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:


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.


Sara Loflin, Executive Director

GOP Pundits To Heidi Ganahl: Get Ready To Lose

It seemed like a great idea in the brainstorm.

Tomorrow will mark two weeks since Republican University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl launched her campaign for governor, and the bipartisan consensus view with the benefit of that much hindsight is that Ganahl’s campaign kickoff was a messaging failure–squandering months of overwrought preparation, including a contrived “podcast tour” to build Ganahl’s poor name ID while maintaining the pretense of not being a candidate.

The worst of Ganahl’s campaign rollout, which is no small statement from a tour inviting the public to “meat Heidi” at pitifully underattended campaign stops across the state in the campaigns decidedly not-late-model RV, came when Ganahl repeatedly declined to answer what she characterized as “divisive questions” about the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential elections. Ganahl’s lack of preparation for this essential question for any candidate for elected office in 2021 damagingly shaped the narrative of her campaign launch–particularly given Ganahl’s enthusiastic support as CU Regent for the Benson Center’s visiting conservative professor John Eastman, who authored Donald Trump’s last-ditch coup plan to be carried out on January 6th.

In the days since Ganahl’s marred campaign launch, a faction of local conservative influentials–obviously, not the Lauren Boebert/Tina Peters faction–have come out strongly for Republicans in general and Heidi Ganahl in particular to concede that Joe Biden won the 2020 elections, recognizing the centrality of this issue to any successful statewide run for office in Colorado. The day after Ganahl’s faceplant on the question, former Republican Party chairman Dick Wadhams wrote this in a Denver Post column:

Unfortunately, a large number of Republican activists across the state are more interested in refighting the 2020 presidential election they claim was stolen. They refuse to accept the fact former President Donald Trump lost not because of election fraud but because of his own actions and words that alienated many of the voters who voted for him in 2016.

A few days later, more or less outright pleading that Ganahl take this issue off the table was loud and clear from two more prominent local conservative columnists:

Ari Armstrong, writing at Colorado Drudge on September 21:

Heidi Ganahl is running for governor. Her campaign let slip the move on September 10, and she officially announced a few days later. I figure if she really wanted my advice she could find my number. But I’m going to offer it anyway. This doubles as general advice for the Republican Party in Colorado.

My basic advice to Ganahl is run like you’re going to lose. Because you are probably going to lose… [Pols emphasis]

I…advise that Ganahl stay as far away as humanly possible from Lauren Boebert and her sycophants. Boebert is popular in her region but toxic statewide. Ganahl’s job is to try to convince suburban centrist voters that the Republican Party is not absolutely bat-guano crazy, admittedly a tough assignment given all the Republican shenanigans this year regarding the presidential election (paging Tina Peters), [Pols emphasis] the pandemic and vaccines, and conspiracy lunacy of various flavors.

While acknowledging Ganahl’s weaknesses, Armstrong attributes Ganahl’s lack of competitiveness more to Gov. Jared Polis’ popularity–and downplays Ganahl’s ties to Eastman as “guilt by association.” But Krista Kafer at the Denver Post got less apologetically to the point in her own “get ready to lose” column on September 23:

Since a number of Republicans continue to believe the election was stolen despite the paucity of evidence, consultants are likely telling GOP candidates to avoid the issue. How many Republicans still dispute the election results? How many of them would abandon a statewide GOP candidate for saying the election wasn’t stolen? Hard to say but no GOP candidate in a blue state wants to lose a bloc of Republican voters.

I would argue that Ganahl must be willing to risk losing these Republicans in order to win. There was no evidence of massive fraud during the last election. Reporters at center-right news agencies, GOP secretaries of state, the courts, and law enforcement had every reason to find, expose, and report malfeasance if it existed and they didn’t…

Fortune doesn’t always favor the brave. Even so, we must be fearless in the defense of the truth. It is worth the risk.

This would have been good advice to give Ganahl before she fumbled the question repeatedly on the first day of her campaign launch, but today all this after-the-fact advice manages is to remind everyone that Ganahl has already messed this up. And that’s not all: despite these conservative opinionmakers who want to project a reasonable face to a general election audience, the fact remains that a majority of Republican voters believe the “Big Lie.” That’s why Ganahl defending the legitimacy of the 2020 elections while there is any risk of a primary on her right flank is so risky.

Unless Ganahl believes the “Big Lie” too! In that case, this advice from the Colorado Republican pundit class is just a smokescreen. The only way we’ll ever know for sure is for Heidi Ganahl to set the record straight herself.

When that happens, she’s going to pay a price. Because she could have been honest the first time.

