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Today is the 70th anniversary of V-J Day. 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…

► President Obama picked up a major foreign policy victory with the news that Senate Democrats have the votes to support the adminstration’s nuclear deal with Iran. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Denver) has not taken an official position on the deal, but it now appears likely that he won’t have to make a decision one way or the other.

► Environmental groups are pushing back against attempts by Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman to sue the EPA over new clean power regulations. From the Durango Herald:

Kim Stevens, state director with Environment Colorado, calls Coffman’s action “a political move” to undercut a big step forward to slow climate change.

“This is the time for Coloradans to stand up and let their decision-makers know they are ready to see them stand up and act on climate and tackle the pollution that’s causing this problem,” she said.

According to Stevens, the EPA’s plan will add jobs in the clean-energy sector and eventually cut utility bills by almost $100 per year, on average. She adds that the plan allows states to decide where and how to reduce emissions from existing power plants to meet EPA targets.

► It’s becoming more and more difficult for supporters of TABOR, the so-called “Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights,” to continue offering a defense for this broken policy. According to a study from Colorado State University, 80% of Coloradans actually pay more in taxes because of TABOR — not less.

 

 

Get even more smarter after the jump…

IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…

► Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who continues to violate the law by refusing to issue marriage licenses for LGBT couples, isn’t exactly a beacon of virtue herself:

The Kentucky county clerk facing potentially stiff penalties for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses has been married four times, raising questions of hypocrisy and selective application of the Bible to her life.

The marriages are documented in court records obtained by U.S. News, which show that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis divorced three times, first in 1994, then 2006 and again in 2008.

On Tuesday, attorneys with the ACLU asked that Davis be found in contempt of court for failing to comply with the Supreme Court.

► Democrat Jenise May has officially filed paperwork to run for state senate in SD-25. Republican Rep. Kevin Priola is also running in SD-25, seeking to replace term-limited Sen. Mary Hodge (D-Brighton).

► Fake reporter Art Kane is still writing ridiculously fact-selective stories.

George Brauchler and TwitterArapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, who is considering a run for U.S. Senate, says that he views himself as being more like former Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck than current GOP Sen. Cory Gardner.

Elsewhere, Brauchler will not face professional sanctions over his infamous courtroom Tweeting during the Aurora Theater Shooting Trial.

► The Colorado Department of Health has a response for Republican legislators demanding that they investigate Planned Parenthood:

Upon review of your letter, we note that your request is based solely on a reference to a brief and edited video distributed by the Center for Medical Progress.We appreciate your concerns and are committed to upholding the laws we are charged with enforcing. At this time, CDPHE has received insufficient information to commence an investigation.

In other words, knock it off.

► Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman continues to show her indifference to silly things like “laws” and “rights.” Coffman is now pushing for a permanent ban on demonstrations and gatherings outside of the Denver courthouse, because the First Amendment is really up to her own interpretation.

► Colorado officials are under fire for not doing enough to curb gambling addiction in our state. Gambling addiction in Colorado occurs at a higher rate than the national average.

OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK

► The City of Fort Collins remains opposed to the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) and the Glade Reservoir. Critics of a plan to build new water storage facilities say that NISP won’t solve the fundamental problem of water shortages; you can’t store water that doesn’t exist.

► Don’t call it an “off-year election” in Boulder, where voters will have to decide on no fewer than seven ballot measures in November.

► The slow death of Rick Perry’s Presidential campaign continues. The former Texas Governor has effectively pulled out of competing for Republican Primary voters in New Hampshire.

ICYMI

► She’s not dead yet. Republican Presidential candidate Carly Florina may get to participate in the Sept. 16 CNN debate after all.

 

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3 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. BlueCat says:

    Bennet will have to make a choice one way or the other unless he intends to abstain from voting or to be conveniently absent during the whole remaining process.

    His vote still does matter since 41 in support would prevent the need for presidential veto and would represent a stronger level of support than merely escaping a veto override. 

    If support grows to 41 without him he still has the choice to either join the Dem majority team, join the resistance or not to vote at all. I think he'll find that avoiding being #34 doesn't mean an end to choices that matter. 

    From this point on it's really a matter of just how much of a coward he is. Failing to announce support or rejection and failing to vote will demonstrate maximum political cowardice. Were I his opponent, I'd use that. Any Republican can say Bennet was afraid to make a tough decision. I'm not. Swaggering is always a part of Republican appeal and Dems are always being put on the defensive about being weak. It often works. 

    Becoming part of a 41 vote block or stating on no uncertain terms that he will not be part of that block and will not be supporting the deal would each demonstrate at least a little bit of belated back bone. His opponent can and will still say he only had the guts to make the decision when it no longer mattered unless he becomes part of the 41. Even then his opponent can say he just went a long with his party after the question of overriding a veto became moot. Hardly a profile in courage but better than the abject cowardice of avoiding the whole thing. That’s as good as it will ever get at this point.

    His aides still say he hasn't issued a statement because he's still studying the agreement. I responded "Still studying it my ass" and subsequently, not surprisingly, discovered I'd been hung up on even though I'd previously received the usual "I'll pass it along" response after requesting an aide pass along my message that Bennet should grow a pair and announce one way or the other.

    Plenty still matters.

  2. BlueCat says:

    George Mitchell is the guy who should be used to 'splain this to lagging Dems like Bennet:

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