DENVER — Happy Monday, and here's to a great start to your Democratic National Convention week if you are one of those lucky 78 delegates or an alternate ... or a consultant or just a visitor getting to celebrate in The City of Brotherly Love! Say hello to "Frank Reynolds" and the gang while you're there. While one might think 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," weather forecasters show you will have overcast skies and some scattered showers today. It may not be sunny all week, but it will be hotter than heck, so I hope you packed your personal misting devices.
If you are back home and disinterested in the DNC as it plays out on your telescreens, then Happy International Wine and Cheese Day, or ... Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day. I hope one of the two — the warning label advises not to mix both — help take the edge off your Monday.
And don't forget, if you run for office ... people very well may pay you to quit.
Read on for your daily download in all things Colorado politics ...
"I think I've been poisoned by my constituents!"
— Charlie Kelly
Now, your substrata feed straight from Colorado's politics pipeline:
DNC DELEGATES MADE IT TO PHILLY SAFE AND SOUND — Colorado's national delegation is on the ground this morning in Philly, starting their day at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, dispersing to a number of various caucuses and councils before the 4:00 p.m. gavel-in at Wells Fargo Convention Center (full schedule here). Much of our team arrived yesterday for the festivities. There was no evidence of a reported upcoming political fracas between Colorado's 41 Bernie Sanders supporters and the 25 Hillary Clinton-pledged "elites," ... at least not yet, save the occasional pro-Bernie social media post by Rep. Joe Salazar, who was always well-meaning, of course. Twelve of the delegates are not pledged to any candidate.
Gov. John Hickenlooper with wife Robin aboard the delegate flight to Philly.
“We had an amazing flight, pretty much everyone was on it,” said House District 8 Democratic candidate Leslie Herod, appearing in a video posted to social media with two state Senate candidates, state Reps. Angela Williams, D-Denver, and Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, along with Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame member Josie Heath, wife to state Sen. Rollie Heath.
HD 8 candidate Leslie Herod and state Rep. Angela Williams, Democratic candidate for Senate District 33 in their video announcing they had landed in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention.
ELLISON SPEAKS TO COLORADO DELEGATION AT FIRST MORNING BREAKFAST — U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-MN, chair of the Progressive Caucus, spoke to Colorado's Democratic National delegates this morning, making his way around to various delegations throughout the day. "Sounds like a Congressional Doghouse Dem!" exclaimed state Rep. Jovan Melton when he learned of Ellison's speaking to the delegates.
Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison speaks to Colorado delegates as Colorado Democratic Party Chair Rick Palacio looks on. (Photo courtesy Rep. Joe Salazar)
Ellison was reportedly interrupted by a crowd of Bernie Sanders supporters earlier in the morning at another gathering when he said, "We can't be made about what happened."
MEMBERS OF COLORADO DELEGATION TO MEET WITH BERNIE SANDERS AT 2:00 P.M. TODAY IN PHILLY — According to a report from CBS4, Colorado delegates are slated to meet with the Democratic upper-underdog for the nomination, Bernie Sanders, who has since endorsed Hillary Clinton. Some of those Bernie delegates have threatened convention floor protests.
“I’m not sure what my demonstration is going to look like. I am very, very angry at my party. I have been a Democrat for a long, long time”, said Anita Lynch of Denver. Some of the delegates are suggesting they will "walk out or turn their back to Sen. Tim Kaine during his acceptance speech," you know ... Colorado Republican delegate style. Full story here
NOT SUCH A KUMBAYA START FOR THE FLORIDA DELEGATION, sign of things to come in the remainder of the week? — For the Florida delegation, things didn't start off so friendly this morning. Chaos erupted as DNC Chair U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz addressed Florida delegates. Protesters — most of them Bernie Sanders supporters incensed by the revelations from hacked DNC emails that some DNC staffers had worked internally against the Sanders campaign — began jeering Wasserman Shultz.
"So I can see that there's a little bit of interest in my being here, and I appreciate that interest," Wasserman Schultz said over the roar. "And a little bit of interest from the press but that really shows you that Florida is the most significant battleground state that will make sure that Hillary Clinton is elected president of the United States of America. We are the state that will deliver the White House to make sure that we can continue to make the progress that we have been able to make under Barack Obama for the last eight years."
"As you know, Wasserman Schultz is out as DNC Chair," state Rep. Joe Salazar posted to his Facebook wall yesterday. "Lots of tension here in Philly. It will be an interesting week."
