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The Hot Sheet, March 3, 2016

Author: Jared Wright - March 3, 2016 - Updated: August 20, 2016

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright_@JaredWright_

Thursday, March 3, 2016

DENVER – Happy Thursday, the day when Mitt Romney ups the rhetoric against Donald Trump, and Fox News flips off a switch in hopes Marco Rubio will begin to feel the pain (or at least an absent, cold shouldered feeling).

“If you believe that your thoughts originate inside your brain, do you also believe that television shows are made inside your television set?” — Warren Ellis

Now, your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline:

Fox News and Marco Rubio — New York Magazine reports Fox News will be making some changes in how it handles Marco Rubio — such as giving him premium coverage treatment and primetime response opportunities to things like Barack Obama’s oval office address on ISIS. The report says that “according to three Fox News sources, Fox chief Roger Ailes has told people he’s lost confidence in Rubio’s ability to win. ‘We’re finished with Rubio,’ Ailes recently told a Fox host. ‘We can’t do the Rubio thing anymore.'”

In related news, Fox News host Sean Hannity attacked Rubio last night in during a panel discussion on his program, calling recent attacks against Trump “a suicide mission” planted in his head by the establishment, turning him into a “hired gun” who was “promised lots of money” in return. “Maybe it’s my conspiratorial mind,” Hannity started out his remarks.

Meanwhile, Rubio said in a fundraising letter — with the annoyingly misleading subject line “Dropping out,” —  “This race is just beginning. The momentum surrounding our campaign has never been stronger: Just last week our campaign was polling 20 points below Donald Trump in Virginia and Tuesday night we nearly tied him and won essentially the same number of delegates.”

Read the full New York Magazine report here.

CO GOP livid over Wasserman Schultz’s  “cancelled caucus” remarks —Colorado state party chairman Steve House released a statement yesterday condemning Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz‘s claim to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the Colorado GOP “cancelled” its caucus. Wasserman Shultz:

“Even last night, Wolf, with Colorado, the Republicans are in such disarray and it’s so chaotic there, that in Colorado, the Republican Party canceled their caucus,” Wasserman-Schultz said. “So the only delegates going to the convention from Colorado on the Republican side are superdelegates. That’s how much disarray is going on on the Republican side.”

House responded in this statement:

“DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s claim that we ‘canceled’ our caucus is probably news to the over 60,000 Colorado Republicans who showed up last night,” said Colorado Chairman Steve House. “Not only was her characterization of the caucus being canceled completely false, she also bizarrely claimed Colorado Republicans would only be represented by ‘super delegates’ at the convention.”

Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz may be surprised to learn national delegate allocation in Colorado is actually quite similar to the Colorado Democrats’ process. However, as a party that respects the will of voters Colorado Republicans will have only three unelected ’super-delegates’ at the national convention, compared to the Colorado Democrats’ 12.”

The rest of the Colorado GOP’s national delegates will be determined by Congressional assemblies and the state convention, bodies that will be heavily influenced by the very caucuses Wasserman Schultz dishonestly asserted were cancelled.”

New Mexico’s “party girl” Susana Martinez endorsing Rubio —New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (who looks remarkably like Rep. Dianne Primavera in some shots — anyone else notice that? — no politically connected offense meant to either beautiful young woman) has endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio for president today. Martinez is now perhaps best known outside the state of New Mexico for a rowdy hotel room “pizza party” that occurred in December. She said in a statement: “Marco Rubio is a compelling leader who can unite the country around conservative principles that will improve the lives of all Americans.” Martinez plans to hit the campaign trail with Rubio tomorrow in Kansas and in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday. Martinez’s name has been mentioned a number of times as a potential vice president running mate pick this cycle.

Colorado State Rep. Dianne Primavera and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

Martinez would indeed be an interesting Western state pickup for Rubio or any presidential candidate on the ballot. And sheesh, just about everyone has the “party skeleton” heaped somewhere in their closet — not all of them while serving in public office necessarily, but still. Martinez may even end up earning her more youth votes down the road from the hotel raucous, even though Mother Jones would hope the event would have the opposite effect.

Read the full story at Politico here.
The curious case of Al White, a case that single-handedly could lose the Senate for Republicans — There’s gonna’ be a showdown in them thar’ hills. And the showdown is somewhat of a repeat in Senate District 8. Sen. Randy Baumgardner defeated appointed incumbent Sen. Jean White, Al White‘s wife in a divisive 2012 primary. Now, former Colorado Tourism Chief and Sen. Al White is back for some revenge … and another try at his old elected office, announcing his run as an independent candidate in the 2016 election against Baumgardner. And, he went a step further, declaring that he will base his decision on which party to caucus with if elected on who attacks him less. 

“Ultimately, I’d have to caucus with one camp or the other,” he said. “We’ve got a fairly ugly record of nasty campaigns for this seat. We’ll see if we can have a reasonable campaign with all parties talking about issues. If one party attacks me more fiercely than another, that’ll be a consideration.”

State Sen. Randy Baumgardner and former Sen. Al White
This will be a very interesting race indeed, with White attempting to grasp hold of national anti-incumbent, anti-establishment sentiment along with his deep district network. If there was an independent candidate who could win in any Colorado legislative district — Al White is that candidate.

White, if he gathers the relatively low number of signatures required (1,000) to access the ballot, will face Baumgardner and Colorado Mountain College professor Democrat Emily Tracy in the general election.

Finance report: Baumgardner raised nearly $16,000 in Q4 of 2015. He started with a beginning balance of nearly $10,000. He spent $12,500 in the same period and has a cash on hand balance of $13,250.57.

Tracy lags way, way behind in the finance department raising $367 in 2015 Q4 with a beginning balance of $208. She now has $487.39 cash on hand as of the last, January report.

White has not filed a campaign report yet due to needing to collect signatures first for ballot access. White would certainly, at least perceivably, have direct access to some Denver, Capitol Hill dollars immediately once he hits the ballot.

Voter registration: As of the February voter registration report, Senate District 8 consists of 20,251 active Democrat voters, 28,533 active Republican voters and 31,049 active Unaffiliated voters.

Read the full report from Ernest Luning in the Colorado Statesman here.

Even Mitt Romney is listing Rubio second — In remarks released prior to a speech he is delivering at the University of Utah now, Mitt Romney stated Donald Trump “is a phony” and “a fraud” who’s “promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”

Perhaps even more telling, however, is where he lists Rubio in those remarks, stating, “Of the remaining candidates, the only serious policy proposals … come fromTed Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich …” It ain’t alphabetical, folks, but it is indeed listed in order of delegate allocation.

That is from the pre-remarks. In his actual delivery, he dropped Cruz altogether in some places, listing him first in others.

Full speech on CBS here.

“No he isn’t and no he doesn’t,” said Romney about Trump being a successful businessman and knowing what he is doing.

One of Donald Trump’s earlier responses via Twitter: “I am the only one who can beat Hillary Clinton. I am not a Mitt Romney, who doesn’t know how to win. Hillary wants no part of ‘Trump.'”

Steve House and Rick Palacio agree to push for presidential primary in 2020 —Both Republican state party chair Steve House and Democratic state party chairRick Palacio told CBS 4 Denver that they believe it is time for Colorado to return to a presidential primary state. Palacio said, ““I think perhaps caucuses in a battleground state for president, we’ve probably outgrown the caucus system…” House said, If (the bill) were teed up today, it might pass today with a high number because of the challenges on both sides last night.”

Rep. Alec Garnett confirmed with CBS that he will be carrying a bill to return Colorado to a presidential primary. Rep. Dominick Moreno said on his Facebook page, “I think it’s time to reintroduce a bill I sponsored last year to recreate a Presidential primary in Colorado. Who’s with me?”

To which Rep. Joe Salazar replied, “You know, I’m ready to reconsider it,” and Rep.Paul Rosenthal said, “I will co-sponsor it.”

Denver Post reporter Joey Bunch added, “Can you add a rider that assures I personally get a pony and a nice saddle? Then yes, yes I am.”

See the full CBSDenver report here.

Hick signs the first two 2016 bills, heavily lobbied ones — A beam of light shot down through the heavens and through the governor’s ceremonial room window blinds, casting a glowing, white wisdomly-looking beard onto Gov. John Hickenlooper’s face as he signed the first two bills of the legislative session into law yesterday. He signed two bills, that have notably, largely stayed out of the press … until now. Hickenlooper put pen to paper on HB 16-1018 and HB 16-1044.

