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April 16, 2015 11:42 AM UTC

Get More Smarter on Thursday (April 16)

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MoreSmarterLogo-Hat1Yes, we’re sick of the snow, too; you’re welcome, California. 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…

► Colorado is strengthening its rules for childhood vaccinations. Colorado immunization rates are among the lowest in the nation, which is not good.

► What does “justice” have to do with “Personhood?” Absolutely nothing, of course, but get ready to hear that word another 10,000 times.

 

Get even more smarter after the jump…

 

SHOULD YOU FIND YOURSELF STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…

► A State Senate committee killed a bill that would have allowed local municipalities to raise the minimum wage on their own. Some Republicans were worried that — GASP! — Colorado might end up with several different minimum wages. Everyone must be underpaid equally!

Log Cabin Republicans have been dis-invited from attending July’s Western Conservative Summit on account of being gay. But while the group can’t officially attend the annual gathering hosted by Colorado Christian University, they can still come as individuals (YAY!). As Lynn Bartels of the Denver Post explains:

Alexander Hornaday, spokesman for the Colorado Log Cabin Republicans, said the group was invited to participate in the summit at a discount rate by the Center Right Coalition. The summit this week refunded their $250 fee and informed the group it couldn’t attend “as a partner, exhibitor or advertiser.”

[John] Andrews told Log Cabin Republicans that their “worldview and policy agenda are fundamentally at odds with what Colorado Christian University stands for, so it’s just not a fit. I’m sorry it has to be that way.” [Pols emphasis]

Um, it doesn’t have to be this way, but at least former state senator John Andrews was as demeaning as possible in his explanation.

► The Department of Veterans Affairs would like to add another building to the blueprints of the Aurora hospital it can’t build. 

► Wait, Aurora is still trying to figure out what to do with City Manager Skip Noe? Somebody, please, just make a decision already.

► Perhaps Rep. Justin Everett was better off when he was sleeping in and missing the start of the day in the State House. Yesterday he led off the morning with a bizarre attempt to force a floor vote that would overturn a prior decision made by a House Committee. It didn’t work, needless to say.

Yay, wind!

 

OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK

► The editorial board of the New York Times is not happy with the Senate’s plan to accept a plan that would let them ignore President Obama’s plan for dealing with Iran. Senator Cory Gardner took his cherubic mug to NBC’s “Morning Joe” to talk about the Iran Plan Plan.

► Offshore tax havens for large corporations cost Colorado big bucks. House Democrats have a plan to change that.

► Good work, Rep. Ken Buck! Your senseless fear-mongering created a bunch of work for a lot of people.

► Marijuana is legal in Colorado. It’s done. Get over it.

 

ICYMI

► The Denver Nuggets ended their train wreck of a season with a loss to Golden State

► The fourth time is the charm when it comes to DUI offenders.

 

Get More Smarter by liking Colorado Pols on Facebook!

 

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5 thoughts on “Get More Smarter on Thursday (April 16)

  1. Ouch: “Colorado’s non-medical [vaccination] exemption rate is 4.6 percent” – that’s a NON medical exemption rate above the herd immunity threshold, leaving the average Colorado community vulnerable to outbreaks that can affect infants and others medically unable to take vaccinations. Self over society at its best.

    1. Story in today’s Post. Canadian mom with 7 kids who had decided to stop getting them vaccinated because of all the crap the anti-vax crowd puts out (and yes I know that for a very tiny portion of the population vaccination is very risky. This isn’t about them ) who changed her mind after she was stuck at home for a week with all of her children suffering from whooping cough. Suddenly sees the light because, after all, it’s all about “me”. 

      1. If it’s the same one I’ve seen in other media recently, she actually decided to start a catch-up schedule for her kids before her kids came down with whooping cough – she re-evaluated after the Disney measles outbreak – but her decision was too late and not aggressive enough.

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