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Tim Jackson isn’t just another trade association rep who does standup for his industry, puts in long hours at the State Capitol and hobnobs in political circles. Sure, he does all that and more as the longtime president of the low-key but highly influential Colorado Automobile Dealers Association. But as we were reminded in this […]

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Thirty Years Ago this Week in The Colorado Statesman … On election night, 1987, incumbent Mayor Federico Peña went on to capture 79,674 votes for 51 percent of the total vote compared to challenger Don Bain’s 49 percent. The highlight (or lowlight) of the evening, was Peña’s sweltering downtown headquarters where 1,000 people crammed into […]

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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsOctober 18, 201615min365

DENVER — Yep ... It. Is. Back. Your morning flame — stronger than any espresso you can find out there, trust us, we've taste tested ... drum roll please ... Your beloved Hot Sheet. Heading down to the wire … With 21 days until the election, all evidence points to one of the — if not the — most divisive election in U.S. history. Beyond the heavy rhetoric and finger wagging, some homeowners are experiencing political sign vandalism and out and out threats.

Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 31, 201637min405

DENVER — Good morning, and happy Hump Day! Your Statesman team was on hand for the whirlwind Denver Rustlers trip to the Junior Livestock Sale at the State Fair in Pueblo yesterday — and wow, just about everybody who's anybody in Colorado politics was there. Here comes the who's-who list. Ready? OK, here goes ... Donning the Rustlers signature western wear for a good cause yesterday were Gov. John Hickenlooper, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, Secretary of State Wayne Williams, State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, Sen. Michael Bennet, Sen. Cory Gardner, U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette, Jared Polis, Mike Coffman, Scott Tipton and Ed Perlmutter, Colorado Auto Dealers Association President Tim Jackson, state Reps. Angela Williams, Clarice Navarro, Rhonda Fields, Beth McCann, Steve Lebsock, Dan Pabon, state Sens. Mike Johnston, Ray Scott, Beth Martinez Humenik, Jerry Sonnenberg, Bill Cadman, Kevin Grantham, Mark Scheffel, Chris Holbert, Jack Tate, Larry Crowder and Leroy Garcia, to name just a few. Many, many more were there, including many candidates running for the office. Former state Rep. Bob Gardner and El Paso County Commissioner Mark Waller were also both at the Junior Livestock sale riding for the Pikes Peak Posse. Hewlett-Packard CEO and politico Meg Whitman even stopped by the Rustler's lunch at Del Frisco's before the group departed for the Livestock show in Pueblo. Noticeably absent were U.S. Rep. Ken Buck and his conservative star friend in town for the day, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, but they were busy fundraising and rallying.

Jared WrightJared WrightMarch 10, 201642min386

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright _@JaredWright_

Thursday, March 10, 2016

DENVER — Good morning and good Thursday to you. Your presidential race and stateside politics updates in brief …

BREAKING: Cruz receives his first endorsement from a U.S. Senator (not himself) — U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, someone Cruz “love(s) like a brother,” plans to endorse Cruz at an event in Florida today according to multiple reports.

GOP side: Despite what has been called a civil war — paid staff vs. donors — within the previously go-to establishment candidate’s campaign, Marco Rubio is not getting out, he says. He is in this thing to win his home state of Florida. But according to every recent poll conducted, Trump still smashes him in The Sunshine State by an average of 15 points. Rubio must really, really believe a contested convention is in the works … or he’s delusional. His statement yesterday to Megyn Kelly on stage at one of his Florida campaign rallies, after introducing her to the stage in Spanish, “I will be on that ballot on Tuesday, I will campaign as long and as hard as it takes. We are going to the White House! We are going to win this nomination.” This conflicts with a report on FoxNews Business in which Charles Gasparino said, “What I’m hearing from his money-men here in New York City … they’re saying barring some better polling … his internal polling, he will likely suspend before Florida.” Campaign staff immediately pounced on Gasparino’s claim as blatantly false.