The first, HB 1018, had bi-partisan sponsorship in the House, carried by Reps. Terri Carver and Diane Mitch Bush. In the Senate, only Democrat sponsors jumped aboard with prime sponsor Sen. Nancy Todd. The bill required that the statewide transportation advisory committee provide advice and comments regarding transportation-related matters to both the Department of Transportation AND the Transportation Commissioner, rather than just CDOT alone. Like all bills that make it through the process quietly this early in the session — it had a heavy list of lobbyists attached: Bill and Lacee Artist for the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado, Scott Chase, Travis Berry and Kelli Kelty for Bicycle Colorado, Ed Bowditch and Jennifer Cassell for Denver Regional Council of Governments,Colorado Legislative Services for LaFarge North America, Holcim Inc, and Aggregate Industries Management, Megan Davis and Leslie Irwin for Boulder County, George Dibble for Denver Regional Council of Governments, Kelli Frittsfor AARP, and J. Andrew Green and Associates for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance.

HB 1044 had bi-partisan sponsorship in both chambers with prime sponsors Rep.Jon Becker in the House and Sen. Owen Hill in the Senate. The bill extended the exemption date for $25 per barrel environmental response surcharges to be applied to petroleum storage barrels from July 1, 2018 to September 1, 2023. In short, no $25 fee for petroleum companies until at least 2023. Another long list of lobbyists attached to this bill: Pam Anderson for the Colorado County Clerks Association,Grier Bailey for the Colorado Petroleum Marketers Association, Tracee Bentley for the American Petroleum Institute, Travis BerryScott Chase and Kelli Kelty for Noble Energy, Landon Gates and Brock Herzberg for Political Action Trust and Committee, Stan Dempsey for the Colorado Petroleum Association, Loren Furmanfor the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, Jason Hopfer and Mary Alice Mandarich for the Colorado Petroleum Council, Totsy Rees for CST Brands,Patrick Teegarden for “N/A” and Heidi Wagner for Black Hills Corporation.

Roll Call has produced the two best, must see charts on Super Tuesday results — The best visual representation of Super Tuesday results I have seen yet, showing the spreads between GOP and Democratic candidates in each state contest. Check out the graphics here via Roll Call.

The Great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, Johnathan Sandys, delivered remarks in the state Senate this morning —


“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics, is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” — Plato

From the wire:As I mentioned yesterday, Bernie didn’t win Colorado — it was much closer, perhaps even a tie due to super delegates — Full report from Denver Post’s Jon Murray and John Frank

CBS4  reports on NASA wanting Colorado-based Lockheed Matin to bring back supersonic jet travel

The Pueblo Chieftain’s Peter Roper reports on the reaction from the Pueblo City Council to DA Jeff Chostner’s call for a public safety tax

The Durango Herald’s Peter Marcus reports on the death of SB 129, which would have made changes to COGCC to balance what some believe is a bias toward industry

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel’s Gary Harmon reports on Reggie Bicha’s apology to staff of the Grand Junction Regional Center

Roll Call’s Bridget Bowman reports that Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee will arrive “in the matter of a week or so,” says Minority Leader Harry Leader.

The Denver Post’s Tom McGhee reports on Wellington and Wilma Webb as becoming Metro State’s Rachel B. Noel visisting professors


Mental Health America of Colorado Legislative Education and Advocacy Day — Awarding Reps. Lois Landgraf and Diane Primavera and Sen. John Kefalas their Legislators of the Year awards. Thurs., Mar. 3, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 1370 Grant St, Denver

Forging in the West, Celebrate Pueblo and the new documentary film — Thurs., Mar. 3, Haveypro Cinema Studio, 1836 Blake St, Ste 203, Denver, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, RSVP to 303-296-7448 or

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

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

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.

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Colorado Capitol Watch — From our bill tracking partners:

– 3/2 NEW Bills –

32 New Bills (portrait)

32 New Bills (landscape/spreadsheet)

All Bills as of 3/2: 471

All Bipartisan Bills as of 3/2: 227

All PIed Bills as of 3/2: 68 in the Kill Hill

House Wrap-Up: Today

Senate Wrap-Up: Today

Audio Updates: Today

– Calendars –

3/3 Bills in order of appearance 

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

All Upcoming Bills From Today Forward

House and Senate Calendars:

HOUSE – Your Mar. 3 Calendar here 

SENATE – Your Mar. 3 Calendar here 

You’re up to date. Have a great Thursday! Until tomorrow …

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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.