Coffman Making Zero Progress (or Effort) on DREAMERs

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Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora)

Over the past six weeks, since U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) promised to restart his efforts to collect signatures on a ‘”discharge petition” to force the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on legislation that would temporarily protect some so-called Dreamers from deportation, Coffman has apparently failed to convince a single Congressman, Democrat or Republican, to sign it.

In fact, since he announced his discharge-petition campaign with great fanfare seven months ago, Coffman has convinced just five member of Congress to sign. And that’s  counting Coffman himself.

Coffman needs a total of 218 signatures of House members to force a vote on his bill, called the Bridge Act, which would grant some Dreamers, protected under Obama’s DACA program, three years of safety from deportation while Congress works on a permanent legislative fix. Coffman’s Bridge Act should not be confused with the DREAM Act, which would protect Dreamers from deportation and grant them a path to citizenship.

Why so much talking and so little walking by Coffman? His office did not return an email seeking an explanation.

But it appears likely that Coffman has simply dropped the ball on his petition, given the fact that, over about the same period of time, a bipartisan group of 196 House Members, including Coffman, signed a discharge petition, pushed by U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) to force a vote on the Dream Act. (Coffman recently said he would not support the Dream Act because it’s “unrealistic.”)

Coffman’s paralysis on his much-trumpeted discharge petition hasn’t stopped the Congressman from blowing his horn at Trump for attacking the Dreamers on Easter.

“The Presidents DACA announcement couldn’t have come at a worst time,” tweeted Coffman. “Easter is a day for many to rejoice and come together— not to put more anxiety on young people. It’s time for Members on both sides of the aisle to join forces and find a permanent solution for DACA recipients.”

DACA recipients, whose deportation has been delayed due to court decisions, are undoubtedly not rejoicing that Coffman has managed to find only four “members on both sides of the aisle,” aside from himself, to sign his own discharge petition. These are U.S. Representatives Jared Polis of Colorado, Bobby Rush of Illinois, Adam Smith of Washington, and Dina Titus of Nevada. If Coffman has found more signatories, they haven’t been recorded by the House Clerk.

Coffman grabbed the media spotlight seven months ago when he pledged to force a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to protect DACA recipients from deportation. Within days of his initial promise, he backtracked, saying he’d only try to force a vote if Congress did not find a solution after Trump officially ended the program March 5.

It’s widely believed that if House Republicans would allow a vote on Coffman’s Bridge legislation or the Dream Act, it would pass.

Gardner Doesn’t See “Chaos” in White House

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In an interview this morning, Colorado Senator Cory Gardner again rejected any characterization of “chaos” in the White House administration, despite two more recent top-level personnel changes in adviser and cabinet positions, saying it’s “not a surprise to see employee changes in any administration.”

Gardner’s comment, which echoes statements by Trump, came on KOA 850-AM against a backdrop of staff resignations and firings, hasty policy decisions, surprise outbursts, and unconventional management decisions by Trump that have lead many observers on both sides of the aisle to conclude that the White House is, in fact, in chaos or at least in a state of widespread confusion.

Gardner, however, doesn’t see it that way, telling KOA’s  Colorado Morning News hosts Marty Lenz and April Zesbaugh that personnel changes are “no surprise” in any administration, although Gardner admits there is an “little bit more of an uptick”  in changes at the Trump White House. (Listen below.)

For months, as the number and intensity of chaos-like occurrences have escalated in the White House, Gardner, a Republican, has maintained his view of normalcy there.

On March 7 of this year, following the departure of Economic Adviser Gary Cohn, Gardner responded to a very similar question, asked by the same host, on the same show, in a very similar way:

I think everybody would recognize that there’s a significant off-tempo at the White House, whether it’s the pace of actions, the face of Twitter — you name it! — at the White House. And so, I do think that this is just a very, very intense White House. I don’t think there’s chaos in the White House, as some would like to spread. In fact, I think you can just see the — what’s happening in North Korea — the fact these sanctions are working, the Maximum Pressure Doctrine has worked — in a year!– far more than eight years of Strategic Patience ever worked. And so, I think that’s just something that a lot of naysayers would like to — would like to believe.

A reporter’s call to Gardner’s office seeking to know what Trump would have to do for Gardner to see dysfunction or any unusual level disorder at the White House was not returned. This post will be updated if a response is received.

White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert resigned yesterday, reportedly because he was unhappy with Trump’s controversial decision decision to hire John Bolton as national security adviser.

