Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJune 28, 20166min410

The big money contest to be the next Denver District Attorney has become a two-person race after Rep. Beth McCann won the Democratic primary Tuesday night, defeating Michael Carrigan and Kenneth Boyd in convincing fashion. McCann received more than 50 percent of the vote right off the bat when Denver Elections Commission released the first vote totals around 7 p.m. Tuesday night. By 7:42 p.m. Carrigan had already put out a message conceding the race and congratulating McCann from his Twitter account. As of 9:30 p.m. election night, McCann had received 23,050 votes (52.6-percent), Carrigan, a lawyer in private practice and a University of Colorado Regent, had received 15,811 votes and Boyd, a current member of the DA’s office and nephew of former Gov. Bill Ritter, received 4,985 votes.


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The three Democratic candidates in the June 28 primary for the Denver District Attorney Offices traded ideas and barbs during a freeform debate in northeast Denver Tuesday night. The debate, put on by community organizer Jeff Fard, better known as brother jeff (CQ), brought Michael Carrigan, Kenneth Boyd and recently termed out Rep. Beth McCann together in northeast Denver and handed the floor over to the trio to see what they had to say and how they’d interact with one another. While the topics were essentially up to the candidates, the conversation stayed mostly on how they’d handle issues such as in-depth custody, police brutality and racial disparities in the justice system.

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The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet VOL. 01 NO. 52 | MARCH 28, 2016 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2016 SAVE THE DATE: The Colorado Statesman cordially invites you to an "End-of-Session Bash," Thursday, May 12, 4:30 - 6:30 pm at The University Club, 1673 Sherman St., Denver. More information coming soon. By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright @_JaredWright_ DENVER — Happy Monday! To those legislators in the state House, good luck debating the heck out of this year's Colorado budget. Do your constituents proud; prove that the Joint Budget Committee did its job and did it well. To the Senate, enjoy the week of regular business while it lasts. In other news, more key county assemblies for both the Democrats and Republicans took place this Easter weekend.

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The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright _@JaredWright_

Thursday, March 10, 2016

DENVER — Good morning and good Thursday to you. Your presidential race and stateside politics updates in brief …

BREAKING: Cruz receives his first endorsement from a U.S. Senator (not himself) — U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, someone Cruz “love(s) like a brother,” plans to endorse Cruz at an event in Florida today according to multiple reports.

GOP side: Despite what has been called a civil war — paid staff vs. donors — within the previously go-to establishment candidate’s campaign, Marco Rubio is not getting out, he says. He is in this thing to win his home state of Florida. But according to every recent poll conducted, Trump still smashes him in The Sunshine State by an average of 15 points. Rubio must really, really believe a contested convention is in the works … or he’s delusional. His statement yesterday to Megyn Kelly on stage at one of his Florida campaign rallies, after introducing her to the stage in Spanish, “I will be on that ballot on Tuesday, I will campaign as long and as hard as it takes. We are going to the White House! We are going to win this nomination.” This conflicts with a report on FoxNews Business in which Charles Gasparino said, “What I’m hearing from his money-men here in New York City … they’re saying barring some better polling … his internal polling, he will likely suspend before Florida.” Campaign staff immediately pounced on Gasparino’s claim as blatantly false.

Democratic side: Bernie Sanders has been on a steady rise in the polls since February 2015 — what you would want your stock performance to look like — but with a very slight, recent Feb.-Mar. dip. But, with Hillary Clinton over half way to the nomination in terms of delegate count, Sander’s hill to climb is about as steep as his rise in the polls. Last night, the two debated in Florida at Miami-Dade College, and, mathematically appropriate, immigration was the topic. Clinton accused Sanders of supporting “vigilantes known as Minutemen” on the border. Sanders responded, “No, I do not support vigilantes — that is a horrific statement, an unfair statement to make. Madam Secretary, I will match my record against yours any day of the week.”

Stateside: The U.S. Senate campaign was in full swing yesterday, with GOP candidates trying to land punches on Sen. Michael Bennet for his support of the Iran Deal after reports surfaced that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard had fired two long-range missiles Tuesday. The missiles were marked with the phrase, “Israel should be wiped from the pages of history” in both Hebrew and Farsi. They struck targets 870 miles away, proving they could easily reach Israel, which is located only 660 miles from Iranian territory. Bennet called on the Obama Administration and United Nations to “move quickly to hold Iran accountable,” offering no specifics. Republicans were quick to call this far from good enough. “Sen. Bennet and President Obama were sadly naive to think any overture or cash infusion would change the behavior of a nation that chants ‘death to America’ and continually threatens to ‘wipe Israel off the map,” state GOP chairman Steve House said in a statement. Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Jon Keyser also offered up harsh words for what he said was Bennet’s reckless decision-making on the issue. Read the full report here.

