Michael Bennet Archives - Colorado Politics

Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 17, 201810min3280


Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 16, 20187min415
The head of Denver police union, Detective Nick Rogers, testified to Congress Thursday about law enforcement issues in a so-called sanctuary city of undocumented immigrants. He was one of a handful of Coloradans in the ring Thursday speaking about the contentious immigration issue, intensified by the Colorado’s purple, swing-state political status. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Windsor, […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirFebruary 15, 20183min6090
Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, left, and Cory Gardner channel their inner Canadian in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington. (Office of Sen. Michael Bennet via YouTube)

Judging by a video posted to YouTube this week by the press staff of Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, you’d think he and his Colorado counterpart, Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, just can’t get enough of each other. And it’s not only when they collaborate on high-profile, heavyweight issues like the immigration-reform legislation they jointly introduced on Wednesday. Sometimes, it involves lighter fare. Like curling.

Yes, the winter sport that’s beloved everywhere north of the United States. Only, this time, it was played by two pols in a hallway of the Russell Senate Office Building in the nation’s capital.


We’ll resist the temptation to crack wise about this centuries-old Scottish pastime (or the latter-day Canadians who embrace it with a passion). We’ll just confess some of us at Hot Sheet are mystified by its appeal — even if it is an Olympic sport — and leave it at that.

Instead, let’s note how our two U.S. senators seem to have figured out the antidote to our nation’s acrimonious political climate — and maybe the key to survival in it — is a warm and chummy display of bipartisanship. Certainly, in perennially purple Colorado, where the largest voting bloc is unaffiliated.

The video is a tribute to the ongoing Winter Olympics and the fact that, “Colorado has the most athletes of any state competing in Pyeongchang.” There are plenty of smiles and even a high five between the two officeholders. It all should play well in a swingable bellwether like Jefferson County — even if most of the voters there don’t get curling any more than we do.



Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 12, 20182min4210

U.S. Sen Michael Bennet’s staff is planning a series of “listening sessions” in the southern and eastern Colorado this week, his office said. Those who have concerns or comments about what’s happening in Washington will be able to meet one-on-one with members of Bennet’s staff.

Meetings are planned in Rocky Ford,La Junta,, Limon, Stratton, Lamar and Trinidad.

The Democrat from Denver sits on the Agriculture, Finance and HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) committees, his office noted.

“Are you struggling with an issue with the Department of Veterans Affairs, IRS, Social Security Administration or another federal agency? Do you have a suggestion or action Congress could take to help your family or community?” according to an announcement of the meetings.

Those who would like a meeting should RSVP with a description of the issue to John_Griego@bennet.senate.gov or 719-328-1100.

Here’s the schedule:


Rocky Ford
10 a.m. to noon
CSU Extension Office Building
​411 N. 10th St. Rocky Ford CO 81067

La Junta
3 to 5 p.m.
Otero County VSO Conference Room
13 West Third St., La Junta CO 81050


Noon to 2 p.m.
The Crow Palace Inn
​1301 N. Main St., Lamar CO 81052


12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
American Legion Post 138
​241 Colorado Ave., Stratton CO 80836

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Limon Town Hall
100 Civic Center Circle, Limon CO 80828

Feb. 20

10 a.m. to noon
Mt. Carmel Health and Wellness
911 Trinidad Ave, Trinidad CO 81082


Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 11, 201813min439

I'LL SEE YOUR BERNIE AND RAISE A JOYCE FOSTER ... The battle of the bold-faced names is on in the House District 9 Democratic primary, where three-term incumbent state Rep. Paul Rosenthal is facing two candidates seeking to dislodge him from the southeast Denver seat. Less than a week had passed since Bernie Sanders — yes, that Bernie Sanders — endorsed Rosenthal challenger Emily Sirota when Rosenthal rolled out a Bernie endorsement of his own from Bernie Steinberg — yes, that Bernie Steinberg — to counter it.