For the previous few weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time specializing in Gov. John Hickenlooper, each his previous and his future.
And a number of other recurring themes have emerged. Amongst them is his capacity to be each affable and an clever politician.
“Because John has always fashioned himself as the not-a-politician, people underestimate his political skills,” stated Rick Ridder, a longtime good friend of Hickenlooper’s and Democratic strategist.
One other theme the state’s political class likes to debate re: Colorado’s term-limited governor is his future ambitions. A number of consider Hickenlooper’s presidential ambitions are nothing greater than a ruse to organize for his final aim of operating towards U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican.
These closest to Hick have dismissed the parlor speak. However one observer inspired me to ask the governor if he’d take his identify out of rivalry. That’s when the politician and the not-a-politician collided. Right here’s what Hickenlooper stated relating to a Senate run:
“Right now, what I’m doing is talking to people all over the state about the things that have worked in Colorado and what would be suitable models for the whole country. And I think that’s more of a national focus. I haven’t taken my name out of contention for anything because there is some joy and pleasure … .” He paused and checked out his press secretary, they usually shared a snort.
“I don’t have any anticipation for running for Senate, but I haven’t ruled anything out.”
Earlier than I’m going, save any final minute main developments and/or flashes of inspiration, The Spot staff is taking subsequent week off. From all of us at The Denver Submit, merry Christmas and completely happy holidays! — Nic Garcia
Correction: In final week’s Spot, I incorrectly recognized the situation of Gov.-elect Jared Polis’ inaugural ball. It is going to be held on the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
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15 days till the Basic Meeting convenes; 19 days till Jared Polis is sworn in as governor
Your political should reads
- Not enterprise as standard: Colorado Democrats plan to rewrite guidelines for staff now that they management the statehouse. Denver Submit
- Sen. Cory Gardner fails to get marijuana reform into felony justice invoice. Denver Publish
- Colorado’s David Bernhardt on brief listing to be the subsequent Inside secretary. Denver Submit
- Colorado Sen. Randy Baumgardner stepping down after sexual harassment allegations. Denver Submit
- Ethics grievance towards Gov. Hickenlooper to be heard subsequent month. Denver Submit
- Denver’s tall buildings partly in charge for A-Line, G-Line issues, RTD tells feds. Denver Submit
- Will Gov.-elect Jared Polis impose the dying penalty? Coloradoan
- U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet discusses his potential presidential bid. Yahoo Information
- Denver decide blocks faculty transportation provision added to Colorado regulation. Chalkbeat
- Littwin: It was cleanup time on the state Senate, and Baumgardner was swept out. Colorado Unbiased
- U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette was fired from her management place after difficult her boss. Peak Politics
- Democrats are planning a entire lot of debates for the presidential main. NY Occasions
Why Walker Stapleton gained’t be attending Polis’ inauguration
By Anna Staver
When Jared Polis is sworn in as governor on Jan. eight, one face from Colorado politics goes to be lacking.
Polis’ Republican opponent, outgoing state Treasurer Walker Stapleton gained’t be attending. However it’s not for the explanations you may assume.
Stapleton has jury obligation. Significantly.
He’d been planning to attend the inauguration till he received the summons within the mail. Stapleton can’t ask to postpone his civic obligation as a result of he already did that through the marketing campaign. His first jury obligation summons got here through the last weeks of the marketing campaign, and Colorado solely allows you to ask for a delay as soon as.
So, whereas Polis takes his oath of workplace, Stapleton will doubtless be sitting in a room crammed with potential jurors ready to see if his quantity will get referred to as.
Herod, Valdez elected to steer caucuses
Whereas a lot of the official management positions within the Home and Senate have been chosen again in November, lawmakers who collect in casual caucuses have been choosing their management as nicely.
State Rep. Leslie Herod, a Denver Democrat, introduced earlier this month that she was chosen to steer the statehouse’s Democratic black caucus.
“It has been my honor to join the “Historic Eight” (the most important Black Caucus that Colorado has ever seen) and to comply with within the footsteps of giants just like the Honorable Wilma Webb, Regis Groff, Wellington E Webb, Peter Groff, Rosemary Marshall, Gloria Tanner and others,” she posted with this photograph:
The 2019 black Democratic Legislative Caucus of Colorado.
In the meantime, state Rep.-elect Alex Valdez has been chosen to steer first-year Democratic lawmakers within the Home. Valdez will function a liaison to Democratic management.
“I thank my colleagues and leadership for placing their trust and confidence in me,” Valdez stated in a assertion. “I look forward to being an effective communicator, serving the values of my constituents and helping my colleagues deliver for hardworking Coloradans across the state.”
