Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJanuary 24, 20172min254

This one already has made the rounds in the Twittersphere, but for obvious reasons, we couldn’t resist getting in on the action. Politico informs us by way of The Gazette in Colorado Springs that former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is scheduled to join speakers including the new president and vice president at a Republican retreat in Philadelphia next week to map out the GOP agenda. And quarterbacks do know strategy (or are supposed to).

As The Gazette reports:

Manning is no stranger to Republican causes, even though he initially backed a candidate not named Donald Trump. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush outed him as a donor to his presidential campaign a year ago, telling a crowd that he rooted for Manning’s Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 “because Peyton Manning wrote me a check.” Manning and Donald Trump Jr. ran into each other on the campaign trail last summer in Mississippi and there seemed to be no hard feelings about the past.

Manning in fact has been playing for the red team for some time, according to the report:

In the past, Manning has donated to several Republican politicians, most of whom were candidates in Tennessee — where Manning starred in college.

Moving from Team Red to Team Trump has proven a tough transition for a number of GOP luminaries during the past year. Looks like Manning pulled it off without even breaking a sweat.

Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 4, 201620min422

DENVER — Whelp, we are coming down to the wire and feeling a bit punchy after months ... years? ... decades? of campaigning. The two best things we can share: 1) It’s Friday (ha! no weekend for most of you!), 2) Election Day is four days away. According to the Colorado Secretary of State, 1,406,573 Coloradans have already have voted, so go find the stragglers ... and if you are a straggler, goodness, go do your civic duty already! Several interesting stories to share with you here … By far our favorite is the effort to draft Peyton Manning as a candidate for president. Sounds like an excellent idea on the last Friday before the election. Before we get started … Happy 69th birthday to former First Lady Laura Bush!

Jared WrightJared WrightMarch 8, 201640min387

By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright _@JaredWright_ Tuesday, March 8, 2016 DENVER — In case you didn't turn on any device yesterday, Michael Bloomberg will not be seeking a third party (or any) run for the presidency in 2016. Oh yes, and all the five of the Republican's gun bills were smothered in House State Affairs committee yesterday. Tack on Peyton Manning's retirement speech and that is probably all you were able to see yesterday in the news since it drowned out pretty much any other topic. That said, Bloomberg's decision is a significant one. The gun bill reruns? Meh ... "There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution." — John Adams Now, your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline:

Jared WrightJared WrightMarch 7, 201652min581

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright _@JaredWright_ Monday, March 7, 2016 DENVER — A big weekend in news ... starters, Peyton Manning has announced his retirement. Sources tell us one reason for the decision (besides Father Time) is the Broncos star will be mounting a campaign as the 14th GOP candidate to enter the U.S. Senate race in hopes of taking on U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in the general election ...

Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 8, 201618min353

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

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

Monday, February 8, 2016

DENVER – One day to the New Hampshire primary. Today, an unusual Monday — one with cause for celebration. The Denver Broncos are now three-time Super Bowl champs! Yes, they won Super Bowl 50, 24-10, against the Carolina Panthers yesterday … in case you were living under a rock this weekend.


Bernie Sanders called it on Meet the Press before the big game yesterday, telling host Chuck Todd warily, “Maybe the Broncos,” when asked who he picked to win the Super Bowl. The presidential candidate did not claim himself a fan of the Orange, however, stating he was rooting for the New England Patriots, but said he was “afraid that’s not going to happen.”

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is going to Flint, Michigan. Her pivot-master-worthy answer to Todd when asked the same question, here on video. 

But what about the GOP candidates for POTUS? Just two of them (out of those on stage for ABC’s debate — sorry Carly and Jim — and what an awkward entrance, Ben and Donald), chose the Broncos to win #SB50. Those two were Jeb! Bush and Chris Christie. Jeb admitted he chose the Broncos because Peyton Manning supports his candidacy. Christie was just, well, perhaps a selfless Broncos fan.

“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” — Vince Lombardi

Now, your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline:

Neville celebrates 60th — ICYMI, over the weekend state Sen. Tim Neville celebrated his 60th birthday party, hosting a reportedly packed house campaign event held at the Franciscan Event Center on Saturday, with The Statesman’s ever-present  Ernest Luning there to cover the bash. The cake? — from Masterpiece Cakeshop, of course. Where else?

Here, state Sen. Tim Neville sings his rendition of “Let the Eagle Soar.” (Joking, joking)



Rosenthal hosts his annual Super Bowl pizza party — In what has become an annual fixture event, Rep. Paul Rosenthal hosted a Super Bowl pizza party at Beau Jos on Colorado Blvd. with reportedly over 100 of his House District 9 constituents, friends and reporters showing up at the event.


Beau Jo’s chalk full of Rosenthal peeps yesterday.

Speaking of Paul Rosenthal, he has endorsed Steve Sherick, Michael Carriganand Lucky Vidmar in their respective campaigns … just in case you were wondering.

Negative factor will see a reduction this year — From the JBC via Sen. Pat Steadman, the school finance formula’s negative factor will actually be reduced this year by an average of $18 per pupil thanks to an overestimate on enrollment. The resulting total remaining negative factor will still sit at minus$831 million.

