Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 13, 20185min191
Play ball! That’s what’s going on in purple-state Colorado as Democrats and Republicans get in some spring training on “tainted” donations with November elections in mind. Monday the Colorado Democratic Party was shopping around a story about a new Super PAC called Fighting for Colorado based in Washington, D.C., and led by California GOP consultant […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJanuary 11, 20185min5200

President Trump may be Tormentor in Chief to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, but by the lights of neoconservative Beltway mag Weekly Standard, it is actually Colorado’s Cory Gardner who is running the ground game against the rogue regime and its unpredictable strongman.

Indeed, writes the Standard’s Jenna Lifhits, “Gardner has the administration’s ear on Korea policy.”

In an extensive profile this week of the first-term Republican U.S. senator, whom she dubs “the Man from Yuma,” Lifhits depicts Gardner as the patient and plotting prime mover driving the increasingly hawkish U.S. response to North Korea’s nuclear buildup:

He is the point man for Asia policy in the Senate as the chairman of the East Asia and Pacific subcommittee, and he is leading a revival of Republican leadership on the region. That this is occurring as Kim Jong-un rushes to expand his nuclear capabilities is no coincidence. The Man from Yuma believes in tackling tough problems head-on.

Lifhits notes Gardner. “…applauds the Trump administration for ramping up pressure on both the North and its main trading partner, China, and for pushing for new sanctions at the U.N.” Yet, he tells the reporter:

“The administration can do more. I’m not satisfied with where they’re at right now … We could be carrying out tougher sanctions. We could be carrying out tougher enforcement. We could be forcing China, with every tool and power that we have, to toe the line when it comes to global sanctions.”

Adds the equally hawkish Standard (owned by our parent company, Clarity Media Group):

Of the potential for war with the Hermit Kingdom, national security adviser H.R. McMaster noted in December, “it’s increasing every day.” “We’re in a race,” he said, “to be able to solve this problem.”

And Gardner seems to want more resolve and more action:

He wants the Trump administration to push harder against countries that trade with the North. In July, he introduced the North Korean Enablers Accountability Act, which would require the president to block any entity or financial institution that engages in significant trade with North Korea from the U.S. financial system.

“The doctrine is maximum pressure, not maximum cajoling,” he says. “If there are 5,000 businesses in China doing business with North Korea, we need to block them. …”

The wide-ranging article also touches on the origins of Gardner’s interest in Korean and Asian affairs as well as his engagement with domestic, horse-race politics when he dons his other hat as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

And it contrasts Gardner’s upbeat, unflappable, take-the-high-road tenor — refusing to take the bait even when North Korean proxy media called him a “man mixed in with human dirt” who has “lost basic judgment and body hair” last year — with the approach of his party’s shoot-from-the-lip standard bearer:

The Colorado senator is less happy with the president’s bombastic taunting of Kim Jong-un. … he took to Twitter on January 2 after Kim warned that he had a nuclear button on his desk and the entire United States in range of his nuclear weapons. “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him,” the president wrote, “that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

“I wouldn’t have said it that way,” Gardner admits … But, he goes on, “I’m not worried about trying to figure out the relationship between the president and Twitter, I am worried about what Kim Jong-un is trying to do to the world.”


Kelly SloanKelly SloanDecember 19, 20176min3260

Roy Moore lost his bid for U.S. Senate in Alabama last week, and Democrats around the nation celebrated – rightly so, inasmuch as the victory in deepest-of-deep-red Alabama chiseled the GOP Senate majority to a bare 51-49. In their exuberance, many Democrats and liberals hailed the election as a bellwether for the mid-term elections, a catalyst setting off a chain of victories in a Democratic sweep in 2018.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 22, 201722min29620

Congressional candidate Darryl Glenn likes to tell a story about a woman he met at a farmer’s market earlier this summer. “She was an older black lady, independent,” he says. “I stopped by and introduced myself, and she was like, ‘You’re a — Republican?’” He scowled like he was sniffing a carton of milk that had turned. “‘I’ve never seen a Republican,’ she said. ‘Why should I even listen to you?’ And I was like, ‘Ma’am, I just want to have a conversation with you.’” Then he leans in, animated at the memory of their exchange.

Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 10, 201625min2230

DENVER - Protests, walkout and vigils — Oh my! Welcome to post-election Thursday, ladies and gentleman. Following the predictions of a social and financial apocalypse, the sun rose to find what appears to be a peaceful transition of power. We American’s have gotten pretty good at this … By just thumbing through the pages of the internet this morning, the apparent LARGEST stories of Wednesday were civil (for the most part) protests and student walkouts. We’ve included several links of small and large gatherings across the state. Be warned — everyone these day’s apparently has a sign! Perhaps we should start selling sign making kits here at The Statesman?