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► As The New York Times details for the first time, Republican Congressional leaders were (at one point) adamant about getting tough with former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 insurrection. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was also apparently already sick of Rep. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert.
CNN’s Chris Cillizza, meanwhile, takes note of a particularly damning quote from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about Trump:
Mitch McConnell knew that what happened on January 6, 2021, was deeply wrong. And that blame for the riot that day lay at the feet of then-President Donald Trump.
We now have definitive proof of that fact, thanks to a new excerpt published Thursday from the forthcoming book “This Will Not Pass” by New York Times reporters Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin.
“The Democrats are going to take care of the son of a bitch for us,” McConnell told two associates just days after the insurrection, referring to the effort to impeach Trump in the Democratic-led House, according to the Times’ reporters. [Pols emphasis]
► Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory in Mariupol, Ukraine on Thursday. Russia has recently refocused its attacks on the Eastern part of Ukraine.
► Charles Ashby of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel has more on a lawsuit filed by a handful of Republicans hoping to keep State Sen. Don Coram from appearing on the June Primary ballot against Congressperson Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert.
► Democrats in the state legislature are trying to improve price transparency at hospitals and cut down on “surprise billing.”
► Republican Senate candidate Ron Hanks is apparently getting tired of just talking about the”Big Lie,” so he’s going back to the classics. As The Colorado Times Recorder explains:
Hanks (R-Cañon City) says he would vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if he was elected to be Colorado’s next senator.
Hanks was answering an audience question during an April 3 event called the Rally for the Colorado Red Wave at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison.
Hanks also took another shot at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:
“Yeah. I’m gonna get rid of McConnell. The Government needs to be out of our healthcare in my view.”
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► The Jefferson County Republican Party, keeping it classy:
► Republican Attorney General candidate John Kellner still isn’t talking about the campaign donor that he refuses to prosecute.
► Governor Jared Polis is getting some good national press coverage for his response to some idiotic threats being made by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
It’s more than a little strange that DeSantis, a conservative, would be advocating that government should tie the hands of private industry, no?
Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis picked up on the delicious irony of that third point in a tweet Tuesday afternoon.
“Florida’s authoritarian socialist attacks on the private sector are driving businesses away. In CO, we don’t meddle in affairs of companies like @Disney or @Twitter. Hey @Disney we’re ready for Mountain Disneyland and @twitter we’re ready for Twitter HQ2, whoever your owners are,” tweeted Polis.
DeSantis is in the midst of trying to eliminate Disney’s special status as an independent government around its Orlando-area theme parks due to the company’s criticism of a new state law that seeks to ban conversations about gender and sexuality among young students.
And here’s Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post:
Polis understands that labels matter. If Democrats can wield terms such as “socialism” or “authoritarian” (or both!) against the GOP, then these fights become about Republican bullying, not “woke” Democrats. Who does DeSantis think he is, ordering around private companies?
Polis also understands how powerful “freedom” can be — freedom to run your company, freedom to raise your child (and seek legitimate medical care for them), freedom to choose not to give birth to a child, freedom for teachers to teach about civil rights without being sued, freedom to cast a ballot in the most convenient way for each voter, freedom to learn math. It’s remarkable how much control the GOP wants to exercise over every aspect of Americans’ lives and the economy.
► In a related story, The Washington Post considers whether threats from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are hurting the relationship between Republicans and big corporations:
Six years ago, Indiana’s then-Gov. Mike Pence scrambled to change a “religious freedom” bill he had just signed into law because Corporate America objected.
Apple and Salesforce opposed the bill, which seemed to allow businesses to discriminate against gay men and lesbians. Eli Lilly, a big employer in the state, called it “bad for Indiana and for business.” Indiana’s Chamber of Commerce said the law was “entirely unnecessary.”
Lawmakers listened. The Republican-controlled statehouse quickly revised the bill to clarify that it couldn’t be used to deny service based on sexual orientation. Pence signed it. And a fight between two longtime allies — companies and Republicans — was over.
But Pence’s capitulation can feel like a postcard from a distant era as growing numbers of state and federal Republican leaders today seem eager to clash with America’s biggest corporations over bills on similar hot-button issues.
► Congressperson Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert wants the federal government to look into her idea to build new roads for backup in case there are problems on I-70.
► Republican Carl Andersen is suing to get his name on the June Primary ballot in CO-07, because that’s what Republicans do when they don’t get what they want.
► Colorado Public Radio looks at whether providers could be able to handle an influx of people looking to get treatment for fentanyl use.
► The Colorado Sun has more on how the state legislature is working to tackle the issue of affordable housing.
► State lawmakers are looking at changes to the law to prevent people from being charged exorbitant sums of money for their own medical records.
► Colorado lawmakers are also considering changes that could help the enforcement of wage theft violations.
► Legislation to change Daylight Saving time in Colorado has made it to the desk of Gov. Jared Polis. The rest of the story gets a little complicated.
► COVID-19 cases in Colorado have risen for the fourth consecutive week.
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Republican Senate candidate Joe O’Dea is mostly here for the merch:
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► If you get endorsed by Donald Trump, Jr., does that help get you the backing of his father? Republican Eric Greitens hopes that is the case as he seeks the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Missouri.
► “CNN+” lasted about as long as Donald Trump’s blog project.
► What major political campaign in Colorado was the worst of the century?