.


 New polling data from the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights shows that more than half of Latino families in Colorado have had trouble paying bills or utilities in recent months.



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Thanks, professor. Perhaps someone should have explained this to you before you blamed all those job openings on extended unemployment benefits.



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Former President Donald Trump is suing to prevent a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection from gaining access to former administration records.


► Joel Greenberg, the corrupt former Florida official and self-proclaimed “wingman” for Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is singing loud and often to federal prosecutors about a number of investigations.


Denver International Airport saw the third-highest levels of passenger traffic IN THE ENTIRE WORLD through the first half of 2021.







Republican gubernatorial candidate Hiedi Heidi Ganahl opposes legal abortion efforts.


► This week on The Get More Smarter Podcast, hosts Jason Bane and Ian Silverii interview Evan Wyloge of The Colorado Springs Gazette for a in-depth look at the 2021 redistricting process in Colorado.

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