Get More Smarter on Thursday (April 23)

By the end of the week, the black market for carnitas will be booming. 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…

► After five months of waiting, the U.S. Senate is finally on the cusp of confirming President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner announced this morning that he planned to vote NO on Lynch’s confirmation. Seriously.

► There is a concerted effort underway in Jefferson County to “destroy” the teacher’s union, as Colorado Pols reported late yesterday. Jon Caldara and the Independence Institute may need to work fast — Julie Williams and the right-wing Jeffco School Board might just “destroy” the entire school district first.

 

Get even more smarter after the jump…

 

SHOULD YOU FIND YOURSELF STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…

Colorado Public Radio takes a detailed look at fetal homicide Personhood legislation that is moving along slowly in the State Senate.

► House Democrats appear likely to kill  “construction defects” legislation once and for all (in 2015, at least).

► Former Colorado governors Bill Owens and Roy Romer are standing behind current Gov. John Hickenlooper over concerns about reducing student testing. As the Durango Herald reports:

The news conference – organized by former Govs. Bill Owens, a Republican, and Roy Romer, a Democrat – comes as the Legislature debates several measures aimed at reducing assessments and increasing flexibility.

“That system is under attack,” Owens said. “Our friends from both the left and the right, for differing reasons, don’t want to test, don’t want to measure, don’t want to have accountability. This is stunning to me.”…

…“This is so nonsensical and illogical to raise the possibility you’re not going to test in ninth grade,” said Romer, who served as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District from 2000 to 2007.

► Ken Buck took some time out from Tweeting stupid stuff to vote against legislation dealing with consumer protection. The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act was approved by the House nevertheless.

► Congressman Mike Coffman has been fundraising off of problems with the Veterans’s Administration. Although his spokesperson angrily denied this was happening, the online ads Coffman was using have disappeared.

► The guy who thought up TABOR, convicted felon Doug Bruce, is facing a new assault charge

► Senator Gardner is not making a lot of friends with his opposition to protecting the Greater Sage Grouse. That ugly-ass bird has enough problems without having to worry about losing its habitat.

 

OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK

► Colorado lawmakers want to see more Presidential candidates visiting our state. As John Frank
of the Denver Post explains:

Democratic and Republican leaders are drafting a measure to create a presidential primary in Colorado, a significant shift in one of few states with a caucus system.

The tentative bill would put the primary in a prominent spot on the 2016 calendar and make the swing state a top prize in the nominating process…

…As anticipated, the legislation would maintain the state’s complicated caucus system and keep the June primary election for state-level contests, such U.S. Senate and governor.

Wait, why do we want to maintain the caucus system that nobody understands? Maybe nobody knows how to change it anyway.

► Republican Rep. Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt plans to take over the world run for the State Senate.

► Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz is asking Aurora drivers to please stop killing each other.

► Florida Senator and GOP Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio may have convinced an old man to give him a lot of money. Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who spent some $100 million for Republicans in 2012, is reportedly going to back Rubio for President.

 

ICYMI

Aurora Sentinel editor Dave Perry warns readers not to be fooled by the latest Republican attempt to advance Personhood legislation.

► Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback may well go down in history as the worst governor ever. 

 

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14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Well, I doubt it’s for the same reasons, but President Obama has said he will veto the Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act if it hits his desk, because it limits money that the CFPB can draw on for certain activities. The original bill didn’t have the caps; they were amended in…

  2. It would be easy enough to get rid of the caucus system; legislators have apparently figured out how to do so for the Presidential race, after all – they pass a law to that effect.

    But why in the world would we want to have a caucus, a Presidential primary, and another primary? The process is annoying and expensive enough as it is. This is something supported by both the parties and the leaders in elected office?

    Oh, and while we’re at it, please, someone tell Rep. Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City) how stupid the Open Primary concept has been in California… We don’t need open primaries – we need ranked choice balloting. Still.

    • OrangeFree says:

      California doesn’t have open primaries, they have jungle primaries. 

      • Yeah, okay, perhaps true – their system isn’t like a normal open primary.

