Hot Sheet

The Hot Sheet, August 5, 2016

Author: Jared Wright - August 5, 2016 - Updated: August 5, 2016

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

VOL. 01 NO. 146 | AUGUST 05, 2016 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2016
By TCS Editor and Publisher Jared Wright


DENVER — Good morning and Happy Friday. While Hillary Clinton cut ad buys in Colorado in the midst of a huge boost in the state’s polls, Donald Trump isn’t done with the state, at least not yet. But he may be soon, depending on what happens in the next couple of weeks, according to sources. He will return to the Centennial State for campaign events in Pueblo and Grand Junction Tuesday, as the Statesman’s Ernest Luning broke the news.

Read on for more in Colorado politics including the recent Mike Coffman “controversy,” as the Democratic Party continues to strategically attempt to lash him and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton — the two Republicans with the most on the line this election cycle — to Trump’s campaign.

Have a great weekend on the campaign trail whether you’re the trailblazer or sitting back in the voters’ wagon train.

 

“The problems the American people confront do not disappear simply because Congress does. We urge you to immediately cancel the remainder of the congressional recess and get back to work to help the American public, especially women and families, amidst this crisis.”

— U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet

 

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

COFFMAN FIRST REPUBLICAN HOUSE MEMBER TO RELEASE AD ‘BREAKING’ WITH TRUMP; BUT ‘NOT SO FAST’ SAY OPPONENTS CLINGING TO CONTROVERSY — In Colorado’s toughest congressional fight, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-CD-6, released a new ad — both English and Spanish versions — in which he says, “People ask me, ‘What do you think about Trump?’ Honestly, I don’t care for him much. And I certainly don’t trust Hillary. I’m a Marine. For me, country comes first. My duty is always to you. So if Donald Trump is the President, I’ll stand up to him, plain and simple. And if Hillary wins, I’ll hold her accountable, every step of the way. I’m Mike Coffman, and I approve this message. My job is clear, work hard and serve you. That’s what I’ll do.”

The 30-second spot opens with Coffman, shoulders-up on a white background, breaking only once as the ad moves through to a vintage image of Coffman sitting on a desert rock dressed in military fatigues.

Click the image to watch the new Coffman ad.
Click the image to watch the new Coffman ad.

But the new ad was quickly called out by opponents as a both-ways campaign ploy. Two comments from the Coffman camp were made following news of the ad’s soon-release out onto the cable networks, prompting Progressive-run, Coffman attack-dog Colorado Pols to quickly post a blog declaring, “Mike Coffman just imploded.”

Colorado Pols cited two reports to support their “implosion” claim:

(1) Longtime Coffman staffer and spokeswoman Cinamon Watson told Huffington Post reporter Elise Foley yesterday that “Hillary Clinton is not an option” and that Coffman will not vote for her. She did not directly answer whether he has ruled out voting for Trump. He “is considering his options — like a lot of Americans,” Watson said in an email.

(2) A 9News report by Brandon Rittiman released yesterday in which he reported, “Coffman is walking a fine line and saying that he’s undecided in the presidential race.”

More from the 9News interview with Coffman:

“9NEWS: ‘Would you rule out supporting Donald Trump for president?’

“COFFMAN: ‘No.’

“Coffman also said that he currently has no candidate he backs in the Presidential race and that he’s considering a vote for Libertarian party nominee Gary Johnson in November.

“‘It’s an option,’ Coffman said of Johnson. ‘I wouldn’t rule it out.'”

In true campaign year fashion, what Pols did not cover, however, was the rest of the 9News report including Coffman’s full statement. So here it is:

“Coffman said he draws a distinction between a possible vote for Trump and a formal endorsement of his party’s candidate—but that he might not give Trump either.

“‘It’s hard for me to see at this point in time that Trump could change to the extent that I would lend my name to his campaign,’ Coffman added. ‘If [Trump] continues down the path that he continues, I’m not going to support him, I don’t think there’s a question about that.’”

When asked by Rittiman whether Trump could earn his support if he changed course, Coffman added, “Yeah, it’s starting to get a little late though.”

Watch the full 9News report here

Denver ABC 7 News reporter Marshall Zelinger then jumped aboard, posting what appears to be almost like, well … his own campaign ad on his Twitter account. The video shows an outtake of Coffman’s new ad cut into an undated, outdoor interview Zendinger had with Coffman in which the congressman essentially says he has no idea who he’s going to support, adding that he hasn’t ruled out backing the Libertarian Party ticket.

