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► Critics across the country are aghast at Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s latest controversy. Speaking at a campaign event in North Carolina, Trump all but suggested that someone should assassinate Hillary Clinton or potential Supreme Court nominees if Clinton ends up winning the race for President. As the Washington Post reports, Trump’s increasingly-controversial rhetoric is starting to wear on the American public:

But Trump’s rhetorical asides appear to be taking a toll among the electorate overall. Many voters find his remarks distasteful, even given his explanations. The possibility that he was joking or being sarcastic, or that he meant something other than what some people heard, doesn’t alter the growing view that Trump is reckless with his words.

Each day brings new polls showing the Republican nominee lagging Clinton nationally and in several key battleground states. The surveys show widespread uncertainty about whether Trump has the temperament to serve as president — a doubt that his ever-replenishing supply of rhetoric continues to feed.

“Don’t treat this as a political misstep,” tweeted Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a Clinton supporter and a staunch gun-control advocate. “It’s an assassination threat, seriously upping the possibility of a national tragedy & crisis.”

ProgressNow Colorado wonders what Trump would need to do to finally convince Colorado Republicans to say they will not vote for him this fall. You probably won’t be too surprised to learn that NO COLORADO REPUBLICAN POLITICIAN has responded to Trump’s suggestions of violence. Around the country, Republican officials are struggling to explain Trump’s latest — and most dangerous — rhetorical bomb.

ElsewhereThe New York Daily News calls on Trump to drop out of the Presidential race in a front-page story. Former Republican Congressman and TV personality Joe Scarborough says its time for the GOP to drop Trump. One former Republican Senator is pushing for Trump to be removed from the GOP ticket through formal Party channels.


CNN is keeping track of Republican elected officials who have disavowed Trump and indicated they will not vote for His Hairness this fall. The list is at 87 names and growing.


► According to Kimberly Railey of the National Journal, an internal memo from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) shows polling numbers that have Democrat Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump by 14 points in CO-6. If these numbers are anywhere close to accurate, it means that Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) probably cannot win re-election in CO-6.


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► Senate Republicans are clinging to hope in the form of new poll numbers that at least hint to the idea that they might be able to keep their majority intact. From the Washington Post:

There’s a magic number – different in each state – at which the Republican incumbent can afford for Trump to lose his or her state. If Trump loses by any more than that, the senator will lose too. If The Donald’s support proves as durable as The Post’s latest national poll suggests (see Monday’s 202) then some vulnerable members could probably find a way to survive.

The downside of this equation is the fact that American voters don’t normally split their tickets in the manner in which Republicans might hope:

In only one presidential election since 1960 have more than 10 percent of voters cast votes for the Democrat in the presidential race and the Republican in the congressional race. That was 1996, when many Republicans ditched Bob Dole in the final weeks and said their Democratic rivals would give Bill Clinton “a blank check.” Even then, only 13 percent supported Clinton and a Republican.

Republican operatives love to talk about how Dean Heller won in Nevada even as Mitt Romney lost the state by 6.5 points. That really is the exception more than the rule, and Heller – appointed to the seat — won by just 12,000 votes against a deeply-flawed Democrat.


► As Politico reports today, the Republican National Committee is having a hard time holding on to staffers who are fed up with the GOP’s support of Trump.


► Remember when Donald Trump was trapped in a Colorado Springs elevator earlier this month? As Denver7 reports, Trump’s own campaign was to blame:

Internal emails obtained by Denver7 reveal how Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump got stuck in an elevator during his visit to Colorado Springs.

The emails also show the fire department spelled out the capacity limits in a memo, days before Trump took a jab at the fire department for keeping some supporters out of his campaign event at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (UCCS.)…

…When Trump arrived at the rally, he criticized the Fire Marshal for limiting the number of people inside the rally.

“We have thousands of beautiful, wonderful, great people outside, and we have in the room next door over 1,000 people. They won’t let them in. And the reason they won’t let them in is because they don’t know what the hell they’re doing,” said Trump at the rally.

The emails we reviewed tell a different story.

The entire story is worth a read, if nothing else so you can get the full background explaining this final paragraph:

A Trump spokesperson said they had no comment on this aspect either, saying the campaign is not interested in keeping this story alive.

There are plenty of lessons to be learned here. First and foremost: Don’t yell at fire marshals.


► Republican Senate candidate Darryl Glenn is taking criticism for his opposition to wind and solar tax credits that have helped to create significant job growth in Colorado.


► House Speaker Paul Ryan had no trouble winning a Primary in Wisconsin, despite boisterous claims from Donald Trump supporters (and Sarah Palin) that Ryan was going to lose to political newcomer Paul Nehlen. Ryan captured 84% of the vote in Tuesday’s Primary.


