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Coloradans To Sen. Cory Gardner: #DoYourJob

With new polling released today showing the American public rejects the right-wing stonewalling of President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, delivered a petition with nearly 1,300 names and hundreds of comments from Coloradans to Sen. Cory Gardner demanding he do his job and give Chief Judge Garland a fair hearing.

Iowa Caucus Results Mirror Colorado’s Fractured Conservative Movement

"Yesterday's caucus results in Iowa prove again how the Republican Party is at war with itself, with a discredited party establishment overrun by their most radical and dangerous elements," said ProgressNow Colorado political director Alan Franklin.

Rep. Kevin Priola Must Apologize To Colorado’s Working Families

After a display of callous hypocrisy last week in the Colorado House Education Committee, ProgressNow Colorado called on Rep. Kevin Priola to apologize for voting against parental leave for school activities--a bill that would help working families just like his own manage their important responsibilities to their children.

Petition Delivered: Let CU Students Attend The GOP Presidential Debate

Petition Delivered: Let CU Students Attend The GOP Presidential Debate

As University of Colorado students continued their campaign for more tickets to the Republican presidential debate at the CU-Boulder campus next week, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, delivered a petition to CU President Bruce Benson's office calling for 50% of the tickets to the debate to be made available to CU students.

Nothing Less Will Do: 1,000 GOP Debate Seats For CU Students

As controversy continued to grow over the lack of seats made available to University of Colorado students for the Republican presidential debate at the Coors Events Center on October 28th, progressive and student advocacy groups joined with CU students to request an additional 1,000 seats in the 11,000 seat capacity venue be made available to students.

Another Betrayal: Coffman Votes To Defund Organization He Used In Ads Last Year

For too long, Mike Coffman has tried to play both sides of this issue in order to please his right-wing donors while scrambling to keep his competitive congressional seat. With his vote to defund Planned Parenthood, Coffman proves to everyone that he doesn't stand with women at all. He stands in the way.

Call For Mike Coffman To Fight For Planned Parenthood, Against Shutdown

As Republicans in Congress prepared to vote on legislation to defund Planned Parenthood this week, setting up a confrontation that could result in a shutdown of the federal government, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Rep. Mike Coffman to fight against any attempt to either defund Planned Parenthood or endanger continued construction of the VA medical center in Aurora.

Tim Neville: The Most Dangerous Politician In Colorado

In the U.S. Senate, Tim Neville would do more than just another vote to repeal Obamacare, ban all abortion without exception, and repeal common-sense gun safety laws like background checks for gun purchasers. Neville represents the no-compromise, take-no-prisoners wing of the Republican Party that will bring the loudest voices of the Tea Party into the mainstream.

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."

Progressives: The Fight For Colorado Has Just Begun

"Tonight was not a win for Colorado," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Tonight was a win for ideological extremists and wealthy special interests who don't care about our state's future. After years of recession, Colorado families are finally getting back on their feet, and our state is headed in the right direction--but we are now at the mercy of irresponsible radicals who want to drag us backward."

Chris Christie Doesn’t Help Beauprez

"We know how Chris Christie runs the state of New Jersey: with intimidation, cronyism, and reprisals for his political opponents," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "After Christie's repeated trips to our state to campaign for Bob Beauprez, Coloradans deserve an answer: will Beauprez govern like Christie?"

Gardner Faces Hard Questions Over Tom Tancredo Ties

“Five days before the election is too late for a total makeover,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Gardner’s strategy from the beginning has been to toe the Tea Party line against immigration reform, while at the same time conning voters into believing he’s not anti-immigrant.”

Progressive Response to Citizens United “Movie”

One day after Citizens United released its film trailer for "Rocky Mountain Heist," ProgressNow Colorado Education and Common Cause Education Fund have launched www.dontbefooledcolorado.org, a website dedicated to exposing the truth about Citizens United and how citizens can fight back against corporate money in politics.

BothWaysBob2014.com: Share Bob Beauprez’s Craziest Quotes

“Since his last run for governor, Bob Beauprez’s has made many statements that prove he has no place in public office,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “With ballots being mailed to Colorado voters next week, now is the time to make sure everyone in our state knows what Beauprez stands for. We believe that if the voters simply realize what Beauprez has said in recent years, they’ll stop him from doing even more damage to our state’s reputation as governor.”

Cory Gardner: A record that hurts women and families in Colorado

Businesswomen gathered at local restaurant Maria Empanada owned by Lorena Cantorovici to discuss the economically crushing policies that Cory Gardner has supported in Congress. While he has tried to hide or even run from his votes, the record is clear: Cory Gardner’s positions hurt women and families in Colorado.

Beauprez Loses Women Voters With Outrageous Birth Control Ignorance

"Republicans across Colorado are running from their support for banning abortion and even birth control," said Runyon-Harms. "In tonight's debate, Beauprez let his true colors show under pressure. Women know that, despite the insistence otherwise, the far right has an ugly agenda to roll back women's reproductive rights. In the last few years, new restrictions on women have passed all over the nation. And now we know it's on Beauprez's mind too."

Video: Cory Gardner confronted over abortion ban contradictions

Reporter Eli Stokols didn’t accept Gardner’s answer at face value. He explained to Gardner that the federal bill’s sponsors, health experts, and even Factcheck.org all agree that Gardner’s federal Life at Conception Act has the same language and would have the same far-reaching effects as the Personhood abortion bans that Coloradans have rejected by over 70% of the vote two times before.

Rape Survivor, Doctor, Progressives Demand Apology from Beauprez

"Bob Beauprez's casual dismissal of the real consequences of sexual assault, which includes unwanted pregnancy, is totally unacceptable," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Like Todd Akin, Beauprez thinks that pregnancies resulting from rape or incest are 'few in number.' His statement is baseless and offensive to every woman who has ever been put in this horrible position."

New Poll Shows Colorado Voters Strongly Want a U.S. Senator Who Supports Tax Fairness

A new poll of likely Colorado voters reveals that they are more concerned about tax fairness than a variety of other major issues currently being debated in the U.S. Senate race between U.S. Senator Mark Udall and U.S. Representative Cory Gardner. The poll of 652 likely voters was conducted by Public Policy Polling for ProgressNow Colorado and Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund (ATFAF).

Launch of No Means No Crowdfunding Campaign to Fight Colorado’s Amendment 67

"Amendment 67 would create barriers for women to get the health care services they need," says Cathy Alderman, Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado. "In Colorado currently, women do not have to be in fear of being charged with a crime when they are getting life-saving health services. And doctors in Colorado are able to do their jobs: protect women's health. Amendment 67 would reverse that."

Call For Republican Leadership To Can Don Suppes

"First Don Suppes calls a white supremacist website an 'interesting read,' and now he's hatching conspiracy theories to explain it away," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "If Suppes really contacted authorities to report this supposed 'hacking,' he needs to produce evidence. It's extremely hard to believe that Suppes, who has repeatedly make fringe claims both in public and on Twitter, had his account hacked months ago and never noticed until he was called out publicly."

“Violó La Ley”–New Billboards Expose Coffman’s Corrupt Record

"We have come together today as a community uniting against a career politician who has disgracefully used his public office for his own personal gain and who has a pattern of corruption," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms at today's press conference. "These aren't Colorado values, and we're here today to make sure voters know about Mike Coffman's shady past."

Gardner Slipping Fast As Colorado Voters Get To Know Him

"Cory Gardner is slipping in the polls because Colorado voters are learning what he really stands for," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "The Cory Gardner you see on television who supports green energy and birth control is not the politician we've known for years. Gardner's attempts to ignore his far-right record to win a statewide election are failing, and his campaign has nowhere to go from here but down."

Billboard Announces Flip a District Campaign to CD-6 Voters

"Thousands of people have signed our petition telling Bill Maher that Mike Coffman is one of America's worst members of Congress," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "And we're not done yet. Our plan is to deliver an overwhelming message to Maher, that there is no more deserving member of Congress of Maher's special attention. Other states are competing hard, and we've got a week and a half to run up the score."

What Did Cory Gardner Promise The Koch Brothers?

"Today's revelations about Gardner's secret meeting with the Koch brothers in California confirms what we already know about Con Man Cory--he's for sale to the highest bidder," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Gardner has a long history of pandering to the oil and gas industry. Now we know he expects something in return."

Call For Gordon Klingenschmitt To Withdraw From Colorado House Race

"Gordon Klingenschmitt's extreme homophobic slurs have no place in any civil discussion of American politics," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "There is absolutely nothing that can justify these outlandish statements, certainly nothing in Rep. Jared Polis' record of fighting for equality for all Americans."

Call For Beauprez to explain contradictions on choice

As women across the country celebrate Women's Equality Day, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, demanded Bob Beauprez tell the truth about his opposition to a woman’s right to choose--even in the case of rape and incest. Beauprez claims his hard line opposition to abortion is his "personal" view, but during his last run for governor, Beauprez clearly stated he would sign an abortion ban into law with no exception for victims of sex crimes. 

Call For Gardner To Back Up “Obamascare” Cancellation Story

"Cory Gardner has repeatedly waved a 'cancellation letter' from his insurer--covered with black marker redactions of key details," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Today, reporters are asking questions about those redacted portions, and they're not getting answers. Could it be that Gardner is not being straight with the public about his 'Obamascare' horror story?"

Progressives Demand Cory Gardner Stop Lying About Personhood Abortion Bans

"Cory Gardner has been lying about his ongoing support for banning abortion and birth control from the beginning of his campaign for the U.S. Senate," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Gardner thought he could double-talk his way around his record, but each attempt to run from his past has backfired. Last Friday, Factcheck.org simply confirmed what everyone already knows: Cory Gardner is lying about his support for the Personhood abortion bans. Right now, Gardner is a sponsor of legislation that would impose Personhood's draconian ban on abortion and certain types of birth control across the entire nation."

Call For Karl Rove to Take Down Misleading Pro-Gardner Ad

"Once again, an 'Obamascare' horror story turns out to be a fake," said ProgressNow Colorado Executive Director Amy Runyon-Harms. "It's amazing that Karl Rove's SuperPAC is still trying to deceive the public about the Affordable Care Act after so many millions of Americans are reaping the benefits. Even worse, they can't find 'victims' of health care reform, so they make them up out of thin air. This willful deception of the public has gone on for years, and it's time for it to stop."

Release: Both Ways Bob Meets Big Oil Bob

As Colorado’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez held a political rally with an oil industry-funded “nonprofit organization,” ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Beauprez to tell the truth about his long record of extremism on climate and energy issues.

Call For Beauprez To Send Christie’s Corruption Packing

"Both Ways Bob Beauprez talks about bringing integrity to Colorado, but he's participating in a fundraiser with one of America's most famously corrupt governors in Denver this week," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "The Bridgegate scandal, which has resulted in state and federal investigations of Gov. Christie, makes Christie's appearance with Bob Beauprez a shocking affront to the citizens of Colorado."

Progressives Call on Gardner to stop double dealing on immigration reform

"When the Justice Department's filed suit against Arizona over the unconstitutional SB-1070 anti-immigrant law, Cory Gardner tried to stop them," said Runyon-Harms. "Cory Gardner helped kill bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation that had already passed the U.S. Senate last year. Cory Gardner even voted to deport DREAMer students, who even most Republicans say should be allowed to continue their educations."

Call For Both Ways Bob To Come Clean About Colorado’s Water

"When Bob Beauprez had the chance to protect rural Colorado's water, he instead listened to corporate special interests and backed a water grab so unpopular that voters remember it to this day," said Runyon-Harms. "We call on Beauprez to explain his support for Referendum A while claiming to care about Western Slope interests--and apologize for participating in a failed water grab against rural Coloradans."

