Month: September 2023

Boebert Watch News Digest 9/24/2023

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Rocky Mountain Values hosts protest against Lauren Boebert ahead of possible government shutdown 
The protest, hosted by Rocky Mountain Values and supported by Indivisible Durango, was originally scheduled to take place at the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio where Boebert was scheduled to attend the La Plata County Republicans’ annual Lincoln Day Dinner. But the Southern Ute Tribe contacted Rocky Mountain Values and asked the group to respect the tribe’s sovereignty, Harrison Wendt, a Durango activist, said. “We decided that was totally a valid request and we want to respect sovereignty and not protest on their land,” he said. Boebert and U.S. Rep Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who was slated to make a guest appearance at the Lincoln Day Dinner, decided to skip the major fundraiser, Wendt said.
RELATED: Biden and Lauren Boebert call out McCarthy for taking a long weekend as government shutdown looms 
RELATED: Don’t believe the House GOP hype yet — it still doesn’t have the votes to stop a shutdown 
RELATED: Two House Republicans say they might work with Democrats to fund government 
Anti-Republican group asks for ethics investigation into Boebert after ‘Beetlejuice’ incident 
A Washington, D.C.-based anti-Republican group has asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate Rep. Lauren Boebert’s actions during a performance of “Beetlejuice” in Denver. The Congressional Integrity Project said Boebert behaved “in blatant disregard of the Rules of the House of Representatives” during the incident. According to its website, the Congressional Integrity Project “is committed to exposing the reality behind Republicans’ politically motivated oversight and investigations targeting President Biden and Democrats.”
RELATED: Group calls for ethics investigation of Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert 
RELATED: Boebert breaks it off with ‘Beetlejuice’ date after headlines over her behavior at performance 
RELATED: Boebert Jokes About ‘Beetlejuice’ Incident During Lincoln Day Dinner 
RELATED: Lauren Boebert apologizes for ‘Beetlejuice’ incident in Denver: ‘That’s unacceptable and I’m sorry’ 
RELATED: Lauren Boebert apologizes for actions during “Beetlejuice” musical in Denver: “I’m truly sorry” 
RELATED: “I simply fell short of my values”: Lauren Boebert issues apology after being removed from “Beetlejuice” performance 
RELATED: Rep. Boebert apologizes for behavior at ‘Beetlejuice’ performance 
RELATED: Boebert goes on OAN to defend ‘Beetlejuice’ ejection 
RELATED: Lauren Boebert apologizes following removal from “Beetlejuice” at Denver theater 
RELATED: Footage shows Rep. Lauren Boebert vaping at ‘Beetlejuice’ play 
RELATED: Lauren Boebert issues apology for behavior that got her booted from “Beetlejuice” 
RELATED: New video disproves Boebert’s claim she didn’t vape before being bounced from ‘Beetlejuice’ 
RELATED: Video shows Boebert vaping in theater despite denial 
RELATED: Lauren Boebert apologizes again for ‘maybe overtly animated’ behavior at theater 
RELATED: Boebert claims she was kicked out of theater for being ‘too eccentric’ 
RELATED: Fetterman blasts Boebert: ‘If I take up vaping … they’ll make me a folk hero’ 
RELATED: Ocasio-Cortez calls out Fox News over lack of coverage of Boebert ‘Beetlejuice’ scandal 
RELATED: Fox News Contributor Taunts Rep. Lauren Boebert With Megan Thee Stallion Dig 
RELATED: Rep. Boebert is now apologizing after denying she vaped in theater 
RELATED: Texas youth event drops Boebert as speaker after incident at theater 
RELATED: Boebert calls ‘Beetlejuice’ backlash a ‘distraction’ amid GOP spending fight 
Rep. Lauren Boebert has been in the national spotlight even before her election to Congress. Here’s a timeline of her biggest controversies. 
How this Colorado Democrat plans to flip the script in the rematch against Rep. Boebert 
No, the federal government does not give undocumented immigrants $2,200 per month 
Lauren Boebert draws Libertarian challenger in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District 
RELATED: Libertarian enters race to challenge Boebert 
RELATED: Libertarian candidate posed to challenge Boebert in CD3 despite agreement with Colorado Republican Party 
Poll: Housing, cost of living are top concerns for Latino voters in Colorado’s 3rd District 
Rep. Lauren Boebert rents an apartment from an executive for Koch-backed group 
Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert rents a Washington, DC, apartment from a top official for the right-wing advocacy group Americans for Prosperity, according to the Colorado congresswoman’s office and to records reviewed by Insider. Americans for Prosperity is a key part of the conservative influence network originally funded by the oil-billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. After David Koch’s passing, the network has continued to remain active in conservative causes. The official, who Insider is not naming for security reasons, has been a senior executive with Koch-linked groups for years. He owns a $1.3 million row house in the Capitol Hill neighborhood with his wife, and they rent out the lowest floor as a one-bedroom garden apartment.

Boebert Watch News Digest 9/17/2023

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U.S. House conservatives balk at short-term funding patch that would avert shutdown 
Freedom Caucus Chair Scott Perry, a Pennsylvania Republican, said the group is not interested in a stopgap spending bill that “continues the policies and the spending of the Biden-Schumer-Pelosi era and we’re not going to vote for it.” “The power of the purse is in the legislature. The way you stop all this craziness of the Biden administration — the tyranny of the Biden administration — is to stop giving them money,” Perry said during a press conference just outside the Capitol building. The caucus does not disclose its membership numbers, but nine House members spoke at a press conference outside the Capitol. GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado was also in attendance.
RELATED: Gaetz threatens to ‘lead resistance’ against McCarthy if conservative demands aren’t met 
House GOP Launching Impeachment Inquiry Into Joe Biden, McCarthy Says 
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) instructed House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden on Tuesday, following a long-running probe into Biden’s family—as McCarthy faces demands from hard-right Republicans for an impeachment vote and wrangles his caucus to avert a government shutdown. McCarthy said Tuesday he has instructed the House Judiciary, Oversight and Ways and Means committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into Biden, citing evidence the House has gathered in its investigations into Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings and whether the president used his influence to financially benefit his son.
RELATED: The Memo: McCarthy’s impeachment gamble carries deep risks 
RELATED: House reconvenes with government funding, impeachment inquiry top of mind 
Truth Test: Debunking Boebert’s claim about migrants and government money 
Denver’s migrant population has grown to the highest it has been since late May. With the arrival of 82 more today, there are 1,079 in shelters. Denver has served 17,235 since December. Migrants receive help from private groups and government agencies, but they are not getting thousands of dollars each month from the government as Republican Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert claimed to her millions of followers on social media.
Lauren Boebert leads GOP lawmakers sharing 9/11 anniversary tributes despite voting against aid for families 
Despite being one of only 30 House Republicans to vote against legislation last year that promised to give aid to families who lost a loved one in the September 11 attacks, Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert posted a 9/11 tribute on social media. “In my heart, I carry the memories of those we lost, the heroes who emerged, and the strength of a nation. We will never forget,” Ms Boebert wrote on the 22nd anniversary of the tragic day. Last year, however, she voted against the Fairness for 9/11 Families Act.
Federal fish conservation programs have found success in Western Colorado, but they’re swimming upstream in Congress this year 
Greene: ‘I’m not a member of the burn-it-all-down caucus anymore’ 
Boebert, caught on video, apologizes for inappropriate behavior at ‘Beetlejuice’ show 
Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert apologized after she and a male companion were ushered out of a production of “Beetlejuice” in Denver last weekend for disrupting the show. Boebert had denied acting inappropriately until surveillance video surfaced showing her disrupting the performance. An incident report said she and her companion were admonished by staff for “vaping, singing, [and] causing a disturbance.” “There’s no perfect blueprint for going through a public and difficult divorce, which over the past few months has made for a challenging personal time for me and my entire family,” the Republican congressmember wrote on social media Friday night. “I’ve tried to handle it with strength and grace as best I can, but I simply fell short of my values on Sunday. That’s unacceptable and I’m sorry.”
RELATED: Rep. Boebert apologizes for behavior at ‘Beetlejuice’ performance 
RELATED: Lauren Boebert caught aggressively groping her date before being booted from theater: security footage 
RELATED: Lauren Boebert says she ‘fell short of values’ after Beetlejuice groping video 
RELATED: Boebert Apologizes for Vaping in a Denver Theater 
RELATED: “I simply fell short of my values”: Lauren Boebert issues apology after being removed from “Beetlejuice” performance 
RELATED: Boebert ‘truly sorry’ after causing disturbance at Denver theatre that was caught on video 
RELATED: Lauren Boebert wasn’t telling the truth about ‘Beetlejuice’ ejection 
RELATED: New footage: Lauren Boebert vapes before ejection from ‘Beetlejuice’ musical 
RELATED: Surveillance video: Boebert seen vaping, arguing with patrons before removal from Denver theater 
RELATED: When Arrested Previously, Boebert told Police, ‘I Have Friends at Fox News’ 
RELATED: Watch: Boebert escorted out of Denver theater during ‘Beetlejuice’ 
RELATED: Video shows Rep. Lauren Boebert escorted out of ‘Beetlejuice’ musical after alleged disturbance 
RELATED: Here’s why Lauren Boebert was kicked out of ‘Beetlejuice’ in Denver 
RELATED: Boebert rivals condemn her actions at Denver theater 
RELATED: Lauren Boebert: congresswoman kicked out of musical for ‘causing disturbance’ 
RELATED: Theater video surveillance shows US Rep. Lauren Boebert escorted out of ‘Beetlejuice’ musical 
RELATED: Man groped by Lauren Boebert during frisky ‘Beetlejuice’ date owns gay-friendly bar that hosts drag shows 
RELATED: Lauren Boebert Stays Mum on Public Groping in Video, Apologizes for Vaping 
Lauren Boebert ditches the MAGA thing in Colorado 
RELATED: “I have these dual aspects”: Lauren Boebert attempts a rebrand away from MAGA 
Lauren Boebert’s divorce is likely to be finalized next month, and it’s unclear if her husband is cooperating 

