VOL. 01 NO. 192 | NOVEMBER 23, 2016 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2016
DENVER — So let the giving of thanks begin. … Wow, what a political year! No matter on what side of the ballot you stood, it’s easy to be thankful that campaigns are behind us. Now, if we can just make it through Thanksgiving dinner without a fist fight, a divorce, being disinherited or the cops being called … we truly will have something to be thankful for, won’t we?
FYI — We plan to stuff ourselves Thursday and not fully recover until Monday … so, we’ll see you then, on the other side. In the meantime, have another cranberry shaped like a can and turkey sandwich.
The First Shot
“Shut up! Avoid that conversation as much as possible!”
– Advice from Denver family therapist Dr. Larry Curry on how to avoid political conflict this Thanksgiving.
Let the 2018 race for Colorado governor begin!
As I believe Colorado Republicans learned four and eight years ago … elections have consequences. The nation’s Democratic Party — and Colorado Democrats — are now feeling the pinch following the election of Donald Trump and the Republican control of both the U.S. House and Senate.
Hillary Clinton’s loss is reverberating among Colorado Dems. The headline from ColoradoPolitics.com blog says it well — “White House loss complicates things for leading Colorado Democrats.”
In one of his first articles written for his new employer, reporter Peter Marcus notes … Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is likely sticking around for his remaining two years, and former Interior Secretary and U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, a Democrat, won’t be headed to D.C to assist with a Clinton transition.
As both Democrats and Republicans jockey for an early position ahead of the 2018 Colorado governor’s race, the reintroduction of Ken Salazar may scare off some from his party who had thought of running for the state’s top job. Hopeful Republicans would have also liked to see Salazar out of the mix. His ability to tap national fundraising and “Dem star power” is a distraction most on the right had hoped to avoid.
Pushing back against TABOR
Apparently looking to keep tax revenue instead of returning it back to taxpayers, the Poudre School District’s board voted unanimously Tuesday to join a lawsuit opposing the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights. The 2011 bipartisan lawsuit Kerr v. Hickenlooper alleges that TABOR is unconstitutional.
According to USA Today, a ballot notice for the 2010 election estimated the City of Fort Collins would collect $18.7 million through the Keep Fort Collins Great tax in 2011 and have $146.5 million in spending. The tax brought in $19.7 million; the city spent $160 million.
Blame it on the legal weed
The problem of homelessness in Colorado has seemed to explode in recent years. Communities are being forced to look for solutions — often expensive — to deal with an unhealthy, uneducated and often addicted population living dangerously on our Colorado streets.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development ranks Colorado 4th behind California, Washington and the District of Columbia for its absolute increase in the homeless population this year. And as the Gazette’s editorial board emphasizes, all four jurisdictions have recently legalized recreational pot.
Even more disturbing, Colorado’s growth in homeless veterans leads the nation, at 24 percent. Other states — according to the Gazette — averaged a decrease of 17 percent in veteran homeless populations. They are apparently leaving other states and moving to Colorado.
Like many Colorado communities, the state Legislature will be forced to look at the problem and explore possible solutions as well come January. The skyrocketing cost of caring for the homeless is an expenditure most communities are unable to pay.
RULE CHANGE: Three no longer a crowd
CDOT has thrown a curveball for those who are HOV travelers between Denver and Boulder. Blaming “rapid growth” and high usage, CDOT will be upping the riders who can travel for free from two to three come January 1st.
While some drivers are disappointed – according to Denver7 – the change to three in a car was actually decided in 2013, as part of a CDOT plan to handle rapid growth.
Anyone who regularly commutes in and around the metro area knows that our traffic situation is already a mess. But apparently, we’ve not seen anything yet. CDOT estimates growth will soar by 47 percent by 2040. YIKES!
Noting the explosion of commuters traveling on Colorado roads, the Republican legislative caucus has placed solving the state’s transportation problem at the top of their list of priorities.
FYI — If you decide to break the new HOV rules, it could cost you a 250-buck ticket.
Pass the political opinion, please
It’s kind of understandable, right. Following one of the loudest and most divisive elections in U.S. history, many of us are dreading Thanksgiving small talk. Or maybe dreading the effort to AVOID political small talk at the dinner table this year.
According to the New York Post, so many of us are fearful that we’ll actually have to talk about current events that we’re canceling Thanksgiving dinner all together. Say it isn’t so!
The best advice on how to handle political food fights this Thanksgiving comes from Denver-area family therapist Dr. Larry Curry who shared his deep insights with 9News. His advice? “Shut up! Avoid that conversation as much as possible!”
While we agree with Doc Curry … this might be the year to pass on the alcohol.
Today in History
2011 – Arab Spring: After 11 months of protests in Yemen, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signs a deal to transfer power to the vice president, in exchange for legal immunity.
1981 – Iran–Contra affair: Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), giving the Central Intelligence Agency the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
1963 – The BBC broadcasts the first episode of “An Unearthly Child” (starring William Hartnell), the first story from the first series of Doctor Who, which is now the world’s longest running science fiction drama.
1936 – Life magazine is reborn as a photo magazine and enjoys instant success.
Just for Laughs
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