Coffman on more veterans’ woes, time changes of death, the big budget shortfall and more
Author: Jared Wright - March 20, 2017 - Updated: March 20, 2017
March 20, 2017
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 candidates in violation of campaign finance reporting rules to cure “reporting deficiencies” first before being charged hefty fines (which are usually reduced greatly by the judge on first offenses). But, “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.
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 being made by VA doctors for their patients, while other patients may not be getting appropriate treatments. Full interview via Fox31. “What we’re seeing quite frankly is a pattern of suicides,” Coffman added.
TICK TOCK … Still hating that time change a week later? Me too. So about that Daylight Savings pox upon humanity (bless your hearts, Colorado Ski Country USA) … Well, it could quite literally KILL you! A study conducted by CU Boulder found that the loss of an hour of sleep due to the time change led to more than 300 deaths over the span of a decade due to increased incidences of car crashes, heart attacks and stress. Via Denver7. Ski Country was instrumental in killing a bill in the Legislature that would have moved Colorado closer to a possible repeal of the time change — a repeal that would have been met with celebration in my household.
HOLD ON to your wallets … or maybe think about putting your phone away. “Phones these days are ubiquitous.” — Andy Karsian, legislative liaison for the Colorado Department of Transportation speaking on Senate Bill 27, which aims to crack down on texting and driving. “We are such a plugged in society and it makes it so simple to use them.” So simple we use them while careening down the highway at 75 (at best) mph.
HARVARD: UM, could we get a correction please, Gov. Hickenlooper? … In case you missed it, Harvard, a judge and the University of Colorado among other institutions of higher planes of thought asked for a correction from Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper whenever he makes his next big media appearance. This following his Feb. 26 “Meet the Press” interview across the national television waves. In the interview, Hickenlooper cited data from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS), which indicated there has been no “spike in teenage use” of marijuana in the state. Medical professionals say HKCS “is not a reliable or representative indicator.” More in this Gazette editorial (spoiler alert, they told Hick he should listen to the pros).
SEN. KEVIN Priola celebrated his 21st wedding anniversary over the weekend with his wife Michelle and their 4 children. “#forever,” he tweeted. Congrats to you and your family.
ANOTHER REPUBLICAN anniversary: Former Colorado Republican Party Vice Chairman Mark Baisley — who jumped in and then right back out of this year’s state GOP chair contest — celebrated his 39th wedding anniversary with his wife Maryann at — where else — the Broadmoor. Congrats!
MORE FROM the weekend Tweetfiles: Rep. Ed Perlmutter: The GOP health care plan will make coverage unattainable for many older, lower income Americans.
#ProtectOurCare,” citing a Congressional Budget Office report.
DOUBLE TAKE: Is it just me or does Angela Merkel sometimes bear a resemblance to former Colorado House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst upon first glance? Just me … ok, well it’s very early as I write this.
GIVING A piece of his mind to commentators on this week’s Colorado Public Television Colorado Inside Out program, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock‘s Chief of Staff Alan Salazar posted to social media, “It was neither fair nor highly-informed for one of the journalists this week to suggest that Governor Hickenlooper and Mayor Hancock are part of the “disgrace” of homelessness.”
$700 MILLION — THAT’S WITH AN M — BUGET SHORTFALL … SPEND ONLY what ye can afford, Colorado: “We have a healthy, strong economy. This is good for the people of Colorado,” said Republican Sen. Kevin Lundberg. “But for the state of Colorado, it’s a bit of a wake-up call. Even in good times, we’re spending more than we have to work with.” Via CBS 4
More next time. Remember to keep it sly like a politician, relaxed like a bureaucrat and savvy like a businessperson. Keep your chins up out there.