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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 18, 20172min2566

A group of Colorado Springs-area Republican politicos partnered with local organizations to provide gifts and necessities during the holidays.

The effort, called a Different Kind of Christmas, raised at least $7,500 (and counting) in gifts, donations and in-kind support for Restore Innocence, Sarah’s Home, Free Our Girls, Break the Silence, Springs Rescue Mission and other Colorado-based organizations.

Organizers and supporters gathered to celebrate Saturday night at the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy in Colorado Springs.

“Our community faces a number of challenges and the holidays are an especially tough time for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking,” Jillian Likness, who is running for the state House District 18 seat, told Colorado Politics. “As I have worked with and talked with members of our community, I have seen a true need for awareness and support for our most vulnerable. This year, I invited friends, neighbors and local leaders to join me in giving back through a Christmas to benefit human trafficking and other survivors in our community rather than focusing on exchanging gifts with one another.

“As a survivor myself, I know how important love and support are in the healing, recovery and survival journey.”

Other members of the committee were Rep. Paul Lundeen and his wife, Connie; Rep. Dan Nordberg and his wife, Maura; Rep. Terri Carver; Rep Lois Landgraf; state Republican Party vice chair Sherrie Gibson; Sandra Foote; Kay Rendleman and Mr. and Mrs. Ken Norwood.

“These women, men and children will be given hope and a sense of community that will help them fight for their dignity and restore them to a place in society where they can take pride in their journeys,” Likness said. “This is an event which breaks down barriers, changes the narrative and is not a political or for-profit benefit. This is a gift from our hearts to Colorado.”


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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, 201719min1359

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.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirApril 1, 20175min429
It was a spirited race that pitted a seasoned party veteran against an upstart who had cast himself as the anti-establishment candidate. In the end, the seasoned veteran won — by a huge margin — becoming the next GOP state party chair. Former El Paso County Republican Chair Jeff Hays, of Colorado Springs, will lead Colorado’s Republicans for the […]

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