Bottom line: Coffman doesn’t know who he’s going to vote for. SO WHAT? Roughly 8 percent of Americans are still undecided in the presidential race — and those are just the ones who aren’t so dissatisfied with the candidates that they aren’t planning on voting at all. Is this incident a death knell to Coffman’s campaign? Give us a break. He’s in Congress. Last we checked — separate branch of government. It’s not like he’s running to be a member of the Trump cabinet. But advocacy organizations understand the value of attaching a candidate to a president’s coat tales —and the positive or negative impacts that can have on a candidate’s campaign. We get it. Simple messaging works. More difficult to understand facts sometimes don’t on a busy, distracted electorate. Sad, but reality.

But if state Sen. Morgan Carroll said she was undecided on her presidential pick, we would say the same thing — so what? If Anthony Weiner were the Democratic nominee, for example, we would expect Carroll to have some difficulty deciding where to cast her support as well.

With these types of campaign tactics that occur on both sides of the aisle, it’s no wonder voters feel such disgust for politics.

So in true, non-partisan Statesman fashion, we will continue sticking to the facts — and more importantly — putting ourselves in the shoes of these candidates, regardless of which side of the aisle they are on.

But out of respect for the opinion of those who disagree with this approach: “This was @RepMikeCoffman chance to disavow Donald Trump and he refuses to do it,” tweeted Matt Hildreth, Political Director for America’s Voice, yesterday. “He thinks he can play both sides. So gross. #COPolitics

SPEAKING OF COFFMAN, HIS ‘IMAGE CONSULTANTS’ RELEASE AN AD AS A PARODY TO HIS ‘ONE OF US’ AD — “We are Mike Coffman’s image consultants, and we approve this message,” says a woman’s voice opening an ad mocking U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman‘s ‘One of Us’ ad. The ad goes on to list of things Coffman has said or done, like according to an elderly man wearing a U.S. Air Force hat, “Mike Coffman said that Obama was not an American,” and “Mike actually doesn’t believe in climate change,” and “Mike told Latino voters to get a dictionary.” The scornful ad ends with the repeated statement, “Mike is one of them,” and an image of Coffman with a Donald Trump wig photoshopped atop his head. Check it out by clicking the image below:

Click the image to watch ProgressNow's Coffman parody ad.
BENNET WANTS TO GO BACK TO WASHINGTON … NO, NOT IN JANUARY, NOW — In a show of campaign confidence and underlining a theme of job responsibility, Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet joined in a letter with 40 other Senators, including Patty Murray (D-WA) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) yesterday, challenging Republicans Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to end the 7 week congressional recess early and reconvene both chambers of Congress to pass a clean funding bill to fight Zika. In the letter, the Senators wrote:

“The problems the American people confront do not disappear simply because Congress does. We urge you to immediately cancel the remainder of the congressional recess and get back to work to help the American public, especially women and families, amidst this crisis.

“It has been 164 days since the President requested emergency funding to fight Zika. The combined time it took Congress to fund all of the last three public health emergencies – Ebola, H1N1 and Avian flu – was 137 days. The National Institutes of Health has said trials for a Zika vaccine will likely be delayed due to lack of funding. It is deeply troubling that the Zika epidemic which disproportionately impacts pregnant women and their babies would be treated any differently than these other emergencies. In each of these instances, Congress was able to set aside political rhetoric and act quickly to help. Unfortunately, we have seen no such action on Zika for pregnant women and families.”

Bennet has been directly involved in Congress’s Zika funding debate. In June, when the Senate had voted overwhelmingly to advance a bipartisan bill to provide $1.1 billion in emergency funding to combat and prevent the spread of the Zika virus, Bennet spoke out against what he called a “partisan and irresponsible” House Zika proposal which would fund only a third of the administration’s emergency request from February.

Meanwhile, Roll Call reported the Congressional blame game over Zika continues to heat up, mentioning an opinion column House Speaker Paul Ryan penned on the topic. “One important thing to know about this plan is that it is a compromise,” Ryan wrote in the op-ed column for USA Today. “We agreed to the exact level of funding Senate Democrats have supported. Democrats sought to have none of the funding be offset, and we agreed to partially offset it.”

