Open Thread: Hillary Clinton Accepts Democratic Nomination

Hillary Clinton will be the first woman in U.S. history to accept a major party's nomination for President

Tonight, Hillary Clinton will be the first woman in U.S. history to accept a major party’s nomination for President

Here are some early excerpts from Hillary Clinton’s speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia:

“America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. And just as with our founders there are no guarantees. It’s truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we’re going to work together so we can all rise together.

“We are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have.

Trump to Reach Out to “Early” Colorado Supporters, Who Include Woods and Athanasopoulos

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Donald Trump, Sen. Laura Woods.

Donald Trump, Sen. Laura Woods.

Donald Trump will reach out to “all candidates who were with [Trump] early” Colorado Trump campaign director Patrick Davis told radio listeners Wednesday.

“It’s a brave thing to be a Trump supporter early in Colorado,” Davis told KNUS 710-AM’s Peter Boyles.

One of the first candidates in Colorado to support Trump was State Sen. Laura Woods (R-Westminster/Arvada), who in January called the mogul one of her two favorite presidential picks.

Woods: “My favorites are Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.”

So, based on Davis’ interview, you’d expect the Trump campaign to be reaching out to Woods soon.

Asked by KNUS host Peter Boyles whether Trump would reach out specifically to George Athanasopoulos, who’s challenging U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Davis said, “Trump and his people will reach out to all candidates like George, who were with him early.”

Athanasopoulos’ positions on a number of issues, as listed on his website, reflect Trump’s to some degree.

On foreign policy, for example, he told me he differs from Trump in that “I would like to see specific objectives, like addressing the threat of ultra-orthodox Islamic terrorist groups.”

But some or the congressional candidate’s positions are even more unorthodox than Trump’s.

He once tweeted, for example, that a father has legal rights to stop an abortion because “that child is of him. It’s part of him.”

“Correct me if I’m wrong,” Athanasopoulos tweeted from his “George for Colorado” Twitter handle, “but men are involved in conceiving children. Therefore, we have rights as fathers.”

Listen to Davis on KNUS July 27 here.

Darryl Glenn and the “First Rule of Holes”

A shovel.

A shovel.

We wrote yesterday about a fresh and by all accounts self-inflicted problem for GOP U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn, responding to decades-old court records about an assault charge against the candidate that was quickly dropped.

A case that, once again, wouldn’t be a problem at all if Glenn hadn’t been dishonest about it. As the Denver Post’s Joey Bunch reports:

U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn issued a written response to The Denver Post on Wednesday night about a 1983 assault charge he faced after an altercation with his father. Glenn said the incident was the byproduct of a violent family history and something he did not remember, and he provided details about what happened based on a conversation with his mother…

The Denver Post located an archived police report from 1983 that included a signature that a handwriting expert deemed to closely match a financial disclosure document Glenn signed when he was running for El Paso County commissioner. Glenn would not comment on the police report when his campaign was given a copy Tuesday, and he maintained he did not recall the incident and had never been arrested or questioned by police in his life.

Glenn said in the statement that he was never in court as a defendant in the misdemeanor case. Court records, however, show he made an appearance before a judge in December 1983, and later in the statement he talks of being called into the judge’s chamber.

Glenn said Wednesday the charge was “dropped nearly immediately.” Records show that the third-degree assault charge from the Nov. 20, 1983, incident was dropped Feb. 4, 1984.

Republican Senate nominee Darryl Glenn.

Republican Senate nominee Darryl Glenn.

The disclosure of this incident by the Denver Post has set off a fierce round of press-bashing by Republicans who claim nothing about the incident should never have been reported–and as a result amounts to a “hit piece” on Darryl Glenn. The problem, as we said yesterday, is that the facts of this very minor and quite possibly defensible case from over three decades aren’t at issue.

Glenn’s response to questions is the problem.

Simply put, Glenn made statements about the case when asked that didn’t make sense, and that is the sole reason this story received news coverage. Glenn’s denial that he had ever been interviewed by police, and unequivocal statement that he had never appeared in court about the case, are not supported by the record. Glenn’s response that the court documents could have referred to some other person named Darryl Glenn is, to put it mildly, unsatisfactory. The Denver Post editorial board summed the problem up well:

Some Glenn supporters are taking his back, saying that a case from 1983, when Glenn was 18 years old, isn’t fair game.

