Imran Awan, Former Aide to Diana DeGette Arrested

The mainstream media was quick to forget about the strange case of Democrat Congressional aide Imran Awan.

But, this story needs to see the light of day.

Read Philip Giraldi’s recent article below:

I wrote an article on the strange case of Imran Awan about two months ago. To summarize it briefly, Awan, his two brothers and wife, naturalized U.S. citizens born in Pakistan living in the Washington DC area, found employment as IT administrators in the House of Representatives working for as many as 80 Democratic Party congressmen. Even though they may have had little actual training in IT, they insinuated themselves into the system and were paid in excess of $5 million over the course of ten years, chief-of-staff level pay, while frequently not even showing up for work. They even brought into the arrangement a frequent no-show Pakistani friend whose prior work history consisted of getting recently fired by McDonald’s.

Along the way, their security files were never reviewed. They were involved in bankruptcies, bank fraud and other criminal activity, but their troublesome behavior was never noticed. They were on bad terms with their father and step-mother, which including forging a document to cheat their step-mother of an insurance payment and even holding her “captive” so she could not see their dying father. Their father even changed his last name to dissociate himself from them.

Imran Awan, the leader of the group, worked particularly for Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who was, at the time, also the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Though he had no clearance and was not supposed to work with classified material, he and his family obtained password access to congressional files and Imran himself was able to enter Wasserman-Schultz’s own personal iPad computer which linked to the server used by the Democratic National Committee.

Read the rest on UNZ: http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/more-on-imran-awan/

Political Violence in the Age of Personal Technology

June 14th’s shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise has quickly faded into the past in the age of near-instant news cycles.

Yet, anyone concerned with the future of our state, our country, and our civilization should pay attention to the uptick of violence being used as a political tool.

The United States is no stranger to political violence.

Since our founding, we have seen rebellions, assassinations, riots, political insurrections, and even a war of secession.

Yet, in the 21st-century, recent technological developments have changed the nature of political violence:

Cell phones, the Internet, and the Personal Technology Revolution (PTR)

With nearly every American, from pre-teen to senior citizen, having a cellphone with them 24 hours a day, we have never been more connected.

The general trend of increasing access to information is having a tremendous impact on potential political activists.

As witnessed from the Wikileaks publications, government leaks and the now ever-present threat of computer hackers, previously restricted and private information is finding its way into the public domain.

Foreign Policy even went so far as to call the 2010 Tunisian Revolution, “The First Wikileaks Revolution.”

As Julian Assange, Anonymous and Edward Snowden become cult heroes to disaffected youth, we can only expect a growth in cyber-activism.

We can expect this cyber-activism to be more ideological based, as polarization increases and new extremes develop on both the Left and the Right.

PTR leading to increasing political polarization

Whether it is Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm or Google leading search results to specific “ideological agreeable” websites, our human tendency is to search out and promote what we agree with and avoid what we don’t agree with.

The social media experience for most Americans is being constantly bombarded with content that you “Like” and rarely if ever seeing anything you don’t like.

On my newsfeed, for example, I only see posts calling Democrats evil, warning of the soon-to-come Islamic invasion of America or highlighting the crimes of illegal aliens.

Of course, my newsfeed is tailored to my own preferences, interests, and friends, but, as technology and content continue to develop, a very narrow spectrum of political thought emerges for each of us.

This is true of those of us on the right and those on the left.

What this causes is a feedback loop that leads people to only experience a spectrum of political thought that reinforces previously held beliefs.

To put it simply, if someone only listens to “Alex Jones” type content, they will begin to see the world through the viewpoint of “Alex Jones.”

Over time, this may lead the social media user to believe that “their” narrow spectrum of political thought is shared by the majority, and that all others are in the minority.

This may also convince some that the use of violence is justified because they are constantly being exposed to information that reinforces that viewpoint.That’s why, as the PTR continues, I believe we will see increasing political violence.

That’s what happened to James Hodgkinson, Timothy McVeigh, and countless others.

That’s why, as the PTR continues, I believe we will see increasing political violence.

I hope I am wrong.

The Republican Party Deserve Better Than Another Darryl Glenn

The 2016 Elections

“Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing” is a quote long attributed to UCLA football coach Henry Russell “Red” Sanders, and the 2016 elections proved just that.

In 2016, Donald Trump pulled off one of the greatest political upsets of all time.  

With him be brought the type of campaign and marketing that make P.T. Barnum and Teddy Roosevelt look soft-spoken.  

