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The Hot Sheet, August 3, 2016

Author: Jared Wright - August 3, 2016 - Updated: August 3, 2016

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

By TCS Editor and Publisher Jared Wright

DENVER — Good morning and Happy Wednesday to all you loyal Hot Sheet wonks out there. If you are traveling to one of the Hillary Clinton or Mike Pence events in the metro area today, stay safe out there and remember to keep an open mind as these candidates do battle to control it … at least up until Election Day, after that they won’t need your assistance for a few years. And they really only need control over the hemisphere that controls your hands … you know, so you fill in the right oval or check the right box …

Lots of great insider stuff for you today, so read on for your total Colorado politics enlightenment …


“Some of you know me from ‘The Hunger Games,’ in which I play Effie Trinket, a cruel, out-of-touch reality TV star who wears insane wigs while delivering long-winded speeches to a violent dystopia. So when I tuned into Cleveland last week, I was like, ‘Uh, hey that’s my act.'”


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

STAR POWER: ELIZABETH BANKS HELPS HILLARY FOR COLORADO CAMPAIGN REGISTER VOTERS YESTERDAY, HITS ASPEN HOUSE PARTY — Following her now famous Donald Trump RNC entrance parody in front of millions of viewers at the Democratic National Convention last week (though not as many as The Donald had, and don’t you forget that), actress Elizabeth Banks was on hand in Colorado to help Hillary Clinton‘s campaign efforts. Banks strolled out on the national convention stage July 26 silhouetted in front of a backdrop bathed in stage lights while Queen‘s “We Are the Champions” played, just like the Trump did the week prior at the Republican National Convention. Yesterday, she was much more modest, joining volunteers in Aspen for a voter registration drive downtown in the early afternoon. She then made her way to a Hillary house party at super delegate Blanca O’Leary‘s exquisite home.

@HillaryforCO: .@ElizabethBanks dropped in to register some voters with us today in Aspen. #ColoradoTogether

@ElizabethBanks@HillaryforCO hard at work registering voters in Colorado today! Thanks to these fine peeps! #RockTheVote.

Outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter Aspen attorney O’Leary — a super delegate at-large to the Democratic National Convention who was appointed by President Barack Obama for her work on his campaigns — hosted the house party in the afternoon, prior to Clinton’s arrival for a swanky fundraiser down the road in Woody Creek. “Hillary Supporter, Actress Elizabeth Banks wowed her fellow Hillary supporters in Aspen’s Hillary House party today,” O’Leary said on Facebook.

While a large Hillary Clinton cardboard cutout was there, the real Clinton did not stop by the festivities before her fundraiser.

“I can honestly say that I’d be involved in the political process if I were in movies or not in movies,” Banks told CBS 4. “I’m a citizen just like everybody else … I’m a really proud American.”

Clinton makes her way to the metro area today for two events.

Full story here


A message from your host

“Hey there! Thank you again for RSVP’ing for today’s event with Hillary Clinton. It’s going to be a great day. For those of you who use social media, today’s official hashtag is #HRCinCO, so please feel free to use it to share your photos, videos, and general excitement on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Our official account @HillaryforCO might share your posts! A few reminders about today: LOCATION: Adams City High School 7200 Quebec Pwky Commerce City, CO 80022 – Doors to the event open at 1:00pm. Program is expected to begin shortly after 3pm. Due to interest in the event, we encourage arriving early. – Free parking is available at the high school, but we do recommend carpooling if possible. There will be plenty of signs and volunteers to guide you. – There will be an ADA section at the event for guests who need it. – Personal cameras are allowed. – Expect airport-like security, so please plan accordingly. Looking forward to seeing everyone! Team Colorado”

LEBSOCK BECOMES FIRST, ONLY DEM TO COME OUT AGAINST ‘RAISE THE BAR’ — Democrat state Rep. Steve Lebsock, R, uh, I mean, D-Thornton, yesterday became the first and so-far only House or Senate member of the Democratic Party to publicly announce his opposition to Initiative 96, or ‘Raise the Bar.’

“Initiative 96, raises the bar so that big-money, out-of-state interests benefit, keeping it relatively easy for them to change our State Constitution,” Lebsock said in a press release. “At the same time, Initiative 96 makes it more difficult for individual citizens and local Colorado grassroots organizations to participate in the process. Vote NO. Initiative 96 is reckless and chooses power over people.”

