Cynthia Coffman is Just Not Good at This

“Better Late Than Never” is not a recommended campaign slogan.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has almost been running for Governor for an entire month now. She’s still not getting any better at this politics thing.

We’ve talked before in this space about Coffman’s amazingly-terrible campaign for Governor, and the Colorado Independent gives us yet another example this week:

Days after it was reported that Cynthia Coffman, who is running for governor in Colorado, was one of only two Republican attorneys general who hadn’t signed a letter in support of an NRA-backed law to allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry hidden guns in any state, she said she supports it.

“Better late than never,” said David Kopel, a Colorado attorney who has written books and articles about gun laws and the Second Amendment and supports the federal legislation.

The U.S. House could vote on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act this week, just around the five-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook mass school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and as advocates for more regulation of firearms are holding vigils around the nation. The proposed law, which is a top priority for the National Rifle Association, would expand concealed carry rights from state to state.

As the Independent notes, the Salt Lake Tribune published a story on Saturday about Utah’s Republican Attorney General signing onto this letter to Congressional leaders in support of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. The Tribune story reported that Coffman and Tennessee Attorney General Henry Slatery were the only two Republican AGs in the entire country who did not sign their names to the letter.

Someone with Coffman’s campaign apparently noticed this omission, and on Sunday Coffman sent off her own letter in support of the NRA-backed legislation. On Monday, Coffman promoted the letter from her personal/campaign Twitter account:

The Independent writes that Coffman spokesperson Annie Skinner did not respond to an email asking why Coffman didn’t just sign onto the original letter dated December 1. If form holds, Coffman’s campaign will likely get back to the Independent sometime next week.

Ex-Colorado GOP Chair’s Vote Fraud Trial Underway

Former Colorado GOP chairman Steve Curtis.

The latest episode of Colorado Republican True Crime Stories™ picks up from a courtroom in Weld County, as KDVR FOX 31’s Rob Low reports:

Just weeks before the 2016 presidential election, Steve Curtis told his radio listeners, “Virtually every case of voter fraud that I can remember in my lifetime was committed by Democrats or do I not have the facts?”

Now Curtis, the chairman of Colorado’s Republican party in the late 1990s and a former talk show host for KLZ-560 AM, is on trial in a Weld County courtroom, charged with felony forgery [and] misdemeanor election fraud.

The 58-year-old is accused of forging his ex-wife’s signature on her 2016 mail-in ballot after the couple divorced and she moved to South Carolina.

The latest reports shed more light on the case against former Colorado Republican Party chairman Steve Curtis, who appears to have been turned in for election fraud by his ex-wife after she contacted Weld County to find out how to cast her ballot–only to be told she already had. This evidently didn’t sit well with the former Mrs. Curtis, who was given a chance to make her estranged husband’s life miserable she could not refuse.

For everybody else, it’s another chance to make the point that Colorado Republicans seem to be the only people who actually commit election fraud in Colorado–which makes their endless hand-wringing about supposed “Democrat election fraud” awfully curious.

Crime in general for that matter. It’s a bit unsettling.

BREAKING: John Conyers Out Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Rep. John Conyers (D).

A big development today in the ongoing cultural struggle over sexual harassment in the halls of celebrity and power–Democratic Rep. John Conyers, one of the nation’s longest-serving representatives and a civil-rights movement icon, will retire under a cloud as The Hill reports:

Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), who for weeks has been the target of sexual misconduct allegations, announced on Tuesday that he will retire from the House.

Conyers, the lower chamber’s current longest-serving member, told a Detroit-area radio station that he is endorsing his son, John Conyers III, for his seat.

He said he was “retiring today.”

“This too shall pass. And I want you to know that my legacy will continue through my children,” John Conyers told host Mildred Gaddis.

He has remained defiant in the face of the accusations and insisted during the radio appearance that his “legacy can’t be compromised or diminished” by the allegations.

It’s tough to summarize the contributions of Rep. Conyers over the course of decades in a single sentence, but we’re sorry to say that how a man treats women he deals with professionally must inevitably affect his legacy. In fact, the only way the lesson can be learned that no one is above accountability…is for no one to be above accountability.

And if there’s any justice, it’s not going to stop with John Conyers.

Tuesday Open Thread

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”

–Soren Kierkegaard

At Least He’s Not Your County GOP Treasurer

UPDATE: The Chieftain notes in an updated version of the story that Fogg was arrested in El Salvador on November 17.

