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….
The panel of CIO discusses a law suit filed against Scott Gessler and Adams County Clerk, Karen Long for printing errors that placed individual ID numbers on ballots. They are concerned that votes can be traced back to individuals and was not announced until after the election.
A group of voters has sued Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler and Adams County Clerk Karen Long over the fact that nearly all ballots in last month’s election could be traced to the Adams County individuals who cast them.
The suit, filed Tuesday night in Adams County District Court, demands that a judge void the county’s election. There are six plaintiffs in the suit, including Adams County Republican Party Chair Gary Mikes.
The suit further cites Long, a Democrat, for not revealing the printing error that placed a unique voter identification number on both the ballot and the return envelope until after the deadline for a recount had passed.
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Adams County is coming under increasing scrutiny — including the prospect of a legal challenge in court — after County Clerk Karen Long did not disclose that nearly 200,000 ballots in the November election could be traced back to individual voters.
Gary Mikes, chairman of the Adams County Republicans, said Long should have come forward about the erroneously marked ballots six weeks ago, when she first detected the problem in late October.
Long did not notify the secretary of state’s office of the error until Dec. 9, and issued a news release the next day.
“It was her responsibility to inform everybody when she found that out,” Mikes said.
Though Long was not required to tell the secretary of state as soon as she knew about the problem, spokesman Rich Coolidge said his office was “frustrated that the clerk kept us in the dark on this issue.
“We’re continuing to play catch-up and trying to identify the best path moving forward,” he said in an e-mail.
In the meantime, a group of Adams County voters is planning this week to sue the clerk’s office over the validity of the election, poll watcher Marilyn Marks said. She declined Monday to share the names of plaintiffs in the matter but said a suit could be filed as early as Tuesday. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading
Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper found a spot for his party’s losing attorney general candidate, announcing Don Quick Tuesday as the state’s newest district court judge.
Quick will fill a vacancy on the bench in the 17th Judicial District left by the retirement of Judge Chris Melonakis. The district covers Broomfield and Adams counties.
Quick, a Democrat, lost the attorney general’s race in the Nov. 4 election to Republican Cynthia Coffman. Coffman received 51 percent and Quick received 42 percent, according to official results.
The appointment is a cozy fit for Quick, who served as district attorney for the 17th district from 2005 through 2013.
He also served as chief deputy district attorney, chief trial deputy district attorney and deputy district attorney. Earlier in his career, he worked in the attorney general’s office as the chief deputy.
Quick is currently senior counsel at Beatty & Wozniak. His appointment is effective Jan. 12.
Melonakis announced his departure in September after serving on the district bench since 1998. The district judicial nominating commission met in late November to interview potential candidates for the post.
Quick’s initial term is two years. If voters retain him in the election, he can win another six-year term. The current annual salary for the position is $145,219.
Did you get all that? Probably not, but incoming lawmakers will get some very fast on-the-job training when the Colorado legislature convenes Jan. 7.
Under tutoring from veteran lawmakers, the rookies-elect took to the House and Senate chambers Wednesday morning to learn how bills are moved and debated and what happens when a lawmaker offers what is called a “third reading amendment.” (Colleagues hiss snakelike, but it’s done in fun.)
President-elect Bill Cadman, a Colorado Springs Republican, and two Senate Democrats, Rollie Heath of Boulder and Pat Steadman of Denver, oversaw the mock floor session in the Senate. In the House, outgoing Rep. Mark Waller, a Colorado Springs Republican, and former Rep. Paul Weissmann, a Louisville Democrat, served as the teachers.
After term limits hit in 1998, the nonpartisan legislative staff began offering lawmaker-in-training workshops to help incoming legislators deal with a flood of information, from the budget to the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights to the 2006 ethics law, Amendment 41. The legislators-elect went through mock committee meetings on Tuesday and mock floor sessions on Wednesday.
For some of the incoming senators, the deluge of information isn’t that new. Four of the incoming senators are currently serving in the House and a fifth previously served in the Senate. It’s a different story in the House, for the most part were most of the newbies are exactly that.
Here’s a breakdown by chambers:
SENATE, 35 members
Next year Republicans will have an 18-17 majority. There will be 10 new faces in the Senate, seven Republicans and three Democrats.
