Get More Smarter on Monday (April 6)

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Sorry about your busted March Madness bracket, everyone. It’s time to Get More Smarter with Colorado Pols. If you think we missed something important, please include the link in the comments below (here’s a good example).

TOP OF MIND TODAY…

► Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is set to announce a campaign for President this week. Washington Post:

Since it became obvious that he would run for president — something that is expected to become official on Tuesday — two questions have surrounded Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) First, could he retain the energy of Ron Paul’s vocal and generous base of support in his 2008 and 2012 campaigns? (Update: The Times reports that Ron Paul will attend the announcement.) And, second, could he distance himself from his father’s more … exotic beliefs? We’ve addressed the latter before; so far, he’s emerged unscathed, even as Ron Paul keeps doing his own thing.

► This weekend, Sen. Cory Gardner published an over-the-top op-ed about the multinational agreement to stop Iran’s nuclear program. It was not his finest hour.

► No matter who’s grandstanding and blame-gaming about the VA hospital fiasco (here’s looking at you, Mike Coffman), our veterans deserve better than they’re getting today.

► Every day is a good day for a little UN paranoia on the Western Slope!

Get even more smarter after the jump…

SHOULD YOU FIND YOURSELF STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…

► Rep. Jared Polis catches heat from both sides over the hotly controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade proposal.

► Rep. Scott Tipton punts on the ongoing problems faced by marijuana businesses trying to bank their earnings.

► Anybody want to make odds on the bill to allow Coloradans to drain water from their roof into a bucket and use it? In Colorado, it’s a bigger ask than you think.

► Seriously, folks, if you want to make hash oil out of your legal Colorado marijuana, please be careful. Perhaps their ought to be a law.

► New GOP state chairman Steve House denies again that right-wing firebrand Ted Harvey will be “running the party.” But what role will Harvey play?

OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK

► California’s drought–note that we share a big river with them.

► And we’re not doing so great for snowpack this year as it is.

Hickenlooper signs Connect for Health Colorado audit bill, but that’s where the attack on our state’s successful insurance exchange should end.

► Almost nobody votes in Durango’s municipal elections, which means the ones who do count for a lot.

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9 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. bullshit! says:

    I wish more Dems would show some backbone on TPP instead of “listening sessions.” It’s a bad deal that will hurt the middle class in America. A no-brainer to oppose.

    • BlueCat says:

      Especially the included ISDS that allows companies to sue governments for policies, legislation, regulations, etc. that the companies feel might hurt their bottom line. That’s just nuts. Real world examples from past ISDS agreements abound. This is nothing less than blatant surrender of sovereignty and the democratic process that is the foundation of our system of self government to private corporations. We need to bombard our Senators with demands that they vote no on anything including this type of ISDS. I already have.

      This simply cannot be tolerated by a free and sovereign people.The government we elect and the laws we enact through our legitimately elected representatives cannot be allowed to become subject to threats and extortion (repeal or we’ll sue) by private corporations, foreign, domestic or international. If Tea Party Republicans are as freedom loving and patriotic as they claim, they should be yelling their heads off against this but they aren’t. I’m not hearing much yelling from anyone but Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren (and they’re yelling loud and clear) and just a few mild peeps from a few other Dems.

      It’s bad enough that a far right dominated Supreme Court has declared corporations to be people with all the rights of flesh and blood people in the eyes of the law. This makes them the only people who really count and our democratic process just something to keep us busy while they dictate what our laws, rules and reguations are or are not going to be.

      http://aftinet.org.au/cms/isds-sue-governments-tpp-2013

  2. JeffcoBlue says:

    Paul/Cruz! Cruz/Paul! It really doesn’t matter.

  3. Duke Cox says:

    Has anyone heard any mention of a late O&G bill in the Colorado state house??

  4. mamajama55 says:

    Rick Perry (yes, recently indicted Rick Perry) is promoting his foreign policy chops by speaking at the Citadel (Marine college in S Carolina). Basically, it boils down to: If Obama’s for it, he’s against it. Nuke Iran. Invoke the name of Ronald Reagan constantly. And promote self as farther to the right than any other GOP candidate.

  5. milloy36 says:

    Denver “2015” Auditors Election

      O’Brien was approved by the Colorado Legislator to be the State Auditor 12 years. He has guided a large department of people to conduct 750 State audits. Saving the state $200,000,000. He has been a licensed CPA in the state since 1974.  Look at his web site, seeing all of these facts, O’Brien has the leadership and experience for the best auditor for our city.                                                                                                I don’t see any Auditing or Accounting experience in the background of Nevitt. He keeps saying “none of the others have”.  Noting Nevitt has been on the City Council for 8 years, how can he conduct an audit of the Council with out it being a conflict of interest? He has accepted money from developers that are chosen by the Council.   

      Watching the two debates, Nevitt stumbles his way with his answers to the questions. He clearly has no idea how to run this office.

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