Gov. John Hickenlooper admits he doesn’t have much of a voice, but he and the Hick-Tones, the group that backs him up every year at the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show, once again put together a heck of a performance, this year to the tune of “Sweet Caroline.”
It all began/Back at my little brewpub/Playin’ pool and slingin’ beer
Entrepreneur/Mayor and then the guv’na/I can’t sing but I’m still here
Hands/Shaking hands/Creatin’ jobs … for you and me/
Sweet state of mine (bom, bom, bom)/Colorado you’re so good/
Broncos front line (bom, bom, bom) Just ain’t working like it should/
State Sen. Pat Steadman does most of the talking at his town halls, but on Monday he’s going to give three Denver Democrats vying for his seat a chance to make their case.
Steadman said next year is going to be “all about” the race for president and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s re-election bid.
“Not enough attention is paid to state legislative races,” he said, when asked about hosting the candidate forum.
“Now is the perfect time to ask people to learn more about candidates who want to represent them in the state legislature. It’s a public service.”
Steadman is term limited after 2016. Running for his seat are Erin Bennett, the state director of the Colorado chapter of 9to5, state Rep. Lois Court and emergency room doctor Steve Sherick. Steadman raised some eyebrows earlier this week by endorsing Sherick with the town hall just days away. The endorsement was first reported by The Denver Post’s John Frank, who noted Steadman passed over his legislative colleague.
Steadman told the SOS he originally planned to hold the Senate District 31 town hall last month, and didn’t want to hold off any longer on endorsing Sherick.
The forum will be held at the Eisenhower Chapel at Lowry, 293 Roslyn St. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Monday, and the event begins at 7 p.m. and is scheduled to end at 8 p.m.
The Environmental Protection Agency and Gov. Chris Christie’s bridge controversy provided grist Friday for the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show, which spoofs politicians and political happenings in song and skit.
The show featured Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Hicktones, singing “Sweet Second Term” to “Sweet Caroline.”
Former Denver Post reporter, Fred Brown, known for his style and his stanzas, moderated the event, which was held at the Reiman Theater on the University of Denver campus. Brown’s limerick on outgoing Speaker John Boehner got a huge laugh:
Logan County has gone to drive-by voting, with Clerk and Recorder Pam Bacon installing a new ballot drop box that allows voters to pull up and drop off their ballots.
Bacon also got the OK from Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ office to make it a “multi-use box” so that county residents can drop off their motor-vehicle registrations.
Other county clerks also use 24-hour ballot boxes, which under secretary of state rules must be monitored by surveillance cameras with the data being preserved for 25 months. It is illegal to drop off more than 10 ballots at a time, and the outside of the envelopes must be signed by the voter in order to be counted, state elections director Judd Choate said.
According to the Sterling-Journal Advocate, Bacon also reached out to the other county departments, with Treasurer Patty Bartlett believing the box would be useful for receiving tax payments. Bacon said residents can drop off correspondence for any county office, such as a letter to the county commissioners.
“Whatever is in there,'” Bacon told the newspaper, “we’ll make sure it gets to whatever county office it needs to.”
Here’s a look at ballot-box practices in some other counties, per their clerks or election officials:
A media critic once asked me why I interviewed the same small handful of media consultants — including Katy Atkinson and Eric Sondermann — over and over.
I told Jason Salzman that I had the numbers for about 15 consultants taped to my computer, but that I particularly relied on Atkinson and Sondermann because they were smart and “up on everything.”
“Bartels acknowledges that she quotes a relatively small number of political commentators repeatedly, and she says she’d like to expand her list. But it’s not easy to find sources who are willing to be quoted, call back before deadline, are honest and, finally, can articulate a sentence with ‘real words’ and ‘nouns,'” Salzman wrote in the Rocky Mountain News.
“She told me during her interview that I wasn’t using ‘nouns’ myself. She was right; I was muddled, but eventually I got my question out, sort of.”
Sadly, here are some nouns: cancer, memorial service, cemetery, reception.
Atkinson died Sept. 24 at the age of 59 after a brief battle with brain cancer. A memorial service honoring her will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 1820 Broadway, with internment at the Crown Hill Cemetery, 7777 W. 29th Ave. in Wheat Ridge. Services are open to the public.