READ THIS: The Many Lies of Con Man Cory

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This evening, Rep. Cory Gardner will join Sen. Mark Udall in Grand Junction for the first debate of the 2014 U.S. Senate race. There are a lot of issues at stake in this race, and I wanted to take a moment to recap everything we’ve been talking about so far.

No politician is perfect, but Cory Gardner could truly be one of the most deceptive candidates Colorado has seen in years. Just this week, the Associated Press reported that one of Gardner’s latest TV ads, which you’ve probably seen, claims credit for “launching” Colorado’s green energy industry. The truth is Gardner opposed the landmark 2004 law, Amendment 37, that made Colorado a leader in the renewable energy economy. And the bill that Gardner sponsored never funded a single renewable energy project before being repealed.

Tell Cory Gardner it’s time for the lies to stop.

There’s a reason we call him Con Man Cory. From the moment Cory Gardner entered the race for the U.S. Senate, he has been covering up his long political record–a record that ranked him as the 10th most right-wing member of Congress in 2012, according to National Journal. Days after getting into the Senate race, Gardner claimed to have disavowed the Colorado Personhood abortion bans he’s supported for years, even though he is still sponsor of federal legislation that would do the same thing: ban abortion and many common forms of birth control.

On every issue that matters to women and families, Gardner is not only trying to claim a new position; he is trying to pretend his old votes didn’t happen. Gardner claims today that he "never" supported the disastrous shutdown of the federal government last year, which impeded recovery from devastating floods that impacted our state just days before. But the truth is, Gardner did support the shutdown, voted with his party at every step to shut down the government, and publicly defended the Republican strategy. In addition to impeding flood recovery, the shutdown’s closure of the state’s national parks and monuments cost Colorado’s economy millions of dollars.

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11 Definitive Reasons Bill Maher Should #FlipADistrict In Colorado

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Bill Maher plans to pick one congressional district to flip this fall. Here are 11 reasons Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman should win. Sign the petition here. Help Colorado #FlipADistrict!

1. Current Representative Mike Coffman sucks at push-ups

Rule #1 for doing push-ups in the airport: don’t look like you’re dry humping the carpet.

2. He also thinks legal weed is bad for Colorado

Source: Rep Mike Coffman: Legal Marijuana Is Scary (bigmedia.org)

It’s one thing for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to drop into Colorado and tell us our quality of life is going down the tubes thanks to marijuana legalization.

But it’s another for our own elected officials to tell us as much. You recall Rep. Mike Coffman grumped on the KOA radio earlier this year that legal pot may scare giant corporations from coming to Colorado.

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Will the real Both Ways Bob please stand up?

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As women across the country celebrate Women's Equality Day, ProgressNow Colorado demands that 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.

"It's time for Bob Beauprez to end his war on women: a woman has the right to make her own personal, private medical decisions, including victims of rape and incest,” stated Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director of ProgressNow Colorado. "It's shocking that in 2014 we are still having a debate about something so basic."

In an interview broadcast this past Sunday–transcribed below–Beauprez said, "I respect that different people have different opinions than me and I respect the law of the land which is very clear and as Governor I will enforce the law of the land…for me personally the only exception is life of the mother–that's me personally."

Yet in 2006, Beauprez said he would sign a bill that outlaws abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. (Denver Post, October 20, 2006)

"Beauprez's record shows that he would let the government interfere with decisions that should be left to a woman, her family and her doctor," said Runyon-Harms. "Beauprez supported federal Personhood legislation, and said in his last run for Governor that he would sign a bill outlawing all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest. Once again, Both Ways Bob is saying one thing to women, while his record demonstrates otherwise."

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Time for Gardner to back up his “Obamascare” story

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Rep. Cory Gardner (R).

Rep. Cory Gardner (R).

​As questions continue to grow about the details of U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner's health insurance, which Gardner claims motivated him to run for the U.S. Senate, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Gardner to fully disclose crucial details that would either verify or disprove his claims.

"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?"

