Gardner: “People Are Going to Lie.” But the Alleged Lies Would Be True

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

In a recent radio interview, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) complained that his opponents are going to lie about him by claiming he’s against guaranteeing insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions when, in fact, he supports such coverage.

Gardner told KHOW’s Dan Caplis last month that Democrats and Republicans can agree that people with preexisting conditions should “have coverage — required coverage.”

“That’s what we’ll fight for and continue to succeed with,” Gardner said on air. “Now, people are going to lie about it.  People are going to try to say that that’s false.”

So is it, in fact, false to say Gardner fights to require coverage for people with pre-existing conditions?

If you judge Gardner by what he says then, yes, he wants people with pre-existing conditions to have required coverage. He says it all the time.



Buck: Only “Very Soft People” Are Worried about Trump’s Potential Crimes

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Colorado GOP chairman Rep. Ken Buck (R).

Asked this week by a conservative radio host about the impeachment of Trump, U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) said the president has done nothing wrong except “trigger the sensibilities of a bunch of very soft people.”

“They have no evidence that rises to the level of a high crime or misdemeanor,” Buck told KHOW’s Jon Caldara Monday. “They have no evidence that suggests that this president has done anything other than trigger the sensibilities of a bunch of very soft people.”

If so, one of those soft people would be Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, as we know thanks to Buck, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee.

Buck himself asked Mueller in July if Mueller “could charge the president with a crime after he left office.”

“Yes,” Mueller replied flatly.

Most recently, Trump has been accused of obstructing the investigation of the House Judiciary Committee by instructing former aids not to testify before the panel, which is controlled by Democrats.

Buck said on air that there’s “zero” chance impeachment will be “voted on on the floor of the House.”

“The impeachment itself — the charging of the President itself — will never happen in this Congress,” said Buck on air.

Buck also told Caldara that he’s opposed to all federal red flag legislation, which would allow judges to take guns from people deemed dangerous–and he argued vehemently against a ban on assault weapons, saying they are used by people in “rural Colorado” to shoot “raccoons” or “prairie dogs, whatever.”


Speaker on How GOP Can Be More “Effective” Is Accused of Being Ineffective

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A Colorado Republican, scheduled to deliver a lunchtime lecture Wednesday on how to be an “Effective Republican in an Unaffiliated World,” is facing criticism from a fellow Republican who says she isn’t qualified to lecture on the topic due to her own ineffective leadership.

Kristina Cook and Tamra Farah, both Republican leaders in Colorado, are set to deliver the speech tomorrow to the Douglas County Republican Women, a political group.

The lecture drew national attention in Newsweek after Cook, who’s chair of the Denver Republican Party, said, “I Bet MLK Wishes He’d Had A Sniper by his Side That Day,” prompting Bernice King to tweet that her father would not have wanted a “gun battle on his behalf.” Cook later thanked Bernice King for helping Cook understand King’s “father’s perspective.”

Jeff Krump, a former state house GOP candidate and former vice chair of the Denver Republican Party, blasted Cook, saying he hasn’t seen “any evidence” that she’d be an “effective leader as a Republican woman.”



Douglas County GOP Shares Facebook Meme Attacking Muslims

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The Douglas County, Colorado, Republican Party shared a Facebook post this week stating that Muslim members of Congress who express specific ideas are terrorists.

The post, which has been spreading on Facebook, states:

“Every time a Moslem (sic) stands up in Congress and tells us they will change the Constitution, impeach our President, or vote for Socialism, remember you said you would never forget. They said they would destroy us from within.”

Some commenters on the Douglas County Facebook page scolded the group for posting the bigoted statement.

Stephen Allen, Chair of the Douglas County Republican Party, didn’t respond to an email seeking comment on the Facebook share.

Last week, state Sen. Vicki Marble (R-Greeley) “liked” the same anti-Muslim meme.

Marble then told the Colorado Times Recorder she did so as part of her job to listen to the public.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Friday called on Marble to apologize.

“Would Senator Marble like posts supporting the KKK or neo-Nazis?” asked CAIR’s Acting Board Chair Krista Cole in a news release. “Islamophobia, just like anti-Semitism or bigotry of any kind, should not be tolerated and we call on the Senator to immediately apologize.”


Racist and Anti-Semitic Posts Appear on Facebook Pages of Leaders of Garcia Recall Campaign

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One leader of the effort to recall Colorado state Senate President Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo) is speculating that her Facebook page was hacked, while another leader isn’t commenting, in response to questions about racist or anti-Semitic posts on both of their Facebook pages.

“Today reaffirms my disdain for illegals…Barbarians…3rd world pigs,” wrote Ernest Mascarenas, who’s listed in state records as one of three leaders of the recall effort, on Facebook Feb. 12, where he goes by the name Ernest Carlos. “Pissed in a bottle and threw it down the elevator shaft, landing on a elevator worker. If you like them so much and want them here that bad, take them into your home…BUILD THAT WALL.”

