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THE HOT SHEET – Trump wants Hays? So many regulations, texting gonna cost you and bars open 24/7 … maybe, budget battle lines and … MORE!

Author: Jared Wright - February 9, 2017 - Updated: February 9, 2017

VOL. 02 NO. 023 | February 9, 2017 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2017

DENVER — Good morning and happy National Bagel … and National Pizza Day … and Toothache Day, oddly enough. Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran likely getting more of a headache than a toothache at this point over the seemingly infinite oddities of this year’s legislative session. Open bars 24/7, just what every police officer in the state wants to hear, right? But, liberty! (And that one is a Duran brainchild.) The measure is on the fast track to the governor’s desk now. And that transportation funding battle … well, even bolder battle lines are now being drawn. (Don’t count on those roads getting fixed anytime soon, we wouldn’t want to get your hopes up.)

And in the late hours last night, your very own Colorado Statesman broke big news that Team Trump is throwing its formidable weight behind Jeff Hays in his bid for chairman of the Colorado Republican Party. This and so much more in today’s briefing.

So, read on, and enjoy your dose of news straight from the Colorado politics pipeline …

News and Opinion from The Colorado Statesman

? “Weird year’ so far at Capitol: Protest politics and open-minded cooperation

Colorado Trump team backs Hays in state chair race, but Athanasopoulos fires back

Senate Democrats post their reading of Coretta Scott King letter opposing Sessions

Perlmutter sets commemoration ceremony for Vietnam-era vets

Gardner co-sponsors NATO support resolution

Denver Republicans elect officers at county reorg meeting

What just happened? Speaker shakes up transportation funding discussion

Noonan: In politics, a principled person is hard to find

State Capitol Social Calendar

Colorado Association of Wheat Growers Legislative Luncheon
Noon – 1:00 p.m
Scottish Rite Center
1370 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203

Contact : Landon Gates 970.218.0284

Colorado Municipal League
CML Open House Reception for State Legislators
CML Offices
1144 Sherman Street
Denver, CO
Contact : Meghan Dollar 303-837-6411 ext:109


The First Shot

“I’ve said before, if Speaker Duran or House Democrats think a sales tax increase is a standalone solution… that probably doesn’t have a very good chance in the Senate. If it means existing revenues… I am doubtful that has a very favorable view in House Finance.”

— Senate Republican Leader Chris Holbert – Parker

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The General Assembly

No talking about roads without talking about schools, Colorado Speaker says

Speaker Duran says transportation funding must be tied to education

Colorado lawmakers divided as transportation talks reach critical stage

Bill Allowing Bars To Stay Open 24/7 Appears On Fast Track To Governor

Closing time for Colorado bars could be decided by cities and counties

Lawmakers Considering Program To Combat Opioid Epidemic

Construction defect bill passes first test over objections from homebuilders

Colorado construction-defects reform effort gets first OK by Colorado legislative panel — even as builders oppose it

PERA bill to shake up board membership has Colorado treasurer in its corner

First effort to regulate free-standing emergency rooms dies in Colorado Legislature

Republicans advance measure to repeal Colorado health insurance exchange

EDITORIAL: Ending Colorado health insurance exchange might not be bad — but not now

Lawmaker Says His Affordable Housing Bill Is Groundbreaking

School concealed-weapons bill defeated in House committee

Legislature takes aim at a package of perennial firearms measures

Gun laws unchanged as Democrats pick off bills on schools, businesses and ammo

5 bills in the Colorado Legislature that might surprise you

Senate panel OKs $300 fine for “careless” texting while driving in Colorado

Lawmakers advance bill that would raise fines for texting while driving

Lawmakers Look To Crackdown More On Texting & Driving

This Colorado represenative wants to save dogs from hot cars legally

Bill allowing more options for child care gets nod from both parties

Colorado bill would grant immunity to good Samaritans attempting to save kids, pets trapped in cars

Should Colorado ‘spring forward’ forever?

Daylight saving time could become Colorado’s fallback

Colorado Senate proposal would help you with your home mortgage

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Politics in Colorado

Silencing Elizabeth Warren prompts Colorado Senate Democrats to speak up

Attempted Shutdown of Sen. Warren May Soon Backfire on GOP

Cory Gardner Took $49.8K From Betsy DeVos and Family Before Confirming Her

A lot of Democrats are really mad at Cory Gardner, but that doesn’t necessarily make him vulnerable

Insights: They say elections have consequences; just ask Rachel Zenzinger

Hundreds in Colorado Springs packed the launch party of a new progressive-moderate group

Littwin: Nevertheless, #shepersisted. So must we all.

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Governor Hickenlooper

When talking to the Springs, the governor’s got to talk transportation

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Colorado Government

Gardner Faces Hostile Tele-Town Hall Audience

Lafayette Climate Bill of Rights draws passionate support from mothers, children

Capitol politics a cakewalk compared with Crawford City Hall

In surprise move, Boulder temporarily bans new banks in key stretch of Pearl Street

NOT YOUR MONEY: Douglas County School Board Member Tells Parents, Taxpayers to Sit Down and Shut Up

Neighborhood fights major music festival planned for Denver

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Colorado and President Trump

What will be AG Jeff Sessions’ first move on marijuana?

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet adds voice to Democratic opposition to Jeff Sessions

SENATOR WHO CRIED NO: Bennet Grandstands Again on a Trump Nominee

When Donald Trump attacks a judge, he attacks democracy itself

Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch says Trump’s attacks on judiciary are “demoralizing”

Colorado GOP Leaders Love Trump…Even if They Don’t Know Why

LETTERS:  Was Denver Post right to call out Trump for comments on judge and media?


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Just for laughs

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February 9th

Garfield GOP Organizational Mtg

Colorado Hispanic Republicans Meet n Greet

Huerfano Dems Count Reorganization meeting

February 10th

Weld County South Republican Breakfast Club

February 11th

Adams County Organizational Mtg.

Weld Breakfast

Douglas Executive Meeting

La Plata County Democrats Reorganization Meeting

Inside Scoop: Conservation Politics in 2017

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Today in history

1986 – Halley’s Comet last appeared in the inner Solar System.

1971 – Apollo program: Apollo 14 returns to Earth after the third manned Moon landing.

1971 – Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to be voted into the USA’s Baseball Hall of Fame.

1964 – The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a “record-busting” audience of 73 million viewers across the USA.

1950 – Second Red Scare: US Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses the United States Department of State of being filled with Communists.

1942 – Year-round Daylight saving time is re-instated in the United States as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources.

1861 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is elected the Provisional President of the Confederate States of America by the Confederate convention at Montgomery, Alabama.

1825 – After no candidate receives a majority of electoral votes in the US presidential election of 1824, the United States House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams as President of the United States.

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Jared Wright

Jared Wright

Jared Wright runs the business side of Colorado Politics, including circulation, advertising and marketing. He started as CEO and Publisher of the Statesman in 2015 and served as editor-in-chief for the journal during part of that time. He has worked in politics at both the state and federal levels, serving on a U.S. Congressman’s staff and working in government affairs in the private sector. Wright was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2012 and served as member of Colorado’s 69th General Assembly from 2013-2014. He is also a writer, photographer and cartoonist.