Get More Smarter on Thursday (September 8)

Get More SmarterIt really doesn’t matter if you’re ready for some football, because it’s happening anyway; the Denver Broncos kick off the NFL season tonight at home against the Carolina Panthers. It’s time to Get More Smarter with Colorado Pols. If you think we missed something important, please include the link in the comments below (here’s a good example). If you are more of a visual learner, check out The Get More Smarter Show.


► NBC News and talking puppet Matt Lauer hosted a “Commander-in-Chief” forum on Wednesday evening that was widely panned by critics because of Lauer’s apparent unwillingness to ask difficult questions of Republican candidate Donald Trump. From CNN Money:

The “Today” show co-host was criticized for spending too much time on Clinton’s emails, lobbing softball questions to Trump, and neglecting to fact-check the Republican nominee when he falsely claimed to have opposed the Iraq War in 2002.

“This #NBCNewsForum feels like an embarrassment to journalism,” New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote on Twitter.

“Lauer has done great interviews. But that’s one of the weakest, least incisive performances I’ve seen from a presidential forum moderator,” tweeted Will Saletan, a writer at Slate.

Lauer’s journalistic indifference didn’t prevent Trump from making a number of questionable statements, however. As the Washington Post reports:

Donald Trump defended his admiration for Russian President Vladi­mir Putin at a forum here Wednesday focused on national security issues, even suggesting that Putin is more worthy of his praise than President Obama.

“Certainly, in that system, he’s been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader,” Trump said. “We have a divided country.”…

…He reaffirmed his view that having men and women serve alongside one another is the root of the military’s sexual-assault problem. He said recent intelligence briefings have convinced him that Clinton and other Obama administration officials did not heed the advice of experts. And he praised Putin, noting among other things the Russian president’s “82 percent approval rating.”

Trump’s comments are a problem for Republican candidates such as Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora), who face new scrutiny over whether or not they agree with Trump on foreign policy issues specifically.

Trump also made some bizarre claims about his visit to Mexico last week.


Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson is confused by the word “Aleppo” (hint: it’s a big city in Syria).


► “This is the race of Coffman’s career.” That single quote is a pretty good summary of a CD-6 preview from Corey Hutchins of the Colorado Independent. Elsewhere, the Denver Post reports on Democrat Morgan Carroll’s first TV ad of the cycle.


Get even more smarter after the jump…


► Democrats are bullish on the idea of taking control of the U.S. House this fall. From Politico:

Nancy Pelosi has been extraordinarily cautious about saying her party would take back the House majority. But now, just two months before Election Day, the House minority leader says the Republican Party’s persistent struggles have put Democrats within striking distance and control of the chamber could be decided by the slimmest of margins.

“I thought in December I would’ve told you we’d win 20 seats, left to our own devices,” a relaxed and upbeat Pelosi said Wednesday in a Playbook Interview in her Capitol office. “Seeing the behavior of the [GOP] presidential candidates right after that when the debates [happened], I became even more optimistic because they were so pathetic … Since then, I think anything is possible. I think it comes down to probably a single digit, one way or another.”

She added, “If Hillary [Clinton] were to win 54-46, oh my God. It’s all over. If it’s 53-47, and I think that’s in the realm of possibility … that’s a big deal. Five or more [percentage points] is a big deal.”

Nancy Pelosi!


► Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, is not questioning the birthplace of President Obama. “I believe Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, I accept his birthplace,” said Pence during a stop in San Diego on Wednesday.


► Donald Trump, Jr. was in Denver on Wednesday to raise money for his father’s Presidential campaign. Little Trump answered questions for KDVR in a manner reminiscent of his father.


A taco truck parked out in front of Donald Trump’s Denver campaign headquarters was vandalized over the weekend. We’d be inclined to suspect Trump campaign volunteers…if they existed.


► Senator Michael Bennet is touting support from Colorado business leaders as part of his re-election campaign. From the Denver Business Journal:

Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet unveiled a list Wednesday of more than 100 business executives who are supporting him, including several who have been prominent backers of Republican office-seekers in the past.

The group — which includes officials in industries ranging from telecom to health care to energy — represents an effort by Bennet to flex his bipartisan chops and try to erode the Republican-leaning business base that has been key to electing statewide GOP office-holders in the past.

► Committees dealing with ballot measures in Colorado are raking in the campaign cash.


► Rudy is in the house! Actor Sean Astin is campaigning in Colorado on behalf of Hillary Clinton today and Friday. Actor Don Cheadle, a graduate of East High School in Denver, stumped for Clinton in Denver on Tuesday.


► Marianne Goodland of the Colorado Independent takes a look at the state of the race in SD-19 (Arvada, Westminster).



► Denver set a new record for marriage certificates; 980 couples were married in Denver last month. 


► The Colorado Springs Gazette examines the race in HD-17 between Republican Rep. Kit Roupe and former Democratic Rep. Tony Exum.


What time do the Denver Broncos play tonight? Kickoff against the Carolina Panthers is scheduled for 6:30pm.


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  1. BlueCat says:

    Chris Matthews initially defended lame Matt Lauer's failure to call Trump on his lie about never having supported the invasion of Iraq but I guess all the scorn heaped on Lauer must have made an impression. Here's Matthews making very sure that nobody will accuse him of letting Giuliani get away with claiming that Trump long ago admitted that Obama is a natural born American and therefore legit president.

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