Hot Sheet

The Hot Sheet, August 10, 2016

Author: Jared Wright - August 10, 2016 - Updated: August 10, 2016

The Colorado Statesman Hot SheetVOL. 01 NO. 149 | AUGUST 10, 2016 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2016
By TCS Editor and Publisher Jared Wright

DENVER — Good morning and welcome to your main diet staple in Colorado political news … and easy to digest too – well, at least in terms of the format. The topics, maybe not so much. Lots of political reporters covering the anti-fracking petition signatures turned in Monday, but still heaps of confidence from sources close to the situation that these groups failed to collect enough signatures to secure Initiative 75 and 78’s places on November’s ballot. Meanwhile, Gov. John Hickenlooper made three appointments to another governing body with huge regulatory scope over the oil and gas industry.

Also going down, Republican Senate candidate Darryl Glenn is taking new fire from Democrat activists — including state Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, and the renewable energy industry insiders — for his policy positions.

As always, read on for your great daily glimpse under the Colorado politics rug …

The most notable, edgy state politics headline today: “COLORADO READIES FOR ‘ALL OUT WAR’ AS ANTI-FRACKING MEASURES ADVANCE TO BALLOT; Citizen-led efforts to override the government and fossil fuel industry could be devastating for Big Oil in the state”  — “And the stakes are high. As the New York Times put it, should either measure pass, “it would represent the most serious political effort yet” to stop fracking in the U.S.” Full story here

Most notable, well … shall we say more realistic headline in state politics today:EMPTY PETITION BOXES PUT ANTI-FRACKING INITIATIVES IN DOUBT” — “It is unusual because other measures that were turned in, the petitions were scanned in by our staff and put back in their original boxes to be sent down to Pueblo to the state agency to be checked. And they maybe had five boxes left over. This was boxes and boxes and boxes. It may not mean anything but it may mean something. Colorado Secretary of State spokeswoman Lynn Bartels. Full story here

Most notable national headline: “TRUMP SHAMED FOR COMMENTS ABOUT CLINTON, SECOND AMENDMENT” Donald Trump said Tuesday that Second Amendment advocates might find a way to stop Hillary Clinton from rolling back gun rights if she’s elected, setting off a political firestorm as Democrats quickly accused him of encouraging violence against his opponent. Full story here

Because it’s that Olympics time: “OLD FOOTAGE SHOWING DONALD TRUMP PLAYING BEACH VOLLEYBALL SURFACES; He played in jeans and a polo shirt” Full story here


A woman trying to take a picture of a dolphin at SeaWorld in Florida with an iPad apparently got a bit too close because it snatched the device right out of her hands. Full story here

“This was kind of the pre-fight, the undercard…If either of these make it onto the ballot, we’re going to see a cage match — an all-out war.”

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

DARRYL GLENN UNDER FIRE FOR OPPOSITION TO RENEWABLE ENERGY TAX CREDITS — From The Statesman’s Ernest Luning: Leading Democrats and representatives of the wind and solar energy industry are criticizing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn for his opposition to popular tax credits supporters say contribute billions of dollars to the Colorado economy. Spoiler alert: The only people who make out poorly all around in this story are the tree huggers. No respect for the tree huggers! Full story here

SCFD REVENUE SEES INCREASE: REPORT — Denver’s June 2016 Science and Cultural Facilities Development District‘s sales and use tax revenue was $5,279,885.94. The 2016 year-to-date (YTD) revenue is $27,192,809.22. This compares to YTD 2015 revenue of $26,296,441.37 The variance is $896,367.85, a 3.41% increase in 2016 over YTD 2015.

NO COLORADO REPUBLICAN CANDIDADATES DECRY TRUMP’S SECOND AMENDMENT/HILLARY COMMENTS, BUT ATHANASOPOULOS DOUBLES DOWN ON HIS SUPPORT FOR THE DONALD — Republican candidate for the 7th Congressional District George Athanasopoulos told Statesman reporter Ernest Luning and 9News’s Kyle Clark via Twitter, “I didn’t hear anything even remotely resembling a threat. This is a non-issue.”

ELEVEN, YES COUNT ‘EM, 11, BALLOT INITIATIVES COULD BE ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT … BUT PROBABLY NOT ALL 11 — Nearly 160 initiatives were initially submitted this year. Petitions for nine ended up being turned in and the Legislature referred two measures — one eliminating an obscure exemption to slavery and the other deals with a property tax exemption. Full story here

COLORADO’S ‘AUTHOR IN CHIEF’ TO HEADLINE THE INAUGURAL COLORADO BOOK FESTIVAL — Gov. John Hickenlooper, the author of The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics, will kick off the first ever Colorado Book Festival in concert with the Denver Public Library’s Western History Department and the Colorado Author’s League, which is celebrating its 85th year this year. The event will feature over 75 Colorado authors and will take place September 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Conference Center at the main Denver Public Library downtown.

LYNN BARTELS CELEBRATES ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF NOT BEING A REPORTER — Secretary of State Wayne Williams‘s spokeswoman Lynn Bartels isn’t so newly minted anymore, celebrating her one year anniversary with the Colorado SOS today. Hard to believe it was over a year ago Bartels was sleuthing the halls of the state Capitol. “Four more years and I’m vested!” Bartels tweeted this morning. Give Lynn a shout today to congratulate her.


Colorado Senate GOP: “Happy Anniversary, Lynn. But remember, public servants aren’t in it 4 the pension :-)”

Bartels: “That’s why I play @ColoLottery!”

