2018 Midterm Election

JCT dynamic score of Senate tax reform bill shows it falls short of most GOP growth estimates

DENVER – The official nonpartisan committee of Congress tasked with reviewing the economic effects of legislation said Thursday, in a new dynamic score, that the bill Senate Republicans brought out of the finance committee will increase revenues and the nation’s GDP far less than was originally estimated by the Trump administration and some other Republicans.

The Joint Committee on Taxation’s much-anticipated dynamic score of the Senate Finance Committee’s version of the tax reform bill estimates that the nation’s gross domestic product would increase by about 0.8 percent over the next 10 years, which would generate a relative revenue gain of $458 billion over the same time period, but which would also tack on an additional $1 trillion to the national deficit. Continue reading

Colorado’s Hickenlooper urges bipartisan tax reform changes: ‘Trickle down economics is a fairytale’

DENVER – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday urged the state’s congressional delegation not to support the Republican tax bill the Senate could vote on later this week, saying the bill, as is, would hurt Colorado’s economic progress.

“Congress should not pass on almost $1.5 trillion in additional debt to future generations, and hand out tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans who don’t need them—and in many cases, don’t even want them—at the expense of the middle class and the poor,” Hickenlooper said in a statement. Continue reading

Coloradans increasingly displeased with President Trump, poll finds

DENVER – Colorado voters are increasingly displeased with President Donald Trump and are looking ahead to 2018’s political races with high interest, according to a new poll released this week.

The poll from Keating Research, based in Telluride, shows two-thirds of state voters have an unfavorable opinion of the president, and three in five think he is “dishonest and tells lies.” Continue reading

House passes tax reform measure: what lawmakers from Colorado are saying

DENVER – The U.S. House of Representatives voted 225-207 Thursday to pass a sweeping tax reform bill while the Senate GOP finalizes its version of the bill. If the chambers can come to a passing compromise, there would be sweeping effects on the nation’s economy and Americans’ tax brackets.

The GOP is trying to pass a full tax reform measure for the first time in 30 years and has deemed it imperative to their platform heading into 2018.

Though the bills have been undergoing changes this week and some were still being made in the Senate as of publication of this story, there are a few things we know about the bills: Continue reading

Colorado Democrat Jason Crow picks up endorsement from Giffords, DCCC support in congressional race

DENVER – Democrat Jason Crow has earned the support of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in his fight to win the primary and unseat Rep. Mike Coffman from his congressional district in Colorado.

The DCCC announced Wednesday Crow had been selected for its “Red to Blue” program, which targets seats the committee thinks it can flip from Republican to Democrat in general elections. Continue reading

NRSC chair Cory Gardner says Senate should expel Roy Moore if he wins election, doesn’t drop out

DENVER – U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said Monday he believes the women who have alleged that Alabama candidate for senator Roy Moore made sexual advances on them decades ago, and said the Senate should vote to expel him from the seat should he win next month’s special election.

“I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office,” Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, said in a prepared statement released by the NRSC. Continue reading

NRSC chair Cory Gardner says GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore should drop out if sex allegations true

DENVER – Sen. Cory Gardner, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said Wednesday that Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat, should drop out of the special election if the allegations he had a sexual relationship with a teen girl are true.

The Washington Post broke the story Wednesday that in 1979, Moore—then a 32-year-old district attorney—had a sexual encounter with a girl who was 14 years old at the time. Continue reading

George Brauchler says he’s considering shift to run for Colorado attorney general

DENVER – George Brauchler, the 18th Judicial District Attorney who is currently running for governor, might shift and run for the Colorado attorney general’s seat next year, he told Denver7 Wednesday after current AG Cynthia Coffman jumped into the governor’s race.

Brauchler said he was talking with advisers and others who have previously discussed running for the seat should Coffman decide to run for governor, but had yet to make a final decision. Continue reading

Cynthia Coffman says she won’t participate in mud-slinging in Republican primary for governor

DENVER – Cynthia Coffman says she won’t participate in any mud-slinging in what is expected to be a hotly-contested Republican primary for Colorado’s governorship in 2018, despite suggestions from at least one of her opponents that it would be an “ugly race.”

“I don’t plan to participate in it if it happens. I don’t think it’s necessary, and I don’t think it’s what voters want to see candidates engage in,” Coffman told Denver7 Wednesday after announcing her candidacy. Continue reading

Tom Tancredo enters 2018 Colorado governor’s race, says he expects ‘ugliest’ race in third try

DENVER – Firebrand and former congressman Tom Tancredo will again run for governor of Colorado in 2018, in what will be his third straight try at the seat and what he says will be the “ugliest” race he’s ever run in.

“I think we need to shake up Colorado politics a little bit, and I’m the guy to do that,” he told Denver7, suggesting he might need a Haz-Mat suit for a race that could get dirty quickly. “This is beyond something we’ve ever done before.”

“There’s an establishment here in Colorado just like there is in Washington, I guess we can call it the swamp,” he continued, saying that he wanted to “shake up” that establishment. Continue reading