        We have something akin to an open primary right now, and I already think it’s a bit too lenient on First Amendment right to association. (In the past I’ve been on record here as saying I’m openly opposed to non-party members participating in the party nomination process on those grounds…) If you’re an independent or unregistered voter, you can walk up and change your registration on the spot in order to vote in the primary. I don’t want Democrats and Republicans eligible to RF each other more readily than they already can, thank you.

        • BlueCat says:

          I agree. The primaries are for the party’s to choose their candidates. If you can manage to grow a party big enough, you can have your own damn primary but if you don’t want to be a Republican or a Democrat you don’t get to tell Rs and Ds who their candidates should be. It’s a two party system because nobody has come up with a third party strong enough to knock them off their perches for a long time and a jumble of tiny parties all over the map are never going to have enough power to do much besides, once in a blue moon on their best day, affect a really, really close one. It’s like workers banding together to form unions. That gave them power. That’s what Rs and Ds have done. The price of being an indie is… you’re an indie. You don’t have group power.

    • Miss Jane says:

      Ranked choice balloting, I think we should give it a try.  But some people think voters are too stupid to understand it.  But isn’t it a lot like in third grade picking your best friend and then your second best friend?  The worst thing would be getting confused by some facts, because you may accidentally be paying more attention. Not letting politicians gerrymander our districts might help, as well.  

  3. FrankUnderwood says:

    The Senate has confirmed Loretta Lynch as the new AG. Sadly the Centennial State’s junior senator could not bring himself to vote “aye” on the appointment of the first African-American woman (and an experienced federal prosecutor) to this position. I imagine Gardner would prefer that Eric Holder stay in office through 2016.

    • BlueCat says:

      And he’s supposed to be a new kind of let’s all hold hands and work together Republican? Yeah, right.

      • FrankUnderwood says:

        I was a litle surprised to see Twomey and Murkowski vote “no” but otherwise the list of no votes did not surprise me. Cruz did not vote. What to make of that?

          • Davie says:

            Yeah, I was about to say he was probably out on the campaign trail somewhere, but then I found this on his own website:

            April 23, 2015

            WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today spoke on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to uphold the rule of law and oppose the nomination of Loretta Lynch to the Office of Attorney General.

            If he were a lemming, he’d be standing on the precipice urging his fellow lemmings to leap, but never taking the plunge himself.

            • FrankUnderwood says:

              He’s been doing and saying a lot of strange (even by his standards) things lately. He attended a house party hosted by two gay Republicans in NY last night (according to NY Times) and said that despite his opposition to gay marriage, he’d be ok if one of his daughters turned out gay. He also name dropped a gay man whom he claims is a friend of his.

              • BlueCat says:

                Is there anything more offensive then the … I can’t be a bigot because I have a fill-in-the-blank friend… gambit. In the old days, they’d say that some minority person they liked was “one of the good ones”. If they said it to you, you were supposed to take it as a compliment.

  4. milloy36 says:

    Denver “2015” Auditors Election Isn’t anyone interested in Denver City Elections?

      O’Brien was approved by the Colorado Legislator to be the State Auditor 12 years. He has guided a large department of people to conduct 750 State audits. Saving the state $200,000,000. He has been a licensed CPA in the state since 1974.  Look at his web site, seeing all of these facts, O’Brien has the leadership and experience for the best auditor for our city.                                                                                                 I don’t see any Auditing or Accounting experience in the background of Nevitt.

    He keeps saying “none of the others have”.  Noting Nevitt has been on the City Council for 8 years, how can he conduct an audit of the Council with out it being a conflict of interest? He has accepted money from devlopers that are chosen by the Council.   

      Watching the two debates, Nevitt stumbles his way with his answers to the questions. He clearly has no idea how to run this office. Anyone wonder how Nevitt has all of this backing from the Politcials in this city when this guy has no experience of any  kind  in Auditing field?

    O’brien is running as an Independent and doesn’t want to be associated with and party. No favors owed or expected from anyone.

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