Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 10, 20184min276
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, is picking up advocates for Down Syndrome research in support of his bill to help veterans. Last week Coffman and Republican Reps. Pete Sessions of Texas and Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington introduced H.R. 5191, the Medical Improvement of Neurodegenerative Diseases (MIND) Act. If they can pass it, the bill […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 1, 20182min8950

Arn Menconi is the political scrapper of the high country, and it looks like he’ll start his congressional race in a tussle with local leaders of his own party.

What did he expect?

Menconi was the Green Party’s candidate against U.S, Sen. Michael Bennet in 2016, draining off 1.3 percent that could have mattered, if Republican nominee Darryl Glenn could have gotten closer than 5.6 percent. Of course, Libertarian Lily Tang Williams collected 3.6 percent and some of those conservative votes could have helped Glenn.

Colorado Politics told you Tuesday that Menconi hopes to be the Democratic nominee to take on incumbent Scott Tipton of Cortez in November. But first he has to beat former state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush of Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs city attorney Karl Hanlon in the Democratic primary.

When the former Eagle County commissioner asked the Pitkin County Democratic Party to put his announcement on its website, it didn’t go well with chairman Howard Wallach, judging by the exchange Menconi shared on his Facebook page Wednesday.

Wallace lectured him on campaign strategy and reminded Menconi he’s not running against Donald Trump or Tipton, but should seek to set himself apart from Mitsch Bush.

You can check out the exchange by clicking here.

“Not very democratic of the Democrats don’t you don’t you think?” Menconi said in his post. “Pitkin is Aspen the supposed most liberal place in Colorado. Yeah Right?! Sending to Papers. Thank you Harry.”

Editor’s note: This blog was updated to correct Karl Hanlon’s name.


Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 1, 20184min8130
Conservation Colorado Cory Gardner
(Courtesy of Conservation Colorado)

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is doing some good for Conservation Colorado, but perhaps not in the way he would like.

The state’s largest environment organization sent out a fundraising e-mail Wednesday with the Republican from Yuma as its centerpiece.

Here’s what the pitch from deputy director Jessica Goad said, in part:

Wow. We knew Senator Cory Gardner was bad on environmental and public health issues, but after looking at his entire voting record from 2017 now we know that he actually couldn’t be any worse. He just received an abysmal zero percent score in the League of Conservation Voters’ most recent environmental scorecard.

This is shameful … Despite the fact that the vast majority of Coloradans care about our land, air, and water, Cory Gardner has repeatedly sided with President Trump’s relentless attacks on the environment and public health. Instead of representing the values and needs of his constituents, he endorsed the administration’s anti-environment agenda.

Gardner’s office declined to return fire.

Gardner wasn’t the only Coloradan rated by the League of Conservation voters this week:

  • Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Denver – 84 percent
  • Rep. Jared Polis, D-Bouler – 100 percent
  • Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Arvada – 100 percent
  • Rep. Diana Degette, D-Denver – 89 percent
  • Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez – 6 percent
  • Rep. Ken Buck, R-Greeley – 6 percent
  • Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora – 6 percent
  • Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs – 0 percent

You can read the national report card by clicking here.

Goad continued on Gardner’s case: “Cory Gardner voted to confirm anti-environment nominees like Oklahoma oil and gas proponent Scott Pruitt and Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson in Trump’s cabinet. He voted against common sense safety measures protecting us from methane and air pollution. He voted for a resolution to block public input on how our federal government manages public lands. He voted for the tax package that gives huge tax breaks to billionaires and corporations, exploding the deficit which could be used as a future justification for massive cuts to environmental and other critical programs. And the list goes on.”

The same day, Gardner sent out a video showing his speech on the Senate floor to bring the Bureau of Lane Management headquarters to the West, preferably Colorado.

“Grand Junction, Colorado, is a beautiful place that can accommodate an agency headquarters and has the benefit of a populace that is intimately familiar with public land management policy and decision-making,” Gardner said.

“Making this agency more accountable to the people who have to deal with its management decisions by putting its headquarters among the land it manages would be a great start to modernizing for the next 100 years.”