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The Hot Sheet, August 12, 2016

Author: Jared Wright - August 12, 2016 - Updated: August 12, 2016

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

By TCS Editor and Publisher Jared Wright

DENVER — Good morning and Happy Friday to all you Colorado political critters! Today is also World Elephant Day. Don’t worry, we will recognize Word Donkey day when it happens. Minimum wage made Colorado’s ballot yesterday, and Evan McMullin made it today. Donald Trump is headed back to Colorado. This and much more in today’s Hot Sheet.

Read on for your ultimate daily dose of Colorado politics …

The most notable state politics headline today: HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN SAYS IT’S NOT PULLING OUT OF COLORADO, DESPITE SPENDING REDUCTION — “A lot of folks have noticed that we didn’t re-up our (TV ad) purchase in Colorado, said Hillary for America National Political Director Amanda Renteria in an interview with The Denver Post. “We are absolutely doing the organizing and the grassroots. There’s been no change in our investment in what we need to do on the ground to make it work. So I think sometimes it gets read that, ‘Oh, we are pulling (out).’ No. We know that get-out-the-voter mobilization is absolutely key to winning.”

Most notable national political headline: DONALD TRUMP EXPLAINS HIS OBAMA-FOUNDED-ISIS CLAIM AS ‘SARCASM’ — “Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) “the founder” of ISIS, & MVP. THEY DON’T GET SARCASM?” Full story here

“I have a genuine concern for what seems to be now a pattern in sentencing and sex assault cases where the viewpoint and the impact on the perpetrator seems to be taking precedence over what has happened to the victim.”

— Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman

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

ON THE COLORADO BALLOT: THE ANTI-TRUMP ESTABLISHMENT’S THIRD PARTY CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT EVAN MCMULLIN MAKES BATTLE GROUND STATE BALLOT —  Independent candidate for president Evan McMullin has made Colorado’s ballot for POTUS in the November general election according to Colorado Secretary of State’s Office spokeswoman Lynn Bartels. McMullin’s campaign paid a $1,000 filing fee and turned in the required paperwork which is being processed today.

Colorado is the first ballot McMullin has secured his name on. Many other states’ ballot deadlines are already passed, but some other battleground ones remain.

“We’re going to work hard and let Americans know that there is another choice,” McMullin said at his Wednesday night announcement at Impact Hub in Salt Lake City, Utah. McMullin is a former CIA counterterrorism officer, ex-House Republican Conference policy director and former Goldman Sachs investment banking associate.

SOUR GRAPES REPORT — The Romney connection: McMullin is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and received his undergraduate degree in International Law and Diplomacy from Brigham Young University in Utah. From the New York Times: “Mr. McMullin is said to be backed by the group Better for America, which earlier this year began an effort to get on the ballot in as many states as possible, with the hopes of drafting a candidate. The group is backed by John Kingston, a donor who had supported Mitt Romney. (Hot Sheet emphasis added). Mr. Kingston has worked with the pollster Joel Searby. Rick Wilson, a Republican consultant and Trump foe, is the main strategist on the effort.”

Evan McMullin at his official campaign announcement for President Wednesday night in Utah.
Evan McMullin at his official campaign announcement for President Wednesday night in Utah.

POLLING: The Statesman’s Ernest Luning reports on the most recent Marist Poll: Hillary Clinton leads by 12 points when two other candidates are included in the question, with 41 percent to Donald Trump’s 29 percent, followed by Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson at 15 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 6 percent. The poll was conducted before McMullin entered the race.
Clinton leads Trump by a slightly wider margin of 14 points — 46 percent to 32 percent — among registered voters in Colorado in a two-way race, the same poll indicates. Her lead has expanded from an 8-point margin in the same poll released a month ago.

Full story here

Who is Evan McMullin?

McMullin’s full announcement speech here

ALSO ON THE BALLOT: HIKING THE MINIMUM WAGE TO $12 PER HOUR — Secretary of State Wayne Williams‘s office announced yesterday that an effort to raise Colorado’s minimum wage from $8.31 per hour to $9.30 on January 1, 2017, and then $0.90 each year until it reaches $12 in 2020 has made the November ballot.

“We want to make sure we acknowledge this moment and celebrate,” said Lizeth Chacon, co-chair of Colorado Families for a Fair Wage. “We are going to continue to raise money for this initiative and make sure we put a good field program out there.”

“This would hammer many of the same low wage workers it was intended to help,” said Tyler Sandberg, a spokesman for Keep Colorado Working. “A lot of businesses affected by this are small businesses and they’re looking at operating fewer hours and even potential closures.”

Would Colorado lose jobs if this passes? One study by Common Sense Policy Roundtable says yes – up to 90,000 jobs lost with a $12 minimum wage.

POLLING: But what about the polling? Well, it’s sort of the ultimate populist issue according to the numbers. One nationwide poll conducted by YouGov/Huffington Post in April showed 59 percent support for a $12 minimum wage with 33 percent opposed and 9 percent undecided with a 3.9 percent margin of error.

A far less scientific poll being conducted online by Denver Post right now shows the measure narrowly losing as of Hot Sheet publishing time:


While Colorado voters should heed the warnings of potential job loss, this initiative has the best chance of passing among the likely major ballot initiatives this year.

