Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 27, 20184min4688

The conservative Washington Free Beacon on Monday pointed out that Democratic congressional candidate Jason Crow works at a high-powered law firm that has lobbied and done legal work for gun interests at the same time he's attacked the "gun lobby" and been calling on U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman to return campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association.


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirOctober 12, 20173min1097

Prominent and politically plugged-in Denver attorney Jon Anderson was elected 2017-18 chair today by the Board of Directors at the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. Anderson, a partner at prestigious law firm Holland and Hart who once served as chief counsel to then-Gov. Bill Owens, long has been a go-to guy in state Republican circles.

The association — “CACI” to its friends — is Colorado’s de facto chamber of commerce and the voice of the state’s biggest and most prominent businesses. An e-announcement about Anderson’s election quotes him regarding the organization’s role in the business climate:

“CACI has led the effort to establish Colorado as a pro-business state. … Colorado has the lowest unemployment rate in the country and is enjoying a thriving economy because of this focused effort to grow and expand our state economy. Colorado’s next challenge will be to ensure that state and local leaders do not take our thriving economy for granted.”

Anderson added a cautionary note: “Colorado has experienced a recent surge in legislation, ballot measures and policies that would hamper and harm Colorado businesses and Colorado workers.”

Longtime CACI President (and onetime state House Speaker) Chuck Berry weighed in:

“Jon has a keen sense of advocating for business interests in the public arena and he is an ideal person to lead our Board in these challenging times.”

Among the strong suits making him that ideal person:

Anderson’s political and election law practice includes representing corporations, non-profits, and candidates on federal, state, and local activities. In the current election cycle, Anderson represents members of the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, a U.S. presidential campaign, non-profit organizations and multiple Super PACs and 527 committees. …

… Anderson’s government practice is focused on high stakes matters before federal, state and local government. …

CACI’s board meanwhile also chose Rhonda Sparlin, a partner at RubinBrown LLP, as chair-elect, and elected several new board members. Here are details on those and other developments at CACI.


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJuly 17, 20175min513
Jon Anderson

The Independence Institute needs to officially drop its self-appointed role as Colorado’s conservative police because it just executed a no-knock raid on the wrong house.

The institute has a bad habit of glancing over another individual or group and decreeing whether or not it is conservative.  In a July 10 piece, Amy Cooke of the Independence Institute declares a new conservative group, The Western Way, is a “global warming opportunist.” If she had spent five minutes researching The Western Way, she would have discovered this new group is aggressively conservative.

The Western Way is an organization formed to reclaim conservative leadership on western conservation and environmental issues.  Our position is that conservatives have led the most significant conservation efforts in the western United States, yet extreme political interests have somehow created a false narrative that conservatives do not value the environment. In other words, liberals created a myth that conservatives are anti-environment and are now advancing this lie to win elections.

Think about it, liberals paint a picture of conservatives wearing Brooks Brothers suits pushing polices that contaminate land, pollute streams and develop public lands into Super Walmarts.  Now, think of actual conservatives in western states: They wear clothes from Cabelas, not Brooks Brothers; they are hunters who cherish public lands; they are fisherman who treat the streams as sacred, and they are farmers and ranchers who have acted as responsible stewards of their land for generations.  The Western Way is setting the record straight on the fact that conservatives across the west value our land. Progressive liberals’ false depiction of conservatives being anti-environment is nothing more than a political initiative, and it is working.

To fix this, conservatives need to reclaim leadership on conservation and environmental issues.  We cannot keep playing whack-a-mole with the thousands of extreme environmental groups and their constant stream of ideas that would freeze the U.S. economy.  Instead, we need to take the wheel and honestly identify the actual environmental problems facing the western U.S. and then  provide aggressive solutions to those problems that are based on conservative, free market principles. This is the high road that environmentalists hope conservatives will not take.  It reclaims conservative leadership on conservation issues by driving the most efficient and effective solution and exposes the far left for wanting to be martyrs rather than just solve the actual problem.

So what aspect of The Western Way agenda does the Independence Institute’s conservative police take issue with?  Hard to tell from the drive-by piece it ran, but it appears that the Independence Institute was offended that The Western Way took an adverse position on one piece of legislation in Colorado.

In a constructive setting, two conservative organizations like Independence Institute and The Western Way would work through these different perspectives and respect the fact that conservative groups cannot be aligned on every policy.  In fact, The Western Way has these conversations with our conservative allies all of the time and it is a healthy and productive approach to advance our shared conservative objectives.  But that is not Independence Institute’s approach. They did not even reach out to The Western Way for discussion and conveniently failed to mention how many core conservative western voters and national conservative groups support our approach and our mission.

