What you can do to fight back this week (August 19)

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It’s the middle of the August recess. Do you know where your Senator is?

Here’s the sad fact: Sen. Cory Gardner doesn’t want to face the voters of Colorado. That’s why instead of hosting public town halls this August to explain what he and President Trump are up to in Washington, Gardner has taken to impromptu appearances with little or no advance warning–looking for photo ops instead of the truth about what voters think.

This week, join ProgressNow Colorado, Indivisible, Conservation Colorado, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, and other great progressive groups as we travel across Colorado for the Cardboard Cory 2019 Bus Tour! Everyone’s favorite mascot for Sen. Gardner’s refusal to engage with his constituents, Cardboard Cory, is going on tour across Colorado. He’ll be hearing from voters on what kind of leader Colorado wants, and highlighting how Senator Cory Gardner has failed Colorado and does not deserve a second term.

The tour kicked off today in Denver and will be in or near your town soon:

Broomfield – 8/19
Longmont – 8/20
Greeley – 8/20
Fort Collins – 8/20
Lakewood – 8/21
Grand Junction – 8/22
Montrose – 8/22
Durango – 8/23
Pueblo – 8/24
Colorado Springs – 8/25

Get more information here! Unlike the real Sen. Gardner, Cardboard Cory looks forward to seeing you.

And here are some more great ways to make a difference for the week of August 19:

Renter’s Rights Webinar Training

Come learn more about what your renters rights are in Colorado! This training will also include information on the rights and protections that renters gained this year. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided. Please let us know if you need interpretation for another language.

Where: Webinar
When: Tuesday, August 20 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.

Our Colorado Way of Life: Repro Day of Action for Brittany Pettersen

Join Sen. Brittany Pettersen, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, and Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Pettersen against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 7510 West Mississippi Avenue, Lakewood
When: Wednesday, August 21st at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.

Our Colorado Way of Life: Wednesday Canvass/Phonebank – Protect Pete

Join Senator Pete Lee and El Paso County Activists for a canvassing or phonebanking shift every Wednesday evening! Stand with Sen. Lee against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, August 21st at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.

Our Colorado Way of Life: Boulder Phonebank

Join Boulder activists for a phonebank every Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 pm! Stand with Sen. Brittany Pettersen and Sen. Pete Lee against these misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: Location upon RSVP
When: Wednesday, August 21 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.

2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Westcliffe

We’ve accomplished so much together, especially over the last year. A lot of folks have been asking: “We’ve elected our country’s first gay governor, our state’s first transgender lawmaker, and have a pro-equality majority in the state legislature. What’s next?” “We’re going to pass the conversion therapy ban this year, so what’s next?” “We have third gender options on birth certificates and driver’s licenses. What do we work on next?”

Where: West Custer County Library, 209 Main St, Westcliffe
When: Thursday, August 22 at 3:30pm

Click here to RSVP.

Our Colorado Way of Life: Thursday Canvass/Phonebank – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists to knock doors and make phone calls to fight back against the misguided, extremist-led recall of Sen. Leroy Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Thursday, August 22nd at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.

2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Alamosa

As the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we’ve worked hard for the legal and political advancements we’ve achieved. And – there’s still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives. We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: 2005 Mullins Ave, Alamosa
When: Friday, August 23 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.

Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Own This City: Power (with music from Ramakhandra)

Come check out the mind-bendingly beautiful music from Ramakhandra, poetry from Kerrie Joy, Video Zine from Molina Speaks (MO SPKX) and Lockerpartners, food from Tarasco’s, drinks from Golden Moon Distillery, alternative energy-powered toys from Timbuk Toys, hands-on fun from Namasté Solar, participatory installation from the Bright WWWEB, some brainy info from Jason Meyer of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) among other local experts, and you’re damn right we’ll have our delicious classic, vegan, and gluten-free cookies. Why?! Because we have to learn and act in order to create the world we want.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Friday, August 23 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.

