What Does Heidi Ganahl Stand For? Lorem Ipsum!

UPDATE: Ganahl’s campaign seems to have fixed its problem, though they could still use some words for their “Issues” section:

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It’s been two weeks since the launch of Republican University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl’s campaign for governor, which both sides of the aisle agree with unusual frankness did not go well. After a decidedly uninspiring kickoff event literally held at a venue featured in a Cory Gardner campaign ad a year before, Ganahl’s mishandling of repeated questions about the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election sent her campaign into something of a messaging tailspin. Ganahl’s sparsely-attended “launch tour” in a used RV did little to improve the impression of a poorly executed rollout, and since that ended without fanfare Ganahl’s campaign has been mostly quiet.

In the meantime, voters in Colorado are left to gather what limited information they can about Ganahl via the campaign’s website. Ganahl’s site contains no mention of the word “Republican” but does briefly touch on Ganahl’s work at the University of Colorado to support “free speech” and “diversity,” without getting into the messy details about former CU visiting professor John Eastman’s freedom to plot coups–or “diversity” in this case pertaining strictly to CU’s “conservative affirmative action” policy.

As it turns out, there is a publicly viewable “Issues” page on Ganahl’s website! This is where voters would logically proceed to learn more about Ganahl’s actual agenda were she to become Colorado’s next governor. Unfortunately, as of this writing Ganahl’s “Issues” page isn’t much help either:

And no, it doesn’t make any sense in Latin either so don’t bother. “Lorem ipsum,” for those who don’t do design work, is filler text to stand in for the actual content of a web page or other document in the design process. In the context of Ganahl’s low-information high-slogan campaign launch, however, this obviously unfinished but very important component of Ganahl’s website being publicly visible is an incredibly delicious form of irony.

For candidates worth supporting, the “Issues” page is not an afterthought.

It comes first.

Everyone Should Know About the “Eastman Memo”

Former University of Colorado “Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy” John Eastman speaking in Washington D.C. January 6th, 2021.

Margaret Sullivan has an important column out today in The Washington Post about something that every American should be intimately familiar with: The “Eastman Memo.”

In a normal world, the “Eastman memo” would be infamous by now, the way “Access Hollywood” became the popular shorthand in 2016 for the damning recording of Donald Trump’s bragging about groping women.

But it’s a good bet that most people have never even heard of the Eastman memo.

That says something troubling about how blasé the mainstream press has become about the attempted coup in the aftermath of the 2020 election — and how easily a coup could succeed next time.

The memo, unearthed in Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s new book, is a stunner. Written by Trump legal adviser John Eastman — a serious Establishment Type with Federalist Society cred and a law school deanship under his belt — it offered Mike Pence, then in his final days as vice president, a detailed plan to declare the 2020 election invalid and give the presidency to Trump.

In other words, how to run a coup in six easy steps. [Pols emphasis]

For you followers of Colorado politics, the name John Eastman should ring a few bells. Eastman is a former visiting professor at the University of Colorado whose tenure was rife with controversy. The University of Colorado cancelled his classes in January, citing low interest from students, and stripped Eastman of his public duties ahead of the end of his contract in May. Eastman is now preparing to sue CU for millions of dollars, alleging defamation and a violation of his First Amendment rights (because CU was not exactly proud of his efforts to formulate a coup at the highest levels of government).

“There are fantastic folks who come in [to the Benson Center]. Right now, it’s Dr. John Eastman, who’s riling some folks up.”

— Heidi Ganahl in December 2020

 

Eastman’s ties to CU include being embraced by to Republican gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl, who was a big supporter in her role as a CU Regent. Ganahl was heaping praise on Eastman as recently as December 2020.

Eastman was inserting himself into the 2020 election long before last November. This is the same guy who wrote an infamous (and incorrect) opinion piece last summer suggesting that Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris might be ineligible to serve as VP because her parents are brown immigrants.

As Sullivan writes in The Washington Post, the “Eastman Memo” has not received the type of media coverage that something this nefarious and important should deserve. Media outlets in Colorado have also avoided the story for some reason, but that could change as the 2022 election cycle heats up. Remember that Ganahl STILL HAS NOT PROVIDED AN ANSWER to multiple questions about whether she believes that the 2020 election was fraudulent; her persistent refusal to answer that question, coupled with her indisputable support of Eastman, should concern every voter in Colorado.