Last week, 9NEWS in Denver conducted a Truth Test of Gardner's latest ad, in which he tells the story of his health insurance plan being 'cancelled.' But when 9NEWS attempted to verify the details of Gardner's claim, "the campaign declined to provide evidence of the previous price or any details about the level of coverage and deductibles under the prior plan." 9NEWS concluded, "And was this the only policy for the entire family? As for the congressman's personal story, you should take it with a grain of salt because we don't have all the details." [1]

"Cory Gardner's claims about his supposedly 'cancelled' health insurance plan have never added up," said Runyon-Harms. "The fact is, over 90% of Colorado policyholders who received so-called 'cancellation notices' received policy renewal instructions in the same letter. [2] [3] Gardner has claimed that the 'comparable' replacement plan he was offered was twice as much, but that's impossible to confirm if Gardner won't disclose the details of his old plan. Gardner has been asked to provide the full details of his insurance plans for months, and he has refused even as questions have grown about his story."

"It's time for Con Man Cory Gardner to put up or shut up," said Runyon-Harms. "We call on Gardner to immediately release the full details of his old health insurance plan: deductibles, coverages, premiums, everything. Gardner also must disclose any other insurance he or his family may have carried during this period. There have been too many 'Obamascare' horror stories that have been proven false once the facts came out. Coloradans deserve to know if the reason Gardner says he is running for Senate today is nothing more than a giant con job."

Hey Bill Maher, Colorado Needs You

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We need your help with this one. I know, I know. We ask you to sign a lot of petitions. If you haven’t signed one in a while, please take a moment right now to sign this one.

Have you heard about this #FlipADistrict thing HBO’s Bill Maher is doing on his show? He’s asking folks to help him pick a truly terrible member of Congress, and then he’ll spend the next few months shining a national spotlight on the selected “loser of a Congressman”. The goal is to flip the district to someone better.

Well, Bill Maher has narrowed the #FlipADistrict field down to his final four. And Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District made the cut!

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Civil war?

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POLS UPDATE: The Denver Post's Joey Bunch:

A Colorado liberal group launched an attack on Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez Thursday for saying he worried Obama’s policies could lead to revolution or civil war in the United States…

Beauprez’s campaign spokesman, Allen Fuller, said ProgressNow was trying to stir up controversy where none exists to help incumbent Democrat John Hickenlooper.

“Hickenlooper’s loyal attack dogs ProgressNow are blasting around tired old attacks crossing their fingers that someone might fall for their same old tricks,” he said in an e-mail.

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Politics gets crazy sometimes. I probably don’t need to tell you that. But in America, we pride ourselves in being able to come together when it’s necessary and solve the big problems that confront us.

Unfortunately, not everyone agrees these days. And since the Tea Party came to power in 2010, there have been some truly crazy things said about our country by far right politicians. Some of it doesn’t sound very American at all.

In a 2012 interview, Colorado politician Bob Beauprez was asked on a talk show whether President Barack Obama’s policies could lead to “a civil war in this country.” Here’s how Beauprez responded:

“I hope and pray that, that we don't see another revolution in this country. I hope and pray we don't see another civil war, but this administration is pushing the boundaries like none I think we've ever, ever seen.”

To watch this shocking video clip, click here.

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Help us send Karl Rove packing

Once again, an ‘Obamascare’ horror story on the air in Colorado has turned out to be a fake.

Tell Karl Rove to take his latest false ad off the air now.

You’ve probably seen a new television ad from Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS group that began airing in Colorado this week to help Republican Cory Gardner, featuring a Castle Rock woman who claims she had to go back to work because her family “couldn’t afford our [health] plan.”

But when asked for details by local reporter Eli Stokols of FOX 31 in Denver, the subject of the ad admitted that the reason for her going back to work in 2010 ”wasn’t the Affordable Care Act.” [1]

In fact, Obamacare had not yet even taken effect. The whole ad is based on a deception.

The right wing has spent millions of dollars spreading false information about the Affordable Care Act. Cory Gardner has made Obamacare scare tactics the central theme of his campaign. Their willingness to mislead voters for political gain on this critical issue has done a terrible disservice to the entire nation. The truth is, Colorado’s rate of uninsured has dropped from 17% to only 11% since Obamacare has been fully implemented according to a new report from Gallup out last week. [2] But Cory Gardner and Karl Rove can’t admit the truth.

