Tuesday, September 27, 2016

UPDATE: LGBTQ group endorses both candidates in HD17

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 3:54 PM

Daniel Ramos, executive director of One Colorado, was nice enough to give me a call this morning and offer a deeper explanation for the dual endorsements in House District 17.

The One Colorado PAC, he says, really just looked at candidates' positions on two issues, which are One Colorado's legislative priorities. The first is the ongoing effort to ban gay conversion therapy — or therapy that seeks to convince people to change their sexual preference or gender identity. The second is the effort to pass a law that allows transgender people to change the gender on their birth certificates.

Ramos says that both Roupe and Exum support those bills. Roupe, who has been in the state legislature for the past two years, has voted in favor of the birth certificate bill, Ramos says, but was absent during the vote on conversion therapy.

The endorsements, Ramos says, offer a way for voters to make "sure that the candidates support One Colorado’s legislative priorities, and both candidates do.”

——- ORIGINAL POST, Sept. 22, 3:28 P.M. ——-
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One Colorado, an LGBTQ advocacy group, has released endorsements for the 2016 election in Colorado. The 50 candidates for the Colorado legislature were deemed to be "pro-equality."

But if you're hoping that list might help you decide who to vote for in House District 17, well, don't. One Colorado has oddly endorsed both the Democrat, Tony Exum, and the Republican, Rep. Kit Roupe, in that race. 

So how did that happen? Well, apparently, both candidates have supported the legislation and issues that One Colorado has monitored. (Exum is a former representative in the district, which tends to see-saw between political parties every election.)

Daniel Ramos, Executive Director of One Colorado, has this to say in a press release:

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families know how important elections are — and we've seen firsthand the difference a pro-equality majority can make in the Colorado legislature. For the past two years, we've watched every bill that would improve the lives of LGBTQ Coloradans get voted down in our state legislature. We are happy to endorse a bipartisan group of pro-equality candidates and look forward to working with them on their campaigns.

Every candidate we have endorsed will be a champion for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families in the legislature. It is important we keep working to move our state forward — by removing everyday barriers transgender Coloradans face, banning the harmful practice of conversion therapy, and making sure religious exemption bills don't become law — so that no part of our community is left behind.
Here are the endorsements:


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Glenn says he's winning; debates in question

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 11:21 AM

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Political junkies are being deprived this year of the duke-it-out squeaker U.S. Senatorial race of two years ago when Republican Cory Gardner defeated incumbent Democrat Mark Udall.

But this year's race — between incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet, with loads of cash and leading decisively in the polls, and El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, who's trailing badly on both fronts — isn't without amusement.

First, there's this piece from the Durango Herald about Glenn's statement that the national GOP party isn't helping his campaign much because he's got it in the bag. The comment literally left Democrats rolling in the aisles, presumably the aisles Glenn refuses to reach across.
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  • Bennet: Winning in the polls and in donations.

Here's a recap from the Bennet campaign about a Sept. 10 debate in Grand Junction:
Grand Junction, Colorado – Unfortunately for Darryl Glenn, nothing from tonight’s debate will change the downward trajectory of his campaign. While Michael Bennet was “hitting hard” during tonight’s debate, discussing his record of “bipartisanship” and “trying to build bridges between Democrats and Republicans” on issues like the farm bill, energy and immigration reform, Darryl Glenn doubled down on partisan obstructionism, said the Senate shouldn’t do its job by confirming a Supreme Court justice and made clear he won’t work across the aisle for Colorado.

Glenn even refused to answer a direct question about the many times he’s said the problem with Washington is too much bipartisanship. Here’s how Michael put it during tonight’s debate:

BENNET: Over the course of this campaign you’ve said, “I don’t know any elected Democrats I get along with.” You’ve said, “I’m running against Democrats. I’m running against Evil.” And you’ve said you’re, “Tired of hearing about Republicans reaching across the aisle.” Your policies and views, like privatizing the VA and calling for “the elimination and defunding of all agencies,” like the department of education and also EPA and energy, are far to the right of many Colorado Republicans. How exactly would you get anything done and live up to your own standards?

Glenn, naturally, refused to answer. The truth is Darryl Glenn has been clear about his opposition to bipartisanship in Washington throughout this campaign, and as we saw tonight, there’s no backtracking from that.