We’ll let Sullivan have the final word on why the “Eastman Memo” needs to be a household phrase: “Eastman’s coup hasn’t happened yet. But given the media’s shrug-off, maybe all we have to do is wait.”

Colorado’s Olympian Insurrectionist Cops A Plea

Klete Keller, wearing his Olympic gear inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

The Denver Post’s Shelly Bradbury reports on the plea agreement accepted by a federal judge yesterday in the case of Klete Keller of Colorado Springs, an Olympic gold-medal swimmer facing multiple charges after helping storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6th for the purpose of disrupting the certification by Congress of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential elections:

Keller was indicted in February on seven counts, including obstruction of an official proceeding, disorderly conduct and entering a restricted building, after investigators identified him in video footage of the gathering. The six additional counts against him were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

On Jan. 6, he wore a jacket with the Olympic patch on the sleeve, and at 6-foot-6-inches, stood a head and shoulder taller than many in the crowd, according to a criminal complaint filed against him. Keller stood with a crowd in the Rotunda and resisted law enforcement’s efforts to remove the crowd, according to the complaint.

In Keller’s statement of offense as part of the plea agreement by which he pled guilty to a single felony count of obstructing an official proceeding, as reported by the Colorado Sun’s Olivia Prentzel, Keller admits to fully understanding the purpose of his actions that day:

“At the time I entered the Capitol building, I knew that I did not have permission to enter the building, and I believed that I and others were trying to obstruct, influence and impede an official proceeding, that is, a proceeding before Congress,” Keller wrote in a statement of offense.

“At the time I acted to affect the government by stopping or delaying the Congressional proceeding, and, in fact did, so,” Keller wrote. “I accomplished this by intimidating or coercing government personnel who were participating in or supporting the Congressional proceeding.”

As CNN’s Marshall Cohen reports, Keller is likely going to prison–but he isn’t expected to face the maximum 20 years in prison he could for the charge he pleaded guilty to. The reason for that appears to be some genuine contrition on Keller’s part, and an agreement to cooperate with federal prosecutors on future cases:

The deal with Keller suggests prosecutors might try to use him as a star witness at upcoming trials, banking on his notoriety as a decorated athlete who won gold medals in swimming at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2004 Athens Olympics…

Until now, the only rioters who have struck cooperation deals were members of extremist groups who could testify against their fellow members… [Pols emphasis]

“He’s obviously trying to make amends for the terrible decision he made on January 6,” Keller’s lawyer Edward MacMahon told the judge. “He’s embarrassed by what he did that day and wants to make amends to the court and to the American people.” [Pols emphasis]

Keller was reportedly embarrassed enough–or at least worried enough about being recognized by the investigation–that he threw away the official U.S. Olympic Team jacket he wore for the insurrection. Nonetheless, Keller’s actions disgraced not just himself, but the U.S. Olympic Team and the large base of support for Olympic athletes across America. For the crime of operationalizing the “Big Lie” with violence, Keller now faces two years in federal prison and the lifetime stigma of a felony conviction. Keller lost his job in real estate in Colorado Springs, and his actions were condemned by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

If Keller’s mission now is to “make amends” to the American people for his actions on January 6th, in addition to whatever testimony he might offer to assist in other cases, he needs to speak out strongly against the falsehoods that motivated his actions. Klete Keller didn’t storm the Capitol on his own initiative. He was sent there by a defeated so-to-be ex-President, desperately trying to hold on to power via a planned coup Keller was merely a foot soldier in the service of. Trump loyalist Republican candidates in Colorado from fellow Olympian Eli Bremer to Lauren Boebert have a whole new slate of questions to dodge about Klete Keller.

Klete Keller’s redemption, if it ever comes, will start at the top and work its way down to Keller’s bit part.

Get More Smarter on Wednesday (Sept. 29)

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We haz a map!

After months and months of meetings and discussions, Colorado’s Independent Congressional Redistricting Committee approved a new Congressional map late Tuesday night. Now we just need the State Supreme Court to approve the new boundaries…

As Colorado Public Radio reports:

Colorado’s Independent Redistricting Commission agreed on a congressional map at its final meeting Tuesday, just minutes before a midnight deadline. It will now go to the Colorado Supreme Court for approval.