Saine draws a primary challenge — Second-term state Rep. Lori Saine  has a primary challenger in House District 63. Colleen Whitlow, a town trustee in Mead, is seeking to challenge Saine this year. Whitlow told the Greeley Tribune she is challenging Saine to bring active leadership to the district. “I want to be a team with the whole district, not just myself,” Whitlow said via phone interview with the Tribune. What she was implying specifically in regards to Saine’s service we know not at this time.

HD63 Finance report: Saine has $14,168.90 cash on hand as of her January 15 filing with the SOS. Whitlow has not filed a report yet due to her committee filing falling after the deadline.

Is Marco Rubio a robot? Chris Christie thinks so — Conspiracy theorists far and wide have begun speculating that Marco Rubio is, in fact, some sort ofManchurian candidate — perhaps a former CIA cyborg agent planted in this presidential race to win and then commence to taking over the world. The theory takes root in the ABC News Republican presidential debate hosted at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. Saturday night. During the debate, Rubio “short-circuited” repeating the same canned line several consecutive times. Christie pounced on the programming error, drawing applause from the audience.

Check out the video here. 

In fairness, I think all of us Manchurians working in this business have short-circuited a few times. For us seasoned veterans, the secret is making sure to reboot your internal CPU at least once every 24 hours — especially leading up to a big debate.

Rep. Crisanta Duran helped CBS4 get the word out last night. Denver has announced its victory celebration parade for tomorrow, Tuesday, February 9.

Will the Capitol shut down? Rep. Steve Humphrey wouldn’t mind that.

Veteran 9News Weatherman Marty Coniglio swears the weather will be “sunny, mild and dry for the Broncos victory parade and rally Tuesday afternoon.”



“Meteorologists are pretty faces reading scripts telling you whether it’s going to rain tomorrow — Noam Chomsky


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.


Non-profit guru Jerry Hamill celebrates his birthday today.

More from the wires:

From the Aurora Sentinel’s James Anderson, a story as old as time about TABOR.

Denver Post reporter Joey Bunch covers a humorous Broncos video put together by U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s staff.

Another Denver Post story from John Ingold, Katy Canada and Natalie Munio reports Denver police using pepper spray to disperse Super Bowl crowds with 12 people arrested last night.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel’s Charles Ashby breaks down this week in the legislature. 

Roll Call’s Alex Roarty reports how the GOP plans to use Bernie Sanders — and the resulting split in the Democratic Party — against the Democrats.

The Boulder Daily Camera’s Beth Potter reports that the Town of Erie and City of Louisville will be requiring their police officers to wear body cameras this year.

Donald Trump stands by his waterboarding debate answer in this CNN story.

A story from the Wall Street Journal’s Alastair Gals and Farnaz Fassihi reports on the new U.N. sanctions North Korea faces following its long-range rocket launch Sunday morning, which reportedly put a satellite into space.

U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has introduced a North Korea Policy Enhancement Act which was approved by the Foreign Relations Committee unanimously on Jan. 28 and will be voted on by the full Senate on Wednesday.

Read Gardner’s statement on North Korea’s missile launch here.

Colorado Capitol Watch — From our bill tracking partner at Colorado Capitol Watch: As of 2/4 – 358 bills introduced, with 7 new bills and 142 bi-partisan. For bills on the calendar today, click here.

House and Senate Calendars:

HOUSE – Your Feb. 8 Calendar here 

SENATE – Your Feb. 8 Calendar here 

You’re up to date. Stay safe and warm 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.

— jared@coloradostatesman.com


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJanuary 22, 20163min454
The Colorado House chamber.
The Colorado House chamber.

Abortion decision recognition

Democratic members of the House took time Friday morning in the chamber to recognize the 43rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Speakers, including Reps. KC Becker, D-Boulder, Angela Williams, D-Denver, Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins, Lois Court, D-Denver, Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, and Max Tyler, D-Lakewood, spoke for several minutes each about the importance of the decision to women’s health and safety and well-being. They also lauded Colorado for leading the nation by liberalizing its abortion laws in 1967, six years before the Roe decision.

Democratic caucus members stood in support of the remarks. No Republicans went to the well to speak and observers noted that some House Republican members left during the Democratic comments. Sources at the Capitol, however, said there was no statement-making undertaken on the part of Republicans — not with words or feet.

Republican Reps. Lang Sias, R-Arvada, and Lois Landgraf, R-Fountain, are sponsoring an anti-abortion personhood bill this session.

Bipartisanship for the championship

Members of the House and Senate agreed to pass a joint resolution supporting the Denver Broncos and the team’s push to make it once again to the Super Bowl, and declaring Sunday Jan. 24 as Denver Bronco’s Appreciation Day. The team will play a conference championship game this Sunday against the New England Patriots. Orange-clad lawmakers from both sides of the aisle teamed up to show their support and to throw shade on teams like the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Senators donned Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning jerseys and noted that his winning No. 18 is the same winning number of votes it takes in the Senate to pass a bill.