Secretary of State-elect Jena Griswold names senior employees
The primary Democratic secretary of state in 60 years, Jena Griswold, has been busy in the course of the transition forming her workforce. Per a press launch from earlier this week, becoming a member of her at 1700 Broadway:
- Jenny Flanagan, deputy secretary of state. She most just lately served as vice chairman for state operations for Widespread Trigger.
- Ben Schler, senior advisor. Schler has spent the final eight years working for the state division, together with seven years within the elections division.
- Shad Murib, director of presidency and public affairs. Murib most just lately served as coverage director on the Polis marketing campaign.
- Serena Woods, communications director. Woods was Cary Kennedy’s marketing campaign spokeswoman.
Shuffling the deck on the Capitol
If all of the current comings and goings on the Capitol have you ever feeling a little dizzy, we don’t blame you. After a massive election that noticed a big variety of new faces elected to, there are much more modifications after some lawmakers have introduced their exits.
First, there was state Sen. Daniel Kagan, a Democrat who introduced he was leaving. Whereas a variety of Arapahoe County Democrats have introduced a bid to run, the possible front-runner is state Rep. Jeff Bridges. If he’s appointed, that might then depart a gap to fill within the Home.
State Sen. Baumgardner can also be leaving. A emptiness committee is predicted to satisfy Jan. 2 to call his alternative. Equally to the Kagan-Bridges state of affairs, state Rep. Bob Rankin is a robust contender to be appointed.
In the meantime, in northern Colorado, two different state representatives have already been appointed to the Senate. Colorado Politics reported that Mike Foote of Lafayette was chosen to switch Sen. Matt Jones and Joann Ginal of Fort Collins was chosen to finish Sen. John Kefalas’ time period. Jones and Kefalas have been elected county commissioners of their respective counties.
As a result of Foote didn’t run for re-election, he gained’t have to be changed within the Home. Nevertheless, one other emptiness committee will select somebody to fill Ginal’s seat.
Chart of the week: PERA’s fiscal impression on Colorado’s rural counties
This map comes from the Public Worker Retirement Affiliation, and it present how a lot PERA’s funds impression the economies of Colorado’s counties.
In Costilla, Conejos, Custer, Fremont and Washington, PERA retirees characterize at the least a whopping 25 % of the payroll.
Attending to know you
Most weeks we introduce you a totally different member of the Colorado political group. This week, meet Michael Fields.
Who’re you and what do you do in Colorado politics?
I’m Michael Fields, the chief director of Colorado Rising Motion. Our group is concentrated on selling conservative rules and holding the left accountable right here in Colorado.
Colorado Rising Motion
Michael Fields, Colorado Rising Motion’s government director
How did you find yourself in your present position, and why do you take pleasure in what you do?
I first received concerned in Colorado politics as a regulation scholar at CU Boulder (Go Buffs!). I labored on a few campaigns and for the Republicans on the state Home. I then taught center faculty in Aurora. After that, I turned the state director for People for Prosperity. The factor I take pleasure in most about my present place with Colorado Rising Motion is attending to work on an array of points that basically influence Coloradans – like schooling and transportation.
What’s in your thoughts relating to native and/or nationwide politics?
I’m all the time excited about how our political system can work to offer extra alternative for extra individuals. Colorado’s financial system is ranked No. 1 within the nation, however too many individuals are nonetheless being left behind on the subject of prosperity. I would like my three youngsters, and all Colorado youngsters, to develop up in a state that has a robust financial system, a world-class schooling system, and a small however environment friendly authorities. Relating to nationwide politics, we in all probability don’t have sufficient area on this publication to get into that.
What’s your largest pet peeve in terms of politics?
Cynicism. It’s straightforward to fall into it as a result of the fringes on each side get a lot consideration, particularly on social media. And the fixed negativity discovered within the political dialogue turns individuals off to the method, particularly younger individuals. Fortunately, it’s not fairly as dangerous right here in Colorado – and I’m hoping it will get higher as an alternative of worse. Coloradans need their elected officers to return collectively to unravel massive issues. We’ve accomplished it earlier than, and I feel we will do it once more.
Who’s your political hero and why?
How might I not go together with Ronald Reagan on this one? Reagan was a robust, unifying and optimistic chief. He laid out a clear imaginative and prescient for our nation – and impressed People to consider something was attainable.
What’s your favourite a part of Colorado?
I actually take pleasure in touring to totally different elements of the state with my household. Colorado supplies entry to alternative, open areas and a top quality of life. Some years, we even have good soccer.
What’s one of the simplest ways for somebody to pay money for you in the event that they need to speak politics?
I’d want in the event that they reached out to speak sports activities as an alternative of politics, however both approach, my e-mail is [email protected] and my twitter deal with is @michaelclfields. And Colorado Rising Motion’s web site is www.coloradorisingaction.org.
Who would you wish to nominate to reply these questions subsequent?
Republican Luke Ragland and Democrat Alan Salazar