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The Hot Sheet, July 28, 2016

Author: Jared Wright - July 28, 2016 - Updated: July 28, 2016

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

By TCS CEO and Editor-In-Chief Jared Wright

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DENVER — Good morning and Happy Thursday, the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention. Two Coloradans take the stage today, Gov. John Hickenlooper and House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran. Hickenlooper, who  ran into some protesters right up in his face yesterday while in Philly, will speak not long before Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

And, more details for you on this week’s upcoming Donald Trump visit to our own little slice of paradise — including news on a Denver rally. Also, Darryl Glenn responds to the 1983 arrest controversy …

Read on for your daily briefing on all things Colorado politics …

“Reject cynicism & fear. Right on Mr. President. I bet Ronald Reagan would agree were he with us tonight.”

Alan Salazar

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

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION DAY THREE: COLORADO PROTESTS — While Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was a politically star-studded event with speeches from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, VP Nominee Tim Kaine and an appearance by Hillary Clinton herself on stage with the president, it was also a day made up of Colorado protesters appearing on the convention floor. A mixture of signs reading “Oligarchy,” “Stop Her,” “100% Renewables,” and “Ban Fracking,” and “No TPP” appeared throughout the big name events being pumped toward the sky by the Colorado delegation, some of the delegates wearing duct tape over their mouths in demonstration that they believe their voices and votes were silenced by the DNC. “The DNC literally colluded with the media to frame the narrative against Bernie Sanders. And I mean literal. These people were disenfranchised,” exclaimed one observer.

Colorado delegates hold signs, some of them wearing duct tape over their mouths in protest on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center during the Democratic National Convention July 27, 2016. (Photo courtesy Joe Salazar)
Colorado delegates hold signs, some of them wearing duct tape over their mouths in protest on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center during the Democratic National Convention July 27, 2016. (Photo courtesy Joe Salazar)

WOULD HICKENLOOPER HAVE ACCEPTED AN OFFER FROM HILLARY CLINTON TO BE HER RUNNING MATE? — … Yes. Gov. John Hickenlooper, who will address the Democratic National Convention and the world during a prime time speaking slot tonight, would have accepted had Hillary Clinton offered him the vice president slot. Hickenlooper told CBS4’s Shaun Boyd, “There was a sense of disappointment because I’m a competitive person. And once they called me … they didn’t call me until six weeks ago … and I couldn’t tell anyone. So people would say, ‘What’s going on?’ And I’d say, ‘Well, it’s a long list, I think I’m near the bottom.’

“And here I was being interviewed and vetted. But again, one of the greatest honors of my life just to be considered for that kind of a job.”

Full story here

BUT WOULD HICKENLOOPER TAKE A CLINTON CABINET POST? — That’s “pretty unlikely” Hickenlooper told The Denver Post’s John Frank, “it’s pretty unlikely I would take a cabinet position to be very blunt,” when asked if he would accept a cabinet position in a Hillary Clinton White House. What about interior secretary? “I don’t know. It would all depend on, you know, what exactly she wanted to have done and what her vision was.” Full story here

Let’s not forget a “cabinet position” as a term does not include an ambassadorship.

HICKENLOOPER SHOUTED DOWN BY FRACKING PROTESTERS, APPROACHED FACE-TO-FACE DURING POLITICO Caucus — A POLITICO Caucus event in Philadelphia hosted on “Energy and the Election” was disrupted yesterday just after 3:00 p.m. MT during Gov. John Hickenlooper‘s appearance with several other guests. “I hold you personally responsible for poisoning America,” a man said climbing the stage and approaching Hickenlooper without being stopped by his security detail.

“You’re killing your constituents with fracking,” shouted another indigenous woman during the protest.

Watch a video of the incident here

A sign reading "Frackenlooper Ban Fracking," hangs from a parking building adjoining 2001 Market St. in Philadelphia, a location where Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was appearing on a program to talk about energy and the economy July 27. (Photo via Twitter account @BernieOrBust2)
A sign reading “Frackenlooper Ban Fracking,” hangs from a parking building adjoining 2001 Market St. in Philadelphia, a location where Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was appearing on a program to talk about energy and the economy July 27. (Photo via Twitter account @BernieOrBust2)

HOT SHEET EXCLUSIVE: ‘BIDEN IMPROVISED THE MOST’ … COLORADO CABLE TV HOST’S AARON HARBER’S DAY THREE DISPATCH FROM THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION — “If Day 2 was busy, Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention was a whirlwind. We did show segments ranging from 4 to 20 minutes with Sen. Dick Durbin, ABC’s Byron Pitts, U.S. Rep. and civil rights icon John Lewis, Sen. Michael Bennet, actor Jason George (known as “Gray’s Anatomy’s “Dr. Ben Warren” — view clip here), former U.S. Rep. and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, Florida’s first female sheriff and National Sheriffs Association representative Sheriff Susan Benton, and Utah Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Misty Snow.