Call For “Both Ways Bob” To Pick a Side on the Individual Mandate

“Out of one side of his mouth, Both Ways Bob Beauprez says the ads attacking him for supporting the individual mandate are misleading,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “But his surrogates are spreading the word among Tea Party Republicans that Beauprez ‘admits’ his comments were a mistake? Only one of those can be true.”

Call For “Both Ways Bob” To Pick a Side on Social Security Privatization

"Bob Beauprez claimed while serving in Congress that he opposes the privatization of Social Security, one of the nation's cornerstone institutions to help the elderly and disabled survive," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "At the same time, Beauprez backed the proposal from President George W. Bush to privatize Social Security. Which one is Both Ways Bob's real position?"

Call For Beauprez To Explain “Birther” Comments About Obama’s Citizenship

"There is no place in respectable politics for 'birthers,'" said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Conspiracy theories about President Obama's citizenship were debunked before he was ever elected President. Those who have continued to spread these discredited lies are doing so because they don't care about the truth, or are so blinded by hatred that they refuse to accept it. It is very disappointing that this includes Both Ways Bob Beauprez."

Call For “Both Ways Bob” To Pick a Side on Personhood

"Both Ways Bob Beauprez isn't the first Colorado politician to run from his longstanding support for Personhood, but he can't hide from his record," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "When Beauprez last ran for governor, he was crystal clear: that he opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest, and that he supports federal legislation to confer legal 'Personhood' from the moment of fertilization. That's the exact language of Colorado's Personhood abortion bans, which were rejected by over 70% of the voters twice in recent years."

Release: Call For John Cooke and Gun Lobby to Apologize

Responding to the decision of Chief U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger to throw out the lawsuit challenging Colorado's gun safety laws, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Sheriff John Cooke and his allies at the NRA-funded Independence Institute to apologize for their campaign to make it easier for criminals to obtain guns.

Republicans head for repeat disaster as “Both Ways Bob” claims nomination

"Republicans have set themselves up for disaster in November by nominating Both Ways Bob," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Eight years ago, Beauprez was crushed in a race for this same office after a campaign plagued by scandals over abortion, immigration, and Beauprez's past record in Congress. One prime example: Beauprez falsely claimed on the campaign trail that 70% of African-American pregnancies 'end in abortion,' for which he was later forced to apologize."

Con Man Cory Gardner kicks into overdrive

"Not long ago, Cory Gardner circulated petitions for the dreaded 'personhood' abortion ban amendment," said Runyon-Harms. "Today he says he opposes it. All Coloradans need to know is that they can't trust Cory Gardner. Almost everything in Gardner's op-ed is contradicted by something in his record. To be honest, nothing Con Man Cory says would surprise me at this point."

This Father’s Day, Remembering Cory Gardner’s vote for deadbeat dads

"When mothers and kids needed Cory Gardner the most, he turned his back on them," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Gardner had the chance to vote for a straightforward bill asking casinos to collect overdue child support from gambling winnings--and Con Man Cory instead voted to protect deadbeat dads."

Cantor Loss Proves Gardner and Coffman’s Far Right Records Win Them No Friends

"Congressmen Mike Coffman and Cory Gardner have been loyal stooges for Eric Cantor's failed agenda for as long as they've been in Congress," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Tonight, the monster Cantor, Gardner and Coffman all helped create has claimed one of the Tea Party's own former heroes."

Con Man Cory Gardner: Perfectly At Home In the “Big City”

"Cory Gardner talks about growing up far from the 'big city,' but since moving to Washington, D.C. years ago, he's been right at home with big-money special interests and corporate lobbyists," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Gardner may have learned to be a 'problem solver,' but not for the citizens of Colorado he represents in Congress. Once again, Con Man Cory Gardner says one thing while doing another."

Release: It doesn’t take a scientist to point out the obvious concerns with Climate Change

“In a time when Republicans in Congress are determined to sit on their hands and do nothing for the rest of the year, President Obama’s leadership on this issue is critical,” said ProgressNow Colorado Executive Director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Conservatives in Colorado are not only unwilling to cooperate on addressing significant environmental concerns – they refuse to even acknowledge Climate Change as a serious problem.”

