CO Republican Leader Warns of ‘Medical Harm’ from ‘So-Called’ Vaccines

Despite clear proof that getting a COVID vaccination is the best way to stay out of the hospital and the morgue if you get the disease, Colorado Republican leader Randy Corporon continues to rail against COVID vaccinations, saying evidence increasingly shows that “so-called vaccines” don’t protect you from anything and that unproven drugs, like Ivermectin, work.


“I’m just hoping that America wakes up in time,” said Corporon on his KNUS radio show Saturday. “Because I fear long-term medical harm to people who take these so-called vaccines.”

Corporon cited evidence from his radio guest, Dr. Peter McCullough, whose views on multiple vaccine topics have been fact-checked as wrong.

Corporon said his whole family had contracted COVID, which Corporon calls “flu-rona,” and they had access to unproven treatments, including Ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, Zinc, and Vitamin D, and “everybody within a few days was feeling great.”

Corporon called the push for COVID-19 boosters a “money game” for business interests, saying the “evidence is clearly showing [vaccinations] don’t protect you from anything.”

“A lot of lawyers — I’m a lawyer — are trusting the science, and they’re vaccinated,” said Corporon on air. “They’re boosted. And they are sick as dogs right now with flu-rona. And so it’s becoming more and more nonsense, everything we hear from the Supreme Court yesterday, the CDC.”

Corporon told the Colorado Times Recorder that he’s “not anti-vaccinations,” though he chose not to be vaccinated against COVID and would advise his family to “avoid the jab.”

“I am anti-propaganda, anti-coercion, and anti-mandates,” he said.

He contracted COVID-19 himself, describing it as producing “miserable flu-like symptoms, nausea, fever, cough, sneezing, exhausted, all at different times.”

“For instance, the start for me was vomiting and nausea for two days,” he said via text. “Then felt better other than extra tired for a couple of days till the coughing and sneezing, mostly coughing, and weakness kicked in.” He treated himself at home.

In addition to promoting misinformation about COVID, Corporon is a leading election conspiracist nationally.

In 2020, Corporon defeated Republican Senate candidate Eli Bremer and others in an election by Colorado GOP activists leaders to represent Colorado Republicans on a national governing committee.

In that 2020 race, Corporon crushed his closest opponent, former state Senate President Bill Cadman, by a 41% to 22% margin. Bremer got 15%.

Last year, Corporan represented a small group of city workers in a failed legal challenge to Denver’s vaccine mandate, telling The Denver Post at the time, “This is not a medical issue anymore, this is a highly politicized issue.” Corporon points to a police officer who claims the COVID vaccination made him unable to walk and debilitated him generally.

Why Is a Militia Group Raising Money for Marshall Fire Victims?

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Far-right conspiracist group FEC United and its militia division, the United American Defense Force (UADF), are seeking assistance (cash, food, clothes, housing, and more) for victims of the Marshall Fire and taking applications from victims to receive help, if the victims upload copies of their “driver’s license and a bank statement or bill” to FEC’s website.

“The Marshall Fire Evacuees are facing months or more of displacement and insecurity,” states FEC United’s Facebook page. “We are here to help! We are now accepting applications for displaced families. We stand together, we fight together, and we get through challenging times — together. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please complete this form and share this resource.”

Because FEC United is using organizing tactics, including the formation and deployment of a militia, that raise the specter of violence, its request of personal information from fire victims, ostensibly to vet applicants, is seen by some as potentially dangerous or as opportunistic.

FEC United founder Joe Oltmann recently called for Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and members of the media to be hanged for treason. Oltmann was present at the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and is one of Colorado’s top promoters of baseless election conspiracies. Oltmann is a plaintiff in the defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting System’s Eric Coomer, along with Trump lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani.

The leader of UADF is John “Tig” Tiegen, a former Marine and Trump campaign spokesman who’s said UADF teaches “urban warfare”. He labels himself a “government official” on his Facebook page. His Twitter page appears to have been suspended.

In 2020, Tiegen organized a rally in Colorado to “TAKE OUR FUCKING COUNTRY BACK.”


Brauchler: Vague Stance on Abortion Won’t Fly in CO

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George Brauchler.

A leading Colorado Republican, who lost a bid for statewide office in 2018, is counseling fellow Republicans not to dodge questions on abortion in this year’s election, saying people won’t accept statements like, “It’s a tough issue to tackle.”

“That’s going to become an issue that every single person running for every single office, probably even school board, is asked about. What’s your position on abortion?” said Braucher on his KNUS show Dec. 13, pointing out that the U.S. Supreme Court will make a consequential decision about abortion rights around June.

“People want to know where you stand on this. ‘Hey, I’m pro-life with exceptions for rape, incest, health-of-the-mother.’ Or, ‘I am pro-life across the board.’ Or, ‘Hey I think there ought to be abortion up until the second before that baby–‘ People are going to want answers,” he continued.

“We know Republican voters support abortion access because they’ve voted against abortion bans at the ballot box over and over,” said Karen Middleton, President of Cobalt, an abortion-rights group, in response to Brauchler’s comment. “But Republican politicians like [former Colorado Senator] Cory Gardner dodged the question. It would indeed be good to know on the record whether Republican candidates and politicians agree with the vast majority of Coloradans in supporting abortion rights. Even more broadly, Colorado voters do not believe in government interference in reproductive health care.”

It’s hard to find elected Republicans in Colorado who favor abortion rights, while Republicans in the state legislature and elsewhere have pushed for a complete abortion ban here. Colorado’s three GOP members of Congress recently called for an end to Roe v. Wade.

Brauchler briefly ran for governor in 2018 before dropping out to launch a failed bid to be the state’s attorney general.

During his 2018 race, he called those with concerns about Roe v. Wade “fearmongers,” and he indicated that he personally thinks Roe was wrongly decided, but he was vague on his own abortion stance during the 2018 campaign.

Brauchler has criticized reporters for pressing candidates on the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, but he indicated that abortion questions were fair game.

Still, he urged Republican candidates to be prepared with precise answers to questions both on abortion and the 2020 election. For his part, Brauchler has denounced election conspiracies.


Kulmann Won’t Say if Presidential Election Was Legitimate

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Jan Kulmann (R).

Another Republican congressional candidate in Colorado is refusing to say whether last year’s presidential election was legitimate.

Thornton Mayor Jan Kulmann, who’s running for Colorado’s new congressional seat, refused to answer the question last week, “Was the 2020 election stolen?”

In an extraordinary exchange with Republican radio host George Brauchler, who himself sits near the top of a thin GOP bench in Colorado, Kulmann dodged the election question so brazenly that Brauchler responded with, “That feels like either a yes or no; I don’t know how to interpret that, Jan, and I’m not trying to push too hard here.”

Brauchler: I’m going to ask you about two topics that are constantly in the news over the past 18 plus months, and you’re going to be asked this by the mainstream media. I guess I’m not part of the mainstream media. Nonetheless, I’m going to ask you ahead of time just to — and I’ve asked everybody this that’s been on: one, was the 2020 election stolen? Where do you come down on that? And, two, vaccine and mask mandates? Where do you come down on those?
Kulmann: Well, we start with the election, so knocking on doors for the last few months, what I heard was that there’s a real fear that people feel like their votes are not going to count. And so what I’ve encouraged people to do is, if you don’t vote, your vote doesn’t count. And so we can worry about policies that make sure that election integrity is the foremost important thing that we have because I want to make it as easy to vote as possible but as hard to cheat as possible.
Brauchler: I love that, but if I’m Marshall Zelinger, I’m going to push you and say, ‘In your opinion, was the 2020 election stolen?’
Kulmann: I think Biden is the president. And what’s unfortunate is he’s a horrible president. And so we have an opportunity in ’22 to take back the House and we have an opportunity in ’24 to take back the White House.
Brauchler: That feels like either a yes or no. I don’t know how to interpret that, Jan. And I’m not trying to push too hard here. But I want to be clear, –no other show you go on –like on the TV– will stop at just that. Those are all great answers. And by the way, they’re consistent with what I hear from a lot of people. But this is my own little advice as a guy who lost a statewide race: At some point, there’s just going to end up being a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ push to get there, and then it’ll get spun a different way. Let me ask you the other one where are you on the mask and the vaccine mandate?
Kulmann: I am absolutely against vaccine mandates. I’m pro-vaccine, I actually got the vaccine and I think it’s a good thing, but I don’t think that you should force that on anyone for any reason. On the mask side, I think we’ve gone too far for too long. Masks were great when we had no other opportunity. Now that we have ways of dealing with this virus in a different way, masks are just another level of control, and I think we need to figure out a way to live with this virus instead of just hiding from it.

In a monologue after his Dec. 13 KNUS interview with Kulmann, Brauchler explained in more detail why he thinks Kulman’s failure to answer the Big-Lie question is a problem.


When It Comes to the Prez Election, Multiple GOP Candidates in CO Can’t Speak for “Other States”

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Heidi Ganahl and Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters.

A linguistic pattern has emerged among Colorado GOP candidates who say our state’s 2020 election was legitimate but refuse to denounce the baseless accusation that the presidential election was stolen by Biden.

Instead of revealing if they think the presidential election was fair, they simply say they can’t “speak” for “other states.”

In multiple interviews, GOP gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl has refused to answer whether she thinks last year’s presidential election was legitimate, instead repeating, “I can’t speak for the election integrity of other states.” She then adds, “But I can speak for Colorado and I would not be running if I did not think I could win here.”

Ganahl dropped the same talking point most recently on KFKA’s morning show Nov. 30: “I can’t speak for the election integrity of other states, but I can speak for our state, and I wouldn’t be running if I didn’t think I could win here.”

Another Republican gubernatorial candidate, former Paker Mayor Greg Lopez, used a similar phrase in an interview this week.

I can’t speak for other states,” Lopez was quoted as saying. “I don’t know what happened in those other states,” Lopez said. “All I know is what I saw — that everybody saw — with the videos of suitcases coming out from underneath tables, you know, and hearing some of those things. There’s enough out there from different sources and different cameras. The thing that gives me pause for serious concern. Did we, as a nation in every single state, protect the election process integrity? And I think that’s a valid question to be asking. … And who knows if we’ll ever find out what actually occurred? I mean, people are still questioning and debating what happened with the Kennedy assassination, what happened with other major situations, right?”

The first Colorado Republican to use the “other states” line in reference to the presidential election appears to be U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO).

“It is so important that people have confidence in their election, that people understand that — I can’t speak for other states — in Colorado, we are doing it the right way and we have confidence in our election results,” Buck said in December of 2020. Buck has since indicated some faith in the U.S. election process, but how much is not clear.

U.S. Senate candidate Eli Bremer, a Republican running to unseat Democrat Michael Bennet, has taken a similar stance, without using the same phrase about other states, saying he “[believes] that in Colorado the results that were reported are correct.” But he has neglected to comment on the national election.

Throwback: Hobbs Plagiarized by Scott McInnis in 2010

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Scott “McPlagiarist” McInnis.

Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs is being remembered this week for his impressive contributions to Colorado (from water law to poetry), but Hobbs’ craziest and most powerful impact on the state was unintentional: In 2010, former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis (R-CO) plagiarized Hobbs’ work, leading to a scandal that knocked McInnis out of the gubernatorial race that year, and opened the door for John Hickenlooper to become Colorado’s governor when he otherwise arguably would have been defeated by McInnis or another sentient Republican.

As it was, the plagiarism scandal led Republicans to explode into self-destruction and, eventually, to split their votes between the eventual (and inept) GOP nominee, Dan Maes (who defeated a wounded McInnis in the GOP primary), and unflinching former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), who ran as the American Constitution Party candidate.

McInnis copied entire pages mostly verbatim from Hobbs’ writing in a series of articles titled, “Musings on Water,” which McInnis wrote as a fellow at the Hasan Family Foundation in 2005 – 2006 after McInnis left Congress. Four musings contained sections of Hobbs’ 1984 essay, “Green Mountain Reservoir: Lock or Key?”

Asked in 2010 about the apparent plagiarism, Hobbs told The Denver Post, which broke the scandal, “There are definite similarities. I would expect there would be some attribution.”

That’s all he said on the matter.

In a fatal mistake, McInnis blamed his researcher Rolly Fischer, who died in 2016, for the plagiarism.

“I had staff assistance, I had research, and as you know, the research – that’s where the problem is here,” McInnis told Denver 7 at the time. McInnis added on the radio that his assistant felt “very remorseful” and “sick about it.”

But, Fischer told Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, “Scott’s responsible for it.”


Boebert Claims Omar said, ‘We Still Need To Clean the Jew Juice Out of This Office’

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) claimed yesterday, without citing evidence, that when Democrat Ilhan Omar (D-MN) moved into the congressional office formerly occupied by U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Omar was “caught” saying, “We still need to clean the Jew juice out of this office.”

“Even one congressman, Lee Zeldin, he’s one of two Jewish congressmen,” said Boebert Monday on KHOW radio’s Dan Caplis Show in Denver at 27:15. “And whenever he left his office in Congress, [U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (R-MN)] moved into his old office, and she was caught saying, ‘We still need to clean the Jew juice out of this office.'”

“You’re kidding me,” replied Caplis,” without asking Boebert to say where she heard the allegation. “Oh man. Jeez.”

Listen to Boebert’s comment

“And, you know, I mean, this is the kind of rhetoric that comes from a person like this, and it’s absolutely disgusting,” Boebert continued on air. “And just because I apologize for offending someone’s religious beliefs doesn’t mean that I’m going to back down from calling her out on the horrible things that she has said about America and the horrible things that she’s done to America.”

No record of such a statement by Omar could be found, and there are actually only two Jewish Republican members of Congress (and dozens of Jewish Democrats). Calls to Omar’s and Zeldin’s offices were not immediately returned. Caplis also didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

Zeldin has said Omar should be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, due to comments she’s made.

Boebert appeared on KHOW’s Dan Caplis show to discuss her phone call with Omar Monday, in which Boebert said she hoped to seek forgiveness for offending Omar by suggesting Omar was a terrorist.

In the radio interview, Boebert repeated most of the points she made in a Facebook post following her phone call with Omar.

“I guess it’s kind of hard to apologize to someone who doesn’t see redemption for what it is,” Boebert said on air. “You know, I mean, as a Christian woman, my faith is very important to me, very valuable to me. And redemption and forgiveness is key to my religion. And so whenever you know, I was made aware that she was offended, I said, ‘Look, as a Christian woman, I never want to offend anyone for their religious beliefs, and I apologize for that.’ But that wasn’t enough for her. She wanted a public apology. I said there’s already a public statement out there. And that wasn’t enough for her. And I said, if there’s going to be another public apology, it needs to come from you to the American people for your anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-police rhetoric because that is what is destroying our country.”

Boebert said Omar hung up on her, which Boebert called “cancel culture 101, not accepting an apology and hanging up on someone. And this is the pillar of the Democrat Party.”

For her part, Omar said in a statement quoted by the New York Times, “Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Representative Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments. She instead doubled down on her rhetoric, and I decided to end the unproductive call.”

Caller to KNUS: The COVID Vaccine Is Killing People. Radio Host: ‘Spot On’ … ‘Good Call’

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Steffan Tubbs.

If you were heading out Friday afternoon and listening to KNUS, you might have heard a caller tell right-wing radio host Steffan Tubbs that the COVID vaccine has killed “hundreds, maybe thousands” of people, and officials refuse to talk about it.

“If they have 20 people die in a vaccine, they take it off the shelf,” the caller told Tubbs. “We’ve had hundreds, maybe thousands of people die, and they won’t even report it. And the instances and the things it’s done to people’s bodies, they’ve refused to talk about these things.”

Tubbs reply: “Yep, spot on.”

The caller continued, “It’s all fear-based. You know, they’re lying at some level. They are manipulating at some level.”

Tubbs’ final response: “Good call.”

I texted Tubbs as I waited at a drive-thru pharmacy: “Media covering up thousands of deaths due to COVID vaccine. You don’t correct callers like him?”

