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The Hot Sheet – To spank or not to spank, GOP chair up for grabs, Hick becomes celebrated hero of left, profane protest signage and … MORE!

Author: Colorado Politics - January 24, 2017 - Updated: January 24, 2017



DENVER — Good Tuesday to you! From the just plain interesting files: Today, the Los Angeles Times reports that a conservative Colorado judge has emerged as a top contender to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat on SCOTUS. That conservative justice? One, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, 49, of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Gorsuch “was among 21 potential high court candidates circulated by Trump’s team during the campaign, but his stock has been rising lately as several admirers and supporters have been named to positions in the Trump administration.”

Part of Gorsuch’s attraction is that he won an easy voice vote confirmation in the U.S. Senate in  2006 for his Appeals Court appointment. Full story here

Also, Gordon Klingenschmitt ain’t done. Oh, no, no, no, he ain’t done. More on that below.

Read on for your ultimate daily briefing on all things Colorado politics:

News and opinion from The Colorado Statesman

? ‘Bergs and batteries’: Fenberg, Lundberg team up on home energy battery bill

Faulty data doesn’t stop bill to ban corporal punishment

Photos: Hickenlooper, Edwards lead celebration of Colorado National Guard’s 157th birthday

? House says he won’t seek another term as GOP chair

Grantham totally ok being one kind of hater

Legislature moves to outlaw black-market internet pot ads

State Senate Prez Grantham: Package of additional construction defect bills will drop soon

? Photos: Colorado Republicans toast Trump inauguration at glittering gala

?  New President Donald Trump greeted by Colorado well-wishers, protesters

Van Winkle: Time to reexamine 2010 emergency taxes

Noonan: Fort Carson soldiers in Zagan, Poland meet up with tragic European history

Fields: A 2017 reform agenda to improve all Coloradan’s wellbeing

Nevilles: Colorado businesses need regulatory relief

Capitol social calendar

National Conference of State Legislatures’ Reception for Colorado General Assembly
Brown Palace Hotel-Brown Palace Club
Contact : Douglas Shinkle 303-856-1482


The First Shot

“If you do this at home, it’s child abuse… If it happens at school, it’s allowed.”

—  Rep. Susan Lontine of Denver

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The General Assembly

This week at the Colorado Capitol: pot, paddling and ballot selfies

OPINION:  A 2017 reform agenda to improve all Coloradans’ wellbeing

Colorado legislators look to cut other taxes to offset a tax hike for roads

Senate Republicans say a more robust construction defects effort is coming

Even if much-anticipated defects legislation passes, will it make a difference?

The ballot selfie is back, with bill to make it legal to post

Bill would ban corporal punishment in Colorado public schools

Corporal punishment takes a beating in first statehouse hearing

Corporal punishment ban bill passes House Education Committee

Lawmakers Want to Crack Down More On Human Trafficking

Bipartisan bill would let Uber, Lyft drivers bypass health check

State lawmaker takes aim at school tests tied to contempt charge

Senate Republicans to use sunsets to shrink Colorado state government

Colorado moves to eliminate black-market Internet pot ads

Bill Would Punish Those Who Advertise Selling Pot Online

Colorado moves to eliminate black-market Internet pot ads

Insights: Who are we kidding? Liquor and water both are for fighting

Colorado lawmakers could allow marijuana for PTSD; a hurdle remains

Proposed new alcohol, marijuana laws sure to draw a fight at Colorado State Capitol

Boulder senator seeks to protect consumers’ energy storage rights

Colorado AFL-CIO to spell out wishes at the Capitol Tuesday

Zenzinger stays in the middle of the road in transit interview


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Politics in Colorado

That’s a wrap: GOP’s House won’t seek another term; won’t run for guv

Colorado GOP Chairman Says Won’t Run For Re-Election

Colorado GOP chairman says won’t run for re-election

Colorado GOP chairman Steve House says he won’t run for re-election or governor

OUTTA HERE: House Declines State Chair and Gubernatorial Run

Colorado GOP chairman Steve House won’t seek second term after tumultuous tenure

Athanasopoulos attacks Hays as race for GOP state chair heats up

Klingenschmitt seeks vice-chair position with El Paso County GOP

He’s baaaack: Colorado’s ‘Dr. Chaps’ Gordon Klingenschmitt re-enters the game, seeks county GOP post

Would-be Colorado Spring city council candidate gets $11,000 in donations but fails to get 50 required signatures

ICYMI: Behind every hard-charging U.S. senator…

Voicemail boxes of Gardner, Coffman are full

One take w/Peter & Joey: …So, is bipartisanship dead or alive?

Insights: Where’s the ‘Front Range’? In politics, it’s where the votes are

Scenes from the Women’s March on Denver

‘WILL YOU RISE?’: Aurora lawmakers, residents among 200K at Denver Women’s March

STAY CLASSY, DEMOCRATS: Women’s March Reveals Democratic Legislators’ Crudeness – Here’s Rep. Alec Garnett (D)

Funniest and/or Most NSFW Messages and Signs at Women’s March on Denver

Keep political conversations off of Facebook

Analysis: The liberal tea party movement has begun. What will become of it?


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Governor Hickenlooper

Our exclusive with Colorado’s colorful, rising-star governor, the man some Davos elites say could lead Democrats in 2020

Two Colorado bigwigs make list of those who restore faith in politics

LIBERAL HANGOVER: Bennet and Hick Warm Washington Post’s Heart, Colorado Not So Much

DREAM ON: Davos Elite Go GaGa For Hickenlooper


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Colorado Government

EDITORIAL:  PERA reforms necessary again; taxpayers should be shielded

Colorado Springs climate change vigil urges taking action, contacting elected officials

University of Denver students plan walk out for ‘climate justice’ on Monday

Colorado ethics commission tells Aurora councilwoman to follow state ethics rules because of job

EDITORIAL: Coffman was right about ‘reality check’ on Obamacare — so let’s hear it

Federal dollars ride on annual count of El Paso County’s homeless population

Colorado Representatives Answer Your Questions

Mayor of Greeley briefly kicked out of Northern Colorado basketball game

Sanctuary Cities Threat Could Cost Colorado Cities Millions

Denver City Council to prioritize infrastructure, homelessness, business and job development in 2017

Denver aims for no-fee composting service citywide

Underfunded and run down, Colorado Springs parks won’t get chance to ask for sales tax revenue

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Colorado and President Trump

OPINION:  President Trump’s clenched-fist inaugural address

VIDEO:  Trump withdraws U.S. from Pacific trade deal, will start NAFTA renegotiation

As Trump Becomes President, Protests Break Out in Denver

“Dear Mr. President”: 11-year-old tells Trump “We will not back down”

Ethics expert weighs in on coverage of President Trump’s tweets

Lawsuit: Trump business ties violate Constitution

Trump’s pick for Air Force secretary, Heather Wilson, an Academy graduate and NM congresswoman

Teacher’s personal plea to education nominee DeVos

VIDEO: Colorado not ready to hit the road on new president’s promises

VIDEO: ‘With Trump, it’s harder…to figure out what he really will do’

A Trump-iñata is thrashed in Pueblo; now some locals want heads to roll

Proposed Republican Health Care Plan Allows States To Keep Obamacare

Trump Takes First Step in Dumping TPP; Sen. Gardner Left Hanging

EDITORIAL:  ACA repeal could wreck Colorado’s health care and economy

D.C. Dispatch: Colorado’s Gonzo Lawyer Defends Suspects in Inauguration Riots

Coloradans Make History at Women’s March on Washington


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Just for laughs


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January 24th

Fremont County GOP Meeting

January 25th

Larimer County Republican Club

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

2003 – The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.

1984 – Apple Computer places the Macintosh personal computer on sale in the United States.

1946 – The United Nations General Assembly passes its first resolution to establish the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission.

1943 – World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill conclude a conference in Casablanca.

1933 – The 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, changing the beginning and end of terms for all elected federal offices.

1916 – In Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., the Supreme Court of the United States declares the federal income tax constitutional.

1908 – The first Boy Scout troop is organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.

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