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, former Executive Director of ProgressNow Colorado. Are you ready to Get More Smarter?
Does This Look Like it Could Be Weird? (feat. Alec Garnett)
This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast, the violent white replacement conspiracy theory embraced by many Republican politicians spurred yet another mass shooting in a community of color; we ask why on earth some Colorado Republicans have courted and accepted endorsements from some of the conspiracy’s biggest boosters. Our 7th favorite congressperson from Colorado spent the week blaming Joe Biden for the baby formula shortage and then became one of 9 monsters to vote against helping low income families get it because she’s a lying, callous monster who exists solely to embarrass the good people of Colorado’s third congressional district. The three Colorado Republicans vying for the chance to lose to Jena Griswold this November got together for a debate, and Jason listened to the whole thing so you don’t have to. Greg Lopez, the top-line Republican candidate for governor, has a plan to help Republicans finally win in Colorado, which is essentially to make sure their votes count more than those of Democrats.
But first, we interview Colorado House Speaker Alec Garnett once more to wrap up his final legislative session holding the gavel! The Speaker will reflect on his 8 years as a legislator and his two years leading the largest Democratic caucus in the history of Colorado, probably.
Falling on Ridiculously Dull Swords
This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast, HAPPY SINE DIE to everyone except for the Colorado House Republicans who, despite having the smallest legislative minority in memory, tried to hold the entire legislature hostage until…well they don’t know either. We’ll talk about the bills that have passed so far this session, and a few that might turn into a pumpkin when the clock strikes midnight (which it did). Joe O’Dea is dancing, yeah; our least favorite coup-plotting disgraced-right-wing-professorial-insurrectionist from Colorado is in deep, deep doo-doo; and our 64th favorite county clerk has been barred from overseeing the election her current office is in charge of while she maintains her frontrunner status in the GOP primary to oversee every election in Colorado.
The One With the Epic Rant About Abortion Rights (feat. Christy Powell)
This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast, the Colorado legislature protected abortion rights RIGHT BEFORE a leaked memo from the Supreme Court shows they’re poised to overturn Roe v. Wade...and Colorado Republicans remain on the wrong side of this issue that they were POSITIVE would not be important this cycle (whoopsie!). Later, Christy Powell returns to chat campaign finance numbers for statewide offices and provide an absolutely epic rant on abortion rights that you don't want to miss (jump ahead to the 22:45 mark for that, and bring your earmuffs).
Get Off the People's Lawn! (feat. Christy Powell)
This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast, Christy Powell Strikes Back! She was such a big hit with our listeners that we wanted to bring her back to talk campaign finance (and Ian is not at all worried that she’s going to permanently replace him because she’s smarter, funnier AND taller). Christy reads us campaign finance reports in a French accent...Colorado Republicans are overdosing on their own kool-aid, and blaming Democrats for that, too...the GOP establishment is trying to engineer a ballot full of boring, unelectable candidates instead of a ballot full of insane, unelectable candidates -- and they're doing a bad job! And Lori Saine brags about something that makes no sense whatsoever!
For a Better Circus, Add More Clowns
This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast, we’re going to keep things simple. The Colorado Republican Party held its state assembly last weekend, and it was an incredible disaster. There are not enough words to adequately describe this dumpster fire, but we’re going to try with the help of guest host Christy Powell!
Whose Demon Is It Anyway? (feat. Sen. Julie Gonzales and Scott Wasserman)
This week on the Get More Smarter Podcast, results from some of the Republican assemblies last week tell us what we already know, the Colorado GOP is screwed. Also, we preview the state assembly with contests for Governor, US Senate, and Secretary of State. A Republican candidate for Congress claims basic healthcare is human sacrifice to the demon lord Ba’al, and we’re not remotely making this up. We don’t say Gay-nahl as the presumptive runner-up for the GOP nomination for governor gets trapped by a pilled radio host, we see if the voter fraud lie rally brought to you by My Pillow and the Tina Peters Legal Defense Grift gets blown away by 25 mile per hour winds, and our interview with returning friend of the pod State Senator Julie Gonzales of Denver and Scott Wasserman, President of the Bell Policy center - we talk housing affordability and ballot initiative madness. You don’t want to miss this interview.
Love hearing from smart and considerate viewpoints about the political atmosphere in Colorado, keep up the great work!
"Postscript": Christy is incredible, rock on!
I loved hearing from Christy Powell. She is smart, informative, and hilarious. Have her on more!
I wanted to know more about politics in my home state of Colorado, but I never had time to sit and read the newspaper or to figure out what was important. This podcast presents news from around the state and in congress in a fun and conversational way. I’m now more informed about how Colorado is making laws that help Coloradans and how “our 7th favorite member of the House of Representatives” is possibly making things worse. The banter between the hosts is easy and entertaining and I can’t wait to hear new episodes.