The new map is largely modeled after Colorado’s current congressional boundaries, while making room for the state’s new 8th congressional district which will sit along the I-25 corridor north of Denver.

Politically, the map creates four Democratic seats, three Republican ones and a swing district — the new eighth — that leans slightly to the left. The boundaries give all of Colorado’s current members of Congress a strong chance of holding on to their seats.
This final map was a Democratic amendment to a plan drawn by nonpartisan staff based on public feedback. In the end, it was supported by eleven of the panel’s twelve commissioners, with just Democrat Simon Tafoya voting against it.

You can view the approved map below. Visit the Colorado Redistricting website for more details, or check out reporting from Alex Burness in The Denver Post.

The map!

 

 

Business groups and Republican leaders are working to secure GOP votes in the House of Representatives for an infrastructure vote scheduled to take place on Thursday. From The New York Times:

Although the measure is the product of a compromise among moderates in both parties, House Republican leaders are leaning on their members to reject the $1 trillion infrastructure bill by disparaging its contents and arguing that it will only pave the way for Democrats to push through their far larger climate change and social policy bill.

Their opposition has ratcheted up pressure on Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has the more progressive members of her Democratic caucus threatening to withhold their support for the infrastructure package until Congress acts on that broader bill. If Republicans unite in opposition, Ms. Pelosi can afford to lose as few as three Democrats on the bill.

But some Republican senators who helped write the bill, along with influential business groups who support it — including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable — have started a countereffort to try to persuade House Republicans to back the legislation.

Across the aisle, Democrats are still working to secure support for President Biden’s economic agenda. From a separate New York Times story:

President Biden and his aides mounted an all-out effort on Wednesday to salvage Mr. Biden’s economic agenda in Congress, attempting to forge even the beginnings of a compromise between moderates and progressives on a pair of bills that would spend trillions to rebuild infrastructure, expand access to education, fight climate change and more.

Mr. Biden canceled a scheduled trip to Chicago, where he was planning to promote Covid-19 vaccinations, in order to continue talking with lawmakers during a critical week of deadlines in the House. One crucial holdout vote in the Senate, Kyrsten Sinema, a centrist from Arizona, was set to visit the White House on Wednesday morning, a person familiar with the meeting said.

Ms. Sinema was one of the Democratic champions of a bipartisan bill, brokered by Mr. Biden, to spend more than $1 trillion over the next several years on physical infrastructure like water pipes, roads, bridges, electric vehicle charging stations and broadband internet. That bill passed the Senate this summer. It is set for a vote this week in the House. But progressive Democrats have threatened to block it unless it is coupled with a more expansive bill that contains much of the rest of Mr. Biden’s domestic agenda, like universal prekindergarten and free community college, a host of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tax breaks for workers and families that are meant to fight poverty and boost labor force participation.

New polling from Colorado shows that voters in our state remain overwhelmingly supportive of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan. Biden’s plan has the support of 80% of Democrats and 60% of Unaffiliated voters; 27% of Republican voters agree with the proposal.

 

Colorado will use $500 million in federal COVID relief funding to boost child care resources throughout the state. Money from the American Rescue Plan amounts to more than double what Colorado’s Office of Early Childhood is normally able to spend in a given year.

 

 Republicans such as Rep. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert aren’t even pretending to couch their beliefs about “replacement theory” in a less-overtly racist tone.

 

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We have a map!!!

They did it! They actually did it!

The Congressional Redistricting Commission managed to pass a map! And with 5 min to spare! The only way I know to link to a version where you can see the county lines was to post it to facebook and then link to it, so here you go:

https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=1724404077756623&set=pcb.1724404337756597

If you go to that posting, you will see a couple of zoom ins on the tighter areas.

Be Disgusted By “Replacement Theory,” But Don’t Be Surprised

Rep. Lauren Q*Bert Boebert (R-ifle).

Oliver Willis at the American Independent reports on a video posted yesterday by freshman GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert, in which Boebert clumsily (this being Boebert’s only speed without a script) embraces a well-known racist trope known as the “Great Replacement Theory”–the theory that white people are being deliberately replaced by nonwhite immigrants in the United States and other Western countries who are according to the theory more obedient to authority:

Republican members of Congress are doubling down on their support for the racist conspiracy theory that nonwhite immigrants are being brought into the United States systematically to take the place of white people, a claim often referred to as “the great replacement theory.”

