Category: In The News

Introducing Our New Executive Director

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…)

Commission pure GOP

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…)

Duran, Grantham leaders

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…)

Gardner takes top role

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.

Trump’s Campaign Grows

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.

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Roupe Up For Re-election

By: Megan Schrader July 28, 2015

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).

Here Comes Glenn!

By: The Gazette editorial board

July 17, 2016 Updated: Today at 9:53 am

It is unwise for the political class to continue underestimating El Paso County Commissioner and U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn, who consistently brings audiences to their feet.

Glenn will have the entire country’s attention Monday, when he speaks during a prime-time slot on the opening night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Americans are likely to see a rising political star, plucked from the relative obscurity of local elective office in Colorado Springs. 

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VIB Program Launched

By: Megan Schrader

Updated: August 20, 2015 at 9:23 pm

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.”

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GOP Majority in State Senate

DENVER – Four days after the election, the results are finally in from Adams County. The balance of power tipped to Republicans in the State Senate, while Colorado Democrats held onto power in the House.

“We infused a bucket of red into a state government that had been almost purely blue,” said Daniel Cole, Executive Director of the El Paso County Republican Party.  “That means any bill that lands on the Governor’s desk is going to have to pass through a Republican chamber.”

Colorado Republicans are in charge of the Senate for the first time in a decade. The race that tipped the balance of power to Republicans was in Senate District 24 in Adams County.

Republican Beth Humenik beat Democrat Judy Solano by 876 votes, giving the GOP an 18-17 majority.

“It’s never easy to lose, but I think we can look back and be very, very proud,” said Senate Majority Leader Rollie Heath (D-Boulder).

“Unfortunately, for us, we fell just one seat short,” said Senate President Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora).

On Saturday, Senate Democrats vowed to work together.

“We expect that we will be working together with all of our colleagues to solve any problems we can with Colorado,” said Carroll.

However, Majority Leader Rollie Heath said Democrats won’t back down on key issues like healthcare and women’s rights.

“We’re certainly going to make sure that are voice is heard,” he said.

“The Republican Senate Caucus is eager to move Colorado forward on so many important issues and away from the extraordinary divisiveness of recent years,” Senate Republican Leader Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs) said in a statement.

The shift of power in Colorado’s senate has fundamentally changed, with Democrats holding on to power in the State House.

“For the first time in a decade Republicans are going to have a real voice in the state legislature,” said Cole.

The Senate Republican and Democrat caucuses will meet at the Capitol next weekend to pick leaders. Cadman is expected to become the new Senate president.

The votes are still unofficial; the Secretary of State has until November 21st to certify the results.

Read the full article here: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/colorado-republicans-win-control-of-senate-by-one-seat-democrats-hold-onto-power-in-state-house

Kit Roupe Wins in HD17

By Jakob Rodgers
The Gazette
Published: November 5, 2014

An upset appeared to be brewing Tuesday night in the race for House District 17, with Republican Kit Roupe mounting a strong bid to unseat first-term Democrat Thomas “Tony” Exum Sr.

Roupe led Exum, a former Colorado Springs firefighter, by a margin of 48 percent to 44 percent with 13,021 ballots counted at 9:30 p.m. – a lead that, if it held overnight, would signal a key victory for the GOP.

“The credit is due to Kit herself and our team of volunteers, who have knocked on doors relentlessly,” said Daniel Cole, executive director of the El Paso County Republican Party. “We especially targeted low-propensity Republican voters and unaffiliated voters.”

Surrounded Tuesday night by fellow El Paso County Republicans, Roupe struck a conciliatory tone that belied a confidence the results would hold.

“I thank him (Exum) for his graciousness,” Roupe said. “He brings a lot to the table.”

Meanwhile, Exum had yet to concede shortly before the latest results at 
9:30 p.m. were revealed. An hour earlier, with the margin still at 4 percentage points, he lamented the difficulty of keeping the seat in a midterm election. He placed part of the blame for his poor showing on less-than-stellar voter turnout.

“The sad part about it is that people can’t take 
15 minutes to fill out a ballot . ” Exum said.

Standing in the back of the El Paso County Democratic Party’s election reception Tuesday, Exum noted several bills that he passed in his two years in the House, including grant money to improve firefighter safety by helping small fire departments purchase equipment and get training, as well as a breakfast program for schoolchildren, and tax credits for child care expenses.

He later took a standing ovation from dozens of El Paso County Democrats as his political future remained uncertain.

“I have no regrets,” Exum said.

Read the full article at http://gazette.com/exum-on-the-verge-of-losing-his-house-seat-blames-low-voter-turnout/article/1540818#X2yIGc5Kble8GRHr.99.