Joe O’Dancing on Abortion Rights

The results of the 2022 election could very well hinge on the issue of abortion rights, particularly if the U.S. Supreme Court ends up overturning Roe v. Wade this summer.

Republicans know that this is a problem for them, which is why the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has been advising anyone who will listen that they should focus talking points on the “leaked opinion” from the Supreme Court rather than discussing abortion rights in general. Americans support abortion rights by a 2-to-1 margin, and those numbers are even larger in Colorado.

Here in Colorado, smart Republicans know that this is a big problem for them in November, but it’s going to be a tough topic to square with the Republican base. For one thing, many Republican candidates legitimately believe in their opposition to abortion rights. Some GOP candidates oppose abortion rights but won’t talk about it. And then there’s Republican Senate candidate Joe O’Dea…who dances himself dizzy whenever the subject comes up.

On Saturday, Joe O’Dancing was a guest of right-wing talk show host Jimmy Sengenberger on KNUS radio. Late in the interview, Sengenberger asked Mr. O’Dancing where he stood on the issue of abortion, particularly in the wake of the news that Roe v. Wade could be overturned. Tell the DJ that he can start the music:

SENGENBERGER: Are you not pro life? Where do you fall on the issue of abortion?

O’DEA: It’s a really complicated issue. It really is. I’m adopted, I’m Catholic, and personally, I am very pro-life. But at the same time I’ve grown up, all my life, thinking government doesn’t need to be involved in our lives. [Pols emphasis] And so, I, right now, in my mind, I would not support overturning Roe v. Wade. I don’t believe that’s the right thing for Coloradans.

At the same time, we’ve got this bill that just came through the House – the Gold Dome – that’s supported by all Democrats that would approve late-term abortions, and I can’t get my head around that. This is a very complicated issue for a lot of Coloradans, and I don’t think it’s as simple as 100% pro choice, 100% pro life. You know, all of us have different experiences in our lives, and so, you know, we need to be able to rely on ourselves. And that’s where I land.

SENGENBERGER: And so, in the context of more compassionate than some on the far right, what does that mean in your…

O’DEA: Well, there’s some people that just draw the line and say, ‘pro-life, every day, all day,’ and there’s others who say, ‘pro-choice all the way up until, you know, the baby is in the birth canal.’ I can’t support either one of those. I’ve landed in the middle, that’s where my head’s at, and that’s where I’ve always been.

SENGENBERGER: I think when we look at Colorado, it’s an interesting state in that regard. I think that there are restrictions on abortion that we must pass in Colorado that are much more practical than anything that…a lot of times, people think, ‘well, we need to go for Personhood amendment.’ I think there are other ways to approach that in a state like Colorado in that regard…

O’DEA: It’s an extremely complicated issue, and everybody has different experiences and they’re coming at it differently. At the core of it, government needs to get out of our lives, so that’s kind of where I’m going to land.

SENGENBERGER: But more restrictions on abortion than we have in Colorado?

O’DEA: Right now, yes. That last law is outrageous.

Whoa, there, Joe — you’re gonna pull a muscle dancing around like that.

Ron Hanks would not say any of the things that Joe O’Dancing just said.

Joe O’Dea literally said all of these things over the span of about 90 seconds:

“Personally, I am very pro-life.”

“You know, all of us have different experiences in our lives, and so, you know, we need to be able to rely on ourselves.”

♦ “At the core of it, government needs to get out of our lives

♦ “Right now, yes,” Colorado needs to have more abortion restrictions in the law.

The Colorado Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA), which would allow women access to abortion rights even if Roe v. Wade is overturned, is quote, “outrageous.”

If we were Republican Senate candidate Ron Hanks, we’d be cutting this up for a June Primary ad right now (of course, if we were Ron Hanks, we also wouldn’t have a lot of money for things like “television ads”).

This isn’t the first time that Joe O’Dancing has taken multiple different positions on the issue of abortion in the same interview. It is certainly a bit confounding that he keeps making the same mistake over and over again.

In his quest to stay in an untenable “center” on abortion rights, Joe O’Dea ends up just being nowhere at all. And he already let the horse out of the barn anyway. Once you say, “personally, I am very pro-life,” you’ve planted your flag on abortion rights — no matter how many times you add that “this is a complicated issue.”

Where does Joe O’Dea stand on the issue of abortion rights?

Right here.

