coloradopols.com | Tue, 25 Sep 2018 19:48:56 +0000
Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) said on Monday that he “absolutely supports” a Senate investigation into claims from a Boulder woman who has levied sexual misconduct charges at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
But that was Monday. Today Gardner appeared at a press conference with Senate Republican leadership in which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell essentially promised to ram through Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS confirmation regardless of any claims of sexual misconduct or assault.
As Talking Points Memo reports:
“I believe he’ll be confirmed, yes,” McConnell said at a press conference at the Capitol, when asked if he had the votes. …
coloradopols.com | Tue, 25 Sep 2018 17:23:19 +0000
The Crowmentum in CO-6 looks to be very real indeed, but we need your opinion, wise readers of Colorado Pols.
As always, we want to know who you think will be the winner in November, not who you support or who you would prefer to see emerge victorious. The point of this exercise is to track how perceptions of various races are changing (or not) as Election Day nears. (Click for Round 1 results)
Who will win the U.S. House race in CO-6? Will Republican Rep. Mike Coffman hold off another challenger, or will Democrat Jason Crow emerge victorious?
coloradopols.com | Tue, 25 Sep 2018 17:06:00 +0000
T-minus six weeks until Election Day. It’s time to 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 a visual learner, check out The Get More Smarter Show.
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► Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his Republican friends are trying desperately to maintain some sort of positive momentum for a potential confirmation hearing. It’s not working, …
coloradopols.com | Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:40:00 +0000
Washington Post–you knew this was coming, but the shock is no less visceral:
President Trump on Tuesday attacked the second woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, dismissing her account because she was “totally inebriated and all messed up,” and accused Democrats of playing a “con game” in an attempt to derail his Supreme Court nominee.
In comments to reporters following a speech at the United Nations, Trump took aim at Deborah Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale University, who told the New Yorker magazine that said he exposed himself to her at a …
coloradopols.com | Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:42:16 +0000
The Washington Post’s Sean Sullivan reports on a radio interview yesterday featuring Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, who is running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Cramer drew fire over the weekend after he asserted that the allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh leveled by former classmate Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was “absurd” irrespective of its truthfulness since the alleged assault was merely attempted as opposed to successful.
This did not go over well.
As the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) standard bearer in one of the nation’s hottest U.S. Senate …
coloradopols.com | Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:14:25 +0000
“Finality is not the language of politics.”
coloradopols.com | Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:48:27 +0000
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The Compact Call
Talk was heard this summer in water circles, of a scary scenario coming to pass should the rivers keep shrinking: A call under the 1922 Colorado River Compact, which parcels up the Colorado River (and its tributaries) among seven thirsty states, and divides its flows between “upper” and “lower” basins. A Compact Call would require the delivery, by any means necessary, of 7.5 million acre-feet from the Upper Basin to Lower Basin States. As Luke Runyon reports:
The mention of one plausible future scenario along the Colorado River is enough …
coloradopols.com | Mon, 24 Sep 2018 20:54:07 +0000
Once again, Colorado is ground zero in a U.S. Supreme Court confirmation battle.
Yesterday, an explosive new story from investigative journalist Ronan Farrow documents a second allegation of severe sexual misconduct committed by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  This latest allegation was leveled by a Colorado woman, Deborah Ramirez, who attended Yale University with Kavanaugh in the 1980s and today works to help domestic violence survivors.
Earlier today, hundreds of Coloradans gathered in front of Sen. Cory Gardner’s office to demand the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings stop and Kavanaugh’s alleged victims have the opportunity to be heard. “The …
coloradopols.com | Mon, 24 Sep 2018 19:38:47 +0000
We’ve been asking our readers this question for weeks now. Who do you THINK is going to win the race for Governor?
Remember, we’re looking for your best educated guess on the outcome of this race, not who you support or who you would prefer to see emerge victorious. The point of this exercise is to track how perceptions of the race are (or are not) changing as Election Day nears. For previous results, click Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, or Round 4.
Who gets to move into the Governor’s Mansion in January? Will it be …
coloradopols.com | Mon, 24 Sep 2018 19:06:40 +0000
As a new allegation of sexual assault from a Colorado resident makes nationwide headlines, hundreds of Coloradans gathered Monday outside the downtown Denver offices of Sen. Cory Gardner to call for Brett Kavanaugh’s withdrawal from consideration to the U.S. Supreme Court, and for Sen. Gardner to apologize for failing to take credible allegations of sexual assault seriously in his rush to confirm Kavanaugh.
“The fact that we even have to be out here today to put pressure on Sen. Cory Gardner to speak out against Brett Kavanaugh shows that Sen. Gardner doesn’t respect women …
coloradopols.com | Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:40:30 +0000
UPDATE #3: Denver7’s Blair Miller with more local support for Deborah Ramirez:
Lisa Calderon, who currently teaches at Denver’s Regis University and was Ramirez’s supervisor while the two worked together at Safehouse Progressive for Nonviolence (SPAN), said the attacks on Ramirez were unfair.
Ramirez has been working for Boulder County as a volunteer since 2013, but had been a victim’s advocate coordinator for SPAN before that and still is a board member. Calderon, who was the policy director of SPAN from 1995 to 2007, said Ramirez joined the nonprofit about halfway through her tenure.
“She is someone who has …
coloradopols.com | Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:46:27 +0000
UPDATE #2: Rosenstein will meet with President Trump on Thursday to probably get fired.
UPDATE: From the Washington Post:
Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein has told White House officials he is willing to resign in the wake of revelations he once suggested secretly recording the president, but it’s unclear if the resignation has been accepted, according to people familiar with the matter.
One Justice Department official said Rosenstein was on his way to the White House Monday and is preparing to be fired.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may have resigned, or has already …
coloradopols.com | Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:59:15 +0000
“The most violent element in society is ignorance.”
coloradopols.com | Mon, 24 Sep 2018 02:30:03 +0000
.@Marshall9News captures this pic of Debbie Ramirez’ trash can, which could be the best “no comment” in the history of news. #copolitics pic.twitter.com/03BvfLA0dP
— Vic Vela (@VicVela1) September 24, 2018
Investigative journalist Ronan Farrow, whose exposure of ex-Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s chronic sexual harassment, alleged sexual assault, and acknowledged stomach-churning exploitation of women helped spawn a worldwide movement demanding accountability for misogynist domination of culture writ large, breaks news today with a local connection that could spell the end of President Donald Trump’s latest nomination to the U.S Supreme Court, …
coloradopols.com | Sun, 23 Sep 2018 15:49:37 +0000
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Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers has declined multiple job offers from the Trump Administration, telling KVOR host Richard Randall last week that he’s “better off as mayor of Colorado Springs than some of the other things I’ve been approached about.”
Suthers said he’d been in “real good discussions” with the Trump administration about “some jobs,” which Randall characterized as “very high jobs.”
Asked about Trump more broadly, Suthers said:
“I did not support Trump in the primary, no question about it.
“The president and I have a …