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► Today is Election Day! If you still have a ballot sitting at home, DO NOT drop it in the mail!!! You MUST take your ballot at a certified drop box location before 7:00 pm tonight (postmarked dates are irrelevant; ballots must be received before 7:00). Visit GoVoteColorado.com to locate a ballot drop box near you. Colorado Public Radio has more on Election Day in Colorado.
As The Washington Post reports, all eyes nationally will be on two East Coast states:
Voters are headed to the polls Tuesday to pick governors in Virginia and New Jersey, offering a test for Democrats in the first major elections since President Biden’s arrival in the Oval Office and a possible preview of what’s to come in next year’s congressional midterms.
In Virginia, polls have showed a toss-up between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin in a state Biden carried by 10 percentage points. In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy is seeking to turn back a challenge from Republican Jack Ciattarelli and become the first Democratic governor reelected in the Garden State in more than 40 years.
Greg Sargent of The Washington Post has more on the dark campaign tactics of Youngkin in Virginia.
► Colorado’s new congressional district map is now official, as Colorado Newsline explains. Meanwhile, Westword considers whether Rep. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert should be considered the big winner in the congressional redistricting process.
► Alex Burness of The Denver Post reports on Colorado’s new budget proposal:
Gov. Jared Polis on Monday laid out his desires for a $40 billion budget in fiscal year 2022-23 — a 4% increase from this year and a state record.
The amount of money in the budget is dictated by economic conditions, not the governor’s own politics. [Pols emphasis] Such growth in next year’s budget is possible as a result of the state’s faster-than-expected recovery from the pandemic-induced recession of 2020. Just last year, Polis signed a 2020-21 budget of only $30 billion — the total was later adjusted upward — as state analysts were warning of more lean budgets to come.
But their dire predictions have not come true. In September, state economic analysts told the legislative Joint Budget Committee that they project the state legislature will have $15.3 billion to spend out of the General Fund (which covers education and health care spending, among other areas) for the fiscal year that ends June 30. That’s a 7.2% increase from last fiscal year, and the analysts forecast increases of about 4% through at least the 2023-24 budget.
Polis touted his proposed budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year as being responsive to voter concerns.
9News has more on the budget priorities outlined by Polis on Monday.
► Governor Jared Polis ordered a temporary stop to most cosmetic medical procedures in Colorado as the state continues battling the COVID-19 pandemic. From The Denver Post:
Colorado’s COVID-19 hospitalizations continued rising over the weekend as Gov. Jared Polis issued multiple public health orders to try to save beds — including one that halted cosmetic procedures for a month.
As of Monday afternoon, 1,236 people were hospitalized statewide with confirmed COVID-19, and 90 others were receiving care and being tested for the virus. The last time more people were receiving hospital care for the virus was Dec. 22 — less than three weeks after the state hit its all-time peak at 1,995 hospitalizations for confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
While the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 is lower than it was at the December peak, the state has fewer beds available, because more people are seeking care for other severe health problems, and some staff have gone to other states or left the health field.
Westword has more on five new public health orders related to COVID-19.
In other COVID-19 news, millions of doses of vaccines intended for children ages 5-11 are already being shipped nationwide. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will vote today on whether to formally allow vaccinations for young children.
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► World leaders announced a new plan to limit emissions in combating the negative effects of Climate Change. From The New York Times:
Nations around the world joined together Tuesday to promise to curb emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that spews from oil and natural gas operations, livestock production and landfills and can warm the atmosphere 80 times as fast as carbon dioxide in the short term.
President Biden, calling the agreement a “game-changing commitment,” also announced that for the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency intended to limit the methane coming from existing oil and gas rigs across the United States.
The federal government previously had rules that aimed to prevent methane leaks from oil and gas wells built since 2015, but the Trump administration rescinded them. President Biden intends to restore and strengthen them, administration aides said.
The announcement, at the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, came as Mr. Biden faces intense pressure internationally and at home to show that the United States, the nation that has historically pumped the most greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, is serious about mitigating climate change.
Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, said cutting methane emissions was “one of the most effective things we can do” to slow global warming.
► As Ernest Luning reports for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman, the infighting within the El Paso County Republican Party is neverending:
The vice chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party is calling for Vickie Tonkins, the party’s chairwoman, to “resign or be removed” after she sent a scathing email to county Republicans that began with an encouragement to vote in Tuesday’s election but quickly veered into an extended attack on the organization’s No. 2 officer, a GOP state lawmaker and a longtime party volunteer.
After urging fellow county Republicans to “VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!” in an Oct. 21 email, Tonkins pointed to results of a controversial school board candidate survey that included questions about voting equipment and whether the candidates support a “full forensic audit” of the 2020 election.
