9News’ Kyle Clark Is a “Conspiracy Theorist” and “Really Disgusting,” Says Boebert

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R).

I’ve been loosely documenting the complaints against journalists from top elected officials in Colorado for years, and guess who just made the nastiest comment yet (in public, that is)? U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO).

How’d you know?

Here’s what Boebert said about respected 9News anchor Kyle Clark Saturday.

“I don’t even want his name to come out of my mouth. He’s really disgusting,” Boebert told KNUS’ Randy Corporon Saturday. “But he is a conspiracy theorist through and through. He is obsessed with them. He is continuously working on creating them. I can’t even imagine what his basement looks like.”

In response to a Colorado Times Recorder tweet with Boebert’s insult, Clark deadpanned over Twitter:

“Rep. @laurenboebert’s communications director left this weekend after a few weeks on the job,” tweeted Clark, “Her new team has Boebert laser-focused on issues of importance to Western Colorado like water, public lands, and economic recovery,”

Colorado lawmakers who attack journalism publicly are mostly conservatives.

But unlike Boebert, they hold back on the personal insults, focussing more on what they see as liberal bias, an accusation that’s usually unsupported by evidence, in the form of a study or data of any kind, especially at the local level.

Former Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), for example, baselessly accused 9News’ Anusha Roy of bias last year after she asked him an uncomfortable question. Gardner’s comment came after he aired multiple broad swipes at journalism over the years.

As a Congressman, Mike Coffman, also a Republican, accused the New York Times without any proof of rigging a poll against him.

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CU Prof, Who Was Called “Fantastic” by Regent Ganahl, Pressed Pence to Block Election Confirmation

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A visiting scholar at the University of Colorado, who was recently praised as “fantastic” by the lone Republican who holds a statewide elected position in Colorado, stood by President Trump in the White House as he desperately tried to stop Congress from declaring Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

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John Eastman, a controversial conservative figure who is currently a “visiting scholar” at CU Boulder’s Benson Center, a privately funded entity that promotes conservative views, was part of a last-ditch effort to convince Vice President Mike Pence to try to block certification of the presidential election based on baseless accusations of fraud.

Eastman, who’s been a fierce promoter of Trump’s misinformation and spoke at the Trump rally prior to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, was in the room as the president pressed Pence to execute an act that had no legal basis.

The New York Times reported yesterday: “In the Oval Office last week, the day before the vote, Mr. Trump pushed Mr. Pence in a string of encounters, including one meeting that lasted at least an hour. John Eastman, a conservative constitutional scholar at Chapman University, was in the office and argued to Mr. Pence that he did have the power to act.”

Eastman’s statements about election fraud were criticized last week by CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano, and faculty at Chapman University, where Eastman holds a faculty position, have asked that he be fired. Chapman’s president announced it would not fire the professor.

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One of Eastman’s biggest fans at CU is CU Regent Heidi Ganahl, who holds the at-large seat on the CU Board of Regents. After Republican Sen. Cory Gardner’s loss in November, Ganahl is the only Republican who’s elected by voters statewide.

In December, Ganahl gushed over Eastman, despite his controversial statements.

“There are fantastic folks who come in [to the Benson Center],” said Ganahl in December. “Right now, it’s Dr. John Eastman, who’s riling some folks up.” Ganahl said the center teaches students about “the beauty of western civilization and the history,” and the faculty have “different point of view than most of the faculty at CU.”

Ganahl didn’t return a call seeking to know if she’d changed her view of Eastman.

Meanwhile, an progressive group aimed and empowering young people said Eastman should no longer be a visiting professor at CU.

“It’s undeniable now that Professor Eastman attempted to use the power and access granted to him as a professor to subvert democracy and enable white supremacists,” Nicole Hensel Executive Director of New Era Colorado told the Colorado Times Recorder. “Allowing him to retain his title as a visiting professor on the CU Boulder campus only enables him further—inaction sends the message that the University does not stand up for truth and integrity and that BIPOC students’ safety is not a priority.”

Eastman responded without citing evidence that election fraud has “subverted democracy.”

“State and local election officials who altered or ignored state election laws designed to protect against fraud in mail-in voting is what has subverted democracy,” Eastman emailed the Colorado Times Recorder when asked to comment on New Era’s stance. “Calling attention to that fact in formal legal pleadings before the Supreme Court of the United States, which is what I have done, is what subverts democracy.  But it seems a lot of people are having trouble with that basic concept.  As for ‘enabling white supremacists,’ I have done nothing of the sort, and would not do so.  The claim is defamatory.”

Eastman, who is also an attorney, speculated in a Newsweek op-ed last year that Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris might not be legally qualified to be vice president, eliciting accusations of birtherism. He’s said he was just raising the question.

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Gazette Editorial Page Editor: Trump Mob Was ‘Probably Antifa’

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Wayne Laugesen.

In a Facebook exchange today, the editorial page editor of the Colorado Springs Gazette wrote of the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol: “They looked nothing like members of the typical Trump rally crowd. Probably Antifa.”