Bossert’s departure fueled the narrative of pandemonium in White House, especially because Bossert was reportedly backed by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who’s been seen as a steadying influence.

Gardner’s exchange this morning with Marty Lenz on KOA went like this:

LENZ:  I want to quickly pivot on you, Senator. Last time you were on, we had asked you if you thought there was chaos in the White House. You said no. Have you changed your mind on that, with the changes recently with John Bolton coming in and Bossert being moved out?

SENATOR GARDNER:  Well, look, I think John Bolton is going to bring his own National Security Adviser.  It’s not a surprise to see employee changes in any administration. This White House does have a little bit more of an uptick, but I don’t think there’s chaos.  What I do think we have to have, is a strategy going forward on Syria. This afternoon, as a part of the Foreign Relations Committee, we will have a meeting once again on a UNMF, which is authorization for the use of military force. I think that’s an important discussion to have as we work with the White House and our allies to understand exactly what the response is going to be.

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Pueblo Republican leader’s “like” of Facebook post was not intended as an attack on gay people

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The chair of the Pueblo County Republican Party says her recent “like” of a Facebook meme should not be interpreted as an attack on gay people.

The meme depicts CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who’s openly gay, and porn star Stormy Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump. Written across the image is, “So, a porn star and an openly gay man sit down to discuss morality.”

Asked if she meant to call into question the morality of Cooper, Marla Spinuzzi Reichert said via text message:

“My ‘like’ was a comment on the irony of the supposedly tolerant left clutching their collective pearls over someone else’s alleged sexual activity. The same people who defended Clinton rush to judge Trump. It’s the double standard and the hypocrisy that I found amusing. I was not making a comment about homosexuality , or even about the porn actress.”

Told that a reader thought she might have been joking, Reichert replied,

“Thanks for pointing out how it could be misread. I have always stood up for the gay community, and back in the day, I helped people see that regulating marriage is not the proper role of government. I am all about limited government and maximum freedom.”

Reichert would face strong headwinds in convincing her fellow Republicans in Colorado that gay marriage should be free and legal.

The Colorado State Republican Party platform explicitly states that it’s the role of the judiciary, preferably at the state level, to ban same-sex marriage:

Colorado GOP Platform: Defending Marriage Against an Activist Judiciary: Traditional marriage and family, based on marriage between one man and one woman, is the foundation for a free society and has for millennia been entrusted with rearing children and instilling cultural values. We condemn the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor, which wrongly removed the ability of Congress to define marriage policy in federal law. We also condemn the Supreme Court’s lawless ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which in the words of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, was a “judicial Putsch” — full of “silly extravagances” — that reduced “the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Storey to the mystical aphorisms of a fortune cookie.” In Obergefell, five unelected lawyers robbed 320 million Americans of their legitimate constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The Court twisted the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment beyond recognition. To echo Scalia, we dissent. We, therefore, support the appointment of justices and judges who respect the constitutional limits on their power and respect the authority of the states to decide such fundamental social questions.

Last month, the Jefferson County Republican Party passed by 72 percent a resolution backing “traditional marriage between one man and one woman,” though the Jeffco Republicans stopped short of calling for laws to ban same-sex marriage.

Butast month, the Adams County Republican Party did just that, proposing a resolution to the 2018 Colorado Republican Party Platform stating, “The state has a rational interest in reserving the recognition of marriage to [the union of one man and one women] instead of recognizing as marriage the relationships between adults of any gender or number.”

Steve Barlock Campaigns to be Included in 9News Debate

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Barlock is mobilizing his supporters to pressure Denver’s 9News to reconsider its decision to exclude him from Thursday’s televised debate.

Barlock was not invited to participate in the event because, in the TV station’s view, his campaign failed to provide evidence of a “viable path to the nomination,” according to 9News political reporter Brandon Rittiman.

With the exception of GOP candidate Lew Gaiter, the other Republican candidates, including businessman Barrah Farah, who joined the race last month, apparently made the cut. Former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez was promoting his appearance in the April 12 debate on Facebook this week (See above.).

To make the decision on the viability of Republican candidates, 9News’ political team consulted with the Lincoln Club. For Democratic candidates, 9News brought in the League of Women Voters.

The decisions on the candidates to be included in the debate were unanimous, Rittiman said.

Barlock, who is the former co-chair of the Denver County Trump Campaign, slammed the involvement of the Lincoln Club, which he says is aligned with the establishment wing of the Republican Party and has leaders who are formally connected to GOP candidates.

