Hot Sheet

The Hot Sheet, August 1, 2016

Author: Jared Wright - August 1, 2016 - Updated: August 1, 2016

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

VOL. 01 NO. 142 | AUGUST 01, 2016 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2016
By TCS Editor and Publisher Jared Wright

DENVER — Good morning and welcome back to real life … if you ever, in fact, left it for the weekend. Some of us don’t take such leisures. Today is Colorado Day, the anniversary of President Ulysses S. Grant signing the proclamation admitting Colorado as the 38th state to the Union on August 1, 1876.

We are coming off of a big weekend in presidential politics for #38. Donald Trump himself, as you surely know by now, was in Colorado Springs and Denver Friday for a fundraiser, town hall meeting and rally. Yes, he did get trapped in The Mining Exchange Hotel elevator. And yes, there was controversy involving Trump’s remarks to the fire marshal after the fire department helped retrieve him from said elevator, and no the elevator was most likely not tampered with. Ok, now that we have that out of the way …

This week is already shaking out to be another big political one in Colorado as Hillary Clinton has announced plans to visit Commerce City for a rally. She will also be in Aspen for a fundraiser as we tipped you to last week.

And what about creating a future presidential primary in Colorado? That conversation is far from dead. Read on to see how that debate is progressing via the Colorado Election Study Group and for your daily briefing everything else Colorado politics …

“Two things I learned about Kayaking down the Rio Grande. It isn’t as easy as it looks and Stetson hats do not float.”

— Sen. Larry Crowder

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

THE MINING EXCHANGE HOTEL OWNER RENAMES ELEVATOR ‘THE TRUMPSTER’ AFTER THE DONALD GETS TRAPPED IN IT … ALONG WITH ROUGHLY 10 OTHER PEOPLE FRIDAY — “I get a call saying Mr. Trump was stuck in the elevator at The Mining Exchange,” hotel Co-owner Perry R. Sanders said. “It was quite interesting the whole deal happening, but I think it was a bit of a test. If anybody that’s in the high position ends up in a situation and has to come out of it and deal with complicated things I think it’s some sort of tribute to them that they can do that.” Full story here

ELEVATOR CONTROL HAD BEEN GIVEN TO TRUMP TEAM — “The parties that lease the hotel also wanted control of the elevators, and I assume that happens when you get to a certain level of security, and so they were given a key to actually control the elevators and the elevator apparently in the course of being controlled by somebody other than in the course of the normal operations, the elevator stopped and consequently Mr. Trump was, I understand rescued by the fire department from that within a matter of five minutes or less,” The Mining Exchange Co-owner Perry Sanders said. Full story here

COLORADO SPRINGS PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTER ASSOCIATION RESPONDS TO TRUMP’S STATEMENT, SAYING THE FIRE DEPARTMENT DIDN’T ‘KNOW WHAT THE HELL THEY’RE DOING’ —
“The Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters would like to publicly support the decisions by the Colorado Springs Fire Department on July 29 in not allowing over occupancy of the auditorium during Candidate Donald Trump’s speech. Colorado Springs Firefighters know exactly what we are doing — we are professionals and we take our jobs very seriously. Occupancy levels are set to protect the public’s safety, and we find it unfortunate that Trump’s campaign would question our judgement, expect us to break the law or waiver from our mission to protect our community.” — Justin Koch, President of the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighter Association

THE FIRE MARSHAL HIMSELF ALSO RESPONDED — “There’s an old adage that when a fire marshal walks into a room, milk curdles. So because we’re always looking out for public safety and trying to make certain venues go off successfully and safely sometimes there are people who aren’t very happy with some of the rules and regulations were required to enforce. But it doesn’t bother me at all.” — Brett Lacey, Fire Marshal  Full story here

NOW FOR REAL NEWS … TRUMP’S REMARKS ON LOCAL CONTROL IN THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY MOST LIKELY SOUND BITE TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT SAYS INDUSTRY LEADER — 
“Fracking is something we need,” Donald Trump said in an interview with 9News’s Brandon Rittiman. “Fracking is something that’s here, whether we like it or not. But if a municipality or state wants to ban fracking, I can understand that.”

