VIDEO: ‘Redistricting 2021’ Presentation by Colorado State Rep Matt Soper

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Last month, Colorado Politics’ Evan Wyloge broke the story of Rep. Matt Soper’s redistricting presentation, in which the legislator provided local Republican party officers and activists with alternate maps and testimony intended to keep him and at least one of his Western Slope colleagues in their current districts. Wyloge’s story and subsequent reporting covered Soper’s request to his audience that they never mention that he was the one providing their talking points, as well as his frustration with the consultants running the Colorado Neighborhood Coalition, the conservative lobbying group that he said was hired by the Colorado House & Senate Republicans. CNC lobbyist Alan Philp denied that claim and Soper retracted that statement, saying he was mistaken.

The Colorado Times Recorder has obtained video of Soper’s nearly hour-long July 18 presentation. It’s split into three videos. (Part 1, is here, Part 2 & Part 3 are embedded below within the full transcript.)

Hosted by longtime Aspen conservative activist Maurice Emmer, the virtual meeting also included Mesa County GOP Chair Kevin McCarney, Pitkin County GOP Vice Chair Frieda Wallison, and election fraud conspiracist Sherronna Bishop, who formerly served as Congresswoman Lauren Boebert’s campaign manager.

Two previously unreported sections are noteworthy, including Soper’s comments about specific commission members and his belief that the preliminary legislative map drawn by the commission’s nonpartisan staff was “gerrymandered” to favor Democrats.

Soper expressed concerns with four members of the state legislative commission: two Democrats from Steamboat and Aspen, and two recent CU Boulder graduates, one Republican and one Unaffiliated, whom he describes as “relatively new to the state.”

“What really concerns me is the two members on the legislative redistricting commission,” said Soper. “One is from Steamboat Springs, one is from Aspen; both are the two Democrats or I should say, two of the Democrats on the committee. We also have two recent graduates from CU Boulder who came out of different states. They’re relatively new to the state. One is a Republican, one is unaffiliated. This is also a bit concerning to me because they don’t necessarily know the history of the state or the geography or the culture. I’m going to emphasize geography and culture quite a bit in this presentation because the commission does not want to hear about we’ve we’ve always done it this way, so therefore we should continue to do it this way. I find that a persuasive argument that’s probably from being a lawyer in my background before I became a legislator.”

Robin Schepper of Steamboat and Blanca Uzeta O’Leary of Aspen are the first two members Soper flagged as problematic. His concerns are presumably based upon the fact that both members from CD3 are ski town Democrats. The Commission’s make-up was determined by a complex set of rules prioritizing geographic, congressional district, and partisan considerations following a lottery from a pool of self-selected applicants- i.e. people had to sign up in the first place.

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Congressman Lamborn’s Top Priority for Military Bill: Stopping Critical Race Theory

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In a Facebook post yesterday, Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) listed his five priorities for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual military budget bill. Topping the to-do list of the Representative whose district boasts the highest percentage of veterans in the nation: “Preventing the expansion of critical race theory in the military. Yesterday’s House Armed Services Committee mark-up hearing ran late into the night as members debated amendments to the NDAA.

Well over an hour of the 16-hour debate was devoted to amendment relating to critical race theory and diversity training, which Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA), a veteran and Naval Academy graduate, decried as “a waste of time and do not do a damn thing to improve our national security.” She called her colleagues proposing the amendments “completely unserious.”

Critical race theory is a collegiate and graduate school academic frame taught largely in law schools as a means of examining racial disparity throughout the American legal system. According to a Military Times report, “The only clear example of critical race theory being taught in the military is at the U.S. Military Academy.”

CRT simply isn’t taught to enlisted troops, but conservative media outlets and some members of Congress conflate it with basic diversity training common in any workplace, including the Armed Forces. In July U.S. Senator Tom Cotton railed against “CRT-influenced training which singles out troops based on skin color.”

Lamborn voted for a failed amendment offered by U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), which proposed banning critical race theory in any form not only from being taught to service members but also at “academic institutions operated or controlled by the Department of Defense.”

In an example of the conflation of CRT with general diversity training, Lamborn offered his own amendment that would require all diversity training to be conducted by a single Department of Defense office, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. He argued that this would allow all training to be uniform and to be reviewed by Congress.

Two other committee members, U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Lamborn’s Colorado colleague Jason Crow, a Democrat, both veterans, objected to the amendment. Khanna noted the unrealistic expectation that DEOMI could handle that volume of work, an argument supported by committee Chair Adam Smith, who predicted that Lamborn’s proposal would kill off approximately 90% of the military’s current diversity training programs. Crow cited his own experience as a platoon leader, explaining the importance of unit leaders having the ability to convene discussions on any topic creating tension among their troops.

Following the vote, Lamborn’s released a statement saying he was pleased to vote for the bill that, while “not perfect, will improve our national security. He cited numerous aspects of the bill that he supports but made no mention of the failed amendments addressing critical race theory or diversity training.

Lamborn’s press office did not immediately return an email request for comment. This article will be updated with any response received.

Arapahoe County Colorado GOP Official Has Promoted QAnon For Years

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Stills from Arapahoe GOP Secretary Navarro’s TikTok video of promoting QAnon at Trump’s Feb. 2020 rally in Colorado Springs.

 

On Jan. 19, the evening before Inauguration Day, Schumé Navarro, who is running for Cherry Creek School Board and was recently elected Secretary of the Arapahoe County Republican Party, recorded a video in which she promised her followers that the inevitable wouldn’t happen.

“I want you to know that Joe Biden — ‘President-Elect’ — is not going to become the President,” said Navarro. “This has been an ongoing coup that has been perpetrated by China. Everything — I’m talking about the virus. I’m talking the lockdowns.”

Over the course of a two-part video, Navarro continued to speak for over an hour, promoting a variety of conspiracy theories and quoting Bible verses.

“I’ve just been watchful and this has been the craziest ride I’ve ever been on,” said Navarro. “After that stuff happened, that’s when I fell on to the QAnon stuff and that has been given such a bad rep! And I say that and I feel people’s— ‘Ooo don’t say that!’ I feel people say that! I’m gonna tell you- I’ve held that lightly! I’ve held that like — let’s see, people say, ‘you’re a conspiracy theorist! No more conspiracy theories! I’m tired of conspiracy theories!’ You want to know what? You also have people who are like, ‘I believe science!’ Okay well, have you heard of the scientific method? What you do is you have a hypothesis or a theory. You state the theory and then you find facts that prove or disprove the theory. If they’re supporting things that prove it, then — it’s not a con –it’s like literally a conspiracy. It’s like I mean, it’s like legit. It’s a conspiracy.”

She recounted how she “fell into QAnon” by explaining that she began “doing research” online after she and her husband had fortuitously called off a planned trip to the 2017 Las Vegas country music festival that became the deadliest mass shooting in our nation’s history.

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Lauren Boebert Posts Unmasked Video Inside Denver Airport in Violation of Federal Law

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Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert posted a video from inside Denver’s airport on Monday morning. During the video she is not wearing a mask, in violation of federal law, which states that masks are to be worn at all times on airport property.

The Transportation Security Administration, charged with keeping people safe at airports, is responsible for enforcing the mask law. Denver International Airport’s website explains the law on its COVID safety page:

“While face masks have been required at DEN since May 2020, federal law now requires anyone over the age of 2, to wear a mask at all times in and on airport property. Failure to comply may result in removal from airport property and denial of re-entry. Refusing to wear a mask in or on the airport is a violation of federal law and individuals may be subject to penalties under federal law.”

Of the dozens of people walking past Boebert during her 40-second video, everyone who is close enough to have the front of their head visible appears to be wearing a mask.

In July Boebert gleefully tweeted that the Texas statehouse Democrats who were seen flying without masks “will now be known as #FugitiveSuperspreaders

She has called out Speaker Nancy Pelosi for failing to wear a mask in public.

Boebert’s press office did not immediately return an email request for comment. This article will be updated with any response received.

This article first appeared in the Colorado Times Recorder.

Citing ‘Censorship Idiots,’ CO GOP Group Won’t Remove Facebook Post Featuring QAnon & Proud Boys

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A spokesperson for a prominent Denver Metro Republican club says it won’t remove a post featuring the Proud Boys and QAnon from its Facebook page.

Formerly known as the North Suburban Republican Forum, the Forum has served as a local club of the Colorado GOP encompassing Adams County and the broader north metro region since 1995.

The meme features a photo originally taken by photojournalist John Rudoff of Proud Boy leaders Enrique Tarrio and Joe Biggs.

A QAnon logo, the words “Q Sent Me,” and the acronym “WWG1WGA,” which stands for the QAnon slogan “Where We Go One, We Go All” are superimposed the photo.

During the Trump administration, the FBI classified the conspiracy group QAnon as a “domestic terror threat” and the Proud Boys as an “extremist group with ties to white nationalism.”

Federal law enforcement charged both Tarrio and Biggs with crimes related to the Jan. 6 insurrection. Biggs, who live-streamed himself inside the Capitol building, potentially faces decades in prison. Tarrio was already in jail during the riot, having been arrested on Jan. 4 on weapons and destruction of property charges. He pled guilty on Monday and is now serving a five-month prison sentence.

In an unsigned email, the group’s spokesperson says it won’t remove the meme, insisting that the quote attributed Candace Owens that appears below the image is a significant part of the post.

“The post is about a Candace Owens quote,” said the spokesperson. “‘What the left fears more than anything are white people and black people coming together and loving their country.’ “Quit trying to read conspiracy things into innocent posts. “Are you implying that we should’ve censored it, like the left-leaning Facebook “fact checkers” or Twitter censorship idiots? “If that’s the case, why are the CCP [Chinese Communist Party], Iran’s Ayatollah, the Taliban, and other enemies allowed to post any and everything on social media? That’s a much better question that needs to be answered. But thank you for writing and following The Forum.”

The Forum hosts monthly meetings featuring prominent Republican speakers; State GOP Chair Kristi Burton Brown headlined the July event.

Prominent Republican officials among the group’s 533 Facebook members include CU Regent Heidi Ganahl, former state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, former Secretaries of State Scott Gessler and Wayne Williams, state Sens. Kevin Priola (R-Brighton) and Barbara Kirkmeyer (R-Weld County), former state Sen. Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs), Colorado RNC Committeeman Randy Corporon, and longtime Adams GOP activist Maria Del Carmen Guzman-Weese, who just received the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Champion of Freedom award.

This isn’t the first time this meme has appeared on a local Colorado GOP Facebook page. In February the Colorado Springs Republican Women shared it. Hours after the Colorado Times Recorder reached out for comment, the group’s president, Vickie Tonkins, who also chairs the El Paso County Republican Party, replaced it with a new version displaying only the Owens quote. She also said she’d mistakenly shared a “doctored” image, referring to the QAnon logo added to the photo in the original meme.

This article first appeared in the Colorado Times Recorder.

MyPillow CEO: CO Election Official’s “Office Gets Raided As She’s In the Air on My Plane”

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In an interview last week with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell confirmed the Colorado Times Recorder’s previous reporting that embattled Mesa County, Colorado, Clerk Tina Peters flew to Lindell’s election fraud conference on the millionaire’s private jet.

“So Tina,” Lindell told Jones. “I’m flying her in and her office gets raided as she’s in the air on my plane.”

In introducing Peters, Lindell mentions unspecified problems with Mesa County’s 2020 election.

“They voted her in — the new clerk and the top lady that takes care of everything for the election,” said Lindell, “Well that transition didn’t go well in November because they had a lot of stuff hid but anyway…”

Lindell is presumably referencing the primary conspiracy theory promoted at his recent “Cyber Symposium,” that Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems rigged its own machines to ensure President Trump lost the election. He flew Peters’ to his conference because of the confidential election data she allegedly helped copy and steal from her own office.

According to the Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby, it appears Peters was already prepared to attend the conference on her own. She purchased a commercial airline ticket to South Dakota and charged the cost of the flight to Mesa County taxpayers.

Instead, Peters joined the Mesa GOP First Vice-Chair Jaqueline Anderson, her husband Cory (a Three Percenter militia supporter who has been training U.S. Election Integrity Plan conspiracists to knock doors in search of voter fraud), Congresswoman Lauren Boebert’s former campaign manager Sherronna Bishop, and other USEIP volunteers on Lindell’s private jet.

All but Peters presumably returned to Colorado two days later, when flight records show Lindell’s jet flying from Sioux Falls to Grand Junction and then Centennial before returning to South Dakota.

The following day, the jet made an early morning lap from Sioux Falls to Fort Worth, TX. Lindell has said that he is helping Peters hide out in Texas as the criminal investigation into her alleged actions heats up.

The “raid” Lindell says took place is the Aug 10 inspection of Peters’ office and election equipment conducted by the Colorado Secretary of State’s staff, accompanied by Mesa Clerk staff, though not Peters herself, who had indeed left for South Dakota that day.

