Get More Smarter on Tuesday (April 14)

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► The Obama Administration says it has a plan to fund construction of the troubled VA Hospital in Aurora. Congressman Mike Coffman, the Republican Chair of the Veterans Subcommittee on Oversight, continues to bluster without taking time to suggest an actual solution.

► The State House is finished debating several more attempts to overturn gun safety laws passed in 2013. There was much debate, talking, and blustering, but in the end, nothing changed…though divisions within the Republican Party are growing, as the Colorado Springs-Gazette editorial board writes:

Forget Michael Bloomberg, Gov. John Hickenlooper and legislative Democrats for now. The bigger threat to gun rights in Colorado is Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, headed by political operative Dudley Brown.


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► Legislation dealing with police reform passed out of the House and now moves on to the State Senate. As Joey Bunch of the Denver Post explains:

The Colorado House of Representatives sent two of the most significant police-reform bills to the Senate on Monday and gave initial approval to another that would expand anti-profiling laws.

The profiling bill still needs a roll call vote in the House before advancing to the Senate. The bill is aimed at keeping officers from detaining and searching people based on their race, gender, sexual orientation or other factors, unless officers are looking for a specific suspect who fits a specific description.

► The Republican-controlled Jefferson County School Board continues to operate in their typical tone-deaf manner. State Republican Chair Steve House was scheduled to be a featured speaker at a Jeffco Schools board retreat until somebody realized that this was a terrible idea; House decided to withdraw from the event. 

► Two pieces of legislation dealing with mental health and public schools are advancing in the legislature. From the Denver Post:

Senate Bill 213, which would allow lawsuits against school districts, heads to the Senate floor. Senate Bill 214, which sets up a committee to study school safety as it relates to mental health, heads to the appropriations committee.

► Supporters of so-called “construction defects” legislation are launching an ad campaign in an attempt to convince legislators to approve a bill that would make it harder for homeowners to sue builders over shoddy construction.

►No more “Savages” in Colorado? It’s starting to look that way.



► Colorado may soon approve the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

► Weld County Commissioners approved a $7.5 million tax break for Noble Energy — going back to 2012. It’s good to be a fracker in Weld County.

► The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has come up with a plan to block the Obama Administration from lifting sanctions on Iran until Congress has time to approve a deal with the country. Maybe now Congress can debate an actual, you know, idea for dealing with Iran. Or just start sending more letters.



Kelley Paul says that her husband, Kentucky Sen. and Presidential hopeful Rand Paul, is totally not a sexist. And Rand Paul totally didn’t tell her to say that.

Young and fresh…or ambitious and impatient? Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is trying to craft his image as a Republican candidate for President.


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