BENNET CAMPAIGN RELEASES NEW VIDEO “BROADBAND” — “The Bennet for Colorado campaign today released a new video, “Broadband,” featuring Silverton teacher Paul Joyce discussing Michael Bennet’s work to bring high-speed broadband internet to his school. “We worked with Michael Bennet’s office to get the support we needed to get EAGLE-Net to come up here. There was a lot of politics, a lot of people saying ‘yeah, we want to do this for Silverton’ but it not happening,” said Paul, adding that Michael’s office kept up the pressure until Silverton got a fiber-optic connection. “Eventually it made it over the pass and it’s here, it’s plugged into our school and we’re running at 100 mbps.” Watch the ad below:

TRUMP HEADED BACK TO COLORADO, THIS TIME DRAWING ON RURAL SUPPORT — Our own Ernest Luning broke the story: Donald Trump is coming back to the Centennial State. This Tuesday, August 9, he will be making two campaign stops, one in Pueblo at 2 p.m. and one in Grand Junction at Suplizio Field at 6 p.m. Small town police departments, prepare your security plans … and budgets!

TIPTON JOKE GOING AROUND IN GOP CIRCLES — A joke is making the rounds right now in Colorado Republican circles following the news Trump will be visiting Pueblo and Grand Junction, two communities in the 3rd Congressional District. The joke: “It’s a shame U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, is tied up next Tuesday, he’s helping a friend move.”

SOURCES: DON’T GET USED TO SEEING TRUMP CAMPAIGN IN COLORADO — It’s probably only for a short while according to campaign insiders. Team Trump is trying to see if they can get a bump in internal polling in the state, which, according to several sources, is atrociously bad right now for The Donald. The Statesman learned that all this Trump presence in Colorado — including campaign visits — is quite possibly only for a little while, as in a matter of a couple of weeks — a test to see if they can move the needle in the state. If not, they’re going to move on. This goes back to pollster Floyd Ciruli‘s point that data indicates the state has been all but locked in for the Democratic Party in 2016 — though this is a contested point with some claiming the algorithms being used for these polls is outdated.

But the Trump campaign is taking a much different approach in Iowa, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, states that are and will continue to be bathed in personal love and affection for the remainder of the general election, regardless of the polling data.

This, of course, also follows the Clinton campaign’s decision to cut Colorado out of its recent ad buys, showing intense confidence in their outlook in the state.

 

 Various pollsters' forecasts for Colorado via Floyd Ciruli.
Various pollsters’ forecasts for Colorado via Floyd Ciruli.

 

COLORADO TRUMP FANS READY TO OUST ‘THE RYANS, MCCAINS, AND COREY GARDNERS’ OF THE WORLD — “The most important thing we can do for Trump in the next week is defeat Ryan,” said one die-hard Trump supporter on Facebook. “This will send a message to the McCains, Corey Gardners, lip service is not good enough. They will have to choose globalism or America or lose their seat in the Senate/House!”

That Trump supporter on social media is not alone …

FRANTIC HANNITY READY TO CALL OUT THE ESTABLISHMENT OVER TRUMP — Sean Hannity: “If in 96 days Trump loses this election, I am pointing the finger directly at people like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham and John McCain and John Kasich and Ted Cruz if he won’t endorse – and Jeb Bush and everybody else that made promises they’re not keeping. And because I have watched and witnessed to the point of incredible frustration – I have watched these Republicans be more harsh towards Donald Trump than they’ve ever been in standing up to Barack Obama and his radical agenda that had doubled the debt, that has resulted in a 51-year low in home ownership in this country, the percentage of homes that are owned by Americans, the lowest labor participation rate since the 70s and that has led to millions and millions of Americans in poverty and on food stamps and out of the labor force.”

WESTERN SLOPE SENATOR RAY SCOTT SAYS ‘IT’S THE SUPREME COURT STUPID!’ — “It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! I agree we can’t afford supreme ‘legislators'” state Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction — no, not the “Drinkin’ Beer” Ray Scott — posted to his social media in response to an opinion column in the Washington Examiner by Hugh Hewitt who wrote, “Of course I’m voting for Donald Trump. You should be too if you are a conservative.” Full column here

STATE BUDGET MASTERMIND AND REPUBLICAN HENRY SOBANET WEIGHS IN ON PRESIDENTIAL RACE, WILL NOT VOTE FOR TRUMP — Henry Sobanet, long-time Director of the Office of State Planning and Budgeting and a Republican first appointed to the directorship by Republican Gov. Bill Owens in 2004, had this to say about the current state of affairs in the presidential race: “After a lot of reflection and too much frustration, I am weighing in. I remember the reasons for affiliating with the GOP and helping candidates in whom I believed over the years. Most people my age who did so had the same reasons. Ronald Reagan was inspiring and a blistering Cold Warrior. George H.W. Bush was a gentleman and an unquestioned patriot.