“I want to reiterate, which I know people doubt here, if in fact they break the deal we will act.” — Joe Biden

Now, your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline:

GOP U.S. Sen. candidates who should drop out … now — Memo: While some might think thirteen candidates running for U.S. Senate is an endearing exercise in Democracy, it is no way to ignite a coup at the ballot box against incumbent Michael Bennet, who has a $6.7 million war chest at his fingertips. Eleven candidates seated at a table longer than a circus train in Montrose last weekend was an embarrassment to the GOP and a testament to the overwhelming power of personal ego contributing to pointless acts of vanity.

This should be no more than a seven person race. To those candidates who are in this to pass down stories to their grandkids, lob a Hail Mary pass at a long-shot political career, or notch an item on their bucket list, seriously … move on to skydiving or something. If you want to have a real general election race, let’s actually prepare for a real general election race.

Candidates who should drop out posthaste: Charlie Ehler (who?), Jerry Eller (who?), Darryl Glenn (nice guy, no traction), Tom Janich (who?), Michael Kinlaw (who?), and Don Rosier (almost who?).

Candidates who should stay in: Of the more well-funded candidates Jerry Natividad has said he’s likely headed to assembly, meaning he and seasoned campaigner Sen. Tim Neville would face each other there. While Natividad hasn’t held public office, he has serious community and public service credentials and a solid, professional team of consultants behind him. Peg Littleton should stay in too — though she has no chance. She is going to convention and has been proven to be decent at the stump and brings a nice balance to the race, though her influence is likely to stay isolated to El Paso County with no real A-team staffing the operation, therefore, when taken with poor funding, the no real chance part.

Meanwhile the candidate with the most heavyweight party backing and best hands-on foreign policy experience, former state Rep. Jon Keyser, is seeking the petition route along with Jack Graham, who is indisputably qualified with the biggest head start, having dropped $1 million of his own money into the race and securing the advisement of seasoned political consultant Dick Wadhams. Graham also has some positive Colorado notoriety outside of politics (though he could work on his public speaking a bit).

Robert Blaha and Ryan Frazier should also stay in. Because Blaha also has a personal war chest (though we know not precisely how much) at his disposal and Frazier has proven some fundraising ability (albeit it still needs a ton of work) these guys should stick it out.

May the best signature gathering operations and candidates at convention win. The field is going to sort itself out in this fashion anyway, but in the meantime, public debates and forums look like a total joke with so many bottom-tier candidates embarrassing themselves thinking they have even a remote shot at this. So the rest of you … seriously, stop it. Let’s be real. Go skydive into a city council — or at least statehouse — race where you belong.

Do you know this woman? Trump staffer with Colorado connection working Florida for The Donald as we speak — Donald Trump has at least one staffer with a Colorado connection working on his campaign. Jennifer R. Locetta, a 31 year-old woman who lived in Broomfield, CO, started as the deputy state director for the Trump campaign in Florida in November. Locetta is completely dark on social media — and the internet as a whole (like all the best campaign consultants). She formerly worked as a human resources and office manager for Innoprise Software in Colorado from 2006 to 2011. Locetta reportedly has an extensive background related to data organization and grassroots voter contacts. In 2012, she served as Statewide Data Director for the Republican Party of Florida and worked at the Romney for President Headquarters in Tampa. She is also listed as the campaign manager for Joe Gruters in his race for Florida House District 73 this year. Gruters is currently vice-chairman of the state Republican Party and is Trump’s state co-chair. Locetta has a B.A. in American studies from University of Notre Dame where she graduated in 2006. She runs two registered consulting firms Casselberry, Florida, and appears to have been active in Republican politics in the Sunshine State since 2012. When she lived in Colorado, she served as the social committee chair for the Carter Lake Sailing Club in Loveland.

