CO Treasurer Candidate Sias Cashed Campaign Check From QAnon-Promoting Jan. 6 Participant

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Lang Sias campaigning with redpilled GOP donor Wendy Meritt

Republican Lang Sias wants to be Colorado’s next treasurer, but first he has to convince voters that he’s the best choice to manage the state’s multi-billion dollar finances.

Yet, after learning that a QAnon-supporting Jan. 6 participant gave his campaign $1,250 — the maximum amount allowed — Sias won’t say whether he’s returning the money.

His campaign manager Tiffany Coolidge did not respond to an email request for comment, despite having responded to the Colorado Times Recorder’s inquiries about this same donor in connection with GOP Secretary of State candidate Pam Anderson, whose campaign Coolidge is also running.

The donor, Wendy Meritt, is a wealthy Republican fundraiser and activist who tweeted about attending Trump’s Stop the Steal rally and then walking down to the Capitol, where she says she saw police removing barricades to allow pro-Trump crowd to get closer.

Meritt gave the maximum allowable donation not only to Sias but also to gubernatorial hopeful Heidi Ganahl and Attorney General nominee John Kellner. She’s contributed even more to Joe O’Dea’s U.S. Senate campaign, which makes sense considering her husband Xernie is O’Dea’s longtime business partner at Concrete Express, Inc.

At the state GOP primary night watch party back in June, Sias appeared in a brief campaign video with Meritt, similar to the one Secretary of State candidate Pam Anderson recorded with Meritt that same evening.

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Conservative Nonprofit To Hire Tina Peters To Spread The Big Lie

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Clerk Tina Peters pitching her movie screening and Q&A.

Conspiracist clerk Tina Peters, who faces multiple felony charges for election-fraud-related crimes, answered questions at a pair of screenings of the faux-documentary “Selection Code” last week in Pueblo and Colorado Springs. The conspiracy movie, which stars Peters herself, makes debunked claims that not only the 2020 presidential election but also the 2021 Grand Junction municipal election were stolen from the rightful conservative winners.

A far-right nonprofit group led by members of two prominent Colorado conservative organizations, Colorado Christian University and the Independence Institute, sponsored the events. Americans for America (A4A) collected the money for the event series, “Ten For Tina.”

“Ten For Tina” event flyer. QR code links to Americans for America site.

Reached for comment, A4A President Regina Thomson describes the event as a “in effect, a fundraiser for Tina.”

Thomson, a 2016 RNC delegate, says the group is asking for donations for tomorrow’s event in order to fund a contract to pay Peters to “go out and speak and educate on election integrity issues” starting next year. “Right now as an elected official, any money she gets other than her paycheck she has to file a report with the secretary of state and tell them what she got, and she’s under so much scrutiny that we’re not going to put her in that kind of spot at the moment,” says Thomson. “So we’re looking forward to contracting with her right after the first of the year to go out and speak on the same thing she’s speaking about now, when she’s not an elected official any longer.”

“She’s one of our upcoming projects to go out and speak on election integrity,” says Thomson. “It’s all legal and above board, it’s just that we don’t want her to have a target on her back any bigger than she does until she’s out of office.”

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GOP Sec. of State Candidate Won’t Disavow Endorsement of Jan. 6 Participant

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Colorado Secretary of State hopeful Pam Anderson has made rejecting the Big Lie a central message of her campaign, but a new video shows her arm-in-arm with a major state GOP activist and fundraiser who’s not only pushed QAnon-linked election conspiracy theories, but also participated in the Jan. 6 insurrection.

As the Colorado Times Recorder reported last week, prominent Republican fundraiser Wendy Meritt tweeted about being at the Capitol on Jan. 6, claimed the violence was carried out by Antifa, and pushed multiple election fraud conspiracies.

Meritt, whose husband Xernie is U.S. Senate candidate Joe O’Dea’s longtime business partner, deleted her Twitter account following the publication of our article.

Anderson has previously campaigned with fellow GOP candidates who have denied the legitimacy of the 2020 election, including gubernatorial nominee Heidi Ganahl’s Lt. Gov. pick Danny Moore, and statehouse candidate Stephanie Wheeler.

Meritt, however, is the only one who has publicly posted about participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection or promoted the QAnon-linked “Italygate” conspiracy, which claims Italian military satellites remotely switched voted from the Trump to Biden.

The Colorado Times Recorder asked Anderson if she was aware of Meritt’s beliefs or participation in the Jan. 6 insurrection when they made the video, and if not, would she disavow Meritt’s endorsement

Anderson” offered the following response, which does not include a disavowal.

“I have not had a conversation with Ms. Meritt, a private citizen, about the details of her political views besides what you see-her congratulations and appreciation of my primary win against Tina Peters and Mike O’Donnell,” said Anderson. “I will continue to run on my strong message of uniting and informing Coloradans behind our election system, not further divide or ostracize people.“

Anderson’s refusal to disavow the endorsement of a conspiracist election denier seems at odds with a candidate who today promoted her appearance on the cover of Time Magazine as an “election defender.

Anderson also declined to answer the Colorado Times Recorder’s inquiry as to whether she would call on her fellow Republican candidates to return Ms. Meritt’s many thousands of dollars’ worth of campaign contributions. Meritt has given the maximum amount not only to the O’Dea campaign, but also to Ganahl and the campaigns of Lang Sias and John Kellner, Colorado Republicans running for state treasurer and Attorney General, respectively.

FBI Seizes Mike Lindell’s Phone During Investigation of Colorado Clerk & Other Election Conspiracists

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell reads from his FBI search warrant

Returning from a successful morning hunt at his favorite duck pond, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and a friend pulled into a southern Minnesota Hardee’s drive-thru for a bite on the way home. While awaiting their order, three cars surrounded Lindell’s vehicle from all sides.

Lindell says he told his friend, ‘those are either bad guys, or the FBI.’ It was the FBI, with a search warrant for his phone.  

Reached by phone, Lindell tells the Colorado Times Recorder they wanted to talk to him about indicted Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and former math teacher turned Big Lie propagandist Douglas Frank.

“They asked me when I first met Tina. I told them what I’ve always said: I never met her until she arrived at the Cyber Symposium. They asked me about Doug Frank too. I told them I met him when we made the [election fraud conspiracy movie] Scientific Proof.”  

Lindell says he considered refusing to hand over the phone in hopes of forcing the FBI to arrest him and thus generating headlines, but that his own lawyer, whom he called while being detained, told him to give the agents his phone. He says he and his lawyer are now working on getting it back from the Department of Justice.

Lindell shared images of a cover letter and search warrant on his podcast yesterday. He told the Colorado Times Recorder that federal agents gave him the documents during the encounter at Hardee’s.

The DOJ declined the Colorado Times Recorder’s request for comment, but the FBI confirmed to multiple news outlets that it executed a search warrant at the location Lindell described. 

The warrant authorized federal agents to search Lindell and seize his cell phone. The search request, which comes from an Assistant U.S. Attorney based in the Department of Justice’s Grand Junction office, lists the phone data of concern to the DOJ. It specifies any records involving Lindell, Frank, Peters, her staffers Belinda Knisley and Sandra Brown, (who have already been charged).

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Former El Paso County GOP Officer Calls for State Sen. Hisey’s Resignation

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State Sen. Dennis Hisey (R-Colo Springs, Fountain, Denver, Colo Spgs, Fountain)

A former El Paso County Republican Party officer is calling on his party’s leaders to demand the resignation of one of their own: state Sen. Dennis Hisey (R-Fountain).

In an open letter to the party chair for Senate District 11 (SD11) and Colorado Republican Party Chair Kristi Burton Brown, John Pitchford, a state delegate and precinct leader who served as El Paso County GOP treasurer from Nov. 2019 until last October, cited recent news reports that Hisey doesn’t live in the district he’s running to represent.

Pitchford also claims that the Republican Party has known about this issue since last October, writing, “[W]ithin the GOP we have discussed Senator Hisey’s residency issue ever since the redistricting process was completed.”

This issue is already front and center for voters in SD11; their current senator, Democrat Pete Lee, faces a class 5 felony charge for the very same allegation.

Last week, as reported by the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Ethics Institute (CEI) asked Colorado Springs District Attorney Michael Allen to investigate whether Hisey actually resides in the house at which he is registered to vote. CEI submitted a private investigator’s report that concludes that Hisey spends the majority of his time at his previous residence (where his wife still lives), rather than at the address appearing on his voter registration.

Reached for comment, El Paso County GOP Chair Vickie Tonkins says the party will wait for the facts to come out before taking a position on whether Hisey should resign.

“We do not take positions until we know the truth and see the facts,” says Tonkins. “Facts and truth should always be first.”

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John Kellner Wouldn’t Have Challenged Trump in Court

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Colorado AG Phil Weiser repeatedly fought the Trump Administration in court. Republican challenger John Kellner says he wouldn’t have filed any of those lawsuits.

By Sharon Sullivan for the Colorado Times Recorder

 

In an interview last week, John Kellner, the Republican who’s running to be Colorado’s top lawyer, wouldn’t name a case where he agreed with Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser’s decision to go to court to oppose former President Donald Trump’s legal positions or policies.

This means, unlike Weiser, Kellner wouldn’t have taken legal action, on behalf of Colorado, to try to stop the overturn Roe v. Wade. Or to try to stop the Texas abortion ban from becoming law. Or to stop the Trump Administration from preventing health care providers, who receive federal funding, from referring patients for an abortion or even discussing abortion as an option. Or to stop Trump from revoking clean air regulations or protection for Dreamers, young immigrants. Or to try to block many other Trump initiatives, as Weiser did.

Kellner has accused Weiser of being “a political activist as attorney general” who’s “driven by politics not public safety.

But when asked to name Weiser’s legal actions against the Trump administration that he supported or opposed, Kellner cited none of Weiser’s initiatives that he supported, and he turned to a topic that he repeatedly brings up on the campaign trail: drugs.

John Kellner. Photo: Sharon Sullivan

Kellner said he opposed Weiser’s friend-of-the-court brief in support of a Philadelphia nonprofit in its legal battle with the federal government regarding its efforts to open a supervised drug injection site.

“He supported a lawsuit – injection sites in Philadelphia,” said Kellner, 40, who’s a former U.S. Marine Corps prosecutor and current district attorney for Colorado’s 18th Judicial District in Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. “I think injection sites are a terrible idea.”

Weiser said he doesn’t support drug injection sites, either.

“I’m not for them – I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Weiser said. “The issue is, states should be allowed to experiment, like how Colorado has experimented with legalizing marijuana.”

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CO Republican Statehouse Candidate Is Election Denier Working for Mike Lindell

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Republican state senate candidate Melody Peotter

A Colorado Republican state Senate candidate is employed by My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell to promote election fraud conspiracy theories.

Melody Peotter, who is running for Senate District 25 in the north Denver suburbs, lists Lindell Management as her employer on her personal financial disclosure form.  Lindell funds Cause of America, the national conspiracist organization Lindell modeled upon the Colorado-based U.S. Election Integrity Plan (USEIP), and he told Reuters that he pays other election-focused employees through Lindell Management. Two right-wing conspiracists who endorsed Peotter say she works specifically for Cause of America.

Peotter was one of the original members of USEIP. Founder Holly Kasun added Peotter and her husband Brian to the organization’s Basecamp communication platform on Nov. 28, 2020, the same day it was created.

USEIP Basecamp chat, Nov. 28, 2020

The group’s chat logs show that a week later, Melody was responsible for adding new members. Melody, whose USEIP profile image shows the same person as pictures her campaign site and personal Facebook pages, added 99 members to the group’s platform in late 2020 and the first half of 2021.

USEIP Basecamp chat, Dec. 5, 2020

Amy Scott Grant, a new age self-help author who blogs as “Patriot Amy,” endorsed Peotter as a true “constitutional conservative.”

“Melody works for Mike Lindell’s Cause of America and is all in on election integrity,” writes Grant. “She’s also a staunch patriot, a hard worker, and a loving mom. I know this individual personally as a co-worker and a friend. Melody stepped up when no one else was running her district.”

The USEIP chat logs also show Peotter’s answer to the group’s discussion question, “Read any good books lately?” She praises an antisemitic conspiracy book: “None Dare Call it Conspiracy by Gary Allen. A little old, but so many truths still resonate today!”

