Colorado State Rep. Amy Stephens, who is running for governor, with keynote speaker Floyd Ciruli, Ciruli Associates and former Colorado Sen. Nancy Spence, CCRW Program co-chairPhotos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
By Scottie Taylor Iverson
Financial Credit Examiner Jennifer Kim, Department of Regulatory Agencies and Cynthia Coffman, Colorado’s Chief Deputy Attorney General
Glenmoor Country Club was overflowing when Cherry Creek Republican Women hosted guest speaker Floyd Ciruli, pollster and political analyst.
Ciruli holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA and earned his law degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The Pueblo native is a member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research and is the past president of AAPOR’s Pacific Chapter. He is also a board member of the Social Science Foundation of the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the Georgetown Law Alumni Board and past president of the Denver Athletic Club.
CCRW Program co-chair Nancy Spence described the sought-after, insightful speaker as Colorado’s most prestigious political analyst. His topics included wrap-ups on the local battle between unions and reformers on school boards, dysfunctions in Washington and Obamacare. Ciruli feels there is a new narrative being written in our state. The recall in Pueblo was larger than the one in Colorado Springs. The succession effort in Colorado is legitimate with those proponents expressing: “We are angry and discriminated against.”
The governor’s approval rating was at 60 percent until Obamacare helped lower his numbers from mid to low 40s. According to Ciruli, Governor Hickenlooper has been hurt by the turmoil of this past year and is vulnerable creating challenges and opportunity for Republicans. New voters in Colorado do not necessarily equal liberal voters as evidenced by the latest election. Coloradoans are not stingy with supporting education, but the voters did not feel Amendment 66 would improve schools.
Colorado is the most sought after battleground. Republicans are responsible for their “brand” and Obamacare stories may keep on giving to the GOP. Republicans need six seats in the Senate to put Colorado back in the purple from the blue column. Ciruli senses a new cycle. In the 70s, we had the Dems controlling the moment with the likes of Dick Lamm and Gary Hart until about 1992. In 1998, there was Governor Bill Owens. In 2004 another shift began with the Salazar brothers. In 2006 with the war, the run was escalated with 2012 being the apex of Democratic power. Now, with 2014 elections, the shift could be back to Republican power.
Cynthia Skari and Cindy Webb enjoy the humor, spirit and insight of speaker Floyd Ciruli.
Melissa Reed sold $5 quilt tickets for the drawing with proceeds going to education/scholarship programs.
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