“The choice was clear during tonight’s debate: Michael Bennet discussed his record of working with anyone to get things done for Colorado, while Darryl Glenn doubled down on partisan obstructionism and proved yet again that he’s not interested in working across the aisle to make progress for our state,” said Bennet campaign spokesperson Alyssa Roberts. “Darryl Glenn’s poor performance won’t do anything to lift his sagging campaign.”

Then, Glenn backed out of a Denver Post debate because he didn't like the Post's editorials about his criminal history. In a nutshell, Glenn denied he was charged with third degree assault of his dad at his dad's bar while attending Doherty High in 1983 but later said he had forgotten about it, because he grew up in an abusive home and all such incidents just blurred together.

An Air Force Academy grad, Glenn has refused to release his service record, commonly called a DD214. He says he's a retired lieutenant colonel. We again asked Tuesday if he would release and haven't heard back. 

Now, Bennet, too, is shying from a debate, as reported here by CBS4 in Denver.

Bennet's spokesperson Alyssa Roberts says Bennet already has appeared at debates held by Club 20, Colorado Water Congress, Colorado Oil and Gas Association, and United Veterans Committee. 

Upcoming debates Bennet will participate in will be sponsored by KUSA/Denver Business Journal (Oct 11), and Denver Chamber of Commerce forum (Oct 17).

From Bennet's communications director Andrew Zucker:
Darryl Glenn never engaged with our campaign to have a substantive conversation about debates and has instead blacklisted Colorado news reporters and become the first Senate candidate this millennium to refuse to do the traditional Denver Post debate. At this point we are moving forward with our campaign schedule and look forward to the remaining televised debate and joint appearances that have already been scheduled.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Presidential campaigns announce local events

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 10:32 AM

If you haven't had enough of the presidential campaigns yet, here's your chance to participate.

On Saturday, Republican nominee businessman Donald Trump will stop in at the JetCenter in Colorado Springs.

El Paso County Republicans released this statement earlier this week:
Guess who can't get enough of us? Donald Trump is visiting Colorado Springs for the second time in two months. Join him, and us, for a campaign rally at Colorado Jet Center this coming Saturday, September 17, at 7:30 pm. Get more information and your free tickets here.

Contra pundits who imagine our state in the blue column, the campaign has reason to believe Colorado's nine electoral votes are still in play.

As Jeff Hays, Chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party, told The Gazette today, "He's got a chance in Colorado, and El Paso County is the gateway to that victory."
If Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is your candidate, there's an event planned for Friday. Here's the low down:
Colorado Springs — This Friday, September 16, Hillary for Colorado will officially launch "Colorado Veterans and Military Families for Hillary" in Colorado Springs. At the event, Colorado veterans will discuss why Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who is committed to taking care of our veterans and who has a plan to ensure veterans have access to the physical and mental healthcare they need, provide training and support to help returning veterans find jobs and fight the growing epidemics of veteran suicide and homelessness.

The launch of Colorado Veterans and Military Families for Hillary comes a week after 110 retired generals and admirals endorsed Clinton for President, citing her proven record of diplomacy and steady leadership on the world stage. In contrast, Donald Trump has repeatedly denigrated our troops, calling our military "a disaster," and saying just last week that our generals "have been reduced to rubble". He has repeatedly insulted military families, including attacks on Gold Star parents, and lied about donating to veteran charities.

A list of the full leadership council, which includes retired Major General Irving Halter and retired Rear Admiral Dick Young, will be released after the event.

WHEN: Friday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St.

Go here to RSVP.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

UPDATE: Glenn boycotting Post for reporting his criminal charge

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 2:46 PM

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UPDATE: Larry Ryckman, senior editor at The Denver Post, says in response to a question about Darryl Glenn's statement:

"We stand by our coverage, which we believe has been accurate and fair."

———ORIGINAL POST 2:46 P.M. FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2016—————

Darryl Glenn, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate running against Democrat incumbent Michael Bennet, released the following statement explaining why he isn't cooperating with The Denver Post's news coverage of the race. 

In a nutshell, he's sore over The Post's disclosure of his criminal case at the age of 18 that arose from a fight with his father.

Although he doesn't mention the Independent, we published the same information and then some at the time, so 'tis a puzzlement. Our coverage included this, and this, and this, and this.
In fact, the Indy was the first to report the criminal charge, which he denied completely.

