Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJanuary 17, 201720min360



DENVER — Welcome to the 7th day of the 71st General Assembly, and what many would call the first day of real work (OK, we aren’t talking about you, Joint Budget Committee members. Relax).

Lots of characters and news in Colorado politics to talk about this Tuesday. Will Colorado Congress members attend the Trump inaugural festivities? If so, which ones? Former House GOP Chief of Staff Bill Skewes found a new job, Mike Coffman remains in the Democratic Party’s crosshairs (you don’t say!?), state Rep. Joe Salazar is going after his own, Mike Johnston wants to be governor like everybody else and so much more … like, for instance a Council member saying the best way to change the law is to disobey it. Well yes, but Hot Sheet advice: Just make sure you have friends that feel the same way!

All you have to do this morning is sit back and read for your daily education in all things Colorado politics. You like how we made it easy like that? Yeah, we thought so.

News from The Colorado Statesman

‘It’s going to be interesting’: State Senate prepping for Hickenlooper PUC appointment confirmations

Democrats, GOP remember Dr. King

While not a Trump fan, Gardner impressed by Tillerson

Tipton: Congress now has a higher authority to stop overregulation

In Today’s Hot Sheet

Bill Skewes gainfully employed again

Matt Arnold still causing hate and discontent. This time, at Tim Dore’s expense, but who’s watching the watchdog?

Tipton takes resources committee seat

Tim Dore gets fined $2,000 for campaign finance violation

Mike Johnston announces for Colorado governor

Who’s more progressive? Joe Salazar goes after his own


The First Shot

“I’m willing to offer this generous deal in the interest of avoiding disruption to what is, after all, MY party — albeit a party that has proven less than faithful in fulfilling its obligations to me and mine — in a critical election year.”

—  Purported to be Matt Arnold, the director of Campaign Integrity Watchdog

The Hudson Firm

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Colorado Government

Straight outta #copolitics: Did Coffman duck out early as constituents grew ornery?

Unhappy crowd shows up at Mike Coffman’s regular meeting with constituents

Straight outta #copolitics, part 2: @TeamCoffman2016’s rebuttal

FAKE OUTRAGE: Activists Swarm Coffman at District Meet and Greet

Colo. Senators Gardner, Bennet prepare for upcoming struggle over Affordable Care Act

Energized Democrats in Colorado push back against Republican repeal of health care law

Denver Mayor Hancock names Happy Haynes as new deputy mayor

New poll finds large increase in support for government-backed health care coverage over past year

Ahead of Lafayette’s climate bill vote, backers affirm resistance to fracking

Colorado Union of Taxpayers to laud pennywise lawmakers at breakfast Thursday


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The General Assembly

Caucus leaders take different routes to find common ground on transportation

Colorado lawmakers hope to find bipartisan solution to reform construction defect law

EDITORIAL:  Colorado ethics commission got it wrong with legal interpretation

Rep. Joe Salazar does media’s job, questions Bennet’s vote on Canadian drugs

BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN: Tipton Takes Resources Committee Seat


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Politics in Colorado


All four of Colorado’s Congressional Democrats say they will attend Trump’s inauguration

Will Colorado’s U.S. representatives attend Donald Trump’s inauguration?

Democrat Mike Johnston to announce run for Colorado governor in 2018

State Senate’s Johnston of Denver enters a growing field of gubernatorial hopefuls

Michael Johnston, leading education reformer, set to announce bid for governor Tuesday

Colorado Democratic primary starts early with Johnston entry

Stay Classy, Tom Tancredo (ISIS Bro Edition)

House GOP’s loss is CACI’s gain: Bill Skewes goes to bat for biz community

Former Rep. Tim Dore fined $2,000 for mistakes on campaign finance reports

Indy reporter Marianne Goodland on Sunday’s Politics Unplugged


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Just for laughs


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January 17th

High Country Republican Club Meeting

Weld Exec Committee Meeting

January 18th

Larimer County Young Republicans

Jewish GOP of Denver

January 19th

Steel City Republican Women

Douglas County Young Republicans Social

Huerfano Dems Central Committee Meeting

ACDP Executive Board Regular Meeting

January 20th

2017 United States Presidential Inauguration

Lincoln Club of Colorado sponsoring Inaugural Ball

Mesa County Repubican Party-Monthly Luncheon

January 21st

Adams County Republican Women/Trumpeteers

Women’s March on Denver

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Today in history

2007 – The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea’s nuclear testing.

1998 – Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton–Monica Lewinsky affair on his Drudge Report website.

1991 – Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm begins early in the morning. Iraq fires eight Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation.

1969 – Black Panther Party members Bunchy Carter and John Huggins are killed during a meeting in Campbell Hall on the campus of UCLA.

1961 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the “military–industrial complex” as well as the dangers of massive spending, especially deficit spending.

1946 – The UN Security Council holds its first session.

1929 – Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by E. C. Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.

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Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 16, 20174min272
An administrative law judge fined former state Rep. Tim Dore of Elizabeth $2,000 for failing to report a round of robo-calls, featuring, coincidentally, former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez. Dore’s re-election campaign last summer also failed to accurately report some radio ads as “electioneering communications,” according to the ruling by Administrative Law Judge Robert Spencer. The […]

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Two-term state Rep. Tim Dore, a Republican from Elizabeth, was defeated in the party primary last June. He wasn’t surprised. Dore’s feather-ruffling efforts to move hardline Republican caucus members to embrace a “wider vision,” as he put it in an interview this week, culminated when, at the end of the legislative session last spring, he sponsored House Bill 1454, which aimed to bring presidential primary voting back to Colorado and open up primary voting to the state’s majority unaffiliated voter bloc.

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