Tuesday Open Thread

“Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.”

–Jeremy Bentham

8 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenver says:

    Heard a story yesterday that Colorado no longer has territory in D4 – Exceptional Drought conditions. 

    So I went to look, and sure enough, da government has defined us out of being "Exceptional."  The reality remains … D1 – Moderate Drought or more now includes 82.8% of the state, and D0 – Abnormally Dry takes us up to 98.5%.  Only portions of Larimer, Jackson, and Chaffee counties don't earn at least SOME color on the drought map.

    State-wide expectation makes it sound as if the progress could easily be reversed:

    Thunderstorms will be around throughout the week, but as usual they will be fairly spotty and will offer little reprieve from the ongoing heatwave and drought. A slight pattern shift early next week should revive the monsoon for the Desert Southwest, but whether that propagates into Colorado remains to be seen.

    Anyone know if there are meaningful proposals from Democrats OR Republicans for dealing with what increasingly looks like "permanent" drought?

  2. Voyageur says:

    The Republican plan for fighting drought.

    1. Stop abortion.

    2. Outlaw gay marriage.

    3.  Cut taxes on incomes above $1 million a year.

    4.  Build a wall to keep the clouds in.

  3. ParkHill says:

    "The Entire Republican Party is Herschel Walker Right Now." Rachel Biticofer.

  4. westslope says:

    V, you forgot abolishing the state oil & gas commission so the job creators can get back to work.

  5. JohnInDenver says:

    I can hardly wait to find out WHY …

    House Vote 364 – On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Agree, as Amended

    Bill:H.RES.1130 – Expressing support for the sovereign decision of Finland and Sweden to apply to join the North At…Description:Expressing support for the sovereign decision of Finland and Sweden to apply to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as well as calling on all members of NATO to ratify the protocols of accession swiftlyResult:Passed by a margin of 119 votes (2/3rds majority needed to pass)  394-18, 19 not voting.

    And naturally, among the 18, one Colorado Representative:  Lauren Boebert R CO-3

  6. ParkHill says:

    Politico's "Mt Everest of Bullshit". from Josh Marshall.

    Sometimes there is an article built on such an Everest-like mountain of bullshit that it requires a specific, emergency takedown and rebuttal just to set everything right in the world. And thus here I am at your service. This morning Politico published this article: “Democrats boosted a MAGA longshot in the Pa. gov’s race. Now he’s got a real shot at winning.” 

    Politico has been pushing this line for months. After Mastriano won the nomination in mid-May Politico’s Holly Otterbein — the author of today’s piece — said matter of factly that “Democrats helped engineer Mastriano’s win.” “Shapiro and the state Democratic Party sent out mailers boosting him … helping him rise above other GOP candidates … For a party that claims to care about the fragile state of democracy, this is a risky strategy.”

    A simple look at the race itself tells you — actually screams at you — that none of this is true. Politico refers to Mastriano as a “longshot candidate” who later “pulled out a win”, presumably with all the help from Democrat Josh Shapiro pulling him over the line. But look at the results of the primary. Mastriano won 44% of the vote in a nine person primary. The closest runner-up — himself a hardcore Trumper named Lou Barletta — was fully 24 points behind! That is an overwhelming win. When a candidate gets almost 50% of the vote in a crowded, contested field that means only one thing: he was absolutely the choice of that party’s voters. And there’s nothing the opposition party could do to affect that outcome either way. 

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