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Time Running Out For Mike Coffman’s VA Tap Dance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, July 20, 2015 CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at amy@progressnowcolorado.org DENVER: After Rep. Mike Coffman’s opponent in...

Mike Coffman: Weaker than ever as 2016 approaches

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, July 6, 2015 CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at amy@progressnowcolorado.org DENVER: With questions growing about the viability...

Call For Brauchler To Apologize For Endangering Aurora Shooting Trial

Following the dismissal of three jurors from the trial of the alleged shooter from the 2012 mass murder at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, demanded an apology from Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler for putting justice for the victims of the Aurora shooting in jeopardy to boost his political standing.

Progressives Celebrate Hickenlooper Veto of Subprime Interest Rate Hike

Progressives Celebrate Hickenlooper Veto of Subprime Interest Rate Hike

Following Gov. John Hickenlooper's veto today of House Bill 15-1390, legislation that passed the Colorado General Assembly at the last minute to dramatically increase interest rates on personal loans to consumers with less-than-perfect credit, ProgressNow Colorado and consumer advocate groups who fought this legislation thanked Hickenlooper for standing up to protect middle class Colorado families.

Coffman Bows Out: Reinvention Not Enough For Prime Time

"Coffman couldn't defeat Michael Bennet and he knew it. And now, a challenge is brewing in his formerly safe congressional district that Coffman knows could be the last battle of his long political career."

Freedom of Information Act Requests For Coffman VA Correspondence

As controversy continued over cost overruns and the failure of Congress to approve a permanent solution for the troubled VA Medical Center project in Aurora, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act for all correspondence between Rep. Mike Coffman and government agencies overseeing the project.

Call For Coffman To Disclose All VA Correspondence

As the possibility of yet another work stoppage at the construction site for the new VA Medical Center in Aurora caused controversy ahead of Memorial Day Weekend, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Rep. Mike Coffman, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, to disclose all correspondence to and from his office regarding the Aurora VA hospital project since taking office in 2009.

John Boehner, Mike Coffman Fail Colorado Vets

As last-minute negotiations with congressional Republican leaders appeared to fail, once again jeopardizing completion of the new Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Aurora, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, demanded an apology from Rep. Mike Coffman for his years of failure to exercise proper oversight over this project.

Progressives, Consumer Advocates Call For Veto of Interest Rate Hike Legislation

Progressives, Consumer Advocates Call For Veto of Interest Rate Hike Legislation

ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, joined today with Colorado Senators Lucia Guzman and Jessie Ulibarri, along with the Bell Policy Center, the Colorado Center for Law and Policy, and other concerned stakeholders to deliver a petition to Gov. John Hickenlooper requesting a veto of House Bill 15-1390--legislation that passed in the final hours of this year's legislative session to allow lenders to dramatically increase interest rates on specific kinds of personal loans.

Walker Stapleton Backpedals Over Colorado Retirees

After news stories revealed apparent dishonesty from Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton over legislation to shore up Colorado's Public Employees Retirement Association pension system, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Stapleton to apologize for abandoning state employee retirees after earlier supporting them.

The Lesson of 2015: Elections Matter

“For the first time in a decade, conservatives had control of the Colorado Senate this year, and it was a complete disaster,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms.

Mike Coffman and the Aurora VA Hospital: Coffman’s Part of the Problem

As Rep. Mike Coffman appeared in Aurora today to grandstand at a U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee field hearing about the troubled VA Hospital project in Aurora, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, released a new report documenting Coffman's own oversight responsibility over the project, and failure to take action for years despite knowing that massive cost overruns were occurring.

Call For Politicians To Boycott Western Conservative Summit

As controversy erupted over the decision by organizers of the Western Conservative Summit to exclude the Colorado Log Cabin Republicans from this year’s conference, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on prospective attendees to cancel their plans to attend.

Progressives Condemn Politicizing Tragedy To Push “Personhood”

Responding to the introduction by Colorado Republican Senators of legislation defining a "person" as "an unborn child at every stage of gestation from conception until live birth," ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, condemned this latest attempt to exploit a tragedy to further an anti-abortion agenda.

