Hot Sheet

The Hot Sheet, August 18, 2016

Author: Jared Wright - August 18, 2016 - Updated: August 18, 2016

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

By TCS Editor and Publisher Jared Wright

DENVER — This morning we rise to greet new possibilities,
To stab campaign signs into our lawns,
Or other people’s lawns,
Or to tear them from other people’s lawns,
Secretly under cloak of night,
That’s you, not me,
I have better things to do,
Watch Trump,
Watch Clinton,
Will it be Clinton?,
Or Trump?,
Perhaps Johnson or Stein? (Nah, please)
Don’t forget Romney’s man McMullin,
You can’t say it’s not an exciting election season,
Now maybe it’s time,
To elect,
The first _______ into the White House … ,
Either way,
It will be the first of something.
Think about it,
It’s true.

Happy Bad Poetry Day

Read on for your ultimate daily download in all things Colorado politics …

Top 3 headlines today:

(1) TRUMP ADVANCES 4 POINTS IN LATEST COLORADO POLL, STILL BEHIND CLINTON BY 10 — In a poll released yesterday by Quinnipiac University, Hillary Clinton is up by 10 points over Donald Trump in the Centennial State, with the support of 49 percent of likely Colorado voters to Trump’s 39 percent. This is a move up in the polls for Trump, who recently as 14 points down. In a four-way race with Clinton, Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Trump advances two more points against Clinton who has 41 percent to Trump’s 33 percent. In that (real-as-of-now) scenario Johnson takes 16 percent and Stein, 7 percent.

The Quinnipiac poll shows Trump ahead of his prior Colorado numbers taken in an earlier poll conducted by NBC/WSJ/Marist a week ago in which the business mogul was down 14 points 46-32 against Clinton, showing perhaps a slight ascent back to his post convention bump.

More than anything, this poll is evidence of a very real “Johnson effect,” as conservative blog Colorado Peak Politics put it.

Full story here

(2) PROGRESSIVE GROUPS RUPTURE, OPPOSE COLORADOCARE  — State Rep. Susan Lontine, a supporter of the ColoradoCareYes campaign faces off with ProgressNow Colorado’s Ian Silverii and NARAL, disputing the numbers those organizations used to come out in vocal opposition to the universal health care ballot measure at a news conference yesterday. “I don’t think they add up,” said Lontine. Full story here

(3) HUGE FUNDING GAP EXISTS IN COLORADO’S FRACKING FIGHT — “We’ve never seen a number like this from the opposition,” said Luis Toro, executive director of Colorado Ethics Watch. “It shows that (businesses) are ready to spend a lot of money in the best interest of the company’s bottom line.” Full story here

“This election cycle has produced more gaffes from spokespeople than I can recall in recent memory.”

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


Top monetary donors for pro-ballot measure committees:

  1. Patricia Olson (founder of both committees): $60,300
  2. J. Christopher Hormel (Boulder philanthropist): $60,000
  3. (tie) Lush Cosmetics: $25,000
  4. (tie) Jared Polis: $25,000
  5. (tie) Fracking Fund of the New World Foundation: $25,000
  6. (tie) Stephen Schutz (physicist, greeting card designer, Jared Polis’ father): $25,000

Top donors make up 52 percent of 2016 contributions.

Top monetary donors for anti-ballot measure committees:

  1. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation: $5.5 million
  2. Noble Energy: $5 million
  3. PDC Energy: $750,000
  4. Synergy Resources Corporation: $650,000
  5. Bayswater Exploration and Production: $500,000
  6. Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation: $300,000

Full story here

REPUBLICAN SONYA ROSE WITHDRAWS FROM RACE AGAINST REP. PETE LEE IN COLORADO SPRINGS — Democratic state Rep. Pete Lee‘s reelection bid just got (even) a lot easier — at least for now — following his Republican opponent’s withdrawal from the race in Colorado Springs House District 18. Sonya Rose bowed out yesterday for reasons still unknown. The El Paso County GOP is now scrambling to find a replacement. A vacancy committee will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at Republican Party HQ. Full story here

DENVER CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO ADVANCE DIA TERMINAL PROJECT; MAGIC JOHNSON HELPS THEM ALONG IN SUPPORT OF HIS FINANCES — Using his star power to help woo Denver City Councilmembers yesterday — many of them getting photos with the NBA basketball star afterwards — the 6-foot-9 Earvin Magic Johnson, principal of Magic Johnson Enterprises, spoke in support of the preferred bid team, Spain-based Ferrovial Airports, for the terminal renovation and then long-term commercial operations management of the terminal at Denver International Airport, a potential 24-year contract.

“I’ve been coming to Denver for over 30 years,” Johnson said at the start of his remarks. “You know, in those little hot pants that we used to wear and the purple uniform for the Lakers. But now, with a suit and tie, and I’m doing business in this great city.”

So far, Johnson, who has an equity partnership stake in Ferrovial, is on the winning team, with the council approving a “pre-development” agreement.

While not pitching his business deals, Johnson is out working for the election of Hillary Clinton to the White House.

