Hate Group Rally At Capitol Features Colorado Republican Speakers and Stapleton Super PAC

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Rep. Winkler speaks at hate group rally
Rep. Alexander Skinny Winkler (R) (top right, speaking).

Dozens of far-right conservatives and hate group members held a rally on the west steps of the Capitol Saturday afternoon to protest what they perceive to be censorship by Facebook. One Colorado Republican state rep helped produce the event and Walker Stapleton’s Super PAC was there to recruit staff.

Proud Boy rally at Capitol, 9.15.18 The event was hosted by Major League Liberty, a far-right pro-Trump social media podcast, along with the Proud Boys, a far-right men’s organization that describes itself as representing “Western chauvinists.” The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Proud Boys as a hate group “whose leaders regularly spout white nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists. They are known for anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric.”

hate group Colorado Proud Boys post promoting far-right anti-censorship rally, 9.15.18Officially titled the Rally To Protest Internet Censorship, the event drew approximately 60 people as well as 40 or so counter-protesters. Nearly as many Colorado State troopers maintained a wide perimeter between those attending the event and those protesting it.

Speakers included State Rep. Alexander “Skinny” Winkler (R-Northglenn) and Republican Congressional candidate Mark Barrington, who is challenging Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter. In his speech Rep. Winkler said he supported free speech and liberty unequivocally. He mentioned that his sound company provided the audio equipment and that he was “happy to help out.”

Stapleton Super PAC recruiting staff at hate group rallyAlso in attendance was a representative of Better Colorado Now, the Super PAC supporting Republican Walker Stapleton’s campaign for governor. Wearing a Better Colorado Now polo shirt that read, “Elect Walker Stapleton,” Ben, who did not give his last name, said he was hoping to hire people to knock doors for his group. He said they “help elect Republicans.” According to the group’s registration with the Secretary of State, its purpose is to “Oppose Democrat candidates for governor and support Walker Stapleton for governor.”

Two of the attendees sported a popular Proud Boys T-shirt that reads “Pinochet did nothing wrong!” with the letters “RWDS” on the left sleeve. The acronym stands for “Right Wing Death Squad.”

The back of the shirt, kept covered by both men during the rally, depicts people being murdered by being dropped from a helicopter.

Stapleton SuperPAC staffer at rally w/ hate group close up

Stapleton Super PAC representative looks to hire canvassers at hate group rally. Man on right’s sleeve displays RWDS: “Right Wing Death Squad”

Many of attendees wore protective clothing, from tactical gloves with hard plastic knuckles to helmets and various types of arm padding. One man sported a set of hockey pads. Two others wearing street clothes said they fought with some “black bloc” types in Civic Center Park on the way to the event, with one saying he was struck in the head by a baton. He noted that the attackers were not part of the protestor group on the sidewalk.

The rally was livestreamed by Major League Liberty as well as many attendees.

Lang Sias Dedicated To Backing Trump Now And Re-Electing Him In 2020

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The Colorado Republican Party’s candidate for lieutenant governor apparently backs Trump not only now but also in the 2020 election.

State Rep. Lang Sias (R-Arvada), who’s Walker Stapleton’s running mate, became a “new member” of a Facebook group called “MAGA Trump Colorado” last week, according to a Facebook post obtained from a source.

MAGA Trump Colorado describes itself as “dedicated to supporting President Donald Trump and committed to his reelection in 2020.”

“Let’s work together to fulfill his vision of making, and keeping, America great,” states the group’s Facebook page.

Recent posts on the MAGA Trump Colorado website show bigotry to Muslims and hostility toward people of color generally.

For example, one post states, “WHY WOULD ANYONE BELIEVE THAT ISLAM CAN BE PART OF A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY.”

Another post states, “AS A WHITE PERSON, I AM SICK AND TIRED OF BEING JUDGED BY THE COLOR OF MY SKIN BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE COMPLAINED FOR DECATES ABOUT BEING JUDGED BY THE COLOR OF THEIRS.”

Stapleton’s campaign did not return an email to confirm his MAGA Colorado membership and seeking to know if Sias 1) was aware of the bigotry on the MAGA Trump Colorado site and 2) would consider withdrawing his name from the site.