CO House Republicans Push Conspiracies During Hearing on Bipartisan Election Security Act

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

by Sean Price, Colorado Times Recorder

Republicans repeated baseless election fraud conspiracies while advocating for amendments to a proposed election security bill in the Colorado House of Representatives Wednesday. The claims were part of a Republican filibuster that led to the hearing taking more than nine hours.

The Colorado Election Security Act would implement several measures to improve election security in the state, including prohibiting an individual from serving as an election official if they have been convicted of an election offense or conspiracy to commit sedition, insurrection, treason, or conspiracy to overthrow the government.

The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Stephen Fenberg (D-Boulder), Sen. Kevin Priola (R-Aurora), and Rep. Susan Lontine (D-Denver).

House Republicans tried to attach several amendments to the bill. The amendments, which all lost, are based on claims of election fraud in the 2020 election that have been roundly debunked by independent fact-checkerselection officials, and court systems.

During the hearing state Rep. Ron Hanks (R-Cañon City) repeated these claims.

“Elections belong to the people,” Hanks said. “These systems are not secure. They’re not secure in any sense of the word, and they ought to be.”

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Cory Gardner and Birth Control: Whose “Pants on Fire” Now?

Cory Gardner took the bullshit on abortion to new heights.

Late in the 2014 campaign for U.S. Senate in Colorado, the National Abortion Rights Action League’s (NARAL) Colorado chapter launched the ad you can see above, warning viewers that if Cory Gardner became Colorado’s next U.S. Senator, “Better stock up on condoms.” This ad was universally panned by fact-checkers and the local media, coming after Gardner had spent months trying to re-invent himself on the issue of abortion and even having embraced a proposal for over-the-counter birth control as a rhetorical foil.

In Politifact’s 2014 piece denouncing this ad as “Pants on Fire” false, they acknowledged the underlying issue had some legitimacy, but focused on the type of birth control mentioned in the ad (condoms) as misleading:

Opponents of personhood legislation say that giving a fertilized egg all the rights of person could make illegal several FDA-approved contraceptives, such as the pill and intrauterine devices, or IUDs. Anti-abortion groups successfully petitioned to get personhood measures on the Colorado ballot in 2008 and 2010. Both times it was rejected by more than 70 percent of voters…

Gardner’s critics may have a point that some forms of birth control could be outlawed if personhood measures became law — but that shouldn’t affect condoms. That’s because condoms prevent sperm from reaching the egg in the first place. No fertilization ever takes place.

…Doug Gordon, a spokesman for NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, told our friends at FactCheck.org that “we’re not saying he is banning condoms. We are saying if Gardner starts limiting other forms of birth control, you better stock up on condoms because there will be so much demand for them — since Gardner wants to ban other forms of birth control.” [Pols emphasis]

In the end and not only as a result of this one ad, it was the general consensus of the political chattering class that Gardner’s opponents had severely overplayed the issue of abortion in the 2014 campaign, giving Gardner the headroom to successfully make the case that the dire warnings about his views on abortion were overblown. In particular by accusing Gardner of wanting to “ban birth control,” the conventional wisdom held, Democrats had argued past the point of believability.

Eight years later, as Forbes reported this weekend, the unbelievable is now looming on the visible horizon:

According to the draft opinion—which is from February and is not final—the Supreme Court is poised to strike down Roe entirely, with Justice Samuel Alito saying there is no right to privacy in the Constitution that would justify legalizing abortion.

Legal experts predict that ruling, if it ends up being the court’s final decision, could threaten the court’s 1965 ruling in Griswold v. Connecticut, which established the right to privacy and legalized birth control (for married couples only at the time), because the court can use its ruling against Roe to then overturn Griswold based on its reasoning.

Already in the wake of the leak of the Supreme Court’s draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade, we’re seeing Republicans outwardly critical of contraception in a way that would have given Cory Gardner serious heartburn in 2014. The governor of Mississippi won’t rule out a ban on contraception, a U.S. Senate candidate in Arizona wants states to have the option to ban contraception, and Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee dissed the Griswold v. Connecticut ruling that established contraception rights on similar grounds to Roe’s right to privacy during Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing.

If Cory Gardner was still serving in the U.S. Senate, we suspect he would be trying right now to assure Colorado voters that contraception isn’t the target while the three Supreme Court Justice Gardner voted into power during his single term in the U.S. Senate carry out Gardner’s longstanding (and never once disavowed) goal of having Roe overturned. After all, this is a state that has proven at the polls, Gardner perhaps the sole case notwithstanding, that it won’t tolerate socially regressive wedge-issue politics.

