Hot Sheet

The Hot Sheet, July 27, 2016

Author: Jared Wright - July 27, 2016 - Updated: July 27, 2016

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

By TCS CEO and Editor-In-Chief Jared Wright

DENVER — Colorado helped drive in a major, historic marker yesterday. With the help of 36 of Colorado’s 78 delegates — Hillary Clinton became the first woman to win a major party nomination for President of the United States. While Floyd Ciruli has surmised Colorado is no longer a battleground state, we expect to see Clinton and her opponent Donald Trump come around Colorado often nonetheless — starting this week, in fact — as they campaign through the general election.

Happy Day No. 208 of 2016, only 104 days remaining until Election Day! (“That many!” groan the laypersons. “That few!?” exclaim all the wonks).

Read on for your daily briefing on all things Colorado politics …

“Madam Secretary, Colorado is home to Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Parks, which are some of the worlds most wondrous and diverse lands. As Colorado Democrats, we are proud to be the party that fights everyday to protect these lands, because they are America’s lands!”

 Rick Palacio

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

ROLL CALL VOTE COUNT FROM COLORADO — Bernie Sanders kept all the delegates he won in Colorado’s April Democratic state convention. All of the Sanders delegates held strong, following their highest elected leader of, state Rep. Joe Salazar, who pledged earlier in the day at the morning Tuesday delegate breakfast that he would still cast his roll call vote for the Vermont senator. The Colorado delegation vote count:

Bernie Sanders — 41 votes

Hillary Clinton — 36 votes (11 of the 12 superdelegates)

1 abstention (1 superdelegate)

Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio reads the roll call vote, while former Mayor Wellington Webb, City and County of Denver Director of Regional Affairs Anthony Graves and others look on.
Colorado national delegate Glenda Barry smiles as Hillary Clinton receives the Democratic nomination for president, while Elbra Wedeworth and former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer join in celebrating. (Photo by Statesman Photographer Pat Duncan).

HILLARY CLINTON TO VISIT COLORADO NEXT WEEK — Hillary Clinton just made history, and soon she’ll be headed to Colorado to raise some more dollars. In a historic video stream live from New York, Clinton told delegates at Wells Fargo Arena, “… If there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say, I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next,” as the camera panned out to show her standing alongside a young girl, visibly stirring some of the delegates in Philadelphia to tears. Full video here

Following those historic remarks, and her coming acceptance speech this Thursday when she will arrive in Philadelphia again in person, it appears Clinton will soon head to Colorado for an August 2 fundraiser in Aspen, according to the Aspen Times. “Mike Kraemer, a Pitkin County senior planner who told county commissioners Tuesday his office received a permit application late last week for a Clinton fundraiser Aug. 2 at Aspen Valley Ranch in Woody Creek.”

“The ‘Hillary Victory Fund dinner’ would take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on the agricultural facility parcel of the ranch and host about 85 guests in a tent constructed on the property, according to the permit application. Donation levels will be $10,000, $33,400 and $50,000, the application states.

“Blanca O’Leary, Pitkin County’s sole superdelegate who’s committed her support to Clinton, said Tuesday from the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that she hadn’t heard of the Aspen event. She said she knew an area fundraising event was being planned but didn’t think it had been finalized.”

Full story here


Colorado House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst is given a cupcake with a candle aflame in honor of her birthday today in Philadelphia at the Colorado delegation breakfast. (Photo by Pat Duncan/The Colorado Statesman).
Colorado House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst is given a cupcake with a candle aflame in honor of her birthday today in Philadelphia at the Colorado delegation breakfast. (Photo by Pat Duncan/The Colorado Statesman).
U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-CD7, gestures as he speaks to the Colorado national Democratic delegation at their breakfast this morning in Philadelphia. (Photo by Pat Duncan/The Colorado Statesman).
U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-CD7, gestures as he speaks to the Colorado national Democratic delegation at their breakfast this morning in Philadelphia. (Photo by Pat Duncan/The Colorado Statesman).
Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio delivers Colorado's roll call vote for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on the convention floor yesterday, surrounded by the delegation. (AP photo)
Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio delivers Colorado’s roll call vote for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on the convention floor yesterday, surrounded by the delegation. (AP photo)
Colorado Democratic national delegates take a selfie with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. (AP photo)
Colorado Democratic national delegates take a selfie with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. (AP photo)

