The first regular session of the 72nd Colorado General Assembly is over. This week, we look back on everything the legislature accomplished and what the General Assembly does over the eight month interim.
We also talk about the Nuggets' and Avalanche's failed playoff runs and give our (now outdated) Game of Thrones takes.
This week is budget week in Colorado! To help us navigate through all $32 billion dollars, Joint Budget Committee (JBC) Vice-Chair Daneya Esgar and JBC Representative Chris Hansen explain our state's budgeting process and highlight some of the big ticket items in this year's "long bill."
This week, we have a thorough discussion about about Colorado's school finance formula with Senator Pual Lundeen (SD-9). If you've ever wondered about how Colorado funds its schools or want to get deep into Colorado ed policy, this is great conversation.
We also talk about our March Madness picks, surprise billing legislation, the oil and gas bill, and give a big HD-2 shoutout to the Molly Brown House Museum from the brilliant and hard working senior advisor to the Majority Leader, Katie March.
7: Criminal Justice Reform ft. Representative Leslie Herod and Baby Adella Garnett (Day 71, 3/15/19)
This week we talk with Representative Leslie Herod (HD-8) about criminal justice reform in Colorado and her bills to "ban the box" and bond/bail reform. 8-month-old Adella Garnett pops up throughout the podcast with insightful noises. We also talk about last week's "bomb cyclone" and how the Senate Republicans stole our idea about reading the 2,000 page Title 12 bill at length.
In Episode 6, we reflect on the first half of the legislative session, interview some Coloradans who showed up to testify for and against the oil and gas bill (SB19-181), and talk about the Extreme Risk Protection Order bill moving to the Senate.
In this episode, we debrief the 10-hour ERPO hearing and HD2 First Lady, Emily Garnett, teaches us about cryptocurrencies
In this episode, we discuss the introduction of HB19-1177, formally known as "The Deputy Zackari Parish III Violence Prevention Act," and informally known as the "Extreme Risk Protection Order" (ERPO) bill. After some brief discussion over what an ERPO is, we hear highlights from the introductory press conference from members of law enforcement, gun violence prevention advocates, and members of the Colorado General Assembly.
In Episode 3, we talk with Representatives Jeni Arndt and Emily Sirota about the National Popular Vote (SB19-042). This bill would replace our current flawed system for electing the President with a simple...national popular vote. This is a ?HOT? topic. More constituents have contacted us about NPV than any other topic this legislative session, so learn about this important issue from its sponsors.
Additionally, we talk about the Super Bowl, Trump's SOTU speech, banjo trading cards, how cool it was to see birds of prey in the Capitol lobby, and obsess over Pablo's Coffee.
In Episode 2, we interview Mark Ferrandino (the CFO of Denver Public Schools) and Henry Roman (the President of Denver Classroom Teachers Association) about the potential Denver teacher strike. These two are key players at the bargaining table and each gets the opportunity to explain their side.
Additionally, we finally decide upon a few names, discuss the closing of the mac & cheese bar at the Denver Whole Foods, and touch on the ~370 people who testified about the comprehensive sex-ed bill.
Colorado House District 2 Podcast with Majority Leader Alec Garnett and Producer Black (call me Ethan, please) Episode 1!
In this introductory episode, we talk about why we made a podcast in the first place, what you can expect to hear in this podcast, the Government Shutdown (they reached a "deal" right after we recorded), the SB19-011 (the "Beer is Beer" bill), the newly created "Office of Saving People Money on Healthcare," a shoutout to the Willow Room Hair Studio, and more thoughts about the future of the podcast. If you have name suggestions, Tweet at us at @AlecGarnett or email at email@example.com.
THE SMARTALEC PODCAST
The SmartAlec Podcast is a weekly look inside local Colorado state politics. Each week hosts House Majority Leader Alec Garnett and his aide Ethan Black talk through the most important and interesting legislation of the week in the Colorado General Assembly. As the only podcast hosted by a Colorado state legislator, the SmartAlec Podcast is the best inside view into current developments under Colorado’s gold-domed capitol.