Our Colorado Way of Life: Saturday Canvass – Conservation Colorado Day of Action

Join Sen. Brittany Pettersen and Conservation Colorado for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Pettersen against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, August 24 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.

Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Saturday Canvass

Join Sen. Pete Lee and Sierra Club – Pikes Peak Group for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, August 24 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.

Moms Demand Action: Denver Eastside March for Peace

Join us as we march to promote bringing unity to our community. We will be meeting at Fuller Park on 29th and Williams, and will march to the St. Charles Recreation Center at 38th and Lafayette.

Where: Fuller Park, 2801 N Williams St, Denver
When: Saturday, August 24 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.

Our Colorado Way of Life: Saturday Canvass – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists and Senate President Leroy Garcia to knock doors and fight back this extremist-led, misguided recall attempt of Sen. Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Saturday, August 24th at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.

One Colorado: 2019 Ally Awards Gala

On August 24th, at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver, we will honor incredible allies who work to advance equality and who make a substantive difference in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans at the 2019 Ally Awards. We sold out last year’s event – get your tickets today to reserve your seat. You won’t want to miss out!

Where: Four Seasons Hotel Denver, 1111 14th St, Denver
When: Saturday, August 24 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.

Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Sunday Canvass

Join Sen. Pete Lee and local activists for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
Sunday, August 25 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.

Our Colorado Way of Life: Sunday Canvass – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists and Senate President Leroy Garcia to knock doors and fight back this extremist-led, misguided recall attempt of Sen. Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Sunday, August 25th 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Click here to RSVP.

Our Colorado Way of Life: Sunday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Sunday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, August 25 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.

Gun Safety Town Hall in Aurora

We cannot accept gun violence as our reality. We must join together and fight for safer schools and communities. As students head back to school, join former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Rep. Jason Crow, Congressman Joe Neguse, and Congressman Ed Perlmutter for a conversation with local leaders, survivors, and activists on federal gun laws, school safety and more.

Where: Aurora Association of REALTORS, 14201 E Evans Dr, Aurora
When: Monday, August 26 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.

Thanks very much for all you do! We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action.

Host of Gardner-Haley Fundraiser Tonight Is Hickenlooper Donor

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Former Trump U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is a “special guest” at a private fundraiser tonight in Greenwood Village for U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO).

In an ironic twist, the host of the $1,000-per-ticket event donated to former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), who is currently deciding whether to jump into the Democratic primary race to take on Gardner.

The event, running from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., is at the home of Heather and Jimmy Mulvihill, who gave a total of over $2,000 to Hickenlooper in 2010 and 2014.

Mulvihill could not immediately be reached for comment on whether he’d stick with Gardner if Hickenlooper enters the U.S. Senate race.

Mulvihill and his wife also donated to Gardner, as well as Trump and other prominent Republicans and some Democrats. Sometimes donations came from Mulvihill’s real estate business, Black Creek Group.

Politico reported in May that the Gardner campaign had invited Haley to stump for him:

“[Haley] has also been asked to campaign alongside Republican candidates who might be more reluctant to stump with the president, including Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner… campaign spokesman Cosey Contres said the campaign invited Haley to Colorado because of “her focus on bringing people together” — something few voters, Republican or Democrat, would say about Trump.”
Nikki Haley Post-Trump Tweet

“Denver, here we come,” Haley tweeted along a photo picturing herself and her husband on the plane to Denver.

One of the first commenters to Haley’s tweet hopes Haley will help “straighten out” the U.S. once Trump is no longer in office. Dennis Goett wrote:

“Nikki. You are our best bet to straighten out U.S. post-Trump. Go for it. Where is your organizational effort? How can I help?”

Haley replied directly with a link to her own political fundraising organization.

Money raised at the event will go to the “Gardner Victory Committee,” one of several joint fundraising committees created to support Gardner’s reelection campaign.

Erik Maulbetsch contributed to this post.

Trump: Google Is Out To Get Me

President Donald Trump.

The Hill:

President Trump alleged Monday that Google manipulated millions of voters into supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, saying the company “should be sued” in his latest attack on the tech giant.