JILL STEIN HAUNTS THE WELLS FARGO CENTER HALLWAYS … AND JOE SALAZAR — State Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, filmed two live videos from the hallways of the Wells Fargo Center yesterday, tracking the movements of Green Party candidate for president Jill Stein who had arrived and had an entourage of Bernie Sanders supporters and reporters surrounding her.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein as viewed through the lens of state Rep. Joe Salazar's smartphone.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein as viewed through the lens of state Rep. Joe Salazar’s smartphone.

“Did you see that?!” Salazar asked his Facebook audience. “Jill Stein just showed up to the Democratic National Convention, picking up all the Bernie Sanders folks. I imagine that’s what she’s doing. I’m glad I stepped out to get me a hotdog or somethin’.”

“Again, Jill Stein!!!” Salazar said, posting another video to Facebook a few minutes later, following Stein with his camera while she was on the move down the hallway surrounded by an entourage.

“No, we’re not being removed, we’re being escorted to our next interview because the crowd keeps gathering around us,” Stein told reporters while walking quickly away, a voice heard in the background saying, “keep walking, keep walking.”

Full video here

COLORADO GREEN PARTY SEN. CANDIDATE ARN MENCONI HAUNTS THE HALLWAYS IN PHILLY TOO — Arn Menconi, the green party candidate in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race running against Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn is participating in several events in Philadelphia during the remainder of the Democratic National Convention today and tomorrow. On Thursday, July 28, Menconi will be hosting an evening event to welcome delegates and voters who are leaving the Democratic Party to join the Green Party for the “People’s Revolution.” The event will include speeches by Green Party leaders, and community discussion.

Arn Menconi being interviewed by Marshall Zelinger on the Denver ABC 7's "Politics Unplugged"
Arn Menconi being interviewed by Marshall Zelinger on the Denver ABC 7’s “Politics Unplugged”

“Bernie Sanders delegates didn’t walk out in mass yesterday after Hillary was nominated, citizens did,” Menconi exclaimed in a post on Facebook. “People who know the whole damn political system is rigged. Citizen (sic) who know its their duty is to fight corruption (sic).”

Watch an intro interview with Menconi here.

EXCLUSIVE: AARON HARBER’S DAY 2 DISPATCH FROM THE FLOOR OF THE DNC, AND AN INTERVIEW WITH JERRY SPRINGER — “The highlight of Day 2 at the Democratic National Convention was President Bill Clinton’s speech about his wife,” reports Aaron Harber. “I was fortunate enough to be on the floor, in front of both the Colorado Delegation (behind me) and President Clinton (in front of me).

“Clinton wove an endearing story of how he and Hillary met and eventually married, becoming an extraordinarily successful couple, for which he gave Hillary the majority of the credit.

“His focus was ranged from how Hillary was a “change-maker” in the public policy arena to her success as a mother. For those who knew Bill Clinton, it was interesting to hear a one-hour speech in which he not only gave himself little credit but was self-deprecating. It went over well with the crowd — which was so big the fire marshal was ready to close the Wells Fargo Arena.

“While the former president’s poignant speech ‘made the case,’ it definitely wasn’t the phenomenal speech made the previous night by First Lady Michelle Obama. So far, her speech was unrivaled.  It remained to be seen if her husband could top it tomorrow.

“Our day was busy with interviews with Sen. Tom Harkin, time with Dan Rather, an interview with a delegate who was a Muslim elected from San Bernardino County (where one of the recent massacres occurred), former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and U.S. Rep. Dan Glickman, four short interactions with Sen. Al Franken, a party hosted by the AFL-CIO, and other visits with New York Mayor Bill Blasio, Rev. Al Sharpton, Lena Dunham and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.”

Watch Harber’s interview with Springer here.