In a video posted to her Facebook page on Monday, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) promoted the theory during a hearing of the House Budget Committee as it debated the 2022 budget bill.

Here are Boebert’s verbatim words from the video above:

BOEBERT: To top it off, they want to grant amnesty and a path to citizenship to eight million illegal aliens. Yes, there is definitely a replacement theory that’s going on right now. [Pols emphasis] We are killing American jobs and bringing in illegal aliens from all over the world to replace them if Americans will not comply with the tyrannical orders that are coming down from the White House.

We like you reflexively jerked to correct Boebert’s bumbled delivery, since if the “theory” is “going on right now” it’s no longer a theory, there we said it–but to stay on topic, the “Great Replacement Theory” is one of the principal ideological drivers of the modern-day global white nationalist movement. It’s been cited as justification by racially motivated mass shooters from El Paso to Christchurch, New Zealand, and “you will not replace us” was the rallying cry at the infamous “tiki torch march” during the Unite The Right white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 that ended in deadly violence.

Even before the era of Donald Trump turned racial animus into the overt campaign tool it is today, Coloradans have had our brushes with proponents of this racist theory as it gained adherents over the past decade. The Western Conservative Summit brought far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders to their annual conference way back in 2012 with his controversial message of not putting up with “multiculturalism,” “stop[ping] immigration from Islamic countries,” and banning the construction of new mosques.

Local Republicans lapped the hate up.

As for Lauren Boebert, her blundering delivery is a clue that she’s once again playing catch-up to bigger-name Republican luminaries including Tucker Carlson and Matt Gaetz, who in the last few days have test-marketed the legitimization of what was not so long  an instantly self-discrediting conspiracy theory. The Anti-Defamation League responded with a call for Carlson to resign.

In Colorado, powerful Republicans like Larry Mizel, who founded the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, faced criticism during the Trump years for their support of politicians who frequently made a mockery of their professed values. As the “MAGA” wing of the Republican Party continues its descent into unapologetic racism, everyone who aided and abetted their rise to prominence needs to answer for what is happening now.

If there is no one willing to say otherwise, Lauren Boebert is the Republican Party.

Get More Smarter on Tuesday (Sept. 28)

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Senate Republicans, as promised, blocked efforts to avoid a government shutdown on Monday. Today, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen issued a dire warning:

Yellen on Tuesday told Congress that the U.S. will run out of flexibility to avoid breaching the debt limit on Oct. 18, setting a new deadline for lawmakers to avoid a catastrophic default on its payment obligations…

…Yellen’s letter came less than 24 hours after Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would suspend the debt ceiling and prevent a government shutdown on Friday. Senate Republicans have said they would support a stand-alone measure to prevent the shutdown but they largely have opposed efforts by Democrats to suspend the debt ceiling.

The U.S. government runs a large budget deficit, spending far more than it brings in through tax revenue. To address this imbalance, the government borrows money by issuing debt. But it can only issue debt up to a limit set by Congress. That limit is repeatedly raised or suspended, and lawmakers are now up against another cap.

House Democrats huddle over simmering tensions about budget and agenda.

If Congress doesn’t raise the limit, the Treasury Department will not have the capability to pay all of its bills. Yellen’s new letter lays out that this crunch will really tighten after Oct. 18. She called on Congress to act as swiftly as possible, an overture she has tried for weeks without much success.

Greg Sargent of The Washington Post recommends that Democrats respond to Republican obstruction in a manner that could stop some of this nonsense:

Democrats appear likely to opt for Plan B, which is to raise the debt limit in the reconciliation process. But if so, they have another option: They can try to use reconciliation to effectively nullify the debt limit, which if it works would end this nonsense for good.

Can President Biden get a deal done to avoid a government shutdown. As Chris Cillizza of CNN writes, Biden has spent his entire life preparing for this moment.

Colorado Newsline has more on this story with a local perspective.

 

Maps, maps, maps!

Sandra Fish and Thy Vo of The Colorado Sun explain — as much as anyone can — how Colorado’s redistricting process is nearing its conclusion:

Eight of the 12 members of Colorado’s Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission must agree on a map by the end of Tuesday to prevent a staff-drawn proposal from being sent to the state Supreme Court for final approval.

There are about 30 different maps commissioners can consider at a 2 p.m. meeting Monday or another meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

By this time tomorrow, we might know what Congressional map we are going to be arguing about. The final step could still involve a decision by the State Supreme Court.