Coloradans Agree: Close Tax Loopholes That Cost Millions

As progressive Colorado legislators introduced a new bill to close offshore tax loopholes that cost the state millions of dollars in badly-needed revenue, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, cited polling that shows Colorado voters overwhelmingly favor tax fairness.

Equal Pay Day 2015 In Colorado: We Are The Front Line

As women across America participated in Equal Pay Day 2015 commemorations, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, reflected on the challenges faced by Colorado women even as conservative lawmakers voted to kill our state's Pay Equity Commission this year.

Colorado House Rejects Irresponsible Gun Safety Repeal Bills–Again

"Once again, the supporters of the landmark gun safety laws passed in 2013 outnumbered opponents at the Colorado Capitol today," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Every year, brave supporters of common-sense gun safety in Colorado show up to protect the gains we've made to reduce gun violence. And each year, the gun lobby's crowds get smaller and smaller."

Progressives Demand Coffman Give Up Tainted Schock Donations

In the wake of a news report showing that Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado is a top recipient of campaign donations from disgraced ex-Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Coffman to immediately return or donate the tainted donations.

Progressives Promise Accountability As Colorado Pay Equity Commission Dies Again

After the so-called “kill committee” of the Republican-controlled Colorado Senate voted to kill the state’s Pay Equity Commission for a second time this legislative session, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, condemned the action and promised to hold conservative Senators accountable.

Does Anyone in Colorado Want Another Bush for President?

With former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in Colorado hosting events as a prelude to a 2016 presidential campaign, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, released the following statement:

ProgressNow Colorado Calls For Gordon Klingenschmitt’s Resignation

After nearly a week since video surfaced of Colorado Springs Representative Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt’s outrageous remarks on the horrific assault on a pregnant woman in Longmont, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Republican leadership to call on Dr. Chaps to resign.

ProgressNow Colorado Relaunches Con Man Cory website

After an enormous response to an action alert to members demanding Sen. Cory Gardner remove his name from a controversial letter to the government of Iran, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, announced the relaunch of their Con Man Cory website from the 2014 campaign in order to hold Gardner accountable going forward.

Colorado Republicans Reject Gardner, Call, Turn Hard Right

"We didn't agree with Ryan Call on much, but his attempts to rein in the worst excesses of his party were at times commendable," said Runyon-Harms. "Will Steve House have the courage to call out Vicki Marble and Lori Saine the next time they insult African Americans and Hispanics? Will House stand up to Dudley Brown's fringe agenda like Ryan Call did?"

Progressives Grateful To Colorado House For Legislation To Save Pay Equity Commission

"Working women in Colorado are grateful that progressives in the Colorado House have voted to save the Pay Equity Commission," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "We know that unequal pay remains a barrier for working Colorado women--in fact, the gap between what women and men earn in our state is bigger than the national average and growing."

Call For Mike Coffman To Condemn GOP Obama Patriotism “Debate”

"There is no politician in Colorado with more experience putting his foot in his mouth over President Barack Obama's patriotism than Mike Coffman," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "To see his party's presidential hopefuls competing to disgrace themselves the same way Coffman did in 2012 must bring back unpleasant memories."

Progressives Demand Colorado Republicans End Irresponsible Budget Games

ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, released the following statement:

"The tactics we're seeing this year in Colorado from right-wing legislators are really troubling," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms.

Progressives Condemn Rep. Klingenschmitt’s “Right To Discriminate” Bill

"We knew that Rep. Klingenschmitt would bring bad ideas to the General Assembly," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "But even knowing what Klingenschmitt is capable of, his 'Right to Discriminate Act' is a shockingly terrible proposal. This legislation is so broadly written that it could allow Colorado businesses to discriminate against customers for trivial reasons--or even no reason at all. This bill seems to be an attack on Colorado's LGBT community, which makes sense given Rep. Klingenschmitt's belief that only those who agree with his moral views should receive 'government rewards' like equal rights. But the language is so poorly written that it invites discrimination against practically anyone."

Out of Control: Colorado Senate Republicans Strike Again

"Today, the far right showed everyone what they intend to do with their one-seat control of the Colorado Senate," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "The so-called 'Parent's Bill of Rights,' if it becomes law, will make it easier for unvaccinated kids to spread preventable diseases. This legislation will make it harder to educate kids about critical subjects like tolerance and personal responsibility. And, worst of all, this legislation could help abusive parents continue to abuse their children--something no one should ever want."

