February 23, 2010
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For the economy to recover, we need to support sensible legislation in the Senate that limits burdensome regulations and encourages private industry to invest in Colorado.
For the first time in 12 years, Northwest Colorado will not be represented at the state Capitol by someone named White. The real question is whether Senate District 8, a typically safe Republican seat, will stay in GOP hands, or if Breckenridge Democrat Emily Tracy can topple two-term state Rep. Randy Baumgardner.
Asked Wednesday to talk about his “day job,” Colorado House District 57 Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, couldn’t help but laugh. “This is my day job,” he said. “But my background is in farming and ranching if that’s what you’re asking.”
Republican state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, who voted against a comprehensive rewrite of the state’s sex-offender registration laws, has a convicted sex offender living at his house.
The past four years have been hard years fiscally for the state. Many hard decisions have been made to balance the financial needs of the state and the limited resources and revenues that were being generated through taxes and fees.
In a party-line vote, the Colorado House of Representatives gave initial approval this week to a bill that would add methane gas captured from active or inactive coal mines to the state’s renewable energy standard.
Lawmaker said he tried to learn from Arizona measure
Colorado Republicans have imported more of the Arizona immigration law into the Legislature, including parts that a federal judge has struck down in Arizona. Rep. Randy Baumgardner said Colorado Republicans tried to learn from Arizona’s experience to craft a bill that can pass the Legislature and stand up in court.
Baumgardner planning proposal for 2011 session, said specifics are not yet known
Routt County’s state representative could be at the forefront of debates about illegal immigration policy at the Capitol in 2011. Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, said this week that he’s working on a bill to address illegal immigration’s costs to the state and its taxpayers — a cost that he said Tuesday is about $1.5 billion a year.
House District 57 covers the state’s northwest corner and stretches to Rangely, Battlement Mesa and Rifle in the west and, with jagged borders, almost to Estes Park in the east. The district includes all or part of Routt, Moffat, Grand, Garfield, Jackson and Rio Blanco counties. It includes tourism, energy development, ranches, ski resorts and coal mines, highways and back roads, the very rich and the very poor, reflecting a diverse array of economic needs and conditions.
Candidates field questions from community during event
Randy Baumgardner had heard the question so often that he began answering before he reached the lectern Wednesday night at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. “I did not vote against autistic children," state Rep. Baumgardner said.
For the past two years, it has been my honor to serve you as your representative in Denver. The 57th District has experienced many changes in that short time. Like most of the country, families in our communities are feeling the financial pressure of this recession.
GOP incumbent has balance about $9K greater than Ivancie’s
Republican state Rep. Randy Baumgardner maintained a strong fundraising lead through September in his race for re-election against Democratic challenger Steve Ivancie.
Ivancie: Baumgardner’s position on ballot measures like ‘Jekyll and Hyde’
Oak Creek Libertarian Mike Kien expressed strong support Monday for three controversial ballot initiatives that have drawn unified opposition from his Democratic and Republican opponents in the race for a state House seat. Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61 would reduce various taxes and fees and limit governments’ ability to borrow.
These voter-sponsored initiatives were written and submitted by citizen activist groups as is their right in the state of Colorado. Although I understand the frustration at government that these initiatives were conceived in, I think they are misguided in their ability to bring fiscal responsibility to the state.
Area GOP leaders lack unity about Proposition 101 and proposed state constitutional Amendments 60 and 61
State Republican politicians are coming down hard against Proposition 101 and proposed state constitutional Amendments 60 and 61, but most of Routt County’s GOP leaders are taking a more nuanced stance, or no stance at all. The three proposals would drastically reduce the amount of taxes the state government can collect, and requires voter approval for fees as well as taxes.
Rep. Randy Baumgardner recently spent about six days in Arizona with 10 other Republican state legislators. The Republican from Hot Sulphur Springs said “there’s a very good possibility there will be legislation drafted” regarding immigration laws in Colorado’s 2011 legislative session.
At last week’s Moffat County Republican Central Committee Lincoln Day Dinner at the Holiday Inn of Craig, several candidates running for office in November’s election had a chance to speak to a Moffat County audience. Some of those candidates will have another opportunity Sunday.