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

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    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.

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  • 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.

  • That’s a question countless people across the country started asking in 2012, when Jack Phillips told two men who walked into his Masterpiece Cakeshop that he couldn’t create a custom cake for their same-sex wedding. And the question only grew more urgent as Phillips had to defend himself first before the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and then numerous courts—losing at every step of the way until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor in June 2018.

    Why not just make the cake? Submitting would have been less frightening than facing relentless harassment and death threats. It would have been less costly than losing a major portion of his business when the state demanded that he design cakes for same-sex weddings or none at all. And it would have been easier than a decade of fighting for his rights—and his livelihood—in court, a fight he has been forced to continue even after his victory at the Supreme Court.

    But for Jack Phillips, there are deeper principles at stake—principles too precious to abandon for the sake of convenience and safety. These principles should be of concern to every American, including Jack’s adversaries. If the freedoms Jack has sought to protect are lost, they may never be regained.

    Why not just make the cake? In this inspiring book, Jack answers that question in his own words, hoping his story will inspire and strengthen the many who will encounter challenges, however fearsome, to living out their faith.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • House Minority Leader Hugh McKean, a Loveland Republican, defended the list, saying it was created at the behest of a member who wanted to know how to best navigate the Capitol media landscape.

    A list of media outlets handed out by House Republican leadership to its members. The list included a column denoting whether an outlet is “friendly” or “not friendly.” (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun)

    A few weeks ago, leadership in the Colorado House Republican caucus handed out a list of media outlets to their members. But instead of just titles, mediums, phone numbers and email addresses, there was an untitled column with one of two descriptors: “friendly” and “not friendly.”

    Six outlets, including The Colorado Sun, The Denver Post, Colorado Public Radio, Axios Denver, Colorado Newsline and 9News, were listed as unfriendly, according to a copy of the list obtained by The Sun’s politics newsletter, The Unaffiliated.

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  • Biden 100 Days Promises
    FILE – In this March 4, 2021, file photo a syringe of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a drive-up mass vaccination site in Puyallup, Wash., south of Seattle.

    After a marathon eight-hour hearing, a House panel rejected a GOP bill seeking to ban employers in Colorado from mandating a COVID-19 vaccine.

    Rep. Kim Ransom, a Littleton Republican who is sponsoring House Bill 21-1191 along with Rep. Tonya Van Beber of Eaton, pitched her legislation as an effort “to address equity under the law and anti-discrimination.”

    “Federal and Colorado state governments have stated they currently will not impose vaccination mandates or certificates, however, if HB 1191 does not pass, we therefore allow and even encourage private business to implement and enforce such mandates,” Ransom said. “We would be, in essence, voting for discrimination.”

    Van Beber, meanwhile, indicated the bill was not an effort to question the efficacy of vaccines, the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic or promote anti-vaccine sentiments. Instead, she couched the bill as a matter of law.

    “Our rights and access are granted by the constitution; they are not granted to us by receiving a medical procedure,” she said. “Anything less really doesn’t honor equity, inclusivity and diversity.”

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  • P.T. Barnum once said, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity,” which is almost as good as Oscar Wilde’s version, who put it like this: “There’s only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

    Both men could turn a phrase, and both men had a point.

    With Discovery premiering Six Degrees this Sunday at 10 PM, you’d think that any surrounding press would be a good thing.

    But neither Barnum or Wilde lived in these extraordinary times, where anyone can post anything from anywhere, and reach millions of people anytime. Many of you have called the attached article to my attention, along with a very misleading headline I would have ignored, once upon a time, but cannot, in this day and age.

    Here’s a link to the original article, if you’re interested. https://bit.ly/3wNrkGc

    Or, if you prefer, you can scroll down and enjoy the same copy, along with my gentle attempts to set the record straight.

    Either way, better strap in. This one’s a doozy…

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  • Jun 11 from 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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    Join us at Shoot Indoors in Broomfield for a fun night of gun safety classes, range time, and great conversation.

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  • Joe Jackson CO GOP
    Joe Jackson, the Colorado Republican Party’s executive director and communications director

    The Colorado Republican Party has a new executive director, recently elected state chairman Kristi Burton Brown announced Friday.

    Joe Jackson, the state GOP’s communications director for the last year, takes on the top job and will continue handling communications for the time being, during the off year, he said.

    Jackson, 25, a Colorado native and Windsor resident, is a graduate of the University of Wyoming.

    He previously worked as communications director for the Republican National Committee in South Carolina while also handling spokesman duties for the state party. He’s also worked for the RNC in Florida and Washington, D.C., and was Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney’s press secretary in 2018.

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