He responded with, “Please kindly F—K OFF and never text me again.”

On air, Tubbs called me “one of our trolls.”

“Is it wrong, because I couldn’t care about this idiot’s opinion or whatever, that [I texted him] you can kindly f-off and lose this number?” said Tubbs on air after I texted him. “Was that bad to say? …I didn’t think it was.

“And we are a loving show. I mean the wall of love is on fire since 3:00. The phone lines have been on fire.”

Perhaps Tubbs is worried that his “on fire” phone lines would dim if he pointed out there’s no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine has killed anyone. People have died around the time they took the vaccine but scientists haven’t linked any deaths to the inoculation.


Bremer: Voters Now Realize It Was Just Trump’s ‘Tone of Voice’ That Bugged Them

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A leading Colorado U.S. Senate candidate hopped on the radio last week and basically told Colorado’s swing voters they don’t care about climate change, preserving Obamacare, abortion rights, gun safety, democracy, immigration reform, courts… .

Eli Bremer, a former Olympian who’s running (first) to win the Republican primary and (second) to unseat U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), made these comments on right-wing radio as part of his minefield-laden campaign in which he has to look as if he likes Trump (to win over Republicans) without embracing Trump (to keep almost everyone else in Colorado from running away from him later).

Bremer thinks last week’s election results, both in Virginia and in Colorado, illuminated a path forward for him.

According to Bremer, Voters disliked Trump’s “tone of voice” so much last year that they forgot about how much they liked his policies.

“I think that there are a lot of people who didn’t like Donald Trump’s tone of voice, and they didn’t vote based on policies in the last election,” Bremer told KNUS’ Peter Boyles Nov. 3. “They voted based on personalities, and now they’re having some serious voter regret. And if Republicans capitalize on this in 2022, if we talk about policies, our policies work. Mayors are a dumpster fire train wreck. And if we can keep it on those policies and go and make it about our policies, we’re going to sweep the next election.”

In other words, get over the shallow personality problems, Bremer says. What you didn’t like about Trump was his snotty voice.

Did Colorado’s unaffiliated voters — who are in charge when it comes to elections here — really not understand what Trump stood for, policy-wise?

He tried to kill Obamacare. He torpedoed all immigration reform, even for DREAMers. He basically denied climate change, set us on a path to criminalizing abortion in many states, mocked the justice system and journalism, and may have ended democracy as we know it by spreading conspiracies about the election.

No doubt, Trump himself drove left-leaning voters to the polls in 2020. If Trump were to disappear, Democrats would likely have a tougher road ahead.

But he won’t disappear, and even if he did, check out any poll of Colorado’s unaffiliated voters and you see (mostly) that the policies of the Trump Republicans are mostly hated.

Yet, Bremer says (repeated for emphasis):

“I think that there are a lot of people who didn’t like Donald Trump’s tone of voice and they didn’t vote based on policies in the last election. They voted based on personalities, and now they’re having some serious voter regret.”

You feel for Bremer who’s got a thankless primary ahead of him, and maybe he could pull this off in some other state. But not in Colorado.

A List of CO Republicans Who Believe the 2020 Election Was Stolen — And Some Who Don’t

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James O’Rourke is co-author of this post.

Colorado Republicans show no sign of stopping their attacks against last year’s election results, both in Colorado and nationwide — even though claims that the 2020 election was rigged in favor of the Democrats have been debunked.

In Colorado, only a handful of Republican public figures have spoken out against this rhetoric.

Below is a guide on where Colorado Republicans stand on the 2020 election: whether they repeat the Big Lie, or stand against it–and whether they think Colorado’s own elections were fair.

Editor’s Note: This list will be updated. Please send additional information, omissions or corrections, to us.

CO Members of Congress Who Have Said the Prez Election Was Rigged:

CO Members of Congress Who Have Gone Back and Forth on Whether the Prez Election Was Stolen:

CO State Legislators Who Have Said the Prez Election Was Rigged:


Why Was Becky Hogan Excluded from the Conservative Slate Running for Aurora Council?

Five conservatives running for Aurora City Council have joined together to form a slate to promote their campaigns and key slogans. But one Republican candidate was excluded from the group.

That’s Becky Hogan, wife of former Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan.

Becky Hogan

“I was not asked to be a part; I was not not asked to be a part if you know what I mean,” answered Hogan when asked how it came to pass that she wasn’t included in the five-member slate, which includes Republicans Danielle Jurinsky and Dustin Zvonek, who — along with Hogan — are running for at-large seats, Republican Steve Sundberg, who’s running for Ward 2 in Northeast Aurora, Republican Jono Scott, who’s running in Ward 3, and conservative Bill Gondrez, who’s registered as Unaffiliated but has voted in every Republican primary election since 2006.

“In the early stages, I felt like I was on Survivor, and I’d been voted off the show,” said Hogan.

And it initially had the effect of lowering the profile of her campaign, she says.

“In the beginning, I got lost a bit, because people thought only five conservatives were running,” she said. “But in the end, people saw me as separate and being able to work on both sides. So I gained momentum and respect.”

Hogan, who calls herself a “bit of an old-school” Republican, says it was her more moderate views that prompted the other five “more right-leaning” Republicans to reject her.

The conservative slate running for Aurora City Council.

“I am more of a moderate, but I have fiscal-conservative values; I believe that less government is likely better,” said Hogan, whose late husband led Aurora for seven years after over two decades on the Aurora Council. “But I also believe that we should listen to our community. It’s a little different bent.”

