The Hot Sheet, July 29, 2016
Author: Jared Wright - July 29, 2016 - Updated: July 30, 2016
VOL. 01 NO. 141 | JULY 29, 2016 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2016
By TCS Editor and Publisher Jared Wright
DENVER — Good morning and Happy Friday … and National Lasagna Day. Safe travels to those of you who are headed back to Colorado from the Democratic National Convention. But my advice, stay away from lasagna before hitting the friendly skies or they may become far less friendly. Today, another passenger soaring the friendly skies — with much more leg room — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, will host a town hall meeting in Colorado Springs at 2 p.m. and a rally in Denver at 7 p.m., events we will have Statesman reporters on hand to cover for you.
All this following Hillary Clinton‘s historic acceptance of the Democratic nomination for president last night in Philadelphia during the DNC’s fourth and final day, an event studded with speeches from two Colorado politicos, one of them delivering a “low energy” but nonetheless inspiring speech about how he was laid off from a job 30 years ago almost to the day.
It’s all over now folks. Both conventions behinds us. We are fully inside the belly of the general election season beast. Good luck to you.
Read on for your daily briefing on all things Colorado politics …
“It’s so great to have a leader like Crisanta [Duran] representing Colorado. She told her story, which is a story of so many of us coming from working people that taught us the values and that taught us about family. She’s a great example of Colorado. I’m proud of her.”
Now, your substrata feed straight from Colorado’s politics pipeline:
Duran: “In Colorado we share a unique heritage, built on the promise of progress you can only find in the American West. I come from Native Americans and Mexican descendants, French trappers and Spanish pioneers. … Growing up, my family wasn’t rich. In fact, my parents were allowed on food stamps for a time to get by. But in America, we don’t define our values by our net worth. … Only in America could a shy little girl from Northglenn and Arvada, Colorado, grow up to break glass ceilings and serve as the Majority Leader at the Colorado House of Representatives. …” Full speech here
Hickenlooper: “Thirty years ago, almost to the day, I lost my job. Whether it’s being laid off, downsized, or fired, it’s not funny, and not a reality show punchline when it happens to you.
“Now — I’ve never hosted a reality TV show — but I know that the true mark of a successful businessman is not the number of times you say “you’re fired”, it’s the number of times you say ‘you’re hired.’
“That’s right, I’m a business guy. But unlike that other candidate’s businesses, my business didn’t go bankrupt six times.
“I’ve spent time with Hillary, and I can tell you — from a small business perspective, she gets it … She’s going to make the largest investment in jobs since World War II. She’ll cut red tape and taxes so it’s easier to start and grow a small business. Hillary Clinton is going to work for the young entrepreneur who wants to open a brewpub, or launch a start-up, or even create a drapery business — just like her dad, Hugh Rodham, did all those years ago in Chicago.”
During Hickenlooper’s speech, some Colorado delegates and a smattering of others could be seen holding up “Stop Fracking” signs in the crowd — a continuation of a protest that seemed to haunt Hick in Philadelphia.
MSNBC called Hick’s speech “low energy.” Judge for yourself and watch it below. Full speech here.
HILLARY CLINTON ACCEPTS THE NOMINATION, PARAPHRASES ONE OF COLORADO CONGRESSMAN PERLMUTTER’S LINES — A line regularly heard in stump speeches delivered by Colorado’s U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-CD7 is this: “If we make it in America, we’ll make it in America.”
Hillary Clinton: “[Trump] also talks a big game about putting America first. But please explain, what part of ‘America first’ leads him to make Trump ties in China, not Colorado; Trump suits in Mexico, not Michigan; Trump furniture in Turkey, not Ohio; Trump picture frames in India, not Wisconsin. Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again. Well he could start by actually making things in America again.”
