Brown: Politics is local; why I care about the Colorado Senate

By Debbie Brown on November 1, 2016

First appeared in the Colorado Statesman on November 1, 2016

When it comes to politics, seemingly all of the attention this year is focused on the presidential election. While the outcome of the presidential race is important, the reality is that local and statewide elections have a far greater impact on our day to day lives. This year, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

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Trump's poor political fit pushes perpetual swing state Colorado out of the battleground

First appeared in the Los Angeles Times on September 28, 2016.

By Mark Z. Barabak

Chelsea Nunnenkamp is the kind of party loyalist who bleeds Republican red.

She started walking precincts and stuffing envelopes for GOP candidates at age 15. During high school, she kept a poster of Ronald Reagan above her bed.

But come November, for the first time ever, she may vote for a third-party presidential candidate or, possibly, skip that line on her ballot altogether. She is terrified, she said, byDonald Trump and his egocentric campaign.

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Ivanka discuss gender pay gap, Pence talks institutional racism in trip to Colorado

First appeared on Denver 7 on September 22, 2016.

By Marshall Zelinger, Russell Haythorn, Blair Miller

DENVER – The Donald Trump campaign again descended on Colorado Thursday to stump for the Republican nominee.

Trump’s daughter, attended a breakfast at the Colorado Women’s Alliance in Denver before heading to a tour of Liberty Common High School in Fort Collins.

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3 big Trump supporters in CO on same day

First appeared on on September 22, 2016.

By Allison Sylte, KUSA

USA - Three big Donald Trump supporters will be in Colorado on Thursday – highlighting the Centennial State’s role in this election.

Ivanka Trump is set to speak at the Sheraton in downtown Denver at 7:30 a.m. She’ll be at a breakfast hosted by the Colorado Women’s Alliance, and will be answering questions.

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How do you solve a problem like Trump?

Debbie Brown | Colorado Statesman | July 2, 2016

In November of 2012, President Barack Obama won the women’s vote by a 55 percent to 44 percent margin over Mitt Romney. While Romney won men 52 percent to 45 percent in the same election, his inability to overcome an eleven-point gap among women cost him the election and with it the presidency.

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Colorado Democrats force partisan ‘equal pay’ legislation through House

DENVER — Colorado House Democrats have advanced partisan “equal pay” legislation that would force all state contractors to provide equal compensation to men and women, regardless of experience or quality of work. 

House Bill 16-1001, sponsored by Rep. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, and Rep. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora, has passed through the House on Third Reading today, and now makes its way to the Republican controlled Senate. The measure would burden Colorado contractors by regulating how and how much, they can compensate employees.

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How Women ‘View’ the 2016 Candidates

By Jennifer Kerns

First appeared in The Blaze on November 11, 2015.

Listen up, candidates.

Women voters in a key swing state are giving you the secret codes to winning the 2016 presidential election.

As GOP candidates take to the debate stage again this week in an effort to woo women voters, the leading women’s coalition in the battleground state of Colorado shared results from an in-depth survey of Republican female voters which could be the key to victory.

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Free Markets Free Women

Free Markets Free Women

Driving her Jeep, canine companion in the back seat, Heidi Ganahl is the picture of a successful, Colorado woman. She is the independent, creative business owner that young women need as a role model.

Widowed in her mid-20s, Heidi poured her savings into starting a new business, Camp Bow Wow. She worked hard and grew the doggie daycare into a multi-million dollar enterprise with 200 franchises throughout the US and Canada. Her contagious smile and business acumen have been featured on television and magazines.


December 11, 2014 (Denver, CO) – “Colorado Women’s Alliance is releasing the results of a post‐ election survey that sheds light on the views of unaffiliated women voters in Colorado this election year,” said Debbie Brown, Executive Director, Colorado Women’s Alliance. “We have said for a long time that unaffiliated women voters are an important voting bloc in Colorado. These women are less partisan and more likely to consider candidates of both parties. That makes them ‘swing’ voters and it has made them the deciding vote in many elections in recent years.”

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Independent Colo. women like Cory Gardner, not sold on Hillary Clinton: poll

Independent Colo. women like Cory Gardner, not sold on Hillary Clinton: poll

By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times - Thursday, December 11, 2014

DENVER — Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton may want to study some film on Republican Cory Gardner before wooing independent women voters in swing-state Colorado.

‘You’ve come a long way baby’

By State Rep. Libby Szabo R-Arvada

In the 1960s, that phrase was everywhere, meant to show that women were becoming more independent and confident than ever. If you look at the single-issue campaign Sen. Udall is running today, you’d think we were back in the 1960s fighting for women’s rights. We should be hearing about all that he’s done for us in his two decades in Washington, D.C. Sadly, his campaign blankets the airwaves with negative ad after negative ad, trumpeting a faux “war on women.”

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Experts: Unclear whether Gardner's OTC contraception plan saves money

By Elizabeth Hernandez and Lynn Bartels
The Denver Post

Congressman Cory Gardner's proposal to make the pill available over the counter without a prescription has drawn scorn and praise in his effort to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall.

The Republican's plan, shared by other GOP candidates elsewhere in the country, is being viewed through the lens of politics in a race in which Democrats have full-throatedly engaged the "war on women" theme.

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Tracing the Line in Colorado, a State Split Left and Right

Tracing the Line in Colorado, a State Split Left and Right


Two Democrats, Gov. John W. Hickenlooper and Senator Mark Udall, are in fierce re-election races, and both parties are spending millions in a state not quite red or blue.

ERIE, Colo. — To trace the border between the liberal and conservative corners of the American West, head down East County Line Road, a two-lane asphalt stripe parting the plains here in Northern Colorado.

Could Your 2nd Amendment Rights Die in the American West?

Posted by Nicole Haas 

Colorado’s Democrat state legislator has pushed some of the most sweeping anti 2nd amendment laws in the nation.

The controversial 2013 measures prompted 55 of Colorado’s 62 elected sheriffs to file a federal law suit against their own state, citing the new gun control mandates unconstitutional. These laws are so unpopular, their passing led to the prompt ousting of two Democratic state senators.

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Is the Democratic 'War on Women' Rhetoric Backfiring in 2014?

First appeared in the National Catholic Register on October 17, 2014.

Some candidates continue to make their Republican opponents’ pro-life convictions their central campaign theme, but such claims may be losing traction with voters.

DENVER — Democrats in key races throughout the country want voters to know they favor abortion rights and birth control, claiming their Republican opponents would ban them as part of a “war on women.”

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Rep. Mike Coffman and Andrew Romanoff battle for women's support

By Jon Murray
The Denver Post

Mike Coffman knows his potential weak spots in his race for a fourth term in Congress. There's his past support for "personhood" ballot measures, a position he's since reversed. And there's a list of votes that give Democrats grist to argue he's been unfriendly to women.

So when the Republican congressman debuted his first TV ad recently, he launched a pre-emptive strike, making a pitch aimed at women, a critical constituency in his tight race against former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.

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