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The Get More Smarter Podcast is a weekly, lighthearted overview of Colorado politics. The podcast is hosted by seasoned Colorado politicos Jason Bane of ColoradoPols.com and Ian Silverii of ProgressNow Colorado. Are you ready to Get More Smarter?
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This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast, MAP MADNESS continues, we’ll talk about who’s most mad about it. The GOP Clown Car of the US Senate Primary gets clownier, but are these, like, fun happy birthday clowns or terrifying knife-weilding transform into giant monster spider clowns? Presumptive GOP...candidate for Governor, Heidi Ganahl, somehow finds a way to have another bad week in her doomed gubernatorial campaign. We discuss why we haven’t been asked to appear on her podcast yet.Our maybe-soon-to-be eighth favorite congressperson from Colorado finds a way to get boo’d at a celebration of a genocidal maniac and we test the water in Mesa county because something absolutely terrible is happening there and we cannot figure out what. BUT FIRST, we interview State Representative, Doctor Yadira Caraveo, Democratic candidate for what we believe is at least a reasonable approximation of Colorado’s new congressional district. We talk to her about her campaign and ask for unsolicited medical advice.Learn more about Representative Doctor Candidate Yadira Caraveo:Campaign Site: https://www.caraveoforcongress.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/YadiraCaraveoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/caraveoforcongress ---Hosts: Jason Bane | Ian SilveriiProducer: Ethan BlackIntern: Taleen SampleMusic: Breakmaster CylinderSpecial thanks to Heather Hukari for editing assistance this week.Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and leave us a review if you Got More Smarter. Send all angry and non-angry rants to angryrants@getmoresmarter.com.
This week, we're doing a feed-swap with our friends over at City Cast Denver. They are Denver's only daily news podcast! We love listening every day and reading their newsletter. Subscribe to them and Get More Smarter™️ about Denver every morning.https://denver.citycast.fm/ Here's their episode description:It’s official: Trey Parker and Matt Stone have purchased Casa Bonita. So, now what? Will the Lakewood landmark stay the same, or become a fully South Park-themed eatertainment destination? While the iconic restaurant’s future hangs in the balance, we wanted to know: What really makes Casa Bonita fun? Host Bree Davies and Producer Paul Karolyi took an official tour of the still-closed-for-dining immersive eatery with David Thomas, the “Professor of Fun.” David explains why Casa Bonita is more than just a theme restaurant — it’s an architecturally designed masterpiece that invites play, stirs imagination, and ensures that all who visit will be transported to another place and time for an experience that can be hard to put into words. The City Cast Denver Crew joined Westword Editor-In-Chief Patty Calhoun for the Casa Bonita tour, too — you can read her take on CB and the concept of fun in this week’s Westword. Get Denver news delivered straight to your inbox every weekday by signing up for the City Cast Denver newsletter: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/Got a favorite Casa Bonita memory? Share it with us on Twitter: @citycastdenverOr, give us a ring and leave us a message: ‪(720) 500-5418‬
This week, our favorite Colorado insurrectionist joins the US Senate Republican Primary and we're taking bets on how badly this ruins GOP chances to beat Michael Bennet in 2022. Our 7th favorite congressperson from Colorado makes us ask, once again, “What the hell is wrong with our 7th favorite congressperson from Colorado?” The Colorado Republican Party doesn’t know the first rule of fight club, so the break the hell out of it. We have another edition of MAP MADNESS, where we discuss the brand-new redistricting and reapportionment process in Colorado AND we interview Evan Wyloge, reporter for the various Gazettes and ColoradoPolitics.com who has had the distinct pleasure of covering this public-political-cartography process not once, but twice!Follow Evan on Twitter: @EvanWylogeSome of Evan's redistricting articles mentioned in the interview- Coordinated persuasion efforts emerge in Colorado redistricting commissions’ public comments (9/20/21)- Challenge to congressional map plan over minority protections announced already (9/30/21)- Newly revealed interactions added to redistricting lobbying complaint (9/27/21)- Colorado nonprofit targeted with redistricting lobbying complaint helped draft others’ map proposals (8/30/21)-------This week, we're doing a feed-swap with our friends at City Cast Denver, Denver's only local daily news podcast. They make terrific content, and you'll find their recent episode about Casa Bonita in our feed. Subscribe to the City Cast Denver podcast and newsletter. -------Hosts: Jason Bane | Ian SilveriiProducer: Ethan BlackIntern: Taleen SampleMusic: Breakmaster CylinderFollow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Visit our website at getmoresmarter.com.Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and leave us a review if you Got More Smarter. Send all angry and non-angry rants to angryrants@getmoresmarter.com.