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Worried About Primary Challenge, Coffman Scraps to Confirm Delegates

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UPDATE: In the interview below, Coffman Spokesman Tyler Sandberg said that former GOP Chair Steve House “graciously” paid fees for 20 Coffman delegates for the district assembly. In fact, House told KNUS’ Julie Hayden and Chuck Bonniwell that he donated the money to the Adams County Republican Party. He was then asked by Sandberg if his money could be used for delegate fees. House said yes initially but, in accordance with GOP rules, House then deferred the decision on how his money should be spent Adams County GOP Chair Anil Mathai, House told KNUS, who appears to have blocked the money from going to Coffman delegate fees. Listen to House here.

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“There was a battle last night between the liberty forces, represented by [Congressman Mike Coffman’s primary challenger] Roger Edwards, and the establishment, represented by Mike Coffman, at an executive committee meeting [of the Adams County Republican Party],” said KNUS radio host Chuck Boniwell on air Wed. afternoon.

And the battle continued on Bonniwell’s radio show, with accusations of vote-buying, assault, bullying, thuggery, and more.

At issue is a group of Coffman delegates to the district assembly who apparently had their delegate fees paid for by former state GOP Chair Steve House. Whether this was a violation of the rules is not clear at press time.

But the intensity of the argument,  as you can hear if you listen below, shows that the Coffman camp is seriously worried about Edwards winning over 30 percent of delegates at the upcoming district assembly–which would put Edwards on the primary ballot against Coffman.

In other words, if the mood was good in the Coffman campaign, Sandberg wouldn’t be scraping for stray delegates in Adams County, much less spending his afternoon sparring with conservative radio hosts who apparently despise him and Coffman.

You recall, an informal vote of Adams Country caucus goers showed Edwards trouncing Coffman by a 67-33 percent margin.

But, in any case, the altercation on the radio was quite awful.

“My father would whup my ass if I stood by while a woman was bullied by a man who has a foot on her and about a hundred pounds,” said Sandberg on air, apparently referring to Adams County GOP Chair Anil Mathai. “I told Anil, ‘You are not going to bully Maria Ruiz. I am not going to stand for that.'”

“Anil likes to bully people,” said Sandberg.

Edwards told Bonniwell that it was the Coffman people who went nuts, characterizing the Coffman campaign’s behavior at the Adams County meeting as “rude and offensive.”

Listen to key segments here. Click here for the entire show.

Brian Watson Mad that Opponents Prioritize Elected Offices over Campaigns for Treasurer

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Brian Watson, a Republican candidate for Colorado Treasurer, jabbed at three of his GOP opponents for not attending a forum hosted last week by the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado.

In a Facebook post, Watson snipped that “only 3 of 6 candidates showed up” for the Liberty Caucus event.

But Watson didn’t explain why the no-show candidates, State Rep. Justin Everett (R-Littleton), State Rep. Pollly Lawrence (R-Douglas County), State Sen. Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud), weren’t at the forum: They were doing the people’s work at the state Capitol, working overtime on the state budget during an evening legislative session.

Does passing the state budget qualify as a reasonable excuse to Watson, a businessman, for not attending the candidate event?

He didn’t return a call seeking an answer to that question.

The Republican Liberty Caucus seemed to give Everett and Lundberg a pass, noting on Facebook March 29, “Justin Everett and Kevin Lundberg were stuck at the Capitol hammering out the budget. Damn Democrats. Kristi Brown filled in for Everett.”  It’s not clear why Lawrence was left out.

GOP treasurer candidates attending the event, in addition to Watson, were Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn and prosecutor Brett Barkey.

Woods tweets that killing coyotes is a “valid use” of AR-15

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After 17 high school kids in Florida were killed with an AR-15 rifle, U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) took to the radio airwaves to defend the military-style semi-automatic firearm, saying “the AR-15 is a gun that is used in my district by farmers and ranchers to shoot pests, raccoons, or foxes or other smaller animals that are trying get into their chickens or disrupt their operations.”

Former State Sen. Laura Woods of Arvada made the same point last week in a tweet with a photo of what appeared to be a dead Coyote.

(Woods’ photo on the right)

“A valid use of an AR15,” tweeted Woods, a Republican. “This predator was in with our cows and calves.”

Woods, who was narrowly defeated in 2016 by Democratic State Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, is now a farmer in northern Colorado.

