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TOP OF MIND TODAY…
► Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump is trying to hit refresh after an awful week on the campaign trail, but things aren’t looking much better for His Hairness after a tough day on Monday. Democrat Hillary Clinton is consistently extending her polling lead to double-digits now as high-profile Republicans are increasingly finding their voice of opposition.
Colorado Republicans in high-profile races — such as Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) and state Sen. Laura
Waters Woods (R-Arvada) — may soon have to pay the political piper when it comes to their statements about Trump. The Aurora Sentinel published an editorial today calling on Colorado Republicans to immediately and irrevocably denounce Trump:
Either GOP elected officials have such poor judgment that they cannot themselves be trusted to represent their more rational constituents, or they are so cowardly that they will not risk their own political jobs by angering the tea party inmates that are now running this surreal GOP asylum. It is this very same cowardice and poor judgment that allowed for segregation and Jim Crow laws in the South, the Holocaust, apartheid and a long list of odious regimes in places like Russia, China and all over the Middle East.
Don’t miss former Rep. Tom Tancredo’s biting criticism of Coffman’s Trump dance.
► Donald Trump says he doesn’t plan to change anything about his campaign, including his awkwardly-received economic policies. At least he knows he can count on the “Balloon Boy” family.
ICYMI, Trump did not show up in Colorado on Monday.
Get even more smarter after the jump…
IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…
► Colorado Republican Kendal Unruh continues to pick up national press as a prominent anti-Trump organizer. Also, Unruh apparently grew up in a cult (not a joke).
► Fracking “supporters” (or people who are paid to pretend like one) are working hard to harass anti-fracking campaigners.
► The editorial page editor of the Denver Post, Chuck Plunkett, did not have a particularly good weekend.
► The Presidential campaign of Donald Trump announced several new additions to its campaign operation in Colorado. As the Colorado Statesman reports, Lydia Blaha, Dede Laugesen, and Melissa Simpson are joining Trump Colorado State Director Patrick Davis. Get ready for some serious Trump fawning in the Colorado Springs Gazette courtesy of Laugesen’s husband, Wayne.
► Monday was the deadline to submit petition signatures in order to get ballot measures approved for the November election. According to a press release via the Secretary of State’s office, supporters of five measures turned in petition signatures before Monday’s deadline:
– Local government authority to regulate oil-and-gas development (#75)
– Mandatory oil/gas setbacks (#78)
– New cigarette and tobacco taxes (#143)
– Primary elections (#98)
– Presidential primary election (#140)
The Secretary of State’s office has until September 7 to determine the validity of each signature campaign.
► Congressman Mike Coffman has done “too little, too late” on Veterans Administration issues.
► The Colorado Independent does a deep dive into SD-25, expected to be among the most heavily-targeted legislative races of 2016.
OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK
► A federal judge on Tuesday refused to reduce the 14-year sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving his time for corruption charges at a federal prison in Jefferson County, Colorado.
► Carly Fiorina may be angling to become the next Chairman of the Republican National Committee. She’s hoping this campaign lasts longer than that time she was picked to be a Vice Presidential candidate.
► Irony is fun.
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