The survey, distributed last month by Tonkins, sparked a backlash by the county party’s executive committee — made up of GOP officers and elected officials, it’s essentially the county party’s board of directors — who voted to send a different survey with questions they said were more pertinent to school board races, including about school choice and civics education.
Calling them “establishment insiders,” Tonkins wrote in the email that three members of the executive committee — county party vice chair Karl Schneider, former county chairwoman Kay Rendleman and state Sen. Larry Liston, R-Colorado Springs — had tried to “hijack, and block this survey” to prevent candidates from “being exposed on where they stand on election integrity.”
We took note last month of the nonsense candidate questionnaire sent out by El Paso County Republicans.
When Tonkins was re-elected as El Paso County Republican Party Chairperson earlier this year, it was amidst much discussion about alleged irregularities in the voting process.
► Tax the billionaires, say Colorado millionaires.
► Tri-County Health Department has officially stopped providing services to Douglas County.
► Judith Kohler of The Denver Post reports on a rise in activity for labor unions in Colorado, including organizing at a HelloFresh facility in Aurora; Spruce Confections in Boulder; John Deere & Co.; Nabisco; and Denver International Airport.
In related news, airport security workers at DIA reached agreement on a new contract and avoided going on strike.
► As The Associated Press reports, Republicans across the country are waiting to see if a focus on local school board elections will pay off tonight:
School board races, once sleepy and localized, have become the new front in a culture war raging across the nation as resentments over COVID-19 restrictions and anti-racism curriculum reach a boiling point.
On Tuesday, voters weigh in on dozens of races that have been dominated by debates over masks, vaccines, race and history. The outcomes will decide not just districts’ policies but also whether the education fight has staying power as part of the national discourse and becomes a rallying issue for Republicans in the 2022 midterms.
► As Colorado Public Radio reports, police officers and paramedics involved in the death of Elijah McClain made brief court appearances in Aurora on Monday.
► Sure, it’s TOTALLY normal for a sitting Member of Congress to talk about blowing shit up at the U.S. Capitol building.
► Fake endorsements are the best kind of political endorsements.
► As POLITICO reports, Democrats are looking at Thanksgiving as a goal for finalizing social spending and infrastructure plans.
► Vox.com reports on the unusual alliance that could splinter support for the Texas abortion ban.
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— Toby Morton (@tobymorton) November 1, 2021
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► Sean Parnell, a leading Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Pennsylvania who has been endorsed by Donald Trump, is being accused of some pretty awful things by his estranged wife. From The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The estranged wife of Republican Senate candidate Sean Parnell testified under oath Monday that he choked her until she bit him to escape, that he hit their young children, and that he lashed out at her with obscenities and insults.
In tearful testimony, Laurie Snell told a family court judge that her husband once called her a “whore” and a “piece of s—” while pinning her down. On another occasion, she said, Parnell slapped one child hard enough to leave fingerprint-shaped welts through the back of the child’s T-shirt. And she said he once got so angry he punched a closet door with such force it swung into a child’s face and left a bruise. She said Parnell told his child: “That was your fault.”
She also testified that after a Thanksgiving trip in 2008, he briefly forced her out of their vehicle alongside a highway after raging at her, telling her to “go get an abortion.”
In a statement released by his campaign, Parnell, a decorated Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and was endorsed this summer by former President Donald Trump, vigorously disputed his wife’s claims, calling a number of them “lies” and said he was looking forward to rebutting them when he presents his case next week.
► We’ll just leave this here, via POLITICO:
► This isn’t a great message for Rep. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert to be carrying on behalf of the Republican Party. Remember: The majority of Americans believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases.
Some other Colorado Republicans have been less interested in addressing Roe v. Wade directly in speaking about the issue of abortion. Gubernatorial hopeful
Hiedi Heidi Ganahl says only that she is “pro life,” while some of the GOP candidates for U.S. Senate have generally tried to avoid the topic.
► The Washington Post details “187 minutes of inaction” in breaking down former President Trump’s lack of response during the Jan. 6 insurrection.
► This week on The Get More Smarter Podcast, hosts Jason Bane and Ian Silverii interview State Representative/Doctor/Congressional Candidate Yadira Caraveo and ask her if she plans to pick up a fourth job anytime soon.
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The Dow hit 36,000 today. Up 10,000 since Biden took office.
Huh?? Dow on Jan 20, 2021 closed at 31,188. It closed today at 36, 052. Nothing to sneeze at, but just under 5,000, not 10,000.
Even if you go back to Nov 3, 2020 (election day), it was 27,480.
June 29, 2020 it was 25,827.
My bad. I meant Election Day.
Trump: “If Biden is elected the Stock Market will crash” (Oct 2020)
Approps of nothing, except that it made me happy; Parker and Stone are definitely buying Casa Bonita. The community group has withdrawn its objection. https://www.denverpost.com/2021/11/02/objection-dropped-south-park-sale/