Boebert Watch News Digest 9/10/2023

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Boebert campaign sounds alarm bells over poll results 
Rep. Lauren Boebert’s campaign sent three emails to supporters last week expressing concern over polling that showed the second-term congresswoman trailing her potential 2024 Democratic opponent, former Aspen City Councilman Adam Frisch, by 2 percentage points. In emails sent on Aug. 28, Aug. 29 and Wednesday, the Silt Republican’s campaign said the poll should be cause for concern among Republicans, who have traditionally dominated Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. The district includes the Roaring Fork Valley, along with most of the Western Slope, the San Luis Valley, Pueblo and a portion of the eastern plains. “If we don’t turn things around quickly, we could lose this seat to the Democrats. I can’t believe I’m saying those words, but I need you to understand how dire this situation is. [Frisch’s] latest internal polls have him beating us by two points,” read an email sent by Boebert’s campaign on Aug. 29.
RELATED: Lauren Boebert’s Challenger ‘More Confident Than Ever’ After Poll Boost 
The 2024 election may be 14 months away, but things are already heating up in Lauren Boebert’s congressional district 
More than a year ahead of the 2024 election, the battle in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District is already heating up. Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert faces multiple GOP and Democratic challengers. A liberal dark-money group is spending gobs of money to weaken the congresswoman’s image. And national organizations are preparing to invest heavily in the race. While the 3rd District — which spans across the Western Slope into Pueblo and southeastern Colorado — has been written off in recent years as reliably Republican, Boebert’s vulnerability in the GOP-leaning district was made clear by her narrow, 546-vote win in 2022 over Democrat Adam Frisch, a former Aspen city councilman. 
RELATED: Third GOP candidate to challenge Lauren Boebert in the primary 
RELATED: Another Republican jumps into crowded race against Rep. Lauren Boebert 
RELATED: Boebert GOP challenger Russ Andrews has his own stance on abortion and more 
RELATED: Another Republican jumps into crowded race against Rep. Lauren Boebert 
Boebert to IRS: Don’t tax TABOR refunds 
U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert has sent a letter of her own to the Internal Revenue Service asking it not to tax refunds Coloradans receive as a result of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. That letter, sent on Tuesday, is nearly identical to a similar one that the rest of Colorado’s congressional delegation sent to the IRS asking the same thing. At the time, Boebert was criticized for not also signing onto that first letter, sent Aug. 31, but that’s only because she was notified of the letter while traveling and only given an hour to respond, her office said.
RELATED: Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert wants to prevent IRS from taxing TABOR refunds 
RELATED: Congresswoman Lauren Boebert urges the IRS to not tax TABOR refunds 
RELATED: Colorado members of Congress again ask IRS: Don’t tax TABOR refunds 
Trump stirs speculation over second GOP debate 
“President Trump usually comes up with something creative, but also it’s not really necessary,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), a prominent Trump ally, told The Hill. “… He has been out and about with the people for nearly three years now since he left the White House. He has still had a very strong presence throughout our nation.”
Colorado GOP plans to use caucuses, assemblies to pick delegates if lawsuit keeps Trump off ballot 
House Republicans Tack Trump’s Border Wall Onto Their Absurd Funding Wishlist 
New Mexico Gov. Blocks Open Gun Carrying Amid Shooting Spree—And GOP Quickly Attacks 
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), also criticized the ban in a post on X, calling the decision “flawed” and asking: “If a governor felt like declaring an emergency right before an election they’d be to suspend the 19th Amendment and stop women from voting [sic]?”
Club 20 conference welcomes Rep. Boebert, AG Phil Weiser, and others 
CO Republicans To Auction Off Rifle at Fundraiser Featuring School Board Candidates 

Boebert Jets to Michigan, Headlines Fundraiser With MI Republican Congressman 

At least 24 House members have spent taxpayer money on their Twitter accounts — and they’re overwhelmingly Republicans 
Lauren Boebert Scores Small Victory in Divorce Battle With Heartbroken Husband, Judge Fast Tracks Case 

