Gardner Fears “Loony Left” Voters Could Lead Democrats To Victory In November Election

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A Republican leader of the U.S. Senate worries that “loony left” voters could create a “problem” for Republicans in the November election, leading Democrats to victory.

“Obviously, voter motivation and intensity is important in elections,” U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner told a KHOW radio host Ross Kaminsky Thursday. “And if more on the radical left, the loony left, get out and vote than the right, that’s a problem.”

An call to Gardner’s office seeking to know who the “loony left” is (e.g., protesters at the women’s marches?), where they have the most power (e.g., Colorado? Florida?), and if Gardner has plans to try to stop them from voting (e.g., by calling them more names?) was not answered.

Gardner’s views on the November election carry extra weight, because he leads the Republican committee that’s in charge of electing GOP senators. As chair of the the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, he’s also part of the Republican Senate leadership.

Gardner’s comment about the “loony left” came in response to a question about whether the upcoming election will be a “referendum on President Trump.”

Gardner replied that “you never  know” and that he’s seen different polling results on the topic.

“I don’t know if [this election] is any different than any other election,” said Gardner on air.

In the wake of the massive women’s marches in 2016, Gardner characterized protesters and critics of his policies in similarly degrading terms, calling them “fake” while providing scant evidence of their fakeness.

“What I worry about though, of course, is the paid protesters from out of state who are crowding out those Colorado voices,” Gardner told 9News’ anchor Kyle ClarK Feb. 2. “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.”

Listen to Gardner on KHOW’s Ross Kaminsky Show Sept. 14 here:

Gardner: When Obama Was President, U.S. Businesses Were “Afraid”

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In a radio interview this morning, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) responded directly to former President Barack Obama’s point in a speech last week that the U.S. economy had turned around in 2015 and 2016, not during the Trump presidency.

“Look, when President Obama was in office, businesses were afraid to invest,” Gardner told KDMT radio host Jimmy Sengenberger. “They were afraid to bring back money from overseas. They were afraid to plan too far overhead because they new they were going to be regulated. They were going to be taxed. They were going to be discouraged from investing, because, remember, after all, they didn’t build [their businesses] according to Barack Obama.

“Under President Trump, what you’ve seen, and under this Administration, the Republican majority, we have actually relieved regulatory burdens from the backs of American businesses and families,” said Gardner on air. “We’ve lowered taxes. And as a result, you are starting to see this Obamasclerosis go away.”

Critics say Trump’s regulatory rollback threatens the environment and the economy, and his tax law will worsen inequality, drive up the debt, and throw 13 million people off the public health insurance rolls by 2025.

Just this week, for example, Trump proposed weakening Obama’s rules to limit emissions of methane, a potent climate-change gas.  The proposed rule would save oil and gas companies $485 million over the next seven years, but pollution-wise, it would be like adding 260,000 cars to the road during the same period. In July, Trump proposed allowing more pollution from cars.

While it’s true that businesses criticized Obama, they’ve increasingly expressed fear about Trump’s policies, not only about Trump’s tariffs but also about the impact of his unpredictable foreign policy stances, his environmental policies, and more.

This week, a diverse coalition of hundreds of businesses and trade association formed to fight Trump’s trade policies.

Elsewhere in the interview, Gardner expressed his “optimism” that Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed by the senate and decried the “theatrics, the antics, the harassment, the bullying that you’ve seen throughout this process.”

“We’re all proud of Justice Gorsuch,” Gardner told Sengenberger, referencing Trump’s first U.S. Supreme Court pick.

Gardner also said he believes Republicans will “expand their majority” in the U.S. Senate in the November election, adding that “Ted Cruz will win” in Texas.

Most pollsters agree that Cruz is still the favorite in Texas, but the race way closer that predicted and could be lost by Cruz. But polls do not support Gardner’s stance that the GOP will gain senate seats. Races across the country are too close to call and could swing to the Democrats.

Andrews Deleted Tweet About Stapleton Due To The “Hysteria” It Was Causing

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Walker Stapleton.

Former Colorado Senate President John Andrews created a mini-frenzy on Twitter yesterday, when he wrote that Walker Stapleton, Colorado’s Republican candidate for governor, told a luncheon crowd of 20 “faith leaders” that Stapleton would be “pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious freedom.”

