Get More Smarter on Wednesday (April 22)

GetMoreSmarter-EarthHappy Earth Day! Or, if you’re into that kind of thing, Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day. 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).



► Congressman Mike Coffman (R-Angry) is the Chair of the House Veterans’ Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. It is supposed to be his job to provide oversight for stuff like, say, a complete mess of a VA Hospital project in Aurora. Coffman may not have much in the way of solutions for the VA’s problems, but that isn’t stopping him from raising money off of the scandal. Coffman’s spokesman had a bunch of gibberish to say in response to these allegations, but the best line of the story — which was picked up nationally — comes from Lynn Bartels in “The Spot” blog:

Less than six months ago, Coffman posted on his congressional web site an opinion piece thanking him for not being one of the members of Congress using the VA problems for fundraising.


Fetal homicide Personhood legislation will be introduced today in the State Senate.

► Senator Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) apparently doesn’t think the Sage Grouse is so greater. As Bruce Finley of the Denver Post reports:

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner will introduce legislation in Congress on Wednesday that would bar the federal government from listing greater sage grouse as endangered and give western states six more years to revive grouse populations on their own…

…”We have an obligation to future generations to conserve and recover this species,” [said Gardner]. “But we can do it on our terms. Let’s put Coloradans in charge, let’s put Westerners in charge of the West.”

“Let’s put Westerners in charge of the West!” Who comes up with this crap?

Get even more smarter after the jump…



► Congressman Ken Buck (R-Greeley) isn’t so good at the Twitter. But he’s not going to get in trouble for sauntering around the Capitol with an American flag-painted assault rifle.

► State Rep. Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt is no longer in time-out

► Congressman Scott Tipton (R-Cortez) has another complaint about the federal government.

► Colorado schools could be held liable for certain acts of violence under legislation that gained initial approval in the State Senate yesterday. Just so we’re clear, some of the same legislators who want teachers to be able to carry guns in school also think it’s a good plan to increase liability for those schools. 

Democrats will apparently introduce a new version of the so-called “construction defects” legislation that wasn’t going to go anywhere in the State House.



► The State Senate continues its idiotic discussion about who gets to own federal lands in Colorado. 

► Senate Republicans introduced a $3.5 billion highway funding bill on Tuesday.

► Marijuana is legal in Colorado. We voted on it. A strong majority of Coloradans approved it. Let’s move on, shall we?



► Are you looking for a job that will only last six months? Mike Huckabee is staffing up!

► Sometimes you come up with a clever premise for a story, but then you stop writing because it doesn’t really make that much sense. This is not one of those examples.


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3 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Progressicat says:

    It will be interesting to see what happens after SB15-268 (fetal murder) fails in the house.  The logical next step is to put it on the ballot, lock up the hardcore personhood folks, and take a shot with a sympathetic case that’s been prominent in the news.

    Wonder how it will do in Hillary year.  Well enough?

    • Davie says:

      Hypothetically, if the Personhood crowd tried to put that on the ballot, the likely counter would be to answer with ads stressing the sentence meted out to the (hypothetically) convicted perp.  

      With up to 100 years on the table, I think the judge would pretty much go for the maximum sentence to make sure there is no doubt the heinous nature of the crime, and the strength of the punishments available under current law.

      And besides, in a presidential election year, Dem turnout should hold the line, Hillary or otherwise.

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