Lem Smith
, president of the Colorado Petroleum Association, responded Saturday that he felt the fracking question and Trump’s corresponding response “lacked the appropriate context.” Full story here

SOME POLLSTERS LIKE FLOYD CIRULI ARE SAYING COLORADO IS NO LONGER A BATTLEGROUND STATE, BUT … —
“We have to win this state,” Donald Trump said at the Denver Friday night rally at Wings Over the Rockies. “I’m going to be here so much, you’re going to say, ‘Please, OK, we’ll vote for you, don’t come back here any more.’”

CHARLES KOCH IN COLORADO SPRINGS SAID HE WOULDN’T SUPPORT TRUMP, BUT WILL FUND FIGHT TO MAINTAIN SENATE — Charles Koch: “At this point I can’t support either candidate, but I’m certainly not going to support Hillary,” Koch told hundreds of donors gathered for a weekend retreat at the Broadmoor. Koch on Sunday described his first priority as “to preserve the country’s financial future and to eliminate corporate welfare.”

“Since it appears that neither presidential candidate is likely to support us in these efforts,” he said, “we’re focused on maximizing the number of principled leaders in the House and Senate who will.”

Full story here

HILLARY CLINTON TO HOLD CAMPAIGN RALLY IN COMMERCE CITY WEDNESDAY — “It’s official: Hillary is our nominee for president, reads the Hillary for America website, “and she’s hitting the road to talk about her plan to build an economy that works for everyone. This trip builds on a three-day, jobs-focused bus tour with Vice Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine. Sign up to save your spot and bring a friend. Doors open to public at 1:00 p.m.” … Clinton will speak at Adams County High School at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 3, in a good-old-fashioned gymnasium venue, where her husband former President Bill Clinton campaigned for President Barack Obama not long before Election Day in 2012.

“I’m also pretty certain Clinton will not be insulting or humiliating any public safety officers or fire marshals during rally,” tweeted Hillary Clinton for Colorado Communication Director Kristin Lynch.

Full story here

ICYMI, THAT ONE ‘ABSTAIN’ VOTE FROM THE COLORADO DEMOCRATIC DELEGATION FOR PRESIDENT WAS SEN. MICHAEL BENNET’S — During the Democratic National Convention, a roll call vote was taken for president, as nearly always happens. The vote out of Colorado was 41 delegate votes for Bernie Sanders, 36 for Hillary Clinton and 1 abstention. The abstaining vote came from none other than U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, who missed the vote because he hadn’t arrived yet in Philadelphia. His campaign said the DNC had changed the date of the roll call at the end of the week. Bennet had thought it was going to be the taken the third day when it usually is and was at a watch party previously scheduled in Denver. A spokesperson said the senator would have cast his vote for Clinton. Republicans reacted with vigor …

“Sen. Michael Bennet’s decision to go into hiding today instead of casting his vote with the rest of Colorado’s delegation at the DNC shows he lacks the courage to continue serving as our Senator,” said Colorado GOP Chairman Steve House.

“Clearly Bennet’s experience being booed off the stage by Sanders supporters at last April’s state convention was more traumatic for the Clinton super-delegate than we realized.

“As the sole abstention among Colorado’s Democrat delegation, Bennet bears the unseemly distinction of not only bucking the will of Colorado Democrats but also lacking the courage to follow through on his word.”

ELECTION STUDY GROUP MEETS IN GRAND JUNCTION — About 40 people from around the Western Slope attended a Colorado Election Study Group meeting Saturday to help a panel of legislators determine whether the state should maintain its caucus system for presidential elections or move to a primary system. “We want to get information. We wanted to get feedback from all sides — Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green Party, we don’t care,” said Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction.

“We heard from a number of people that felt disenfranchised, especially students who are not here locally or military serving overseas or at another camp across the United States,” said Sheila Reiner, Mesa County Clerk and Recorder.

“We want people to be a part of the system, we want people to understand and have their voice heard,” said study group member Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling. “You’ve heard this before that a lot of people have given their lives for us to be able to make these choices, to have a peaceful change of power.”

