Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirFebruary 15, 20183min6950
Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, left, and Cory Gardner channel their inner Canadian in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington. (Office of Sen. Michael Bennet via YouTube)

Judging by a video posted to YouTube this week by the press staff of Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, you’d think he and his Colorado counterpart, Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, just can’t get enough of each other. And it’s not only when they collaborate on high-profile, heavyweight issues like the immigration-reform legislation they jointly introduced on Wednesday. Sometimes, it involves lighter fare. Like curling.

Yes, the winter sport that’s beloved everywhere north of the United States. Only, this time, it was played by two pols in a hallway of the Russell Senate Office Building in the nation’s capital.


We’ll resist the temptation to crack wise about this centuries-old Scottish pastime (or the latter-day Canadians who embrace it with a passion). We’ll just confess some of us at Hot Sheet are mystified by its appeal — even if it is an Olympic sport — and leave it at that.

Instead, let’s note how our two U.S. senators seem to have figured out the antidote to our nation’s acrimonious political climate — and maybe the key to survival in it — is a warm and chummy display of bipartisanship. Certainly, in perennially purple Colorado, where the largest voting bloc is unaffiliated.

The video is a tribute to the ongoing Winter Olympics and the fact that, “Colorado has the most athletes of any state competing in Pyeongchang.” There are plenty of smiles and even a high five between the two officeholders. It all should play well in a swingable bellwether like Jefferson County — even if most of the voters there don’t get curling any more than we do.



Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 2, 20183min296
Dreamers aren’t just about compassion or amnesty, but dollars and cents as well, according to a New American Economy campaign headed to Colorado TVs. The national coalition has been urging compromise on comprehensive immigration reform, and it’s pushing for a compromise now on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients. DACA recipients, brought to the U.S. […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 18, 20185min14360

Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner said Thursday an immigration package they've crafted with four other senators — the bipartisan "Gang of Six" — meets demands set at one point by President Donald Trump and could offer a way forward as Congress scrambles to find the votes to avert a looming government shutdown, although leading Republicans and the White House have so far given the proposal a cold shoulder.


Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 14, 20183min5770

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, a fighter for immigration reform, holds out hope for Donald Trump. Maybe.

“I was raised not to call people a racist on the theory it’s hard for them to be rehabilitated once you’ve said that,” Bennet said on “Meet the Press” Sunday, when he was asked by host Chuck Todd if the president is a racist.

“But there is no question what he said was racist. There’s no question what he said is unAmerican and completely unmoored from the facts.”

Bennet cited his family’s immigration to the U.S. as Polish Jews and the hardworking immigrants in Colorado.

“I think he has no idea what he’s talking about,” Bennet said.

Bennet was on the NBC news show  to discuss the pending but dimming prospects for Dreamers who could face deportation because of Washington politics.

The Democrat from Denver told Todd that the compromise provides President Trump with some money for a border wall and border security — $1.6 billion and $1.1 billion, respectively — in exchange for offering good people brought to the U.S. as children a pathway to citizenship.

Trump is asking for $18 billion over the next decade to pay for 316 miles of wall along the 2,000 border with Mexico.

Sunday morning Bennet waged a finger at intransigent Republicans who five years ago bottled up a comprehensive immigration reform package that Bennet and seven other Democrats and Republicans, called the Gang of Eight, passed out of the Senate.

“If the House had ever put it on the floor (it) would have  passed, and I think we wouldn’t be in all the nonsense we’re in now,” Bennet said.

That bipartisan bill included $40 billion for border security, Bennet said.

“This idea that Democrats somehow aren’t interested in border security is demonstrably false,” he said. “We should just stop talking about it and get on with it.”

Todd pointed out that leading Democrats want a renewed Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals bill debated separately from border security, but Bennet suggested they aren’t being realistic.

He called the bipartisan solution on the table a “principled compromise.”

“I think it’s a recognition that unfortunately the Republicans have a majority in the House, the Republicans have a majority in the Senate, and we have a Republican president who doesn’t seem to appreciate the contributions immigrants make to this country,” he said.


Jeff WasdenJeff WasdenJanuary 5, 20187min11081

The start of a new year brings new resolutions and an optimistic hope for a better year to come. 2017 certainly brought several changes and whether you believe we are headed in the right direction or have front row seats on the Titanic, there are some areas where Republicans would be wise to take note.  This is a great time for Republicans to exert leadership and ownership of solutions that can actually move our country forward and usher back an era of bipartisanship, decency, goodness, virtue and grace.