The Editor, Wayne Laugesen, did not respond to inquiries via email and Facebook Messenger asking for evidence for his view that the mobsters were likely Antifa, a left-wing protest group. There is no evidence of Antifa involvement.

The Colorado Springs Gazette, owned by conservative billionaire Phil Anschutz, has criticized right-wing activists, like those at the Capitol today.

In one editorial, possibly penned by Laguesen, the newspaper criticized Republicans for being “sore losers” for trying to recall Democratic lawmakers.

“Our country chooses representation with fair, civilized, regulated elections,” wrote the Gazette in October of 2019. “Losers in that process should focus on winning the next time, not on changing the last election’s results. Sore losers, from both parties, look ridiculous.”

Laugesen’s comment today appeared in a Facebook post of his wife, Dede Laugesen, a former Trump campaign staffer who recently promoted election fraud conspiracies at pro-Trump rally in December.

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Boebert Says Polis Sends Nazi “Brown Shirts” to Enforce Health Orders in Her District

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R).

Angry about Colorado’s public health orders requiring restaurants to restrict services during the pandemic, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) accused Colorado Gov. Jared Polis of sending “Brown Shirts in to make sure everyone shuts down.”

“Brown Shirt” is a term used to describe a member of the Sturmabteilung, Hitler’s Nazi militia that attacked and often killed opponents of Hitler’s rise to power.

“Here in Garfield County where my restaurant is, restaurants are closing once again because Governor Polis has sent his Brown Shirts in to make sure everyone shuts down,” Boebert told KVOR’s Jeff Crank Dec. 26. “It is sad. It is depressing. Business owners cannot pay their employees. They will not be able to pay rent. We’re worried about all of these folks who won’t be able to pay their rent. But what about the actual mortgages? Who’s going to hold the owners of these buildings and help them out? You know, all of this is just a mess and we need to reopen our country for business.”

State Rep. Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock), who was the Republican House Leader at the time, said last year that Polis’ stay-at-home orders could lead to a “Gestapo-like mentality.” The Gestapo were the Nazi secret police.

Polis tearfully responded to the accusation in April.

“As a Jewish American who lost family in the Holocaust, I’m offended by any comparison to Nazism,” said Polis, as quoted in The Denver Post. “We act to save lives — the exact opposite of the slaughter of 6 million Jews and many gypsies and Catholics and gays and lesbians and Russians and so many others.”

Polis is Colorado’s first Jewish and openly gay governor.

Neville later apologized, telling the Denver Post that he should have said “authoritarian” instead of “Gestapo.”

Under state rules, Garfield County restaurants have faced a range of restrictions at various times during the pandemic, including limitations on indoor seating and mask-wearing requirements.

Other Republicans and GOP groups, in Colorado and elsewhere, have compared COVID health orders to Nazism, without singling out Polis.

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Film Spotlights Stories of Abuse at Aurora ICE Facility

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A local filmmaker has teamed up with community groups to produce a documentary featuring tragic stories, told from multiple perspectives, about an immigrant detention facility in Aurora.

The film, titled “The Facility” and premiering online Friday, spotlights current and former detainees, living on the inside, and family members and advocates, fighting for their release on the outside.

A trailer for the documentary presents detainees and family members describing abuse at the facility.

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Durango Mayor Dean Brookie to Boebert: ‘We Don’t Need This Type of Rhetoric in our Community’

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Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert.

U.S. Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert (R-CO) wants you to think she’s a fighter. She’s pushing back on COVID health orders. She’s saying, “Hell no,” to Beto O’Rourke. She’s poised to confront U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). And she has her gun on her waist.

So it’s no surprise to hear her on the radio yesterday slamming the Democratic mayor of Durango, Dean Brookie, during a discussion of a yogurt shop that, like Boebert’s own business, flouted mask-wearing and other health orders to combat the virus.

“The mayor went on record and said, ‘You know, we will just let businesses like this starve over the winter. How many people really eat frozen yogurt in the winter anyway?'” Boebert told KHOW’s Ross Kaminsky Thursday (here at 1:24:05). “‘Just let them do what they are doing. We’ll just starve them out.’ That’s a paraphrase. But I mean, that’s what he is saying to the citizens of Durango.”

It doesn’t sound like something that would slip off the tongue of any mayor, so I emailed Boebert’s spokeswoman to find out where Brookie said it. And I did a news search.

Nothing showed up about the mayor saying anything like this, so I called Brookie.

“That’s a totally inaccurate characterization of anything I ever would have said,” Brookie told me.

“I think she’s representing a certain vocal minority,” said Brookie, when asked why Boebert would make the allegation.

“It’s in keeping with the rhetoric that politicizes this issue.

“Meanwhile, people in our community are dying.” “Right now, today, we have a serious outbreak. We don’t need this type of rhetoric in our community,” Brookie said.
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The Durango yogurt shop, Top That Frozen Yogurt, generated national attention, like Boebert’s restaurant did, when it attacked measures to combat COVID-19, generating heat from public health officials.

