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TOP OF MIND TODAY…
► It’s that time of year in an election cycle when candidates for public office begin to participate in well-publicized debates (or not). Senator Michael Bennet (D-Denver) will share a stage this weekend when Club 20 hosts a candidate forum for U.S. Senate, also including Republican Darryl Glenn and Libertarian candidate Lily Tang Williams. The Club 20 debates will also include a CD-3 matchup between incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Cortez) and Democratic challenger Gail Schwartz.
Meanwhile, Glenn is still refusing to participate in a debate hosted by the Denver Post and Denver7, ostensibly because he’s still mad at the Post for doing journalism stuff.
► If he is elected President, Donald Trump says he would give the Pentagon 30 days to develop a plan for defeating ISIS. Seems reasonable.
► Democrat Morgan Carroll released her first television ad of the 2016 election cycle as she seeks to unseat Republican Rep. Mike Coffman in CD-6.
Get even more smarter after the jump…
IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…
► Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump isn’t exactly “prepping” for his first debate with Democrat Hillary Clinton. In an interview with ABC News, Trump essentially said that he’s just going to show up and win.
► David Axelrod, President Obama’s former chief policy advisor, was in Colorado Springs on Tuesday to explain some of the particular dangers of a potential Trump Presidential administration.
► 9News attempts a “Truth Test” with Donald Trump’s first meandering TV advertisement in Colorado.
► Say hello to the “Ralph Carr Republicans.”
► The Donald Trump for President campaign has ended its practice of blacklisting media outlets. And it worked so well, too.
Meanwhile, in Mexico, Trump is already creating job losses. As the Washington Post reports:
Mexico’s finance minister, who was widely seen as the architect of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump’s visit to Mexico, has resigned, his office said on Wednesday.
There was no reason given for the departure of Luis Videgaray. But it came a week after Trump appeared with President Enrique Peña Nieto in a meeting that was widely viewed across Mexico as an embarrassment for the country’s leader.
Many Mexicans expressed outrage that Peña Nieto would host Trump, who has pledged to build a wall on the U.S. border to keep out migrants from Mexico and deport millions of undocumented immigrants.
► Actor Don Cheadle, a graduate of East High School in Denver, was back in his hometown on Tuesday to stump for Hillary Clinton.
► A ballot measure that would increase the minimum wage in Colorado is polling very well, according to Republican pollster Magellan Strategies. Amendment 70 has an early 13-point lead among Colorado voters. The Denver Business Journal has more on the poll results, including numbers for Amendment 69 (ColoradoCare).
OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK
► Guns don’t shoot people…well, actually, they do.
► Donald Trump is spending big money on TV ads in Virginia. Hillary Clinton’s campaign is no longer buying airtime in Virginia because her campaign feels like they have a comfortable lead in the state. Somebody is wrong.