EXCLUSIVE: AARON HARBER’S DAY 4 DISPATCH FROM THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION — Aaron Harber: The last day of the Democratic National Convention was the most exciting for the attendees but was almost anticlimactic for us from a production perspective because we were whipped. The day started off well as we went behind the podium to watch Katy Perry run through her performance. Dressed in sweats, a windbreaker, sunglasses, and a cap, she was totally incognito but her phenomenal and unique voice revealed who she was.
The other good news was we did segments with Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the first woman to be elected lieutenant governor of Maryland; Lily Ledbetter, who fought against wage discrimination and won a case against Goodyear, which set the stage for Equal Pay legislation in Congress; Colorado House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran, who spoke at the convention yesterday; and former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
Highlights of yesterday’s recordings included an around-the-world tour of international hot spots with University of Denver Josef Korbel International Affairs School Dean and former U.S. Ambassador Christopher Hill, and a great example of how you can have an in-depth discussion in just several minutes thanks to a tour du force by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
The day included seeing people with whom we did not get to record segments but with whom I interacted. They included interview icon Charlie Rose, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, comedian Chelsea Handler, director Rob Reiner, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sens. Tammy Baldwin, Bob Casey, and Al Franken, plus Gov. John Hickenlooper, who I was able to briefly congratulate immediately after his address to the nation around 8:00 pm.
I gave up my opportunity to be on the convention floor for the fourth out of four nights so my producer, Jana Martin, a huge Katy Perry fan, could be there. Fortunately, she was able to see the entire program to the very end of the night. After Perry’s amazing performance, I thought the Clinton campaign should find a way to team her up with Taylor Swift. That would wrap up the youth vote.
After the event, we headed to a birthday party for Mayor Hancock but, after seeing the line to get in, opted for returning to the hotel. I would got to bed early last night — by 3:30 am!
SINGER: LESSER OF TWO EVILS?; OTHER COLORADO DELEGATES STILL NOT IMPRESSED — “It’s not worth losing things like immigration reform and reproductive choices,” said state Rep. Jonathan Singer, a Sanders delegate, adding that Hillary Clinton‘s biggest challenge is that voters don’t trust her. “Most of the Bernie folks are not going to support somebody that can’t walk their own talk.”
Democratic Delegate Cleo Dioletis added, “I’m not saying I would support Trump, God forbid, I hate him, but I’m not going to vote for the least of two evils, because when you’re voting for the least of two evils, you’re still voting evil,” Dioletis said. “My biggest thing about Hillary is her lying. When an FBI director claims that you used poor judgement, and when it was found that she lied to Congress, I would say that’s pretty big stuff.”
GOP’S HOUSE: CLINTON AND HICKENLOOPER’S SPEECHES WERE ‘UNREMARKABLE’ AND ‘UNIMPRESSIVE’ — Colorado Republican Party Chairman Steve House delivered the following statement on Hillary Clinton and John Hickenlooper‘s speeches from last night: “Hillary Clinton’s conventional and unremarkable acceptance speech embodies her campaign’s commitment to preserving the failed status-quo.
“In a change election where voters of both parties are demanding a different path for our country, Clinton’s speech effectively offered the same policies that have failed Colorado the last eight years.
“Gov. Hickenlooper delivered an equally unimpressive speech making misleading accusations about Donald Trump’s business career. Unlike Gov. Hickenlooper and Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump actually knows what it’s like to tell thousands of workers over the course of his career ‘you’re hired.’
“Time and again Hillary Clinton’s record of dishonesty and duplicity has shown America precisely why she is unqualified to serve as our commander-in-chief.
“We need an honest business savvy leader like Donald Trump to break Colorado’s streak of hundreds of thousands of cancelled Obamacare policies, persistent stagnating wages, and lost high wage resource development jobs.
“We look forward to continuing our work with the Trump campaign to help provide opportunity for working class Coloradans and to make our country great again.”