This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast, the honest truth is that the entire Colorado Republican/conservative universe is in absolute tatters, but today we’ll focus on the disastrous launch of Heidi Ganahl’s campaign for Governor; insane conspiracy theories continue to not only influence but entirely permeate the GOP establishment in Colorado; Colorado Republicans seem to be having one hell of a time tricking anyone into running for statewide office in 2022; the Q-adjacent pillow-enthusiast, Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, returns to Colorado, and is not yet in handcuffs for some unknown reason; and, besides the people we just named, Coloradans are quite enthusiastic and unified in their support for the safe vaccines and effective masks that can finally get us out of this goddamn pandemic if only the small minority of anti-everything death cultists would just let us. LinksRepublican Heidi Ganahl Announces Candidacy For Governor (CBS4 Denver, 9/14/21)INTERVIEW: As she enters Colorado governor's race, Ganahl won't say if 2020 election was fraudulent (9NEWS, 9/14/21)The Colorado Republican Party is Just One Big Conspiracy Now (Colorado Pols, 9/21/21)Colorado Republicans visit Pueblo for decision on primary election (KOAA 5, 9/17/21)Where are the Republican Candidates for Statewide Office? (Colorado Pols, 9/20/21)davidwinney.comMesa County Clerk Tina Peters reappears, speaks publicly at Grand Junction church (9NEWS, 9/17/21)Commissioners: Clerk can't dictate what constitutes a public document (The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, 9/21/21)Newsom to national Democrats: "Don't be timid" on COVID-19 response (CBS Mornings, 9/15/21)Sorry, COVIDiots: Coloradans Still Support Science (Colorado Pols, 9/21/21)No Excuses: Get Your Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests Now (Colorado Pols, 9/22/21)Hosts: Jason Bane | Ian SilveriiProducer: Ethan BlackMusic: Breakmaster CylinderFollow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and leave us a review if you Got More Smarter. Send all angry and non-angry rants to angryrants@getmoresmarter.com.
The Colorado Governor’s race has gone to the doggy day care: we interview a dog to find out what this all means. We have questions for anyone running for office in 2022 and so should you; we’ve been asking you all to vax that ass up for weeks now, and now President Biden is requiring you to do so; map madness continues with another round of staff maps from the congressional and legislative redistricting commissions; on top of being generally awful, Lauren Boebert is just, well, weird; the Mesa County Clerk Crime family is at it again, who’s turning themselves in this week?; and those death panels Sarah Palin warned us about back in 2008? Well, they’re real now, and they’re in Idaho. Hosts: Jason Bane | Ian SilveriiProducer: Ethan BlackIntern: Taleen SampleMusic: Breakmaster CylinderFollow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and leave us a review if you Got More Smarter. Send all angry and non-angry rants to angryrants@getmoresmarter.com.
Come Home Tina Peters!

Come Home Tina Peters!

