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The Hot Sheet, July 19, 2016

Author: Jared Wright - July 19, 2016 - Updated: July 27, 2016

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

By TCS CEO and Editor-In-Chief Jared Wright

DENVER — YESTERDAY’S BIG HEADLINE IN SUM: ‘REPUBLICAN CONVENTION DESCENDS INTO CHAOS’ … (but only for a little while, after that … pretty much business as usual … or at least Republican business as usual in 2016). As the second day of the Republican National Convention begins, we at this political journal can’t help but marvel at all the red meat thrown out onto the stage yesterday to sizzle in front of a restless crowd. I can’t remember a rawer, red-meat convention, this year with a pinch of alleged “show biz” — mostly in the form of reality television stars — thrown in. Ok, not just a pinch … the cap came off. Colorado was most certainly part of the production. Some of it on stage, much of it in the drama department off stage.

Jefferson County Commissioner and conservative firebrand Libby Szabo gave a speech about her life, her heritage and her own American Dream. And unapologetically “Christian constitutional conservative” U.S. Senate Candidate Darryl Glenn gave a prime time address consisting of rehashed one-liners that his campaign knew — using the old applause-o-meter — have pleased Republican audiences before. The oration came off very similar to his boisterous Colorado GOP state convention speech. Like Szabo, Glenn mocked Hillary Clinton‘s pantsuit, saying, ““We know she enjoys her pantsuits, but we should send her an email telling her what she deserves is a bright orange jumpsuit.” Few if any lines were anything Colorado Republicans haven’t heard before.

And earlier in the day in a chaotic scene in which the chair, Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack, vacated the podium, grimace on his face, during chants of “roll call, roll call,” as the Colorado delegation walked off the floor. This following the Donald Trump campaign swiftly quashing their rules rebellion, quickly whipping three of the nine states petitioning for a roll call vote to drop their bids, which caused the coalition to fall one state below the required seven to force the roll call vote. Colorado was one of the states actively attempting to force the vote on the convention rules, effectively embarrassing the nominee — but little more, given that they didn’t have the necessary votes in a roll call to change the rules that would have “freed the delegates” to vote their consciences. “I have never seen the floor abandoned like that,” said Utah Sen. Mike Lee.

Donald Trump makes his entrance to introduce his wife, Melania.

“We cannot have another four years of the current administration’s policies. And Hillary Clinton would give us just that, although she tries to hide it in a brightly colored pantsuit.”

 Libby Szabo

Now, your substrata feed straight from Colorado’s politics pipeline:

PERLMUTTER SKEPTICAL OF IRAN-BOEING DEAL — An original congressional supporter of President Barack Obama‘s Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter is now skeptical of a plan the president supports that would allow Boeing to sell $17.6 billion worth of aircraft to Iran. The administration says the deal would create goodwill in Iran by helping to modernize the country’s airline sector, while opponents believe Iran would use the aircraft to support its allies militarily or via terrorism. “What kind of things would you expect to see in the license to make sure that planes are not available for any kind of illicit or illegal activities under the agreement or any other sanctions legislation?” asked Perlmutter, D-CD7, of the panel of witnesses at a congressional hearing held last week. Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are using the instance as an “I told you so,” for what they continue to see as inherent problems with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and saw from the get-go. Full story here

COLORADO DELEGATION WALKS OFF NATIONAL CONVENTION FLOOR, TRUMP ALTERNATES SEE OPPORTUNITY, TRY TO BE SEATED, delegates don’t let that happen, of course … BUT WAS IT REALLY AN ORGANIZED WALK OFF? — “It was pretty clear it wasn’t a fair and open process. And instead of trying to create some unity at the convention, all they did was create acrimony,” said state Rep. Justin Everett. “Without having that transparency, it’s going to be real difficult to sell that candidate that may or may not be valid come November. There’s going to be contentious questions there … because we didn’t get an up or down vote.”

Colorado Trump State Director and alternate Patrick Davis: “This was a family feud,” he said, “and I’m glad we had it on Monday and not on Thursday.”

Free the Delegates Executive Director Regina Thompson said some members of the Colorado delegation walked out in protest according to a report … But:

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams said, “It was like folks leaving a basketball game. There was no staged walkout that I was aware of.”

Full stories here and here

THE FIGHT ISN’T OVER … UNTIL IT’S OVER — “This race isn’t over, and I’m running to the finish line,” Kendal Unruh, a Douglas County, Colorado delegate who is leading the Free the Delegates effort, told reporters on the floor Monday night. Anti-Trump jeers and cheers of obstruction could be heard being shouted sporadically from the convention floor even late into the evening during the prime-time speeches being delivered, often overrun by a larger roar of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” chant from Trump fans.

“So we play by the rules and in order to game the system, they had to make sure the dissension is quelled,” Unruh said, shaking her head. “It doesn’t smooth things over, it actually makes things explode. Unfortunately it isn’t over, and we’re going to hold the party accountable for the way that we’ve been treated.

Full story here

DARRYL GLENN REPORTEDLY RECEIVES FIVE STANDING OVATIONS DURING CONVENTION PRIME-TIME SPEECH, GIULIANI BORROWS SOME OF HIS LINES — El Paso County Commissioner and U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn: “This is not about black America, white America or brown America, this is about the United States of America.” Full transcript here

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani: “… What happened — what happened to — what happened to, there’s no black America, there’s no white America, there is just America?! What happened to it? Where did it go? How did it float away?” Full transcript here

SOME COLORADO REPUBLICANS ANGERED BY LACK OF NETWORK COVERAGE FOR GLENN SPEECH — Joy Overbeck, a self-described “radical conservative writer/GodFan” was not happy with Fox News last night. “@FoxNews did goofball interview instead of covering @DarrylGlenn2016 speech,” Overbeck tweeted in dismay.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY SLAMS GLENN SPEECH BEFORE IT OCCURS … BENNET CAMPAIGN CHIMES IN AFTER: Dems clearly targeting weakness in Glenn’s Trump/Cruz support— Yesterday, Colorado Democratic Party Chair Rick Palacio previewed Darryl Glenn‘s speech before it happened. “In advance of Darryl Glenn’s speech we wanted to take a few minutes of your time to talk about just how extreme and out-of-touch Darryl Glenn is with the people he wants to represent, the people of our great state of Colorado,” Palacio began in a news conference call. “The fact of the matter is that Darryl Glenn is a partisan obstructionist who is way too extreme for our state, and what I expect tonight is that his speech is going to reflect that. It’s no surprise Darryl Glenn was eager for a role at Donald Trump’s nominating convention. He endorses Donald Trump and thinks the man is a ‘patriot.’ He thinks that Donald Trump should pick the next Supreme Court justice, and that justice should be Ted Cruz. … His campaign is floundering, its floundering down 10 to 15 points in most polls, and there’s a reason for that – when people hear and see what Darryl Glenn stands for, they realize that he’s not standing up for Colorado, he’s standing up for his own unapologetic extreme conservatism. I could go on and on about how Glenn would take Colorado backwards, but you will be able to see and hear for yourself tonight when he takes the stage.”

After the speech, the campaign for Glenn’s incumbent opponent, Sen. Michael Bennet, who is currently out-polling him and out-fundraising him by ever measure, went after the unapologetic conservative. “Darryl Glenn wants Donald Trump to be president, wants Trump to appoint Ted Cruz as the next Supreme Court justice, and says the problem with Washington is too much bipartisanship and ‘Republicans reaching across the aisle.’ Colorado doesn’t need a never-compromise ideologue in the U.S. Senate, but Glenn has been clear since the start of his campaign that’s the exact kind of senator he’d be. While Michael Bennet has taken on the status quo in Washington and worked across party lines to get things done for Colorado, Darryl Glenn is a partisan obstructionist who would only add to Washington’s dysfunction.”

HIGH-DOLLAR FUNDRAISER FOR BENNET TO BE HELD IN DENVER — Influential Denver lawyer and political insider Cole Finegan and his wife Robin along with a host committee constructed of other Denver notables are putting on a breakfast fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet on August 5. The host committee, which is still under formation, also consists of Mike and Kathleen Beatty, David Brody, Beth Ganz, George Hagerty, Andrew Lillie, Scott Reisch, Chalyse Robinson, Jim and Debbie Shpall and Lucky Vidmar. To be a host, a contribution of $2,700 is required. To co-host, the price tag is $1,000. To attend the fundraiser as a supporter, it is $500. Fork out the dough and call 720-432-6490, and the address for the event will be provided to you upon your RSVP.

