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DENVER — Colorado Republicans on Saturday rejected a bid to call off next year's primary election rather than let unaffiliated voters have a say in the party's nominations to the fall ballot.

But in something of a split decision, the GOP at the same time approved a motion to sue the state over a voter-approved law that lets unaffiliated voters participate in Democratic and Republican primaries.

“We are focused on 2022 and winning over ALL voters in Colorado and persuading them that our candidates will bring the best solutions for the future of Colorado,” Colorado GOP chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown told Colorado Politics in a text message after the votes.

Meeting in Pueblo, members of the state GOP's central committee voted overwhelmingly against a motion to "opt out" of the primary by using a provision in Proposition 108, the 2016 ballot measure that established semi-open primaries. (Truly open primaries would allow Democrats to vote in Republican primaries, and vice versa, which can't happen under Colorado's system.)

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GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger says 'Trump is winning' fight for direction of the party, urges colleagues to speak up

The Wall Street Journal 19 September, 2021 - 03:19pm

Kinzinger spoke of Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who is retiring next year after voting to impeach Trump.

"If you think Trump leads our party, you own his comments or you must denounce them," Kinzinger said to GOP colleagues.

See more stories on Insider's business page.

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois on Saturday said that former President Donald Trump is "winning" the battle over the direction of the party because so many Republicans have chosen to quietly "watch from the sidelines."

In a video statement that appeared on Twitter, the congressman discussed Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, the Ohio GOP lawmaker who voted to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol and last week announced that he would not stand for reelection in his staunchly conservative district.

"A couple days ago, my friend Anthony Gonzales announced he won't run again, and now the pundits and politicos are discussing whether this means that Trump won," Kinzinger said. "So, let me answer this question. Yes, as of now, Trump is winning. Not because Anthony decided not to run, but because so many in the Republican Party decided to stay silent."

He added: "Ten of us voted to impeach the former guy, fulfilling our Constitutional duty, yet so many GOP colleagues watch from the sidelines lacking courage to speak out while privately hoping for change."

The congressman made it clear that Republicans who choose to remain silent are complicit in condoning Trump's behavior.

-Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) September 18, 2021

"The future of power and politics in this country doesn't rest on the ten of us," he said. "It rests on the courage on the 180 others who have been silent so far. My GOP colleagues - the time is now to speak up."

He added: "If you think Trump leads our party, you own his comments or you must denounce them. If you think he doesn't lead our party, you must publicly say that. The time for hiding is over."

Trump has doubled down in seeking retribution against Republicans who voted for his impeachment; during a June rally in Ohio, the former president targeted Gonzalez and called him "a disgrace."

Last week, when Gonzalez announced his retirement, he cited the "toxic" state of politics as one of the reasons why he is choosing to leave the House.

"While my desire to build a fuller family life is at the heart of my decision, it is also true that the current state of our politics, especially many of the toxic dynamics inside our party, is a significant factor in my decision," Gonzalez said in a statement.

Kinzinger, who was one of only ten Republicans to impeach Trump for "incitement of insurrection," has been a thorn on the former president's side for months by calling for accountability for the Jan. 6 riot when many in his party have chosen to move on from the incident.

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Kinzinger are the only two Republicans serving on the select committee to investigate the insurrection.

During an interview on ABC's "This Week" last month, the congressman said that he would be open to using subpoenas to compel people to testify in front of the committee about Jan. 6.

"I think this is ... the shot we have as a country to get answers to what led up to it, what really happened and what happened in the aftermath," he said. "I would expect to see a significant number of subpoenas for a lot of people. But I think the bigger thing is just what is the message that's going to come out this, is that the American people deserve the truth."

Read the original article on Business Insider

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"The time is now to speak up," Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) implored his Republican colleagues in a video message posted Saturday, a day after fellow GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez announced his retirement.Why it matters: Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans, including Kinzinger, who voted for impeachment. He said he had decided not to seek re-election against a Trump-backed primary challenger in 2022.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free."If you think Trump r

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GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger says 'Trump is winning' fight for direction of the party, urges colleagues to speak up

The Washington Post 19 September, 2021 - 03:19pm

Kinzinger spoke of Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who is retiring next year after voting to impeach Trump.

"If you think Trump leads our party, you own his comments or you must denounce them," Kinzinger said to GOP colleagues.

See more stories on Insider's business page.

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois on Saturday said that former President Donald Trump is "winning" the battle over the direction of the party because so many Republicans have chosen to quietly "watch from the sidelines."