► Several new laws take effect in Colorado today, including rain barrels! Joey Bunch has more for the Denver Post:

Colorado House Democrats are touting a number of the caucus’ bills that take effect Wednesday that promote getting a job, doing a job while pregnant and buying a first home.

In all, 155 Colorado laws take effect Wednesday, which is the 90th day after the end of the legislative session on May 11.


► Were you among those Colorado voters who didn’t have much to choose from in the June Primary? You won’t have that problem this fall, when as many as 11 statewide initiatives could appear on your General Election ballot.


► The Colorado Springs Independent examines the strangely-predictable voting patterns in HD-17 in Southeast Colorado Springs.



► Still not convinced that Climate Change and Global Warming are real? Perhaps you should take a trip to the Middle East, where it’s so hot you could fry an egg on top of another egg.


► Perhaps the most ambitious company investigating oil shale extraction in Western Colorado is throwing in the towel. American Shale Oil has finally realized that squeezing oil out of rocks isn’t particularly feasible.


► Once again, Colorado Springs residents learn the hard way that cutting taxes and spending doesn’t actually work all that well in practice.


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  1. Pseudonymous says:

    As with everything else this year, I'm not sure relying on precedent is going to get you to an accurate prediction of the final results.  With both the Coffman race and Senate control that you mention, I don't think we can assume that resistance in the past to ticket-splitting will persist through this election.  I think it's entirely likely that Republicans who take the plunge for Hillary will move immediately back to the Rs as they move down the ballot, and that people who choose Gary Johnson or nobody on the line will do the same.

  2. Zappatero says:

    when your opponent is ok with political assassination talk and the party backing him is in full self-destruct mode you don't need to automatically hit the Bullshit Bipartisanship button:

    In her continuing tour of the dingier side of the 20th Century American diplomatic elite, Hillary Rodham Clinton picked up the endorsement on Wednesday of one John Negroponte. As Fox News reports:

    In a statement provided by the Clinton campaign, Negroponte touted the former secretary of state's "leadership qualities" in his decision. "She will bring to the Presidency the skill, experience and wisdom that is needed in a President and Commander in Chief," he said. "Having myself served in numerous diplomatic and national security positions starting in 1960, I am convinced that Secretary Clinton has the leadership qualities that far and away qualify her best to be our next President."

    Well, that's special, isn't it? And what did Negroponte do while serving "in numerous diplomatic and national security positions starting in 1960"? I'm glad you asked.

    In the 1980s, he served as the U.S. ambassador to Honduras. In addition to (at best) covering for that country's murderous autocrats, he also served the Reagan Administration by helping to turn Honduras into a staging area for American-trained death squads in places like El Salvador and Guatemala. 

    We don't need the endorsements of America's worst public servants like Negroponte, Kissinger. Would she want Cheney's endorsement? John Yoo? Ashcroft? Condi?

    We may have short attention spans here, but the rest of the world doesn't.

  3. flatiron says:

    More insight into why the GOP is writing off Darryl Glenn:

    WASHINGTON ― An overlooked debate exchange may give a clue about why Republicans reportedly are writing off their Senate contender in Colorado: He can sound as conspiratorial as Donald Trump.

    At a pre-primary forum in late June, El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn was asked what the FBI could do to better address cases like that of Orlando massacre shooter Omar Mateen, who had for a time attracted the attention of the bureau before he killed 49 people in the Pulse nightclub.

    But rather than dig into what details were available about FBI procedures for monitoring suspected terrorists, Glenn suggested that perhaps President Barack Obama had interfered.

  4. gertie97 says:

    So another oil shale outfit threw in the towel. But over here in teaparty central, an oil shale start-up has been awarded Jump Start status — no state taxes for four years by either the company or its employees. Courtesy of approval by the Grand Junction Economic Partnership. I'm sure it's just coincidental that GJEP is operated by Josh Penry's sister.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Our late friend (oh, how we miss you), Randy Udall, once said: "Oil shale is the energy source of the future…and always will be" . The primary benefit of oil shale has always been to rid investors of their money. If we revisit the issue in about a million years we might be able to have a different discussion. For the foreseeable future, though, scams will always prosper in Mesa county as long as fools like Pete Domenici say stupid shit like "oil shale is going to rock the world" and people named Pugliese, Pollard, Foster, Schwenke, and the established Republican Oil and Gas Industry Auxiliary run the place..

      For example, I have had the occasion to see a list of local folks and how many different ways they are connected to and influence Mesa College (sometimes mistakenly referred to as "Colorado Mesa University"). Guess who is connected to Mr. Fosters' fiefdom in more ways than any other individual…David Ludlam of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association…are we surprised?

  5. Blackie101 says:

    With the report that HRC is up 14 points in Coffman's district—is there any other info out there covering the other Congressional Districts?

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