The state Democratic Party issued a news release noting that Glenn is ignoring other media as well:
But it's not just the Denver Post he's ignoring - he's been calling media his "third opponent," and he and his campaign have been offering a "no comment" to organizations across the state, from the Denver Post to the Aurora Sentinel, Denverite, and even the Fort Morgan Times.

We've asked The Post for a comment on Glenn's release and will update if and when we hear back.

The release:


​(September 9, 2016, Colorado Springs, CO)— ​There has been much made in recent days about the fact that I am not speaking with the Denver Post. I want to personally tell you why. While I have made myself available to the press this entire campaign, I have nothing to say to the Denver Post.

There is no point in speaking with a publication that has repeatedly called me a liar and dragged my family through one of the most painful periods of our lives.

You see, over the course of seven days, the Denver Post ran three stories and two editorials that dredged up horribly painful memories for my mother and me—memories we buried thirty years ago, memories that neither of us had ever discussed.

Since then, I've been forced to watch my mother suffer through the agony of reliving painful years of abuse and violence in the home. It's been hard.

Rather than cover me— and the real issues in this campaign—objectively, like journalists should do— they ran a smear campaign through their stories and editorials against me and my family.
After I made clear to them that I didn't remember the period in question, the very next email we got from them stated, "Does Darryl wish he'd just told the truth from the beginning?"

I absolutely told the truth. But that was not good enough for the Denver Post.

Domestic violence is a serious issue impacting a growing number of families. It's underreported, and even when it is, victims are dismissed as being untruthful and even marginalized. We must begin to realize​ ​that people are left with a lifetime ​of ​scars and suppressed memories as a result of living in this environment.

This issue is extremely personal to me and so many people I've met throughout my life. Again, this is far beyond the boundaries of a political campaign and responsible news coverage. There are times when you have to take a stand, and that's what I'm doing. I made it out of this environment but there are still plenty of people that need help. Trust me I get it. Don't let anyone dismiss or minimize your pain.

This is not the first time the Denver Post has acted this way in order to help Senator Bennet. In 2010, their main political reporter was carrying on a romantic relationship with a member of Senator Bennet's staff, and they never bothered to disclose it.

In closing: there is nothing to win here: The Denver Post does not have anything I want. I am not seeking their endorsement, or their approval. And I am not going to participate with them in the charade that they are an objective news outlet, nor will I attend any debate where they send a moderator.
They are not objective, and I'm not going to pretend otherwise.
After all, what's the worst thing they can do? Write biased stories about me?

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Glenn bows out of Denver debate

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 12:22 PM

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After an August 28 story in The Denver Post about Darryl Glenn's "failure to launch" his candidacy for U.S. Senate, Glenn has refused to participate in the Post's and Denver 7' s Senate debate, according to the Colorado Democratic Party and the Post.

He is willing to debate Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet at a Club 20-sponsored event in Grand Junction slated for Saturday, however.

Bennet has what the Denver Business Journal called last month "a commanding lead" in the polls. Bennet's fundraising also far surpasses Glenn's — by millions of dollars.

Glenn, an El Paso County commissioner, ran into a controversy in July when it was revealed that he was arrested for third-degree assault for striking his father at a bar in Colorado Springs when he was 18 years old, according to court documents. His dad, the late Ernest Glenn, also was charged. All charges later were dropped, and Glenn attended and graduated from the Air Force Academy.

Glenn at first denied he was charged and said he couldn't remember such an incident. He later said he grew up in a violent family and did recall the fight with help from his mom. 

Here's the Colorado Dems news release:
Denver, Colorado - On Monday, the Denver Post reported that Glenn will NOT participate in a proposed debate hosted by Denver Post/Denver7, two of the largest and most respected news organizations in the state.

The Denver Post has hosted a Senate debate featuring the major party nominees going back for the better part of two decades, at least. Glenn is the first candidate from either party to refuse the Post debate since at least 2002.

"Perhaps Darryl Glenn is finally realizing that his extreme policies won't resonate with Colorado voters, but by refusing to attend the Denver Post/Denver7 debate, he is depriving Coloradans an important opportunity to hear from the two candidates," said Chris Meagher, spokesman for the Colorado Democratic Party.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Want to see Brazile, Gingrich and Axelrod? You need tickets.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 11:22 AM

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Colorado College
has quite a lineup planned for its 2016 Sondermann Presidential Symposium and tickets are expected to be in high demand.