The former state senator did not return a call requesting that she refute the argument, made by gun-safety advocates, that you don’t need a AR-15 to kill a coyote.

After Twitter users wondered why a military-style weapon is needed to kill a Coyote, Colorado Senate GOP spokesman Sean Paige defended Woods.

“Get out of BubbleWorld sometime and familiarize yourself with the real world – where ARs & similar firearms have plenty of legitimate uses. Nice shootin’ @SenLauraWoods,” tweeted Paige.

Reyher equates guns with scissors and forks and believes young people “don’t understand” what they are marching about

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A Colorado lawmaker says she can “no longer be silent” about “so many good young people” who “can’t even see reason” and “don’t understand” what they are marching about.

State Rep. Judy Reyher (R-Swink) made the comments on Facebook, where she wondered why protesters aren’t concerned about scissors, forks, steak knives, keys, and the “spike heel on shoes.”

“And every one of those items can cause bodily harm or death,” wrote Reyher. “The spike heel on shoes can cause death if used as a weapon. Yet none of these items are in danger of being banned from use.”

Last week, Reyher shared a Facebook post stating that if the students who are “walking out of school to protest gun violence” would stop bullying “their peers to the point of mental breakdown in the first place, this wouldn’t be happening.”

Reyher’s comments on Facebook (African Americans are “hatred-filled beings.”) and to The Denver Post (Black people “hate white people with a passion.”) generated national media attention last year, prior to her appointment to fill a vacancy seat in the Colorado State House. Reyher insists she is not a racist.

Reyher wrote on Facebook this week that “the protestors have been lied to for so long and can’t even see reason. I will never give up my guns and know many people who feel the same way. I am a Patron Life Member of the National Rifle Association and am a supporter. It makes me very sad that so many Americans are falling for the notion that disarmed is safer.”

On Facebook, Reyher explaind that a  “mom” contacted  Reyher to express the view that it’s “‘cheaper’ to take all of the guns than it would be to pay for school safety measures.”

“To my way of thinking,” wrote Reyher, “that is an odd way to say you want your children safe. But this is just an example of how warped the thinking of these people are who think disarmament is the way to go.

Reyher faces a primary challenge from fellow Republican Don Bendell.

GOP caucus-goers in Jeffco go for Stapleton, Everett

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The Jefferson County Republican Party has released its caucus results, in advance of tomorrow’s Jefferson County meeting where delegates from caucuses will select representatives for the state-wide GOP convention April 14.

Treasurer Walker Stapleton was the clear winner in Jeffco with 436 votes, with Attorney General Cynthia Coffman second at 126 votes, businessman Victor Mitchell third at 99, followed by former Parker mayor Greg Lopez at 81, and former Trump campaign official Steve Barlock at 75. A whopping 377 caucus-goers were undecided.

For state treasurer in Jeffco, State Rep. Justin Everett scored a decisive victory, with 355 votes. State Sen. Kevin Lundberg got 204. There were 435 undecided votes.

The Denver County Republican Party also released results on Facebook, showing Stapleton won with 44 percent of votes, followed by Coffman at 34 percent, Barlock at 33 percent, and businessman Doug Robinson at 28 percent, followed by other candidates.

The Denver GOP totals exceed 100 percent, so they must be discounted as meaningless at press time.

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Colorado Lawmaker Says Walkout Didn’t Stop Maryland Shooting

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With teenagers and adults from around the country set to rally in Washington DC tomorrow for expanded gun safety laws, one Colorado lawmaker is apparently dismissing recent student activism because it wouldn’t have prevented a school shooting this week.

Reacting to Tuesday’s shooting at a Maryland high school, Colorado State Rep. Hugh McKean (R-Loveland) wrote on Facebook:

“Apparently, the #walkout these students participated in last week didn’t serve as any means to stop this kind of violence, but a #walkUp certainly could have,” wrote McKean on Facebook.

The “walkUp” referred to by McKean is a idea promoted by conservatives to offer help and kindness to those who appear to need it. It’s person-to-person approach, offered as an alternative to the public activism in support of policy changes that’s been undertaken by teenagers, led by students from Florida.

McKean did not immediately respond to a voicemail seeking to know if he thinks the walkout and other activism by students should be completely halted in favor of the WalkUp approach.

New laws, like those sought by student activists, could not possibly have prevented the Maryland shooting because such laws are not in place yet.

