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    We meet every month on the second Saturday from 9:00am-11:00am.

    This Saturday, July 10th, we’re meeting at a private home for a more intimate setting as we hear from new Colorado GOP Chair, Kristi Burton Brown.

    You’ll hear her speak about current Colorado issues, like redistricting, and her plan to transform Colorado from blue to red.
    She’ll also answer your questions.

    You don’t want to miss out on this important meet-and-greet!
    See you there!

    The meeting address is 11611 Shoshone Way in Westminster.

    Admission is $3 per person.

    See the map below for a visual view of the meeting location.

    Park on the street and then please proceed to the north side of the house.

    This leads to the back deck where we’ll have plenty of chairs and bottled water.

    https://cologop.org/

    Kristi Burton Brown
    State Party Chairwoman
    Email: kristi@cologop.org

    Kristi Burton Brown is the Chair of the Colorado Republican Party, a constitutional attorney, and a policy analyst. She helped to negotiate Sen. Tim Neville’s Free Speech on Campus bill and has testified for legislation in multiple states on behalf of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research and education arm of the Susan B. Anthony List. She is the author of “Do Justice: Practical Ways to Engage Our World,” and a wife and mother of two kids. Read more …

  • Conservatives gather in Denver to talk ‘Frontier Freedom’ and the battles ahead

    Western Conservative Hunt Boebert Lamborn Buck
    Jeff Hunt, president of Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute, left, talks with U.S. Reps. Lauren Boebert, Doug Lamborn and Ken Buck at the 2021 Western Conservative Summit, sponsored by the institute, on Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Denver.

    This year’s leaner, meaner Western Conservative Summit brought together right-leaning luminaries from around the country to Denver this weekend to discuss conservative ideas and sound the alarm over a growing number of threats.

    In its 12th year, the two-day summit, sponsored by Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute, brought together hundreds of activists, politicians and scholars — joined by people who watched at least some of the proceedings online — to view conservative principles through what organizers called “the unique lens of the American West.”

    Organized and planned before anyone knew whether pandemic restrictions would still be in place, this year’s summit was held at a hotel in downtown Denver across the street from the Colorado Convention Center, where attendees in previous years had filled cavernous exhibit halls.

    Instead of the roughly 3,500 avid conservatives who flocked to the event at its height, this year’s affair capped attendance at 500, though its reach might have been much greater because the entire program was live-streamed online, with organizers counting tens of thousands of viewers across platforms.

    Institute president Jeff Hunt introduced and interviewed the featured speakers on a main stage decked out to look a lot like the set of a late-night talk show.

    Click (HERE) to go to the website to read the rest of this story

     

  • June 12th is the second Saturday of the month and that means it’s time to gather with your friends at The Forum!

    The Colorado Legislature ended the 2021 session Wednesday and they passed over 600 bills.

    Most of them were to reduce your freedoms and increase your taxes (and fees).

    Our speaker is Sue Moore from the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado (https://rlcco.org/)

    They rate every bill and legislator with the following criteria:

    “The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado produces an annual Liberty Scorecard. It is a measure of how our state lawmakers vote according to Constitutional Principles: Individual Rights, Free Markets and Limited Government.”

    The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado website says they’re “The Conscience of the Colorado GOP.”

    We meet at 1305 West 121st Avenue, in Westminster from 9:00am-11:00am this Saturday, June 12th.  Admission is $3 per person. See the map further below.

    The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado is a political action organization dedicated to promoting the ideals of individual rights, limited government and free markets by:

    • Working within the State Republican Party and with other conservative organizations to identify, recruit and support candidates for state and local government who hold to our principles.
    • Monitoring legislative activity to hold elected Republicans accountable to the principles on which they campaigned.
    • Encouraging our members to participate in the Republican party organization and promote membership in RLCCO among party leadership.

  • Brighton Summerfest

    Fun for Friends and Families

    JUNE 5TH – this Saturday, 10am to 5pm

    Carmichael Park, 650 Southern St., Brighton, CO

    Volunteers needed to help staff our Adco Republicans booth

    Please email the chair, joannwindholz@gmail.com if you can help spread our message and interact with voters and candidates.