Speakers include:  Donna Brazile, interim chair of the Democratic National Committee; David Axelrod, former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama; and Newt Gingrich, a Republican strategist and the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

CC sent out instructions on securing tickets:

[T]ickets to the upcoming events will be available as follows at the Worner Information Desk in the Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Note that tickets are now required for the Donna Brazile event (Thursday, Sept. 1) and the David Axelrod event (Tuesday, Sept. 6).

• Donna Brazile: Publicly available tickets for Donna Brazile will be available tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 31. Any remaining tickets will be distributed at the door Thursday evening.

• David Axelrod: Publicly available tickets for David Axelrod will be available beginning Saturday, Sept. 3.

• Newt Gingrich: Publicly available tickets for Newt Gingrich will be available beginning Monday, Oct. 17. 

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Green Party presidential hopeful comes to Colorado

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 12:01 PM

Stein during an appearance on CNN.
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Looking for an alternative in the presidential race?

Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee, is stopping in Colorado Springs next weekend, and will make other stops in Colorado as well. There are 911 people registered with the Green Party in El Paso County, according to the Secretary of State's Office. Statewide, 8,612 people are Green Party registrants.

Hard to imagine why she's coming here, considering El Paso County is dominated by Republicans and the county GOP has enthusiastically endorsed Donald Trump, who is trailing Democrat Hillary Clinton in key battleground states, including Colorado, according to polls being reported by national media.

Here's her appearances:

Saturday, August 27
Acacia Park, 115 E Platte Ave, Colorado Springs
12 noon
Contact; Karyna Lemus, 719-360-9609

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
730 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs
Time: 1:30 pm
Contact; Karyna Lemus, 719-360-9609

Saturday, August 27
Avogadro’s Number, 605 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Time: 6:30 pm
Contact: Dave Bell, 480-332-0299

Sunday, August 28
Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205
Time: 1 pm
Amanda Trujillo, 503-501-8729

Sunday, August 28
Glen Miller Ballroom, CU Boulder Campus
Time: 7 pm
Lauren Brillante, 303-586-1577

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

CO voters will decide on at least four initiatives

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 2:35 PM

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This November, voters will be deciding on more than Hillary or Trump. They'll be changing Colorado law.

Four citizen-driven initiatives have been approved for the Colorado ballot thus far. Here's a quick round up of what you'll be voting on:

Amendment 69/ColoradoCare - ColoradoCare would amend the state Constitution to bring a tax-funded health insurance system to Colorado. Everyone not already covered under federal insurance like Medicare would be eligible for coverage, which would include copays for certain services but no deductibles. ColoradoCare would replace private insurance for Coloradans, though those who still want to purchase private insurance (while also paying the tax), would be free to do so.

An independent analysis by Colorado Health Institute estimates that ColoradoCare would bring in $36 billion in its first year and cover 4.4 million people. It would be run by a board of directors and would likely go into effect in 2019, after a preliminary period where it would charge a tax of .09 percent. When running, it would be funded mainly by a 10 percent income tax, two-thirds of which would be paid by employers, and one-third of which would be paid by employees. The self-employed would pay the full 10 percent tax.

Additionally, ColoradoCare would seek waivers to gain access to federal and state funds that currently flow into the health care system, including Medicaid dollars.

Minimum wage — This Constitutional amendment would raise the minimum wage from $8.31 an hour to $12 by 2020.

The campaign behind the ballot question, Colorado Families for a Fair Wage, claims that the change would effect nearly half a million workers, 86 percent of whom are over the age of 20. The Colorado Center on Law and Policy, which supports the ballot question, says that giving low-earning Coloradans a raise would not only better their personal lives, but the economy by putting “more money in the pockets of workers to spend in the state and helping communities thrive.”

Of course, not everyone is happy about the prospect of a higher minimum wage. The Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity Colorado released a statement claiming that raising the minimum wage won’t reduce poverty and will reduce the number of jobs in the state by tens of thousands.

Medical aid in dying — As the title suggests, this change to the Colorado Revised Statutes would allow a terminally ill, mentally-competent adult to obtain a prescription to end their life. The patient would need to be within six months of death, and would self-administer the lethal dose. There are protections written into the law to ensure the patient is mentally sound, and that they are choosing to terminate their life of their own free will.

