Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 13, 20187min1170

The Colorado Republican Party had arranged to hold a fundraising dinner and a slew of district assemblies at the Best Western hotel in Longmont on the eve of the party’s state assembly in Boulder next month. But after party officials got wind that the hotel chain had ended its affiliation with the National Rifle Association in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the state GOP decided to move its operations to another hotel on the south side of Denver, nearly 50 miles away. For a while, that was the official story.