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The Hot Sheet, March 4, 2016

Author: Jared Wright - March 4, 2016 - Updated: August 20, 2016

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright _@JaredWright_

Friday, March 4, 2016

DENVER – Good morning, and happy Friday. Did you watch the debate last night? Allow me to put it in a nutshell for you: Cruz: “Donald, please, I know it’s hard not to interrupt. Breathe, breathe, breathe. You can do it, breathe, I know it’s hard, I know it’s hard.”

Rubio: “When they’re done with the yoga, can I answer a question?”

Cruz: “I really hope that we don’t see yoga on this stage.”

Rubio: Well, [Trump’s] very flexible so you never know.”

Oh … it got worse, trust me.

Rubio on CNN post-debate: “Donald Trump is “the most vulgar person to aspire to the presidency.”

“The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren’t enough.” — Amy Weintraub

Now, your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline:

What Greg Brophy is up to these days — Former candidate for Colorado governor, U.S. Rep. Ken Buck‘s Chief of Staff and Sen. Greg Brophy was told by the Independent Ethics Commission yesterday that he can promote a ballot measure to make it harder to amend the Colorado Constitution. He asked the commission for an opinion on whether the 2 year revolving door provision in Amendment 41 — prohibiting a former legislator from becoming a registered lobbyist for two years after their last day in office — would apply in his situation. Brophy is being paid by an issue committee to promote the ballot access initiative. He wants to approach the legislature to get individual legislators endorsements and support for the ballot initiative (notably, not a referendum which is a legislative process). The commission issued an opinion yesterday that Brophy would not be in violation of Amendment 41 so long as he did not participate in registered lobbying. Score for Brophy. His name is currently attached as registered agent, along with Summit County Commissioner and former Sen. Dan Gibbs, to five initiative titles with the secretary of state’s office — all variations as is common — numbers 93, 94, 95, 96 and 97. All of the titles involve requirements and thresholds for initiated constitutional amendments.

Former state Sen. turned Washington-inside-outsider Greg Brophy

Tim Dore: A prison cell should not count as your home … for self-defense purposes anyway — Following two murder convictions thrown out for Colorado Department of Corrections Inmates who allegedly killed a fellow inmate and then successfully invoked Colorado’s “Make My Day” self-defense law, saying they were defending themselves within their domiciles, Rep. Tim Dore completed his mission on the House side to make sure that doesn’t happen again. The bill, HB 1190, passed third reading vote this morning unanimously — even the informal freedom caucusers agreed.

Read the full story in The Colorado Statesman here.

House District 32 seat-lust battle brewing up north? — With Rep. Dominick Moreno’s announcement that he will be attempting a chamber move into Sen. Jessie Ulibarri‘s soon-to-be-vacant SD-21 senate seat, a scramble of sorts has been initiated, with three Democratic candidates filing to run for the seat within days of Moreno’s announcement, a total of four Democrats now in the race for the treasured seat. One of them, Steven Zorn, filed well before Moreno’s announcement, registering his candidate affidavit with the secretary of state Feb. 4. The three other Democratic candidates who have filed are Adrianne Benavidez, Burke Beu and Maria Gonzalez. Benavidez filed her candidacy the day of Ulibarri and Moreno’s announcement. She is the “chosen one” in the race, having been endorsed by Moreno. Will this full-house race have an impact on Benavidez’s likely win?

There is one (sacrificial lamb) Republican filed for this election in the heavily Democratic district, Alexander Jacobson.

Registration Numbers according to Colorado Capitol Watch: Democrats: 47.3%, Republicans 19.6% Unaffiliateds 32.4%

Watch the Statesman for full stories on this race as it unfolds.

Will the GOP presidential candidates support whomever among them — or perhaps not among them — is nominated? — Rubio, Yes; Cruz, Yes; Kasich, Yes; Trump, Yes.

Who won last night’s debate? — Fox2now St. Louis poll: 28,562 votes, Trump 67.32%, Kasich 18.96%, Cruz 7.83%, Rubio 5.89%

Washington Times: 31,724 votes, Trump 79%, Kasich 13%, Cruz 5%, Rubio 3%

Drudge: 423,468 votes, Trump 55.87%, Cruz 25.09%, Kasich 14.07%, Rubio 4.97%

You like to read … a lot? — Last night’s entire debate script here, courtesy of The Washington Post

Where will the Obama family reside post 2017 inauguration? — Quite possibly — still D.C., so Sasha can finish high school. President Obama: “We’re going to have to stay a couple of years so Sasha can finish’ school. Transferring someone in the middle of high school — tough.”