Full stories here and here

 One of this year’s House District 51 Republican candidates, conservative Tom Lucero, became the new Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for Donald Trump‘s Colorado campaign after he lost his statehouse bid to Loveland City Councilman Hugh McKean in the June primary. Now working to court Hispanic voters for Trump in his new capacity, he told the Colorado Independent’s Cory Hutchins in an interview, “Hispanic voters are not a monolithic voting bloc. There are a lot of inroads to be made with Hispanics. And individuals I have spoken to, a lot of them agree that we need to get immigration in check. [They say] “I’m getting hammered by health care costs, can somebody address that, can somebody address taxes, can somebody address the regulatory environment, and can we take care of what’s going on here in America first.” And the only guy who’s talking about that is Trump.”

Lucero also parted ways with one of his boss’s positions, saying that Mexico paying for a border wall is “not very realistic.”

Full story here

TRUMP HEADED BACK TO COLORADO, HOLDING PRIVATE CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISER IN ASPEN AUG. 25 — Donald Trump will be in Aspen Aug. 25 for a private fundraiser hosted by Trump’s Colorado co-chair Larry A. Mizel. “The fundraiser will be primarily for the Republican National Committee and for Trump,” said Pitkin County party chairman Bob Jenkins. The event is being organized by the GOP fundraising gurus at Starboard Group.

From The Aspen Times:

“For $25,000, a couple will get a “VIP meeting” with Trump, along with a photograph with the candidate and attendance to the reception, according to the invitation. A photo and reception costs $10,000 per couple, and $2,700 will gain an individual entrance to the reception.

“Through July in Pitkin County, Trump has raised $38,284 compared with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s $524,626, according to the Federal Election Commission.”

Full story here

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOARD OF REGENTS KEEP TRYING, BUT KEEP FAILING TO ELECT A NEW CHAIR — From the Boulder Daily Camera: “The University of Colorado’s Board of Regents has again failed to select a new chair, something the nine-member elected board has been trying to accomplish since June. The board convened Wednesday in Denver for a brief meeting. After approving appointments with tenure for professors on the Boulder campus, the board tried — and failed — to elect a new chair.”

Voting is conducted by secret ballot so there is no way of knowing who’s voting for who, but the contenders are Denver Democrat Irene Griego, Colorado Springs Republican Kyle Hybl and Grand Junction Republican Glen Gallegos. The 9-member board is controlled by a 5-member Republican majority, so one would want to assume the holdup is caused from within those five.

This is not the first time it has taken awhile to elect a new CU Regent chair. In fact, recent history would say it can take much, much longer.

“In 2013, the board failed to elect a new chair after 14 rounds of voting,” according to the Boulder Daily Camera’s Sarah Kuta. “Eventually, the regents called a special meeting and re-elected Michael Carrigan to the position.”

DEMOCRAT GOVERNORS IN ASPEN TODAY — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will join Louisiana Gov. Bel Edwards and Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee today in Aspen for a panel discussion with the McCloskey Speaker Series, moderated by Aspen Institute President and CEO, former chairman of CNN and managing editor of Time magazine Walter Isaacson. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Greenwald Pavilion, and doors open at 2:45 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at, by calling 970-920-5770 or in person at the Wheeler Opera House.

REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS IN ASPEN AUG. 16 — Tuesday, Aug. 16, the McCloskey Series will continue at 5:30 p.m. at the Greenwald Pavilion with a Republican governors panel featuring Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Ann Korologos, chair emeritus of the Aspen Institute and former U.S. secretary of labor under President Ronald Reagan, will moderate the talk. Ticketing information found above.

FORT COLLINS QUIET ZONE ADVOCATES CONTINUE BLOWING HORNS — After U.S. Sens. Michael BennetCory Gardner  and Rep. Jared Polis visited Fort Collins in June accompanied by Federal Railroad Administration head Sarah Feinberg, area residents are still up in arms over the railroad crossing noise due to the agencies 2005 train horn rule, and are demanding improvements to implement quiet zones throughout the city. A lot of them — 349 to be exact. From the Fort Collins Coloradoan:

“If federal officials made decisions based solely on public comments, residents of Fort Collins and nearby communities would soon say goodbye to the blaring train horns that disturb their peace at all hours of the day and night.

“A sampling of the 349 comments filed with the Federal Railroad Administration on the issue by the July 5 deadline shows 80 percent favor reducing use of the horns or making it easier to create quiet zones within communities where the horns aren’t required. At least two-thirds of the commenters were from Colorado.”

Full story here

SOME SAY SEARCH ENGINE AND SOCIAL MEDIA GIANTS BIASED? — Read this Observer post and judge for yourself.

“It appears as if [Donald Trump] knows he will not be the next president of the United States, so he’s trying to sabotage this thing because he’s not used to losing.”

— U.S. Rep. Andreé Carson, D-Ind.

“And once I get in [the White House], I will do my thing that I do very well. And I figure it is probably, maybe the only way I’m going to get to heaven. So I better do a good job.”

Donald Trump


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.

Denver GOP First Friday Breakfast featuring special guest, former Sen. John Andrews — Friday, September 2, 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., Pete’s Greek Town Cafe, 2910 E. Colfax Ave. Andrews will be speaking on what to look forward to in the upcoming election. The title of his talk is “What Would Churchill Do?” Breakfast sponsor is Viano Construction.

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.