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This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast,Our main Colorado podcast competition and known logo thieves probably break campaign finance laws (or most certainly will);Colorado’s 8th congressional district doesn’t yet exist, but a solid Democratic candidate for it certainly does;Embattled Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters is still on the lam, but she popped up to talk to MyPillow Guy Mike Lindell (with whom she most certainly is not having a torrid love affair);Lauren Boebert as crooked as she is shady, and she’s very, very bad at hiding it;Ken Buck still sucks, but not as bad as...The totally-not-Republican-redistricting-squad-who-are-entirely-made-up-of-washed-up-Republicans-pretending-not-to-be-Republicans;Speaking of Republican stupidity, they’re trying to disenfranchise the majority of Colorado voters because they’re not out of power enough.Hosts: Jason Bane | Ian SilveriiProducer: Ethan BlackIntern: Taleen SampleMusic: Breakmaster CylinderFollow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and leave us a review if you Got More Smarter. Send all angry and non-angry rants to angryrants@getmoresmarter.com.
This week, Donald Trump has resumed his rightful place back in the White House...just kidding, that didn’t happen. The Colorado GOP has the worst August on record: we take bets on how much worse it can get in the last week! The Republican Mesa County Clerk and Recorder is in hiding with the MyPillow guy after leaking confidential election security information to QAnon people and Lauren Boebert has about 15 enormous problems she didn’t have last week. We read you the internet, and we talk about Ian's personal favorite subject: legislative cartography!Stuff We TweetedIan on the CO GOP's terrible week: https://twitter.com/iansilverii/status/1428794521257709568Jason on mysterious chickens: https://twitter.com/jason_bane/status/1428362161093447680Ethan's hot Jeopardy! takes: https://twitter.com/EthanBlack/status/1428735818751909888 -----Hosts: Jason Bane | Ian SilveriiProducer: Ethan BlackMusic: Breakmaster CylinderSubscribe wherever you get your podcasts and leave us a review if you Got More Smarter. Send all angry and non-angry rants to angryrants@getmoresmarter.com.
This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast, both conspiracies and conspiracy-theorists are getting a lot dumber and a lot scarier, and for some reason, lots of Colorado right-wingers are knee deep in the crazy. In a very related note, the Colorado Republican Party just cannot seem to get their poop in a group, adding to the list of infamous Colorado politics fails this week with an impressively off-key press conference, the first somewhat-legit challenger to Michael Bennet arrives, we discuss why the entire campaign will be about skinny little swords, fancy horses, and the Iraq war (if he’s actually nominated). But first, we interview The Get More Smarter Podcast’s official member of congress, Ed Perlmutter. He tells us all the good things he’s bringing home for us from DC, and all of the no-things his Republican colleagues are bringing home to their districts. Hosts: Jason Bane | Ian SilveriiProducer: Ethan BlackIntern: Taleen SampleMusic: Breakmaster CylinderSubscribe wherever you get your podcasts and leave us a review if you Got More Smarter. Send all angry and non-angry rants to angryrants@getmoresmarter.com.
This week, national Republicans continue to attempt to warp the reality of the deadly attack on the capitol on January 6th by Trump supporters to somehow blame Nancy Pelosi; we determine if they’re the worst people on the planet, or in the galaxy; we are very mad about the fact that we’ll all have to start wearing masks everywhere again because a bunch of whiny crybabies are scared of needles like a bunch of third graders and pretend like they can’t breathe with a tiny piece of cloth over their dumb faces; we check in with the person who wins Worst Coloradan of the Year, every year, who also happens to be our 7th favorite congressperson from our great state; and we read you things we posted on the internet. Also, BEAVERS! A dry California creek bed looked like a wildfire risk. Then the beavers went to work (The Sacramento Bee, 7/2/21)Hosts: Jason Bane | Ian SilveriiProducer: Ethan BlackMusic: Breakmaster CylinderIntern: Taleen SampleSubscribe wherever you get your podcasts and leave us a review if you Got More Smarter. Send all angry and non-angry rants to angryrants@getmoresmarter.com.
