Get More Smarter on Tuesday (May 24)

Get More SmarterMay 24th may not be a national holiday…but it should be. 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 ongoing petition fraud story surrounding Republican Senate candidate Jon Keyser just won’t go away, in large part because everyone associated with Keyser’s campaign is operating on a “Michael Brown running FEMA” level of crisis response. On Monday, Denver7 reporter Marshall Zelinger managed to find “Maureen,” one of the petition gatherers suspected of fraud related to Keyser’s campaign, and she wasn’t very eager to talk:

“Maureen” can run away from journalists such as Zelinger, but we would suspect she’ll have a more difficult time continuing to evade investigators with the Denver District Attorney’s office.


► Mail ballots will drop about two weeks from today in advance of the June 28th Primary, which doesn’t leave much time for the rest of the GOP Senate field to get their mugs in front of enough potential voters. Jon Keyser’s campaign is deader than a parrot in a Monty Python skit, and Ryan Frazier is just hoping that he won’t be required to withdraw from the race before voting commences.  The race for the Republican Senate nomination is likely to be a three-way battle between Darryl Glenn, Jack Graham, and Robert Blaha, and the grassroots favorite (Glenn) just landed a huge endorsement for a campaign badly in need of funding.


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► Republican state Sen. Chris Holbert is in full hand-wringing form over “transgendered bathrooms” in Colorado. Perhaps we shouldn’t tell him that this has been legal in Colorado since 2008; it’s much harder to maintain the proper level of faux outrage when you realize that this has been going on for nearly a decade with no reported problems.


► Former state Sen. Gail Schwartz continues to rack up some impressive endorsements in her bid to unseat Republican Rep. Scott Tipton in CD-3. In the last few days, Schwartz has received the official backing of the Colorado AFL-CIO and EMILYs List.


► Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Denver) did not receive the endorsement of the Colorado AFL-CIO because of his support of the Trans-Pacific Pipeline. Bennet did not receive the official backing of EMILYs List, either, but that’s less surprising since the group only supports female candidates.


► If you were looking forward to a rousing discussion focused on the most important policy issues in the United States, the 2016 election may not be your ideal setting. As the Washington Post reports:

Campaigns are supposed to be about the future. It is increasingly obvious that the 2016 election will be all about the past…

…Ronald Reagan’s shining city upon a hill, this is not.

Leaders in each party seems content to frame 2016 as a choice between the lesser of two evils and a referendum on the character of the other side’s nominee.


► Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is officially peddling his memoir today, as John Frank reports for the Denver Post:

Unbeknown to most, John Hickenlooper and his wife, Helen Thorpe, met with a therapist once a week as he served as mayor of Denver and campaigned for governor in 2010.

The couple kept the marriage counseling a secret, gathering for more than two years in the basement of a Quaker meeting house to disguise the sessions before their public split.

“The way she saw it, when my father died, half my heart cauterized; and, she said, while the half that was left was wonderful and lovely, it simply didn’t pump all of the emotion sometimes needed,” he writes.

The admission appears in the opening chapter of Hickenlooper’s new memoir, “The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics” — one of many candid moments the 64-year-old Colorado governor details in a bookthat serves as his introduction to the nation amid the 2016 election…

…The only stories cut from the final version, he said, are parts he didn’t want his son to read. “I tried to keep in mind this really is a book for Teddy,” Hickenlooper said. “He’s about 14, and he’s eager to read it. I don’t want him to think he can try some of the stuff I tried.”

Hickenlooper’s memoir is bringing up a whole new round of questions about whether or not he could end up as Democrat Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016.


► Colorado business groups continue to press Gov. Hickenlooper to call a “special legislative session” this summer in order to continue discussions about the so-called “Hospital Provider Fee.”


► Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is making it clear that he plans to pull no punches in dredging up some of the more interesting moment from the Presidency of Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton.



► Rush Limbaugh is at the top of his game as a well-known conservative windbag, but his business model? Not so much. From Politico:

And yet, there are signs that all is not well in the Limbaugh radio empire. Because even as his influence is sky high and his dominance at the top of talk radio remains unchallenged, as a business proposition, Limbaugh’s show is on shaky ground. In recent years, Limbaugh has been dropped by several of his long-time affiliates, including some very powerful ones: He’s gone from WABC in New York, WRKO in Boston and KFI in Los Angeles, for example, and has in many cases been moved onto smaller stations with much weaker signals that cover smaller areas.

