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 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 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/
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:
(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.