Get More Smarter on Monday (March 30)

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TOP OF MIND TODAY…

► The “Long Bill” will begin to suck up all the oxygen out of the State Capitol this week. The Associated Press previews the arguments and decimal points. The Senate is expected to vote on the budget by Thursday before passing it along to the House. John Frank of the Denver Post has more on the budget battle.

► Aurora City Manager Skip Noe needs to make a good impression in a closed-door meeting with the Aurora City Council today.

► Indiana Republicans are working on legislation to clarify previously-approved legislation that would make it easier for businesses to discriminate against gay, lesbian, and transgendered people. Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the original bill, and he swears he actually read the language first.

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SHOULD YOU FIND YOURSELF STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…

► One person is dead and two more injured after an unauthorized vehicle tried to break through the outside gates at the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters in Ft. Meade, Maryland. 

► Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is defending Colorado over lawsuits brought forth by the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma. Both Nebraska and Oklahoma are mad that Colorado voters legalized marijuana, which they claim has led to an increase in drug trafficking in their states. Look, it’s not our fault that people need drugs in order to make life more interesting in Nebraska and Oklahoma.   

► Republican Rep. Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt has a new target in his sights: 9News reporter Brandon Rittiman.

Speaking of “Dr. Chaps,” fallout continues from his asinine comments regarding a vicious crime in Longmont.

Elizabeth Warren for President? The calls are growing louder.

 

OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK

► Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley took a swipe at 2016 Presidential frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush on Sunday, but how much further is O’Malley willing to go in his rhetoric?

► Comedian Trevor Noah will succeed Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show.

► What in the hell is going on in Missouri?

 

ICYMI

► Former Fox 31 reporter Eli Stokols reflects on his time in Colorado as he prepares to begin a new job covering national politics for Politico.

Are we entering a new era of televangelism, with politicians such as Sen. Ted Cruz playing the role of Jim Bakker?

 

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3 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. BlueCat says:

    Missouri was always pretty scary but this is getting to be X Files level weird.

  2. mamajama55 says:

    Jennifer Kerns, spox for the 2013 recalls,  thinks that Colorado can turn red again. She sees hope in the revolt against GOP Chairman Ryan Call.

    She thinks that candidates who get more volunteer “energy” (tea party, hard right candidates) will be electable again. She didn’t weigh in on the Chaps “Judgment of God” controversy – but one assumes she would be very much in favor of Chaps-style lunacy, as long as he has the big R in front of his name and votes as instructed.  

    She’s not paying attention to demographics – that hard right high energy group is old, white, and cranky. They’re not going to be volunteering in droves to walk the streets and canvass, which means that the Colorado GOP is still going to have to rely on paid canvassers, who are not as effective. 

    2016 will also be a Presidential election year, and Colorado has voted blue in the last two of those cycles. 

    So I think that Kerns is just blowing smoke again, as usual…..

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