In another comment posted July 10 above a DailyCaller article with the headline, “BET Founder Gives Thumbs Up To Trump, Thumbs Down To Democrats,” Mascarenas wrote, “You’ll always have the dumb minorities that’ll support the Democrats… All the way to the oven.”

Multiple attempts to reach Mascarenas to discuss the Facebook posts, which were obtained from a source, were not successful.

Susan Carr, also listed in state filings as a leader of the Garcia recall, has apparently made similar comments, referring on Facebook to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) as “trying her best to do Hitler’s work.”

Carr’s 2013 apparent comment came in response to Feinstein’s calls for new gun laws after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in 2012.

Carr’s Facebook page states that by pushing gun safety legislation, Feinstein, whom Carr refers to as “some 80-year-old Jewish Senator (b 6-22-33 SF Ca)” who is “old enough to know about the events in Germany in the thirties and forties when Adolf murdered millions of Jews,” is “trying her best to do Hitler’s work in the U.S.”



Marble Says She “Liked” Bigoted Facebook Post As Part of Her Job to Listen to People

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Colorado Sen. Vicki Marble (R-Ft. Collins) “liked” a Facebook post this week with an image of the burning twin towers set in the middle of this statement:

“Every time a Moslem (sic) stands up in Congress and tells us they will change the Constitution, impeach our President, or vote for Socialism, remember you said you would never forget. They said they would destroy us from within.”

The Colorado Times Recorder asked Marble why she “liked” this post.

Marble: Good morning, Jason. Thank you for calling. As we discussed before, the ‘like’ on FB can mean many things. For example, I find many posts interesting, not that I agree or disagree with them, but ‘Like’ is a way to say thanks for posting or let the person know I read it. I respect their right to say what’s on their mind…

Colorado Times Recorder: Thank you very much. Yes, I agree about Facebook likes. Fair point. Why did you like the post in this case? …To me, it suggests U.S. Reps. Ihan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are terrorists. Can you explain why you like it?

Marble: I ‘Like’ your point of view on this. I don’t think many people agree with you, but this is how you perceive it to read. I find your point of view interesting, but I don’t read things into this the way you do.

Colorado Times Recorder: I see. So in the case of the Muslim meme, why did you ‘like’ it?

Marble: I like hearing people express their views. I need to know what is on their minds. It is part of being a legislator.

Asked about the post “liked” by Marble, Amanda Henderson, Director of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado expressed concern about “cavalier posts on social media that incite hatred and division.”

“In this case, we are one day from grieving the attacks of September 11, 2001 and stirring this kind of thing up demonizes people simply for their religious tradition, said Henderson via email. “What we really need to do as a country is build relationships across our differences and communities where all people are able to thrive.”

The bigoted post aligns with statements from talk radio hosts and other right-wing Colorado conservatives who regularly denounce not just Muslim extremists but the entire religion of Islam.

For example, in a radio interview shortly after Trump was elected, KNUS radio host Peter Boyles denounced Islam and said Muslims are incapable of respecting the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values of the United States, due to their religious beliefs, essentially saying there is no place for Muslims in our country. He stood behind the comments.


Democrat Schroeder Joins Republicans in Vote Granting Sex-Ed Waiver

Boulder Democrat Angelika Schroeder joined Republicans on Colorado’s Board of Education today in a 4-3 vote granting a charter school’s request for a waiver from Colorado’s new sex-ed law, which requires comprehensive instruction covering LGBT health, consent, and more.

Democrats gained a majority on the board in 2016, with the election of Rebecca McClellan representing Denver suburbs surround Aurora. 

ACLU’s Hinkley testifies before the Board

But Schroeder rejected arguments from fellow Democrats to reject–or at least declare unnecessary–the sex-ed waiver for Liberty Common, a Ft. Collins charter school led by former Republican Congressman Bob Schaffer, who insists his school has no plans to teach sex ed.

The Board’s lawyer also counseled against granting the waiver.

Liberty Common became the first public school to be granted a waiver, which is allowed under an updated sex-ed law that cleared the Legislature last year and was later signed by Gov. Jared Polis (D-CO).

Liberty Common stated that it needed the waiver, not because it wanted to teach sex ed but because sex-related topics came up in discussion of “Greek mythology, “Renaissance Art,” and science.

But state Rep. Susan Lontine (D-Denver), one of the sponsors of last year’s sex-ed legislation, told the Board in a letter that Liberty Common’s sex-related discussions in those courses were clearly allowed under the new law.

Lontine wrote that “based on [Liberty Common’s] application as presented, that a waiver is not needed.”

“Again, human sexuality instruction is defined as lessons on abstinence or sexual activity in the context of student health or healthy relationships,” wrote Lontine.

After the vote, Elizabeth Hinkley of the ACLU of Colorado urged the board to issue a written opinion clarifying that Liberty Common didn’t need the waiver based on its reasons for requesting it.