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Progressive group aims to hold Western Slope Congressman Scott Tipton accountable for ‘abysmal voting record’

A new progressive organization has launched a campaign to hold U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) accountable for what it sees as the Western Slope Congressman’s record of attacking working families and health care.

Colorado United for Families will, among other things, conduct educational campaigns about Tipton’s votes in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act and in support of the Republican tax bill, signed late last year by President Donald Trump.

“Rep. Tipton has made it clear that his allegiances lie with big healthcare profiteers and not with the families in southern and western Colorado,” said Joel Dyar, a member of the advisory board of the campaign and a member of Grand Junction Indivisible said in a statement. “Today, we declare our intention to make sure every resident in our communities know Tipton’s abysmal voting record against healthcare for our neighbors, and for tax breaks for his ultra-wealthy campaign donors.”

A call and email to Tipton’s Washington Office seeking comment were not returned.

Tipton, who represents what’s widely seen as a fairly conservative district, took heat last year from constituents about his vote to repeal Obamacare. A KFQX-TV Grand Junction report about Tipton’s April town-hall meeting, which took place in a packed gymnasium in Montrose, stated:

“The Congressman won his re-election bid in the fall with two-thirds of the vote in Montrose County, though it didn’t seem like it in the Montrose High Gymnasium as the democrats were out in force.”

Colorado United for Families points to a report produced by the liberal Center of American Progress stating that the Obamacare bill, backed by Tipton, would have resulted in about 45,000 people losing health insurance in Tipton’s district.

Eric Sondermann, who comments frequently on Colorado politics, doesn’t think Tipton, who was first elected in 2010, is in much danger of losing his seat in November.

“If Tipton were to fall, it would only be part of a national tidal wave of tsunami proportions,” said Sondermann. “If Scott Tipton is in jeopardy, then the better part of 150 Republican Congresspeople are in jeopardy, because he is nowhere near the top of anyone’s target list.”

To mark the eighth anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care ACT, Colorado United for Families is organizing an event tomorrow in Grand Junction to urge Tipton to protect health care.

 

 

Cynthia Coffman’s campaign chair gave maximum donations to both Coffman and Democrat Donna Lynne

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Attorney General Cynthia Coffman.

The chair of Republican Cynthia Coffman’s gubernatorial campaign donated the maximum allowable amount this election period not only to Coffman but also to Democratic Lt. Governor Donna Lynne, who’s also running for governor.

L. Roger Hutson, whose role in the Coffman campaign was announced just last week, has a history of donating mostly to Republicans but to Democrats as well.

“I’m a Republican, but I’m happy to work on both sides of the aisle,” said Hutson in a statement. “Cynthia is my first choice for governor, and I support her 100 percent. Donna Lynne is a friend, and of all of the Democratic candidates, in my opinion, she would be the best Democratic candidate. I hope she defeats Jared Polis for the Democratic nomination because Jared’s policies and lack of leadership skills are a huge threat to Colorado’s economy.”

Campaign-finance records show that, since 2010, Hutson has given to, among others, former GOP Attorney General John Suthers, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, former state Sen. Amy Stephens (R-Colorado Springs), State Rep. Paul Rosenthal (D-Denver), former Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler, GOP Treasurer Walker Stapleton, and the Democratic Party of Colorado.

Such a history of cross-party political donations isn’t uncommon for a businessman like Hutson, who runs runs a Denver oil-and-gas business and was appointed by Hickenlooper to the Colorado Limited Gaming Commission.

Political observers were surprised that the chair of a campaign would be a top donor to two campaigns, one from each dominant party, during the same primary election cycle, but noted that the donations would have been even more surprising if Hutson made them during the time he was Coffman’s campaign chair.

Hutson’s last donation to Lynne was reported Dec. 6, about a week after he last donated to Coffman’s gubernatorial effort. He’d also given to Coffman’s campaign for attorney general last year, before he first gave to her current campaign.

Lynne’s campaign declined comment.

The Colorado Times Recorder did not yet conduct a thorough investigation of the donation histories of the campaign chairs of all gubernatorial campaigns, but if relevant information is found, this blog post will be updated.

On radio, Stapleton leaves out his squash-playing history at Brunswick School and Williams College

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Last month, in a free-wheeling conversation on conservative talk radio, KNUS host Julie Hayden asked Republican operative Dick Wadhams about GOP gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton.

“How does he tap his inner populist?” asked Hayden.

“That’s a good question. Ultimately, you can’t make somebody into something they’re not,” replied Wadhams.

