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Jared WrightJared WrightApril 12, 20174min1190

The ever-expanding Pac/West communications firm has announced yet another staff hire in its Denver office. As seemingly every aspect of Denver's economy continues to grow, so are many of the general consulting agencies that run the wheel train behind the face of Colorado's political and public policy machinery, but Pac/West, in particular, has been notable for its growth.


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Jared WrightJared WrightApril 11, 20176min1080

Trumpcare was defeated and the Affordable Care Act saved from repeal last month thanks in large part to the American public. They spoke out passionately on behalf of the ACA in phone calls and emails to their members of Congress. They raised their voices at events like the community forum in Denver where 1,000 of my constituents showed up, the rally that I held where 500 people attended and the listening session where men and women of all ages told their stories about how the ACA has changed their lives for the better.


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Jared WrightJared WrightMarch 20, 201712min832

Good morning and Happy Monday. Whether we like it or not, those Mondays keep on a comin'. Thank you sir, may I have another! Read on for this week's rundown of intel straight from Colorado's political pipeline ... COLORADO KUMBAYA: The Neil Gorsuch Support Ticker (confirmation hearings begin this week): Steve Farber of Brownstein Farber Hyatt and Schreck, Sen. Cory Gardner, former Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justices Michael Bender and Rebecca Love Kourlis, former chief legal counsel to Gov. John Hickenlooper Jack Finlaw, Jim Lyons, Michael Davis and many more ... over 200 Colorado "legal eagles," to be exact. Via Denver Post. Still no confirmation on an up or down vote from Sen. Michael Bennet yet, though ... a man who has swam in the same pond so to speak (read the Post story). UP ON the state House Second Reading Calendar: State Rep. Dan Thurlow's bill to allow those in violation of campaign finance reporting rules to cure "reporting deficiencies" first before being levied hefty fines (which are usually reduced greatly by the judge on first offenses). Ehem, some watchdogs assert, shouldn't Thurlow have to take a 21c on this bill? ... oh wait, he's the sponsor ... wow. Thurlow was fined in his freshman term for failing to meet certain campaign finance reporting requirements — $1,080 in fines. Matt Arnold of Campaign Integrity Watchdog: “(The bill is) quite possibly among the most personally self-serving pieces of legislation I’ve ever seen proposed." Via Grand Junction Daily Sentinel IT AIN'T just the hospital construction project that's all wrong. Oh no. From Colorado's VA critic in chief: "These veterans, often prescribed a very powerful cocktail of drugs, what we call psychotropic drugs, that effect them emotionally. It is a shortcut from the kind of treatment they need." — U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, calling for a congressional investigation into what may be an issue of inappropriate prescriptions by the VA for its patients and other patients not getting appropriate treatments. Full interview via Fox31. "What we're seeing quite frankly is a pattern of suicides," Coffman added.


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Jared WrightJared WrightMarch 8, 201721min1161

A legislative effort to clean up last year’s hard-fought and widely bipartisan liquor licensing reform compromise died a surprise and dramatic death in the state Senate Monday. According to proponents, Senate Bill 143’s demise by a narrow 18-17 vote was almost entirely due to misleading information, flat out lies and a convolution of the process by a “mystery” group of clients and their lobbyist, Jason Hopfer — claims he says are patently false.


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VOL. 02 NO. 028 | February 16, 2017 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2017




News and Opinion from The Colorado Statesman

PHOTOS: Ytterberg reflects on tenure as Jeffco GOP chair, looks toward future under Trump administration

As traffic deaths rise, study finds young adults rank highest in risky driving behavior

Incumbent Derrick Wilburn endorses Sherrie Gibson for state GOP chair

Who has she lined up? Guzman set to make case for Colorado death penalty repeal

Don’t get raked, keep abreast of daily shock and awe from DC

Gardner, GOP colleauges urge Trump to keep Cuban prison open

? Denver health plans could survive ACA repeal

Dave Williams lambastes Joe Salazar for calling him ‘half Lation’ in sanctuary policy debate

Historic preservation group updates Colorado’s Most Endangered Places list

Where do we stand? Legislative, business leaders to speak in public on transportation funding

? Noonan: Red meat bill strategy wastes time and money at the Legislature

State Capitol Social Calendar

American Council of Engineering Companies
Luncheon for the American Council of Engineering Companies
12:00pm-1:30pm
Palettes Restaurant in the Denver Art Museum
Contact : Lacee Artists 303-319-0556

Adams State University
Adams State University Legislative Reception
5:30pm -7:30pm
Warwick Hotel
Contact : Arlene Miles amiles3902@gmail.com

The First Shot

“One of our members referred to me a as a ‘half-Latino,’ and this term was used as a means to diminish my standing on this (immigration) policy issue and to lessen my credibility within the Latino community… The very implication that my voice on matters concerning the Latino community doesn’t count because I’m not full-blooded, this is something that should not be tolerated.”

