Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMarch 6, 20182min1672

Ready Colorado, the conservative champion of school choice that is growing its profile on the state’s political scene, has tapped ride-sharing giant Uber to recruit a new vice president. The education advocacy group announced Monday it has hired Craig Hulse, “a widely respected policy and legislative expert” who most recently was Uber Technologies’ public affairs manager. Hulse led Uber’s legislative efforts for western states and for its autonomous-vehicles initiatives nationwide

Says a Ready Colorado new release:

Prior to Uber, Hulse served as the Chief of Staff for the Nevada Speaker, Director of Government Affairs for the Las Vegas Sands, Director of Government Affairs for the nation’s 50th largest school district, and in leading roles in the charter school movement and StudentsFirst.

During his time as Chief of Staff in the Nevada Assembly, Hulse helped usher in a historic set of education reforms including universal education savings accounts, tax credit scholarships for private schools, creation of an achievement school district, and exempting additional education spending from collective bargaining.

Hulse holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Nevada and a J.D. from Washburn University School of Law.

Republican-leaning Ready Colorado, led by President Luke Ragland, is both a political player and a policy advocate. Spawned a few years ago by political play makers Josh Penry and Tyler Sandberg, it aims to influence policy with an education-reform agenda at the Capitol and statewide while also supporting state and local candidates who advance that agenda. Ready backs school vouchers, charter schools, enhanced accountability measures and other touchstones of the education-reform movement.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 27, 20184min3654

The conservative Washington Free Beacon on Monday pointed out that Democratic congressional candidate Jason Crow works at a high-powered law firm that has lobbied and done legal work for gun interests at the same time he's attacked the "gun lobby" and been calling on U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman to return campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 16, 20186min4532

Democratic challenger Jason Crow on Thursday called on U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman to return campaign donations the Aurora Republican has received from the National Rifle Association and urged the incumbent to "act now to pass commonsense gun safety reform" the day after a mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 dead and 14 wounded — but the Coffman campaign dismissed Crow's demands as political posturing.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 25, 20187min1150

A Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman on Wednesday called on the Aurora Republican to unload $10,000 in campaign contributions from a fellow GOP lawmaker under fire for settling a former aide's sexual harassment complaint with taxpayer money — but a Coffman spokesman said he'd already donated the funds earlier in the day to a local nonprofit that works to empower young women.


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U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, an Aurora Republican, speaks at a meeting of the Colorado Republican Party central committee on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Colorado's Finest High School of Choice in Englewood. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)
Aurora Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman speaks at a meeting of the Colorado Republican Party central committee on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice in Englewood. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

Progressive coalition Not One Penny, which was established to fight GOP tax reform, is shelling out $200,000 in ads targeting Aurora Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and his vote on the proposed tax plan.

The Aurora Sentinel reports the ad is part of a seven-figure nationwide campaign, $200,000 of that spent here in Denver broadcast and digital ad space.

“With this vote Congressman Coffman proved that he would rather do the bidding of his wealthy and well-connected campaign donors than do what’s right for Colorado’s working families,” said Not One Penny spokesman Tim Hogan. “The bill that Congressman Coffman helped ram through the House is a taxpayer-funded giveaway to millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations, all at the expense of the middle class, and his constituents will not forget his vote.”


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The ad features several statistics, all of which show the GOP tax plan, which could see a Senate vote soon, adversely impacting hundreds of thousands of Coloradans.

Not One Penny is also targeting Republicans in Iowa, California, Maine and New York. Hogan told the Sentinel the coalition will continue to target more lawmakers who support the tax bill.

So far, the attack ads have been very strategic. The Washington Post reported in August:

Starting today, the Not One Penny campaign includes a seven-figure ad buy in eight Republican-held congressional districts, all with large numbers of white voters without college degrees, who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 but have not historically been passionate about tax cuts.

Coffman’s campaign told the Sentinel the ad contains, “outright lies.”

“Despite his political opponents’ utter disregard for the truth, he will keep fighting to fix our broken tax system,” said Tyler Sandberg, a campaign spokesman for Coffman.

Coffman voted for the House version of the bill, saying in a statement he “always believed that simplifying our tax code and reducing the tax burden on hardworking families and businesses will promote job growth and higher wages in communities all across our country.”