Justin Everett Earns Liberty Caucus Endorsement in Race to Reclaim His State House Seat

The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado has endorsed former state representative Justin Everett as he challenges Colin Larson, a Republican who currently represents House District 22 in southern Jefferson County.  Everett previously held that seat before his run for state treasurer in 2018. “We endorsed Justin for treasurer in 2018 based on his conservative voting record and commitment to our principles of individual rights, free markets and limited government,” said Sue Moore, RLCCO chairman and organizer of the Liberty Scorecard

“Colin Larson’s voting record earned him an ‘F’ rating in 2019. He is on pace for another failing grade in 2020 and is particularly weak on bills that violate our principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility. For a Republican representing a conservative district, his voting record is particularly concerning,” said Moore.

Everett is a small business owner with an MBA and a law degree. He was raised in the district he is running to represent. Principles of Liberty, on which the Liberty Scorecard is closely modeled, rated Everett an A+ for his conservative voting record. Everett was also the Republican Liberty Caucus’ Goldwater Award recipient in 2013. “With Justin’s voting record and demonstrated commitment to liberty principles, our endorsement of him was a no-brainer,” said Moore. “Our standards are quite high. Justin has shown that he understands the proper role of government. He’s always been a supporter of our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms and he’s a strong proponent of school choice.  We’d like to see him reelected to his old seat.”

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For information, please contact Sue Moore at 303-349-6185 or smoore@rlcco.org

State Senate Candidate Doug Townsend Receives Liberty Caucus Endorsement

Doug Townsend, candidate for Senate District 31, has been endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado. Known for its high standards and commitment to liberty principles, the RLCCO requires candidates to complete an online questionnaire before being considered for an interview with the candidate review committee. “We’re not everyone’s cup of tea,” says Sue Moore, state chairman and organizer of the RLC’s Liberty Scorecard. “Our standards are quite high and a candidate has to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to our principles of personal freedom, free markets and limited government. Just having an “R” after your name and promising to cut taxes isn’t enough,” she added.

Townsend is a successful businessman with 30 years of experience as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer for large and small businesses in four states, leading and growing these companies through extremely challenging economic times. He is also a former school board president with an understanding of local vs. state control and how that balance affects student outcomes. “A state-mandated curriculum does an injustice to our students, parents and educators. There should be standards, but local control should always prevail. We also need to focus on the individual needs of each student. Those are best addressed through charter schools, vouchers, public schools, homeschool or whatever system serves each child,” said Townsend.

Townsend is running against incumbent Chris Hansen, a Democrat. Hansen is best known for his “green energy” agenda and commitment to dismantling the oil and gas industry in favor of alternative fuels and electric cars. “Chris has demonstrated that he favors ‘feel-good’ legislation over well-paid jobs that support our local schools. His voting record has earned him a solid “F” on the Liberty Scorecard. His scores have been particularly low on limited government and fiscal responsibility issues,” according to Moore. “We applaud Doug Townsend for providing Colorado voters a fiscally responsible alternative to runaway spending and job-killing legislation supported by Chris Hansen. We are proud to endorse Doug Townsend for SD31.”


For more information, please contact Sue Moore at 303-349-6185 or smoore@rlcco.org.


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RLCCO Charter Meeting Tues, Jan 29, 7:00pm

welcome to colorado, centennial state

Out with the old, in with the NEW!  

Colorado Charter Meeting, Tuesday, January 29th, 7:00pm

Let’s get organized and discuss our strategy to reclaim some common sense on Colorado’s political scene.

A Colorado baker is being sued by the State again in what painfully looks like Double Jeopardy.  It’s no longer okay to tolerate transgenders.  You must be willing to celebrate them or find the boot of the State on your neck, litigating you into bankruptcy.  Where’s the tolerance there?

Boulder declared an “assault weapons ban” which makes criminals out of citizens who fail to have their weapons “certified” by the city. In other words, you can be arrested for doing absolutely nothing. In what alternate universe does this make sense?

Colorado’s Leftists are out of control and Republicans appear impotent when it comes to reigning in Big Government. What can we do?

This meeting will take place over the phone and online.

This meeting will go over information on the Republican Liberty Caucus, why it exists and best practices on how to organize in Colorado. We will discuss how to make an impact on a local level and how to advance liberty.

If you would like to get involved in the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado this is the meeting for you.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1998307143802443/

Join the Online Meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/republicanlibertycaucus

Dial-in number: (712) 775-7270

Access code: 784496#

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2018 Voter’s Guide to Ballot Issues

The official text for all these initiatives can be found on the Secretary of State’s website HERE.

Amendment V:  Lower Age Requirement for Members of the State Legislature – NO RECOMMENDATION 

 

Amendment W:  Election Ballot Format for Judicial Retention Elections – NO

Principles:  N/A

This is a solution in search of a problem.  Might decrease printing costs slightly, but the change might also confuse voters who think they are voting for all judges collectively instead of each judge individually.

  

Amendment X:  Industrial Hemp Definition – YES

Principles:  Limited government, Free markets, Property rights

By aligning our definition of “industrial hemp” with that of federal law, Colorado hemp farmers will not be disadvantaged in selling their products across state lines.

 

Amendments Y & Z:  Congressional and Legislative Redistricting – NO

Principles:  Limited government, Equal protection/Rule of law

These two are tricky.  Y refers to congressional redistricting and Z refers to legislative redistricting.  They should be considered together and voted similarly in order to remain consistent in principle.

While this amendment proposes to prevent gerrymandering by the party in power every census year, it also excludes minor parties from participating in the process. Furthermore, it places the power of redistricting into the hands of 12 people appointed by the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court and 3 former justices to create an “independent and politically balanced” board that will determine district lines.  Understand that we would be concentrating power in the hands of a few unelected, unaccountable appointees.  Recognize too, that this amendment will increase the length of the Colorado Constitution by over 12,000 words or 16% and would be extremely difficult to overturn if it doesn’t work or has unintended consequences.

 

Amendment A:  Prohibit Slavery and Involuntary Servitude in All Circumstances – YES

Principles:  Limited Government

It’s time to bury this issue.

 

Amendment 73:  Funding for Public Schools – NO

Principles:  Limited government, Equal protection/Rule of law

The reasons to oppose this are many. It does away with Colorado’s flat tax, pours more money into public schools with no accountability or guarantee of improved performance, and will tax corporations and small businesses yet again, driving them to set up shop in lower-tax states.

 

Amendment 74:  Just Compensation for Reduction in Fair Market Value by Government Law or Regulation – NO RECOMMENDATION

 

Amendment 75:  Constitutional Campaign Contributions  NO RECOMMENDATION

 

Prop 109:  Statutory Authorization of Bonds for Transportation Projects (Fix Our Damn Roads)- YES

Principles:  Limited Government, Free Markets

While not perfect, this is a huge improvement over Prop 110.  No new taxes are involved, but it does increase state debt by $3.5 billion. This initiative serves as a defensive and strategic move on the part of Independence Institute and aligned liberty groups to cut the legs out from under Prop 110, which would increase the state sales tax by a whopping 21% with very little detail about how the funds would be distributed among transportation projects. 

 

Prop 110:  Statutory Transportation Funding – NO

Principles:  Limited Government, Free Markets

See Prop 109 above.

 

Prop 111: Statutory Payday Loans – NO

Principles:  Free markets, Limited government, Individual liberty/Individual responsibility

Where there’s a willing buyer and a willing seller, there’s a free market.  Government should not be allowed to dictate the terms of payday loans.

 

Prop 112:  Statutory Setback Requirement for Oil & Gas Development – NO

Principles:  Limited government, Property rights

This is a thinly-veiled attempt to ban fracking in Colorado.  While some make the case that local governments should decide whether or not fracking should be allowed within their boundaries, this would violate the property rights of those who would like to sell mineral rights to oil & gas interests.  These setbacks would take those rights away from property owners in about 85% of cases.

 

Ballot Issue 7G:  Denver Urban Drainage and Flood Control District Tax – NO

  • *Because this initiative affects multiple front range counties (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson), we are including it in our voter guide.

Principles:  Limited government, Equal protection/Rule of law

This special taxing district is run by unelected bureaucrats who want to increase the mill levy in some counties by as much as 100%.  The district is also asking to be removed from TABOR protections under Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution, allowing them to increase the tax up to $24 million without a vote of the people. This is clearly “taxation without representation”.

Official text for 7G can be found HERE.

 

We also encourage you to vote for all Republicans on your ballot, especially our endorsees:  Tim Neville in Senate District 16, Christine Jensen in Senate District 20 and Tony Sanchez in Senate District 22.

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Clear the Bench Colorado evaluates performance of judges

Matt Arnold, RLCCO member and author of Clear the Bench Colorado has done the legwork on judicial performance.  For his analysis go to Clear the Bench Colorado

 

Three Key State Senate Races. Three Liberty Candidates. Game On.

There must be something in the water in Jefferson County.  Maybe it’s the same stuff they put in that Banquet beer up there. But if you’re a liberty-minded voter in any of the 3 state Senate races in play this fall, you’ve got a solid Constitutional conservative to vote for.  That’s unusual and a cause for celebration.  It’s also a call to arms.  We’ll get to that later.

The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado is pleased to announce our endorsements of all 3 Republican Senate candidates in JeffCo: 

Senator Tim Neville (incumbent) – SD16

Businesswoman Christine Jensen – SD20

Political Activist Tony Sanchez – SD22

Our standards are quite high and our vetting process is thorough.  Just having an R after your name doesn’t cut it.  If you aren’t steeped in the Constitution and the principles of free markets, limited government and civil liberties, you won’t get very far in the endorsement process.

That said, let’s look at our most recent endorsees.

 

Tim Neville

Tim Neville – SD16

Senator Neville has been a force for liberty over his 5 years in the state legislature.  He sponsored a bill in 2017 to allow free speech on college campuses that put a stop the practice of “corralling” student activists into a small parcel of grass somewhere far from the student body and calling it a “free speech zone.”  Of all places, Senator Neville contends, colleges should be “free speech zones” from one end of campus to the other.  This bill was signed into law on April 4, 2017.

Senator Neville was also instrumental in passing a bill to reform the practice of civil asset forfeiture. Confiscating assets from citizens on the mere “assumption” that a crime has been committed without due process has been abused by law enforcement for far too long.  SB 17-1313 passed and was signed into law on June 9, 2017.

Tim was also a sponsor of this year’s bill that would require the state to adopt “least restrictive regulations for professions and occupations”.  Unfortunately, the bill died, but will no doubt be resurrected in future legislative sessions.

Having a 5-year voting record in the Colorado legislature is both a blessing and a curse for an incumbent candidate like Senator Neville.  His Principles of Liberty grade has been a consistent A to B+ for the first 4 years of his public service.  Oddly, Senator Neville scored a D+ in 2018, mostly due to his votes on bills where there were conflicting principles at play.  Regardless, it was the determination of the RLCCO Candidate Review committee that Senator Neville has, on balance, been one of the most vocal and effective champions for liberty principles in the Colorado legislature.

 

Christine Jensen

Christine Jensen – SD 20

Born & raised in Jefferson County, Christine is a mother, grandmother and small business owner in the mortgage industry, employing about dozen people.  Christine wants to bring business sense to government, especially in the area of fiscal responsibility.  She also thinks businesses are over-regulated on the state level.

Christine has 4 kids and throughout the years has navigated public, private and charter schools, and has experience in homeschooling to boot.  She’s well-versed in the strengths and weaknesses of each system and can certainly speak the language at the legislative level.

A 2016 graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, Christine has also served as Chairman of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, and still serves as the chair of their Government Affairs committee, which she started.  She serves as liaison to the coalition of JeffCo chambers and the JeffCo Business Lobby.  Christine’s district is very similar in makeup to Sanchez’ and Neville’s, with roughly 30% Rs, 30% Ds and the rest unaffiliated or minor parties.

Christine is running against former HD24 representative Jessie Danielson.  In the 2014 election, Republican Larry Queen lost to Democrat incumbent Cheri Jahn by 435 votes out of about 68,000 votes cast.  Christine has already raised over 50% more than Queen did in 2014, and has been canvassing her district for over a year.

 

Tony Sanchez

Tony Sanchez – SD22

Tony has been an activist for conservative causes in Colorado for several years.  He ran for SD22 in 2014 and won a decisive victory in the primary over Mario Nicolais, a more moderate Republican.  Tony went on to lose the general election narrowly to incumbent Andy Kerr, who is now term-limited. 

In the interim, Sanchez created an organization called Freedom For Education, proponents of school choice, education options and skills-based education for those who don’t intend to go to college.

Tony took the fight to the Colorado Board of Education to prevent educational software and app makers from collecting any data that can be linked directly back to an individual student.  HB16-1423 is now a nationwide model for this initiative and was signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper on June 10, 2016.

Tony is opposed to President Trump’s tariff policies, is also opposed to the “Red Flag” bill that was considered by this year’s legislature and he doesn’t believe that having Republicans in control of the presidency and both houses of Congress has played out as well as it should have.  Our debt and deficit have continued to balloon out of control and the party isn’t willing to take tough stands on the budget, despite promises to the contrary.  Tony says he senses a lot of anger among his constituents on those particular subjects.

Tony is strong on gun rights and TABOR.  He feels that TABOR is the only reason that Colorado has continued to have a vibrant economy.  He also will emphasize accountability and transparency in government if elected,

Tony is running against Brittany Pettersen, the former representative for HD 28.  Pettersen is married to Ian Silverii, Executive Director of ProgressNow Colorado, an extreme left organization. 

Additional Notes:

All 3 candidates were endorsed by Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI) despite the fact that all 3 refused to back the Chamber-endorsed Initiative 153 that would increase the state sales tax by .62% to fund roads and “transportation projects”.  Instead, all 3 vocally support the Independence Institute-sponsored “Fix Our Damn Roads” amendment which will fund road and bridge repair without pork projects for bike lanes and multimodal transportation.

All 3 of these Senate races are being targeted by Democrat operatives and big money donors aligned with liberal causes.  Think carpenter’s and electrician’s unions, teacher’s unions, NARAL and other national groups trying to paint our state dark blue.

Call to Action:

As an organization, Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado seeks to identify and endorse liberty-minded candidates, then works to get them elected.  It is our view that these three candidates will defend our principles of free markets, limited government and personal freedom at the state level.  If you agree, please donate to any or all of these campaigns and volunteer to help them in their quest to defend liberty in Colorado.

www.nevilleforcolorado.com

www.tonyforcolorado.com

www.christineforcolorado.org

Republican Liberty Caucus Endorses Grady Nouis for State Legislature

The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado has endorsed Grady Nouis for Colorado House District 48 according to Sue Moore, RLC State Chairman and organizer of the Liberty Scorecard. “Our standards are quite high. A candidate has to complete an extensive questionnaire, submit to an interview with the Candidate Review Committee and demonstrate a strong commitment to our principles of individual rights, free markets and limited government. Grady is a rock-solid conservative candidate and we are proud to endorse him.”

Nouis is running in a Republican-leaning district in northern Colorado. The seat is currently held by state representative Steve Humphrey, who received an A rating on last year’s Liberty Scorecard. Endorsed by Humphrey, Nouis gained the coveted “top line” on the primary ballot by winning 100% of the vote at the Weld County Republican Assembly. Tonya Van Beber will also be on the ballot via the paid signature gathering process.

Nouis is a small business owner and the father of two homeschooled children. Van Beber is currently on the Weld County Council and is a former educator. While both claim conservative credentials, Van Beber is a newcomer to the Republican party, having switched affiliations just last year.

Nouis has been a very vocal supporter of TABOR and educational choice; red meat issues for conservatives and positions that aren’t addressed on Van Beber’s campaign website. “I truly believe that parents ought to have options for educating their kids, whether it’s in the form of a voucher system, charter schools, public schools or home schooling,” said Nouis. “Our Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights is the only thing keeping Colorado from becoming fiscally bankrupt like California” he added. “We need to protect TABOR at all costs.”

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For more information, please contact Sue Moore at 303-349-6185 or smoore@rlcco.org.


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