Hot Sheet

The Hot Sheet, August 17, 2016

Author: Jared Wright - August 17, 2016 - Updated: August 17, 2016

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

By TCS Editor and Publisher Jared Wright

DENVER — Good morning. How are you holding up? Good? Good. Keep walking those neighborhoods; avoiding those dog bites, smiling and dialing until your ear has permanently molded to the shape of the phone receiver; organizing … something, anything … just organizing everything … even color coding the Bic pens for the volunteers; yelling at those same said volunteers 5-times your age even though you know they can’t hear you, eating pizza for the tenth night in a row, in fact it might even be 10 days old — and way too late for any reasonable digestive system — squinting at Excel documents until you can start making out hidden pictures in the data … and just then you realize you haven’t showered or changed out of that dingy sport coat you’re wearing for the last 14 days  …  you know, all the typical campaign stuff. Yes, including having a philosophic debate with someone about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire for 5 minutes straight and then realizing it’s just your reflection in that dirty mirror in the closet bathroom at your office headquarters located in the back of that nail salon. And yes, it does look like it needs cleaned really, really badly. Have you never heard of Mr. Clean? Pinesol? No?

Well, we’re here for you whenever you need moral support. Keep your chin up. … Happy Wednesday, and Happy National Thrift Shop Day! How about just throw that sport coat away and head down to Goodwill for a fresh one? …

Read on for more in today’s Colorado politics …

Top headline today:


(1) LEADING LIBERAL GROUP COMES OUT AGAINST COLORADOCARE  — “A leading liberal political organization has joined the fight to stop Coloradans from passing a state-run universal health care plan this November. ‘It breaks my heart. I would love to support single payer healthcare,’ Progress Now Executive Director Ian Silverii told 9NEWS. ‘But you get details wrong, [and] people get hurt.’ …” Full story here

Another big headline: 

(2) WHOOT! WHOOT! GARDNER HOPS ABOARD THE TRUMP TRAIN: REPUBLICAN COLORADO SEN. CORY GARDNER DECIDES TO BACK TRUMP — From the Gazette: “Republican Sen. Cory Gardner has decided to back Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, ending months of silence on the divisive presidential race and taking a risk with his own political future in a swing state where Trump has had major difficulties. Gardner first said he supports Trump on Friday during a fundraiser for GOP Senate nominee Darryl Glenn in Colorado Springs. ‘I’m voting Republican up and down the ticket,’ Gardner told the crowd in comments first reported by The Gazette. ‘A Republican president will make the difference, even a Republican president named Donald Trump.’

“It’s really concerning to our campaign to see [Progress Now] just doubling down on the talking points of the far right and walking lock step with the Koch Brothers. It’s certainly distressing and mystifying.”

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

IRONY: AMENDMENT 69 MAKING STRANGE BEDFELLOWS  — This morning at 10:00 in front of the offices of ProgressNow! Colorado, a group of progressive leaders are announcing their opposition to ColoradoCare, or Amendment 69. The group announcing their opposition includes activists who support universal healthcare coverage nationally but believe that ColoradoCare’s one-state plan is risky, untested and financially unsustainable.

Republican strategist Sean Duffy with the Kenney Group sent out a news release announcing the forthcoming opposition. Colorado’s first, major strange-bedfellows alert for 2016: Sean Duffy and NARAL — a group working hard behind the scenes to upend ColoradoCare due to the political and financial risks to their organization of government funding for abortions under the proposed state health care plan — are now officially on the same side. #irony

From ProgressNow! affiliate ColoradoPols: “Tomorrow’s presser is set to include ProgressNow Colorado, NARAL Pro Choice Colorado who had already come out against Amendment 69 citing unintentional problems the law could create for abortion coverage, and a number of Democratic lawmakers led by House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran. Local Republicans have seized on Amendment 69 as a stick to beat Democrats at all levels with, employing misinformation and scare tactics to frame the debate in terms favorable to them.”

But yeah, they’re all correct this time around. ColoradoCare is the dumbest idea ever to cross the desk of the secretary of state. Just imagine the same Connect for Health Colorado bureaucrats in control of even more of your health care decisions — with constitutional authority — oh, yes, and your checkbooks. Great idea. right? Yeah, we didn’t think so either.

“LaSenadoraAguilar” on ColoradoPols: “Wow! As a progressive legislator who is one of the major spokespersons for Amendment 69, I am appalled that I learned about this via ColoradoPols. I asked to speak with the board of Progress Now about ColoradoCare, and they didn’t give me the courtesy of a reply. I guess Brandenberry McKenna has more influence than I do.”

