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Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 5, 201625min460
 The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

By TCS Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Jared Wright @_JaredWright_

Friday, February 5, 2016

DENVER – Happy Friday, and THANK YOU for your support and — if you were able to make it last night — for contributing to a phenomenal turnout at our Relaunch 118th Anniversary Celebration at the Governor’s Mansion!

For those of you who may have missed it, watch our incredibly well-produced promotional film (below) that was premiered at last night’s event to mark the occasion. Thanks to the team at Hidden Woods Media for their outstanding production work.

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“It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.” — Winston Churchill

Now, your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline:
ICYMI, Mayor Michael “Super Bowl L, I mean 50” Hancock picks Carrigan — CU Regent Michael Carrigan snagged another big endorsement — in his run for Denver district attorney, this time from Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Carrigan is in a three-way Democratic primary against state Rep. Beth McCann and senior deputy district attorney Kenneth Boyd. Unaffiliated candidate Helen Morgan, Denver’s chief deputy district attorney, is also running for the chance to take over for term-limited Denver DA Mitch Morrissey.

“Michael Carrigan is hands down Denver’s best choice for our next district attorney,” Hancock said in a statement. “He is a skilled lawyer, active community member and strong leader with the legal experience needed to ensure justice for Denver’s residents. I am confident Michael will bring a balanced perspective to the DA’s office to help make Denver a safer, better place.”

Carrigan and Boyd have begun the process of circulating petitions to get on the primary ballot. It might be a wise move. A dozen years ago, three Democrats were running for Denver DA, at that time to replace term-limited DA Bill Ritter, and one of them was McCann. She won big at the Denver assembly with 45 percent of the delegates, followed by John Walsh (he is Colorado’s U.S. attorney these days). Morrissey, who was endorsed by Ritter, came up short at assembly but made the ballot by petitioning and went on to win the primary and then win the general election three times. (Ritter, who went on to serve a term as governor, is Boyd’s uncle.)


Mayor Michael (Super Bowl L, I mean 50) Hancock and Michael Carrigan.

Right-to-die lives again in the House — Reps. Lois Court and Joann Ginal passed their right-to-die bill in House Judiciary Committee yesterday on a 6-5 party line vote after 10 hours of emotional testimony on both sides of the issue. This only one day after the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee killed the bill on a 3-2 vote — also party line.


Meet Rep. Cole Wist — you know, the new kid on the block (one of them) — Rep. Cole Wist introduces himself to you and, well, to the world — including people watching in their underwear from their mom’s dingy basements at 2:00 am and who knows where else (creepy) — in a special video report by Statesman staffer Ramsey Scott and intern Roxann Elliott.

Rep. Cole Wist introducing himself to the world wide webs.

In case you were wondering where Sen. Pat Steadman was last night  —Meanwhile, Sen. Pat Steadman went and saw the play, “All the Way” at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts last night. A play by Robert Schenkkan, it is a political drama awarded the Best Play Tony in 2014. It’s about President Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr. and their work to pass the Civil Rights Act. Good taste, Senator.


Conservation Colorado moves climate change bill forward — Reps. Jeni Arndt and Faith Winter’s bill, HB 16-1004, which would require Colorado’s climate action plan to include specific measurable goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or “increase Colorado’s adaptive capability to respond to climate change” and an annual report made to the legislature on progress made, was passed out of House, Health, Insurance and Environment Committee yesterday to the praise of Conservation Colorado and excitement of the two first-term legislators.

Smirking Martin Shkreli Pleads the Fifth — Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli appeared all smirk but no talk yesterday in front of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The 32 year old pharmaceuticals entrepreneur has come under federal scrutiny for dramatically raising the price of a life-saving drug, Daraprim, from $13.50 to $750 a pill.

Shkreli tweeted the following not long after the hearing:

Members of the Congressional committee were not amused and neither was Colorado state Sen. Linda Newell, stating on her own Twitter account:

While I agree with the good Senator from Littleton, it is important we hold the Fifth Amendment harmless in these cases and remain thankful for the right we enjoy — even when it is invoked in such seemingly petty, juvenile form. … Ok, off the soap box.

Bernie Sanders Campaign Hosting rally Saturday — No, he won’t be there … he’s kinda busy in New Hampshire right now. Colorado Educators for Bernie are hosting the rally to include campaign staff and local education activists and students.
GOP SD-4 primary getting more crowded — The GOP face-off in heavily Republican Senate District 4 — a seat opening next year after Senate Majority Leader Mark Scheffel, R-Parker, is term-limited — is getting more crowded. Someone named James Smallwood got the OK from the secretary of state’s office to start circulating petitions to make the June 28 primary ballot. Other Republicans already in the running for the Douglas County seat are businessman Benjamin Lyng; Jess Loban, a former candidate for Congress on the Libertarian ticket; and Douglas County School Board member Meghann Silverthorn.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. — Confucius


A happy belated birthday to Jim Nicholson of Brownstein Hyatt Farber and Schrek. Nicholson was the Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1997-2001 and Secretary of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs from 2005-2007.

Also, Happy Birthday wishes to Joe Coors, former Sen. Michael Bennet aide Trevor Kincaid, now working in the White House, and Kevin Bronski, former aide to state Rep. Kathleen Conti.


Happy Anniversary (yesterday) to Rep. Joe Salazar (who made two “pivotal announcements” — see below — on the House floor yesterday) and his wife Jessica Chavez Salazar!

More from the wires:

The Colorado Springs Gazette’s Tom Roeder reports on U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn calling out a Veterans Affairs clinic for lying. “Heads need to roll,” he said.

The Statesman’s Ramsey Scott reports on Sen. President Bill Cadman’s giving a shout out to AFP and the corresponding outrage from Democrat lawmakers. He also got video.

CBS4 Denver jumped in with another report on Michael Hancock’s taking a taxpayer funded flight and hotel to the Super Bowl where he and his family have complimentary tickets from the Broncos.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debated again last night, watch the report on CNN.

According to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released yesterday, Bernie Sanders has a 20 point lead over Hillary Clinton currently in New Hampshire.

According to The Washington Post’s Philip Bump, Bernie Sanders won last night’s debate’s Google fight statistically speaking.

Roll Call’s Simone Pathé reports on how Obamacare repeal votes are motivating Democratic donors.

Tweet’s from last night’s Colorado Statesman Relaunch Party:

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Your Colorado Capitol Watch feed — From our bill tracking partner at Colorado Capitol Watch: As of 2/4 – 351 bills introduced, with 33 new bills and 138 bi-partisan. For bills on the calendar today, click here.

House and Senate Calendars:

HOUSE – Your Feb. 5 Calendar here 

SENATE – Your Feb. 5 Calendar here 

You are up to date. Stay safe out there and have a great weekend! Until Monday …

Tell us what you know! – To submit a tip, event, happening, gossuping, chattering or other interesting tidbit to The Hot Sheet, click here to submit via our contact form … yes, even anonymously if you’re feeling all cloak and dagger.

Special thanks today to Statesman Opinion, Politics and Elections Editor Ernest Luning for contributing to The Hot Sheet.



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Fifteen Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Denver Mayor Wellington Webb lamented a vote by the Metropolitan Football Stadium District board naming the new stadium “Invesco Field at Mile High,” saying “a piece of Denver history and tradition was lost despite the overwhelming public sentiment to keep ‘Mile High Stadium’ as the […]

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