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters boards Mike Lindell’s jet en route to his election fraud conspiracy conference. Photo courtesy Mesa GOP First Vice Chair Jacqueline Anderson

Read the complete transcript of Lindell’s recounting of Tina Peters’ trip to South Dakota below:

“And that day then it really got crazy! I was flying in Tina Peters from Colorado,” said Lindell. “I don’t know if you’ve heard about her. Everybody — you need to look it up! She is a whistleblower. Now all this stuff the Secretary of State and Dominion have done to her — I’m gonna cover that in a minute — but they raided — she’s the head of all the election in Mesa County. She got voted — I mean they voted her in — the new clerk and the top lady that takes care of everything for the election. Well, that transition didn’t go well in November because they had a lot of stuff hid but anyway… .

“So Tina, I’m flying her in and her office gets raided as she’s in the air on my plane. Her office gets completely raided and then another guy, the same day now. Or no, the next day. It gets to be the night of the second night of the symposium, and I get wind that another house was raided with four little kids- they raided this guy’s house. I don’t know if he’s a friend of Tina’s or what or just in that office. Raided his house! Now he’s scared, he doesn’t want to go public, he doesn’t want his name out there!”

Colorado Election Conspiracy Group Going Door-to-Door in Search of ‘Phantom Ballots’

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USEIP field leader Cory Anderson of Grand Junction and election fraud conspiracist Dr. Douglas Frank

Members of a QAnon-linked election fraud conspiracy group — some of whom are armed — are knocking on doors of voters across Colorado, attempting to find evidence of voter fraud.

The group, called the U.S. Election Integrity Plan (USEIP), states unequivocally that the 2020 election was stolen and that members “do not consent to be governed by those elected through fraud.”

Volunteers are going door-to-door all over the state, including Mesa, El Paso, and Weld counties, using public voter lists to identify precincts from which they believe ballots were fraudulently cast and asking residents to confirm their addresses, whether they participated in the 2020 election, and if so how they cast their vote.

The USEIP, which has partnered with the Colorado GOP on local events, just released its “County & Local Organizing Playbook.” The manual states that some of its early volunteers were sex criminals, but that it has since implemented a background check as part of its vetting process. USEIP did not respond to an email request for comment submitted via its website. This article will be updated with any response received.

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Mesa County Clerk Almost Certainly Took My Pillow CEO’s Private Jet to Election Conspiracy Conference

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“Cuz we’re leaving on (private) jet plane. Details to come… #TruthWillAlwaysPrevail”

That playful caption to Mesa County Republican Party Vice Chair Jacqueline Anderson’s Aug 10 now-deleted Facebook post accompanied several photos of herself, her husband Cory, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-CO) former campaign manager, Sherronna Bishop, and three other women, one of who is almost certainly Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, all seated in a private jet.

The group flew from Grand Junction, CO, to Sioux Falls, SD, to speak at Mike Lindell’s Cyber Symposium, a three-day election fraud conspiracy conference hosted by the jet’s owner, My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell, who has spent all of 2021 promoting the Big Lie of election fraud, after failing to convince Trump to use the military to remain in power.

In addition to the selfie taken in the plane’s cabin, Ms. Anderson posted a photo of the jet’s tail number, logs for which correspond with previously reported flights Lindell’s jet made earlier this year.

Flight log of Lindell’s private jet traveling to and from Grand Junction on Tuesday, Aug 10.

Furthermore, Lindell told Colorado Newsline that Peters is scheduled to return to Colorado today, which matches the itinerary shared by jet passenger Bishop on a recent YouTube video, in which she said her group would be at the conference, “Tuesday, Wednesday and get back Thursday.”

Clerk Peters’ office is currently the subject of an administrative investigation by the Colorado Secretary of State as well as a criminal investigation by the Mesa County District Attorney (referred from Colorado SOS) for any role in the recent leak of passwords and voting machine information. Conspiracist blogger Ron Watkins, who is considered the most likely author of the QAnon posts, published screenshots featuring unique passwords from Mesa County election machines on his blog last week.

Other Colorado attendees at the symposium include state Rep. Ron Hanks (R-Canon City), who has promoted the Big Lie and admitted to crossing police lines at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, conspiracy theorist Joe Oltmann founder of the far-right group FEC United, and conspiracist Sean Smith, of Colorado Springs. Smith, Cory Anderson and Bishop all work with QAnon-linked election fraud conspiracy group U.S. Election Integrity Plan.

Clerk Peters did not respond to a Facebook message requesting comment nor did her office immediately return a voicemail. This article will be updated with any response received.

CO GOP Selects Member of QAnon-Linked Conspiracy Group That Organized Jan 6 Caravan As Its ‘Election Integrity’ Chair

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One of USEIP’s map for its Jan 6 caravan featured white nationalist meme Pepe the Frog.

The chair of the Colorado Republican Party’s new committee to safeguard the state’s elections is also a member of and working closely with a QAnon-linked election fraud conspiracy group.

The group, the U.S. Election Integrity Plan (USEIP), was founded in Colorado last November. It not only promotes the debunked “Big Lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, but coordinated a caravan of protestors from Denver to Washington D.C. for the January 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol, providing routes, racial maps of the city, and a forum where attendees discussed tactics and weapons to bring to the event, which they expected to be, as President Trump called it, a “wild protest.”

Colorado’s Republican Party leader, Kristi Burton Brown appointed USEIP member Emily Brake, a Boulder County GOP member, earlier this year to run the party’s “Election Integrity Operations Action Committee.” Brown herself has questioned the validity of the 2020 election results both nationally and in Colorado.

USEIP organized several election fraud conspiracy rallies at the Colorado Capitol in late 2020 and early this year. and also coordinated a caravan of members. Its planning for the caravan to attend the “Stop the Steal” January 6 rally in Washington DC included not only logistical support such as carpooling, routes and lodging options, but also discussion of which weapons would be best suited for carrying during the event.

In a USEIP chat room, member Theresa Watson, who also serves as the Boulder County GOP Chair, referenced videos about how to use a “tactical pen,” which is a heavy metal pen intended not to be used as a writing instrument but as a weapon for stabbing an opponent.

“A tactical pen is a good equalizer to carry in a crowd,” posted Watson. “Jason Hanson, former CIA agent has a good quality one — I’d avoid Amazon and Walmart versions –and he has many videos about how to use and getting away quick. Plus things you thought you’d never need to know.”

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Hugely Popular Paid Leave Program Makes Up Most of Heidi Ganahl’s Favorite ‘Whopping’ Public Spending Amount

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By Madeleine Schmidt for the Colorado Times Recorder

CU Regent and fledgling podcaster Heidi Ganahl

 

“1.8 Billion!”

University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl, the only Republican elected to a statewide office in Colorado and a rumored 2022 governor candidate, has been metaphorically shouting that figure from the rooftops recently.

In recent newspaper columns, Ganahl has repeatedly cited a report from the Common Sense Institute (CSI), a business-oriented research organization in Denver, that tallied the cost of new taxes and fees resulting from state policy changes over the last few years on individuals and businesses.