“Your mask is as worthless as Dean Brookie,” appeared on a chalkboard in the yogurt establishment.

Then the shop offered a 10% discount to customers who didn’t wear a mask when buying yogurt.

The shop has now apparently shut down and the owners are leaving Durango.

Brookie said he and the City Council, as well as city staff, are implementing programs to try to help businesses. They closed streets during the summer, allocated most federal relief funds directly to restaurants, and paid for a portion of third-party delivery services, he said.

Brookie expects an ordinance to pass soon that will defer restaurant sales tax through March.

Brookie is holding a forum on Dec. 17 with restaurant owners “to discuss anythig else that we can possibly do to help restaurants survive over the next three to four months.”

“In total 180-degree opposite of what Ms. Boebert is suggesting, our community is very proactive in assisting restaurants in surviving, and at the same time, assuring a safe experience for patrons and workers.”

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Apology Forgotten: Radio Host Brags About Wishing for a “Nice” School Shooting

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The Colorado Times Recorder calls out bigotry, racism, hate, and insensitivity that cling to fringe elements of humanity.

But at what point is it counter-productive to shine our spotlight, such as it is, on conservatives who fully admit they’re delivering ugly online outrages simply to get attention.

Case in point: Chuck Bonniwell was fired last year from KNUS radio after the Colorado Times Recorder reported on his wishing for a “nice school shooting” to break up the monotony of the impeachment hearings.

He apologized to varying degrees multiple times by in December, saying it was a joke.

But last week, he bragged about making the nice-school-shooting comments.

“I don’t say things I don’t believe,” said Bonniwell, who’s the publisher of the Cherry Creek/Glendale Chronicle, last week on his Chuck and Julie podcast, which has conservative sponsors. “We got thrown off the air, because I say things I believe.” “Well, you didn’t believe your comment there,” said his wife and co-host Julie Hayden, a former Fox 31 Denver reporter, trying to remind Bonniwell that he’d apologized for the remark previously. But Bonniwell would have nothing of it. “We ought to have a nice school shooting in which nobody gets hurt,” said Bonniwell. “Just something to take it off the stupid impeachment.”

Bonniwell’s unapologetic bravado is a far cry from what Bonniwell told the New York Times about his school-shooting comment in December of last year.

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Boebert To “Rally the Troops” in Georgia

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Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert (R-ifle).

You knew the only thing stopping Congresswoman-elect Lauren Boebert (R-CO) from exploding across the conservative underworld nationally was actually getting elected.

Now that she’s cleared that obstacle, Boebert is lighting up social media, Fox News, and other right-wing platforms as she launches her national campaign for…anything that will draw more attention to herself.

That’s the theme that runs through Boebert’s life. To the extent she’s been successful in business and politics, it’s because she knows how to get attention.

The latest sign of her national rise is her travel schedule.

She was on the radio over the weekend bragging not about returning to Colorado in December to talk to constituents but, instead, about “fun trips,” first to Georgia to inflame right-wingers there in hopes of getting them to vote.

“A couple of fun trips in December that we are taking,” Boebert told KNUS’ Randy Corporon Friday. “I’m gong to Georgia to help with the Senate races. And I’ll be down there with Senator Cruz. And we’ll be rallying the troops down there” (here at 43:30).

Republicans are worried that Trump’s lies about rigged elections will keep loyal and logical conservatives from voting in Georgia’s upcoming Senate election, because, why vote if the election is rigged anyway?

Boebert continues to not only question the election results, but also attacks any elected official who isn’t doing the same.

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Boebert Is Mad at Capitol Police for Not Providing Her With a Gun-Storage Locker

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U.S. Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is relieved that members of Congress are allowed to carry firearms in Washington, despite the city’s gun ban, but she’s angry at the Capitol Police for not providing her with a way to store her gun while she’s on the floor of the House of Representatives, where guns are prohibited.

During her orientation for new House members, Boebert asked the Capitol Police if they’d provide a locker for her to store her gun while she’s voting in the House chamber.

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After not getting a clear response, she asked if she could store her gun in the existing lockers used by the Capitol Police.

The police denied her request.

“Okay, so what am I supposed to do?” asked Boebert as she told this story Friday on Denver’s KNUS radio. “Am I supposed to put my firearm on the ground with a sticky note that says, ‘Please don’t touch. I’m going in here to vote, be right back?’ You know, if I’m going to be disarmed at this point, I need a way to store my firearm.”

Capitol regulations state that the “responsibility resides with the member” to store their weapons safely, according to a report by the Associated Press, quoting 2018 statements from the Capitol Police. The NRA broadly takes the same stance that gun owners are responsible for storage.

So, it’s expected that most Congresspeople who carry weapons at the Capitol store them in their offices while they’re casting votes or visiting the gun-free House floor.