Another question for Sias that went unanswered: Is there anything Trump could do, or information that could be revealed, that would stop Sias from voting for Trump again, as Sias is apparently committed to doing?

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What you can do to fight back this week (September 17)

A new poll from the New York Times confirms what many of you already know: this year, Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora is in serious trouble. [1] After years of running away from his far-right record, reality may finally be catching up with “Teflon Mike.”

If it happens, it will be because of thousands of Coloradans in Coffman’s district who decided they were tired of being misled. With Coffman’s party lurching farther to the right, voters rewarded Coffman’s lip service to protecting immigrants, veterans, and Americans who depend on Medicare and Social Security. And then, by supporting Trump and voting for Trump’s destructive agenda, Mike Coffman broke all those promises.

And the chickens are coming home to roost.

Action item #1 this week: join our friends at Indivisible Denver as they drop banners at I-25 and Union Avenue spreading the word about Coffman—every Tuesday until the election! Click here to RSVP.

Here are more ways to make a difference for the week of September 17:


Reception for the Resistance Photo Exhibit

Please join us at the reception for the RESIST! Photography Exhibit of iconic photographs of the Resistance in 2017. The featured images are by Dave Russell and Kevin Beaty. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. It’s on the 5th floor of the downtown Denver Public Library.

Where: Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy., Denver
When: Monday, September 17 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Chinook Fund’s Giving Project to support statewide social change

Are you passionate about social change and interested in building your skills in fundraising, grantmaking, and community building? Then come learn about our community leadership program in social justice philanthropy, The Giving Project. Meet our staff and learn how you can support definite, statewide impact for social justice.

Where: Posner Center 2nd Floor Classroom, 1031 33rd Street, Denver
When: Tuesday, September 18 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Sept SPC w/ the CO Immigrant Rights Coalition

We’re pumped to be joined by the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) this month. Learn more about this incredible organization, the biggest fights and successes of the past year, and what they hope to accomplish this upcoming session. We will also discuss the intersection of reproductive rights and immigrant rights and how we can work together for progress.

Where: Denver, CO exact location upon RSVP
When: Tuesday, September 18 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado: House Party with Larry Hoyt and Bryan Russell

Please join Larry Hoyt and Bryan Russell for a reception at their home to learn more about One Colorado’s work to achieve a more fair and just state for all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families!

Where: 3256 W 111th Loop Unit B, Westminster
When: Tuesday, September 18 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Welcome Week Program: The Immigrant Refugee Experience

Welcome Week is an annual series of events. Immigrants, refugees, and native born residents gather to raise awareness of the benefit of welcoming everyone. We will host a reception and panel discussion in conjunction with ECDC’s African Community Center and R Bazaar-and have a small market in the library!

Where: Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library,305 Milwaukee St, Denver
When: Tuesday, September 18 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado Call Night!

Join us at the One Colorado office to call supporters of LGBTQ equality.

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Wednesday, September 19 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Welcoming Week: Our Immigrant Stories, Reception & Exhibit

Welcoming week, September 14-23, is a week of events bringing together immigrants, refugees, and U.S.-born residents to share benefits of and create a community – a City – where EVERYONE is valued and welcome.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, September 19 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Watch “The Wire” on Wednesdays With Warm Cookies

The HBO series “The Wire” has been called “the greatest television show ever made”. Over the course of five seasons it explored the inner workings of city life, including crime & punishment, politics, labor, education, and the media. Come watch an episode each week and converse with local leaders and media critics about how “The Wire” relates to what’s happening in our community today.

Where: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, September 19 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Consumer Voices for Change

After a one year hiatus, CCHI is bringing back the “Consumer Voices for Change” (CVC) Conference to support health advocates in learning from industry experts about current health care policy issues. This year’s CVC conference will focus on health equity and the intersections of care, financial security, and economic justice as well as feature a keynote address delivered by Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler.

