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The 2022 Colorado legislative session is in the books!

For a recap of the final days and the session overall, check out these stories from The Denver Post; Colorado Public RadioColorado Newsline; and Denver7.

Here’s a statement from the office of Governor Jared Polis on the results of the legislative session. Lawmakers held a press conference this morning to discuss the session in more detail.

ProgressNow Colorado lists its annual “Winners and Losers” from the 2022 legislative session.

 

Andrew Kenney of Colorado Public Radio explains how legislation dealing with fentanyl — the biggest issue in the final weeks of the session — turned out at the end:

After months of debate, Colorado lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday night to the state’s new “fentanyl accountability” bill.

The bill introduces tougher criminal penalties for the possession of a smaller amount of fentanyl, or other drugs laced with fentanyl. At the same time, reformers were able to win some new funding for treatment and other services.

The measure passed the legislature with the support of most Democrats and a small minority of Republicans. Many Republicans argued it didn’t go far enough to punish people involved with fentanyl, while some liberal Democrats warned it could help to restart a harmful “war on drugs” approach to addiction.

Perhaps the most notable change in the law is that the limit for felony possession of fentanyl has been lowered from 4 grams to 1 gram. Governor Jared Polis praised lawmakers for working “in a bipartisan, and comprehensive manner to reduce fentanyl deaths and get dealers off the streets and fentanyl our of our communities.” Blair Miller of Denver7 has more on the final bill.

 

Colorado high school students are walking out of class to protest the likely reversal of Roe v. Wade:

 

The story of John Eastman, the former visiting scholar at the University of Colorado who played a key role in Donald Trump’s attempted coup in 2021, just keeps getting worse and worse for the players involved. New emails from the University of Colorado have prompted a bunch of national stories, including from POLITICO, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

 

President Biden ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to mark the death of 1 million Americans from COVID-19.

 

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 As The Denver Post reports, a school board in Weld County sided with a racist and homophobic high school principal over a district superintendent.

 

 According to a press release from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Democrat Yadira Caraveo and her campaign for Congress in CO-08 have been added to the national “Red to Blue” target list.

 

The Jefferson County Sheriff would like to reopen part of the Jefferson County jail that was closed because of COVID-related cuts in 2020, but Jeff Shrader can’t find enough staff to work there.

 

 The Huffington Post looks at how contraception bans might be next if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Republican Tim Reichert, a candidate for Congress in CO-07, gets his own mention because of a crazypants paper he once wrote in which he argued that contraception is actually harmful to women because it makes it harder for them to get married, or something.

 

As Chris Cillizza writes for CNN, Democrats continue to capitalize on Florida Sen. Rick Scott’s asinine policy proposals that he is promoting partly in his role as Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).

 

While other Republican candidates try to avoid the subject of abortion rights in their 2022 campaigns, Weld County Commissioner Lori Saine is taking a different approach in her bid for Congress in CO-08.

 

Apparently there IS a Republican running against Democratic Rep. Joe Neguse in CO-02.

 

Finland is moving closer to joining NATO, which makes Russia very sad. In a separate story, The Associated Press explains why Finland and Sweden joining NATO would be such a big deal.

 

 As Colorado Newsline reports, a controversial decision to relocate the Space Force out of Colorado was probably mostly okay:

The Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General concluded that the January 2021 decision to move U.S. Space Command’s headquarters from Colorado Springs to Huntsville, Alabama, was reasonable and adequately followed the internal review process, according to a much anticipated report released Tuesday.

“Overall, we determined that the 2020 Basing Action process directed by the Secretary of Defense complied with Federal Law and DoD policy and that the process was reasonable,” Randolph Stone, the assistant inspector general for space, intelligence, engineering and oversight, wrote in the Office of Inspector General report’s opening memo.

The review into the basing decision was requested by Colorado’s congressional delegation shortly after President Joe Biden took office last year. They argued that the decision by former President Donald Trump to move Space Command headquarters to Alabama was politically motivated and have maintained that opinion.

The OIG report, however, did not find evidence of those accusations.

 

The State of Colorado would pay you to get rid of your grass lawn under legislation that is on its way to the desk of Gov. Jared Polis

 

 The Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. will become a Waldorf Astoria after a sale was finalized

 

 

 

 

Say What, Now?

Don’t say abortion don’t say abortion don’t say abortion don’t say abortion…

 

 

Your Daily Dose Of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

 

► Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines compared women to sea turtles in an incredibly tone-deaf tirade on the Senate floor this week. Daines even employed visual aides!

 

POLITICO explains how “the most conservative governor in North Carolina history” ended up getting labeled a “RINO.”

 

 

ICYMI

 

The more we learn about the decision in Aurora to fire police chief Vanessa Wilson, the shadier it looks. 