— Rep. Dave Williams, R- Colorado Springs


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The General Assembly

Springs House Republican cries foul over ‘half-Latino’ remark by colleague

http://coloradopolitics.com/springs-house-republican-cries-foul-half-latino-remark-colleague/

Dave Williams lambastes Joe Salazar for calling him ‘half Latino’ in sanctuary policy debate

https://www.coloradostatesman.com/dave-williams-lambastes-joe-salazar-calling-half-latino-sanctuary-policy-debate/

Colorado State Representative refers to colleague as ‘half-Latino’

http://www.9news.com/news/local/next/colorado-state-representative-refers-to-colleague-as-half-latino/408795008

Colorado Springs Republican takes offense at being called ‘half Latino” by Democrat

http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-republican-takes-offense-at-being-called-half-latino-by-democrat/article/1596935

Effort to eliminate the death penalty in Colorado fails in emotional hearing

http://coloradopolitics.com/effort-eliminate-death-penalty-colorado-fails-gop-objections/

Who has she lined up? Guzman set to make case for Colorado death penalty repeal

https://www.coloradostatesman.com/lined-guzman-set-make-case-colorado-death-penalty-repeal/

EDITORIAL: The undeniable logic for ending Colorado’s useless death penalty

http://www.aurorasentinel.com/opinion/editorial-undeniable-logic-ending-colorados-useless-death-penalty/

LETTERS:  No, Colorado should not repeal the death penalty

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/15/commerce-city-naming-contest-recreation-centers/

Colorado bill eliminating death penalty fails on party-line vote as emotions run high

http://gazette.com/colorado-bill-eliminating-death-penalty-fails-on-party-line-vote-as-emotions-run-high/article/1596943

Another Attempt To Repeal Colorado’s Death Penalty

http://denver.cbslocal.com/video/category/news-politics/3623175-another-attempt-to-repeal-colorados-death-penalty/

Death penalty repeal fails once again in Colorado but sparks deeper conversation

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/15/death-penalty-repeal-colorado/

Democrats end Republican effort to curb fetal-tissue research programs

http://coloradopolitics.com/democrats-end-republican-effort-curb-fetal-tissue-research-programs/

CSU suspends grant program after anti-abortion suit

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/local/csu/2017/02/14/csu-suspends-grant-program-anti-abortion-suit/97894244/

Construction defects reform heats up with impending bill, strong letter

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/15/construction-defects-reform-bill-letter/

Gun bill to allow ‘constitutional carry’ passes GOP-led committee

http://coloradopolitics.com/gun-colorado-concealed-carry/

EDITORIAL: Two Colorado bills would defend property rights from activists’ threats

http://gazette.com/editorial-two-colorado-bills-would-defend-property-rights-from-activists-threats/article/1596836

Bill that would give Colorado a workaround to electoral college has died

http://www.9news.com/news/local/politics/colorado-dems-push-electoral-college-workaround/408658765

Colorado Democratic lawmakers push effort to elect the president by national popular vote

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/15/colorado-presidential-election-national-popular-vote/

Seal for bilingual high school grads clears Colorado hurdle

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/lifestyle/education/seal-for-bilingual-high-school-grads-clears-colorado-hurdle

Cyberschoolers will descend on the Capitol Thursday

http://coloradopolitics.com/cyberschoolers-will-descend-capitol-thursday/

Charter school funding bill clears Senate Education Committee

http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/02/15/charter-school-funding-bill-clears-senate-education-committee/

Charter school equity bill advances amid debate over local control

http://coloradopolitics.com/charter-school-equity-bill-advances-amid-debate-local-control/

Charter school equity bill advances amid debate over local control

http://coloradopolitics.com/charter-school-equity-bill-advances-amid-debate-local-control/

Bill dies in legislature aimed at accountability over forfeiture seizures

http://coloradopolitics.com/bill-dies-legislature-aimed-accountability-forfeiture-seizures/

Colorado police, lawmakers clash over civil forfeiture proposal

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/politics/colorado-police-lawmakers-clash-over-civil-forfeiture-proposal

Colorado Police Defeat Forfeiture Oversight Proposal

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/02/15/colorado-police-defeat-forfeiture-oversight-proposal/

Stalking, sexual assault victims may be able to break rental agreements under House bill

http://www.coloradoindependent.com/164000/stalking-rental-agreements-house-bill

Effort to let bars stay open later receives Colorado House approval

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/02/15/effort-to-let-bars-stay-open-later-receives.html

Seven questions: ColoradoPolitics.com catches up with Amy Stephens

http://coloradopolitics.com/seven-questions-coloradopolitics-com-catches-amy-stephens/

Americans for Prosperity flex muscles at the statehouse

http://www.coloradoindependent.com/163976/americans-for-prosperity-flex-muscles-at-the-statehouse




The Hot Sheet Flame

Politics in Colorado

PERRY: Congressman Coffman’s virtual Obamacare meetings are really needless political hide and seek

http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/perry-congressman-coffmans-virtual-obamacare-meetings-are-really-needless-political-hide-and-seek/

Incumbent Derrick Wilburn endorses Sherrie Gibson for state GOP vice chair

https://www.coloradostatesman.com/incumbent-derrick-wilburn-endorses-sherrie-gibson-state-gop-vice-chair/

Running for Office in 2018? “Did You Vote for Trump?”

http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/92007/running-for-office-in-2018-did-you-vote-for-trump#sthash.9zywO0tj.dpbs

Wary White House reportedly sizing up Hick for 2020 presidential race

http://coloradopolitics.com/wary-white-house-reportedly-sizing-hick-2020-presidential-race/


 

The Hot Sheet Flame

Colorado and President Trump

EDITORIAL:  Lying Trump’s bad example claims a Cabinet member

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/15/lying-trumps-bad-example-claims-a-cabinet-member/

WHERE WAS BENNET? Senate Approves Trump’s VA Secretary

http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2017/02/15/where-was-bennet-senate-approves-trumps-va-secretary/

In wake of Flynn resignation, Coffman wants to investigate the FBI

http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/91998/in-wake-of-flynn-resignation-coffman-says-he-wants-to-investigate-the-fbi#sthash.kklsgxy8.dpbs

BREAKING: GOP Senators Urge White House to Dump Puzder

http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/91999/breaking-gop-senators-urge-white-house-to-dump-puzder#sthash.Mm706Xar.dpbs

Gardner, GOP colleagues urge Trump to keep Cuban prison open

https://www.coloradostatesman.com/gardner-gop-colleagues-urge-trump-to-keep-cuban-prison-open/

The Hot Sheet Flame

Just for laughs

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Calendar

February 16th

South Jefferson Country Republicans

Steel City Republican Women

Douglas County Young Republicans Social

February 17th

Weld County South Republican Breakfast Club

CRBA Monthly Meeting

Montrose Republican Women’s Club

February 18th

Adams County Republican Women/Trumpeteers

February 20th

JeffCo Republican Men’s Club

Larimer County Republican Breakfast Club

Broomfield Republican Women

Windsor Gardens Republican Club

The Hot Sheet Flame

Today in history

2006 – The last Mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.