Trump supporter Earl Tony Leadbetter standing with Trump for President Florida State Director Karen Giorno and Deputy Director Jennifer Locetta (Facebook)

Who’s behind closing the tax loophole? — Democrat Reps. Mike Foote and Brittany Pettersen’s bill, HB 1275, to ask voters to eliminate tax havens for some Colorado companies that hold revenue offshore, which passed a third reading vote in the House yesterday on a 34-30 party-line vote, is a big deal in terms of money involved. According to a Times-Call story on the legislation, Colorado could potentially bring in $97.1 million more dollars in tax revenue based off a calculation on when the state of Montana passed similar legislation in 2003. But at what cost? Perhaps an even greater one in terms of revenue earned from high-dollar businesses operating within the state that could vaporize. Some of Colorado’s largest companies like Level 3 could be directly impacted if the bill passes. What’s more, the recruitment of new businesses into the state could be irreversibly damaged by the passage of such a bill. Currently, only five other states and the District of Columbia have such loophole closing laws on their books — Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Rhode Island and West Virginia. Read the full story here.

HB 1275 PLAYER ROUNDUP: So who are the entities behind this legislation? Two groups have registered their support for the bill … both school districts, Adams County School District 14 and the Boulder Valley School District. Meanwhile, a host of business entities are opposed including: The Colorado Bar Association, Bayer Corp., Colorado Competitive Council, Colorado Concern, RELX Group, T-Mobile, Denver South Economic Development Partnership, Colorado BioScience Association, the Jefferson County Business Lobby, Exxon Mobile, Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp, and the Douglas County Business Alliance. Verizon is currently monitoring the bill. Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry’s Loren Furman is also on record very much opposed to the legislation. The bill will clearly get killed in the Senate, which is likely why OEDIT and Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office have stayed out of it. As a governor, you’ve got to love a split legislature.

Net worth of the remaining presidential contenders — From richest to poorest

Donald Trump: $4.5 billion
Hillary Clinton: $31.3 million
John Kasich: $9 – 22 million
Ted Cruz: $3.5 million
Marco Rubio: $100,000 – $975,000
Bernie Sanders: $300,000

Gordon Klingenschmitt — Got slammed by the Colorado Springs Gazette yesterday for invoking the name of a local priest in his fundraising activities. The problem. The priest died of cancer last month and was known to stay out of endorsing candidates. Read the full editorial here.

Nancy Reagan — Former first lady Nancy Reagan began her final journey to her husband’s side Wednesday as a police motorcade carried her casket down an empty freeway lined with saluting firefighters and mourners holding hands over their hearts in tribute to the former first lady. Read the full story here.

Ritter steps in for nephew in DA race — Former Gov. Bill Ritter authored a fundraising email this week calling on people to support his nephew Kenneth Boyd for Denver District Attorney. He asked folks on his (and Kenneth Boyd’s) mailing list to attend two upcoming events for the candidate and to donate to his campaign.

“You might expect I would endorse Kenneth solely because he is my nephew, but I truly believe he is the best person for the job,” Ritter said in the email. “In addition to my endorsement, Kenneth also has been endorsed by the present Denver DA, Mitch Morrissey.  If you do the math, that is 23 years of service by the two prior DA’s, basically saying that we know what it takes to serve in that office, and Kenneth has what it takes!”

The two Boyd campaign events are:

March 17, Event hosted by Blair Richardson, Maggie and Mitch Morrisey, and Jeannie and Bill Ritter. Richardson home from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

March 28, Event hosted by Bill Mosher and Molly Broeren, and co-hosted by Jeannie and Bill Ritter. Broeren home from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cory Gardner is not a member of the Illuminati … he claims — From Jason Salzman at, who wrote about a radio interview with Sen. Cory Gardner on KNUS 710-AM where Gardner was asked if the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum that he attended consisted of a secret plot by Tim Cook, Larry Page and other powerful tech industry individuals to seize the impending nomination from Donald Trump. Gardner responded that the Huffington Post report that initiated the speculation was both highly speculative and inaccurate at best. Read Salzman’s full blog here.

“Don’t blame the Illuminati – Become the Illuminati!” — Adam Gnade

From the wires:

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel’s Charles Ashby reports on Democrats ripping the Republicans for not backing the tax haven reform bill

CNN reports data from a CNN/ORC poll which shows Trump and Clinton continue to lead in Ohio and Florida

The Hill reports on a poll that shows Clinton would easily beat Trump as it stands now 

The Denver Business Journal’s Ed Sealover reports on the Colorado Senate’s blocking of efforts to resurrect parental-leave rules

The Denver Channel reports on Colorado leaders attending public-private partnership conference ahead of the I-70 P3 redevelopment

Times Call’s Karen Antonacci reports on Rep. Mike Foote and Sen. Matt Jones’s bill that would give Colorado cities more control over oil and gas well locations

The Colorado Statesman’s Mario Nicolais writes a column, Going all in on SCOTUS 

Sen. Owen Hill writes a column in The Statesman, in support of his anti-BDS, pro-Israel legislation, standing up to the Denver Post’s editorial against the measure

Roll Call’s Bridget Bowman reports that Loretta Lynch does not want to be considered for a SCOTUS appointment

The Hill’s Jordan Fabian reports that Obama is claiming the “Republican crackup” aka Trump is not his fault, with Canada’s Justin Trudea at his side.