NEVILLE, GLENN TO NOT ONLY BE IN THE SAME LOCATION — BUT ON THE SAME BOAT! … WORKING AS A ‘TEAM’: KEEP YOUR EYE OUT FOR THE ‘WATER ELEPHANTS’ — “The first ever political party to participate in the dragon boat races” happens this weekend’s Colorado Dragon Boat Festival at Sloan’s Lake in Denver, according to a media release. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn will helm the GOP team which will also include Casper Stockham, candidate for the 1st Congressional District, Heidi Ganahl, CU Regent at-large candidate, and state Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton. Several other local candidates and politicos will fill out the 20-person paddling squad.
The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is the largest of its kind in the U.S. An estimated 125,000 people will attend the 2 day celebration of Asian culture this year. Dragon Boat races run both days and the Water Elephants are scheduled to race at 9:36am on Sunday in the Novice Division. Depending on the results of their time trial, they will also compete around 10:00am and 1:00pm.
FARTHER AND FARTHER RIGHT: DELTA COUNTY GOP APPOINTS NEW CHAIR AFTER FORMER CHAIR RESIGNS UNDER RACIST CLOUD — The small West Slope town of Delta was rocked in national political news when former Delta County GOP Chair Linda Sorenson posted a meme to her Facebook page depicting Ronald Reagan feeding a bottle to a chimpanzee, which the meme suggested was President Barack Obama. Sorenson first claimed she was the victim of hacking, then apologized for the post and later resigned.
Late yesterday afternoon, Jim Wetzel, chair of the Delta County Republican Vacancy Committee, announced the naming of a new chair for the Delta GOP. “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Roger Bentley as the new Delta County Republicans Party Chair, effective immediately,” Wetzel wrote. “The Vacancy Committee met on several occasions and interviewed both Roger Bentley and Chalmer Swain. Both candidates offered new energy and constructive ideas to move the party forward in these important election times, and the Vacancy Committee appreciates their interest in taking on the party leadership. Congratulations to Roger Bentley for his successful pursuit of this position.”
Bentley is a Delta farmer with a far-right political bent who has twice ran for Delta County Commissioner and lost. A regular campaign talking point for Bentley is Agenda 21 and his perception that the United Nations is trying to infiltrate and run the United States government through conspiracy.
IN COLORADO’S REAL FEDERAL RACE TO WATCH, COFFMAN CONTINUES DISTANCING HIMSELF FROM TRUMP — U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman: “For months I have made it clear when, where, and how I disagree with Donald Trump. He has no apparent plan to balance the budget, his immigration policy is cruel and absurd, and his divisive campaign is further dividing America. Full story here
LAWRENCE PICKED FOR ELITE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM — From the Elbert County News: Colorado House District 39 state Rep. Polly Lawrence, the House assistant minority leader, “has been selected to participate in one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials, The Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellowship program. The 48 leaders in the Class of 2016 Toll Fellowship program hail from 29 states, Puerto Rico and Guam and represent all three branches of state government. A 12-member committee of state leaders, many who are Toll Fellows themselves, reviewed applications and selected the class. ‘I applied to the Toll Fellows program to learn more about different leadership styles and to learn how to facilitate interactions with individuals from each branch of government,’ Lawrence, a Republican, said. …” Full story here
CORY GARDNER REACTS TO TRUMP LINKING CLINTON TO RUSSIAN HACK — “Anytime Russia is involved in hacking is a major concern,” U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said in an interview with the Fort Collins Coloradoan. “I think we should all be alarmed by Russian activities. I certainly don’t condone foreign actors breaking into private email systems of anyone here. I think it’s unfortunate that Hillary Clinton treated her classified emails with such carelessness that it’s taken away the importance of our networks.” Full story here
‘STRONG SISTERS’ CHOSEN TO SHOW IN BRECKENRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL — The documentary film “Strong Sisters,” which features interviews with a number of elected women in Colorado, has been chosen to be shown on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Speakeasy Movie Theater in Breckenridge during the Breckenridge Film Festival. More information about tickets will be available soon at www.breckfilmfest.org, and, of course, we will keep you updated. We’d love to fill the theater, so please help us spread the word!
