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Fetal Tissue Trafficking Hearing

November 9, 2015


The Republican Study Committee of Colorado (RSCC) will hold an informational hearing from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Monday, November 9, 2015 concerning fetal tissue trafficking.

The public is welcome to attend the hearing which will be held in the State Capitol building in Senate Committee Room 356.

The RSCC has invited to testify a representative from the Colorado Attorney General's office, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado State University, University of Colorado, Alliance Defending Freedom, and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

Expert witnesses already confirmed to testify include Dr. David Prentice, the Vice President and Research Director for the Charlotte Lozier Institute and Adjunct Professor of Molecular Genetics at the John Paul II Institute, and Michael Norton, Senior Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom.

For more information on this event, please email or visit

Fact finding trip to Texas


September 17, 2014 - (Denver, CO) - The Republican Study Committee of Colorado (RSCC) has planned a fact-finding trip to Texas to gain firsthand knowledge of the situation with respect to U.S. border security in southern Texas. In just a few weeks (October 5-7), Colorado legislators plan to meet with representatives from the Texas State Legislature, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Military Forces (Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, Texas State Guard), and perhaps even some local citizen groups during a brief three-day visit.

"With all of the information and misinformation that we see on the topics of immigration and border security, and what they mean to Colorado citizens, we thought that the best approach would be to go gather some real-time information for ourselves," said RSCC Chairman and State Senator Kevin Lundberg, representing Colorado Senate District 15.

No taxpayer funds will be used for the trip.

Republican legislators have a history of traveling to the southern border, having made similar visits in 2006 and again in 2010. For legislators, there have been some things that have changed dramatically, and some that haven't changed much at all. The 2010 trip revealed a porous border, some unsettled locals, increasing criminal activity, and frustrated officials. Local ranchers, veterinarians, and others who used to work regularly with their neighbors on the border had seen a dramatic shift in the nature of activity over the years.

For some legislators, the place to start is to define just what the issues are. "When people talk about immigration', I think it's important to define what we're talking about. Does that mean Naturalization and citizenship? Does it refer to the movement of labor and capital? Does it refer to national security? Does it refer to criminal activity, particularly in drug, slave or sex trafficking? Does it refer to the availability of entitlement programs? Defining and parsing out the issues is an important place to start before we can craft good policy for Colorado," stated Senator Lundberg.

This trip to Texas will give these Colorado Republican legislators some much needed first hand information to use in that process. The trip is scheduled for October 5-7. You'll be able to follow the accounts of many of these legislators who travel to Texas via their Facebook and Twitter accounts, and by watching for #RSCCinTX.


Republican legislators support Colorado AG motion against Boulder Clerk & Recorder

July 8, 2014

(Denver) The Republican Study Committee of Colorado (RSCC) Board of Directors supports Attorney General John Suthers' motion against the illegal actions of Boulder County Clerk & Recorder Hillary Hall to issue same-sex marriage licenses in violation of court orders, current state law, and the Colorado Constitution.

"Any elected official in Colorado who facilitates the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses is in violation of our state constitution and their oath of office," said State Senator Kevin Lundberg, the Chairman of the RSCC. "I am encouraged with the Attorney General's swift action to enforce our state's constitutional law and the judicial process."

While rulings on same-sex marriage are proceeding in federal court, it is clear that the courts have ordered a stay to any changes to current law until the court process has been completed. Clerk & Recorder Hillary Hall is the only such official in any of Colorado's 64 counties to willfully violate court orders and the rule of law. Both Governor Hickenlooper and Attorney General Suthers agree that the court orders for a stay must be followed.

Colorado's marriage laws, and voter-approved constitutional provisions are still binding and in effect. We believe in the full constitutionality of the existing Colorado Marriage Amendment that marriage should be defined as a legal relationship between one man and one woman. However, while that issue is being reviewed in the courts, there is no excuse for violating the orders of the courts while the issue is under review.