“I saw this thing spiraling away unproductively, the way it happens so often on Twitter, and I thought, I have better things to do with my time and better ways to support my preferred candidate for governor,” he said, adding that he knows there are screen shots of his Tweet out there. “I wanted to do my small part toward sanity and civility and pull the plug.”

“What I wrote was that Stapleton told us he is pro-life, pro-family,” he said, “and pro-religious freedom. I’m saying that if someone were to ask him today, ‘Is that so?’, he would treat it as a shrug: ‘Everyone knows that’s so.'”

While that’s generally true, the details about Stapleton’s positions on those topics aren’t fully known.

For example, he’s said he’d be a “pro-life governor,” and will protect the “born and unborn.”

But he wouldn’t tell a television reporter if he’d sign legislation making abortion illegal or harder to get in Colorado.

That’s a question that’s salient given the U.S. Supreme Court’s shift to the right and likely move back from protecting abortion rights.

“I was having words in my mouth,” said Andrews. “Stapleton was having words put in his mouth. I didn’t want to put Stapleton and his campaign team in a position of having to answer to some spittin’ match that Andrews started.”

“I’m proud of the photo [of himself and Stapleton that accompanied the Tweet],” he said, saying it was the “follow-on hysteria” that bothered him.

It Worked! Right-Wing Base Loves Stapleton For Appearing With Tancredo

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Political observers were left scratching their heads last week over why Walker Stapleton, who’s  Colorado’s Republican candidate for governor, would appear at a fundraising event with former Congressman Tom Tancredo, whose views on undocumented immigrants (kick them out), Mecca (bomb it), abortion (ban it) and much more don’t align with the swing voter sensibility that most rational candidates aim to mimic in a general election like the one coming up in November.

One explanation: Stapleton has no prayer of winning the general election if his GOP base voters, including the ones who love Tancredo, aren’t enthusiastic about Stapleton. And Tanc is an enthusiasm magnet for the GOP base.

This could explain not only why Stapleton wrapped Tancredo in a tighter embrace last week but also why Stapleton told a radio host again a couple weeks ago that he’d like to campaign with Trump here in Colorado. He said the same thing in June.

If Stapleton’s intent was to fire up his base, it appears to have worked, according to the right-wing focus group of Chuck Bonniwell and Julie Hayden, radio hosts on KNUS 710AM’s afternoon show.  They approved!

“I give Walker Stapleton a ton of credit,” said Hayden, a former Denver TV reporter. “He did not back down one iota. You know, Tom introduced him, gave a great speech…. Congratulations to you, Walker Stapleton!”

Hayden’s advice: Let Tancredo “go out to every event. They need a cheerleader type to rev people up.”

Boniwell, who’s been described as the id of Colorado’s Republican Party, was impressed by the Tancredo-Stapleton event, but he predicted that Stapleton will lose in November.

“It’s over, you know, basically,” said Bonniwell, who’s also the owner of the Glendale/Cherry Creek Chronicle.

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BIRTHERISM! Colorado Lawmaker More Interested In Obama’s “Secret” Past Than Trump’s Tax Returns

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Colorado State Rep. Judy Reyher (R-Swink) is “much more interested” in Obama’s alleged “secret” past than she is in seeing Trump’s tax returns.

“Call me a birther,” Reyher wrote on Facebook this week, “but I still wonder why Obama’s past is such a well kept secret. We only know what the Democrats have released. I am much more interested in that secret than I am in President Trump’s tax returns.”

With those birther views, which have been totally proven false, you might wonder where Reyher gets her news. She answered that question in another post this week.

“My news source is my gut and the truth,” she wrote, later adding that “no one has yet proven that Obama ever taught a single class nor that he actually graduated from a university.”

“I read a great deal, and I get my sources from a lot of different places.”

Reyher, who did not immediately return a call for comment, was defeated in a June primary by a Republican opponent, Don Bendell, who accused her of being a weak candidate. He loss means she will exit her seat next year.

Reyer said Bendell can’t win his Pueblo area race against Democrat Bri Buentello, after Brendell acknowledged not paying child support for 17 years.

Reyher was the center of a controversy about previous Facebook posts. In one, she called African-Americans “hatred filled beings,” but she steadfastly denies being a racist.

