Yesterday was my last day as Executive Director of the El Paso County Republican Party. I would get sappy and sentimental, but today is the first day of a contract between the El Paso County Republican Party and my new company, Cole Communications, to provide many of the services I provided as an employee. The more things change, the more they stay the same; but they are changing.
Mr. Cruz, who’s slated to speak next month at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, also said he would campaign on Mr. Glenn’s behalf.Cruz has to be aware that Glenn swept all other Republicans off the ticket in the race at the State GOP Assembly in Colorado Springs on April 9, capturing 70 percent of the vote. Why? Because Cruz was there, for one thing. Five other Senate candidates who are seeking the nomination petitioned on to the ballot. Some had to go to court to secure a spot after they ran shy of signatures. They include Robert Blaha, a businessman from Colorado Springs.
The Glenn campaign said in a statement that the candidate was “deeply honored” by Mr. Cruz’s support.
The Colorado Democratic Party today released the following statement from Chris Meagher, senior communications advisor, in response to reports that Sen. Ted Cruz endorsed Darryl Glenn for Senate and will campaign in the state Monday:ProgressNow Colorado had this to say in a release:
"Colorado doesn't need a far right, never-compromise conservative in the Senate, and it’s clear from Ted Cruz’s endorsement of Darryl Glenn - that's exactly who Glenn would be."
Following today's announcement that failed Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has endorsed El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn in the GOP U.S. Senate primary, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, released the following statement:The primary is June 28 and is being conducted by mail ballot.
"Even after losing the Republican presidential nomination to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz still has significant influence in Colorado Republican politics," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii. "Darryl Glenn's far-right agenda is exactly what Ted Cruz and out-of-state conservative ideologues want, and with the rest of the Republican primary field mired in scandal and infighting, Glenn could benefit greatly from Cruz's support."
"In the general election, assuming Glenn prevails in the primary," said Silverii, "Ted Cruz will be an albatross around the neck of anyone he is linked with—almost as bad as Donald Trump himself. For Glenn, Cruz's 'kiss of death' is a short-term boost with terrible long-term consequences."
Dobson goes on to say that Obama and feminists are trying to uproot God's plan, saying the Bible, "leaves no doubt that the Creator made not one sex but two, each beautifully crafted to 'fit with' and meet the needs of the other." Ahem.
If you are a married man with any gumption, surely you will defend your wife’s privacy and security in restroom facilities. Would you remain passive after knowing that a strange-looking man, dressed like a woman, has been peering over toilet cubicles to watch your wife in a private moment? What should be done to the pervert who was using mirrors to watch women and girls in their stalls? If you are a dad, I pray you will protect your little girls from men who walk in unannounced, unzip their pants and urinate in front of them. If this had happened 100 years ago, someone might have been shot. Where is today’s manhood? God help us!
Late this afternoon we were notified by the Secretary of State that our petition was insufficient, and we are currently evaluating the Secretary of State's report. After we have concluded a thorough evaluation, we will have further comment regarding our next steps in seeking the Republican nomination for U.S Senate. We believe that after our review, the final analysis will validate that we are in substantial compliance.
After being handpicked by the national Republican Party and blowing off grassroots Republicans, Jon Keyser had to sue his way onto the Republican primary ballot. Now he's back to limping through the primary with no momentum and practically no money, while Robert Blaha and Ryan Frazier prepare their own lawsuits to get back on the ballot.
Keyser was anointed by the same national Republicans who have spent years creating gridlock in Washington, and like a typical politician Keyser has refused to take positions on issues that matter to Colorado while blowing off the grassroots to jaunt off to locales like Las Vegas in an attempt to raise money from billionaire establishment megadonors. Keyser has pledged to support Donald Trump if he’s the nominee and it’s clear that if elected to the Senate, Jon Keyser would only add to the dysfunction in Washington.
Fort Collins businessman and former CSU Athletic Director Jack Graham today became the first candidate who filed petitions to be certified for the Republican primary election ballot for the U.S. Senate. Secretary of State Wayne Williams confirmed Graham submitted enough qualified Republican signatures.
"Ginger and I are grateful for all the help and support so many Coloradans volunteered in our successful quest to petition onto the primary ballot," Graham said. "We look forward to the primary election campaign and making our case to be the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate."
