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The Hot Sheet – Politicians have your number, Clinton student recruitment investigated, reality TV star reaches out to millennial voters, commodes with knives and MORE

Author: Colorado Politics - October 27, 2016 - Updated: October 27, 2016

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DENVER – Happy Thursday from all of us here at The Colorado Statesman. Call it voter fatigue or possibly apathy, but mainstream media appears to have run out of steam. Don’t you think? For many of those reporters, the 2016 election can’t end fast enough. Now that voter guides are posted, endorsements are proclaimed, most media outlets are looking forward to the post election night parties … Sadly, many voters may agree …

But “don’t let it end!” say political wonks everywhere already in search of their next gig.

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The First Shot

“I’m just glad I wasn’t in there when he was in there … I would’ve sacked him. I really would’ve did that. The both of them.” 

— Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware after learning police had caught the thieves who broke into his home


Hate robo-calls? How about a heaping-helping of political texting?!

Few things can be more infuriating during campaign season than the dreaded robo-calls. Well hold on to your cell phone, it appears some campaigns have discovered TEXTING. While we may not answer our phones … it’s nearly impossible to ignore an unsolicited text.

But we here, as always, have answers: Here are the step-by-step instructions for deleting those pesky political texts: (1) Memorize your delete text buttons, look away in exasperation, back of one hand against forehead in dramatic, Shakespearean pose. (2) Hold phone at arms length with eyes closed, maintaining dramatic diva position. (3) Hit buttons on phone until it beeps or vibrates repeatedly. Then hope and pray you’ve deleted said offending text without seeing it (which would surely ruin your day). (4) Finally, look at your phone and hope you have deleted the correct text and not the one you really needed to save from Aunt Myrtle — you know she’ll check your phone next time you see her, and she can strike even more dramatic personas — stuff gets real. Good luck!


According to 9News, the Colorado Secretary of State’s office believes in some cases, people put their number on their voter registration records and do not ask to keep it private … Those lists are public information. Yikes!



Clinton’s Colorado student recruitment investigated

Colorado Mesa University has opened an investigation into whether or not Hillary Clinton campaign staff improperly recruited them during class time. According to a story that first appeared in the Grand Junction Sentinel, left leaning Work for Progress made their presentation during a business class.


According to the 9News story, University President Tim Foster — a Republican (uh oh) — said he requested a review of what happened. Foster says he’ll decide what action to take, if any, once the review is complete.




Feds get serious about possible voter fraud

Hoping to reduce fears of voter fraud or a “rigged election,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado has appointed a dedicated election officer to handle complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses. Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer making the announcement Wednesday.


The FBI will also have special agents – according to The Denver Post – available in each field office and resident agency throughout the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on Election Day.


Republican reality star looks to inspire voting millennials

In a year where reality TV stars are making waves in politics, former ‘Bachelor’ Ben Higgins is reaching out to highly prized young Colorado voters. “Too many Coloradans have a tough time finding good jobs, especially Millennials, so I want to know a candidate’s ideas for job creation and economic development,” Higgins wrote in a Denver Post op-ed.


Higgins was on his way to running for the Colorado House of Representatives before his day job employer — ABC/Disney — was rumored to put the brakes on that idea. If we’ve learned anything from the Trump run, a popular reality star may have a built-in voter base.


GOP stars stump in Colorado

Wednesday was a good day for Republican voters in Colorado. Both vice presidential candidate Mike Pence and former presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz in the state talking to voters and hoping to change hearts and minds.


Governor Pence campaigned in Colorado Springs for the top of the ticket while Sen. Ted Cruz was in Colorado stumping for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn. READ MORE: The Denver Post, Greely Tribune, The Coloradan, FOX31 and CBS4.



Commodes with knives, brought to you by Denver Water

Finally, Denver Water has produced a video post to remind us all not to throw pumpkin guts into the toilet. Apparently, (doh) the inner orange pumpkin guts clog the pipes.

Besides featuring a disagreeable commode, “Toilet and Steve Carve Pumpkins” is apparently a “good reminder” for some not to flush pumpkin innards. Questionable but … OK. As 9News wisely asks, “Are Denver people doing it? Is this a thing on the East Coast? Are people carving their pumpkins in a bathroom?”



10/27 – Eric Trump campaigns in Colorado – Trump making several campaign stops

10/28 – Utah Sen. Mike Lee and U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn – Multiple campaign appearances.

10/28 – Senator Mike Lee and U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn – Appear at a Douglas County Young Republican’s event.

11/14 – Custer County Democrats Monthly Meeting

11/17 – ACDP Executive Board Regular Meeting



Just for Laughs…






Today in History

1997 – Stock Market mini-crash: Stock markets around the world crash because of fears of a global economic meltdown. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummets 554.26 points to 7,161.15.

1992 – United States Navy radioman Allen R. Schindler, Jr. is murdered by shipmate Terry M. Helvey for being gay, precipitating debate about gays in the military that resulted in the United States “Don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy.

1988 – Ronald Reagan suspends construction of the new U.S. Embassy in Moscow because of Soviet listening devices in the building structure.

1973 – A 1.4 kg chondrite-type meteorite strikes in Cañon City, Colorado.

1964 – Ronald Reagan delivers a speech on behalf of the Republican candidate for president, Barry Goldwater. The speech launches his political career and comes to be known as “A Time for Choosing”.

1954 – Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force.

1838 – Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.



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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