2020 Legislative Recap: The Good, The Bad, and the Just Plain Silly

The 2020 Colorado Legislative Session was one for the history books. A truncated session with a10-week temporary adjournment, one would think there wasn’t enough time to introduce new legislation of any real consequence. One would be wrong.

The Republican Liberty Caucus, also known as “the Conscience of the Colorado GOP” reads and rates bills as they are introduced at the Capitol. The Caucus recommends either “support” or “oppose” positions based on the principles of individual rights, free markets and limited government. We then compare our positions with the votes of each legislator and run the Liberty Scorecard. Of the 711 bills that were introduced – 65 more than 2019 – we rated 449 and recorded over 3,000 votes that took place in committee hearings as well as floor votes in each chamber. The results paint a picture of which legislators embrace conservative ideals and which do not.

The RLCCO is in a unique position to provide a recap of the session, summarizing the bills that were good, those that were bad, those that had the most impact on the citizens of Colorado, and just for fun, those bills that we considered silly and that never should have seen the light of day.  Following is our recap.

Good Bills

HB20-1040: Concealed Handguns on School Grounds

Sponsored by RLCCO’s Goldwater Award winner Rep. Patrick Neville, this bill would have allowed a person with a concealed carry permit to carry a handgun on public school property. Not surprisingly, this one died in committee.

HB20-1169: Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation

Also known as “Right to Work”, this bill would have prohibited an employer from requiring union membership or payment of union dues as a condition of employment. This was sponsored by Representatives Ransom and Neville in the House, and Senators Gardner and Marble. Another DOA. 

HB20-1144: Parent’s Bill of Rights

This common-sense bill sponsored by Rep. Rod Pelton, is another one that died on a party line vote in the “kill committee,” House State, Veterans and Military Affairs. It would have set forth specific parental rights related to directing the upbringing, education, and health care of a minor child. This was somehow offensive to the Democrat party.

HB20-1326: Create Occupational Credential Portability Program

A bi-partisan sponsored bill that was introduced early in the session, this one gained steam after the COVID-19 outbreak when governors in most states decided to allow health care workers to practice where needed, across state lines, without applying for new licenses and credentialing. The bill includes many other professions and was one of the few good bills passed in this session. It was sponsored by Representatives Bird and Van Winkle, and Senators Gardner and Lee.

HCR20-1002 & SCR20-002: Legislative Oversight of Governor Emergency Powers

These were continuing resolutions that were introduced by Republicans in both chambers.  They would have amended the Colorado Constitution so as to restrain the Governor from extending a declared state of emergency beyond 30 days without a 2/3 vote of the General Assembly. This issue would have been referred to the ballot, but died in the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs committee.


Bad Bills

SB20-205: Paid Sick Leave

One of many late bills introduced, this one requires that employers with 16+ employees in Colorado provide paid sick leave to each employee. Beginning January 1, 2021, all employers in Colorado must provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 48 hours per year. The fiscal note was fairly small, but the impact on business will be large.

HB20-1001: Nicotine Product Regulation

While less impactful than many bills introduced this session, this bill is an unapologetic expansion of government in the lives of Colorado citizens. It interferes with the individual freedom and personal responsibility of legal adults. It raises the minimum age to purchase cigarettes, tobacco products, and nicotine products from 18 years old to 21 years old. This bill was co-sponsored by Republicans Colin Larson and Kevin Priola and was passed.

HB20-1155: Higher Efficiency New Construction Residence

Current law requires a home builder to offer a buyer of a new home a solar panel system or solar thermal system, or to prewire for them. This would add a requirement to prewire for or to provide an electric vehicle charging station to new homes, thus increasing the cost of building and consequently the price of homes in Colorado. It is notable that this bill was co-sponsored by Kevin Priola, a Republican. It passed.

HB20-1143: Environmental Justice and Projects Increase Environmental Fines

This bill increases the maximum per day civil penalty for air and water quality violations in Colorado that can be sought by the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The maximum per day penalty for air quality violations is increased from $15,000 to $47,357, and the maximum per day penalty for water quality violations is increased from $10,000 to $54,833. Another direct attack on oil and gas in Colorado. This bill also allows for criminal penalties. It passed.

HB20-1415:  Whistleblower Protection Public Health Emergencies

This bill prohibits a business owner from discriminating, retaliating, or taking adverse action against any worker who raises concerns about workplace health and safety practices. In the age of COVID, this bill is a trial lawyer’s dream and is broadly supported by unions. It passed.

HB20-1427: Cigarette, Tobacco and Nicotine Products Tax

One of Governor Polis’ priorities going into this year’s session, this is a referred ballot initiative that would raise $83 million to $168 million in new tobacco taxes to fund pre-school and various health initiatives. Because sin taxes are easy to justify and smokers are an easy target, it passed.

Bills With The Greatest Impact

SB20-100: Repeal the Death Penalty

Though Colorado hasn’t executed anyone since 1997, this bill will take the death penalty off the table for crimes committed after July 1, 2020. The governor commuted the death sentences of the last 3 men on Colorado’s death row after signing the bill into law. It should be noted that this issue was most recently referred to the ballot in 1974 when 61% of Colorado voters were in favor of capital punishment.

SB20-215: Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise

This bill creates the Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise which imposes new fees on hospitals and insurance companies to shore up the Reinsurance program. By declaring it an “enterprise”, this fee increase skirts TABOR restrictions and is a thinly-veiled tax that is used to subsidize health insurance plans that are purchased by low-income individuals. 

HB20-1420:  Tax “Fairness” Act

As it stands now, with a few exceptions, your Colorado taxable income is the same as your Federal taxable income. Under the CARES act, the IRS is allowing more generous deductions and tax credits that were intended to help small businesses get back on their feet following the COVID pandemic. The Tax “Fairness” Act would disallow many of these and is, in effect, a tax increase on small businesses, LLCs and C Corps that would generate an additional $94 million in tax revenue to be used “presumedly” for the State Education Fund. What it really does is free up money for all the new government programs that were rushed through the last few weeks of the legislative session. It’s rotten and will impact a lot of people whose main source of income is an LLC. Many folks have small businesses that are essentially “pass-throughs entities” that can be filed as part of their personal tax returns. This is going to hurt many of those people.

HB20-1153: Collective Bargaining for State Employees

This bill will allow almost 26,000 state employees to unionize, increasing costs to taxpayers by about $9 million over the next two fiscal years. The bill creates the COVID Heroes Collaboration Fund. On July 1, 2020, the state treasurer must transfer $7.0 million from the State Employee Reserve Fund (SERF) to the new fund to cover the initial costs. Beginning in FY 2022-23, the obligation will be shifted to the General Fund.  

SB20-163:  School Entry Immunization

Under current law, students must either provide their immunization records, a certificate of medical exemption, or a statement of non-medical exemption for religious or personal beliefs in order to attend school. This bill requires parents to complete an online immunization education module if they want an exemption.

The assumption is that as a parent, if you decide against vaccinating your child, you can’t possibly be making the right decision. The government will force you to complete a course that will help you change your mind. It’s as insulting as it is coercive.

This bill also requires health care practitioners to submit immunization and medical data to the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) maintained by the CDPHE. CIIS has proven to be a system that is easily hacked, thereby exposing a child’s records to unauthorized use.

SCR20-001 Repeal Gallagher

A lot of moving parts to this one. The measure submits a question to voters in November 2020 repealing the Gallagher Amendment. Specifically, it repeals the 29 percent assessment rate in the Constitution for most nonresidential property, the calculation of the target percentage, and the requirement that the General Assembly adjust the residential assessment rate to maintain the target percentage. 

The Gallagher Amendment was passed in 1982. It requires 45% of the state’s property tax base be levied on homes, and 55% on commercial properties. With rising home values over the years, the state has had to ratchet down the assessment rate to maintain that ratio. That’s hurt rural communities that rely more on residential property taxes for schools, and forced the state into a situation where it now pays 65% of the cost of public education, with local property taxes covering the rest. When Gallagher was adopted, that ratio was exactly the opposite and the state was only paying 35% for public ed. This is an effort to shift the burden onto the localities and free up General Fund money for other government programs. Either way, it grows government and hurts businesses.

The bottom line is that If your personal property taxes go up, you see it and you feel it immediately. If business property taxes go up, they will pass those costs on to the consumers in the form of higher prices, so you may not see it immediately, but you’ll certainly feel it over time. That’s what this repeal would do. This resolution passed, so it will appear on the November ballot.

Silly Bills

HB20-1343:  Egg-Laying Hen Confinement Standards

Sponsored by Democrats Dylan Roberts in the House and Kerry Donovan in the Senate, this bill specifically targets commercial egg producers in Colorado. It states that beginning January 1, 2023, a producer is prohibited from knowingly confining an egg-laying hen in an enclosure with less than one square foot of usable floor space per hen. Beginning January 1, 2025, the enclosure standard becomes: 

  • a cage-free housing system; 
  • one square foot of usable floor space per hen with unfettered access to vertical space; or 
  • one and one-half square feet of usable floor space per hen without unfettered access to vertical
    space. 

This bill died a natural death, but will no doubt be resurrected next year. Because chicken lives matter.

SB20-154: Bring Your Own Wine Into Restaurants

Another “important” bill sponsored by Senator Kerry Donovan of Vail, this one would have allowed a customer to bring one container of wine to a restaurant, consume the wine during a meal ordered from the restaurant, and reseal and remove the partially consumed container after the meal. 

Apparently restaurant owners’ lives don’t matter.

SB20-125:  Prohibit Exotic Animals In Traveling Performances

The bill creates the “Traveling Exotic Animal Safety Protection Act”, which prohibits the use of exotic animals in a traveling animal act. A person who violates the Act commits a misdemeanor and is subject to a fine of between $250 and $1,000 per violation. 

In an attempt to craft a fiscal note for this bill, Legislative Counsel Staff came up empty-handed.  Here is what they said: “To form an estimate on the prevalence of this new crime, the fiscal note analyzed the existing offense of transporting exotic wildlife without a license as a comparable crime. From 2017 to 2019, one offender was fined for this existing offense, but it is unknown whether an exotic animal was involved.”

A colossal waste of time and taxpayer dollars.

House Minority Leader Patrick Neville Receives Goldwater Award from Liberty Caucus

Rep. Patrick Neville, HD45

State House Representative and Minority Leader Patrick Neville from House District 45 received the Goldwater Award for achieving the highest score on the 2020 Liberty Scorecard produced by the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado. The scorecard is a measure of each legislator’s commitment to the principles of individual rights, free markets and limited government.

Of the 711 bills that were introduced during this year’s truncated legislative session, 449 were included in the RLCCO’s Liberty Scorecard. The libertarian-leaning group reads and rates each bill “support” or “oppose”, then compares their positions with the votes of each legislator to produce the Liberty Scorecard. This year’s scorecard included over 3,000 recorded votes, both committee votes and final votes on the floor of each chamber.

The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado refers to itself as “the Conscience of the Colorado GOP.” “Our standards are quite high,” says Sue Moore, Chairman of RLCCO. “We don’t pull any punches and we don’t grade on a curve. Earning a high score means you have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Constitutional principles.”

Two other legislators received a grade of “A” in 2020. RLCCO refers to them as Liberty Warriors. They are:


Steve Humphrey, House District 48
Shane Sandridge, House District 14


Legislators who scored “B” on the Liberty Scorecard are Liberty Defenders. They include:

Lori Saine, House District 63
Kim Ransom, House District 44
Perry Buck, House District 49
Dave Williams, House District 15


The Liberty Scorecard is closely modeled after Principles of Liberty, which published a similar scorecard from 2011 – 2018. The last Goldwater Award recipient was State Representative Justin Everett in 2013.

Complete results and more information on methodology can be found at libertyscorecard.rlcco.org

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