In a video statement that appeared on Twitter, the congressman discussed Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, the Ohio GOP lawmaker who voted to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol and last week announced that he would not stand for reelection in his staunchly conservative district.

"A couple days ago, my friend Anthony Gonzales announced he won't run again, and now the pundits and politicos are discussing whether this means that Trump won," Kinzinger said. "So, let me answer this question. Yes, as of now, Trump is winning. Not because Anthony decided not to run, but because so many in the Republican Party decided to stay silent."

He added: "Ten of us voted to impeach the former guy, fulfilling our Constitutional duty, yet so many GOP colleagues watch from the sidelines lacking courage to speak out while privately hoping for change."

The congressman made it clear that Republicans who choose to remain silent are complicit in condoning Trump's behavior.

-Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) September 18, 2021

"The future of power and politics in this country doesn't rest on the ten of us," he said. "It rests on the courage on the 180 others who have been silent so far. My GOP colleagues - the time is now to speak up."

He added: "If you think Trump leads our party, you own his comments or you must denounce them. If you think he doesn't lead our party, you must publicly say that. The time for hiding is over."

Trump has doubled down in seeking retribution against Republicans who voted for his impeachment; during a June rally in Ohio, the former president targeted Gonzalez and called him "a disgrace."

Last week, when Gonzalez announced his retirement, he cited the "toxic" state of politics as one of the reasons why he is choosing to leave the House.

"While my desire to build a fuller family life is at the heart of my decision, it is also true that the current state of our politics, especially many of the toxic dynamics inside our party, is a significant factor in my decision," Gonzalez said in a statement.

Kinzinger, who was one of only ten Republicans to impeach Trump for "incitement of insurrection," has been a thorn on the former president's side for months by calling for accountability for the Jan. 6 riot when many in his party have chosen to move on from the incident.

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Kinzinger are the only two Republicans serving on the select committee to investigate the insurrection.

During an interview on ABC's "This Week" last month, the congressman said that he would be open to using subpoenas to compel people to testify in front of the committee about Jan. 6.

"I think this is ... the shot we have as a country to get answers to what led up to it, what really happened and what happened in the aftermath," he said. "I would expect to see a significant number of subpoenas for a lot of people. But I think the bigger thing is just what is the message that's going to come out this, is that the American people deserve the truth."

Read the original article on Business Insider

Bill Cassidy voted to impeach Trump over Capitol attackCalifornia recall shows Trump’s big lie is now GOP playbook Bill Cassidy talks with reporters during Donald Trump's second impeachment trial. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/UPI/REX/Shutterstock One of the seven Republican senators who voted to convict Donald Trump at his second impeachment trial warned on Sunday that the former president’s “bullying” of the party would lead to electoral defeat in next year’s midterms and beyond. Bill Cassidy o

"The time is now to speak up," Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) implored his Republican colleagues in a video message posted Saturday, a day after fellow GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez announced his retirement.Why it matters: Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans, including Kinzinger, who voted for impeachment. He said he had decided not to seek re-election against a Trump-backed primary challenger in 2022.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free."If you think Trump r

The "Justice for J6" rally, in support of Capitol rioters charged with crimes, attracted few protesters but there was a large media and police presence.

Senator Bill Cassidy (R., La.) on Sunday warned his fellow Republicans that the party will lose again in 2024 if they continue to relitigate 2020.

Carlson visited Hungary to "extol" the hard-right leader, who censors the media, ignores voters and "amasses wealth for himself and cronies," the senator said.

It took five years for the role Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign had in concocting the Alfa Bank scandal to become apparent, Eric Trump said on Sunday.

The government could technically mint a coin and decide it's worth $1 trillion. No more debt ceiling stand-off.

"With all due respect, governor, your way is failing," CNN's Jake Tapper said. "Are you going to try to change anything to change this horrible statistic from what you're doing already?"

"If our party wants a future where it can win majorities, it needs ideas and policies that can capture the hearts and minds of a majority," he said.

Israel's former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested in a Facebook video posted on Sunday that U.S. President Joe Biden had fallen asleep when meeting the new Israeli leader Naftali Bennett last month. A Reuters fact check https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-biden-asleep-idUSL1N2Q00H8 previously debunked the idea that Biden dozed off, after social media users shared a video clip of the U.S. president that they said showed him looking down and nodding off as Bennett spoke in the Oval Office. Seconds after the clip was cut, longer footage showed Biden responded to Bennett.

"I'm saying to you, your way's not working," CNN's Jake Tapper said to Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Sunday.

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The editorial board of Albany's Times Union asks the New York Republican "how low" she can go in its withering essay.

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