Colorado Progressives Condemn Coffman’s Immigration Reform Hypocrisy

Learning today that Rep. Mike Coffman is staging a press event in Washington, D.C. to protest House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's decision to kill legislation to help undocumented students who join the military, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, demanded that Coffman explain his fundraiser with Cantor in Denver on the same day it was announced the ENLIST Act would not receive a vote.

Call For Cynthia Coffman To Cancel Jan Brewer Fundraiser

Learning today of a fundraiser tomorrow for Colorado Attorney General candidate Cynthia Coffman hosted by controversial Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, One Colorado, the leading statewide advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Coloradans and their families; ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization; and CIRC Action Fund, Colorado's statewide immigrant and refugee advocacy organization, called on Coffman to immediately cancel the event.

Udall ad accurate: Gardner opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest

A new TV ad released this week accuses Gardner of “promoting harsh anti-abortion laws,” including legislation to make all abortions in Colorado a felony [Colorado Senate Bill 07-143]. The ad also accuses Gardner of having “championed” a “crusade to outlaw birth control,” in reference to Gardner’s past public support for the Personhood amendments, which would have outlawed common forms of birth control in addition to banning all abortions in Colorado.

Call for Cory Gardner to Disclose “Good Life” Special Interest Ties

Today, ProgressNow Colorado brought a yacht to the Colorado Capitol, and called on Congressman Cory Gardner to disclose whether fellow passengers of the Good Life, a yacht connected to Gardner and a controversial 2012 Florida fundraising junket, have donated to Gardner’s U.S. Senate campaign.

Coloradans Urge Passage of Reproductive Health Freedom Act

"Every person in Colorado deserves the privacy and freedom to make choices about reproductive health care without government looking over their shoulder," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Every year, new attacks on women’s reproductive rights emerge in Colorado, despite the fact that Colorado is an overwhelmingly pro-choice state. It’s high time our legislature pass a bill that reflects the will of Coloradans."

Gardner, Coffman Reject Equal Pay for Women

As women across America observed Equal Pay Day, commemorating the extra days a woman must work in order to match the annual income of men, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, condemned votes by Reps. Cory Gardner and Mike Coffman against equal pay for women in the workplace.

Release: Demand Beauprez Retract Outrageous “Birther” Remarks

ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, released yesterday a 2010 video clip of Republican Colorado gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez questioning the citizenship of President Barack Obama. Today, ProgressNow Colorado is launching a statewide online campaign to educate voters about Beauprez’s outrageous “birther” allegations against President Obama.

Call on Coffman to Apologize for Past Personhood Support

As Congressman Mike Coffman tries to distance himself from the movement to ban all abortion in Colorado, even in cases of rape and incest, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Mike Coffman to apologize for years of support of the so-called ‘Personhood’ amendment.

Scott Gessler Makes Not-So-Sweet Sixteen In National “March Badness” Competition

ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, announced today that Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler was selected to participate in “March Badness”--a competition between ProgressNow state affiliates to single out the worst examples of right-wing extremism and corruption across America.

“Con Man Cory” Gardner can’t hide from his fringe anti-woman record

"For years, Cory Gardner has proudly been on the fringe of the debate over women's reproductive rights," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Gardner has repeatedly endorsed ballot measures and introduced legislation to ban all abortions in Colorado, making no exceptions for victims of rape or incest. Gardner campaigned for Congress in 2010 on a platform of support for the notorious 'Personhood' abortion ban measure, which failed by over 70% of the vote that year."

Bob Beauprez Makes a Joke of 2014 Republican “Comeback”

"For weeks, 'Both Ways' Bob Beauprez has been lurking on the sidelines, trying to decide whether to enter the gubernatorial or U.S. Senate race," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Beauprez is right about one thing: the field of Republicans in the Colorado gubernatorial race are hopelessly unqualified. What Beauprez doesn't understand, of course, is that he is no better. Bob Beauprez was a joke in 2006, and as he proved by launching his campaign for governor of Colorado from Washington, D.C., he's a joke today."