For more details, read The Denver Post’s full story here.

AFTER EMBATTLED DENVER CITY ATTORNEY SCOTT MARTINEZ STEPS DOWN, DENVER MAYOR MICHAEL HANCOCK TO NAME REPLACEMENT TODAY — After launching a search for a new city attorney following Denver City Attorney Scott Martinez‘s resignation in May, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has chosen his replacement and will announce the new city attorney at a 10 a.m. news conference today. Martinez stepped down amidst controversy after his criticized handling of a Colorado Open Records Act request from the media and after it was discovered he had paid a senior attorney in the office for nearly two years — with raises — though that employee, Stuart Shapiro, was on paid administrative leave due to a suspension.

COLORADO TRUMP CAMPAIGN OPENING OFFICES IN COMING DAYS — Donald Trump’s Colorado campaign is opening four field offices around the state this week, part of an effort Trump’s state director says will swing Colorado’s nine electoral votes to the Republican in the fall.“The Trump-Pence campaign has all the staffing and resources we need to win in Colorado,” said Patrick Davis in a statement. “We are talking with independents and alienated Democrats daily, fully anticipating a large Trump turnout in November, regardless of voter affiliation. Colorado voters we hear from understand we cannot afford a third Obama term, and will vote for change in November.” Full story here

TRUMP TURNS TO CONSERVATIVE FLAME-THROWER TO RUN CAMPAIGN — The shaggy-haired Harvard MBA, Stephen Bannon, a man partial to shorts and Timberland boots is moving to the Trump campaign from the top of Breitbart News, a conservative website that has emerged in recent years as a social media colossus in politics — one that has been unabashedly supportive of Trump’s campaign lately. Full story here

DID ED PERLMUTTER DIS INDEPENDENTS ON PURPOSE AT THE CLINTON COMMERCE CITY RALLY? — From Mark Gerzon:Despite that admirable rhetoric, neither campaign currently embodies the deepest meaning of “stronger together.” Before Clinton spoke, for example, no independents or Republicans were invited to speak. To make matters worse, when US Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D) of Colorado opened the event, he welcomed the audience by shouting out a welcome to all the “Colorado Democrats” present in the room. Ouch.” Full opinion column here

WILL KEN SALAZAR GO BACK TO WASHINGTON, LEAVING ED PERLMUTTER THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY’S HEIR TO COLORADO’S THRONE? — Lots of speculation swirling out there the last couple of days with Hillary Clinton‘s naming Colorado Democrat darling Ken Salazar to lead her transition team. Politicos are asking, will Salazar head back to Washington, abandoning his long-rumored desire to run for governor in 2018? Ask just about any Democrat (establishment Democrat, no, not the progressives — can you say fracking?) and they will tell you the nomination for governor is Salazar’s to lose. So we reached out to some sources close to the situation and the verdict is near unanimous: Salazar has no interest in going back to D.C., at least not for any extended length of time. The most likely scenario is that he springboards from a leadership role in a potential Clinton White House into an even more solidified Democratic bid for governor as 2018 nears. Makes sense. But it hasn’t stopped the speculation — and we are sure it has crossed U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter‘s mind — that if Salazar is given an offer he simply cannot refuse in Washington, say Secretary of State for example (not likely), Perlmutter will be the go to man among the party establishment to fill that governor candidate role. A thought that surely has the man making phone calls.

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-CO7. (Photo by Nicole Cassou/The Colorado Statesman)
U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-CO7. (Photo by Nicole Cassou/The Colorado Statesman)

MICHAEL BENNET REINFORCES SUPPORT FOR SOLAR ENERGY AMIDST INDUSTRY LEGAL COUP AGAINST XCEL — From the Pueblo Chieftain: “U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat up for re-election against El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, said he has carried a bill that allows the solar industry tax credits through 2022. As he passed through the more than 820 acres of solar panels he asked members of Renewable Energy Systems, the builders of the field, about the capacities the field can handle once it is up and making power for Xcel Energy. …” Full story here

ICYMI: ONCE-WAS CARLY FIORINA HEADLINED ASPEN GOP LINCOLN DAY DINNER PROVING SHE ‘STILL IS’ AS SHE CONTINUES NATIONWIDE TOUR — “This must be our battle,” Carly Fiorina told the crowd of Aspen Republicans at Hotel Jerome Saturday night. “As important as this election is — and it is — our republic does not rise or fall with a single election,” she said. “As important as this election is, even if we win up and down the whole ticket, it will remain a vital battle for us to fight. We must fight for the restoration of a citizen government in this nation. We must fight for the character of this nation. We must fight so that a nation by, of and for the people will not perish from this Earth. That is our fight.”

Others in attendance: U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn, GOP state Chairman Steve House, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, Colorado House District 61 candidate Bob Schutt, district attorney candidate Jeff Cheney, University of Colorado regent candidate Heidi Ganahl and Pitkin County commissioner candidate Scott Writer.

Full story here

“[Steve Bannon] gets the need to personalize and humanize what Trump wants to do.”


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.