Boebert Watch News Digest 9/3/2023

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DeGette decries ‘poison pills’ in House spending bills as government shutdown looms 
Because Republicans have only a five-vote majority in the House, DeGette said it will be very easy for a group of the “far-right MAGA Republicans” to “hold the entire agenda hostage.” She said members of the far-right Freedom Caucus, which includes Lauren Boebert and Ken Buck of Colorado, have said they won’t vote for appropriations bills unless certain demands they’re making of Speaker Kevin McCarthy are met. DeGette said she hopes McCarthy will pursue a short-term continuing resolution, which temporarily maintains current spending levels, to prevent the government from shutting down. This would look similar to how the federal government was able to get the debt ceiling package through earlier this year.
Boebert files four amendments to slash Lloyd Austin and DOD officials’ salaries 
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) filed four salary-slashing Holman rule amendments to the Department of Defense appropriations bill as they look to cut the salaries of officials they believe have failed at their jobs. The Holman rule is a way for members to file an amendment to an appropriations bill to cut the salary of federal employees. It is rarely used, but during this new Congress, members of the House Freedom Caucus have been threatening to use it as an alternative to impeachment.
Colorado members of Congress again ask IRS: Don’t tax TABOR refunds 
Nearly all members of Colorado’s congressional delegation are again asking the Internal Revenue Service to reconsider a plan to tax state refunds. The IRS’ new guidance, issued this week, marked the second time this year the agency raised the specter of subjecting state refunds to federal income tax. Colorado’s entire delegation, except for U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, signed a letter Thursday warning of “the nightmarish burden of an unprecedented tax.”
RELATED: Hands off Colorado’s TABOR refunds, state’s congressional delegation tells IRS 
Pettersen: 90% fentanyl comes into US through ports 
New data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows fentanyl seizures are starting to decrease as we head into fall. Back in April, authorities seized more than 3,100 pounds of fentanyl, but now the number is closer to 1,700 pounds. That is slightly less than the same time last year. Some Colorado Republicans on Capitol Hill, including U.S. Rep. Ken Buck and U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, blame the influx of fentanyl on our streets to migrants crossing the border. Buck previously told Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, “When people die of fentanyl poisoning, it’s your fault.”
Beef guzzlers: 12% of Americans eat half of the country’s cow meat 
Voters, consumers, and political and corporate leaders still seem far from convinced enough to take collective action to lower beef consumption. Arby’s has shunned plant-based meat and even teased critics with its “Marrot” — a carrot look-alike made from turkey meat. One of the main Republican talking points in opposition to the ambitious climate proposal known as the Green New Deal, which aimed to tackle agricultural emissions without mentioning cows, was: “They want to take away your hamburgers.” Two years ago, a fake story made the rounds alleging that President Joe Biden would limit Americans to one hamburger a month. In response, Representative Lauren Boebert, a Republican from Colorado, told the president to “stay out of my kitchen.” 
House GOP asks White House if administration’s remote work policy led to ‘reduced productivity’ by federal employees 
Kevin McCarthy Suddenly Very Open to a Joe Biden Impeachment Push 
Some far-right lawmakers have been clamoring for a Biden impeachment since the GOP assumed its narrow House majority earlier this year—to the chagrin, at times, of McCarthy, who worked earlier this summer to tamp down a push from Lauren Boebert. But the House speaker has expressed more support for the idea in recent months; in July, he told Sean Hannity that the House probe into the Biden family was “rising to the level of impeachment inquiry,” though he stopped short of formally calling for one. On Sunday, he came closer still to endorsing the move—suggesting it was a matter of when, not if, his conference would seek the president’s ouster.
RELATED: Rep. James Comer predicts Biden impeachment inquiry is ‘imminent’: ‘I think there’s consensus’ 
RELATED: GOP finds yet another Cabinet secretary it’s eager to impeach 
Water Congress conference emphasizes collaboration, cooperation, urgent need to address Colorado water issues 
Vulnerable House GOP Freshmen Voted to Kill Funding for Clean Energy Projects in Their Own Districts 
Midway between state elections, Colorado’s top-ticket 2024 primary lineup takes shape | TRAIL MIX 
How Adam Frisch plans to win in 3rd District election rematch 
RELATED: Adam Frisch won’t support President Biden in 2024 
Democrat Betsy Markey endorses Boebert challenger Anna Stout in 3rd Congressional District primary 
Congresswoman Boebert’s office releases mobile office hours 
Colorado Springs 12-year-old did not back down from wearing symbolic ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ patch to school 
RELATED: Student’s Gadsden flag patch prompts racism debate 
RELATED: Colorado middle schooler allegedly kicked out of class over Gadsden flag: ‘Attack on his freedom of speech’ 
Lauren Boebert Accused of Perjury in Bombshell Lawsuit, Faces Being Deposed Over Stripper Claim 

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