Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 16, 20187min10330

Call him Schrödinger’s rep. Like the cat made famous by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger’s 1935 thought experiment in quantum mechanics, Colorado Springs Republican Shane Sandridge can be considered both alive and dead — in the political sense — until the Colorado GOP reveals how the party's executive committee ruled last week on a complaint challenging the vacancy election to fill former state Rep. Dan Nordberg's House District 14 seat.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 2, 20184min10460

Seizing upon an ongoing dispute between state Republicans over whether gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo can attend a forum sponsored by the Colorado Hispanic Republicans, a spokesman for the Colorado Democratic Party gleefully tweaked the opposition Tuesday. State GOP officials, for their part, shrugged off the jab from across the aisle, with one calling it a "lame attempt" to drive apart Republicans.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 1, 201713min27370

The aftershocks were still coming days after a Republican vacancy committee picked a replacement for former state Rep. Clarice Navarro, the Pueblo Republican who resigned to take a position with the Trump administration in early November. Judy Reyher, a Swink resident and former Otero County GOP chair, won the appointment to Navarro’s seat on a 6-5 vote when the House District 47 panel met Monday night in Fowler, about half way between Pueblo and La Junta in southeast Colorado, but that was only the beginning.


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirSeptember 1, 20174min4120

Trevor Dierdorff, elected as a “political outsider” in February to chair the El Paso County Republican Party — the state’s largest county-level GOP — says he will step down next month.

In an email late Thursday to the county party’s executive committee, Dierdorff says his resignation “will formally take effect at the adjournment of the Executive Committee meeting next month.”

Also in his email to executive committee members:

My reasons for stepping aside are largely personal, and I am looking forward to having more time and energy to devote to my family and business.  I believe this is a practical time for a leadership transition with the conclusion of the Lincoln Day Dinner, and six months lead time until the 2018 caucus.

Since being elected in February, I cut our operational expenses by 50% over last year and the party will have the financial resources to pay our bills through the caucus, so my successor will be able to focus on the 2018 election immediately.  I am happy to leave that legacy, though I had hoped to do more.

It has been a privilege to work with the great Republicans of El Paso County, and it is with a heavy heart that I am stepping aside. I expect to stay involved with the Republican Party and be a strong contributor to the effort to elect a Republican Governor in 2018. …

In March, Dierdorff fatally injured a pedestrian in downtown Colorado Springs after accidentally backing his car into him while parking. The pedestrian, longtime Platte Floral owner Mel Tolbert, 79, and Dierdorff were friends who had been meeting for breakfast that morning. Although Colorado Springs police initially announced Dierdorff would be cited for careless driving causing death, District Attorney Dan May dismissed all charges  in part because Tolbert, who died of his injuries April 2, was jaywalking 25 feet from the crosswalk.

While running for chair, the 45-year-old Colorado Springs tech entrepreneur had touted himself as  “a businessman … a political outsider.”

Reached for comment, Colorado state GOP Communications Director Daniel Cole said there are two ways to replace Dierdorff: The vice chair can succeed with a 2/3 vote at an executive committee meeting, or the central committee can elect a new chair with a simple majority. Cole said county Republican Vice Chair Josh Hosler has said he is taking the long weekend to think about whether he will run for chair.

Cole, who previously had served as the El Paso County GOP’s executive director, had praise for Dierdorff.

“He is leaving the county party on solid footing. It’s financially stable and chock-full of volunteers raring to win in 2018. Dick Cheney once said that the county party chairmanship is the most difficult job in politics. We owe Trevor a debt of gratitude for his willingness to shoulder the burden as long as he did.”


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirAugust 7, 20174min2507

The Colorado Republican Party probably figures the president shouldn’t be the only celeb who gets fact-checked on Twitter. So it spread the love this past weekend to prominent former CNN and network news anchor Soledad O’Brien, who nowadays hosts her own political news and analysis show, Matter of Fact, on Hearst Television.

The state party’s opening came after O’Brien on Sunday tweeted her thoughts on which of the two major parties was historically more sympathetic to African-Americans:

That’s when @cologop replied:

O’Brien came back with what seemed like a self-correction, bumping up each party’s change of heart on black civil rights to the 1950s:

…But that only drew another fact-check from the Colorado GOP:

…Followed by this, from state Republican Communications Director Daniel Cole: