Get More Smarter on Primary Day (June 28)

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► The Primary Election is today, which should not come as much of a surprise to anyone reading these words. If you still have a mail ballot buried under a pile of coupons at the end of your kitchen table, don’t even think about mailing that sucker (ballots must be received by your county clerk before 7:00 pm on Tuesday; postmark dates are irrelevant). For ballot drop-off locations and other in-person voting locations, go to

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office has updated voting turnout results as of 8:00 am today. Turnout for Democrats is at 23%, while Republican voters are nearing 28%.

And remember, if you see a candidate, staffer, or volunteer today, say thanks.


► Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is in Denver today to enjoy the Primary festivities for a campaign event at the headquarters of something called the “Galvanize” co-working space. Clinton will also attend at least one private fundraising event today before departing Colorado.


► Benghazi! Oh, wait…

As the Washington Post reports:

A final report issued by the Republican majority that investigated the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, found fault with virtually every element of the executive branch response to the attacks but provided no new evidence of specific wrongdoing by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [Pols emphasis]

…But while it contains voluminous additional details of what happened before, during and after the attacks on State Department and CIA compounds in Benghazi, the report’s overall narrative does not substantively differ from previous investigations and numerous news accounts over the years.

That sound you hear is the echo of Republicans slapping their foreheads and yelping, D’oh!


► Can El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn complete his long journey to win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate? As the conservative National Review explains…maybe:

Three months ago, El Paso (Colo.) county commissioner Darryl Glenn had just over $11,000 in his Senate-campaign account. He had no paid staffers. And though he’d elevated his profile with a stem-winder of a speech at Colorado’s GOP convention and won his way onto the ballot — much to the surprise of many onlookers — as recently as mid May, most Republicans were still writing him off.

But that was then.

Though several Colorado Republicans describe the primary race as a “crapshoot,” many now expect Glenn to emerge victorious when primary ballots are tallied Tuesday evening. In the five-way primary, he has managed to capitalize on the fractured field thanks to a surge of support from movement conservatives, including an outside group that has made independent expenditures on his behalf.

We’ve had Glenn atop The Big Line ever since he pulled off his stunning upset at the State Republican Convention in April. If we were the betting type — and we are — we’d have to go with Glenn as the favorite tonight. But if you read the news today in Colorado, you’ll notice a common theme: CRAPSHOOT!


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► The good news for Republican Senate candidate Jon Keyser: At least it’s almost over. Keyser’s campaign has long since given up on actually winning tonight. We learned yesterday that Keyser won’t even bother with the traditional election-night event for supporters and volunteers; instead, Keyser will watch the results at home with his family and his large dog.


► State Sen. Laura Waters Woods (R-Arvada) tries to defend comparing law enforcement officers to Crips and Bloods.


Somebody go wake up Donald Trump; there’s a General Election campaign that still needs his attention.


► Republican candidates are going to have to answer for their lack of response on gun safety this fall. As the Washington Post reports:

Everytown for Gun Safety, Michael Bloomberg’s gun control organization, is targeting several vulnerable Republican senators in the push for gun control legislation after last week’s surprisingly successful (publicity-wise) House Democratic sit-in.

At the top of their list are GOP Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Ron Johnson (Wisc.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Dean Heller (Nev.). The lone Democrat they intend to pressure is North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

Three of those senators are up for reelection this year, one in which gun control advocates intend to play a large part.


► Is Gov. John Hickenlooper really in play as a potential Vice Presidential choice for Democrat Hillary Clinton. We’ve never thought so, and the national buzz seems to be focusing on other candidates. 

In all fairness to Hickenlooper, he’s never going to generate the kind of press and enthusiasm that Sen. Elizabeth Warren seems to provide. From NBC News:

Locked hand-in-hand in front of a rapturous Ohio crowd, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren sealed a powerful alliance Monday that could help unify the Democratic Party and give Donald Trump nightmares.

The Massachusetts senator is on Clinton’s shortlist of potential vice presidential running mates, but campaigning with the presumptive Democratic nominee in Cincinnati, Warren demonstrated she will be a vital ally in any capacity.

