A new economic analysis released last week found that oil and gas companies operating on public and tribal lands in Colorado lost nearly $1 million in state revenue in 2019 due to leaky wells.
We learned this week that a group of El Paso County Republicans have made extraordinary allegations against their own county party chairwoman, Vickie Tonkins. The most disturbing charges involve physical intimidation.
Less than a month into 2023, Republican politicians are kicking the new legislative session off with overwhelming bigotry. According to the ACLU, over 150 bills targeting the LGBTQ community, and transgender people in particular, have already been introduced in legislatures across the country. In Colorado, three GOP legislators added a new bill to the pile this week, this one meant to attack trans athletes in Colorado’s public schools.
Colorado Christian University is marketing itself as an antidote to “woke” culture and progressive values in American higher education that many conservatives have described as a leftist indoctrination of students.
Most Media Figures from Conservative Leadership Program Push CO Republicans Rightward into Irrelevance
At least 18 graduates of Colorado’s most prominent conservative training program are media figures who, over the decades, have mostly dragged the Republican Party to the right, initially helping energize Tea Party Republicans to win elections but now contributing to the party’s current isolation, infighting, and increasing irrelevance.
The first time Lauren Boebert was asked about QAnon, she tried to brush it off, saying “that’s more my mom’s thing- she’s a little fringe,” before going on to say she herself hoped the conspiracy theory is real and that it could be good for America.
In recent years Colorado has seen a marked increase in politically-charged board of education meetings. From COVID-19 mask requirements, to critical race theory, to library books and LGBTQ policies, school districts across Colorado are ground zero in the ongoing culture war. Districts are also facing a push from activists and advocates for school choice options like charter schools and voucher programs, and parents’ rights initiatives. Just as alumni from the Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR), Colorado’s preeminent conservative leadership institute, have influenced the political landscape of Colorado, they have also played a role in driving education policy across the state.