Joey BunchJoey BunchSeptember 12, 20173min470
If anyone intends to get in next year’s race for the University of Colorado regent seat from Colorado Springs, they best get cracking. Chance Hill continues to Hoover up the key endorsements, announcing Tuesday morning he nabbed another big one, Steve Schuck. Last week Colorado Politics reported that an endorsement from Secretary of State Wayne […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchJune 27, 20173min424
Chance Hill
Chance Hill, at right, a candidate for University of Colorado regent, picked up a key endorsement from former Congressman Bob Schaffer. (Photo courtesy of the Hill campaign)

Chance Hill, a candidate for University of Colorado regent from Colorado Springs, picked up a big endorsement Tuesday. Former U.S. Rep. Bob Schaffer is backing his fellow Republican.

“Chance is a patriot and a strong constitutional conservative,” Schaffer wrote in a letter of endorsement. “He understands that education is critical in maintaining the ideals that have informed our national character since the country’s founding — especially the value of free speech.

“Unfortunately, colleges throughout the country increasingly focus less on fostering an environment that promotes intellectual diversity and free speech and more on ‘safe spaces’ and ‘trigger warnings’ that too often stifle honest, productive discussion.”

CU Regent Kyle Hybl backs Colorado Springs Republican Chance Hill as his successor

Schaffer represented Colorado’s 4th Congressional District from 1997 to 2003 and is a former state senator and the former chairman of the state Board of Education.

“He believes that institutions of higher learning should value free expression and expose college students to a wide variety of viewpoints so that they can independently arrive at their own conclusions,” Schaffer continued. “And as our CU Regent, he will push hard to appoint future administrators who understand this mission as well — and whose leadership sets the tone and expectations for an intellectually diverse setting in which faculty and students of all kinds can thrive.

“Chance also understands the importance of a quality and affordable education, and he will fight to cut costs and curb rising tuition whenever possible.”

Hill participated in the Leadership Program of the Rockies. Schaffer is the program’s chairman.

Hill, a Colorado Springs lawyer and former CIA officer, is the lone candidate who has announced to run for the District 5 seat in Colorado Springs, which is being vacated by Kyle Hybl, who is term-limited.

“Given Congressman Schaffer’s stature throughout Colorado and his background in working to improve education, I really am proud to have his support,” Hill told Colorado Politics. “His endorsement means a lot in this state — especially for a candidate pursuing a position in the education system.”

Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 16, 20173min386
Chance Hill brings a heck of a resume to his candidacy for University of Colorado regent from Colorado Springs. An employment lawyer in Colorado Springs, he finished law school in 2015. He served six years of active duty military service, including a year deployed in Northern Iraq, and then three years as an officer and […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 9, 201720min706

Conservative gadfly Matt Arnold, a persistent thorn in the side of lots of Colorado Republicans, dug in a little deeper this week. In response to a complaint filed by Arnold’s Campaign Integrity Watchdog organization, the El Paso County GOP admitted in court Tuesday that it made some mistakes in campaign finance filings last year and agreed to pay nominal fines. It’s the most recent win notched by Arnold’s organization but, according to some of his detractors, it’s also a salvo in the battle for control of the state Republican Party, a contention Arnold vehemently denies.

Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 1, 201658min370

DENVER — Good morning and welcome back to real life ... if you ever, in fact, left it for the weekend. Some of us don't take such leisures. Today is Colorado Day, the anniversary of President Ulysses S. Grant signing the proclamation admitting Colorado as the 38th state to the Union on August 1, 1876. We are coming off of a big weekend in presidential politics for #38. Donald Trump himself, as you surely know by now, was in Colorado Springs and Denver Friday for a fundraiser, town hall meeting and rally. Yes, he did get trapped in The Mining Exchange Hotel elevator. And yes, there was controversy involving Trump's remarks to the fire marshal after the fire department helped retrieve him from said elevator, and no the elevator was most likely not tampered with. Ok, now that we have that out of the way ... This week is already shaking out to be another big political one in Colorado as Hillary Clinton has announced plans to visit Commerce City for a rally. She will also be in Aspen for a fundraiser as we tipped you to last week.