Will Colorado swing blue? Ask the media.

Moderator Dick Wadhams asked questions of three journalists — Chuck Plunkett, Shaun Boyd and Joey Bunch — during a discussion on the role of media in politics at a forum in Lakewood last Thursday sponsored by the Foothills Republicans. (Rick Entrom/Foothills Republicans)

Three journalists discussed Colorado’s status as a red/blue/purple state, the condition of their industry and how it impacts political coverage, and the upcoming election during a forum hosted by the Foothills Republicans.

Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder Faye Griffin and her communications director Beth Clippenger at the Foothills Republicans lunch March 8. (SOS photo)

Chuck Plunkett, the editorial page editor of The Denver Post, CBS Denver’s Shaun Boyd and Joey Bunch with the Colorado Springs Gazette’s Colorado Politics fielded questions last Thursday from the audience and the moderator, former GOP chairman Dick Wadhams.

Before the start of the forum, Foothills President Rick Enstrom invited elected officials and candidates to introduce themselves, but it was Wadhams who got the biggest applause, when adding his 2 cents during a question about money in politics.

“Do away with every stupid finance law that exists,” he said. “Allow any amount of money from any entity at any time but with full and immediate disclosure and let the people decide if (the candidates) are bought off or not.”

Bunch got the biggest laughs with his homespun colloquialisms, including. “You know when a fact becomes a fact? When it gets a lobbyist.”

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Big Rick Enstrom takes a big fall at the Republican assembly

A hurting Rick Enstrom from his hospital bed at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs on Saturday.
A hurting Rick Enstrom from his hospital bed at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

At 6-foot-5, Jefferson County Republican Rick Enstrom was trying to get in the back row when supporters for Sentate candidate Jerry Natividad took the stage at the Colorado Republican assembly Saturday.

Enstrom took a step backward to the stage curtain but discovered there was no stage left.

He went straight down 4 feet — missing a pole by a mere inches –and  landed on concrete. He broke three ribs in his back.

“I think my ego is as badly broke as my ribs after taking a digger in front of 6,000 people,” Enstrom said. “Jerry felt so bad. He was back there holding my hand and I said, ‘Get out there and talk to people.'”

Enstrom is convalescing at his Lakewood home.

“I’m not even close to OK. I have to get off the couch on my hands and knees,” he said. “It’s ribs. There’s nothing you can do about it but tough it out.”

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Arapahoe County GOP piggybacks on Secretary Wayne Williams’ food bank bet

Arapahoe County elections deputy Jennifer Morell and Clerk and Recorder Matt Crane with food their office donated as part of the Colorado Secretary of State's Super Bowl bet.
Arapahoe County elections deputy Jennifer Morell and Clerk and Recorder Matt Crane with food their office donated as part of the Colorado Secretary of State’s Super Bowl bet.

Arapahoe County Republicans are borrowing a page from Secretary of State Wayne Williams and will participate in a food drive at their county assembly on March 19.

County chairwoman Joy Hoffman said she was inspired by the Super Bowl bet between Williams and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. Both secretary of state offices collected goods for their respective food banks, Food Bank of the Rockies and Food Bank of Central and Eastern Carolina.

Because the Broncos were victorious, the goods to both food banks were donated in the name of the Denver Broncos.

The bet garnered plenty of national attention and praise. “We could all win this bet,” read the headline in a North Carolina paper.

“Wayne certainly kicked off the idea in my mind,” Hoffman said. “It was such a positive idea.”

Also collecting food on behalf of the Colorado Secretary of State’s office was Enstrom Candies, the Denver clerk and recorder and elections division and the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams unloads 674 pounds of food as part of Super Bowl bet

Rick Enstrom of Enstrom Candies and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams at the Food Bank of the Rockies this morning with the 674 pounds of food donated by the candy company. It's part of a Super Bowl wager between Williams and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.
Rick Enstrom of Enstrom Candies and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams at the Food Bank of the Rockies this morning with the 674 pounds of food donated by the candy company. It’s part of a Super Bowl wager between Williams and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ bet that the Denver Broncos will beat the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s Super Bowl netted in 674 pounds of groceries being dropped off this morning at Food Bank of the Rockies.

And more food is coming.

Today’s food was donated by by Enstrom Candies, who got in on the secretary’s bet. In addition to tuna, peanut butter and cans of sweet corn, the company contributed some of its famous toffee — 2,000 individual candy bars to be exact.

“Take that, Carolina Panthers!” Rick Enstrom said, as he and Williams helped unload food from the back of his truck.

Williams and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall are helping out the hungry with their Super Bowl bet. Each office will collect food to be donated to their respective food banks, Food Bank of the Rockies and Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. The donations will be made in the name of the winning team, which Williams predicts will be the Denver Broncos.

In addition to the secretary of state’s office, Denver Clerk Debra Johnson and Arapahoe Clerk Matt Crane and their staffs also are collecting food items and will add them to the Colorado Secretary of State’s haul.  The donations will be delivered to Food Bank of the Rockies next week.

Members of the Colorado Secretary of State's Human Resources Committee, along with businessman Rick Enstrom and Secretary of Wayne Williams. The committee is helping organize the office's food drive as part of a Super Bowl bet. From left to right: Kristine Reynolds, Cheryl Hodges, Enstrom, Lynn Waring, Secretary Williams, Janet Perry and Abbas Montoya.
Members of the Colorado Secretary of State’s Employee Relations Committee, along with businessman Rick Enstrom and Secretary of Wayne Williams. The committee is helping organize the office’s food drive as part of a Super Bowl bet. From left to right: Kristine Reynolds, Cheryl Hodges, Enstrom, Lynn Waring, Secretary Williams, Janet Perry and Abbas Montoya.

Secretary Wayne Williams bets on the Super Bowl, is food-bank bound

A Super Bowl bet to help the hungry already is paying off for Coloradans even before the game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers officially kicks off.

Investigator Abbas Montoya with the Colorado Secretary of State is helping collect canned goods as part of the Super Bowl bet.
Investigator Abbas Montoya with the Colorado Secretary of State is helping collect canned goods as part of a Super Bowl bet.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Rick Enstrom of Enstrom Candies are scheduled to deliver a load of groceries Thursday to the Food Bank of the Rockies.

Williams and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall wagered an unusual bet on Sunday’s Super Bowl game: Each office would collect food and donate it to their respective food banks.

If the Broncos win, the donations in both states are under their name. If the Panthers win, the donations are under their team name.

When Marshall indicated she wanted to wager on the game, Williams planned on betting buffalo steaks and Enstrom’s famous toffee. After hearing the bet was about food banks, Enstrom said he would load up on groceries.

“We’re delighted the Colorado and Carolina secretaries of state created this challenge and are choosing to help hungry families in honor of the big game,” said Kevin Seggelke, president and CEO of Food Bank of the Rockies.

Our good friends at the Denver clerk’s office, Denver Elections and the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s Office are also in on the action, collecting goods for us to deliver to the food bank after the game.  Thursday’s drop off involves only Enstrom’s donations.

WHAT: Food Bank of the Rockies grocery drop off

WHERE: 10700 E. 45th Ave., Denver

WHO: Secretary Wayne Williams and businessman Rick Enstrom

WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursday Feb. 4.