The Mesa County Republican Party Chair was whole heartedly in support of continuing caucuses: “I believe the caucus system is our purest form of representation. You can sit in a room with your neighbors and anybody can raise their hands, step up, and run for any political office,” said Kraig Andrews. “Those that are independent or unaffiliated, they have chosen to be independent or unaffiliated. It is not something that’s been forced on them. They have chosen not to participate in that process.”

Full stories here and here

HAPPY COLORADO DAY! — To celebrate the 140th Colorado Day, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and other unnamed Colorado dignitaries — perhaps some of them just returned home from the Democratic National Convention in Philly — will host a ceremony this morning at 11:00 that will include “the tolling of the Colorado Liberty Bell, patriotic fanfare, the reading of the Presidential Proclamation from August 1st 1876, and more. To conclude the ceremony, a Howitzer Canon Salute will be provided by the Colorado National Guard – 38 rounds will be fired in honor of Colorado’s entrance in the Union as the 38th state.” Admission to the event is free. Other related events begin earlier this morning and go throughout the day. Full post here

CIA DIRECTOR JOHN BRENNAN PRESENTS AT ASPEN SECURITY FORUM, CALLS PUTIN PART OF THE PROBLEM IN SYRIA — 
CIA Director John Brennan gave a presentation Friday at the Aspen Security Forum. Brennan: “I think the Russians need to come to terms that Assad has to go. We don’t want him to go overnight.”

“Brennan, a career CIA man who was appointed director in March 2013, said Syria is the most complex issue he’s encountered.

““I see Putin playing checkers here when it’s really a five-dimensional chess game,” Brennan said.” Full story here

FUNDRAISING EMAIL FROM PERLMUTTER — U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-CD7: “Friend- “The last two weeks could not have painted a starker contrast between the Republicans and the Democrats. Last week, we heard Republicans preach white supremacy, stoke dangerous fears, and paint a dark picture of our future. They want to build a wall and ban entire groups of people from the U.S. This is not who we are. We are stronger together. GOP leaders – including the presidential nominee for the Republican party – questioned what contributions people from various racial and ethnic backgrounds have made to our country and reiterated again their hate and discrimination for the immigrants that made our country what it is today.”

GREEN PARTY U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE ARN MENCONI GETS VIDEO ENDORSEMENT FROM FELLOW GREEN CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT JILL STEIN — Jill Stein“It’s really an honor to stand with him and to endorse him as someone who is standing for all the things that we are fighting for in the Green Party, all the things that the Bernie movement is fighting for, for the jobs that we need, for the green energy, for stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership, for stopping fracking and creating the peaceful, just green future that we deserve …”

Arn Menconi and Jill Stein via Twitter.
Arn Menconi and Jill Stein via Twitter.

FLASHBACK: JOHN KERRY CALLS OUT ARN MENCONI’S D.C. PROTEST — “Killing more innocent people?” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asked. “I wonder what our journalists who were beheaded and the pilot who was fighting for freedom who was burned alive, what they would have to say to their efforts to protect innocent people.”

This was in response to former Eagle County Commissioner and now Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate Arn Menconi‘s standing up in a 2015 Senate hearing, interrupting Kerry and shouting, “The American people are speaking out Secretary Kerry. “We’re tired of an endless war, a war with no end … the killing of innocent people.” Full story here

IN CU REGENT RACE, CARRIGAN, GALLEGOS DISAGREE ON IMPORTANCE OF PARTISAN STANCE … COULD THE CU REGENT RACE CHANGE THE WAY CU DOES BUSINESS? — In the less-paid-attention-to Democrat Alice Madden vs. Republican Heidi Ganahl CU Regent race, The Colorado Independent’s Corey Hutchins interviewed two current regents about the outlook.

“‘It’s not the like Democrats are going to get in charge and go wacky left, or if the Republicans stay in charge that they’re going to …[try] to turn the university in a radically right direction,’ Regent Michael Carrigan said.

“That may be so, says his fellow regent, Glen Gallegos, a Republican from Grand Junction, but ‘I think it’s important to the party to have control of that board. Whether it’s more symbolic than not, I think it’s an important thing.'” Full story here

FORMER SD 31 CANDIDATE ERIN BENNETT GETS HITCHED — Erin Bennett, a candidate in this year’s Democratic primary for Senate District 31 was married to Lucy Leighton over the weekend in Steamboat Springs. Congrats.