“Here in Colorado, my career in the public and private sectors has been highlighted by work with or near talented and dedicated public servants on both sides of the aisle.

“The Khan family reminded me of my immigrant parents and the ideals they were attracted to and instilled in me about America.

“Mr. Trump exploits the dark side of human nature. I feel complicit if I don’t speak up.

“The bottom line is this…Mr. Trump is mean, vulgar, uninformed, unfit, and exploitive. By choice or ignorance, he is either calculating and evil or this is his true nature. These are not the options I want to see in any “Republican” nominee and even less so for President.

“While I am not changing parties, with my vote for President this year, sadly basic competence and basic decency have become the things that matter to me.

“As the kids say, this is not my jam. Not even close.”

 

“There are a couple things that would make any supporter of Hillary feel confident; one is that a significant part of the Republican Party in Colorado is a family values party, and they’ve always had some difficulty accepting Donald Trump as the party’s candidate.”

 


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STATESMAN: At Colorado campaign stop, Clinton hits Trump for profiting off foreign labor — “Hillary Clinton is criticizing Donald Trump’s use of outsourcing at his companies, part of an effort to undercut the business record that has formed the basis of his presidential pitch. ‘What kind of man does business by hurting other people? I am just so determined that we are not going to let him do to America what he has done to small business,’ she told several thousand people gathered at the Adams City High School gymnasium in Commerce City on Wednesday afternoon. …” Full story here

STATESMAN: Clinton wooing a new group of voters: Republicans — “Hoping to capitalize on the criticism battering Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has begun portraying support for her candidacy as a patriotic duty of voters. She’s broadening her message and appealing directly to Republicans to keep him out of the White House. It’s a twist for a Democratic presidential candidate who has some of the highest unpopularity ratings in history. But aides believe Trump’s controversial campaign and the chaos it’s caused within the Republican Party offers a unique opportunity. …” Full story here

STATESMAN: Kerry defends cash payment in wake of Iran deal — “A $400 million pallet of cash delivered to the Iranian government at the same time a complicated nuclear deal was settled and four Americans were released was unrelated and not a ransom, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday. Kerry flatly denied any connection between the cash — and an additional $1.3 billion interest payment — and the implementation of the nuclear deal and the prisoner swap that all occurred in rapid succession. The payment was part of a decades-old dispute over a failed military equipment deal dating to the 1970s, before the Islamic revolution in 1979. … Full story here

STATESMAN: Colorado Trump campaign adds political director, offices — “Donald Trump’s Colorado campaign is ramping up operations in the battleground state with just three months to go before Election Day. On Thursday, the Trump campaign hired a top Colorado Republican Party staffer to serve as political director for the presidential candidate’s state campaign, a Trump campaign official said. The campaign has also recently opened two offices on the Front Range and will soon be operating five offices across the state. …” Full story here

STATESMAN: Lamborn introduces Pence to Colorado Springs supporters — “’Because we need Mike Pence as vice president and because we need those Supreme Court nominees, those are just two of the reasons I support Donald Trump as president,’ said U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-CD5, introducing Indiana Gov. and Republican nominee for vice president Mike Pence to the stage Wednesday in Colorado Springs. ‘I’m just grateful to be joined by Jeanie’s husband,’ Pence said jokingly after taking the podium to the sound of Free’s ‘All Right Now’ pumping through the speakers at high volume. “One of the strongest, most unapologetic conservatives on Capitol Hill, Congressman Doug Lamborn. … I can say I was with Doug Lamborn before it was cool.'” Full story here

DURANGO HERALD: Colorado aid-in-dying proponents submit signatures — Proponents of allowing terminally ill patients to request life-ending medication submitted more than 160,000 signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Colorado End of Life Options delivered the signatures to the secretary of state’s office Thursday afternoon. ‘I personally don’t know whether I would take the option to exercise medical aid-in-dying, and hope never to be confronted with that decision,” said Denver resident Matt Larson, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last year. “But, knowing that dying from brain cancer can be an agonizing and painful death, simply having the option would bring me a tremendous amount of peace and comfort now while I continue my fight.’ …” Full story here

