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The Hot Sheet – CO Senate sees the light, Time Mag takes a shot at Trump, we love our undocumented now, remember a day of infamy and MORE …

Author: Colorado Politics - December 7, 2016 - Updated: January 8, 2017

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VOL. 01 NO. 200 | DECEMBER 7, 2016 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2016


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DENVER — Glad to see you are surviving #SnowApocalypse2016 Part Deux … Impossible not to turn on a television or flip through a Colorado newspaper and not hear that — dare we say it — we are experiencing cold snowy weather in Colorado in December. Gasp at the thought!

Moving on …

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan,” the opening of the speech delivered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt the day following the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

Marking the 75th anniversary of what would begin World War II, we remember — and celebrate — the greatest generation. It’s impossible to not compare them to the current culture — a stark contrast. Leaves you to wonder if the impossible feats of the United States during World War II could be accomplished by America’s millennials now … Discuss.

 

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“There should be less focus on a broader deportation effort and more focus put on what are the policies that will move our economy forward.”

– Mizraim Cordero, vice president of government affairs for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

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TIME: “President of the Divided States of America”

The pick isn’t controversial but the sub headline might be … Every year, Time Magazine (is that still a thing?) names the person or people who their editors believe wielded the most influence in the previous 12 months.

Love him or hate him, President-elect Donald Trump’s impact on politics and the American psyche is undeniable. But what may be the most controversial aspect for Time’s pick this year is the subheadline on the cover … “President of the Divided States of America.”

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“It’s a great honor. It means a lot,” Trump said of his new Person of the Year title. “It’s a very important magazine, and I’ve been lucky enough to be on the cover many times this year.”

Question … If Hillary Clinton had been elected president, would she have been Time’s pick for Person of the Year? Would she have received the same moniker of “President of the Divided States of America?” Ah, some of you are now squirming in your seats. We just ask the questions. You decide.

 

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Electors want off the Trump train …

Two Colorado presidential electors headed to court Tuesday in an effort to boost their extreme long-shot gambit to stop Donald Trump from officially being elected president when the Electoral College votes on December 19th.

The controversial move appears — as reported in the Denver Business Journal — to be part of a nationwide effort to overturn 29 state laws that require presidential electors to cast their votes the same as the popular vote. In sum, it is an attempt to turn the Electoral College against President-elect Donald Trump and try to get someone else elected.

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“We’re filing (the lawsuit) to free up our capability so that we can vote our conscience depending on what options are available to us,” high school math teacher Robert Nemanich told the Gazette.

For the average Colorado voter, the whole thing seems confusing and frankly — a little shady. Reporter Corey Hutchins does a nice job in trying to sort through the election law, anti-Trump rhetoric and what the outcome might look like for Colorado.

 

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Here’s a thought… “Common sense immigration reform”

Colorado business leaders have apparently had an epiphany … If the new federal immigration mantra is to deport all undocumented immigrants or those with questionable status, who will back fill the inexpensive workforce Colorado’s economy needs?

A broad coalition of business and community leaders gathered Tuesday — according to the reporting of the Denver Post — to launch Coloradans for Immigration Reform, part of a national bipartisan organization that supports comprehensive immigration reform.

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How vital is a “common sense immigration” policy to Colorado’s agricultural and tourism economy?  Immigrants in Colorado make up 10 percent of the state’s population and contributed $1 billion in taxes, or more than 8 percent of the total share in 2014, according to the reporting of the Denver Business Journal. In that year, immigrants earned nearly $14.1 billion, or 8.4 percent of all income earned by Colorado residents.

 

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Let there be light … At the people’s house

If you haven’t visited the state Capitol recently — and some of us never have — you might not know the interior of the 100+ year-old building is getting a makeover and cleaning. The restoration work has been meticulous and the results quite amazing.

The latest makeover in the building’s long history has been the Senate chamber’s chandelier …

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The Colorado Senate’s chandelier has been in the hands of the St. Louis Antique Lighting Company, which restored the House’s chandelier, as well. The rehab — as reported by 9News — is part of a large restoration project that’s meant to return the House and Senate chambers back to the steam-punkish look of the early 20th century. Rumors are swirling that all senators and staff will now be required to wear old-timey, oversize metal goggles and shabby-chic garb.

… OK, in truth, they’re just restoring the chamber to 1905. Very cool. (But yeah, yeah, we know, the steam punk thing was too cool to be true.)

This was the third and final phase of the legislative chambers’ restoration project, which began in 2011 when then-Speaker Frank McNulty noticed a small radiator up in the observation gallery that annoyed him. Tiles started coming off, and a project was born. Darn those radiators!

 

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Just for Laughs

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Calendar

12/15/2016      ACDP Executive Board Regular Meeting

12/19/2016      ACDP Executive Board Regular Meeting

 

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Today in History

1999 – A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc.: The Recording Industry Association of America sues the peer-to-peer file-sharing service Napster, alleging copyright infringement.

1993 – Long Island Rail Road shooting: Passenger Colin Ferguson murders six people and injures 19 others on the LIRR in Nassau County, New York.

1982 – In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr., becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the United States.

1972 – Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, is launched. The crew takes the photograph known as The Blue Marble as they leave the Earth.

1963 – Instant replay makes its debut during the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, Penn.

1941 – World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor – The Imperial Japanese Navy carries out a surprise attack on the United States Pacific Fleet and its defending Army and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 


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