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….
In a new television commercial airing throughout the Presidents Day weekend, the Knights of Columbus pointed out the unique relationship between God and many of America’s past commanders in chief. Scroll down to see the entire commercial.
The 60-second spot has run in previous years; however, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson explained why his organization believes the message this ad contains is still relevant.
“The idea that our rights come from God and that religion has a role to play in our nation’s public life is not partisan or sectarian,” he said, “it is quintessentially American. Presidents Day is an excellent opportunity to remind Americans that God is — and has always been — foundational to this country and to our system of ordered liberty.”
If we are going to be serious about fighting for freedom and stopping the big government agenda of the left, we need to get trained. Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s Grassroots Leadership Academy is a state-of-the-art training program for citizen activists who want to make a difference at the federal, state, and local level. Grassroots Leadership Academy courses will give you the real, practical skills necessary to recruit volunteers, speak to the media, organize events and communities, and lead a grassroots issue campaign.
We are starting our very first Grassroots Leadership Academy class on Thursday, February 26th from 6:00-8:00pm in our Fort Collins office. Sessions will continue every other Thursday for a total of six sessions over a twelve week period.
For more information, see this video from the Grassroots Leadership Academy.
If you are interested in attending this class, please respond to this email by the end of the day tomorrow and we can get you signed up.
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Adams County Judge Mark Warner today ruled in favor of the county in a lawsuit filed by county residents who opposed the stormwater utility fee that was approved by the Board of County Commissioners in 2012.
“Throughout this process the county has maintained the belief that the stormwater utility is a fee, not a tax and is necessary to provide storm water related services and facilities,” said Commissioner Chaz Tedesco.
In his ruling (attached), Judge Warner validated that belief:
WHEREFORE, the Court GRANTS defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment and DENIES plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment. The utility is a government-owned business that receives less than ten percent of its funds from state and local authorities combined, and is therefore an “enterprise” that is exempted from TABOR. Further, defendant has not engaged in an unconstitutional “bait and switch” by imposing the fee and using it, in part, for administrative and personnel costs. Further, the Court concludes the stormwater utility fee is reasonably related to the overall cost of providing services related water drainage and water related activities in the service area. Thus, based upon the foregoing interpretation of Colorado law, the stormwater utility charge is a fee, not a tax and not subject to TABOR. The Court concludes the plaintiffs have not proved that the County’s legislative decision is unconstitutional beyond a reasonable doubt.
Brigitte Grimm, Adams County Treasurer, continues to sponsor the free federal and state income tax preparation program to individuals and families with a combined income of $56,000 or less who need help preparing their tax returns. Working with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the state of Colorado, volunteers provide basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing.
If interested in this free service, please bring the following:
• Social Security cards for yourself and your dependents
• A photo ID
• A copy of last year’s tax return
• All W-2s, 1098 and 1099 forms
• Proof of any additional income
• Any deductible expenses
This service is offered at five convenient locations. All sites are staffed by volunteers who have been trained and certified by the IRS:
Adams County Government Center
4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Brighton
Conference Center, West Entrance
January 26 –April 13
Mondays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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Here are the candidates running for election at the State Organizational Meeting on Saturday, March 14th.
Chair: Ryan Call (incumbent) Steve House
Vice-Chair: Mark Baisley (incumbent) Debra Irvine Eli Bremer Derrick Wilburn
Secretary: Lana Fore (incumbent) Brandi Meek
Note: This story has been updated with breaking news on new candidate endorsements for Friday, February 13.
The race to head the Colorado Republican Party is heating up this week as county parties pick officers and bonus members to the state central committee, which will cast its votes for state chair and other positions next month.
State GOP chair Ryan Call, seeking a third two-year term, says that the party’s performance in the last election — from record-breaking fundraising to a massive get-out-the-vote operation — demonstrates that he’s best qualified to lead Republicans into what promises to be a hotly-contested presidential year with Colorado again at the center of attention.
But his challenger, former gubernatorial candidate Steve House, argues that the party needs fresh leadership in the wake of an election he terms a “missed opportunity.”
While Republicans reclaimed a majority in the state Senate for the first time in a decade and unseated a U.S. senator for the first time in 36 years, the GOP?lost the governor’s race and fell short in a bid to win a majority in the state House, results critics say display the state party’s under-performance.
“Don’t vote for me unless you intend to live in a conservative state governed by a Republican majority that stands firmly for the platform we believe in,” House told a packed meeting of Douglas County Republicans at their reorganization meeting on Tuesday night in Castle Rock.