“A man you can bait with a Tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”
“No one has worse judgement than Hillary Clinton – corruption and devastation follows her wherever she goes.”
— Donald Trump
YOUR BRIEFING IN ALL THINGS POLITICAL
STATESMAN: Clinton to nation: ‘It’s a moment of reckoning’ — “Hillary Clinton capped a four-day convention celebration with a plea for national unity and tolerance. Now, one of the most divisive and distrusted figures in American politics must convince voters that she, rather than Republican rival Donald Trump, can bring a deeply divided nation together. “America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful …” Full story here
STATESMAN: Hickenlooper hits Trump on economy at DNC — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper slammed the Republican presidential nominee for his business practices, empathized with out-of-work Americans and touted Hillary Clinton’s collaborative philosophy during a primetime address to the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. …” Full story here
STATESMAN: Duran at DNC: Net worth doesn’t define — Colorado’s House majority leader is telling the Democratic National Convention that Americans don’t define themselves by their net worth. Crisanta Duran, a Denver Democrat, cited her own experience to make that point and support Hillary Clinton on Thursday’s closing day of the convention in Philadelphia. …” Full story here
KUNC: Colorado’s Sanders supporters still feel mixed about Clinton’s historic nomination — “Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders handily won Colorado’s caucuses. That fact was not forgotten after Hillary Clinton’s speech Thursday night, accepting the Democratic presidential nomination. But four days of unity building in Philadelphia during the 2016 Democratic National Convention seemed to help. …” Full story here
DURANGO HERALD: Colorado represented at Democratic convention in Philadelphia — “Colorado was well represented Thursday for the historic moment when Hillary Clinton become the first woman to win a major party’s nomination for president. Gov. John Hickenlooper told the nation of his career successes and woes at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, stating the case for Clinton. …” Full story here
CRAIG DAILY PRESS: Steamboat delegate to Democratic Convention inspired to work for change — Delegate to the Democratic National Convention Erin Biggs of Steamboat Springs has experienced profound emotional highs during her time in Philadelphia this week. ‘This experience has been an emotional one in so many ways, and I absolutely lost it when I met Congressman John Lewis (Georgia) and (former Arizona congresswoman) Gabby Giffords. I started sobbing and cried for a good hour,’ Biggs said July 27 in an e-mail interview. ‘We are all in it together and fighting as hard as we can to keep this a great country. What Trump doesn’t understand or doesn’t say, is that America already is a great country. …” Full story here
DENVER POST: Poll: Was Clinton’s speech a success? — 50.03% No, 49.97% Yes Poll here
DENVER POST: Marijuana industry ditches burnout image for ‘suit and tie’ approach to DNC — This isn’t your teenage son’s marijuana industry anymore; it’s your button-down dad’s business — at least at the Democratic National Convention. Even as pro-marijuana activists marched this week in Philadelphia with a fake 51-foot joint, teams of industry leaders and lobbyists were busy doing the kind of work one would expect from the beer or pharmaceutical industry: holding receptions, talking to politicians and discussing regulations. …” Full story here
9NEWS: Hickenlooper touts small business, brushes off rumor at DNC — “Hillary Clinton’s plan for small businesses was the theme of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s speech to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Thursday night. ‘She’s going to make the largest single investment in jobs since World War II,’ Hickenlooper said of the Democratic presidential nominee. ‘She’ll cut red tape and taxes so it’s easier to start and grow a small business.'” Full story here
GAZETTE: Trump’s stop in Colorado Springs on Friday will draw fans and foes; UCCS professors speak out — “‘While we recognize Mr. Trump’s right to speak at UCCS and at other public venues, we strongly condemn the content and tone of much of the rhetoric that Mr. Trump has used since announcing his bid for president,’ said the letter addressed to UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and signed by 114 individuals including professors Jeffrey Scholes and Jeff Montez de Oca. …” Full story here