Lebsock went on to explain that in his mind, NO votes would be worth more than YES votes if Raise the Bar passes, since a 55 percent supermajority would be required for future voter initiatives to be passed. Under such a change, Amendment 64, the 2012 ballot initiative legalizing recreational marijuana, would have still passed under the new proposed standard — barely. That constitutional amendment was passed with 55.32 percent of the vote.

“This initiative requires the signatures of 2% of all voters from each of our states 35 Senate districts to place a constitutional question on the statewide ballot,” Lebsock continued. “This means a ballot question could collect the required petition signatures from 34 of the 35 Senate districts, with one Senate district that disagrees with the petition language essentially having veto power. In other words, a very popular ballot question throughout the State of Colorado can be squashed by 1/35th of the state.

“Currently,  98,000 valid signatures from Colorado citizens are required to place a statewide question on the ballot. This is a significant threshold.

“If Initiative 96, “Raise the Bar” passes, big out-of-state money will still have an excellent opportunity to change our State Constitution because they have the money to place campaign staff in all 35 Senate districts. Meanwhile, smaller, grassroots Colorado organizations and individual Colorado citizens will be at a disadvantage. Vote NO on Initiative 96.”

Surely state Rep. Lois Court, one of the more notable outspoken supporters of constitutional reform, is fuming somewhere right now.

Full disclosure: During the legislative interim, Lebsock works as an advertising sales executive for The Colorado Statesman.

LAWRENCE VS. NEVILLE: INSIDE THE STATE HOUSE GOP LEADERSHIP RACE — Insider sources — no, not Lebsock — tell us that the GOP leadership race in the House is heating up. Long thought to be the logical choice to step into the minority leader role, Assistant Minority Leader Polly Lawrence is said to have just about 9 votes solidified from among her 31 peers likely to return or be first elected if she were to make a formal bid for the highest GOP House position. Meanwhile, state Rep. Patrick Neville is said to have potentially more votes locked up, pending the outcome of a couple of key 2016 races.

Many of those in the lobby are terrified of a Neville leadership regime, believing the representative to be too beholden to his fundamentalist political philosophy — to the point of being anti-business. But, sources tell us those votes for Neville have been weakening and even perhaps peeling off lately, likely due to some of those outside pressures from the donor class. Neville, a far-right, libertarian-leaning conservative would help, “solidify the House Republican minority for another 20 years,” one source told us speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Still others believe a Neville leadership stake is exactly what Republican voters want and deserve, a departure from a go-along-to-get along mentality for state House Republicans and an ushering in of a caucus not afraid to stand its ground on nearly every bill read across the desk by the Democratic caucus, and even many of the Republican ones. Again, why pro-business lobbyists who get paid to actually get things done for their clients are terrified.

We will continue to monitor this race, but coalitions are currently in the making, or at least being discussed.

‘INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY’ PASSES BOULDER CITY COUNCIL VOTE — A failed issue Democratic state Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, spent a lot of time championing last legislative session has made its way into statute in the City of Boulder. House Bill 16-1135 would have replaced Columbus Day with “Indigenous People’s Day” in Colorado had it passed. But the bill failed on a 7-2 vote in House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee in April with only Reps. Susan Lontine, D-Denver, and Su Ryden, D-Aurora, voting in favor of the measure.

But Salazar saw progress made on the issue up north late last night. The City of Boulder passed a measure to do just that. Indigenous People’s Day will now be officially celebrated on the second Monday of October each year as opposed to Columbus Day.

The Boulder City Council as it voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day last night. (Photo courtesy Joe Salazar)
The Boulder City Council as it voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day last night. (Photo courtesy Joe Salazar)

“The resolution is more than a counter-celebration to Columbus Day. It’s about more than promoting Native American culture,” Jerilyn DeCoteau, a local tribal lawyer told the Boulder Daily Camera. “The resolution starts to lay a path forward. It’s a beginning, and a call to action.”

“I would encourage you to call city council and thank them for a step forward,” said Salazar to his social media followers after attending the council vote last night.

Full story here

24 SITTING HOUSE GOP MEMBERS AND 11 GOP CANDIDATES FOR STATE HOUSE RECEIVE CACI ENDORSEMENTS, BUT DEMOCRATS GET SOME LOVE TOO — As one might expect, the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry has endorsed a plethora of GOP incumbents and candidates for the House and Senate this year — as in all of the returning GOP members and any new Republican candidates with any shot at all of winning — but they also endorsed a number of Democrats tipping a hat to seats CACI understandably deems a lost cause for a Republican win. The returning Democratic Party members CACI endorsed are, Rep. Angela Williams for Senate District 33, House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran in HD 5, and Reps. Paul Rosenthal in HD 9, Tracy Kraft-Tharp in HD 29, and Janet Buckner in HD 40. CACI also gave their blessing to candidates Chris Hansen in HD 6, James Coleman in HD 7 and Leslie Herod in HD 8.

The weakest of all of those seats for a Democrat is House District 29, where Kraft-Tharp picked up the CACI endorsement over candidate Susan Kochevar. As of August voter registration data, HD 29 has 15,036 registered Democrats, 12,857 registered Republicans and 17,467 Unaffiliated voters. But with voter registration going the way it is in Colorado for the GOP right now — an uphill battle (see yesterday’s Hot Sheet) — the safest bet in this race is on the incumbent, and one that has proven to be a very pro-business Democrat as a member of the House Business committee.

ERIC NELSON SAT IN A VERY UNCOMFORTABLE HOT SEAT LAST NIGHT DURING SCHOOL BOARD MEETING — Government waste report: The Aurora Public School Board spent $18,000 on an investigation into embattled board member and former Democratic House District 42 candidate Eric Nelson that The Colorado Statesman’s Ernest Luning had already provided them free of charge. Board Vice President Dr. Dan Jorgensen called on Nelson to resign last night at a board meeting saying that Nelson had been wasting everyone’s time according to reports from the Aurora Sentinel’s Quincy Snowdon.

The board paid Denver-based private investigator Rick Johnson to dig into Nelson’s past and confirm that a host of claims Nelson has made about his educational credentials and background are false.

“As a constituent of this community, I find your behavior unethical and unacceptable,” said Board President Amber Drevon. “Furthermore, I’m outraged that your lack of accountability cost the students of this district over $18,000. I want to reiterate the board’s desire for you to resign.”

“At the Tuesday meeting, the board officially voted to strip Nelson of his secretarial duties, bar him from using a district credit card, and ban him from being reimbursed for any money he spends at professional development conferences across the country,” according to Snowdon’s report.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, has also stepped in, asking soon-to-retire U.S. Attorney John Walsh and his office to investigate Nelson’s military history, suspecting that Nelson may have violated the Stolen Valor Act.

Full stories here and here

DID THE RHONDA FIELDS/SUPREME COURT JUSTICES PHOTO GO TO FAR? — From the Denver Post’s John Ingold: “A photo of two state Supreme Court justices and [state Rep. Rhonda Fields] has added new controversy to a Colorado death row inmate’s case — further complicating a legal morass enveloping the state’s only two active capital punishment appeals. Lawyers for Robert Ray say the photo calls the justices’ impartiality into question and that the justices should now remove themselves from deciding one of Ray’s appeals. …”

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice, Rep. Rhonda Fields and Justice Nathan Coats.
Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice, Rep. Rhonda Fields and Justice Nathan Coats.

Full story here

‘TIME TO ENGAGE CUBA’: COLORADO READY TO PLAY A ROLE, REEP ECONOMIC BENEFITS — CRL Associates CEO Maria Garcia Berry, who is of Cuban heritage, took part in an Engage Cuba Colorado State Council launch panel along with Engage Cuba’s senior adviser Luke Albee, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, new Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle, Colorado Farm Bureau president Don Shawcroft and Western Union CEO Hikmet Ersek yesterday. Following President Barack Obama‘s historic trip to Cuba and a move toward lifting embargoes and increasing trade, the panel is recognizing a number of opportunities for the state, including agricultural ones. “Cuba imports 80 percent of its food, said Bennet, who is a co-sponsor of the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015 bill.” Full story here

SWING SEAT FUNDRAISING REPORT: NAVARRO AND MUNOZ ARE NECK-IN-NECK IN FUNDRAISING, NAVARRO GETS MAX-OUT DONATION FROM DAN THURLOW LEADERSHIP PAC —From the Pueblo Chieftain’s Peter Strescino: Democrat candidate for House District 47 Jason Munoz, who is challenging incumbent Republican state Rep. Clarice Navarro had a good fundraising hall last reporting cycle: Munoz’s largest contributors were Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 58 Small Donor Committee of Colorado Springs, $2,000; and the Pueblo Fire Fighters, IAFF Chapter 3, $2,000. He also received $400 from philanthropist and Democratic activist Pat Stryker of Fort Collins. Munoz listed expenditures of $77, mostly for gasoline for a political trip. He has $8,796 cash on hand.

Navarro’s largest donors: “Navarro, running for her third term in the House, reported her largest contributors this period as Dan Thurlow Leadership PAC of Grand Junction, $400; the Colorado Bankers Association State PAC of Denver $400; Colorado Business Education PAC out of Denver, $400; James Cole Colorado Legislative Services, Arvada, $300; and the Apartment Association of Metro Denver PAC, $400.

More on the Sen. Larry Crowder vs. Sheriff Jim Casias race … Full story here

TRUMP STAFF ‘SUICIDAL’ — From CNBC and New York Times journalist John Harwood: “Longtime ally of Paul Manafort Trump’s campaign manager: ‘Manafort not challenging Trump anymore. Mailing it in. Staff suicidal.'”

POTENTIAL FUTURE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER LUNDBERG CALLS OUT HCPF, GOVERNOR — “Now I am in the meeting for the Interim Study on Communication between the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) and Medicaid Clients, wrote state Sen. Kevin Lundberg on his social media. “They just informed this panel of legislators that the department is changing the name of the Medicaid program to “Health First Colorado.” This is an action they have taken without any statutory direction. They did not even tell us of their intentions, they are simply doing it, justifying their action by saying the research was funded by a grant. From the way they are talking, it is now an accomplished fact.

“Medicaid in Colorado has ballooned to a $10,000,000,000 (ten billion) program, by far the largest program in state government. It is rather ironic that during a meeting where we are trying make communication from the department simpler that they announce they are now launching into a major branding change.

“I think the governor has some explaining to do.”


“I think the governor has some explaining to do.”

— State Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud






STATESMAN: Colorado Republicans rip Trump for remarks about Khan family, but Dems say it isn’t enough — “Top Colorado Republicans are condemning GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s remarks about a Muslim family whose son was killed in Iraq. But the state’s GOP U.S. Senate candidate, who has already endorsed Trump, says he’s still supporting the nominee, and a congressman in a tight race came under fire for refusing to say whether he plans to vote for Trump. …” Full story here

STATESMAN: Polis donates $25k to group pushing oil, gas amendment — “Democratic Rep. Jared Polis has given $25,000 to a group pushing to allow local government more say over energy production. Polis gave the money to Yes for Local Control Over Oil and Gas, according to campaign finance disclosures posted Monday. The group supports a ballot measure to amend the state constitution to give local governments more control over oil and gas production. …” Full story here

STATESMAN: In blow to GOP unity, Trump refuses to back Ryan, McCain — “Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is refusing to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. John McCain, two of the party’s most powerful members. He also ripped into New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte in the same interview with the Washington Post. All three have primary challengers and each disapproved of Trump’s criticism of the Muslim American parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq. …” Full story here

STATESMAN: Harber: Democratic National Convention wrap-up report — “Hillary Clinton’s substantial post-Convention bump in the polls was not a surprise to those who attended the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. Having created a well scripted Hollywood production, the Democrats seized the Ronald Reagan theme of “Morning In America” and, in a jiu-jitsu move, took advantage of the Republicans’ “Nighttime In America” theme, trumpeted best by their presidential nominee, which posited the country was in decline. The contrast in themes was stark yet both have the potential to appeal to millions of people. …” Full story here

9NEWS: Mayor Hancock: ‘I don’t believe we have an image problem’ — “Mayor Michael Hancock denies Denver has an image problem in his first sit down interview about reported problems on the 16th Street Mall and the Cherry Creek Trail in spite of email’s obtained by 9NEWS between Visit Denver and the mayor’s office voicing concerns about the impact on future business. 9NEWS obtained several e-mails concerning the Cherry Creek trail and 16th Street Mall, which are public record. …” Full story here

DENVER POST: One Colorado to honor Ted Trimpa and other allies at Aug. 20 event —  “Lawyer, lobbyist and gay political activist Ted Trimpa will finally get the recognition he’s had coming for a while on Aug. 20, when he receives a lifetime achievement award from One Colorado, the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Coloradans. …” Full story here

DENVER POST: Darryl Glenn’s father also charged with assault in 1983 domestic violence incident, police reports say — “El Paso County police and court records corroborate U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn’s assertion that he lived in a home with domestic violence. Ernest Glenn was charged with hitting his son in the same incident in 1983 when Darryl Glenn was charged with striking his father. …” Full story here

GAZETTE: Denver Post is on a witch hunt for Darryl Glenn — “The Denver Post published an investigative report, complete with testimony of a handwriting expert, to determine whether someone called the cops on Darryl Glenn three-plus decades ago. The El Paso County commissioner scandalized a few media types by claiming to have no memory of an old court appearance and encounter with police. The paper followed up its expose with not one, but two damning editorials that question Glenn’s character. …” Full story hereDENVER POST: Denver City Council will get extra time to scrutinize affordable housing plan — “Denver City Council members will get a few extra weeks to scrutinize the details of a proposed affordable housing plan, even as the total amount it’s expected to raise in the first decade is a bit of a moving target. During a two-hour meeting Tuesday, the council’s Safety and Well-being Committee dug deeper into a draft of the proposal, which has backing from Mayor Michael Hancock and key council members. Although the proposal had been on track for a final vote Aug. 29, a revised schedule now calls for introduction to the full council Sept. 12 and a final vote Sept. 19. …” Full story here

DURANGO HERALD: Criminal investigation into Gold King Mine spill confirmed — “Federal investigators have confirmed that a criminal investigation is going in connection to last year’s Gold King Mine spill. The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General said in a news release Friday that it launched the criminal probe – which has been underway since last year – in response to ‘high public interest.’ …” Full story hereDAILY SIGNAL: Anthem wants to raise its health insurance rates 26 percent in Colorado — “One of the country’s largest insurance companies is now expected to lose money this year after emerging as one of the few insurers that made money on Obamacare’s exchange business early on. Anthem, one of the country’s five largest insurers, was projected to be successful in its business on Obamacare exchanges earlier this year. But last week, the company announced it’s expecting to see “mid-single-digit” losses on coverage sold on Obamacare’s exchanges. …” Full story here

DAILY CAMERA: Boulder won’t intervene, for now, in housing proposal for homeless youth — “The Boulder City Council decided Tuesday not to call up for discussion the concept plan for a proposed housing development on Pine Street, where 40 homeless people between the ages of 18 and 24 would live. Pitched for 1440 Pine St. in downtown Boulder is a 40-unit, three-story building that would be managed by the nonprofit agency Attention Homes, which would also provide services to the young adults living there. First United Methodist Church owns the land and has agreed to allow its use for 60 years. …” Full story here

COMPLETE COLORADO: Steyer’s got company: Billionaire George Soros makes play for Colorado’s state legislature — “Left-wing billionaire George Soros is getting involved in the battle for control of the Colorado state legislature. In fact, state records show the New York hedge fund manager is playing in the same five races as another out-of-state billionaire – San Francisco investor-activist Tom Steyer. …” Full post here

DENVER POST: Voters to decide on half billion-plus funding plan for Jeffco schools — 
“Voters in Jefferson County will be asked in November to approve a $535 million bond issue — the largest amount of money ever requested by the state’s second-largest public school district — to make widespread improvements to buildings and facilities in the 86,000-student district. …” Full story here

KKCO 11: Exclusive interview with Donald Trump asking about his deferment from military service —Full interview here

PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN: Schwartz says Tipton doesn’t ‘represent’ — “At an early morning gathering Tuesday on the steps of the Pueblo County Courthouse, 3rd District congressional challenger Gail Schwartz made a joke. ‘We were just talking about how the words Representative Scott Tipton is a non-sequiter,’ said Schwartz to a small group of supporters. ‘He doesn’t represent us.’ …” Full story here

MONTROSE PRESS: Benghazi operative to speak at Lincoln-Reagan Dinner — “One of the members of the CIA Annex security team who defended the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, will speak at this year’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner at the Montrose Pavilion Saturday, Aug. 13. Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto and the other members of the security team responded to a terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012. They defended the building for more than 13 hours. …” Full story here


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.

Republican VP nominee Gov. Mike Pence speaks at Denver town hall — Wednesday, August 3, Mile High Station, 2027 Old W. Colfax Ave. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets here

Pence speaks at Colorado Springs rally — Wednesday, August 3, Antlers Colorado Springs, 4 S Cascade Ave. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. Tickets 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 :

Larimer County Republican Breakfast Club — Monday, August 8, 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.

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

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.

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

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]

American Majority’s Digital Campaign and Activism Training with special guest trainer Lee Hopper — Monday, August 22, 6:00 p.m., Crossroads Community Church, Northglenn Campus, 10451 Huron St., Northglenn, CO.

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.