Stapleton Won’t Say If He’d Sign Bills Making Abortion Illegal Or Harder To Get in Colorado

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Colorado’s Republican candidate for governor won’t say if he’d sign legislation making abortions illegal or harder to get in Colorado.

“I’m not going to get into a bunch of hypotheticals on a particular piece of legislation. Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. We’ll see what happens in future,” Walker Stapleton told CBS4 political specialist Shaun Boyd last week.

But Boyd’s hypothetical question isn’t so hypothetical now, with the U.S. Senate poised to add Trump’s conservative nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, paving the way for the gutting Roe v. Wade, which protects abortion rights in America.

In the absence of Roe, state governments would be free not only to pass laws outlawing abortion outright but also to put roadblocks in place to restrict access to abortion.

Such legislation didn’t land on Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk, but here are three examples of bills that were promoted by anti-choice Republicans in the Colorado legislature just this year:

This bill would have banned abortion in Colorado by defining life as beginning at conception

This bill would have forced a women not only to have a vaginal or abdominal ultrasound prior to having an abortion but also to wait 24-hours before having an abortion after she informs a doctor that she wants one.

This legislation would have stopped the use of a method of abortion used for 95 percent abortions performed during the second trimester.

Those bills aren’t hypothetical, but would Stapleton sign them if they landed on his desk?

He won’t say, but Stapleton told Boyd he’s a pro-life Republican, who believes that life begins at conception. Such a belief would align him with anti-abortion activists who oppose some forms of birth control, which could potentially destroy fertilized eggs, or zygotes. But Stapleton told Boyd his anti-abortion stance includes exceptions for rape, incest, and to save a mother’s life.

During a speech to state Republicans in April, Stapleton vowed to protect the “born and unborn.” He’s said he’ll be a pro-life governor.

Stapleton’s Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, is pro-choice, saying that he would not ban any abortion, even late abortions, because “this is a very personal decision for a woman.”

“It’s between her conscience, her god and her doctor… in no way, shape or form should it be the government’s decision to tell a woman what to do with her own body,” Polis told Boyd.

“This is a more real threat than ever before,” Polis told a group at Planned Parenthood, according to CBS4.

Shooting The Messenger: Coffman Slams New York Times For Publishing Anonymous Anti-Trump Opinion

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U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)

Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman bashed the New York Times this morning for publishing an opinion piece, written by an anonymous “senior” Trump official who was aiming to spotlight the dangers posed by the president.

The Times should “probably tighten up on these anonymous sources,” explained Coffman to KOA 850-AM Morning News host April Zesbaugh, adding that it was “very disappointing” because “anybody in the White House or outside the White House could have written that.”

Coffman turned his attack on Times, instead of addressing the content of the op-ed, which included this:

“The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making…”

From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions.”

The New York Times prefaced the opinion piece by writing that the senior Trump official who wrote it is “known to us” and his or her “job would be jeopardized by its disclosure.”

Professional journalists carefully use anonymous sourcing to inform the public of information that would otherwise be impossible to report–about topics ranging from the Vietnam War (Pentagon Papers) and presidential law-breaking (Watergate) to child abuse in the Catholic Church (See Spotlight.) to the exposure of government waste via whistle blowers, and much more.

Journalists will advise readers to beware of anonymous sourcing from news outlets that aren’t trustworthy. The New York Times, though not perfect, is among the most trusted news outlets in the world.

An email asking Coffman, a Republican, what he thinks of the substance of the Times opinion piece, for example, its plea for Americans to cross party lines and stand up to Trump, was not returned.

Not only did Coffman not answer Zesbaugh’s question about whom he thinks wrote the piece but he chose to provide a non-answer that didn’t address the shocking information about Trump in the op-ed.

Politicians, like Trump himself in his rantings against the news media, are known known to attack the press when confronted with stories they disagree with.

Coffman’s shoot-the-messenger attack on the Times reflects his decision last year to call for an investigation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, after FBI surveillance led to the resignation of Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Here’s a transcript of Coffman’s statement this morning:

ZESBAUGH:  You’re in the beltway – how much buzz is there today about who in the White House wrote that OpEd in the New York Times?

