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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 30, 201811min706

More than 150 politicos of all stripes packed the historic Carriage House at the Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion in Denver Wednesday night for a session-opening shindig thrown by Colorado Politics. Republicans rubbed shoulders with Democrats, toasting the young political news website and the nearly 120-year-old publication it incorporated last year.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 8, 201814min4031

The nonprofit formerly known as the Centrist Project, a group working to elect nonpartisans officials nationwide, on Monday unveiled a slate of four unaffiliated Colorado candidates running this year for the Legislature  in the opening salvo of its assault on the two major parties' unbroken rule of the state's government. It also announced it's changing its name to Unite America and will call the state-focused organization Unite Colorado.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 18, 20172min2545

A group of Colorado Springs-area Republican politicos partnered with local organizations to provide gifts and necessities during the holidays.

The effort, called a Different Kind of Christmas, raised at least $7,500 (and counting) in gifts, donations and in-kind support for Restore Innocence, Sarah’s Home, Free Our Girls, Break the Silence, Springs Rescue Mission and other Colorado-based organizations.

Organizers and supporters gathered to celebrate Saturday night at the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy in Colorado Springs.

“Our community faces a number of challenges and the holidays are an especially tough time for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking,” Jillian Likness, who is running for the state House District 18 seat, told Colorado Politics. “As I have worked with and talked with members of our community, I have seen a true need for awareness and support for our most vulnerable. This year, I invited friends, neighbors and local leaders to join me in giving back through a Christmas to benefit human trafficking and other survivors in our community rather than focusing on exchanging gifts with one another.

“As a survivor myself, I know how important love and support are in the healing, recovery and survival journey.”

Other members of the committee were Rep. Paul Lundeen and his wife, Connie; Rep. Dan Nordberg and his wife, Maura; Rep. Terri Carver; Rep Lois Landgraf; state Republican Party vice chair Sherrie Gibson; Sandra Foote; Kay Rendleman and Mr. and Mrs. Ken Norwood.

“These women, men and children will be given hope and a sense of community that will help them fight for their dignity and restore them to a place in society where they can take pride in their journeys,” Likness said. “This is an event which breaks down barriers, changes the narrative and is not a political or for-profit benefit. This is a gift from our hearts to Colorado.”


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Joey BunchJoey BunchSeptember 8, 20173min980
Jillian Likness, a Republican political activist and strategist, is in the race to succeed Rep. Pete Lee in House District 18 in Colorado Springs next year. Lee, a Democrat, is term-limited in the House and said last weekend he plans to run for Senate District 11. The incumbent there, Democrat Mike Merrifield, said he’s stepping […]

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