The report, titled “Colorado’s Competitiveness: The Challenge of Economic Recovery Under More than $1.8 Billion in New Regulations, Taxes and Fees,” adds up fiscal notes for a wide variety of ballot measures and laws passed since 2018, including measures related to affordable housing, health care, and, notably, the paid family and medical leave program that Colorado voters approved in 2020.

In a column penned for the Colorado Springs Gazette earlier this month titled “Colorado Drops Out of the Jobs Race,” Ganahl writes that “every onerous regulation comes with a cost — lost jobs, more red tape and money taken from the family budget. The costs are taking a toll. In fact, earlier this year, Common Sense Institute estimated the cumulative cost of new taxes and fees will reach a whopping $1.8 billion in the next three to five years.”

She also underscores the $1.8 billion number in another Gazette column from June, this time erroneously stating that the costs tallied in CSI’s report come from “this last legislative session alone,” when, in fact, it includes both laws and voter-approved ballot measures over the past few years.

“The Common Sense Institute issued a study calculating the cost of proposed regulations, taxes and fees from this last legislative session alone,” she writes. “Hold on to your hat — it’s a whopping $1.8 billion. That’s billion with a B. That’s bad news for our economy, for businesses and for families.”

Here’s what she isn’t saying: CSI attributes more than two-thirds of that $1.8 billion to Proposition 118, which created a state-run insurance program that allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave for personal medical reasons or care for a new child or family member. The program, which was overwhelmingly approved by Colorado voters (58%-42%) last year, is funded by a payroll tax split evenly between employers and employees and amounts to 0.9 percent of an employee’s total wages.

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Grand Junction GOP Event Featuring Reps Lauren Boebert & Jim Jordan Draws Opposing Groups

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Progressives protest outside Mesa County GOP event headlined by US Reps. Boebert and Jim Jordan

By Sharon Sullivan for the Colorado Times Recorder

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) attended a Mesa County Republicans fundraiser, Saturday, July 24, at the Grand Junction Convention Center, where both were slated to speak at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner that evening. Boebert was also invited to speak at Faith Heights Church the following morning during its Sunday service.

Both Members of Congress voted against certifying the Presidential election results on January 6, the day insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol. Plus, Jordan has been accused of aiding and abetting a cover-up, while he was an Ohio State University assistant wrestling coach, of accusations against a university physician for sexually abusing student wrestlers from 1979 to 1997.

Approximately 50 Mesa County Democrats protested Jordan’s presence, as well as their opposition to Boebert, outside the convention center during the fundraising dinner.

Grand Junction resident Bill Richardson protests outside the Mesa GOP fundraiser, headlined by U.S. Reps Lauren Boebert & Jim Jordan. Photo: Sharon Sullivan

Bill Richardson, a retired Grand Junction criminal defense lawyer, carried a sign saying “Gym Jordan Not Welcome in Mesa County.” He said he was compelled to attend the protest “because (Boebert) is doing absolutely nothing for the 3rd District” – a sentiment echoed by many of those who were present. “She’s into performative tweets, Facebook posts, videos, and stunts,” he said.

In addition to claims Jordan failed to protect student athletes from a sexual predator, Richardson’s sign stated Jordan aided the attempted overthrow of the U.S. government – a claim also voiced by Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney, of Wyoming.

Protesters yelled “shame, shame,” as those attending the event walked past to enter the building.

While most attendees chose not to engage the protesters, some hurled insults, one man made obscene gestures, and a few stopped to photograph the group. One woman wearing a blue dress and cowgirl boots approached the protesters, taunting them with, “You better stand back – I’m not vaccinated.”

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Ken Buck Solicits Funds With COVID and Big Tech Conspiracies

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Actors’ portrayal of Ken Buck supporters reading his latest email

By James O’Rourke for the Colorado Times Recorder

On Monday, U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) sent a fundraising email to his subscribers with an unusual title: “Delete After Reading.”

The email opens with a Donor ID number, followed by “Status: Confidential – Do Not Share.”

From there, the message is comprised of various appeals to right-wing conspiratorial thinking, including spreading suspicion about the true nature of COVID-19.

“Friend, I need your help,” the message reads. “The Woke Left and Big Tech led by a group of Washington Elites are trying to silence me. “It sounds crazy, but then again they want us to believe COVID came from a bat, right?[Emphasis added.]

The widely accepted consensus among scientific & medical experts is been that COVID-19 was spread to humans from contact with an infected bat and did not leak from a laboratory. More recently, U.S. President Biden called for an investigation into the possibility that COVID-19 came from a lab. However, the lab leak theory remains a possibility, far from certainty.

It is uncertain what is so “crazy” about the idea that “COVID came from a bat.” A recent review of existing COVID data by over 20 leading virus experts from around the globe, found that “there is currently no evidence that SARS-CoV-2 has a laboratory origin.”

One of the authors, Dr. Steven Goldstein, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Utah, told the Salt Lake City Tribune, that the most likely scenario is the pandemic began at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan.

“If you look at where the first cases in Wuhan were, there’s a really striking concentration of those cases starting in the neighborhoods surrounding this market and spreading outward from there, said Goldstein. “There’s no real reason to put any weight on the possibility of a lab leak right now.”

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CO Lawmaker Promotes QAnon Movie, Admits to Crossing Police Barriers During Insurrection

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Colorado state Rep. Ron Hanks volunteering at the Arizona sham audit.

“We’re walking between the Capitol building and the police force…and this doesn’t feel right to me as a guy who knows a little bit about physical security,” state Rep. Ron Hanks (R-Penrose) said in a July 14 interview, recounting his own participation in the Jan. 6 rally and march to the U.S. Capitol that led to Trump supporters overwhelming police and storming the building.

In the hour-long radio interview with Melissa “Lisa” Hyams, vice-chair of Fremont Country Republicans, Hanks also questioned the validity of the 2020 election and promoted a QAnon conspiracy movie, “The Deep Rig,” which makes unfounded claims of election fraud and promotes wild conspiracies involving hundreds of thousands of fake ballots, hacked voting machines, and CIA plots to ensure a Biden victory.

Hanks covered a lot of ground in the discussion, but he began by recounting his activities on Jan 6, including repeating the debunked claim that Trump supporters didn’t storm the Capitol, but in fact Antifa and Black Lives Matter agitators were responsible for the deadly insurrection, calling it a false flag operation.