There were even more with whom I spoke off-camera, including Leon Panetta, Katie Couric, Jay Carney, Jesse Jackson, Brit Hume, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, David Brooks, Charlie Crist, Sen. Al Franken, Chris Wallace, among others.

Although most of the press were not admitted to the convention floor, I was able to get a prime location once again behind the Virginia delegation. That meant I was separated from the stage by only 10 rows of  delegates’ chairs.  Watching Joe Biden, Tim Kaine, and Barack Obama close-up was mesmerizing as they made the case for the past 8 years and a future led by Hillary Clinton.

I was well-positioned to see the teleprompter script so I could observe who was improvising the most. Not surprisingly, Senator Kaine stayed right on script, President Obama meandered occasionally, and Vice President Biden improvised the most. All of them had the crowd on their feet.

For me, one of the best parts was watching the electrifying performance by Lenny Kravitz and his band.  Not only was the music great but it gave me a chance to move — a welcome respite when you are standing for almost 4 hours.

The Colorado delegation’s post-event party was a hit, with great food and music accompanying Chairman Rick Palacio and Executive Director Anne Wilseck’s group. We finally got back to our hotel by 3:30 am.


The American Dream is something no wall will ever contain. …

Democracy isn’t a spectator sport. …

Don’t boo. Vote …

America isn’t about ‘yes he will.’ It’s about ‘yes we can.’ …

Hope in the face of difficulty; hope in the face of uncertainty; the audacity of hope. …

— President Barack Obama, 7/27/16

“Thanks, Obama.”

To read more posts live from the Democratic National Convention, follow House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran on Twitter, @crisantaduran

Colorado House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran practicing her speech to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 27. She speaks to the convention July 28. (Photo courtesy Crisanta Duran)
Colorado House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran practicing her speech to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 27. She speaks to the convention July 28. (Photo courtesy Crisanta Duran)

HILLARY CLINTON COLORADO CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES SNAPCHAT ACCOUNT, HICKENLOOPER AND DURAN WILL ‘TAKEOVER’ TODAY — Hillary for Colorado will officially launch its campaign Snapchat account with a takeover by Governor John Hickenlooper and House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran today, according to a media release. The Snapchat takeover comes on the same day that Hillary Clinton will make history as the first woman to accept the nomination for President from a major political party. It will also be the day that Hickenlooper and Duran will address the Democratic National Convention.

Follow along here @OurColorado for behind-the-scenes snaps by Hickenlooper and Duran from Philadelphia, as well as campaign updates and special geo-filters between now and November 8. Also participating in tomorrow’s Snapchat takeover is 18-year-old Iriana Reyes-Corral, one of a handful of exceptional volunteers from across the country selected to attend the DNC.

RNC CHAIR REINCE PREIBUS OFFERS SCATHING ALTERNATIVE TO WARM AND FUZZY OUTLOOK OF DNC — Full statement: “Tonight reinforced that the Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine ticket is nothing more than two career DC insiders who want nothing more than to continue the failed Democrat status quo,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. “In an election year when voters are eager to get rid of a rigged system which puts Washington first, Democrats have gone all in for unprincipled flip-floppers who have spent years embracing pay-to-play politics and unchecked cronyism. Americans have had enough of out-of-touch career politicians taking care of their own instead of the American people, but that is exactly what the Clinton-Kaine ticket and the Democrat Party represents.

“President Barack Obama was elected to the White House with voters demanding change, and fittingly, that is how he will leave. After coming into office promising to transcend politics, tonight he spent more time in his final major address attacking Republicans, than discussing key issues like trade, terrorism, or his failed legacy in the Middle East. The fact that President Obama is betting his legacy on having a Democrat successor shows what a weak and divisive leader he has been. Our country cannot afford four more years like the last eight, which have left us less prosperous, less safe, and less free. The Trump-Pence ticket will put America first and bring back the prosperity and security our country deserves.”

SEN. RAY SCOTT CALLS ON VOTERS TO REJECT INITIATIVE 140 FOR PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION — State Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction: “Do Los Angeles Dodger fans get to choose the Rockies’ pitching rotation? Libertarian Party members don’t expect to vote in selecting Green Party candidates, or vice versa. Why should people who have voluntarily chosen not to belong to any political party be invited by the government to participate in a party’s selection of its own candidates?” Read Scott’s full opinion column here

IN ADDITION TO HIGH DOLLAR COLORADO SPRINGS FUNDRAISER, TRUMP TO HOST TOWN HALL MEETING IN COLORADO SPRINGS AND RALLY IN DENVER — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will appear at a 2 p.m. town hall at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, tomorrow, Friday, July 29. For you right-leaning politicos, ticketing information here.

Trump will also appear for a rally at 7:00 p.m in Denver at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 East Academy Boulevard in Denver. Doors Open: 4:00 p.m. Register for tickets by clicking here.

