Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirSeptember 22, 20173min832

Much of the school-choice agenda — charter schools, in particular — has evolved over the past few decades from a once-obscure Republican cause to a bipartisan initiative to a nonpartisan and, by and large, non-political given. Even presidents of both parties have championed charters; after all, parents of every political stripe, and of none, love having the option if they can get their kids into one.

Republicans nonetheless have a special attachment to the topic of school choice and remain some of its most ardent advocates. And it just so happens that the state GOP is hosting a forum on on the subject Sept. 30, a Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the public library in Parker. Interested? Republican or otherwise, you could find it enlightening. Here’s more from a Republican press release:

Join our forum featuring Representative Clarice Navarro as keynote speaker, among an informative panel of school choice proponents who advocate for school choice in our communities and at the Colorado State Capitol. Members of the panel will include Ross Izard from the Independence Institute, Adam Johnson, Colorado State Director of the Republican National Committee, and local legislators still TBA!

We will also hear directly from parents willing to provide personal accounts of their experience with charter schools & school choice and why this issue is of importance to the community. Whether you are a concerned parent, uncertain regarding school choice, or interested in getting involved, we welcome your participation.

That’s at the Parker Library – Event Hall A, 20105 Main Street, Parker, CO 80138. RSVP by clicking here or contact Cierra Bayers at (303) 944-5683 or cierra@cologop.org for more information.

Joey BunchJoey BunchSeptember 14, 20173min1576

Nearly 13 months from Election Day, the Republican National Committee is putting its state directors for the midterms, and in Colorado veteran operative Adam Johnson will lead the effort.

In a Thursday morning press release, the RNC described Johnson this way:

Adam Johnson’s political experience began in 2002 working on the successful re-election of Gov. Bill Owens in Colorado. Since that time, Adam has been involved in nearly a dozen political campaigns from local city council races to managing statewide elections. Most recently Adam served as Victory’s regional field director in the West Metro Region in Colorado.

It was only in May that Johnson was named political director for the state GOP. A spokeswoman for the RNC said he “still works very closely with the state party.”

Johnson is one of 17 directors in “key” states announced by the RNC “as a part of the most expansive midterm field program in the party’s history,” the RNC stated.

It’s hard to see any gains for the GOP next year, however. Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, once seen as vulnerable, won another six-year term last November, and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner isn’t up for re-election until 202o.

In congressional races, given the politically safe way Colorado drafts its districts every 10 years, it’s a long shot that any seat, other than the 6th Congressional District, will be at risk of changing hands next year. In the 6th, Republican Rep. Mike Coffman will face the emerging Democrat from a primary that so far is full of newcomers, but he hasn’t exactly struggled against top-name Democrats in the last two elections, defeating former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff and state Sen. Morgan Carroll (not the state Democratic Party chair) handily.

The most interesting race so far looks like an all-Republican knife fight. Incumbent Republican Doug Lamborn in Colorado Springs faces challenges from state Sen. Owen Hill and El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, who lost to Bennet last November.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement that the new state directors are part of an evolving modern approach by the party.

“These hires represent the long-planned evolution of the RNC’s permanent data-driven field program that has been on the ground virtually uninterrupted in key states since 2013,” she said. “We are committed to winning elections and will hold nothing back to ensure we protect the near historic number of Republicans holding office at all levels across the country. As our candidates emerge from their primary races, they will inherit an RNC field program years in the making to help push them to victory.”

Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMay 22, 20173min300

With former El Paso County Republican Party Chair Jeff Hays now in the saddle as state chair, he’ll need some able henchmen to do his bidding.

(Just to be clear, the henchmen reference is a joke. Hey, we could have called them minions. Which would have been a joke, as well.)

The announcement was made by one of the new hires, Daniel Cole, who was named communications director. Cole introduces himself as well as new state Political Director Adam Johnson in an e-letter to the media this afternoon. About his role, Cole writes:

The field of communications is constantly in flux. (Under Russia’s last tsar Nicholas II, the minister of communications was responsible for the supervision of railroads.) But my approach to media relations won’t change. Especially because I want the state party to play a larger part in the public discourse, I will always be happy to receive your calls. Be in touch when you’d like a comment from the party, an interview with the chairman, a recommendation as to whom you should approach on a given topic, or anything else I could conceivably provide.

So, Cole’s kind of a history buff. Or, maybe just a smark aleck. (Maybe he can get the proverbial trains to run on time even if he doesn’t literally supervise the railroads.)

Of Johnson, Cole writes:

He has been assisting Republican candidates in Colorado for 15 years, having first worked on Governor Bill Owens’s re-election campaign in 2002. Since then, Adam has helped with nearly a dozen candidate and issue campaigns. Adam agreed to serve as political director in order to ensure the Colorado GOP has a robust ground game headed into the 2018 election cycle.

Hays was elected Colorado party chair by the state Republican Central Committee on April 1.


Jared WrightJared WrightJanuary 10, 20175min365

Now that the dust has settled with newly elected officials preparing to take office, we politicos immediately turn to the next election. Luckily for us, on a statewide level, 2018 looks to be just as rousing as 2016. Many individuals are talking about candidates for this race or that race. While this sounds gossipy, fun or exciting — it also brings to light an issue none of us has had to deal with before: the implementation of Proposition 108. Both Democrat and Republican candidates have had a broad range of ballot access methods available to them, but with the implementation of Prop 108 that access gets extremely restrictive.