This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast, we have an intern and so can you! Ian dusts off his old metaphysics and epistemology textbooks from college and we dive deep into the very nature of reality. Former Colorado Christian University adjunct instructor and one-time Rudy Guilliani seatmate, Jenna Ellis, is in the news again, and we discuss why she shouldn’t be. We pay a visit to our 6th and 7th favorite congressional representatives from Colorado and realize that perhaps we do live in alternate universes after all.Hosts: Jason Bane | Ian SilveriiProducer: Ethan BlackMusic: Breakmaster CylinderSubscribe wherever you get your podcasts and leave us a review if you Got More Smarter. Send all angry and non-angry rants to angryrants@getmoresmarter.com.
This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast, The Rocky Mountaineer is back! We dig into the latest poll from Global Strategy Group and ProgressNow Colorado to see how much Democrats in the legislature overreached this session, and how much the voters really really liked it. The failed attempt by right-wing goons to overturn the results of the 2020 election in a violent insurrection turns six-months old this week and we discuss the Russian dolls of alternative reality Republicans have put themselves in since then. We have some preliminary redistricting and reapportionment maps, and we discuss why where the lines are right now almost certainly will not matter to the seats actually being campaigned in in 2022. And we read you the internet like we’re your parents and talk about some horrible things Lauren Boebert said! But first, we interview  Andrew Baumann, an at-best-mediocre poker player and the senior vice president at Global Strategy Group, and more importantly the lead pollster on this issue of the Rocky Mountaineer. The Rocky Mountaineer Poll (mountaineerresearch.org)Colorado Democrats are heading into the 2022 election cycle in a position of strength, poll shows (Colorado Sun, July 6, 2021)First draft of Colorado’s new state Senate, House district maps could pit 20 incumbents against each other (Colorado Sun, June 29, 2021)
This week, the Colorado Republican Bench is down to one candidate—what office will Heidi Ganahl run for and lose in 2022? The Big Line is back; we discuss why the Dead Guvs are the best prognosticators in Colorado Politics; teaching about racism isn’t racist, no matter how hurt your feelings get, white people; we have a new segment about Twitter, and it will come in 280 character bursts; and we talk about our 6th and 7th favorite congresspeople from Colorado. But first, Jon Murray, Enterprise and Transportation Reporter from the Denver Post, joins us to talk about his weekend feature on the Libertarian Party’s 50 years of not-making-a-very-big-impact on politics in Colorado or anywhere else and the historic, bipartisan transportation bill that was signed into law last week. The Libertarian Party, born in Colorado 50 years ago, still seeks elusive mainstream acceptance by Jon Murray (The Denver Post | June 20, 2021)Hosts: Jason Bane | Ian SilveriiProducer: Ethan BlackMusic: Breakmaster CylinderSubscribe wherever you get your podcasts and leave us a review if you Got More Smarter. Send all angry and non-angry rants to angryrants@getmoresmarter.com.
The first regular session of the 73rd Colorado General Assembly has come to a close! We tell you what the hell happened, give you the rundown of this year’s Winners and Losers, and debate the proper pronunciation of sine die; Lauren Boebert goes from embarrassing herself to embarrassing the good people of Pueblo and they’re not happy about it; some guy who won’t be a US Senator is running against Michael Bennet; we report on some not so shocking news about Colorado’s vaccination rate and it’s...pretty good; 30% of 30% percent of the country thinks Donald Trump will be reinstated as president...any day now...any day now...BUT FIRST we interview the Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives Alec Garnett!Hosts: Jason Bane | Ian SilveriiProducer: Ethan BlackMusic: Breakmaster CylinderSubscribe wherever you get your podcasts and leave us a review if you Got More Smarter. Send all angry and non-angry rants to angryrants@getmoresmarter.com.
This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast, we talk at length about the filibuster; we pour one out for Donald Trump’s Livejournal and encourage him to try Friendster next; we flip our Legislating with Crayons segment on its head and instead decide to legislate with laser printers and fountain pens; Colorado Republicans are using last-decade’s lies to discuss this year’s redistricting process; Lauren Boebert essentially argues for the extrajudicial killing of Dr. Fauci; and the good people of Aurora deserve so, so much better than Mike Coffman and his merry band of hacks who are campaigning to join him on Aurora City Council.-------Hosts: Jason Bane | Ian SilveriiProducer: Ethan BlackMusic: Breakmaster CylinderSubscribe wherever you get your podcasts and leave us a review if you Got More Smarter. Send all angry and non-angry rants to angryrants@getmoresmarter.com.
