Get More Smarter on Wednesday (Aug. 5)

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TOP OF MIND TODAY…

► The 2016 Presidential race enters its next stage on Thursday when Fox News hosts (most) of the GOP candidates for the first debate of the campaign. Yesterday, Fox announced the “Top 10” Republican candidates who will take center stage in Cleveland — and the second tier of hopefuls who will participate in the Junior Varsity debate. From Politico:

The candidates, drawn from an average of the five most recent national polls, ranked from first to 10th: Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Christie and Kasich.

Perry, the former governor of Texas whose performance in the debates four years ago helped doom his campaign, finished in 11th place, eight-tenths of a point behind Kasich. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore and former New York Gov. George Pataki are farther behind.

The top 10 candidates will debate in a two-hour event at 9 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday. The also-rans will be invited to appear at a separate, one-hour debate, which airs at 5 p.m. Eastern.

Colorado Pols will be running our traditional Debate Diary during both of the Thursday debates.

► Democrat Hillary Clinton was in Denver on Tuesday for her first official Presidential campaign stop in Colorado. Clinton highlighted immigration and women’s health issues during her Colorado visit, taking particular aim at Jeb Bush following his earlier statements in support of Republican efforts to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

 

Get even more smarter after the jump…

 

IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…

Holy Crap! Jeb Bush is morphing into George W. Bush before our very eyes.

Holy Crap! As he campaigns for the Presidency, Jeb Bush is morphing into George W. Bush before our very eyes.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush demonstrates the GOP problem with trying to earn support from right-wing conservatives. From Eli Stokols at Politico:

Looking to curry favor with religious conservatives at the outset of a competitive primary fight, Bush on Tuesday repeated his call to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood — and then he went even further, questioning the amount of government support for women’s health programs generally.

The Romneyesque unforced error drew a fast and furious backlash from Democrats, causing Bush to backtrack almost immediately and to acknowledge that he “misspoke.”

► Remember, it’s the children who are really getting the short end of the stick with all of the shenanigans related to Colorado public schools lately. Meanwhile, even diehard Republicans feel compelled to admit that Jefferson County School Board Member Julie Williams is a complete disaster.

► Colorado officials and environmental groups continue to discuss President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

Red Rocks Park is now officially a national historic landmark — and so is the Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps Camp located nearby. 

► Denver Mayor Michael Hancock kicks off a campaign today asking Denver voters to approve increases to hotel and car rental taxes in an effort to generate money to revamp the National Western Complex.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott blames Obamacare for rising Medicaid costs; Florida state economists have no idea what Scott is talking about.

 

OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK

► No surprise here: A silly attempt to recall Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey went absolutely nowhere.

► It’s a good thing that nobody really listened to Walker Stapleton when the Republican State Treasurer was advocating big state investments in gold

 

ICYMI

► Colorado Senator Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) voted in favor of a Senate proposal to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Remember when the editorial board of the Denver Post wrote last fall that Gardner would “pose no threat to abortion rights” if elected to the Senate?

 

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4 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Zappatero says:

    we're all going to get dumber if we watch the Repub Bozo shows this week.

    BUT, we really must pretend like they aren’t anti-social demagogues who’d make Dwight Eisenhower or Theodore Rex faint from shock.

    • mamajama55 says:

      I plan to get dumber in good company – Weld Democrats are having a Clown Car Debate Watch party.

      I don't pretend nothin' – I just subscribe to the notion that, when powerless to stop the insanity, mock it mercilessly.

  2. Zappatero says:

    Elizabeth Warren – smartest one in the chamber?

    Elizabeth Warren has been awesome ever since she headed up the CFPB, the agency she created to protect us from the Wall Street grifters, so when you have pro-life yahoos (which is basically all the Republicans in Congress) going to town over heavily-doctored undercover videos attacking Planned Parenthood, trying to fulfill their lifelong desire to destroy it, who you gonna call to defend them the best?

    “Do you have any idea what year it is? Did you fall down, hit your head, and think you woke up in the 1950s or the 1890s? Should we call for a doctor? Because I simply cannot believe that in the year 2015, the United States Senate would be spending its time trying to defund women’s health care centers. You know, on second thought, maybe I shouldn’t be that surprised. The Republicans have had a plan for years to strip away women’s rights to make choices over our own bodies. Just look at the recent facts.”

    For decades now, piece by piece, the Republican party has turned themselves over to their right-wing fringe radicals because they needed the votes. After they infused the party with the televangelist voters beginning in 1980, and continued this trend up until they turned over the rest of the party apparatus to the Tea Party of 2009.

    Enter Elizabeth Warren, who in seven minutes completely embarrasses these radical fools right down to their core.

    Digby writesElizabeth Warren is the badass America needs: Why her amazing Planned Parenthood speech proves how important she is:

    If anyone still wonders why progressives are so inspired and motivated by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, all they have to do to understand why is watch her speech on the Senate floor yesterday, taking the Republicans to task for their inane crusade against Planned Parenthood. She is a natural-born orator, which is a surprisingly rare gift among politicians. But even more unusual is the fact that she is also a leader who sounds remarkably like a normal person expressing the confusion and outrage the right engenders with its repeated destructive tactics.

    How about backing her up, fellas? Michael Bennet could be reinforcing the common sense message locally, but he's so afraid of being called a Democrat or Liberal or Progressive or Whatever that if and when it might ever be a positive he'll have nothing. When did Udall figure out the obvious? Too late to do any good.

  3. From Douglas County Parents (h/t Evie Hudak for the repost):

    DID YOU KNOW? In addition to DCSD being fined $4.2M for lack of instructional hours under Dr. Fagen's watch, the Tucson Unified School District was fined $1.9M by the Arizona Dept of Ed for the exact same offense while she was Superintendent, Betz was CFO and Ross was the attorney in Tucson.

    Newspaper article about Arizona fine: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/state-fines-tusd-m/article_c19a76d0-e1d7-5b42-b6fa-71decc0139b4.html

    The Arizona audit report: https://www.azed.gov/audit/files/2011/08/tusdfinalreport.pdf

    Yes, that's right. After these three bozos cost the Tuscon school district $1.9 million dollars for failing to provide adequate hours of instruction to students, Douglas County School District hired all three of them – and allowed them to do the same thing here!

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