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…)
The Gazette | Matt Steiner
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…)
ColoradoPolitics.com l By Joey Bunch
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…)
The Denver Post l By Mark K. Matthews
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.
In 2014, Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet led the Democratic campaign efforts.
Read the original story here.
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).
Wendy Miller said she knows first-hand how small businesses can get steamrolled at the Colorado Capitol by bigger businesses with high-paid lobbyists who have lawmakers’ ears.
“We saved 20 companies from going under,” Miller, a Colorado Springs small-business owner, told a crowd of GOP business owners Thursday night. “I don’t want any of you to feel helpless and feel like you’re a victim of some law that you can’t do anything about. We are standing here today as proof.”