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Michael McGradyMichael McGradyAugust 15, 201621min267

In an unorthodox election year, conservative Republicans had something to get pumped up about this last weekend in Denver. While some pollsters claim Colorado has lost its political classification as a battleground state this election cycle, RedState.com, an unabashedly conservative blog, chose Colorado’s biggest city to rally — and in some cases even console — conservatives. RedState hosted its annual “Gathering” event in Denver Aug. 12-14, drawing a convergence of conservative Republicans from across Colorado and the country on the downtown Grand Hyatt Hotel. The eighth annual event was a star-studded conservative spectacle focused around an intensive series of lectures on activism, economics, and policy, but not without a heaping-helping of 2016 Republican restlessness.


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Michael McGradyMichael McGradyAugust 4, 20169min235

"Because we need Mike Pence as vice president and because we need those Supreme Court nominees, those are just two of the reasons I support Donald Trump as president," said U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-CD5, introducing Indiana Gov. and Republican nominee for vice president Mike Pence to the stage Wednesday in Colorado Springs. "I'm just grateful to be joined by Jeanie's husband," Pence said jokingly after taking the podium to the sound of Free's "All Right Now" pumping through the speakers at high volume. "One of the strongest, most unapologetic conservatives on Capitol Hill, Congressman Doug Lamborn. ... I can say I was with Doug Lamborn before it was cool." Continuing into a string of polished stump speech lines, Pence said, “We will let the American people decide their future” during his 27 minute address in the Antlers Hotel ballroom that was packed with about 400 vocal supporters who got what they hoped to receive from Pence, reinforcement of core conservative values and a strong discussion on policy that underscores, if not slightly softens, Donald Trump’s outspoken rhetoric.


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Michael McGradyMichael McGradyJuly 30, 201615min359

“So average.” Kicked up a notch in Donald Trump’s spicy punchline kitchen, those were the Republican presidential candidate’s words to describe his opponent, Hillary Clinton’s nomination acceptance speech in Philadelphia a day earlier. Trump delivered the made-fresh remarks to a gathering of rambunctious fans in a jam-packed events center at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Friday, featuring Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn and Colorado Springs U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-CD5. The large batch of southern Colorado supporters met billionaire real estate mogul Trump with a warm welcome, setting what was pegged by the campaign as a town hall meeting with a more rally-like tone, full of chants for his conservative red-meat lines and jeers for when Clinton came up — and she came up often — in his remarks.


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Michael McGradyMichael McGradyJune 13, 201613min228

Like many of the political races this year, the race for the Senate District 12 Republican primary has not been a cakewalk for either contender. In a race that is nearly deadlocked, Republicans Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, of House District 15 and Robert “Bob” Gardner, a former state representative, are locked in an intensive struggle. With Senate President Bill Cadman facing term-limits this year, Klingenschmitt landed top line on the ballot by acclamation vote at the Senate District 12 Assembly in March. Klingenschmitt’s overwhelming win occurred due to Gardner’s strategy of turning down his nomination for the seat. Gardner’s effort to petition onto the ballot had been certified by the secretary of state a day earlier, contributing to his decision to bow out of the party nomination process.


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Michael McGradyMichael McGradyJune 11, 20163min244

Jan Kulmann, a city councilor of Thornton’s Ward 4, who was facing a recall effort from anti-fracking group, North Metro Neighbors for Safe Energy, will not be subject to a recall election this year. According to the Denver Business Journal, the effort from North Metro Neighbors group has all but “fizzled,” out. In an e-mail to The Statesman, Todd Barnes, the City of Thornton’s communication director, indicated that the petitioners failed to submit a petition by the city’s May 31 deadline. “We have no information as to how short — if they were even short — the number of necessary signatures because nothing was submitted. We received nothing,” Barnes’ e-mail indicated.


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Michael McGradyMichael McGradyMay 23, 201612min319

This year, some Colorado voters are once again exercising their state constitutional right to recall their elected leaders, an occurrence that is apparently becoming en vogue in the state. Of course, no two recall situations are alike, each of them borne out of unique situations with one common trait — elected officials finding themselves on the receiving end of an angry electorate feeling some degree of buyer's remorse. Within the last couple of months, voters in two Colorado cities, Castle Rock and Thornton, have raised their pitchforks to the sky, seeking to remove their elected city councilmembers due to contrasting situations. Like the recently successful Jefferson County School Board recall and the victorious 2013 Pueblo/Colorado Springs tossing of two state legislators over their votes on gun issues, the Castle Rock and Thornton recall campaigns — both in their fledgling stages — are starting to draw attention from across the state and even nationally as the movements take shape and moneyed interests invest financial resources on either side.


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Michael McGradyMichael McGradyMay 21, 20167min464

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation on the steps of the El Pomar Center Friday at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. At a bill signing ceremony crowded with state legislators and other high ranking officals, he jotted his signature on an act establishing Colorado’s formal push to become a national leader in cybersecurity. House Bill 16-1453 establishes the National Cyber Intelligence Center (NCIC) on the campus of UCCS, a university certified by the U.S. National Security Administration and Department for Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence. NCIC is intended to occupy an old manufacturing facility located in the northwest portion of Colorado Springs. Currently, the facility is owned by the university and is used as a storage warehouse for the campus.