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Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-Denver) is among many Democrats calling on the U.S. Senate to act quickly to protect abortion rights in the wake of a “leaked opinion” suggesting that the United States Supreme Court is about to overturn Roe v. Wade. From Denver7:

DeGette, the co-chair of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, implored the Senate to act and pass House-passed legislation protecting people’s right to abortion care, despite it failing to do so earlier this year, after the leak of the draft Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

The House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act last September in a 218-211 vote, with all Republicans voting against the measure and all Democrats voting in favor except for Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas.

But when the motion to proceed to a vote in the Senate came up on Feb. 28, the measure failed to get the 60 votes necessary to proceed in a 46-48 vote, with all voting Republicans voting against the measure along with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V.

As The Washington Post reports, the White House is also working hard to find solutions for protecting abortion rights…though there might not be much they can do:

Officials are discussing whether funding, whether through Medicaid or another mechanism, could be made available to women to travel to other states for an abortion, according to outside advisers who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions, but many doubt whether that is feasible.


Meanwhile, you likely won’t hear Republicans saying much about abortion or Roe v. Wade, because they’ve been instructed to focus their talking points on the “leaked opinion” instead. Not all Republicans are following that advice, however; CO-08 candidates Lori Saine and Barbara Kirkmeyer couldn’t hide their glee over a possible court ruling.


As Charles Ashby of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel notes, the June Primary ballot in Colorado is officially set. 


 Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroeder finally turned over copies he made of his county’s election/voting servers to Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser. This has become a big issue in Colorado with advocates of the “Big Lie,” and if Republicans had their way, it would continue in future elections:



Colorado lawmakers are nearing an endpoint in the discussion over changes to fentanyl possession laws, with the State Senate hearing debate today.


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Congressman Jason Crow (D-Aurora-ish) wants the United States to send more weapons to Ukraine as it continues its defense against Russia. Crow was part of a Congressional delegation that traveled to Ukraine last week to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Denver7 talked with Crow upon his return from Eastern Europe.


Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters may have been a day late in submitting her first financial report as a candidate for Secretary of State, but her Republican opponents were the ones with the dollar(s) short.


U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten visited several schools in Aurora on Wednesday and lauded the Aurora School District for its efforts to increase access to mental health services for students.


Colorado Public Radio profiles the three Democrats hoping to unseat Congressperson Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert in CO-03.


State lawmakers are looking at raising taxes on high-earning Coloradans in order to help pay for breakfast and lunches for low-income students in public schools.


As Erica Meltzer reports for Chalkbeat (via The Colorado Sun), Democrats in the state legislature are trying to get closer to a goal of fully funding K-12 schools:

Colorado lawmakers this year came closer to fully funding the state’s schools than at any time since the Great Recession. But rattled by rising inflation and the threat of a ballot measure that would slash anticipated growth in property tax revenue legislators stopped short of constitutionally mandated K-12 spending.

Democrats say they’re proud of the $36.4 billion budget signed by Gov. Jared Polis last week. The budget dedicates more than $5 billion in state money to base K-12 spending, a 7.5% increase over this year. Average per-student funding will go up 6% to $9,560. Lawmakers are also putting $80 million more into special education, getting closer to funding a formula established back in 2006.

But despite a reserve in the state education fund that tops $800 million, lawmakers still held back $321 million through a recurring mechanism known as the budget stabilization factor.

Democrats, who control both chambers, said there’s too much uncertainty on the horizon. Higher state spending is only sustainable, they said, if local property taxes rise enough to take over some of the burden in future years.


 State lawmakers are trying to do more to clarify campaign finance rules for issue committees.


Legislation to ban flavored tobacco products in Colorado passed through the State House of Representatives. 


The Colorado Sun updates on when you might be able to expect a COVID-19 vaccine for young children. 


The New York Times tries to understand how wacko J.D. Vance became the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Ohio. As Charlie Sykes writes for Bulwark, Vance simply told the GOP base what it wanted to hear:

Vance studied the Trumpified GOP electorate and figured that his transparent phoniness and opportunism wouldn’t be held against him.

He was right.

He turned himself into a troll spewing cartoonish bigotry on demand. As my colleague Tim Miller wrote in The Bulwark last year, in a single week, Vance had “tweeted about how he’s scared to go to New York because it might be dirty. Defended a Nazi from being kicked off of twitter. Shared a thread defending election fraud conspiracies. Fantastically claimed Google was ‘hiding’ his website. Mocked reporters for saying they were traumatized by the Capitol riot.”