The GOP failed in Colorado last year to ride a national Republican wave “to get rid of Common Core and energy mandates and 2nd amendment rights violations,” he said. “I don’t think we can afford to do that again.”
House’s campaign says the former Adams County GOP chair ran the table at county meetings this past week, picking up overwhelming majorities in every large county and even, in some cases, locking down unanimous support for House.
“It’s a tidal wave of liberty and constitutionalists that are running for bonus members,” state GOP secretary Lana Fore, who is endorsing House and running for a second term herself, told The Colorado Statesman this week. “It’s a wave of, ‘We need to take our state back,’ to fight for the 100,000 Republicans that have left the Republican Party — we need to bring those people back.”
COLORADO REPUBLICAN STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING
In compliance with Article VII, Section A and Section D of the Bylaws of the Colorado Republican State Central Committee, notice is hereby given that the organizational meeting of the Colorado Republican State Central Committee shall be held at the following date, time and location:
Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 8:30 A.M.
Douglas County High School
2842 Front Street, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Check?in and registration for the State Central Committee meeting shall begin at 7:00 A.M.
The principal purposes of the meeting will be:
- To elect a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Colorado Republican State Central Committee and county representatives to the Executive Committee; and
• To conduct any and all other such business as may be proposed by the Chairman, or may otherwise properly come before the Colorado Republican State Central Committee.
MULTI-COUNTY DISTRICT CENTRAL COMMITTEE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETINGS
In addition, notice is hereby given on behalf of the respective district chairmen that in connection with the State Central Committee Meeting, the following multi-county state representative, state senatorial, judicial, and congressional district central committees will convene on Saturday, March 14, 2015 following the state organizational meeting and at a time and place designated by the State Chairman in accordance with Colorado Revised Statutes § 1?3?103 and the applicable bylaws and rules of the Republican Party to elect district officers, designate or ratify district vacancy committees, and adopt or ratify district bylaws as may be required: HD1, HD9, HD13, HD26, HD33, HD39, HD47, HD49, HD54, HD56, HD57, HD58, HD59, HD60, HD61, HD62, HD64, HD65; SD1, SD2, SD5, SD6, SD8, SD16, SD23, SD31, SD35; JD1, JD3, JD4, JD5, JD6, JD7, JD9, JD11, JD12, JD13, JD14, JD15, JD16, JD17, JD18, JD22; CD1, CD2, CD3, CD4, CD5, and CD6.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event the county and district officers for the multi-county districts identified above have separately called a meeting to reorganize in accordance with Colorado Revised Statutes § 1?3?103 and the applicable bylaws and rules of the Republican Party, the district central committees identified above shall not convene to reorganize following the State Central Committee Meeting.
Dated at Greenwood Village, Colorado, on this 27th day of January, 2015.
Ryan R. Call
State Chairman, Colorado Republican Committee
Bonus members elected by the Central Committee members in their respective House Districts in Adams County:
HD30 – Robyn Cafasso, Mike Sheely
HD31 – Dana West, Jack Knight
HD32 – Kaarl Hoopes
HD34 – Patty McCoy, Clark Bolser
HD35 – Grace Heaney, Russ Farmer, Bruce Baker
HD56 – Meaghan Croghan, Sharon Croghan
Those elected as Bonus members to CD6 and CD7:
CD6 – Mike McIntosh, Tom Preston, John Isaacs, Dana West
CD7 – Russ Farmer, Skinny Winkler, Daniel Garcia, Susan Ellsworth, Michelle Haedrich, Ryan Allen, Nancy Thompson, Nikki Gullette
CD4 – No bonus members allotted for Adams County.
A month into the legislative session, Republican lawmakers are sending a message with a concerted push to repeal contentious measures approved by Democrats in prior years.
The effort is led by the new GOP majority in the state Senate, where lawmakers last week voted tocut renewable-energy mandates on utility companies and approved two measures to loosen restrictions on firearms.
A bill scheduled Monday for a Senate committee would repeal provisions in state law written by Democrats two years ago related to remedies for employment discrimination.
Senate President Bill Cadman said the GOP caucus’ first priority has been to scrutinize government spending and eliminate unnecessary programs and regulations.
“We are doing just that,” the Colorado Springs Republican said.
But with Democrats holding a 34-31 edge in the House, most hot-button issues are likely to win approval in one chamber and die in another, never to make it to Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk.
“You get the feeling it’s going to be a Shakespearean tragedy, and at the end of Act V all the characters are going to be dead on the stage,” said Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading