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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanJuly 11, 20185min438

Democratic women vote. Pay attention.  That’s the biggest message from the recent Colorado primary. Democrats and Dem-leaning unaffiliated voters as a whole outvoted the GOP 56% to 44% by the numbers. Democratic women outvoted Democratic men 60% to 40%.  Democratic women outvoted GOP women 58% to 42%. Democratic women outvoted GOP men 56% to 44%.  It’s unprecedented.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMarch 6, 20182min1753

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.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirOctober 19, 20173min4600

Douglas County Republicans have come out swinging following news this week that a national teachers union has contributed $300,000 to an independent expenditure committee supporting a union-friendly slate of school board candidates in the upcoming election. The cash windfall comes from the American Federation of Teachers, whose local affiliate Douglas County Federation of Teachers lost its power to collectively bargain with the Douglas County School District in 2012.

The county GOP announced today it is endorsing the race’s other slate of DougCo school board candidates, who support the district’s current education-reform agenda and are opposed by the union. The DougCo GOP posted a statement from county Chair Tanne Blackburn on its website and Facebook page:

“Today, the Douglas County Republican Party endorsed Randy Mills, Ryan Abresch, Debora Scheffel, and Grant Nelson for the 2017 Douglas County School Board Election. Initially, the candidates requested that the party not become involved because they did not want the race to be about politics. However, after learning of $300,000 in spending on out-of-state political consultants by the DC-based American Federation of Teachers on behalf of the Kevin Leung, Krista Holtzmann, Chris Schor and Anthony Graziano, it appears that the CommUnity Slate/Dream Team is determined to bring big politics into this race.

“We are endorsing to help level the playing field and to expose Leung, Holtzmann, Schor, and Graziano’s deception to our community. They are not conservatives and do not hold Republican values. If you typically check the R box on the ballot, you should vote for Mills, Abresch, Scheffel, and Nelson. We hope all Republicans in Douglas County will join us in support of these four…”

Blackburn added, ““Make no mistake, voting for Leung, Schor, Holtzmann, and Graziano will usher a new wave of radical liberal agenda into our schools. Don’t let our county get shAFTed.” (The upper-case AFT is a reference to the union’s acronym — in case that wasn’t clear.)

The GOP-endorsed slate, which is calling itself Elevate Douglas County, is among other things in favor of implementing the district’s as-yet unimplemented school voucher program, which has been tied up by court challenges for several years.

The union-supported slate, known as the Dream Team, is thought likely to nix the program if elected, mooting the court battle.