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February 12, 2016 12:55 PM UTC

Get More Smarter on Friday (Feb. 12)

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Get More SmarterHappy Birthday, Uncle Abe; you don’t look a day over 207. 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…

► Last night seven Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in Colorado took part in a debate at the University of Denver. Tomorrow night, six GOP Presidential candidates will debate in South Carolina.

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore can’t seem to make it onto the main Republican debate stage no matter how many GOP candidates drop out of the race. As Politico reports, Saturday night’s debate in South Carolina will feature 6 Republican candidates…none of them named Jim Gilmore. Perhaps Gilmore should consider running for U.S. Senate in Colorado instead.

 

► The Colorado Independent reports on the latest development in Gov. John Hickenlooper’s  plan to use money from the so-called “Hospital Provider Fee” to pay for necessary services in Colorado:

At issue is whether it would be constitutional to reclassify a billion dollar hospital program so money generated from it will not push general fund revenue over mandated limits under the state’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and many Democrats in the legislature want a program called the hospital provider fee redesignated so there’s more money in the budget to fund roads, education and other programs.

In a legal review released today by former attorneys for past governors Bill Ritter, a Democrat, and Bill Owens, a Republican, they say the Hickenlooper plan would be “legally sound and fiscally responsible.”

Hickenlooper’s office continues to wait for an opinion from Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, who appears to be dragging her feet on the issue for political reasons.

 

► Democratic Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders faced off in another debate last night. Politico presents five takeaways from the debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Washington Post called the debate a clear victory for Clinton.

 

Get even more smarter after the jump…

IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…

► Congressman Ken Buck (R-Greeley) has a new Chief of Staff. Former state Sen. Greg Brophy left Buck’s office in January; he was replaced with Mac Zimmerman, a former COS to retired Rep. Tom Tancredo and, most recently, a lobbyist with Americans for Prosperity.

 

► Colorado’s sixth congressional district is once again one of the top races to watch in 2016. Democrat Morgan Carroll is already on the coveted “Red to Blue list” announced by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DSCC) as she seeks to unseat incumbent Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora).

► Florida Sen. Marco “Roboto” Rubio wins the never-coveted “Worst Week in Washington” award from our friends at “The Fix.” We’re big fans of this lede:

Let’s dispel with this fiction once and for all that Marco Rubio is a shoo-in to be the establishment choice in the Republican presidential race. Marco Rubio is not a shoo-in to be the establishment choice in the Republican presidential race.

Politics can change in an instant. And that’s what happened last Saturday night when Rubio repeatedly, um, repeated a stock line from his stump speech during a debate in New Hampshire. “Let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing. Barack Obama is undertaking a systematic effort to change this country,” Rubio said. And said. And said.

Chris Christie called him out: “There it is, the memorized 25-second speech,” Christie joked.

 

► Personhood activists are looking to create a municipal abortion ban in Colorado Springs.

 

► President Obama will sign his name to a piece of legislation co-authored by Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet. From the Denver Post:

The White House confirmed Thursday that President Barack Obama will sign into law a broad trade bill that includes a provision — co-authored by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. — that bolsters the ability of the U.S. to fight currency manipulation by countries such as China.

The underlying measure passed the Senate 75-20 earlier in the day, and it includes a raft of similar measures intended to help U.S. companies compete on a global stage, such as the creation of a new “early warning system” designed to detect “surges from unfair trade,” according to a summary of the bill.

The Bennet piece of the legislation, which was co-sponsored by U.S. Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Tom Carper, D-Del., requires U.S. officials to first negotiate with countries found to be artificially affecting the value of their currency, often by buying or selling foreign currency to affect the global exchange rate. If that doesn’t work, the bill outlines a series of punitive steps — such as blocking the offending country from future trade agreements.

So, apparently Congress does approve legislation every now and then; who knew?

 

► Democratic Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will both speak on Saturday at the Colorado Democratic Party’s annual fundraising gala. Sanders will also host a rally for supporters on Saturday afternoon.

 

► Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Hillary Clinton, will be in Colorado for a few days at the end of next week to campaign for her mother.

 

► State Rep. Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt has failed in his effort to change anti-discrimination laws in Colorado. In other words, Dr. Chaps is anti- anti-discrimination.

 

► Republicans have a candidate to challenge Democratic Rep. Joe Salazar in HD-31, but it sounds like right-wing factions of the GOP are intent on first finding someone to run in a Primary against Jessica Sandgren.

 

OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK

► Congressman Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) supports a diet that is heavy on animal testicles.

 

► Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is asking the CDC to consider legal marijuana as an alternative option to prescription painkillers.


ICYMI

► Medicaid expansion under Obamacare is not related to Colorado’s budget problems, no matter how many times State Senate President Bill Cadman says otherwise.

 

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