COLORADO GOP NOT PART OF TRUMP JOINT FUNDRAISING OPERATION TOMORROW — A spokesman for the Colorado Republican Party said the state GOP wasn’t a part of the joint fundraising operation due to “technical reasons” and suggested asking the RNC for an explanation. Full story here

DARRYL GLENN RESPONDS TO ARREST CONTROVERSY — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn went in-depth to explain a 1983 assault charge involving his father, something Glenn called “the painful truth” indicating that his “parents’ marriage was violent.” The explanation likely wasn’t what anyone expected. Glenn released a lengthy statement describing the incident. Here is the full statement:

I have been asked to respond to allegations about a misdemeanor charge from over 32 years ago.

am going to say a lot here, but I want to say a few things up front:

  1. told the truth when I said I have never been arrested. I have never been handcuffed or fingerprinted. I have never appeared in court as a defendant.
  2. do not remember much about the night of Nov. 20, 1983. I understand that my dad made a complaint against me, but it was dropped nearly immediately–which is why I never knew about it.
  3. Like a lot of Colorado families, we had to deal with domestic violence growing up.

Family Context:

understand why some people might say, “How can he not remember something like this?”

I want to do my best to explain that: the painful truth is that my parents’ marriage was violent. This was not the first night my father attacked my mother, and maybe more sadly, this wasn’t the worst time it happened–not even close.

When you grow up in a violent home, the fights, the screaming, the pain all blur together.  To survive, you block as much of it out of your head as you can in the moment. You try to forget it going forward.  What happened that night was one in a long series of

incidents between my parents. In that sense, it was not really memorable.

November 20, 1983

Here’s what I do know now about that night: My father hit my mother, and I got between them to try and protect her. The police were called. He claimed to the police that I hit him. I do not believe I ever hit him. My mother swears I did not hit him either, but it wouldn’t have been beyond him at the time to claim I did. I do not remember ever talking to a police officer. I certainly do not remember signing anything for the police.

Trying all these years later to piece together what we learned this week, I think it’s likely that the police showed up and took everyone’s information. I think my dad initially wanted to press charges that night and a report was filed. I know that a few weeks later my mother and I were called into a meeting in a Judge’s chambers. He asked us a few questions and then sent us home. That’s the last thing we definitively know.

only have these details now because of what my mother told me this past week. In fact, this was the very first time we’d spoken about that evening in the 32 years since it happened. It’s probably hard to understand this unless you grew up in the kind of environment that I did.

This was a very hard period for my dad and I. We barely spoke in the years that followed. With that said, I am deeply grateful that towards the end of his life we were able to reconcile.

Years later, when a reporter asked me if I had ever been arrested, I said no because I honestly did not remember this event. When I expressed a belief that I had never been arrested, I was being honest.


did not plan to talk about the violence I grew up with in this campaign. I did not want to put my mother through reliving the agony of this period in our lives, and honestly, I did not want to have to relive it myself.  I do not like thinking about this time in our lives. I do not like talking about it.

Over the last day or so, Mom and I both have shed a lot of tears talking about that night, trying to make sense of what happened.  I wish I had done more to protect her.  She wishes she had done more to protect me.  

want to use this moment to remind people that our family’s story is not unique. In Colorado, more than 17,000 people are victims of domestic violence every year.  

We have to do so much better. We have to stop the cycle of violence affecting so many of our communities. We have to love each other.

These are painful memories for me, but I am blessed. I got free of the violence. My dad and I were able to rebuild our relationship before he passed away.

As a kid, there was not much I could do to stop the violence in our home. When I got older, as a father, I did everything I could to raise my children with a father that loved them, protected them and made them feel safe.

In our family, we’ve stopped the cycle of violence. I pray the same for other Colorado families confronting abuse in the home. They need to know they are not alone, that they do not need to be ashamed, and that there is help for them.

“But in the free market system, you’re forced to change

— Roy Romer


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

Elections Study Group Meeting — Saturday, July 30, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Grand Junction City Hall Auditorium, 250 North 5th St., Grand Junction, CO. Here is the link for more information and other upcoming events the study group will be conducting in the next few months.

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.

Larimer County Republican Breakfast Club — Monday, August 1, 7:00 – 8:30 AM, Johnson’s Corner, Southeast Frontage Road, I-25 Exit 254. Meeting held every Monday morning. Same time, same place. Attendance is open to the public. Cost for a buffet style breakfast is $10, and $2 for students. Join for $20, and get a monthly mailing of upcoming speakers and a name tag. Congressman Bob Schaffer founded this club in 1996, when he first went to Congress. For more information, contact Donna Gustafson.

Cole Wist for HD37 Pancake Breakfast — Saturday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Dekoevand Park, 6421 S University Blvd., Littleton. Please join us for Food, Fun and Fellowship! We are hosting a pancake breakfast to help Re-Elect Rep. Cole Wist to the State House of Representatives. DeKoevend Park (Shelter C – closest to Goodson Rec) Suggested donation: $37 per family, $15 per individual, $7 per child.

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 :

Custer County Democrats Monthly Meeting — Monday, August 8, Custer Library Community Room, 209 Main St., Westcliffe, CO

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.