Stapleton sounds as if he’d been listening to Wadhams, judging from his subsequent interview with KNUS’ Craig Silverman.

Stapleton was forthcoming about his private school education at the Brunswick school in Connecticut followed by four years at Williams College in Massachusetts.

At Williams, which he described as “politically correct to a fault,” he said he helped bring conservative William F. Buckley to speak, and he wrote articles for the Williams Free Press.

Stapleton told Silverman during the March 10 interview that he “ruffled some feathers” at Williams.

So it appears that Stapleton might be taking Wadhams advice and embracing his past, trying to show that made the most of it.

But strangely, Stapleton got his own background wrong when Silverman asked him, “What sports did you play?”

STAPLETON: “I played baseball. I played tennis. And I was more — I was a rackets guy. Baseball and tennis were my — were my two.”

A search of Brunswick’s website reveals that Stapleton played squash there. The school proudly lists Stapleton among its student athletes that went on to compete at the college level.

The website states: “Brunswick offers a competitive athletic program that prepares our students for participation in college athletics. While many of our students choose to continue sports on an intramural basis in college, Brunswick’s premier athletes have met with considerable success on college varsity teams. Here is a recent overview of our college athletes.”

Stapleton is listed among the squash players.

Maybe Stapleton played baseball and tennis, too, but it appears he was also a serious squash competitor.  And he apparently played it at Williams college as well.

An email to Stapleton’s campaign, asking why he didn’t mention his squash history, was not immediately returned.

Primary challenger says Williams is focused on Fox News and Washington DC, not Colorado Springs

KVOR radio host Jeff Crank, a former executive at the conservative Americans for Prosperity, said State Rep. Dave Williams (R-Colorado Springs) declined his offer to appear on his show to take questions Saturday, but Williams’ primary opponent, Karl Schneider, joined Crank to launch a series of blistering attacks against Williams.

“A lot of the people I’ve talked to haven’t seen our representative out and about, talking to them and listening to their issues,” said Schneider on air. “I will be present in House District 15 and I will be an advocate for you.”

“The incumbent is really not here in our house district,” explained Schneider on air. “He’s busy on FOX news. He’s busy traveling to Washington DC. He’s probably interviewing for a job there. I will be present in the district.”

Schneider said he’s a “rabid” 2nd amendment supporter, he’s pro-life, he’s against tax increases, and he’s anti-illegal immigration.

“I’m probably more conservative than Dave,” Schneider said.

Williams, who is widely regarded as an arch conservative, did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Williams is completing his first term as representative for House District 15, which, before Williams, sent State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt to the state Capitol.

Williams has received national attention for his propose legislation that would hold lawmakers, who for sanctuary-city protections, personally responsible for crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. House Democrats have repeatedly killed this bill.

As far as convincing Democrats to join him on legislation, Schneider said “you have to be able to build rapport with people.”

“I know how to build rapport,” Schneider told Crank. “We wanted to use some land in Africa one time, and I had to eat fish head soup. I had to eat fish eyeballs. So I’ll work with folks in Denver, and I’ll make them eat fish head soup.

“Illegal aliens” help drive people out of Colorado, says Republican state house leader

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House Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R).

Appearing on conservative radio Thursday, State Rep. Patrick Neville of Castle Rock, the House Republican leader, blamed immigrants for helping to drive people out of the state of Colorado.

The topic was introduced by KLZ afternoon radio host John Rush, who asked Neville about bills to crack down on “sanctuary cities,” which is a term used to describe municipalities that choose not to work with federal officials to deport undocumented immigrants, which can result in the breaking up of families and disruption to local communities and economies.

Neville wants lawmakers to pass legislation, killed by Democrats at the state Capitol, that would have punished public officials who vote to protect undocumented immigrants. He’d do this by allowing residents to sue officials who “adopt sanctuary city policies.”

“When these illegal aliens run around and injure people, that raises litigation costs and it raises property and casualty insurance rates in Colorado, and this is one of many reasons we see citizens moving out of the state,” Neville told Rush.

Neville did not respond to a tweet asking for evidence to support his accusation that people are leaving Colorado due to economic problems caused by immigrants here.

RELATED: State Rep. Dave Williams seeks to reign in “lawless politician community” by targeting sanctuary cities

Statistics repeatedly show that undocumented immigrants commit fewer crimes than U.S. citizens, yet they are often vilified by conservatives.

Listen to Neville on KLZ 560-AM Thursday, March 15: