Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 22, 201722min3628

Congressional candidate Darryl Glenn likes to tell a story about a woman he met at a farmer’s market earlier this summer. “She was an older black lady, independent,” he says. “I stopped by and introduced myself, and she was like, ‘You’re a — Republican?’” He scowled like he was sniffing a carton of milk that had turned. “‘I’ve never seen a Republican,’ she said. ‘Why should I even listen to you?’ And I was like, ‘Ma’am, I just want to have a conversation with you.’” Then he leans in, animated at the memory of their exchange.


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJuly 3, 20173min471

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson — revered by the religious right, reviled by the secular left and influential for years in national politics — will be recognized by the Centennial Institute for his advocacy of bedrock conservative stands on some of the country’s most hotly debated issues.

The institute, based at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, announced today it will honor Dobson with its William L. Armstrong Award on July 22 during Centennial’s annual Western Conservative Summit. The late Armstrong, who died in 2916, was a Colorado U.S. senator and heavyweight in Colorado Republican circles. He later served as Colorado Christian’s president.

Dobson founded the Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family and led it for years as president and board chairman; he stepped down from the presidency in 2003 and from the board chairmanship in 2009. During his many years at the helm, his unflinching stands on issues like gay rights and abortion — projected through his regular radio broadcasts — resonated with many Republicans and conservative Christians while drawing rebukes from many Democrats and social liberals.

Centennial Director Jeff Hunt said in a press release:

“Dr. James Dobson has demonstrated a lifetime of commitment to the values that William L. Armstrong enshrined at Colorado Christian University. His passionate promotion of traditional family values, the sanctity of life, religious freedom, and the original intent of the Constitution has made our nation a better place.”

This is the Armstrong award’s second year; last year, it was given to conservative radio talk-show host and author Dennis Prager.

Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 4, 201659min407

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.