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Joey BunchJoey BunchJuly 30, 20178min230

The week in Colorado Politics included a lot of stories from Washington, D.C., and Denver that will impact across the state. The political jockeying for next year’s elections continue, while health care, military service and the Motor City Madman found their ways into the headlines.

Here are the stories from Colorado Politics that our staff thinks will continue to be important in the days, weeks and months ahead.

 

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

5. Gardner sees a silver lining in GOP healthcare stagnation

For much of the debate over Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner was coy about how he might vote on the one-sided GOP proposal, even though he was one of the senators who helped draft it in private. He ultimately sided with his party as its proposals failed this week. Ever the optimist, Gardner also saw a victory in Democrats finally admitting their one-sided Affordable Care Act needs bipartisan TLC. “I’ve always urged Democrats to work with Republicans in a bipartisan manner,” Gardner said.

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DaVita Inc. President and CEO Kent Thiry (Photo courtesy Thiry via Twitter)
DaVita Inc. President and CEO Kent Thiry (Photo courtesy Thiry via Twitter)

4. DaVita boss Kent Thiry won’t run for governor

DaVita CEO Kent Thiry flirted with a run for governor as a Republican, a party he joined just days before his people talked to Colorado Politics in April about the possibility he might jump in. But this week, Thiry announced he’s thought better of it and will stay on the sideline next year instead.

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Ted Nugent. (AP file)

3. The Nug gives George Brauchler the nudge in governor’s race

The 1970s rocker who is the belligerent voice of heavy-metal hunting across America says George Brauchler is the man to lead Colorado. Motor City Madman Ted Nugent, with no obvious ties to Colorado, endorsed the Arapahoe County district attorney last week and called for “real American shitkicker BloodBrothers in Colorado” to support him, too. Is this good for Brauchler?

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U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet delivers a speech about Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act on the floor of the Senate on Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Photo via YouTube)
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet delivers a speech about Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act on the floor of the Senate on Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Photo via YouTube)

2. Bennet calls Republicans scared and disgraceful

Colorado senior Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Denver, emerged as one of the most forceful and vocal opponents to Republicans’ (ultimately failed) efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare this past week. “In Colorado, people want politicians who don’t say one thing during the campaign and another thing when they govern,” Bennet said of President Trump’s promise for comprehensive and compassionate care.

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Staff Sgt. Patricia King became the U.S. Army’s first transgender infantryman this year when she came out to her commanders. King, pictured outside Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, has been serving in the Army for 16 years. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

1. Coloradans outraged by Trump plan to ban transgender military service

While Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs and one of his Republican primary challengers, state Sen. Owen Hill, were good with President Trump’s tweeted proposal to ban transgender people from serving in the military, Colorado’s Democratic leaders were aghast by the notion.

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 7, 20175min461

A national Democratic fundraising group that backs women running for office endorsed Colorado gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy on Wednesday. “Colorado has a long history of strong women’s leadership, but has never before elected a woman as governor,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock in a statement. “Cary will not only break through that glass ceiling but will bring all Coloradans with her.”