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► Big news from the Washington Post this morning: Denver gazillionaire Phil Anschutz has some pretty clear links to the anti-LGBT group “Alliance Defending Freedom.” We summarized the breaking news in a post this morning:
Today’s report documents to a far greater detail than has been disclosed previous the funding and advocacy relationships surrounding the Alliance Defending Freedom–an organization that has spearheaded the opposition to LGBT rights across the nation, and responsible for the defense of figures such as Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis in her battle to avoid having to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Since the U.S Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, ADF has continued to push a wide variety of anti-LGBT legislation in state legislatures across the nation including Colorado’s. The organization has introduced dozens of such pieces of legislation just in 2016, from “bathroom bills” to restrict access to gender-appropriate restrooms for transgender people to “religious freedom” bills meant to carve out space for faith-based discrimination. Safe to say, ADF is diametrically opposed to the direction the nation has been headed on gay rights in recent years.
The rise of Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee for President has shown a new light on the anti-everything sentiments of His Hairness, and there seems to be something of a domino effect happening as media outlets take a fresh look at the names and checkbooks behind some of the country’s more prominent hate groups.
Some of Anschutz’s money also appears to be connected to soon-to-be-former legislator Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt, which is embarrassing enough in itself. Unfortunately, the list of Colorado Republicans with ties to hate groups in general seems to be expanding.
► Senator Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) will stump in Colorado for Republican Senate nominee Darryl Glenn. Given Gardner’s recent track record of publicly supporting one loser after another (including former Senate candidate Jon Keyser), this is probably not a good sign for Glenn.
► Former Colorado Senator Bill Armstrong died on Wednesday after a prolonged battle with cancer.
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