1987 – The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being a Nazi guard dubbed “Ivan the Terrible” in Treblinka extermination camp, starts in Jerusalem.

1985 – Hezbollah is founded.

1978 – The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago).

1968 – In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service.

1959 – Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1.

1933 – The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States.

1923 – Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

1874 – Silver Dollar becomes legal U.S. tender.


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Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 15, 201730min800

VOL. 02 NO. 026 | February 15, 2017 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2017




News and Opinion from The Colorado Statesman

Denver health plans could survive ACA repeal

Historic preservation group updates Colorado’s Most Endangered Places list

Where do we stand? Legislative, business leaders to speak in public on transportation funding

Report: Trump White House ‘scouring’ Hickenlooper’s background

Boulder County on AG Coffman lawsuit: A ‘special valentine’ to the drilling industry

Former lawmakers land county party positions at reorganization meetings

Steve House: Stop fighting over support for Trump, look to future of state GOP

Political protests seem at all time high, but do they work?

Noonan: Red meat bill strategy wastes time and money at the Legislature

McGuffey: Patients need transparency, predictability in prescription drug plans

Tipton: Natural Resources Committee priorities in the 115th Congress

State Capitol Social Calendar

Jefferson County Business Lobby
Jefferson County Business Lobby Legislative Reception
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Gallery 1874, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO 80002
Contact : Jeff Weist 303-884-0727 www.arvadachamber.org

Colorado Motor Carriers Association (CMCA)
Colorado Motor Carriers Legislative Reception
4:00pm-6:00pm
University Club of Denver
1673 N Sherman St.
Denver, CO 80203
Contact : RJ Hicks 303-916-4414 rj@lobbyco.com

Colorado Retail Council
2017 Legislative Reception
5:00pm-7:30pm
Universit Club, Denver
Contact : RSVP: Chris HOWES, President 303-246-5753 chris@chrishowes.com

 

The First Shot

“When it comes to Russia, we want to make sure it’s clear that the administration lay out lines that we will not cross – including the U.S. during the election… It will be a very good outcome if the president starts taking a firm line on Russia.”

— U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner



The Hot Sheet Flame

The General Assembly

Rising Medicaid costs fuel much of Colorado legislature’s $105 million spending increase

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/14/medicaid-costs-colorado-legislature-spending-increase/

Colorado Senate passes bill to become ‘right-to-work’ state

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/02/14/colorado-senate-passes-bill-to-become-right-to.html

Charter schools get warm treatment ahead of a bill’s hearing

http://coloradopolitics.com/charter-schools-colorado-bill/

Colorado public schools go on trial in legislature over assessments and performance

http://coloradopolitics.com/public-schools-go-trial-legislature-assessments-performance/

Computer science classes get a boost from Duran, Grantham

http://coloradopolitics.com/computer-science-grantham-duran/

Citizenship, Religion: Bill Aimed At Protecting Student Privacy

http://denver.cbslocal.com/video/category/news-politics/3622576-citizenship-religion-bill-aimed-at-protecting-student-privacy/

LIBERALS HATE KIDS: Dems Kill Bill to Help Kids in Failing Schools

http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2017/02/14/liberals-hate-kids-dems-kill-bill-to-help-kids-in-failing-schools/

Building off of buzz from last year, efforts underway to expand Colorado alcohol laws

http://coloradopolitics.com/building-off-buzz-last-year-efforts-underway-expand-liquor-laws/

Colorado legislators scramble to expand beer, wine sales further

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/02/14/colorado-legislators-scrambling-to-expand-beer.html

The Push To Go With The ‘Popular Vote’

http://denver.cbslocal.com/video/category/news-politics/3622565-the-push-to-go-with-the-popular-vote/

Wouldn’t you like to know when your doctor disappears from the radar?

http://coloradopolitics.com/wouldnt-like-know-doctor-disappears-radar/

Sen. Rhonda Fields asks to sit out of death penalty repeal hearing

http://coloradopolitics.com/sen-rhonda-fields-asks-sit-death-penalty-repeal-hearing-wednesday/

EDITORIAL:  Repeal Colorado’s flawed and broken death penalty

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/14/repeal-colorados-flawed-and-broken-death-penalty/

Straight outta #copolitics: #TamponTax takeaways

http://coloradopolitics.com/straight-outta-copolitics-tampontax-takeaways/

Where do we stand? Legislative, business leaders to speak in public on transportation funding

https://www.coloradostatesman.com/legislative-leaders-duran-grantham-transportation-funding/

Transportation talks? Maybe if we first could seat them at the same table

http://coloradopolitics.com/transportation-talks-maybe-first-seat-table/

Southwest Chief Commission could steer trains up the Front Range

http://coloradopolitics.com/southwest-chief-rail-colorado/

The Hot Sheet Flame

Politics in Colorado

Steve House: Stop fighting over support for Trump, look to future of state GOP

https://www.coloradostatesman.com/steve-house-stop-fighting-support-trump-look-future-state-gop/

