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The Hot Sheet, March 18, 2016

Author: Jared Wright - March 18, 2016 - Updated: August 20, 2016

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

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

DENVER — Good morning and happy Friday. As we head into a full weekend of county assemblies for both the Democrats and Republicans, good luck to each of you, whether you are a volunteer, a donor, a delegate, an alternate, campaign staff or the candidate. Pat yourselves on the back for being involved in the process that is so vital to the foundation of this great country. Somebody has got to do it, right?


“You have to educate the masses to exactly what their tax dollars are going to pay for. I think once people educate themselves and open up their minds to understand that on that really basic level, then you’ll have some type of change in the way that Americans associate themselves and participate in their own political process.” — Lupe Fiasco


Now, your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline:

That’s politics; Fields vs. Ryden campaign filters into Capitol business

This story involves both Democratic candidates in one of the state’s most contentious Democratic primaries this election year, a House speaker from Boulder County and an unassuming state representative from the Western Slope. Sounds like the plot for a real thriller, but really it’s just election year politics under the Gold Dome. House Bill 1058, which is sponsored by both my successor Rep. Yeulin Willet and Rep. Rhonda Fields is at the source of the drama, but it’s not the policy necessarily that is at issue, but the characters involved. The bill creates the crime of “misuse of electronic images by a juvenile,” providing prosecutors with a less harsh (non sex crime) charge to apply in incidents of teen sexting, but again, while the bill has all the makings of contentious legislation, it wasn’t really the policy at play here …

Reps. Rhonda Fields, Yeulin Willett and Su Ryden

Rep. Su Ryden was appointed by Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst temporarily to the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee Tuesday, replacing the committee’s vice-chair, Rep. Jonathan Singer. This bill happened to be up for a hearing the very same day. Ryden and Fields are running against each other in what will likely be an ever sweltering primary battle for Senate District 29. March 12, Fields took top line on the primary ballot over Ryden at state assembly after delivering an excellent speech, winning 66 percent of the delegate vote over Ryden’s 34 percent. These two facts combined with Hullinghorst’s friendship and alleged behind the scenes support of Ryden’s campaign, sources tell us, caused a mild uproar from the bill’s sponsors, Willett and Fields, who reportedly approached the committee’s chair, Rep. Dianne Primavera, and Hullinghorst, asking them to hold off on the vote. The bill’s vote count tally being on tenuous ground, the sponsors believed Ryden was there for the sole purpose of killing Fields’s bill. Their request was obliged and no vote was taken after the hearing.

The bill has not yet been rescheduled for a vote. The bill has the support of The Colorado Association of School Boards and the County Sheriff’s Association, but is opposed by the Criminal Defense Bar and American Civil Liberties Union, both organizations that Hullinghorst would be inclined to listen to.

Folks, this is the first of what will surely be many glimpses into election year politics at the state Capitol in the remaining half of this session.

Independence Institute readying retry at mag ban compromise

Sources tell us Coloradans for Civil Liberties, a group with strongly woven ties to the Independence Institute, is hard at work behind the scenes to try to strike a firearm magazine limit compromise again this session, pushing hard-line, “purist” conservative lawmakers to back a compromise that would lift the current 15 round limit to 30 rounds. “All-or-nothing,” conservative legislators, backed by the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, blocked a similar compromise attempt lead by Independence Institute President Jon Caldera last session. Some legislators are hesitant to back a measure that could be cast by political opponents as a vote in support of limiting Second Amendment rights.

This round, Ari Armstrong, Bob Beauprez, Col. Bob Brown and Michael Brown are again telling legislators, “we will have your back,” if they agree to a compromise bill to increase the current limit to 30 rounds. Others active with the effort via Coloradans for Civil Liberties are Keith Coniglio, AFP’s Jeff Crank, D/CO’s Kyle Forti, Aaron Gardner, the Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb, Pueblo GOP vice-chair Victor Head, Tim Knight, I2I’s David Kopel, Wayne Laugesen, Andy McElhany, Mario Nicolais, Alan Philip, Michael Sabbeth, the NRA’s Steve Schreiner, Jimmy Sengenberger, Jack Graham for U.S. Senate’s campaign manager Dick Wadhams, Luke Wagner, Rob Witwer and group “Women for Re-Legalization of 30 Round Magazines,” a group that includes Laura Carno, Mandy Connell, Amy Oliver, Dede Laugesen and Regina Thomson, who is also the Colorado volunteer coordinator for Ted Cruz.

House: Better odds than a coin toss

GOP state party chair Steve House told KUSA’s Jonathan Gonzalez, “It’s probably slightly better than a 50/50 chance we’ll go to Cleveland without an absolute nominee,” referring to the likelihood of a contested presidential race at the Republican National Convention that will convene at Quick Loans Arena on July 18.

This year, the Republican executive committee for the state decided its 37 delegates that are elected at the GOP’s state convention on April 9 will all be unpledged, not committed to any one presidential candidate. If you haven’t heard this by now, you’re simply not paying attention. So call it prophetic, intuitive or just dumb luck, the party’s decision could place Colorado in a more influential place at the Republican National Convention should it become a contested one.

Read the full story and find out more about Rule 40, which could make Colorado a player in making a Republican presidential candidate eligible at convention from 9News.

Marco Rubio is back at work

Sen. Marco Rubio has returned to the U.S. Capitol and was welcomed back with open arms by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell yesterday along with his other Senate colleagues.
Rubio told Roll Call’s Jason Dick, “I’m not going to be vice president. I’m not running for governor of Florida. I’m going to finish out my term in the Senate over the next 10 months. We’re going to work really hard here, and we have some things we want to achieve, and then I’ll be a private citizen in January.”

Read the full report here.

Speaker Ryan: Please leave me out of this

After telling Fox News yesterday that an open GOP national convention in July is “more likely” and also noting that he is the chairman of the convention and will have to “bone up on the rules,” U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is asking reporters to stop with the speculation that he will seek the nomination for president at convention.

“It is not me,” he told Roll Call’s Lindsey McPherson, “Let’s just put this thing to rest and move on.”

He elaborated that someone seeking the presidency should actually run for president. “I made a decision over a year ago not to run for president,” Ryan said. “I really believe if you want to be president, you should run for president. People are out there campaigning, they’re canvasing, there’s caucuses and primaries. That’s who we should select from among for our next president, on whatever ballot we’re talking about.”

Many say half jokingly that these discounting remarks sound an awful lot like the hesitant, hard-to-get Paul Ryan who was being drafted by his House colleagues for speaker not so long ago. Plus, he has technically run on a presidential ticket, just not this year … Will we be seeing a well-funded draft Ryan movement take flight in the coming weeks? Doubtful, but in such an odd presidential election year for the history books, you never know.

And the claim that Ryan has never given any thought to making a play for president this year. Phhhbbbbt! Please.

Read the full report here.

ICYMI, Clinton blasts bush after nice hug

You may have seen in The Hot Sheet earlier this week, we included a photo that went viral on the internet of Hillary Clinton hugging George W. Bush at Nancy Reagan‘s funeral over the weekend.

It didn’t take long for Hillary to go back into campaign mode, blasting George W. for failed policies that lead to economic problems that thankfully the one and only President Barack Obama had to dig us out of.

“Folks who get excited by the rhetoric and demagoguery on the Republican side need to be reminded that they are George W. Bush on steroids,” Clinton said Tuesday from the campaign trail, commenting on the Republican presidential field’s plans for the economy while stumping in Chicago.

But seriously folks, we all know this is theater …

Read the full story in the New York Post here.

Polis slams GOP over immigration woes

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis was not happy when the Republican Congress passed a resolution allowing the Speaker of the House to file an amicus brief in the Supreme Court’s review of halting President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents.

“After not passing a single bill to fix our broken immigration system, Republicans are now attacking the little progress made on the issue in recent years,” Polis said. “The President’s order to prioritize the removal of serious criminals over the parents of American kids not only embodies American values, but makes us safer. The court decision that halted these programs was founded in politics, not in any statute or legal precedent. The amicus brief submitted today is politically charged and does nothing but waste Congressional time and taxpayer dollars. I remain confident that the Supreme Court will reverse the Fifth Circuit’s decision, and I hope House leadership will begin to prioritize comprehensive reform for hard-working immigrant families and Americans.”

With a split Supreme Court, 4-4, it could end up being one of many very fascinating cases to watch …

Frances Owens will benefit great cause

Former Colorado first lady Frances Owens has joined the Anchor Center for Blind Children as the organization’s Community Relations Manager. “We are delighted and honored to have Frances join Anchor Center”, said Heather Cameron, executive director. “As a leader in our state, an advocate for early intervention, and a sister of a brother who is blind, Frances will be a wonderful addition to our organization, helping to increase public awareness and the very special role Anchor Center plays in the lives of hundreds of children and their families.”

Owens, who grew up in a family with a blind brother said, “I am thrilled to be part of a very special organization. I love their approach of not only working with young children with a visual impairment, but including the entire family in the process,” Owens said.

Lisa Gallegos, a former manager of giving at Western Resource Advocates also joined the Anchor Center as their Donor Relations Manager brining with her over 14 years of fundraising experience.

“Certainly in the next 50 years we shall see a woman president, perhaps sooner than you think. A woman can and should be able to do any political job that a man can do.”  — Richard Nixon

Stories and Opinion from The Colorado Statesman:

Salazar oil-and-gas liability bill make bumpy way through House by Ramsey Scott

Veteran lobbyist Wanstrath says it’s all about building coalitions by Ernest Luning

Tax revenue from marijuana one step closer to reality in Littleton by Jennifer Kerns

Privacy and security must be balanced in the age of terrorism by Jonathan Lockwood

More from the wires:

KUSA’s Jonathan Gonzalez reports on Colorado’s role in a potential contested presidential race at the national convention

The Denver Post’s John Frank writes that 9News will convene a five-member panel of political analysts to make the decision on which GOP candidates for Senate will be able to participate in their first televised debate “based on a single metric: Whether the candidate is “viable” in the GOP primary.

The Pueblo Chieftain’s Peter Strescino compiled a report on four police bills passing the Colorado House

Read a really great post from the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel’s Charles Ashby on one of my favorite legislators (sorry, I do have favorites), Ed Vigil. This is Ed’s last year at the Capitol since he is term limited and not running for Senate. His steady, common-sense, moderating voice on issues will be missed by many and the process will be at a loss without Ed around.

Denver Business Journal’s Cathy Proctor reports Gov. Hickenlooper is concerned with Rep. Joe Salazar’s earthquake bill

The Denver Post’s Joey Bunch reports how three ballot initiatives could change the way we vote

CBS Denver reports on U.S. Rep. Ken Buck’s desire to make assaulting a police officer a hate crime

The Colorado Springs Gazette’s Billie Stanton Anleu reports on Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and former Mayor Steve Bach being at odds over $80,000 in severance pay given to former Fire Chief Chris Riley

Times Call’s John Fryar reports that Boulder County will phase out GMO crops on county owned lands after commissioners direct staff to develop plan

The Durango Herald’s Peter Marcus reports on the “right to hunt” bill passed out of Senate Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee yesterday

The Denver Channel reports that Aurora has approved a study to consider adding red light cameras at the city’s most dangerous intersections

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler reports on the Senate and SCOTUS nomination and includes an interview with Sen. Michael Bennet

Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski reports on Sen. Harry Reid calling on GOP leaders to denounce Donald Trump

Roll Call’s Nathan Gonzales writes about an outsider candidate, Warren Davidson, preparing to claim former Speaker John Boehner’s old seat after winning the special Republican primary election with 32.63% of the vote

Roll Call’s Bridget Bowman reports that Sen. Jeff Sessions says Donald Trump is “not trigger happy”

The Hill’s Niall Stanage reports the GOP could pay a heavy price for contesting Trump’s nomination


Monica Owens Beauprez, principal at WestBrook Group, and Sandra Marino Meyer, board member at the Women’s Fund of Weld County celebrate their birthdays Sunday. Happy birthday to each of you, and have a great weekend!

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

Facebook, Downtown Denver Partnership and National Association of Women Business Owners Workshop for women-owned Denver small businesses — Event kick-off with U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette,

17th Annual Icon Awards Gala — Today, 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,

Democratic County Conventions — Sat. Mar. 19

Chaffee Buena Vista Community Center 9:00 am
Clear Creek United Church, Idaho Springs 12:30 pm
Douglas Chaparral High School
15655 Brookstone Dr, Parker
9:30 am
Eagle Battle Mountain High School
0151 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards
3:00 pm
Fremont Washington School
9th and College, Canon City,
10:00 am
Jefferson Bear Creek High School
9800 W Dartmouth Pl, Lakewood
9:00 am
Lake Colorado Mountain College, Climax Building
KW Room
901 U.S. Hwy 24, Leadville
10:00 am
Mesa Central High School
550 Warrior Way, Grand Junction
10:00 am
Montezuma County Annex Building
107 N. Chestnut, Cortez
8:00 am
Montrose Lion’s Park Clubhouse
600 N. Nevada Ave. Montrose
9:00 am
Pitkin Rio Grande Building Meeting Room,
455 Rio Grande Place, Aspen
1:00 pm
Pueblo Pueblo County High School
1050 35th Ln, Pueblo
Weld Northridge High School
7001 Grizzly Dr, Greeley
8:00 am

Republican County Conventions — Sat. Mar. 19,

Arapahoe, Denver First Church of the Nazarene, 3800 E Hampden, Englewood, 2:00 pm

Archuleta, Pagosa Springs High School, 800 S 8th St, Pagosa Springs, 9:00 am

Boulder, Best Western Plaza Hotel and Event Center, 1900 Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont, 9:00 am

Delta, Delta Performing Arts Center, 910 Grand, Delta, 10:00 am

Denver, George Washington High School, 655 S Monaco Pkwy, Denver 7:30 am

Douglas, Valor Christian High School, 3775 Grace Blvd, Highlands Ranch, 8:00 am

Eagle, Eagle County Building, 10:00 am

Elbert, Elbert County Fairgrounds, Kiowa, 12:00 pm

Fremont, Harrison School, 921 Field Ave, Canon City, 9:00 am

Jefferson, Mile Hi Church , 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood, 7:30 am

Park, Jefferson County Community Center, 9:00 am

Pueblo, East High School, 9 MacNeil Rd, Pueblo, 9:00 am

After Convention Happy Hour with Jake Lilly for Jeffco DA — After a long day of Assembling and Conventioning, stop and share some appitizers and a drink. Talk about the events of the day and wind down. Old Chicago, 3550 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm

Congressman Mike Coffman’s 61st birthday celebration — Sun., Mar. 20, The Summit Steakhouse, 2700 South Havana St., Aurora, 2:00 pm — 4:00 pm. RSVP to by Monday March 14.

Larimer County Republican Breakfast Club — Mon., Mar. 21, 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

Meet and Greet with Jeff Hart — Meet  Jeff Hart, candidate for House District 6 state representative, refreshments will be served, 690 Bellaire St, Denver, 6:00 pm — 7:30 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

Denver Young Democrats Kick-Off Happy Hour — Wed., Mar. 23, Come have a drink and meet up with your fellow Denver Young Democrats!, Goosetown Tavern, 3242 E Colfax Ave, Denver, 5:30 pm — 7:30 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

Leslie Herod HD-8 Delegates Meet and Greet — Thurs., Mar. 24, Join fellow delegates & alternates for this fun meet & greet with Leslie Herod, democratic candidate for State House District 8. Rosenberg’s Bagels and Delicatessen, 725 E 26th Ave, Denver 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm, RSVP to

Denver County Democratic Assembly — Sat., Mar. 26, Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St, Denver, 8:00 am

Jewish National Fund’s Colorado Water Summit Legislative Reception with Bestselling Author Seth Siegel — Mon., Mar. 28, University Club Denver, 1673 Sherman St., 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm. Please RSVP to Boaz Meir by March or 303-573-7095

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

Colorado Young Democrats day at the Capitol — Wed., Apr. 27, Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with legislators, attend committee meetings, tour the Dome, go on the Senate and House floors as guests, and learn how to be an effective advocate. Guest speakers: Karen Wick from the Colorado Education Association will speak on education policy, Danielle Glover, CYD Chair, will provide a Lobbying 101 training and Sen. Mike Johnston will discuss what is happening at the legislature, Colorado state Capitol, 200 E Colfax, Ste 136, 8:00 am — 2:00 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.

Want your event listed? Just let me know.


Colorado Capitol Watch — From our bill tracking partners:

– Bill Summary –

12 New Bills Today (portrait) – some have no description

12 New Bills (spreadsheet)

565 All Bills – with votes – as of 3/17 (portrait)

565 All Bills – with votes – as of 3/17 (sortable by category)

Bipartisan Bills as of 3/17

33 Governor Signed Bills as of 3/17

99 PI Bills as of 3/17

House Wrap-Up

Senate Wrap-Up

Audio Updates

– Calendars –

3/18 Bills in order of appearance

3/18 Bills sortable by time, number…

All Upcoming Bills From Today Forward

House and Senate Calendars:

HOUSE – Your Mar. 18 Calendar here 
SENATE – Your Mar. 18 Calendar here 

You’re up to date. Have a great Friday and weekend! Until Monday …

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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.