But that’s not Cory Gardner’s job anymore. On abortion, Gardner has no honor left to salvage. The worst-case scenario, both for Roe and for Griswold, still may not come to pass, but no one can argue today as they did on Gardner’s behalf in 2014 that it’s impossible.

It was a case of even the fact-checkers deluding themselves.

Get More Smarter on Monday (May 9)

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The 2022 legislative session in Colorado is down to its final days. Lawmakers have until Midnight on Wednesday to wrap up a number of important bills.

Axios Denver runs down a list of the most high-profile pieces of legislation still to be finalized. In a separate story, Axios looks at where things stand on perhaps the biggest issue yet to be decided: a change in the law regarding fentanyl possession:

The House is slated for a final vote Monday on the controversial legislation before advancing it to the state Senate, where sponsors Sens. Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood) and John Cooke (R-Greeley) will attempt to take it to the finish line.

Why it matters: Fentanyl deaths are soaring in Colorado, outpacing most other states — and many overdoses are occurring as users unknowingly ingest the synthetic opioid laced with other drugs.

What’s new: A GOP-sponsored, zero-tolerance amendment that would make any possession of fentanyl a felony failed on Friday with an unanimous down vote from House Democrats.

The current draft bill now makes it a felony to possess more than 1 gram of fentanyl in any form, while tightening criminal penalties for distributing the drug.

The editorial board of The Denver Post encourages lawmakers NOT to “criminalize addiction” in Colorado.

 

The Colorado Sun breaks down the latest on a Capitol battle over property taxes:

Colorado’s property tax arms race ended Friday morning after conservative and liberal groups moved to withdraw the ballot measures they were pursuing for the November ballot that would have dramatically altered the tax code.

Democratic leaders in the legislature, meanwhile, vowed not to pursue an opposing ballot initiative that would have prevented property tax changes from being made through the statewide ballot.

In exchange, the legislature will move forward with Senate Bill 238 without changes, a measure that, if it is signed into law in the coming days as expected, will reduce projected property tax increases by $700 million over the next two years. The legislation was aimed at heading off an even bigger reduction being pushed by business interests.

The decision by all sides to back down ends a high-stakes game of chicken that threatened to grip the Capitol in the final days of the 2022 legislative session. In jeopardy were billions of dollars in funding for schools and local governments.

 

Why stop with outlawing abortion when you can ban contraception as well? The Washington Post reports on yet another reason to never, ever visit Mississippi:

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) on Sunday refused to rule out the possibility that his state would ban certain forms of contraception, sidestepping questions about what would happen next if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Reeves confirmed that, if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, a trigger law passed in Mississippi in 2007 would go into effect that essentially outlaws abortions in the state, although it makes exceptions for rape and for the life of the mother.

When asked if Mississippi might next target the use of contraceptives such as the Plan B pill or intrauterine devices, Reeves demurred, saying that was not what the state was focused on “at this time.” 

Some Republicans are even going so far as to call for a ban on condoms. No, seriously.

 

 Legislation to allow collective bargaining rights for municipal employees is struggling to stay afloat in the legislature’s final day.

 

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Tina Peters: From Jail Scrubs To The Red Carpet

GOP Secretary of State candidate Tina Peters (R), under less glamorous circumstances. (Photo courtesy Mesa County Sheriff)

Whatever you may think of Tina Peters, the frontrunner in the Republican primary for the nomination to challenge incumbent Secretary of State Jena Griswold despite facing multiple felony charges, she is unquestionably enjoying the ride of her life as a nationally-famous figure in the continuing movement to prove despite any evidence that the 2020 presidential election was somehow stolen from Donald Trump.

This week, as the Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby reports, after obtaining permission from the court, Peters traveled to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate to preview the new conspiracy theory flick 2000 Mules from long-discredited far-right whacktivist Dinesh D’Souza:

Indicted Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters is allowed to travel out of state, but only if she provides specific details about where she is going beforehand and gets court approval, District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said Friday.

