Good morning and Happy Monday. Whether we like it or not, those Mondays keep on a comin'. Thank you sir, may I have another!
Read on for this week's rundown of intel straight from Colorado's political pipeline ...
COLORADO KUMBAYA: The Neil Gorsuch Support Ticker (confirmation hearings begin this week): Steve Farber of Brownstein Farber Hyatt and Schreck, Sen. Cory Gardner, former Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justices Michael Bender and Rebecca Love Kourlis, former chief legal counsel to Gov. John Hickenlooper Jack Finlaw, Jim Lyons, Michael Davis and many more ... over 200 Colorado "legal eagles," to be exact. Via Denver Post. Still no confirmation on an up or down vote from Sen. Michael Bennet yet, though ... a man who has swam in the same pond so to speak (read the Post story).
UP ON the state House Second Reading Calendar: State Rep. Dan Thurlow's bill to allow those in violation of campaign finance reporting rules to cure "reporting deficiencies" first before being levied hefty fines (which are usually reduced greatly by the judge on first offenses). Ehem, some watchdogs assert, shouldn't Thurlow have to take a 21c on this bill? ... oh wait, he's the sponsor ... wow. Thurlow was fined in his freshman term for failing to meet certain campaign finance reporting requirements — $1,080 in fines.
Matt Arnold of Campaign Integrity Watchdog: “(The bill is) quite possibly among the most personally self-serving pieces of legislation I’ve ever seen proposed." Via Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
IT AIN'T just the hospital construction project that's all wrong. Oh no. From Colorado's VA critic in chief: "These veterans, often prescribed a very powerful cocktail of drugs, what we call psychotropic drugs, that effect them emotionally. It is a shortcut from the kind of treatment they need." — U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, calling for a congressional investigation into what may be an issue of inappropriate prescriptions by the VA for its patients and other patients not getting appropriate treatments. Full interview via Fox31. "What we're seeing quite frankly is a pattern of suicides," Coffman added.