She says the five aligned conservatives felt it was important to band together, but Hogan says there are risks to the strategy, which, she adds, is also employed by Aurora Democrats with more subtlety.

First, she said, some people might not see her as a team player, but she insists that she is, citing her bipartisan endorsements.

But Hogan says if you’re part of a slate, and “a candidate goes renegade, you are all linked to that.”

She declined to say if she thinks any members of the conservative slate have gone renegade, though some have revealed far-right stances, including not being vaccinated against COVID, and ties to right-wing groups.

RELATED: Republicans Campaigning Together to Take Over Aurora City Council

“What a slate does is, it simply identifies who to vote for, if you aren’t educated on the candidates,” said Hogan. “It makes it ‘easy’ for you, on both sides [Democrat or Republican].”

“And it allows you to pool resources and intellect. Running for office is hard; it provides support.”

The Aurora City Council election is technically nonpartisan, so the party-affiliation of the candidates, which can be found here, will not appear on the ballot.

None of the five members of the conservative slate could be reached for comment.

Aurora Council Candidate Claims To Have Been Misquoted But Won’t Say What’s Incorrect

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Aurora City Council candidate Danielle Jurinsky claims that I misquoted her a “couple” times in an article posted over the weekend, but she won’t say where the errors are.

In the piece, about a conservative slate of candidates that’s campaigning together to take over the Aurora Council, I wrote that Jurinsky welcomes being compared to U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), that she carries a gun, that she’s not received a COVID vaccination, and that she wants to make the Republican Party “cool.”

In a phone interview today, Jurinsky, a Republican, repeated an earlier claim that I misquoted her, but refused my request to point me to any statements in my article that were incorrect.

Here’s a transcription of my interview with Jurinsky:

Colorado Times Recorder: This is Jason Salzman with the Colorado Times Recorder.

Jurinsky: Jason, I don’t have anything to say to you.

Colorado Times Recorder: You said I misquoted you. I’d like to know where.

Jurinsky: You did a couple of times. You did.

Colorado Times Recorder: Where?

Jurinsky: It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. You are not going to clean up the record. It’s obvious that you apparently have the biggest crush on me out of all five of us [running as a conservative slate for Aurora City Council] because of how you wrote about me. But you are not going to say anything nice about me. You never are.

Colorado Times Recorder: I will correct the misquotes. That’s a very fair request.

Jurinsky: That’s very fair, and that always happens. I mean, that’s standard practice, but your article has already gone out.

Colorado Times Recorder: I can go ahead and correct it. No problem.

Jurinsky: Jason, I don’t care. I wish you the best. I’m going to finish off my race without any chatter and outside noise from you guys. I’m going to stay focused. I don’t care what you write about me. I don’t care.

Colorado Times Recorder: Okay, thank you for getting back to me in the first place. If you have a change of heart, here I am. I don’t want to put out misinformation.

Jurinsky: I appreciate it. Thanks.

Colorado Times Recorder: Take care, Bye.

Republicans Campaigning Together To Take Over Aurora City Council

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The Colorado Republican Party’s leading candidate for Governor, Heidi Ganahl, launched her campaign last month with a seven-day statewide tour that included a stop at JJ’s Place, an Aurora bar owned by Republican Danielle Jurinsky, who’s running for Aurora City Council.

The partisan back-scratching between Ganahl and Jurinsky is part of a coordinated effort by Colorado Republicans statewide — as well as a group of conservative candidates in Aurora — to gain a majority on the Aurora Council.

The five-member group of Council candidates, endorsed by the conservative Denver Gazette, includes Republicans Jurinsky and Dustin Zvonek, who are running for at-large seats, Republican Steve Sundberg, who’s running for Ward 2 in Northeast Aurora, Republican Jono Scott, who’s running in Ward 3, and conservative Bill Gondrez, who’s registered as Unaffiliated but has voted in every Republican primary election since 2006.

The conservative slate promotes itself by, among other things, referring to each one another in media appearances, endorsing each other, and sharing photos and messaging on social media.

Three of the five shared the same photo on Facebook of themselves with their campaign signs, under the slogan “For a stronger, safer, Aurora!” with comments boosting each other.

“The 5 of us push each other, support each other, and cheer each other’s successes!” wrote Jurninsky on Facebook, calling the four other candidates her “band of brothers.”

On his Facebook page, Sundberg wrote that the same photo is, “Your one picture 2021 Aurora City Council Voting Guide.” Scott’s comment on the same group photo was, “Ready to serve Aurora!”

Last week, Zvonek shared a Facebook photo of the five conservatives, including himself, and commented, “This is THE team. For a safer more prosperous Aurora. #VoteBill Gondrez for Aurora City Council, Steve Sundberg for Aurora City Council, Jono Scott for Aurora City Council, Danielle For Aurora.”


Center Square’s Stealth Conservatism

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Last month, Colorado Politics, a print and online political news site, published a story about conservatives who submitted signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State to place an anti-tax initiative on the ballot.

The ballot-measure story quoted a leading Colorado conservative activist, Michael Fields, but no information or opinion from Fields’ progressive opponents appeared in the article, which was produced by Colorado Center Square, a “news service” that offers stories for free to “media companies” and is, according to the biography of the board chair of Center Square’s parent organization, “competing with The Associated Press.”

In contrast, back in August of last year, another Center Square story appeared in Colorado Politics about a progressive initiative that made the ballot, and it included detailed arguments by conservatives against the proposal.

