The SmartAlec Podcast

By Rep. Alec Garnett

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Colorado State Representative for House District 2 and House Majority Leader. On this podcast, we discuss political issues around Denver, Colorado, and the Nation.

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Episode 4: Extreme Risk Protection Order Introduction (Day 43, 2/15/19)
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. Finally, we do a shoutout to HD2 restaurant "Chook Charcoal Chicken," which was named one of Denver's Hottest New Restaurants by (
Feb 16, 2019
Episode 3: National Popular Vote ft. Representatives Jeni Arndt and Emily Sirota (Day 34, 2/6/19)
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. Make sure to like, subscribe, rate five stars, and share with your friends across social media! Links Trump getting attacked by a bald Eagle: Majority Leader Garnett not getting attacked by a bald eagle: National Popular Vote: SB19-042: Cook Political Report: Scientific and Cultural Facilities District: Hawk Quest: Swallow Hill:
Feb 07, 2019
Episode 2: Denver Teacher Strike ft. Mark Ferrandino and Henry Roman (Day 28, 1/31/19)
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. Be sure to follow Majority Leader Garnett on Twitter (@AlecGarnett), subscribe on iTunes, and rate us five stars. In every other podcast I listen to, the hosts say that ratings and subscriptions help move traffic, so I'll trust them. Look out every Thursday for new episodes of The SmartAlec Podcast! -Ethan (AKA, Producer Black)
Jan 31, 2019
Episode 1: Pilot (Day 22, 1/25/19)
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 Like, subscribe, rate 5 stars, and look out for future episodes! The Willow Room Hair Studio Offering free haircuts to furloughed employees due to the shutdown 1223 S. Pearl St., Denver, 80210 720-570-2583
Jan 25, 2019