Amending the Constitution — Interestingly, this Constitutional amendment aims to make it harder to amend the Constitution in the future. First, it would require more signatures to place a measure on the ballot, setting that figure at "at least two percent of the registered electors who reside in each state senate district for the amendment to be placed on the ballot."  
Once on the ballot, the amendment would need to be approved by 55 percent of the votes cast rather than a simple majority. 
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Clinton taps Salazar to chair transition

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 10:53 AM

Former U.S. Sen. and Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar has been tapped by the Hillary 
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Clinton presidential campaign to chair her transition team, The Denver Post reported. Salazar is former Secretary of the Department of the Interior.

From that story:
“Once Hillary Clinton makes history by being elected as the nation’s first woman President, we want to have a turnkey operation in place so she can hit the ground running right away,” Salazar said in a statement released Tuesday by the Clinton campaign.
Republican nominee Donald Trump has chosen New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to head his transition team.

In related news, The Post also reported that Trump added to his campaign team in Colorado, which includes Dylan Sparks in El Paso County. Sparks reportedly just finished high school and is starting his first semester this fall at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. His Facebook page says he worked on campaigns for Colorado lawmakers Larry Liston and Lois Landgraf and also was part of John Suthers "campaign staff" when he ran and was elected Colorado Springs mayor.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

New details about Trump's elevator escapade

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 10:40 AM

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Much has been made of Donald Trump's visit to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs last month. Now, Denver7 news has dug deeper and found some interesting backstory on the stuck elevator issue, as well as Trump's blaming the Springs fire marshal for not letting more people into his rally.
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Read the story here.

Meantime, we asked U.S. Senate candidate El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn what he thinks of the latest statement by Trump regarding 2nd Amendment supporters at a rally yesterday. Referring to Hillary Clinton's nomination of Supreme Court justices should she be elected, he said, "Nothing you can do folks, although the 2nd Amendment folks, maybe there is...I don't know."

The comment has been interpreted by some as a call to violence against the Democratic nominee. Others have argued Trump's opponents are spinning the statement wrongly.

The state Democratic Party had this to say in a news release:
“What does Donald Trump have to say or do to lose Darryl Glenn’s support?” said Chris Meagher, spokesman for the Colorado Democratic Party. “It wasn’t enough to make fun of a disabled reporter. It wasn’t enough to suggest that Mexicans were criminals and rapists. It wasn’t enough to say he would close off our country to entire religions. And it wasn’t enough to insult a Gold Star family. Now he has suggested that perhaps gun violence against his opponent would be an appropriate response to losing this election.

“Donald Trump is running for President. His latest comments are inappropriate and show once again is unfit to lead our country. The response by Darryl Glenn, who refuses to stand up to Trump’s dangerous rhetoric any more than the occasional slap on the wrist, is just as appalling. It's time for Darryl Glenn to show leadership and stand up against this hateful, dangerous rhetoric.”
We sent the Glenn campaign an email yesterday seeking a comment and haven't heard back. We'll update if and when we hear something.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Trump event at UCCS stirs controversy

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 2:14 PM

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will speak at 2 p.m. Friday at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' Gallogly Event Center.

Not everyone is happy about it.

In a letter released to the public, Chancellor Pam Shockley- Zalaback noted that, "Many faculty, staff, and students have expressed disappointment and anger at Mr. Trump's appearance on our campus." 

 It should be noted that UCCS, as a public university, cannot refuse to host a political event on the basis of preference for (or distaste for) a candidate. But many faculty at the university have signed on to a protest letter in advance of Trump's event. Both the faculty protest letter and a letter from the Chancellor explaining the decision to host the event are posted below after the jump:

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Darryl Glenn regains memory of assault charge, sort of

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 10:53 AM

Darryl Glenn, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, issued a statement Wednesday night, two weeks after the Independent reported he had been charged with assault when he was 18 and a senior at Doherty High School, and nearly two months after he first denied to the Indy in a June 1 email that he knew nothing about the charge and, in fact, was never charged.
Ernest Glenn's photo from his grave stone. His son, Darryl, now describes him as an abuser, though he's capitalized on his father's military service as part of his Senate campaign. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Ernest Glenn's photo from his grave stone. His son, Darryl, now describes him as an abuser, though he's capitalized on his father's military service as part of his Senate campaign.

Before issuing the statement, Glenn denied the charge, insisting he'd never had that type of contact with police. After the Indy and the Denver Post posted stories Tuesday containing details from court records, Glenn changed his tune. Find the Indy's story here, including reference to court records about his father, Ernest Glenn. That report is the only one so far to outline the charges against his dad that arose from the same incident that gave rise to the charge against the Senate candidate.