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ GETS A SOFT LANDING? — Hillary Clinton announced that her "longtime friend" Debbie Wasserman Schultz would be given a key campaign role hours after her announcement that she would step down as chair of the DNC. Schultz will serve as honorary chair of her campaign’s 50-state program to help elect Democrats around the country.
HICKENLOOPER OBVIOUSLY NOT CHOSEN FOR VP, BUT HE TAKES IT WITH CLASS ... And why wouldn't he, the man is a sure-thing for a post in a Hillary Clinton administration — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper had been working hard for a while to get the attention of Hillary Clinton and lobby her for a role as her running mate — perhaps harder than we know. In addition to going on a nationwide publicity tour for his book, Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics,” Hickenlooper had also hired a New York-based public relations firm to urge reporters to interview him about gun control, an issue he pitched Clinton directly on. “Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado, who is still dealing with the fallout from the 2012 mass shooting in Aurora, is disturbed by [Donald] Trump’s comments about Orlando and is available to discuss it,” read one email acquired by Politico.
Turns out Hickenlooper’s team had written several pitch emails to Clinton, supporting his application for vice president. At least one of them became public. According to Politico, the VP application process was intense — very intense. The candidates being vetted for vice president, “had to turn over every password for every social media account for every member of their families.”
If I were Hickenlooper, I would make sure all those passwords were changed now.
But the whole VP gig just wasn't meant to be. Not to lose any sleep over it though. Hickenlooper, a top tier VP finalist having met with Clinton at her Washington D.C. home in a private meeting and once when Clinton was in Colorado as well, is all but a sure thing for a cabinet level post, or perhaps for his rumored dream job as an ambassador. After all, Clinton has described Hick as "first class."
“Great choice @HillaryClinton. @TimKaine is one of America's hardest working, optimistic, experienced public servants,” Hickenlooper tweeted Friday after the announcement Virginia U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine had won the veepstakes.
HICK INTERVIEWED ON MSNBC THIS MORNINGIN PHILLY —
COLORADO CONNECTION: KAINE WAS FLOWN TO ASPEN TO MEET WITH PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY — Through emails obtained by The New York Times, it was learned that "Barr Pharmaceuticals gave then Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia a ride on a private jet to a meeting in Aspen, Colo., at a time in 2006 when it was lobbying him over issues related to its drug sales, state records show." All appears to have been properly disclosed.
"Looks good for the Schedule E. Does this include anything that Amy or Asha would have logged in that came as a gift to the Mansion or to Anne? I wonder if the Sheila Johnson gift of travel to/from Denver should be put in the Travel section (Schedule D) rather than Schedule E," wrote an apparently conscientious Kaine to a staffer in one email about a flight.
Full story here
CRISANTA DURAN THE SUBJECT OF A LEAK ... THE GOOD KIND THOUGH — Investigative reporters and political journalists with essentially no lives from around the country spent their weekends pouring over leaked DNC emails that had been hacked, presumptively by the Russians, and subsequently leaked and published on WikiLeaks. Turns out 35-year-old and Democratic rising star House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran was one subject in those leaks, albeit a small — and good — one.
In an email exchange between a DNC staffer and consultant, Duran's name was brought up by DNC National Political Director Raul Alvillar to consultant Steve Pierce of Hattaway Communications, Inc. Pierce had asked Alvillar for “any leads on folks from outside D.C. who are smart about message/strategy and would provide good input on a confidential basis.” Duran’s was one name Alvilar responded to Pierce with as a western region leader. ... Now that's the kind of leak any politico would like to be part of.
LT. GOV DONNA LYNNE HEADS OUT ON STATEWIDE TOUR — Colorado Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, the all-but acting governor while John Hickenlooper is at the DNC, announced she is kicking off a statewide summer tour which will focus on the "customer experience," and how residents engage with government across many different services and locations in the state. "The tour supports Lynne’s efforts in her role as Chief Operating Officer to bring more efficiency and effectiveness to government," according to a press release. Members of Hickenlooper's cabinet, senior staff and other officials will join the lieutenant governor throughout the tour.
The tour begins this week with stops in Denver, Jefferson and Pueblo counties, where Lynne will visit locations for the Division of Motor Vehicles, Department of Transportation and Department of Public Safety, among others.
DONALD TRUMP WILL VISIT COLORADO SPRINGS THURSDAY — Republican nominee for president Donald Trump will be in Colorado Springs Thursday for a high-dollar fundraiser. The price tag is $25,000 for a couple for a VIP meeting plus a photo, $10,000 per couple for a photo and $2,700 per person for attendance at the reception only. The Colorado Springs fundraising event chairs are Trump Victory National Co-Chair Ray Washburne & Colorado Co-Chair Larry Mizel. Rumors are a rally will be held as well, though this has not been finalized.