At the same time Mike Coffman stared the political grim reaper in the eye and once again survived November unscathed.  

Regardless of how you feel about Trump or Coffman, they showed that hard work wins elections.

Yet in a year of political ups and downs, Darryl Glenn started at the bottom and got nowhere.

Where Donald Trump flew to battleground states and argued for his vision of America, Mike Coffman hit the streets talking to voters and winning their votes.

Where even the Senate Republicans fought the good fight and held onto their single-seat majority, Darryl Glenn remained all but invisible.

Now, almost a year later, with Darryl Glenn jumping head-first into the Congressional primary against sitting Representative Doug Lamborn and Owen Hill, it’s important to look back on why Darryl Glenn lost his Senate campaign.

There’s quite about you can say about Darryl Glenn’s loss.  Even now, looking back makes it all seem crazy and cartoon-like.

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Darryl Glenn’s Cartoon-like TV Ad

 Did Glenn Lie on the Campaign Trail?

Just mere hours after Glenn handedly won the Republican nomination, the campaign was plague by one gaffe after another as stories about Glenn’s past assault charge started to emerge.

At first Glenn denied he ever went to jail.  

Within 48 hours he changed his story to blame somebody with the same name, then his brother, and the DNC.

It seemed like everybody was to blame but Glenn.  

So it came as no surprised that ultimately he laid blame to his father with a story that just didn’t pass the smell test.

It wasn’t just that his story seemed fishy.  It seems very unlikely that somebody would forget going to jail.

As I was soon to find out, half-truths and the blame game were seemingly the norm for Darryl Glenn.  

After hearing about his announcement this week, I reached out to numerous donor and political consultants around Colorado about Glenn.

Not surprisingly many thought Glenn himself cost Republicans the Senate on the sole issue that Darryl Glenn refused to put in the work and simply couldn’t be trusted.

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One donor stated on a condition of anonymity, “I remember after the primary Darryl Glenn had told Kyle Clark that his fundraising was going well… Darryl told me the exact same thing… then a couple of weeks later the news said the campaign was $200,000 in debt.” The donor continued, “After that Darryl Glenn claimed he forgot about his night in jail and kept changing his position on Trump almost daily… I felt like he was never honest with me.”

That was only one of numerous stories I was told by people who still feel a bad taste in their mouth about Darryl Glenn.  

Who am I to argue with them?  

For months after Cory Gardner won his U.S. Senate seat the RNC was practically foaming at the mouth to take out Michael Bennet.  They went so far as to state it publicly.

Yet after months of being lied to, after dealing with a campaign that refused to make fundraising a priority, the story amongst the political consultants I talked to is that Darryl Glenn is too lazy and too dishonest to work with.

in a game where winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing… in a game where redistricting and the future of Colorado is on the line… in a game where hard work and honesty are valued, Colorado and the Republican Party deserve better than Darryl Glenn.

For the people of the fifth Congressional district, you deserve better as well.

Never Forget

Slap on the sunscreen and fire up the grill, but let’s not forget what we’re celebrating on July 4th.

241 years ago, less than 3% of our Nation’s men mobilized to take on tyranny, by declaring independence from Great Britain .

The great pain of war would follow, but for these men, and hopefully for you me, the fight to preserve our Natural rights of life, liberty, and property was worth the sacrifice.

It is believed for every twenty able men serving in the war, one lost his life.

Look at what these great men of liberty had to say during that time period:

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.– George Washington 

My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!  – Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. – Thomas Jefferson

The question is, not what rights naturally belong to man, but how they may be most equally and effectually guarded in society. – Roger Sherman

So, today as we hang out with family and friends gazing upon the fireworks lighting up the sky, let us use that moment to remember how blessed we are to live in this great land of liberty we call the United States of America.

Then tomorrow let’s get back to work because as Thomas Paine said, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.

Happy Independence Day from the team at Colorado Citizen Press.

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with the Lowest-rated Legislator (according to the Progressive Left)

On June 26, Colorado’s Progressive Network put out a scorecard for each of Colorado’s 100 State Legislators.

The score is a compilation of ratings from eight (8) Colorado Liberal Groups:

One Colorado,

Conservation Colorado,

Colorado Education Association,

Colorado AFL-CIO,

Women’s Lobby of Colorado,

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition,

NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, and

Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado

As expected, most Democrats scored very high and most Republicans scored low – with the most conservative Republicans at the bottom of the barrel.  There are a total of 54 Democrats and 46 Republicans in both the Senate and House chambers.