Get More Smarter on Monday (Sept. 27)

The Denver Broncos have started the season 3-0 for the first time since 2016. We won’t remind you how that season ended. 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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A government shutdown in the middle of a pandemic that already has the nation’s economy on thin ice? That seems like a horrible idea, but Senate Republicans are hell bent on making it happen. From The Washington Post:

Senate Republicans on Monday prepared to block a bill that would fund the government, provide billions of dollars in hurricane relief and stave off a default in U.S. debts, part of the party’s renewed campaign to undermine President Biden’s broader economic agenda. [Pols emphasis]

The GOP’s expected opposition is sure to deal a death blow to the measure, which had passed the House last week, and threatens to add to the pressure on Democrats to devise their own path forward ahead of a series of urgent fiscal deadlines. A failure to address the issues could cause severe financial calamity, the White House has warned, potentially plunging the United States into another recession.

Ahead of the planned Monday vote, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) staked his party’s position — that Republicans are not willing to vote for any measure that raises or suspends the debt ceiling, even if they have no intentions of shutting down the government in the process. GOP lawmakers feel that raising the borrowing limit, which allows the country to pay its bills, would enable Biden and his Democratic allies to pursue trillions in additional spending and other policy changes they do not support.

The Republican Party platform in 2020 was basically just “do whatever Donald Trump wants.” In 2022, the platform appears to be, “oppose everything.”


Maps, maps, maps!

Colorado’s Independent Redistricting Commissions COULD finalize at least one proposed map today. Fox 31 Denver notes some late comments considered by commissioners on Friday, and Megan Verlee of Colorado Public Radio ponders the next steps in the process. John Aguilar of The Denver Post, meanwhile, focuses in on what the new CO-08 might look like when the lines are drawn in pen.


On Sunday, The Washington Post published an in-depth story on Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters and her election-denying law breaking. Emma Brown’s story begins with a strange office requirement from Peters last spring:

In April, employees in the office that runs elections in western Colorado’s Mesa County received an unusual calendar invitation for an after-hours work event, a gathering at a hotel in Grand Junction. “Expectations are that all will be at the Doubletree by 5:30,” said the invite sent by a deputy to Tina Peters, the county’s chief elections official.

Speaking at the DoubleTree was Douglas Frank, a physics teacher and scientist who was rapidly becoming famous among election deniers for claiming to have discovered secret algorithms used to rig the 2020 contest against Donald Trump. Frank led the crowd in a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and spent the next 90 minutes alleging an elaborate conspiracy involving inflated voter rolls, fraudulent ballots and a “sixth-order polynomial,” video of the event shows. He was working for MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell, he said, and their efforts could overturn President Biden’s victory.

Being told to sit through a presentation of wild, debunked claims was “a huge slap in the face,” one Mesa County elections-division employee said of the previously unreported episode. “We put so much time and effort into making sure that everything’s done accurately,” the employee told The Washington Post, speaking on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation. Peters, the elected county clerk, had expressed sympathy for such theories in the past, the employee said.

And ICYMI, former Secretary of State Scott Gessler is representing Peters in court…but we don’t yet know who is paying for his services. Charles Ashby of The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel has more on the intersection of Peters and QAnon.


The recently-concluded Arizona election audit confirmed what all rational people already knew: Joe Biden won the 2020 election for President. But now, a handful of nutty lawmakers from around the country are calling for NEW audits of the 2020 election in every state.

Colorado’s, uh, contributions to this letter include State Reps. Ron Hanks, Dave Williams, and Stephanie Luck.


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The GMS Podcast: Operation Naptime/ Tina Peters Returns

This week on Episode #87 of The Get More Smarter Podcast, hosts Jason Bane and Ian Silverii break down the worst Colorado campaign kickoff this century (take a bow, Heidi Ganahl!) Elsewhere, Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters returns to Colorado and immediately starts begging for money in order to help pay off what are sure to be MASSIVE legal bills related to breaking into her own office computers in order to prove voter fraud that doesn’t exist.

Further down the metaphorical road, we explain how the Colorado Republican Party found itself in a place in which everybody thinks everybody else is always out to get them. As if things weren’t bad enough for the GOP, new polling shows that they are absolutely on the wrong side of the bus when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines and mask mandates.

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Monday Open Thread

“Come, come, my conservative friend, wipe the dew off your spectacles, and see that the world is moving.”

–Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Colorado Week in Review for September 26, 2021

Our deliberately oversimplified glance at what’s happening in Colorado.

awesome + uniting

awesome + controversy

awful + uniting

awful + controversy