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Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 14, 20175min472

Colorado Democrats are conducting a mail-ballot vote this month to decide whether to conclude an unfinished election for a statewide vice chair position by awarding posts to the top three finalists. The post of 2nd vice chair has gone unfilled since last month’s party reorganization meeting when none of the candidates won a majority of the vote after multiple rounds of balloting.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 3, 20178min626

Weston Imer, the young — very young — Republican who gained international attention last year for co-chairing the Jefferson County Trump for President campaign at 12 years old, was back in the spotlight Saturday when he delivered an urgent plea to Colorado Republicans to get busy safeguarding freedoms and reforming government “back to the basics” until his generation is old enough to lead.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 1, 201719min1358

Colorado Republicans elected former El Paso County chairman Jeff Hays as state party chair at the GOP’s biennial reorganization meeting on Saturday in Englewood. “You know how you spell fun? W-I-N!” Hays said as he accepted the nomination in a packed auditorium at Englewood High School, invoking a catch phrase Hays learned from former Air Force Academy football coach Fisher DeBerry. Republicans in the crowd shouted out the letters along with Hays.



Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMarch 16, 20172min304

We’re a bit behind the curve on this one; apologies: Mesa County Trump campaign Chair Kevin McCarney — who announced last month he was in the race for state Republican Party chair — decided this week “after prayer and deliberation” that he instead would run for state GOP vice chair.

McCarney said in an email to supporters:

“Party leadership that strives for excellence is critical to our success. I understand how our Republican ideals translate into winning elections, and I know how the rubber meets the road to get us there.”

The move pits him against vice chair candidate Sherrie Gibson, previously unchallenged in that race.

McCarney’s departure from the state chair’s race now leaves only 2016 7th Congressional District candidate George Athanasopoulos and outgoing El Paso County Republican Chair Jeff Hays in the chair’s race.

The new leadership will be chosen by the state GOP Central Committee April 1. Current state GOP chair Steve House announced in January he is not seeking another term.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMarch 13, 20174min307

Having just launched his late-in-the-game bid to lead the state Republican Party, longtime Douglas County party activist Mark Baisley already has withdrawn. Baisley briefly announced his exit in the same forum he had used to announce his entry into the race two days earlier, Facebook:

Folks, I am withdrawing from the Chairman’s race. Or to put it more accurately, I have decided that I will not accept the nomination at the Colorado Republican organization meeting three weeks from today.

A reality that I did not have three days ago that I know in full today is how much the 400+ members of the Colorado Republican Committee were already struggling with their decision and that adding my name to the mix was not helping. Bottom line is that I believe my stepping in to the race at this point is not good for the party.

So, I guess I want to say thanks to those who have encouraged me and an apology to those for whom I made matters more difficult. The chairmanship is an important job and has become a very large task. I will work to support the success of whomever you guys choose.

Regards.

So, he got push-back. Who in the remaining field — 2016 7th Congressional District candidate George Athanasopoulosoutgoing El Paso County Republican Chair Jeff Hays, and Mesa County Trump campaign Chair Kevin McCarney — would benefit most from Baisley’s departure?

Comments posted to Baisley’s exit annoucement included thank-yous from vocal supporters of Athanasopoulos, who has pitched himself as the anti-establishment candidate against Hays. For example, El Paso County GOP activist and Hays critic Kanda Calef posted a “Thank you, Mark!” — suggesting Baisley’s candidacy would have split off support for Athanasopoulos.

Hays, meanwhile, has been reeling in endorsements from Republican notables across the state, including Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

Current state GOP chair Steve House announced in January he is not seeking another term.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMarch 10, 20173min366

Just weeks from the April 1 election for a new state Republican Party chair, GOP activist and former Douglas County Republican chair Mark Baisley announced via Facebook he will enter the race. That brings the candidate total to four, including former 2016 7th Congressional District candidate George Athanasopoulosoutgoing El Paso County Republican Chair Jeff Hays, and Mesa County Trump campaign Chair Kevin McCarney.

Baisley’s announcement:

I had decided last November not to run for Chairman of the State Republican Party in 2017. It was my hope that Anil would take the job but as we know, he did not believe that he was called to it this time.

Recently, several patriot leaders presented a compelling case for why I should reconsider. They have let me know that it is their plan to nominate me from the floor at the organization meeting on April 1. Their justification boils down to these four points: 1. Qualifications, 2. Party unification towards winning the critical governor race, 3. Defense of the caucus, and 4. Fundraising.

I have spent a considerable amount of time struggling over this idea in counsel and in prayer. Given what is at stake in reapportionment and redistricting, I have decided that I will accept that nomination.

My candidacy is not an act of competition against those who have already stepped up to offer themselves to the task. They all deserve our respect and appreciation. My decision is, rather, a response to the call of responsibility.

As I engineer an execution plan for advancing life, liberty, property & pursuit of happiness through Colorado’s political process, I would value your advice and your prayers. Many thanks.

Baisley also is a past vice chair of the state GOP and a longtime party activist.

Current state GOP chair Steve House announced in January he is not seeking another term.