SEVEN DEMS WIN PLANNED PARENTHOOD AWARD — Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado will honor all seven Democrats on the House Health, Insurance & Environment Committee as Champions of Choice at a July 27 event for “defending women’s reproductive and healthcare rights during the 2016 legislative session.” The honorees are Rep. Beth McCann, D-Denver, chairwoman of the HIE Committee; Rep. Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins, vice chairwoman; and Reps. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora; Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo; Susan Lontine, D-Denver; Dianne Primavera, D-Broomfield; and Su Ryden, D-Aurora. During the 2016 legislative session, the seven legislators voted down three bills sponsored by the Republican House minority: HB16-1113, which would have banned all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest; HB16-1203, which imposed requirements on abortion providers and HB16-1218, which would have instituted requirements before a woman can access abortion.

“Beth McCann and her team defeated an arsenal of bills that would infringe on women’s reproductive rights,” said PPVC Board Chairwoman Vicki Cowart. “Thanks to all the members for defending the principle that reproductive health decisions should be made by women and their doctors, not politicians.”

“I am thrilled and honored to receive this award for Planned Parenthood,” McCann said. “It is particularly important to support Planned Parenthood this year after the horrific attack in Colorado Springs.”

REP. LAMBORN ISSUES STATEMENT ON NICE ATTACK IN ‘LAMBORN LEDGER’ — U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn issued a statement yesterday on the Nice, France, terrorist attack in his semi-regular “Lamborn Ledger” newsletter. Full statement below:

“I send my thoughts and prayers to the victims and all of those affected by this horrific attack,” Lamborn wrote. “America mourns with the people of Nice who have been subjected to senseless violence.

“As we stand with our friends in France, we must also be vigilant about the threats that our nations face. As Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr has stated,

‘[There is] a war on Western civilization. It really doesn’t matter which terrorist group we insert into the blank. The commitment is that they’re out to kill innocent people. And whether it happens in Paris or London or New York, we’ve got to collectively do our best to make sure that we thwart those attacks.’

“We need to recognize the threat of terrorism—both at home and abroad—and do everything we can to be on the offensive. I pledge to use my influence in Congress to fight back against radical Islamic ideology that requires the toppling of the West.”

TATE, WADHAMS JOIN CBS 4 AS POLITICAL ANALYSTS — CBS4, KCNC-TV–Denver announced today that Penfield Tate and Dick Wadhams have joined CBS4 as political analysts for Campaign 2016.

“Penfield and Dick are two of the smartest political voices in Colorado, and both are capable of providing an analytical view of their own party candidates as well as others,” CBS4 News Director Tim Wieland said.

According to a CBS 4 news release, Tate and Wadhams will provide perspective on local political stories as well as the national Presidential election through November 2016. Following the national conventions, they will join CBS4’s political specialist Shaun Boyd each Friday on CBS4 News at 6:30 p.m. to offer insight and talk about the hottest political stories of the week. They will also provide analysis during the October 21, 2016 U.S. Senate Debate between Michael Bennet and Darryl Glenn which will be held at CBS4 and offer comprehensive election night coverage.

Tate is a leading Democratic analyst. He has served in the administration of former Mayor Federico Peña and in the cabinet of former Governor Roy Romer, was elected to both the Colorado Senate and the House of Representatives and ran for Mayor of Denver in 2003.  He is a frequent speaker on issues of public interest and a regular panelist on CPT12’s political talk show Colorado Inside Out.

Tate: “One of the things I like about serving as a political analyst and commentator is it gives me the opportunity to observe the political environment and to comment on issues so that they resonate with the people on the street. I’ve been active in politics for many years, beginning in the 70s when my father ran for office in Boulder and became Mayor and I believe that it is vitally important for Americans to pay attention to the political environment and hold politicians accountable for what they say and do.”

Wadhams is a Republican political consultant who served as Colorado Republican state chairman from 2007 to 2011. He was campaign manager for Colorado Governor Bill Owens in 1998 when Owens became the first Republican governor to be elected in 28 years. Wadhams managed Colorado U.S. Senator Wayne Allard’s campaigns in 1996 and 2002, worked for Colorado U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong from 1981 to 1989 in both Colorado and Washington, D.C. and managed Colorado U.S. Senator Hank Brown’s campaign in 1990. He most recently came off of a loss as former CSU Athletic Director Jack Graham‘s campaign manager during the topsy-turvy GOP U.S. Senate primary race this year.

Wadhams: “Colorado will once again be in the national spotlight with competitive Presidential and U.S. Senate races and I’m looking forward to providing political analysis and commentary so that CBS4 viewers will have the best overall picture of the issues at hand.”

LUNDBERG ENCOURAGED BY PENCE PICK THANKS TO PENCE’S SUPPORT FOR AN ARTICLE V CONVENTION — State Sen. Kevin Lundberg, an ardent supporter of pushing a national constitutional convention of states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, says he is encouraged by Donald Trump‘s pick of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his running mate. “I am greatly encouraged by Trump’s selection of Governor Mike Pence as his vice-presidential running mate,” Lundberg wrote on Facebook. “I have known Mike for several years. He is an advocate for limited government and good moral values. He is also an outspoken supporter of limiting the reach of the Federal Government through the use of Article V. His presence on the Republican ticket is a big step in the right direction.”

“My god, war is not about bathrooms.”

 Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn Ret.


DENVER CBS 4: Colorado delegates walk out after roll call vote at RNC to “eat?” — “Republican delegates from Colorado were among the anti-Donald Trump forces who lost a fight Monday to demand a state-by-state roll call vote at the opening of the Republican National Convention …” Full story here

ARKANSAS TIMES: Trump opponents denied Convention rules challenge with Steve Womack in the chair — “Politico says “chaos” erupted on the Republican National Convention floor after Trump forces, on a voice vote, turned back a rules challenge by forces opposing Trump’s nomination. I’ll leave it to others to follow the ins and outs, but note an Arkansan figures prominently in the brouhaha …” Full story here

DURANGO HERALD: Colorado delegation at center of convention chaos — “The Republican National Convention devolved into chaos Monday in Cleveland, in part fueled by a last-ditch anti-Donald Trump effort led by the Colorado delegation …” Full story here

GAZETTE: Colorado delegation fails in another bid to replace Trump as Republican presidential nominee — “Colorado’s delegation to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Monday was in the thick of a last-ditch effort to usurp Donald Trump as the party’s nominee …” Full story here

COLORADOPOLS: Chaos in Cleveland as another anti-Trump effort squelched — “This was most assuredly not how Republicans were hoping to kick things off on Day 1 of the GOP Convention …” Full post here

PEAK POLITICS: #RNC2016: Four reasons Colorado should care about the Republican National Convention — “The Republican National Convention officially begins today and Colorado is playing a big role. Here are four Colorado things to watch for at the big event …” Full post here

STATESMAN: Colorado vows ‘more insurgency’ after anti-Trump tumult — The Colorado delegate heading a movement aimed at keeping the GOP from nominating Donald Trump for president vowed that the Republican National Convention will see “more insurgency” from Trump critics after a rancorous afternoon of procedural votes. “We don’t live in a dictatorship, we don’t live in a banana republic,” Castle Rock Republican Kendal Unruh … Full story here

EVERETT: Musings of an RNC delegate in Cleveland — “Before we get into the politics, let’s talk about Cleveland the city. Obviously, my preference was for the Republican National Convention to be held in Denver, but I’ve been pretty impressed by Cleveland in the first of two weeks I’ll be here …” Full opinion column here

STATESMAN: Trump campaign dismisses criticism of Melania Trump speech — “The Trump campaign on Tuesday dismissed criticism that Melania Trump directly lifted two passages nearly word-for-word from the speech that first lady Michelle Obama delivered in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention, calling the complaints “just absurd.” Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort insisted no mistakes had been made with the speech and said the issue …” Full story here

STATESMAN: Trump powers forward toward GOP prize after outbreak of dissent — “Barring a last-minute jolt to the proceedings, Donald Trump is hours away from attaining the 2016 presidential nomination despite efforts to stop him that spilled messily into the opening of the Republican National Convention. As his wife, Melania, put it from the stage, “It would not be a Trump contest without excitement and drama.” … Full story here

BUSINESS JOURNAL: From the RNC: National small business groups praise Trump’s Pence pick (Video) — “National small business groups look at Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s pick to be his vide presidential running mate, and they see a friend and ally …” Full story here

