Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 14, 201727min497

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/

 

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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 – 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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Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 13, 201725min326

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, 201729min389

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



Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 9, 201728min412

DENVER — Good morning and happy National Bagel ... and National Pizza Day ... and Toothache Day, oddly enough. Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran likely getting more of a headache than a toothache at this point over the seemingly infinite oddities of this year's legislative session. Open bars 24/7, just what every police officer in the state wants to hear, right? But, liberty! (And that one is a Duran brainchild.) The measure is on the fast track to the governor's desk now. And that transportation funding battle ... well, even bolder battle lines are now being drawn. (Don't count on those roads getting fixed anytime soon, we wouldn't want to get your hopes up.) And in the late hours last night, your very own Colorado Statesman broke big news that Team Trump is throwing its formidable weight behind Jeff Hays in his bid for chairman of the Colorado Republican Party. This and so much more in today's briefing. So, read on, and enjoy your dose of news straight from the Colorado politics pipeline ...



Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 8, 201732min274

DENVER — Happy February 8, a day when its alright to tell your friends and neighbors to "go fly a kite!" without looking like a jerk — National Kite Flying Day. Sen. Michael Bennet all but telling President Donald Trump to do just that yesterday over his nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education in yesterday's narrow vote. Cage rattling — both protests and celebration — followed that vote. In other news, the state Senate Republicans have moved a bill out of committee that would repeal Connect for Health Colorado, the state's Obamacare health exchange, while simultaneously launching a public campaign against the exchange. What will happen to it in the Democratic Party-controlled House? I think we all know the answer to that question. Meanwhile, Sen. Kevin Lundberg's signature pro-school-choice bill passed its first Senate committee hearing. This and so, so much more folks! Read on for your ultimate daily briefing (seriously, it's the best) straight from Colorado's politics pipeline ...



Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 7, 201723min336

DENVER — Good morning and Happy National Send a Card to a Friend Day! Consider this our card to you. The hours of sweat and tears put into bringing you every drop of Colorado politics news represents our love for each and every one of you, dear friends. After Melissa McCarthy's epic performance on SNL portraying Sean Spicer a few nights ago, we wish she would come to Colorado to play a few of our more lovable politicians. Too bad the audience just isn't big enough. We can think of a few that would be perfect fits for a McCarthy portrayal right off the top of our heads. Who would be your favorite Colorado politicians for a McCarthy roasting? Send us a note and let us know to be featured in tomorrow's Hot Sheet. On to the news ... the transportation funding debate is still jammed up about as bad as I-25 is just about ... every ... single ... day. The 'Homeless Right to Rest' legislation is back for the third time. (I may want to take up residence with them in Civic Center Park just to avoid the I-25 traffic at this point.) How will the bill play out this time? And, in case you missed it, our own (those who want to claim him) Sen. Michael Bennet was up late, joining the Senate protest against Betsy DeVos's nomination, in hopes one more Republican would break ranks to deny her appointment to Secretary of Education. That story and much, much more in today's ultimate Colorado politics briefing — so keep reading and have a great Tuesday!



Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 6, 201726min389

DENVER — Happy post- Super Bowl Monday. We hope you are able to work off all those extra carbs today. We won't get into the politics of the pigskin, but we will say one of the quotes we heard perhaps the most from the conservative side of the aisle yesterday was, "I'm just glad Lady Gaga didn't get political." How do our more liberal leaning friends feel about Gaga's performance? Lots of political news was dumped over the weekend. A few of the headlines: A Bernie Sanders backer was elected Democratic Party chair in El Paso County, Gov. John Hickenlooper's Cuba trip, a Colorado group is ready to fight President Donald Trump on his immigration orders, new efforts have been launched in the Legislature to change Colorado's Open Records Act, the U.S. Forest Service is "optimistic" Trump hiring freezes won't affect summer operations at Maroon Bells and other sites and the Lakewood City Council's term limits seem to be causing a bit of strife. That and more. Read on for your ultimate daily dose straight from the Colorado politics pipeline — all in one place in your beloved Hot Sheet ...


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Jared WrightJared WrightJanuary 8, 20174min468

State Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose, was chosen Saturday morning by a Republican vacancy committee to replace state Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, in Senate District 6. Roberts announced in October that she was resigning half way through her term effective Dec. 31, 2016, triggering the need for a vacancy committee appointment. “I am humbled that you have chosen me to represent you in the state Senate,” Coram said at the vacancy committee meeting held in Dolores, Colorado, after the votes were counted. “I believe I am very prepared.”


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Jared WrightJared WrightDecember 20, 20165min461

Coloradans love clean energy. Seventy-six percent of Colorado voters say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who promotes wind and solar energy. Certainly many of them helped expand our pro-conservation majority in the Statehouse during the last election. Renewable energy embodies many of the values that Coloradans voted for on Election Day, including self-reliance, the right to choose, concern for natural resources and the knowledge that a healthy environment goes hand-in-hand with a strong economy.