     

  • House Bill 1321 comes as progressives have all but given up on doing away with TABOR, the 1992 constitutional amendment that has served as a third rail in Colorado politics ever since its passage

    One of the most effective parts of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights when it comes to stopping tax-raising ballot questions in Colorado is a requirement that voters be informed, IN CAPITAL LETTERS, about the eye-popping sum they are deciding whether to allow the government to collect.

    “SHALL STATE TAXES BE INCREASED $766,700,000 ANNUALLY FOR A TWENTY-YEAR PERIOD?” Proposition 110, which was focused on raising money for transportation projects, scream-asked voters in 2018. (It failed.)

    Now, Democrats are trying to adapt that potent TABOR transparency tool for their own purposes.

    House Bill 1321, a measure introduced at the Capitol this week, would require voters to be informed of which programs would be affected by ballot questions decreasing taxes.

    The legislation would require the following language be attached to tax-reducing ballot measures: “Shall funding available for state services that include, but are not limited to, (the three largest areas of program expenditures) be impacted by a reduction of (projected dollar figure of revenue reduction to the state in the first full fiscal year that the measure reduces revenue) in tax revenue…?”

    The bill would also mandate that ballots containing tax questions highlight how many people in which tax brackets would be most affected by tax hikes or decreases, and require that ballot titles for tax increases state that the aim is to “increase or improve levels of public services” and then list those services.

    “It’s an attempt to provide more information and level the playing field,” said Carol Hedges, who leads the liberal-leaning Colorado Fiscal Institute, which supports the measure. “Currently, the all-caps language focuses people’s attention only on the size of state government. We know that the size of state government is not the only factor people should be considering.”

    Scott Wasserman, who leads the Bell Policy Center, a liberal advocacy organization, called the measure “a great idea” that seeks to offset what he sees as the manipulative aspects of TABOR.

    To continue reading this story, please click (HERE):

     

  • Eileen Reilly casts her vote into a drop box Wednesday outside the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave., in Colorado Springs.

    Chancey Bush, The Gazette

     

    A proposed ballot initiative that would do away with mail voting in Colorado, forbid the use of drop boxes and require a fingerprinted “government-issued elector card” when voting will appear before the Title Board on Wednesday.

    Initiative #38 “significantly increases” costs for elections officials, according to a nonpartisan fiscal analysis. The measure would force county clerks to operate a greater number of polling places and develop new elections procedures. At the Department of State, there would be changes to the statewide voter registration system, the ballot access system, the campaign finance tracking system and post-election risk limiting audit software.

    There may also be increased expenditures for the state’s court system, as felony offenses related to election fraud or voter intimidation would merit 10 days in jail and a $250 fine per “illegal ballot.”

    The designated representatives for the initiative are Margot Herzl of Littleton, who was a Libertarian candidate for the state House of Representatives last year, and Anna Omsberg of Bailey. The Title Board’s duty is to set a ballot title to appear before voters if the board determines a proposed measure contains a single subject as the constitution requires. Proponents then have the opportunity to collect signatures to place the measure on the statewide ballot.

    To continue reading this story, please click (HERE):

  • May 5, 2021

    Ballot Sorting Counting Denver Elections DivisionHart Van Denburg/CPR News
    Sanitizing socially-distanced voting booths at Denver Elections Division headquarters on Primary night, June 30, 2020.

    After a string of election losses, the new head of the Colorado Republican party says it’s time to target suburban, unaffiliated voters with a platform that includes improving education and cutting taxes.

    Attorney Kristi Burton Brown was elected GOP chair in March, succeeding U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, who decided not to run again. The party suffered heavy losses in Colorado in 2020 — President Donald Trump lost the state by almost 13 percentage points and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner was defeated in his bid for reelection. The governorship and control of the state legislature are also in Democratic hands.

    Burton Brown said the party will have a better plan in 2022. “It is going to be a Colorado-focused year, Colorado-centric issues and true leadership in Colorado centered on our jobs, our kids, the American dream. What does that look like? And who are our candidates who can best promote the message that the people of Colorado and many suburban moms like me — that’s a big chunk of our unaffiliated voters in Colorado — what they want to hear about.”

