Get More Smarter on Monday (September 12)

Get More SmarterHow about those Emmy Awards, eh? Yeah, we didn’t watch either. 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.


► Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will release more medical records this week in an effort to assuage concerns about her health after she left a 9/11 event over the weekend. From the Washington Post:

The decision to make additional disclosures came as the campaign has come under a new round of scrutiny for a lack of transparency following Clinton’s abrupt, stumbling departure from a commemoration Sunday of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Democrats and Republicans criticized Clinton for leaving the public and the media in the dark for much of the day, feeding rumors about Clinton’s health and fueling the perception that she is unnecessarily secretive.

Aides acknowledged Monday that the campaign should have handled news of Clinton’s dizzy spell and pneumonia diagnosis differently.

“We could have done better yesterday, but it is a fact that the public knows more about HRC than any nominee in history,” wrote Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri on Twitter in response to the criticism, using the initials of the Democratic presidential nominee.

Here are some exhausting details on pneumonia, in case you needed more information.


► State Sen. Laura Waters Woods (R-Arvada), the incumbent seeking re-election in the most competitive state senate race in Colorado this year, has apparently decided to tell voters whatever she wants, facts be damned. Woods is running an online ad touting her “strong record” of protecting public lands…which is kinda strange since Woods has consistently done the exact opposite.


► Several candidates took part in the Club 20 debates last weekend, including candidates for U.S. Senate and CD-3. As Joey Bunch writes for the Denver Post, Saturday did not go well for Republican Senate candidate Darryl Glenn:

Glenn was needing a strong performance before November to close the wide gap facing him, Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli said.

Glenn, billing himself as an unapologetic Christian conservative, has not connected with moderate voters, trailing by double digits in polls, or raised money from top Republicans to keep pace with Bennet.

“At a minimum, he would need a very, very good performance just to reassure his party and observers that he’s actually running a credible campaign,” Ciruli said. “Given the short amount of time that’s left, unless something unprecedented happens, Bennet has to do something to lose the race, rather than anything left for Glenn to do to win it.”

Democrat Gail Schwartz took part in Saturday’s debate opposite Republican Rep. Scott Tipton. Today, Schwartz’s campaign announced its first television advertisement.


Get even more smarter after the jump…


► Excuse us, Rep. J. Paul Brown, but does the phrase “illegal coordination” mean anything to you?


Jason Salzman examines the Congressional Zika bill, which also happens to include provisions to block funding for Planned Parenthood and to permit the display of Confederate flags at cemetaries.


Donald Trump, Jr., ladies and gentlemen!


► Republican Rep. Scott Tipton is trying to attack Democratic challenger Gail Schwartz over the inevitable loss of jobs related to the coal mining industry. It’s not really working.


► On the topic of throwing stuff at the wall, here’s a new campaign strategy from Republican Congressman Mike Coffman.


► The Boulder Daily Camera is endorsing Hillary Clinton for President, calling it a fairly easy decision:

For all her flaws, as a former first lady, senator and secretary of state, Hillary is as qualified to be president as any candidate since John Quincy Adams. After 44 consecutive male presidents, it’s long past time for a woman to lead the United States. When Barack Obama was seeking to become our first African-American president, detractors could and did argue he was unqualified because of his slim political resumé to that point. No one can credibly make that claim about the first woman to become a major-party nominee for president.

If she were facing a credible Republican, there would be more subtle comparisons to consider and we would probably take longer to do it. But the reality is that this is the easiest choice in our lifetimes — a smart, dedicated, experienced, flawed woman against a pathological liar, an egomaniac who either doesn’t know what the truth is or doesn’t care. Even including the two minor-party candidates, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, we see only one candidate qualified for the job.

We endorse Hillary Clinton. It is not a close call.


► Should pro-bono legal work be classified as a campaign contribution? As the Denver Post reports:

The Colorado Supreme Court will decide whether volunteer legal help to those engaged in political speech must be treated as political contributions under state campaign finance laws.

In April, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that legal services must be treated like political contributions. The Colorado Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to that decision last month, staying the lower court action to allow time to hear the case.

“The fact that the court stayed the lower court decision is a sign that they believe it is an important issue and that perhaps the Court of Appeals got it wrong,” Sam Gedge, an attorney with the Institute for Legal Justice, said Monday.

The Institute is a non-profit, libertarian public-interest law firm that is handling the case for Coloradans for a Better Future, a political group that was involved in the 2012 Colorado Board of Regents race.


► The United States does not hold a monopoly on disgusting comments by judges




► Republican State Sen. Randy Baumgardner is having some social media trouble.


We’re still waiting for pigs to fly, but in the meantime, how about them burritos in the sky?


► New research from the U.S. Treasury Department is helping officials to better understand the demographics of same-sex marriage. You probably won’t be surprised to find out that more same-sex marriages take place in Colorado than Kentucky.


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9 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. BigHead says:

    The Dallas Morning News also thought it was an easy choice to endorse Hillary Clinton.

  2. BlueCat says:

    How about same sex first cousin marriages?

    • notaskinnycook says:

      If you're thinking of marrying your cousin, you need to get out more

      • BlueCat says:

        I not only didn't marry a cousin… I married way out of my gene pool. No exclusively Ashkenazi DNA exotic conditions for my kid. wink

        • notaskinnycook says:

          yes. I know there are some. Not sure which ones. Tay-Sachs?

          • mamajama55 says:

            There are some breast cancer gene markers specific to Ashkenazi ancestry. My sisters and I have been tested, dodged that bullet.

          • BlueCat says:

            That's one. Also blood factor 11 deficiency which doesn't show up until you have some kind of surgery (it becomes a problem with interior tissue, not skin, and trauma) and it takes forever to stop bleeding. If you just cut your finger or something it clots normally so it's usually just a fun surprise the first time you have any kind of surgery. There are also particularly nasty breast cancers and other fun stuff. But it's all recessive so two carriers have to mach up.

            I'm a factor 11 deficiency carrier because my mom has it. She almost died back in the day before anyone even looked for it (it's pretty rare) and now gets transfused before she has any kind of procedure including dental work or a colonoscopy. But I countered by marrying guy who's all Norse and western European so….take that, Ashkenazi genes! 

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