On the evening of June 18, a room of 120 El Paso County residents and elected officials cheered as President Donald Trump kicked off his reelection campaign for President of the United States. With the soul of Colorado at stake, the 2020 campaign for President, U.S. Senate, and a myriad of state and local races will be the most imperative election in decades for Coloradans and those who call El Paso County home.
El Paso County GOP Chairman, Tamra Farah states, “As it has been historically, El Paso County is the key to counteract Denver and Boulder counties who say they speak for the other 62. Everyday Coloradans see the world around them and know that their quality of life is higher than it was before President Trump took office.”
The El Paso County Republican Party has already enacted a data-driven and technology-based turnout model to increase already historically high voter participation. Republicans, unaffiliated voters, and Democrats alike can be sure that the El Paso County Republican Party will continue to cut through the partisan demagoguery surrounding our current political system and show people how President Trump, Sen. Cory Gardner, and other Republican leaders have led us to the strongest economic, globally secure, and self-reliant position in the history of the United States.
To those who can see past the talking heads on cable news, these truths are self-evident. The 120 people packed into a small room to celebrate our nation last night is the beginning of what will be our finest hour, not as Republicans, but as Americans.
President Trump will deliver the Air Force Academy’s graduation speech on Thursday, May 30th in Colorado Springs. The El Paso County Republican Party is proud to show our support for the President on that day with roadside sign-waving. For additional information regarding final locations, logistics, and signs, please RSVP using the link below.
We will not be supporting any negative signage in our efforts. Please note that it is unlikely that there will be a Rally during the President’s trip to Colorado Springs.
We hope you can join us on May 30th!
Please note the following important information:
Due to the potential shutting down of I-25 for security, please arrive in the area by 8:00 am near the meeting location below
Meet on the grass just west of the Academy Hotel, located at N. Academy Blvd. and Kelly Johnson Boulevard
A security detail, including medical assistance, will be participating with EPC GOP for this event
Signs, mini flags and water bottles will be distributed
The area Trump Sign-Waving will occur is along the highway exit. Please note that it is not recommended that small children attend. Though participants will be behind a guard rail, the area is close to the highway and extreme caution should be exercised due to the danger that presents.
EPC GOP Chairman, Tamra Farah is the official media spokesperson for this event. However, citizen participants may be approached by the media with questions. Please use your own discretion in speaking to the media, or declining to do so.
All El Paso County GOP efforts will be positive and pro-Trump in nature. Protesters may be present.
County Commissioners align against Colorado joining National Popular Vote scheme
Grand Junction, CO – Today, Commissioners Rose Pugliese and Mark Waller released a letter signed by 50 current and former county commissioners from across Colorado calling on Governor Polis and other statewide political leaders to reject SB 42 and the national popular vote scheme. Senate Bill 42 would commit Colorado to a national popular vote agreement that gives Colorado’s votes for President to states with more people like California, New York, and Illinois. (more…)
We are all deeply grieving the untimely passing of a great man and political consultant in our community, Kyle Forti, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Kenya on Sunday. Many were touched by Kyle, as you can see from the outpourings of emotion online and in the Capitol:
A 2012 graduate of Hillsdale College with a degree in politics and Christian studies, Forti was named in 2014 to Red Alert Politics’ “30 Under 30” list of conservative rising stars.
Stunned expressions of grief and tributes to Forti poured in Monday from friends and colleagues.
“I’ve struggled to put into words the goodness that was Kyle Forti and the bright light in this world that is his wife Hope Forti and their son Maximus,” wrote Democratic lobbyist Benjamin Waters in a Facebook post.
He added: “My heart is completely broken for the entire Colorado political and child welfare community that knew him.”
“Colorado needed him,” wrote Jeff Hunt, president of Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute and the former owner of a public relations firm that merged with D/CO, in a series of tweets.
“Our world needed him. He was a force for good in our culture. He was a bright light of compassion, peace, strength, kindness and love.”
“You’ll see an outpouring of support from people of all political stripes,” Hunt continued. “He was loved by everyone.”