The process for approving new legislative maps, meanwhile, seems likely to go smoother:

The latest draft state House and Senate maps released last week appear to each have the support of at least eight members of the Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission.

While commissioners have discussed changes they’d like to see to the maps, an informal straw poll last week indicated a supermajority of commissioners would, if the latest drafts were the final maps for consideration, vote for the proposals.

In related news, Evan Wyloge of the publication formerly known as The Colorado Statesman reports on new interactions related to a redistricting lobbying complaint against several Republican operatives, including Alan Philp, Frank McNulty, and Greg Brophy.

 

Colorado Republicans are not shy about offering their opinion that GOP gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl is going to get positively pummeled by incumbent Democrat Jared Polis in 2022. 

 

► David Leonhardt of The New York Times suggests a new moniker for the pandemic in the United States:

Via The New York Times (9/27/21)

 

New data from Gallup backs up this assertion. Roughly 92% of Democrats say that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 56% of Republicans.

 

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Another Day, Another Nationwide Boebert Dunkfest

And with that, as Huffington Post’s Josephine Harvey reports, Rep. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert was trending once again:

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) got shot down by critics on Monday after tweeting a false analogy comparing the coronavirus to a headache.

“I woke up with a headache this morning. I took some Tylenol. Now if everyone else could take some Tylenol too so mine would start working, that would be great,” she wrote.

The conspiracy-endorsing Republican, who routinely fires off inflammatory tweets with apparently little regard for how much sense they make, was ostensibly trying to swipe at the push to inoculate more people in order to rein in the outbreaks of COVID-19 being driven by the delta variant and unvaccinated people…

As the New York Daily News’ Brian Niemietz explains and the whole world was able to deduce in a matter of seconds, that’s just stupid on so many levels:

Boebert appeared to suggest that people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 shouldn’t worry about others who opt against receiving inoculations. Her posting included a clip of the 1999 film “Office Space,” where a character in a managerial position gives his subordinates instructions in a similar tone.

It was quickly pointed out to the 34-year-old politician — who according to fact-checking site Snopes.com got her GED shortly before taking office in 2020 — that unlike viruses, headaches aren’t wildly contagious and don’t mutate into deadly variants. [Pols emphasis] A headache also can’t be passed on to children or other vulnerable people who are ineligible for vaccinations.

We’ve discussed a number of times the rules we try to follow in discerning what among Boebert’s daily flood of low-information vitriol is worth covering in this space. Rather than get caught up in a daily cycle of outrage that Boebert only processes as attention, we look for patterns and trends both in Beobert’s content and the public reaction to it.

What we see increasingly in Boebert’s desperate daily attempts to stay in the spotlight is a transition: from Boebert building support with her daily outrages to Boebert simply getting dunked on en masse day after day. Although Boebert still enjoys the dopamine hit from thousands of likes and Retweets from her faithful supporters, the response from anyone other than her adoring fan base is overwhelmingly disdainful. It stands out this week even more, with Congress debating the heart of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda and a government shutdown looming, that Boebert is off doing the only thing she knows how to do.

Embarrass herself and her fellow Republicans on Twitter.

Republicans in CD-3 still in possession of shame should ask themselves how much they can tolerate.

Congressional mapping in its last lap

Tomorrow evening (Tuesday), the Congressional Redistricting Commission will vote on a map out of about 30 variations on the same theme. They will be using ranked voting which might get them to a winner. A list of the maps which were presented to the Commission in time to be considered are here: List of Maps. The list is not linked to the maps (unfortunately) so you have to hunt for them a bit in the map gallery. I am not super fond of any them, but none of the are absolutely terrible either. As I said, they are mostly variations on the same theme.

Now that we have been through the process I have to say I am not very happy with the way it played out. I think the Commission shot themselves in the foot by carving out some lines in the sand they decided early on they would not cross. One of the big ones was to put CD8 in the northern suburbs of Denver. In some maps it reaches to and includes Greeley and others it stops just short. By doing this they force the population base for CD4 to be either Ft. Collins or Douglas County, neither of which fits CD4 as well as Greeley and the rest of Weld Co. do. They also decided early on that Pueblo had to be in CD3, cutting off yet another possible population source for CD4.