The president in a tweet referenced the work of a controversial psychologist who has claimed to have found evidence that Google’s search algorithms have been influencing voters.

“Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election!” Trump wrote. “This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought!”

The allegation that Google and other major online gateways to content are censoring or otherwise down-ranking conservative viewpoints is not new, and the specific allegation from Dr. Robert Epstein that Google “manipulated” millions of voters into supporting Hillary Clinton in 2016 has been widely circulated and generally dismissed as based on an unfounded conspiracy theory. The question gets somewhat more complicated with respect to efforts by media organizations to reduce the spread of blatantly factually inaccurate information on their platform. If you believe sincerely, for example, that powerful Democrats ran a pedophile ring out of a Washington, D.C. pizza joint, Google and Facebook suppressing “Pizzagate” stories looks like censorship. To everybody else, it’s an overdue step in the right direction.

Where’s the line between appropriate and necessary fake news prevention, and censorship? We’ll leave that for readers to argue–as long as everybody’s clear that the President of the United States has no earthly idea, and that’s a problem no matter whose side you’re on.

AOC Coming To Boulder, Republicans Go Wild!

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D).

As the Denver Post’s Sam Talabchnik reports:

Colorado Democrats will get a chance to see U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in September when the freshman congresswoman headlines the annual Boulder County party fundraiser.

Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., will be joined by Rep. Joe Neguse, a Democrat from Lafayette, at the 44th annual Truman Dinner on Sept. 21 at the University of Colorado, according to a news release from Boulder County Democrats.

“Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is not only a great friend but an amazing colleague whose ability to speak truth to power has inspired millions of people across our country, including many here in Colorado,” Neguse said.

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is currently one of the bigger draws for Democrats on the fundraising circuit, with her high profile as a young fiercely progressive woman who unseated an establishment stalwart. Ocasio-Cortez’s visibility has also made her a target of heavy Republican vilification, which has greatly intensified since President Donald Trump started singling out Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and several other Democratic women of color for racially-charged attacks on their patriotism.

All things being equal it should be a great fundraiser for Boulder County Democrats, as well as another chance for local Republicans to offend swing 2020 voters by gratuitously trashing the best-known Latina lawmaker in contemporary American politics.

There’s something for everybody.

Monday Open Thread

“The patient is not likely to recover who makes the doctor his heir.”

–Thomas Fuller

Perlmutter Backs Hickenlooper for Senate

Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-Jefferson County) made some big news today by declaring that former Gov. John Hickenlooper has his support for a potential 2020 U.S. Senate campaign:

Perlmutter’s support carries a great deal of weight amid a crowded field of Democratic candidates for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, Perlmutter is (not very) arguably the most well-known, and well-liked, member of Colorado’s Democratic congressional delegation. This kind of pre-emptive announcement of support is also not something you normally see from the seven-term Congressman, so Democratic activists and party leaders are going to take notice.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Jefferson County)

And, of course, Perlmutter himself had long been considered to be a potential top candidate for U.S. Senate in 2020. We actually moved his name off of The Big Line on Friday as speculation mounted that Hick was likely to enter the race sometime soon; our logic: It is unlikely that Perlmutter would still consider the Senate race if Hickenlooper is indeed running (for the same reason, we also dropped Rep. Joe Neguse of Lafayette from The Big Line).

Perlmutter’s early endorsement is an unmistakable signal that Hickenlooper is both likely to enter the Senate race and likely to pick up support from notable other Democrats once he does. Hickenlooper announced last week that he was dropping his bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination, at the same time acknowledging that he was considering taking a run at the seat currently occupied by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma). Gardner is widely considered to be among the top 1-2 most endangered incumbent Republican Senators on the ballot this cycle, which only increases the pressure for Democrats to find their best potential challenger in 2020.