Former lawmakers land county party positions at reorganization meetings

https://www.coloradostatesman.com/former-lawmakers-land-county-party-positions-reorganization-meetings/

PAID PROTESTERS: Three Ads for the Left’s Paid Activists

http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2017/02/14/paid-protesters-three-ads-for-the-lefts-paid-activists/

IN: Victor Mitchell Files Paperwork, Writes $3 Million Check for 2018 Gubernatorial Race

http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2017/02/14/in-victor-mitchell-files-paperwork-writes-3-million-check-for-2018-gubernatorial-race/

Ganjapreneur Kayvan Khalatbari Files to Run for Mayor — and Isn’t Blowing Smoke

http://www.westword.com/news/ganjapreneur-kayvan-khalatbari-files-to-run-for-mayor-and-isnt-blowing-smoke-8793888

Indy reporter Marianne Goodland talks statehouse politics on KMGH

http://www.coloradoindependent.com/163953/marianne-goodland-feb-12-politics-unplugged

The Hot Sheet Flame

Governor Hickenlooper

Report: Trump White House ‘scouring’ Hickenlooper’s background

https://www.coloradostatesman.com/report-trump-white-house-scouring-hickenloopers-background/

Hickenlooper tells California lawmakers to watch out for edibles and stoned drivers

https://www.denverite.com/hickenlooper-tells-california-lawmakers-watch-edibles-stoned-drivers-29558/

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper talks pot challenges in California Capitol

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/marijuana/colorado-governor-john-hickenlooper-talks-pot-challenges-in-california-capitol

Conservation Colorado joins public lands fight for Outdoor Retailer show

http://coloradopolitics.com/conservation-colorado-outdoor-retailer/

Gov. Hickenlooper gets real about problems with marijuana in Colorado

http://www.9news.com/news/local/next/gov-hickenlooper-gets-real-about-problems-with-marijuana-in-colorado/408412938

The Hot Sheet Flame

Colorado Government

Rep. Mike Coffman to hold in-person meetings to talk about the Affordable Care Act

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/14/mike-coffman-affordable-care-act-meetings/

Will Mike Coffman hold his planned town hall in a ‘very large venue’ by phone?

http://www.coloradoindependent.com/163965/mike-coffman-town-hall

Rep. Coffman announces ‘listening tour’ to hear ACA concerns — but no public meetings

http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/rep-coffman-announces-listening-tour-hear-aca-concerns-no-public-meetings/

Coffman announces Obamacare telephone calls and “meetings” but no promised town hall

http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/91904/coffman-announces-obamacare-telephone-calls-and-meetings-but-no-promised-town-hall#sthash.EQ0AnlhV.dpbs

OCCUPY PHONE LINES: Someone Accidentally Call Perlmutter?

http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2017/02/14/occupy-phone-lines-someone-accidentally-call-perlmutter/

Greeley residents demand meeting with Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/14/cory-gardner-greeley-residents-demand-meeting/

OPINION:  Where the sidewalk ends: In Denver, too many places

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/14/where-the-sidewalk-ends-in-denver-too-many-places/

Taxi drivers protest laxer Colorado Springs requirements for ride-hailing companies

http://gazette.com/taxi-drivers-protest-laxer-colorado-springs-requirements-for-ride-hailing-companies/article/1596826

Colorado Springs City Council approves median ordinance

http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-city-council-approves-median-ordinance/article/1596792

Sick of geese droppings in Denver parks? The city is, too

http://www.9news.com/news/local/sick-of-geese-droppings-in-denver-parks-the-city-is-too/408435647

Victim Of Devastating Crash Meets With Mayor About Pedestrian Safety

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/02/14/dee-bridgeman-denver-michael-hancock-street-safety/

LOL: Ray Scott v. GJ Sentinel Feud is Silly

http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2017/02/14/lol-ray-scott-v-gj-sentinel-feud-is-silly/

State lawmaker, who called a real newspaper “fake news,” apparently spreads real fake news on Facebook and Twitter

http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/91951/state-lawmaker-who-called-a-real-newspaper-fake-news-apparently-spreads-real-fake-news-on-facebook-and-twitter#sthash.3FOeTWuH.dpbs

The Denver Clerk and Recorder is tweeting photos of people getting married today and it’s adorable

https://www.denverite.com/look-love-office-denver-clerk-recorder-29535/?src=parsely

WATCH: Councilman Albus Brooks is REALLY excited about Chance the Rapper coming to Red Rocks

https://www.denverite.com/watch-councilman-albus-brooks-really-excited-chance-rapper-coming-red-rocks-29542/?src=parsely



The Hot Sheet Flame

Colorado and President Trump

Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner press Donald Trump on Russia

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/14/michael-bennet-cory-gardner-press-trump-russia/

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner talks Flynn resignation, new administration, ‘paid’ protests in interview

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/politics/colorado-sen-cory-gardner-talks-flynn-resignation-new-administration-paid-protests-in-interview

As #Russiagate Explodes, Gardner Silent

http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/91914/as-russiagate-explodes-gardner-silent#sthash.3lmH2y5Q.dpbs

COFFMAN TO FLYNN: Resign

http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2017/02/14/coffman-to-flynn-resign/

Littwin: The first question is not why Flynn was fired, but why he was ever hired

http://www.coloradoindependent.com/163964/littwin-the-first-question-is-not-why-flynn-was-fired-but-why-he-was-ever-hired

