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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 10, 201711min1037

In the halls of the Colorado Capitol and across social media, Republican elected officials got creative this week coming up with ways to declare a long-awaited bipartisan transportation-funding package dead on arrival. “If it was a trial balloon, it has more of a resemblance to the Hindenburg,” state Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, told The Colorado Statesman outside Senate chambers.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicFebruary 9, 20176min452

Thursday was Americans for Prosperity lobby day at the Capitol. The anti-tax free-market message this year was much the same as it was last year, but the headlines will be different — mainly because the state Senate president stayed on message. President Kevin Grantham, a Republican from Canon City, thanked AFP activists for their effectiveness in recent years at spreading the small-government gospel in Colorado. “You all do the hard work year-round to get out the message, promoting free markets and fiscal restraint and limiting the government to promote economic opportunity in Colorado,” Grantham said. “You’re the folks that make that happen. You’re the folks that keep us honest over here in getting those things done.”



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VOL. 02 NO. 013| JANUARY 26, 2017 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2017




DENVER — Happy Green Juice, Peanut Brittle and National Spouses Day. Hey, we didn’t create the mix. Today also marks the 16th day of the 2017 Regular Session for the Colorado General Assembly. They still have a whopping 104 days to play around with. Already this session, the 2017 version of the religious liberty bill has again died, and ballot selfies have cleared their first hurdle to legality (because that’s just what the world needs — more selfies).

Also in #copolitics news, the landscape for the GOP state party chair has also lost two contenders. And so much more …

So … keep on a-readin’ for your ultimate briefing in all things Colorado politics.

News and Opinion from The Colorado Statesman

? Colorado lawmakers dispute repeal of Affordable Care Act

State GOP Vice Chair Derrick Wilburn says he won’t be seeking top party post

Bennet, Gardner split over Trump’s immigration executive orders

Christo throws in towel on massive Arkansas River art project

RTA property tax extension bill passes House committee

Republican Nic Morse drops out of state treasurer race

Q&A: AFP’s Michael Fields on funding transportation and enraging Capitol dealmakers

Rural phone bill passes House

Trump EPA freeze so far leaves Colorado officials guessing

Today’s State Capitol Social Calendar

Colorado Hospital Association
Colorado Hospital Association Legislative Reception
5:00pm-7:00pm
History Colorado
1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Contact : Aly Schmidt 970-214-4231 aly.schmidt@cha.com

 

The First Shot

“When the law says you must do something and my God says I cannot do it, what can I do?  Who do I honor?”

—  Rabbi Jay Ledbetter, who spoke in favor of the failed Religious Freedom Bill




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The General Assembly

Religious freedom bill dies in Colorado House

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/25/religious-freedom-bill-dies-colorado-house/

Religious liberty bill fails; Denver chamber hopes it’s for good

http://coloradopolitics.com/religious-liberty-bill-fails-denver-chamber-hopes-its-for-good/

State House says hell no on religious exemptions bill

http://www.coloradoindependent.com/163662/state-house-says-hell-no-on-religious-exemptions-bill

Colorado religious freedom bill fails in house committee

http://www.9news.com/news/local/politics/religious-freedom-bill-fails-in-house-committee/392917535

ICYMI:  Denver chamber at odds with ‘religious freedom’ bill …

http://coloradopolitics.com/denver-chamber-odds-religious-freedom-bill/

ICYMI:  Bill Would Allow Businesses To Use Religion To Deny Services

http://denver.cbslocal.com/video/category/news-politics/3612498-bill-would-allow-businesses-to-use-religion-to-deny-services/

Regulatory-reform effort receives bipartisan support at Colorado Legislature

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/01/25/regulatory-reform-effort-receives-bipartisan.html

OPINION:  Don’t be flippant in look to Medicaid to fill the state budget

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/24/dont-be-flippant-in-look-to-medicaid-to-fill-the-state-budget/

Schrader column should inspire more aggressive reporting on Medicaid

http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/91258/schrader-column-should-inspire-more-aggressive-reporting-on-medicaid#sthash.tmG56e2e.dpbs

Ballot selfies win first step in Colorado House

http://www.9news.com/news/local/politics/ballot-selfies-win-first-step-in-colorado-house/393020906

Ballot Selfies Win First Step In Colorado House

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/01/25/ballot-selfies-win-first-step-in-colorado-house/

Ballot selfies moves closer to Colorado legality

http://coloradopolitics.com/selfies-colorado-legal/

Ballot selfies win first step in Colorado House

http://gazette.com/ballot-selfies-win-first-step-in-colorado-house/article/1595192

State fund would pay workers’ comp when the boss screws up

http://coloradopolitics.com/workers-comp-colorado/

Emotional testimony buoys bill to increase penalties for texting while driving

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/25/texting-while-driving-penalties-bill/