The Western Way is pioneering an initiative embraced with equal enthusiasm by millennial conservatives as well as baby-boomer conservatives. If this approach doesn’t fit inside Independence Institute’s stodgy box, we are OK with that,  but drop the shtick of acting like Independence Institute has some power to decree who is and is not conservative in Colorado.


John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 1, 201612min349

Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, played down news Monday that Republican Attorney General Cynthia Coffman officially agreed with state Democratic leaders that reclassifying the state’s hospital provider fee would be constitutional. Cadman also minimized the same opinion when it was offered a little more than two weeks ago by former Attorney General John Suthers, a Republican who is now mayor of Colorado Springs, and by Jon Anderson, chief counsel to former Republican Gov. Bill Owens.


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottFebruary 17, 20166min300

The political tension around the state budget that has flared intermittently this legislative session will grow hot and steady at the end of March. House Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they plan to roll out their proposal March 28 to avoid more than $350 million in cuts by recasting the state’s hospital provider fee as an enterprise fund. The move would strip out money collected through the hospital fee from the general fund to, in effect, raise state constitutional spending limits imposed by the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Republicans oppose the plan as an accounting trick that undercuts the constitution and a temporary solution to the “spending problem” the state has experienced under Democratic governance. They voted against a similar proposal last year and this year have clashed with dueling legal opinions over the constitutionality of the the proposal. At a news conference Tuesday, House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Gunbarrel, and House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, touted bipartisan legal opinions released last week that argued the plan was constitutional.

Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 12, 201623min423

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

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

Friday, February 12, 2016

DENVER – Well, you made it to Friday. Ahead for you are two days of not having to wander underneath the Gold Dome. Congrats. If you’re working campaigns … my condolences.

“It’s always difficult to keep Fridays confined within themselves … they tend to spill over …” — Kai Sinclair

Now, your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline:

State Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, speaks to reporters Thursday as civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, far left, and alleged Bill Cosby victim Beth Ferrier look on. (Roxann Elliott/The Colorado Statesman)

Allred joins Fields to take on Cosby crimes, also strengthening campaign momentum? — Yes, that Gloria Allred. She joined state Rep. Rhonda Fields and alleged victims of Bill Cosby sexual assault Beth Ferrier and Heidi Thomas — both Colorado residents — for a news conference in a state Capitol committee room yesterday. Fields is introducing two bills to address sexual assault statutes of limitations so that crimes like the dozens Cosby is alleged to have committed decades ago can be fully prosecuted in criminal court much farther down the road from their original occurrence. Read the full story and watch the video from Statesman Capitol Bureau Chief John Tomasic here.

While no one should cast doubt on the sincerity of Field’s legislative push here, it is also an unquestionable election year win for the representative who is running for Senate District 29 against fellow state Rep. Su Ryden, the only other candidate in the race — Democrat or Republican — to date. Sources tell us that Fields continues to succeed in the fundraising department, an area in which she outperformed Ryden during the 4th Quarter of 2015. Fields currently has nearly double the funds on hand compared to Ryden, with $40,000 in her campaign account compared to Ryden’s $23,000. Fields has also racked up the endorsements from high profile Democrats including former Secretary of the Interior and U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and current Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Ryden has a number of endorsements, though perhaps not as high-profile from state Sens. Polly Baca and Suzanne Williams and current state Sen. Nancy Todd.

How these bills will impact Field’s campaign directly has yet to be seen, but having a name as widely known as Gloria Allred show up for your press conference is certainly a positive thing in an election year.

The Brady Bunch’s (some of them) first big show — 


Colorado Republican candidates for U.S. Senate


Last night, 7 of the 10 GOP U.S. Senate candidates wanting to take a shot at toppling Sen. Michael Bennet converged on Reiman Theater at Denver University for the first in what should be a number of forums and debates in the Republican U.S. Senate quest.


Ok, so not quite the Brady Bunch, at least in terms of the gender spectrum, but you get the joke … big family.

The 7 in attendance? State Sen. Tim Neville, former state Rep. Jon Keyser, El Paso County Commissioner Peg Littleton, El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, Fountain, Colorado, resident Charles Ehler and businessmen Ryan Frazier and Robert Blaha were all there.

Video of GOP state party Executive Director Ryan Lynch’s introductory remarks by AP’s Kristen Wyatt below:

Analysis? Blaha, Keyser, and Neville performed well, as one would expect a top-tier candidate to perform —they stayed on top of their messages and did not stumble — they looked and sounded like potential U.S. Senate general election candidates. Frazier was at ease, humorous, answered questions well and said some unexpected, but not out of character things. All four of the candidates proved themselves — at least in this early forum — to be serious about the craft of stage-performance politics. We will continue to monitor closely. With a field this full, there should be another 100 of these forums and at least a few debates.