The Colorado Statesman reports on the Western Governor’s Association meeting in Denver yesterday


Happy Birthday to Colorado Auto Dealers Association President and CEO Tim Jackson! Hope you have a great day, Tim!


Happy Hour with Chief Justice Michael Bender — Today, Mar. 10, Join the Colorado Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society for a happy hour featuring former Chief Justice Michael Bender of the Colorado Supreme Court! Chief Justice Bender will share his reflections about his time as Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. Bring a friend – all are welcome to attend! Katie Mullens, 1550 Court Pl, Denver, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Pat Caddell Pacific trade deal poll briefing live stream — Today, Thurs., Mar. 10, 8:00 am MST. Americans for Limited Government will be releasing the results of a comprehensive national poll conducted on our behalf by Pat Caddell examining voter attitudes toward the trade issue with an emphasis on economic security issues, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  Senator Jeff Sessions will also be providing his reaction to the polling data along with Americans for Limited Government president Rick Manning at the National Press Club. Live Stream:  Replayed on that channel.

CU Denver professor of political science Dr. Kathryn Cheever memorial service — Today, Thurs., Mar. 10, Lawrence Street Center 2nd floor Terrace Room, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Arapahoe County Democratic Party Convention — Sat. Mar. 12, Aurora Central High School, Check-in at 7:00 am

Community discussion and town hall meeting about the proposed land swap with the Broadmoor — Mon., Mar. 14, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Facts on refugees and immigrants event — Mon., Mar. 14, Colorado Capitol, Old Supreme Court, 11:45 pm — 1:30 pm

Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association 7th Annual “Delightful Dishes and Dreamy Getaways” — Tues., Mar. 15, Denver Marriott City Center, 6:00 am — 9:00 pm

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

Colorado Young Democrats 2016 Legislative Showdown — Wed., Mar. 16, The 1up, 717 E Colfax Ave, Denver, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Please join Sen. Ulibarri, Rep. Garnett, Rep. Melton, Rep. Moreno, and other legislators for one of our signature annual events.

NFIB Colorado Small Business Day at the Capitol — Thurs., Mar. 17, Luncheon Speaker: Phil Kalin, Pinnacol Assurance, Keynote Speaker: Jake Jabs, Founder American Furniture. Tickets are $20.00 and include breakfast, Lunch and legislative program. Register and pay by calling 303-860-1778

Brave Leaders Award Ceremony and Panel Discussion — Thurs., May 17, Panelists DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp PhD, Denver Mayor Michael Hancockand Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton will participate in what is sure to become one of Colorado’s great events. Frederico Peña will serve as moderator. Margery Reed Hall, 2306 E Evans Ave, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Colorado Republican Business Coalition Monthly Luncheon — Guest Speaker Sen. Chris Holbert, Fri., Mar. 18, Brooklyn’s at the Pepsi Center, 901 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

17th Annual Icon Awards Gala — Fri., Mar. 18, Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown, 6:00 pm, Ticket includes appetizers, seated dinner, open bar, fabulous entertainment and dancing! Voted year after year as the best party in Denver! Tickets available at:

Roasting Mike Rosen — Sat. Mar. 19, Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S Syracuse St, Denver, 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm,

CD-1 Meet and Greet for candidates for Delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention — Tues., Mar. 22. This is your opportunity to meet with candidates who are running to become delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention. The people CD-1 chooses will have a direct opportunity to vote for the GOP candidate for President. Come if you wish to run or come if you wish to know more about those who wish to be delegates. 290 E Speer Blvd, Denver, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Fundraiser for Denver DA candidate Rep. Beth McCann at the Denver Athletic Club — Wed., Mar. 23. Join hosts Pres Askew, Mary Ricketson, Mary Frances Kelley, John Maslanik & Linda Kreem, Craig Joyce, Jorge Castillo, Jack Melito & Tess Ellis, Chuck Holum, Mark Fulford, Alice Barton, and Jesse Ogas to hear Beth McCann‘s vision for the Denver District Attorney’s office. Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Pl, Denver, 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm

Larimer County Republican Breakfast Club — John Keyser, candidate for U.S. Senate will be there, Johnson’s Corner meeting room, 2842 SE Frontage Rd., Johnstown, 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Morgan Carroll for Colorado Grassroots Happy Hour — Tues., Mar. 29, Apex Sports Lounge, 14567 E Alameda Ave, Aurora, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

2nd Annual Westminster Chamber Awards Gala — Fri., Apr. 29, Westminster Chamber of Commerce, Denver Marriott Westminster, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Join us for our 2nd Annual Awards Gala on April 29th at the Denver Marriott Westminster. Awards will be given to area business in different categories. Food, Music and a Silent Auction will be part of this years event. There will be a 1 hour preview for VIP members and higher from 5-6pm and doors open to the public at 6pm. Purchase your ticket early and save $5 per ticket.

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Colorado Capitol Watch — From our bill tracking partners:


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All Bills as of 3/9: 503

All Bipartisan Bills as of 3/9: 309

All PIed Bills as of 3/9: 767 in the Kill Hill

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Senate Wrap-Up: Today

Audio Updates: Today

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House and Senate Calendars:

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The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright _@JaredWright_

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

DENVER – Happy Wednesday, and good luck to you for the rest of your week. We are a mere three days away from the Nevada Caucuses, when we will be given a taste of how these presidential candidates perform in a Western state. We really have no sense going into Nevada what will happen due to only six public polls being conducted in the state over the last year. This compared to New Hampshire residents being polled nearly 50 times — enough to make you want to disconnect your phone.

Washington Republicans will also hold their caucus Saturday, but only to select delegates to go on to legislative district and county conventions. Washington holds its presidential primary on May 24.

Of course, South Carolina’s primary is also Saturday, where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton continue to maintain big leads. South Carolina’s results may very well cull the Republican heard even more this weekend, with the most likely drop out coming up next from Ben Carson.

Now your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline:

State Senate Pres. showing symptoms of Lameduckitis? — Yesterday, Senate President Bill Cadman, a Republican lawmaker serving his 16th and last year in the legislature this year provided the easily excitable media with some caffeine during a morning news conference. Cadman responded to the media’s question of the week — What about Scalia’s replacement? His answer quickly went viral. “Both sides have a job to do, so I think the political posturing right now is somewhat unfortunate,” he said. “This is actually the time when the Republican Senate would have an influence on a Democratic presidential nominee.”

Right on, Bill, telling it like it is, being a maverick …

Above, Sen. Bill Cadman outside the state Capitol building giving his morning news conference.

But wait … Cadman later clarified his earlier statement, saying he was not aligning himself with the Democrat’s position on the Scalia replacement issue, in what he at least felt had been a misinterpretation of his comments by Denver Post reporter John Frank who first broke the story. “If a majority of Senators choose to reject a nominee, or delay confirmation until after President Obama leaves office, they are perfectly within their rights, in my opinion, and doing the ‘job’ the Constitution assigns them, Cadman said.”

Above, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thanking state Sen. Bill Cadman for making his clarifying statement.

Humor people, it’s called humor …

Read the full story by John Tomasic in The Colorado Statesman here.

Everything else you need to know to get you up to speed on the SCOTUS nominee battle here and here, including a rising tide of concern over why an autopsy was not performed on Scalia’s body.

Doug Lamborn is in it to win it again — Perennial Republican primary victor and U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn said in a statement released this morning that he will seek re-election to the 5th Congressional District. Lamborn is in his fifth term as representative for the 5th District in Colorado Springs.

“From voting to repeal Obamacare and de-fund Planned Parenthood, to fighting hard and making the tough budgetary decisions needed to fund our military in the face of Barack Obama’s draconian defense cuts, and to always voting to keep our taxes low, I have stood up for the people of the Fifth Congressional District every step of the way,” said Lamborn.

Cash on hand – $225,000

Lamborn’s full statement: 

“Ronald Reagan is my political hero. At a recent event commemorating his 105th birthday, I reflected on what an honor it is to carry forward the conservative values and principles of the Reagan revolution into the 21st Century. No matter what pressures come from big government liberals, I will always stand up and fight for traditional values, lower taxes, smaller government, and a strong national defense.

From voting to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood, to fighting hard and making the tough budgetary decisions needed to fund our military in the face of Barack Obama’s draconian defense cuts, and to always voting to keep our taxes low, I have stood up for the people of the Fifth Congressional District every step of the way.