Now, Glenn says his mother, Juanita Phillips, helped him recall the incident.

The Glenn campaign has repeatedly noted Ernest Glenn was a career Air Force member, as the candidate himself is.

Pick up the Indy next week, Aug. 3, for more information about Glenn's past. 

His prepared statement:
I​ have been asked to respond to allegations about a misdemeanor charge from over 32 years ago.

I am going to say a lot here, but I want to say a few things up front:

I told the truth when I said I have never been arrested. I have never been handcuffed or fingerprinted. I have never appeared in court as a defendant.
I do not remember much about the night of Nov. 20, 1983. I understand that my dad made a complaint against me, but it was dropped nearly immediately—which is why I never knew about it.
Like a lot of Colorado families, we had to deal with domestic violence growing up.
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  • Glenn: Says he suffered family violence growing up.
Family Context:

I understand why some people might say, “How can he not remember something like this?”
​​I want to do my best to explain that: the painful truth is that my parents’ marriage was violent. This was not the first night my father attacked my mother, and maybe more sadly, this wasn’t the worst time it happened—not even close.

When you grow up in a violent home, the fights, the screaming, the pain all blur together. To survive, you block as much of it out of your head as you can in the moment. You try to forget it going forward. What happened that night was one in a long series of incidents between my parents. In that sense, it was not really memorable.

November 20, 1983

Here's what I do know now about that night: My father hit my mother, and I got between them to try and protect her. The police were called. He claimed to the police that I hit him. I do not believe I ever hit him. My mother swears I did not hit him either, but it wouldn't have been beyond him at the time to claim I did. I do not remember ever talking to a police officer. I certainly do not remember signing anything for the police.

Trying all these years later to piece together what we learned this week, I think it’s likely that the police showed up and took everyone’s information. I think my dad initially wanted to press charges that night and a report was filed. I know that a few weeks later my mother and I were called into a meeting in a Judge’s chambers. He asked us a few questions and then sent us home. That’s the last thing we definitively know.

I only have these details now because of what my mother told me this past week. In fact, this was the very first time we’d spoken about that evening in the 32 years since it happened. It’s probably hard to understand this unless you grew up in the kind of environment that I did.

This was a very hard period for my dad and I. We barely spoke in the years that followed. With that said, I am deeply grateful that towards the end of his life we were able to reconcile.

Years later, when a reporter asked me if I had ever been arrested, I said no because I honestly did not remember this event. When I expressed a belief that I had never been arrested, I was being honest.


I did not plan to talk about the violence I grew up with in this campaign. I did not want to put my mother through reliving the agony of this period in our lives, and honestly, I did not want to have to relive it myself. I do not like thinking about this time in our lives. I do not like talking about it.

Over the last day or so, Mom and I both have shed a lot of tears talking about that night, trying to make sense of what happened. I wish I had done more to protect her. She wishes she had done more to protect me.

I want to use this moment to remind people that our family’s story is not unique. In Colorado, more than 17,000 people are victims of domestic violence every year.

We have to do so much better. We have to stop the cycle of violence affecting so many of our communities. We have to love each other.

These are painful memories for me, but I am blessed. I got free of the violence. My dad and I were able to rebuild our relationship before he passed away.

As a kid, there was not much I could do to stop the violence in our home. When I got older, as a father, I did everything I could to raise my children with a father that loved them, protected them and made them feel safe.

In our family, we’ve stopped the cycle of violence. I pray the same for other Colorado families confronting abuse in the home. They need to know they are not alone, that they do not need to be ashamed, and that there is help for them.
Glenn, an El Paso County commissioner, is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Great speeches trump discord at DNC

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 9:26 AM

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With shouts of "Bernie or Bust" in the background, Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke to 1,500 of his delegates to the Democratic National Convention on Monday morning, laying out his argument for the election of Hillary Clinton as an alternative to Donald Trump.

Bernie continued that theme in his address to the convention Monday evening on national TV. He pointed to the huge impact his supporters had on the Democratic Party platform and party rules, including the creation of a party Unity Reform Commission to improve the caucus and primary system.
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This is my third DNC in a row and has had the most raucous debates on the floor of any I have attended. Supporters for both candidates interrupted proceedings with chants for their candidate, and a faction of Sanders supporters continually interrupted speakers they didn’t agree with, including Bernie himself.
Recent problems with the Democratic National Committee have only added fuel to this fire.

