Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 8, 201634min375

DENVER — Good morning, and Happy Monday. Today is Happiness Happens Day, founded by the Secret Society of Happy People, an organization aiming to spread the joy of being happy, in 1999. But, former U.S. Rep. and bygone Republican Tom Tancredo ... he wasn't so happy, at least not yesterday. That is to say he sounded kind of curmudgeonly, but perhaps today he's pleased with himself, so able to fully celebrate the happy holiday. Read on to find out why ... Today is the last day for activists to file petition signatures with the secretary of state's office. Will fractivists have the signatures they need to get one or both of their measures onto the November ballot? They are really doing some last-minute scrambling! Read on for more in today's Colorado politics ecosphere ...



Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 4, 201659min354

DENVER — Another dawn, a new Hot Sheet prepared just for you. If you're reading this, you made it through to a new day, presumably healthy and happy. If, however, you are reading this from a hospital bed (God forbid) following yesterday's whirlwind of presidential ticket candidates through our humble little metro area, may these words have a profound healing effect on you (how they will, I have no idea given that it's more likely they put you there in the first place, but hang in there). As RNC Chairman Reince Priebus spent yesterday — part of it right here in Colorado — making unpleasant phone calls, preparing "Presidential Candidate Plan B," and issuing statements on the $400 million in various currencies of cold hard cash on wooden pallets the United States government reportedly sent to Iran as part of a failed 1979 arms deal settlement, Coloradans got an up-close and personal look at two campaigns for president with visits by Republican VP nominee Mike Pence to Colorado Springs and Denver, and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to Aspen and Commerce City. Yeah, you heard about that did you? Understandable. Every Colorado reporter and their fifth cousins three times removed were on hand at the Clinton and Pence events (minus a couple of private fundraisers) heaping that information onto your plate trying to feed that intense political appetite of yours. Can you say, "Echo, echo, chamber, chamber!" But we get it. We in the media know you're hungry.



Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 2, 201638min343

DENVER — Good morning and happy Tuesday. One day to go until two national presidential ticket figures bless our little state with their presences. Meanwhile, The Hot Sheet has got some inside-track information for you to help you navigate your way through 2016's political waters. As always, The Hot Sheet cup brimmeth over ... just for you. Read on for your ultimate daily download of all things Colorado politics ...