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May 19, 2016 01:37 PM UTC

Get More Smarter on Thursday (May 19)

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Get More SmarterIt’s still not raining! 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 Colorado Secretary of State’s office is working on new rules and regulations in the wake of numerous examples of petition fraud uncovered by reporters such as Denver7’s Marshall Zelinger.

 We’ll have more on this story as it develops.

 

► Buying an electric car is now cheaper in Colorado.

 

► The Washington Post takes a look at the “short list” of potential Supreme Court nominees released by Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump (a list that includes Colorado Supreme Court member Allison Eid).

Get even more smarter after the jump…

IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…

► A jury reached a verdict today in a civil case targeting the owners of the Cinemark movie theater in Aurora in regards to the Aurora Theater Shootings in 2012. As John Ingold reports for the Denver Post:

The owner of the Aurora movie theater where 12 people were murdered and 70 wounded in one of the nation’s worst mass shootings has been found not to blame for the attack.

The jury in a civil trial reached its unanimous verdict Thursday after less than a day of deliberation. It took about one minute for the verdict to be read.

After the shooting, approximately 60 survivors of the attack and families of those killed filed suits against Cinemark alleging that the theater’s security procedures were too lax and helped enable the shooting. Among other things, the victims argued that Cinemark  should have had armed guards at the theater the night of the shooting, when 1,000 people were expected to attend the midnight premiere of the Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

The jury of five men and one woman concluded Cinemark could not have foreseen such a crime occurring at the Century Aurora 16 theater.

 

► Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) has publicly endorsed Arizona Sen. John McCain‘s re-election bid. If recent history holds, Gardner’s endorsement could be the kiss of the death for McCain. Gardner endorsed Marco Rubio for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016, and after Rubio dropped out, he switched his support to Ted Cruz.

 

► Gardner is also pushing federal legislation to make the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pay for the Gold King Mine spill last August. From the Durango Herald:

 

► Republican Senate candidate Jon Keyser is still blaming “the liberal media” for having the audacity to do their jobs as reporters. The Colorado Democratic Party sent out a press release listing all of the different people and groups that Keyser has blamed for his fraudulent petitions:

Employee of a subcontractor of a company of a company his campaign hired

Mitchell (Marshall?) Zelinger

Democrats

“the media”

Sinfulness

ProgressNow Colorado

He’s on the ballot

He’s taking the bark off Michael Bennet

George Soros

Anyone but himself – “Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Jon Keyser said Tuesday he won’t quit his campaign if it’s found his primary bid was marred by fraudulent petitions to get him onto the ballot

 

► A Pols reader submits a diary about what you need to know regarding “Health Insurance Mega-Mergers.”

 

► Colorado Republican Senate candidate Robert Blaha is in need of a new campaign manager.

 

► Colorado Families for a Fair Wage kicked off their 2016 ballot measure campaign to increase the minimum wage in our state to $12 per hour by the year 2020.

 

► The Colorado Secretary of State’s office issued a press release today to discuss the numerous ballot measures that could appear on the November ballot. Amendment 69, the “State Health Care System” proposal, is the only ballot measure that has already been approved for the General Election ballots. Here’s a list from the SOS of all the ballot measures for which signatures are being gathered.

 

► There was chaos in Congress this morning, as Politico explains:

The House erupted in chaos Thursday morning with Democrats crying foul after Republicans hastily convinced a few of their own to switch their votes and narrowly block an amendment intended to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from discrimination.

It was an unruly scene on the floor, with Democrats chanting “shame!” after GOP leaders just barely muscled up the votes to reject, 212-213, an amendment by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) that would have effectively barred federal contractors from getting government work if they discriminate against the LGBT community.

Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) was among the Republican lawmakers leading the effort to kill the proposed amendment and pave the way for more discrimination in the workplace.

 

OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK

► Donald Trump is accusing former President Bill Clinton of rape. We’re only surprised it took him this long to start that particular line of attack.

 

► Governor John Hickenlooper continues to downplay rumors that he could be a top choice for a cabinet position should Hillary Clinton win the Presidential election.

 

ICYMI

► Colorado employers are trying to grasp the details of new federal regulations for overtime pay requirements.

 

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  1. An electric car is only cheaper if you never ever travel more than a full charge worth of miles in one day.  If you have multiple cars it can make a great around town travel to work and buy groceries with car.  But, if you have one car, it isn't appropriate for many people.

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