 

 Of course 13 Republicans in the State House voted NOT to fund the police after months of yelling about Democrats (inaccurately) trying to de-fund police departments.

 

► If you can’t listen to all of this week’s episode of The Get More Smarter Podcast, at least make sure you catch Christy Powell’s amazing rant on abortion rights:

 

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14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Retiredff says:

    Does anyone know if the bill to replace your lawn address HOAs trying to stop the process?

     

    • 2Jung2Die says:

      I don't think this year's bill does, but an existing law (38-33.3-106.5) says:

      Notwithstanding any provision in the declaration, bylaws, or rules and regulations of the association to the contrary, an association shall not prohibit any of the following: (a long list of stuff not pertaining to turf follows)…

      The use of xeriscape or drought-tolerant vegetative landscapes to provide ground covering to property owned by the unit owner. Associations may adopt and enforce design or aesthetic guidelines or rules that require drought-tolerant vegetative landscapes or regulate the type, number, and placement of drought-tolerant plantings and hardscapes that may be installed on the unit owner's property or property for which the unit owner is responsible.

  2. kwtree says:

    At my Jeffco high school, 90% of the students walked out to protest the SCOTUS opinion on reversing Roe v Wade. All the ones I talked with understood the issue, citing "keeping bodily autonomy" as the reason they are protesting. They also get the "slippery slope" argument – so many are LGBTQ and know that their rights would be jeopardized if the right to privacy is eroded. 

    They stayed on campus for the most part, went quietly back to class once the protest was over, and most are being responsible about making up missed assignments. So much for the arguments that "Kids are brainwashed by teachers, take any excuse to be truant, don't understand the issues," etc. 

    • tim-tam says:

      “They also get the “slippery slope” argument “

      You sure? You don’t seem to have a good grasp on it yourself. 

      Hey, didja hear Caraveo just joined ANOTHER PAC with anti-abortion legislator Rep. Henry Cuellar? This one is called “Protect our kids” which is not at all the kind of name organizations use to generate moral panic.

      Their big push is to make sure the kind of hemp we know you’re so fond of just as illegal as that hippie weed that rotted my brain. :0

      Sure seems like someone was saying a while back when HB21-1317 came up in the first place that it was a “slippery slope.” Hmm. Not sure you believed that at the time.

      Do you now?

      • kwtree says:

        Gosh, thanks for trying to derail my comment about the exciting student walkout to protest the pending SCOTUS anti-abortion decision.  

        I thought that you were all about protecting abortion. That's what you said on the last thread you took over, anyway. Are you really for abortion? Ask yourself the question you're so fond of asking others. 

        But it does appear that you're back to your old schtick – all anti- Caraveo, all the time. It's probably not really about Caraveo, either – it's about your ego, and your need to see your name on 90% of the comments on any given thread – which is exactly why I named you as a troll. 

        To answer your question, no, I don't care for Protect Our Kids PAC's positions. I'd like to keep cannabis legal. Duh.

        Caraveo is still the best of the options for CD8, where my grandkids live. At least, she won't be enabling the filthy air to get any worse, as Kuhlmann, Saine, , Kirkmeyer or any of the GOP oil and gas whores will. 

        But you don't care about that, either, do you? As long as you get to monopolize the comments on this thread. 

        • tim-tam says:

          Derailing comments talking about abortion rights by bringing up “irrelevant” cannabis stories? Where have I seen that? 🤔

          Yeah, this fact-based skepticism is quite the schtick I resort to.

          I do care about you recognizing what a cocky and smarmy jerk you are for absolutely no reason. YOU came into the Caraveo heat to talk about cannabis and when I addressed your non-sequitur, you turn into an angry little troll again!

          “Caraveo is the second to worst” is the phrase you are looking for, unless you can find some of these pro-abortion, pro-cannabis, not-moral-panic-inducing TALKING points she made that make you agog for someone that is, clearly, a mouthpiece to center-right politics.

          Acknowledging her drawbacks is all I ever ask for. Instead y’all canonize her hagiography and cry about spies. 😂

        • unnamed says:

          Well, he ain't called flim-flam for nothing.

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    re: " Apparently there IS a Republican running against Democratic Rep. Joe Neguse in CO-02."

    Just curious … how did he qualify for the ballot?  Didn't pull a petition and turn in signatures. In a brief search, I can't find a report of a Republican assembly for District 2.

    while looking, I came across the Sec. of State's list of primary candidates — you can see it here.

     

  4. JohnNorthofDenver says:

    Meanwhile in Pennsylvania Republicans discovered the harvesting was coming from inside the house.

    https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/republican-mail-ballots-south-philadephia-20220506.html

  5. Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

    I didn't see Danielle New Schwangler's name on the list as the Constitution Party's candidate for Governor.

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