Peters drew some attention over that when she tweeted Thursday evening from Mar-a-Lago, a resort in Palm Beach, Florida, where she attended a private viewing of a conspiracy theory movie about election fraud with former President Donald Trump…

“While I have some concerns about Ms. Peters as a potential flight risk, due to her access to private flight travel and history of going into hiding during this investigation, I must balance the importance of assuring her appearance in court against the risk that her bond conditions do not improperly influence the upcoming election,” Rubinstein said. “I struck that balance by asking the court to allow travel provided she gave details about her whereabouts when out of state.”

To be clear, D’Souza’s conspiracy theory doesn’t seem to be related to Tina Peters’ conspiracy theory that Dominion Voting Systems tabulation computers were internally compromised. But since Peters’ theories have already been thoroughly reviewed and laughed off by experts, it was time to move on to something new. Peters has demonstrated the utmost loyalty to the overriding cause of putting Donald Trump back into office by any means necessary, putting her very freedom in jeopardy–so she retains her star status even if her version of supposed events didn’t pan out.

Because none of this is about what’s true. It’s about loyalty to Trump.

A costly trip to Mar-a-Lago where Peters’ deep-pocketed benefactor Mike “MyPillow Guy” Lindell also was in attendance raises the usual questions of who is paying Peters’ expenses, for which Peters is currently the subject of an Ethics Commission complaint–though if she is able to count this trip to kiss Trump’s ring as a campaign expense, Peters has certainly raised enough money to cover it.

The adulation Tina Peters is receiving from the MAGA movement for her alleged misconduct that–again–failed to prove the underlying contentions about Dominion machines’ supposed vulnerabilities or, most importantly, that any of their hypothetical scenarios for fraud had actually occurred, is playing out on a parallel track to her criminal indictment. At some point, these two parallel tracks are going to collide. For Peters’ sake, she hopes not before June 28th–or even better, November 8th.

In the meantime, we suppose, enjoy the ride!

That’s what we would do if we were facing hard time.

Weekend Open Thread

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”

–Winston Churchill

The GMS Podcast: The One With the Epic Rant on Abortion Rights

This week in episode 107 of the Get More Smarter Podcast, your hosts Jason Bane and Ian Silverii welcome back Christy Powell once more for the latest news on fundraising numbers for statewide races and one unforgettable diatribe about abortion rights (seriously, it could be its own episode — jump to the 22:45 mark).

But first, Jason and Ian consider the political implications in Colorado of the demise of Roe v. Wade and make sure to update you on where Republican candidates for federal office stand on the issue. We also dive into the big news in the race for Governor and listen to Republican candidate Greg Lopez talk himself into oblivion in an interview with 9News.

Listen to previous episodes of The Get More Smarter Podcast at GetMoreSmarter.com.

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The “DougCo Doxxer” Revealed

Attorney and AM radio guy Dan Caplis.

Last February as the controversy over the termination without cause of Douglas County School District Superintendent Corey Wise by the new right-wing majority on the DougCo school board raged, an abortive open records request was filed seeking the names of teachers who joined a large protest against the board’s actions that forced DCSD schools to close for one day. After this threat to subject teachers who protested the ouster of Superintendent Wise to potential retaliation greatly increased tensions, the board announced that they would not be releasing the names after all.

But last night following victory in court yesterday afternoon, 9NEWS got the name of the individual who filed the records request–and it’s the law partner of longtime local political gadfly, wannabe GOP candidate who consistently couldn’t, and right-wing AM radio host Dan Caplis:

Michael Kane confirmed to 9NEWS he submitted the request on Feb. 2, the day before many staff members walked out to protest the impending termination of Superintendent Corey Wise. The school board fired Wise without cause on Feb. 4.

Kane ended up rescinding his request before any names went public.

“I submitted the open records request for my own use as a parent of children within the Douglas County School District. As a favor to and at the request of the District, I withdrew the submission and never received any of the names,” Kane told 9NEWS via email.

The threat to release the names of teachers who protested against the board’s firing of the district’s popular superintendent backfired horrendously and needlessly exacerbated tensions between the community and the school board. In the end, the conservative majority always had the power to do what they wanted, and escalating the conflict with teachers by threatening them over a lawful protest–whether instigated by the board or their political allies as in this case–was an unforced error that planted the seed for another swing of the pendulum in the next school board election.

“I admire what my friend and partner Mike did. He’s a great dad who wanted the info for his personal use. I didn’t know he was going to submit the request. [Pols emphasis] But I respect his reasons and admire him for withdrawing it at the Board’s request,” [Caplis] wrote.

Unfortunately for Dan Caplis, 9NEWS kept the receipts from the day before the protest:

“Tomorrow, if you are truly sick and you’re a teacher in Douglas County, it may be the wrong day to be sick, because somebody smart is going to get the names of everybody who’s once again abandoning the children, and every parent should know that, and everybody should remember, starting with the politicians, who abandoned the children,” Caplis said that day.

If you still think after reading this that Caplis didn’t know exactly what his law partner was up to, you’re naive beyond saving. If you’re going to engage in these kinds of intimidation tactics, there’s always a risk you’ll have to own them if they backfire.

That’s what happened in this case, and it won’t be forgotten.

Get More Smarter on Friday (May 6)

On Wednesday you could say, “May the Fourth be With You.” Thursday was Cinco de Mayo. Today is just May 6. Let’s Get More Smarter. 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 an audio learner, check out The Get More Smarter Podcast. And don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter

 

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The job market in the United States is pretty, pretty good right now. From The New York Times:

April produced another solid month of job growth, the Labor Department reported Friday, reflecting the economy’s resilient rebound from the pandemic’s devastation.

U.S. employers added 428,000 jobs, the department said, the same as the revised figure for March. The unemployment rate in April remained 3.6 percent…

…The U.S. economy has regained nearly 95 percent of the 22 million jobs lost at the height of coronavirus-related lockdowns in the spring of 2020. And labor force participation has recovered more swiftly than most analysts initially expected, nearing prepandemic levels. The labor supply over the past year has not kept up with a record wave of job openings, however, as businesses expand to meet the demand for a variety of goods and services.

 

As Colorado Public Radio reports, Colorado will likely become one of the epicenters for abortion care should Roe v. Wade get overturned:

As Coloradans await the final decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on the fate of Roe v. Wade, abortion rights advocates are preparing for what they consider an inevitable influx of patients from out of state.

According to data from the state health department, that uptick of abortion patients from outside of Colorado is already happening.

From 2017 to 2019, 11% of abortions in Colorado were performed on patients from out of state. In 2020, it went to 13% and was nearly 14% last year, according to the state health department. That accounts for 1,560 procedures out of the state’s total of 11,580 abortions in 2021.

Politically-speaking, the coming battle over abortion rights is a 2022 issue that smart Republicans in Colorado were hoping to avoid.

 

Colorado lawmakers are rushing to close out several important bills with the last day of the 2022 session coming up on Wednesday. Here’s a look at what’s being discussed:

♦ Legislation regarding penalties for fentanyl distribution is near the home stretch;

The Colorado Sun looks at last-minute battles over property taxes;

♦ Denver7 reports on the progress of an election integrity bill, as does The Colorado Sun;

♦ Colorado Public Radio has more on the advancement of a ban on flavored tobacco products;

KDVR reports on legislation dealing with nursing shortages;

Lawmakers hope an 18-month study can help settle longstanding battles over liquor.

 

 9News explains more about what to expect regarding upcoming TABOR refunds.

 

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They’re Coming For Jenna Ellis’ Law License (Finally)

Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis during the December 2020 campaign to overturn the presidential election.

As the Denver Post’s Conrad Swanson reports, a national legal advocacy group has finally taken a step we’ve been awaiting for over a year now, and filed a formal complaint with the Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel over the conduct of locally-registered attorney Jenna Ellis as part of Donald Trump’s failed attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election:

The bipartisan watchdog group States United Democracy Center filed a complaint against Ellis Thursday with the Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, asking for an investigation into whether she violated her ethical obligations as an attorney.

After the election Ellis “knowingly spread falsehoods” about its results; helped Trump try to persuade former Vice President Mike Pence not to certify the election results by providing “misleading legal advice;” and “amplifying false theories of voter fraud.”

…Ellis could not immediately be reached for comment and it was not immediately clear whether she still lives in Colorado. She has passed the state’s bar examinations, though, and is currently permitted to practice law in Colorado.

Here’s more from the release announcing the complaint filed yesterday:

The complaint offers a detailed analysis of information that strongly supports the request to open an investigation into whether Ellis violated her professional and ethical obligations as an attorney. It focuses on her efforts to convince then-Vice President Pence to refuse to open and count lawfully certified electoral votes from six states on January 6, 2021, at the Joint Session of Congress. The complaint also describes Ellis’ attempts to falsely discredit the 2020 presidential election as fraudulent.