Regrettably, calls by radical special political interests to overthrow the rule of law by supporting Hillary Hall's illegal actions, and to "concede" any arguments in defense of the Constitution have been echoed by other elected officials, including members of the Colorado House and Senate. In a move reflecting the growing number of willful constitutional violations by President Obama including illegal recess appointments, illegal votes on Obamacare, illegal usurpation of power over immigration policy,and the illegal use of the IRS for political suppression elected officials in Colorado are apparently following the same policies of disregarding the Constitution and the legal process.

Reclaiming the Power of the Constitution

Rich Bratten
August 1, 2011

Health care is a right. Obamacare is unconstitutional. The Constitution is a "living document" which needs to be re-interpreted to fit modern times. Who has NOT heard these statements, among others, regarding the foundational document of our nation, the Constitution of the United States?

How many of the people uttering such statements with great passion and emotion have recently read the Constitution, much less studied it? What do we really know about the Constitution, and why does it matter?

Many of us have believed that the system of checks and balances created by our Constitution is a sufficient guardian of freedom. We remember learning about these checks and balances in school, and we carry on in confidence that the Judicial branch will check the Legislative branch which will check the Executive branch, which will you get the point. That's what we were all taught, right?

But suppose no one "checked" the judicial branch when it ruled that it was illegal for a farmer in Kansas to grow his own wheat on his own land to feed his own livestock (Wickard v Filburn)? What if no one "checked" the executive branch when the President cleared the way for Japanese American internment camps by executive order? What if no one "checked" the legislature when it passed laws to force the people of free states to return escaped slaves to their owners (Fugitive Slave Act) and the Supreme Court demanded Wisconsin follow that law? In each of these cases, who is to stand up to "check the checkers."

The founders believed that it is "we, the people" who hold this ultimate authority. They thought that the people would never give up their right and responsibility to enforce the Constitution.

How do we know what the Constitution meant when it was written, and whether it still applies today? Not by studying current textbooks or sitting in a 2 day crash course, both of which are often no more than someone's opinionated paraphrase of history, but by going to the source documents of the day. This means the Constitution itself. We are also fortunate to have another original document from that period which comes highly recommended by none other than Thomas Jefferson. That document is called The Federalist Papers, and was written in great part by James Madison, known as the principal author of the Constitution. Jefferson endorsed The Federalist Papers as the ultimate authority on the meaning and intent of the Constitution.

We must understand the constitution and how it applies to our world because the Constitution is not a self-enforcing document. It requires a people who are confident in their knowledge and energized in their defense of liberty. To give you an idea of how the spirit of freedom among the people has changed over 200 years, consider that James Madison believed that it was inconceivable that Congress could ever pass a law that would not apply to members of Congress. He states in Federalist #57 that, "If this spirit shall ever be so far debased as to tolerate a law not obligatory on the legislature, as well as on the people, the people will be prepared to tolerate anything but liberty."

Yet that is the very situation we endure today. Members of Congress have passed many laws that do not apply to themselves. What other intolerable acts of tyranny might occur in an age of such a debased spirit of liberty? Can we depend upon the government to be the judge of its own power? History has shown us many wretched examples of what happens when the individual spirit of liberty fades and government is left to check its own power.

Our Constitution was designed to provide chains of restraint upon government so that man could remain free. However, it is nothing without the enforcement that is to be provided by the spirit of liberty which beat so strong in the hearts of those who founded this country. We must reclaim that spirit of liberty, and soon. Go buy some books, download them, read them on the internet whatever it takes. Study and discuss with others. Light the fire before it is too late. Touch your torch to the flame of freedom that burns so strong in our Constitution and illuminates The Federalist Papers, and rekindle the spirit of liberty. Our future depends upon it.

