Here comes — The Colorado Sun!

The wooden U decorated by the new journalism outlet, The Colorado Sun.

That was quick! I handed out a wooden U to The Colorado Sun’s editor, Larry Ryckman, at The Denver Press Club last week and he posted it today on Twitter!

The Colorado Sun bills itself as a “reader-supported, journalist-owned news outlet focused on investigative, explanatory and narrative journalism.” The initial staff consists of former Denver Post reporters, who talked about their endeavor at the Press Club.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams handed out the wooden U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign to help inform unaffiliated voters that for the first time they can participate in in a primary election in Colorado, and to remind them they can only vote one ballot. If they vote both, neither will count.

Today is Election Day. Colorado will choose its nominees for governor, attorney general, treasurer and a host of other offices, from county clerk to sheriff to state senator.

The UChooseCO campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter and this blog.

Members of The Colorado Sun talk with the public at the Denver Press Club. From left to right, John Ingold, Kevin Simpson, Dana Coffield, Larry Ryckman, Eric Lubbers and Jennifer Brown. (SOS photo)

Denver Press Club: Trying to make sense of the 2016 election

Hosted by the Denver Press Club.
Hosted by the Denver Press Club.

The Denver Press Club is hosting a political “conversation” with veteran consultants Rick Ridder and Sean Duffy, who will try to “make sense of the new campaign paradigm” after Donald Trump’s victory.

Trump says it’s time to move on, but this event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday Jan. 5 looks to be a don’t miss.  Nathan Heffel, host of Colorado Public Radio’s “Colorado Matters,” will moderate.

Ridder is a Democrat whose new book is “Looking for Votes in All the Wrong Places: Tales and Rules from the Campaign Trail.” (Love the blurb that says “illustrated by entertaining, instructive, and mostly true stories from his own experiences.” Mostly true!) He and his wife Joannie Braden founded RBI Strategies & Research.

Duffy served as deputy chief of staff for former GOP Gov. Bill Owens. Duffy now is president of Shamrock Strategies, a pubic affairs consulting firm.

The Denver Press Club hosted the presidential debates last year, drawing big crowds and visiting overseas journalists.  It’s only fitting that it hosts the look back.

 

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s “Sweet Second Term” (Bom, bom, bom)

Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Hick-tones perform at the Denver Press Club's annual Gridiron Show. From left to right, Hickenlooper, Left to right:
Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Hick-tones perform at the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show. From left to right, Hickenlooper, Sabrina D’Agosta, Sarah Moss, Tom Scharf, Bob Rebholtz and Tom Clark. (Photo courtesy of the Hick-tones.)

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/

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Denver Press Club’s Gridiron shows zings EPA, Tom Brady and others

Denver City Council members Kevin Flynn, Robin Kniech and Mary Beth Susman perform at the Denver Press Club's annual Gridiron Show Friday night at the University of Denver's Reiman Theater. (Photo courtesy of Brendan McCaw Photography)
Denver City Council members Kevin Flynn, Robin Kniech and Mary Beth Susman perform at the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show Friday night at the University of Denver’s Reiman Theater. (Photo courtesy of Brendan McCaw Photography)

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:

For years now it couldn’t be plainer
The Tea Party hated John Boehner
   They wanted, as speaker,
   Someone stronger, not weaker,
Or really, just someone insane-er. 

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Denver Press Club Hall of Fame adds five new inductees

It’s one thing to be inducted into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame. It’s another to be part of a class of amazing individuals, whose résumés are beyond impressive.

Denver Press Club Hall of Fame 2015
Denver Press Club Hall of Fame 2015

The other members of the 2015 Denver Press Club Hall of Fame who were inducted on Friday night were famed Final Four photographer Rich Clarkson; Mary Chandler, the architecture critic for the late, great Rocky Mountain News; Mike Keefe, a Pulitzer-prize winning cartoonist formerly of The Denver Post; and, posthumously, Damon Runyon, an early member of the Denver Press Club who is best known for moving to New York and writing “Guys and Dolls.”

(Click on the links, folks, for great reads on these people.)

Back in February, when the inductees were announced, I asked former state GOP chairman Dick Wadhams and columnist extraordinaire Mike Littwin to do the honors of introducing me during the banquet. Littwin is in Austin with a new grandson so Wadhams handled the job by himself.  It was a trip down memory lane as he mentioned previous Capitol reporters, including John Sanko, Fred Brown and Charlie Roos.

What an honor to be seated next to Dan Haley, former opinion page editor of The Post who introduced Keefe, and looking out at a crowd that included the only and only Andrew Hudson, the spokesman for Denver Mayor Wellington Webb at one point in his own amazing career. Also present at the Press Club: U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, former CU Regent Tom Lucero, former House Speaker Frank McNulty, former House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, former City Attorney Dan Muse, Denver Post folks Joey Bunch and Dan Petty, Eric Bergman with Colorado Counties Inc. and my new boss, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

Thanks, Dick, for your remarks:

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