A nonprofit leader and community organizer, Bennett lost the SD 31 primary election to state Rep. Lois Court who also claimed victory over Dr. Steve Sherick in the three-way race.

Erin Bennett and Lucy Leighton at their wedding in Steamboat Springs.
Erin Bennett and Lucy Leighton at their wedding in Steamboat Springs.

SEN. LARRY CROWDER TAKES A WEEKEND, FLOATS THE RIVER —


“We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations.”


YOUR BRIEFING IN ALL THINGS POLITICAL

STATESMAN: Trump fracking answers leads industry to pledge education — “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump visited Colorado on Friday and said he supports the practice of hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells. But he also favors the ability of communities to ban the practice, known as fracking. In an interview with KUSA-TV’s Brandon Rittiman, Trump said he favors fracking, but understands that some areas may not want to have it nearby. …” Full story here

STATESMAN: Turning back on Trump, Koch network focuses on Senate — “Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch declared Sunday in Colorado Springs that his expansive political network would not support Donald Trump, but the 80-year-old conservative icon insisted he would not support Hillary Clinton, either. Koch, a popular target of Democrats, called any rumor that he would back the Democratic presidential candidate ‘a blood libel.’ …” Full story here

STATESMAN: Lamborn, Glenn ride the Trump train in Colorado Springs, receive warm welcome — “’So average.’ Kicked up a notch in Donald Trump’s spicy punchline kitchen, those were the Republican presidential candidate’s words to describe his opponent, Hillary Clinton’s nomination acceptance speech in Philadelphia a day earlier. Trump delivered the made-fresh remarks to a gathering of rambunctious fans in a jam-packed events center at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Friday, featuring Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn and Colorado Springs U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-CD5. …” Full story here

I AGREE TO SEE: Colorado Senator Michael Bennet gets personal — “Democratic incumbent Senator Michael Bennet has been gearing up for what is certain to be a rigorous re-election campaign as he faces Republican Daryl Glenn heading into the General Election. Bennet’s latest online ad, ‘He Kept Coming Back’ is a powerful yet uplifting testimony from a victim of the 2013 Jamestown, CO floods. Footage of Bennet working with the community amidst the devastation highlights his hands-on approach – helping residents get the attention and assistance they needed from financial institutions. …” Full story here

POLITICO: Colorado enters Union as 38th state, Aug. 1, 1876 — “After President Andrew Johnson vetoed Colorado’s first bid for statehood, it entered the Union on this day in 1876 when President Ulysses S. Grant issued a proclamation making Colorado the 38th state. Its nickname derives from the timing of its accession: It is known as the Centennial State in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. …” Full story here

DENVER POST: RTD’s rail system is having its biggest year, but Denver is still a city with many transit gaps — This is a banner year for the Denver metro transit system, with the opening of four rail lines serving places from Wheat Ridge to the airport and the Flatiron Flyer rapid bus route to Boulder. But don’t call Denver a transit-rich city — not yet. Beyond the shiny trains that ferry suburban commuters to downtown and Tech Center jobs, and sports fans to games, the core city itself still struggles with transit gaps. …” Full story here

COLORADO INDEPENDENT: Colorado’s U.S. Attorney John Walsh to leave office — “After six years in office, U.S. Attorney John Walsh – Colorado’s longest-serving federal prosecutor since the 1980s – is stepping down. In a statement today, Walsh expressed respect for his colleagues and appreciation for his long stint as the chief federal law enforcement official in the state. …” Full story here

COLORADO INDEPENDENT: What’s ALEC? And why are so many Colorado lawmakers hooked on its ideas? — “At least nine Republican lawmakers from Colorado are meeting this week with a secretive national group focused on crafting ready-to-go conservative legislation. And next year, that group, the American Legislative Exchange Council – better known as ALEC – will be in Denver. …” Full story here

GRAND JUNCTION DAILY SENTINEL: LGBT group honors local officials — “Three Grand Valley elected officials were honored Saturday by the state’s largest LGBT group for some of the things they’ve done to support gay rights. The three — Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner, Grand Junction City Councilor Chris Kennedy and state Rep. Dan Thurlow, R-Grand Junction — have done various things either in support of same-sex issues or for equal protection laws in general. … Full story here

