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The Hot Sheet, March 23, 2016

Author: Jared Wright - March 23, 2016 - Updated: August 20, 2016

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet


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

DENVER — Good morning, and a happy Snowpocalypse Wednesday to those of you in the Denver metro area and happy snow day to the Colorado state House and Senate. “Whimps” says veteran state Capitol reporter Charles Ashby. “Best thing to do is to make a great breakfast, make some hot chocolate and watch the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy,” says state Rep. Joe Salazar. Meanwhile, state employees are reporting to work.

The tragic terrorist attacks yesterday in Brussels sparked a skittish response at Denver International Airport yesterday — understandably so — when two unattended boxes were found near Door 602 in the main terminal. A K-9 detected something suspicious in the packages and caused part of the main terminal to be shut down by security and law enforcement while the Denver Police Department‘s bomb squad was called in to investigate. Thankfully, the boxes belonging to a family traveling to Vietnam contained only spices and oils. A sad time we live in. Read the full report from Denver ABC 7 News here.

“It does surprise me that intelligent people in the 21st century could claim that if you respond to the terrorists with force, you spawn terrorism, but if you appease them, you somehow tame them. This argument, as I said, is very interesting, and very surprising.” — Meles Zenawi

Now, your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline:

Presidential candidates take note: Colorado GOP releasing list of national delegate potentials

In an attempt to give presidential candidates a reason to campaign in Colorado in April, the Colorado Republican Party is releasing a list of delegates who are seeking to be elected to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland July 18. According to Denver ABC 7 News, state GOP chairman Steve House has seen the list and says it is “very close” between delegates supporting Donald Trumpand those supporting Ted Cruz.

“There were some that were for Donald Trump, there were some that were for Ted (Cruz), but it was very close,” House told reporter Marshall Zellinger. “It’s important for the people who are voting for the delegates to know ahead of time,” said House. “It’s really hard to make a choice of 13 people at the state assembly from a list of 900, if you’ve not done some homework, that’s why we’ll post it.”

House stated that one presidential candidate has contacted the state GOP asking about speaking at the state convention and added that he would not be surprised if two candidates or at least people very high up in the campaign organizations come to speak as surrogates and tour the Republican Congressional District Assemblies which take place April 2 and April 7-8.

Read the full story here 

Participants selected for first televised Colorado GOP U.S. Senate debate

Denver’s 9News has announced the selection of 8 GOP U.S. Senate candidates to participate in its televised 9News/Lincoln Club debate airing Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. The candidates, selected by a panel of “political experts,” are Robert Blaha,Ryan Frazier, Darryl Glenn, Jack Graham, Jon Keyser, Peg Littleton, Jerry Natividad and Tim Neville.

The panel unanimously voted that Charilie Ehhler, Jerry Eller, Michael Kinlaw and Donald Rosier “did not demonstrate a viable path to accessing the June primary ballot,” according to 9News. Ehler and Rosier did not provide materials to the panel by the Monday deadline and Greg Lopez (who we at The Statesman have never listed as a for-sure candidate) told the panel he has dropped out and endorsed Natividad.

The Panel selecting the participants was made up of: Floyd CiruliPeter Hansen and Kelly Maher as well as representatives from 9News and the Lincoln Club.

Full story from 9News here

DelGrosso on track to save business owners some government mandated busy-work

It is common knowledge that government agencies love redundancy and duplication, and sometimes this redundancy is totally unnecessary. One legislator seems to have found one such superfluous requirement currently being placed on business owners. Term-limited House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, who owns and operates a chain of Dominos Pizza stores in Northern Colorado, succeeded yesterday in passing some de-duplicative legislation for businesses throughout the state that — should it finish its route through the legislative process — will require one less form to be filled out during the employee hiring process.

The bill, HB 1114, was passed yesterday unanimously out of the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee, and removes the requirement for employers in the state to file an Affirmation of Legal Work Status form with the Colorado Division of Labor and Employment after completing and filing an I-9 form with the federal government. All the affirmation form does is proves to the state that you filed the required form with the feds.

“The employment verification affirmation imposes a burden on businesses that must complete the form and store it for the duration of an employee’s tenure at the company” says the legislative declaration in the bill. CDLE already has the ability to audit businesses in the state to affirm they are in compliance with federal labor laws.