Where: PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St, Denver
When: Thursday, September 20 at 8:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Changing the Conversation Luncheon ft. Tarana Burke

We are so honored to announce that this year’s Changing the Conversation Luncheon will feature a dialogue with MeToo founder, Tarana Burke! Join us for lunch and a conversation about what’s next and how each of us can take steps to end sexual violence. Tickets are available now, including a VIP option offering a meet-and-greet with Ms. Burke following the program.

Where: Hilton Denver City Center, 1701 California St, Denver
When: Thursday, September 20 at 11:30am

Click here to RSVP.


CRC and CRSB Launch Party!

Come out and celebrate the launch of both Colorado Refugee Connect and the Colorado Refugee Speakers Bureau! At the event, guests will learn about the new CRC site which will serve as a one-stop-shop for individuals looking to volunteer with one of the 30 plus refugee-serving agencies in Colorado. You will then be able to hear from our community members who have been crafting stories of their personal experiences in coming to America as a refugee! This is an event that you do not want to miss!

Where: Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver
When: Thursday, September 20 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado: Champions of Choice

You don’t want to miss this extraordinary Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado event celebrating activism in our state and our local champions of reproductive health. We are thrilled to share that this year’s event will feature #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke. Tarana will share the powerful story behind the origin of the now viral ‘me too’ movement and her work to give strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual violence.

Where: RiNO District, Denver (Address upon RSVP)
When: Thursday, September 20 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Activate!CO Conference On Intersectional System Change

We are building a movement for a just, sustainable future in Colorado, learning from and supporting each other in our overlapping efforts. We are stronger together and want to bring about the better future we all need. Our world has enough resources for well-being for all, but our current economic and political systems put profit over people, depriving people of the basics needed to live and destroying our common home, neglecting to provide clean air and water or equitable access to jobs, leisure, health care or a world where we and all our relations can live and thrive.

Where: Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W 32nd Ave, Golden
When: Friday, September 21 – Saturday, September 22

Click here to RSVP.


Cervecería Colorado’s Great Mexican Beer Fiesta

Be sure to say hello to a few of our favorite Cervezas for Causes charity partners who can tell you all about the amazing work they do within and for our communities! Museo de las Americas, Casa De Paz and Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition will all be joining us!

Where: Cervecería Colorado, 1635 Platte St, Denver
When: Friday, September 21 at 3:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Indivisible Front Range Resistance: Postcardpalooza

We’re saving America one postcard as a time. Who wants to help?

Where: Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, 627 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Friday, September 21 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


The Marvin Booker & Michael Marshall Search for Justice Nite

DocuWest and the Law Firm of Killmer, Lane & Newman Presents: The Marvin Booker & Michael Marshall Search for Justice Screening of “The Sentence” In remembrance of two beloved Denver citizens who were taken from us at the hands of Denver law enforcement. Join us as we reflect on the memories of Marvin Booker, and Michael Marshall. As we acknowledge the community outreach groups, and civil rights lawyers who tirelessly work on constitutional issues.

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Denver, 4255 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
When: Friday, September 21 at 7:00pm

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Young Women’s Political Leadership Conference

Please join IGNITE and GALS Denver for a FREE day-long event on Saturday, September 22nd from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm featuring expert panelists and engaging workshops, designed for high school and college girls with leadership potential and an interest in civic engagement. Political passion a plus!

Where: GALS Denver, 750 Galapago St, Denver
When: Saturday, September 22 at 8:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Aurora NAACP Town Hall

Aurora NAACP will be hosting a Town Hall Meet and Greet with City Councilwoman Angela Lawson & Aurora Public School Board of Education Directors, Dr. Kyla Armstrong-Romero, Kevin Cox, and Marques Ivey. This will be a meet and greet for African-American elected officials. Other elected leaders are invited and welcome to attend. Candidates running for office are also invited.

Where: Dayton Street Opportunity Center, 1445 Dayton St, Aurora
When: Saturday, September 22 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Maricopa – An American Border Tale

Vicente Ortiz, an orphan and hardworking immigrant, is about to embark on a journey where he must leave everything behind. But unfortunate events imprison him in the infamous Maricopa County Jail in Arizona, ruled by the toughest and most racist Sheriff in the United States. There, he will discover the challenges of being different and where freedom comes with a high price to pay.

