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.

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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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Trump Returning to CS

By: Megan Schrader The Gazette September 13, 2016
Donald Trump is scheduled to come back to Colorado Springs on Saturday night, according to the schedule on the GOP presidential nominee’s website.

Trump will hold a rally at jetCenters of Colorado at Colorado Springs Airport at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the website.

Jeff Hays, chairman of the El Paso County GOP, confirmed the news Tuesday, saying it’s a sign that Trump is back in the game in Colorado.

“The polls have narrowed since a lot of those projections were made,” Hays said, referencing polling in July and August that indicated Trump trailed by double digits in Colorado. “He’s got a chance in Colorado and El Paso County is the gateway to that victory.”

Hays said that a visit like this encourages volunteers and candidates up and down the ticket.

Magellan Strategies, a Colorado polling firm, found Hillary Clinton led Trump by a mere five points in the state, in a poll that had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.38 percent. The poll was conducted from Aug. 29 to 31.

El Paso County Commissioner Mark Waller, who is a consultant on the Trump campaign, said there is a path to victory in Colorado.

“They are working to register new voters and that has been very successful thus far,” Waller said, guessing that the event will be a large one aimed at motivating new voters. “I think the campaign is starting to feel that there is a real shot for Trump to win.”

Voter registration has traditionally been Democrat’s strong point and Clinton’s campaign has a robust ground force in Colorado working on get-out-the-vote drives. Clinton’s team doesn’t release exact numbers of employees in the state, but Emmy Ruiz, campaign director for Colorado, said the campaign is still growing and not drawing down.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Ruiz said, whose team sent out a memo to supporters in August saying polls would fluctuate in coming weeks. “I think this is a race that is going to tighten.”

Ruiz said they are reaching out to Hispanic voters, women, veterans and active-duty military and trying to pick up Republicans who are defecting from the Trump campaign.

Ruiz said it’s “likely” that Clinton will come back to Colorado, but said campaign travel is difficult to predict. Clinton was in Commerce City in early August for a public event.

The campaign officially has 25 offices throughout the state.

Trump is beginning to air TV ads in Colorado.

He was in Colorado Springs on July 29 for a campaign event at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He also held an event in Denver that day.

JetCenters of Colorado is located at 1575 Aviation Way. Trump will be in Houston earlier that day, according to his schedule.

Tickets to the event in Colorado Springs are available online at: www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule.

View the original article here: http://gazette.com/trump-back-in-colorado-springs-this-saturday/article/1585391.

Young Republicans Rock Vote

POSTED BY J. Adrian Stanley ON THU, JUN 4, 2015 AT 2:13 PM

Young Republicans showed up in higher percentages to the mayoral runoff than their Democratic or unaffiliated counterparts, El Paso County Republican Party executive director Daniel Cole points out.
In a letter to local Republicans, Cole notes that 21.9 percent of young Republican registered voters (ages 30 to 44, roughly) cast a ballot in May, compared to 18.6 percent of young Democrats and just 13.5 percent of unaffiliated young voters. John Suthers, the more conservative candidate, defeated Mary Lou Makepeace, 68 percent to 32 percent.
The Independent and the Colorado Springs Business Journal challenged young voters to “rock the vote”  in the election. The hope was that at least 20 percent of voters ages 30 to 44 would cast a ballot. Cole notes that 17.3 percent actually did — an improvement from 14.4 percent in the April city election.
Read the original article here: http://www.csindy.com/IndyBlog/archives/2015/06/04/young-republicans-rocked-the-vote.

Kit Roupe Seeks Re-election

By Megan Schrader Updated: July 28, 2015 at 3:21 pm 
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).
Read the original article here: http://gazette.com/rep.-kit-roupe-will-seek-re-election-in-2016/article/1556411.

Carson in CS Thursday

Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who is running for president, will rally with supporters in America the Beautiful Park Thursday at 6 p.m. according to the El Paso County GOP.

Carson came to Colorado Springs almost exactly a year ago to sign copies of his book, but he was still on the fence then about a bid for president.

The turnout at that event was apparently impressive enough for Carson to return, now as an official candidate. He also had a strong showing in Denver this June at the Western Conservative Summit.

Carson came in first among the 18 GOP candidates that were identified at the time in a straw poll of several hundred attendees.