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Jeff “Boss” Fogg

One word of caution–if you live in Pueblo County, as the Chieftain reports, the above doesn’t apply to you. Because, unfortunately:

An arrest warrant has been issued for former Pueblo County Republican Treasurer Jeff Fogg after he didn’t appear in court Nov. 16 for a pre-trial hearing on felony charges that he allegedly stole more than $20,000 from the county party between April 2013 and July 2015…

Fogg, 50, was scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 11, but he is reportedly out of the country. He owns property in El Salvador.

Fogg was the target of complaints by local Republican officers in July 2015 after they pressed him for an accounting of the party bank account. They claimed there was evidence Fogg had emptied the account but replenished it the day of their examination.

Jeff Fogg might have dropped some money back into the Pueblo County Republican Party’s bank account on the sly, but the Chieftain reports further examination of the party’s books found evidence that Fogg pocketed between $20,000 and $100,000–which we expect is enough to buy a pretty nice hidey-hole in El Salvador! That nation technically has an extradition treaty with the United States, but apparently not a very good one.

It’s not the first time a Colorado county Republican Party has had a problem with party officers using the organization’s finances as a slush fund. Back in 2011, Larimer County GOP chairman Larry Carillo pleaded no contest to felony theft charges after relieving the party of between $17,000 and $35,000 to support his swinging gambler lifestyle. You might remember that fines related to Carillo’s case against the county party were partly offset by a fundraiser featuring then-Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who at one point had been set to appear in a dunk tank to raise money to cover the fines.

If it was our donations walking away like this, we wouldn’t find that very funny.

Oil & Gas Exec: North Fork Farmers are “Eco-Elitists”

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Personal Attacks and Attempts to Discredit Critics Likely to Backfire on Industry

Anyone that follows my work, here at ColoradoPols or IRL, is likely to know I am an environmentalist, activist, and outspoken about my opinions. I’m even being harassed with a SLAPP action by a Texas-based oil and gas company, that wants to drill in the North Fork Valley where I live, and that didn’t like me posting in a Facebook comment what was being widely reported elsewhere. But I’m not one to be backed-down by bullies. So I’ve kept at it.

Fall comes to the North Fork. Photo by EcoFlight.

Two months ago, I wrote a blog here, on The Wilderness Society including the North Fork Valley as among 15 places on America’s public lands that are“Too Wild To Drill” in its report with that name.

The North Fork of the Gunnison River makes its way out of Colorado’s wild forests in the Thompson Divide area, through the fertile North Fork Valley, finally joining the mighty Gunnison River just after it roars out of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

Locally referred to as the North Fork, this river emerges from some of Colorado’s most spectacular high-country wildlands and sustains a thriving farming and ranching community and Colorado’s highest concentration of organic farms.

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Daily D’oh: Is the President Allowed to Obstruct Justice?

There is so much breaking news lately on the ever-widening allegations about Russian ties to the Trump campaign that it can be difficult to keep track of everything. With that in mind, we’ve created what we’re calling “The Daily D’oh!” to help you stay up-to-date on President Trump and the rest of the White House staff as more news emerges about Russia, James ComeyRobert Mueller, special investigations and everything else related to this ongoing crisis…

 

♦ Trump Tweets Himself Into Trouble

President Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to comment on the news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had pled guilty to lying to the FBI as part of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. From the Washington Post:

On Saturday, Trump tweeted this about his former national security adviser: “I had to fire General (Michael) Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI.

Legal experts said this could be used as evidence that the president was trying to obstruct justice when he allegedly asked James Comey to take it easy on Flynn and then, when he didn’t, fired him as FBI director.

On Sunday, Trump’s personal lawyer claimed responsibility for writing the tweet — which he called sloppy. John Dowd clarified that the president knew in late January that Flynn had probably given FBI agents the same inaccurate account he provided to Vice President Pence about a call with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

“Dowd said the information was passed to Trump by White House counsel Donald McGahn, who had been warned about Flynn’s statement to the vice president by a senior Justice Department official,” Carol D. Leonnig, John Wagner and Ellen Nakashima reported last night. “A person close to the White House involved in the case termed the Saturday tweet ‘a screw-up of historic proportions’ that has ‘caused enormous consternation in the White House.’

♦ It’s Cool, Because Trump is Totally Allowed to Obstruct Justice

Team Trump floated an interesting legal theory in an interview with Axios.com on Monday:

John Dowd, President Trump’s outside lawyer, outlined to me a new and highly controversial defense/theory in the Russia probe: A president cannot be guilty of obstruction of justice.

The “President cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution’s Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case,” Dowd claims.

♦ Wait, Really?

There may not be a completely clear answer on whether the President of the United States is actually allowed to obstruct justice, but legal experts doubt that idea:

From CNN:

Whether a president can be criminally charged — for any offense — has never been tested in the courts. But presidents have been subject to obstruction-of-justice charges in impeachment proceedings. And there is no question that a president can be removed for, as the US Constitution dictates, any “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Unlike a criminal case heard by a judge or jury, impeachment is a political process that comes down to votes: a majority in the US House of Representatives to impeach and a two-thirds vote of the US Senate to convict. Yet both sets of proceedings can follow the kind of special counsel investigation now underway. Comparisons to the Nixon scandal have been rife recent months. In Watergate, Nixon was not criminally charged but was named as an unindicted co-conspirator and pressured to resign with impeachment charges looming.

Which leads us back to that Axios.com story:

Remember: The Articles of Impeachment against Nixon began by saying he “obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice.”

And per a different story from the Washington Post, we may be close to answering this thorny question one way or the other:

Of course, no president has actually been removed from office via impeachment, so this is still a legal question that is unresolved. That means whatever the answer, Trump could be the one to answer it thanks to his own missteps.

“For years, professors have engaged in a type of professorial parlor game of unanswered questions ranging from the definition of ’emoluments’ to prosecuting a president in office to charging a president with obstruction,” Constitutional expert Jonathan Turley said.

He added: “To its great peril, the Trump administration seems intent on answering each of these questions.”

Alrighty, then.

Judy Reyher’s Collateral Damage Piles Up

Judy Reyher.

Michael Harriot of nationally prominent African-American publication The Root introduced his substantial audience to the newest member of the Colorado General Assembly, Judy Reyher, on Friday–and from what you already know about Rep.-designate Reyher, you can imagine that it went really well!

A Colorado woman whose Facebook page insinuated that former President Barack Obama faked his birth certificate, said that author Toni Morrison hated white people, wondered why Muslims come to “our country,” and called Michelle Obama “evil personified” and “one of the biggest racist ever to live” was recently punished for her views by … wait for it … receiving an appointment to represent the citizens of her state in the Colorado Legislature…

Despite dubious evidence like an actual birth certificate and newspaper archives, Becky with the crows’ feet was one of the many people who believed that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States: “It’s never been proven that he was born in the United States,” Reyher said. “Six months later, they conjure up a birth certificate, and we’re all supposed to fall for it. It would take me five minutes to come up with mine.”

I agree with Reyher’s stance because, until I see her birth certificate, I am inclined to believe that she was spawned from the particularly wrinkled left side of Satan’s scrotum. I am, however, disinclined to trust her opinion of black people in general. [Pols emphasis]

Ouch. Meanwhile, the Pueblo Chieftain’s managing editor Steve Henson has apparently realized that Reyher is bad for the Arkansas Valley’s reputation, hitting Reyher hard in a column this weekend unusually strong for a Republican-leaning paper:

Sorry, but this isn’t about left and right, Democrat or Republican, and it isn’t some “Saul Alinsky playbook” conspiracy. This is about human decency and respect for all people. Racism is racism and has nothing to do with political leanings or party affiliation…

It obviously was naive to think such a thing, but it’s clear we were wrong to think, to hope, that racism had gone away in the 50-some years since the Civil Rights Movement.

No, in 2017, racism is very much alive. And it’s alive in our backyard. [Pols emphasis]

As word of the controversy over Reyher’s appointment to the Colorado legislature spreads, the so-far refusal of Colorado Republican leadership–either legislative leaders like Minority Leader Patrick Neville or state party chairman Jeff Hays–to intervene on behalf of the Republican brand going into an election year risks doing electoral damage well beyond the confines of House District 47. Hays’ toothless expression of “disagreement and displeasure” through a party spokesperson is nowhere near adequate, and Reyher’s unrepentant presence in the headlines is helping saddle the local Republican Party with the national party’s distasteful post-Trump reputation with each passing day.

At some point, we may just have to conclude they deserve it.

Anti-choice Leaders Are Angry about a Pregnancy Prevention Program that’s Lowered Teen Abortion Rate by 64 Percent

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IUD.

Colorado officials and pro-abortion advocates are ecstatic over new statistics showing that the teen abortion rate has dropped 64 percent in Colorado over eight years, due mostly to a state-run program offering free or low-cost intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants to women. Teen pregnancies are down 54 percent.

As I reported in a Rewire post today, both statistics are in line with previously reported results from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) family planning initiative. From Rewire:

The figures are a continuation and improvement on impressive results, but state officials were particularly excited about an independent study, conducted this year by the University of Colorado, confirming the state’s family planning initiative potentially saved state and federal programs more than $65 million in labor and delivery costs, other health care, food stamps, and other assistance for women and families from 2009 through 2015.

“This is one of the biggest public-health home runs that I’ve seen in my 35-year public-health career,” Dr. John Douglas, director of the Tri-County Health Department, which has six clinics in three Colorado counties, told The Denver Post. “The work that’s happened is really striking.”

Democratic state lawmakers, who protected state funding for the program from GOP attacks, would likely agree, as would at least one Republican, State Sen. Don Coram of Durango.

But most Republican lawmakers, as well as anti-choice activists, greeted the news with dismay, despite the drop in the abortion rate. That’s because they think the birth control used in the program causes fertilized eggs, also called zygotes, to be destroyed.

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Two NRSC Staffers Resign Over Donor List Theft Allegations

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) and longtime advisor Chris Hansen.

A little more than a week ago, we drew your attention to this brewing scandal facing Sen. Cory Gardner and his leadership of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). As we said at the time, accusations that NRSC staffers stole fundraising lists from their counterparts at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) put Gardner in a very awkward position:

Whether or not Gardner is publicly blamed for this colossal mistake is not entirely relevant at this point — the whispers among Republican donors will be devastating. Gardner is about to find himself leaving a lot of voicemail messages that will never be returned.

Betraying major donors is a cardinal sin in politics. It’s not hyperbole to say that this could ultimately end Gardner’s career.

When Politico first reported on this, the story included a quote from Chris Hansen, the NRSC’S Executive Director and former Chief of Staff to Sen. Gardner, who rejected the claim in no uncertain terms:

“This is utter nonsense. The NRSC and the NRCC have a close working relationship and at the end of the day, our shared goal is growing our majorities for years to come.”

If you believe Hansen’s claim that this story is “utter nonsense,” then you’re going to be a bit confused by today’s update from Politico:

Two fundraising staffers for the National Republican Senatorial Committee who broke into the computer servers of the House GOP campaign arm resigned late last week, Republican sources told POLITICO. [Pols emphasis]

The staffers, Laura Kleffner and Krista Madaio, had previously worked at the National Republican Congressional Committee. Three Republican sources said last week that the NRSC aides used their old NRCC passwords to collect information on more than 200,000 donors. The digital break-in infuriated NRCC officials when they became aware of it in October.

The NRSC and NRCC both declined to comment.

If this story is indeed much ado about nothing, then apparently two NRSC fundraising staffers resigned last week for no reason whatsoever. That seems like an improbable coincidence.

According to Politico, the NRSC’s list theft “has been the talk of GOP donor circles in recent weeks,” so we’d expect that there is plenty more to come here.

 

It’s Official, Cory Gardner: Roy Moore Won’t Be Expelled

UPDATE: President Trump is now “all in” on supporting Moore, as CNN reports:

President Donald Trump fully endorsed Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore on Twitter Monday morning.

Trump had hesitated to throw his full support behind the embattled Republican candidate in the wake of explosive accusations against him. His tweet Monday comes as recent polls show a close race…

…Moore expressed gratitude for Trump’s public support, which comes eight days before the special election.

“Thankful for President Trump’s support. The America First agenda will #MAGA. Can’t wait to help him #DrainTheSwamp. #ALSEN” he tweeted.

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Roy Moore, Cory Gardner.

Politico reporting, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is sounding the retreat from previous statements that accused child molester Roy Moore should be expelled from the U.S. Senate in the event he wins the December 12th special election in Alabama–leaving Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, whose National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) pulled support from Moore and who also called for Moore to be expelled if he wins…

We believe the correct description is “with his ass hanging in the breeze.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday shifted his tone on allowing Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore to serve in the Senate if elected.

Multiple women have accused Moore, who is facing Democrat Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 special election to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, of making sexual advances on them when they were teenagers. When the allegations first appeared, McConnell said he believed the women and said Moore should drop out of the contest.

“I’m going to let the people of Alabama make the call,” McConnell said on ABC’s “This Week.” He said he thought the Senate Ethics Committee would handle the allegations against Moore if he is elected: “The ethics committee will have to consider the matters that have been litigated in the campaign should that particular candidate win.”

That’s well short of a vote to expel, of course–and just like Cory Gardner quietly ate his words after calling for now-President Donald Trump to pull out of the presidential race last October, you can now officially start the vigil for Gardner to commence backpedaling on Roy Moore as well. It would be preferable to see reporters track that change as it occurs, rather than allowing him to “go dark” for the next week and issue the inevitable “everybody should have the opportunity to live down pedophilia” statement once Moore’s accession to the U.S. Senate is a fait accompli.

These signals coming from the highest Republicans in the land that they are ready to capitulate to Moore are the best tacit support they can possibly give Moore and his embittered hard-right base. With over a week left before the election for this reality to be absorbed by Alabama voters, Moore’s election–and the greatest moral moment of truth for Republicans since Trump himself–is once again the most likely scenario.

There is of course the possibility that Gardner could surprise us, but we have no reason to expect it.

At this point, absolutely none.

Weekend Open Thread

“Magic trick: to make people disappear, ask them to fulfill their promises.”

–Mason Cooley

Sorry Republicans, Judy Reyher Is Your New JoAnn Windholz

UPDATE: Rep.-designate (we think that’s the right term because she hasn’t been ‘elected’ despite what she says below) Judy Reyher fires off a fresh statement signaling clearly that she’s not going anywhere:

The people elected a fighter, and I am proud to say I am that fighter. I will fight back against the smears, I will fight back against the lies, and moving forward, I will be fighting in Colorado’s capitol as an advocate for more liberty and freedom in our great state.

When I decided to run for the vacant seat in House District 47, I fully expected a fight from the very moment I announced my candidacy. Sadly, everything I anticipated has come true. I am here today to inform all the hate-filled left-wingers that I am not backing down and will serve the great people of my district with both distinction and fervor.

In less than a week, Democrats across the entire country have left me dozens of vile and disgusting messages of hate. I would share these, but they are so distasteful they are barely worth dignifying with a response. The far left is so desperate to win my seat that they have concocted a ridiculous narrative of racism and hate. This is straight out of the Saul Alinsky playbook and shows the far left’s true colors of divisiveness and hate.

Those who have read the comments can plainly see that my responses were always thorough disgust of the left’s modus operandi in creating a vicious political atmosphere filled with division and strife. With nothing else in my experience to be grasped by them and with emotional immaturity, good Americans long ago came to expect this behavior from a morally bankrupt movement. Out-of-state groups are now using their own hate and vile manners in a blatant attempt to discredit anyone seen in opposition to their liberal position. These attacks are ridiculous, desperate, and I know voters will see through it as more garbage and divisiveness.

I am a proud 5th generation Coloradoan and an American who will dutifully serve all of my fellow Coloradoans with class and distinction. My record will reflect those values that we all hold dear. I make this commitment to all of you. I will also be working for all who live in my district. Anything less is a capitulation to the latest ridiculous ploy by the left.

Judy Reyher
Colorado State Representative-elect

Again she has not been ‘elected’ in the according-to-Hoyle sense of the word, but as you can see soon-to-be Rep. Reyher doesn’t have have time for your little technicalities. She’s headed to the Capitol, and there’s not a thing GOP leadership or either half of former President Obama can do about it.

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Judy Reyher.

As Ernest Luning of the former Colorado Statesman reports–the possibility that straight-up racist highly controversial Rep.-designate Judy Reyher of the Arkansas River valley agricultural town of Swink, appointed this week to replace outgoing Rep. Clarice Navarro in House District 47, might be quickly swept under the rug via a challenge to the vacancy committee vote to appoint her appears to be dwindling:

Reyher was having none of it.

“The secretary and the teller committee certified the vote,” she told Colorado Politics after learning about the challenge from a reporter. “It was a secret ballot. End of story. She’s mad that she lost, so she’s going to cause a ruckus for no reason — she doesn’t understand what the words ‘secret ballot’ mean. It’s just sour grapes.”

Jace Ratzlaff, Navarro’s husband and one of the vacancy committee members, was furious when he learned Axworthy had shared with GOP officials and the media what he considered a private text message assuring her he’d voted for her. While he declined to reveal how he’d cast his secret ballot — “it would diminish the process,” Ratzloff said Tuesday night — he called it “unfortunate” that Axworthy was challenging the result.

“Judy won. Tamra did not win. They are both fine ladies, but in every election there is a winner and there is a loser. And I take offense to the fact that someone is contesting a vacancy committee that was held where all the I’s were dotted and all the T’s were crossed. This is a case of sour grapes,” Ratzlaff told Colorado Politics. “Now that I know that Tamra shared a personal text message, I would absolutely have reconsidered my allegiance.”

The story of Judy Reyher’s disastrous interview with the Denver Post, in which she happily restated many of the looniest items she had ever posted to her Facebook page (and as our friend Jason Salzman reported over a year ago, they were pretty damn looney)–and flat-out told the reporter on the record that black people “hate white people with a passion”–is quickly going national. Despite this, Colorado Republican leadership including the minority leadership in the Colorado House have failed to offer anything other than token condemnation in response–certainly no public indication of pressure for Reyher to withdraw before she is sworn in shortly as a GOP state representative.

This has of course happened before–and recently. In the immediate aftermath of the domestic terror attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs in November of 2015, then-Rep. JoAnn Windholz blamed Planned Parenthood for the violence in unambiguous terms on social media. Windholz later deleted the post from Facebook but never apologized; and her defeat in the following election, as well as brand damage that helped Colorado Democrats grow their House majority in 2016 against the tide of a “GOP wave,” can be attributed to the failure by House GOP leadership to take swift action against Windholz.

Well, folks, here we go again! How many seats will Rep. Reyher be worth to Democrats in 2018?

Tax Bill, like a Trump Initiative backed by CO Lawmaker, Advances Personhood Abortion Ban

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The Republican tax bill is being stuffed with provisions that go way beyond taxes, including language that for the first time recognizes fertilized eggs (zygotes) in federal law.

The bill allows parents to set up education accounts for an “unborn child” or “child in utero,” defined as “a member of the species Homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.”

Coloradans will recognize the bill’s language as reflecting the wording of “personhood” abortion bans, which aimed to give legal rights to zygotes and thereby turning an abortion into a murder.

Personhood laws would also likely ban some forms of birth control, as courts have accepted arguments for anti-abortion activists that some contraception has the potential to destroy a zygote.

Personhood amendments were overwhelmingly defeated here in 20082010, and 2014.

Despite the losses, the personhood concept has the support of some Colorado Republicans, like U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who co-sponsored federal personhood legislation when he was a member of the U.S. House and did not withdraw his support from the bill during his campaign for U.S. Senate in 2014.

Gardner has already backed the GOP tax bill in committee.

At the Colorado Capitol, Republicans introduced personhood bills in recent years, with the lead sponsors of this year’s bill being State Representatives Stephen Humphrey of Eaton and Kim Ransom of Lone Tree and State Sen. Tim Neville of Littleton.

What do personhood backers in Colorado think of Trump’s effort to enshrine personhood in federal law?

On his Facebook page, Colorado State Rep. Tim Leonard of Evergreen, a longtime personhood supporter and co-sponsor of the 2017 state personhood bill, recently lauded Trump for taking pro-personhood steps within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Trump’s HHS took what Snopes calls a “radical departure” from previous administrations, both Republican an Democratic, in including language in planning documents defining human life as “beginning at conception.”

Such a definition of a person comports the wording of Colorado’s personhood amendments and legislation, as well as the language of the Republican tax plan under consideration in the U.S. Senate.

“This changes the political (and monetary) landscape of HHS, and is a major needed change to turn toward of Culture of Life from Obama’s Culture of Death!,” wrote Leonard on Facebook.

“Donald Trump is turning out to be the most pro-life President we have had for a very long time. All because he uses common sense, puts Americans first, and could care less about the lukewarmness of political correctness,” added Leonard on Facebook.

A message left for Leonard to confirm his post and find out if he support the personhood language in the tax bill was not immediately returned.

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