We likely would have agreed with this criticism had Glenn been more forthcoming from the outset. But how a candidate for higher office — and he’s running for the U.S. Senate — handles mistakes or potential scandals is serious business. His actions speak to his judgment, and his denial suggests he has trouble dealing with basic facts. [Pols emphasis]

The problem is not with what Glenn did or didn’t do in 1983. The problem is not that he had a rough home life growing up. The problem is that what he initially said about the incident is not true. The emotional subject matter Glenn disclosed about his family relationships as a child does not excuse making ludicrous excuses about this incident today. It’s just not believable to suggest Glenn remembered so little about this that he attributed the whole thing to some other person with the same name.

But once you’ve made such an obviously false statement, the press is going to write the story.

Because the lie is what makes it a story.

Trumpkin vs. Crazy Eyed Bat

Fladen posts trumpkin(“Trumpkin” is a dirty word? — Promoted by Colorado Pols)

The Arapahoe County Republican Party has apparently deleted a Facebook post by fellow Republican Elliot Fladen because it contained the term “Trumpkin.”

Trumpkin!

Fladen commented on an article titled, “Trump University Court Documents Make Clear that GOP Is Willingly Supporting a Fraud.”

“Prediction: Not a single Trumpkin will care,” Fladen commented on the Arapahoe County GOP Facebook page, “Because facts do not matter to them.” Then the post was gone, he wrote later.

After Fladen objected to the deletion of his post, “Micah Marmaro,” who described himself as a “#nevertrumper and a moderator” of the Arapahoe GOP Facebook page, wrote: “You are calling people names. Perfectly valid reason for deletion according to the forum rules. Try posting it without Trumpkin…The idea of moderation is to facilitate productive discussion. Trumpkins is name calling and stops productive discussion cold….”

One wonders if Trump would agree, but  Fladen replied, “You keep assuming Trumpkins is a pejorative. In fact, it is like saying Trump peeps. In other words, not an insult. And much less negative (even assuming negative at all) than other stuff that others repeatedly say.”

In fact, a quick search of the Arapahoe County GOP Facebook page revealed it to be civil in comparison to other political Facebook sites, like the Pueblo County Republican Party page.

But I did find a commenter calling Hillary a “Crazy eyed bat!!” I guess I’d rather be called that than a Trumpkin, but that’s because anything with the name “Trump” embedded in it is insulting at this point. I call people “Trump” when I’m made at them.

You Trump!

But I agree with Fladen that Trump supporters wouldn’t mind being called “Trumpkins.”

Get More Smarter on Thursday (July 28)

Get More SmarterWorld War I began on this day 102 years ago. It’s time to Get More Smarter with Colorado Pols. 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.

TOP OF MIND TODAY…

► President Barack Obama stole the show in his final appearance as President at a Democratic National Convention. As Politico reports from Wednesday:

Obama’s convention speech in Philadelphia framed the 2016 election in a very Obama way: the audacity of hope over the politics of fear, optimism over darkness, solutions over slogans, togetherness over division, a supremely qualified public servant in Hillary Clinton over an amateur-hour con artist in Donald Trump. America, he declared, is already great, and Clinton will make it greater.

The president gave a stirring but fundamentally defensive speech, fighting back against the Republican convention’s dystopic vision of America as a crime-infested, porous-bordered, militarily weak, economically stagnant hellscape that only Trump can fix. Where Trump sees chaos and decline, the president said, “I see engineers inventing stuff.” Trump may see a strongman in the mirror, but Obama scoffed, “We don’t look to be ruled.” Obama reprised the themes of the speech that catapulted him to fame at the 2004 convention, contrasting his vision of a unified America that rises above red-against-blue with Trump’s rhetoric of fear.

Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will formally accept her Party’s nomination tonight as the DNC in Philadelphia comes to a close. Clinton is scheduled to speak at about 8:00 pm (MT).

Two Colorado politicians, House Democratic Leader Crisanta Duran and Gov. John Hickenlooper, will also speak on the main stage earlier this evening.

 

► The campaign of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump continues its systematic blockade of journalists who have not pledged to produce only positive press for His Hairness. As “The Fix” explains:

Jose DelReal is one of a small team of people who covers Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for the Post. On Wednesday, he was in Milwaukee to cover an appearance by Trump running mate Mike Pence.DelReal was barred from covering the event as a reporter, in keeping with Trump’s long-standing ban on the Washington Post.  DelReal then tried to enter the event as a citizen. He was told no one could enter with a phone and a computer. He put them in the car and again tried to enter. He was refused — again — and patted down. “I don’t want you here. You have to go,” the security official told him.

That should scare the hell out of you.

It’s easy to let this whole episode fall into a partisan trap. He deserved it!, Trump allies will argue.  Reporters at mainstream outlets are biased against Mr. Trump!  Maybe if you told the truth sometimes, he would let you in!

Righto.

Here’s the thing: If we start banning citizens — like Jose or me or Michelle Malkin or Rachel Maddow or anyone else — from attending public events for one of the two people who will be our next president, we are sliding down a slippery slope to a future reality that is a very, very bad thing for our country.

 

► Donald Trump is coming to Colorado tomorrow for a fundraiser in Colorado Springs and public events in the Springs and in Denver. The Colorado Republican Party will not benefit from the Trump fundraiser because His Hairness is still angry at the State GOP.

 

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Caption This Photo: Ted Harvey “Straight Outta Options,” Sort Of

A reader sent us this fascinating photo of former Colorado Sen. Ted Harvey, now a principal at the controversial Stop Hillary PAC, appearing at last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland:

harveyouttaoptions

So, we’re a little confused about the mixed messages Sen. Harvey is displaying–a T-shirt that says “Straight Outta Options,” in reference to the presumed undesirability of either Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. But he’s also wearing a Trump “Make America Great Again” baseball cap. What gives? Is one of Hillary Clinton’s nastiest ankle-biters hedging his bets? Is he trying to also win the business of a “Stop Trump PAC”?

Let’s sort it out for him, gentle readers.

Thursday Open Thread

“In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.”

–Simone de Beauvoir

Has Coffman become less hostile to LGBT people? Or Just his website?

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Rep. Mike Coffman (R).

Rep. Mike Coffman (R).

Rep. Mike Coffman has purged his official website of an article showing his support of the anti-LGBT “don’t-ask-don’t-tell” policy, which allowed gays to serve in the military only if they kept their sexual orientation secret.

At least until June 14, Coffman’s “Media Center” section of his website displayed a Feb. 3, 2010, USA Today opinion column by Coffman titled, “Don’t Interject Sexuality.”  You can see the page cached on Google here.

Just as Coffman once scrubbed “comprehensive immigration reform” from a portion of his website, the don’t-ask-don’t-tell article is now gone from the Congressman’s site, even though other opinion articles by Coffman remain there from as far back as 2009.

Coffman’s article stated:

The determination to accomplish the mission, along with the will to survive, welded the unit into an effective ground combat team: An interdependent bond was formed between each and every Marine in the unit.

That strong interdependent bond held our ground combat team together and made us into an effective fighting unit. The bond was founded upon a mutual trust: Although each Marine could be singled out for a task that could put his life at risk, Marines would always have the confidence that the orders given to them on the battlefield were never tainted by any emotional bias.

U.S. Marine Corps ground combat teams are composed of men only. Interjecting sexuality into a ground combat team potentially creates an emotional divide between Marines that undermines confidence and prevents that interdependent bond from forming, ultimately compromising the combat effectiveness of the unit.

We need a very deliberative and reasoned approach before considering a repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” a proven policy that has served the military and the nation well since 1993.

It’s unclear whether the scrubbing of this article means Coffman has changed his position in support of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which is discriminatory and has been repealed.

If he’s changed his position, why? Maybe Coffman’s office, which doesn’t respond to me, will return another reporter’s call to explain.

And while he’s at it, maybe he’ll also explain why he no longer favors banning all abortion, even for rape and incest. As far as I can tell, reporters have yet to ask for details on why he abandoned this position.

No Soup For You! No Money for Colorado GOP from Trump Event

Where are those babies?

Where are those babies?

