Get More Smarter on Tuesday (Sept. 1)

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World War II began on this day 76 years ago. 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…

► Colorado Republicans continue their search for a viable U.S. Senate candidate in 2016, and Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler is the latest name floating about in the scuttlebutt machine. As Manu Raju reports for Politico, GOP leaders are fretting over their inability to find a candidate to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet — and Brauchler doesn’t sound like a candidate who is ready for tough fairly simple questions:

Asked about his ideology, Brauchler said, “I feel like I’m a conservative.”

He went on to note that he opposes abortion, when asked about his position.

“This is something that nobody cares about when you run for DA,” Brauchler said with a laugh. “Nobody ever asks you if you are in favor of Roe vs. Wade. I’m a DA, man! We don’t prosecute that, that’s not my thing.” [Pols emphasis]

Um, yeah. That’s…not a good answer. First, Brauchler brings up his opposition to abortion, and then in the next breath tries to downplay it? Fun fact: Brauchler is already on the record as being opposed to Roe v. Wade, an answer he provided in a questionnaire while running for district attorney in 2012.

► David Olinger reports on the results from the Colorado Health Access Survey for the Denver Post:

A record number of Colorado residents now carry health insurance.

Statewide, the uninsured rate plummeted from 14.3 percent in 2013 to 6.7 percent this year — the lowest ever, according to a report being released Tuesday. Nearly 5 million people are covered now.

 

Get even more smarter after the jump…

IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…

► A county clerk in Kentucky has decided to follow “God’s authority” instead of the law in refusing to issue marriage licenses to LGBT couples. As the Washington Post reports:

Citing “God’s authority,” Kim Davis, the elected clerk of Kentucky’s Rowan County, refused to issue marriage licenses to several same-sex couples Tuesday — just hours after the Supreme Court ruled against her request to be excused from issuing such licenses.

Attorneys later asked that Davis be held in contempt. A federal judge has since ordered her to appear in court this week, along with all her deputies.

Attorneys are suggesting that Davis be fined for her actions, since she’s not actually doing her job.

► Senator Michael Bennet (D-Denver) is still noodling over his decision on whether or not to support President Obama’s foreign policy plan with Iran. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moriz spoke about his agency’s ability to track Iran’s nuclear capabilities during a guest lecture appearance at the University of Colorado-Boulder on Monday.

► Happy belated International Overdose Awareness Day! Fox 31 reports on an event in Denver on Monday to bring attention to the drug Naloxone, which helps people recover from a drug overdose, as well as a new Good Samaritan law that helps make Naloxone more available.

► Joey Bunch of the Denver Post reports on the upcoming launch of the “Stand With Women and Families” campaign:

A political campaign to advocate for women and families, as organizers characterize it, will launch Wednesday in Denver…

…Campaign leaders include the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, called COLOR, 9to5 Colorado and ProgressNow Colorado.

► Republican Presidential candidates will debate in late October in Boulder, and ProgressNow Colorado is urging organizers to make sure that University of Colorado students are given the opportunity to attend the shouting match.

► A public hearing in Denver over labeling for edible marijuana products led to widespread agreement over the fact that there is widespread disagreement.

► Republican Presidential candidate JEB! Bush really doesn’t like GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. Jeb is now criticizing Trump in both English and Spanish, though we’re guessing Trump isn’t going to translate the Spanish section.

► New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is threatening to “go nuclear” at the next debate for Republican Presidential candidates on Sept. 16 if he doesn’t get enough attention:

“There was one point [in the last debate] where I went 20 questions in a row without being asked a question, and that’s hard,” Christie said Monday on “The Tonight Show.” “By the way, stay tuned on Sept. 16. We may be changing tactics if I get to like 15 questions in a row. Count them at home. … you’re gonna go: ‘Uh oh, he’s gonna go nuclear now’.”

Ooohh! Both of Christie’s Presidential supporters must be beside themselves with anticipation.

 

OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK

► Pueblo Republicans are looking for a new county chair following the resignation of Becky Mizel earlier this summer, but they don’t have a lot of great options.

► Colorado bloggers who disagree with right-wing blowhards are probably just aligned with the terror group HAMAS. Yeah, probably.

► Aspen is now the third city in the country to run on 100 percent renewable energy.

ICYMI

► Today is September 1st, which means you only have to suffer through one more month of terrible baseball from the Colorado Rockies (now 53-76 on the 2015 season).

 

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3 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. bullshit! says:

    Christie's going nuquler? Is that going to be like a Gallagher show where there front row needs to bring a tarp?

  2. Obamacare is obviously a failure. Obama's failed program has failed to stop rising insurance costs, and there are still more than 350,000 Coloradoans without health insurance. </snark>

  3. mamajama55 says:

    Colorado AG wants to ban protests from in front of Denver courthouse, citing "dignity and decorum". City had already designated a legal protest area, but Coffman representing the State wants a permanent protet ban. 

    First amendment, anyone?

     

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