Where: Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Saturday, September 22 at 7:15pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks for your support at all of these great events. We’ll see you next week!

After Dismissing His KKK Great-Grandfather As Nothing But A Distant Relative, Stapleton Apparently Scrubbed His Office Of Homage To Him

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Back in 2011, when Walker Stapleton was freshly elected to be Colorado’s Treasurer, he took time to complain to then Denver Post reporter Curtis Hubbard about how painful it was to get “special permission from maintenance to hang pictures, even if there are already nails on the wall.”

Stapleton eventually got permission to hang his pictures, as you can see in the 2016 photo from his Facebook page on the right.

It turns out that one of Stapleton’s office pictures, just to the left of the American flag in the photo, was apparently a framed newspaper clipping featuring his great-grandfather, Benjamin F. Stapleton, who was mayor of Denver and a leader of the Ku Klux Klan here in the 1920s.

Here’s the headline from an edition of a Denver newspaper called The Monitor: “Denver Must Have Stapleton to Keep Denver Great and Growing.”

You can’t see the newspaper clearly in the office photo, but you get a good idea of what it looks like in the enlarged view below on the right.

It appears to be the same newspaper clipping that’s featured in Stapleton’s 2009 campaign ad, in which he brags about his great-grandfather’s “accomplishments” (parks, airport) without mentioning the fact that he was one of the state’s leading members of the KKK.

In that 2009 video ad, narrated by Walker Stapleton, the camera passes over the old newspaper while Stapleton refers to his great-grandfather and says, “His accomplishments include building the first civic center in Colorado…”

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Brian Watson, GOP Treasurer candidate: “Teachers just collect government checks.”

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Brian Watson, candidate for Treasurer of Colorado, is kind of a jerk. He demonstrated that recently in a Club 20 debate with his Democratic opponent, Dave Young,  captured on video by Colorado Education Association. Dave called out Brian Watson for owing nearly a million dollars in unpaid taxes and loans for seven years: “How can you manage our state’s finances if you cannot manage your own?,” Dave Young asked.

Watson replied, ” I’m so glad you asked that question. Because while you were a junior high math teacher, collecting a check from the government, which you have done your entire career, <snip>, we job creators were on the front line.”

Watson is a “job creator”? He’s a real estate developer, and pledges that he won’t take a salary if elected to the Legislature. (Hint: he plans to moonlight at Northstar Commercial Partners, the company he founded, which owns buildings all over Colorado. Watson doesn’t need a treasurer’s $68K a year salary )

Watson, like Trump, loves debt, and spins his deadbeat history as a net positive:

I’ve restructured complex debt….I’m battle – tested

But since Watson has a history of unpaid taxes and liens, Watson has been a net drain on the economy. He finally paid off his business debts right before the Republican primary in 2012. The contractors who had to wait for payment, or had to write off debts, were probably unimpressed by Watson’s “battle testing”.

Can you say, “Conflict of interest”?

As Treasurer, Watson would be making decisions and helping to make policy that would directly impact his company’s bottom line. For example, included in Northstar’s portfolio of buildings are several renting to charter schools in Colorado. As Treasurer, Watson’s business stands to profit by renting to charter schools, which are generally taxpayer-supported public schools, while he continues to work at his real estate investment company – just like the current Treasurer, Walker Stapleton, who continued to collect a $150,000 salary consulting  at Sonomawest , / Stapleton Acquisitions), all while “moonlighting” as Colorado’s Treasurer.

At least, if elected, Watson could take a lunch break at one of the buildings his company owns near the Capitol.

For a longer , higher quality video of the two Treasurer candidates debating, see the Aaron Harber show, Parts 1 and 2.   I’ve highlighted their statements about PERA below.

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Colorado Week in Review: 9/14/18

Your deliberately oversimplified glance at what happened in Colorado this week.

“It’s a Cult” – The Society of Science-Denying Politicians

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Hurricane Florence gathering in the Atlantic, several days before landfall near Wilmington, NC.

Its still too early to tell how damaging Hurricane Florence is going to be, and those aiding in the rescue under way and the recovery to come deserve our, and the government’s, full support.