As we wrote here on Friday, both polling and simple logic point to Hickenlooper as the best candidate for Democrats to defeat Gardner in 2020. Supporters of the Senate candidates already running argue that the Party would be fine with any number of those candidates. Maybe, but it’s tough to make a strong case that Hickenlooper is not the Democrat with the best chance of defeating Gardner. Perlmutter surely thought about that and came to the same conclusion.

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D)

This is a blog about politics. Fundamentally, success in politics requires that you win elections. As we’ve seen in the last four years, Senate Republicans aren’t going to do a damn thing about anything — they won’t even consider discussing any number of important pieces of legislation passed out of the House this year — so Democrats need to take majority control of the Senate for anything significant to happen on issues from health care and education to equal rights and gun safety. For Democrats to win the majority in 2020, they need their best candidates (say, Hickenlooper) running against the most endangered Republican incumbents (like Gardner) around the country.

It’s tough to argue against Hick’s likely frontrunner status should he enter the race for Senate. Lots of people can, and will, argue about how far left Hickenlooper sits in the Democratic Party. But what that discussion can’t change is this: Among Colorado voters, Hick has already shown — twice — that he can carry the top of a ticket in a statewide election. These are just factual truths.

Perlmutter’s endorsement of Hick today is both symbol and signal. Another signal that Hick is coming, and a symbol of the support that appears to be waiting for him. If Democrats around the country can find their Hickenloopers — the candidates with the best chance of winning, period — then they can re-take the Senate majority and maybe even turn that mess back into a functioning government.

“Doug Lamborn Sided With Abusers”

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R).

A press release from the Animal Wellness Foundation last week celebrates the recent passage in the U.S. House of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, a measure designed to prevent a particularly cruel practice against certain show horses:

The PAST Act seeks to strengthen the Horse Protection Act and end the torturous, painful practice of soring Tennessee Walking, Racking, and Spotted Saddle Horses. Soring, the intentional infliction of pain to horses’ front limbs by applying caustic chemicals such as mustard oil or kerosene or inserting sharp objects into the horses’ hooves to create an exaggerated gait known as the “Big Lick,” has plagued the equine world for six decades.

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet joined as a cosponsor of the Senate companion bill on July 30th, S. 1007, led by the senior U.S. Senator from Idaho, Republican Mike Crapo, that mirrors the House passed legislation. Senator Cory Gardner has not cosponsored the Senate PAST Act but was formerly a cosponsor of the House bill when he served in the Lower Chamber in the 113th Congress. Colorado Governor Jared Polis was also a longtime supporter of the PAST Act during his time in the U.S. House as well.

“Soring involves cruel and intentional infliction of pain on a horse’s legs and hooves purely for sport,” said Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO-02). “No horse should be made to suffer for competition. Though laws have been on the books for decades banning this inhumane practice, horse soring still runs rampant. The PAST Act would strengthen and improve current regulations and ensure that this practice finally comes to an end. I am proud to be a cosponsor of and advocate for this legislation because it is time for Congress to step-in and halt this brutal and unnecessary practice.”

The PAST Act passed by an overwhelming 333-96 margin. In the Colorado House delegation, the only member voting no was Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs, who has never in his career allowed distasteful optics to get in his benefactors’ way:

“We applaud the Members of the Colorado Delegation who voted to end this barbaric and indefensible practice that has marred the horse show world for decades,” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action and past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association. “We’re disappointed that Doug Lamborn sided with abusers, [Pols emphasis] but the landslide support for the bill is a powerful signal to the U.S. Senate that it should pony up and end this cruelty to horses once and for all.”

Folks, we’ll concede that we are not experts in the field of animal husbandry in general or horsekeeping in particular. But even a brief look at the practice of “soring” horses to produce this trademark showy gait suggests that it is extremely cruel, with only an anachronistic “benefit” to a class of people who are somehow able to enjoy watching an animal prance about oddly without an attack of conscience from the realization that the animal is prancing like that because it is in severe pain. Realizing that, “soring” lumps in with cockfighting and other such practices that are unambiguous animal cruelty and should most certainly be outlawed.