Democratic side: Bernie Sanders has been on a steady rise in the polls since February 2015 — what you would want your stock performance to look like — but with a very slight, recent Feb.-Mar. dip. But, with Hillary Clinton over half way to the nomination in terms of delegate count, Sander’s hill to climb is about as steep as his rise in the polls. Last night, the two debated in Florida at Miami-Dade College, and, mathematically appropriate, immigration was the topic. Clinton accused Sanders of supporting “vigilantes known as Minutemen” on the border. Sanders responded, “No, I do not support vigilantes — that is a horrific statement, an unfair statement to make. Madam Secretary, I will match my record against yours any day of the week.”

Stateside: The U.S. Senate campaign was in full swing yesterday, with GOP candidates trying to land punches on Sen. Michael Bennet for his support of the Iran Deal after reports surfaced that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard had fired two long-range missiles Tuesday. The missiles were marked with the phrase, “Israel should be wiped from the pages of history” in both Hebrew and Farsi. They struck targets 870 miles away, proving they could easily reach Israel, which is located only 660 miles from Iranian territory. Bennet called on the Obama Administration and United Nations to “move quickly to hold Iran accountable,” offering no specifics. Republicans were quick to call this far from good enough. “Sen. Bennet and President Obama were sadly naive to think any overture or cash infusion would change the behavior of a nation that chants ‘death to America’ and continually threatens to ‘wipe Israel off the map,” state GOP chairman Steve House said in a statement. Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Jon Keyser also offered up harsh words for what he said was Bennet’s reckless decision-making on the issue. Read the full report here.

“I want to reiterate, which I know people doubt here, if in fact they break the deal we will act.” — Joe Biden

Now, your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline:

GOP U.S. Sen. candidates who should drop out … now — Memo: While some might think thirteen candidates running for U.S. Senate is an endearing exercise in Democracy, it is no way to ignite a coup at the ballot box against incumbent Michael Bennet, who has a $6.7 million war chest at his fingertips. Eleven candidates seated at a table longer than a circus train in Montrose last weekend was an embarrassment to the GOP and a testament to the overwhelming power of personal ego contributing to pointless acts of vanity.

This should be no more than a seven person race. To those candidates who are in this to pass down stories to their grandkids, lob a Hail Mary pass at a long-shot political career, or notch an item on their bucket list, seriously … move on to skydiving or something. If you want to have a real general election race, let’s actually prepare for a real general election race.

Candidates who should drop out posthaste: Charlie Ehler (who?), Jerry Eller (who?), Darryl Glenn (nice guy, no traction), Tom Janich (who?), Michael Kinlaw (who?), and Don Rosier (almost who?).

Candidates who should stay in: Of the more well-funded candidates Jerry Natividad has said he’s likely headed to assembly, meaning he and seasoned campaigner Sen. Tim Neville would face each other there. While Natividad hasn’t held public office, he has serious community and public service credentials and a solid, professional team of consultants behind him. Peg Littleton should stay in too — though she has no chance. She is going to convention and has been proven to be decent at the stump and brings a nice balance to the race, though her influence is likely to stay isolated to El Paso County with no real A-team staffing the operation, therefore, when taken with poor funding, the no real chance part.

Meanwhile the candidate with the most heavyweight party backing and best hands-on foreign policy experience, former state Rep. Jon Keyser, is seeking the petition route along with Jack Graham, who is indisputably qualified with the biggest head start, having dropped $1 million of his own money into the race and securing the advisement of seasoned political consultant Dick Wadhams. Graham also has some positive Colorado notoriety outside of politics (though he could work on his public speaking a bit).

Robert Blaha and Ryan Frazier should also stay in. Because Blaha also has a personal war chest (though we know not precisely how much) at his disposal and Frazier has proven some fundraising ability (albeit it still needs a ton of work) these guys should stick it out.

May the best signature gathering operations and candidates at convention win. The field is going to sort itself out in this fashion anyway, but in the meantime, public debates and forums look like a total joke with so many bottom-tier candidates embarrassing themselves thinking they have even a remote shot at this. So the rest of you … seriously, stop it. Let’s be real. Go skydive into a city council — or at least statehouse — race where you belong.