“By the time we walked from the elipse at the White House down to the Capitol building, there were already people climbing on the scaffolding,” said Hanks. “We went right down the road, we got there ahead of 80-90% of the crowd. There’s a solid case to be made that we had people intrude on that [the rally] and that it was a bit of a false flag operation- well let’s not say ‘a bit of’ let’s say false flag. “When we walked from the west side of the Capitol, which facing the Lincoln Memorial back around to the east side, which would be facing the Supreme Court. There were some barriers that had been pulled open. And now we’re walking between the Capitol building and the police force, which is in the parking lot. And this doesn’t feel right to me as a guy who knows a little bit about physical security. And so I kept looking at him. I kept giving him the eye, expecting them to either divert us around or- they never did. They looked straight at us and let us walk.

Hanks concluded by promoting an election fraud conspiracy movie called “The Deep Rig,” directed by a man whose previous works include a movie claiming that aliens were responsible for the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Hanks, who says he attended the movie’s premiere while he was in Arizona helping with the sham audit, is organizing a screening of the movie in Fremont County.

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CO Republican Promoting Avon-Like Multi-Level Marketing To Raise Money to Primary GOP Incumbents

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Bill Luznicky, founder of Primary the Ruling Class PAC

Illustrating that the infighting among Colorado Republicans hasn’t abated, despite a string of election losses, Colorado Republican National Committeeman and talk radio host Randy Corporon is promoting a political action committee (PAC) called “Primary the Ruling Class” (PRC) taking aim at fellow Republicans who aren’t seen as “America First Patriots.”

Calling itself a “Political Union” and claiming that “the real enemy of conservatism is Globalism,” PRC PAC says its mission is to “expose ruling class politicians and (focusing on the Republican party) replace them in primary elections.”

PRC’s website is rife with conspiratorial language about “Globalist elites,” and references the “Great Reset,” a conspiracy theory claiming that the coronavirus pandemic is a tool of the World Economic Forum to establish a new global government.

In a recent podcast, PRC PAC founder Bill Luznicky floats the conspiracy that not only was COVID created by a Chinese lab as a bioweapon, but that the United States and Dr. Anthony Fauci funded the project on behalf of the “globalist ruling class.”

Luznicky concluded by laughing and saying,:

“Everyone says ‘oh now you’re getting into conspiracy areas, Bill.’ Well, it’s not a conspiracy if it’s true.”

PRC also promises that it will adhere to standard non-profit best practices of directing 80% of contributions to its mission of replacing establishment Republicans with “America First Patriots.”

“Because the operational model for PRC PAC is somewhat unique, the ‘business model’ will be more reminiscent of a charity than a traditional Super PAC,” states the PRC website. “Good Practice Standards for charitable organizations are generally accepted as 80/20 (80% of revenues going towards the cause with 20% used for fundraising and overhead).”

However, Federal Election Commission records show that PRC PAC hasn’t made a single independent expenditure or donation to another committee since its inception in 2018. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been spending donors’ money, however. The group classifies all of its spending as “Other Expenditures.”

According to FEC records, nearly all of the money raised by PRC PAC has been paid out to a single company, Medsabi LLC, which is owned by Luznicky.

In the 2017-2018 election, PRC PAC raised about $11,000 and spent all of it. Of that amount, $10,000 went to Medsabi. For the 2019-2020 cycle, PRC PAC raised and spent approximately $52,000, paying Luznicky’s company $50,000.

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‘It’s Not a Pipe Dream:’ Boebert Wants Trump To Be Speaker of the House in 2022

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Congresswoman Boebert with former President Trump on June 10.

By James O’Rourke, Colorado Times Recorder

U.S. Rep Lauren Boebert (R-CO) appeared on the Steffan Tubbs Show Monday. There, she chatted with radio host and conspiracy theorist Randy Corporon about the problems Republicans face in today’s political sphere.

During the interview, Boebert spoke on her hopes for the future of the Republican party. In her mind, the path is clear: “We will take the House back in 2022.”

Many fractures have formed in the Republican Party, following the January 6 insurrection and Donald Trump’s continued lies that he won the 2020 presidential election. The GOP’s removal of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), an outspoken critic of Trump, shows how deeply troubled the party will be as it tries to regain power during midterm elections next year.

Boebert, however, was full of optimism, saying that “I think the Republican party is stronger than ever, and it’s very obvious that President Trump is still the leading voice of the Republican party.”

Just two weeks ago Boebert and nine other members of the Republican Study Committee met with Trump at his county club in New Jersey.

“I’m just ready for [Trump] to announce that he’ll be speaker of the House, and then we can really live in the minds of those crazy left wing lunatics,” she continued.

Technically, there is no congressional rule dictating that the speaker of the House must be a sitting member of Congress. To date, all speakers have been chosen from current congresspeople, but in theory any willing U.S. citizen could be chosen for the role. 

The crucial key word there is ‘willing’. According to a spokesman for the ex-president, Trump has “zero desire” to be speaker of the House.

Still, Republicans can dream of a comeback with Trump’s leadership renewed. Corporon expressed his wish for Trump, as speaker, to “call for the impeachment of Kamala, and Zombie Joe, especially … for all of his China connections.”

Since the early months of his presidency, Biden has repeatedly made his enmity for China clear. His American Jobs Plan claims that China is a threat on par with the climate crisis.

Breaking into laughter, Boebert agreed with Corporon. “I like the order that you put that in,” she said, “because it probably would be Kamala [who gets impeached first].” 

This statement paid homage to a prolific right-wing conspiracy theory, that Vice President Harris is the true U.S. president. According to this theory, the Democrats have secretly planned for Joe Biden to step down due to health issues, so that Harris can take the presidency in his stead.

Democratic officials have decried this theory and others like it. They attribute the dearth of accusations targeting Harris to her status as a Black woman in a position of power. 

Boebert showed no expectation of good faith from her Democratic colleagues.

“Democrats aren’t afraid to lie,” she said. “They will take a lie and run with it. And [Republicans] are the party of the truth, we are the party of values and principles, and that’s what I’m running on.”

This comes after Boebert has put so much stock in the spurious conspiracy theories surrounding the 2020 election. She, like so many of her Republican colleagues, has taken the lie in her hands, and she shows no intent to stop running with it any time soon.

Rep. Buck Warns Conservatives Not to Let Democrats ‘Steal Elections’

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UPDATE: This article has been updated with extensive comments from Congressman Buck, who says he wasn’t linking mail-in ballots to fraud.

Speaking at the Western Conservative Summit this weekend, Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO) appeared to raise the conspiracy theory of election fraud, warning the audience that they must not let Democrats “steal elections.” Buck specifically mentioned the need for Republicans to run up a margin of votes to guard against “when their votes come in a day or two later,” seemingly a reference to mail ballots tabulated after Election Day, which President Trump and allies continue to baselessly insist were evidence of Democrats stealing elections in swing states like Georgia and Pennsylvania.