“We request that the Board issue a written opinion with their decision to grant the waiver,” Hinkley said. “As the Board’s legal counsel advised, the Board has the option to provide a written opinion clarifying that, although the waiver was granted, the type of instruction proposed by Liberty is not human sexuality instruction, and therefore a waiver from CRS 22-1-128 is not required. Other similarly situated schools will look to the Board’s decision as guidance. Absent this clarifying opinion, the Board’s decision will cause more confusion for the reasons stated by their own legal counsel.”

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Liberty Common’s justification for the waiver, submitted to the board, states that the school instructs on sexuality “only within the domain of science.”

But the waiver application states that “sweeping definitions” of concepts like “healthy relationships” have “overbroad applicability,” meaning the school’s discussions in subjects like Greek mythology could be considered sexual education and could run them afoul with the law.

“We bristle at the notion of a new curricular mandate coming from the state Capitol under any terms, and this one in particular is onerous for a variety of reasons,” Schaffer, a longtime champion of conservative causes in Colorado, has said.

CORRECTION: This post was corrected to state that State Board Member Angelika Schroeder, not Valentina (Val) Flores, voted for the waiver. 


State Ed Board to Vote Wednesday on Sex Ed Waiver for Ft. Collins Charter School

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Liberty Common School, run by former GOP Congressman Bob Schaffer, says it doesn’t want to teach its students sex ed at all, but sex-related topics are regularly discussed by students in science, literature, and other classes.

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So, to allow these sex discussions to continue (among students studying Greek mythology, for example) without potentially violating Colorado’s new sex ed law, the Ft. Collins charter school is seeking a waiver from the law’s requirement that public schools teach a comprehensive sex-ed curriculum, including lessons on consent and information for LGBT students.

But Colorado’s sex-ed law, signed in June by Gov. Jared Polis (D-CO) carefully defines sex-ed to allow sex-related topics to be addressed in literature, science, and other courses without violating the law, say the statute’s backers.

The purpose of the waiver, they point out, is to clear the way for a charter school, like Liberty Common, to disregard Colorado’s sex-ed guidelines and, instead, to teach sex ed as described in a “replacement plan” which must be approved by the charter’s school district and then the Colorado State Board of Education.



Speaker To “Address Threats of Transgender Ideology”

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Denver’s Catholic Archdioceses, Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute, and Catholic Charities are sponsoring a Sept. 10 event called “Made this Way: Male and Female,” featuring anti-transgender activist Emily Zinos who “helps parents and educators identify and address the threats of transgender ideology,” according to promotional materials.

“Join us for an incredible evening of timely and relevant information, equipping you to understand and dialogue effectively on the topic of the Transgender Trend,” states the event’s online registration page.

Zinos is the Project Coordinator for Ask Me First MN, which has ties to the Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family, the anti-LGBTQ organization based in Colorado Springs.

Another featured speaker at Tuesday’s event, Dr. Patrick Lappert, is billed as an “Alabama-based plastic surgeon and deacon in the Catholic Church,” who will “provide revelatory insight into transgender surgery.”

Zinos has written about “activist parents” who, she alleges, forced their transgender children on her school.

“Widespread discrimination, unemployment, homelessness, and violence are just some of the issues transgender people face on a daily basis,” states the website of One Colorado, which defends the rights of transgender people. “One Colorado is devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender Coloradans through education and advocacy on the state and local level.”

One of the organizations sponsoring the event is the Denver Catholic Archdiocese’s Respect for Life Office, which among other things, compares abortion to slavery, claiming that the “growing scientific and moral truths, will prevail as they have in other societies when human beings realize something is truly wrong.” The entity opposes the death penalty and euthanasia.

Another sponsor, Catholic Charities, mostly runs multiple programs for people in poverty, including food pantries and aid programs, and an anti-abortion pregnancy center.

The third sponsor, the Centennial Institute is the public policy arm of Colorado Christian University, running the annual Western Conservative Summit. Trump was a speaker there in 2016. In recent years, the organization is perhaps best known for campaigning against legal and illegal drugs, like marijuana (but not alcohol) and magic mushrooms.

The event takes place Sept. 10 at St. Thomas More’s McCallin Hall, 8035 S. Quebec St., in Centennial, at 6:30 p.m.


A GOP Radio Host Asks His Listeners Why They Dislike Gardner

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

A conservative radio host asked a question I’ve been wanting to hear on the conservative air waves for years: Why do so many Republicans dislike U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) so much?

“So many of you have texted over the last year. So many of you have called in. So many of you emailed in. ‘How dare you even call [Gardner] your friend,'” KNUS radio host Steffan Tubbs told his audience last week.

“Why don’t you like him?,” asked Tubbs on air.