This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast, most Republicans continue to live in an alternative universe where Donald Trump is still President, we ask why the hell they would possibly want to do such a thing; our segment Legislating with Crayons gets its own segment, Legislating with Lunatics; we revisit the one play in the Colorado GOP playbook (and no, it’s not “trying to win more elections"); we visit with the three least powerful yet most noisy members of Colorado’s congressional delegation; and our last statewide Republican elected official does her level best to lose whichever thing she’s running for next before even telling anyone what it is.Hosts: Jason Bane | Ian SilveriiProducer: Ethan BlackMusic: Breakmaster CylinderSubscribe wherever you get your podcasts and leave us a review if you Got More Smarter. Send all angry and non-angry rants to angryrants@getmoresmarter.com.
This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast, for Republicans, the Big Lie is the Only Truth; we find more voter fraud (can you guess who did it this time?); the Colorado Republican Party gets Q-curious, again; we’re counting down to Sine Die and we’ll tell you what that means; we FINALLY have an excuse to talk about Doug Lamborn, and boy it’s a doozy; and we check in with the only likely statewide Republican candidate for...something. But first, Canadian Jason Bane returns! We ask if he’s moving back to the States now that Donald Trump is no longer president.
This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast, POLLS POLLS POLLS! We dig into the numbers so you don’t have to. Donald Trump is a sad, sad man; the GOP is the party of "No"….ideas; we have a double-barrel of "What the Buck?!" and "The Boebert Report"; our neighbors to the East have some really wacko lawmakers (and no we’re not talking about Nebraska’s weird unicameral legislature); finally, we sit down with Jake Williams, executive director of powerhouse advocacy organization Healthier Colorado and host of The Wooden Teeth Podcast. We ask him to explain the bill formerly known as the public option.
This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast, we’re getting a new Congressional district, and so are you; Lauren Boebert is worse now; it turns out that when you put people who like government in charge of government, people like what they get; there’s an imaginary war on red meat (as Ian brines an 18 pound brisket for homemade pastrami; a current Colorado Republican Lawmaker is a former California Congressional Candidate; and we interview Charles Ashby, dean of the Colorado press corps (probably) and politics reporter for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. We ask him why are things like this.
This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast, 2021 is already on track to set the record for mass shootings in the USA. It’s Earth Day, Week, and Month here in snowy Colorado in late April. The Colorado option gets confusing for people who don’t want you to have healthcare, and we discover that the Colorado January 6th Insurrectionist, state Rep. Ron Hanks, has a seriously racist misunderstanding of history and the constitution. We keep shouting WHAT THE BUCK about the jingoistic America First Caucus which may or may not include our 7th favorite congressperson from Colorado, Lauren Boebert.Tell your legislator to support climate legislation: bit.ly/coclimate.*Producer's note: We recorded this episode before the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd, so we don't discuss it in the episode.
The Colorado legislature takes another run at a Colorado healthcare option to lower costs and increase quality, John Boehner is still crying, smoking cigarettes, and throwing other Republicans under the bus, and the new Colorado GOP chair is just as bad as the last one (if not somehow worse). It’s infrastructure week, for real this time, an again, we might get that train we’ve been talking about for a long, long time. The lying liars are just lying and it’s exhausting trying to keep up, and Lauren Boebert takes ground in the spirit realm before sharing conspiracy theories at Club 20.---------Hosts: Jason Bane | Ian SilveriiProducer: Ethan BlackMusic: Breakmaster CylinderSubscribe wherever you get your podcasts and leave us a review if you Got More Smarter. Send all angry and non-angry rants to angryrants@getmoresmarter.com.
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