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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMarch 7, 20183min2446

No sooner had Hot Sheet taken note of Colorado Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s feature-length profile by Politico this week — depicting him as a pol who can work both sides of the aisle while keeping the White House at bay — than Gardner’s own communications staff sent this press release over the transom:

Washington, DC – The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) today announced Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) has been awarded their Legislative Action Award. The awards are presented annually to members of Congress within their first six years in office who work to build consensus, elevate the tenor of the debate, practice civility, and advance legislation on pressing issues.

The organization’s president, Jason Grumet, was quoted:

“Senator Cory Gardner demonstrates the power of strong principles combined with a willingness to reach across the political aisle on issues of consequence to the nation. … On matters as diverse and important as immigration, cybersecurity, and the threat from North Korea, Senator Gardner’s primary focus has been on action and results. He is at once a proud member of his party and an effective legislator who places the interests of the country first.” 

Quite a tribute — and one of obvious value to Team Gardner these days. As noted in the Politico story on the senator published Monday, “Gardner is going to need bipartisan accomplishments to survive his own swing-state reelection race in 2020.”

And he certainly is a swing-state GOP senator who has felt the heat of near constant scrutiny, especially since Donald Trump’s upset victory in November 2016. Gardner’s every vote, policy position and public utterance are being dissected and analyzed in an attempt to label him “too extreme for Colorado” as his 2020 re-election bid approaches. So, a plaudit attesting to Gardner’s bipartisan bona fides couldn’t come at a better time.

The Bipartisan Policy Center is a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., founded in 2007 by four former Senate majority leaders — two from each party: Republicans Howard Baker and Bob Dole, and Democrats Tom Daschle and George Mitchell.


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Darlene SupervilleDarlene SupervilleMay 29, 20176min642

President Donald Trump expressed his nation's "boundless and undying" gratitude Monday to Americans who have fallen in battle and to the families they left behind, hailing as heroes the hundreds of thousands buried at Arlington National Cemetery, including a soldier from Colorado Springs. In his first Memorial Day remarks as president, Trump told the stories of two soldiers who died in Afghanistan, Green Beret Capt. Andrew D. Byers of Colorado Springs and Christopher D. Horton of the Oklahoma National Guard, as Byers' parents and Horton's widow looked on.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 10, 201613min388

… Ten Years Ago this week in the Colorado Statesman ... Colorado turned blue. At the Colorado Convention Center Hyatt, more than a thousand Democrats showed up to cheer the winning candidates. A famous trio of Democratic women took the stage, Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, House Majority Leader Rep. Alice Madden, and Democratic state party chair Pat Waak, danced to a seven-member band churning out tunes like “Jungle Boogie” and “Get Down Tonight.” Governor-elect Bill Ritter arrived on stage at 11 p.m. to a packed room. The Democrats had just taken back the U.S. House of Representatives, gained a majority in Colorado’s congressional delegation and retained control of both houses of the state Legislature.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 1, 201612min420

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Democrats dispelled any preconceptions that their 1996 national convention would mirror “the GOP’s tightly controlled production” that relied on “cheerleading youth to generate enthusiasm and whips to silence dissenters,” The Statesman reported from Chicago, where delegates nominated Bill Clinton and Al Gore for a second term and controversial first lady Hillary Clinton took center stage.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJuly 7, 201612min315

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Former Gov. Dick Lamm was remaining a Democrat — for the time being — but would be working hard to help Ross Perot’s Reform Party get its presidential candidate on the ballot in Colorado, and Lamm might be that candidate. “I think it’s really important that we get a third choice on the ballot,” he said.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 24, 201610min358

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Gov. Roy Romer wielded his veto pen “with open hands urging reconciliation and respect,” rejecting a bill that would have outlawed same-sex marriages in Colorado. Romer said he spent many hours studying the question and, despite an intense campaign waged by supporters and opponents, wound up about where he had started before the bill landed on his desk. The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Fort Morgan, and state Sen. Ben Alexander, R-Montrose, “was ...



Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 19, 201634min510

Now your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline: Colorado Senate Democrats and House Republicans, how about this for an idea? ... from your Oregon brothers and sisters — "It's the procedural stuff that keeps us from beating each other up, literally." — Oregon Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli. This in a report from the Oregon's Statesman Journal on some of the procedural shenanigans that have been playing out in the Oregon State Legislature the past couple of weeks. Republican lawmakers in the minority have been trying to run out the clock on the short, 35-day annual session by requiring all bills to be read aloud, a constitutional requirement in the state that is usually waived by two thirds of the lawmakers. Republicans are blaming the Democrats for trying to ram through a high octane agenda in the short, just over month-long session, including bills on the minimum wage, affordable housing, climate change and firearms. Issues sound familiar? The Democrat majority is now threatening to use their secret weapon, "The Chipmunk Voice," a high-speed computer to read all bills at length.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 18, 20168min309
Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … While the state was only in the “infancy stage” as a player in presidential politics, Colorado’s second presidential primary, in 1996, was shining a spotlight on a state that had been mostly ignored by presidential hopefuls. “Colorado got an enormous amount of attention from the […]

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