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A rally for tax reform aims to make the case for congressional action

Author: Dan Njegomir - August 25, 2017 - Updated: August 25, 2017

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Stymied in its quest to repeal and replace (or maybe just reconfigure) Obamacare, the GOP Congress has been promising it next will train its sights on meaningful tax reform. And Americans for Prosperity-Colorado, the conservative advocacy juggernaut, stands ready to help build momentum.

AFP-Colorado’s “‘No More, Uncle Sam,’ Tax Reform Rally,” scheduled for Tuesday, will be one such effort to whip up support. A press statement announcing the 11:30 a.m. event at Lincoln Memorial Park across the street from the Capitol in Denver says the gathering “will feature lawmakers and policy experts discussing the federal tax code; why it needs to be fixed and how Congress plans to fix it.’

Among the featured guests: Fourth Congressional District U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, of Greeley, who will provide the keynote address. (Yes, the same Ken Buck who recently pronounced the Republican Party dead and talked of running for Colorado attorney general if incumbent Cynthia Coffman runs for governor. Jury’s still out on whether Tuesday’s appearance will be an effort to mend fences with the GOP or to burnish Buck’s street cred as a bona fide rebel. Maybe both?)

AFP-Colorado’s staff, including State Director Jesse Mallory, will be on hand, as well, of course. Mallory issued a statement to stir the pot in advance of the event:

“The mess that is our tax code is a result of decades of bad decisions. But we can fix it this year.  We are pushing for tax reform that creates a simpler, fairer system with lower rates and fewer brackets, cuts the corporate rate, and creates certainty about who owes what.  We believe this would go a long way toward boosting jobs and wages, and restoring some faith in the American Dream. We are inviting Coloradans to join us on Tuesday so we can send a united message to Washington, insisting on federal tax reform now.”

And if that’s not enough to lure you, how about a free barbecue lunch as well as “games emphasizing tax reform,” a “positive” picket line along Lincoln Avenue facing the Capitol, and free “No More, Uncle Sam!” T-shirts?

Questions? Contact AFP-Colorado’s Tamra Farah at tfarah@afphq.org or (702) 441-9252.

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is the opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.