The committee opposing the progressive initiative was quoted as stating that the measure, which aimed to establish a family-leave program in Colorado, was “economically risky at any time and especially dangerous when the economy is just beginning to recover.”

The Center Square story noted that the “state’s fiscal note says it could ‘influence hiring decisions made by employers,’ affecting jobs.”

The two ballot-initiative stories were written by Derek Draplin, who came to Center Square after being an associate editor at the Daily Caller, a hard-right media site whose website states, “PATRIOTS, fighting for you.” Other Center Square writers have long worked for right-wing publications, according to The Denver Post.


Republican Wars Have Consequences

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No matter what side they’re on in their internal war over whether to dump open primaries, Republicans are telling the world — and each other — how weak they are in Colorado, how much swing voters hate them, how deep blue the state is turning, and how depressed they are about it.

That’s the most amusing collateral damage for Republicans in the lead-up to Saturday’s vote on the open-primary question. And they are inflicting it on themselves.

In a devastating opinion posted today, Republican Mark Hillman expertly outlines the irrefutable math on how much unaffiliated voters, who are essential in winning elections, dislike Republicans nowadays.

“Even in GOP strongholds of Douglas and El Paso counties, unaffiliated voters are breaking hard against Republicans,” wrote Hillman, repeatedly using the phrase “deep hole” to describe the Republicans’ whereabouts in Colorado.

George Bruachler, a former candidate for Colorado Attorney General, was more circumspect about spotlighting his party’s ongoing failures in Colorado, but he did so nonetheless. “The notion that Republicans’ lack of electoral success since 2018 in Colorado is attributable to open primaries and all of the conspiracy theories that flow from them is contrary to facts.”


CO Radio Host Recovers from COVID, But Still Won’t Say Whether People Should Get Vaccinated

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A Colorado talk radio host whose show introduces him as a “newsman, now with an opinion,” is refusing to offer his opinion on whether his conservative listeners should get a COVID vaccination, despite his landing in the hospital himself this year and after contracting COVID.

I called Steffan Tubbs KNUS show Friday to find out why he’s withholding his opinion on vaccinations.


Bremer Should Denounce Trump & Join Cheney at the Evil Doers Encampment Outside the Shrimpy GOP Tent

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Please clap.

The Republican challenging U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) made me laugh Tuesday when he told Colorado Politics, “Republicans may be looking around saying, ‘OK, we really want to win,’ as opposed to looking at the litmus, purity test that often is the assembly.”

Republicans are looking around and saying, ‘Ok we really want to win?’

I want to believe Bremer, because it would be good for all of us. But all I see is Republicans, well beyond the assembly, acting as if they really want to lose.

Yes, they say they want to win, but then they dress in multiple layers of ideological straight-jackets (King Trump! Death to Obamacare! Biden wasn’t elected! Abortion is murder! Family leave will kill the economy! And more!) that make it impossible for them to win in Colorado.

if Bremer were right about Republicans in Colorado really wanting to win, he’d join Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney and object to Trump.

But he knows if he did, he’d join Cheney at the Evil Doers encampment far away from the already shrimpy Republican tent.

But this might set him up to win in Colorado someday.

The GOP’s continued love for Trump, and Trump’s love of the spotlight, spells death for statewide candidates like Bremer in next year’s CO election.

But Colorado’s Republicans don’t want to change course.


Polis Is Unbeatable in Next Year’s Election, Says GOP State Sen. John Cooke

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Gov. Jared Polis (D).

Appearing on right-wing talk radio yesterday, state Sen. John Cooke (R-Greeley) said he thinks Republicans can’t unseat Gov. Jared Polis (D-CO) in next year’s election, due to the incumbent’s potential war chest and the absence of a “viable” candidate so “late in the season.”

“Can Polis get beat?” KNUS radio host Peter Boyles asked Cooke, who’s the Republican Assistant Minority Leader in the Colorado Senate.

“You know, I would like to say yes, but no, I don’t think he can at this point,” replied Cooke, who praised Polis as smart and popular. “You know, it’s unfortunate, but money runs campaigns. And one, we need to have a good candidate, and it’s really getting late in the season.”

Cooke’s comments came as a surprise, as leaders of political parties don’t usually predict that their party will lose upcoming elections for fear of scaring away donors. Yet Cooke lamented one GOP candidate’s lack of money.

“We have one person that announced [to run for governor],” said Cooke on the radio. “Greg Lopez, good guy. But if you ask 99, if you ask 100 people, walk up to strangers say, ‘Who’s Greg Lopez?’ Ninety-nine, I bet, maybe even all 100 would say, ‘I have no idea.’ And so he has no name recognition. And if you don’t have name recognition, you’re not going to raise the money. And if you don’t have the money, you’re not going to get the name recognition. So it’s kind of a Catch 22. So we don’t really have a viable candidate yet running for governor. Nobody seems to be out in the wings waiting. And, you know, Polls can write his own checks.”

Asked by Boyles about defeating U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cooke said it will be “tough” to unseat him.

“You know, maybe in Colorado,” said Cooke on air. “It’s going to be tough unless we get organized and unify on a message, then I don’t know if that could be beaten either.”

Cooke’s assessment of the Republican Party’s prospects in next year’s election is largely supported by voter surveys and expert opinion, which point to Democratic victories in the absence of a fundamental political shift. That’s seen as not likely but always possible.


To Win Next Year, the CO Republicans May Need Unaffiliateds to Split Their Tickets. Is This Possible?

