90 degrees in Denver today–joke’s on you for complaining about last month’s rain. 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…
► With Rep. Mike Coffman declining to challenge incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet in 2016, speculation is turning to who Republicans might recruit in this race–and why. Do they still feel like there’s a shot? Would it be better to nominate an inoffensive placeholder to preserve the GOP’s chances of carrying Colorado in the presidential elections? Will an ambitious junior lawmaker try to punch above his/her weight? A kamikaze ideologue waiting in the wings? We’ll have to wait and see–but probably not too long.
► Speaking of Mike Coffman, EMILY’s List has placed Colorado’s CD-6 race on their top fifteen to watch, presumably because a strong Democratic woman is preparing to give Coffman the challenge of his political career.
► Run Warren Run, the group organized to promote a possible run for President by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is shutting down–to focus on “the senator’s legislative work that effectively pressures the front-runner [Hillary] Clinton from the left, starting with opposition to fast-track trade deals.”
► After months of pre-emptive Republican attacks, Hillary Clinton’s popularity has undeniably sagged a bit–at least for the moment. Meanwhile, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow says you’d better not underestimate Bernie Sanders.
► Today is the last day to vote in Denver’s city council runoff elections. May the best man/woman/Democrat/pseudo-Democrat/Republican win!
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IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…
► Controversy continues over an urban renewal reform bill signed into law last week that local governments say could hobble their favored construction projects.
OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK
► Former Colorado AG John Suthers was sworn in as Colorado Springs’ new mayor today. Good luck keeping the streetlights on.
► More coverage of last Friday’s massive rally against the Jefferson County school board’s conservative majority in the Colorado Statesman today.
► Another brave Colorado valedictorian comes out–this time in Carbondale, and this time without censorship.
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