Screen-Shot-2018-02-23-at-8.22.41-PM.png

Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 26, 20183min381
The LIBRE Initiative, a partner of the better-known Americans for Prosperity, has a message for Colorado Latinos: You are patriots. The organization is launching an ad blitz in 12 states, including Colorado, around immigration, border security and “certainty” for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, called the Dreamers. “With the March 5th […]

This content is only available to subscribers.

Login or Subscribe


IMG_0885.jpg

Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 8, 20182min811

The conservative policy-shaper Americans for Prosperity held its annual lobby day at the Capitol Thursday with a free box lunch for members and legislators who participated in their program.

No Democrats showed up to speak in the West Foyer of the state Capitol, though some joked that they liked the annual handouts from the organization that eschews government handouts. Sen. Matt Jones, D-Louisville, showed off his collection of AFP swag in his office, but he didn’t show up later for the doughnuts or lunch offered by the organization.

House Republican Leader Patrick Neville explained the difference to the AFP crowd.

“It’s great to hear from good citizens,” Neville said. “We’re surrounded by a lot of different special interests down here at the Capitol, and they’re all arguing for more and more money. What they don’t realize a lot of times is that it’s your money.”

He added, “We want you to have more money in your pockets and less in the special interests up here. That way when you have more money, the economy grows, we all prosper and Colorado becomes more affordable.”

Neville and Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Cañon City, were the highest-ranked dignitaries who spoke.

Neville thanked AFP and its members for “giving us the support we need to argue on behalf of the individual citizen and not just for more government programs and more regulations and all the other bad stuff, and we can actually advocate on behalf of you, for private citizens.”

Grantham said after his address that he appreciated the AFP members for being at the Capitol to learn how to be “advocates for policies that affect us on a daily basis.”


AP16118505894788.jpg

Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandJanuary 30, 20189min385
Senate Republicans Tuesday championed a bill on tax cuts that would spend down some of the estimated $1 billion revenue surplus expected by state economists in 2018-19. Senate President Kevin Grantham of Cañon City and his number two, Senate President Pro tem Jerry Sonnenberg of Sterling, are the sponsors of Senate Bill 61, which would […]

This content is only available to subscribers.

Login or Subscribe


Screen-Shot-2018-01-16-at-6.45.11-PM-1280x753.png

Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 17, 20184min1511

You won’t find Bob Hope or Bing Crosby but Americans for Prosperity are urging Colorado lawmakers to take the “Road to Freedom,” the conservative organization’s legislative agenda.

Colorado Politics scored an early review of the AFP’s positions on energy, education, transportation and the  Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.

You can read the document by clicking here.

“We made great strides in 2017 defending TABOR and advancing policies that promote economic freedom,” Jesse Mallory, AFP’s state director and the former Colorado Senate Republicans’ chief of staff, said in a statement.

“Legislators must show fiscal discipline and prioritize our transportation needs over pet projects and extraneous spending. Attempting to push through a tax increase after such a large increase in the state budget would be insincere, For the sake of Coloradans seeking to enter jobs that require licensing credentials, I urge the General Assembly to revamp our occupational licensing practices, keep energy affordable for working families, expand educational freedom, and protect TABOR from further attacks.”

Here are the highlight of the priority list, in AFP’s words:

Energy
Colorado’s energy policy should ensure energy remains reliable and affordable. The legislature must protect the rights of landowners and allow citizens to develop natural resources instead of imposing restrictive bans. The legislature must also not allow government to pick winners and losers in the industry by doling out corporate welfare and hand-outs to specific companies. That eliminates competition and drives up the cost of energy for Coloradans living paycheck to paycheck. The state should also end its Renewable Energy Standard, which drives up electric rates for residents.

Educational Freedom
Colorado’s parents are eager for more educational freedom. But compared with its neighbors, our state is falling behind. That said, Colorado is on the front lines of the battle for educational freedom, especially at the local level. We will fight back against any bills that seek to limit educational choices for families and children and hold elected officials accountable to protect the right to equally funded and accessible educational choices for families.

TABOR
Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) is a crown jewel of state policy and has been one of the primary reasons the state’s economy is among the strongest in the country, despite lacking other advantages like a right-to-work law or no income tax. TABOR has empowered voters to keep government spending in check, which has enabled the private sector to flourish. Despite constant attack from special interests and politicians who seek to raise taxes and expand bureaucracy, lawmakers must stand firm in their support for limited government and defend TABOR.

Transportation
Over the years, the Colorado legislature has not prioritized funding for our growing transportation needs. Unfortunately, transportation continues to be crowded out in the budget by rapidly growing entitlement programs like Medicaid. The legislature should not ask the voters for a tax increase to fund roads while the state budget continues grow year after year. Instead, they should fund our transportation needs using existing funds. Moreover, the state can enact numerous regulatory and labor reforms to ease the burden of bureaucracy and make each dollar go further – to ensure that Coloradans’ tax dollars are being spent on asphalt and pavement rather than red tape or inflated union contracts.


Jeff-Elk-2016-1280x960.jpg

Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirDecember 18, 201716min719

Jeff Crank is a mainstay of the political right, a linchpin in the conservative infrastructure of his hometown of choice — unflinchingly Republican Colorado Springs. Yet, his origins are 45 miles down the road in undeniably Democratic Pueblo, where he was born and raised. And to hear Crank, it is precisely Pueblo's political tilt that played a big role in propelling him rightward as he developed his own world view. He explains how that happened in today's Q&A — but first, a refresher on this onetime, would-be congressman who arguably holds more political sway over his home turf than a lot of politicians ever do in Congress.


iStock-609442094.jpg

Joey BunchJoey BunchSeptember 30, 20178min650


Image.jpg

Jesse MalloryJesse MallorySeptember 28, 20176min1248

It’s becoming harder for opponents of education freedom to come up with legitimate reasons families should not have more options when deciding the best possible education options for their children. The U.S. Supreme Court made it more difficult with a pair of recent rulings, including one that said denying approximately 500 families in Douglas County the ability to exercise that freedom was wrong.