‘It can wait.’ Colorado lawmakers discuss raising fines for texting while driving

http://coloradopolitics.com/can-wait-lawmakers-set-discuss-raising-fines-texting-driving/

Colorado lawmakers push PTSD bill to address pleas for medical marijuana

http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/01/25/ptsd-colorado-medical-marijuana-bill/72105/

Money Grab At Capitol For Transportation Funds

http://denver.cbslocal.com/video/category/news-politics/3612509-money-grab-at-capitol-for-transportation-funds/

El Paso County lawmakers urge governor to join Trump on roads

http://coloradopolitics.com/trump-hickenlooper-roads/

Lamar could bypass state highway plan with private toll road

http://coloradopolitics.com/lamar-toll-road-colorado/

Q&A: AFP’s Michael Fields on funding transportation and enraging Capitol dealmakers

https://www.coloradostatesman.com/qa-afps-michael-fields-on-funding-transportation-and-enraging-capitol-dealmakers/

Effort to alert school kids to pot’s hazards advances in Senate

http://coloradopolitics.com/effort-alert-school-kids-pots-hazards-advances-senate/

 

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Politics in Colorado

Meet Mike Johnston, Fast-Rising Political Star Running for Colorado Governor

http://www.westword.com/news/meet-mike-johnston-fast-rising-political-star-running-for-colorado-governor-8725135

Athanasopoulos stresses grassroots, counterinsurgency tactics in bid for state GOP chair

https://www.coloradostatesman.com/athanasopoulos-stresses-grassroots-counterinsurgency-tactics-bid-state-gop-chair/

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Colorado Government

Colorado elections officials confident despite Trump’s fraud allegations

http://coloradopolitics.com/colorado-elections-officials-confident-despite-trumps-fraud-allegations/

Voter fraud in Colorado is extremely rare, officials say

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/24/colorado-voter-fraud-rare/

Will Coffman Deliver on Promise for Large Town Hall Before Obamacare Repeal?

http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/91272/will-coffman-deliver-on-promise-for-large-town-hall-on-obamacare#sthash.re5i13p2.dpbs

Protesters descend on Sen. Gardner’s Durango office…

https://durangoherald.com/articles/131466-frustrated-residents-seek-response-from-sen-cory-gardner

I-70 Expansion Foes Organize Town Hall to Discuss Options

http://www.westword.com/news/i-70-expansion-foes-organize-town-hall-to-discuss-options-8724612

CDOT, I-70 Project Opponents Duel Over Competing Events

http://www.westword.com/news/cdot-i-70-project-opponents-duel-over-competing-events-8728480

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Governor Hickenlooper

Hickenlooper details meetings, opportunities at Davos economic forum

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/01/25/hickenlooper-details-meetings-opportunities-at.html

Colorado braces for hit from EPA funding freeze

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/25/colorado-epa-funding-freeze/

Tipton: EPA freeze will not impact Superfund in Silverton

https://durangoherald.com/articles/131626-tipton-epa-freeze-will-not-impact-superfund-site-in-silverton

WHAT ARE THEY HIDING? Panic Over EPA Review

http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2017/01/25/what-are-they-hiding-panic-over-epa-review/

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Colorado and President Trump

Denver, Aurora at risk for Trump action against so-called “sanctuary” cities

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/25/denver-aurora-sanctuary-cities-trump/

Colorado officials say they’ll stand up to Trump’s immigration orders, but some Coloradans fearful

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/politics/colorado-officials-say-theyll-stand-up-to-trumps-immigration-orders-but-some-coloradans-fearful

Trump’s immigration changes could cost Denver, Aurora & Boulder millions

http://kdvr.com/2017/01/25/trumps-immigration-changes-could-cost-denver-aurora-boulder-millions/

Trump’s ‘sanctuary city’ crackdown could bring hammer down in Colorado

http://coloradopolitics.com/trumps-sanctuary-city-crackdown-could-bring-hammer-down-in-colorado/

Coloradans react to Trump’s executive order on immigration

http://kdvr.com/2017/01/25/coloradans-react-to-trumps-executive-order-on-immigration/

VIDEO: Anxious demonstrators fear the unknown as new immigration policy looms

http://coloradopolitics.com/video-anxious-demonstrators-fear-the-unknown-as-new-immigration-policy-looms/

VIDEO: A call for unity as the president’s immigration crackdown looms

http://coloradopolitics.com/video-a-call-for-unity-as-the-presidents-immigration-crackdown-looms/

