Get More Smarter on Tuesday (April 21)

We’ve been up early celebrating 4/21. 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).



► The U.S. Senate may finally get around to voting on President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. If you had “five months” in the pool for “How long will it take for Republicans to approve a new Attorney General?” you might win some money.

► Look on the bright side, Rep. Ken Buck. You almost made it four whole months in D.C. without breaking the law. Don’t forget, Polsters: You read it here first.


Get even more smarter after the jump…



► The State House is still trying to find funding for a program that provides contraception to teenagers because, you know, IT WORKS. But as Peter Marcus of the Durango Herald reports, even bipartisan support in the House may not be enough to get it through the Senate:

Co-sponsored by Republican Rep. Don Coram of Montrose, the measure passed 37-26 in the Democratic-controlled House, with Republican Rep. J. Paul Brown of Ignacio also supporting the measure.

House Bill 1194 now faces an uphill climb in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The legislation would provide $5 million to continue the Colorado Family Planning Initiative program that health officials say lowered the teen birth rate in Colorado by an impressive 40 percent [Pols emphasis]

…Coram added, “It’s one of those situations where if you do not believe in abortion … if stopping a bleeding heart is really your problem, then if you can actually prevent that egg from being fertilized, that saves abortions.”

Brown agreed, adding, “Rep. Coram convinced me that it saves babies, it saves money.” [Pols emphasis]

This is not a real litmus test, but perhaps it should be: If this legislation even makes sense to Rep. J. Paul Brown, who once claimed to have punched a bear, then WTF? Senate Republicans have absolutely no excuse for voting against HB-1194.

► Now I’m going to read you a couple of names…ah, screw it. Just press ‘1’ if you’ve had enough of Sen. Laura Waters Woods.

► The Denver Post seems to be running into a bit of inconsistency when it comes to writing editorials about Personhood. Of course, the editorial board now consists of two people and a stapler after so much turnover at the newspaper.

► Colorado officials are increasingly speaking out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal proposed in Congress.

► Yeah, high school can get pretty boring this time of year. But at least you didn’t have to listen to Sen. Michael Bennet for an hour (we’re joking, relax).



► What’s the first rule of holes? All together now: “STOP DIGGING!” If nothing else, DO NOT claim that your beliefs are being persecuted because you were so open about your own bigotryLynn Bartels of the Denver Post found a Douglas County family that totally supports discrimination, so, there’s that.

► A “business-backed ballot reform bill” is still alive in the state legislature. We support alliteration wholeheartedly.

There’s a public meeting in Broomfield tonight about proposed toll road changes to Hwy 36. Surely there are better ideas for keeping Boulderites out of Denver.

► See, this is what happens when you preach “abstinence” as the only acceptable public message on sexual education: You get “Conservative scholars” who get all confused about where babies come from. As the Washington Post reports:

As the Supreme Court prepares to take up same-sex marriage next week, conservative scholars have produced a last-ditch argument to keep the scourge of homosexual unions from spreading across the land: Gay marriage kills.

They’re saying that legalizing same-sex marriage will cause 900,000 abortions.

The logic is about as obvious as if they had alleged that raising the minimum wage would increase the frequency of hurricanes. If anything, you’d think that more same-sex marriages would mean more adoptions.

Try not to shake your head too hard — you don’t want to cause a neck injury. Or a tornado.


► The Denver Post lists its endorsements for the Denver Municipal races. Election Day is May 5, but most Denver voters should already have mail ballots.

► Meanwhile, this may very well be the least helpful “endorsement” story we’ve ever read. 


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8 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. notaskinnycook says:

    The “least helpful endorsement” link gets me a “page not found” Oops.

  2. FrankUnderwood says:

    Kendall Unruh vacations in Ted Cruz’ homeland. Who knew?

  3. mamajama55 says:

    From Dana Milbank’s Washington Post piece:

    “It is still too new to do a rigorous causation analysis using statistical methods,” he [Scharr] admitted, saying that he had found only a decline in marriage rates in states that had legalized same-sex marriage (in fact, marriage rates have declined overall). 

    Let me help out the poor Mr. Scharr. He is trying to connect a root with a branch, when fewer pregnancies = fewer abortions, and more same-sex marriages = fewer pregnancies = fewer abortions. They are all “branches” of the same cause. The cause is the weakening of patriarchal control over reproduction.

    When patriarchal customs start breaking down, and state policies are less influenced by religious views, control over all sexuality lessens.

    The link between sex and reproduction was cut with the 1965 Connecticut v Griswold decision, legalizing birth control. Of course, women had been using cruder and less effective methods of birth control for centuries, if not millenia.  The option to choose to be with a same-sex partner further weakens the link between sex and reproduction, as same sex partners don’t reproduce with each other, although they can certainly adopt others’ children, including their own from previous opposite-sex liasons.

    So Mr. Scharr will never find a link between same sex marriage and more abortions, because both are effects of the same cause, branches rather than roots.. He is barking up the wrong tree, so to speak.

    This feminist scholar is at your service, Mr. Scharr, anytime you need a refresher on causes and effects of patriarchy and reproduction. You’re welcome. wink

    • BlueCat says:

      Particularly like this from Milbank’s piece. Kind of sums up wacko rightie logic on pretty much any and all issues:

      They’re saying that legalizing same-sex marriage will cause 900,000 abortions.The logic is about as obvious as if they had alleged that raising the minimum wage would increase the frequency of hurricanes.

      • mamajama55 says:

        The other thing Scharr doesn’t mention is that statistically, abortions are decreasing.  (Guttmacher Institute, 2014 study)

        This is a result of a number of factors, including those I named above – less pressure to be poppin’ out babies like the Pillsbury doughwifie, having more dating options with one’s same sex….but also, heavy strictures on the availability of abortions nationwide, closing of clinics, and mainly, the ease of over-the-counter Plan B type meds and better contraceptives. The Guttmacher study identifies the latter two as the main factors in the decrease in abortions, and doesn’t credit state restrictions as much of a factor.

        There may also be attitudinal changes about the morality of abortion, with advances in fetal imaging technology. I see many younger, naive teen women who have never had to live in the reality of a world where abortion was illegal, and they are quite adamant that abortion is wrong. There isn’t much stigma to unwed motherhood anymore, either.  But that’s anecdotal – polling shows basically the same levels of support and non-support for abortion over the last few decades. It has, however, become an increasingly partisan issue – Democrats are consistently 70% pro-choice – Republicans, 70% pro-birth.

        The questions about when the fetus becomes a human with a soul are still there, and will likely never be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.

        But Dr. Chaps wants the pro-life movement to get all the credit for the decrease in abortions…and it seems Mr. Scharr would like some of that reflected glory, as well.

  4. notaskinnycook says:

    No one’s buying what the Righty-tighies thought of as their best arguments, so now they’re just pulling stuff out of their ears-or some other orifice.

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