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November 28, 2022 11:18 AM UTC

Get More Smarter on Monday (Nov. 28)

  • by: Colorado Pols

Happy Cyber Monday! A quick note before we get started: Some of the items in today’s Get More Smarter are a few days old because of the Thanksgiving holiday break. If you think we missed something important, please include the link in the comments below (here’s a good example). If you are more of an audio learner, check out The Get More Smarter Podcast. And don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter.



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Senator Michael Bennet (D-Denver) is hoping to use a lame duck session in Congress to revive an expanded child tax credit program. As Nick Coltrain reports for The Denver Post:

Bennet has long championed the expanded child tax credit and helped secure its inclusion in 2021’s American Rescue Plan Act. Under that temporary program, parents received $300 per month and per child younger than 6, and $250 per month for children 6 and older. It scaled lower if households made higher incomes.

It only lasted about half a year, however, and expired in January. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, tilted the odds against its continuation in an evenly split Senate. He cited concerns about inflation and that it discouraged people from working.

Despite its short lifespan, the Census Bureau credited it with nearly halving childhood poverty in the country. Its analysis found that the expanded tax credit lifted some 5.3 million Americans, most of whom are children, out of poverty. That doesn’t include the millions more who weren’t in poverty but otherwise benefited from the expanded credits.

Colorado Public Radio has more on what Democrats hope to accomplish in the final weeks of the current Congress.


► President Biden is pushing hard for a new Assault Weapons Ban in Congress after another week of mass shootings around the country. From The Associated Press:

“The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. Just sick,” Biden said on Thanksgiving Day. “I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons.”…

…A weapons ban is far off in a closely divided Congress. But Biden and the Democrats have become increasingly emboldened in pushing for stronger gun controls — and doing so with no clear electoral consequences.

The Democratic-led House passed legislation in July to revive a 1990s-era ban on “assault weapons,” with Biden’s vocal support. And the president pushed a ban nearly everywhere that he campaigned this year.

Still, in the midterm elections, Democrats kept control of the Senate and Republicans were only able to claim the slimmest House majority in two decades.

The tough talk follows passage in June of a landmark bipartisan bill on gun laws, and it reflects steady progress that gun control advocates have been making in recent years.

Meanwhile, expect to see more pushback against local elected Republicans who refuse to use tools such as “Red Flag” laws that might have prevented the mass shooting in Colorado Springs.


Lindsay Datko, the nutball leader of the “Jeffco Kids First” organization that played a significant role in promoting the widely-discredited nonsense about “furries” in schools (which GOP gubernatorial candidate Hiedi Heidi Ganahl talked about incessantly) is now pushing a new lie via Facebook. The message below is complete nonsense; Colorado Community Media is NOT considering a retraction of this October story from reporter Rylee Dunn.



Don’t miss the latest episode of The Get More Smarter Podcast, featuring an interview with Congresswoman-elect Brittany Pettersen providing a look behind the curtain about how newly-elected Members of Congress get acclimated to Washington D.C..


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Sara Wilson of Colorado Newsline looks at how Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert’s 500-vote victory over Democrat Adam Frisch might reshape the race in CO-03 in 2024.


Many Colorado Republicans seem to be gravitating toward Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for President in 2024 instead of the former guy, Donald Trump. This even appears to include Rep. Lauren Boebert, a longtime Trump acolyte. 


Republican election denialism doesn’t seem to be gaining much traction in the aftermath of the 2022 elections. Even in Arizona, crazypants Republicans appear to have lost interest in pretending that the election was “stolen” from their wacko candidates.


Some Colorado Republicans who are upset at historic beatdowns in 2022 have decided that the best way forward is to promote Republican candidates who are MORE extreme.


The Republican-created “Common Sense Institute” (CSI) is apparently lacking the main quality in its title. As Erik Maulbetsch reports for the Colorado Times Recorder:

The conservative Common Sense Institute (CSI) says its rigorous research provides Coloradans with facts and data-driven analysis to help make informed decisions. Yet three days after the Jan. 6 riot, CSI’s founder shared a debunked election fraud conspiracy video with insurrectionist attorney John Eastman and set a meeting to discuss it further.