The responses flowed in from his listeners:

Gardner hasn’t been honest with people. ..If he were passionate about just one thing, I wouldn’t be such a frustrated conservative. …He’s missed so many opportunities to stand up for conservatives and Trump. …

Wishy washy Charlie Brown; at least have some principles. …Sick of his goofy smiling face. He needs to be more serious.

His responses are canned. …He is too reluctant to take stands on issues. …He’s a fake conservative — needs to stop running to the middle. …He did not show up to be with Trump at the Air Force Academy

Gardner hasn’t been honest with people. …Generic responses to constituent concerns. …He dodges on issues by saying that any given issue is a “local decision.” …The man leads on NOTHING!

When Gardner got to Washington, he was bought and paid for by big-money donors, not guys like me. …I’d prefer former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo — men of courage, honor and principles. …I’m disappointed in Cory because he supports the DREAM Act

Gardner needs to Cowboy up and quit being a city slicker. …Needs a backbone. …He’s trying to juggle four balloons. …He needs to start pounding the podium. …Empty suit. …I’m tired of holding my nose and voting for people.

On Friday, Tubbs told Gardner on air that many of his listeners are super upset with him, and he got a response from Gardner to a couple of the gripes.

Tubbs told Gardner that his listeners want him to express his opinions about Trump, even if he disagrees, instead of sitting in silence.

“Well, look, I’ve made it clear on things I disagree with the president about. I don’t think I’ve tried to hide those areas,” replied Gardner, citing his opposition to tariffs, which he’s actually hedged on.

“I am a far from perfect person”

“I am far from a perfect person,” said Gardner. “You can ask my wife about that. But I do work each and every day for the people of this state and that’s what I am going to continue to do.”

Tubbs asked Gardner to respond to the accusation that “there’s no passion there.”

“There’s a time for everything, I suppose,” replied Gardner on air. “…Coloradans deserve respect, and they deserve somebody who is going to try to provide that respect to the people of this state–and try to be civil and try to be somebody who is providing, I hope, to provide a calm voice in what is a pretty divisive time right now. That’s what I’m trying to do.”


GOP Chaos in CO Springs Could Hamper GOP Comeback Effort

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Rep. Dave Williams (R).

The mysterious implosion of the county GOP party in Colorado Springs may hamper Republican efforts to fortify itself against a blue wave that appears to be heading our way again next year.

With so many of the state’s Republicans congregated in El Paso (157,208 registered Republican voters), and the rapidly growing number of Trump-hating independents and Democrats pooling in previously-thought-of swing areas of the state, the GOP must orchestrate a phenomenal turnout of voters around Colorado Springs–or it has little chance of winning Colorado’s U.S Senate race next year, say analysts.

Hence, the importance of having a functional Republican Party entity in El Paso.

So the sudden resignation Tamra Farah, the leader of El Paso’s Republican Party, less than ten days before their biggest fundraiser of the year and amid allegations that leading donors refused to work with her, is certainly a cause for concern among Colorado Republicans across the state.

Tension among leaders of the Republican Party in El Paso, which includes Colorado Springs, has been evident for many years, but GOP infighting “came to a head” in recent months, State Rep. Dave Williams (R-CO Springs) told KNUS, a conservative radio station, Wednesday.

“I put this squarely at the feet of the establishment,” said Williams on air, referring moneyed Republicans who generally support more moderate candidates.

Williams alleged that establishment Republicans initially supported Farah but backed off, but he wouldn’t name the individuals involved.

“This is not a grassroots problem,” said Williams on air, referring to the faction of the Republican Party that backs more right-leaning candidates and usually has less financial backing.

“I don’t think [Farah] wanted to play games anymore with helping out insiders and their friends and their buddies,” said Williams on KNUS.



Gardner Cites New Bipartisanship Report That Ignores All His Votes and Stances on Issues

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U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) issued a news release Wednesday about a new report showing Gardner to be “one of the most bipartisan Senators” in Congress.

It turns out the report, produced by Quorum Analytics, a software company, looks at one narrow set of data: the number of bills Gardner co-sponsored with a Democrat as the lead sponsor.

Nothing else was taken into consideration, not Gardner’s actual votes, not the significance, impact, or symbolism of the co-sponsored legislation, not his official stances on issues, like guns, climate change, healthcare, and abortion.

Quorum spokeswoman Theresa Hebert said her company is not judging Gardner or any lawmaker but simply demonstrating the “value of our software with the statistics that we have at our disposal to show what’s going on in Congress.”

Asked if she thought Quorum’s report was too narrow and easily manipulated, Hebert said, “There are certainly other ways that you can measure [bipartisanship]. We are specifically looking at that data set. It’s certainly not the only one you could use.”

Gardner issued the news release, titled “Quorum Highlights Senator Gardner’s Strong Bipartisan Record,” and tweet citing the Quorum data.

“Colorado is a fiercely independent state,” said Gardner in the news release. “We judge ideas based on how they will affect the Centennial State, not by the letter that is next to someone’s name. Coloradans expect our elected officials to work across the aisle for the good of our entire state. I’m proud of my bipartisan record of results for Colorado, and I will always place the people of Colorado first.”

Gardner’s news release also cited his fifth-place ranking, earlier this year, by the Lugar Center, as Washington DC think tank, that also used bipartisan co-sponsorships as the basis for a more in-depth analysis.

Asked for his views on Lugar’s report, Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, said he’s “not a fan of using cosponsorship as an indicator; it is a symbolic gesture for the vast majority of bills.”


Republican Won’t Seek Re-Election As CU Regent

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University of Colorado Regent John Carson, a Republican representing a Democratic-leaning district, has decided not to run for re-election next year, widening the highway for Democrats to color Colorado a deeper hue of blue.

Republicans currently hold a tenuous one-seat majority on CU’s Board of Regents, which fell under intense scrutiny after it voted in a 5-4 party line vote in May to appoint CU President Mark Kennedy, a former GOP Congressman, to be CU’s President.

Carson’s departure from the race leaves Republicans without the advantage of incumbency in a district where Democrats have a distinct, but not overwhelming, advantage. The district covers Aurora and suburbs south, east, and north of Denver.

CU Regent Carson

A Democratic victory next year would likely flip CU’s governing board, as two regents up for re-election next year come from solid blue districts that would be expected to elect Democrats.

Gaining a majority on the board of regents would mark another step in a steady takeover of statewide representative bodies and offices by Democrats, having flipped the state Senate and Colorado State Board of Education last year–as well as the secretary of state, treasurer, and attorney general offices.

Only two Colorado Republicans remain in offices that require approval by voters statewide: U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), who will defend his seat next year, and CU Regent at-large Heidi Ganahl, who’s up for re-election in 2022.

Republicans have held a majority on the Board of Regents for a jaw-dropping 40 years, and the board has a history of appointing Republican Presidents, like Kennedy, Bruce Benson, Hank Brown (a former Colorado Senator), and others.

Carson told the Colorado Times Recorder that he decided not to run primarily because he’s been dedicated to public service, in various capacities, for 14 years, and he wants to spend more time with family and elsewhere.

Asked if the political climate in Carson’s district was a factor in his decision, Carson said it would have been a close race that would have demanded a lot of his time.



Republicans Target County Commissions to Fight Colorado’s New Oil-and-Gas Safety Law

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Rep. Lori Saine (R).

Colorado’s GOP House leader says fellow Republicans are fighting Colorado’s new oil-and-gas safety law by trying to get elected to county commissions, which now have more authority over oil-and-gas operations.

Discussing the new oil-and-gas law last week on KLZ 560-AM, state Rep. Patrick Neville said the “next election cycle in 2020 is pretty pivotal” in terms of exerting local control, as allowed under the law.

Neville pointed to state Rep. Lori Saine (R-Firestone), who is running for Weld county commissioner, as the type of candidate needed to fight back against the new law, passed this year to make health and safety the top priority in oil-and-gas regulations.

“I think it’s important that we actually get people like [Saine] – especially in Weld County – elected as a county commissioner in Weld County, because she will fight!” said Neville on air. “You guys know Lori, she will fight tooth and nail for that local control aspect. And so, we’ve got to have rock solid people at that local level fighting up.”

In fact, Saine wants Weld County to be an “oil-and-gas sanctuary,” free from enforcing any oil-and-gas regulations.

Neville said former state Sen. Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction) is running for Mesa County Commissioner “for kind of the same reasons Lori is.”

Scott acknowledge the importance of oil-and-gas issues in his decision to run.



Gardner Still Lacks Plan to Cover People with Pre-Existing Conditions

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma).

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) told a conservative talk-radio host Friday that he and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders both want to repeal and replace Obamacare with a healthcare law that covers people with pre-existing conditions.

In fact, Sanders’ universal healthcare plan, called “Medicare for All,” would cover all people, including those with pre-existing conditions.

But Gardner has yet to produce a specific plan that would do so. Instead, Gardner voted three times to kill Obamacare, even though he had no plan to protect people with pre-existing conditions.

“I disagree with [Sanders] on [Medicare for All], but [Democrats] still want to repeal and replace Obamacare,” said Gardner in an interview with KHOW’s Dan Caplis Friday.

“But what we can agree on is making sure people with pre-existing conditions have coverage, required coverage,” said Gardner on air. “That’s what we are about. That’s what we’ll fight for and continue to succeed with.

“We know that we can come together with better plan, a better policy, a better idea that works, that covers people with pre-existing conditions. And unfortunately, Obamacare has failed to do what they promised it would do.”

Gardner’s office did not return a call asking for his “better plan,” if he has one, to replace Obamacare.


Recall Organizer Agrees that Garcia Isn’t Doing Anything Unexpected As Pueblo’s Senator

A leader of the effort to recall a Pueblo Democrat, who’s the leader of the Colorado Senate, got some simple but tough questions from KOA radio hosts Aug. 21.

Appearing on the station’s Good Morning Colorado show, recall organizer Susan Carr said Colorado State Sen. Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo) isn’t representing his district, in part because he voted for tightening safety and environmental regulations on the oil and gas industry.

But under questioning, Carr admitted that Garcia is doing what you’d expect a Democrat in his position to do, once elected to office.

KOA HOST MARTY LENZ: Susan, did you vote for Leroy Garcia?

CARR: No, I didn’t.

LENZ: Okay. And this is why I ask this question, because, to me, from [the perspective of] a recall effort, I can understand if you and other people on this petition voted for him, and you’re like, “Wait a second! We voted for this guy, and he’s not doing what we asked him to do.” But the fact that you didn’t vote for him, and he’s doing things that are opposite or counter to what you believe, to me, the recall effort is like, well, elections have consequences, right? So if you don’t like him, you vote him out of office instead of trying to do a recall.

CARR: Sure, and I would understand that. It’s just that the people here in Senate District 3 simply don’t think that he’s up there in Denver doing what he was elected to do.

LENZ: But he won with a pretty overwhelming majority, in that area.

CARR: Yes, he did.

CO-HOST APRIL ZESBAUGH: And he’s doing what a Democrat would probably do in that office, right?

CARR: Yes, he is.


Coffman and Gardner Don’t Like Red Flag Laws, But Don’t Rule Out Backing One Anyway

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Sen. Cory Gardner (left) and ex-Rep. Mike Coffman.

Former Congressman Mike Coffman, who’s now running to be mayor of Aurora, and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) sound like they are opposed to a red flag law, but if you listen carefully, you’ll hear that neither is shutting the door completely on the policy, which would allow judges to order the confiscation of guns from dangerous people. 

Both don’t like Colorado’s red-flag law, in particular, with Coffman saying it’s, “wide open to abuse.”

Speaking on conservative radio this month, Coffman went on to “question the constitutionality of a federal mandate on a red flag law,” stating that if it were “constitutional under the Commerce Clause, then I think it would be horribly done. I mean, it would be done by federal law enforcement, federal courts  — the last thing we want.”

Still, Coffman left the door open for an acceptable red flag bill.

“The Cato Institute has done great work in terms of what due process ought to look like, in terms of making sure that you protect the rights of the individual, protect the Second Amendment,” said Coffman on air. “I think it can be done.”



Douglas County GOP Uses Ten Commandments As Weapon Against Dems

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Groups on the religious right in Colorado have long pushed Republicans to embrace the Ten Commandments–and insert them in public life.

The issue used to pop up in candidate questionnaires, like this one in 2010 from the Christian Family Alliance of Colorado, which asked candidates if they support the “public posting of the 10 Commandments.”

And so you had candidates like Cory Gardner in 2010, when he first ran for Congress and was facing a tough primary race, saying, yes, Gardner was on board with posting the Commandments in public buildings.

Now, the Douglas County Republican Party is trotting out the Ten Commandments as part of its campaign against Democrats.

The group shared a Washington Times opinion piece arguing that socialist Democrats want government to “confiscate ever more income and power.”

In contrast, “[w]hen we look at each of the Ten Commandments, we see that they’re directly at odds with socialism,” states the post.

“With a couple dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls vying to see who’s pinker,” states the opinion article posted by the Douglas County GOP on its Facebook page Aug. 13, “perhaps its time to contrast socialism with something more helpful and permanent: The Ten Commandments. “Socialism teaches that wealth should be held in common ownership, controlled by the state. Hence, the Democrats’ constant push to have government confiscate ever more income and power. “By contrast, the Bible teaches that God owns all things and that we’re merely stewards of His creation. When we look at the Ten Commandments, we see that they’re directly at odds with socialism.”

The piece goes on to run through each of the Ten Commandments and explain why Socialism (wink, Democrats) runs counter to each of them.



Gardner Continues to Brag about a Bipartisanship Rating that Ignores His Actual Votes

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During a recent stop in a Denver suburb, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) first bragged about getting a high bipartisanship ranking, and then he denounced the practice of simply sponsoring bills that have little or no hope of passage.

That’s notable because his high bipartisanship ranking is based on co-sponsoring legislation that had little or no hope of passage.

Confronted by 9News’ Kyle Clark prior to a little-publicized meeting in Wheat Ridge Aug. 8. (at 2 min 30 sec here), Gardner touted his high bipartisanship ranking, telling Clark:

Gardner: “I’m going to continue to do what’s right by the people of Colorado. And I will continue to make my voice heard. And I’m going to try to do it by not playing politics but by bringing people together. That’s what I promised the people of Colorado to do. And that’s what I continue to do. “And that’s why I’m the fifth most bipartisan member of the United States Senate, according to the Lugar Institute. That’s why I’m going to continue to work with my colleagues to address real problems.”