USEIP Basecamp chat, Jan. 3, 2021

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Congressional Candidate Aadland Endorsed by QAnon, Anti-Immigration Figures

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Tilt your head to the right and squint to see the “Q” in Aadland’s logo.

By Heidi Beedle, Colorado Times Recorder

Erik Aadland recently announced endorsements from far-right thought leaders Paul Vallely and Tom Tancredo.

Last month, The Colorado Times Recorder reported on Aadland’s connection to far-right and QAnon social media accounts, and his recent endorsements from Tancredo, a former congressman and contributor to white nationalist publication VDARE, and Vallely, who was described by Media Matters as an “unhinged right-wing conspiracy theorist,” are another sign of Aadland’s connection to fringe, extremist politics.

“I am inspired and enthused by Major General (Ret.) Vallely’s endorsement,” said Aadland, a Republican, in a campaign announcement. “It’s an honor to earn the trust of a leader and thinker of his caliber. I share MG Vallely’s concern about the severe issues facing our economy, public safety, energy, and educational systems, and I intend to fight for all Coloradans to resolve these crises. I appreciate the leadership that MG Vallely and his generation gave us during their time. I will continue that tradition by ably representing the 7th district in Washington.”

Vallely, who graduated from West Point in 1961, retired from the U.S. Army in 1991 and has worked as an analyst for Fox News. Alongside Mike Flynn, Phil Waldron, Seth Keshel, and others, Vallely is part of a group of former military intelligence officers who have cast doubt on the 2020 election and endorsed QAnon conspiracy theories. Vallely has also endorsed Colorado gubernatorial candidate Danielle Neuschwanger, who first ran as a Republican but became the nominee of the American Constitution Party.

“QAnon is information that comes out of a group called ‘The Army of Northern Virginia,’” said Vallely during a 2019 appearance on the Americanuck Radio podcast. “This is a group of military intelligence specialists, of over 800 people that advises the president. The president does not have a lot of confidence in the CIA or the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) much anymore. So the President relies on real operators, who are mostly Special Operations type of people. This is where ‘Q’ picks up some of his information.”

Vallely’s statement about “The Army of Northern Virginia” is a reference to the U.S. Army’s Intelligence Support Activity, which was given the nickname, popular in military special operations circles, by the late 80s. Flynn has benefited from the QAnon movement, but also said that Q is “total nonsense” created by the CIA. Others have suggested that failed Arizona congressional candidate Ron Watkins could be behind the mysterious posts that spawned the conspiracy-motivated movement.

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“Disheartening”–Centennial Institute Director Slams Joe O’Dea

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By Isla Lader, Colorado Times Recorder

One day after the U.S. House passed the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 8404) on July 19 with support from 47 Republican federal lawmakers, the director of Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute and chairman of the Western Conservative Summit, Jeff Hunt, announced on a local talk radio show the launching of a petition effort to pressure Colorado’s two U.S. Senators to vote against the bill which seeks to codify federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages.

CCU’s Centennial Institute Director Jeff Hunt

The Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University is a think tank that holds public policy seminars and describes its mission as such, “By proclaiming Truth, we aim to foster faith, family, and freedom, teach citizenship, and renew the spirit of 1776.”

The petition against H.R. 8404 stands against the federalization of same-sex marriage, but also what the petition supporters claim is an expansion of marriage definitions.

“It is a startling expansion of what marriage means—and who may be sued if they disagree—that threatens the freedom of numerous ‘decent and honorable’ Americans of different faiths, creeds, and walks of life who wish to live consistent with their deeply-held beliefs.”

The Respect Marriage Act also includes measures to give statutory authority to interracial marriages. The petition clarifies that the Centennial Institute does not oppose interracial marriage, though, and is focused primarily on opposition to same-sex marriage.

“We do not oppose interracial marriage. The deceptively titled “Respect for Marriage Act” attempts to make marriage genderless, standing in direct contrast to Christian values, threatens traditional morality, and undermines states’ ability to determine their own standards based upon the beliefs and mores of their society. Please ask your Senator to vote ‘NO’ on H.R. 8404, the Respect for Marriage Act,” reads the text on the Centennial Institute’s petition

The Centennial Institute would not comment on if they’d support the federalization of interracial marriage.

Before the petition’s release, Hunt expressed his concerns over Colorado Republican U.S. Senate nominee Joe O’Dea’s support for the Respect Marriage Act in an interview with radio pundit Dan Caplis on 630 a.m., KHOW.

Joe O’Dea, challenging incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet, is on record saying he was glad to see the H.R. 8404 pass in the House.

“You’ve got a lot of politicians in both political parties who spend way too much time trying to tell people how to live their lives,” O’Dea had said. “That’s just not me. I live my life. You live yours,” O’Dea said. “Let’s get on with solving the huge challenges facing the American people.”

Responding to O’Dea’s comments, Hunt said to Caplis, “The Republican nominee for [U.S.] Senate in Colorado is, quote, ‘glad to hear’ that we may have some Jack Phillips situations here? That’s disheartening. It’s disappointing to see both sides willing to embrace this approach.”

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Colorado State Senate Candidate Tim Walsh Funded Far-Right Conspiracist’s Videos

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“I’ll get politics out of the classroom.”

Front Range developer Tim Walsh, who is running for state senate in Jefferson County, promises to “keep politics out of the classroom,” but he’s also funding a right-wing group with the opposite goal: teaching a conservative Christian version of American history to young people.

In December 2020, Walsh and his wife Lisa launched the Tim and Lisa Walsh Family Foundation. Other than its registration filing with the Colorado Secretary of State, no public records of the 501c3 nonprofit exist, and it’s currently listed as delinquent with the SOS for failing to file periodic paperwork.

The Colorado Times Recorder was only able to find one reference to the foundation’s activity: far-right conspiracist documentarian Dinesh D’Souza thanked Walsh’s foundation for its “generous donations” in a pair of acknowledgments at the end of two of short videos he made for right-wing curriculum outlet PragerU.

D’Souza’s most recent film, “2000 Mules,” is a widely debunked conspiracy movie that alleges without evidence that thousands of “ballot mules” cast illegal ballots in the 2020 election, flipping the results from Trump to Biden.

Prior to marketing the Big Lie, however, D’Souza made a name for himself as a far-right author and documentarian. His historical takes range from the dubious – he blames America’s “cultural left” for 9-11, to the absurd: “Was slavery a racist institution? No.”

