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.Here are the endorsements:
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.
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.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.
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.”
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.
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.If Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is your candidate, there's an event planned for Friday. Here's the low down:
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."
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.
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DARRYL GLENN'S STATEMENT ON NOT SPEAKING WITH THE DENVER POST
(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?
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.
[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.
Saturday, August 27
Rally and March for PEACE, CLIMATE AND JUSTICE
Acacia Park, 115 E Platte Ave, Colorado Springs
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
“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.
“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.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.
“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.”
I have been asked to respond to allegations about a misdemeanor charge from over 32 years ago.Glenn, an El Paso County commissioner, is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.
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.
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.
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.