But apparently Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs is down with animal cruelty? Perhaps a horse was mean to him as a child? Being on the losing end of such a lopsided vote to outlaw this barbaric practice makes it a question worth asking–even of El Paso County’s infamously uncouth but perennially safe dullard of a congressman.

Weekend Open Thread

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it without a sense of ironic futility.”

–Errol Morris

Brauchler “Happy” to Break the Law to Carry His Gun into a Theater that Bans Guns

(Law-breaking law enforcement? – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

George Brauchler.

Arapahoe-County area District Attorney George Brauchler says he doesn’t care if a business, like a movie theater, bans concealed weapons from the premises.

He’s “happy” to violate the law and bring his concealed weapon into the theater anyway, he told Greeley’s KCOL guest host Karen Kataline Aug. 13.

Brauchler: I’m not a fan of the Gun Free Zones, and in fact, I mean, I will tell you that I violate that all the time. I carry concealed all the time.
Kateline [facetiously]:  Don’t admit that, George!
Brauchler:  I’m going to admit it – all the time! I feel completely undeterred.  And again, someone may say, ‘Oh, you’re violating—.’  No. Listen, I’m going to protect myself where I think it appropriate. Now, if I were [to be] stopped by law enforcement and confronted and have I committed a crime? [I] probably have!  [I’m] happy to own that.  But I’m not going let someone else disarm me under those circumstances.

Brauchler has bragged about his willingness to flout gun-free zones multiple times in radio interviews, usually pointing to the example of going to the movies with his family.

“It’s tough,” Brauchler said on KNUS following the Las Vegas massacre, when he was asked what citizens can do about mass shootings. “I think there is a combination of things. I mean, I’ll tell you that me, personally, since the Aurora theater case, I have not gone to the movies with my family without me carrying concealed.
“And I’ll plainly concede that there are probably several theaters that have said, ‘You can’t carry concealed here.’ And I have disregarded that, because I am never going to put myself in a position to not have options.”

But this week’s comment was different insofar as he stated directly that he’d be happy to break the law to do so, which is a notable comment from one of Colorado’s top law enforcement officials.

Brauchler, who briefly ran for Colorado governor then attorney general last year, did not return a call requesting an explanation on why he thinks he can choose the laws he wants to abide by–or why he thinks he’d “probably” be breaking the law by carrying his concealed weapon into a gun-free zone.


Colorado Week in Review: 8/16/19

They Need Not Go Quietly Into That Good Night

The Denver Post’s political duo Justin Wingerter and Nic Garcia report, and we’re obliged to take note:

State Democratic insiders agree that Hickenlooper would be a formidable candidate against Gardner, but a majority of the 11 Democratic candidates already in the field want Hickenlooper to know they won’t be rolling over if he decides to run for the Senate.

“He has his aspirations, and we can’t control what he does, but what I’m concerned about is Washington insiders interfering with Colorado voters in their selection of a Democratic nominee,” [Sen. Angela] Williams said in an interview Thursday morning, hours before Hickenlooper ended his presidential run. “I believe women and people of color deserve a voice in the United States Senate.”

“He’ll have a fight on his hands,” Williams added. “That’s what I believe.” She accused Hickenlooper of attacking “the progressive values of women and people of color on issues like health care reform” during his ill-fated run for president.

In the wake of yesterday’s announcement that former Gov. John Hickenlooper would end his presidential campaign and give “serious thought” to running for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020, at least three Democrats already running for the seat have suggested they won’t be peremptorily driven from the race if Hickenlooper gets in. Michael Johnston in particular has a sufficient war chest on hand with which to fight on, and at the end of the day nobody can force any declared candidate to pull out.

No person can do that, but reality has a way of working itself out.

We have been clear in this space that based on every available data point, including corroborative polling data and years of experience observing the trends and power centers in Colorado politics, John Hickenlooper as a candidate for the U.S. Senate would be orders of magnitude stronger than anyone else presently in the race for the Democratic nomination. A recent poll showing Hickenlooper’s name ID and persistent favorability crushing his Democratic rivals by 51 points is hotly disputed by supporters of other candidates, but it sensibly reflects the built-in advantage of a popular two-term governor against a primary field consisting mostly of current and former state lawmakers. Another recent poll showing Hickenlooper handily defeating Sen. Cory Gardner in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup, though we don’t doubt other candidates can also compete well, is not an expression of anyone’s bias. It’s reality.

