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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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