But Capitol Police do not check to make sure lawmakers aren’t walking onto the House chamber with their guns, according to a former member of Congress quoted by the AP.

Boebert’s spokeswoman didn’t return an email asking if Boebert would secretly carry a gun onto the House chamber.

Boebert, who’s built a restaurant, Shooters Grill, and a persona around carrying a gun constantly, called the Capitol’s gun protocol “unclear and potentially dangerous.”

She even let a teenage server carry a gun in her diner, flouting Colorado gun law.

On the radio, she ridiculed a Democrat who tried in 2018 to ban Congresspeople from carrying guns at the Capitol.

Boebert is “grateful” for the “service and dedication” of the Capitol Police, but she doesn’t want to “assume that it’s their responsibility to protect” her, she said on KNUS.

“You know, why put their life in danger if I have the ability to protect my own life,” she explained.

She also said that she’s concerned about her own safety when she walks from her apartment to the Capitol in Washington DC, which has a violent-crime “pandemic.”

Boebert, who declined to talk to the Associated Press which first reported that she asked about carrying her gun at the Capitol, said on the radio that she “will be getting my concealed-carry permit, so I can get my firearms to D.C. and walk around with my firearm concealed.”

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Jenna Ellis Claims Dominion Voting Machines May Have “Swung” Colorado Races

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Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis.

After joining a news conference yesterday with Rudolph Giuliani claiming without evidence that widespread fraud undermined November’s presidential election, Trump’s legal advisor Jenna Ellis jumped on a Denver conservative radio show and alleged, again with no evidence, that Colorado-based voting machine firm may have committed fraud to give victories to losing candidates in Colorado.

“We are seeing how Dominion may have swung some of the state and local races in Colorado as well,” Ellis told KHOW radio host Dan Caplis yesterday afternoon. “I mean, this is stuff that is just incredible and is absolutely unconstitutional and goes against our fundamental constitutionally protected right to free and fair election. So this is massive.”

Ellis is referring to the Dominion voting platform that’s used in 62 of 64 Colorado counties and in other states. It’s come under baseless fire by Trump’s legal team challenging election results.

On the radio yesterday, Ellis didn’t specify which Colorado races may have been affected by fraud.

Ellis said, “We are also getting some people who have independent knowledge,” said Ellis, declining to “share anything further to protect their identity.”

But Colorado voting experts, including former Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Republican county election officials have expressed complete confidence in Colorado’s November election.

“I can’t speak for what’s going on across the nation, but I can tell you, right here in Larimer County and in Colorado, I’m completely comfortable with our system as we have it,” said Larimer County Clerk and Recorder Angela Myers, a Republican, on KCOL this week here at 20 min. “I feel like it’s been completely reliable. We’ve had no issues of any kind, no indication that there have been any issues of any kind of these many, many years.”

In Colorado, said Williams on KNUS over the weekend, “the process is working; we can prove that it’s working; we can show that every step of the way has been conducted properly.”

“With respect to Dominion, we have run over 350 risk-limiting audit tests on Dominion’s software in Colorado,” said Williams. “It has passed every single one of those. So we have verified in election after election, in county after county, that the system functions properly.”

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Death from COVID of Nunez a ‘Wake-Up Call,’ Says Holbert

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“If anybody out there thinks that this can’t happen to them and their friends, the Joe-and-Lilly story really woke people up to, ‘Yeah, it can,'” said Chris Holbert, Colorado’s Senate Republican leader, expressing his sadness today over the death from COVID-19 of former state Rep. Joe Nunez of Douglas County and his wife, Lilly.

“It’s been a wake-up call for people who knew Joe and Lilly,” Holbert told the Colorado Times Recorder.

On KNUS 710-AM’s Steffan Tubbs Show yesterday, Holbert signaled his support for a special session of the Colorado legislature to pass COVID-19 relief measures.

“We’re coming back for a special session because there is extra money from last fiscal year that we can allocate,” he said on air. “And I think that those four proposed concepts for bills–Senate Republicans will generally be in support. But we haven’t seen any bill language. So, you know, what are the details? Show us the language of how they actually propose to do these things. And we might be supportive. We might not, but we don’t know yet.”

Holbert said he didn’t want to “suggest that your legislature can solve this problem.”

“This is something we have to solve together,” he said.

Holbert says he believes masks are useful in combating the viurs and wears one.

Still, Republicans in Colorado continue to push back mask-wearing orders.

Most of the Republicans in Colorado’s House met without masks for their caucus leadership elections at the Capitol Nov. 9, prompting Democratic State Rep. Joni Arndt of Fort Collins to tweet a photo of the group along with, “Please do better.”

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Scott Gessler Will Be Next CO GOP Leader, Says GOP Pundit

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Former Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a.k.a. the “Honey Badger.”

Speaking on a conservative podcast last week, a former Republican congressional candidate said former Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler will be the next state GOP chair because “you can’t beat somebody with nobody.”

No one will run against Gessler because “there is no value in the position,” George Athansasopoulos, who lost a 2016 race to U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), told Chuck Bonniwell and Julie Hayden during their podcast last Monday.

