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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirFebruary 28, 20182min2835

It just so happens Democratic state Rep. Crisanta Duran, aka Madame Speaker, represents the Denver House district previously held by fellow Democrat Joel Judd. So, maybe it was a sense of investment in his old seat that explained Judd’s decision this week to very publicly call out Duran over Democratic inaction on gun control.

In a letter he sent Duran Monday and shared with news media, Judd urges the speaker to advance “a series of common sense gun safety measures,” including a cooling-off period for gun sales and a “ban on semi-automatic weapons such as the one that produced such carnage in Florida.” He then essentially chides her for failing to act:

Having attended the rally last week with members of your caucus, I am frankly surprised that such an agenda has not been advanced. I appreciate that these laws may not pass the State Senate. However, we need to put people on the record: Do you stand for common sense gun safety measures – or do you stand with the NRA(?) I know where 90% of your constituents and 75% of the people in Colorado stand.

Pretty pointed. He concludes the brief letter with some tough talk:

Madame Speaker — stand up to the bully boys of the NRA and the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and allow for a late bill to advance a serious gun safety agenda.

Judd was an advocate of gun control during his four terms as Duran’s predecessor in House District 5, from 2003 to 2011. He unsuccessfully carried a measure to rein in guns in cars unless the motorist had a concealed-carry permit.


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightFebruary 16, 201711min338

… Twenty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman … An El Paso County Republican saga continued with self-proclaimed “true conservatives” toppling the “old guard,” seizing the reins of El Paso's Grand Old Party. After staking their campaigns on pro-life and Christian values, they went on to capture the top three party offices and 20 bonus member slots to the state GOP Central Committee. Many contended the social conservative sweep down south marked the end of the “big tent” era when party leadership preached tolerance for those with differing social views, particularly on the topic of abortion. The winners? Colorado Springs attorney Wayne Williams was elected chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party, Focus on the Family executive Tom Minnery won vice chairman and Leigh Ann Rauch was chosen secretary. All three were given a stamp of approval by a coalition of “true conservative” Republicans.