More recently, D’Souza has produced numerous short videos for PragerU, a right-wing media farm founded by conservative talk show host Dennis Prager. PragerU specializes in shareable “explainer” videos with a conservative spin. It’s goal? “Promote American values through the creative use of educational videos that reach millions of people online. Serving all ages, our content offers a free alternative to the dominant left-wing ideology in culture, media, and education.”

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Indicted CO Clerk Says Boebert Dined With Conan Hayes The Day After He Copied Election Files

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As the U.S. House Select Committee showed the nation that the Trump administration worked closely with extremist groups like the Oathkeepers to overturn the 2020 election, Mesa County, Colorado, Clerk Tina Peters yesterday told a conference of extremist sheriffs that Conan Hayes, the man whom she permitted to copy her county’s election server files, had dinner with her and Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO) the next day.

“I’m going to tell you one more little tidbit and then I’m going to get off the stage because this is going to bring a lot of house down,” said Peters at an all-day press conference in Las Vegas hosted by the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) yesterday. “But I believe that if you tell the truth, you never have to worry about what you said. “The day that the man that came in to do the image on the Mesa County computer, I promised him I would protect his identity because he had just brought down one of the biggest human trafficking rings in the United States, maybe the world. So a liar and a cheat came up and said he would use his identity. And now he’s out there saying, he didn’t even know who I was, but he was flying back on Mike Lindell’s plane after the symposium and all these other things. “And you know what? You know who else met him? So he did the image on a Sunday. And it was not in the middle of the night. It was in the afternoon after his flight got in. Monday night, he was with me, [former Boebert Campaign Manager] Sherronna [Bishop], one of our candidates for commissioner, and Lauren Boebert! No — don’t clap for her. Do not clap for her!”

For those not familiar with the Clerk Peters election saga, her statement may be confusing, so here’s a brief explanation.

Twitter account @get_innocuous did much of the early reporting on Hayes’ role in “election audits”

Peters says she promised not to disclose the identity of the man who “did the image,” because of alleged risks to his safety. While various facts reported over the past year have pointed to former surf wear CEO Conan Hayes, who was working for wealthy tech conspiracist Patrick Byrne at the time, as the person who copied the voter files, it wasn’t until a New York Times report on June 26 that Hayes’ identity was confirmed.

In the middle of her story about Hayes and Boebert, Peters briefly mentions another man, the one she refers to as “a liar and a cheat.” That’s Gerald Wood, a local resident whom she vetted to be an IT contractor apparently only to create an office ID badge for Hayes to use.

Peters then returns to talking about Hayes, saying he conducted the imaging of the computer drive on Sunday before dining with her and Boebert on Monday. That timeline matches reporting that the files were copied on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Reached for comment, Peters declined to elaborate on the substance of the evening’s conversation, but confirmed that Boebert and Hayes met at the dinner which took place in Grand Junction and said there were witnesses.

“Just know this,” said Peters. I got a hug from the Congresswoman and she told me “thank you for what you’re doing. Let me know how it goes.”

Neither Boebert nor Bishop responded to requests for comment. This article will be updated with any responses received. Attempts to reach Hayes for comment were unsuccessful.

Peters also announced that another of her former employees had been arrested on charges related to the election security breach, breaking news since reported by the Grand Junction Sentinel. That story also cites an affidavit from a county investigator naming Hayes as the man who made the disk image, further confirming his identity.

Peters used her former employee’s arrest as the opening hook of her speech at an election fraud press conference in Las Vegas yesterday.

“I’m mad as hell and we’re not going to take this anymore,” said Peters at the CSPOA conference. “You know what today is? Today is my election manager’s birthday. Do you know where she is? She’s in jail. Our crooked D.A. arrested her yesterday, knowing today is her birthday. She’s in the Mesa County jail right now for impersonation.”

The CSPOA is an anti-government extremist group that uses debunked “sovereign citizen” arguments to claim that local sheriffs have complete authority over their jurisdiction including the power to ignore state and federal laws. CSPOA founder Richard Mack, a former director of the Oathkeepers militia which was involved in the Jan. 6 insurrection, is calling on sheriffs to use their powers to investigate the debunked election fraud claims made by the conspiracy movie 2,000 Mules.

O’Dea’s Trumpy ‘Build the Wall’ Stance Seems Like a Bad Idea

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Colorado Senate candidate Joe O’Dea made his fortune building large public works projects including transit stations, highways, and bridges. In the closing days of the last month’s primary, O’Dea promised GOP voters that if elected to the U.S. Senate, he’ll complete Trump’s largest and most controversial construction project — the border wall.

On the day before the primary election, the O’Dea campaign texted voters a six-second video in which O’Dea says, “Want to build the wall? Hire a contractor!”

The line was clipped from O’Dea’s speech at the 2022 Western Conservative Summit (WCS), an annual conference organized by the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood.

The border-wall line was intended to fire up the ultra-conservative WCS crowd that day, and presumably to do the same for as-yet undecided primary voters on June 27 when it appeared on their phones.

O’Dea, a Republican, elaborated on his immigration position in an on-stage interview at the WCS with KNUS talk radio host George Brauchler.

Asked what he would do about open borders, O’Dea responded bluntly, “Shut the border! That’s easy. Build the wall. Hire a contractor — I’ll take care of it. We’ll get it built.”

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Trump Coup Plotter Boris Epshteyn Advising Ganahl Campaign

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The day after her primary win, Colorado Republican gubernatorial nominee Heidi Ganahl gave an interview to Steve Bannon in which she credited her closer-than-expected victory to her “great team, including Boris and Brad,” referring to Boris Epshteyn and Brad Parscale. All three men at one time advised former President Trump. Bannon and Parscale ran his 2016 and 2020 campaigns, respectively. Epshteyn worked in the White House and on the campaigns, including as a legal advisor to the group, which also included Bannon, that worked to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

“We got through! We just worked our tails off for the last three weeks since we knew what they were doing,” said Ganahl. “I’ve got a great team –lots of folks helping us out, including Boris and Brad. It’s been quite an experience. It’s sharpened our toolset. We are ready to go to take on Jared Polis and beat him in just four months.”