Apparently lying to the veep about talking to Russians can get you fired. Who knew?

http://www.coloradoindependent.com/163960/trump-flynn-pence-shinzo-abe-sally-yates-north-korea

Former ambassador provides insight into how world perceives Flynn resignation

http://kdvr.com/2017/02/14/former-ambassador-provides-insight-into-how-world-perceives-flynn-resignation/

CALLING THE GOP: If This is True, Someone Needs to Call the White House

http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2017/02/14/calling-the-gop-if-this-is-true-someone-needs-to-call-the-white-house/

The Hot Sheet Flame

Just for laughs

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Calendar

February 15th

Archuleta County GOP Organizational Mtg

Eagle GOP Organizational Mtg

Larimer County Young Republicans

February 16th

South Jefferson Country Republicans

Steel City Republican Women

Douglas County Young Republicans Social

February 17th

Weld County South Republican Breakfast Club

CRBA Monthly Meeting

Montrose Republican Women’s Club

February 18th

Adams County Republican Women/Trumpeteers

February 20th

JeffCo Republican Men’s Club

Larimer County Republican Breakfast Club

Broomfield Republican Women

Windsor Gardens Republican Club

The Hot Sheet Flame

Today in history

2003 – Protests against the Iraq war take place in over 600 cities worldwide. It is estimated that between eight million to 30 million people participate, making this the largest peace demonstration in history.

1992 – Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced in Milwaukee to life in prison.

1989 – Soviet war in Afghanistan: The Soviet Union officially announces that all of its troops have left Afghanistan.

1965 – A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.

1946 – ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

1933 – In Miami, Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate US President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, but instead shoots Chicago mayor Anton J. Cermak, who dies of his wounds on March 6, 1933.

1898 – The battleship USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana harbor in Cuba, killing 274. This event leads the United States to declare war on Spain.

1764 – The city of St. Louis is established in Spanish Louisiana (now in Missouri, USA).


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Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 14, 201727min1230

VOL. 02 NO. 026 | February 14, 2017 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2017




The First Shot

“Folks I heard from felt it wasn’t fair and would like to see somebody do something about it and not just get e-mails and pat women on the head and say, ‘We know, but we can’t help it. It’s there.”

— Rep. Susan Lontine, D- Denver



The Hot Sheet Flame

The General Assembly

EDITORIAL:  A Republican roadblock on Colorado transportation funding

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/13/a-republican-roadblock-on-colorado-transportation-funding/

Colorado Senate Republicans don’t want to cut school funding to pay for roads

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/13/school-funding-cuts-pay-for-roads/

Colorado Senate Republicans say they don’t want to cut funding to school to pay for roads

http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/02/13/colorado-senate-republicans-say-they-dont-want-to-cut-funding-to-school-to-pay-for-roads/

Colorado Legislature eyes citizenship requirement for police officers

https://durangoherald.com/articles/135807-colorado-legislature-eyes-citizenship-requirement-for-police-officers

Colorado treasurer takes aim at changes to PERA

http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/colorado-treasurer-takes-aim-at-changes-to-pera

PERA board opposes legislation advanced in Colorado Senate

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/02/13/pera-board-opposes-legislation-advanced-in.html

This week at the Capitol: bars, schools, tampons and the death penalty

http://coloradopolitics.com/week-capitol-bars-schools-tampons-death-penalty/

The statehouse skinny: Guns, roads and rubber duckies

http://www.coloradoindependent.com/163947/the-statehouse-skinny-guns-roads-and-rubber-duckies

Bring transparency to Colorado forfeiture and seizure

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/13/bring-transparency-to-colorado-forfeiture-and-seizure/

Old enough to fight overseas…old enough to conceal-carry at home?

http://coloradopolitics.com/old-enough-fight-overseas-old-enough-conceal-carry-home/

Bill would require cops to change record-keeping of seized assets

http://gazette.com/bill-would-require-cops-to-change-record-keeping-of-seized-assets/article/1596720

Colorado Death-Penalty Expert Michael Radelet on Latest Push to Ban Executions

http://www.westword.com/news/colorado-death-penalty-expert-michael-radelet-on-latest-push-to-ban-executions-8790340

Insights: Death penalty fight begins anew in Colorado Wednesday, but all’s quiet on the front

http://coloradopolitics.com/death-penalty-colorado-legislature/

In the Senate, a stride in mental-health care for those behind bars

http://coloradopolitics.com/in-the-senate-a-stride-in-mental-health-care-for-those-behind-bars/

Tampon tax exemption clears first legislative hurdle

http://coloradopolitics.com/tampon-tax-exemption-colorado/

Colorado bill that would exempt state from ‘tampon tax’ passes first committee

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/politics/colorado-bill-that-would-exempt-state-from-tampon-tax-passes-first-committee

Tampon Tax bill clears first hurdle

http://kdvr.com/2017/02/13/tampon-tax-bill-clears-first-hurdle/

Tampons wouldn’t be the only tax-free thing in Colorado

http://www.9news.com/news/local/politics/whats-tax-free-in-colorado-its-complicated/408054965

Caption This Photo: Brandon Rittiman and a Box of Tampons –

http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/91886/caption-this-photo-brandon-rittiman-and-a-box-of-tampons#sthash.gAWGqDBP.5bs7SaL2.dpbs

So-Called ‘Tampon Tax’ Could Be Thing Of The Past

http://denver.cbslocal.com/video/category/news-politics/3621931-so-called-tampon-tax-could-be-thing-of-the-past/

Colorado bill ending taxes on tampons advances on party line vote

http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/state/colorado-bill-ending-taxes-tampons-advances-party-line-vote-2/

Should Colorado women pay “tampon taxes”? One state lawmaker says no

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/13/colorado-tampon-tax/

Denver cop pleads guilty to stealing cash from suspect while his body camera was rolling

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/13/denver-police-officer-steals-cash-body-camera/

Proposed bill that has governor’s blessing would drop PARCC from Colorado high schools

http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/02/13/proposed-bill-that-has-governors-blessing-would-drop-parcc-from-colorado-high-schools/

Bill Setting Up Domestic Violence Review Board Has Good Chance

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/02/13/domestic-violence-review-board-colorado/

Bill Could Save Victims Of Domestic Violence

http://denver.cbslocal.com/video/category/news-politics/3621929-bill-could-save-victims-of-domestic-violence/

Why We Don’t Know How Many Domestic-Violence Fatalities There Are

http://www.westword.com/news/why-we-dont-know-how-many-domestic-violence-fatalities-there-are-8751267

BUH-BYE BIPARTISANSHIP: Zenzinger Retweets Tweet Calling Her Colleagues “Dicks”

http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2017/02/13/buh-bye-bipartisanship-zenzinger-retweets-tweet-calling-her-colleagues-dicks/

GOP lawmakers like what they see in Trump, even if they have to squint

http://www.coloradoindependent.com/163940/wiretap-trump-reince-priebus-mar-a-lago-neil-gorsuch-grammys

The Hot Sheet Flame

Politics in Colorado

Republican Victor Mitchell is officially in the race for governor

http://coloradopolitics.com/republican-victor-mitchell-governor/

Republican Victor Mitchell announces 2018 bid for Colorado governor

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/13/republican-victor-mitchell-announces-2018-bid-for-colorado-governor/

Colorado’s Democratic Party continues a post-Trump reshuffle

http://www.coloradoindependent.com/163955/colorado-democratic-party

Former Rep. Klingenschmitt: Rival ‘hired’ ‘my rapist’ to ‘defame me’

http://coloradopolitics.com/former-rep-klingenschmitt-rival-hired-my-rapist-to-defame-me/

Sen. Ray Scott/Grand Junction Sentinel Pissing Match Explodes

http://www.coloradopols.com/#sthash.JoGUQ7vi.OOMVJW7n.dpbs

VIDEO:  One take w/Peter and Joey: Lady Gaga, Tom Brady and the Super Bowl

http://coloradopolitics.com/one-take-wpeter-joey-lady-gaga-tom-brady-super-bowl/

The Hot Sheet Flame

Colorado Government

Colorado releases 1st of its kind guide to cannabis worker rights

https://www.leafly.com/news/industry/colorado-releases-first-kind-guide-cannabis-worker-rights-safety

Rep. Mike Coffman promises no ACA repeal without a replacement — and he wants to hear from constituents about what is and isn’t working

https://www.denverite.com/rep-mike-coffman-will-hold-aca-listening-tour-march-29446/

One month later: What about Coffman’s promised town-hall meeting in a venue that can “handle 300 people”

http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/91881/34-12#sthash.40TGjGBu.dpbs

In light of Oroville, engineers taking another look at Colorado dams

http://www.9news.com/news/local/taking-another-look-at-colorado-dams/408128381

Opponents of the Platte to Park Hill stormwater project worry Denver will slip the work into on-call contracts

https://www.denverite.com/opponents-platte-park-hill-stormwater-project-worry-denver-will-slip-work-call-contract-29463/

Colorado Springs public works chief touts road repair progress

http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-public-works-chief-touts-road-repair-progress/article/1596730

The Hot Sheet Flame

Governor Hickenlooper

Governors of red, blue states urge Trump to support clean energy

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/13/trump-governors-wind-solar-energy-coalition/

Proposed bill that has governor’s blessing would drop PARCC from Colorado high schools

http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/02/13/proposed-bill-that-has-governors-blessing-would-drop-parcc-from-colorado-high-schools/



The Hot Sheet Flame

Colorado and President Trump

Rep. Mike Coffman said Mike Flynn should resign, and a few hours later, he did

https://www.denverite.com/coffman-flynn-misled-president-step-29454/

Rep. Mike Coffman calls for Michael Flynn’s resignation as National Security Adviser

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/13/rep-mike-coffman-calls-for-flynn-resignation/

Sen. Bennet Calls on Michael Flynn to Resign

http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/91891/sen-bennet-calls-on-michael-flynn-to-resign#sthash.E1ood01T.dpbs

Embattled Trump adviser Michael Flynn offers resignation

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/embattled-trump-adviser-michael-flynn-offers-resignation-per-reports

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigns amid controversy over Russia contacts

http://kdvr.com/2017/02/13/national-security-adviser-michael-flynn-resigns-amid-controversy-over-russia-contacts/

BREAKING: National Security Advisor Flynn Resigns

http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/91898/breaking-national-security-advisor-flynn-resigns#sthash.b3eOOeLA.dpbs

EDITORIAL: Resist the urge to return GOP Supreme Court chicanery; advance Gorsuch appointment

http://www.aurorasentinel.com/opinion/editorial-resist-urge-return-gop-supreme-court-chicanery-advace-gorsuch-appointment/

 

The Hot Sheet Flame

Just for laughs

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Calendar

February 14th

Wellington Republican Breakfast Club

Custer GOP Organizational Mtg

February 15th

Archuleta County GOP Organizational Mtg

Eagle GOP Organizational Mtg

Larimer County Young Republicans

February 16th

South Jefferson Country Republicans

Steel City Republican Women

Douglas County Young Republicans Social

February 17th

Weld County South Republican Breakfast Club

CRBA Monthly Meeting

Montrose Republican Women’s Club

February 18th

Adams County Republican Women/Trumpeteers

February 20th

JeffCo Republican Men’s Club

Larimer County Republican Breakfast Club

Broomfield Republican Women

Windsor Gardens Republican Club

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Today in history

2011 – As a part of Arab Spring, the Bahraini uprising begins with a ‘Day of Rage’.