I will continue to work hard in my leadership positions on the Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Veterans Affairs Committees to support our veterans, our active duty men and women in uniform, and for a brighter and more prosperous economic future for our Colorado and our country.

I humbly ask for the continued support of the voters of the Fifth Congressional District. It is through this support that I have repeatedly been elected to Congress and have roughly $225,000 cash on hand for my re-election campaign.  It is an honor and a privilege to be your Representative in Washington DC.

— Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05)”
Morrissey makes his move — Incumbent Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey announced his endorsement of one of two current DA employees running to replace him yesterday, giving props to current Senior Deputy District Attorney Kenneth Boyd. There are four candidates running for Denver DA currently, including CU Regent and former Denver Deputy District Attorney Michael Carrigan, current state Rep. and former Denver Chief Deputy District Attorney Beth McCann, and current Denver Chief Deputy District Attorney Helen Morgan. Whether Morgan, a registered independent who has worked in the Denver DA’s office for more than 21 years, sees this as a slap in the face from her boss or not, we do not know at this time. But, if you’re not going to stay out of it, you have to pick somebody right?

Boyd is the nephew of former Denver DA and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter.

The continuing battle for Middle Earth, Senate District 19 — Incumbent state Sen. Laura Woods is taking her campaign very seriously, even in the middle of a busy legislative session, out knocking on doors in her district. Clearly, she understands how competitive her seat is, and the very real possibility it could flip the control of the 18-17 Senate next session.

Woods is facing a general election challenge from former Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, a Democrat who formerly held the seat for one year (2014) after being appointed by vacancy committee following the resignation of Evie Hudak.

Finance report: In her Jan. 15 campaign finance filing, Woods reported raising $18,542.00 in Q4 with a beginning balance of $43,948.54. She currently has $61,116.96 cash on hand.

Zenzinger raised $37,301.71 in the 4th Quarter of 2015. She filed her candidate affidavit on August 14, 2015. She has a cash on hand balance of $36,137.23.

Senate District 19 breakdown: As of January, the district voter registration breakdown for SD-19 is the following:

Active registered voters: 27,526 Democrats, 28,436 Republicans, 32,659 Unaffiliated
Inactive registered voters: 4,275 Democrats, 3,633 Republicans, 6,549 Unaffiliated

Most recent presidential polling — People are scared:

The nation:

Suffolk University/USA Today: Negative response based —

People scared by Trump GOP nomination — 38% of likely voters, 62% of Democrats, 17% of Republicans and 33% of Independents

People scared by Clinton Democratic nomination — 33% of likely voters, 60% of Republicans, 8% of Democrats and 35% of Independents.

People scared by Sanders Democratic nomination — 45% of Republicans, 28% of Independents and 12% of Democrats.

South Carolina:

ARG poll released yesterday (400 likely GOP South Carolina primary voters) — Trump 33%, Rubio 16%, Cruz 14%, Kasich 14%, Bush 9%, Carson 3%, Undecided 8%

CNN polling the Democrats — Clinton leads Sanders 56-38%

Benjamin Lyng CORRECTION — Yesterday, I reported that GOP Senate District 4 candidate Benjamin Lyng was holding a fundraiser in Greenwood Village hosted by a committee of four people who do not live in the senate district. This was inaccurate. In fact, one out of the four member host committee lives in Senate District 4. Ted Engel (Dr. Bernard Edward Engel, a local MD), does, in fact, live in Castle Rock, within the Senate District 4 boundaries. I apologize for the error. Lyng has come under fire for his recent move into Senate District 4 from his Cheeseman Park home in downtown Denver, having purchased a home in Castle Pines in October and then filing his candidacy on January 11. Lyng is facing a backlash from some in the district who feel he cannot properly represent their communities, since he has only lived there for a short period of time. The term “Bagger Ben” has been going around amongst those chapfallen folks, indicating he is a political carpetbagger, a reference we referred to about a month ago in our Chatter column. Several sources claim Lyng has had his eye on elected office for some time, selecting to run for this particular open senate seat (incumbent Sen. Mark Scheffel is term limited) because of its high Republican voter registration performance and strong potential he wins the election if he can convince enough Republican assembly-goers to vote for him. Some of Lyng’s supporters come to his defense, claiming he chose to move into the district to get out of the city and raise his family in the suburban Douglas County area. Their defense suggests Lyng’s filing to run for office now is just a coincidental sort of, ‘hey why not’ …

Three other candidates are seeking the office — all Republican — Jess LobanMeghann Silverthorn and James Smallwood. Actually …

BREAKING: New candidate files for SD-4 — Make that four other Republican candidates. Lyng may now have some carpetbagger cover with the arrival of a new candidate (assuming it’s a legitimate filing), massage therapist Shawnda Dupree. With a registered Grand Junction mailing address and an Austin, Texas area code, Dupree has officially jumped into the race, filing her papers with the secretary of state’s office yesterday.

Dupree is somewhat of a mystery candidate at this point. Rest assured, we will continue to monitor the SD-4 race and keep you posted.


Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program, Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture Reception — Tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Governor’s Mansion from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Colorado Beverage Association, Legislative Reception — Tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the University Club, 17th and Sherman, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Colorado Nonprofit Association, Annual Meeting and 30th Birthday Reception — Thurs. Feb. 18, Kevin Taylor at the Opera House, 1345 Champa St. Denver, 5:30 pm

Adams State University Reception — Thurs. Feb. 18, Warwick Hotel, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

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

Nevada Caucuses — Saturday, February 20

Washington Republican Caucuses — Saturday, February 20

Annual Conservation Community Legislative Reception — University Club

Secretary Ken Salazar for Jeff Bridges Endorsement Event — Home of Rutt and Annie Bridges, 9694 E Progress Place, Greenwood Village, Wed. Feb. 24, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Super Tuesday, including Colorado caucuses — March 1

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

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Happy Birthday wishes to: State Sen. Owen Hill, House Assistant Majority Leader Dominick Moreno, and former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb. And … a Happy Belated Birthday to UYYour.S. Rep. Ken Buck, who celebrated yesterday.

From the wires:

The Gazette’s Meghan Schrader reports on Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers being at odds with county commissioners across Colorado over Sen. Cheri Jahn’s  bill, SB100, a bill that has pitted Colorado Counties Incorporated against the Colorado Municipal League (who no-doubt instigated the legislation) over transportation mill levy funding.

Roll Call’s Simone Patheé reports on 30 House GOP freshmen members of Congress calling on GOP presidential candidates to focus on the debt.
The Denver Post has a report on Chelsea Clinton’s campaign events in Denver and Boulder this week.

A report from KRDO reports that a judge has ruled that details of the Planned Parenthood shooting should stay sealed.

The Boulder Daily Camera’s Sarah Kuta reports on Edward Snowden’s video chat last night at CU-Boulder

Read a Denver Post editorial that says Sen. Pat Steadman’s sentencing bill, SB-98, goes too far.

9News reports the teen charged with murdering Mesa County Sheriff Deputy Derek Geer will be charged as an adult.

Colorado Capitol Watch —From our bill tracking partners:

House Bill Wrap-Up: Today 

Senate Bill Wrap-Up: Today

Bills Passed 3rd Reading: Today

FOUR New Bills: Today

394 All Bills:  As of 2/16

178 Bipartisan Bills:  As of 2/16

Audio Update: Today

2/17: Bills on calendar in order

2/17: Bills on calendar sortable 

All: Upcoming Bills From Today


House and Senate Calendars:

HOUSE – Your Feb. 17 Calendar here 

SENATE – Your Feb. 17 Calendar here 

You’re up to date. Have a great hump day! Until tomorrow …
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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!

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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.


Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 3, 201615min370

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DENVER – Happy Wednesday everybody — when hope (and today, maybe even the sun) springs forth once again.

“I’m not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.” – Adlai E. Stevenson I

Now, your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline:

Jeff Bridges and Michael Carrigan ready to go petition route — Democrat candidates for House District 3, Jeff Bridges, and for Denver District Attorney,Michael Carrigan, had their petition formats approved yesterday by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

Other candidates besides Bridges (COH – $39,237.60) running for House District 3 include Democrat Meg Froelich (COH – $25,205.88), and Republicans Katy Brown (COH – $0), Rick Gillit (COH – $1,074.18) and Alex Wenzel (COH – $6,876.82).

Other candidates besides Carrigan (COH – $247,614.34) running for Denver District Attorney include Democrats Kenneth Boyd (COH – $73,655.25) and Rep. Beth McCann (COH – $156,475.36) and Unaffiliated Helen Morgan (COH – $15,364.44).

Bernie Sanders has big fundraising pull day after Iowa Caucuses —Yesterday, the Sanders campaign announced raising $3 million dollars in 24 hours after the Iowa caucuses, quite a wave after his very close caucus results with Hillary Clinton.