Lugar’s “Bipartisan Index” totally relies on whether a lawmaker sponsors or cosponsors legislation with members of the opposite party. Nothing else is evaluated by Lugar. Not Gardner’s actual votes. Not his loyal support for hyper-partisan Republican legislative tactics, nor his behavior as a leader of the national Republican Party.

In fact, only 23 out of over 175 bipartisan bills, sponsored or cosponsored by Gardner, even made it out of committee last session, when Gardner scored 5th place in Lugar’s bipartisan ranking.



Reversal: Neville Now “Can’t Say” that He Talked Trump Out of Backing Red Flag

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House Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock)

Republican State House leader Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock) is walking back his claim that he went to the White House last year after the Parkland massacre and convinced Trump not to support red-flag legislation, which would allow guns to be confiscated by people deemed dangerous by a judge.

“I can’t say that I’m the guy that talked [Trump] out of it or anything, and I don’t even know if he’s still talked out of it,” Neville told KNUS host Randy Corporon Saturday.

That contradicts Neville’s comment on KNUS Aug. 9, in which he took credit for talking Trump out of supporting a red flag bill after Parkland.

“Just about eighteen months ago, I went and visited the president and actually talked him out of [supporting a red flag bill],” Neville told KNUS hosts Chuck Bonniwell and Julie Hayden.

A call to Neville asking about the discrepancy between the two statements was not immediately returned.

A video of a meeting with Neville and Trump last February (at 26 min here) raises questions about whether Neville talked Trump out of backing the legislation, which would allow guns to be confiscated by people deemed dangerous by a judge.

As you can see in the video, Neville indeed argued against gun-safety laws in Trump’s presence in the White House’s Roosevelt Room, and Trump agreed with him. But you can’t conclude that Neville flipped Trump on the the red flag bill, which was barely mentioned. But you also can’t say Neville did not convince Trump.

It turns out that Neville flew to Washington for second meeting with Trump, about a week later, where Neville says he applied more of his persuasive prowess on Trump,

But after describing his meeting with Trump, Neville says he can’t be sure he convinced the president of his stance on the red-flag bill.



Host of Gardner-Haley Fundraiser Tonight Is Hickenlooper Donor

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Former Trump U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is a “special guest” at a private fundraiser tonight in Greenwood Village for U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO).

In an ironic twist, the host of the $1,000-per-ticket event donated to former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), who is currently deciding whether to jump into the Democratic primary race to take on Gardner.

The event, running from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., is at the home of Heather and Jimmy Mulvihill, who gave a total of over $2,000 to Hickenlooper in 2010 and 2014.

Mulvihill could not immediately be reached for comment on whether he’d stick with Gardner if Hickenlooper enters the U.S. Senate race.

Mulvihill and his wife also donated to Gardner, as well as Trump and other prominent Republicans and some Democrats. Sometimes donations came from Mulvihill’s real estate business, Black Creek Group.

Politico reported in May that the Gardner campaign had invited Haley to stump for him:

“[Haley] has also been asked to campaign alongside Republican candidates who might be more reluctant to stump with the president, including Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner… campaign spokesman Cosey Contres said the campaign invited Haley to Colorado because of “her focus on bringing people together” — something few voters, Republican or Democrat, would say about Trump.”
Nikki Haley Post-Trump Tweet

“Denver, here we come,” Haley tweeted along a photo picturing herself and her husband on the plane to Denver.

One of the first commenters to Haley’s tweet hopes Haley will help “straighten out” the U.S. once Trump is no longer in office. Dennis Goett wrote:

“Nikki. You are our best bet to straighten out U.S. post-Trump. Go for it. Where is your organizational effort? How can I help?”

Haley replied directly with a link to her own political fundraising organization.

Money raised at the event will go to the “Gardner Victory Committee,” one of several joint fundraising committees created to support Gardner’s reelection campaign.

Erik Maulbetsch contributed to this post.


Brauchler “Happy” to Break the Law to Carry His Gun into a Theater that Bans Guns

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George Brauchler.

Arapahoe-County area District Attorney George Brauchler says he doesn’t care if a business, like a movie theater, bans concealed weapons from the premises.

He’s “happy” to violate the law and bring his concealed weapon into the theater anyway, he told Greeley’s KCOL guest host Karen Kataline Aug. 13.

Brauchler: I’m not a fan of the Gun Free Zones, and in fact, I mean, I will tell you that I violate that all the time. I carry concealed all the time.
Kateline [facetiously]:  Don’t admit that, George!
Brauchler:  I’m going to admit it – all the time! I feel completely undeterred.  And again, someone may say, ‘Oh, you’re violating—.’  No. Listen, I’m going to protect myself where I think it appropriate. Now, if I were [to be] stopped by law enforcement and confronted and have I committed a crime? [I] probably have!  [I’m] happy to own that.  But I’m not going let someone else disarm me under those circumstances.

Brauchler has bragged about his willingness to flout gun-free zones multiple times in radio interviews, usually pointing to the example of going to the movies with his family.

“It’s tough,” Brauchler said on KNUS following the Las Vegas massacre, when he was asked what citizens can do about mass shootings. “I think there is a combination of things. I mean, I’ll tell you that me, personally, since the Aurora theater case, I have not gone to the movies with my family without me carrying concealed.
“And I’ll plainly concede that there are probably several theaters that have said, ‘You can’t carry concealed here.’ And I have disregarded that, because I am never going to put myself in a position to not have options.”

But this week’s comment was different insofar as he stated directly that he’d be happy to break the law to do so, which is a notable comment from one of Colorado’s top law enforcement officials.

Brauchler, who briefly ran for Colorado governor then attorney general last year, did not return a call requesting an explanation on why he thinks he can choose the laws he wants to abide by–or why he thinks he’d “probably” be breaking the law by carrying his concealed weapon into a gun-free zone.



Neville: I Talked Trump Out of Backing Red Flag Bill After Parkland

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House Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock)

As Trump is promising action on gun safety legislation, Colorado Republican House leader Patrick Neville of Castle Rock is taking credit for talking Trump out pushing a red flag bill in the wake of the 2018 Parkland, Florida, gun massacre.

“Just about eighteen months ago, I went and visited the president and actually talked him out of [supporting a red flag bill],” Neville told KNUS hosts Chuck Bonniwell and Julie Hayden, referring to legislation that would allow judges to authorize the confiscation of guns from dangerous people. “I went to the Roosevelt room [at the White House]. The staff tried to prepare us beforehand, saying, ‘Here’s what we are going to talk about. Pump this up.’

“And so everyone did until they got to me. And I was like, ‘Hey Mr. President. I think these are terrible laws. And here’s why.’ And I gave him a bunch of different reasons.”

Neville thought he was going to leave the room with “some weird nickname from the President.”

Instead, Trump “actually listened,” said Neville, who’s a Columbine shooting survivor. 

Now Neville thinks Trump’s staff is again poisoning his thinking on red flag legislation.



“Never Trump” Kafer Considers Eating Out of the Trump Dumpster

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A once brave “Never Trump” conservative, who couldn’t hold her nose and vote for Trump, is caving.

That’s Denver Post columnist Krista Kafer. As a talk radio host, she took endless abuse for her stance against Trump, and KNUS eventually dumped her.

Now, she’s saying she’s upset with Democrats and “looking at voting for Trump.”

“The deal is, that, yeah, [voting for Trump] a little like eating out of the dumpster, but if you’re that hungry, you’re going to do it,” said Kafer on Colorado Public Television’s weekly politics show, Colorado Inside Out. (on channel 12)

I’m a fan of dumpster diving. Great stuff to be found, including good food.

But if Kafer eats out of the Trump dumpster, not only will she get incredibly ill and possibly die, but she’s leading conservatives into a long stretch of political starvation.

Swing Voters in Colorado hate Trump, and Republicans can’t win without them. If you’re a practical Republican, you have to avoid the Trump dumpster–because the numbers don’t work for Republicans. Ask failed GOP congressional candidate Mike Coffman if he agrees.


Colo Republican Party Using a Voter Data App Called Sidekick

In a recent Facebook post, Recall Jared Polis heralded its use of the SideKick app, stating, “We are putting the finishing touches on our custom app to track and verify recall petition signatures. Our goal is to shatter the record for the lowest signature rejection rate in Colorado history, and with you as a volunteer, we know we can!”


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During November’s election, someGOP candidates and their allies in critical Colorado races didn’t use the same voter database, potentially causing them to duplicate time-consuming canvassing efforts and to fail at effective voter mobilization.

Now the Colorado Republican Party has a new voter database that’s also being used by allied conservative groups.

Speaking to activists last month, Colorado Trump Chair Jefferson Thomas indicated that the Colorado Republican Party is now using a “door-to-door” application called “Sidekick.”

“Sidekick is our voter contact application,” said Thomas, when he asked about GOP tools that could be used in multiple elections. “There is also a front-facing database, if you will, that contains all of our voters, all of those things integrated in one system.”

The Colorado Republican Party is listed as a client on the website of CampaignSidekick, which sells the app. Other clients are state Republican Parties, like Arkansas, Arizona, and Ohio.

A campaign to recall Democratic Gov. Jared Polis is also appears to be using the Sidekick app.

The Resist Polis PAC made an expenditure to CampaignSidekick on July 1 for “consultant and professional services.”

In a recent Facebook post, Recall Jared Polis heralded its use of the SideKick app, stating, “We are putting the finishing touches on our custom app to track and verify recall petition signatures. Our goal is to shatter the record for the lowest signature rejection rate in Colorado history, and with you as a volunteer, we know we can!”