But there is one thing we can almost certainly be sure of. Whether the storm lives up to its worst fears, or not, science-deniers will point to it to make fun of climate change.

“Oh,” they will say in the first case, “if it’s dry—blame climate change, if it rains—blame climate change. Well, the climate changes all the time!” Or they will say, in the second case, “Oh, see! No ‘super-storm’ ergo no climate change! Just more eco-hysteria!”

The usual brigade of followers and amplifiers will tweet and blog and push out whichever false narrative fits the ideology, and then we’ll get back to business as usual: Gutting the Clean Power Plan, slashing methane pollution regulations that protect taxpayers and the environment, walking away from the world, rolling back the clean car rules. The list of bad things done, and climate wrongs committed by this administration is noteworthy.

However you graph it, the trends are clear. Climate change is real.

For no string of extreme weather events, no list of new records replacing the last new records that replaced the ones before, no data of climbing temperatures and escalating droughts, can penetrate the bubble insulated by the love of cold hard cash. Their gain is your loss, of course. Remember, you can’t spell “trickle down” without “trick.”

By ending the methane rule Ryan Zinke’s Interior Department admits taxpayers stand to lose more than $1 billion in wasted resources. Replacing the Clean Power Plan with the Dirty Power Scam could cost 1,400 American lives every year. And no matter that the methane waste rule has support from across the nation, and in Colorado. Earlier this year, a Colorado College poll found that 7-in-10 western voters support methane waste requirements for federal public lands, including most Republicans in all states surveyed.

In May 2017, a bipartisan group of Senators rejected a Congressional Review Act resolution to repeal the BLM methane rule. For this we can thank the hundreds of thousands of Americans who contacted Congress, and who resisted efforts to sell America out to oil and gas lobbyists. But we can’t thank Cory Gardner, Colorado’s junior senator, who voted against taxpayers and our climate, and voted to repeal the methane waste rule.

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The Great Colorado (Pay)Backfire

For most of the last eight years, State Treasurer Walker Stapleton — the Republican nominee for Governor in 2018 — has used “The Great Colorado Payback” as an excuse to get his goofy mug on television for a few weeks every spring. It’s a nice little perk for a politician looking to run for higher office; you basically get to stand in front of a camera and tell Coloradans how to collect money they didn’t know they were owed.

There’s never been much of a downside to this arrangement…that is, not until Stapleton managed to find one. Because Stapleton has been so inept in his job as State Treasurer, the Great Colorado Payback program is in complete disarray.

And that’s how Stapleton ends up with a starring role in a brutal negative TV ad like this one from “Good Jobs Colorado”:

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

(At least they’re not “fake protesters” anymore – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

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”

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

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

(Smashing choice of words – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

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.

Who Will Win in CO-6: Coffman or Crow?

Rep. Mike Coffman (left) and challenger Jason Crow

We’ve asked you, our wise readers, to weigh in on the outcome of the race for Governor, and we’ve asked for your opinions on the other top statewide races in 2018. Now it’s time to get Congressional.

As always, we want to know who you think will be the winner in November, not who you support or who you would prefer to see emerge victorious. The point of this exercise is to track how perceptions of various races are changing (or not) as Election Day nears.

Who will win the U.S. House race in CO-6? Will Republican Rep. Mike Coffman hold off another challenger, or will Democrat Jason Crow emerge victorious?

Who Will Win the Race in CO-6?
Mike Coffman
Jason Crow
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Bizarre #FAIL at Spin from Brauchler Supporters

We’ve already discussed Saturday’s Attorney General debate hosted by Club 20 in Grand Junction, in which Republican George Brauchler was absolutely dismantled by Democrat Phil Weiser (read our Debate Diary for more). Brauchler refused to answer several important questions, including a query about his prior remarks opposing Roe v. Wade that drew boos from the assembled crowd.

How can you be sure that the Club 20 debate was a disaster for Brauchler? Well, because Republicans are trying like hell to promote something that never happened in a weird attempt to smear Weiser. Ernest Luning of the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman expressed his confusion on Twitter:


Anybody who watched the debate would have “missed the part” about Weiser agreeing with Brauchler on his courtroom experience…because IT NEVER HAPPENED.