Despite our differences, by in large, supporters for both candidates are most alarmed about the possibility of a President Trump, and my discussions with delegates on both sides indicate Democrats will come together this fall.

The disagreements we are having are based more on issues and party process than the hate speech and personal attacks shown by the Republicans is Cleveland. One Bernie delegate described the DNC, using the old street demonstrators' chant, “This is what Democracy looks like.”

Later in the night, First Lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Cory Booker and Bernie himself brought the convention to its feet with their speeches, and most of the disruption turned to applause.
  • Courtesy Mike Maday
Tuesday morning, the Colorado delegation met and I cast my vote for the third time for the Democratic nominee for president. After a very emotional speech by state Rep. Joe Salazar, a leader of the Colorado Sanders delegation urging us to do so, I was proud to cast my vote for Bernie for president and look forward to supporting Hillary as the convention concludes and we move into the fall.
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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Heading for the DNC in Philadelphia

Posted By on Sun, Jul 24, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Mike Maday
  • Mike Maday
What does a delegate to the Democratic National Convention read on the journey there, as I ride coach with Gov. John Hickenlooper? I’m reading The Summer of 1787 by David O. Stewart, which chronicles the Constitutional Convention 229 years ago, when delegates sweltered for four months in the Philadelphia summer of 1787.

That convention, marred by controversy and mired in conflict, brought forth one of most revolutionary results in the history of human government.

The 2016 DNC will be four sweltering days in length, but so far it appears to be taking on the tenor of the Convention of 1787. The divisions then were over the power of the large states and the small states, checks and balances that formed the foundation of our republic and the existence of slavery in a country founded on the principle of freedom.

As in 1787, Democrats meet now as a divided body. We will be grappling with issues about how to structure the Democratic Party moving forward, the planks of our platform and, of course, nominating the Democratic candidate for president of the United States.

Speculation, intrigue and threats of a walkout were rampant in 1787, and Democrats this year will be dealing with Wikileaks, media talking heads and threats of a walkout.

As in 1787, there will be many opportunities for socializing with our fellow delegates, beginning Sunday night at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and continuing with breakfasts, luncheons and parties throughout the week.

There are some differences. In 1787, delegates suffered without air conditioning or cheesesteaks, although the madeira was outstanding and without GMOs.

Business starts at 8 a.m. Eastern time Monday with a breakfast address to the Colorado delegation by Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota and an afternoon meeting for us Sanders delegates with Bernie. Gavel down on the main event is 4 p.m. EDT (2 p.m. Colorado time).

I’m just hoping we come out of Philly with a result that honors the convention that preceded us and brings our country together.
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Local DNC (and Sanders) delegate speaks out before his journey

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 10:45 AM

  • Mike Maday
Mike Maday, a Colorado Springs resident and prominent activist in the Democratic party, has agreed to provide the Independent with some reports next week as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

But after watching the Republicans this week, capped by Donald Trump's acceptance speech Thursday night, Maday felt compelled to file his first thoughts before making the weekend trip to Philly. His observations:

Now that the Republican National Convention dumpster fire has burned out, I’m looking forward to representing Colorado Springs as a Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week. The RNC in Cleveland was a crazy mixture of anger, hate, bigotry, disorganization and no new ideas.

Good speeches articulating a conservative vision that, by the way, I disagree with, but were clear statements of conservative principles, were ignored or booed.

In my geeky prep for the RNC, I listened to Tricky Dick Nixon’s acceptance speech from 1968 in Miami Beach and it sounded like he had the same speech writer as Trump: “I am the law and order candidate!”

Democrats get together next week to articulate a very different philosophy that supports individual freedom but also honors the importance of our obligations to each other and the fact that we are always stronger together.

Democrats have a had a very spirited nomination process. I’m looking forward to voting for Bernie Sanders at the DNC and supporting Hillary Clinton to beat Trump in the fall. While Bernie and Hillary disagreed on some issues, Democrats overwhelmingly see eye to eye on nearly all the important ones.

This is my third DNC in a row. The DNC is a lot more diverse, star-studded, intellectually stimulating and uplifting than the RNC. But the main reason those of us elected as delegates are going to Philly is to launch the effort to stop Trump and his hatred. I’m looking forward to helping with this effort, adding to my button collection and to blogging about what I see from the floor of the convention and the streets of Philly next week.

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