Do you know this woman? Trump staffer with Colorado connection working Florida for The Donald as we speak — Donald Trump has at least one staffer with a Colorado connection working on his campaign. Jennifer R. Locetta, a 31 year-old woman who lived in Broomfield, CO, started as the deputy state director for the Trump campaign in Florida in November. Locetta is completely dark on social media — and the internet as a whole (like all the best campaign consultants). She formerly worked as a human resources and office manager for Innoprise Software in Colorado from 2006 to 2011. Locetta reportedly has an extensive background related to data organization and grassroots voter contacts. In 2012, she served as Statewide Data Director for the Republican Party of Florida and worked at the Romney for President Headquarters in Tampa. She is also listed as the campaign manager for Joe Gruters in his race for Florida House District 73 this year. Gruters is currently vice-chairman of the state Republican Party and is Trump’s state co-chair. Locetta has a B.A. in American studies from University of Notre Dame where she graduated in 2006. She runs two registered consulting firms Casselberry, Florida, and appears to have been active in Republican politics in the Sunshine State since 2012. When she lived in Colorado, she served as the social committee chair for the Carter Lake Sailing Club in Loveland.

Trump supporter Earl Tony Leadbetter standing with Trump for President Florida State Director Karen Giorno and Deputy Director Jennifer Locetta (Facebook)

Who’s behind closing the tax loophole? — Democrat Reps. Mike Foote and Brittany Pettersen’s bill, HB 1275, to ask voters to eliminate tax havens for some Colorado companies that hold revenue offshore, which passed a third reading vote in the House yesterday on a 34-30 party-line vote, is a big deal in terms of money involved. According to a Times-Call story on the legislation, Colorado could potentially bring in $97.1 million more dollars in tax revenue based off a calculation on when the state of Montana passed similar legislation in 2003. But at what cost? Perhaps an even greater one in terms of revenue earned from high-dollar businesses operating within the state that could vaporize. Some of Colorado’s largest companies like Level 3 could be directly impacted if the bill passes. What’s more, the recruitment of new businesses into the state could be irreversibly damaged by the passage of such a bill. Currently, only five other states and the District of Columbia have such loophole closing laws on their books — Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Rhode Island and West Virginia. Read the full story here.

HB 1275 PLAYER ROUNDUP: So who are the entities behind this legislation? Two groups have registered their support for the bill … both school districts, Adams County School District 14 and the Boulder Valley School District. Meanwhile, a host of business entities are opposed including: The Colorado Bar Association, Bayer Corp., Colorado Competitive Council, Colorado Concern, RELX Group, T-Mobile, Denver South Economic Development Partnership, Colorado BioScience Association, the Jefferson County Business Lobby, Exxon Mobile, Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp, and the Douglas County Business Alliance. Verizon is currently monitoring the bill. Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry’s Loren Furman is also on record very much opposed to the legislation. The bill will clearly get killed in the Senate, which is likely why OEDIT and Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office have stayed out of it. As a governor, you’ve got to love a split legislature.

Net worth of the remaining presidential contenders — From richest to poorest

Donald Trump: $4.5 billion
Hillary Clinton: $31.3 million
John Kasich: $9 – 22 million
Ted Cruz: $3.5 million
Marco Rubio: $100,000 – $975,000
Bernie Sanders: $300,000

Gordon Klingenschmitt — Got slammed by the Colorado Springs Gazette yesterday for invoking the name of a local priest in his fundraising activities. The problem. The priest died of cancer last month and was known to stay out of endorsing candidates. Read the full editorial here.

Nancy Reagan — Former first lady Nancy Reagan began her final journey to her husband’s side Wednesday as a police motorcade carried her casket down an empty freeway lined with saluting firefighters and mourners holding hands over their hearts in tribute to the former first lady. Read the full story here.

Ritter steps in for nephew in DA race — Former Gov. Bill Ritter authored a fundraising email this week calling on people to support his nephew Kenneth Boyd for Denver District Attorney. He asked folks on his (and Kenneth Boyd’s) mailing list to attend two upcoming events for the candidate and to donate to his campaign.