JOHN HICKENLOOPER TO ADDRESS THE CONVENTION CROWD THURSDAY NIGHT … PRIME TIME — Gov. John Hickenlooper will be speaking prime-time tomorrow night at the Democratic National Convention. He is slated to speak between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. MDT. While he is not introducing Clinton, he is speaking not long before she is expected to deliver her acceptance speech. Hick is still on the move on the national scene and would surprise most of Colorado’s insider politicos if he does not receive an administration appointment should Clinton be elected in November. Full story here

Gov. John Hickenlooper previews his DNC prime time speech scheduled for tomorrow night with "Fox and Friends" co-anchor and host Brian Kilmeade this morning. (Photo via Twitter)
Gov. John Hickenlooper previews his DNC prime time speech scheduled for tomorrow night with “Fox and Friends” co-anchor and host Brian Kilmeade this morning. (Photo via Twitter)

EXCLUSIVE: DAY 2 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION OPINION DISPATCH FROM HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER CRISANTA DURAN — “Our nominee said it best: last night, we put the biggest crack in the glass ceiling yet,” says Duran.

“We made history, making Hillary Clinton the first ever woman nominee for President from any major political party. For the rest of my life, I will remember that ground breaking moment in American history.

“I’m proud to say that throughout the second day of the Democratic National Convention, women took center stage.

“Early in the day, I had the great pleasure of meeting Eva Longoria, a woman I admire as a champion for the Latino community. As the founder of the Latino Victory Project, Eva has been a powerful fighter for the community nationwide. Yesterday, she gave a speech emphasizing the importance of every woman exercising her right to vote, a sentiment I couldn’t agree with more.

Colorado House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran with Eva Longoria. (Photo via Twitter)
Colorado House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran with Eva Longoria. (Photo via Twitter)

“‘People have to stop treating women as a special interest group,’ Eva said, ‘We are half of the population.’

“Eva was one of many strong women who spoke during day two of the convention. From Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to Oscar winner Meryl Streep, to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, we heard from an array of female leaders.

“Of all the women who spoke, none weigh more heavily on my heart than the Mothers of the Movement. Losing any loved one to gun violence, let alone a child, is simply unthinkable. The mothers told their heartbreaking stories with unimaginable strength and grace. While recognizing that the vast majority of police are good people doing the best they can, the women also discussed the need for policing reforms and common sense gun legislation. Each speaker expressed their belief that Hillary Clinton is the candidate to take on that fight for them.

“Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, said ‘This isn’t about being politically correct. This is about saving our children. That’s why we’re here, tonight, with Hillary Clinton.’

“And of course, for the first time in United States history, we heard from a former president advocating on behalf of his wife at a convention. What a beautiful, personal speech we heard President Clinton deliver last night.

“Yesterday was a powerful reminder that the Democratic Party embraces and empowers women. It does not support leaders that call women ‘fat pigs,’ nor does it try to control their bodies, or question their right to earn the same paycheck as a male coworker. It stands up and fights for women, and even nominates one to represent itself.”

For regular DNC updates from Crisanta, follow her on Twitter @CrisantaDuran

DURAN IS ONE OF 6 SPEAKERS TO WATCH AT DNC SAYS ABC NEWS — Colorado House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran is a “rising star to watch at the Democratic convention” according to ABC News: “In 2004, a young Illinois state senator named Barack Obama gave a rousing address at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, electrifying party leaders and stoking chatter about a future presidential run.

“Twelve years later — and one week after rising GOP stars Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Joni Ernst of Iowa addressed Republicans in Cleveland — a new crop of Democrats in local, state and federal office will take center stage in Philadelphia for the DNC this week.”

ABC goes on to list their list of 6 speakers to watch, including Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro and Duran.

“The 35-year-old Duran is the first Hispanic woman to serve as a party majority leader in the Colorado legislature, according to The Denver Post. EMILY’s List, a Democratic group that supports pro-abortion-rights female candidates, awarded her its 2016 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award, named after the Arizona former representative who survived a shooting in her district in 2011. Along with Gov. John Hickenlooper, she’s one of two Colorado Democrats speaking in Philadelphia.”

