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Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 3, 20179min13910

Cole Wist, Colorado's assistant House Republican leader, says he’s “thinking seriously” about running for state attorney general in next year's election if GOP incumbent Cynthia Coffman decides to run for governor, and he expects to announce his plans within weeks, he told Colorado Politics. Coffman said months ago she was weighing a bid for governor rather than run for a second term but has yet to declare her intentions.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningOctober 27, 201711min16060

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday told a ballroom full of Republicans in Greenwood Village that a unified GOP will fulfill a key campaign pledge of President Donald Trump by enacting tax reform legislation. “I’m going to make a prediction tonight: We’re going to pass the largest tax cut in American history, and we’re going to pass it this year,” Pence told about 300 donors at a fundraiser for the Colorado Republican Party at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirOctober 19, 20174min6000

As readers no doubt are tired of being reminded, all politics is local. And whether or not the late, legendary U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill actually was the first to invoke that phrase, he surely would be proud of Colorado’s 4th Congressional District U.S. Rep. Ken Buck for embracing it this week.

To wit, Buck’s op-ed published Tuesday in his hometown paper, the Greeley Tribune. Buck may serve in a lawmaking body that places a premium on posturing over weighty, resonant and poll-tested issues of national and international bearing, but his commentary in the Tribune — bearing the headline, “Rather than wantonly eliminating the Weld County Council, elect better council members” — couldn’t be any more down-home. And it just might be unprecedented for how far afield it seems to be from the usual fodder of a sitting member of Congress.

The piece addresses an issue we reported on earlier this month and that has been in the news for some time in Greeley: a ballot proposal referred by a majority of Weld County Commissioners to disband the aforementioned county council. As Complete Colorado investigative ace Sherrie Peif informed us at the time, critics of the proposal surmise it’s retaliation for an audit of the commission by the council, which functions as sort of a watchdog over county affairs. Some even called it a power grab by the commission.

Peif then did her own impromptu poll of key political figures in the county to test if the commissioners’ proposal had any traction; it turned out to be overwhelmingly unpopular.

Enter Buck, who doesn’t pull his punches in this week’s op-ed opposing the commission’s bid to eliminate the council:

By asking the voters to abolish the Weld County Council, the commissioners seek to eliminate safeguards erected to the home rule charter and place more authority under the commissioner’s control.

The decision to place 1A on the ballot came right after the Weld County Council contracted with an out-of-state, independent firm to conduct an audit of the county commissioners. Axing your own oversight body right after they suggest improvements undermines public confidence in good government.

Buck also notes:

The county council plays an important oversight role for Weld County. Adding an extra layer of accountability in government doesn’t necessarily make government bigger. I proudly tell my colleagues in Congress that my home county is the only county in the U.S. with no county sales tax and no debt.

It’s all too easy for a member of the D.C. delegation to pepper home-state media with press releases about cyber-security or global terrorism. But to wade knee-deep into a local issue and take sides? Not so common.

Whatever Buck’s most recent ruminations about running for another political office closer to home, he evidently hasn’t lost interest in Colorado politics.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 17, 20173min2940

Chance Hill, the lone candidate for the University of Colorado Board of Regents from the Congressional District 5, tipped off Colorado to his bucks and his endorsement from Ken Buck Tuesday.

Hill’s campaign finance disclosure report will show $41,034 in donations. He has loans of $7,000 and expenses totaling $7,537.

That leaves him with a healthy $40,501 in cash on hand for the race, if one materializes.

The Republican political newcomer has sewn up some impressive endorsements so far: Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Rep. Clarice Navarro and current CU Regent Kyle Hybl, who is term-limited from running for re-election.

Buck, the Weld County district attorney before being elected to Congress to represent Colorado’s District 4 in 2014, added his name to Hill’s list Tuesday.

The congressman for District 5, Doug Lamborn, has not announced an endorsement in the race.

Here’s Buck’s endorsement letter:

I wholeheartedly endorse Chance Hill to be the next CU Regent from Colorado’s 5th Congressional District.

Chance understands that we must instill the next generation with a sense of what it means to be American–and that a proper education lies at the foundation of that cause.

America was founded on certain values that have informed our national character since our inception: individual liberty, self-government, and the value of free expression and belief.

Unfortunately, many universities throughout this country have forgotten that fostering true intellectual diversity — in an environment in which everyone learns about different viewpoints in the marketplace of ideas–is central to the mission of an institution of higher learning.

We must push back against the groupthink Leftist culture that dominates our college campuses — not to indoctrinate students into subscribing to an alternative worldview, but to challenge them to independently form their own opinions after being exposed to a variety of perspectives.

That effort will continue with the right leadership of our CU System–and I believe that Chance is the right person from District 5 to help steer the ship. He is a strong Constitutional Conservative, and he will not be afraid to challenge liberal entrenched interests and needless bureaucracy.

Chance has excelled professionally in the military and in the CIA, and I also expect him to do well in the CU arena. I encourage you to learn more about Chance at www.chanceforcuregent.com and to help him in this endeavor.

He has my full support.

Sincerely,

Congressman Ken Buck, Colorado’s 4th Congressional District
Author, “Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption Is Worse Than You Think”


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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 8, 20174min164
A collaboration of 14 Colorado anti-gun violence groups is calling on state and federal lawmakers to address the nation’s “killing fields” with tougher laws. “Public places, from parking lots to playing fields, have become killing fields,” said Marnie Kamensky, a board member for Colorado Ceasefire, one of the groups that make up the Colorado Coalition […]

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