BEN HIGGINS OUT — Just after a story The Colorado Statesman's Ernest Luning first broke reached all the way up the stardom ladder to a story in People Magazine, outlining Bachelor star Ben Higgins's plans to run as a Republican for office against recently embattled HD4 Democratic state Rep. Dan Pabon, Higgins suddenly announced he was withdrawing his candidacy.
"I regret that I must withdraw my candidacy," Higgins said in statement. "Despite my best efforts to pursue this opportunity in good faith, I recently received information that has made such a pursuit unworkable. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I will not be able to move forward as a candidate. I find solace in knowing that our intentions and actions have been fair and sincere. I entered into this endeavor wanting to bring positive change to my community, and it is with that same spirit that I will move forward, albeit on a different path."
Sources tell us Higgins was given an ultimatum by Disney that he could choose between either making millions on his upcoming show or running for office — not a combination of the two as network executives had initially been open to. The change of heart reportedly was due to the Republican National Convention's international spectacle and network execs' heartburn over the thought of Higgins's being involved as yet another reality TV star in Republican politics.
Full story here
SOME OF THE DNC COLORADO DELEGATES' STORIES —
Polly Baca of Denver attended her first Democratic National Convention in 1972 and since then has been a fervent advocate for worker and immigrants’ rights in Colorado. Baca first met Hillary Clinton in the 70s when she was registering Latinos to vote in the Rio Grande Valley.
Braulio Rojas of Fort Collins is originally from the Dominican Republic and became a naturalized United States citizen in 2013. He participated in his first caucus this year and ran for national delegate to learn more about democracy
Mike Perez of Colorado Springs is a retired, twice-deployed Staff Sergeant, having served a total of five and half years in the United States Army. With roots going back to the Dominican Republic, Perez cares most about veterans’ issues and ensuring all Americans have better access to healthcare.
Rollie Heath and Josie Heath of Boulder have been married since 1961 and are headed to the Democratic National Convention this year. Rollie Heath has served in the Colorado State Senate since 2008 and Josie Heath is a lifelong teacher and healthcare advocate.
Denver resident Mannie Rodriguez is a lifelong Democrat and current chair of the Colorado Latino Initiative. A tenth generation American with roots in New Mexico, Rodriguez has been a supporter of Hillary Clinton since the 2008 primaries.
Judy Ingelido of Colorado Springs is a former middle school principal, serving in the Harrison School District for more than 20 years. Ingelido has volunteered for a number of progressive causes and has been registering people to vote in Colorado Springs since January.
Jerad Sutton of Greeley is a seventh-grade math teacher. Originally from Loveland, Sutton has been a teacher for eight years and a volunteer with the Weld County Democrats for two years. Motivated by the stories of his students, Sutton believes all Americans should have access to a great education.
Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb is chairing this year's delegation. Webb became the first African American mayor of Denver in 1987 after serving as a Colorado State Representative for four years. A champion of several progressive causes, Webb was one of the first Denver leaders to fight for LGBT rights in the early 70s.
HYPOCRITES! — "I'm so confused?" said Republican Free the Delegates organizer Kendal Unruh. "This week all the Republicans are bashing the Democrat's convention, their policies and tactics. Last week they were cheering them at the "DNC Lite Prelude Convention."
ON THIS DAY, JULY 25 —1994 - At White House: Israel and Jordan Declare an End to 46 Years of War
“The Koran instructs us, ‘requite evil with good and he who is your enemy will become your dearest friend.’ And the Talmud teaches, ‘that man is a hero that can make a friend out of a foe.”