To me the logical place for CD8 was in Douglas County. Last time around, they split DougCo 3-ways and they were not happy about it. This time they might be split, they might not, depending on which map prevails, but either way they have to be at least part of the population base for CD4 because of the decision to put CD8 in largely Weld County, and many DougCo people testified to the Commission that is not where they belong.

There was a lot of talk of building a district with a larger Latinx voice, but that too was largely shoved aside in favor of other interests. One of my proposed maps had a district as high as 40% Latinx, higher than anything proposed by others. But it divided West Denver off to be included with the northern CD8 and they decided Denver was sacrosanct (despite the fact that at least part had to be cut off to balance population.)

I also do not like the way they treated map submissions from the public. They all went to a Map Analytic Committee for review. On the surface this committee was only supposed to check for if the maps complied with the Constitutional requirements, but it ended up being a gate-keeper committee. The Commission only discussed maps the Committee formally presented and they only presented one. There were many maps in there that met the Constitutional requirements that should have been put forth en mass to the Commission. Then the individual Commissioners could look them over and decide if they wanted to bring up any for discussion or formal presentation (making it qualified to be voted on).

In the unlikely event that I am still alive in 10 years, I really hope I get selected for this Commission (I didn’t qualify this time because I changed affiliation with the 5-year period).

Im(p)eachment Inanity

Congressperson Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert (R-ifle) made national headlines over the weekend thanks to the absence of one little ‘p’ from a press release announcing that she had filed im(p)eachment paperwork against both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Boebert wants Biden and Harris to be im(p)eached on account of “colluding with the Taliban” and related complaints connected to the U.S. withdrawal of military forces from Afghanistan.

Lost in the unintentional hilarity of Boebert’s Friday announcement was the sheer ridiculousness of calling for the im(p)eachment of Biden and Harris. Boebert officially introduced her im(p)eachment resolution on September 24, 2021, making her the fourth Republican House Member to take this action in the 9+ months since Biden moved into the White House (and the third in the month of September). By our count, Republicans in the House of Representatives have formally called for the im(p)eachment of Biden and/or Harris at least 7 times in 2021…though Boebert appears to be the first and only Congressperson to have called for Biden’s “imeachment.”

On January 21, 2021, just days after Biden and Harris took office, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia filed a resolution to im(p)each Biden for “abuse of power by enabling bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors.” MTG has since filed three additional resolutions seeking to im(p)each Biden, all of them coming on August 23, 2021 (1, 2, and 3).

Republican Rep. Randy Weber of Texas filed his Biden im(p)eachment resolution — for “high crimes and misdemeanors” on September 10, 2021. Rep. Bob Gibbs of Ohio filed a resolution on September 21, 2021 calling for the im(p)eachment of Biden for the nebulous “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Not to be outdone, Republican Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina formally called for the im(p)eachment of Secretary of State Antony Blinken on August 27 for (again) “high crimes and misdemeanors.” On August 10, 2021, Republican Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona filed a resolution to im(p)each Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on account of…well, you know the drill by now.

Anyway, these are all very serious people doing very critical and important things in Congress.

What you can do to fight for progress this week (September 27)

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In Washington D.C. this week, the agenda we’ve been working all summer to make a reality faces major tests. Two must-pass pieces of legislation, a bipartisan infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion landmark Build Back Better investment plan are in the home stretch in the U.S. House–and it’s up to us to make sure the final product meets the moment.

The Build Back Better Plan is an investment in making healthcare, child care, and housing more affordable. It’s about paid leave, clean energy, education, health care, Sen. Michael Bennet’s Child Tax Credit, and much more. 69% of Americans believe that the wealthy and corporations should pay more of their fair share in taxes, and that’s exactly how the Build Back Better agenda is paid for.

This Wednesday, September 29, is another crucial day of action to support the Build Back Better Plan. We need everyone to take a few minutes on Wednesday to call 1-888-516-5820, where you’ll be connected to your member of Congress to urge their support for the Build Back Better plan when it comes up for a vote. To call via your PC, click here.