Meanwhile, the ColoradoCareYes campaign announced it will hold a press conference 30 minutes ahead of the progressive implosion this morning, to “address new developments in the campaign for universal health care in Colorado” — and at the same location, ProgressNow HQ. What a morning.

FIRST BERNIE, THEN COLORADOCARE, THEN SALAZAR! JUST A BAD FEW WEEKS FOR PROGRESSIVES ALL AROUND? LAMENTATIONS FOR CLINTON’S CHOICE OF TRANSITION CHAIR — “By choosing [Ken] Salazar, [Hillary Clinton] has fired a post-convention warning shot at the huge progressive base of the Democratic Party,” Norman Solomon, national coordinator of the Sanders-supporting Bernie Delegates Network, said in a statement. He added, “If Clinton wants to weasel her way through the TPP issue and set off a war with progressives inside her own party in the process, she’s off to a great start.” Full story here

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner yesterday in a post-fundraiser statement: “No good Republican could ever support Hillary Clinton for president.

“Our nation stands at a critical juncture, and that’s why it is more important than ever to keep and grow the Republican majorities in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and support the entire Republican ticket in November,” Gardner wrote. “I’ll continue to work tirelessly for the people of Colorado and hold those in Washington accountable — Republican or Democrat.”

Full story here

GET YOUR CHECKBOOK READY COLORADO: STATE COULD HAVE TO PAY BACK MILLIONS IN MEDICAID BONUSES — From the Denver Post: “The state of Colorado could have to pay back more than $38 million it received in bonuses from the federal government for enrolling more children in Medicaid, after an audit concluded the state received money for kids who didn’t qualify. The audit was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general’s office and was released last week. It found that Colorado sought bonuses for kids listed under a category for the blind and disabled. Kids in that category weren’t counted in the federal government’s earlier baseline tally of child Medicaid recipients, meaning that including them in later numbers made the increases in enrollment look bigger than the audit says they should have been.” Full story here

WAYNE WILLIAMS: ‘Hey, CO. U can now text 2 register 2 vote. LOL! ‘ — Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has rolled out a new text-to-register system for Colorado voters.

Eligible Coloradans can simply text the word “Colorado” or “CO” to “2Vote” (28683) on their smartphones, and then open the link to the SOS’ online voter registration and election information site. It’s that easy.

“It’s one-stop shopping for all the elections information anyone would need,” Williams said. “In today’s on-demand society, we’re staying one step ahead addressing the needs of millennials, Gen-Xers and anyone who wants information immediately.”

Williams’ office worked with a Georgia-based company, Global Mobile, to develop the service.

At the same time, it sought input from Denver ElectionsNew Era Colorado,  Colorado Common Cause and the Colorado Public Interest Research Group, according to a news release from the SOS.

“Crazy is supporting a ballot initiative that will cost Colorado taxpayers over $25 billion. Hillary should stand with Hickenlooper and say no to Amendment 69.”


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]

Denver Republican Breakfast in the Park — Saturday, August 20, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Mamie Eisenhower Park, 4300 E. Dartmouth, Denver. Support Denver Republican Women at their annual fundraiser and our kick-off to our Be Ballot Be Wise Educational Campaign. Seven confirmed candidates to meet.

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.

Steamboat Institute 8th Annual Freedom Conference and Festival — Friday, August 26 – Saturday, August 27. Full conference registration includes scenic gondola ride to Thunderhead Summit of Steamboat Ski Area for keynote dinner, featuring Carly Fiorina. Other speakers include Sen. Ben Sasse, Steve Moore, Amity Shlaes, Mary Kissel and James Taranto (Wall Street Journal editorial board), Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, Michael Ledeen, Charlie Kirk, Jillian Melchior, Yaron Brook, Kelly Maher and more! Freedom Festival registration starts at just $50!  Lodging from $99 per night. Register Online:

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.

Town Hall Meeting in Boulder With Rep. KC Becker, Sen. Rollie Heath — Monday, August 29, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Boulder Chamber of Commerce, 2440 Pearl St, Boulder. Rep. KC Becker and Sen. Rollie Heath will host a town hall meeting focusing on the Colorado Department of Transportation’s activities in Boulder County and the US 36 corridor. The meeting will feature guest speaker CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt.

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.

Colorado Remembers 9/11, 15th Anniversary 9/11 Ceremony — Sunday, September 11, 1:00 p.m., Civic Center Park. Hosted by Gov. John Hickenlooper and Mayor Michael Hancock. Free Tribute Concert.

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.