— Bill Clinton
YOUR BRIEFING IN ALL THINGS POLITICAL
STATESMAN: Despite her many roles, Hillary Clinton still hard to define — "When she was about 14, Hillary Clinton says, she wrote to NASA volunteering for astronaut training. NASA’s reply was simple and definitive: No girls. “It was the first time I had hit an obstacle I couldn’t overcome with hard work and determination, and I was outraged,” she would write in her book, 'Living History.' ..." Full story here
STATESMAN: Hacked emails overshadow Democratic National Convention — "Hacked emails threatened to overshadow the Democratic Party’s upcoming celebration in Philadelphia as progressives expressed disappointment Sunday over the presidential nomination process and Bernie Sanders stepped up demands that the party’s chairwoman step down. Bitterness and frustration among the more progressive wing came after some 19,000 emails were published on the website Wikileaks that suggested …" Full story here
STATESMAN: Denver roles out its affordable housing plan to the public — "Denver rolled out its new 10 year, $155 million plan to address affordable housing in the city at a public meeting Thursday. While it was met by cautious approval from some in the audience, others at best were at best skeptically indifferent about the plan. The plan would create a dedicated fund compiled from a …" Full story here
STATESMAN: Colorado Democrats cheer Clinton's choice of Kaine for VP — "Democratic elected officials and national convention delegates from Colorado cheered Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she had chosen Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate, saying the one-time governor brings strong executive chops to the ticket, along with crucial foreign policy experience gained on Senate committees. ..." Full story here
UPI: Colorado baker wants U.S. Supreme Court to hear same-sex couple case — "A Colorado baker wants the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case on his refusal to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, citing his religious beliefs. Last month, the Colorado State Court decided not to hear the case of the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop. ..." Full story here
DENVER POST: Crisanta Duran, Colorado House Democratic Leader set to address DNC Thursday — "Colorado House Democratic leader Crisanta Duran will tell the story of Colorado, women and Latinos at the Democratic National Convention between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday. And although she received only a week’s notice to prepare the biggest speech of her political career so far, Duran’s past aligns well with the campaign of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. ..." Full story here
DENVER POST: Rural Colorado counties get development assistance — "Two western Colorado counties have been chosen to get technical assistance from the state to promote tourism after their local economies were devastated by the downturn in the energy industry. Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne says the using state resources and developing partnerships with organizations will allow Delta and Rio Blanco counties to study the efforts of other communities chosen by the Colorado Tourism Office as models for success. ..." Full story here
COLORADO POLS: Tim Kaine: The better Hickenlooper? — "The New York Times reports on the selection of Sen. Tim Kaine as Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton’s running-mate: beating out a number of other “finalist” contenders including Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado: ..." Full post here
COLORADO PEAK POLITICS: Caught! Democrats rigged the system for Hillary, will Colorado pay a price? — "Democrats are rightly upset at Debbie Wasserman Schultz for trying to rig the campaign against Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton, but she isn’t the first party official to do so — she’s just the only one who has resigned. The Colorado Democratic Party, ahem, “misreported” that Hillary won the Colorado election, and waited a month before bothering to tell anyone that Bernie had actually won. ..." Full post here
DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL: Viewpoint: Single-payer health care for Colorado — the solution, or just another problem? — "Colorado voters, come November, will have the option of choosing a new health care plan to replace the status quo via the Amendment 69 ballot initiative. The 'status quo' being the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. This was enthusiastically supported in 2010 by all of the Colorado Democratic Congressional delegation, including Colorado Sens. Bennet and Udall, and Reps. DeGette, Perlmutter, and Polis. Obamacare is now serving Colorado residents so well that it already needs to be replaced. ..." Full column here
COLORADOAN: Unpopular candidates leave Larimer up for grabs — "It's been the same story every recent election: Larimer County is a swing county, in swing state, with more unaffiliated voters than party loyalists. The outcome on any number of races could hinge on how candidates find favor with voters here. ..." Full story here
KOAA: Local Democratic leaders preview DNC — "Colorado will be well represented at the convention, the state will have two speakers and 78 delegates in Philadelphia. With emails being a problem for the Democrat party again this week, and Colorado having voted heavily for Bernie Sanders, could we see more drama from delegates of our state? Of course El Paso County Democratic leaders don't think so. ..." Full story here
DENVER POST: Colorado sends 78-member delegation to DNC, but two sit it out — "As Democrats prepare to nominate the country’s first progressive Democratic woman for president, Hillary Clinton, two progressive Colorado women vying for the national stage won’t be in Philadelphia. Rather than court national party operatives and donors, Morgan Carroll, who is running against Republican Mike Coffman in U.S. House District 6, as well as Gail Schwartz, vying to unseat Scott Tipton in District 3, will be home campaigning, their representatives said. ..." Full story here
CBS 4: Colorado Bernie Sanders supporters plan to show discontent at DNC — "Members of the Colorado Democratic delegation say they will be meeting with Sen. Bernie Sanders at 2 p.m. Monday. The meeting comes at a time when Sanders’ supporters are planning to make their discontent known on the convention floor this week during the Democratic National Convention. ..." Full story here
Larimer County Republican Breakfast Club — Monday, July 25, 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.
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 George@GeorgeforColorado.com or RSVP at GeorgeforColorado.com/delta.
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.
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 : www.Colorado-Patriots.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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