Online Campaign Launched To Expose Cory Gardner’s Extreme Record

As Republican Congressman Cory Gardner launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate today, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, launched an online campaign condemning Gardner’s extreme anti-woman record.

Shady, Anti-Woman Extremist Cory Gardner Enters U.S. Senate Race

Learning today that Congressman Cory Gardner of Yuma will drop his re-election bid for Congress and instead run for the U.S. Senate nomination, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, condemned Gardner’s deplorable record in Congress and the backroom dealing in the Republican Senate race clearly taking place.

National and Colorado Groups Launch “Mondays with ALEC” to Counter Corporate Agenda

In the wake of last week's Stand Up to ALEC National Day of Action, which saw actions in nearly two dozen states, groups from across the country including ProgressNow Colorado are launching a new weekly program called "Mondays with ALEC"--a series of actions aimed at exposing the full corporate-funded, profit-driven agenda of the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Call For Sen. George Rivera To Ditch Embarrassing Flip-Flop On Recall Expenses

“As a candidate in last year’s costly and unnecessary recalls, George Rivera told voters that the burden of paying for recalls, borne by cash-strapped local government, was a ‘phony issue,’ said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Now that he’s a state senator likely to lose in this year’s general election, he wants to curry favor with the same local government by having the costs of his recall election paid for by the state.”

Call For Gun Lobby To Cancel Protest, “Unite In Orange” This Sunday

Learning of plans by the gun lobby and far right political candidates to hold a protest just before kickoff Sunday of the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on organizers to celebrate and cheer on the Denver Broncos instead of perpetuating anger and misinformation.

 

Progressives Celebrate Mike Coffman, Colorado’s Longest-Serving Career Politician

“There is no politician in office today in the state of Colorado who has been on the public dole longer than Mike Coffman,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “When Coffman says he knows how the ‘system’ works, he means it--because no one in our state is more of a creature of the political system than Coffman is.”

Progressives Welcome Rachel Zenzinger’s Leadership in the Colorado Senate

"Former Senator Evie Hudak didn't deserve what happened to her, and neither did her constituents," said Runyon-Harms. "Rachel Zenzinger's top priority, for which she is extremely well qualified, is to continue to represent the people of Arvada and Westminster, and help bring stability back to our democratic process by holding this seat in 2014."

Progressives Celebrate Evie Hudak, a Champion for Education and Women

"Evie Hudak has been a champion for progressives in the Colorado Senate," said Runyon-Harms. "As chair of the Education Committee, Sen. Hudak fought for a great education for every Colorado student. Her work on behalf of women victims of violence, including legislation this year to prevent domestic abusers from having guns, has made a profound difference and will save lives as a result. Sen. Hudak's decision to leave office is an act of bravery that inspires us all."

Brosurance for the ladies

In the last few weeks, you may have caught a glimpse of an ad featuring three 'bros' doing a keg stand that encourages people to check out the new healthcare marketplace and get insurance. Well, that was the handiwork of ProgressNow Colorado Education and our amazing partners, the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. When we began work on this project last summer with CCHI, our goal was to make sure Coloradans knew about the availability of health insurance through the new online marketplace called "Connect for Health Colorado", which opened on October 1st.

Progressives Vow To Keep Fighting For Colorado’s Kids

As ballots are counted across Colorado this Election Day, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, celebrated local wins for public health and safety, and vowed to keep fighting for adequate education funding after the defeat of Amendment 66.

Progressives To Mike Coffman: Not Good Enough

With a shutdown of the federal government now in its second week, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, demanded that Rep. Mike Coffman stop trying to have it both ways. We call on Rep. Coffman to support the discharge petition in the House to force Republicans to reopen the government immediately.

“Komen for the Cure” defunds breast cancer screenings?

In a shocking move, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation just announced that it will stop funding Planned Parenthood’s lifesaving breast cancer care and screening programs, perhaps as soon as next year. Why? Because of political pressure from congressional conservatives and anti-choice extremists.