The rating of 1 to 100 (100 being the best for the liberals) features 36 Democrats getting perfect scores of 100 and all the rest scoring in the 90’s, except one slipping down to 87 (unfortunately due to his role on the Joint Budget Committee).

Only two Republicans managed to get into the 60’s (Sen. Don Coram and Rep. Dan Thurlow) while most of them (21) landed in the teens.

However, four House Republicans (zero Senate Republicans) managed to push their voting records into the single digits.  And one, the lowest score and perhaps the least favorite legislator of Colorado Liberals is Rep. Tim Leonard with only a score of 7.

On June 30th, we met with Rep. Leonard to ask him what he thought about being the legislator with the lowest Progressive score.  

Here’s our exclusive interview:

Citizen Press: Representative Tim Leonard, thank you for speaking with us today.

Rep. Leonard:  Always a pleasure to met with you.

Citizen Press: How does it feel to be the lowest rated legislator according to Colorado’s Liberal Progressives?

Rep. Leonard:  (laughing)  It feels great!  But did you realize our new generation of Progressives are so radical that they don’t even liked to be called “liberals” anymore?  

A low rating from these groups is a requirement for me – and they don’t expect anything else either.  They know me and we pleasantly pass on having to lobby each other.  Good people, but their ideas get hashed about every 50 years or so – just as a second generation is forgetting the conversations of their grandparents.  The Communists/Marxists in Woodrow Wilson’s day and the Communists/Socialists in Kennedy’s Day.  The same ideas are back based around the same theme:  I want more without having to work for it.  This has been our condition since Day One.  Wasn’t that Adam and Eve’s problem?  Having everything and then wanting a little more.

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Rep. Tim Leonard received the lowest rating from Colorado’s Radical Left

So ranking lowest on this scale means I was a staunch defender of our constitutional rights, limited government, and fiscal responsibility.  Which I am.  I don’t get distracted with all the social issues and agenda items of these special interest groups.  So thanks to them for helping me define myself to my constituents.  I hope they blast out that scorecard.

Citizen Press: Were you surprised by any of the ratings?

Rep. Leonard:  Not at all.  This year there were a lot of radical bills put out in the House where the Democrats had the majority.  And since the Democrats are trained, ordered actually, to vote one way, there is a guarantee that those bills will pass out of the House.  The most radical ones, which these groups hand up to their favorite Democrat, pass with only Democrat votes.  It always amazes me though to see how lockstep the Democrats are in voting.  It makes me wonder what principles really form their debates.  Even after the Bernie/Hillary conflicts, I thought there would be more discussion in the Democrat Party on ideas.  Guess not.

Citizen Press: Do you believe that this rating could hurt you during your 2018 reelection campaign?

Rep. Leonard:  Are you kidding me?!  I have to figure out how to make a mailer out of this!

Just look at these organizations.  They are pure activists and lobby groups.  They funnel money from leftist billionaires in New York and California and then shuffle the funds around to each other to make themselves look bigger.  Eight different groups with only three main purposes:  keep abortions legal, plentiful, and subsidized;  create as many special groups that are not heterosexual to give the appearance of something other than the tiny minority they are, and then convey on them special rights to be intolerant to others; and third, divide the rest of the good people of Colorado into more separate groups like women, workers, immigrants etc, so they can make everyone angry at everyone and “fight for our rights!”  Conservatives like me just look at all these groups and call them Americans living in America with the greatest form of government, a Constitutional Republic, and the best economic system, free enterprise.  We are all in this together, so why spew so much division.  Unless it gains them more power in a more powerful government.  Hmmmm.

Whoops, I forgot two groups:  teachers unions and earth worshipers. Now I’m not talking about teachers and conservationists.  I’m talking about the unions that take cuts out of every teacher’s paycheck every month and use it to grow a bigger public education machine by funneling tax money toward themselves.  And I’m talking about environmentalists that view the earth and its resources at a higher value than mankind and our quality of life.  I am not talking about being good stewards of the land, water, animals, and air that we have been given to enjoy and use wisely.  I am talking about those that think the Earth is the deity and Man subservient.  

Did you look at some of the bills these groups thought were so important as to rate them as defining their organization?  These are the bills they think that the average working family in Colorado puts above the freedom to just live their lives without government in their way every time they turn the corner:

The Right to Change your Birth Certificate  — so if you change the gender with which you identify, you can change you birth certificate so your past gender doesn’t haunt you in the future.

Keep funding a children’s survey that asks every personal question imaginable about sexual identity, activity, and homosexuality.  Just reading the survey will make you blush if you don’t live in the world of sexual exaggeration.  I think that’s called lasciviousness.

Or how about the bill to ban counseling to kids under 18 years old to help them work through their hormonal changes.  This bill would have made it illegal to help them with their heterosexuality, but legal to push them into the homosexual behaviors and lifestyle.

These are just some of the bills they rated.  These eight groups think this is what Coloradans “value” over constitutional rights, good choices in public schools, well-maintained roads, and a dependable law enforcement and court system.  Are they crazy?  These groups are so wrapped up in their obsession with acceptance of homosexual behavior and the guilt-free killing of innocent unborn babies, that they think the rest of us are, too.  

Well, news flash:  my votes against these bills and for other bills that they objected to, like the free exercise of religion, are what the voters in my district want.  Sensible, simple, and sound government.  Not radical yelling by radical groups whipping up noise for their own agendas.

Sorry, that was kind of a long answer – I got whipped up there.

Citizen Press:  What do you think about some of the Republicans with high ratings in the 40’s, 50’s and even two in the 60’s?

Rep. Leonard:  These Republicans only hurt the Republican brand.  It’s like owning a coffee shop that starts selling more and more food and drinks.  Pretty soon, when folks ask where a good coffee shop is around here, you don’t even come to mind.  Stick with what you love and get better at it.  Republicans have a knock-out platform:  full of liberty, freedom, individual responsibility, free market solutions, and limited Constitutional government.  I love it and promote it every chance I get.  And that means every bill I vote on, I read; and I ask myself if this new law will make our citizens more free to choose, families more free to raise and educate their kids, and business more able to keep the fruits of their labor.  That’s why I vote No on all the Liberal bills – they just want to expand government into every area of our lives.

Back to our lukewarm Republicans.  If their voters, and us fellow legislators, cannot count on them to vote according to the party platform, then we’d be better off with them switching to the Democrat Party and getting the Dems upset with spoiling their brand.  But at least they would have to fight their party less and could go home feeling good about all the money they gave to every group that walked in the door and how they solved problem after problem with the Big Smart Hand of Government.

Good ideas come from an exchange of thoughts based upon different principles so each side can better understand the view of the other.  Republicans that don’t understand what they should stand for do no service to anyone; they are just reeds blowing in the wind.

Citizen Press: Thank you for discussing the score card, if you have time, we would like to get your input on a few more issues facing Colorado.

Rep. Leonard:  Ok, shoot.

Citizen Press: Where do you think the future of politics in Colorado is going?  Will we see Republicans take back control of the State House?

Rep. Leonard:  I am no political analyst, nor do I have any desire to predict a bigger picture.  And personally, while I see the value in a majority in each chamber, my stomach turns over when the Republicans that got us that majority forget their platform and vote according to another worldview.  I’m a big believer in the End Never Justifies the Means.  When you add that to my knowledge that we have a big God, then anything is possible – all I have to be responsible for is my own words and actions.  God will take care of the rest.

Citizen Press: So you’re not really going to answer my question.  Alright, how about the national political scene.  Does it affect your job here in the State Capitol?

Rep. Leonard:  I just got asked by another newspaper today on my opinion about the health care discussions going on in Washington.  Maybe the media is seeing a growing trend on the affect of Washington’s decision on the common man.  A concept I think is a shame.  We should be so free to live our lives that the chit chat that comes from Washington ought never affect our everyday lives.  Now the President signs an Executive Order on one day, and my health insurance penalty is immediately postponed.  That’s not the way to run a government.  And not the design of our founding fathers.

Ok. Washington.  Yes, I think when Obama was in, the Democrats were emboldened to push their agenda of big government funded with lots of taxes.  The Republican’s heads were spinning playing defense.  A lot of freedoms were lost.  Now the energy is reversed and the Democrats are spinning in defense, except the Republicans are not scrambling to get those liberties back.  That’s the crying shame.  Obamacare needs to be repealed.  Immediately and thoroughly.  The tragedy is that the longer it exists, the tougher it is to transition to a free market system.  Hey, if a thousand businesses in the middle of the desert in Las Vegas can get ten thousand pounds of seafood every day to a hundred thousand happy customers, then the market can figure out how to match doctors and patients without the government.

Washington needs to let us keep our fuel tax revenue so we can build our own roads without their interference.  And they need to stay out of our schools – we don’t need their Common Core program so another round of educrats can get their hands on tax money.  And we certainly don’t need all their interference in welfare!  Among the Feds, the State, and the Counties, we have so many programs that we need programs to manage programs!

Citizen Press: In your opinion, what are the defining issues of the 2018 election season going to be?

Rep. Leonard:  Well I know sanctuary city issues will be coming up because I hear about new Democrat candidates running solely on that issue.  The just don’t get it:  all that regular Coloradans hear when Democrats talk about sanctuary cities is that they want to harbor illegal criminals and give them special rights that the rest of us don’t have.   Meanwhile the liberals work overtime to change the legal vocabulary written in Federal Code, “illegal aliens”, to undocumented immigrants so the audience will sympathize with a foreigner who wants to come to America but just doesn’t have his paperwork together.  That worked for a few years, but pictures of the endless streams of 20-year-old men coming to Europe and leaving their mothers and sisters behind in their war-torn country while they terrorize little Swedish and Belgian towns, is not playing any more.  Folks are waking up that refugees are coming in for a different reasons than their great-grandparents.

Medicaid expansion will have to be dealt with.  With Obamacare pushing 1,400,000 Coloradans into Medicaid, the State is now spending $6,600,000,000 on these folks who are now longer the poorest and most needy among us.  Can anyone honestly say that 1 out of 5 Coloradans is too poor to care for themselves?  For perspective, free public education has been in our state Constitution since its ratification in 1876.  It now cost the state $5.5B to educate 866,000 public school students.  Look how health care welfare has pushed by that in only four years!

It will take some fiscal discipline to handle these issues and I hope we have some Republicans ready to lead and stay together on budget problems.  Minority Leader Patrick Neville has been great along with the rest of the Republican House leadership team.  Maybe a chiropractic adjustment for a few others will help their spine.  I know I will do my job.  And hopefully get a woefully low rating again next year from those wanting to explode our budget.

Citizen Press:  Well, thanks for taking the time today to give our readers an idea of what a non-liberal progressive sounds like…

Rep. Leonard:  Oh, there’s still more where that came from!

Citizen Press:  I’m sure there is, but enough for today.  Thanks for your time.  (And good coffee, by the way.)

Rep. Tim Leonard serves in the State House for Colorado House District 25 representing western Jefferson County.

Multimillionare Polis Complains of Money in Politics

Jared Polis, Colorado’s far-left candidate for Governor has pledged to reject corporate or PAC money for his campaign.

Our question, does that include his own corporate money?

Fundraising Email Complains of Corporate Money in Politics
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The above image is a screenshot of a fundraising email that Jared Polis sent out on June 24th. He quickly complains about corporate money and also claims he will cap donations at $100 from individuals for his campaign for Governor.

He says he doesn’t want corporate money in politics, but the truth is, without his own corporate money, he wouldn’t be a politician!

A quick search on OpenSecrets.org shows that Rep. Polis is the second wealthiest Congressman:OpenSecrets

Polis made his fortune creating an online business and he deserves the money he made. Yet, his career as a liberal Democrat is all about attacking people with money.

Another interesting point is that Polis is refusing to take corporate money for his Governor campaign, yet he had no problem taking it during the last election cycle for Congress.

OpenSecrets.org has the data:
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Not to mention, Polis has his own PAC, Fearless PAC, which spent over $600,000 in the 2016 election cycle. LINK

So, where will Jared Polis get money for his Governor campaign?

Corporate & PAC money of course…

Money from his own corporation & PAC!

Masterpiece Cakeshop’s Case to be Heard in Supreme Court

How about some good news?

As you may know, Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop has been standing strong on his belief in traditional marriage.

And his perseverance is paying off. Denver 7 reports:

Masterpiece Cakeshop owner says he’s lost 40% of business, welcomes SCOTUS hearing

by: Blair Miller

DENVER – The owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, whose case involving his denial to make a cake for a gay couple was taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday after being declined nearly a dozen times, says the lower court’s decision, which will now be argued in front of the nation’s highest court, has caused him to lose business and that he’s received threats.

Jack Phillips spoke with his attorneys from the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative group that took up his case, after the Supreme Court decided it would hear oral arguments in his case sometime later this year.

In a prepared statement, Phillips said that after 23 years of being open, the shop is losing business after the Colorado Supreme Court last August declined to review the case, agreeing with a Colorado Court of Appeals decision that said the shop could continue to enforce its religious beliefs, but not while operating as a business in Colorado.

Read the rest of Denver Channel’s article here.

Rep. Williams isn’t Hispanic Enough According to “Rape-Whistle” Joe Salazar

The Intolerant Left?

State Representative Joe Salazar (D-Thornton) is under fire today for disparaging racial comments recently targeted at a Republican colleague.

Speaking at a North High School in Denver, Salazar ripped State Representative Dave Williams (R-Colorado Springs) decrying him as a “half Latino” while trashing legislation to ending Sanctuary illegal immigration policies in Colorado.

Rep. Williams, who is of Hispanic dissent, has also been denied membership to the presumably nob-partisan Colorado Latino Caucus.

Rep. Williams responded on the house floor late this morning saying “I’m sorry that my surname doesn’t match my ethnicity or my heritage, but I’m proud of who I am and where I come from.”

Witnesses of today’s exchange report Salazar was seen laughing during and following Rep. Williams remarks, and is refusing to apologize for his controversial remarks.

House Speaker’s “Zero Tolerance” Racism Policy

The incident is the latest test of House Speaker Crisanta Duran’s “zero tolerance” doctrine for racism as outlined in her opening day remarks:


“As speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives I will stand firm against divisive language and divisive policies … We cannot tolerate attacks on women and people of color… If we let it catch hold –if we normalize language and behavior that is simply not normal —if we do not call out hate and racism when we see it —if we do not defend our foundational values —well then our democracy itself is at risk. We must stand up for those who might otherwise be shoved down or pushed aside.”


Despite these remarks, Speaker Duran and House Democratic Leaders are refusing to rebuke Salazar’s comments.

Additionally, this hypocrisy sends the message that it’s somehow okay to discriminate against someone – to demonize, vilify and even exclude someone — simply because they are a Republican or because their parents come from different backgrounds.

This is bigoted – divisive — politics at its worst. Salazar and Duran should be ashamed. They should apologize at once.

You can watch the video here:

Douglas County Schools Supports Concealed Carry in Schools

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The measure was in support of State Legislation in Denver

Earlier this week, The Douglas County Board of Education voted to support two pro-gun bills that State Legislators were working on.

Unfortunately, one of the bills was already killed by Democrats in the State House.

That bill, HB17-1036 would have allowed anyone with a valid concealed carry permit to carry their firearm on school property.

The bill that hasn’t been killed yet is SB 17-005. If signed into law, this bill would allow trained teachers and trained school staff who have a concealed carry permit to carry their firearms on school property.

It’s refreshing to see a School Board represent pro-gun values instead of the usual fear mongering.

Of course, Douglas County is usually a lighthouse of liberty in an otherwise Blue metro area.

Looking at the Douglas County State Legislators, it’s no surprise that Rep. Patrick Neville, Sen. Chris Holbert and Rep. Kim Ransom all hail from Douglas County.

The real question is, can Douglas County Conservatives shift the political winds in Colorado?

Will they be able to keep DougCo red?

Can their influence help nearby Jefferson County which is a swing-county in regards to State Legislators?

2018 will be here soon enough and we may have an answer to those questions.

 

Why did Jeff Hays Skip out on a Debate?

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George Athanasopoulos

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Who will be the next Colorado GOP State Chair?

Following the announcement from Current Republican Party Chair Steve House, that he will not seek re-election, George Athanasopoulos (former CD-7 candidate) and Jeff Hays (current El Paso County GOP Chair) both jumped on the opportunity to become the next Colorado Republican Party Leader.

Fortunately a debate was planned, however. . .

If you haven’t heard, GOP State Chair candidate, Jeff Hayes, has changed his mind about attending an upcoming debate hosted by grassroots activists.

Hays who is considered the “establishment” choice for state chair is facing off against conservative firebrand George Athanasopoulos.

Apparently, Hays and Athanasopoulos agreed to attend the debate several weeks ago, and local Party members collected enough money to rent the venue for the debate. But with Hay’s sudden reversal those activist who worked hard to pony up the cash for the venue are now left with the bill.

To make matters worse for Hays, the folks he left hanging with the check are the same people voting in the upcoming chairman’s race.

Athanasopoulos on the other hand, confirmed that he will still attend the debate whether Hay’s shows or not.

Here is George Athanasopoulos’ response he posted on Facebook today:

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If Hays were smart he’d offer to pick up the tab. But that is a big “if” and it may be too late for him anyways.

You can find more info about Jeff Hays on his Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeff.hays.520

George Atanasopoulos has a website for his campaign to be State Party Chair Here: https://www.makecoloradoredagain.com/

What do you think?

Let us know in the comments below!