Get More Smarter on Friday (May 1)

May Day! May 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).

 

TOP OF MIND TODAY…

► So, Thursday was a weird day. There was an Ultrasound Bus outside the State Capitol, lots of terribly insensitive things were said in a Senate Committee hearing over the surprise abortion bill (SB-285), and in a move nobody saw coming, Senator Tim Neville’s last-minute legislation failed to even make it out of committee. Check out the Durango Herald for a good summary of yesterday’s events.

 ► Oversight on the VA Hospital construction in Aurora was virtually nonexistent, according to a new report. Let us remind you, again, that Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) is the CHAIR OF THE OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE for the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Six Baltimore police officers are being charged in the death of Freddie Gray, which prosecutors have ruled a homicide. Gray’s death was the prime spark that kicked off riots and violence in Baltimore.

Get even more smarter after the jump…

 

SHOULD YOU FIND YOURSELF STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…

► Congressional Republicans came up with a completely implausible plan for the federal budget, and Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter is among those who are displeased with the effort. Here’s Perlmutter in a press release following the budget announcement:

“I didn’t think the Republican budget could get any worse but it has.  After weeks of closed-door negotiations, the Republicans have emerged with a Budget Conference Report that includes $5 trillion in cuts to fundamental programs important to Coloradans and Americans. Programs such as Medicare will no longer exist in its current form along with other programs to help hardworking families buy a house, pay for college, and save for retirement.”

Oh, and the budget plan also includes trying to get rid of Obamacare. Again.

► The first week of the Aurora Theater Shooting trial wrapped up yesterday.

► Denver voters have until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5 to return their ballots for the Denver municipal election. If you haven’t voted yet, here’s a Q&A of the candidates from the Denver Post.

► D’oh! An advisor to State House Speaker Dickie Lee Hullinghorst left the Capitol yesterday when she learned that it’s probably not legal for her to work in the legislature while also running for State Senate. As Peter Marcus of the Durango Herald reports, Jenise May appears to have been taken by surprise over the rule:

After The Durango Herald asked about the violation, May said she was leaving the Capitol and would not continue working there until she closed her campaign. She clarified that she would not be seeking the office in the near future.

“I’m just going to go home,” May said, as she was walking to her car to leave the Capitol. “I’m just going to close my candidacy. What else can I do? It’s a policy. I didn’t even know. I just found out. … All I can do is say I left, what more?”

► Politico’s Eli Stokols writes about how Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul really blew it on Baltimore:

On Tuesday, as Baltimore burned in the wake of the latest episode surrounding the alleged use of deadly excessive force, Paul’s response was notably off-key.

“I came through the train on Baltimore last night,” Paul told host Laura Ingraham. “I’m glad the train didn’t stop.”

The senator’s breezy response came just before he blamed the violent uprising there on “the breakdown of the family structure, the lack of fathers, the lack of sort of a moral code in our society.” He also expressed his sympathy for “the plight of police,” all without speaking to the circumstances surrounding the troubling death of Freddie Gray in the custody of Baltimore Police.

Ugh.

► Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee seems to be one of the few Republican candidates for President who has actually thought through a strategic plan to win the nomination.

 

OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK

► An outbreak of the plague — the frickin’ PLAGUE, man — probably started with a pit bull in Colorado

► Dave Perry of the Aurora Sentinel tries to understand why gun-rights activists would be using the Aurora Theater Shooting Trial as a platform.

 ► Cindi Markwell, the secretary of the State Senate for 35 years, is retiring at the end of this session. She also does not appear to have aged in 35 years.

 

ICYMI

► A former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is pleading guilty in the “Bridgegate” scandal.

► The Denver Broncos traded up in the first round of the NFL Draft to pick Missouri Defensive End Shane Ray.

 

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  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    One of yesterday’s money quotes . . .

    “Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, came to Neville’s defense, stating, ‘For those who play a sexist card on us and say it’s a woman’s issue, well, you know what, half of those babies are men.’”

    . . . it would be difficult to find an R any “more-smarter” than that!

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      And, while I’m at it, let me finish Lundberg’s (Lunatic-Berthoud) deep thot . . .

      “. . . and, I will guarantee you and all those sexist-card players out there this — that for the half of those babies that are men, I will never, never, never vote to require them to have someone stick an ultrasound probe up any of their hoo-haws for any reason. You have my solemn oath on that !! . . . “

      • FrankUnderwood says:

        So hoo-haws are safe because we have Lundberg’s solemn oath on it?

        BTW, will Tim Neville become the Senate minority leader at the end of 2016 when Cadman retires and Waters-Woods is defeated?

  2. Progressicat says:

    Pols, like you, I’ve also written expert legislator May’s name incorrectly. The proper spelling is “Jenise” (as much a reminder for me as for you :).

  3. Zappatero says:

    Democratic Senator Michael Bennet is FOR American Corporations exporting capital to maximize profits, AGAINST rules to reduce foreign currency manipulation, and AGAINST the Middle Class and American Workers:

    The one way a fast-tracked TPP could benefit American workers is by reducing the currency manipulation that raises the price of U.S. goods abroad. U.S. employers lose billions when other countries set their exchange rates to overvalue the dollar. Making exchange rates more favorable for American producers is the best way to level the playing field for American workers. Yet the president said Friday that it was not even on the agenda.

    There is thus no way to interpret the TPP, with the information the public has been given, as anything other than a corporate growth strategy with no unique benefit to American workers.

    Michael Bennet’s Bankster genes are immutable. He has continually acted in the best interests of Wall Street and against the best interests of Coloradans all the while mouthing false words of support for popular policies and pretending to be a man of the people.

    He is not.

    Yet almost as bad as his shameful (shameless?) record as a U.S. Senator is the fact that Colorado Pols doesn’t give a rat’s ass about what this guy does.

    Great job, Bennet. Great job, Pols.

    • MADCO says:

      Shouldn’t you be out canvassing for President Sanders?

      I’m no fan of secret trade deals, but President Obama is right when he points out if the U.S. isn’t at the table when the rules get written, it’s a bad thing. I can’t wait until Senator Coffman represents Colorado- that’ll be swell.

  4. milloy36 says:

    Denver “2015” Auditors Election
    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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