Get More Smarter (Friday, Feb. 6)

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► A State House committee will consider the so-called "Death with Dignity" act today (HB15-1135). The legislation would allow terminally-ill Coloradans to seek a "life-ending prescription" from a doctor. Some conservatives and other right-wing groups are opposed to the bill and have taken to calling this "Self-Murder," which makes about as much sense as Republicans using the term "Gun Control."

► Republicans have to figure out what to do with the so-called "Parent's Bill of Rights," which narrowly passed out of committee yesterday as the debate descended into anti-vaccination madness.

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► On a party-line vote, Republicans in the Senate Education Committee voted to move ahead with Sen. Tim Neville's ridiculous "Parent's Bill of Rights" legislation. Predictably, many GOP committee members took the opportunity during the hearing to make complete fools of themselves; as FOX 31's Eli Stokols reports, "Sen. Vickie Marble, R-Fort Collins, dismissed those who testified in opposition to the bill as government employees or those representing special interests or having some allegiance to a group dependent on government."

► Legislation in the Republican Senate to roll back renewable energy standards passed on a straight party-line vote on Thursday; the bill now moves to the House, where it will almost certainly be killed. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction), is already taking a beating in the local press for voting against a "Rural Economic Emergency Assistance Grant Program" that everybody in his district seemed to support. So, Ray Scott is having a good week.

► Senator Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud), the assistant majority leader, says that he will offer amendments in an attempt to save his asinine bill to de-regulate child care providers (SB15-070). After several hours of testimony in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee yesterday, Lundberg seemed to acknowledge a lack of support for abolishing state oversight of small child care facilities (Colorado already has one of the lowest inspection rates in the country for child care facilities; the Denver Post reported that at least 24 children have died in child care since 2006). Despite mounting opposition, Sen. Lundberg appears intent on tilting toward this particular windmill; at one point during yesterday's testimony Lundberg argued that Colorado's licensing rules are creating a "black market" for child care homes, whatever that means.

► When it rains, it's Lundberg. The Senate Education Committee approved Sen. Lundberg's latest attempt to implement a school voucher program (SB15-045) on a straight party-line vote yesterday. Like most of Lundberg's legislation, this bill is headed for the trash can regardless of what happens next in the Senate Finance Committee. Perhaps Lundberg should have combined some of his "ideas" and proposed a tax credit for child care instead?

► The House Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to advance a bill to make repeat DUI offenders face a felony crime. Colorado is one of only five states where repeat DUI offenders deal only with misdemeanor charges. 



Nick Riccardi of the Associated Press dissects the debate over vaccination requirements in state legislatures across the country. Riccardi finds that it is largely Republican legislators who are resisting efforts to strengthen vaccination requirements for children. 

► Surprise, surprise. The lead plaintiff on the Supreme Court case challenging aspects of the Affordable Care Act thinks President Obama is an "idiot" and cleverly refers to Democrats as "Democraps." David M. King should be fun to watch when the case kicks off on March 4.

► Good news for "NBC Nightly News" host Brian Williams…sort of? Apparently 2 percent of Americans confuse Williams with Vice President Joe Biden, while 3 percent are pretty sure he's Tom Brokaw. The three men do have something in common: None of them have been shot down in a helicopter over Iraq.

► Proponents of building a NASCAR-suitable racetrack in Aurora have reason to be optimistic today. Aurora City Council Member Sally Mounier wants to scrap a rule that prohibits the city from offering financial incentives to a prospective racetrack developer. Woo-hoo! Give 'em hell, Dale Sally!



► You think you had a long day on Thursday? El Paso County Commissioners unanimously approved a new wind farm project after 15 hours of discussion and testimony.

► Colorado Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner introduced The Water and Agriculture Tax Reform Act on Thursday after nobody could think up a more interesting name for the legislation. As the Durango Herald reports, the bill "would reform tax provisions that hinder investment in water infrastructure improvements." We're not even going to try to summarize this on our own.

