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The Colorado legislature wants to stop tiny committees from having the power to appoint state lawmakers

The Colorado legislature is trying to expand the number of people who sit on powerful vacancy committees charged with selecting replacements for state lawmakers who step down in the middle of their terms. Right now the committees, which have the ability to select a state senator or representative who can for years represent tens of […]

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“A fighting tone”: Colorado Republicans are heading into the 2022 legislative session on the offensive

Republicans in the Colorado legislature have been mostly playing defense over the past three years. But that posture is changing in 2022, an election year that will determine whether conservatives will remain relegated to the sidelines of Colorado politics.  This year, Republicans are going on the offensive.  Republicans see the 2022 legislative session that began […]

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State Rep. Dave Williams launches primary challenge to Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn

State Rep. Dave Williams, a hard-line and sometimes-controversial Republican, launched a primary bid Tuesday to unseat longtime U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn.  “Lamborn’s lack of effective leadership and compromised integrity have cost our community dearly over the last 15 years,” Williams said in a written statement announcing his campaign. Lamborn has represented the Colorado Springs-based 5th […]

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Colorado Republicans want to win over unaffiliated voters in 2022. Can they do it if their base is still focused on 2020?

Kristi Burton Brown, chairwoman of the Colorado GOP, appeared at a gathering of Republicans in Jefferson County this summer where she talked about how the party can attract unaffiliated voters and finally win again in 2022. Candidates need to look forward and talk about keeping taxes low and school choice, she said. “We have to […]

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Republicans propose big changes to Colorado’s elections, including scaling back mail and in-person voting

A group of Republican state lawmakers has introduced a slate of bills to reshape Colorado’s gold-standard election processes, including a proposal that would require voters to request a mail ballot instead of automatically receiving one and require vote counting to finish on Election Day.  It’s unlikely that any of the proposals will get traction in […]