Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 22, 20176min976

After serving as chief of staff for the Colorado Senate Republicans for five sessions, Jesse Mallory takes over as state director of Americans for Prosperity-Colorado, the influential conservative organization announced Monday. AFP-Colorado’s previous state director, Michael Fields, was named senior director of issue education for the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a related organization, he announced on Twitter on the last day of the legislative session earlier this month.


John TomasicJohn TomasicFebruary 9, 20176min447

Thursday was Americans for Prosperity lobby day at the Capitol. The anti-tax free-market message this year was much the same as it was last year, but the headlines will be different — mainly because the state Senate president stayed on message. President Kevin Grantham, a Republican from Canon City, thanked AFP activists for their effectiveness in recent years at spreading the small-government gospel in Colorado. “You all do the hard work year-round to get out the message, promoting free markets and fiscal restraint and limiting the government to promote economic opportunity in Colorado,” Grantham said. “You’re the folks that make that happen. You’re the folks that keep us honest over here in getting those things done.”


Clifford D. MayClifford D. MaySeptember 1, 20167min420

Washington is not an easy-going town. You come here to argue policy with the big boys you should expect some rough-and-tumble. But you also should expect clean fights — no biting, no spitting, no hitting below the belt. Whatever else divides us, we all value free speech and edifying debate, right? Not exactly. Leftwing “activists” — often posing as journalists — have a habit of targeting and trolling those who deviate from the “politically correct” line. About five years ago, it became clear that a concerted effort was underway to defame me and the national security policy institute I founded just after the 9/11 attacks, along with other individuals and groups focusing on the toxic ideologies that had been gaining ground in what we now call the Muslim world. The activists’ goal was to brand us as “Islamophobes” — haters, racists and bigots who should be shunned, drummed out of the public square, made to shut the hell up.


Erica WernerErica WernerAugust 23, 20168min323

A key question looms for vulnerable Republican senators this election: If Donald Trump loses and loses big, can they still survive? With 11 weeks until Election Day, Trump's declining standing in the polls has GOP Senate candidates preparing for the worst, and they're maneuvering now to put as big a margin as they can between themselves and the top of the ticket.


Thomas BeaumontThomas BeaumontAugust 2, 20167min271

Less than four years ago, the Republican Party tapped a few respected party officials to help the GOP find its way forward. This week, one of them says she's leaving the party — driven out by Donald Trump. While not a household name, Sally Bradshaw's decision to leave the GOP rocked those who make politics their profession. The longtime aide to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was one of the five senior Republican strategists tasked with identifying the party's shortcomings and recommending ways it could win the White House after its losing 2012 presidential campaign.


John TomasicJohn TomasicJuly 17, 201613min310

The eyes of politics watchers in Colorado this year are trained on the state Senate, the only lever of legislative power Republicans in the state control and one they have worked to great effect, forcing Democrats to the negotiating table on big issues and killing bills in committee that may well have passed into law if they had just made it to the Senate floor, where Republicans outnumber Democrats by merely one vote. Democrats feel confident that they will retain their House majority in a presidential election year, when typically greater numbers of registered Democrats vote, and they’re feeling good too about their prospects for taking control of the Senate, given the fractured state of the national Republican Party and the experienced and/or energetic candidates they’re fielding for the chamber’s swing seats.


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottFebruary 4, 20166min532
Americans for Prosperity came to the Capitol Thursday — not just some of the group’s legislative specialists, but a whole crowd of liberty loving followers, who Republican lawmakers thanked for their dedication to small-government and their hard work championing conservative causes in recent years. “I want to say thanks,” said Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado […]

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