COFFMAN: Oh, I don’t know  [laughs].  You know, I  think they should probably tighten up on these anonymous sources. I mean, the fact is, anybody in the White House or outside the White House could have written that. So,  [It’s] very disappointing.

Listen here:

Trump Has Kept America Safe In An “Admirable Way,” Says Colorado’s Republican Candidate for Governor

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Over the weekend, the Associated Press quoted a top Republican congressional aid as saying that the “great danger” in the November election is an “enthusiasm gap,” and there is “nobody who can close the enthusiasm gap quite like the president.”

Here in Colorado, political analysts agree that Republican candidate for governor Walker Stapleton needs to somehow find a way to make his GOP base enthusiastic about his campaign–which could explain why Stapleton enthusiastically told a radio host again last week that he’d like to campaign with Trump here in Colorado. He said the same thing in June.

“Nothing has changed,” said Stapleton about his desire to campaign with Trump, “except that — you know, the Washington media scene is ugly.”

But it appears Stapleton won’t be seeing the president here.

Trump’s advisers have devised a strategy to send Trump to campaign “where he can be helpful,” according to the AP, and Colorado apparently isn’t on the list, while Texas is.

In response, Stapleton seems to be trying to whip up GOP enthusiasm by expressing hope that the president comes to Colorado anyway–and by praising Trump, particularly when Stapleton is addressing conservative audiences.

Stapleton said Trump has kept America safe in an “admirable way,”  and there’s “no change” in his desire to campaign with Trump in Colorado, as you can hear in his interview on conservative radio last week (Listen here at 27 min 30 sec.).

Stapleton also told KNUS radio host Steffan Tubbs that he backed Trump’s new tax law and, “I’ve been a supporter of the President’s economic policies and his immigration policies, as far as sanctuary cities are concerned because those are issues that directly either benefit or impact Colorado.”

Addressing whether he thought Trump would come to Colorodo, Stapleton said, “The President also has a busy schedule. He is foremost concerned with Congress, and making sure that Republicans hold Congress. And he constantly, you know, has to wear a suit of armor around D.C.. So, we’ll see what the future holds.”

Democratic President Barack Obama visited Colorado in the 2014 midterm election in support of Gov. John Hickenlooper, who was seeking re-election. Among other things, the pair played pool.

Gardner Goes to Bat for “President Trump’s America First Agenda”

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Colorado Senator Cory Gardner blasted out an urgent fundraising appeal over the weekend, stating:

Gardner: Your contribution is vital to the future of President Trump’s America First agenda. With your support, we will strengthen our Senate Majority. Will you step up and make a contribution today?

Gardner emailed the plea to fellow Republicans in his role as the Chair of a GOP committee that’s in charge of electing U.S. Senators in the November election.

Republicans hold a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate currently, but both the senate chamber and the U.S. House of Representatives could change to Democratic control in November — an outcome Gardner referenced in his fundraising appeal in an effort to create sense of urgency.

Gardner: Democrats are spending millions on negative and misleading attack ads in their attempt to win back the Senate in 2018. The stakes are too high, and time is running out. We have 5 days until our crucial fundraising deadline, and we are well short of our goal. Pitch in NOW to help us DEFEND the Republican Majority! Senate Republicans are counting on you to step up and help us win in November!

The email promised that all donations would be matched by four times, though the source of the matching funds wasn’t indicated, and Gardner’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

Gardner has indicated that he will give up his leadership of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) after the upcoming election to focus on his own re-election in Colorado in 2020.

Asked this year if he was planning to run again for his current U.S. Senate leadership position, in which he’s charged with electing Republicans to the U.S. Senate, Gardner told The Hill, a Washington DC publication, “I am going to be focused on 2020.”  This was interpreted as a sign that he would give up the position, which gives Gardner a seat at the Republican leadership table in the U.S. Senate.

In June, Gardner told conservatives at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver that Republicans will be able to confirm scores of judges if they can retain control of the U.S. Senate in November.

Gardner said the “media is afraid of this,” and they “want us to fail.”

Since then, Trump nominated U.S. District Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve in the U.S. Supreme Court, and Gardner has fully endorsed the conservative, after refusing to meet with Obama’s Supreme Court selection, Merrick Garland, prior to the 2016 election.