DENVER POST: What is Darryl Glenn’s abortion position? It’s not entirely clear — “U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn’s stance on abortion became a political ping-pong ball this week, all while he has avoided answering a key question on the contentious topic. The state’s largest anti-abortion organization, Colorado Right to Life, accused him of “trying to play a little bit of political maneuvering” for his answer to a recent question on personhood, reports The Durango Herald. …” Full story here

POLITICO: Trump’s shrinking electoral map: There are growing signs in Colorado, a key Western swing state, is no longer in play — “The 2016 battleground map may soon have one less state on it. With a clear lead in the polls, demographic advantages and a rival who is out of sync with local GOP leaders, Hillary Clinton is beginning to put some distance between her campaign and Donald Trump, raising the prospect that Colorado, a pivotal swing state, is too far gone for Trump to catch up. …” Full story here

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT: Colorado town takes a breather a year after huge mine spill — “A year after a mine waste spill turned their river a weird yellow-orange, residents of a Colorado mountain town are taking a break from the aftermath for a party that includes a specially brewed beer the color of the spill. They’re also taking a few jabs at the federal Environmental Protection Agency, which accidentally caused the 3-million-gallon spill at the Gold King Mine on Aug. 5, 2015.”

DENVER POST: Fired Muslim workers deserve unemployment benefits from Cargill, Colorado labor department rules — “Colorado’s labor department has ruled that more than 100 Muslim workers fired from a Fort Morgan meatpacking plant are eligible for unemployment benefits because a company cannot force workers to choose between their religion and their jobs. …” Full story here

ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: As Senate races heat up, the map shifts — “In Colorado, GOP voters picked a nominee, local county commissioner Darryl Glenn, whose agenda and rhetoric could squander what Republicans once hoped was a rare opportunity this year to challenge a Democratic incumbent. Sen. Michael Bennet is now favored to retain his seat. …” Full story here

DENVER ABC 7: Meet the 12-year-old who wants to see a Trump presidency in November — “He’s only 12-years-old, but Weston Imer nearly brought the house down during Republican Vice Presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence’s town hall meeting Wednesday. Imer, who said he’s been a political junkie since he was 5-years-old, took the podium before Gov. Pence and preached why people should be voting for Donald Trump and announced his creation of Colorado Kids for Trump. …” Full story here

CHALKBEAT: Voices from Clinton rally: ‘I have Muslim students … If Trump were here, he’d want them kicked out” — “Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, at a rally at Adams City High School, called for an investment in preschool, teacher training and career and technical classes in the nation’s high schools. Clinton, in her first campaign stop in Colorado since officially becoming the Democratic nominee, said investing in public education — especially early childhood education— is a critical piece to making the United State’s economy stronger and more fair. …” Full story here

ASPEN TIMES: Pitkin County open space board passes biodiversity policy — “Members of the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board heeded a torrent of recent criticism Thursday and passed a new policy emphasizing biodiversity on land the program owns. ‘This is one of the most gratifying exercises I’ve done with you guys in a long time,’ said Dale Will, executive director of Pitkin County’s Open Space and Trails Program. ‘The outpouring of public interest is great to see.’ …” Full story here

COLORADO POLS: Scott Gessler, Snipe Hunter — “When Donald Trump said this week he feared the presidential election “might be rigged,” his comments raised eyebrows among election officials everywhere, including Colorado Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams. …” Full post here

COLORADO PEAK POLITICS: Polling problems: National media using old numbers to declare Clinton winner in Colorado — “The national media is proclaiming Clinton the winner of Colorado to explain away her decision to stop advertising here, and because they love her. Their evidence? Out-of-date polling. …” Full post here

ROLL CALL: Post-convention poll shows more now prefer Democrats control Congress — “More voters now prefer that Democrats control Congress than before the two parties’ conventions, a new poll shows. The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll , conducted from July 31 to August 3, showed 47 percent of voters preferred Democrats controlling Congress compared to 43 percent of voters who preferred Republican control. In June, the same poll was tied at 46 percent. …” Full story here

Events:

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

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 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]

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.