Trump administration Archives - Colorado Politics

Mark JaffeMark JaffeFebruary 18, 20187min165
The citizen councils in Colorado created to advise the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on local issues have been blocked from meeting for a year by Trump administration reviews and delays, setting off protests and resignations. The regional advisory councils, or RACs, were created by statute in 1995. There are three in Colorado—one each […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJanuary 23, 20183min8933

Among the president’s promises a lot of the business community and even plenty of Republicans were hoping he wouldn’t keep was his threatened crackdown on trade. But he has followed through in fits and starts, rattling his saber over aluminum imports here, appointing a free-trade skeptic as his U.S. trade rep there.

Along the way, he has drawn muted protests from those more often in his cheering section than not, like the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry, the Colorado Farm Bureau and Colorado Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner.

And now, a not-so-muted rebuke from Colorado’s burgeoning solar industry following the Trump administration’s announcement it will slap tariffs on imported solar panels. No thanks, says an industry trade group; such protectionist policies against imports are in fact more hindrance than help, the group maintains. From a press release issued Monday by the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association:

We are disappointed that the Trump administration is siding with a couple of foreign-controlled  solar companies over the broader interests of the robust U.S. solar industry. This unfortunate approach threatens potentially half a billion dollars worth of Colorado solar projects. We believe we can compete in an international marketplace and the success of solar in recent years demonstrates this.

They seem to see it as ironic backfire by an administration whose expressed intent is to bolster American enterprises and their employees and level the playing field. Nevertheless, the association says it’s not about to let the setback derail the industry from its promising trajectory:

… Now that we have the decision, the uncertainty of recent months will give way to creative solutions to keep solar moving forward.

We are excited about the opportunities ahead of us, and with our national partners at the Solar Energy Industries Association, we will move forward and continue to advocate against tariffs.

In other words, thanks all the same, but you’re not helping.


Associated PressAssociated PressJanuary 1, 20182min233
ASPEN (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says one of his priorities during his last year in office will be to keep U.S. officials from meddling in regulations his state has enacted. Colorado has worked with industry and nonprofit groups to enact model regulations, especially for the oil and gas industry, Hickenlooper told the Aspen […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 13, 20174min474
Sen. Michael Bennet is arguing that the Republican tax bill could dim the energy behind wind and solar development in states that are plugged in, such as Colorado. The Democrat from Denver signed a letter to leaders of Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee to preserve wind a solar tax credits in their […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 13, 20175min710

Pueblo Republican Tamra Axworthy said Tuesday she's done contesting the legislative vacancy election won last month by Judy Reyher and probably won't challenge Reyher in a primary — even while charging Reyher was "selected under a cloud of suspicion" and ripping the former Otero County GOP chair for "embarrass[ing] our party with racially charged offensive remarks."


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirNovember 28, 20172min16740

Fifth-generation southeast Coloradan Judy Reyher will take the baton from third-term Pueblo Republican state Rep. Clarice Navarro, who resigned her office earlier this month after being appointed executive director of the Colorado Farm Service Agency by the Trump administration. Reyher was chosen to succeed the high-profile Navarro in House District 47 by a vacancy committee Monday. From a press statement:

Delegates and Republicans from across House District 47 gathered in Fowler Monday night, at the Blackburn Community Center, to fill the vacancy established by the resignation of former State Representative Clarice Navarro. Two candidates were seeking the office, Tamra Axworthy of Pueblo and Judy Reyher of Swink. In a vote of 6-5, Judy Reyher came out as the night’s victor and will be finishing out Navarro’s term.

According to Reyher’s website, the Trinidad native, now of Swink (population 592), was heavily involved in 4-H in her youth and is a graduate of Southern Colorado State College (now CSU-Pueblo). She is a small-business owner and lifelong Republican. Here’s more:

As a business owner, Judy understands the importance of the free market with common sense government regulation to foster a vibrant economy in Colorado. …

And this:

… Been around agriculture, horses, and rodeo entire life

Another voice for ag at the Capitol, to be sure. She also has an extensive background as an activist in the state and local GOP and, among other posts, served 10 years as chair of the Otero County Republican Party.