    To keep reading this story (or listen to the audio of it), please click (HERE):

  • Colorado lawmakers introduce 2021 transportation fee bill

    Fees would raise about $3.8 billion over next 11 years, coupled with $1.5 billion from general fund

    Posted at 6:46 PM, May 04, 2021

    DENVER – State lawmakers unveiled their much-awaited transportation bill on Tuesday, saying 2021 is the year Colorado lawmakers will finally take action on such a measure after years of stalemates at the state Capitol and ballot box.

    The Democratic sponsors of the bill, SB21-260, were joined by Gov. Jared Polis, Republican State Sen. Kevin Priola of Henderson, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, also a Republican, and the presidents of Colorado Concern and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, among others, to unveil the bill they first previewed in March.
    Some has changed since then, but the core of the effort remains the same: leveraging fee increases and new fees on gasoline, diesel, ride-sharing services, retail orders and electric vehicle registrations to come up with about $3.8 billion over the next 11 years and pairing that with about $1.5 billion in contributions from the general fund, for a package estimated at about $5.3 billion.
    To continue reading this story, please click (HERE):
  • SLOAN | Nudging the GOP to move beyond Trump

    Kelly Sloan
    Kelly Sloan

    With all of the terrible policy being drummed up in Washington, D.C. — from the 13-digit spending designed to make FDR look restrained, to investment-crushing capital gains tax increases, to a foreign policy that must be keeping Ukrainians, Taiwanese, and free Afghanis up at night — one would think that the Republicans in Washington would be making hay out of all of this, carefully deconstructing each economic aberration, and tilling the ground for a fertile 2022 midterm election.

    But, no, they are, per usual, fighting amongst themselves, engaging in a pointless internecine war.

    The current donnybrook centers around Rep. Liz Cheney of neighbor Wyoming, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump the second time around, who continues to call things as they are, at Mr. Trump’s expense, and who also happens to be — tenuously — number three in the House Minority leadership pyramid.

    This is not sitting well with some, and certainly not with Mr. Trump, who still manages to command a loyal, almost Kim Il Sung-like, devotion among his staunchest followers. Trump has clearly reveled in the Wyoming congresswoman’s latest travails as the push to drive her from her leadership role, issuing statements referring to her invariably as a “warmonger” for her unapologetically interventionist neo-conservative foreign policy outlook, which mirrors her father’s. Trump, of course, keeps stoking the fires of controversy with statements like that which he released Monday saying “The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 202 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!”

    This in turn spurred Cheney, who has steadfastly refused to buy into any of the conspiracy-twinged yarns spun by Trump about the election, to respond: “The 2020 Presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.”

    She is, of course, right. Though that may not make much difference.

    To read the rest of this story, please click (HERE):

  • Councilor David DeMott received just enough votes early Tuesday for the number two spot on City Council. The dozens of votes reveal deep-seated divisions in town.

    Liam Adams

    8:45 AM MDT on May 11, 2021

    This story first appeared in a Colorado Community Media newspaper. The Colorado Sun is an owner of CCM.

    After six hours and 78 rounds of voting for the next mayor pro tem, Westminster Councilor David DeMott received just enough votes early Tuesday for the number two spot on City Council.

    The battle for mayor pro tem followed the swearing in of Westminster’s new mayor, Anita Seitz, who took up the mantle after former Mayor Herb Atchison unexpectedly resigned from his post May 5. Atchison’s departure left an even split on council, leading to the seemingly endless meeting that began on Monday and ended on Tuesday and which exposed deep local political divisions.

    There have been alliances on council among Atchison, Seitz and Councilors Kathryn Skulley and Jon Voelz. On the other side, DeMott and Councilors Rich Seymour and Lindsey Smith are aligned.

    Atchison, Seitz, Skulley and Voelz were the target of a recall campaign, with recall organizers citing the four councilors’ support for existing water rates. DeMott, Seymour and Smith have advocated for lowering water rates, garnering them support from the Westminster Water Warriors, the recall group.

    To continue reading this story, please click (HERE):

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