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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 12, 20175min1020
Here’s something I bet you haven’t heard anywhere else: The Colorado House and Senate each could flip next year. OK, maybe you’ve heard half that. The Republicans hold just a one-seat edge in the 35-member Senate, which will see 17 seats on the ballot next year. But the House? Democrats enjoy a nine-seat majority in […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchJuly 3, 20174min77
Pueblo County is providing its employees what the Colorado legislature has not providing for other working parents across the state, paid parental leave. The issue is an annual partisan football, and the last two sessions lawmakers couldn’t agree on a few hours of unpaid leave to attend school activities pushed by Democrats. Most legislative Republicans say […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicNovember 9, 20167min83

At the end of a long election season that delivered shocks at every stage, including a dramatic upset win for Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket, voters in Colorado shuffled some of the players at the state Capitol but didn’t change the game. The next legislative session will see Democrats control the House and Republicans control the Senate, same as the last legislative session. From the Denver Westin where state Democrats gathered on election night, it didn’t at first look like things would turn out this way. They were energized when Rachel Zenzinger took an early lead that never faltered over Arvada Republican incumbent Laura Woods in swing Senate District 19. The match up had been the most closely watched on most legislative lists, a target of spending by state and national political groups.


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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanNovember 1, 20164min1100

As it turns out, the 2016 general election in Colorado will probably follow the recent trends of presidential election cycles, with two exceptions that may help Republicans hold the state Senate. The most important numbers to watch are ballot returns. As of time of publication, Democrats have turned in more ballots than Republicans. That’s especially bad news for Republicans in several close state Senate races and for U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in his run against state Sen. Morgan Carroll.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicAugust 19, 201622min111

There’s really no other effective way to do it. People tune out TV and radio and mailers are quickly recycled. You have to go door to door, meeting the residents, chatting them up, listening to their concerns, doing what you can to win them over or at least make sure that, when they’re staring down at their ballot in the fall, they might remember your face and your name and that you made the effort to win their vote. That’s what the two dogged candidates for state Senate District 25, Democrat Jenise May and Republican Kevin Priola, repeat over and over when you ask them how they plan to win the key swing seat in November. It’s always dinner time The state Senate district they're vying to represent sits north of Denver and runs from farmland on the plains at the eastern edge through metro suburbs and urban pockets in Brighton, Thornton and Aurora in the south and west. The district stretches across something like 1,000 square miles.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 10, 20166min89

Democratic supporters of a parental leave bill knew they were going to take a hit Tuesday in the Republican-controlled state Senate committee where bills go to die, so they made sure to get in their own political licks earlier in the day. In the afternoon State Affairs Committee hearing, the voting was over in a flash. Members Sens. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, and Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, on a party line vote killed House Bill 1002, sponsored by Rep. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora, and Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood.


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Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 9, 201628min760

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

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

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DENVER – Happy New Hampshire Primary Tuesday, everyone! (Is there something else happening today?) Some folks in the Granite State have already voted, including in communities Dixville Notch (nine voters — all employees of the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel), Harts Location and Millsfield. According to New Hampshire statute, towns with less than 100 voters are allowed to hold their primaries at midnight, and that is just what they did. Full stories here and here.

The Dem (hyperlinked for you this morning because I can tell you are all set to open up your pocketbooks and donate) results:

Sanders — 17
Clinton — 9
Greenstein — 2

The GOP (hyperlinked for you this morning because I can tell you, also, are ready to donate) results:

Cruz — 9
Kasich — 9
Trump — 9
Christie — 3
Bush — 2
Rubio — 2
Carson — 1
Fiorina — 1
Paul — 1

Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, wondered about voter ID law in these communities:

So how about the latest polling in New Hampshire? HuffPost Pollster, aggregating all of the most recent polls shows Donald Trump in the lead of the GOP pack with 31.0%, followed by Marco Rubio with 14.7%, John Kasich with 14.1%, Ted Cruz with 11.9% and Jeb Bush with 10.2%.

For the Democratic candidates: Bernie Sanders with 54.8% and Hillary Clinton with 40.7%.

“It is hard work and great art to make life not so serious.” 
― John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire

The Colorado General Assembly website this morning — 

Speaker Hullinghorst and Sen. President Cadman look good in orange and blue.

Now, your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline:

Clinton unveils Rodriguez in Colorado — The Hillary Clinton Campaign has announced the hiring of former carpenter and electrician turned Mark Udall campaign deputy political director, Gabe Rodriguez to lead its Hispanic outreach operations in Colorado. Rodriguez has been working for Sen. Dick Durbin since April 2015 as a legislative correspondent.

Back-up plans for Fields and Ryden? — In a testament to how close this particular race could end up being, both Democratic candidates for Senate District 29, Rep. Rhonda Fields and Rep. Su Ryden, have requested and received the green light from the secretary of state’s office to begin circulating petitions for the 2016 Democratic primary ballot. There are no Republican candidates in the race for the heavily Democrat-registered district. As of the Jan. 15 filing, Fields has $40,365.84 cash on hand with $55,724.35 total raised. Ryden has $23,971,02 cash on hand with $30,801.54 total raised.

Pat Stryker in it this year for $1.25 million — Not slipping out of character, Colorado billionaire heiress Pay Stryker is in it big this election year according to a report by the Fort Collins Coloradoan yesterday. Stryker has reportedly donated $1.25 million to the Democratic Party within the last year which places her in the middle of the pack nationally among super PAC top donors.

Opposite Day for Kindergarten! — Yesterday was opposite day at the Capitol with Republican Rep. Jim Wilson’s full-day kindergarten bill, HB-1022, passing in the Democrat-controlled House Education Committee on a 7-3 vote, whileDemocrat Sen. Andy Kerr’s similar proposal (though one referring the measure to the voters and tied to a TABOR lift), SB-23, was killed by the Republican-controlled Senate State Affairs committee. Whether there is funding or stomach in the Senate available for Rep. Wilson’s bill, we have yet to see. Though, in our experience, the education lobby force is strong with Jedi Wilson.

Sen. Takis commemorated — The life and service of Sen. Stephanie Takis was commemorated yesterday by Sens. Morgan Carroll and Mary Hodge with Senate Joint Memorial 16-003. Takis was born in Salt Lake City, UT, and became a long-time congressional staffer after graduating from the University of Utah. She served 5 different Democratic members of Congress, a Senate committee and then the Congressional Affairs Office of the United States Department of Commerce over a period of 15 years. She later moved to Aurora, Colorado, where she was very involved in her community including serving in positions on the Aurora Election Commission, Aurora Citizens Advisory Budget Committee, Adams County Community Services Committee and the Spirit of Aurora Board over the course of several years. Takis was elected to the Aurora City Council in 1989 and then to the House in 1996. She was elected to Senate District 25 in 2000. Takis died at the age of 69 on Aug. 5, 2014, at her Aurora home. Lynn Bartels wrote a great piece about Takis that you can read here.

Big Bennet fundraiser next week — U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet will be back in Colorado on Feb. 18 for a private, high-brow fundraiser at an area home. The fundraiser’s donation amounts required to attend are reportedly between $500 and $5,000. Sources tell us a few of the names on the host committee includeMike Stratton, Al Yates and Cole Finegan.

Colorado leaders in for Hillary, (list as of Oct 2015) — Gov. John Hickenlooper, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (CD-1, Denver), U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CD-7, Arvada), U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (CD-2, Boulder), Former Secretary Ken Salazar, Former Gov. Roy Romer, Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, State House, Leader Crisanta Duran, DNC Member Blanca O’Leary, DNC Member Mannie Rodriguez

 

“I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.” — Johnny Carson

Events:

Broncos Parade — Downtown Denver Civic Center Park, parade starts at 10:00 am, Parade kickoff at Noon and Rally at 1:00 pm with Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Lots of people downtown ready to celebrate already:


Yes, Ed … perhaps

SD 31 Candidate Forum — Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 7:00pm, Christ Church, 690 Colorado Blvd., Denver

All three Democratic candidates for Senate District 31 will participate in a forum. Additionally, CD challenger Chuck Norris — no not that Chuck Norris — will make his case for running against Congresswoman Diana DeGette. Because DeGette is in D.C., her husband, Lino Lipinsky, will fill in for her.

Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party  — Thursday, February 11, 2016, 6:00 pm, Capitol Cigars, 919 E Colfax Ave, Denver. Co-hosted by Colorado Young Dems, Capitol Cigars and The Colorado Statesman.

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.

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.”
More from the wires:

Gazette’s Tom Roeder reports on ‘Blatant dishonesty and corruption’ involved in care delays at the Colorado Springs VA clinic

The Denver Post ‘s Jennifer Brown reports on Kerr’s killed SB-23, full-day kindergarten TABOR referral bill.

Roll Call’s Alex Roarty asks the big question: Where does Rubio finish in New Hampshire?

The Hill’s Jonathan Easley reports that the big battle in New Hampshire for the GOP candidates may be for second place. (I’d say the polling makes that pretty clear.)

Prayers for Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Geer (I know him personally), who was shot multiple times last night by a 17-year-old suspect, and is in critical condition. A report here by Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Staff.

Aurora Sentinel’s staff has an interesting article on the coming revitalization of Colfax Ave.

Intermountain Jewish News has a report on the new arrangement at the Western Wall.

The Durango Herald’s Ann Butler reports on a hearing underway for school board member Matthew Sheldon whom is accused of failing to file campaign finance reports.

An AP story printed in the Fort Collins Coloradoan here about how the tax limit fight could shape Colorado’s growth.
Colorado Capitol Watch — From our bill tracking partner at Colorado Capitol Watch:

New Bills: 2016, Today

Bipartisan Bills: 2016, Today

House Bill Wrap-Up: Today

Senate Bill Wrap-Up: Today

Audio Update: Today

 2/9 3rd Reading of Bills

2/9 Calendar & Upcoming Bills

All Upcoming Bills

House and Senate Calendars:

HOUSE – Your Feb. 9 Calendar here 

SENATE – Your Feb. 9 Calendar here 

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

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JW