In straw poll, conservatives prefer Arapahoe County DA George Brauchler for governor

The straw poll conducted at the Western Conservative Summit revealed a clear favorite among attendees, many of whom are grassroots activists.

George Brauchler addresses the Western Conservative Summit, July 22, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) western conservative summit; copolitics; politics; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
George Brauchler addresses the Western Conservative Summit, July 22, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The straw poll conducted at the Western Conservative Summit this weekend in Denver revealed a clear favorite among attendees, many of them influential grassroots activists. Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler got 38 percent of the vote on a ballot that had 17 other Republican candidates on it.


What Republicans think of Trump: The view from Denver’s Western Conservative Summit

From “could do a lot more” to “exceeded my expectations” to “some sketchy moments” — here’s what they’re saying about President Donald Trump.

Jimmie Viles AKA Jefferson Quincy Washington III at the Western Conservative Summit, July 21, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) western conservative summit; wcs; protest; cory gardner; healthcare; adapt; medicaid; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
Cosplay for conservatives: Jimmie Viles AKA Jefferson Quincy Washington III at the Western Conservative Summit, July 21, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Republicans have had six months of their unconventional and unpredictable president, six months of deepening investigation into possible connections to Russian intelligence, and six months of full control of the U.S. government in which they have struggled to achieve their most high-profile policy objective: repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a Republican alternative.

At the Western Conservative Summit this weekend in Denver, I heard a range of opinions about President Donald Trump and the job he’s been doing. The director of the institute that puts on the conference said conservatives are “restless,” and U.S. Rep. Ken Buck said the problem lies with Congress, not the president. An artist and farmer said she was buoyed by “new hope,” and a high school student worried about “sketchy” statements and actions related to the Russia investigation.

Here’s what attendees at the conference had to say:


10 gifs of Colorado Republicans dancing and “dancing” to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling”

Colorado conservatives didn’t let any bad feelings get into the video introduction that kicked off this year’s Western Conservative Summit.

Colorado Republicans have some excellent socks. Also, one of those freaky horse masks.

They may be facing some challenging times in Washington, between investigations into Russian interference and the challenges of passing a health care bill, but they didn’t let any bad feelings get into the video introduction that kicked off this year’s Western Conservative Summit.


Conservatives will be smiling through the pain at the Western Conservative Summit

About this time last year, then-candidate Donald Trump addressed a two-thirds full ballroom in the Colorado Convention Center and ended up bringing the crowd to its feet with his talk of how weak Hillary Clinton was and how he would make America strong and respected.

This year, as the Western Conservative Summit convenes again in downtown Denver, representatives of the Trump administration are a little thin on the ground.


In ALEC speech, DeVos says protesters, teachers’ unions are attacking those who want real change

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rallied a conservative crowd in Denver and defended private-school vouchers as a way to help disadvantaged students.

By Yesenia Robles, Chalkbeat

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rallied a conservative crowd in Denver on Thursday, criticizing teachers unions and local protesters and defending private-school vouchers as a way to help disadvantaged students.

“Our opponents, the defenders of the status quo, only protest those capable of implementing real change,” DeVos told members of the American Legislative Exchange Council, an influential conservative group that helps shape legislative policy across the country. “You represent real change.”