SOS Wayne Williams proclaims support for moving to presidential primary —Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced his support for presidential primary elections speaking this morning at the Optimist Club of Monaco South. “Although a prez primary will cost state, counties abt $5 million, it’s time for CO to return to them,” he tweeted.

Maher reacts to unconventional presidential election question on 9News9News Kyle Clark asked 9News Republican commentator Kelly Maher, “How does it feel to have your life’s work and your beloved party set on fire?” Her response, silence. What do you say to a question like that? That’s one you need to sit down with a scotch and cigar and mull over in front of a typewriter for a few hours.

Polling going into this weekend’s round of presidential voting — Kentucky, Trump; Louisiana, Trump and Clinton; Maine, Kansas, Nebraska and Puerto Rico, who knows?

Kentucky: Trump 35%, Rubio 22.1%, Cruz 15%, Kasich 6%

Louisiana Rs: Trump 44%, Cruz 23.5%, Rubio 15% and Kasich 7%
Louisiana Ds: Clinton 61%, Sanders 14%

Nationwide Rs: Trump 43%, Rubio 18.8%, Cruz 16.8% and Kasich 7.3%
Nationwide Ds: Clinton 52.9%, Sanders 37.9%

Gardner honors fallen law enforcement officer — U.S. Sen. Cory Gardnerhonored Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Geer on the Senate floor Tuesday. Geer was a 15 year veteran of the sheriff’s office. He was shot multiple times and killed by 17-year-old Austin Patrick Holzer while doing his job responding to a call about a subject with a gun. Gardner said of the tragedy, “Deputy Geer with courage and care responded to that call. Through the senseless act of another person, this son, husband, father and friend lost his life.”

“Service and duty to his country and to his community exemplified Deputy Geer’s selfless concern for others,” Gardner continued. “In every role he always found ways to give even more.”

Gardner says he will support the Republican nominee, but make no mistake, he is full-in for Marco Rubio — In a Wall Street Journal story released this morning, Gardner told reporter Reid Epstein, after a back-and-forth exchange in which the senator repeatedly proclaimed his support for Rubio, “What I know is this, I will support the Republican nominee. If you’re concerned that Donald Trump is not going to be the Republican nominee because he runs as a third party, I think you’ve gotten your answer.”

Read the full report here.

Bennet takes some time out from fundraising to slam Republicans over Scalia replacement — U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, saying he is opposed to rewriting the Constitution, took to the Senate floor Wednesday and delivered a speech, reading an excerpt from the Constitution and calling on his Republican colleagues to consider a Supreme Court nominee as has been done throughout the nation’s history. “In the past 100 years, the Senate has taken action on every single Supreme Court nominee.”

Philosophy quiz — is inaction in fact a form of action? Whoa … deep stuff.

Bennet continued:

“Since the founding of this country, the Senate has done its job even in an election year. In fact, during one election year the Senate voted to confirm not just one but three justices to fill vacancies on the Court. The President was none other than George Washington. And he was in the fourth year of his second term,” Bennet said. “That Senate included some of our founders, delegates to the constitutional convention. But, come to think about it, what did they really know about the Constitution?”

Full speech here.

“One who sees inaction in action, and action in inaction, is intelligent among men, and he is in the tranecendental position, although engaged in all sorts of activities.” — From Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 4: Transcendental Knowledge

From the wires:

The Denver Post’s Joey Bunch reports on top Colorado Republicans (now not including Gardner — see above) remaining silent on their support for a potential Donald Trump nomination

The Reporter-Herald’s Saja Hindi reports that Loveland resident  Democrat Jody Shadduck-McNally has announced her intent to run for term-limited Rep. Brian Delgrosso’s seat against Loveland City Councilor Hugh McKean

The Daily Sentinel’s Charles Ashby reports on the fascinating bill to require 2-man crews in trains on Colorado railroads

The Pueblo Chieftain’s Peter Strescino reports on the passage of HB-1284 through the House, the pro-Israel anti-BDS bill

Complete Colorado’s Simon Lomax reports on billionaire Tom Steyer spending big on research and polling in Colorado — nearly $684,000

The Denver Post’s Aldo Svaldi reports on the potential Colorado will face a boomerang effect on Amazon sales tax collections due to TABOR, a pitfall in a battle with Amazon that Colorado recently won

Roll Call’s Simone Pathé reports from the CPAC conference where curiously Donald Trump’s name hardly came up

Roll Call’s Warren Rojas blogs on the Romney, Trump sparring that amped up yesterday

The Hill’s Jonathan Easley writes about the GOP debate’s winners and losers


Tamra Farah, Communications Director for Americans for Prosperity Colorado, celebrates her birthday today. Happy Birthday Tamra!