“The great news is we’re going to be in control of the U.S. House in 2023,” said Buck in his speech. “We’re going to win that 2022 election. And we’re going to win the election because of the folks who are listening and because of the folks who are in this room. And we need to outwork the other side and we need to make sure that we have a margin, so when their votes come in a day or two later we make sure that we have won the races– that we have control. We don’t let them nationalize elections and we don’t let them steal elections and that’s what we have to make sure that we do.”

Buck, who previously convened a panel of Republican county clerks to quell disinformation about fraud in Colorado’s election process, denies invoking the same conspiracy theories that led Trump supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol as a rallying cry for Republicans to take control of the legislative body seated within that very building. He insists that his two consecutive sentences were entirely separate comments:

“I think what you’re doing is conflating something I said at the beginning of the quote with something I said at the end,” Buck told the Colorado Times Recorder. “When I talk about not nationalizing elections, it has to do with H.R. 1 and S.R.1 and making sure that we have elections that are run by state legislatures and secretaries of state and not run by the federal government, which was never intended. Frankly, I think they’re unconstitutional to change the system without a constitutional amendment. I joined the Texas lawsuit because the governor of Pennsylvania changed the rules. And the US Constitution says only the state legislature can change the rules and election. I wanted the Supreme Court to say, ‘that’s wrong. You can’t do that.’ I did not join a lawsuit and ever say that I believe that the elections in the United States were stolen.

“So the first part of the end of my statement was about nationalizing the elections. In the second part was stealing elections. Four years ago we had Democrats who were concerned about the election having been tainted by Russian influence. There was a year-long investigation that really put the country through a lot. And it was determined that there was no collusion or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians. But we investigated so that the election would be seen as a legitimate election.

“We now have a former president who is alleging that the election is stolen and certainly tainted. And we have a group of people on the right now who are very upset about how we conduct elections in this country and frankly refused to vote in the Georgia Senate elections. And so when Georgia moved to pass legislation to give a group of people the comfort of knowing that the election would be credible and honest and fairly run, there was a reaction from the left.

“We have to come together in this country and make sure that the left and the right don’t feel like an election was stolen in any way. And if that means that we do investigations and if that means that we pass more stringent standards, so be it. People have to have comfort that the elections are being run fairly. And at the same time, we can’t suppress the other side’s vote no matter what. We shouldn’t pass legislation that makes voting onerous and we shouldn’t pass legislation that allows fraud in elections. My statement about making sure that elections aren’t stolen has to do with the fear on the right about what happened in 2020. It’s not something I share. I don’t believe that the election was stolen. But that doesn’t mean that other people don’t believe it. And we have to make sure that they’re comfortable so that they do participate in our system.”

When this reporter noted that the main election fraud conspiracy about Georgia pointed to the “late surge” of Democratic ballots (which was largely due to increased use of mail-in ballots) as suspicious, Buck again insisted he wasn’t linking the two, rather simply noting that in Colorado, Republicans traditionally vote early and Democrats vote late.

“So when the Democrats surge hits from Election Day voting or even mail-in ballots counted after Election Day, we still have the lead,” Buck said. “That’s one statement. In a separate, completely different statement, that’s later in that quote is the idea of assuring people that we’re doing everything we can so that elections are free and fair.”

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Boebert Among Republican Study Committee Leaders Who Met With Trump

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Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) met with former President Trump last Thursday at his county club in New Jersey.

Boebert’s presence at Bedminster hasn’t been made public, but her mother Shawn Bentz posted pictures of Trump calling her while standing next to her daughter.

Boebert’s office did not immediately return a call requesting comment. This article will be updated with any response received.

According to the New York Post, RSC leaders discussed their policy agenda and political strategy for the 2022 midterm elections:

Ten of the RSC’s members, including task force chairs and members of the group’s steering committee, attended the gathering, where Banks said they laid out their policy vision, which was modeled after Trump’s agenda while he was in office.

New York Post, June 10, 2021

Formed in 1973, the RSC is the House’s oldest conservative caucus. Along with fellow Coloradan Doug Lamborn, Boebert is an ex officio member of the group’s Steering Committee. She is also a member of the even more conservative Freedom Caucus, which Tea Party created in 2015 because they believed the RSC was too cozy with House Republicans’ establishment leadership.

Prior to the Jan. 6 insurrection, Boebert’s mother Shawn Bentz was very active on social media, posting QAnon conspiracies and videos. Boebert herself said she first heard of QAnon from her mother, whom she described as “a little fringe.” Bentz has since deleted those posts and instead largely shares pictures of her famous child.

UPDATE: Boebert has since tweeted a photo of her and Trump, but didn’t explain any context about the meeting.

 

CO Legislator Says His Comment “We Have Allowed The Weeds to Overwhelm The Garden” Refers to Socialism not Immigrants

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Colorado state Rep. Mark Baisley’s (R-Roxborough Park) recent Facebook post about the number of immigrants crossing the nation’s southern border every month led a commenter to invoke a white nationalist conspiracy theory known as the “great replacement.”

In a reply agreeing with the comment, Baisley wrote,

“We have allowed the weeds to overwhelm the garden.”

The full exchange between commenter “Laurel Al-Meriki” and Baisely reads as follows:

Laurel Al-Meriki: “Mark we are being replaced- demographically, politically, economically, culturally and with the fentanyl physically.
Our people cry for redress of grievances. We cry for justice. There is only so much that we are able to suffer until the ties that bind are irrevocably broken. We live in a powder keg with our women and children held tight.”

Mark Baisley: “We have allowed the weeds to overwhelm the garden.
The remarkable founders of this nation gave us instructions for running the country, even when things go terribly wrong. Please read America’s founding document beginning with the words, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends…”

Reached via email Baisley denied any awareness of “replacement theory,” which Tucker Carlson recently resurfaced to a national outcry. Baisley claims that by “weeds” he meant “the weeds of socialism.”

 

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John Birch Society Speaker Defends Chilean Dictator Pinochet to Colorado Conservatives

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Chilean soldiers guard political prisoners arrested during Pinochet’s 1973 coup

John Birch Society speaker Leah Southwell wants folks to know that Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet wasn’t such a bad guy. Political Science professors and historians disagree.

Pinochet took power in a coup and ruled the country for 17 years before stepping aside (though remaining in command of the army). He retired as “Senator-for-Life,” which gave him immunity from prosecution until his death in 2006 while under house arrest after having been charged with dozens of counts of kidnapping, torture, and murder.

Southwell, who lived in Chile for seven years before moving to Colorado,. tours the country giving speeches to conservative groups in which she argues that the dictator is misunderstood and his actions, though violent, in fact, saved the South American nation from communism.

“We need to understand that history is always revised and forgotten of what really happened,” Southwell said on a recent radio interview. “Pinochet took [Chile] back from the communists. It was a somewhat bloody battle- there were 3,000 people killed which I think in a revolutionary battle like that -for the power- 3,000 is relatively small. Of course tragic for any and all.”

Over the past several months, Southwell has made similar statements downplaying the dictator’s documented murder and torture of thousands of people to numerous conservative groups across Colorado. Speaking on behalf of venerable far-right conspiracist group the John Birch Society,  Southwell has presented to Protect Elbert County, and the Colorado Springs Republican Women.

Earlier this month she also spoke to  Keep Colorado Free & Open, a Larimer County “Liberty” group that opposes public health restrictions and whose members in April expressed desires to revolt against the government “outside the law,” because they couldn’t wait until the next election to change leadership.

Reached for comment, Southwell doubled down on her position, insisting that the benefits of his free market policies outweighed the violence he used to take and hold power.

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Boebert Says She Wants to Be Speaker of the House, Gets Support From Gaetz

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By Sean Price, Colorado Times Recorder

Aspiring Speaker of the House Lauren Boebert (R-Colo)

Last week U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) hinted at her future goals during an interview with Newsmax TV.

“But, you know, maybe one day when I’m Speaker of the House, my first action will be to take those metal detectors and use them as target practice,” Boebert said, referring to security devices installed by Democrats to ensure that no guns are brought to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, where guns are banned.

RELATED: A Brief History of Boebert’s Racism

Boebert was answering questions from a giddy Newsmax anchor about her dedication to concealed-carrying a firearm within the U.S. Capitol.

“In the congressional complex, I am my own security… until I get into Pelosi’s House — it’s certainly not the people’s House — where we have to go through the metal detectors,” Boebert said.

One GOP colleague already supports Boebert’s nascent campaign for Speaker. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tweeted that Boebert “would make a fantastic Speaker of the House.”

On Sunday, Gaetz tried to distract from the ongoing federal probe into his involvement with a sex trafficking ring by promoting baseless claims of election fraud.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) supports Boebert for Speaker.

Many of Boebert’s actions and comments appear to be aimed at getting media attention—and her line about being Speaker of the House may have been made in the same vein.

Last week, Boebert was in the news for falsely claiming Trump stopped Hamas from attacking Israel, falsely claiming there had been no deaths from COVID-19 in Texas post-mask restrictions, and for opposing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act.

Colo GOP Legislator Begs Activists at QAnon-Linked Anti-Vax Rally to ‘Continue To Broadcast the Facts’

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With a QAnon flag waving behind her, State Rep. Tonya Van Beber speaks at an anti-vaxx rally.

Speaking to a crowd of anti-vaccine activists and QAnon followers at Saturday’s Worldwide Rally for Freedom, Colorado state Rep. Tonya Van Beber (R-Eaton) told the conspiracy theorists, “I’m begging you! I’m imploring you! You must continue to broadcast the facts!”

Organized by Colorado Rising Up, a state chapter of the global “Worldwide Demonstration Movement,” the event, which focused largely on anti-vaccine and anti-mask messages and attracted about 250 anti-vaccine activists, conspiracy theorists, Trump supporters, and militia members to the Colorado Capitol. 

Some of the falsehoods asserted by participants in yesterday’s QAnon-linked Rally for Freedom include: Vaccines are far more dangerous than the diseases they are intended to prevent. The coronavirus was created intentionally by Bill Gates in order to infect the world’s population with the vaccine. There is no such thing as public health.

 

Van Beber lambasted Democrats for voting down her bill that would have banned employers- including hospitals and other health care providers- from requiring employees be vaccinated. She framed it as preventing discrimination and, quoting Orwell, predicted that its failure proves state is now on a path towards tyranny.

“Now let’s face it. The war on COVID has been just about as effective as the war on drugs,” Rep. Van Beber, told the crowd. “It’s been about as effective as the war on poverty and the war on terror.”

While Van Beber and the other speakers focused on anti-vaccine and anti-public health conspiracies, there was plenty of non-healthcare misinformation as well.

At least two attendees wore hats with the phrase “Stop the Steal,” which refers to the conspiracy that the 2020 election was stolen from rightful winner Donald Trump.

Ashley Epp, director of the election fraud conspiracy group U.S. Election Integrity Project also attended the rally.

One rally attendee explained that her sign, which read “Simpsons 911 1997. Contagion 2011,” was intended to convey her belief that the Simpsons cartoon knew about 9-11 in advance and that the movie Contagion, the plot of which does include many elements similar to the pandemic, is proof that the coronavirus outbreak was planned.

All of those conspiracies pale in comparison to the claims made by another attendee, Micki Lynn Larson-Olson, aka QPatriot, who in addition to a full QAnon costume, carried a flag stating  “TRUMP * JFK JR 2021 Q Winning”

Larson-Olson believes John F. Kennedy Jr. is not only still alive but in fact the true vice president of the United States, working secretly with Trump, who remains president.

So then what about President Joe Biden?

“Joe Biden is dead, that’s an actor in a Biden mask,” she said. “You can tell because his eyes are a different color now.”

QAnon conspiracies have proved disturbingly popular among Colorado Republicans. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert is the most prominent official to have publicly promoted the group’s messages, but not the only one. Former statehouse candidate Vanessa DeMott promoted one of the most extreme conspiracies- that an online furniture company was actually selling children as sex slaves, during her campaign. DeMott lost her race bit still made it to the Capitol, where she now works as Rep. Van Beber’s legislative aide.

Micki Lynn Larson-Olson, aka QPatriot

Colorado Rising Up, the group that organized the event, is a grassroots organization of people who were excited by the World Wide Rally for Freedom global movement, according to spokesman Mark Berger of Boulder. He says the group stands for freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of medical choice, freedom of health, and empowering people with sovereignty.

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Republican Ganahl Is Raising Her Profile for Possible 2022 Election Campaign, Say Experts

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Colorado Republicans’ last remaining statewide official, CU Regent At-Large Heidi Ganahl

By Gabrielle Bye, for the Colorado Times Recorder.

University of Colorado (CU) Regent Heidi Ganahl, the state’s sole remaining statewide-elected Republican, has been busy lately.

Besides CU Regent duties, business ventures, and numerous speaking engagements, she’s also recently begun writing a column for the Denver Gazette.

And she’s about to launch a new podcast for which she’ll travel around Colorado and interview “folks who embody the true spirit of the Rocky Mountains.”

Does Ganahl’s sudden flurry of activity indicate her desire to make a bigger name for herself in advance of a campaign for statewide office in 2022?

That’s the question I posed to several political analysts and commentators in Colorado–and signs point to a likely run, they told me.

Increasing her profile

Eric Sondermann, a longtime political commentator, believes that the decision to launch a podcast after already landing a column is a definite move to increase her profile to Coloradans–and that wouldn’t hurt if she decides to run for another statewide office.

“I don’t think she just decided to write a column and produce a podcast out of the blue. I think they’re part of a conscious strategy to increase her profile,” Sondermann told the Colorado Times Recorder. “So she may or may not run, and I suspect she’s a little way away from a formal announcement, but I think these are clearly and unambiguously early steps to at least put herself in position where something like [running for statewide office] might be possible.”

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Election Fraud Conspiracies Still Abound Among Colorado Republicans

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Dr. Douglas Frank presents his election fraud conspiracy theory to Sherronna Bishop and other Grand Junction far-right activists.

“You know the story about the Navajo Windtalkers in World War Two? Imagine if I was a German and I just happened to know Navajo, right? Then maybe I could break the code. Well, that’s what happened.”

The man asking me to imagine him as a Nazi is Dr. Douglas Frank, a part-time math teacher who is currently visiting Colorado to push an eye-popping election fraud conspiracy at events across the state. Frank, who teaches at a private school in Cincinnati, believes he’s uncovered an algorithm that proves that Colorado’s 2020 election results (along with those in many other states) were rigged in favor of President Biden.

Frank first made these claims in an online video called “Scientific Proof,” which is hosted (and bankrolled) by mustachioed Trumper Mike Lindell, better known as the “My Pillow” CEO who wanted Trump to declare martial law to remain in power. The video features Frank claiming to have analyzed publicly available election data and determined that someone used computer algorithms to manipulate votes all across the nation.

From the video’s promo:

“Dr. Frank testifies to host Mike Lindell that deviations and mathematical impossibilities could not have been done by humans, by artificial intelligence and computers that were running before, during, and after the 2020 U.S. election. Dr. Frank’s investigation reveals that the 2010 national census data was used to manipulate the 2020 election rolls and to inject phantom votes into the election totals.” “I found the algorithms that control how many registrations and how many ballots you need in every county to control an election,” Frank tells Lindell at the start of the interview. “That’s what I figured out. And it’s widespread- it’s in every state that I’ve checked so far and it’s in magnificent parts-per-million detail, so I know it’s not an accident. It has to be done by an algorithm.”

The slides Frank shows to Lindell in the video purport to show data on county-level population, registration, and actual votes cast. He and Lindell gleefully point to spikes that appear to show more votes cast than people registered or even living in various Colorado counties, including Broomfield, Mineral, and Bent.

Doug Jones, computer science professor at the University of Iowa and a national expert on election security, is skeptical.

“Every one of those graphs of age versus population for the different counties is obviously smoothed data,” says Jones. “Perhaps he took the real data for age versus population and smoothed it with a 6th order polynomial…The usual presentation of census data is in bins that are 5-years wide.  Taking such data and smoothing it with a polynomial would give exactly the kind of curves that Douglas Frank was showing. Then, comparing such a curve with data he extracted with voter registration would, of course, have a finer scale, because the voter registration data gives the actual birthday of every voter.  So the voter registration curve is all bumpy compared to the population curve.  The net result of this is that, even if our voter registration data was perfect (no “phantoms”), we’d have bumps in the voter registration curve that exceeded what the census said.”

Furthermore, the numbers Frank are showing for verifiable totals such as ballots cast are simply wrong.

Republican political consultant Ben Engen documents the numerous errors between Frank’s slides and actual vote totals in an April 22 blog post.

Graphic from Engen’s blog showing incorrect ballot total in Frank’s data
“His estimate isn’t just off by nine percent,” writes Engen. “The number he’s using for verification is too! This isn’t an isolated incident, he’s using incorrect ballots cast figures as the basis for his entire analysis. You can’t get a real result when the underlying data you use is wrong.

This isn’t Frank’s first rodeo. He authored a similarly flawed but widely shared Facebook post, “Why is the Epidemic Fading?” last August, which was quickly debunked by the Assciated Press.

In the video, Frank spends a lot of time on Broomfield, noting apparent discrepancies in the charts he created between the supposed number of residents, registered voters, and ballots cast in the 2020 election.

Reached for comment, the Broomfield Elections Division also disputes Frank’s data and calls his analysis, “misinformation.”

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CO Lawmakers, Climate Activists Advocate for Climate Bills With a Two-Ton Earth Ice Sculpture

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Ean Thomas Tafoya calls for climate change action centered on environmental justice and racial equity.

By Sean Price, Colorado Times Recorder

Earlier today, to celebrate Earth Day and the beginning of Climate Week, climate advocates and state legislators stated the need for environmental justice and climate legislation in Colorado.

Accompanying them on the west steps of the state Capitol was an ice sculpture of the planet weighing more than two tons. The sculpture was meant to be a symbol of how a changing climate will devastate the planet–a melting sculpture to mirror our melting world.

The weather in Colorado had other plans and the press conference was held through light April snowfall and frigid temperatures. So, the sculpture became a metaphor not for global warming, but instead for another one of climate change’s repercussions: the large-scale shifts in weather patterns happening worldwide.

Ean Thomas-Tafoya, a climate activist and co-chair of the Colorado Latino Forum, said the weather does not take away from the event’s goal.

“We’re here celebrating Earth Day and the planet, but it is a cold day. We were hoping for the optics of that melting,” Thomas-Tafoya said, laughing and gesturing to the ice sculpture. “We do want to acknowledge that weather is not the same as climate. Science has told us that there is no doubt we are heading in the wrong direction when it comes to climate change.”

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Boebert Returning To Mar-A-Lago for Another Fundraiser

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Last Friday, Politico’s Alex Issenstadt reported that Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO), along with fellow QAnon-linked Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA) and many other members of the far-right House Freedom Caucus, will join former President Donald Trump on April 24 for a fundraiser at Mar-A-Lago.

This is the second trip to West Palm Beach in three months for Boebert, who with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) co-headlined a fundraiser for Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in February. Gaetz, who is now under investigation for child sex trafficking, is not among those listed on the invitation, despite being both a Floridian and a prominent House Freedom Caucus member.

Besides Boebert and Taylor-Greene, other members of Congress featured at the event are Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Mo Brooks (R-AL), Ted Budd (R-NC), Scott Perry (R-PA), and Waren Davidson (R-OH). All eight current members voted in favor of blocking President Biden’s election win. Most have openly questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election results, despite the fact that all of them were also elected to office on the same ballots. Boebert has continued to promote QAnon-linked conspiracy theories since taking office.

Trump’s former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (who also previously served in the House) and former Sen. Jim DeMint are also listed. Tickets to the event start at $2,500 per person, with VIP packages available for double that price.

Host Dr. Peter Lamelas is a longtime Trump donor and emergency room physician who founded a chain of urgent care clinics in Florida.

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