“You might expect I would endorse Kenneth solely because he is my nephew, but I truly believe he is the best person for the job,” Ritter said in the email. “In addition to my endorsement, Kenneth also has been endorsed by the present Denver DA, Mitch Morrissey.  If you do the math, that is 23 years of service by the two prior DA’s, basically saying that we know what it takes to serve in that office, and Kenneth has what it takes!”

The two Boyd campaign events are:

March 17, Event hosted by Blair Richardson, Maggie and Mitch Morrisey, and Jeannie and Bill Ritter. Richardson home from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

March 28, Event hosted by Bill Mosher and Molly Broeren, and co-hosted by Jeannie and Bill Ritter. Broeren home from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cory Gardner is not a member of the Illuminati … he claims — From Jason Salzman at, who wrote about a radio interview with Sen. Cory Gardner on KNUS 710-AM where Gardner was asked if the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum that he attended consisted of a secret plot by Tim Cook, Larry Page and other powerful tech industry individuals to seize the impending nomination from Donald Trump. Gardner responded that the Huffington Post report that initiated the speculation was both highly speculative and inaccurate at best. Read Salzman’s full blog here.

“Don’t blame the Illuminati – Become the Illuminati!” — Adam Gnade

From the wires:

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel’s Charles Ashby reports on Democrats ripping the Republicans for not backing the tax haven reform bill

CNN reports data from a CNN/ORC poll which shows Trump and Clinton continue to lead in Ohio and Florida

The Hill reports on a poll that shows Clinton would easily beat Trump as it stands now 

The Denver Business Journal’s Ed Sealover reports on the Colorado Senate’s blocking of efforts to resurrect parental-leave rules

The Denver Channel reports on Colorado leaders attending public-private partnership conference ahead of the I-70 P3 redevelopment

Times Call’s Karen Antonacci reports on Rep. Mike Foote and Sen. Matt Jones’s bill that would give Colorado cities more control over oil and gas well locations

The Colorado Statesman’s Mario Nicolais writes a column, Going all in on SCOTUS 

Sen. Owen Hill writes a column in The Statesman, in support of his anti-BDS, pro-Israel legislation, standing up to the Denver Post’s editorial against the measure

Roll Call’s Bridget Bowman reports that Loretta Lynch does not want to be considered for a SCOTUS appointment

The Hill’s Jordan Fabian reports that Obama is claiming the “Republican crackup” aka Trump is not his fault, with Canada’s Justin Trudea at his side.

The Colorado Statesman reports on the Western Governor’s Association meeting in Denver yesterday


Happy Birthday to Colorado Auto Dealers Association President and CEO Tim Jackson! Hope you have a great day, Tim!


Happy Hour with Chief Justice Michael Bender — Today, Mar. 10, Join the Colorado Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society for a happy hour featuring former Chief Justice Michael Bender of the Colorado Supreme Court! Chief Justice Bender will share his reflections about his time as Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. Bring a friend – all are welcome to attend! Katie Mullens, 1550 Court Pl, Denver, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Pat Caddell Pacific trade deal poll briefing live stream — Today, Thurs., Mar. 10, 8:00 am MST. Americans for Limited Government will be releasing the results of a comprehensive national poll conducted on our behalf by Pat Caddell examining voter attitudes toward the trade issue with an emphasis on economic security issues, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  Senator Jeff Sessions will also be providing his reaction to the polling data along with Americans for Limited Government president Rick Manning at the National Press Club. Live Stream:  Replayed on that channel.

CU Denver professor of political science Dr. Kathryn Cheever memorial service — Today, Thurs., Mar. 10, Lawrence Street Center 2nd floor Terrace Room, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Arapahoe County Democratic Party Convention — Sat. Mar. 12, Aurora Central High School, Check-in at 7:00 am

Community discussion and town hall meeting about the proposed land swap with the Broadmoor — Mon., Mar. 14, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Facts on refugees and immigrants event — Mon., Mar. 14, Colorado Capitol, Old Supreme Court, 11:45 pm — 1:30 pm

Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association 7th Annual “Delightful Dishes and Dreamy Getaways” — Tues., Mar. 15, Denver Marriott City Center, 6:00 am — 9:00 pm

Agriculture Day at the Capitol — Set for Tuesdays, March 16 — get ready for awesome food and great folks to descend upon the Capitol.