Parker Republican Breakfast Club — Presentation from Parker Water and Sanitation District Director Ron Redd, Fri., Mar. 4, Elev. 5900 Kitchen and Bar, 19751 E Main St, Parker, 7:00 am – 8:00 am,

Denver County GOP Friday Breakfast with Senate Candidates — Darryl Glenn and Tim Neville are confirmed to speak at the breakfast. Ryan Frazier has reportedly cancelled — March 4, 7:00 am, Pete’s Greektown Cafe, 2910 E Colfax Ave

Next presidential contest — Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Maine, Sat., Mar. 5

Doughnuts with Duran — Join Majority Leader Crisanta Duran for a conversation about the 2016 legislative session, Sat., Mar. 5, Cherry Bean Specialty Coffee, 4059 Tejon St., Denver, 9:00 am — 10:00 am

Puerto Rico Republican primary —  Sun., Mar. 6

Government in the Grocery with Rep. Alec Garnett — Garnett listens to the concerns of shoppers and constituents by setting up a table in local grocery stores. Sat., Mar. 5, Natural Grocers, 1433 Washington St., Denver, 9:30 am — 11:30 am

Millennial Freedom Forum — Sunday, Mar. 6, Cherry Creek Country Club, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, RSVP at

Golden View Classical Academy Sentinel Soiree — Sat., Mar. 12, Golden View Classical Academy, 601 Corporate Circle, Golden, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, best Colorado cocktail attire, RSVP to

Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association 7th Annual “Delightful Dishes and Dreamy Getaways” — Tues., Mar. 15, Denver Marriott City Center, 6:00 am — 9:00 pm

Agriculture Day at the Capitol — Set for Tuesdays, March 16 — get ready for awesome food and great folks to descend upon the Capitol.

Colorado Young Democrats 2016 Legislative Showdown — Wed., Mar. 16, The 1up, 717 E Colfax Ave, Denver, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Please join Sen. Ulibarri, Rep. Garnett, Rep. Melton, Rep. Moreno, and other legislators for one of our signature annual events.

Colorado Republican Business Coalition Monthly Luncheon — Guest Speaker Sen. Chris Holbert, Fri., Mar. 18, Brooklyn’s at the Pepsi Center, 901 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

17th Annual Icon Awards Gala — Fri., Mar. 18, Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown, 6:00 pm, Ticket includes appetizers, seated dinner, open bar, fabulous entertainment and dancing! Voted year after year as the best party in Denver! Tickets available at:

Rosting Mike Rosen — Sat. Mar. 19, Denver Marriot Tech Center, 4900 S Syracuse St, Denver, 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm,

2nd Annual Westminster Chamber Awards Gala — Fri., Apr. 29, Westminster Chamber of Commerce, Denver Marriott Westminster, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Join us for our 2nd Annual Awards Gala on April 29th at the Denver Marriott Westminster. Awards will be given to area business in different catagories. Food, Music and a Silent Auction will be part of this years event. There will be a 1 hour preview for VIP members and higher from 5-6pm and doors open to the public at 6pm. Purchase your ticket early and save $5 per ticket.

Want your event listed? Just let me know.


Colorado Capitol Watch — From our bill tracking partners:

– 3/3 NEW Bills –

7 New Bills (portrait)

7 New Bills (landscape/spreadsheet)

All Bills as of 3/3: 471

All Bipartisan Bills as of 3/3: 233

All PIed Bills as of 3/3: 72 in the Kill Hill

House Wrap-Up: Today

Senate Wrap-Up: Today

Audio Updates: Today

– Calendars –

 3/4 Bills in order of appearance 

 3/4 Bills sortable by time, number, etc.  

All Upcoming Bills From Today Forward


House and Senate Calendars:

HOUSE – Your Mar. 4 Calendar here 

SENATE – Your Mar. 4 Calendar here 

You’re up to date. Have a great Friday! Until Monday …

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Jared Wright

Jared Wright

Jared Wright runs the business side of Colorado Politics, including circulation, advertising and marketing. He started as CEO and Publisher of the Statesman in 2015 and served as editor-in-chief for the journal during part of that time. He has worked in politics at both the state and federal levels, serving on a U.S. Congressman’s staff and working in government affairs in the private sector. Wright was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2012 and served as member of Colorado’s 69th General Assembly from 2013-2014. He is also a writer, photographer and cartoonist.