2005 – YouTube is launched by a group of college students, eventually becoming the largest video sharing website in the world and a main source for viral videos.

1990 – The Voyager 1 spacecraft takes the photograph of planet Earth later become famous as Pale Blue Dot.

1920 – The League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago.

1912 – The US Navy commissions its first class of diesel-powered submarines.

1912 – Arizona is admitted as the 48th U.S. state.

1903 – The United States Department of Commerce and Labor is established (later split into the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor).

1899 – Voting machines are approved by the U.S. Congress for use in federal elections.

1876 – Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone, as does Elisha Gray.

1859 – Oregon is admitted as the 33rd U.S. state.


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VOL. 02 NO. 025 | February 13, 2017 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2017




News and Opinion from The Colorado Statesman

Congressional delegation deals with comment deluge

? ICYMI: The week that was in politics

On that curiously timed work of fiction by John Andrews

Boulder versus Coffman battle over drilling comes to state Senate

Colorado campus free speech bill hits bump over voter registration activity

Hickenlooper announces appointments to communications office

Republican state chair candidates hurl charges over Trump support

Humphrey: No bogey men in campus free speech bill

? Hancock doubling down, holding immigration forum

Co-chair of Colorado Trump campaign ‘disappointed’ with Hays endorsement

? Denver Council priorities could cost $1.5B

Tipton: Natural Resources Committee priorities in the 115th Congress

Letters: Jeffco School Board woes

Brown: Leftists are fake feminists

State Capitol Social Calendar

Colorado Rural Electric Association
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Brown Palace located at 321 17th Street, Denver
Contact : Liz Fiddes 303-455-2700 ext. 703 liz@coloradorea.org

 

The First Shot

“We have more important things to do than send letters to Santa Claus on what the federal government should do… We are trying to figure out how to balance a budget, fix transportation, how to keep my hospitals open in rural Colorado.”

— Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling




The Hot Sheet Flame

The General Assembly

As liberal anger rises against Donald Trump, even Colorado’s statehouse isn’t immune from polarization

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/13/donald-trump-colorado-legislature/

Taxpayers foot the bill for government-paid lobbyists; officials say they’re necessary

http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/local/taxpayers-foot-the-bill-for-government-paid-lobbyists-officials-say-theyre-necessary/

New Colorado bill hopes to prevent domestic violence

http://kdvr.com/2017/02/12/new-colorado-bill-hopes-to-prevent-domestic-violence/

Tipton: Insurance mandate
 will be stripped from ACA

http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/tipton-insurance-mandate8232-will-be-stripped-from

EDITORIAL:  Keep Colorado’s Obamacare exchange, scrap $5 million taxpayer subsidy

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/11/keep-colorados-obamacare-exchange-scrap-5-million-taxpayer-subsidy/

OPINION:  Colorado shouldn’t repeal state health exchange

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/12/colorado-shouldnt-repeal-state-health-exchange/

Balance of Power: Disagreeing on death

http://www.9news.com/news/politics/balance-of-power/balance-of-power-disagreeing-on-death/407185920

Bipartisan construction-defects reform bill set to be introduced in Colorado Legislature

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/02/11/bipartisan-construction-defects-reform-bill-set-to.html

Metro Denver Chamber releases its latest legislative picks and nixes

http://coloradopolitics.com/metro-denver-chamber-releases-its-latest-legislative-picks-and-nixes/

After marathon hearings, anti-abortion bills fail on party-line vote

http://www.coloradoindependent.com/163820/abortion-reversal-legislature

Late-Night Hearing on Abortion Bills: Majorities Matter

http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/91833/late-night-hearing-on-abortion-bills-majorities-matter#sthash.y1W7IN2m.dpbs

GUNS IN SCHOOLS: Bill allowing concealed carry in schools dies, handgun training pushes forward

http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/guns-schools-bill-allowing-concealed-carry-schools-dies-handgun-training-pushes-forward/

Boulder County senators push back at AG Coffman over ultimatum

http://coloradopolitics.com/boulder-county-senators-push-back-ag-coffman-ultimatum/

Bill allowing parents to take unpaid time off moves forward at capitol

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/politics-unplugged/bill-allowing-parents-to-take-unpaid-time-off-moves-forward-at-capitol

Bill granting right to unpaid parental leave is advancing through Colorado Legislature

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/02/10/bill-granting-right-to-unpaid-parental-leave-is.html

Sen. Ray Scott Calls Grand Junction Sentinel “Fake News”

http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/91837/sen-ray-scott-calls-grand-junction-sentinel-fake-news#sthash.PTYd8uHO.dpbs

TAX MONKEYS: Now is Not the Time to Raise Severance Taxes

http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2017/02/10/tax-monkeys-now-is-not-the-time-to-raise-severance-taxes/

It’s easy to forget about the perennial threat of Colorado wildfires this time of year …

http://coloradopolitics.com/easy-forget-perennial-threat-wildfires-time-year/

Hickenlooper’s picks for Colorado PUC sail through Senate confirmation

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/02/10/hickenlooper-s-nominees-for-colorado-puc-sail.html

LETTERS: Year round standard time; importance of reliable news

http://gazette.com/letters-year-round-standard-time-importance-of-reliable-news/article/1596478