Gardner’s critics say he tries to present himself as independent-minded about Trump’s agenda, while backing the president in under-the-radar fundraising appeals and voting with the mogul over 90 percent of the time.

Radio Host Says “Gay Mafia” Is One Of Polis’ Weapons

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Why do some conservatives think it’s okay to say Colorado’s Democratic candidate for governor, Jared Polis, has the support of the “gay mafia?”

KNUS radio host Chuck Bonniwell, who also owns of the Cherry Creek/Gendale Chronicle, told me in a free-wheeling and respectful conversation Friday that Polis has the support of the “gay mafia.”

“Did you say gay mafia?” I interrupted.

“Well, they work hard,” replied Bonniwell.

I told him I had to write a blog post about the slur.

“Oh no, not the gay mafia. You can’t say that” said Bonniwell, who one analyst described as the “id of Colorado’s Republican Party.”

“What is the gay mafia?” I asked.

“It’s just a lot of guys I know and am friends with who work incredibly hard for Jared Polis,” answered Bonniwell. “And they man these offices. And they do a great job on his behalf. I call them the mafia because they work so hard.”

“Would you ever say the ‘Jewish mafia,'” I asked Bonniwell.

“Oh god, yes, I grew up with the Jewish mafia all around me.”

I take Bonniwell at his word but Polis is also Jewish and I didn’t hear Bonniwell–or any other conservative pundit–say Plid is part of the Jewish mafia or any other mafia.

In July, KCOL guest host Karen Kataline said she was “pretty sure” Polis was part of the “gay mafia,” and she worried on air that the Republicans’ timid treatment of Polis being gay will make it harder to defeat Polis.

“I knew it. You’re criticizing the Italians,” Bonniwell joked when I continued to object to his saying “gay mafia.”

“There are wonderful Italian people here in Colorado, and you shouldn’t put them down.” said Bonniwell, concluding with, “Why don’t you like Italians?”

(Listen here: Aug. 24 at 33:15)

What Would It Take for Colorado Republicans To Halt Their Plan To Hang A Trump Portrait At The Colorado Capitol?

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Colorado Republican leaders said today that a portrait of Trump will adorn a wall at the Colorado Capitol by late 2018 or early 2019.

But in light of recent crimes apparently involving Trump, would they halt the placement of the Trump portrait if the president were impeached, convicted of crimes, or if enough citizens objected to it?

The Colorado Times Recorder left a message with that question for Senate Republican spokesman Sean Paige, who distributed a news release about the Trump portrait.

Paige did not respond.

On Twitter, a famously sardonic account called “Missing Pundit,” tweeted

Congrats to Colorado Senate Republicans (who won’t see this, b/c they blocked me) for your portrait. In light of recent events, might I suggest you get started with the Pence portrait, which might be needed in the near future.

To be extra safe, you might commission a gallery along the line of succession. So get a move on the Orrin Hatch and Paul Ryan portraits. Although the latter one can wait until after the election, cuz you know.

The Mike Pompeo portrait might not be a bad idea either, but by the time we get there, we might have Secretary of State Gary Busey. #copolitics

State Senate President Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) said last month he quickly raised $10,000 for the Trump picture in the wake of news coverage of a stunt involving the placement of a Putin portrait on the wall inside the Capitol where Trump’s picture would hang.

Now, Sarah Boardman, a Colorado Springs artist, will begin work on the portrait.

In a video linked on the GoFundMe fundraising page, used to raise money for the art, Grantham said, “I am excited to announce we’re going to take the reins on this and raise the $10,000 necessary to put up President Donald J. Trump’s portrait in the hall of portraits right here in the Capitol rotunda of the Colorado State Capitol.”

When he launched the fundraising effort, Grantham said one donor funded Colorado Capitol’s portrait of President Barack Obama.

But because Trump is a “populist,” the “everyday citizens of Colorado” should ” should “have a part of this.”

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“We Don’t Know If She’s Overweight Or Not As We Have Not Weighed Her”

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A conservative blog in Colorado responded to a talk radio host’s assertion that Colorado state senate candidate Faith Winter is “overweight” by asserting that, “We don’t know if she’s overweight or not as we have not weighed her.”

The blog, called ColoradoPeakPolitics, opined yesterday that KNUS 710-AM radio hosts Chuck Bonniwell (pictured above) and Julie Hayden should apologize for being “intellectually lazy”–not for calling Winter, who’s an elected state representative, “overweight” and “unpleasant,” as Boniwell did last week.

Then the blog, whose writers are anonymous, went on to list the attacks on Winter that Bonniwell and Hayden should have mentioned if they weren’t so lazy.

They should apologize. No, not because they offered opinions of her. (We don’t know if she’s overweight or not as we have not weighed her and as for her demeanor, we’ll leave that up to you.) But because they’re intellectually lazy…

Chuck and Julie can apologize to Faith Winter if they want. It would be the nice thing to do. But, more importantly, they should apologize to their listeners for being so lazy.

This “dynamic duo” proves again that they’re out to lose the battle to lose the war.

The snarky “dynamic duo” comment may reflect the blog’s lingering anger at Bonniwell, who said of ColoradoPeakPolitics earlier this year:

Bonniwell: “You might as well read press releases and fall asleep, unfortunately.”

After this blog post was published, ColoradoPeakPolitics tweeted:

Jason, to be fair, we did say that it would be nice if they apologized. But, truly, we have no idea what her BMI is, so any such speculation is simply an opinion.

A second tweet stated that “nobody should care what her BMI is. Vote on her policies, which are terrible.”

Republican bloggers and talk radio hosts are focused on Winter because the outcome of her Adams County race could determine which party controls the state senate. Her race is one of two top state senate seats from which Democrats hope to dislodge Republicans. The other is a Jeffco race pitting State Sen. Tim Neville (R-Littleton) against Democrat Tammy Story.

Talk Radio Host Says Democratic State Senate Candidate Is “Overweight” And “Unpleasant”

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“She’s overweight, unpleasant, vicious, amoral human being.”

That’s how KNUS radio host Chuck Bonniwell described Democratic State Rep. Faith Winter, who’s running for a state senate seat.

Overweight?

I asked Bonniwell, who’s also the editor of the Cherry Creek/Glendale Chronicle, if he’d have characterized Winter as being overweight if she were male.

No response. I told him via another email that any comment from him would be welcome. Still no response.

But Winter is used to attacks from men, literally.

She filed sexual harassment charges against fellow Democratic State Rep. Steve Lebsock, who was eventually removed from the Colorado Legislature in an overwhelming bipartisan vote.

Winter was hailed by women’s groups for her stand against Lebsock.

Faith Winter

For his part, Lebsock denies most of the accusations, including unwanted grabbing and advances, even though Winter’s allegations were confirmed by an independent investigation.

Conservative radio hosts like Bonniwell, who keynoted the annual Adams County GOP fundraiser last year, are closely watching Winter’s state senate race in Adams County because the outcome could determine which party controls the state senate.

The race pits Winter against State Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik, a Republican who currently represents the Adams County district.

Republicans hold a one-seat majority in the state senate, and Humenik’s seat is widely seen as among a handful that will determine whether Colorado Republicans are able to hold their majority in the chamber.

If the GOP loses control of the senate, and Democrats retain the governor’s office, state government will be controlled by Democrats.

On the radio, Bonniwell gave credit to Winter for being a hard worker and diligent campaigner.

When Faith canvassed his door, Bonniwell says he greeted her as follows: “Oh! Great to see you, Faith! Who are you screwing today? What human being are you filing against as part of your corrupt policy?”

Bonniwell then mocked how he thought she’d respond by talking about sports: “And she’ll kinda go, oh thank you thank you, what do you think about [the Broncos]. I like our new quarterback a lot!”

Because women talking about sports is hilarious and certainly couldn’t be genuine.

Chuck concluded his assessment of Winter by saying, “She’s a terrible human being.”

Tancredo To Appear With Stapleton As “Special Guest” At Sept. 1 Fundraiser

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If you’ve been following Colorado’s governor’s race, you know that former Congressman Tom Tancredo gave Republican Walker Stapleton his full-throated endorsement during the GOP primary, embellishing Stapleton with Tancredo’s ultra-conservative imprimatur and delivering  primary voters to Stapleton, who’s connections to the Bush Dynasty were viewed with skepticism by Tea Party types.

