I hope this post finds you all ready for Christmas and the New Year.
We have been very busy down at headquarters preparing for caucus training, the upcoming Executive & Central Committee meetings, and Assembly.
Due to the high volume of information requests from candidates and staff, we are implementing a new policy, to ensure that information is dispersed in a timely manner without causing strain on volunteers and staff. (more…)
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…)
We are right. We Are right, and yet we are resting on our laurels. Taking for granted that our community, our little Red dot in the Colorado political landscape will forever be a bastion of conservative values.
If our Founding Fathers had done the same thing, we would not be sitting in these United States of America today in 2017. Where would we be without General George Washington if he had stayed at home? How about Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, James Madison or any of them? They stood against the intolerable acts of the British Parliament of 1774, and they and the Patriot Movement won the War for Independence through great suffrage and persecution by the British. They did not rest on their laurels nor stay away because something was inconvenient or as a form of protest. Nor are those we strongly disagree with on many, many policy issues staying away. (more…)
You know me. I’m the former Republican State Representative from House District 17, the Colorado Springs Swing seat. There’s something almost expected, and annoying, about winning and losing in a Swing seat. It’s difficult to fundraise when the odds are against you. Trust me when I say that it is not enough to have vision and tenacity; it also takes strategy.
As a former candidate, I would like to share how important it is for you to support your El Paso County Republicans and Colorado GOP. For me, the Colorado GOP and the El Paso County Republican party were force multipliers in my campaign. I know they spent money on my campaign as well as in other races, but the resources they bring were more than I could have done on my own with individual contributions. First, let’s start with the law, which defines contribution limits. (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).
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.