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January 30, 2017 06:52 AM UTC

Monday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“It’s easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”

–Leonardo da Vinci


18 thoughts on “Monday Open Thread

    1. You know half-truths are still lies, right?  Yes, Hoffa expressed support for Trump's "action" on the TPP and support for increasing the number of jobs in the US recently.  We'll have to see if the union supports him on other things, like this ban.

      Also, that article was from March 6, and is an interview with some rando from a Teamster local on Long Island so I have no idea why you'd quote it as evidence of the union's support for the president.

      1. So, you went from "Teamsters support Trump! (for President)" to "Teamsters support Trump! (on one decision he made)".    

        No one is just one thing or another.  Unless it's you, who's nothing but a boot-licking supplicant.  


  1. I just saw this: is comparing each House and Senate member's voting record with how they may be expected to vote based on how well Trump did in their district/state.  Here's the link:

    For example, Trump lost CD6 by 8.9 points.  538 translates that result with Coffman's expected voting concurrence with Trump at 37.4%.  In reality, Coffman has already supported Trump 100%.

    I don't necessarily agree with the premise that a member should perfectly reflect how the district/state voted for Trump.  But, this will be very helpful as we prepare to rally outside Coffman's Parker Road offices calling him out for not "standing up to Trump" as he promised and as the Denver Post promoted in their endorsement of Coffman.

  2. Protesters Grill Democratic Senator About His Vote for Trump’s CIA Chief

    Whitehouse was one of 14 Democrats who voted last Monday to confirm Mike Pompeo, a fierce Trump ally who largely shares the president’s antagonism towards Muslims and personal privacy, and has strongly suggested that he supports bringing back intelligence gathering techniques that include torture.

    Organizers said more than one thousand people showed up at the senator’s town hall, held inside a Providence middle school auditorium, to denounce Whitehouse’s support for Pompeo. The venue hit its capacity of 600 people, leading the overflow crowd to chant for the senator to come outside so they could hear his explanation for the vote.

    “You are entitled to an explanation of why I have voted for some of the defense nominees and I will concede right off the bat that I may have been wrong,” Whitehouse told people in the auditorium. His talk was captured in video posted by activist filmmaker Sam Eilertsen and political blogger Steve Ahlquist.

  3. Sean Spicer:

    “Prime Minister Trudeau was extremely appreciative, and he was also cautious to draw conclusions on the motives at this stage of the investigation, and the president shared those thoughts,” Spicer said. He later continued: “It’s a terrible reminder of why we must remain vigilant and why the president is taking steps to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to our nation’s safety and security.”


    Yeah, the suspected shooter is a white guy.

    If Trump wants to keep us safe, maybe he should be blocking flights by folks from Idaho and Montana, not Africa and Asia.

  4. "Rural Colorado Watchdog" just sent me a very slick mailer about how rural Colorado needs better telephone infrastructure – and I agree. I pay $65 / month just for crappy wifi from Charter.

    I just never trust these mailers that say good and obvious things – I think the Koch brothers must be lurking in the woodpile somewhere. Does anyone know? I don't feel like researching it tonight.  Am I too cynical? Are these guys for real? Where do they get enough money to mail this expensive 14"X6 full color glossy thingy to every rural household in CO?


    1. If I can take an educated guess, I'd think this is probably related to the PUC's work to end the High Cost Support Mechanism, which is essentially a gift to Centurylink (about $50 million/year) and, IIRC, other rural telephone providers to "encourage" them to provide phone service at a "reasonable" cost.  There was a story in the DP from back in 2013 when the kerfuffle started.  The last action I saw in the PUC case file is 12/2015, but it's still listed in their current proceedings list.

      So, Centurylink.  That's just a guess, though.  There isn't a 990 filed yet, since they were formed in February of last year, and there are ways to make that useless for determining donors anyway.


      1. I think you're on the right track, Psue. I did poke around in TRACER, and found that "Rural Colorado Watchdog" was incorporated 2/2016 by Alexander Hornaday, VP of the Log Cabin Republicans and Treasurer of the Denver Republican party. A high-powered Denver lawyer, Hornaday seems an odd guy to be championing the telecom needs of rural Colorado. He is the treasurer of a conservative superPAC, “Restore American Freedom and Liberty”, which collected 410K$ last year. Centurylink PAC contributes more to Republicans, although employed individuals support both party’s candidates.

        A sample blurb from the flyer:

        Denver is once again attempting to kick rural Colorado to the curb with policies that benefit the Front Range only.

        So Centurylink got $50M to subsidize building fiber optic networks. Meanwhile, other small rural phone co-ops are also trying to upgrade their networks with less money.  And lawmakers are not allowing the real consumer watchdog, the Office of Consumer Counsel, to have jurisdiction over telecom and broadband; only electric and gas utility rates.

        My hypothesis is that Centurylink wants some cute handwritten statements of support from us Dumbphuckians to bolster its claims on that $50M and its market share. My cute handwritten statement will not be supportive of Centurylink’s cause.

        So this is about who gets which taxpayer dollars to expand infrastructure and build market share in rural CO. It doesn't look like my internet bill is going down anytime soon.

  5. This was precious. Sean Spicer retweeted a satirical "fake news" blurb from the Onion.

    Let’s hear it for “robust and clearly articulated misinformation!” Yeah baby!

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