Full story here

EXCLUSIVE TWIST: CASTLE ROCK VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY DECIDE TO RETAIN MAYOR PAUL DONAHUE IN RECALL, BUT IT WON’T LAST — The recall of Castle Rock Mayor Paul Donahue, District 1, failed in a vote last night in a vote of 1,245 to retain vs. 469 to recall. Donahue will remain in office through the completion of his term in November. But that is far as he will go sources tell us. Donahue reportedly has plans to move south out of the City of Castle Rock, and will not seek re-election at the end of his term.

Full vote results here

DONALD TRUMP TO HOLD PUBLIC CAMPAIGN EVENTS IN DENVER, COLORADO SPRINGS FRIDAY — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will be in the metro area Friday according to reports. The Denver Post’s John Frank reports Trump will hold two public campaign events Friday in Colorado along with the fundraiser in Colorado Springs hosted the same day that we broke to you earlier this week. “Trump’s team announced it will hold a town hall at 2 p.m. in Colorado Springs and a subsequent campaign rally in Denver. The time for the Denver event is still undetermined. Further details are forthcoming.” Full story here

HONESTLY, WHO CARES ABOUT A HIGH SCHOOL INCIDENT FROM 30+ YEARS AGO, BUT IS DARRYL GLENN BEING HONEST ABOUT IT? — According to documents obtained by The Denver Post’s Joey Bunch, Republican U.S. Senate nominee Darryl Glenn reportedly struck his father, Ernest, in the face while a senior in high school just one month past his 18th birthday back in 1983. Glenn has repeatedly told reporters he has no knowledge of the incident, often invoking the name of his older half-brother, Cedric, who Glenn claims had a “criminal past,” as the one possibly responsible for the incident. Cedric died in 1992.

The Post obtained two documents with the signature “Darryl Glenn,” on them, one of them paperwork Glenn filed for his Senate run this year and the other the 1983 police report. A handwriting expert cited similarities between the two signatures, stating she believed “it’s the same person who signed both.”

Read the Glenn campaign’s response and the full story here

“Living in Washington, you can’t take politics too seriously. I draw the line at honesty. I have no time for political hacks who say things they don’t believe because they get paid to.”

 Tucker Carlson


BUSINESS JOURNAL: STATEWIDE BUSINESS GROUP SEEKS TO KEEP SENATE IN REPUBLICAN HANDS — “Colorado’s most influential statewide business group leans heavily Republican in its 2016 endorsements in state legislative races this week, though it is hedging its bets with a few Democratic newcomers and with the likely House speaker if the Democrats retain that chamber. The Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry’s endorsement slate includes 45 Republicans and eight Democrats — a slightly more partisan split than the 38 Rs and 10 Ds the statewide chamber of commerce supported in 2014. …” Full story here

9NEWS: HEAD OF COLORADO DEMOCRATS SAYS DELEGATES MET TO DISCUSS UNITY —  “Most of Colorado’s delegates voted for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday – specifically, 41 went to Sanders, 36 to Hillary Clinton and one abstained. The abstention wasn’t in protest. We’re told Senator Michael Bennet isn’t yet at the convention, and couldn’t vote. …” Full story here

COLORADO POLS: Hickenlooper nabs big-time speaking slot at DNC — “We’ve known since last week that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper would be speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, but until today, we didn’t know when. As the Denver Post reports, Hick has been handed one of the most desirable time slots of the entire convention …” Full post here

CPR: COLORADO DEMOCRATIC DELEGATE: ‘ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE’ AFTER EMAIL UPROAR — “Leaked emails that show Democratic National Committee officials plotted against Sen. Bernie Sanders have DNC delegates ‘extremely upset,’ one Colorado delegate said Monday. Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, told Colorado Matters ‘anything is possible’ at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, which starts Monday. …” Full story here

DENVER ABC 7: DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS AREN’T ALONE IN COLORADO; THE NUMBER OF UNAFFILIATED VOTERS IS GROWING — “Not everyone registered to vote in Colorado is a Democrat or a Republican. New data obtained by Denver7 reveals a growing number of unaffiliated voters in the state. According to the latest numbers collected by Colorado Secretary of State office, there are 1,003,628 unaffiliated voters in our state. Republicans are second at 988,410 voters, followed by Democrats with 980,352 voters. …” Full story here

COLORADO PEAK POLITICS: BATTLEGROUND STATE: WHY COLORADO IS STILL UP FOR GRABS — “Political pundits in D.C. may think Colorado is no longer a battleground state, but it looks like Donald Trump disagrees and will be campaigning here this week. As an added insult to Hillary, the visit is planned for Thursday in Colorado Springs, coinciding with the Democratic nominee’s acceptance speech at that mess of a national convention. …” Full story here

WESTWORD: SOURCES: BACHELOR BEN HIGGINS’S POLITICAL RUN KILLED BECAUSE HE’S A REPUBLICAN — Denver’s Ben Higgins, who starred in the most recent season of ABC’s The Bachelor, was poised to take a leap into Colorado politics. But after announcing his intentions, he withdrew his candidacy. Sources tell us he did so because of pressure from TV executives associated with the reality program, who were so terrified that his decision to run as a Republican would cause him to be associated with the GOP and its current standard bearer, Donald Trump, that they threatened to kill a new show featuring him, as well as block his wedding. …” Full story here



Advanced Tactical AR-15 Course & Fundraiser for George Athanasopolous for Congress Friday, July 29, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Delta Force veterans will headline an advanced tactical AR-15 course to help raise funds for George for Congress. Location: Great Guns Range, 16126 County Road 96, Nunn, CO. Tickets are $700 and include personalized instruction from Special Ops on how to drive your AR-15 like a special forces operator. Ammunition and lunch are also included. Questions? Email or RSVP at

Elections Study Group Meeting — Saturday, July 30, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Grand Junction City Hall Auditorium, 250 North 5th St., Grand Junction, CO. Here is the link for more information and other upcoming events the study group will be conducting in the next few months.

100 Kids that Cook — Saturday, July 30, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Blvd., Denver, Come out and support these young people show off their culinary skills. tell your family and friends to come out and support this event. The funds are raised to help watch care academy. Tickets here.

Larimer County Republican Breakfast Club — Monday, August 1, 7:00 – 8:30 AM, Johnson’s Corner, Southeast Frontage Road, I-25 Exit 254. Meeting held every Monday morning. Same time, same place. Attendance is open to the public. Cost for a buffet style breakfast is $10, and $2 for students. Join for $20, and get a monthly mailing of upcoming speakers and a name tag. Congressman Bob Schaffer founded this club in 1996, when he first went to Congress. For more information, contact Donna Gustafson.

Cole Wist for HD37 Pancake Breakfast — Saturday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Dekoevand Park, 6421 S University Blvd., Littleton. Please join us for Food, Fun and Fellowship! We are hosting a pancake breakfast to help Re-Elect Rep. Cole Wist to the State House of Representatives. DeKoevend Park (Shelter C – closest to Goodson Rec) Suggested donation: $37 per family, $15 per individual, $7 per child.

Olathe Sweet Corn Festival — Saturday, August 6, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Olathe Community Park, Olathe, CO. The Olathe Sweet Corn Festival is a West Slope organization which provides an annual fundraising opportunity for non-profit organizations while promoting local businesses and the area’s agricultural community. Tickets here.

Colorado Folds of Honor — Colorado Patriots Broadmoor Gold Tournament — Monday, August 8, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., The Broadmoor Resort and Spa, Colorado Springs, CO. 1st Annual Colorado Springs Golf Tournament Supporting the Folds of Honor Info :

Custer County Democrats Monthly Meeting — Monday, August 8, Custer Library Community Room, 209 Main St., Westcliffe, CO

Last day for unaffiliated candidate for president and vice president to submit a statement of intent to run, a $1,000 filing fee, and a list of electors — Wednesday, August 10, no later than 3:00 p.m.

El Paso County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner — Friday., August 12, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Join the El Paso County GOP to celebrate President Abraham Lincoln. Guests include U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and GOP U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn. Location: Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Rd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906. For more information, contact Mary Bradfield at or (719) 578-0022. For tickets, visit here.

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.

Last fay for U.S. Senate and U.S. House candidates to submit a voluntary term limits declaration form — Monday, August 29

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.