Wagers, wagers and more wagers — This week, friendly wagers are flying between Colorado and North Carolina officials over the upcoming Super Bowl L …. I mean 50. Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar and North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin placed bets for their teams (the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, in case you just don’t follow this stuff.) When — not if — the Broncos win on Sunday, North Carolina’s Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin will owe the Colorado Division of Insurance some North Carolina barbecue, craft beer and Cheerwine soda. If, by Act of God, the Carolina Panthers win, Salazar will provide Colorado elk tenderloin, bourbon from Denver’s A.D. Laws Whiskey House and toffee from Enstrom’s Confectionery (Enstroms sure is stepping up their game in these bets — good for business .)

More in government officials gambling their hearts out — U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman  placed a friendly wager with North Carolina U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, CD-10. If the Broncos win, McHenry has to wear any Broncos gear of Coffman’s choosing. What should I make him wear, Coffman asks? Tell me … and contribute while you’re at it please. What happens if, forbid we say it, the Panthers win? The good Congressman didn’t say.

United in Orange — Yesterday, state Reps. Dan Pabon, Crisanta Duran,Tracy Kraft-Tharp, Jonathan Singer and Alec Garnett took to the Twitterverse for a charitable cause yesterday with their United in Orange video supporting, “a food drive to raise food and awareness for the homeless across Colorado.”

Wayne Williams goes full-on Broncos — Pulling no punches, Secretary of State Wayne Williams has turned the state’s website into a Bronco fan’s haven. Nice jersey, Mr. Secretary. Is that superimposed?

Chicano History Week declared State Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, and Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Westminster, passed a joint resolution yesterday declaring Feb. 2-8 Chicano History week. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed Feb. 2, 1848, a day in which it is estimated 100,000 Mexicans became Mexican Americans and “95 percent of the land wealth that Mexican-Americans held prior to the treaty was taken away,” said Salazar.

Thank you Ernest Luning — Drawing much thanks from 9News’s Kyle ClarkThe Statesman’s Ernest Luning finally saw the need (make it stop!) to pull out the old type writer and report on whether or not candidates in Colorado’s top political races will support their party’s presidential nominee — a question that has been asked several times … daily of the R candidates by Colorado Democratic Party Senior Communications Advisor Andrew Zucker. Of course, not a bad play by Zucker — right out of the old Comm Director playbook, but certainly a question we are all thankful has been put to rest for the sanity of us media folk.

1st Rule, You do not talk about Fight Club — Striking that tone, Denver’s first lady, Mary Louise Leetweeted yesterday a meme stating, “There are two rules in life: 1. Never give out all the information.” … Full stop.

From the wires:

Huffpost Pollster provides tracking from 85 polls from 31 pollsters on the presidential race — good info leading up to the Feb. 9 N.H. caucuses. 

Denver Business Journal’s Greg Avery reports on Amazon’s sales tax collection which began Monday on purchases shipped to Colorado addresses, but it is unknown the amount and whether municipal taxes are included.

The Gazette’s Megan Schrader reports on Sen. Tim Neville’s bill, SB-11, to rededicate $15 million in FASTER fees to roads and bridges passing a voice vote in the Senate yesterday. Up for third reading this week.

Take note for Super Tuesday, Colorado Congressional Delegation, Here’s how its done: A report from Roll Call’s Simone Pathe on how congressional hopefuls are playing off the energy of the Iowa caucuses.

A headline story over at the Denver Post by Ricardo Baca and David Migoyaon Denver’s releasing 28,000 marijuana products it had recalled for pesticides. 

The Castle Rock News-Press released a report by Mike DiFerdinando on aDouglas County School Board member calling for a survey on how teacher time is being spent in the district.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel’s Gary Harmon reports that U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is concerned about a new accounting standards update issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board that he believes will cause damage to community banks and credit unions.

The Colorado Statesman’s Ramsey Scott reports on Windholz’s unincorporated county ballot initiative bill being killed in State Affairs

Reuters reports on Marco Rubio becoming an early hope for mainstream Republicans.


A photo of Bill and Hillary Clinton playing soccer in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1975.

Colorado Capitol Watch update — From our bill tracking partner at Colorado Capitol Watch: As of 2/2 – 305 bills introduced, with 4 new bills and 121 bi-partisan. For bills on the calendar, go today click here.

House and Senate Calendars:

HOUSE – Your Feb. 3. Calendar here 

SENATE — Your Feb. 3 Calendar here 

You’re up to date. Continue to stay warm and dry under the Gold Dome. Until tomorrow …

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.