Climate Change may be bringing an end to campfires, as The Denver Post explains.





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Here’s the Chairwoman of the Colorado Republican Party:



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Never change, Canada:






Here’s a good summary of the latest Dinesh D’Souza silliness.


Fundraising numbers for Colorado candidates were released this week. Things don’t look good for Republicans


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16 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Voyageur says:

    When is Cinco de Mayo this year, anyway?

  2. kwtree says:

    Jason Crow’s remarks:

    Crow said the goal of the trip was to figure out how to assist with the region’s humanitarian crisis, better support Ukraine through economic sanctions and what the future of weapons aid needs to look like.

    “You cannot separate these three areas: the areas of sanctions, humanitarian and refugee support and weapons support. (Russian President) Vladimir Putin is going to press this invasion. He is not going to stop and he is getting more and more desperate, more and more brutal,” Crow said.
    Crow said the country is sitting on about 12 million tons of agricultural products that it is unable to ship out due to a maritime threat through the southern port of Odesa.

    “This system is really critical for not just the Ukrainian economy but worldwide commerce as well. As we’ve often heard, Ukraine is the bread basket for Europe and Africa and so many places around the world,” Crow said.

    From Colorado Newsline.


  3. kwtree says:

    So Madison Cawthorne made a video of naked Madison dry-humping his cousin’s face. Yet Madison blames “ the left” for “blackmailing” him with the video. 

    When I remember that we lost a good freshman rep, Katie Hill, because her ex decided to sell nude photos of her to a right wing rag, and said rag now claims $100K in legal costs, it enrages me. 

    Warning: if you watch it, you can’t unsee it.

    • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

      How old was the cousin?

      Do we have another pedophilia case on which we need to put that super-sleuth Q-Anon?

    • MichaelBowman says:

      OMG. I was NOT fully prepared for that visual. 

      Didn’t FLOTUS Melania dismiss these kinds of antics as “Boys will be boys”? It covers the gamut from Epstein to Wee Little Cawthorne.

  4. Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

    We should all be doing this ….

    Election 2022: Thousands of Nebraskans switching party affiliation ahead of primary (

    Let’s help the GOP rid itself of Q-Anon and the MAGAs by actually doing something.

    Or we can stay with the affiliation we have, wring our hands, and talk about the existential threat to democracy posed by the current GOP.


    After the primary, you can go home, take a hot shower, and change your affiliation back to Democrat, unaffiliated, Green, Libertarian, or whatever.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      PS … you can change your registration in advance and get ballots sent to you.  Or, you can change your registration at a voting center and vote in person.

      And as for changing back … you can do that immediately after you vote in a Voting Center, or if you have a Colorado identification, you can do it over the web.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Let us NOT help the GOP clean its house. Why should we? Boebert is an embarrassment to the Republican party…not Democrats.

      She is an ineffectual rubberstamp of whatever shit flows from the Q cabal.

      You think she will actually do more damage to our state than a corporate lackey like Dandy Don?

      If the Republicans and some Unaffiliateds are so desperate to get rid of her, how about the Republicans help the Democrat get elected?



  5. gertie97 says:


    With all due respect, just which Democratic candidate has a chance of appealing to moderate Dems and unaffiliated, many of whom are, at heart, rational Republicans disgusted with trump and his ilk?

    Second, can said Democrat keep the DNCC from screwing up the campaign?

    The only chance, and it’s a slim one, is dumping boobert in a primary.

    • Duke Cox says:


      You are right, of course. But the current effort to get Democrats to help the  Republicans wipe their asses, is not only offensive to me, but I suspect many other Dems.

      I don't care if Boebert remains for two more years if she can't be replaced with a Democrat…which ain't likely. She isn't nearly as dangerous as Ol' Corporate Coram. If the GQP doesn't want her, let them get rid of her. 

      The majority of Republicans stood by while the Orange Horde took over their party. When did the Republicans last do ANYTHING for Democrats?

      Odds are Calamity Jane will be our Congresswoman until she goes to jail or gets a job at Fox News. Until the Republicans help us elect a Democrat, she is their albatross.


  6. gertie97 says:


    You make good points, but we’d need another John Salazar-type moderate who could attract rational Republicans and unaffiliateds who used to be there. I don’t see that happening. Second, if a suitable Democrat could be scraped up and funded, how would he or she keep the DCCC from screwing it up?

    Given the odds, I’d rather have Coram and no Calamity Jane.

  7. gertie97 says:

    Same here, Duke. We’ve known each other too long to to be mean.

    Except to batshit crazy far right trumpoids and their ilk.

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