The Hot Sheet Flame

Politics in Colorado

Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity auditions possible Republican governor hopefuls

http://gazette.com/koch-brothers-americans-for-prosperity-auditions-possible-republican-governor-hopefuls/article/1596651

Caption This Photo: Brauchler on Bended Knee

http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/91805/caption-this-photo-brauchler-on-bended-knee#sthash.Kpf1KwGG.dpbs

New slate led by ‘political outsider’ takes the reins in El Paso County GOP

http://coloradopolitics.com/new-slate-led-by-political-outsider-takes-the-reins-in-el-paso-county-gop/

SEEKING COMMON SENSE: Why Would Team Trump Endorse State Chair Candidate?

http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2017/02/10/seeking-common-sense-why-would-team-trump-endorse-state-chair-candidate/

The Hot Sheet Flame

Colorado Government

Mayor Hancock Hosts Forum On Immigration Enforcement

http://denver.cbslocal.com/video/category/news-politics/3621206-mayor-hancock-hosts-forum-on-immigration-enforcement/

Denver city leaders seek to reassure immigrant and refugee community

http://www.coloradoindependent.com/163936/video-denver-city-leaders-seek-to-reassure-immigrant-and-refugee-community

As Immigration Raids Spread, Mayor Hancock Tries to Reassure Denver

http://www.westword.com/news/as-immigration-raids-spread-mayor-hancock-tries-to-reassure-denver-8788183

Denver city leaders hold immigration and refugee forum

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/politics/denver-city-leaders-hold-immigration-and-refugee-forum

Denver among 20 cities asking Supreme Court to uphold protections for immigration detainees

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/02/10/denver-among-20-cities-asking-supreme-court-to.html

Boulder County posts information about immigrant resources

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/11/boulder-county-posts-information-about-immigrant-resources/

GARDNER’S SOLUTION: Side-Stepping Activists to Talk to Real Constituents

http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2017/02/10/gardners-solution-side-stepping-activists-to-talk-to-real-constituents/

The contradictions at the heart of the fight over methane rules

http://www.coloradoindependent.com/163929/the-contradictions-at-the-heart-of-the-fight-over-methane-rules


 

The Hot Sheet Flame

Colorado and President Trump

EDITORIAL:  Fighting like a rooster, Trump lays an egg

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/11/fighting-like-a-rooster-trump-lays-an-egg/

LETTERS:  Do Donald Trump’s personality and behavior matter? Or just his results?

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/11/do-donald-trumps-personality-and-behavior-matter-or-just-his-results-2-letters/

Supreme Court nominee has defended free speech, religion

http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/supreme-court-nominee-defended-free-speech-religion/

Neil Gorsuch writings reveal his support for Coors, impartial judicial appointments

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/11/neil-gorsuch-writings/

LETTERS:  President Trump’s criticism of judiciary after ruling on travel ban

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/12/president-trumps-criticism-of-judiciary-after-ruling-on-travel-ban-3-letters/

COY BOY: Bennet’s Lunch with Trump to Discuss Gorsuch

http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2017/02/10/coy-boy-bennets-lunch-with-trump-to-discuss-gorsuch/

Longtime Donald Trump friend says Reince Priebus is ‘in way over his head’

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/12/donald-trump-reince-priebus/

Point, Counterpoint: Does President Trump have the right approach to immigration?

http://coloradopolitics.com/point-counterpoint-president-trump-right-approach-immigration/

Littwin: Trump loses this round with brothers, sisters of the robe

http://www.coloradoindependent.com/163912/littwin-trump-ninth-circuit-executive-orders-gorsuch-pence-flynn-putin-blumenthal

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Just for laughs

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Calendar

February 14th

Wellington Republican Breakfast Club

Custer GOP Organizational Mtg

February 15th

Archuleta County GOP Organizational Mtg

Eagle GOP Organizational Mtg

Larimer County Young Republicans

February 16th

South Jefferson Country Republicans

Steel City Republican Women

Douglas County Young Republicans Social

February 17th

Weld County South Republican Breakfast Club

CRBA Monthly Meeting

Montrose Republican Women’s Club

February 18th

Adams County Republican Women/Trumpeteers

February 20th

JeffCo Republican Men’s Club

Larimer County Republican Breakfast Club

Broomfield Republican Women

Windsor Gardens Republican Club

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Today in history

2011 – For the first time in more than 100 years the Umatilla, an American Indian tribe, are able to hunt and harvest a bison just outside Yellowstone National Park, restoring a centuries-old tradition guaranteed by a treaty signed in 1855.

1991 – Gulf War: Two laser-guided “smart bombs” destroy the Amiriyah shelter in Baghdad. Allied forces said the bunker was being used as a military communications outpost, but over 400 Iraqi civilians inside were killed.

1990 – German reunification: An agreement is reached on a two-stage plan to reunite Germany.

1960 – Black college students stage the first of the Nashville sit-ins at three lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee.

1955 – Israel obtains four of the seven Dead Sea Scrolls.

1920 – The Negro National League is formed.


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Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 10, 201729min760

DENVER — Happy Friday! (Yay.) Today marks day 30 of the hustle and bustle under the gold dome. Lawmakers now have just 3 months left to do their darnedest and, you know, pass laws and stuff. THE VOTES ARE IN! Earlier this week, we asked you which Colorado politicritter you — in your wildest dreams — would want comedian Melissa McCarthy to portray (following her epic Sean Spicer role on SNL). Here are the top four ranked by number of votes: State Rep. Joe Salazar State Treasurer Walker Stapleton House Minority Leader Patrick Neville House Speaker Crisanta Duran