GAZETTE: Year after Luis Benitez’s hire, local outdoor businesses, advocates sense ‘stars aligning’ — “Last summer, Luis Benitez had a question for Gov. John Hickenlooper, the man who had just hired him. ‘Do you really want a dirtbag in this office?’ This summer, the dirtbag sits wearing a collared shirt in his office on the 27th floor of a downtown high-rise. He keeps mementos of his six Everest summits here, keepsakes of his decadelong career as a guide on Earth’s tallest mountains. There’s also a little plastic tree in a glass case – a gift, a joke, from an adventure buddy who told him upon taking the newly created job in Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office on July 1, 2015, that his outdoor time henceforth would be limited, contained. …” Full story here

BLAKE: Buck’s ‘Blue Lives Matter’ bill misses the mark — “When Colorado Rep. Ken Buck introduced his ‘Blue Lives Matter’ bill in March, it looked like a backbencher’s standard one-day wonder. That is, it seemed designed to get the 4th District Republican’s name in his local paper even if it had no real chance of getting to the floor, let alone passed. …” Full column here

AURORA SENTINEL: Bathroom law pushes prosecutors conference to Colorado — “Prosecutors from across the country are meeting in Colorado rather than North Carolina because of that state’s law transgender bathroom law. The Daily Camera reports more than two dozen district attorneys will discuss jail populations, sentencing reform, juvenile justice and other issues during the gathering in Boulder on Thursday and Friday. …” Full story here

DAILY CAMERA: Marijuana’s crash risk proves a challenge for Boulder County prosecutors — “With two cases pending in Boulder County alleging that drivers in vehicular fatalities were under the influence of marijuana, prosecutors are faced with proving beyond a reasonable doubt a connection between “bad driving” and THC blood levels. Impaired driving already is Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett’s primary public safety concern and he said that now the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana has posed complexities in evaluating recent traffic violations. …” Full story here

YUMA PIONEER: Council discussed marijuana issue again — “The Yuma City Council is moving ahead with preliminary work toward a marijuana-related ballot question, though most council members make it clear it does not mean they are in favor of pot stores in Yuma. Mayor Joe Harper said he was sorry he raised the subject at the previous meeting. He said he received several calls after an article about that meeting appeared in the Pioneer, with many people apparently thinking he was in favor of marijuana facilities in town. …” Full story here

CRESTONE EAGLE: Potential sales tax to benefit law enforcement; Saguache County residents present proposal — “A bi-partisan committee met with the County Commissioners to present a proposal for a sales tax initiative to better fund Saguache County law enforcement. If the Commissioners approve the initiative by resolution, the question would be presented the voters on the November general election ballot. Funds raised by a one (1) percent sales tax would be used to directly fund the public safety needs as identified by the County Sheriff—more specifically the areas of a justice center, Sheriff’s office, jail, law enforcement and criminal justice. …” Full story here

CRESTED BUTTE NEWS: County commissioners support state “Raise the Bar” campaign — “Colorado has one of the most easily amended state constitutions, creating a “special interest playground” that favors populated urban areas and silences the voice of rural communities. Proponents of the ‘Raise the Bar, Protect our Constitution’ campaign want to make amending the Colorado Constitution more difficult, in effect giving mountain communities like Gunnison County more say when it comes to changing the law. At a July Board of County Commissioners meeting, chairperson Paula Swenson and commissioners Phil Chamberland and Jonathan Houck expressed their unanimous consent for the measure by approving a resolution to support the campaign. …” Full story here

DELTA COUNTY INDEPENDENT: Crawford vote skirts state sunshine law — “Crawford Town Council appears to have violated Colorado Open Meetings Law (Sunshine Law) in conducting town business without proper public notification. Colorado’s Sunshine Law provides that public business, including votes by council members, may not be conducted without public knowledge or proper notification.  In this case, Mayor Wanda Gofforth revealed at the July 20 work session that sometime between the July 6 meeting and July 20, council unanimously voted to approve town attorney James Brown in representing the town clerk and the town in a civil case filed against a Crawford citizen. …” Full story here