Epshteyn, Parscale, and Bannon have all been subpoenaed by the January 6 Select Committee. The Committee accuses both Epshteyn and Bannon of planning the insurrection on behalf of former President Trump. Bannon is facing criminal contempt charges for his refusal to comply with the subpoena. His trial is set to begin later this month, following yet another ruling against him by the Trump-appointed judge. Epshteyn has publicly admitted to helping the Trump campaign attempt to create slates of “alternate electors,” to override the voters in several swing states. The committee summarized Epshteyn’s role upon announcing his subpoena:

“Boris Epshteyn reportedly attended meetings at the Willard Hotel in the days leading up to January 6th and had a call with former President Trump on the morning of January 6th to discuss options to delay the certification of election results in the event of Vice President Pence’s unwillingness to deny or delay the certification.” House Select Committee press release, Jan 18, 2022

Ganahl campaign advisor Boris Epshteyn

In its letter to Epshteyn the committee cites “credible evidence that you publicly promoted claims that the 2020 election was stolen and participated in attempts to disrupt or delay the certification of the election results based on your allegations.”

As reported by Politico- “In the filing, authored by House counsel Doug Letter, the select committee pointed to emails between Eastman and prominent figures in Trump’s orbit — Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon, Boris Epshteyn and others — as they strategized to keep Trump in office.”

Those emails include this correspondence between Epshteyn and coup memo author John Eastman, who was then still working for the University of Colorado’s Benson Center.

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GOP Governor Nominee Ganahl Still Won’t Say 2020 Election Was Legitimate

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Despite the pundits’ pleas, Heidi Ganahl just can’t quit the Big Lie.

With most political reporters highlighting Colorado Republicans’ relief at their base only electing one overt proponent of Trump’s Big Lie in Lauren Boebert, local conservative strategists and political experts are more focused on the gubernatorial nominee’s reluctance to reject the conspiracy. Case-in-point, columnist Eric Sondermann:

“Heidi Ganahl…needs to quickly demonstrate readiness for prime time,” writes Sondermann. “A starting point would be to offer a simple, clear, declarative sentence on the validity of Joe Biden’s election. That is a task that has, so far, eluded her.”

Ganahl’s refusal to reject the Big Lie has been an issue since the launch of her campaign when she snapped at 9News’ Marshall Zelinger for asking the question.

On Tuesday 9News posted its raw footage of the press gaggle immediately following Ganahl’s primary win. The Q&A portion lasted less than two minutes. Why so short? Nearly ten months into her campaign, Ganahl still refuses to plainly say the 2020 election wasn’t stolen. It was only the second question reporters asked and yet just 60 seconds later, her spokesperson pulled the plug.

Reporter: Do you believe there was fraud in the 2020 election? Ganahl: You know, I want to move forward. I want to bring us together in this state. The most important thing we can do around election integrity is A) ask people to get involved to be election judges and poll watchers, but B) to provide transparency. What Jena Griswold and the legislature did with this recent legislation was stop that- they made it harder to be transparent. They took power away from county clerks and gave it to the Secretary of Sate’s office. That doesn’t bode well for making people confident in our elections. There are a lot of people who feel unsettled about all the elections, so we’ve got to do whatever we can to change that. That’s the bedrock of our democracy. Reporter: But were you confident in the results of the 2020 election? Ganahl: I’ve already answered that question many times. We’re moving forward and we’re talking about the ’22 election from here on out. Reporter: Speaking of that election, Tina Peters is already claiming there was fraud in today’s election, can you respond to that? Ganahl: I’m focused on my election. I’m excited. I’m proud. We’re going to enjoy the evening and then we’re going to get to work first thing tomorrow morning on beating Jared Polis. Spokesperson: [off-camera] That’s it, guys. Thank you!

Sondermann repeated his point on air to CPR’s Ryan Warner yesterday, who asked him if the question will dog Heidi Ganahl in the general election.

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Ganahl To Eastman: ‘I’ve Heard Wonderful Things About You’

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Former CU Boulder Visiting Professor and insurrectionist John Eastman

By Jason Salzman, Colorado Times Recorder

Heidi Ganahl, a Republican who’s running to be governor of Colorado, has stated multiple times that she “never met” John Eastman, who was a legal architect of Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

But, in fact, as first reported by 9News’ Kyle Clark June 17, the pair did meet via email; they exchanged at least 10 messages, as they tried to set up a lunch appointment late last year.

“I have heard wonderful things about you and would love to get together if you are available,” wrote Ganahl to Eastman on Oct. 6, 2020, in the initial email in the thread, obtained from a source.

“So nice to make you’re virtual acquaintance,” responded Eastman, who was then a visiting scholar at the University of Colorado’s Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization.

The two, along with Eastman’s wife, settled on a lunch date for Wed., Nov. 18, according to the email thread, but Eastman had to cancel the appointment because, he wrote to Ganahl, he’d “been down with a nasty cough for a week” and he didn’t “yet see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Eastman didn’t divulge in his email to Ganahl, who was a CU Regent at the time, that he’d caught COVID from people associated with the Trump administration, according to 9News. He’d contracted the disease when he and Trump officials discussed Eastman’s baseless plan to overturn the 2020 election results.

About a month prior to his email exchange with Ganahl, Eastman touched off a national outcry after speculating in a Newsweek op-ed that Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris might not be eligible to serve as vice president because her parents were possibly temporary visitors to the U.S. at the time of Harris’ birth.

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Senate Hopeful O’Dea Backed Ref C, FASTER

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Joe O’Dea, aspiring Republican nominee for U.S. Senate

Joe O’Dea, the construction company CEO who hopes to challenge U.S. Senator Michael Bennet this November, has been all over the airwaves in recent weeks advocating for limiting government and cutting spending, but he’s previously supported taxpayer-funded initiatives which have accounted for billions of tax dollars spent over the past two decades.

His current position is that government should be responsible for just three responsibilities: military, police and infrastructure. This enthusiasm for shrinking government includes a willingness to cut Medicare and Social Security, two overwhelmingly popular programs that have kept literally billions of Americans out of poverty. 

“We need to cut back our federal government to make it small and efficient, so it can do the things we need it to do: fund our police, fund our military and fund our infrastructure,” said O’Dea in the same June 1 interview with Ross Kaminsky in which he discussed cutting Social Security. He’s also praised Trump Administration cuts to safety, health and fiscal oversight agencies:

“I believe in a small, efficient government. We need to start hacking that back. I thought that what Trump was doing with the EPA [Environment Protection Agency], with what he was doing with OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration], with the Internal Revenue Service, some of these things just need to be cut back.”

