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February 09, 2016 10:05 AM UTC

Get More Smarter on Tuesday (Feb. 9)

  • by: Colorado Pols

GetMoreSmarter-SnowGood luck trying to get a sandwich on your lunch hour in Denver today; the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos will be parading through town around noon. 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).


► The New Hampshire Primaries are today, and if polling results are to be believed, we aren’t in for much of a surprise at the top of the ballots. Bernie Sanders is expected to easily defeat Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side, while Donald Trump appears to have things locked up in the Republican Primary. The real drama of the evening will be the race for second place in the GOP field, as Politico explains:

But New Hampshire isn’t called the “graveyard of pollsters” for nothing. The margins by which both Sanders and Trump might win — and the order of the next four Republican candidates, all of whom run close in the polls — could still tighten or widen considerably. And there could easily be eleventh-hour swings that the polls, the last of which concluded early Monday, didn’t pick up.

The margins matter: A blowout win for Sanders could give him momentum heading into next week’s Nevada caucuses, while a closer finish might be seen as a disappointment for the Vermont senator, who still trails Clinton nationally and in most other states…

…Among Republicans, not only do the other competitors want to close strong and challenge Trump — the order in which they finish could mean the difference between quitting and hanging on, even if they are only separated by small margins.

The final CNN/WMUR tracking poll, concluded Monday morning, shows Sanders with a 26-point lead over Clinton. On the GOP side, Trump is at 31%, followed by Marco Rubio at 17% (followed by Marco Rubio at 17%), Sen. Ted Cruz at 14%, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in double-digits at 10%.


► Marco Rubio continues to face heavy scrutiny over his disastrous debate performance on Saturday. After being widely panned over the weekend for his robotic rhetoric, Rubio was again stuck on instant replay during a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Monday. You can watch the short video clip below for the complete Marco Roboto experience. From the New York Times:

Speaking to a crowd in Nashua, he was lamenting the decline in American family values.

Then he lamented the decline in American values again.

This is what he said verbatim, as his wife and four children looked on:

“We are taking our message to families that are struggling to raise their children in the 21st century because, as you saw, Jeanette and I are raising our four children in the 21st century, and we know how hard it’s become to instill our values in our kids instead of the values they try to ram down our throats.

“In the 21st century, it’s becoming harder than ever to instill in your children the values they teach in our homes and in our church instead of the values that they try to ram down our throats in the movies, in music, in popular culture.”

Mr. Rubio appeared to notice his own echo: As he repeated the word “throats,” he caught himself, but proceeded to the end of his sentence nonetheless.


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► Planned Parenthood announced on Monday that it will be reopening a clinic in Colorado Springs that was the site of a terrorist attack late last year. A press release issued yesterday included this statement from Vicki Cowart, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains:

The Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood health center will once again offer the full range of sexual and reproductive health services beginning on February 15th. The health center will provide services in a portion of the building while construction and repair work continues, and with limited space and schedule.

“On February 15th we will open the doors to serve our community just as we have done for generations. We are in awe of our healing and resilient colleagues in Colorado Springs. They are eager to get back to the mission they so deeply care about and the people they so compassionately care for. We welcome our team and our community back into the space with open arms and full hearts.”


► Transportation continues to be a hot topic in the Colorado legislature, as James Anderson reports for the Associated Press.


► Republicans in the State Senate have rejected a proposal to ask voters about funding full-day Kindergarten in Colorado. As the Denver Post reports:

Coloradans won’t be voting next fall on whether to fund full-day kindergarten statewide after legislation was rejected by a Senate panel Monday.

The measure  would have asked voters to use money scripted for refunds under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights for education instead.

The Republican-controlled Senate sent the legislation not to the education committee but to its state affairs panel, otherwise known as the “kill committee.” It was voted down 3-2, with three Republicans on the panel voting no.

Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, said the bill was an example of the legislature “thumbing its nose” at TABOR, although others argued the bill was in line with the tax amendment because voters would have had a say.

Sonnenberg’s logic here is completely absurd. The central tenet of TABOR that supporters always crow about involves the idea that voters should be allowed to decide new tax proposals. If you follow Sonnenberg’s logic, he thinks it would be an affront to TABOR to even bother asking voters about new revenue.


► Since we’re on the topic of idiotic legislative reasoning, we should mention that Sen. Kevin Lundberg is pushing a bill that would make it easier to kill people in Colorado. Under Colorado law, a jury must be unanimous in its decision to approve a death penalty sentence. Lundberg thinks the law should be changed so that a judge would only need the consent of 9 out of 12 jurors. The Denver Post quotes a Colorado public defender with a pretty straightforward explanation of Lundberg’s lunacy:

“We require the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt all criminal charges to a unanimous jury,” said Colorado public defender Doug Wilson. “So (under the proposed bill) someone charged with shoplifting would get a unanimous jury, and yet when we decide we want to execute one of our citizens, we would leave it to a jury of less than 12.”

Meanwhile, a former Texas prosecutor will be disbarred for presenting tainted testimony that sent an innocent man to death row.


► Apparently it is still legal in Colorado to “tamper with a corpse.” The legislature is looking to make a change.


► Stay classy, Sen. Cory Gardner. The Colorado Independent reports on one of Gardner’s go-to lines as he campaigns on behalf of Marco Rubio’s campaign for President:

“You know, they’re trying to move Guantanamo Bay detainees to Colorado where we have a Supermax prison, and I said, ‘You know what, with what’s happening I don’t want to keep them in Supermax, because we need to make room for Hillary.’”


► A so-called “religious freedom” bill from Rep. Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt was killed in a party-line vote on Monday.


► Wind and solar power developers are making a renewed push for the industry in Colorado.


► President Obama is out with his final budget proposal. Congressional Republicans are already furiously smashing the ‘NO’ button.



► Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson will meet with fellow candidate Ted Cruz in South Carolina on Thursday to air some grievances. Carson is upset at reports that the Cruz campaign told Iowa caucus voters that Carson was dropping out of the race…when, in fact, he was only doing laundry. Cruz might want to wear the biggest belt buckle in his wardrobe.


► Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign is opening two Colorado offices today — one in Denver and one in Colorado Springs — with plans to open another eight throughout the state.


► If you can’t get to Denver for the Broncos’ victory parade, you can watch it on the Internet tubes.


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3 thoughts on “Get More Smarter on Tuesday (Feb. 9)

  1. Marco Rubio:  N.R.F.P.T.     (not ready for prime time)

    Disclosure: as a Republican, John Kasich and Chris Christie are my preferred candidates, in that order. Big shock: they've actually governed!

    1. Yes, but who will you vote for in the general? Neither Kaisich nor Christie have been good on a number of issues you seem to care about. For example, on the environment, Kaisich thinks we have a minimal impact on climate change; Christie thinks it's real and we did it, but we shouldn't go spending money on fixing it. Of course they're two of the most rational people in the race on the Republican side – but neither of them is a conservative when it comes to conservation.

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