Graham was the last candidate to formally enter the Senate race but he was the first candidate to formally submit petitions to the Colorado Secretary of State for approval on Monday, March 28. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams confirmed today that Graham's petitions qualified. Three other candidates filed after Graham and are still awaiting word from the Secretary of State whether they qualify for the ballot.
Colorado election law requires the signatures of 1,500 registered Republicans from each of Colorado's seven congressional districts in order to petition onto the Tuesday, June 28 Republican primary election ballot. Graham submitted a total of nearly 20,000 signatures to the Secretary of State.
We crunched the data for political donations made in the state of Colorado for the remaining 5 Presidential Candidates and Hilary Clinton has by far the most donations within the State. Of the total $4,418,456 contributed so far to the remaining candidates within Colorado, Hilary Clinton received 58% of that, while Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, and Donald Trump received 24%, 15%, 2% and 1% respectively. We have broken out the data by cities as well for each candidate and made it interactive. For example, Hillary's top cities with the most donations in CO are:
Today the Republicans on the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee of the Colorado Senate had the chance to, yet again, do the right thing for transgender Coloradans. Despite the fact there was no testimony in opposition to the Birth Certificate Modernization Act today, the Republican members of the committee chose to play politics with our families.
"It was our hope that at least one Republican senator on the committee would side with the five Republicans in the Colorado House of Representatives who voted in favor of House Bill 1185 because it upholds the Republican ideals of freedom, privacy, and limited government.
"This much-needed legislation would simply have brought Colorado law in line with existing policies at the federal level, and in doing so would have protected the privacy of transgender Coloradans and protected them from discrimination. Not only did dozens of transgender Coloradans and their families ask the committee to pass this bill today, but the Office of the State Registrar — which is the department in charge of issuing birth certificates — came out firmly in support of House Bill 1185 because of the its importance for transgender Coloradans.
Of all the questions lingering over Colorado’s burgeoning pot industry, perhaps none is weightier than who will control federal drug enforcement after November 2016? How Americans vote on the top of the ticket could be make or break for the future of legal weed in the Centennial state. And of all the remaining candidates, only one appears a reliable ally to the legalization movement. (Don’t bother sitting down, this will not be a shocker.) It’s the Democratic socialist from Vermont — Bernie Sanders.
Now, the full extent to which the cannabis community will mobilize for Bernie still remains to be seen. Kyle Sherman, CEO of cannabis software startup Flowhub, says the choice this election season is clear for his him and his colleagues. But they’re taking the wait-and-see approach.
"Bernie Sanders seems to have the support of most cannabis enthusiasts, given his pro-drug law reform platform, but it doesn't seem like there'll be all that much activity in support of him as a candidate unless he becomes the Democratic nominee," Sherman says. "Once the candidates for each party have been announced, however, my company will be launching a GOTV campaign centered around cannabis as a primary issue, and I hope others in the space take similar steps."
Others in the industry are wasting no time organizing and empowering the cannabis community to get their interests represented at the highest level of government.
Hillary Clinton, who could very well end up the Democratic nominee, is tentative and vague on the topic. In November, she hinted that she’d be open to liberalizing her stance. At a town hall in South Carolina, the former Secretary of State told the predominantly black audience that she supports medical marijuana. “I want to move from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 so researchers can research what’s the best way to use it, dosage, how does it work with other medications," Clinton added. (In Schedule 2, marijuana would keep company with cocaine and methamphetamine.) A month prior, she had declined to say whether she supports states’ right to legalize. During her first presidential bid in 2007, Clinton said flat out that "I don't think we should decriminalize [marijuana].”
So her position is “ever-evolving” (pragmatist-speak for: “Let’s see where public opinion goes.”)
Sanders, to be fair, isn’t as gung-ho as he could be.
“When I was mayor of the town of Burlington [Vermont],” the Senator told Katie Couric last year, “which has a large university, and one or two of the kids were smoking marijuana, we suspect, we didn't arrest too many people for marijuana.” But he himself doesn’t partake. In the same interview he joked about being "the only person who didn't get high in the Sixties" before clarifying: "I smoked marijuana twice, and it didn't quite work for me. It's not my thing, but it is the thing of a whole lot of people.”
Warren Gill, regional press secretary for the Sanders campaign, says, “It’s the whole package [that’s] drawing a lot of folks to our side. You know, the U.S. has more people in jail today than any other country, and we are spending about $80 billion a year to lock people up. That's just obscene, and I think our supporters realize how wrong it is that hundreds of thousands of Americans have a criminal record for smoking marijuana, but not one major Wall Street executive has been prosecuted after causing the near collapse of our entire economy.”
The “single-issue voter” may indeed be the unicorn of electoral politics (nonexistent, though subject to frequent speculation).
“It's not my No. 1 issue, but the decriminalization of drugs in general is very important,” says Hazen Garcia, a local businessman in his 30s who’s feeling the Bern. “Addicts and users deserve treatment, not incarceration.”
House Votes to Ban ‘Conversion Therapy’
Rosenthal Bill Ending Archaic Anti-LGBT Practice Second Reading
(March 14) – The House gave voice approval this morning to a bill by Rep. Paul Rosenthal, D-Denver, to ban so-called “conversion therapy,” and therefore to ensure that no more Colorado teens are subjected to this harmful practice. Over the loud objections of Republican members of the House, the bill proceeds to a third reading.
“Colorado families have a right to know that a therapist will not put their child’s well-being in danger,” said Rep. Rosenthal. “So-called gay conversion therapy is an imposition of a therapist’s own view on the child. We heard in committee from several adults who still bear the scars from a therapist who tried to force them to be someone they are not. Let us protect our children from this harmful practice.”
“This bill is about therapy that provides acceptance, understanding, coping and support—not trying to change someone into someone else,” said Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City.
“Conversion therapy” is a dangerous and discredited practice aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation or suppressing a person’s gender identity. The practice has been rejected by every mainstream mental health professional association. HB16-1210 prohibits physicians specializing in psychiatry and licensed or registered mental health professionals from engaging in conversion therapy with patients under 18 years of age. Studies have shown that minors being subjected to this practice are at a higher risk of drug and alcohol abuse, depression, and suicide.
During the bill’s hearing before the House Public Health Care &Human Services Committee, several individuals testified about the negative impacts of having survived “conversion therapy.” Republican members of the Committee compared being LGBT to drug use or alcohol addiction multiple times.
The approval sends the bill to the House floor for a third reading.
"We sought to develop an objective measure of how well members of opposite parties work with one another using bill sponsorship and co-sponsorship data. We gravitated toward bill sponsorships and co-sponsorships for two reasons. First, they allowed us to construct a highly objective measure of partisan and bipartisan behavior. Second, sponsorship and co-sponsorship behavior is especially revealing of partisan tendencies. Members’ voting decisions are often contextual and can be influenced by parliamentary circumstances. Sponsorships and co-sponsorships, in contrast, exist as very carefully considered declarations of where a legislator stands on an issue.
The Bipartisan Index measures the frequency with which a Member co-sponsors a bill introduced by the opposite party and the frequency with which a Member’s own bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party.
It is essential to understand that one cannot get a clear and fair picture simply by tallying up bipartisan sponsorships and co-sponsorships in a single Congress. The main problem is that behavior related to sponsoring and co-sponsoring bills differs greatly depending on whether a member is in the majority or minority. To overcome this problem and give our index greater historical value, we constructed a 20-year baseline of data to which majority and minority members could be compared. One also must make decisions about how to compare members who co-sponsor a lot of bills with those who co-sponsor only a few; whether and how to give credit for an increasing number of bipartisan co-sponsors on a bill; whether to include commemorative legislation and resolutions; and how to handle members who introduce a very small number of bills or none at all. We tested solutions to each of these questions and others before settling on what we believe is an effective formula for measuring bipartisanship."
(Colorado Springs) - U.S. Senate Candidate Peg Littleton will visit several locations for Tuesday night’s precinct caucuses. She will be at the following locations, and others as she is able:She also continues to use "Peg" rather than Peggy, which is the name she used in her first run for county commissioner, as shown in this photo:
Cherokee Trail High School 25901 E. Arapahoe Rd., Aurora, CO 80016
Smoky Hill High School 16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd., Aurora, CO 80015
Radisson Hotel 3155 S. Vaughn Way, Aurora, CO 80014
Cherry Creek High School 9300 E. Union Ave, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Joe Shoemaker School 3333 S. Havana St, Denver, CO 80231