This week the NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Foundation will finalize its merger with the Freedom Fund, which provides money to help women pay for abortions. The program will be called the Women’s Freedom Fund. The program was started in 1984 by the First Universalist Church of Denver to help women who were barred from abortion services […]
EMILY’s List, a national group that recruits and helps fund Democratic women candidates, put two Colorado Republicans “On Notice” Thursday, naming U.S. Reps. Mike Coffman and Scott Tipton to its list of top GOP targets in next year’s election.
A former Democratic elected official is accusing Levi Tillemann, an Aurora Democrat, of acting as a congressional candidate when he was operating an exploratory committee to determine whether to challenge U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, a five-term Republican, in Colorado's 6th Congressional District.
But Tillemann, one of three Democrats running for the swing seat, said his conduct has been well within the limits of federal election law and then opened up a fresh attack on Jason Crow, one of his primary opponents, for legal work the attorney has performed in recent years.
Karen McCormick’s campaign said Thursday the Democrat and veterinarian from Longmont raised $20,805 since filing to run in May to take on Rep. Ken Buck in Eastern Colorado’s 4th Congressional District.
Buck has raised a similar amount to McCormick this election cycle, but, moreover, has $383,851 cash on hand, according to the website OpenSecrets.org. Buck raised nearly $1.3 million for his first race for the seat in 2014 and more than $1 million to defend it last year.
McCormick faces an uphill push in the district that’s as red as a clown’s nose. Since 1972, it has been represented by a Democrat for one term, Betsy Markey, who was elected in 2008. (The last Democrat before that, GOP political guru Dick Wadhams tells me, was Wayne Aspinall, who held the seat from 1948 to 1972, when the 4th CD was primarily the Western Slope with Larimer and Weld counties, before redistricting in 1972.)
Cory Gardner returned the seat to GOP hands in 2010, and Buck, the former Weld County district attorney, won it easily in the last midterm election in 2014, while Gardner was beating incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall.
McCormick is a political newcomer. Her policy positions cited on her website are mainstream Democratic fare on healthcare, the environment, education and international relations.
On “individual rights,” a key issue in the independent-minded rural Eastern Plains district, is also addressed.
“By right and tradition, our Constitution considers each of us an autonomous individual, not as a member of some labeled group,” the campaign states. “People are discriminated against often due to the group they identify with, or are placed into. We are all individuals, and should be treated and held responsible as such. Thus the rights and responsibilities we enjoy should be the same for each of us. All citizens should be treated equally under the law.”
McCormick’s announcement Thursday cited her father’s 30 years in the Navy as a fighter pilot, a captain of the aircraft carrier USS America and as the Navy’s inspector general, retiring as a rear admiral.
“My family’s sacrifice for our country built a clear understanding of what it means to be an American and how we have an individual responsibility to stand up for the values that built our democracy,” she said in a statement.
McCormick has lived in Longmont 22 years, and her husband, Gregg Perry, is a Colorado native who owns and runs an auto repair shop. They have three daughters. Her announcement talks about how she volunteered to teach English at Intercambio and serves on the board for of Project V.E.T.S., as well as how she built her veterinary business.
“With the experience of 33 years of practicing veterinary medicine, building a two person practice into one grossing over 2 million dollars a year with 24 employees, Dr. McCormick knows first-hand about job creation and business development,” her campaign said. “This field requires constant problem solving skills and the ability to make decisions that benefit a growing business while delivering important and affordable services to the public.”
The campaign also provided testimonials from friends.
“Having known Karen for over 22 years I can say that she is one of the most diplomatic people I know,” local physician William Benedict stated. “She is intelligent and willing to sit down with others of various viewpoints in a civil and respectful way. We need our representation in Congress to use reason in approaching the challenges of the modern world. I am tired of our present Congressional representatives erecting barriers and resisting progress with undemocratic roadblocks. Karen has my full support to bring problem solving and sensibility to Washington D.C.”
A group of liberal advocacy organizations for the first time released combined legislative scorecards this week, conglomerating assessments of the 100 Colorado lawmakers’ votes last session on key legislation the organizations said they plan to present to voters next year. A Republican who received among the lowest overall scores, however, dismissed the endeavor as a “political stunt” and told Colorado Politics he doubts the predictable rankings — Democrats good, Republicans bad — give voters any meaningful information.
State Senate Republicans introduced a sweeping bill on Monday adapted from similar efforts across the country that would establish new rules around abortion services in Colorado with an eye to lowering the number of abortions performed in the state. The bill sped into committee Wednesday, leaving opponents playing catch up.
NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado called a hasty tele-press conference before the hearing, sounding warnings against the bill.
“This is literally ten elements of anti-choice legislation pushed by national groups like Americans United for Life all jammed into one bill,” said executive director Karen Middleton.
Democratic congressional candidate Morgan Carroll said Friday she is opposing Amendment 69, the Colorado ballot measure known as ColoradoCare, saying that problems with health care costs and coverage need solutions at the national level.
Aurora Public Schools Board member Eric Nelson politely refused on Saturday to withdraw from a Democratic primary race even as Democrats increased pressure on the candidate to “admit to himself that the charade is over.”
Following a conversation with Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio on Friday, Nelson said he would consider a request that he bring an end to his campaign in the face of reports he has fabricated advanced degrees, pretended to be a retired military officer and concealed a lengthy criminal background, Palacio told The Colorado Statesman.
An interesting thing happened on the way to NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado’s 2016 Annual Gala and Silent Auction: after an escalation of both physical and legislative attacks on reproductive rights over the past year, it is on track to be one of our biggest events ever in terms of attendance. We are including a very special award to Vicki Cowart and in honor of the staff of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains for their leadership and literal courage under fire after the domestic terrorism attack on the Colorado Springs clinic. They truly embody their motto, care “no matter what.”
Our event’s success reflects what we know: Colorado is a pro-choice state, and we have been since before NARAL was founded 40 years ago.
Ten Year Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … The race for the Republican nomination for governor was steaming up. John Marshall, campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, demanded that GOP rival Marc Holtzman immediately fire his campaign manager