Denver, Boulder, Aurora try to define immigration policies with blurry ‘sanctuary city’ meaning

http://www.9news.com/news/local/next/denver-boulder-aurora-attempt-to-define-immigration-policies-with-blurry-sanctuary-city-meaning/393208047

How much will Trump’s border wall cost?

http://kdvr.com/2017/01/25/how-much-will-trumps-border-wall-will-cost/

POLIS: When His Liberal Voters Align With Trump

http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2017/01/25/polis-when-his-liberal-voters-align-with-trump/

Trump’s Executive Order Could Help Fix Colorado Roads Faster, For Less

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/01/25/trumps-executive-order-could-help-fix-colorado-roads-faster-for-less/

Trump infrastructure to-do list includes Colorado freeways

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/01/25/trump-infrastructure-to-do-list-includes-colorado.html

El Paso County lawmakers urge governor to join Trump on roads

http://coloradopolitics.com/trump-hickenlooper-roads/

‘Today is not about us’: Trump’s expected ban rocks Colorado’s refugee community

http://www.coloradoindependent.com/163648/trump-refugee-colorado-muslim-executive-order-ban

Trump Hotels CEO plots U.S. expansion; Denver site a possibility

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/25/trump-hotels-expansion-denver-possibility/

A Trump Hotel in Denver? CEO says city’s being considered

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/01/25/a-trump-hotel-in-denver-ceo-says-citys-being.html

Report: Trump Hotels considering Denver for U.S. expansion

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/report-trump-hotels-considering-new-location-in-denver

 

 

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Just for laughs

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Calendar

January 26th

Mountain Republican Women’s Club

Boulder County Republicans Executive Committee Meeting

January 27th

Weld County South Republican Breakfast Club

Republicans of Highlands Ranch

Panel discussion on ESSA

January 28th

Aurora Republican Forum

Liberty Toastmasters Denver

January 30th

JeffCo Republican Men’s Club

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Today in history

2004 – President Hamid Karzai signs the current Constitution of Afghanistan.

1998 – Lewinsky scandal: On American television, U.S. President Bill Clinton denies having had “sexual relations” with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

1992 – Boris Yeltsin announces that Russia will stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons.

1980 – Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations.

1961 – John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be his physician. This is the first time a woman holds the appointment of Physician to the President.

1949 – The Hale telescope at Palomar Observatory sees first light under the direction of Edwin Hubble, becoming the largest aperture optical telescope (until BTA-6 is built in 1976).

1934 – The Apollo Theater reopens in Harlem, New York City.

1926 – The first demonstration of the television by John Logie Baird.

1920 – Former Ford Motor Company executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer.

1915 – The Rocky Mountain National Park is established by an act of the U.S. Congress.

1838 – Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States


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John TomasicJohn TomasicJanuary 25, 201711min391

State lawmakers have made <a href="http://coloradopolitics.com/colorado-legislature-transportation/" target="_blank">boosting transportation funding</a> a top priority this year. Negotiations have been underway for months and they are ongoing. Democrats and Republicans involved in the talks seem as committed to making a deal happen as they are anxious about keeping all the moving parts turning in the right direction. Major roadways need to be expanded to the tune of billions of dollars. There are this year as in years past many interested parties seeking to influence any eventual deal — local and regional interests, business interests, political interests, ideological interests, all locked in complex high-stakes minuet.


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Michael FieldsMichael FieldsJanuary 22, 20175min419

Now that Colorado lawmakers have convened in Denver, the push for increased government spending has already begun. But before we go down the road to more state spending — and higher taxes — lawmakers would be wise to consider real solutions that will improve lives without placing an additional financial burden on Colorado families. Here are five ways to increase opportunity while ensuring responsible spending. First, uphold the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR). Since 1992, TABOR has ensured that Coloradans have input in the tax rate they pay.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 16, 201713min406

The battle lines will likely soon become clear - if they aren't already - at the state Capitol, as the Colorado Legislature gets its feet underneath itself and moves through the hundreds of bills already introduced since the session began Jan. 11. The main issues will be familiar in most cases: transportation, education and healthcare will be among the big three, and with the House in Democratic control and the Senate in Republican control, there are very likely contentious days ahead.


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Michael FieldsMichael FieldsNovember 28, 20165min534

Coming off a contentious election, and with the next legislative session just around the corner, it’s easy to get caught in the negative side of politics. It’s easy to build up political divides and play into an “us versus them” mentality — which then only breeds more anger, disconnection and gridlock. These barriers aren’t just in Washington, D.C. or at the state Capitol. They are deeper than that. Liberals often feel like conservatives ignore urban areas, devalue diversity and simply “don’t care.” While conservatives often feel like liberals have forgotten rural areas, downplay traditional values, and advocate for the tolerance of everyone — except for the people they disagree with.