I wanted to reach out to you, and let you know that the Adams & Broomfield Counties Victory office is open. We are in the same location we were in 2012, at the corner of E. 104th and York.
If Republicans are going to win this year we are going to need all the help we can get. We need to reach out to voters as many times as we can between now and November. Please consider spending some time making phone calls here at the office, or knocking doors in your neighborhood. The more times we reach out to voters the more likely we are to make an impact this year.
Adams & Broomfield Counties Field Director
2200 E. 104th Ave #103,
Thornton, CO 80233
The difference between the Adams County Republicans and the Adams County Democrats:
“We want to control our own life, not yours”
“We support every individual choice that does not take away someone else’s choice”.
“Freedom and Liberty vs. Control”
It’s an easy decision for us….
While considering a ban on hydraulic fracturing this summer, the city council in Denton, Texas, heard some compelling testimony from concerned residents. As the CEO of an energy company based in Dallas, just south of Denton, and having witnessed the eight-hour hearing there, I can see why some Americans in cities like Denton are looking to prohibit fracking.
Too many citizens in oil- and gas-rich regions around the country have suffered at the hands of a few irresponsible energy firms. But the misdeeds of a handful of companies don’t warrant sweeping fracking bans—especially when such prohibitions come with extraordinary economic and environmental costs. Instead of rejecting promising new energy-extraction techniques, citizens should work with responsible energy companies to preserve the benefits of fracking, while stamping out current abuses.
The continuing debate in Denton is representative of fracking controversies around the country. In Denton, a large number of locals are legitimately concerned about the proximity of fracking operations to their homes. Energy extraction is loud. Fracking rigs are ugly. Truck traffic can seem endless when an operation gets under way. Studies haven’t supported claims of water contamination, but the perception exists.
A new city ordinance in Denton requiring a 1,200-foot setback between drilling sites and residences was supposed to put such worries to rest. The problem is, the new rule doesn’t apply to many existing wells already located near homes—a loophole that has been exploited by several companies.
Similar abuses have been well publicized in recent years. Consider the case of Gary Gless, who bought a modernist house in Los Angeles overlooking a golf course in 2002, only to have his view obstructed by drilling wells soon after. Or Susan Fowler of Cleveland, who had to sell her home at half its appraised value last year after a well sprang up next to her backyard. Like highways and power lines, fracking wells have an impact on a home’s value—for the worse.
In instances like these, residents are understandably outraged. But such horror stories are hardly the norm. And the misbehavior of a few irresponsible companies shouldn’t be grounds for across-the-board fracking bans.
First off, fracking restrictions have disastrous effects on local economies. According to an estimate from the Perryman Group, an economic and financial analysis firm, Denton’s proposed ban would cost the city more than $251 million in economic activity and prevent the creation of more than 2,000 jobs over the next decade.
A recent study from researchers at the University of Colorado in Boulder, meanwhile, found that a statewide fracking ban would cost the Colorado economy $12 billion and nearly 100,000 jobs by 2040.
The national effects of local prohibitions are even more troubling. Among other things, fracking bans lend momentum to a nationwide anti-fracking movement that stands as the chief obstacle to America’s domestic-energy revolution. Continue reading
I was honored to accept this nomination, and am now starting to take the steps necessary to convince those in the District, and other parties interested in the results of this District’s election, that I can:
A) defeat the liberal Democrat candidate, and
B) represent the District in a way that will take into account the needs of everyone in HD35.
One of the first steps has been the setting up of my website: www.coloradoformike.com
I ask that you please take a moment and give the website a look. If you like the website … like what it says … then I request that you please SPREAD THE WORD. If each of you could send this to 10 – 20 people not already recipients of this e-mail (and copy me), then we could really get things rolling!
I have also set up a twitter account … @Coloradoformike … and will soon start sending out tweets. Again, anything that you can do to help proliferate this would be greatly appreciated!
With your support we can show the voters in HD35 that there is a clear difference between the 2 candidates, a difference that I am proud to illuminate, and a difference that I believe can bring us victory in November!
A Larimer County judge overturned Fort Collins’ five-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing Thursday, offering yet another blow to voter-led guidance of Colorado’s oil and gas development concerns.
It has been a week of dashed hopes for grassroots groups and lawmakers pushing for voter-approved changes on both sides of the oil and gas debate. On Monday, a last-minute deal by Gov. John Hickenlooper resulted in four potential measures being withdrawn from consideration for a statewide vote in November in exchange for the state backing off from a lawsuit over Longmont’s ban on fracking.
While the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission agreed to scrap its lawsuit against Longmont’s 2012 fracking ban, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association charged ahead with lawsuits against Fort Collins and Lafayette.
On Thursday, 8th Judicial District Judge Gregory M. Lammons ruled to overturn the moratorium approved by Fort Collins voters last November. COGA, a trade association, filed the civil lawsuit against the city on Dec. 3, 2013.
