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TOP OF MIND TODAY…
► The Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia began with controversy on Monday — largely because of the presence of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. But once Democrats got their shouting out of the way and Wasserman Schultz stepped aside as DNC Chair, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders helped quiet the crowd. From Politico:
Bernie Sanders loyalists heckled and hassled Democratic stars all day. But when Sanders himself addressed the Democratic National Convention on Monday, the party’s nightmarish day finally brightened.
“Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States,” Sanders boomed. And delegates, for the most part, cheered his call.
That was the clearest sign of an easing after an excruciating day of failed attempts at projecting unity following the divisive and protracted Democratic primary.
Colorado delegates are apparently confident that Democrats will unite behind Hillary Clinton this week.
► While Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President was a pivotal moment at the DNC on Monday, the most powerful speech of the night — and the new standard-bearer for the rest of the week — was an address by First Lady Michelle Obama. As “The Fix” writes, Republicans had better keep their fingers crossed that Mrs. Obama doesn’t ever decide to run for office herself.
► Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign is apparently feeling pretty good about its chances in Colorado. As First Read reports, Clinton’s campaign is adjusting its TV advertising budget away from Colorado and putting more money in state’s considered to be swingy-er.
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IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…
► Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump will be in Colorado Springs on Friday for a fundraiser on his behalf. There are no indications as yet as to whether Trump will hold any public events during his visit to Colorado.
► Jason Salzman does a fact check of a Denver Post editorial praising Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) as some sort of modern example of a good Republican. Despite what the Post claims, the facts are clear that Gardner a) Does not support comprehensive immigration reform, and b) Actually SUPPORTED a Government shutdown.
► State Rep. Justin “Sleepytime” Everett made waves at the RNC in Cleveland last week by insisting that any definition of “marriage” be preceded by the word “traditional.”
► Republican Senate candidate Darryl Glenn can’t raise money to save his life, but that isn’t preventing outside money from coming to his aid. Restoration PAC, a national conservative organization, is spending $800k to run TV ads in Colorado promoting Glenn.
► Republican Rep. Clarice Navarro is apparently not pleased that Democratic Rep. Crisanta Duran will have a prominent speaking role at the DNC on Thursday.
► A measure to increase the minimum wage in Colorado will almost certainly qualify for the November ballot after supporters turned in more than twice the required number of signatures to the Secretary of State’s office.
OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK
► Elected Republicans in Colorado are waving goodbye to the GOP.
► Gov. John Hickenlooper is speaking out against proposed transfers of public lands. Hick is speaking out after the Republican Party Platform, finalized last week, included as a key priority the transfer of federal lands to state authorities.
► Bill Clinton returns to the stage at the DNC — as the potential “First Dude.”
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