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The Hot Sheet – Judge: Embrace Trump or leave, McDonalds and ‘election anxiety,’ Colorado women out-vote the fellas, Trump needs Colorado and … MORE

Author: Colorado Politics - November 18, 2016 - Updated: November 21, 2016

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet


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DENVER — Happy SNOWY Friday … We at The Colorado Statesman hope you’re enjoying the fast freeze. Lots of time to clean-up over the weekend.

Some interesting stories in the news this morning, remarkable to see how the final days of the Obama administration are playing out here in Colorado. Whether it’s the last gasps of the war on coal, restrictions over gas and oil exploration or just watching who might (or should) be picked for top positions in a new Trump government. As we said … interesting.

Of course, there are more anti-Trump protests in the works. The largest appears to be a MASSIVE national event planned for the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. More than 91,000 have already committed to attending to the January rally.

Let’s do this thing!

The First Shot

“He will be your president and if you do not like that, you need to go to another country.”

— Federal Judge John Primomo presiding over a U.S. citizenship ceremony in San Antonio


LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT: ‘He is your president’

Judges in general are not known for their outspoken political rhetoric, but that didn’t stop Judge John Primomo while swearing in a new group of U.S. citizens. Primomo not holding back his view told the Texas group:

“I can assure you that whether you voted for him or you did not vote for him, if you are a citizen of the United States, he is your president. He will be your president and if you do not like that, you need to go to another country.”


Primomo didn’t stop there … Oh, no. Primomo went on — according to the 9News story — to criticize Americans protestors who carry signs saying ‘He’s not my president.’ He also lashed out against NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem.

“I detest that, because you can protest things that happen in this country; you have every right to. You don’t do that by offending national symbols like the national anthem and the flag of the United States.”



Former Colorado petition gatherer faces six years behind bars

A woman charged with forging names and signatures on election petitions in the Denver area for the failed U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Jon Keyser plead guilty in the case Thursday and faces up to six years in prison.

As you may remember, Moss was collecting signatures to get former  Keyser, a former state representative, onto the Republican primary ballot.


In April, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office first learned about the possibility of the fraudulent signatures but did not refer the matter to investigators until Denver7 reporter Marshall Zelinger broke the story.

Moss faces a sentencing range of probation to six years in prison when her penalty is handed down on Jan. 20.

So … where is Jon Keyser anyway? In case you missed it, according to his LinkedIn profile and Facebook page, he is now corporate counsel for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, and sources tell us he is now residing in the Wisconsin near Harley HQ with his family … and big dog, Duke. Born to be wild!


Hey, President-elect … Don’t overlook Colorado

As president-elect Trump continues to build a new government, the Colorado Springs Gazette makes some smart suggestions of possible Republican appointments from Colorado. The Gazette editorial names a handful of recognizable names. Each with decades of experience in their fields and in political service. What do you think?

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers – United States Attorney General (Mark him off the list this morning — at least for education secretary — as U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions was chosen for this post)

Colorado Springs philanthropist Steve Schuck — Secretary of Education

University of Colorado – Colorado Springs chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak — Secretary of Education

Former Gov. Bill Owens

Former U.S. Congressman and candidate for governor Bob Beauprez

Businessman and former senatorial candidate Robert Blaha

FYI — The talk in Colorado political circles is that Robert Blaha — who served as part of the Colorado Trump campaign team — hopes to be appointed to an ambassador post. Again, only talk so take it for what its worth.



Let’s hear it for the women

While the votes are still being calculated … It appears Colorado women cast more ballots during election 2016 than the fellas. So far the numbers show by 150,000 votes. We’ll let the talking heads duke-it-out over the significance of these higher female numbers, but it may say more about educated independent Colorado women than women in general.


More numbers …  Voters aged 41-60 had the highest turnout percentage by far, according to Denver7. That age group submitted 35.8 percent of ballots. Coming in second were people aged 26-40, who sent in 25.3 percent of ballots.


Blame it on ‘election anxiety’

Some stories transcend politics and bring us together … Others are just silly and cool and beg to be shared.  THIS IS SUCH A STORY. When we read this morning that fast food giant McDonalds was going to begin offering tableside service — the little kid inside couldn’t help but giggle.

McDonald’s already has table service (who knew) at some locations in New York, Florida and Southern California, as well as many places abroad. Cause when you think excellent customer service …


(Here comes the politics) You can blame having to now tip Mickey D servers on — wait for it — the presidential election (no really). According to Bloomberg News, restaurant companies have been telling shareholders that lower stock prices are due to “election anxiety.”

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Today in History

2003 – The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules 4–3 in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and gives the state legislature 180 days to change the law making Massachusetts the first state in the United States to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples.

1993 – In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is approved by the House of Representatives.

1988 – War on Drugs: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill into law allowing the death penalty for drug traffickers.

1978 – In Jonestown, Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple to a mass murder–suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo Ryan is murdered by members of the Peoples Temple hours earlier.

1963 – The first push-button telephone goes into service.

1928 – Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey’s birthday.



Plugged In

PETITION: “Save Denver’s Historic City Park Golf Course From Destruction.” Their hope is to get 500 signatures … Can you help?

FUNDRAISING: The House Majority Fund is doing a final push ahead of the election. With goal of knocking on 100,000 doors before 11/8, they need financial support.

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