“The state form asks the exact same employee verification questions required by the federal I-9 form, requiring business owners to devote valuable time to an unnecessary and burdensome process,” said DelGrosso. “Employee verification is a top priority, but business owners don’t need a form to confirm they already completed a comprehensive employee verification form, and I am pleased the committee unanimously approved this legislation.”

The bill has the backing of the Colorado Competitive Council, the Colorado Farm Bureau and several chamber of commerce organizations. There are currently no industry groups opposed.

The duplicative Colorado Affirmation of Legal Work Status form

How the West was won on ‘Western Tuesday’

Hillary Clinton: Won Arizona, taking 46 delegates. She now sits at 1,681, only 702 short of the nomination

Ted Cruz: Won Utah, picking up 40 delegates. He now has a total of 465, making him 772 delegates short of the nomination

John Kasich: Obviously won neither of the two contests, leaving him with a mere 143 delegates — fewer than Marco Rubio had when he dropped out. It was a close race between Kasich and “Rubio’s Ghost” in Arizona

Bernie Sanders: Won Idaho and Utah, picking up 17 delegates in Idaho and 18 in Utah, putting him at 927 — 1,456 delegates short of the 2,383 needed for the nomination. Sander’s campaign is reportedly still raising far more money than Clinton’s, but obviously lagging in the all-important delegate count.

Donald Trump: Won Arizona, picking up 58 delegates. He now has 739 (needs that magic 1,237) meaning he needs to win 51 percent of all the remaining state’s delegates in order to win the nomination. Trump and Cruz engaged in a spat over each other’s wives. Hopefully Trump will “spill the beans” — surely it would be fascinating.

Jeb! endorses TrusTed

Jeb Bush, once the Republican Party’s establishment hope, made a surprise endorsement of Ted Cruz today in the increasingly unprecedentedly wild GOP presidential contest. “I wanted you all to be the first to know that today I am endorsing Ted Cruz for President,” Bush said in a Facebook post. “Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests, including yesterday’s Utah caucus.” He continued:

As I said from the moment I launched my presidential campaign, the stakes in 2016 couldn’t be higher.

Washington is broken, too many families are stuck in poverty and Western civilization is under attack from radical Islamic terrorists, as evidenced by the horrific attack in Brussels, which was preceded by attacks in Paris and California.

For the sake of our party and country, we must overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee, most likely Hillary Clinton, this fall.

That is the only way we can reverse President Obama’s failed domestic and foreign policy agenda, and turn our country around.

Republicans can win back the White House and put our nation on a path to security and prosperity if we support a nominee who can unite our party and articulate how conservative policies will help people rise up and reach their full potential.

I hope you will join me in supporting Ted’s campaign by visiting, and contributing and volunteering.

Why did he endorse Ted Cruz? The Atlantic asks. “The endorsement reiterates a point that Cruz had made consistently on the campaign trail—that he is the only one who has won contests against Donald Trump.”

Full story here in USA Today


State Rep. Angela Williams has been endorsed by Conservation Colorado in her race for Senate District 33. The endorsement was the organization’s first of the election season.

“Rep. Williams is exactly the type of candidate that we are eager to endorse,” said Conservation Colorado Deputy Director Carrie Curtiss. “With a lifetime score of 96 percent on our annual scorecard, she has a superior record of standing up for the environment and the well-being of Coloradans. She has proven to be a leader on renewable energy jobs, clean air policies, and public health. We couldn’t be more excited to support her bid for state Senate.”

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has been endorsed by Ocean Champions in his reelection bid this year. The organization cited Bennet’s work to protect Colorado’s natural resources, including Hermosa Creek Watershed and Chimney Rock, in their endorsement.

“Senator Bennet recognizes the importance of our ocean — from driving climate to supplying seafood — for the people, lifestyle and economy of Colorado,” said David Wilmot, Ph.D., Ocean Champions’ President and Co-Founder. “He has shown a willingness in the Senate to ensure environmental protection by passing one of the few wilderness bills in recent years to protect Hermosa Creek Watershed and leading the fight to designate Chimney Rock as a national monument.”

Advancing Colorado launches digital campaign titled ‘Merrick Garland threatens Colorado’s values’

Aiming to “raise awareness” of Merrick Garland‘s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, Advancing Colorado‘s executive director Jonathan Lockwood announced the conservative organization, which was created to move the ball toward the Republican end zone in the 2016 Colorado elections, has launched a “microsite” petitioning U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet to “allow Coloradans to decide the future of the Supreme Court.”

A majority of Coloradans did elect Michael Bennet … so, there’s kinda that. But, that is not the mission of Advancing Colorado, which has clearly established the ouster of the senior U.S. senator from Colorado as its primary goal in 2016.

Reactions to the KKK police officer student art piece on display in a Denver City building

Mayor Michael Hancock: ” After learning of the negative impact of her work, the student has asked that it be taken down.”

Denver Police Chief Robert White: “I’m greatly concerned about how this painting portrays the police. I look forward to having a conversation with the student and her parents.”

Litigation attorney and Denver politico Elliot Fladen and Colorado Independent Editor Susan Greene:

Full story in the Denver Post here


“If large numbers of people believe in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it. But if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them.” — George Orwell




Wife of Aspen socialite murderer doesn’t get to keep ex-hubby’s life insurance payout

Murdered Aspen “socialite” Nancy Pfister

Nancy Mason-Styler, the ex-wife of convicted murderer and former Denver anesthesiologist William “Trey” Styler has been told she cannot keep her husband’s life insurance payout of $1 million after he allegedly hung himself in his Cañon City jail cell August 8, 2015 — and she and her attorney are not challenging it. William Styler confessed in 2014 to bludgeoning Nancy Merle Pfister, a multi-generational Aspenite whose father, Art Pfister struck it rich when he turned the family cattle ranch into Buttermilk Ski Resort. Pfister hung out with the Kennedys, Jack Nicholson, Cher and was briefly engaged to actor Michael Douglas. Her murder was the first in over a decade in Pitkin County.

The $850,000 in life insurance money Mason-Styler retained will likely end up going to go to Nancy Pfister’s daughter, Juliana Pfister, in a wrongful death suit she filed in the case. Juliana told Modern Luxury Aspen that her mother “wasn’t a socialite. If anything, she was the opposite,” Juliana said. “She drove a Volkswagen Westfalia, never a Range Rover. She was very much into the environment and permaculture and gardening and spirituality and Buddhism and doing things her own way.” In doing those things, Nancy touched hundreds of people, from the Dalai Lama down to the last wine steward to pop a cork on a bottle of Champagne.”

Read the full story in the Aspen Times here


North Star Commercial Partners breaking ground on new assisted living facilityA new 74-unit assisted living facility is in the works at 2979 Uinta St in Stapleton under development partnership between Northstar Commercial Partners andBalfour Senior Living. Northstar is a privately-held commercial real estate investment company headquartered in Denver, founded in 2000 by Brian Watson. According to a report in BusinessDen, “Northstar and Balfour bought the property in September 2015 for $1.565 million, city records show. Northstar’s director of debt Josh Richards said the total project cost will come in at about $21 million.”

Watson, an increasingly influential Denver businessman, was recently on a business trip to the Middle East, sending back fascinating pictorial updates from his journey.

Read the full report on the assisted living facility development here


Stand for Children Denver Director and Director of Strategic District Initiatives Alex Sánchez celebrates his birthday today. Happy Birthday, Alex!

New stories and opinion from The Colorado Statesman:

Clinton, Trump trade wins with rivals in Western states

Rakowsky and Mamet: City leaders prepared to act on opioid abuse

Noonan: Halfway done but not half-baked in the 2016 General Assembly

More from the wires:

The Denver Business Journal’s Ed Sealover reported that Pinnacol Assurance has given up its legislative efforts to expand out-of-state

CBS 4 Denver reported the A-Basin expansion plan is facing local opposition due to concerns over habitat loss for the protected Lynx

ThinkProgress wrote that Donald Trump has sought the help of The Heritage Foundation to help him select within the next week 5-10 individuals whom he would nominate for SCOTUS if elected president

Politico reported Cruz and Trump scored new delegates in a Virgin Islands shakeup. Of the alternates, one supports Ted Cruz, one supports Donald Trump and two support Marco Rubio. The last two are uncommitted.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported a Japanese venture and Jordan Cove LNG agree to a big liquid natural gas sale

The Denver Post’s John Frank wrote on its The Spot blog on Colorado GOP lawmakers’ efforts to defund the Clean Power Plan work

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported on a rally held by Colorado Springs residents at City Hall to push the acceptance of refugees

CBS 4 Denver reported on Rep. Dan Pabon’s decision to be absent from the signing of HB-1164 yesterday following his arrest for DUI Thursday night

KJCT 8 reported on the Western Slope landlord denying Trump supporters from renting his property being threatened

Colorado Public Radio reported the 2013 gun laws may again be going back to court after a ruling

The Denver Post reported Denver homeless are relocating along the South Platte River after the downtown sweep

The Denver Post reported that the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police has blasted Denver’s public safety managers

The Durango Herald reported that the city council is seeking to clear a bottleneck in condominium construction

9News gathered reactions from Colorado leaders’ to the Belgium terrorist attack


Denver Young Democrats Kick-Off Happy Hour — Today, 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 — Today, 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

Steve Sherick Pizza Party — Today, Wed., Mar. 23, Are you a delegate or alternate to the County Assembly? Are you a young professional in Denver? Are you a hungry Democrat in need of some pizza? Whoever you are, come join us for an evening of pizza and good conversation. Get a chance to meet some other Democrats in the area, and to meet Steve before the County Assembly this Saturday!, 777 E 17th Ave, Denver, 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm

Rally with the Cruz Coalition and author Trevor Loudon — Thurs., Mar. 24, Trevor Loudon has championed Ted Cruz and a strong conservative coalition for the past two years and has been a surrogate speaker at several national conventions on Ted’s behalf. He brings a first-hand account of what it is like behind the stage at a Cruz rally, The Classical Academy, 975 Stout Rd, Colorado Springs, 6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.

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

Larimer County Republican Breakfast Club — Mon., Mar. 28, 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 a

Reception for Congressman Ed Perlmutter —Mon., Mar. 28, Please join hosts Vicente Sederberg, Bruce Nassau, & The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) for a reception for Congressman Ed Perlmutter. For more information or to RSVP please contact Kelly Hogan at 720-231-5041 or Vincente Sederberg, LLC, 1244 Grant St, Denver, 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm

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

Emerge Colorado’s fourth annual Women Trailblazers Cocktail Reception —Wed., Mar. 30, Join Jenny Willford, executive director of Emerge Colorado, Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, Kim Cordova, president of of UFCW Local 7, Kim Jordan, co-founder of New Belgium Brewery, and Sen. Lucia Guzman, Colorado State Senate Minority Leader, Savoy Denver, 2700 Arapahoe St., Denver, 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Foothills Republicans to host Mike Rosen — Thurs., Apr. 14,  Rosen will be selling and signing his latest book, Reality: A Plain-Talk Guide to Economics, Politics, Government and Culture, Homestead Golf Course Grill, 11500 W. Hampden Ave., Lakewood, 11:30 a.m. Check-in/Social, 12:00 p.m. Meeting begins, $17 for members with advanced reservation, $20 for non-member walk-ins, Advance reservations required by Monday, April 11, Marcia Cramer: 303-933-8804

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 –


TWO NEW Bills: 3/22 portrait

TWO NEW Bills: 3/22 spreadsheet


New Feature: Bills still in play!: 394 as of 3/22


570 All Bills – with votes – as of 3/22 (portrait)

570 All Bills – with votes – as of 3/22 (sortable by category)

Bipartisan Bills as of 3/22

69 Governor Signed Bills as of 3/22

102 PI Bills as of 3/22


House Wrap-Up

Senate Wrap-Up

Audio Updates


– Calendars –

3/23 Bills in order of appearance 

3/23 Bills sortable by time, number…   

All Upcoming Bills From Today Forward

G.A. House and Senate Calendars:

HOUSE – Your Mar. 23 Calendar here 
SENATE – Your Mar. 23 Calendar here 

You’re up to date. Have a great, snowy Wednesday. Until tomorrow …

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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.