On Jan. 9, 2021, banking magnate Earl Wright forwarded the conspiracy video to insurrectionist attorney John Eastman, whom, despite helping President Trump incite a mob of supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol, was still employed as CU Boulder’s Benson Center Visiting Professor of Conservative Thought…

…Asked via email whether the Common Sense Institute has any concerns about its founder sharing debunked conspiracy theories with a Trump attorney who had publicly attempted to overturn the election, Executive Director Kelly Caufield declined to answer…


Michael Roberts of Westword digs into one of the biggest 2022 upsets that you might not have heard about: Democrat Bob Marshall winning a State House seat in Douglas Freaking County.


A Republican vacancy committee selected Ron Weinberg to fill the seat vacated by the death of Hugh McKean.


As The Washington Post reports, roughly 9 out of every 10 COVID-19 deaths in the United States are among Americans older than the age of 65.


Grocery stores will be able to start selling wine in Colorado on March 1, 2023. Proposition 125 was the only one of three alcohol-related ballot measures to pass in Colorado in 2022.


 Colorado Public Radio explains the next steps in Colorado now that voters approved the legalization of “magic mushrooms.”


Patti Davis writes in the New York Times about what we might expect to see from Donald Trump if the former President starts getting ignored with more frequency.


Colorado elections worked just fine.


Former President Donald Trump had dinner with a prominent white nationalist last week. Republicans have largely been silent about Trump’s discussions with Nicholas Fuentes


If Republican Kevin McCarthy does end up becoming the next Speaker of the House, he’ll have to give away the farm to right-wing extremists in his party.



Say What, Now?

Colorado Springs Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn had a few absurdly-vague things to say about the mass shooting at Club Q in his district…er, the “horrible situation.”




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The MyPillow Guy wants to be the next Chairperson of the Republican National Committee (RNC). As The Hill newspaper reports:

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is considering a challenge to Ronna McDaniel as head of the Republican National Committee (RNC).

“One of the things I will tell you, you know, [we] will never, ever stop to get rid of these machines and make this the best elections in world history in our country. We need someone, everybody, and I’ll step into that if God willing,” Lindell, a staunch supporter of former President Trump and his false claims of 2020 election fraud, said on his FrankSpeech TV platform.

Lindell told the Huffington Post that he may make a decision today on running for RNC Chair.


► Congressperson Marjorie Taylor Greene says that former President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, are very sad that some of the people who broke the law during the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection are now incarcerated.





Take a look at our “Winners” and “Losers” from the 2022 election. 


► The Colorado Times Recorder provides a roundup of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric from Colorado Republicans in the last year — an issue that gained new importance in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Colorado Springs.


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13 thoughts on “Get More Smarter on Monday (Nov. 28)

  1. Thankful for our two Senators who will be an unwavering YES vote on the Respect for Marriage Act scheduled for today.  Like clockwork, Preacher Graham (yes, the man who pals with TFG/SFB) is sounding the alarms. He’s also apparently really bad at arithmetic but pretty good with non-sequitors: 

    ‘Deceptive’: Franklin Graham warns Christians about ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ ahead of Senate vote

    The Respect for Marriage Act “could impact you, your family, your church, and our nation,” Graham wrote on Facebook during the weekend. “The name is a smoke-screen. Very deceptive.”

    He compared it to the Democrats’ so-called Inflation Reduction Act that “did nothing but increase inflation and further hurt our economy.


  2. Looks like Datko is playing the old Colorado Republican song: "The Media Doesn't Consider My Point Of View Cuz I Don't Talk To Them" followed by the classic "Bad Faith Interpretations Fuel My Outrage".

    This is now at the end of the article to show they're not going to retract the story.

    Editor's note: Lindsay Datko contacted Colorado Community Media after online publication of this story to seek a retraction, stating that she sought "anonymous verbal statements from children." Datko disagreed with the article's sentence, "Datko urged the nearly 6,000 members of Jeffco Kids First to have their kids secretly record their classmates.” Screenshots from the group show she made that request. Datko confirmed to Colorado Community Media that she received pictures of students but indicated to the group that she has not used them. 

    This gets us ready for another popular Colorado Republican oldie "My Mischaracterization Of Your Words Makes You a Liar"

  3. It takes about as many people to actually fsck up an election as attended the rally in Phoenix. To that point, the two Republicans on the three member Cochise County Board voted today to further delay certification of the county’s election results. Today was their legal deadline to do so. The state will now move to compel them to certify. The secretary of state’s certification deadline is December 5th.

    Should these morons continue to resist, failure to certify could result in the county’s heavily Republican-leaning votes not being used in vote tallies, flipping the state education superintendant and AZ-06 Congressional seat to D wins. I suspect a court order will tell the sole Dem commissioner to sign the certification with court approval before that happens.

  4. The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee will make its long awaited announcement of who the early states for the primaries will be this week (maybe)

    The 17 states and territories in contention are: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.

    I think you can eliminate Iowa because of their past performance. Also eliminate Texas because it's too big. 

    I don't think Colorado will get in because of caucuses.  


    1. It would probably help the Dems if the presidential primary and the caucuses were on different dates. The pres. primary is run by the county clerk offices and caucuses are run by the parties. I'm sure having them on the same day creates no end of confusion. 

      Being unaffiliated now, I thankfully no longer do caucuses, and absolutely loathed them when I was in a party. It would be a lot more efficient and a lot less hair-pulling if each of the district central committees of each party just voted who to place on the primary ballot for their district, county, or state-wide offices. The entire convoluted process of electing delegates to go from one level to the next is maddening.

      1. "maddening" But it is a form of democracy in action. Your notion that the party bigwigs should just vote on who to place on primary ballots is dangerous.

        1. Central committees are not big wigs. They are made up of the rank and file, mostly precinct committee people. For example, Denver County Dem Central Committee is typically around 500 people. 

          Plus there is remains the petition process for anyone who feels alienated by party processes. If I were to loose my mind and run for office as a Dem, I'd likely go the petition route because the assembly process is such a moving target, you don't know who to campaign to since they can never get the lists firmed up until the morning of the assembly. If it was the central committee for your district, that is a known quantity going in.

    2. Huh? 

      Colorado has a Presidential primary, not a caucus process. 

      Didn’t we get rid of caucuses?

      Good question — the answer is “No”! In 2016, voters passed Proposition 107 and 108 which re-established Presidential primaries. Therefore, Colorado will have a primary election on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, for the Presidential race!  However, Colorado (both D’s and R’s) still holds caucus to help select what non-presidential candidates will be on the primary ballot! It’s the responsibility of political parties to hold caucuses and is not a state function.

      So why would Colorado be at a disadvantage because of the non-Presidential races going through caucus / assembly process as ONE way to get on the non-Presidential primary? 

      1. Having them on the same day has to be confusing for the average voter. They get a ballot in the mail for the presidential race, but then keep hearing on the news about caucuses, not realizing they are for all the other races. 

        And caucuses are only the first step for all the other races. There are numerous steps people have to go thru if they want to be the one deciding who is on the primary ballot. The number of steps varies by which office. State-wide candidates are selected at the State Assembly, but for a person to get to the State Assembly they first have to go to their caucus, then get elected from there to their County Assembly, and from there get elected to the State Assembly. Then there are also Assemblies for State House Districts, State Senate Districts, and Congressional Districts, all of which, the delegates are elected from a prior step.

        On top of all of that, in presidential years, there is also a separate and parallel process to become a delegate to the National Convention. This is why I call the whole thing extremely convoluted, more so than most states. Even those with presidential caucuses typically streamline the process for non-presidential races.

  5. Holy crap hitting the high points of CCM article about Datko – they want to recruit kids to inform on/video record classmates. This is the junior Stasi.  Scary and twisted.

      1. Not criminal (or else private investigators would be out of work), but subject to civil damages for invasion of privacy. And depending on how obtained, might not hold up as admissible in a criminal case.


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