Reached by phone by the Colorado Times Recorder, Gessler declined to comment on whether he is running for the post.

During Monday’s show, Hayden also referred to Gessler as a candidate for the position and indicated that U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, the current chair, would not run again. Buck didn’t return a call for comment.

Gessler seems ripe for the moment, as Republicans across the country falsely allege voter fraud. Gessler made specious accusations of voter fraud throughout his 2011-2015 tenure as secretary of state, at one point saying with no evidence that non-citizens voted.

He opposed Democratic efforts to pass a bill mandating mail-in ballots, saying it would lead to fraud, which it has not.

He didn’t seek re-election to his SOS job, instead launching a failed bid for governor in 2014 during which he lambasted his fellow Republicans, saying at one point: “We have these fearful, weak-kneed, timid Republicans who are more interested in scoring political points against me than standing up for principle and saying, ‘You know what? We have corruption in this state.’”

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Conservatives on How Colorado Republicans Can Win Again Statewide

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If you’re fair-minded and you look at Tuesday’s election in Colorado, you admit that it could have been worse for Republicans, but overall the Colorado Republican Party has grabbed Donald Trump and swung with him so far to the right that the GOP has become next to irrelevant here.

So how can Republicans move back to a reasonable zone on the political spectrum? How can they win again statewide–or short of that, exert any real power in state politics?

That’s what’s best for everybody in the long run. Democrats might win more elections in the short term if Republicans can’t shake the right-wing grip of Trump.

But in the long term, progressives and conservatives will be better off with a more moderate Republican Party. Otherwise, eventually, Republicans will create a subculture that will produce someone like Trump who manages to get real power in Colorado. It’s just a matter of time.

So, over the past week, I asked conservatives how the GOP could win again here, and a few themes emerged, starting with the need for the Colorado GOP to have reasonable leaders.

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Is Heidi Ganahl, the Last Colo Republican Standing, Cemented to the Trump Base?

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CU Regent Heidi Ganahl (R).

After truly devastating losses in 2018 and again this year, the Colorado GOP is left with only one Republican who’s been elected by a statewide vote in Colorado.

That’s little-known University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl, who won her statewide “at large” position on CU’s governing board in 2016.

Democrats will have a chance to claim Ganahl’s seat in 2022.

Ganahl did not return a call from the Colorado Times Recorder asking how she feels about being the last statewide-elected Republican in Colorado–or if she plans to seek re-election. She seems to have overcome some health challenges lately, and that’s, of course, great news that everyone wants to hear.

Publicly, Ganahl has expressed nothing but confidence in Colorado’s right-wing Republican leadership, even as the party was self-immolating here.

In a nomination speech last year for hard-line conservative Ken Buck to lead the Colorado GOP, she said that “we are on the right side of history.”

“It’s time to get to work to re-elect President Trump, to re-elect Senator Gardner, and to win back the state legislature,” she said in the same speech.

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CO Republicans Feel Blue as All Statewide Governing Bodies Now Under Dem Control

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner also lost his U.S. Senate seat today, leaving CU Regent Heidi Ganahl as the last Republican elected to a statewide office in Colorado.

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Richard Murray, a Republican running for a seat on the board that controls the University of Colorado, centered his campaign, in part, on warning voters that if he lost, Democrats would not only “flip control of the CU Board of Regents for the first time in 40 years” but also “take over the last statewide elected body with a Republican majority.”

Uh oh. That’s exactly what happened Tuesday.

Murray will lose to Democrat Ilana Spiegel by a wide margin, according to election results as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, and Democrats will continue to control the state House and the state Senate. Democrat Jared Polis occupies the governor’s mansion.

Murray didn’t return a call for comment Tuesday night seeking to know how it feels to lose his race and witness a historic assemblage of power by Colorado Democrats.

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner also lost his U.S. Senate seat today, leaving CU Regent Heidi Ganahl as the last Republican elected to a statewide office in Colorado.

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Kerry Donovan: Gardner and Boebert Violate County Mask Mandate

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Boebert poses in Rifle today.

State Sen. Kerry Donovan, a Democrat, tweeted a photo today showing U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and congressional candidate Lauren Boebert, both maskless and in violation of a Garfield County, Colorado, requirement that “facial coverings” be worn “in all settings, both indoor and outdoor.”

“Garfield County has a mask mandate — indoors & outdoors,” tweeted Donovan. “As COVID cases rise and small businesses worry about how to stay open, Gardner & Boebert violated that public health order outside Boebert’s restaurant in Rifle. On Election Eve.”

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“When My Party’s Wrong,” “Paid Protesters,” and More: Cory Gardner’s Greatest Quotes

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With the election so close, and Trump driving so many voters away from Republicans, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) promise to speak out against his own party stands out among everything he’s said from 2014 till today. It’s been oft-repeated, but how can it not top Gardner’s quote list?