However, O’Dea hasn’t always been so averse to collecting and spending taxpayer dollars — specifically, over a decade ago, when he stood to gain from government funding of roads and bridges.

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Ganahl Told GOP Donors That Benson Center’s Private Funding Protected It From Eastman ‘Controversy’

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Former CU visiting professor John Eastman, CU Regent/GOP gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl.

University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl wasn’t yet officially running for governor last August, but the room of Republican donors knew it was coming. Introducing her to the Lincoln Club of Colorado luncheon audience, emcee Kelly Sloan concluded by saying, “Of course, rumors persist about her future ambitions, which I will leave to her to address or not as she so chooses.”

Ganahl didn’t announce her candidacy that day. Instead, she talked a lot about a favorite topic: defending free speech on college campuses and other ways conservatives can fight back against the largely liberal culture of today’s universities. She shared her various experiences as a conservative regent on a progressive campus, such as trying to revitalize CU Boulder’s dormant debate club, supporting student leaders of Turning Point USA, and pushing back against her Democratic colleagues’ desires to address issues of diversity and equity. She also praised former President Bruce Benson for founding the university’s conservative think tank, the Center for Western Civilization, Thought & Policy, which was later renamed in his honor.

Her mention of the Benson Center led her to address a topic she’s been reluctant to speak about in public: former Benson Center Visiting Professor John Eastman, who is currently under investigation for his role in helping former President Trump attempt to overturn the 2020 election.

Ganahl was encouraging the room of Republican supporters and donors to “vote with [their] dollars,” in part restricting any contributions to CU to specific programs, such as the Benson Center.

“One of the things I found as a Regent is that probably the most effective way you guys can change things is to vote with your dollars — vote with your tuition dollars and vote with the dollars that you donate. … I do think the money is really the only way we’re going to make a difference,” Ganahl told the group. “Whether it’s exposing speaker fees, whether it’s the Benson Center, which is privately funded, which protected it over the last year with all the controversy that was going on with Eastman.”

Ganahl’s mention of “exposing speaker fees” references examining the university’s public records to see where organizations and departments are spending the university’s money. Conversely, the Benson’s Center’s private funding offer “protection” in part because its donors and spending are shielded from public view. At the time Ganahl claimed that the Center doesn’t receive any public money, but a recent investigation by Colorado Newsline revealed that tens of thousands of dollars flow from CU’s general fund to the conservative think tank.

Later Ganahl told the room to be very specific with any donations to institutions of higher education like the one she represents. “If you do donate to a university, make it very clear in the contract — and you are allowed to do this — how that money will be spent and that it cannot go into a general pool, said Ganahl. “And then tell them what your donor intent is for those dollars.”

Eastman was working for CU when he authored the infamous coup memo and when he spoke at the Jan. 6, 2020, rally that preceded the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. In March a federal judge found that Eastman and Trump likely committed crimes in their attempt to prevent Joe Biden from taking office. CU subsequently barred him from speaking on its behalf and stripped him of his classes. CU Provost Phil DiStefano offered the only public condemnation of Eastman by university leadership, with then-President Mark Kennedy, as well as Ganahl and the other Regents, remaining silent.

A month earlier, however, Ganahl praised Eastman, calling him “fantastic” and describing his work as “riling some folks up.”

Since launching her campaign, however, she’s avoided publicly discussing Eastman or her own views on the Big Lie, an omission that’s dogged her gubernatorial run, particularly following reports that she praised an election conspiracy group at a private meeting of supporters.

The Ganahl campaign did not respond to a request for comment on what exactly Ganahl finds controversial about Eastman and whether or not she agrees with his debunked claim that the 2020 election was fraudulent. This article will be updated with any response received.

The event’s other speaker, Professor Alan Kahan, had at the time just been selected by the Benson Center to replace Eastman as its Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought for the 2021-2022 academic year (His appointment has since been extended for another year.). Kahan agreed with Ganahl’s view that money talks and conservative donors should earmark their gifts very carefully.

“Colleges like to receive dollars! They’re willing to make sacrifices of their principles — liberal principles — if that’s what it takes,” said Kahan. “If you really want to see a true Western civilization course happen, you don’t say, ‘I’ll give the money to Common Core.’ You say, ‘I, of course, don’t want to dictate the curriculum or the reading is because that’s against academic freedom and no professors ever tolerate that. But yeah, I want to insist that there be some kind of Western civilization course, in a recognizable form, and here are a few parameters.’ Or it’s going to be run by this advisory board, and this advisory board will consist of honest-to-God real distinguished academics, but academics of a certain sort who are going to make these decisions.”

Boebert Blasts O’Rourke, AOC, Argues Against Gun Laws in Wake of Mass Shootings

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert used firearms for her background during virtual committee hearings.

By David O. Williams for the Colorado Times Recorder.

Colorado congresswoman Lauren Boebert on Wednesday tweeted lawmakers are powerless to stop mass shootings like Tuesday’s slaughter of 19 elementary school students in Uvalde, Texas, writing, “You cannot legislate away evil.”

That prompted congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to ask, also on Twitter, “Why even be in Congress if you don’t believe in doing your job? Just quit and let someone who actually gives a damn do it instead of acting like a useless piece of furniture when babies are shot with AR15s that we let teen boys impulse buy before they can legally have a beer.”

The school shooter, who was killed by U.S. Border Patrol agents, reportedly bought two AR15-style semiautomatic assault rifles soon after his 18th birthday.

Boebert, a Western Slope Republican who carries a handgun and rose to prominence as a hardline gun-rights advocate, fired back at Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat: “Ms. Defund the Police, Gun Free Zones have proven to be deadly. Let me know when you’re ready to do your job and effectively protect our schools with armed security. Let’s meet and solve this.”

But the Uvalde shooter reportedly was confronted by both an armed school security officer and two police officers, who he shot before barricading himself into a classroom and killing 19 students and two teachers. In a May 14 massacre at a grocery store in Buffalo, an armed security officer also unsuccessfully confronted a shooter who killed the guard and nine others.

