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Ernest LuningErnest LuningAugust 12, 20179min2474

After cutting a provocative path though Colorado’s political scene for half a decade, conservative spinmeister Jonathan Lockwood pulled up stakes and decamped for a strange land with strange customs, a place unaccustomed to his rapid-fire, unrelenting attacks on liberals and his take-no-prisoners approach to making a point — a place called Oregon.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJuly 21, 20177min538

When people think of the Trump campaign in Colorado, they’re more than likely to think of Weston Imer. And he has this on good authority. “Eric Trump told me that I am the kid of the Trump campaign, I am the face of the Trump campaign in Colorado,” the 13-year-old Imer told Colorado Politics. “And they wanted me to remain that. I still believe I am.”


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJune 8, 20175min397

The Centennial Institute — the conservative advocacy arm of Colorado Christian University in Lakewood — scored a coup last year with its campaign to lure then-presidential candidate Donald Trump to its annual Western Conservative Summit. #GetTrumptotheSummit was the rallying cry on Twitter, and it succeeded in getting Trump to make his first campaign speech in the state when he addressed the summit last July.


As this year’s summit approaches, Centennial and its Director Jeff Hunt are at it again. This time, they’ve kicked off a campaign to get the whole Trump team — or, at least, its most prominent members — to put in a showing at the July 21-23 event at the Colorado Convention Center.

An email from Hunt this week announces the effort and once again calls on supporters to take action using Twitter:

For the first time in Western Conservative Summit history, conservatives have control of the White House and the executive branch of our government. From our very first summit in 2010, progressive liberals in the White House, disregarding separation of powers, have rammed through their aggressive agenda. This year, however, Summit attendees want to hear from leaders in our government advancing conservative public policy.

While we have sent invitations to Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Dr. Ben Carson, Rick Perry, Betsy DeVos, Scott Pruitt, and Ryan Zinke, we need your help by showing your support on social media. Please click on the tweets below and demonstrate your wish to see the Trump Administration at the 2017 Western Conservative Summit!

And this year’s hashtag, fittingly, is #GetTrumpTeamToTheSummit. As Hunt notes on Twitter, it’s part of a multimedia campaign:

Of course, getting Trump the candidate to show while he was on the campaign trail is one thing; luring back Trump the president — along with his VP, top advisers and key Cabinet members — is quite another matter. (Also, isn’t there some sort of national security protocol about all these folks being in the same room? Or is that just on TV?)

By the way, plenty of Trump Cabinet members and influential advisers evidently weren’t on Centennial’s RSVP list in the first place. No Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner or Sean Spicer; no Nikki Haley, Elaine Chao or Wilbur Ross. (Chao is transportation secretary; Ross heads commerce. Admit it: You drew a blank on them.) Not even Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — the dean of the Cabinet.

Oh, and no Ivanka? What’s up with that?



Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMay 4, 20174min482

The office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Wednesday he is joining 11 other U.S. governors in appealing to the Trump administration not to pull out of the Paris Accord, the 2015 global climate agreement backed by the Obama administration.

A letter to President Trump signed by Hickenlooper and the other governors — all Democrats, including Govs. Jerry Brown of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York — contends, “Maintaining the U.S. commitment is essential to protect our residents, and indeed, all Americans from the potentially catastrophic impacts of a changing climate.”

Climate March goes on in Denver despite the elements and confusing report by industry news site

The letter further states:

Collective action to limit emissions world-wide is critical; without collaboration, climate change will cost the world’s nations several trillion dollars in damages. Under the Paris Agreement, all the world’s major economies are taking action on climate change for the first time, including China and India, which have put forward their own commitments to cut their carbon pollution domestically. If the U.S. does not maintain global climate leadership through national policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to clean energy, China and India will. This would be a huge lost opportunity, putting us at a competitive disadvantage and potentially locking us into technologies and economic pathways that are increasingly obsolete while China and India reap the benefits of low-carbon leadership.

A press statement issued by Hickenlooper’s office quotes the governor on Colorado’s interest in supporting the pact:

“Remaining in the Paris Agreement is crucial to Colorado’s future. … Clean energy is a win for Colorado jobs, a win for Colorado consumers, and a win for cleaner air. We look forward to continuing our progress and working with this administration to create 21st century jobs for a 21st century workforce.”

The Trump administration has been signaling its interest in leaving or at least renegotiating U.S. participation in the accord. Under its terms, the Obama administration agreed to cut U.S. greenhouse emissions 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

Reports out of Washington say the administration still is mulling the pending move, with key influencers in the Trump camp spanning the spectrum. Daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner are said to want the president to stay on board. So does Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt wants out while Energy Secretary Rick Perry wants the agreement renegotiated.

The press statement by Hickenlooper’s office also states:

Colorado ranks among the nation’s largest clean energy employers. As of 2015, 2,070 clean technology companies operate in Colorado, and the industry supports more than 62,000 jobs. These clean tech jobs provide Coloradans $3.6 billion in wages. Colorado’s renewable energy industry is poised for significant growth in the years ahead, which will help clean Colorado’s air, reduce consumers’ electricity bills, and support well-paying jobs.

 

 


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 22, 20175min528

President Donald Trump’s three oldest children, Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka, along with their spouses and eight presidential grandchildren — and what a local newspaper reported would be “about 100 Secret Service agents” — have been vacationing in Aspen this week for spring break, and it’s got some of the mountain resort’s denizens howling.


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Nancy BenacNancy BenacNovember 9, 201617min366

He felt it in the breeze. Nearing the end of his long, improbable journey to victory in the presidential race, Donald Trump, the candidate of so much tumult and bluster, waxed nostalgic about how he got there. "I had great parents, great parents," Trump told the crowd at a rally in steamy Orlando, Florida. "I just felt that nice breeze, so they're helping us out." The candidate who for more than a year had unapologetically demonstrated he would say anything sensed it was time to rein it in.