“When my party is wrong, I’ll say it. When something is broken, I’ll fix it. I’m Cory Gardner, and I approve this message. I’d be honored to have your support. ” October 15, 2014.

Ranking other statements from Gardner doesn’t make sense, because he’s said so much that’s memorable. But here’s a list to chew on.

RESPONDING TO HIS OPPONENTS

“What I worry about though, of course, is the paid protesters from out of state who are crowding out those Colorado voices. That’s a big concern of mine. It’s a concern of my colleagues when they can’t hear the voices of their constituents because paid activists from out of state are getting in the way.” September 14, 2018.

Fox 31 Denver: “As you know, there’s been protests outside your office. There’s a protest outside this hotel, people wondering, during this week of recess, why aren’t you hosting a town hall?” Gardner: “Well look, we’ve had a number of opportunities to engage with a number of Coloradans around the state. And we’ll continue to do that….” February 22, 2017

“Obviously, voter motivation and intensity is important in elections. And if more on the radical left, the loony left, get out and vote than the right, that’s a problem.” September 19, 2020.

“This is nothing more than a revenge majority. They want to fight against a president that they believe never should have been elected in the first place, and so the policies that they are pursuing are all going to be based on revenge: investigations, cutting border security, doing everything they can to provide that revenge.” December 12, 2018.

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TrumpWatch Update: Some CO Republicans Still Refusing to Say Where They Stand on Trump

Even if you’re running for coroner–or especially if you’re running for coroner–Trump is the most import topic of the election.

Yet, some Colorado Republicans running for office this election won’t say if they support Trump, apparently believing that if they do so, they will scare away voters in competitive districts.

Since our first report exposing Republican candidates who won’t say where they stand on Trump, we’ve heard the voice of GOP candidate for CU regent, Richard Murray, in a tape recording to donors, saying he’ll cast his vote for the president. Murray won’t talk to reporters at all about Trump.

Other Republicans running for important seats won’t come clean about Trump.

State Sen. Kevin Priola of Adams County did not return another call today asking for his stance on Trump. State Senate candidate Suzanne Staiert of Arapahoe County won’t talk to the Colorado Times Recorder. Both seats could determine which party controls the Colorado Senate.

State House candidate Don Rosier won’t return our calls about Trump, even though he acknowledged this week to ColoradoPolitics, “There are times, I’ll be quite honest with you, where individuals want to… talk more about national politics, whether it be the president of the Senate race. I try to bring it back and say, ‘OK, let’s talk about the district, let’s talk about local, that’s why I’m out here talking with you,'” he told ColoradoPolitics.

Overall, not a single Republican elected to a state office in Colorado has said they oppose Trump.

Below is an updated list of Republicans in key races—and where they stand on Trump, if their position is known.

Candidates in Key Races Who Won’t Say if They Back Trump

Vanessa Warren-DeMott (House District 25, suburbs west of Denver). DeMott didn’t return a call seeking to know her stance on Trump.

Caroline Cornell (House District 37, Centennial area). Asked by CTR if she supports Trump, Cornell hung up the phone after saying, “I’m—I don’t—I’m afraid I have to get on another call right now. I’ll have to call you back.”

Lynn Gerber (Senate District 19, Jefferson County). Gerber didn’t return a call seeking to know her stance on Trump.

Vicki Pyne (House District 27, Arvada). Pyne didn’t return a call seeking to know her stance on Trump.

Kevin Priola (Senate District 25, Adams County). Priola did not return calls from the Colorado Times Recorder seeking his position on Trump. He “doesn’t want to talk about Trump,” according to The Denver Post.

Don Rosier (House District 37, Littleton/Evergreen). Rosier didn’t return calls seeking to know his stance on Trump.

Suzanne Staiert (Senate District 27, Arapahoe County). Staiert declined to tell the Colorado Times Recorder if she supports Trump, saying she’s “never been asked” the question by people during current the campaign.

Candidates Who Refuse to Say Publicly if They Support Trump, But Told Donors They Will Vote for the Prez

Richard Murray (University of Colorado Regent, Aurora area). “I don’t want to comment on the president,” Murray has said. Later he was caught on an audio recording telling GOP donors he would vote for the president.

GOP Office Holders in Key Races Backing Trump

U.S. SenCory Gardner. (Gardner once called Trump a “buffoon” and then said in 2016 he’d vote for him (after being asked seven times). Gardner eventually said he wouldn’t cast a ballot for Trump and voted for Pence. Now, he’s endorsed Trump.)

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck. (Buck led the “Never Trump” opposition at the 2016 Republican National Convention, before eventually accepting Trump as the nominee. He’s since become a fervent supporter.)

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn. Co-chair of Trump’s Colorado re-election campaign.

State Sen. Bob Rankin (Senate District 8, Northwestern Colorado). Rankin was an early Trump supporter, endorsing him at a time when many Colorado Republicans were uncertain about the mogul. He affirmed his support this week.

State Rep. Richard Champion (House District 38, Arapahoe County). Promoted his support of Trump during the campaign.

Republican Legislative or Congressional Candidates Backing Trump

Congressional candidate Lauren Boebert (facing Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush)

Congressional candidate Steve House (challenging U.S. Rep. Jason Crow)

Congressional candidate Casper Stockham (challenging U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter)

Robert Blanken (House District 17, Colorado Springs). “As a Republican, I strongly support Donald Trump,” Blanken told the Colorado Times Recorder, adding that the president “has made some errors in the ways he communicates” and Trump may have wanted rephrase or refrain from even discussing certain issues.” “I think he’s done a wonderful job,” he said.

Marilyn Harris (House District 59, southern Colorado). Considered it a “great honor” to vote for Trump.

Bob Roth (Senate District 26, Arapahoe County). Says he supports the president.

Select Former GOP Officials Opposing Trump

Former leader of the Colorado Republican Party Ryan Call.

Former state House GOP Minority Leader Rep. Cole Wist.

Former state Rep. Victor Mitchell. “Donald Trump is a despicable human being,” Mitchell told the Colorado Times Recorder.

Former Elected Officials Backing Trump

Former CO Secretary of State Wayne Williams

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On Radio, Boebert Confirms That She Opposes All Vaccination Requirements

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Lauren Boebert.

Colorado congressional candidate Lauren Boebert clarified over the weekend that she thinks vaccinations should always be a “personal choice,” regardless of the circumstances.

Colorado doesn’t mandate that residents get any type of vaccination, but Boebert’s stance would go further, stopping the state from requiring, for example, that most workers at licensed medical facilities get the flu vaccine, as Colorado law currently states.

Colorado also stops short of mandating that children get recommended vaccinations in order to attend public school

Instead, Colorado allows parents not to vaccinate their kids for medical or nonmedical reasons, as long as parents obtain a written medical exemption or take an online education module.

Boebert opposes such requirements, which passed into law this year.

“I believe that that is a personal choice,” Boebert, who also thinks mask-wearing should be optional, told KVOR radio host Jeff Crank on Saturday, referring to vaccinations. “And people should be able to talk with their doctors and make that decision, not having government come in and forcing that decision on people. So that should be between patients and doctors, not have more government intervention.”

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Brauchler Says Staiert Beat Hick “Like a Baby Harp Seal”

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Suzanne Staiert.

State Senate candidate Suzanne Staiert has been trying to distance herself from her partisan history, going so far as to scrub her campaign website earlier this year of information about her Republican background and her role in prosecuting former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, over minor ethics issues.

So it might have come as a shock to Staiert when KNUS talk radio host George Brauchler, a fellow Republican, introduced Staiert to his radio audience Saturday with, as Brauchler put it, “a little reminder to people of how you beat [Hickenlooper] like a baby harp seal on some of those ethics issues.”

Staiert received that introduction with a light laugh, and the two discussed the ethics charges before the radio interview moved on to Staiert’s race against Democrat Chris Kolker.

“Yeah, this one is really competitive,” said Staiert, referring to her swing district in Arapahoe County.

Brauchler speculated that Democrats are focusing on Staiert’s race because of a “little bit of Democrat revenge here for what you did to their golden boy, John Hickenlooper.”

Staiert sidestepped the accusation, saying “I don’t know what is motivating it.”

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In Three Incidents, Boebert Ignored Laws Designed to Protect Juveniles

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Lauren Boebert (center).

A Rifle restaurant owned by Colorado congressional candidate Lauren Boebert once had its liquor license temporarily suspended for serving alcohol to an underage (and undercover) Liquor Enforcement Division employee.

The restaurant, Putter’s Pub & Steakhouse, admitted to the 2015 violation and paid a fine.

Boebert herself didn’t sell the beer to the juvenile, and many establishments each year are caught selling booze to minors in Colorado.

But Boebert has exhibited a pattern of disregarding laws aimed at protecting juveniles.

In two additional instances, one related to alcohol consumption by minors and another to gun possession, she was hostile to or outright flouted such laws.

In 2015, the same year of her liquor license suspension, Boebert encouraged minors to flee police detention after the youngsters were arrested for drinking at the Country Jam music festival in Grand Junction.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s description of Boebert’s frantic efforts to convince the juveniles to high tail it from police is best grasped if you read the account of Colorado Newsline, which first reported on the incident.

Boebert tried to get juveniles, who were being held near the concert venue, to “leave the custody of law enforcement,” wrote Colorado Newsline.

Boebert was yelling at the children, claiming wrongly their arrests were illegal and “trying to get [them] to leave the custody of law enforcement,” according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s report, as quoted by Colorado Newsline.

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CU Regent Candidate, Who Refused To Reveal His Stance on Prez, Told GOP Donors He’ll Vote for Trump

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Richard Murray, a Republican who’s running for an open seat on the University of Colorado Board of Regents, would be expected to vote for Trump on November 3. After all, no elected Republican in Colorado has said they’ll abandon the President, despite his unpopularity here–and his extremism, like his refusal to commit to leaving office peacefully.