In the court order issued Thursday, the decision to overturn Fort Collins’ moratorium partly hinged on a 2013 agreement. The ordinance violated a May 2013 operator agreement signed by the city, which allowed former Fort Collins Field owner Prospect Energy, LLC to frack wells in city limits.
Ultimately, the court declared that the five-year halt to new development violated the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Act, initially passed in 1951, which declares that oil and gas activity in Colorado is above all a state priority. Longmont’s ban came up against a similar ruling in Boulder County court.
A political squabble in Adams County, known for rough-and-tough Democratic politics, threatens the party’s chance to hold on to a crucial state Senate seat.
Outgoing Sen. Lois Tochtrop has refused to endorse fellow Democrat and former state Rep. Judy Solano for her seat, saying Solano should have backed her two years ago on an inner-party, “inside baseball” leadership vote.
“There are factions up here, the old guard, the new guard, that kind of thing,” said Tochtrop, the longest-serving member of the legislature and a known maverick who has bucked her party on issues such as smoking bans and guns.
Tochtrop said she’s staying neutral in the race. Solano will face Republican Beth Martinez Humenik.
Solano, 65, said she worked well with Tochtrop when they served together, has plenty of other Democratic endorsements and has been campaigning hard.
“I’m pretty confident I’m fine,” Solano said.
But it’s not a seat Democrats can afford to lose, considering they have only an 18-17 majority in the Senate. That’s why both parties are expected to invest heavily in the race, which is much less a sure thing for Democrats than it was in previous years.
Tochtrop noted that Senate District 24 picked up more Republican voters after it was redrawn following the 2010 census, which she said state Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, was only to happy to point out.
“He looked at me with glee in his eyes like Brophy can do,” Tochtrop recalled. “He said, ‘Oh, my gosh, Lois, we are champing at the bit for your seat. If you were running, we wouldn’t bother, but you’re term-limited.’ “
The problem, Brophy said, was finding a good Republican candidate.
In Martinez Humenik, the party believes it has done just that. She’s a seven-year veteran of the Thornton City Council and her race has been flagged as one of the “14 in ’14″ legislative races to watch nationally by a Republican group that recruits diverse candidates.
“I am determined to win this seat,”Martinez Humenik said. “It is a winnable seat.”
She said she has been frustrated with the legislature because she believes lawmakers propose bills without considering impact.
“When unfunded mandates come down, communities don’t have the resources available to fund them,” she said.
The 57-year-old, a substitute teacher at charter schools, ran for the state House in 2012, losing to Democrat Joe Salazar, who took 60 percent of the vote.
But Martinez Humenik pointed out that in her re-election bid for the Thornton City Council in 2011, she won with 63.7 percent of the vote.
Solano, who taught fifth- and sixth-graders at Erie Elementary for 29 years, served eight years in the state House, leaving after 2012 because of term limits. Her husband, Manny, is running for the Adams County Commission.
Solano said a chunk of the district she represented when she served in the House is in the Senate district, and “a lot of people know me.” She noted she won her House race in the GOP wave year in 2010 when she was targeted.
“I’m out there every day,” she said. “I’m a workhorse.”
Senate district 24
Democrat: former state Rep. Judy Solano of Brighton
Republican: Thornton Councilwoman Beth Martinez Humenik
Communities in the district:
Northglenn, Thornton, Westminster
Source: Secretary of State
How worried are Democrats about the November election? Look no further than Colorado, where this week they leaned on their green supporters to mute their anti-natural gas drilling agenda that is proving to be unpopular even in a liberal-trending state.
Democratic Congressman and environmental activist Jared Polis on Monday announced—through gritted teeth—that he is withdrawing his support for two ballot initiatives that would have effectively halted the drilling technique known as hydraulic oil- and gas fracturing in the state. Mr. Polis has poured millions of dollars of his own cash to promote the measures, which the anti-fracking left has advertised as a national showdown over natural gas.
Colorado Democrats were desperate to kill the ballot measures lest they contribute to the defeat of Governor John Hickenlooper and Senator Mark Udall. Colorado sits atop one of the richest shale plays in North America and is already among the top natural-gas producing states. One industry study found that in 2012 oil and gas contributed some $30 billion to the Colorado economy, and the industry supports thousands of jobs. A Quinnipiac poll in November showed that most Coloradans support fracking and a mere 34% oppose it. Independents back it 51% to 32%. Continue reading
I don’t care if it’s legal, it’s wrong.
(U.S. companies) are essentially renouncing their American citizenship so that they can ship their profits overseas to avoid paying taxes, even as they benefit from all the advantages of being here in America.
In other words, he is trying to manipulate corporate behavior by making a distinction between the morality of an action and the legality of it with regard to the tax code. This is a new approach and not only is it absurd, it’s a clear-cut example of how the leftist administration is knee-capping business growth in the country.
To be sure, just because something is legal doesn’t make it moral. One can think of many examples, the biggest one in our history being be slavery. But applying it to the tax code has myriad problems.