Republicans Must Embrace Liberty Message

April 7, 2011

There are some core principles that unify many of the various grass roots groups (TEA Party, 9/12, Liberty, Gadsden, Libertarian, etc.), which I submit would include 1) a commitment to a limited, Constitutional role for government that, 2) protects individual liberty and encourages personal responsibility, 3) a commitment to a free market economy that is not strangled by government regulation or distorted by government intervention, and 4) fiscal responsibility in the fulfillment of government's limited role. Interestingly, these are some of the principles of the Republican Party as well. This is why all of these groups should be able to find common ground in these areas.

One of the biggest problems that we face today as a state, and as a nation, is that many in the Republican Party either do not truly understand these principles, resulting in the ever-increasing misapplication of government, or else they are willing to forego them for political gain.

While the tagline of both political parties today is "jobs, jobs, jobs," the reality is that not only is job creation not the role of Colorado government (a word search of the Colorado Constitution confirms that job creation is nowhere to be found), but government, in general, is not designed for, nor is it competent at creating jobs. While our state government could help create an environment that is more conducive to job creation by lowering the regulatory and tax burden on the private sector, protecting personal liberty and property rights, and establishing the fiscal, judicial and statutory stability that businesses need in order to be able to make plans for the future so that capital will be attracted toward investment here, our government does not create jobs.

Some political representatives may be well acquainted with the politics of job creation, but they seem to be behind the curve when it comes to the meaning of a free market economy and the role of government. Government intervention in the market for the well intentioned benefit of the common good by allegedly creating jobs is misguided at best, and destructive in the end.

Today's version of statist policy clothes itself with a combination of euphemistic public policy goals. Especially prevalent is the go-to statist formula of environmentalism job creation = green economy.

Want to score some political points? Simply create a government intervention into the free markets to incentivize some portion of the green economy. Throw in some funding by gifts, grants and donations, perhaps a little TIF (Tax Incremental Financing, which allows government to issue debt to be repaid by the future anticipated tax revenue increases expected to be brought about by their latest intervention), toss some direct tax-incentives to specific industries to encourage participation, and then of course, liberally apply for federal money because it's just sitting there waiting to be spent and if we don't do it someone else will, and voila you have just done something noble and beneficial for everyone by helping the environment and creating jobs (not).

Now, if you're a Democrat and you just read that last paragraph thinking it sounds good, that's to be expected. A true classical education, complete with critical thinking, will be required for a full recovery. If you're a Republican and you think that this sounds good, you need intervention. This is the type of thinking that has spawned the current liberty movement!

Republicans must embrace the principles that are woven through the various patches of fabric that make up today's liberty movement. Republicans must awaken their commitment to a limited, Constitutional role for government that protects individual liberty and encourages personal responsibility. Republicans must maintain a commitment to a free market economy that is not strangled by government regulation or distorted by government intervention. And Republicans must be committed to fiscal responsibility in the fulfillment of government's limited role. Anything less would deny the message of today's liberty movement.
January 1, 2011


The Republican Study Committee of Colorado (RSCC) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, January 6 titled the "Colorado Budget Summit" from 9:00am-12:00pm. The hearing will be open to the public and will be held in the Legislative Services Building, main floor Hearing Room, located across the street from the capitol building.

The format will provide an opportunity to listen to prepared remarks and testimony from several groups. Colorado state legislators will interact with speakers as well as attendees to share information and discuss approaches to the issues as they apply to Colorado. The public is invited to attend.

To start the day, at 9:00am Christie Herrera, Director of the Health and Human Services Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council in Washington D.C., will give her analysis on the issue of unfunded federal Medicaid mandates and their impacts upon state budgets. Next, representatives from Governor-Elect Hickenlooper's transition team will discuss their vision for leadership in 2011 as the state confronts a continuing fiscal crisis. After a break, the meeting will resume with presentations from various members of the Independence Institute. Their ideas to address Colorado's fiscal woes come from their recently released project, the Citizens' Budget.

Additional information can be found at the RSCC website at

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