ACRC Executive Committee Meeting
Tuesday 05 May 2015
Chapel Hill Church
10 Chapel Hill Drive
Brighton, CO 80601
Check-in begins 6:30pm
Meeting begins 7:00pm
Meeting ends at 8:30pm
Tentative Agenda Below →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading
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….
This documentary reveals the truth behind the “Gang of Four” – a secretive group of Leftist millionaires and billionaires who hijacked Colorado politics. The result was a restructuring of the once-reliable Red state. Now, homelessness is at an all-time high, marijuana is smoked in once family-friendly parks, gun control is rampant and the state’s energy industry is under constant assault. Unfortunately, the State of Colorado is now a perfect example of President Obama’s promise to “fundamentally transform America.”
Visit www.RockyMountainHeist.com for more information.
Colorado lawmakers begin a mad dash to the finish next week with more than a dozen significant bills in limbo and the session’s clock set to expire.
The final flurry before the May 6 adjournment is typical each session, but this year it is complicated by a divided legislature seeking elusive common ground on a wide range of issues and a series of late bills with huge implications.
The new bills include a repeal of the sales tax on soft drinks, a new$3.5 billion transportation bonds package, two resolutions to cut the length of the legislative session, an opt-out for mail ballots, the renewal of a state consumer watchdog and a ballot measure on how to spend $58 million of marijuana taxes.
The new measures join a lengthy list of important legislation introduced during the session but delayed for weeks amid disputes, including measures to regulate drones, offer long-acting birth control to reduce unwanted pregnancies, revamp police protocols, make repeated DUI offenses a felony charge and shift how the state refunds money under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.
“It’s going to be a race to the finish,” said Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, and the assistant Democratic leader.
State lawmakers filed more than 650 bills this session, and more than 10 percent still need their required first vote, according to the latest figures from a legislative legal services report. The bottom line: Lawmakers have more work left at this point in the session than in any other term in five years. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading
OTIS —If Democrats don’t mend fences out here amid the sprawling fields and crowded cattle barns of Colorado’s Eastern Plains, their hopes for the 2016 presidential race and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s re-election could be swept away in the withering high prairie wind.
Democrats, who haven’t done well in rural regions for quite some time, were remarkably trounced in November.
So it’s no surprise Democrats and Republicans are attaching the term “rural Colorado” to a raft of bills in the current legislative session, even to bills that apply just as much to cities much larger than the 500 people of Otis.
The goal of such measures is to win backing for Democrats or solidify support for Republicans out here where residents remember a bitter 2013 legislative session more than any of the bills introduced this session — folks who say they have grown tired of Front Range politicians meddling with how they live their lives or conduct their business.
Politics is about personal philosophies as much as legislation, said Ken Davidson, a regular at Mom’s Kitchen Cafe in Otis who has lived nearly all his 69 years in Otis or in nearby Akron.
“It’s about our beliefs out here,” he said. “We believe in hard work, self-reliance, family values. And we live off this land out here, so we have to take care of it.”
“The Colorado Democrats are taking the correct steps to try to cut into the Republican advantage in these predominantly Republican areas, but Republicans are not just sitting on their hands. They’re also trying to speak to and mobilize that electorate,” said Kyle Saunders, an associate professor of political science at Colorado State University.
Among the bills Democrats have offered but not yet passed are broadband Internet for remote communities, $750,000 more for rural economic development, money and flexibility for rural schools, medical help by telephone and a $250 million plan to bolster agriculture and equine innovation at Denver’s National Western Complex.
This Saturday, April 25th, Senator Martinez Humenik will be holding a Town Hall meeting from 10:00 am – 11:30 am in room C at the Carpenter Rec Center, 11151 Colorado Blvd, Thornton, CO 80233.
The topic of this panel is Workforce Development in Adams County!
There will be a wide range of experts on our panel, and we ask that you please join us! Some of the organizations that will have Representatives presenting information include:
- City of Thornton Economic Development
- Adams County Workforce Development
- Front Range Community College →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading
Hard to believe but this year’s session has only a few weeks left. Some of the bills gaining attention concerns testing in public schools; I recommend you read the guest commentary that appeared in The Denver Post.
The State Budget was also passed by the House last week. This year the state’s general fund increased by 6.3% and with the additional funds we were able to increase transportation funding for much needed repairs to our roads and bridges. Additionally, we were able to increase funding for high education to help keep college tuition affordable. While the budget does address some necessary concerns for all Coloradoans, there is still work to do. We need to work on controlling Medicaid spending; it increased by $153 million dollars which is not a sustainable pace.
Town Hall Meeting April 25
530 E. Bromley Lane
10:00am – 12:00pm
Below is a quick update on some of the bills I have been working on
• HB1215 Would grant resident tuition classification to a dependent of an active duty member of the armed forces. To qualify, a dependent must enroll in an institution within five years of graduating from high school, and have previously completed six years of school in Colorado in any grades one through twelve. Military families move frequently and these moves can add unique challenges for their children seeking higher education opportunities. The bill passed the House and will now be heard by the Senate. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading
Nine candidates have applied to fill a vacancy on the five-member Adams 12 Five Star school board.
They are: Merylee Appel, Amira Assad-Lucas, Brian Batz, Andrew Been, Jessy Hamilton, Joseph Holt, Nicholas Jonson, James Joy and incumbent Rico Figueroa.
The board has until May 1 to fill the vacancy. If the remaining four members do not reach a majority consensus, the board president will appoint someone.
The story behind the vacancy is a long and complicatedone. As we’ve previously reported, it all started in 2013. Candidate Amy Speers was running against Figueroa to represent District 4, which includes parts of Northglenn and Thornton. Shortly before the election, Adams 12 officials discovered that due to recent redistricting, Speers no longer lived in District 4. But she refused to drop out of the race. Speers kept campaigning and encouraged people to vote for her to send the message that they supported non-conservative candidates.
It worked, and Speers won the election.
But she couldn’t take office. Figueroa believed that since Speers was ineligible, he should be considered the winner. He contested the election, but Broomfield District Court Judge Chris Melonakis disagreed with Figueroa’s argument. Instead, Melonakis ruled that the District 4 seat should be declared vacant. “Figueroa was defeated by a nearly two-to-one margin,” Melonakis wrote in his ruling. “The voters in his district expressed a clear intent not to elect him.” →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading
Citizen Action for Safe Energy’s monthly meeting will focus on the successes and outcomes of the Governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force. Kathleen Staks, Assistant Director for Energy with the Department of Natural Resources, will be our speaker.
****Lunch is on us, so please RSVP to Rachel George at 303-549-2522 or email@example.com if you are able to attend.
DATE: Monday April 27th
TIME: Noon – 1pm
LOCATION: Cinzetti’s Restaurant
281 W 104th Avenue
Northglenn, CO 80234
Speaker Bio: Kathleen Staks, Assistant Director for Energy
As Assistant Director for Energy, Kathleen works to develop and implement policy regarding energy development across the state. She advises and coordinates with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety and the Governor’s office.
Prior to joining DNR, Kathleen worked at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) as the Program Director for Open Space and Parks and Wildlife. In that position, she oversaw land conservation grant programs and managed the relationship between GOCO and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Before working at GOCO, Kathleen worked on land conservation policy with the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts. Kathleen has a law degree from the University of Denver and a journalism degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
A Week with Hugh HewittFor Students age 16-20
June 21-28, 2015
Colorado Christian University
Discover Your Potential
Envision Your Future
Be Inspired for Freedom
Class work will cover
What are the great issues of the coming decade?
Why is America exceptional among the nations (if it is)?
How should God and politics interact (if at all)?
What’s your role in citizenship and leadership?
Who are the thinkers and role models you can trust?
Why This Conference
Recent elections led some to say the future belongs to liberals, progressives, and the left. Centennial Institute, CCU’s think tank, believes the future belongs to freedom, faith, and family. Spend a week with Hugh Hewitt and learn more.
7 days, ALL INCLUSIVE
(lodging, meals, activities, and transportation in Denver)
Conference delegates will stay on the CCU campus
Conference delegates will stay on the CCU campus
|Important Dates and Times||
Airport Shuttle Times
Sunday, June 21
Sunday, June 28
Airport Shuttle Times
If you plan to run for a seat on your local School Board of Directors, this is for you:
If you want to run for a City Council seat this November, here’s something to help you out:
Congressman Mike Coffman’s stunning success in reaching out to a much more diverse district has him being held up by the national Republican Party as a way the GOP must engage if they wanted to pull Latino voters to their side.
At the annual U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce summit in Washington D.C. last month, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus singled out Coffman, according to Fox News Latino.
“He took intensive Spanish courses, and in the last election, he even participated in a Spanish language debate on Univision. And he’s still continuing his classes,” the chairman said.
When Steve House decided to challenge Ryan Call for chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, his initial goal was to get enough votes to spare himself from embarrassment.
But the former gubernatorial candidate easily defeated Call, despite Call leading the party in 2014 to its most successful election in more than a decade.
Meanwhile, Colorado Democrats re-elected Rick Palacio as their party chairman, although in November Mark Udall became the first incumbent U.S. senator in Colorado in 36 years to be ousted by voters, the party lost control of the state Senate and a once-seemingly invincible governor won by only 3 percentage points.
The chairmen’s races this year are yet another example of Colorado’s political peculiarities. Hurt feelings and an us-versus-the-establishment mentality can outweigh the celebrations on election night, and 35 percent of the voters don’t even belong to any political party.
Throw in strict campaign-finance limits and the explosion of independent, outside money that can’t be coordinated with the state parties — and the result is a lingering question about how much power the parties wield anymore.
“There is so much beyond the control of a state chairman that you can’t do anything about,” said Dick Wadhams, former two-term chairman of the Colorado GOP.