Enough is enough: it’s time for Cory Gardner and out-of-state special interests to stop misleading the people of Colorado. Sign our petition right now telling Karl Rove to take down his misleading ad.

It’s amazing that Karl Rove and the right wing is still trying to deceive the public about Obamacare 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 too long, and it’s time for it to stop.

Thanks for your help stopping it in Colorado.

Sincerely,

Amy Runyon-Harms

We found the problem with immigration reform

Reps. Mike Coffman and Cory Gardner have voted to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, four times, and as recently as May.

Last night, they ‘changed their minds’ and voted against an amendment to end DACA. With the election fast approaching, it’s no surprise why.

But don’t be fooled by this apparent change of heart. Both Reps. Gardner and Coffman continue to block real immigration reform. In fact, before leaving for a month-long recess, they voted against bringing a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration bill up for a vote–a bill that would have helped millions of families, and so many people right here in Colorado.

Tell Congressmen Cory Gardner and Mike Coffman that you see through their political pandering. Demand they take real action now.

There’s no question about it: America is facing an immigration crisis, and something must be done. And when we need leadership the most, Mike Coffman and Cory Gardner are letting us all down.

There’s a reason why Congress’ approval ratings are at historic lows: it’s because politicians like Gardner and Coffman refuse to do their jobs. Click here right now to send the message that it's now or never.

Thank you,

Amy Runyon-Harms

Rep. Gardner, see you at the No on Personhood rally?

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Dear Representative Gardner,

Recently, you told the news media that you were giving up your longstanding support for the Personhood abortion ban ballot measures in Colorado. You may have read that the NO on Amendment 67 campaign is kicking off their opposition to this year’s Personhood abortion ban amendment with a rally and press conference today.

Can I tell them you’ll be joining us?

Thank you for your decision to reverse your years of support for the Colorado Personhood abortion bans. As you know, Personhood would have the added consequence of banning many common forms of birth control, which is one reason it has failed repeatedly at the polls by an overwhelming majority.

It’s unfortunate, Rep. Gardner, that you remain a co-sponsor of the federal Life at Conception Act, which contains the same language as the Personhood amendments that have previously failed here in Colorado.  The federal Life at Conception Act would ban many forms of birth control–in addition to banning all abortions even in cases of rape or incest. Because this directly contradicts your reasons for flip-flopping on Colorado’s Personhood amendments, I hope you announce today that you are also removing yourself as a cosponsor of that bill.

The voters of Colorado look forward to you proving yourself. Please don’t let them down!

Call For Beauprez To Send Christie’s Corruption Packing

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As questions continue to grow about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's involvement in the "Bridgegate" corruption scandal, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, today called on Colorado gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez to withdraw from a joint fundraiser in Denver this week with Christie.

"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."

ProgressNow Colorado received word that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is hosting a fundraiser for the Republican Governors Association this Wednesday at Denver's Capital Grille. Bob Beauprez, the GOP Colorado gubernatorial nominee, is the event's "special guest."

"Chris Christie endorsed Bob Beauprez as a candidate 'willing to step up and make Colorado strong,'" said Runyon-Harms. "But now the whole nation understands what Christie means by 'stepping up': wielding political power like a mob boss no matter who gets hurt. When Christie's administration saw a chance to retaliate against a political enemy, they took it, even if that meant making thousands of people suffer."

"If scandal-plagued Chris Christie is the type of politician Both Ways Bob Beauprez wants to associate with, that speaks volumes about Beauprez's character," said Runyon-Harms, "We call on 'Both Ways Bob' Beauprez to disavow the upcoming fundraiser with Chris Christie, as well as Christie's brand of sleazy East Coast corruption–instead of inviting it to our state."

“The GOP’s worst deja vu ever”

Last week, while most of us were getting ready for the long holiday weekend, the Denver Post dropped a bombshell story on ex-Congressman Bob Beauprez. This could be the beginning of the end for Beauprez's campaign for governor.

You might remember back in 2012, when presidential candidate Mitt Romney was caught on tape writing off nearly half of Americans–47% to be precise–saying "my job is not to worry about those people." Many political experts believe these remarks helped ensure Romney's defeat, casting Romney as out of touch with the needs of ordinary Americans.

