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Old 04-25-2018, 09:39 AM
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Our congressman, Jared Polis, gave up his safe seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to run for governor of lolorado. He recently won the Democratic primary by a wide margin (despite the fact that Mr. Pee and I voted for someone else), and will face Bush family member Walker Stapleton (otherwise known as Rutherford P. Higginbotham III) in the general election.

The fact that Polis was our second choice is, for me, largely offset by the fact that today he selected our former state rep, Dianne Primavera, as his running mate. In this here thread you'll find multiple examples of me fanboying for Dianne, my all-time favorite state legislator.

In all likelihood, our new congressman will be Joe Neguse, who would be the first African-American ever elected to a federal office from lolorado.
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(despite the fact that Mr. Pee and I voted for someone else)
How do you know how I voted?
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I really like how all the news stories are specifying the brand of the tractor.

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Old 07-21-2018, 08:16 PM
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Oh hey, Colorado.

The other day I had some tea with dinner from this place in Boulder. While I found the flavour a bit acidic, the scent was one of the best I've ever had.

Filed under For What It's Worth.

eta: No I was not in Colorado.
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Ha ha, they have foam art of a dick on that matcha picture.
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Initiative 97 supporters say secret recording shows petition-gatherer was paid to leave Colorado

A couple pieces of my brain fell off from trying to sort that story out.
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Old 08-07-2018, 01:26 AM
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The GOP is the party of personal responsibility, but only where "personal responsibility" is defined in a way that specifically excludes supporting one's own spawn.

Late last year, the Republican representative for state House District 47 took a jerb with the Trump Administration, and a GOP vacancy committee appointed this racist pig to serve out the remainder of the term. The racist pig decided to run for a full term, but her tenure ended when she got whupped in the Republican HD47 primary.

The winner of the GOP primary, and favorite to win the seat come November, is a lovely fellow by the name of Don Bendell. It recently came to light that ol' Don was a deadbeat dad of epic proportions. Bendell's response to this story is basically, "Fuck you. I paid every penny of that child support. And besides, my ex was a big giant bitch."

Well, it turns out that Don and his family were living in North Carolina when he and his wife got divorced. When a North Carolina court entered a judgment requiring Don to pay support for his three minor children, ol' Don bailed to Ohio and later to Colorado. (The NC courts were biased, ya see.) He never paid any support until 1997, when interstate child support enforcement procedures enacted at the federal level during the Clinton administration enabled the ex-wife to obtain a judgment for unpaid child support here in Colorado. Ol' Don eventually paid the amounts due with interest (the article says he "recently" finished paying) but didn't even start paying until after all his children had reached the age of majority.

And then there's Rep. Tim Leonard, the wingnut Republican incumbent who represents Colorado HD25. Timmy recently dropped his reelection bid after a judge denied his motion to reduce his child support obligations. State reps make $30K a year, which isn't enough to live on, so folks generally continue working a regular job while serving as legislators. Not Timmy, though. His demand for child support payment reduction was based on the fact that his legislator paycheck was his only income, and is substantially less than what he was making as commercial real estate manager before he got elected. The judge basically said, "Fuck you. Voluntary underemployment isn't a basis for a reduction in your child support obligations."
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So then, not exactly a "blue wave," but I'll take it. As expected, the GOP increased its advantage in the U.S. Senate, which is horrific news for the development of constitutional law. However, the Dems retook the U.S. House of Reps, which should slow down the horror show at the national level.

Here in lolorado, shit went quite well indeed:

- Democrat Jared Polis is the new governor. He'll take over for term-limited Democrat John Hickenlooper. Our former state rep Dianne Primavera, who's been referenced favorably multiple times in this here thread, is the new Lieutenant Gov.

For the first time since I've been here, all the big down-ballot statewide races went Democrat.

- The biggest and best surprise was Jena Griswold beating incumbent Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

- Phil Weiser narrowly beat Republican George Brauchler for attorney general. Weiser will take over for incumbent Republican Cynthia Coffman, who gave up the AG job to run a gubernatorial campaign that ended spectacularly in self-immolation at the state GOP convention.

- Dave Young will be the new state treasurer after defeating an absolute scumbag named Brian Watson. Young takes over incumbent Republican Walker Stapleton, who got the GOP nomination for governor but lost to Polis.

- Joe Neguse takes over from Polis as the U.S. Rep for our congressional district. Joe, the son of Eritrean refugees, becomes the first African-American elected to federal office from Colorado.

- There were no U.S. Senate seats up for grabs here, but the House delegation flipped from 4-3 GOP to 4-3 Dem.

- Democrats increased their majority in the state house of representatives and recaptured control of the state senate.

- Matt Gray, our current state rep and a worthy successor to the above-mentioned Dianne Primavera, won reelection with ease.

- We amended out state constitution to eliminate the prison labor exception to the prohibition against slavery and involuntary servitude. Big business will still be able to get tons of corporate welfare by having their products manufactured by prisoners, but not here. :nope:

- We amended the state constitution to take control of state and federal redistricting away from the state legislature.

- On the downside, there was a ballot initiative that would have required all new oil and gas wells to be located at least 2,500 feet from residences, schools, etc. It lost thanks to the millions upon millions of dollars the O&G industry spent to convince voters that the state will devolve into a stone age shithole if the initiative passed.
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- We amended out state constitution to eliminate the prison labor exception to the prohibition against slavery and involuntary servitude.
That the exception existed in the first place horrifies me, and I didn't know it was still possible to horrify my jaded self, so there's that.

Congrats on eliminating it. In 2018. :woopdedo:
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Yep. The exception derives from the 13th Amendment and is p. goddamn pervasive in state constitutions. For instance:
Slavery is prohibited. Involuntary servitude is prohibited except to punish crime. (Emphasis added.)
California Constitution, Art. I, Sec. 6.
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Yeah, I was afraid to ask. :facepalm:
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Democrat Bri Buentello defeated "Deadbeat Don" Bendell in the heavily GOP state house district 47. The margin of victory was a mere 54 votes out of over 30,000 votes cast, so the recount is on.
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