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Yet Another Colorado GOP Fundraiser Giving Away an AR-15 Rifle

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The Teller GOP-branded AR-15 includes a 30-round magazine (with 15-round reducer) that also features a Republican logo.

By Brittney Becerra, Colorado Times Recorder.

To encourage citizens to attend its June 11 “Big Tent” candidate debate, Teller Country Republican Party will be once again giving away a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle to the winner of its “Awesome Silent Auction.”

The southern Colorado Republican group is not only publicizing the chance to win an assault rifle, but also the “Mouthwatering BBQ Food, and Complimentary Beer and Wine Bar” that will be offered at the event.

The event is meant for Republican voters who live in Teller County to meet the candidates running for office and will raise money for the party. All announced candidates have been invited, but as of right now the confirmed candidates are:

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Ganahl Disputes Claim She’s Earning the Nickname ‘Hiding Heidi’

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NOCO Ladies for Liberty hosts monthly meetings featuring Republican candidates

Some grassroots conservatives say Heidi Ganahl, a Republican candidate for governor, is avoiding events where she would have to share a stage with other candidates — a claim Ganahl’s campaign disputes.

In addition to her primary opponent Greg Lopez claiming Ganahl won’t do any televised debates, Mickie Nuffer, a Loveland grandmother who founded Northern Colorado Ladies for Liberty, says Ganahl backed out of a May 5 event upon learning Lopez would be there.

Nuffer, who founded the NOCO Ladies for Liberty in February of this year, says she was inspired to hold the gubernatorial event after hearing then-Republican candidate Danielle Neuschwanger speak in Fort Collins that same month Nuffer launched her group. Initially, Nuffer said, she planned to invite just Neuschwanger and Ganahl and have the event focus solely on women candidates, but that by the end of February her group decided a forum with the other main candidate Lopez made the most sense. When Neuschwanger failed to make the ballot via assembly, that left Ganahl and Lopez for the event.

“I confirmed all three and it was always with the understanding that it depended on what happened at our State Assembly,” said Nuffer. “So we knew that, Danielle, because of [the assembly vote], was not going to be on the GOP ballot.
“And so at that point, it was going to be Heidi and Greg. We started selling tickets for our event and I’ve been in constant contact with both of the campaigns because because of our rapid growth and we actually at one point had to switch venues.
“So we finally settled on May 5th at the Sweetheart Winery, and I get a call from Heidi’s campaign and they told me that they were not going to be able to make the event. They said they had gotten a copy of the Eventbrite [invitation] and saw that we had listed it as a forum, and that’s not what they agreed to. And I said, Well, the only thing that has changed from all of our conversations is that Danielle is not going to be there any because she was knocked off the GOP ballot. So that’s the only thing that changed. And they said, well, they had decided back — and I don’t know how how far back — but they decided that they were not going to do any more debates or forums and that’s why they were not going to join us.
“And so I said, ‘We are in the beginning stages of planning this evening. What kind of event would it have to be for Heidi to still come and join us? And they said that she would not come if there were any other candidates present. And what I was told is — basically in quotes — that ‘she did not want to get into a wild horse race with another candidate.’ So I certainly was not going to un-invite Greg at this point and so that’s where we’re at. I just thanked him for his time.
“Heidi is going around the state saying her message resonates with women, grandmothers, moms in the trenches, and I thought, well? It’s kind of interesting to me since here we are, a group of women, grandmothers…and yet obviously we were not her brand of women. I know today it’s hard to define what a woman is but obviously we didn’t qualify for her brand of woman.”

Greg Lopez is telling a similar story at recent campaign events. At the opening last month of his campaign headquarters in Parker, Lopez said that 9News and CBS Channel 4 each proposed televised debates to both campaigns, but that the Ganahl campaign refused them all…

 

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Neuschwanger Has Accepted Invitation to Become Constitution Party Nominee For Colorado Gov

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Danielle Neuschwanger, coming soon to a ballot near you.

Former Colorado Republican gubernatorial hopeful Danielle Neuschwanger, who rode a wave of grassroots support to early straw poll victories, isn’t giving up her political hopes just yet. Yesterday during an interview on a conservative religious podcast, after claiming her former party rigged the assembly vote against her, Neuschwanger said she will be the Constitution Party’s nominee.

Reached for comment, Neuschwanger clarified her previous day’s comments, saying she’s only accepted an invitation to the American Constitution Party’s vacancy committee meeting and that the nomination process itself will take place this Saturday. Asked for more details about her political future, Neuschwanger declined to provide specifics, but promised that she’d have lots more to say at an event this Saturday in Parker.

Two weeks ago at the Republican Party state assembly in Colorado Springs, Neuschwanger came up just short of the required 30% threshold to make the primary ballot, tallying 27% of the delegates’ votes.

The vote followed an extended dispute over calls for using paper ballots instead of the electronic voting system provided by GOP officials. Immediately following the announced results for governor, Neuschwanger threatened legal action against GOP chair Kristi Burton Brown.

She now says she has proof that the party purchased the handheld clickers and associated software package “with the sole intent to rig the election.”

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CO Republicans Stand With Homeschool Group That Promotes Anti-LGBTQ Extremism

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Heidi Ganahl smiles as WallBuilders president Tim Barton likens angry conservative parents to Revolutionary War soldiers.

Tim Barton of the ultra-conservative anti-LGBTQ Wallbuilders group delivered the keynote speech Friday at the Christian Home Educators of Colorado’s (CHEC) annual “Homeschool Day at the Capitol.” last Friday.

The event also featured “Interactive Activity Booths” from CHEC partner groups, including the John Birch Society, a far-right conspiracist group known for stoking fears of communism.

Several Republican legislators and both GOP gubernatorial candidates, Heidi Ganahl and Greg Lopez, joined the conservative evangelical group on the west steps of the state Capitol.

Ganahl later shared pictures of the event on Facebook, praising and tagging CHEC directly in her post.

Heidi Ganahl Facebook post, April 23, 2020.

CHEC Board President Bill Roach praised the candidates and legislators as warriors for Jesus.

“We’re thankful for stalwart leaders,” said Roach. “It takes principled men and women who are not afraid of the enemy to stand. It’s an arduous job to stand in the minority and so many critical issues… I pray that you would give them fear of God and not fear of men. Father, we know that this building is not our safe house. We know that Jesus is our safe house. We’ve seen signatures and stamps of approval on wickedness that has come through here. … May they remember that you sit on the right hand of the father and you will not stop until all enemies are under your footstool. Lord, it’s tough days when evil is strong in this building, but pray with these behind me.”