9NEWS: Truth Test: Clinton draws contrast with Trump in two ads — “Hillary Clinton showcases her record as Secretary of State while bashing opponent Donald Trump in two similar ads airing in Colorado …” Full story here

GOOD: Now that it’s legal, Colorado teens are smoking less weed — “There’s a common myth about teenagers drinking in France. Because many French young people are allowed moderate amounts of wine at dinner, the story goes, they learn that booze isn’t such a big deal and thus drink more moderately. As it turns out, France has a serious problem with young binge drinkers, so that cute theory is out the window….” Full story here

BUSINESS JOURNAL: Hickenlooper reportedly meets with Clinton in VP talks — “Colorado Gov. John HIckenlooper reportedly met with Hillary Clinton on Friday as Clinton narrows down her vice presidential choices …” Full story here

ROCKY MOUNTAIN PBS: Labor market report: Colorado needs a few hundred more school teachers — “Lending support to the notion that Colorado’s teacher shortage might get worse before it gets better, a new report shows that the state isn’t producing enough teaching graduates to keep up with demand …” Full story here

COLORADO SPRINGS INDEPENDENT: Glenn to address RNC, and more on that criminal charge — “As Darryl Glenn prepares to speak at the Republican National Convention at 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time Monday, here are a few things to ponder, including a recent boost of confidence from the daily newspaper and more info on that criminal charge that dates to his teen years …” Full story here

GRAND JUNCTION DAILY SENTINEL: County backs tax credits for math, nature centers — “Two programs geared to the sciences earned support from the Mesa County Commission as qualified for enterprise zone recognition …” Full story here

COLORADOAN: GOP Senate hopeful Glenn speaks at convention — “Republican Senate candidate Darryl Glenn took the stage Tuesday night for a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention. ‘My name is Darryl Glenn and I’m an unapologetic Christian, constitutional conservative, pro-life, second-amendment-loving veteran,’ Glenn said at the start of a six-minute-long speech …” Full story here

GLOBAL TRADE: Congress may restrict Boeing sales to Iran — “Several Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives joined Republican colleagues last week in supporting setting conditions before Boeing can proceed with a $17.6 billion deal to sell 80 passenger aircraft to Iran Air …” Full story here


Advanced Tactical AR-15 Course & Fundraiser for George Athanasopolous for Congress Friday, July 29, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Delta Force veterans will headline an advanced tactical AR-15 course to help raise funds for George for Congress. Location: Great Guns Range, 16126 County Road 96, Nunn, CO. Tickets are $700 and include personalized instruction from Special Ops on how to drive your AR-15 like a special forces operator. Ammunition and lunch are also included. Questions? Email or RSVP at

100 Kids that Cook — Saturday, July 30, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Blvd., Denver, Come out and support these young people show off their culinary skills. tell your family and friends to come out and support this event. The funds are raised to help watch care academy. Tickets here.

Olathe Sweet Corn Festival — Saturday, August 6, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Olathe Community Park, Olathe, CO. The Olathe Sweet Corn Festival is a West Slope organization which provides an annual fundraising opportunity for non-profit organizations while promoting local businesses and the area’s agricultural community. Tickets here.

Colorado Folds of Honor — Colorado Patriots Broadmoor Gold Tournament — Monday, August 8, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., The Broadmoor Resort and Spa, Colorado Springs, CO. 1st Annual Colorado Springs Golf Tournament Supporting the Folds of Honor Info :

Last day for unaffiliated candidate for president and vice president to submit a statement of intent to run, a $1,000 filing fee, and a list of electors — Wednesday, August 10, no later than 3:00 p.m.

El Paso County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner — Friday., August 12, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Join the El Paso County GOP to celebrate President Abraham Lincoln. Guests include U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and GOP U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn. Location: Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Rd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906. For more information, contact Mary Bradfield at or (719) 578-0022. For tickets, visit here.

Adams County 50th Anniversary JFK Dinner — Saturday, August 27, 6:00 p.m., Double Tree by Hilton, Castle Event Center, I-25 and 120th Ave. Master of Ceremonies state Sen. Morgan Carroll. Special guest speaker to be announced after the Democratic National Convention.

Last fay for U.S. Senate and U.S. House candidates to submit a voluntary term limits declaration form — Monday, August 29

General Election mail ballots drop – Monday, October 17

General Election polling locations open — Monday, October 24

General Election — Tuesday, November 8

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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.