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Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 14, 20174min3970

State Rep. Paul Lundeen, a candidate for state Senate, is backing political newcomer Chance Hill in the University of Colorado regent’s seat in El Paso County.

They’re both Republicans. Hill does not yet have opposition in the race to succeed Kyle Hybl on on the board that oversees the CU System, including the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Lundeen is running for the Senate District 9 seat held by Kent Lambert, who is term-limited. Lundeen also is running unopposed.

Here is his letter endorsing Hill:

My Fellow Coloradans:

I support Chance Hill to be our next CU Regent from Colorado’s 5th congressional district.

Chance is a true believer in the values that make our country so exceptional: diversity of thought, seeing people as individuals, and the free exercise and expression of one’s belief system.

But like so many of us, Chance has become deeply concerned about our nation’s educational system and the lessons being taught to our college students–who already are voters and who will shape this country in the decades to come. Ugly displays and riots on campuses around the country indicate that the values that we hold dear–especially free speech–are no longer held in high esteem in the university setting. Instead, weak administrators have created college environments where group identity politics have become the norm and the Leftist obsession with race/ethnicity dominates the campus conversation. Those students who stray from the liberal mindset can experience real social consequences, and their grades sometimes can suffer as well.

Fortunately, the CU System has not experienced the problems described in quite the same way that we have witnessed at places like UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Middlebury, Evergreen State, and the University of Missouri among others. We are blessed to have a great university system in our beautiful state. Still, the CU System can continue to improve. Chance understands this reality. And he will fight hard as a CU Regent to appoint administrators who will set a tone that demands respect for all perspectives on campus–including those of Conservative professors, guest speakers, and students.

In pushing for the promotion of more intellectual diversity on campus, I am sure that Chance will face challenges–and close-minded liberal radicals probably will attack him. But knowing Chance and his background both as an Iraq War veteran and as a CIA officer, I am confident that he will never cower to the forces of extreme political correctness. Chance is a reasonable guy who will look to establish rapport even with those who disagree with him. But he also is someone with a strong backbone who will not succumb to the personal attacks that he will inevitably face as a result of his willingness to take on the liberal establishment on campuses.

I also believe that Chance will be a strong voice for UCCS and will fight for the best interests of his constituents.

Bottom line: I will be voting for him, and I encourage you to do the same.

Please check out his website at www.chanceforcuregent.com to learn more.

Thanks for your time.

Sincerely,

Paul Lundeen
Colorado State Senate Candidate, District 9
Colorado State House Representative, District 19
Former Chair, Colorado State Board of Education


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Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 14, 20173min5540

Just to remind people how Donald Trump appears to have gotten to the White House, 15 Democratic senators the Federal Elections Commission to unmask who pays for online ads. Colorado’s Sen. Michael Bennet, you bet, is in the mix.

They cited Russian operatives who bought ads on Facebook, Twitter and Google to support Trump over Hillary Clinton last year.

The senators want the same disclosures you find on radio and TV ads.

“Over the past year, our country has come to realize the ease with which foreign actors can interfere in our elections, undermining the integrity of – and reducing public confidence in – the electoral process,” the letter states. “As part of a wide-ranging interference campaign during the 2016 election, Russian operatives used advertisements on social media platforms to sow division and discord, distorting public discourse and coarsening our political debate. The actions undertaken by Russia should not be considered an anomaly; they will be the norm in future elections if we do not take immediate action to improve the transparency and security of our election process.”

“We believe the FEC can and should take immediate and decisive action to ensure parity between ads seen on the internet and those on television and radio,” the senators continued. “The FEC must close loopholes that have allowed foreign adversaries to sow discord and misinform the American electorate…Failure to act threatens the very foundation of our democracy.”

Bennet’s office cited his past work on election transparency: “Je has urged the Government Accountability Office to investigate the Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity, introduced a constitutional amendment to fix the campaign finance system, and written a letter calling on the FEC to make campaign related spending more transparent.”

Bennet was joined by Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia, Amy Klobuchar and Al Fraken of Minnesota, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Dianne Feinstein of California, Tim Kaine of Virginia, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Bill Nelson of Florida, Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 12, 20173min4490

If you’ve got healthcare issues, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne wants to hear about them. The state’s chief operating officer and a candidate succeed John Hickenlooper as governor is planning a series of “health care town halls” Thursday through Saturday with stops in nine locations across the state.

The first is Thursday evening in Denver, and on Friday Lynne plans to hold town halls in Lamar, Pueblo and Colorado Springs. On Saturday she is in Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs and Silverthorne. She wraps up in Fort Collins and Greeley next Sunday.

Besides access to healthcare, Lynne, a Democrat, will talk and listen about affordability of insurance, the state’s health exchange and Medicaid. Lynne was a Denver-based healthcare executive with Kaiser Permanente when Hickenlooper picked her to be his second-in-command last year, where Joe Garcia stepped down to work for a higher-education organization.

“Together, Gov, Hickenlooper and I have fought to save the Affordable Care Act,” Lynne said in a statement. “It’s not perfect, but we shouldn’t ignore its substantial successes: especially in Colorado. The ACA has allowed the number of uninsured Coloradans to be cut in half and more than half a million Coloradans received coverage through the Affordable Care Act.”

Her campaign noted that the deadline to enroll and obtain financial help for insurance from Colorado’s health exchange is Dec. 15.

“I know that people have a lot of questions and concerns about their health care regardless of how it’s provided, and I want to listen to them, direct them to the right sources for information, and let them know what our plans are for reducing costs and improving care,” Lynne stated.

Space is limited, so those who plan to attend should RSVP by clicking here.

Here is the scheduled:

Thursday

  • Denver, 6 p.m.
    Clinica Tepeyac, 5075 Lincoln St.

Friday

  • Lamar, 10 a.m.
    Lamar City Library, 102 E. Parmenter St.
  • Pueblo, 1 p.m.
    Pueblo Library, Rawlings Branch: 100 E. Abriendo Ave., Bret Kelly Room
  • Colorado Springs, 3:30 p.m.
    Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.

Saturday

  • Steamboat Springs, 10 a.m.
    522 Lincoln Ave, 3rd Floor, Routt County Commissioners’ Hearing Room
  • Glenwood Springs, 1 p.m.
    Mountain Family Health Center, 1905 Blake Ave.
  • Silverthorne, 3:15 p.m.
    Summit County Library, North Branch, 651 Center Circle, Blue River Room

Sunday

  • Fort Collins, 12:30 p.m.
    Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., Community Room
  • Greeley, 2 p.m.
    University of Northern Colorado, 2045 10th Ave., Room Spruce A

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Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 12, 20173min6980

The second-in-command of the Denver District Attorney’s office, Ryan Brackely, is endorsing Michael Dougherty in the Colorado attorney general’s race, Dougherty’s campaign says.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Michael for his entire legal career and it is a true honor to endorse him to be our next attorney general of Colorado,” Brackley said in a statement. “As someone who has worked alongside Michael both in the attorney general’s office and in our roles as assistant district attorneys I can say with confidence that Michael is the most qualified person in this race and will lead the office with integrity and passion.”

Dougherty is a former assistant state attorney general who is now an assistant prosecutor in Jefferson County.

“Michael came to this state to make a difference in our criminal justice system, when he was asked to lead the Justice Review Project and later the criminal division for the AG’s office,” Brackley continued. “Not only did Michael’s work lead to the exoneration of an innocent man but his leadership was felt across the state as prosecutors came together to insure the right thing had been done. Michael continues to influence our state from his current role, through his actions in Jefferson and Gilpin counties to his testimony on Capitol Hill – Michael has made a continued effort to ensure that the right thing is done. We are extremely fortunate to have Michael in this race – he will be the attorney general our state needs.”

Dougherty also released a statement:

“Ryan and I have known each other since our days in the Manhattan DA’s office and he enjoys reminding me often that he got to Colorado before I did. Together we have worked on various issues relating to criminal justice reform and progressive policies to help Coloradans and protect our way of life here. Ryan has been an early supporter and continues to encourage me in this race – something which I cannot underscore the importance of. Our team continues to grow and I am very humbled to have the support of my peers from across the state.”

Dougherty is one of four Democrats in the primary, joining former University of Colorado law school dean Phil Weiser, Denver attorney Brad Levin, federal prosecutor Amy Padden and state Rep. Joe Salazar.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 11, 201711min5240

 


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Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 11, 20173min1690

Bless him for forethought or curse him as a buzzkill, but the ever-cheerful Tony Gagliardi, the Colorado state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, deserves some kind of credit for the holiday advice out his home office this week.

The NFIB released its wise words for holiday parties, so the small-business organization that normally lobbies for bills and amendments is arguing for common sense for the season.

The small business group recommends:

  • Use professional bartenders, and instruct them not to serve anyone who appears intoxicated.
  • Distribute drink tickets to limit the number of free drinks.
  • Serve lots of free food to soak up the alcohol.
  • Ask trusted managers and supervisors to be on the look-out for people who have had too much to drink and unable to drive or need
  • assistance getting home.
  • Pay for cabs to take impaired employees and guests home or offer designated drivers.

“Socializing, alcohol, and mistletoe combine to create an environment that can lead to sexual harassment or fighting,” the NFIB notes in its holiday advisory. “Just because it’s a holiday party doesn’t mean you can’t be liable for what happens as an employer. Employee lawsuits can result from voluntary events held outside the office and outside normal work hours.”

To keep the boss out of trouble for employees’ hanky panky and sexual harassment, NFIB advises:

  • Don’t hang mistletoe.
  • Remind employees about company anti-harassment policies before the party.
  • If your business does not have an anti-harassment policy, get one! Check out the free sample policy developed by NFIB. Have an attorney review it.
  • Ask trusted managers and supervisors to intervene and stop any fighting or inappropriate conduct witnessed or reported.
  • Finally, make sure that all employees understand that a holiday party is a work-related activity, and that rules for appropriate work behavior still apply.