Why? Because four years after Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” on air, spurring a major boycott movement, reams of advertisers still won’t touch him. He suffers from what talk radio consultant Holland Cooke calls a “scarlet letter among national brand advertisers.” And for someone who has said that “confiscatory ad rates” are a key pillar of his business, that spells trouble. (Limbaugh ignored multiple interview requests.)

Limbaugh is in the final months of an 8-year contract that reportedly pays him $38 million per year.


► Republicans can’t do much to stop runaway manure cart Donald Trump in 2016, but as the New York Times reports, major changes to the GOP Primary system could be in the works ahead of 2020.


► What is it with politicians and building roads/bridges to nowhere?


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  1. Duke Cox says:

    ok   no one else bit, so I will….why should May 24th be a national holiday?

  2. mamajama55 says:

    350 Colorado's co-founder Bill McKibben will be on Bernie Sanders' Democratic platform committee. It's good that they will have at least one knowledgeable anti-fracking climate activist.

    Now, if we could just get a commitment from leaders to actually put the platform resolutions into policy…..

  3. mamajama55 says:

    This is going to be bad.

    Protesters at Trump speech in New Mexico: Very young, mostly male, Latino, white, angry. "Fuck Trump!" is about as articulate as the message gets. Rocks being thrown.

    Cops: Entitled, used to suppressing the brown people here, used to no accountability or press coverage. Helicopter overhead.

    Tear gas being sprayed, horses with mounted baton wielding cops ready to deploy. If the media were not there they would be so busting heads right now.

    Press: Exemplified by MSNBC's Matthews,  blaming the protesters, taking the side of the police.

    Headlines and commenters on the right wing press and blogs are: VIOLENT THUGS! DUMB PROTESTERS DON’T KNOW WHY THEY’RE PROTESTING! BUILD THE WALL….plus racial slurs I’m not going to repeat here.

    Live feeds:


    Inside the rally: KOB4 TV

    MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson is actually doing a great job interviewing protesters.

    Jacob Rascon is hanging in there, too.

    I was just a young kid in ’68, but this reminds me of that “Civil war on the streets of America” vibe. Protesters may not be articulate, but clearly they’re angry that Trump is calling them rapists, trying to divide up their families, just a real gut anger and powerlessness. Get ready for more of the same.

    10:35 pm. water cannons, pepper spray. Lots of media still, a good thing because they’re going to save some lives by being there.

    10:52 Most protesters have gone home, as they were “moved on” by the police line. A few hardcore people left, but more press than protesters by now. Police were restrained, in my opinion, restrained mostly by media presence. New Mexico has a terrible record of prisoners dying in police custody.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      "Protesters may not be articulate, but clearly they're angry………"  Angry enough to be registered to vote??

      • mamajama55 says:

        Hard to say, CHB. Of the half a dozen protesters the MSNBC crew interviewed, my guess is that most (4/6) were voters – probably Sanders voters.  The one young dude who just yelled "Fuck Trump!" at the camera….well, maybe not.

        Voter registration needs to be happening now. Unfortunately, most of the progressive organizations and the Democratic party are now afraid to register people – the Breitbarts and their ilk have been successful at chilling VR drives with fears of violating ever more stringent rules.

        When I've asked about registering voters, I've been told that liability is too risky. – $1000s of dollars in potential fines for violating rules. I've done VRD as an independent, and as part of canvassing.

        My county Dem office is staffed by elders who never answer the phone and are not internet savvy. Even though I'm a PCP, I think I may have to go and camp outside their door to find out how to begin walking my precinct.

        I realize that your question probably was not from curiousity, but rather a desire to get in a dig at me, but that's my answer, such as it is.

        Anyone working on a candidate or issue campaign – will your canvassers be registering voters? That was part of the success of Obama '08 and '12.

  4. notaskinnycook says:

    How old were you in '68, MJ? I was three when that happened. But, because I lived in a houseful of adults, I remember it far better than I should.  

    • mamajama55 says:

      I would have been old enough to babysit you, "Tigger". I bet you were a handfulwink

      I remember the riots when Martin Luther King was assassinated, and the baffled despair when RFK was murdered that same year. To me, it seemed like everything my parents had worked for, people getting along, overcoming racism and discrimination, that it was all unravelling, crumbling, coming apart.

      I was wrong – both processes have continued…the unravelling of the old, the growing of the new. Dialectical materialism, I think. Might have to ask a socialist.

  5. ohwilleke says:

    If I were Maureen Moss, I'd be getting the hell out of the state before a warrant issues for her arrest.  If she's lucky, no one will seek extradition.

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