COLORADOPOLS: Trump to reach out to ‘early’ Colorado supporters who include Woods and Athanasopoulos — “Donald Trump will reach out to “all candidates who were with [Trump] early” Colorado Trump campaign director Patrick Davis told radio listeners Wednesday. ‘It’s a brave thing to be a Trump supporter early in Colorado,’ Davis told KNUS 710-AM’s Peter Boyles. One of the first candidates in Colorado to support Trump was State Sen. Laura Woods (R-Westminster/Arvada), who in January called the mogul one of her two favorite presidential picks. …” Full story here
9NEWS: VERIFY: Hillary Clinton’s DNC acceptance speech — “In her historic speech, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talked values, records and made clear jabs at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. As we was the case with Trump, our fact check team found many of Clinton’s claims checked out. But there were areas where Clinton glossed over meaningful context. …” Full story here
AURORA SENTINEL: CD Watch: Coffman, Carroll both critical of Trump ahead of GOP nominee’s Colorado visit — “As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump prepares to campaign in Colorado on Friday, both major-party candidates in Aurora’s 6th Congressional District aren’t happy with the GOP’s ticket topper. Both Democratic state Sen. Morgan Carroll and U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, issued critical statements on Trump Thursday morning, July 28, ahead of Hillary Clinton’s acceptance of the Democratic presidential nomination and Trump’s swing through Colorado the next day. …” Full story here
DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL: Trump, Clinton heading back to Colorado — “The two newly-crowned major-party nominees for president will stop in Colorado in coming days as they gear up for their post-convention campaigns. Republican Donald Trump plans a pair of public appearances in the state Friday: A 2 p.m. ‘town hall meeting’ at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs’ Gallogly Event Center, and a 7 p.m. rally at Denver’s Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space. …” Full story here
COLORADO PEAK POLITICS: MIA: Why can’t Michael Bennet get excited about Hillary Clinton? — “Just who does Senator Bennet support for his party’s nomination for president? He was resoundingly booed by the large contingent of Bernie Sanders supporters at the Colorado Democrat Convention in April. Screams of ‘change your vote,’ jeers, and foot stomping almost shut down his acceptance speech for the nomination for U.S. Senate. …” Full story here
JDSPURA BUSINESS ADVISOR: Three new Colorado employment laws on horizon: Employment verification, pregnancy accommodations and personnel-file inspection — “The Colorado General Assembly passed three laws in 2016 that affect Colorado employers. This legal update briefly describes the new laws and suggests steps employers should take to assure future compliance …” Full story here
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: ‘SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO TAKE ONE FOR THE TEAM’ — “Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the outgoing chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), said Thursday that ‘sometimes you just have to take one for the team. This has been a difficult week, there’s no question about it,’ Wasserman Schultz said in remarks at a reception hosted by the National Jewish Democratic Council, the first time she’s spoken publicly since announcing she would step down as chairwoman. …” 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 George@GeorgeforColorado.com or RSVP at GeorgeforColorado.com/delta.
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.
Democratic Party of Denver Annual Picnic — Sunday, August 7, 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m., Ruby Hill Park, at Florida and Platte River Dr. Connect with your favorite Democrats and meet new ones at our annual picnic! This event is family-oriented, with lots of games for kids. Beer, burgers and hot dogs will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share. $10 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 : www.Colorado-Patriots.org
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 email@example.com or (719) 578-0022. For tickets, visit here.
Policy Conversation with Hon. Kathleen Sebelius in support of Hillary Victory Fund — Saturday, August 20, 2:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m., Home of Drs. Alisa and Steve Sherick, Denver, Host, $5,000, Co-Host $1,000, Supporter $250. RSVP 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
Young and Active Conservatives of Denver — Wednesday, August 31, 7:00 pm. Highland Tavern, 3400 Navajo Street, Denver, CO. HAPPY HOUR! We are conservative young adults in our 20s – 40s who enjoy talking politics and doing social activities. More information here.
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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