Colorado Senate Targets Civil Rights Enforcement Act

"Two years ago, Colorado passed critical legislation to extend basic job discrimination protections to all Colorado employees," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "We need the Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act because unlawful discrimination in the workplace still happens, and happens at businesses of all sizes. The solution is not to repeal discrimination protections, as the state senate is trying to do today. It's to put an end to discriminatory practices in the workplace--and encourage employers to treat all of their employees with the dignity and respect they deserve."

Progressives Condemn Irresponsible Conservative Attack on Public Health

"One of the worst attacks we're seeing right now at the state capitol is on public health and education," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "News reports this week show that Colorado has the lowest rate of childhood vaccinations in America. Right-wing politicians like Rand Paul have come under fire for suggesting that vaccines might be responsible for mental health problems in children, even though that theory has been totally discredited by scientific research."

Groundbreaking Got Insurance? Campaign Wins National Recognition

Ragan’s PR Daily, a nationally-known public relations industry trade publication, has awarded its Best Cause Advocacy prize to the Got Insurance? campaign, a joint project of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and ProgressNow Colorado Education.

Are you aware?

Do you know what the EITC is? My guess is, if you’re one of the working families who qualifies for the EITC, you know exactly what it is.

Fighting back for pay equity

Last week, conservatives in the Colorado Senate voted to kill the state’s commission studying the problem of unequal pay for men and women in the workforce.

Progressives Condemn Killing of Colorado Pay Equity Commission

"The Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee today voted against the recommendation of nonpartisan staff to continue the important work of the Pay Equity Commission," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "The commission was charged with researching the ongoing problem of pay inequity in Colorado and developing best practices both for private industry and the state of Colorado to ensure women and men receive equal pay for equal work. Republicans disregarded the opinion of witness after witness, the mountain of studies proving that pay inequity remains a problem, and even the state's own experts to come to this terrible decision."

State of the State

Next week, the Colorado Senate gets to work on some important progressive policies that will give more people a fair shot: legislation to cap credit card interest rates, increase transparency for student lending, limit higher ed tuition increases, and provide merit scholarships for top-performing students are all in the works. We’ll keep you up to date on these bills as they move through the legislature.

Colorado Senate Republicans Must Stop Breaking The Law

Responding to the unlawful exclusion of a ProgressNow Colorado staff member from a Republican press event at the Colorado Capitol last week, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization demanded that Senate President Bill Cadman and the Colorado Senate Republicans stop violating Colorado's Open Meetings Law immediately.

Call For Cadman To Immediately Disclose Campaign Business Relationships

"Bill Cadman's private business has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in 'soft money' from political action committees while serving as Senate Minority Leader," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Now that he is set to take office as Colorado Senate President, the conflicts of interest invited by this relationship are mind-blowing. How can Cadman assure the public that decisions he makes as President of the Colorado Senate will not be influenced by the money he takes from right wing 527s?"

“Got Insurance!” is back. This time as an exclamation, not a question.

“Ten million Americans gaining health coverage is something worth celebrating,” said Amy Runyon-Harms, executive director of ProgressNow Colorado Education. “Our goal is to encourage more people to enroll in health insurance by sharing stories that highlight the benefits. Everyone should be able to get health insurance and the care they need, when they need it.”

Make Change This Black Friday (not that kind)

For millions of working people, this holiday will be a struggle. Income inequality is at its highest levels since just before the Great Depression. While the stock market soars and corporate profits roll in, the majority of American families are actually working harder this holiday season and earning less.

Colorado Progressives Praise Obama, Demand Action From Congress

"Congressman Cory Gardner claims he is 'incredibly disappointed' in the President for taking action on immigration, but Coloradans have waited for years while Gardner and conservatives have done nothing," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Gardner pays lip service to immigration reform, but his votes simply don't match his rhetoric. It's time for Gardner to answer the President's charge not with more hot air, but with action to address an issue Gardner and Republicans in Congress have neglected for too long."