As we noted in our Debate Diary, Brauchler was trying to pull off a gotcha moment near the end of the discussion and seemed to think that he succeeded — though he clearly didn’t actually listen to what Weiser said in response to his question. Here’s a clip of that exchange, followed by a transcript:

 

BRAUCHLER: Two last questions on qualifications, my man. Fair to say you have never, ever set foot in a courtroom to do a trial in Colorado, or for any other matter other than for maybe a tour. Fair? True?

WEISER: I have argued several appeals here in Colorado…

BRAUCHLER: In Colorado courts?

WEISER: In the court here, in Colorado.

BRAUCHLER: In federal court?

WEISER: In the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals here in Colorado.

BRAUCHLER: You’ve done nothing in Colorado courts?

WEISER: It’s a court that I clerked on, and it’s a court that I’ve argued before…absolutely.

BRAUCHLER: And is it fair to say that you have never practiced Colorado law at any time?

WEISER: No.

BRAUCHLER: Okay, we’re done.

Yes, George, we’re done here.

Get More Smarter on Tuesday (September 11)

Has it really been 17 years? It’s time to Get More Smarter. If you think we missed something important, please include the link in the comments below (here’s a good example). If you are more of a visual learner, check out The Get More Smarter Show.

 

TOP OF MIND TODAY…

President Trump’s approval ratings are plummeting by just about every measure, as CNN reports:

President Donald Trump’s approval rating in the latest CNN poll stands at just 36%. That’s a 6-point drop from 42% last month…

…Eight high-quality polls have been completed over the two last weeks — and every single one of them has Trump’s approval falling.

In the latest average, Trump’s approval rating is about 38% in eight polls from ABC News/Washington Post, CNN, Gallup, IBD/TIPP, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Quinnipiac University, Selzer & Co. and Suffolk University.

If we just took an average of the last polls by these organizations completed August 27 or earlier, Trump’s approval rating stood at 41%.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Bob Woodward’s Fear,” his much-hyped book about the dysfunctional Trump administration, is available today. As Greg Sargent writes for the Washington Post, there are plenty of disturbing new revelations in the book beyond what was leaked last week.

 

► Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is getting a lot of positive press for her decision to join other states in suing pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma over its deceptive marketing related to the highly-addictive painkiller Oxycontin. Coffman is finishing up her term in office this year, but her decision is becoming a serious political liability for Republican AG candidate George Brauchler. David Williams has more for Real Vail.

Speaking of Brauchler, the Arapahoe County District Attorney absolutely BOMBED in a weekend debate sponsored by Club 20. Brauchler’s non-answer on a question about Roe v. Wade led to boos from a conservative leaning audience.

 

► Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Denver) says he will not support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which means he takes a similar view to many Americans. According to a CNN poll, Americans are not enthusiastic about Kavanaugh:

Via CNN.com

 

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Tipton And Other Republicans Return to Pueblo Racist’s Annual Fundraiser

(Gross — promoted by Colorado Pols)

Every year, Republican lawmakers gather at Tom Ready’s Steak Fry fundraiser. Ready is an unapologetic racist and anti-government conspiracy theorist whose annual backyard BBQ nevertheless continues to draw GOP candidates and elected officials of all levels, including Congressman Scott Tipton.

 Ready’s history of overt racism, homophobia and Islamophobia has been well-documented by the Colorado Times Recorder in the past. The post on the left is from a couple years ago.

Tom Ready racist NFL FB postHe continues to do so today, with posts like this one about NFL players. 

 

Confirmed attendees at this year’s event include Congressman Scott Tipton, State Sens. Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa) and Bob Gardner (R-Colorado Springs), HD46 Jonathan Ambler, HD47 candidate Don Bendell, HD62 candidate Scott Honeycutt, Pueblo County Commissioner District 3 candidate Zach Swearingen, University of Colorado Regent Glen Gallegos, and Marla Spinuzzi Reichert, chair of the Pueblo County Republicans.

 

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