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In Declining to Charge a Donor, GOP AG Hopeful Kellner Didn’t Mention Campaign Cash

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18th Judicial DA John Kellner is running to be the GOP nominee for Colorado Attorney General

Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney John Kellner, the Colorado GOP’s lone candidate for attorney general, faces an ethics complaint for his decision not to charge a former Douglas County undersheriff and campaign donor with misconduct despite a finding of probable cause by investigators.

The misconduct in question involves Kluth’s directing an employee to delete sensitive records from her personnel file prior to running for Douglas County sheriff.

Kellner’s decision not to file charges was first reported by 9News last month. 

“Based on a thorough review of the investigative findings in this case, we have probable cause to believe Holly Nicholson-Kluth committed the crime of Official Misconduct in the First Degree and Official Misconduct in the Second Degree,” reads the JeffCo Sheriff case report. “These acts were all found to have been committed in 2019 during Nicholson-Kluth’s tenure with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, specifically while she was serving in the capacity of Undersheriff.”

The ethics complaint filed with the state’s Independent Ethics Committee (IEC) by progressive advocacy group ProgressNow Colorado notes that former Undersheriff Holly Kluth, made two donations totaling $350 to Kellner’s DA campaign in 2020. Colorado law caps the maximum contribution to a non-statewide campaign at $400, the lowest amount in the nation.

“I submitted a letter this morning to the Colorado Supreme Court requesting an investigation of District Attorney John Kellner, for violating the rules of professional conduct as well as for prosecutorial misconduct for his failure to disclose his conflicts of interest when he refused to prosecute his high-profile campaign donor,” stated Sara Loflin, Executive Director of ProgressNow Colorado.

Loflin’s complaint raises the previously unreported issue of campaign donations from Kluth, whose intention to run for Douglas County sheriff was already public at the time of the investigation, to Kellner, who was already running to replace his term-limited boss, George Brauchler, as DA for the Eighteen District.

Kellner’s office gave two reasons for dealing to charge Kluth: First it noted that the statute of limitations had already expired, given that the alleged crimes took place in April 2019 and that circumstances needed to invoke the “discovery” exception to the time limit don’t exist. Secondly, it assessed the evidence to be “insufficient to support a reasonable likelihood of success at trial.”

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CO Republicans’ Proposed Resolution: Ukraine Crisis Shows Need for Civilian Militias in U.S.

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By James O’Rourke for the Colorado Times Recorder

A list of proposed resolutions for the Colorado GOP’s upcoming State Assembly, set to take place this Saturday, includes a statement that claims Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shows the necessity that American civilians be armed.

Colorado GOP Chair Kristi Burton Brown, who formerly led conspiracist group FEC United, which has its own militia division.

The list, sent out in an email to GOP officials by Colorado GOP Chair Kristi Burton Brown, appeared on the Colorado GOP website.

Resolution #12, “Upholding the Second Amendment,” reads as follows:

“Whereas it is a fundamental right to feel safe from harm in one’s home and in public, and whereas, recent events in Ukraine and other places around the world have shown an undeniable requirement for citizens to be armed and trained in the uses of arms, and whereas, an unarmed population is truly defenseless to aggressors at every level, Be It Resolved that the Colorado Republican Party shall wholeheartedly affirm the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution which states: ‘A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.’”

It is unclear whether the writers of this resolution think that Ukraine’s geopolitical position is comparable to that of the U.S.; whether the U.S. is at risk of being invaded; or who they think could potentially be “aggressors.”

Other resolutions on the list stoke a similar climate of wariness, with Resolution #11 listing “freedom from fear for ones’ safety in any way, be it bodily harm, fear of property destruction, fear of anarchy from general lawlessness” as reasons for promoting law and order and “properly funding” the police.

The list does not shy away from other key GOP issues, either. It also contains a resolution claiming that abortion “is not reproductive healthcare but instead an inhumane procedure that intentionally and purposely kills the most defenseless members of the human race.” The resolution sets course for Republicans to pursue the full defunding of Planned Parenthood.

Beyond that, one resolution claims that a large portion of Coloradans “on both sides of the aisle” have distrusted the integrity of elections for the past six election cycles. That equates to twelve years, long before Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 Presidential election brought claims of election fraud into vogue.

Read the full list of resolutions here.

‘Do You Know Who I Am?’ Reports Show CO Senate Candidate Campana Tried to Pull Rank on Police

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POLS UPDATE: The Colorado Democratic Party tags in:

“It’s clear that as an elected official Gino believed he was above the law. Even more troubling, he showed a disturbing lack of respect for Colorado police and he may have encouraged underage drinking at his home. How can Coloradans trust someone who thinks they play by a different set of rules than the people they represent?” – Colorado Democratic Party Spokesperson Nico Delgado

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Gino Campana (R).

According to reports filed by four of the six Fort Collins Police officers who responded to his house late one evening in May of 2013, Gino Campana, the recently elected city councilman, didn’t just want them to know he was a public official, he tried to order them around.

Despite only facing a noise citation and a request to break up the rowdy high school graduation party he was throwing for his daughter, Campana’s behavior was so “argumentative” and “uncooperative” that officers had to threaten him with arrest for obstruction before he finally agreed to produce his ID.

Campana told the Associated Press, which first reported this story last week, that he doesn’t remember arguing with officers or nearly being arrested. Nevertheless, incident reports from four separate responding officers describe what most people would consider a memorable encounter with law enforcement.

According to the official report, Campana didn’t answer the door when they knocked. Instead, he approached them from the sidewalk after walking out from behind his home.

“…a male came around on the south side of [the house next door] on the sidewalk. He shined his flashlight at Officer Harres and myself and requested that we come over to speak to him.” —Officer Barnes.

When the officers informed him of the noise complaint, Campana’s initial response was to tell them that they needed to be careful as to how they shut down the party, as it was possible some of the teens were drunk.
Then Campana, elected to city councilman less than two months earlier, asked one of the officers if the officer knew who he was, before telling them again to “be smart” about shutting down the party and telling them he didn’t want to read about it in the newspaper the next day.

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