In the past few months, after Stapleton became the Republican nominee for governor, political observers have been asking whether Stapleton will try to distance himself from Tancredo, who wants to expunge our country of all undocumented immigrants and suggested we bomb Mecca, among other things.

Well, Stapleton’s embrace of Tancredo isn’t loosening.

Tancredo is a “special guest” at a Sept. 1 fundraiser, where the former Congressman and Stapleton will be raising funds “to help Colorado WIN in November.”

To be fair, the speculation that Stapleton would reverse course and dump Tancredo isn’t consistent with how Stapleton has been running his campaign so far.

Stapleton embraced Trump, for example, during the primary, and he’s sticking with the unpopular president, even going so far as to invite Trump to Colorado to campaign with him.

If Stapleton isn’t running away from Trump, you wouldn’t think he’d run away from you, I told Tancredo.

“Right,” Tanc replied. “It would be interesting to know who’s hated more in Colorado. Me or Trump.”

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Trump Nominee For Colorado U.S. Attorney Received Unusual and Harsh Reprimand

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Trump’s nominee for Colorado’s U.S. Attorney, Jason Dunn, once received a searing and rare reprimand by Judge Richard L. Gabriel, who now sits on the Colorado Supreme Court.

Gabriel’s admonishment of Dunn came in a 2015 appeals court decision tossing out a ruling that the Douglas County School District had made a illegal campaign donation by distributing a report, produced by a conservative group. Dunn represented the Douglas County School District, referred to below as the “District” by Gabriel, who sat on the Colorado appeals court at the time.

Writing for the majority in the case, Keim v. Douglas County, Gabriel commented on the “tone” of Dunn’s briefs, writing that they contained “personal attacks and serious accusations” that were inappropriate and unfounded” as well as “rhetoric” that was both “unpersuasive and unhelpful.”

Gabriel wrote in paragraph 32 of the decision:

Third, we feel compelled to comment on the tone of the District’s appellate briefs. In its briefs, the District referred to Keim’s arguments as “nonsensical”; accused her of “subtle mischaracterization,” “wholesale mischaracterization,” and “blatantly misleading” the court; described its reaction to certain of Keim’s arguments with inflammatory (or perhaps sarcastic) language like “dumbfounded”; *728 and even referred to certain of the ALJ’s findings in a derisive way. These kinds of personal attacks and serious accusations were inappropriate and unfounded. Disagreement—even vehement and vigorous disagreement—with a trial court’s rulings and with the arguments of an opposing party and counsel are, of course, part and parcel of any litigation matter. Nonetheless, we expect such disagreements to be civil and respectful. The use of rhetoric like that cited above is unpersuasive and unhelpful. See Martin v. Essrig, 277 P.3d 857, 860 & app’x (Colo. App. 2011).

Court observes say that judges rarely admonish attorneys, particularly of the caliber normally nominated for the position of U.S. Attorney, in written opinions.

“I do not recall a Court ever calling out arguments in a brief in that way,” said Denver attorney Jane Feldman, who staffed the Colorado Ethics Commission and has over 35 years of litigation experience. “Courts generally address arguments made in a brief, and say the arguments are not persuasive, but do not comment on the tone. Furthermore, I have drafted and reviewed many briefs, and I don’t recall ever reading a brief in which the arguments were described in that way. Lawyers generally try to be professional in briefs, because you do not want to negatively impact the Court in case the majority is on the other side, and the records are reviewed on appeal. Lawyers generally don’t disparage the arguments made by the other side in that way. You might say something like, ‘Plaintiffs argument is contrary to the facts,’ or “is not in accordance with common practice,” but it sounds like Dunn went too far.”

Dunn, a “shareholder” at Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck, did not return a call for comment.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) threw his support behind Dunn in June, when Trump nominated Dunn for Colorado’s chief federal prosecutor, after a 18-month delay.

“I am confident that he will make an excellent United States Attorney for the District of Colorado,” Gardner said in a statement, published in The Denver Post. “Jason has a proven record of public service and involvement in his community, and he has the integrity and character that will make Colorado proud. I will urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support his confirmation.”

The Post reported that Dunn worked on regulatory issues and for prominent Republican candidates and causes.

If Dunn is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he would replace Colorado’s interim U.S. Attorney, Bob Troyer, who replaced 2016 Obama appointee John Walsh.