Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 13, 20185min1274

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper greeted the press Tuesday morning and answered the question before anyone asked: He's not running for president, not behind the scenes or in front of the scenes. The press continues to speculate, as the governor continues to act as if he's laying down asphalt for a path to the White House. He's talked about a national bipartisan healthcare plan in Washington, Tuesday night he's talking international security with the prince or Jordan and he has an upcoming trip to Iowa -- you know, the early caucus state.

Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirFebruary 15, 20173min394

Gov. John Hickenlooper is being taken so seriously as a potential contender for the 2020 presidential race that the Trump administration is said to be running a deep scan on him and three other prominent Democrats. Actually, “scour” is the word used by the New York Post in its story the other day attributed to “two sources close to the administration.”

According to the Post’s account, Trump strategy chief Steve Bannon is having consultants “scour the backgrounds” of Hickenlooper, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, another billionaire with political aspirations.

While the other three are seen as hard-charging and outspoken, the Post observes:

Hickenlooper, who founded a brewery before becoming governor of the Western swing state, is seen as a less-combative rising star, the sources said.

Not that the name-drop in White House circles should come as a surprise to the governor or most Coloradans, who have grown accustomed in recent years to hearing Hick’s brand floated for its vice-presidential as well as presidential potential.

Really, though, what does the Trump administration expect to dig up? The Colorado Statesman’s Ernest Luning, who first alerted us to the New York Post’s report, weighed in with some good perspective Tuesday:

Bannon’s minions could save a lot of legwork by ordering a copy of the governor’s candid — some would say bracingly refreshing — memoir, “The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics,” co-written with former speechwriter Maximillian Potter and published last spring. (Spoiler: the title refers to a favorite Hickenlooper joke, and the answer is “giddyup.”) A highlighter will come in handy as Hickenlooper recounts marital woes, his experiences smoking pot and the nude selfie he once took in a bathtub. And then there was the time he took his mother to see the X-rated movie “Deep Throat.”

Suffice it to say that the Trump team will be able to find plenty of oppo research about Hickenlooper — maybe even the Running of the Pigs and the fancy suits he tried on when he was running for mayor — but they might also find that it isn’t any secret.

Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 29, 201615min529



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DENVER — As surely all of us (those who are not living entirely off the grid) have been reminded recently … Just 26 shopping days until Christmas! Mercy already. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday  Big Spending Every Other Day … Hold on to your wallets, it’s going to be a long 26 days.

Hope you are having a good start to your week following the (for many of us) long Thanksgiving holiday. That thankful spirit might change after several of the stories we are sharing today.

Putting the very early 2020 presidential talk aside … News that undocumented teachers currently working in Colorado schools are coming out publicly against federal law is more than a little disturbing.

Hold on to your britches … Let’s get started!


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“I don’t know Mexico … I mean, I remember it, but it’s changed a lot. I don’t know people from Mexico.”

– Undocumented Colorado State University sophomore Brithany Gutierrez — fearful she will be deported under a President Trump administration.

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Democrats set their sights on 2020 … Hickenlooper?

Couldn’t we just get the current president-elect sworn-in before jumping ahead four years to the next presidential race? Apparently not — not in America where everyone lives in either the past or the future, never the present … UGH!

The Washington Post has dropped their list of possible Democrat contenders for the White House in 2020.

So, making the list to be the next possible Apollo Creed of the left — according to reporter Chris Cillizza — Colorado’s very own Gov. John Hickenlooper. The guy the left has speculated could be everything from vice president of the United States to Lakeside, Colorado, dog catcher makes the cut because …

“Hickenlooper also has a terrific life story — according to the Washington Post — a Denver brewery owner who became mayor and governor — and a down-home demeanor that screams, ‘I am not a politician.’ Hickenlooper’s biggest problem as a candidate may be that he is viewed as too moderate for the current Democratic Party.”


Also, making the Post’s list of possible Democrat presidential contenders: Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen.-elect Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and first lady Michelle Obama … the list can only grow exponentially from there. What, no Elizabeth Warren? What about Bernie Sanders for round two? Come on, the old guy’s an Energizer Bunny!


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Colorado anxiety over possible Trump immigration plan

Following a presidential campaign filled with accusation, high power rhetoric (“lock her up!”) and promises … It’s not surprising that we’re speculating about what the Trump presidency will actually look like. Those in the media concerned with possible immigration policy changes have claimed the front of the line.

With a headline that reads, ‘Trump policy would impact 1,000s of Colorado undocumented residents,’ The Coloradan profiles undocumented Colorado State University sophomore Brithany Gutierrez. She shares that her family came to Northern Colorado from Mexico with a visa to care for her ailing grandfather. And some teachers have stepped up into the media spotlight as well.


Apparently, some Colorado undocumented teachers have cause to worry about changes to U.S. immigration policy. Chalkbeat profiles three of these educators — who despite reporting they are fearful — give their full names, the Colorado schools where they are employed and allow their pictures to be published. Meanwhile, according to the reporting of the Denver Post the city of Northglenn won’t enforce federal immigration laws … The City Council passing the resolution Monday night.


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Colorado doctors wrestle with new aid-in-dying law

What to do about Colorado’s new right to die law? The newly passed initiative appears to be problematic for one-third of Colorado physicians opposed, according to the reporting of the Denver Post.

Physicians across Colorado are preparing to work under the new law, whether or not they approve of it. The state constitutional amendment, approved by a two-thirds to one-third margin Election Day, makes clear that doctors do not have to participate — they are required only to transfer a patient’s medical records to a new physician.


Aiding, in what many in the medical field believe is tantamount to suicide is contrary to their training. And for physicians, a breach of their Hippocratic Oath … “First, do no harm” (or for you who speak Latin- “primum non nocere.)  The new law is permissive, not mandatory. Each physician, and hospital system, will decide whether to participate.


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Former U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn’s next act

With a smidgen of sarcasm, Colorado media begrudgingly reported on El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn’s announcement that he’s begun a consulting firm.

In a release, Glenn said DLG Esquire Attorney at Law will focus on assisting strategic policymakers, business and neighborhood leaders in “implementing innovative solutions to growing community challenges.”

DENVER, CO - JUNE 20: Senate primary candidate Darryl Glenn speaks during a rally at Westin Hotel at Denver International Airport, June 20, 2016. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)

“My life will not be defined by a single political campaign,” Glenn said in the release announcing his new venture. “Those will come and go. But what has driven me to run for elected office in the past still drives me today. The knowledge that heroes do walk among us with tremendous strength and power. And I look forward to helping them realize their aspirations to change our world for the better.”

Full story in The Statesman here.


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12/1/2016        Reagan Club of Colorado monthly meeting

12/2/2016        Weld County South Republican Breakfast Club

12/2/2016        Denver GOP First Friday Breakfast

12/3/2016        Liberty Toastmasters Denver

12/15/2016      ACDP Executive Board Regular Meeting

12/19/2016      ACDP Executive Board Regular Meeting


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Today in History

2012 – The United Nations General Assembly voted to accord non-member observer state status to Palestine.

1990 – Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council passes two resolutions to restore international peace and security if Iraq does not withdraw its forces from Kuwait and free all foreign hostages by January 15, 1991.

1972 – Atari announces the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game.

1963 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

1952 – Korean War: U.S. President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower fulfills a campaign promise by traveling to Korea to find out what can be done to end the conflict.

1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.


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