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If you were one of the Republicans thinking about running for governor next year, and you look at Colorado’s electorate and at Gov. Jared Polis’ (D-CO) popularity — and his war chest — you might consider running for some other office

That’s what Republicans, including CU Regent Heidi Ganahl are thinking about doing, according to multiple sources, who say some Republicans see a more viable path to a statewide victory in one of the other constitutional offices, like Colorado Secretary of State or Colorado Treasurer, than in the governor’s race.

The assumption here is, Colorado voters will back Polis in 2022 and can be convinced to “split” their ticket and vote for Republicans in the lower profile statewide races.

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) won repeated elections, for example, in a district that simultaneously handed victories to him and Democrats, like Hillary Clinton. He lost in 2018 to Democrat Jason Crow.

In 2020, 90% of GOP candidates in Colorado got more votes than Trump, allowing four Colorado House GOP candidates to win their seats, according to an analysis by Colorado Public Radio.

The four GOP victories occurred in Republican-leaning districts where GOP voters were likely the ones splitting their tickets. So, for next year, you can imagine a scenario where Republican voters in Douglas County, for example, might vote for Polis and Crow, but might be more easily persuaded to vote for Republicans down-ballot.

But political observers point out that not losing Republican voters doesn’t cut it for the GOP in Colorado, where Republican voters make up only 27% of the electorate, versus 30% for Democrats and 43% for unaffiliated voters.

In 2022 statewide races, with Democrats unlikely to vote for “down ballot” Republicans, it would require unaffiliated voters, who favor Democrats by a 60-40 margin, to put a check by the name of “Ganahl” instead of one of the incumbent Democrats, Attorney General Phil Weiser, Treasurer Dave Young, or Secretary of State Jena Griswold.

Any chance of this happening?


What ‘Other Issues,’ Besides Abortion, Are Communion Dealbreakers for Denver Bishop?

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Archbishop Samuel Aquila of the Archdiocese of Denver.

In an opinion article published July 2, Denver’s Catholic archbishop wrote that for years he’s been urging Catholic politicians not to take Communion if they hold “immoral political positions,” not just on abortion but “other issues” as well.

“To add another layer to this, many bishops – including myself – have been privately dialoguing with Catholic politicians on abortion and other issues for years, urging them to refrain from Communion if they won’t change their immoral political positions,” wrote Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila on July 2.

The statement came as a surprise given that Aquila and other U.S. bishops are on the verge of demanding that President Biden, who’s Catholic, stop taking Communion due to his pro-choice stand, while ignoring other politicians who may be voting against the Catholic church on other issues, like immigration or poverty concerns.

But Aquila’s article didn’t specify which “immoral political positions,” other than being pro-choice, constitute such grave public sins that they put politicians and others in a “state of not being able to receive Communion.”

Asked to list the political views on “other issues” that Aquila considers Communion dealbreakers, Mark Haas, Director of Public Relations for the Archdiocese of Denver, said the “details on those private conversations remain private.”

Haas explained the holy Communion, also called the Eucharist, is the “true presence of Jesus Christ – body, blood, soul, and divinity,” so taking Communion is an extremely important and serious act for Catholics.

Haas pointed to a quote from Aquila stating that baptized Catholics “are endangering their souls by receiving Communion in a state of grave sin, whatever that grave sin is.”

“And so at the heart of all of this is to restore greater belief in the tremendous gift that is the Holy Sacrifice, and to help all Catholics, including Catholic politicians, align their lives with the fullness of the Gospels, and not just pick and choose which parts they will follow,” wrote Haas.


Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene “Cannot Wait” To Address Colorado Republicans Next Month

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).

Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was stripped of her committee assignments after calling for the execution of Democrats, is “tickled” to be speaking to El Paso County, Colorado, Republicans August 6.

“I cannot wait,” Greene told KNUS Randy Corporon last week to promote the event. “…I’m just tickled to be the keynote speaker. I’m excited to meet great patriots. I love going all across the country.”

“My good colleague Lauren Boebert, she’s got some really great people. So I can’t wait to come to Colorado,” said Greene. “We need an army of America First members of Congress.”

Speaking to Corporon over the weekend, El Paso County GOP Chair Vickie Tonkins, who apparently spearheaded the effort to invite Green, said she’s received criticism from fellow Republicans for asking Greene to speak at the fundraising event.

“I get opposition after opposition for the fact that I’ve invited Marjorie Taylor Greene to speak at our Lincoln Day Dinner,” said Tonkins.

“All the pushback I receive is from quote-unquote Republicans. And I think it’s a travesty that we have this kind of resistance in our own party,” said Tonkins.

“I’m going to call people out for not supporting the people they should be supporting,” said Tonkins

Greene, who also once said that California fires were caused by space lasers, said it was a gift that she was stripped of her committee assignments, giving her time to focus her energy elsewhere.

Boebert Appears Unconcerned About COVID Outbreak at Concert She Attended in June

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Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO) isn’t showing any signs of worry about rising COVID cases in her district–or about a COVID outbreak that occurred at a music festival she attended during the last week of June.

“Great night at the Country Jam in Grand Junction, Colorado!” tweeted Boebert June 26, along with photos of herself and the crowd at the concert.

Country Jam, an annual event, is where Boebert was arrested in 2015 after telling arresting officers that they would be hearing from her “friends” at Fox News and after she encouraged juveniles to flee police custody at the scene.

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Today, as first reported by Westword, Colorado public health officials are calling Country Jam a COVID-19 outbreak site, with four staff members and 13 attendees contracting the virus there so far.

Boebert has been largely unconcerned about the pandemic in her district, essentially campaigning on a platform of downplaying the danger of the virus.

Her behavior during the campaign was criticized by public health officials.

RELATED: Read the Police Report on Boebert’s 2015 Arrest at the Country Music Jam

Both before and after this year’s music festival, health officials were concerned about the spread of the COVID-19 in Mesa County, where the festival took place, as hospital emergency rooms were filling up and local residents were lagging getting vaccinated in comparison to other parts of Colorado.

Yet, despite attending the concert and the alarming news reports about Covid in Mesa County, Boebert hasn’t acknowledged the seriousness of the situation in her district.

The Congresswoman’s most recent tweets on COVID took a shot at President Joe Biden for deploying his “Needle Nazis to Mesa County” and accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of “bullying” people into getting vaccinated against COVID.

“The people of my district are more than smart enough to make their own decisions about the experimental vaccine and don’t need coercion by federal agents,” Boebert tweeted today. “Did I wake up in Communist China?”

The Biden Administration is launching a program targeting areas, like Mesa County, where the virus is spiking and vaccine hesitancy is high. The vaccination rate in Mesa County has stalled at about 45%.

The surge is due, in part, to the rise of the Delta variant, which is considered to be a 50% more contagious variety of COVID-19 than the strain of the virus that previously dominated Colorado.

RELATED: Public Health Expert Says Beobert ‘Stoking Mistrust’ of ‘Heroes’ Who Work in Public Health


CO Republicans Once Declined Interview Requests From Toxic CO Radio Hosts. Not Anymore

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Peter Boyles.

Some of Colorado’s most right-wing talk radio hosts, who regularly promote views that drive Colorado voters away from the Republican Party, are rejoicing over the willingness of Colorado Republican leaders to appear on their shows again — after past GOP leaders rejected interview requests from the toxic radio yappers.

“You know, I got to tell you something,” KNUS morning host Peter Boyles told Aurora City Council candidate Danielle Jurinsky on air earlier this month. “…If I told you I could not get a Republican candidate or an elected official to sit in that chair for ten years, would you believe me? They never came.”

“How sad is that?” said Jurinsky.

“I never got Walker Stapleton; they wouldn’t even return phone calls,” continued Boyles, adding that the “old guys” were really “machine” Republicans. “Cory Gardner, forget about it. I’ll give you a list of people that wouldn’t come near the show.”

But now, Boyles is thrilled to say on air, he can get the leader of the Colorado Republican Party, Kristi Burton Brown to appear on his show any time he calls. Same with the party’s vice-chair and secretary. 

Boyles talks about possibly hosting a series of “lunches” to raise funds for these women.

Republican leaders who want to be hated by most Colorado voters should go yuk it up with Boyles as early and often as possible. He’ll help them lose elections.


CO Republican Party Missed a Perfect Moment To End Its War Against Obamacare

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The Supreme Court’s latest refusal to kill the Affordable Care Act left mostly everyone saying the law is now here to stay.

Following the decision, Democrats issued news releases praising Obamacare, which is now popular–as opposed to when it first passed in 2010 and was used by Republicans, like former Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, to oust Democrats (like former Colorado Congresswoman Betsy Markey) who voted for it.

It would have been a perfect, statesperson-y moment for Colorado Republicans to change course — after so many years of trying and failing to undermine the national health care law — and pledge to work with Democrats to make it better.

And it would make especially good sense in the blue state of Colorado. That is, if Republicans want to win.

But alas, the moment came and went with silence.


Boebert Hovers Above CO GOP Leader’s Effort To “Brand” Republicans As Caring

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You have to agree with the leader of Colorado’s Republican Party when she says people think Republicans are white and mean–and this creates problems for them when it comes to winning elections.

“People have a misconception, I think [about Republicans],” Burton Brown said on KHOW last week at 24 minutes, saying it’s her job to re-brand the Republican Party. “They’ve put us in a box. ‘Here’s what Republicans are. They are old. They are white. They are men. They do not care. They only want to give the rich people money.’

Kristi Burton Brown

Yet Burton Brown can’t say enough good things about U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), whose meanness continues to shock even people like me who listen to her all the time.

For example, back in April, when the humanitarian crisis on the border was ramping up and officials were struggling to find ways to help children who crossed the border, Boebert showed no sympathy at all.

With images of destitute kids all over the news, Boebert was asked on conservative radio, what’s the “biggest problem at the border right now that could be addressed right away if you could only do one thing and do it first? What would Representative Bobert recommend doing?”

“Continue construction on the wall. That’s exactly what needs to happen,” Boebert told a KHOW radio host, acting as if the kids in the news didn’t exist. “On day one, Biden issued an executive order to halt construction at our southern border. We need to get the wall built.”

Even if you believe the wall could work, which serious people don’t, you still have the kids, right here right now, who need care that border security, especially a wall, won’t give them.

Then, and now, all Boebert can do is repeatedly mock their plight and offer no help or ideas or anything but…a wall of meanness.

Just this week on Flashpoint, a Christian right podcast, Boebert offered not a word of love or compassion toward immigrant children but instead degraded them with language that served her need for a political attack line but had no basis in reality.

Thousands of migrant children are “wrapped and stacked like baked potatoes” at the border, she said.

Like baked potatoes, because some, at some point, had mylar blankets?