But during his watershed regent race that could become the high watermark of the blue wave splashing across Colorado, Murray has been refusing to say where he stands on Trump, likely because his pro-Trump stance would scare away swing Trump-hating voters.

Murray has been caught telling Republican donors that he will vote for the president, according to an audio recording released by a group opposing Murray.

In the recording, Murray is asked, “Are you going to be voting for Trump in the General Election?”

The question elicits laughter from the crowd, presumably because it would be preposterous for a Republican not to vote for Trump.

After a slight pause, Murray says, “Uhhh, yes.”

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Like Trump, Boebert & Others Who’ve Supported QAnon in CO Have Yet to Denounce It

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President Donald Trump added legitimacy to QAnon last week, refusing to denounce the baseless conspiracy theory and throwing renewed focus on other political leaders who are in Trump’s camp when it comes to QAnon.

Here in Colorado, at least four Republican officials, who have expressed their support for the QAnon, have yet to denounce the theory, which promotes the idea that a satanic cabal of pedophiles are out to undermine Trump and America. The FBI considers QAnon a domestic terrorism threat.

Congressional candidate Lauren Boebert is the Colorado candidate who’s gotten the most attention in QAnon discussions.

Boebert was apparently a QAnon follower before winning the Republican nomination. She followed multiple QAnon channels on YouTube and she’d said she hoped QAnon is “real.”

After beginning her campaign to take on Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush for the western/southern Colorado congressional seat, campaign staff began to push back on her QAnon label. However Boebert, like Trump, hasn’t denounced QAnon outright, instead saying she “not a follower.”

But even after saying she wasn’t a QAnon follower, she seemed to promote a QAnon conspiracy theory involving Tom Hanks getting his Greek citizenship because he’s a pedophile, and Greece classifies pedophilia as a disability.

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Another Case Emerges Where Boebert Didn’t Show Up for Court

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About three years ago, the Garfield County Court ordered Colorado congressional candidate Lauren Boebert to garnish the wages of an employee at her restaurant, Shooters Grill.

Boebert ignored the order. Over a period of ten months in 2017, she and her employee, who’d been sued for failing to pay a personal debt, continued to be nonresponsive to the court and the lawyers involved.

Eventually, the Garfield Court ordered Boebert to participate in a hearing via telephone, but she skipped the call, leaving other attorneys waiting for her on the phone.

The judge and the attorney for the debt collector, Professional Finance Company, were “present by phone” according to the case summary (here, here, here, here) and other case documents obtained by the Colorado Times Recorder from the Garfield Court via a records request.

But no Boebert.

Then she didn’t appear for a second court hearing, after being served a formal order to do so.

“Garnishee, Shooters Grill Failed to Appear,” reads the case summary for Oct. 17, 2017. “Default judgment against garnishee, Shooters Grill.”

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YouTube Bans QAnon Accounts Once Followed by Boebert

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Saying it wants to stop conspiracy theories used to justify harassment and violence, YouTube yesterday banned QAnon channels from its platform–two of which were followed by Colorado Congressional candidate Lauren Boebert.

Before running for Congress, Boebert followed multiple QAnon channels, including “Official QAnon Movement” and “Destroying the Illusion,” both of which have been removed by YouTube.

After defeating U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) in the GOP primary, it was revealed that Boebert had made sympathetic comments about QAnon.

When questioned about those comments, Boebert said she didn’t “follow” QAnon–but it was quickly revealed that she was, in fact, following multiple QAnon accounts on YouTube.

Boebert then deleted her YouTube account and other social media platforms, as first reported by the Colorado Times Recorder.

After deleting QAnon channels, YouTube, which is owned by Google, stated in a blog post, “Today, we are taking another step in our efforts to curb hate and harassment by removing more conspiracy theory content used to justify real-world violence.”

Boebert mocks critics worried about QAnon.

Boebert’s campaign communications director recently stated her belief, which isn’t supported by any credible information, that Google is targeting the email accounts of conservatives in a “nefarious” conspiracy, pushing Boebert’s email messages into spam folders.

YouTube’s deletion of some of Boebert’s QAnon channels came on the same day President Trump refused to condemn the conspiracy theory, which centers around the belief that government workers are out to get Trump and includes the idea that a Satanic cult of celebrity and Democratic pedophiles wield wide power.

Conspiracy theory experts see YouTube as essential in the growth and spread of QAnon, as numerous videos, including documentaries and talk shows, were posted on the platform that were seen by millions of viewers.

RELATED: Boebert Still Embraces ‘Deep State’ Conspiracy Theory that Gov’t Workers ‘Appear To Be Undermining’ Trump

Boebert’s campaign didn’t respond to an email asking about the deletion of her YouTube account–and how the apparent fact that she subscribed to QAnon channels on YouTube squares with the fact that she’s insists she’s not a follower of QAnon.

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