According to the Denver Post, Romney may well have gotten those talking points from Bob Beauprez. The Post reports that Beauprez gave a speech two years before Romney's where Beauprez said:

"I'm guessing that most of you in this room are not in that 47 percent–God bless you–but what that tells me is that we've got almost half the population perfectly happy that somebody else is paying the bill."

Last week, Beauprez's speech made national news. Salon calls it "the GOP's worst deja vu ever." [1] What do you think of Beauprez's "47%" remarks? Click here to send us your thoughts. We'll share your names and comments with Beauprez's campaign and the press.

I believe that Colorado needs leaders who unite us, not divide us. The job of a governor is to represent the interests of 100% of the people, not half of them. If you agree, let's stand up for those values–and show that our state is better than Bob Beauprez's divisive rhetoric.

Sincerely

Amy Runyon-Harms

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

ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, today called on Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez to finally tell the voters of Colorado his opinion on diverting Western Slope water to the Front Range.

"Bob Beauprez claims to value the the Western Slope's agricultural economy, but he backed a 'water grab' measure that could have devastated the Western Slope by diverting precious water resources to the Front Range," said ProgressNow Colorado executive direct Amy Runyon-Harms. "When running for governor last time, Beauprez told stakeholders in Montrose that 'no one has convinced me of the need for transmountain diversions.' That was only two years after supporting a ballot measure to do exactly that."

In 2003, Referendum A was proposed to allow the state to issue billions of dollars in bonds for new water storage projects. Referendum A was overwhelmingly defeated by the voters, especially on the Western Slope. Since then, many of the politicians who supported Referendum A have been removed from office. [1]

"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

ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, today called on Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez to stop trying to have it both ways on the issue of an individual mandate to buy health insurance. This comes after a surrogate for Beauprez, former Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve House, claimed Friday that Beauprez “admits that the individual mandate comment was a mistake.”

“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.”

In a Facebook post Friday, former Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve House responded to criticism of Beauprez among conservatives by saying Beauprez “admits that the individual mandate comment was a mistake.” House said further, “I am not convinced that all that many congressmen know the constitution,” but assured conservatives that Beauprez is “very prepared on issues now.” [1]

“The Supreme Court settled the constitutionality of this important component of healthcare reform, which Beauprez himself and many conservatives supported until President Obama proposed it,” said Runyon-Harms. “Once again, Bob Beauprez wants to have it both ways, apologizing to conservatives in private while trying to talk his way out of accountability with the media. We call on Bob Beauprez to do what seems to come the hardest for him: pick a side.”

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

ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, today called on Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez to tell the voters of Colorado whether he supports the privatization of Social Security or opposes it. Beauprez's record shows he has tried to play both sides of this critical issue for years.

"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?"

In March of 2005, after claiming that he opposed the privatization of Social Security, then-Congressman Beauprez appeared with President George W. Bush in Denver to pitch Bush's plan for Social Security privatization. In July of that year, Coloradans traveled to Washington to present Beauprez with waffles to symbolize his "waffling" on Social Security. [Denver Post, July 7, 2005]

"Both Ways Bob tried to have it both ways on Social Security last time, and the voters didn't buy it," said Runyon-Harms. "Has anything changed since then? Do Coloradans have any more reason to trust Beauprez today than they did when we waffled on his promise to protect Social Security? We call on Beauprez to finally tell the voters of Colorado where he stands on this critical issue. He's kept them waiting years too long already."

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

ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, today called on Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez to explain comments made on a conservative radio show implying that President Barack Obama is not an American citizen.

"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."

In a 2010 radio interview on the Talk to Solomon Show, Beauprez claimed it was "astounding" that President Obama had not yet "settled that controversy," referring to unfounded claims, years old even at that time, that Obama is not a natural-born American citizen. Beauprez said, "If this guy is an American citizen, he's a different kind of an American than virtually any that I know." [1]

"What's astounding is Beauprez's absurd pandering to 'birthers,' years after the issue of Obama's citizenship was settled," said Runyon-Harms. "Does Bob Beauprez still not know if Obama's birth certificate is real? What does Beauprez mean when he says Obama is 'a different kind of American?' Beauprez owes the voters of Colorado an explanation for these deeply troubling statements."