Get More Smarter on Friday (July 31!)

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TOP OF MIND TODAY…

► The U.S. Senate went down to the wire — today is the deadline — to come up with legislation to keep the Federal Highway Trust Fund from expiring. From the Ft. Collins Coloradoan:

A six-year highway bill passed by the Senate Thursday includes provisions that would aid the widening of Interstate 25 from Longmont to Fort Collins…

…The Senate also voted Thursday to keep the Highway Trust Fund running for another three months, preventing an abrupt halt to road and bridge construction at midnight Friday. Bennet and Gardner also voted for the temporary extension.

The House passed the three-month bill on Wednesday. President Barack Obama has promised to sign the legislation, which ensures that states continue to receive reimbursement from the federal government for highway and mass transit projects.

The six-year Senate highway bill will be used in negotiations with the House when Congress returns from its August recess. Some states have complained they can’t plan or break ground on major transportation projects because Congress keeps passing bills that fund such projects for only a few months at a time.

Perhaps Congress will come up with another strategy aside from “kick the can” when lawmakers return to Washington D.C. following the August recess.

Yeah, probably not.

Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has put together her leadership team in Colorado…as far as she knows, anyway. In making the announcement, Fiorina’s National Political Director referred to Colorado as “The Boulder State.”

 

Get even more smarter after the jump…

 

IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…

ProgressNow Colorado and several other statewide interest groups are calling on Rep. Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt to resign from office following his comments that suggest drowning gay Boy Scout leaders.

Planned Parenthood is aggressively pushing back against critics after a series of “gotcha” videos rolled out over the last week or so. Elsewhere, Salon discusses “the Planned Parenthood hoax” as a “trojan horse” for Republicans hoping to shift attention away from their inability to govern.

► The State of Indiana on Thursday cleared Planned Parenthood of any alleged wrongdoing in the handling of fetal tissue.

► Investors can move ahead with a new equity fundraising program on Wednesday when the Colorado Crowdfunding Act takes effect, as the Denver Post reports:

Selling stock to ordinary people in exchange for equity in a business starts Wednesday after the state approved the rules for the Colorado Crowdfunding Act.

The act, passed on April 13, allows almost anyone to get equity by investing their money in a local business, be it a neighborhood restaurant needing to renovate or a tinkerer hoping to build the next great Internet of Things device.

No less than nine different energy plans were presented Thursday at a Colorado Springs meeting featuring various Colorado utility companies.

Hillary Clinton threw a rare jab at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his “Right to Rise” PAC while speaking to the National Urban League.

 

OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK

► A Denver-based credit union for the marijuana industry has run into a few hurdles, as the Denver Post reports:

The Fourth Corner Credit Union’s application for a “master account” has been denied by the Federal Reserve Bank. Approval would have paved the way for a new era for the state’s cannabis industry, which has been forced to rely on cash because it is still illegal under federal law, a fact that has led almost all banks to refuse to open accounts.

Attorneys for the credit union have already filed a lawsuit in response.

► Famous person Donald Trump, also a Republican candidate for President in 2016, gets debunked by PolitiFact for complaining about an Obamacare website that Trump says cost “$5 billion.”

 

ICYMI

Today is the trade deadline for Major League Baseball.

 

 

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3 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MichaelBowman says:

    There's a lot of places I thought I might find Jesus, but 'behind the KFC' wasn't one of them. 

    I think we need a Chaps intervention for Tito and Amanda...

    • mamajama55 says:

      They appear to be good Christian capitalist heterosexuals – Chaps could probably set up a  scam special prayer request with them, perhaps exorcising the baby alligator.

       

  2. Zappatero says:

    Jimmy Carter on the current state of corruption in the U.S.:

    Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter issued a blistering indictment of the American electoral process Tuesday, saying it is shot through with "financial corruption" that threatens democracy.

    Speaking at the international human rights centre that bears his name, Carter said "we have one of the worst election processes in the world right in the United States of America, and it's almost entirely because of the excessive influx of money."

    The dynamic is fed, Carter said, by an income tax code that exacerbates the gap between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of the electorate, allowing the rich even greater influence over public discourse and electioneering.

    The 39th president lamented a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows unlimited contributions to third-party groups that don't have to disclose their donors.

    He added that he hopes the "Supreme Court will reverse that stupid ruling," referring to the case known as Citizens United.

    It's a further shame that CPols pretends that only Republicans can be bad and that the only policies that deserve scrutiny are those proposed/opposed by those Evul Republicans. Because when it comes to corruption, Michael Bennet is correct about this, both sides do do it

    Using data from the Federal Election Commission, this chart shows all donations that corporate members of the US Business Coalition for TPP made to US Senate campaigns between January and March 2015, when fast-tracking the TPP was being debated in the Senate:

    Out of the total $1,148,971 given, an average of $17,676.48 was donated to each of the 65 “yea” votes.

    The average Republican member received $19,673.28 from corporate TPP supporters.

     The average Democrat received $9,689.23 from those same donors.

    The amounts given rise dramatically when looking at how much each senator running for re-election received.

    Two days before the fast-track vote, Obama was a few votes shy of having the filibuster-proof majority he needed. Ron Wyden and seven other Senate Democrats announced they were on the fence on 12 May, distinguishing themselves from the Senate’s 54 Republicans and handful of Democrats as the votes to sway.

    In just 24 hours, Wyden and five of those Democratic holdouts – Michael Bennet of Colorado, Dianne Feinstein of California, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington, and Bill Nelson of Florida – caved and voted for fast-track.

    Bennet, Murray, and Wyden – all running for re-election in 2016 – received $105,900 between the three of them. Bennet, who comes from the more purple state of Colorado, got $53,700 in corporate campaign donations between January and March 2015, according to Channing’s research.

    Almost 100% of the Republicans in the US Senate voted for fast-track – the only two non-votes on TPA were a Republican from Louisiana and a Republican from Alaska.

    I'm always trying to get more smarter………and would love it if everyone here did the same. 

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