The Colorado Senate and House of Representatives both observed moments of silence Monday morning in Forti’s memory.
Addressing the Senate, state Sen. Paul Lundeen, R-Monument, said: “Kyle Forti is an explorer. He’s a man who explored the bounds of faith, he explored the bounds of family, and he’s explored the bounds of freedom.”
“Today I would ask you to extend your thoughts, if you are a person of faith your prayers, and your consideration to Kyle’s lovely wife, Hope, and his son, Max.
In the House, state Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, acknowledged he worked across the aisle from Forti but admired the “grace” Forti brought to his work, especially his advocacy for foster children and the parents who care for them.
“When I think about people I’m jealous of,” Singer said, “it’s the people with generosity of spirit.”
If you would like to donate to the fund for Kyle’s wife and son, Hope, and Max, click or visit:
It is with great excitement that I introduce the new Executive Director of the El Paso County Republican Party, Cassandra Sebastian.
Cassandra has been involved with the Party since 2011 when she helped to found the College Republicans at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Cassandra graduated with a B.A. from UCCS in 2014, where she focused on the American founding and, more specifically, The Federalist Papers. She then applied and was accepted into the Leadership Program of the Rockies, which she graduated from in 2015. (more…)
Democrats will likely have to wait at least until the next election to crack the Board of El Paso County Commissioners.
By 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Republicans appeared to have a chokehold on both contested commissioner races. Longinos Gonzalez in District 4 and District 3’s Stan VanderWerf both held early leads, although one Democrat made a significant push to threaten the conservative status quo that has dominated county leadership since the early 1970s. (more…)
Democrats elected the state’s first Latina House speaker Thursday, choosing Rep. Crisanta Duran of Denver, as the parties selected their chamber leaders for the next two sessions.
House Republicans chose Rep. Patrick Neville of Castle Rock, one of the Capitol’s strongest conservatives, to lead their caucus. The move was a surprise, as Rep. Polly Lawrence from the Douglas County side of Littleton, was thought to be a frontrunner. She instead was not nominated at her request. (more…)
Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is poised to become the next chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
The post will put the freshman lawmaker in a prominent national role as he leads Republican efforts to retain control of the U.S. Senate in 2018.
Politico first reported Gardner’s likely ascension Wednesday afternoon and Colorado Republicans confirmed that Gardner was well-positioned to become NRSC chairman during a vote next week for the spot.
In an interview, Gardner sounded optimistic.
“Obviously, I’ve expressed my willingness to continue to fight for a majority that believes in limited government and economic opportunity for the people of this nation and that’s what I’m going to do in any capacity I can,” he said. “Right now, that is a real possibility.
“I feel confident that with the support of my colleagues we will be in a position to be able to help,” Gardner added.
The Yuma Republican campaigned quietly this year to win his colleagues’ support, traveling the nation to support GOP candidates seeking election in 2016.
Donald Trump’s Colorado ground game picked up key players — some well-known in Republican circles — to oversee respective issue and advocacy groups this week.
While the list does not include former governors or current office-holders, whom presidential campaigns often turn to, they do include such Colorado leaders as former state Senate President John Andrews and former Sen. Greg Brophy, a former GOP gubernatorial candidate who previously served as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Ken Buck.
Rep. Kit Roupe, R-Colorado Springs, is running for a second term in 2016 she announced Tuesday.
Roupe won House District 17 in 2014 ousting the incumbent Tony Exum, a democrat who is running again in 2016 too.
The seat, which represents southeast Colorado Springs, has a high turnover and has changed hands every two years since 2006.
“My legislative successes during the 2015 session are already bringing jobs to Southeast Colorado Springs, positive changes to our school district sand improvements to public safety,” Roupe said in a statement. “But there is still more to do. I am ready to go and willing to serve.”
Roupe pointed to three bills she was a co-sponsor of in 2015 that the governor signed into law. One created a grant program for workforce development training programs, the other was the bill that reduced testing in Colorado and the third put limits on who could receive a Colorado marriage license without appearing in person (a proxy marriage).