In 2023, the Colorado Times Recorder conducted multi-part investigations focussing on the Leadership Program of the Rockies, abortion abolitionists, Andrew Wommack, the Satanic Temple, state Rep. Scott Bottoms (R-Colorado Springs), and more. Below, you can read those stories.
Leadership Program of the Rockies
In this series, the Colorado Times Recorder investigated the Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR), Colorado’s preeminent training program for conservative activists and political candidates. Alumni lists and social media posts revealed that LPR had not just trained some of the state’s most extreme and conspiracy-minded Republicans – it had actively sought them out.
The Satanic Temple & After School Satan Club
With a new wave of “Satanic panic” rising among many conservatives, reproductive justice reporter Heidi Beedle went on a deep dive into the history of Satanism in U.S. politics and culture, as well as the role played by the modern Satanic Temple in progressive advocacy and religious conservative discourse.
Abortion Abolitionists in Wichita, Kansas
This March, abortion abolitionists from across the country flocked to Kansas for the fourth annual “Abolition Now” conference. Reporting on the ground in Wichita, Heidi Beedle examined the past of the Christian movement to abolish abortion, and why many refuse to settle for a partial abortion ban.
Woodland Park & Andrew Wommack
In this extensive investigation, columnist Logan Davis took a close look at the small town of Woodland Park, Colorado, as well as the powerful conservative influences looming over its school district – and the implications for the future of public education in the U.S.
Advocates for D20 Kids Discord Leaks
A month before this year’s election, the Colorado Times Recorder received leaked logs from a Discord server run by Advocates for D20 Kids, an activist group pushing conservative candidates in Colorado Springs’ Academy School District 20. In this investigation, Heidi Beedle blew the whistle on inflammatory comments by the group’s leadership, as well as the dark money influencing not just D20’s school board race, but similar races across Colorado.
State Rep. Scott Bottoms’ Sermons
After one year in office, state Rep. Scott Bottoms (R-Colorado Springs) has firmly positioned himself as the most extreme member of Colorado’s legislative Republicans. Investigative reporter James O’Rourke examined numerous archived sermons by Bottoms to paint a picture of who Bottoms is and what his prominence means for Colorado politics.