With that said, conventional wisdom has been upset before. All of the factors that we have identified as giving Hickenlooper the upper hand in a Democratic primary will need to be proven out once again. If our analysis is correct that Hickenlooper will dominate if he enters the Democratic primary and quickly relegate opposing campaigns to minor status, that prediction will be borne out by events.

We’re just the messenger, but feel free to prove us wrong–if you can.

Get More Smarter on Friday (August 16)

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President Trump is apparently getting nervous about the economy — mostly for what it means related to his 2020 re-election. From the Washington Post:

Mounting signs of global economic distress this week have alarmed President Trump, who is worried that a downturn could imperil his reelection, even as administration officials acknowledge that they have not planned for a possible recession.

Trump is banking on a strong economy to win a second term in 2020, and in recent weeks he has impulsively lashed out at the Federal Reserve, pressured Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to label China a “currency manipulator,” and unexpectedly delayed tariffs on Chinese imports out of fear they could depress holiday retail sales.

Yet despite gyrations in the U.S. stock market and economic slowdowns in other countries, officials in the White House, at the Treasury Department and throughout the administration are planning no new steps to attempt to stave off a recession. Rather, Trump’s economic advisers have been delivering the president upbeat assessments in which they argue that the domestic economy is stronger than many forecasters are making it out to be.

President Trump might be setting up Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to take the fall for any potential economic troubles, but as Catherine Rampell writes in a separate story for the Washington Post, there’s no real plan from the White House:

If things go south, this administration doesn’t have a plan. It never had a plan. And it doesn’t have competent personnel in place to come up with a plan.

Trump’s economic brain trust consists of a guy who plays an economist on TV, a crank  who has been disowned by the (real) economics profession and the producer of “The Lego Batman Movie.”



► “So whether you love me or hate me, you’ve got to vote for me,” said President Trump at a campaign rally in New Hampshire on Thursday. 


► House Minority Leader and recall grifter Pat Neville says that he is personally responsible for talking President Trump out of supporting so-called “red flag” laws in the aftermath of the Parkland High School shootings in Florida last year.


► An astonishing 67% of Americans support an assault weapons ban, according to polling conducted on behalf of Fox News. As CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains:

Yes, there is something of a partisan divide on the question — with 86% of Democrats favoring a ban on automatic and semiautomatic weapons, while 46% of Republicans feel the same. But look at it another way: On a proposal that is widely regarded in GOP congressional circles as a non-starter because it is going too far in limiting guns, self-identified Republicans are split right down the middle — 46% support, 46% oppose.

Among Republican women — one of the key swing voting blocs heading into 2020, a majority (54%) support an assault weapons ban, while just 36% oppose it. And even a majority of people in gun-owning households (53%) support an assault weapons ban.

There hasn’t been an assault weapons ban in place in the United States since the last one expired in 2004, after a decade on the books. Attempts to renew it in 2004 failed — due at least in part, to a heightened national security climate in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and a lack of urgency from the Bush White House.



Get even more smarter after the jump…


Friday Open Thread

“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”

–Benjamin Franklin

The View From 30,000 Feet Is…Fuzzy

Above you can see an image forwarded to us today that depicts the MSNBC cable news network attempting to explain the dynamics of Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary to their audience. But as our readers should be able to quickly see, there are a few problems:

  1. None of these men are running for the U.S. Senate in Iowa.
  2. The second photo is not Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Mike Johnston.
  3. No one named Mike Johnson is running for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat.
  4. The depicted Mike Johnson is a member of Congress in Louisiana.
  5. Rep. Mike Johnson is a hard-right Republican.

On the upside, MSNBC did get the poll numbers right. And from their lofty perches that might be the whole story.