GUNNISON TIMES: Gunnison Trails taps range of stakeholders for master plan — “Multiple stakeholders and government agencies are contributing to a plan which likely will influence future management of a singletrack trail system northeast of Gunnison. The planning process for the Signal Peak area is being spearheaded by the nonprofit trail advocacy group Gunnison Trails. Once completed, the proposal will be handed over to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The agency is charged with developing a recreation plan for the area following …” Full story here

SUMMIT DAILY NEWS: McHose reflects on time with Summit school board, eyes what’s next — “The idea of an authentic experience like that from “The Jungle Book” while out on a safari is fun to imagine, what with the possibility of encounters with lions, elephants and perhaps even winding up not 10 yards away from a Bengal tiger. For J Kent McHose, these exploits are simply reality. …” Full story here

HIGH  COUNTRY NEWS: Latest: Obama administration to continue Navajo Nation uranium cleanup — “In 2005, the Navajo Nation banned uranium mining on its 27,000-square-mile reservation. Nearly 4 million tons of uranium ore had been extracted since 1944, seriously contaminating tribal lands. The toxic legacy has left tribal members battling respiratory diseases, as well as liver, lung and breast cancers, and many families still await compensation …” Full story here

FORT MORGAN TIMES: District looking to update budgeting, financial policies — “The Morgan County Re-3 Board of Education recently began discussions about a slew of proposed policy changes that would affect the district’s budgeting process and how much the school board is involved in that process. …” Full story here

SUMMIT DAILY: Drones: the good, the bad and the ugly — “The Zapata Ranch in southern Colorado is one of the few places that bison can still roam freely. Until recently, scientists and volunteers surveyed the herd the old-fashioned way: with binoculars and the naked eye. “It’s a shock how you can lose track of 2,000 bison on a 45,000-acre unfenced pasture,” says Chris Pague, Colorado Nature Conservancy senior conservation ecologist. But last year, The Nature Conservancy counted the herd using an increasingly ubiquitous conservation tool: an unmanned aerial vehicle, more commonly known as a drone. …” Full story here

Events:

Colorado Day Celebration Ceremony — Monday, August 1, 11:00 a.m., West steps of the State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Coloradans are invited to join Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and other dignitaries at the 140th “Colorado Day” Celebration Ceremony. The ceremony includes the tolling of the Colorado Liberty Bell, patriotic fanfare, the reading of the Presidential Proclamation from Aug 1st 1876, and more. To conclude the ceremony, a Howitzer Canon Salute will be provided by the Colorado National Guard – 38 rounds will be fired in honor of Colorado’s entrance in the Union as the 38th state. Admission is free.

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.

Hillary Clinton in Commerce City for campaign rally — Wednesday, August 3, 3:00 p.m., Adams City High School, 7200 Quebec Pkwy, Commerce City. Register here.

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

Luncheon Fundraiser for Rep. Clarice Navarro — Wednesday, August 10, 11:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m. El Señor Sol, 2301 7th St, Denver. $100 per person. Hosted by Jefferson County Commissioner Libby Szabo and state Rep. Justin Everett. RSVP to Tammy at tscott@swspolifi.com

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 secretary@gopelpaso.com or (719) 578-0022. For tickets, visit here.

Fundraiser for Rep. Ed Perlmutter — Thursday, August 18, 5:30 p.m. — 7:00 p.m., Home of Cassie Perlmutter and Joe Levi, Denver, Suggested contributions: Host $1000, Co-Host $500, Friend $250, Guest $100, Supporter $36, RSVP to Kelly Hogan at kelly@perlmutterforcolorado.com.

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]

5th Annual Senate Majority Fund All-Star Party! — Tuesday, August 23, 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m., 1600 Glenarm Place, 3rd Floor, Demonstration Kitchen, Denver. Your Colorado Republican State Senators cordially invite you to join them for cocktails, appetizers and to reminisce about the recently played MLB All-Star Game!

Denver Reception for Rep. Kit Roupe — Thursday, August 25, 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m., DCO 110 16th St. Ste. 501, Denver. Please join Kyle Forti and Caleb Bonham in re-electing Kit Roupe for Colorado House District 17. $400 maximum individual contribution. No contributions from corporations allowed.

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 day 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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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.