Ernest Luning of the Colorado Statesman has some fascinating details on Donald Trump’s planned visit to Colorado Springs on Friday. It seems that the Colorado Republican Party is still on Trump’s shit list:

Ticket prices range from $2,700 per person for the reception alone to $10,000 per couple for the reception and a photograph with Trump and $25,000 per couple for the reception, a photograph and what is described as a “VIP meeting” with the candidate.

Local consultants the Starboard Group are handling the arrangements for the fundraiser.

According to the invitation, the state Republican parties sharing in the proceeds are: Arkansas, Connecticut, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

A spokesman for the Colorado Republican Party said the state GOP wasn’t a part of the joint fundraising operation due to “technical reasons” and suggested asking the RNC for an explanation. A spokeswoman for the RNC didn’t respond to an inquiry from The Statesman. [Pols emphasis]

Apparently there are still some hard feelings left over from that #NeverTrump movement that was coordinated in no way associated with the Colorado Republican Party. Also, there was that delegate sweep for Ted Cruz.

Luning also points out that Friday’s event in Colorado Springs appears to be intended as a sort of middle finger to the Koch Brothers, who are holding one of their super-secret donor meetings at the Broadmoor this weekend (and totally didn’t invite Trump).

Get More Smarter on Wednesday (July 27)

Get More SmarterIn two more days, there will be just 100 more until Election Day. It’s time to Get More Smarter with Colorado Pols. 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.

TOP OF MIND TODAY…

► History was made — again — in Philadelphia on Tuesday when Hillary Clinton officially became the first woman in American history to capture a major party nomination for President.

Day Two of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) also involved a Clinton. Former President Bill Clinton delivered a powerful speech intended to help humanize his wife, Hillary. For more DNC coverage from Tuesday, check out winners and losers from “The Fix.” Or check out this story for more on how Colorado supporters of Bernie Sanders are encouraging their brethren to come together for Hillary Clinton.

 

► Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump publicly called on Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails in attempts to expose negative information about the Democratic Presidential nominee.

Let’s say that one more time: Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump publicly called on Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails…

 

► Colorado Republican Senate candidate Darryl Glenn is getting a firsthand look at one of the oldest lines in politics: The cover-up is (almost) always worse than the crime. Glenn is defending his own remarks to reporters that an old altercation with his father — dating to 1983 — may have involved someone else named Darryl Glenn. A different Darryl Glenn who somehow ended up with the same social security number as the Republican nominee for Senate. Seriously.

 

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So, Um, Trump Wants Russia to Help Him Become President

trumpburnThere’s really no other way to put this: Donald Trump is actively encouraging Russia to help him defeat Hillary Clinton for President. From the New York Times:

Donald J. Trump said Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, essentially encouraging an adversarial foreign power’s cyberspying on a secretary of state’s correspondence.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said, staring directly into the cameras. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

Mr. Trump’s call was an extraordinary moment at a time when Russia is being accused of meddling in the U.S. presidential election. His comments came amid questions about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, which researchers have concluded was likely the work of two Russian intelligence agencies. [Pols emphasis]

Later in the news conference, when asked if he was really urging a foreign nation to hack into the private email server of Mrs. Clinton, or at least meddle in the nation’s elections, he dismissed the question. “That’s up to the president,” Mr. Trump said, before finally saying “be quiet” to the female questioner. “Let the president talk to them.”

You may commence trying to defend Trump in the comments below. Just please don’t pretend that this isn’t a really, really weird thing for a major Party’s Presidential candidate to say in public.

The Coverup: Worse Than The Crime Every Time, Darryl Glenn

Darryl Glenn.

Darryl Glenn.

Colorado Republicans are furious with the Denver Post’s Joey Bunch, over a story published late yesterday casting doubt on statements made by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn regarding a decades-old alleged altercation with his father (now deceased):

On a November night in 1983, Colorado Springs police answered a call from a father who said he had been struck in the face by his son, a senior in high school a month past his 18th birthday.

That young man was Darryl Glenn, according to a police report and other documents obtained by The Denver Post. Glenn, who is running for the U.S. Senate, has said he has no knowledge of the incident and that it may have been someone else — either his half-brother or another person named Darryl Glenn.