Colorado Young Democrats 2016 Legislative Showdown — Wed., Mar. 16, The 1up, 717 E Colfax Ave, Denver, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Please join Sen. Ulibarri, Rep. Garnett, Rep. Melton, Rep. Moreno, and other legislators for one of our signature annual events.

NFIB Colorado Small Business Day at the Capitol — Thurs., Mar. 17, Luncheon Speaker: Phil Kalin, Pinnacol Assurance, Keynote Speaker: Jake Jabs, Founder American Furniture. Tickets are $20.00 and include breakfast, Lunch and legislative program. Register and pay by calling 303-860-1778

Brave Leaders Award Ceremony and Panel Discussion — Thurs., May 17, Panelists DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp PhD, Denver Mayor Michael Hancockand Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton will participate in what is sure to become one of Colorado’s great events. Frederico Peña will serve as moderator. Margery Reed Hall, 2306 E Evans Ave, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Colorado Republican Business Coalition Monthly Luncheon — Guest Speaker Sen. Chris Holbert, Fri., Mar. 18, Brooklyn’s at the Pepsi Center, 901 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

17th Annual Icon Awards Gala — Fri., Mar. 18, Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown, 6:00 pm, Ticket includes appetizers, seated dinner, open bar, fabulous entertainment and dancing! Voted year after year as the best party in Denver! Tickets available at:

Roasting Mike Rosen — Sat. Mar. 19, Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S Syracuse St, Denver, 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm,

CD-1 Meet and Greet for candidates for Delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention — Tues., Mar. 22. This is your opportunity to meet with candidates who are running to become delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention. The people CD-1 chooses will have a direct opportunity to vote for the GOP candidate for President. Come if you wish to run or come if you wish to know more about those who wish to be delegates. 290 E Speer Blvd, Denver, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Fundraiser for Denver DA candidate Rep. Beth McCann at the Denver Athletic Club — Wed., Mar. 23. Join hosts Pres Askew, Mary Ricketson, Mary Frances Kelley, John Maslanik & Linda Kreem, Craig Joyce, Jorge Castillo, Jack Melito & Tess Ellis, Chuck Holum, Mark Fulford, Alice Barton, and Jesse Ogas to hear Beth McCann‘s vision for the Denver District Attorney’s office. Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Pl, Denver, 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm

Larimer County Republican Breakfast Club — John Keyser, candidate for U.S. Senate will be there, Johnson’s Corner meeting room, 2842 SE Frontage Rd., Johnstown, 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Morgan Carroll for Colorado Grassroots Happy Hour — Tues., Mar. 29, Apex Sports Lounge, 14567 E Alameda Ave, Aurora, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

2nd Annual Westminster Chamber Awards Gala — Fri., Apr. 29, Westminster Chamber of Commerce, Denver Marriott Westminster, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Join us for our 2nd Annual Awards Gala on April 29th at the Denver Marriott Westminster. Awards will be given to area business in different categories. Food, Music and a Silent Auction will be part of this years event. There will be a 1 hour preview for VIP members and higher from 5-6pm and doors open to the public at 6pm. Purchase your ticket early and save $5 per ticket.

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Colorado Capitol Watch — From our bill tracking partners:


6 New Bills (portrait)

6 New Bills (landscape/spreadsheet)

All Bills as of 3/9: 503

All Bipartisan Bills as of 3/9: 309

All PIed Bills as of 3/9: 767 in the Kill Hill

House Wrap-Up: Today

Senate Wrap-Up: Today

Audio Updates: Today

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3/10 Bills in order of appearance

3/10 Bills sortable by time, number

All Upcoming Bills From Today Forward

House and Senate Calendars:

HOUSE – Your Mar. 10 Calendar here 
SENATE – Your Mar. 10 Calendar here 

You’re up to date. Have a great Thursday! Until tomorrow …

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Have you heard the good news on the environment? Well, it’s not exactly new but it may surprise you. Since 1980, emissions of six common pollutants have declined by two thirds, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Meanwhile, the U.S. population increased by more than a third, energy consumption grew by more than a […]

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