“Jenna Ellis called herself a member of former President Trump’s ‘elite strike force team’ and used her law license to advise Trump and others on how to overturn the will of the American people,” said Aaron Scherzer, Senior Counsel at the States United Democracy Center. “Postponing the counting of electoral votes as Ellis recommended was unlawful and would have had devastating consequences for our democracy.”

…More than a dozen bipartisan legal experts and former state leaders signed on in support of the complaint’s request that the OARC open an investigation into Ellis’ conduct. The list of signers includes the States United leadership team—Co-Chair Norm Eisen, former Ethics Czar in the Obama White House, Co-Chair Christine Todd Whitman, former New Jersey Governor, and CEO Joanna Lydgate, former Chief Deputy Attorney General of Massachusetts—as well as Governor Steve Bullock, Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Representative Tom Coleman, the Honorable Frankie Sue Del Papa, Professor Claire Finkelstein, the Honorable Jim Hood, the Honorable Patricia A. Madrid, Professor Richard W. Painter, the Honorable Sarah Saldaña, and Professor Laurence H. Tribe.

The lead attorney in Trump’s fight to overturn the 2020 elections, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, had his law license suspended in both New York and the District of Columbia in June of 2021 due to Giuliani’s “demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large.” In March of this year, the California State Bar announced an investigation against former CU visiting scholar John Eastman that could result in the forteiture of Eastman’s license to practice law in that state.

From spreading baseless allegations of election fraud on national television to authoring her own memo for a plan to throw the certification of Joe Biden’s victory into parliamentary chaos on January 6th, 2021, Jenna Ellis would seem to be every bit as guilty of professional misconduct as Giuliani and Eastman. Ellis’ responses to scrutiny over her role in Trump’s coup plot, even while colleagues in the effort face career-ending sanctions, have consisted mostly of grade-school inanity:

All we can say is, the loss of Ellis’ law license might put an end to the smugness. At this point, having capitalized on her instant stardom as Trump’s coup-torney to emerge as a Newsmax talking head with (we assume) a much better salary, Ellis might not even care if she loses her license to practice law in Colorado.

But at least she won’t be able to call herself a “constitutional law attorney” while everyone who knows better groans.

Friday Open Thread

“A blunder at the right moment is better than cleverness at the wrong time.”

–Carolyn Wells

The Battle Smart Republicans Didn’t Want Is Coming

Colorado Public Radio reporting, with the earth-shaking news this week that the U.S. Supreme Court is internally circulating a draft opinion that overturns Roe v. Wade as well as the Casey v. Planned Parenthood decisions upholding abortion rights, Colorado’s enthusiastic anti-abortion minority is plowing ahead with the next version of what Colorado voters have repeatedly rejected in statewide votes: a constitutional statewide ban on abortion.

The leaked opinion has emboldened abortion-rights opponents. Jeff Hunt from Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute, said that his organization will continue to fight on a state level and plans to sue over Colorado’s Reproductive Health Equity Act law.

“It does not bode well for laws when you specifically carve out rights against a class of people,” Hunt said. “So, if you say a class of people — in this case, the preborn — do not have rights in the state, that does not work well in constitutional law. And we may challenge it there.”

Abortion-rights opponents are trying to bring the issue before Colorado voters this year. Angela Eicher and Rebecca Greenwood want to put Initiative No. 56 on the ballot for this year’s midterm elections, which would make abortion illegal.

In addition to a suit against the law just signed by Gov. Jared Polis codifying abortion rights in Colorado statute and the latest version of the so-called “Personhood” constitutional abortion bans headed for the statewide ballot this November, as the Colorado Sun reports, Jeff Hunt wants to roll out billboards touting highly controversial “abortion reversal” for medication abortions:

Anti-abortion groups, meanwhile, are already making plans about how to change the minds of women who come to Colorado seeking to end their pregnancies. Expect more billboards saying it’s not too late to reverse an abortion after ingesting abortion pills, [Pols emphasis] said Jeff Hunt, director of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University.

He predicts more out-of-state money coming to Colorado to fund crisis centers for pregnant women, more volunteers offering “sidewalk counseling” outside abortion clinics, and more money to care for babies.

Just because patients travel to Colorado for care, it doesn’t mean it’s too late to persuade them to keep their pregnancies, Hunt said. “They don’t give up, in our opinion, until the murder has taken place,” he said.