BOTH COLORADO U.S. SENATORS VOICE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF THE INDUSTRIAL HEMP FARMING ACT — U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner as well as U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton have all indicated their support for the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. “We know that all of the agriculture benefits from continued research (and) hemp should be no different,” said Bennet. “We began working to authorize hemp research in the 2014 Farm Bill because of its potential as a versatile crop that can be sold for use in a variety of products.”

An organized hemp farming and deregulation movement has been alive on Capitol Hill for years, with lobbying for the cause dating back to at least a decade. The prognosis for the Industrial Hemp Farming Act’s passage is very low, with some tracking groups giving it a 1 percent chance, but the legislation, which would remove hemp from the nation’s controlled substance laws (in the form of “identical versions before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House) and open the product up to less regulated research and development opportunities via federal government grants, has seen growing bipartisan support among elected officials according to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel’s Charles Ashby. Full story here

BELL BOWS OUT AFTER HATCH ACT COMPLAINT — Gail Bell, a 48-year-old U.S. Army veteran and an idealistic political novice, filed to run as an independent candidate May 10 for the hotly contested Colorado House District 36 seat. Bell dumped nearly $900 of her own money into the race. Then she got a lesson in politics and, on Friday, she dropped out. Find out why … Full story here

CUE THE TELEVISION NEWS VANS PARKED ON THE CAPITOL CURB, NEW LAWS TAKE EFFECT TODAY! — Not really news for any of you, but just so you know … HB16-1142, boosting CO rural medicine, HB16-1005, legalizing rain barrels; HB16-1467, creating a state income tax deduction for first-time homebuyer savings accounts; HB16-1438, legalizing “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant women on the job including bathroom breaks, access to a water bottle, seating, and, if available and requested, transfer to a light duty position; a package of four bills helping to develop and strengthen Colorado’s workforce, and a hot of others were among the bills going into statutory effect today. Also … pot couriers. Here come the refurbished, repurposed 1980s bread trucks!  Full story here


DEM – Ashley Lowe Ager of Durango, to serve as a member with formal training or substantial experience in soil conservation or reclamation, west of the Continental Divide and as a Democrat. She is a senior geologist and director of the regional offices for LT Environmental Inc. which is based in Arvada. Ager replaces Commissioner Richard Alward of Grand Junction, who served nine years on the commission before his latest term expired.

GOP – Kent Jolley of Glenwood Springs, to serve as a member actively engaged in agricultural production, as a royalty owner, west of the Continental Divide and as a Republican. He is a Colorado native and fourth-generation Colorado rancher whose family has ranched in Garfield County. Jolley has donated nearly $50,000 to state Republican caucuses and campaigns on the hard money side and more on the federal side over the past 5 years.

DEM – Winston Perry Pearce of Denver, to serve as a member with substantial experience in the oil and gas industry and with a college degree in petroleum geology or petroleum engineering, and as a Democrat. Pearce is the now-retired longtime manager of state government affairs for ConocoPhillips Co. Pearce has previously served on the commission.

In addition to Alward’s term expiring, Republican Thomas Compton of Hesperus, who was the commission’s chairman, is leaving the commission having reached the end of his term as well, as is Republican DeAnn Craig of Denver.

Full story here

POUDRE SCHOOL DISTRICT LOOKING FOR A REVENUE INFUSION — To the tune of $375 million. From the Fort Collins Coloradoan: “PSD’s Board of Education unanimously approved a ballot request for a $375 million bond and an incremental $8 million annual mill levy to support building new schools and ongoing maintenance at existing PSD schools.” Full story here

IRRESISTABLE VENDING REVENUE? COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION MAY LIFT 7-YEAR BAN ON DIET SODA IN HIGH SCHOOLS DURING MEETING TODAY IN GRAND JUNCTION — “Despite what the soda industry is trying to convince us of, we all know that any sort of soda, diet or regular, is absolutely terrible for any of us to drink and especially for kids,” Carrie Godes, special projects coordinator for Garfield County Public Health, wrote to the State Board of Education in objection to the proposal. “I wish that our school had the willpower to resist the temptation, but with funding for schools a constant problem, the ability to bring in revenue from vending operations is too great.” Full story here

STATESMAN STAFFER APPEARS ON DEVIL’S ADVOCATE —  Senior Political Reporter and Opinion Editor Ernest Luning appeared on Independence Institute President Jon Caldara ‘s Devli’s Advocate program yesterday. Check out the video here.

“Hillary had a couple years of the taste of what it means to be a working mother, without any help, to have to take care of a small baby and care for your job.”


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.

Larimer County Republican Breakfast Club — Monday, August 15, 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.

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

Clean Energy Fair and Celebration hosted by Sierra Club and Google Project Sunroof — Wednesday, August 31, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Denver Skyline Park (off 16th St Mall). RSVP here

House Republican Joint Republican Candidate Reception and Fundraiser — Wednesday, August 31, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 1410 Grant St., Denver, CO 80203. Join the House Republican Caucus to support these candidates: Richard Bowman * Rep. J Paul Brown * Katy Brown  Chris Hadsall * Kimmi Lewis * Jessica Sandgren Host Committee: Assistant Minority Leader Polly Lawrence * Caucus Chair Lois Landgraf * Minority Whip Perry Buck * Representatives Jon Becker * Paul Lundeen * Dan Nordberg * Lang Sias * Kit Roupe * Cole Wist. $200 suggested contribution. Please RSVP to

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.