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May 18, 2016 03:19 PM UTC

Get More Smarter on Wednesday (May 18)

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Get More SmarterExcept for the rain cloud following Jon Keyser around, we may finally be in for some warmer, drier weather. 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…

► The hits just keep on coming for Republican Senate candidate Jon Keyser, whose campaign officially cratered on Tuesday.

Keyser’s EPIC meltdown in response to questions about alleged forged petition signatures had already gone viral earlier this week…and that was before the Colorado Secretary of State’s office announced on Tuesday that there was at least one DEAD VOTER whose name appeared on Keyser’s petitions.

Then things got even worse last night during a GOP Senate debate moderated by reporters from the Denver Post, where Keyser was called out by fellow candidate (and Air Force Academy graduate) Darryl Glenn, who asked Keyser to drop out of the race if an investigation shows that he did not receive enough valid petition signatures to legally get his name on the June 28 Primary ballot (check out Mike Littwin’s column at the Colorado Independent for more on the debate). There’s no way around it now: Keyser’s Senate campaign has officially cratered.

 

► The Denver Post hosted a debate for the five Republican U.S. Senate candidates on Tuesday. ICYMI, we watched the entire exchange and graded each candidate on their performance.

 

► Soon-to-be Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump released a list of names he would consider for Supreme Court vacancies, and as the Denver Post reports, there’s a Colorado connection:

A Colorado Supreme Court justice was one of 11 potential nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court released Wednesday by Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump should he be elected.

Allison Eid was appointed to Colorado’s highest court  in 2006 by then-Gov. Bill Owens, a Republican, who called her a premier legal scholar.

Prior to her appointment, Eid was the state’s Solicitor General to then-Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, also a Republican.

According to the Colorado Judicial Branch, at the time she joined Colorado’s Supreme Court, Eid was a tenured associate professor of law at the University of Colorado School of Law where she taught constitutional law, legislation and torts.

We’re sure that Eid’s husband, former U.S. Attorney Troy Eid, is more than happy for his wife at being included on such a prestigious list. But part of the news has to sting for Eid, who in the past 15 years has floated his name for more potential Colorado races than Jon Keyser has forged petition signatures.

 

Get even more smarter after the jump…

IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…

► Science, schmience. Republican Senate candidate Darryl Glenn continues to insist that there is no man-made connection to Climate Change.

 

► The Colorado Secretary of State’s office has filed its response to a lawsuit from Republican Senate candidate Ryan Frazier, who is asking a Denver judge to allow his name to remain on the June Primary ballot.

 

► State Rep. Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt loves him some manly men.

 

► Polls that tout the viability of a third-party or “Independent” candidate almost always have the same problem — they are completely detached from reality, as “The Fix” explains:

Where the Data Targeting poll gets into deep trouble is in its quest to extrapolate out from the unpopularity of the two likely nominees to the viability of an independent candidate.  We are told in the memo that “55 percent of respondents favor having an independent presidential ticket in 2016” and that “a shocking 91 percent of voters under the age of 29 favor having an independent candidate on the ballot.” Shocking!…

…Everyone puts the traits they want to see in a politician onto that “truly independent candidate.”  But, that person doesn’t exist. A real third party candidate would have his or her own flaws and problems — just like Clinton and Trump. And, he or she might be one person’s version of a cherry pie even while being another’s blood pudding.

 

► Some of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ more liberal supporters are starting to “feel the Bern,” but not in a good way at all.

 

► Governor John Hickenlooper is off on his annual around-the-state bill signing tour. On Tuesday, he made a stop in Frisco to sign legislation for a new study. From the Summit Daily News:

The new decree calls for the state’s Division of Insurance to conduct a study looking at the viability of creating a single rating area from which health-insurance companies develop individual plan costs. The report is due in August.

 

► The Loveland Reporter-Herald tells you everything you might possibly want to know about rain barrels.

 

► Which Republican candidate for the state legislature is locked in a tough Primary election and was just recently called “a cross-dressing liberal?”

 

► With what some are calling a disappointing legislative session behind us, several key policy issues may move forward via the state ballot process.

OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK

► Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologized for an incident involving the Komagata Maru…in 1914.

 

► With Congress, and particularly the U.S. Senate, functioning about as well as a Jon Keyser petition-gathering process, President Obama is moving ahead with a series of new regulations straight from his own office. Republican lawmakers are complaining, of course, but there’s little risk that they might actually do something instead.

ICYMI

► At Least He’s Not Your Mayor (sorry, Castle Rock).

 

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