Jon Murray of the Denver Post takes a look at the top fundraisers thus far in advance of Denver's May municipal election. Fun note: Only two city council candidates have raised more money than Roger Sherman, who dropped out of the race for District 10 back in December. Check out Denver Pols for our rundown of what should be a very crowded city ballot.


9 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    The Water and Agriculture Tax Reform Act = The WATR Act.
    Get it!

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    Gawd, when does this session end??? . . . 

     . . . Neville(s), Marble, Scott, and Lundberg — so much stupid, too much time!!!

  3. FrankUnderwood says:

    The GOP has always had problems w/ death with dignity legislation.  (Remember how badly they behaved with Terri Schiavo?)  In fact, any euthanasia legislation scares them. If the brain dead are allowed to die, most of the Republican state senate caucus would be gone.

  4. doremi says:

    Patrick Neville is apparently moonlighting as a fundraiser for RMGO (where his brother is a lobbyist) by sending out an RMGO email begging for money to push his guns in schools bill (HB1168) which would allow anyone with a CCW tote their handgun into a school.  Some excerpts.

    Tells how he was at Columbine and how unfortunate it was that no one was there to shoot back.  (He seems to have missed the fact that there were 2 armed security guards).

    Refers to nany-staters who put in gun control laws and then blames VA Tech Massacre, Aurora Theater, Newtown as well as Columbine on them. States that the majority of folks support this legislation.  Refers to BILLIONAIRE Michael Bloomberg's gun control schemes, although Bloomberg was only one in the groups working on those laws (gotta have a boogeyman).

    As a former teacher, this bill is so totally frightening.  I had more unfriendly parent conferences than I care to remember.  My God…if I had to worry about them armed. (I often wondered where some of that bad behavior of some students came from …. then when I talked to the parents, it became clear).




    • kwtreemamajama55 says:

      Exactly, doremi. And school teaching ranks right up there with police work as one of the most stressful professions. Trust me, you don't want us to be armed and carrying..

      However, I do think that there is a place for firearms safety education in the public school system. As we educate and have programs about the dangers of alcohol, drugs, STDs, and driving without a seat belt, we should educate and have programs about the safe and appropriate use of firearms for hunting, target practice, and self-defense.

      I know this is an emotionally loaded topic, but I believe it is one that, if the gun enthusiasts and the no guns never ever people were ever able to compromise for the public good, it would be on this issue.

    • Denver Yankee says:

      Patrick Neville's email also included RMGO's plan to get HB15-1168 passed.

      >>> Use mail and email to flood the Colorado General Assembly with 100,000 petitions from good folks just like you all over our state demanding passage of the Colorado School Protection Bill;

      >>> Work key political blogs, write op-eds and conduct talk radio interviews to help counter the outrageous lies and distortions you and I can guarantee will be coming from the gun-grabbers and their pals in the media;

      >>> Generate up to 20,000 phone calls into the Colorado General Assembly to ensure state legislators understand they won’t get away with killing this legislation and sweeping it under the rug;

      >>> Running hard-hitting Internet, radio and even TV ads (if they can raise the resources) so legislators really begin to feel the heat in the final crucial days before the vote.

      Emphasis mine.

  5. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    Back in my day (man, I sound old!) we did have firearms education. It was provided by none other than your friendly local NRA. Does anyone else remember Eddie Eagle? That was before the NRA started buying congress-critters. They were all about gun safety. Talk about the good ol' days.

    • kwtreemamajama55 says:

      Yup, Cook. Those were the days – before "Obama's comin' ta getcher guns" became a meme that elected adults repeated on all of the right wing shows. We had a "Riflettes" target shooting team in my urban high school. Nobody talked much about it, and nobody seemed to worry much about their "second amendment rights" being infringed.

      If anyone has a reasonable idea on how to stop 10,000 children injured or dying from gun accidents in the USA each year, other than firearms safety education programs in the public schools, let's hear it.

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