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January 27, 2022 06:53 AM UTC

Thursday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“The reason I talk to myself is that I’m the only one whose answers I accept.”

–George Carlin


24 thoughts on “Thursday Open Thread

  1. Sort of ironic that the headlines today are complaints about Biden's recognition of a HUGE exclusion of women and Blacks and pledge to name a qualified woman & Black jurist.  The complaints come from those who were willing to endorse ONLY nominees from the Federalist Society … nearly all White, vastly male, all RWNJ.


  2. Colorado Sun is one of the sources picking up the announcement:

    District Attorney John Kellner, a Republican, is running to unseat Colorado’s attorney general

    Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney John Kellner on Thursday became the first Republican to declare their candidacy to challenge Weiser, a Democrat, in November. He announced his bid in a Colorado Politics opinion piece focusing heavily on crime, an issue GOP candidates across the state are attacking Democrats over.

    1. Looking forward to his trouncing.  What is it about 18th JD DAs that makes them think they should be AG?  Kellner is not as bad as Brauchler, but he's not Phil Weiser.  

      I think he's looking for a different gig since the 18th won't have Douglas, Lincoln or Elbert in 2024, and the Arapahoe DA is likely to flip blue.

      1. BINGO! He's looking for upward mobility and job security should he actually win.

        Trick question for Kellner: Who won the 2020 presidential election?

  3. Kellner is only a little bit behind … "Attorney General Phil Weiser raised nearly $435,000 in the final three months of the year for a total thus far of $2.7 million. He had $2.3 million in cash to start the year "

    I'm looking forward to the inevitable questions about the AG's involvement with the Tina Peters case.  And of course, what he thinks the AG can do about "violent crime" …

  4. I'm glad Ms. Kessler has decided to resign her board position. While she was only voice and one vote, her style of flame-throwing wasn't going to build any kind of trust or dialogue between these two worlds that are going to have to figure out how to co-exist.  I'm also going to give a shout out to Sen Sonnenberg in his restrained response.  I really do appreciate it. 

    Polis appointee calls ranchers ‘lazy and nasty,’ resigns

    1. Her accusation that ranchers are intentionally baiting wolves with cows is asinine as well,and has no basis in common sense.

      What would exactly be the economic motivation for that? I have this 1200 pound fattened head of cattle that I can sell for 1.37/lb at the sale barn tomorrow, or I can bait a wolf with one of them and then fill out a bunch of government paperwork and maybe get reimbursed the same price in 6 months! It's the perfect crime!

      Makes no freaking sense at all. I agree she was a terrible fit for the board.

        1. Cool. I have a good friend in Minnesota who is a farm worker and is always bragging on his fancy, digital tractor. We have seen a number of stories on Farm Report about how integral the software on these giant implements has become. It is an area where AI and robotics are becoming very common.

          I'll bet Karen is excited. That's great!😃

          1. She is excited. The last couple of jobs were mostly doing in-house stuff; maintaining the company’s software. She likes building real things.


  5. Do you know the way to San Jose?  Their city council has cast its first vote to require gun owners to carry liability coverage for their household.

    City lawmakers in San Jose took a preliminary vote Tuesday to require gun owners to carry liability insurance and pay an annual fee, a step toward adopting what the mayor said is the first measure of its kind in the United States aiming to reduce the risk of gun harm by incentivizing safer behavior.

    The ordinance must be approved next month before it can take effect by August.

    Before the vote, Liccardo estimated that city residents incur about $442 million of annual gun-related costs, including “private financial costs to individuals and families,” and that gun violence costs San Jose taxpayers $40 million a year in emergency response services.

    The city will invest funds generated from fees paid by gun owners into evidence-based initiatives to reduce gun violence and gun harm

    1. I didn't know you could get gun insurance.

      Great idea, especially if gun insurance doesn't exist. Or, the first time the insurance company has to pay out, then the rates skyrocket.

      1. Actually the ordinance does not apply to all gun owners.  For instance, if you have a concealed carry permit, are law enforcement or former law enforcement (I believe?), and perhaps a couple of others.

        Apparently, there was some thought given to consideration for those folks who have passed some kind of extensive background check and/or legitimate forearms training, and that seems reasonable.

        It appears that it will be some kind of liability rider to existing homeowners/renters policies, and I imagine that it could be a standalone type of liability policy. It also seems that individual liability could be avoided by properly reporting lost or stolen guns to the proper authorities.

        Not sure who soiled himself more over this, Dudley or Negev?

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