With respect to so-called “abortion reversal,” the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists does not support the practice, saying it is “not supported by science.” As for “more out of state money” to hype abortion politics and harass patients outside Colorado abortion clinics, we’re filing all of that in the same category as another statewide ballot measure to ban abortion on the ballot this November.

A massive political gift to Democrats.

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Get More Smarter on Cinco de Mayo (May 5)

Happy Cinco de Mayo. Please celebrate responsibly and go easy on Federal Blvd. Let’s Get More Smarter. 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 an audio learner, check out The Get More Smarter Podcast. And don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter

 

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Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-Denver) is among many Democrats calling on the U.S. Senate to act quickly to protect abortion rights in the wake of a “leaked opinion” suggesting that the United States Supreme Court is about to overturn Roe v. Wade. From Denver7:

DeGette, the co-chair of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, implored the Senate to act and pass House-passed legislation protecting people’s right to abortion care, despite it failing to do so earlier this year, after the leak of the draft Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

The House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act last September in a 218-211 vote, with all Republicans voting against the measure and all Democrats voting in favor except for Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas.

But when the motion to proceed to a vote in the Senate came up on Feb. 28, the measure failed to get the 60 votes necessary to proceed in a 46-48 vote, with all voting Republicans voting against the measure along with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V.

As The Washington Post reports, the White House is also working hard to find solutions for protecting abortion rights…though there might not be much they can do:

Officials are discussing whether funding, whether through Medicaid or another mechanism, could be made available to women to travel to other states for an abortion, according to outside advisers who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions, but many doubt whether that is feasible.

 

Meanwhile, you likely won’t hear Republicans saying much about abortion or Roe v. Wade, because they’ve been instructed to focus their talking points on the “leaked opinion” instead. Not all Republicans are following that advice, however; CO-08 candidates Lori Saine and Barbara Kirkmeyer couldn’t hide their glee over a possible court ruling.

 

As Charles Ashby of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel notes, the June Primary ballot in Colorado is officially set. 

 

 Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroeder finally turned over copies he made of his county’s election/voting servers to Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser. This has become a big issue in Colorado with advocates of the “Big Lie,” and if Republicans had their way, it would continue in future elections:

 

 

Colorado lawmakers are nearing an endpoint in the discussion over changes to fentanyl possession laws, with the State Senate hearing debate today.

 

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‘2,000 Mules’ Beats a Dead Horse

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

It was a packed house at the Cinemark Tinseltown theater in Colorado Springs for Monday’s premiere of conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza’s new film, 2,000 Mules. D’Souza’s film is the latest attempt by conservatives at questioning the integrity of the 2020 presidential election, which has been the subject of numerous forensic auditsthat failed to show evidence of fraud — in states like Arizona and Michigan.

D’Souza assembled a panel of conservative thought leaders from Salem Media Group that included racial slur enthusiast Dennis Prager, virulent transphobe Charlie Kirk, protester-punching Eric Metaxas, who is a co-defendant in the defamation lawsuit brought by former Dominion Voting Systems executive Eric Coomer, and Larry Elder to review his evidence.

D’Souza works with Catherine Engelbrecht of the group True the Vote, and Greg Phillips, a data expert who collected anonymous cell phone data to identify repeat visitors to ballot drop-off boxes in battleground states, a practice called “geo fencing.”

“So there are two independent lines of evidence obtained by the election intelligence organization that’s called True the Vote,” said D’Souza told KNUS radio host George Brauchler, during a May 2 on-air discussion of the film. “They got a giant amount of cell phone geo tracking data. This is the data that shows the movement of cell phones. And they bought the data from October 1, 2020, through the election. Now they sort of this data, they ran a kind of a search algorithm looking for these mules. Now, what’s a mule? A mule is a paid political operative, typically hired by a left-wing organization to dump fraudulent and illegal ballots into mail-in drop boxes, typically in the middle of the night. … Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote coined the term and when I say ‘coined’ it as she lifted it from, you know, drug trafficking and sex trafficking in human trafficking where the mule is kind of the go-between. So she basically just applied the term to this area to ballot trafficking in which we have people doing exactly the same thing. They’re serving as mules.”

D’Souza, who was pardoned by Donald Trump in 2018 for a 2014 campaign finance violation, claims that a shadowy network of nonprofits used paid ballot “mules” to distribute enough false ballots in battleground states to swing the results of the 2020 election.

This is simply the latest conspiracy theory to be trotted out for conservative audiences that can’t get enough relitigation of 2020.

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