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May 04, 2015 07:31 AM UTC

Monday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“I think that if you live long enough, you realize that so much of what happens in life is out of your control, but how you respond to it is in your control. That’s what I try to remember.”

– Hillary Clinton


29 thoughts on “Monday Open Thread

  1. Yeah, yeah I know- it’s Star Wars day.

    But 45 years ago 13 people were shot,: 4 killed and 9 injured in a student protest at Kent State. Someone has to remember it.

  2. Something for Everyone

    In the next couple of days, three more GOP candidates will be entering the race: a woman, an African-American man and a Bible thumper. They join a Latino, a Canadian-Latino, a pseudo-libertarian, and the son of a preacher man.

    Still waiting in the wings are another Bush, the fat guy from New Jersey, an indicted ex-governor, and an “ambiguously gay” man (at least that’s what one of Lindsey Graham’s primary opponent in his re-election last year called him).

    Embarrassment of riches, or simply an embarrassment?

  3. I’m hoping Hillary has some serious primary opposition so it doesn’t become a party coronation with Helen Reddy singing in the background.

  4. I like her comment. I have Parkinson’s and the motto of incurables is to live well. In the movie “The Theory of Everything”, Stephen Hawking tells his audience through his synthesizer that no matter how bad it gets you can do something which is what I think Hillary is referring to when she says it is how you respond that makes the difference. Words to live by for even the healthy.

  5. Once again, Mike Coffman shows his lack of support for our troops:

    Last week, a host of House Republicans voted to block predatory lending protections for American soldiers. This week, the Democratic Party is trying to make them pay a political price.

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is hitting six Republicans in seats considered vulnerable in the 2016 elections with ads highlighting their vote to delay protections on payday lending and other high-interest credit for soldiers. The DCCC will pay for digital and direct mail ads targeting Reps. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), John Kline (R-Minn.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Steve Knight (R-Calif.), Joe Heck (R-Nev.) and Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.). Digital ads will direct viewers to an online petition denouncing the vote.

    1. Mike Coffman is laser-focused on veterans issues (that give him the opportunity for fundraising or TV time), and I think this effort by the Democratic Party is a naked attempt to slur the representative’s good name (by showing how craven he is when it comes to actually protecting military members and their families).

      1. Why don’t Dem pols make sure this and all the other instances of Coffman screwing troops and vets get widely publicized? The only thing voters are going to know about this guy is that he served and is fighting to make sure the new VA hospital gets back on track. Rs don’t mind attacking Dems who served. Heck. They don’t even mind attacking Dems who lost several limbs serving their country. When are our Dem pols going to grow a pair?

    2. In a somewhat related story, our Colorado House of Misrepresentation voted out a just-introduced late bill, HB-1390, last Friday (by a ridiculous 62 – 2, or something) to allow Colorado’s maximum interest rates to go up for all loans — to military and non-military alike!!!!


      1. I’d have to listen to testimony to hear why people think it’s necessary, but I’d offer a more technical understanding.

        The rates aren’t going up, the amount on which they can be charged is. The rates are still 36%/21%/15%, but the amounts on which they can be charged have changed from 0-1k/1-3k/3k+ to 0-3k/3-5k/5k+.

        Folks with smaller loans in the covered categories would certainly be susceptible to higher finance charges, but I don’t know if that’s a cash grab on small loans or a reflection that loans are getting larger in general.

        1. Oh, these are a particular subset of transactions– consumer credit and supervised loans. IIRC, that’s basically places that sell on time and payday loan folks. That would explain Melton as a sponsor and Dem support as these transactions are seen, for better or worse, as necessary evils to offer bridge financing (getting through a time where cash isn’t available) and financing for big ticket purchases in poor communities.

      2. HB 15-1390 is concerned with consumer loans which are not revolving (credit card and the like). It changes things as follows:
        5-2-201 I “36% per year on an unpaid balance of the amount financed
        that is $3,000 or less (changed from $1,000 or less)”
        5-2-201 II “21% per year on an unpaid balance of the amount financed that is more than $3,000 but less than $5,000 (changed from more than $1,000 but less than $3,000)”
        5-2-201 III “15% per year on an unpaid balance of the amount financed that is more than $5,000 (changed from more than $3,000)”
        See the whole thing at

    3. DCCC can target all they want- until they have a viable candidate, it doesn’t matter.

      Why does everyone put CD6 in the toss up column? To date it seems just about as safe as 3 or 4. The only obvious way to get Coffman out is to get him to run for Senate.

      1. I see that the big line has Coffman 80%, McClellan 20%, which sounds about right. Unless Coffman runs against Bennet in which case I’d put it at Coffman 60%, Bennet 40% with a shot at Dems finally taking CD6 with no R incumbent. Not sure if the right way to go for it would be with McClellan. Certainly not with another attempt to resurrect Romanoff.

        1. If not Coffman in CD 6, which Republican? With redistricting and placing all of Aurora in CD 6, it makes it harder to find a Repub. Ted Harvey not longer lives in 6 (although I suppose he could move). Does David Balmer? Is there a member of the Tauer family who would run?

            1. There should be enough home grown ones in CD 6. Does John Andrews still live in CD 6? Or any member of Bill Armstrong's family?

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