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TOP OF MIND TODAY…
► The future political aspirations of Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler took a massive hit on Friday…and on Monday Brauchler took to the right-wing radio circuit and made things much, much worse by lashing out at everyone that came to mind. This included a rant on the parents of convicted killer James Holmes questioning why they failed to personally call Brauchler to plead for their son’s life. Classy.
► Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry appears to be nearing the end of the line where his Presidential aspirations are concerned. Perry is reportedly no longer paying his campaign staff, and as “The Fix” reports, the writing is on the wall (and the ceiling, and the floor):
Yes, Perry will likely plod on in the campaign because, well, he can — thanks to his super PAC. But, staying in the race and being a viable candidate aren’t the same thing. Perry’s financial troubles are indicative of the systemic problem at the heart of the campaign: He simply isn’t a good enough candidate to overcome what people believe to be true about him. (That is, of course, that he is not a very good candidate.)
Get even more smarter after the jump…
IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…
► Florida Congressman Jeff Miller, the Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, tells the Denver Post that funding to complete the Aurora VA Hospital project may not make it through Congress:
If Congress voted on a completion plan that took money from other veterans’ programs, “I think it would go down solidly,” he said.
He called on President Barack Obama to get involved by reaching into a $3 trillion federal budget to find $600 million for the hospital.
Congress can’t do their job, so they revert to Plan B (which is also Plan C and Plan D): Blame President Obama.
► Critics of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are gleefully piling on the federal agency after a massive minewater spill in the Animas River near Silverton. Both Colorado and New Mexico have declared state disaster areas as the EPA continues to investigate the spill.
► Is Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers considering a bid for Governor? We don’t think so, all verbal gaffes aside.
► Supporters of a proposal to allow limited marijuana use in Denver bars and other public areas have submitted petition signatures in an effort to get the measure on the Denver ballot in November. The Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office has 25 days to validate the signatures.
► Jason Salzman examines Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman’s ever-changing path forward on illegal immigration.
► Colorado Springs Rep. Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt seems to think he has the same sort of appeal as famous rich person Donald Trump. Except for the billions of dollars and the nationwide name recognition, they’re almost twins!
OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK
► The City of Aurora is moving along with plans to annex some 3,000 acres on the eastern edge of the city. Pretty soon, Aurora will stretch all the way to Kansas.
► Senator Rand Paul may have to make a decision soon on his faltering Presidential campaign. The Kentucky Republican has been lobbying state GOP officials to change a rule that would otherwise prevent Paul from seeking the Presidency and re-election to the Senate at the same time; the deadline to change the rules is August 22.
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