The Hot Sheet — Guess what: Traffic is bad, Trump haters raise cash, Dems want a chair please, Const. amendment to STOP growth, a House divided and MORE …
Author: Colorado Politics - December 2, 2016 - Updated: January 8, 2017
VOL. 01 NO. 197 | DECEMBER 2, 2016 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2016
DENVER — Since we are certain very few of you are old enough to have seen the movie or understand the reference … We won’t say T.G.I.F! (says a curmudgeonly old person).
Interesting week in political circles. Outside of eaaaarly speculation concerning the 2018 Colorado governor’s race, state lawmakers are drawing lines in how the state should tackle transportation, health care, education and, of course, how it will handle your hard-earned cash (you know the money it takes from you in taxes) with an upcoming projected budget shortfall (apparently you’re not sending them enough).
Additionally, hanging over the Capitol dome are several possible legal challenges to recently passed propositions 107 and 108. And there’s (always) more. So … let’s get started!
The First Shot
“It’s not a Democrat-Republican thing. It’s a people of Colorado thing, and we’re going to have to figure this out.”
– Sen. Randy Baumgardner, a Republican from Hot Sulphur Springs who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee.
A Constitutional amendment to limit … GROWTH?
“It ain’t so,” you say … “It is so,” say we.
Claiming Colorado “growth is completely out of control” and “costly,” says Daniel Hayes, the author of Golden’s 21-year-old housing-growth limitations. Hayes has reportedly submitted an initiative for the 2018 ballot intending to cap the number of new homes and apartments built along the Front Range …
Hayes told the Denver Business Journal. “Excessive growth will bankrupt the state. There’s already no money for highways.”
Indeed, trying to fix Colorado’s congested and often infuriating transportation issues is a top priority for many members at the state Capitol. While most understand there’s a bumper-to-bumper transportation problem, expect clear lines drawn concerning ways to fix the state’s roads and bridges dilemma — a $9 billion albatross according to CDOT.
Electoral College drum beat continues … anti-Trump group raising money to boot the president-elect
While their chances are less than slim, that hasn’t stopped members (4) of the Electoral College from uniting to try to stop Donald Trump from becoming president.
The quartet of electors from Colorado and Washington have dubbed themselves the “Hamilton Electors” (Hamilton’s had a big year!) The small group — according to the Associated Press by way of CBS4 — are trying to convince electors from both parties to unite behind another Republican because Donald Trump is unfit to be president.
According to the Denver Post, the paperwork filed Tuesday with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office creates a 527 group, which can raise unlimited donations from individuals, corporations and labor unions for political activities.
Micheal Baca, the Colorado Democratic elector who filed the paperwork, told the Post that the money would be used for public relations as well as a legal defense fund.
“Should I Stay or Should I Go?”
Apparently, Colorado’s Republican Party Chair has some decisions to make concerning his political future. Steve House telling reporter Peter Marcus, “I either run for chair, do something else in politics, or go back to the private sector.”
“If I were to run for governor, the one thing I would not do is run for chair again,” House told ColoradoPolitics.com.
Of course, the race for Colorado governor is looking more like a stampede by Republicans. Early betting on possible candidates includes: 18th Judicial DA George Brauchler, State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Sen. Ray Scott … and Colorado AG Cynthia Coffman.
Get your bets in early … It’s going to be an interesting (and exhausting) 2018 election season, and the intra-partisan battles are already blooming.
Musical chairs come to Colorado
Following “Yuuuuuuge” national losses in November, a stunned Democratic Party is attempting to dust itself off, develop a new battle plan and soldier on. Four of the hopefuls wanting to lead Democrats throughout the land will be in Denver Friday to discuss the future of the bruised DNC.
Expected in the Mile High are Ray Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party; Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont; Keith Ellison, a Minnesota congressman; and Jaime Harrison, the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party.
The most visible of the contender — according to the Denver Post — has been Ellison, who’s rolled out dozens of endorsements, including those of Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Ellison, a favorite of the party’s progressive wing (just ask state Rep. Joe Salazar) also has the backing of some establishment Democrats, including Sen. Charles Schumer, his chamber’s incoming minority leader.
The new chairman will succeed interim chairwoman Donna Brazile … who stepped in after Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz from Florida resigned in July.
Trump snubbed by Hollywood’s elite … is that supposed to be a surprise?
If you believe early mainstream press surrounding the inauguration of Donald Trump, planners are having trouble finding “A-list” celebrities to perform or even attend January 20th events. Detractors pointing to the absence of glitz and glam as proof that Trump is somehow … what … not loved enough by Hollywood’s elite?
The Gazette Editorial Board makes a great point, ‘for politicians who did not get the message, average Americans are not fond of the glitterati.’ Sure, they go to their movies, buy their records and follow their uncommon exploits on Twitter … but who really thinks THEY are like us?
Americans — the Gazette goes on — are tired of celebrity sponsored contempt for their values. They don’t like a professional culture of privilege that tolerates kneeling for “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Trump won the country’s highest elective office by embracing communities the rich and famous look down upon from 30,000 feet.
So, what if Elton John doesn’t sing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” at the inaugural? Who really cares if the Kardashian clan Tweets from any event? And do you really care what Cher, Whoopi Goldberg or Jane Fonda are wearing? Wasn’t Cher supposed to be on Mars now or something, anyway?
Just for Laughs
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