Sandgren off to the races — State Rep. Joe Salazar, to the surprise of few, has now at least one Republican challenger in House District 31 this election year, and one who has an unusual amount of Republican leadership weight behind her this early in the season. Jessica Sandgren, a former teacher from Adams County will seek to unseat Salazar in a district with a disproportionate Democrat to Republican voter registration ratio (trending numbers in comparison to 2014 that Republican strategists have not been pleased with recently), but a large pool of unaffiliated voters that could make the race interesting. Read the full story from The Statesman’s Politics Editor Ernest Luning here.

There was another debate last night … with a fiery blowout — Hillary Clinton andBernie Sanders again faced off, last night in a PBS NewsHour debate at the University of Wisconsin. The debate drew the CNN headline, “Clinton Clings to Obama.” The headline stemmed from an exchange towards the end of the debate in which Clinton criticized Sanders for “attacks” on Barack Obama. Sanders responded, “Madam Secretary, that is a low blow.” Watch the full exchange below:

Colorado Young Democrats packed Capitol Cigars on Colfax for a lively debate watch party — yours truly was even there to enjoy the occasion, good conversations with Colorado Young Democrats Vice Chairman David Sabados and Young Democrats of America Vice President Danielle Glover.

The heavily statistics-based debate questions — something you would expect from a PBS debate — created a policy wonk’s dream dialogue  — this according to a Politico story by Hadas Gold.

A very imprecise, but perhaps indicative of the manpower and time being spent online by Sanders staff and volunteers, is a Times Magazine post debate poll. With over 60,000 votes cast to this point, Sanders currently leads the poll with 81 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton’s 19 percent.

A sum analysis of Bernie Sanders from Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Political Director Alan Salazar this morning following the debate:



“The only good political movement I’ve seen lately was Occupy Wall Street. They had no leaders, which was genius. But unfortunately it always ends up with some hippy playing a flute.” — John Lydon


Denver DA Race Community Forum — Saturday, Feb. 13, 11:00 am, Community A.M.E. Church, 3100 Richard Allen Ct.

Colorado Democrat’s Jefferson Jackson … I mean 83rd Annual Dinner — Saturday, February 13, 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm MST, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Pl, Denver. Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are both speaking at the event.

Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Dan Kagan and Sen. Linda Newell Saturday, Feb. 13, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm,  6060 S Quebec St, Greenwood Village.

Jefferson County Republican Men’s Club Breakfast — Monday, February 15, 7:00 am to 9:00 am, Davies Chuck Wagon Diner, 10151 W 26th Ave, Wheat Ridge: Tom Tancredo will be presenting on “Why he is no longer a Republican.”

South Carolina Primaries — Democrats: Saturday, Feb. 20; Republicans, Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Agriculture Day at the Capitol — Set for Tuesdays, March 16 — get ready for awesome food and great folks to descend upon the Capitol.


Happy Birthday a bit in advance to Janice Sinden, Mayor Michael Hancock’s COS, who celebrates her birthday tomorrow!

More from the wires:

Denver Business Journal’s Ed Sealover reports on a bipartsian legal opinion issued regarding the Colorado hospital provider fee and road funding. Former legal counsels to the past two Colorado governors, Trey Rodgers (Gov. Bill Ritter) and Jon Anderson (Gov. Bill Owens) both say OLLS was wrong and that the fee should not be commingled with general fund revenue.

Complete Colorado’s Simon Lomax reports on an expanding campaign for control of the state legislature led by Tom Steyer and his allies along with the help of Tim Gill and New Belgium Brewing Company.

Roll Call’s Jason Dick reports on a tense Senate floor debate between Republicans Tom Cotton and Charles Grassley yesterday that preceeded the blocking of a bi-partisan juvenile justice bill.

The Hill’s Scott Wong reports on the GOP’s “powwow” on the budget occurring this morning where Speaker Paul Ryan is expected to pitch the budget to fellow Republicans.

The Colorado Statesman’s Ernest Luning reports on Bernie Sander’s plans to hold a campaign rally this Saturday morning.

The Colorado Statesman’s Ramsey Scott recaps the bi-partisan killing of Sen. Kevin Lundberg’s death penalty bill this week.

Colorado Capitol Watch — From our bill tracking partner at Colorado Capitol Watch:

House Bill Wrap-Up: Today 

Senate Bill Wrap-Up: Today 

Bills Passed 3rd Reading: Today

(House & Senate Bill Wrap-Up Links will update for 24 hours.)

NO New Bills: 2/11

All Bills: 385 as of 2/11  

Bipartisan Bills: 164 as of 2/11

Audio Update: This Week, Today
House and Senate Calendars:

HOUSE – Your Feb. 12 Calendar here 

SENATE – Your Feb. 12 Calendar here 

You’re up to date. Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend. More Hot Sheet on Monday …

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