- The tax code by its nature is values-free. Applying an amorphous sense of morality to particular financial activities based upon how the President wants a company to behave is a completely subjective standard that makes no sense.
- If paying more taxes is the correct moral choice, then any deduction or exemption is by definition immoral. For example, writing off mortgage interest is in effect stealing from the country.
- There’s no standard of how much more puts a company or individual on moral ground. Is paying 10% extra tax correct? 20%? How can one possibly know?
- Compliance to the massive tax code is already expensive and complicated, subjecting business to an additional layer of requirements, without any specificity and based upon value judgements, creates uncertainty which will only hurt commerce and job growth.
Scolding companies for following the law and playing the game per current rules is tyrannical behavior. An alternative approach, one that would actually benefit all Americans — and their pocketbooks — is to reduce restrictions on commerce to unleash the powers of the marketplace.
I’m happy to report a Utopia had a wildly successful opening weekend in Denver – we took in $ 31,710, making it the number one per screen average grossing film in the USA for the weekend! The enthusiasm in the audiences was incredible, a standing ovation at every screening! Group even came back again with American flags!
Due to this success, we are now expanding in the Denver area, in addition to the Colorado Center, we are adding the following venues as of August 1st. PLEASE email, Facebook, and spread the word!
The healthcare law crafted by Senator Udall and President Obama was dealt a major blow by the D.C. Circuit Court yesterday, after the court declared that millions of low-income Americans cannot access exchange subsidies to reduce their cost of healthcare. Coloradans know Obamacare is bad policy and this is yet another example proving them right. While Cory Gardner has promoted a new generation of leadership that’s accountable to the next generation, Senator Udall has stuck to the policies of the past and misled Coloradans time and again.
“Why didn’t Senator Udall apply his newfound appreciation for personal choice to healthcare when it mattered most?” Coryasked. “Thousands of Coloradans are reeling from the negative effects of Obamacare and it wouldn’t be law today without Senator Udall’s vote.”
At the time of passage, Senator Udall lied to Coloradans promising that Obamacare would “save money,” despite a recent report from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office that showed the law will add at least $6.2 trillion to the national deficit. Senator Udall promised Coloradans that if they liked their health insurance, they could keep it, and then more than 335,000 Coloradans received healthcare cancellation notices. When those cancellations didn’t suit Senator Udall’s political fortunes, he pressured the State Insurance Commissioner to change the numbers.
Far from expressing reservations about Obamacare, Senator Udall actively worked to expand one of its least popular features: an unelected panel of bureaucrats called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). While originally intended as a panel to enact cuts to Medicare, Senator Udall proposed an amendment that would have expanded this board’s authority over the entire healthcare system. His amendment didn’t make it into the final bill, but that didn’t stop Udall from trying to pretend that it did in a bizarre press release at the time.
President Obama and Senator Udall promised that healthcare premiums would dramatically decrease for families throughout Colorado, but Colorado’s mountain communities now pay the highest healthcare premiums in the nation. Senator Udall tells Coloradans that he opposes higher taxes on the middle class, but Obamacare will add billions in new taxes to families and businesses throughout the country.
“Senator Udall has had no trouble lying to Coloradans in an attempt to strengthen his electoral prospects,” Cory’s spokesmanAlex Siciliano said. “Unfortunately, Senator Udall’s poor choices have been disastrous for Coloradans and has kept them scrambling to pay for healthcare and doubling down on their hatred of politics in Washington as usual.”
Cory has advocated for sensible reform of our country’s healthcare system, while taking care to fix many of the problems Coloradans have faced in the past. He has introduced legislation to provide for those with pre-existing conditions and supports the sale of insurance across state lines to promote competition. He has also advocated for meaningful tort reform and bolstering state-based high risk pools.
Senator Udall has voted with President Obama 99% of the time and was recently called the “most liberal” candidate running in a competitive Senate race this cycle. A few month ago, Senator Udall brazenly ignored Coloradans’ complaints about Obamacare and promised that he’d “do it again” if given the chance.
After initially supporting incumbent Sen. Mark Udall (D., Colo.), through the first quarter of this year, oil and natural gas companies have since overwhelmingly supported his challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner (R., Colo.), over Mr. Udall.
Mr. Udall was among this election cycle’s top recipients of oil and gas money through March, having received $201,550 from the sector, according to Federal Election Commission data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics up to March. At that time, Mr. Gardner, who announced at the end of February his intent to challenge Mr. Udall after getting three other GOP candidates to bow out of a potentially bruising Republican primary, had received just $79,300 from the oil and gas industry for his House re-election bid.
Since Mr. Gardner entered the Senate race, the oil and gas industry has been pouring money into Mr. Gardner’s campaign. Between the first and second quarters, the industry gave $223,600 to Mr. Gardner and just $41,460 to Mr. Udall, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Continue reading