Thank you to everyone who take action through our friends at Americans for Tax Fairness to support the Build Back Better plan! With your help, we’re closer than ever. Here are a few more great ways to take action for the week of September 27:


Resilience & Reproductive Rights Series, Part 1: Building our collective power – thinking globally and acting locally for abortion access

September 28, International Safe Abortion Day — Join Cobalt, Ipas, & Keep Abortion Safe for our inaugural, virtual roundtable discussion about the abortion rights landscape across the globe. Part 1 of our “Resilience & Reproductive Rights” series will feature advocates in Mexico, Uganda, and the United States. As abortion restrictions in the United States threaten access to care and exacerbate inequalities, other countries across the world are seeing considerable progress in expanding access and liberalizing abortion laws. A forward-looking conversation rooted in resilience and solidarity: panelists will share their experiences in protecting abortion rights within their roles and discuss key takeaways from their work as it relates to the impact of abortion restrictions as well as advocacy wins and strategies.

When: Tuesday, September 28 at 11:00am

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History Colorado: Insights & InPerson ~ Connections: Voices of Centro Humanitario during the Pandemic

Join us to listen and reflect together on powerful stories from the “Voices of Centro Humanitario: Labor, Barriers and Hope in the Times of COVID-19” project. Led by the community outreach team of Denver’s Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores, this Museum of Memory project brings together stories of struggle, resilience and hope from Latino immigrant workers in Colorado’s Denver metropolitan area during the first year of the pandemic. Project curators Marina Cruz, Patty Grado, Blanca Madrid, Guadalupe P. Martinez and Sarahy Plazola will share excerpts and insights from the project’s oral history interviews. History Colorado’s Museum of Memory Manager, Dr. María Islas-López, will host the program. This program will be in Spanish, with interpretation in English.

When: Wednesday, September 29 at 6:30pm

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History Colorado: Online event: James Brooks // The Tomorrow of Violence

Dr. James Brooks is the Gable Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia and author of “Captives & Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands.” In this illustrated talk, Dr. Brooks offers personal stories about his three-decades of research on the intercultural slave system of the Southwest Borderlands, with particular attention to the region along today’s Colorado/New Mexico border. He shares his accidents of discovery, heart wrenching stories, and his ongoing efforts to support descendants of the enslaved and enslavers to make meaning of their knotted pasts.

When: Thursday, September 30 at 6:00pm

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Immigration Townhall / Foro Migratorio

The presentation and discussion will be led by Joy Athanasiou, an immigration attorney and policy expert, Michelle Ferrigno Warren, a national community organizer with expertise in faith & economic based immigration policy and advocacy, and will feature the perspective of a directly impacted individual in the community. Masks are required at the in-person event at the CSU Lory Student Center, Rooms 304-306. Free parking is available in lot 310 off of Laurel St and Meldrum St. You can also join us virtually through Zoom.

When: Saturday, October 2 at 2:00pm
Where: Lory Student Center, CSU

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Womxn’s March Denver: Reproductive Rights Rally

Womxn’s March Denver will be hosting a rally on October 2, 2021, to support reproductive freedom for all. We invite you to join our call to action and unite against the recent egregious attacks on constitutionally protected reproductive healthcare. As SB8 continues to block abortion access to the people of Texas, Colorado remains a safe haven for all. Together we must speak out, mobilize and support the local organizations that provide and protect access to life-saving healthcare. On October 2, join us on the west steps of the State Capitol to deliver a unified message to the Supreme Court and lawmakers across the country: will not tolerate the attack on our reproductive rights.

When: Saturday, October 2 at 9:30am
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver

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Save the Date: Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Care 101

Join CCHI for the first webinar in our Health Care 101 series! Learn how the health care system works in Colorado and how the Colorado Option will provide a new affordable option for Coloradans! This event is virtual and free to attend. All registrants will receive a zoom link the day of the event.

When: Tuesday, October 5 at 6:00pm

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Save the date: ACLU of Colorado: 2021 Bill of Rights Event

Please save the date for our virtual Bill of Rights Event on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 6 p.m. MST. Although we won’t be able to gather in person, we are excited to bring together supporters across the state for an evening of community-building, celebration, and education. Hosted by Executive Director, Deborah Richardson, who joined the ACLU of Colorado in March 2021, the event will be an opportunity to hear directly from our organization’s accomplished new leader. Our keynote speaker will be Deborah Archer, a prolific civil rights lawyer, scholar, teacher, and the first Black person to lead the National ACLU board of directors.

When: Thursday, October 7 at 6:00pm

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Thanks again! We’ll see you next week.

Sincerely,

Sara Loflin, Executive Director