Brian HeubergerBrian HeubergerNovember 16, 201655min472

Compelling political television advertisements can play an important role in introducing candidates to the public, expressing their policy positions and effectively persuading voters to fill in that candidate's circle on the ballot come Election Day. As in all modern presidential elections, Colorado television sets were flooded with political ads in the 2016 election cycle. Some were flashy and impressive and others were relatively disappointing. From the perspective of seasoned campaigners, certain criteria must be met in order to hit the political advertising bulls-eye. Essential factors include the creative quality of the production, the potency of the message, the effectiveness of the delivery and the resulting response from viewers. But most importantly, ads must resonate with their carefully targeted audiences. In 2016, some ads cut it while others would have been better off on the cutting room floor.


Valerie RichardsonValerie RichardsonNovember 7, 201611min458

The pivotal at-large race to determine control of the University of Colorado Board of Regents could hinge on concerns about climate change and free speech. Former Democratic state Rep. Alice Madden injected climate change into the race early on with jabs at the board's 5-4 Republican majority. The board voted last year against changing the University of Colorado system's investment approach to exclude fossil-fuel holdings. "Question of the day: Do you think that all nine of the elected CU Regents should believe in man-made climate change?" asked Madden in a Facebook post reprinted on Complete Colorado. "Seems like a basic premise for a premier research and teaching institution with 12 Nobel Laureates."

Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 12, 201633min465

DENVER — Good morning and Happy Friday to all you Colorado political critters! Today is also World Elephant Day. Don't worry, we will recognize Word Donkey day when it happens. Minimum wage made Colorado's ballot yesterday, and Evan McMullin made it today. Trump is headed back to Colorado. This and much more in today's Hot Sheet. Read on for your ultimate daily dose of Colorado politics ...

Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 1, 201658min407

DENVER — Good morning and welcome back to real life ... if you ever, in fact, left it for the weekend. Some of us don't take such leisures. Today is Colorado Day, the anniversary of President Ulysses S. Grant signing the proclamation admitting Colorado as the 38th state to the Union on August 1, 1876. We are coming off of a big weekend in presidential politics for #38. Donald Trump himself, as you surely know by now, was in Colorado Springs and Denver Friday for a fundraiser, town hall meeting and rally. Yes, he did get trapped in The Mining Exchange Hotel elevator. And yes, there was controversy involving Trump's remarks to the fire marshal after the fire department helped retrieve him from said elevator, and no the elevator was most likely not tampered with. Ok, now that we have that out of the way ... This week is already shaking out to be another big political one in Colorado as Hillary Clinton has announced plans to visit Commerce City for a rally. She will also be in Aspen for a fundraiser as we tipped you to last week.


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJune 28, 20166min415

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.


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJune 16, 20166min421

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.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 26, 201615min427

More than 2,000 civic, philanthropic and political leaders filled a converted Air Force hanger on Wednesday night to honor Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, the 2016 recipient of the Mizel Institute’s annual Community Enrichment Award. The institute’s annual dinner, dubbed “spring political prom” by one wag on Twitter, returned to the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver to bestow the honor on an individual who exemplifies service toward bettering the community.

Jared WrightJared WrightMarch 28, 20162min423

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.