When The Post presented the candidate with the documents this week, his campaign spokeswoman said Glenn had no recollection of any run-ins with police. His responses to inquiries from reporters about the assault charge have been inconsistent.

Ultimately, reports Joey Bunch, the charges in this case were dropped. Glenn has no other criminal court records that we know of, either before or after his graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy–an important consideration given that a criminal conviction could have jeopardized his appointment. But this dropped charge is apparently all that could be found in a thorough vetting of Glenn. Ordinarily, this would not be a story worth writing or reading at all.

Except that it appears Glenn wasn’t truthful about what happened.

That’s a clip of Darryl Glenn earlier this year, questioning his then-primary opponent Jon Keyser about the controversy over Keyser’s forged petition signatures. Glenn invokes the Air Force Academy’s “Honor Code” as he asks his fellow AFA grad if Keyser would withdraw from the race if enough signatures were found to be fraudulent to disqualify him. The Air Force Academy Honor Code is pretty simple:

I will not lie, [Pols emphasis] steal, or cheat, nor will I tolerate those among us who do.

After Keyser explained that he would not withdraw, just after this video ended, Glenn retorted, “I’m sure the Academy is pleased with that answer.” And the entire crowd on hand winced a little.

Again, we agree that this three decade old incident which resulted in no charges is itself no big deal. But the responses Glenn offers when asked about the incident are simply not believable–to the point of being, well, downright ridiculous. Nobody in their right mind can seriously believe that some other person named Darryl Glenn appeared in court in 1983 to be advised of charges for punching this Darryl Glenn’s father.

It’s a situation in which a simple admission to the unremarkable facts of the case would have put an end to the story–probably before it was even written. To say “the coverup is worse than the crime” is an understatement, because there wasn’t even a crime.

All we have now is Darryl Glenn rather obviously lying. And no matter what brought us here, that’s a story.

Hickenlooper Nabs Big-Time Speaking Slot at DNC

Gov. John Hickenlooper

Gov. John Hickenlooper

We’ve known since last week that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper would be speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, but until today, we didn’t know when. As the Denver Post reports, Hick has been handed one of the most desirable time slots of the entire convention:

He won’t be introducing Hillary Clinton, but Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper still landed a prime time speaking slot this Thursday at the Democratic National Convention, the curtain call of the four-day gathering.

Hickenlooper told Denver Post TV that he is slated to speak between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. eastern — not long before Clinton is expected to deliver her acceptance speech at the Wells Fargo Center. The topic of the speech was not disclosed.

This is a pretty big deal. Democratic House leader Crisanta Duran is also speaking on Thursday, sometime between 5:00 and 6:00 pm, but Hickenlooper’s time slot is about as good as it gets if you aren’t the nominee for President. Hick will speak shortly before Hillary Clinton is announced to accept the Democratic nomination for President, which all but guarantees that he will speak in front of a huge national TV audience.

Hickenlooper’s high-profile speaking slot is also another good indication that he will likely be picked for some sort of Cabinet post if Clinton is elected President.

At Least We Got That One Vote Counted Correctly

Scott Turner

Scott Turner

Well, that sucks.

Scott Turner is a Republican who narrowly lost to Longinos Gonzales, Jr. in the June 28th Primary for El Paso County Commissioner (District 4). The final tally had Gonzales winning by just 34 votes — a tantalizingly narrow margin that nevertheless fell outside of the window for an automatic recount conducted at county expense.

But 34 votes just seems so close. It was such a narrow margin, in fact, that Turner agreed to reimburse El Paso County for a recount (which is allowed under Colorado election law, provided the margin between candidates is sufficiently small). The results of the recount were made public today, and, well, it’s hard not to feel a little tinge of sadness for Mr. Turner:

Official Results
July 7, 2016
Gonzales, Jr: 3,450 votes
Turner:  3,416 votes

Recount Results
July 26, 2016
Gonzales, Jr: 3,450 votes
Turner:  3,417 votes

As you can see, the recount did not change the outcome in El Paso County Commissioner District 4…but Turner did end up with one more vote. And it only cost him $2,660!

We don’t know anything about either of these candidates, but you don’t need any personal information to understand how much this would suck for Scott Turner. Sorry, dude.

On the plus side, it certainly affirms that our vote counting systems in El Paso County are in good shape.