The liberal superstar’s imprimatur, which she delivered with gusto and without reservations, will help Clinton win over skeptical Bernie Sanders supporters. Warren’s ability to provoke Trump with cutting attacks is virtually unrivaled in the Democratic Party.

Warren was conspicuously late to endorse Clinton, but seemed to be trying to make up for it with enthusiasm. “Hillary has brains, she has guts, she has thick skin and steady hands. But most of all, she has a good heart. And that’s what America needs. And that’s why I’m with her,” Warren declared, before leading the crowd in chants of “Hill-a-ry! Hill-a-ry!”


► If you still think there is a place that Donald Trump supporters will not go in trying to take down Hillary Clinton…well, thing again. From Politico:

Donald Trump’s lawyer accused Hillary Clinton of murdering an ambassador and selling uranium to Russia through her “faux charity” in a post to Twitter Tuesday morning.

Yup. This is really happening.


► Congressman Jared Polis (D-Boulderish) is leading the charge in calling for the Food and Drug Administration to eliminate a restriction on blood donations for men who are gay or bisexual.



► Laura Bush and Caitlyn Jenner. Bet you never thought you’d read a sentence with those two names together.


► Residents of Arvada are not particularly thrilled with a proposal to create a new shooting range in Jefferson County.


► Best of luck to Colorado native Missy Franklin as she tries to qualify for the U.S. swim team that will travel to the Olympics in Brazil.


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15 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. itlduso says:

    Hickenlooper for VP?  No.  But, maybe Michael Bennet!

    (I hope no one is standing next to Zap.  His head is about to explode.)

  2. Voyageur says:

    Promoting Bennet for veep should be a flogging offense!  At least Bennet for Senate rhymes.

    • BlueCat says:

      Notice how nobody outside of Colorado is talking about either one? There may have been a brief mention or two of Hick during his book tour but…..

      • Voyageur says:

        Oh, that idiot pundit mark halperin has predicted bennet a couple of times as veep.  Michael is a very effective senator as a behind the scenes bipartisan guy.   The veep needs to be an attack dog and michael is wholly unsuited to the task.

        • BlueCat says:

          His "I approved this message" ads so far are all warm, fuzzy and paint him as not interested in ideological concerns so much as he is in helping people. Very effective. I also think he really does care abut passing doable legislation to help people while the rest of the Senate goes nowhere on the big stuff. 

          The ad about what a schmuck Trump is for mocking the disabled is an outside group ad but even that isn't classic nasty negative. It features a nice family voicing their disappointment in Trump, no dark sepia tones, no menacing sound track. Just nice people saying even their disabled daughter's little classmates know better and Trump's behavior doesn't say anything good about the man's heart.  

          So far, a perfect ad campaign both on the part of Team Bennet and on the part of supporting groups. With an ad campaign like this, Udall would have easily kept his seat.

          By the time the GOP candidate is chosen Bennet will be miles ahead in defining himself quite nicely with money to spare to combat attacks. Maybe the R candidate's team could get Zap to advise them?

        • Zappatero says:

          Bennet and Hick are both lightweights and neither is Veep material …in my Humble Opinion. 

  3. BlueCat says:

    Here's a SCOTUS decision that would have made a bigger splash if not for the other biggies, particularly concerning Texas abortion clinic restrictions, this week. The ruling was that it is not unconstitutional to take away a person's gun rights if they've been convicted of a domestic abuse misdemeanor. And it wasn't a nail biter. It was 6 to 2 so the result wasn't influenced either way by the absence of Scalia.  

    Of course one of those two was Clarence Thomas. If you think the other was Roberts or Alito think again.


  4. BlueCat says:

    Also Obama's RCP average approval rise continues. It's now up to +6.2, unimaginable at any time last year or even a few months ago. On the other side of the coin, Clinton trumps Trump in post Orlando poll on terror.

    Put those two trends together, along with HRC’s head to heads with Trump and I think we just might do OK in November.

  5. Zappatero says:

    Glenn is a dangerous R for D's. Don't dismiss him out of hand. (He'll get none of my political wisdom.) And don't forget that El Paso County can turn the state if Dems aren't sufficiently present on Election Day. 

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