Of the seven Republicans, three are brand new to the Capitol: Weld County Sheriff John Cooke, Laura Woods of Arvada and Thornton City Councilman Beth Martinez Humenek. Three of the new GOP senators are currently serving in the House: Chris Holbert of Parker, Jerry Sonnenberg of Sterling and Ray Scott of Grand Junction. A fourth incoming Republican, Tim Neville of Littleton, previously served in the Senate.
As for the Democrats, there will be three new faces but only one new to the Capitol, Kerry Donovan of Vail. Leroy Garcia of Pueblo currently serves in the House and Michael Merrifield of Colorado Springs formerly served in the House.
HOUSE, 65 members
Next year Democrats will have a 34-31 majority. There will be 20 new faces in the House, 14 Republicans and six Democrats. Of the new lawmakers, Republican J. Paul Brown of Ignacio has previously served in the House. He is one of three Republicans who defeated a seated Democrat in the Nov. 4 election.
Rep. Jenise May lost her re-election bid in a stunner this year, but she’ll be back at the House for the new two years as the special adviser to the speaker.
May said she wouldn’t have taken the position if she didn’t think she could be “helpful or productive” for the House Democratic caucus. She’s a retired state employee who served as deputy director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, and most recently was one of six members on the powerful Joint Budget Committee.
In her new job, which pays about $50,000 a year, she said, she’ll report to Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst of Boulder, who will officially take over as speaker when the legislature convenes Jan. 7. That’s when May will give up her seat to Republican JoAnn Windholz, who won by 106 votes.
By Lynn Bartels
Adams County election officials acknowledged another ballot printing error — the third in this election season — that they say could have compromised voters’ anonymity.
Adams County Clerk and Recorder Karen Long said a ballot printing vendor, Runbeck Election Systems, inadvertently included a number on ballots for the Nov. 4 election that could be connected to a voter’s identity.
Long said the error was noticed four days into the counting process, but she decided not to announce it until ballots were accessible after certification.
“We were concerned that disclosing this mistake during the election process could have unnecessarily impacted voter turnout,” she said in a news release issued Wednesday evening.
Long said at no point during the counting process was the identity of any Adams County voter compromised. She said the identifiable number will be redacted, on Runbeck’s dime, prior to anyone accessing the ballots through the Colorado Open Records Act.
The Arizona-based company has been blamed for two prior ballot printing errors in Adams County this year. In October, as many as 243 voters received duplicate ballots, while a malfunctioning piece of equipment used by Runbeck caused at least 94 Adams County voters to receive the wrong ballots.
The NSRF is inviting the Adams County Republicans and the Reagan Club of Colorado to join us for this pre-Christmas meeting as it seems that the government creates more problems than it solves. Think Gun Magazine Capacity, Voter ID, Green Energy, Immigration, ObamaCare, the EPA, spending more money on Social Justice programs and increasing the U.S. Debt
How do we fix America? Is there a solution?
Steve Laffey was elected mayor of Cranston, RI as they were on the brink of bankruptcy. Two years later, the town had a budget surplus thanks to his ideas.
How did he do it? Can those principles be applied to America?
Admission is $3 for NSRF members and $ for non-members. Plus we’re asking everyone to bring at least two cans of food that we will donate to the COFU Food Bank. You can learn about them below.
Join us on Saturday, December 13th from 9:00am-11:00am at Horan & McConaty’s Community Room, 9998 Grant Street in Thornton with the doors open at 8:30am.
Best of all, the NSRF is inviting the Adams County Republicans and the Reagan Club of Colorado to join us for this pre-Christmas meeting. We’re having breakfast burritos from Santiagos, coffee, bottled water, fruit, and homemade pastries,
We sure hope you can join us!
Steve Laffey was elected mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island, in 2002, and reelected by the widest margin in Cranston history in 2004. Before entering politics he had had a successful career in finance, including a stint as president and COO of Morgan Keegan, an investment bank in Memphis. He’s written books, produced a DVD, and ran for political office. You can purchase his book at http://amzn.to/11MlNzQ and/or his DVD at: http://amzn.to/1xpeGGx
Who COFU is!Community of Faith United originated from a coalition of Christian Faith based Organizations and local governments in the north metro Denver cities of Thornton, Northglenn, Federal Heights, Westminster and Broomfield as well as areas of unincorporated Adams County. The purpose of Community of Faith United is to be an independent organization under the guidance of the Christian faith community, separate from the doctrinal and evangelistic agendas of individual ministries, and focused on programs that are for the betterment of the community at large.
As results rolled in on election night, a disheartened Steve O’Dorisio stared at the TV screen: He trailed in his Adams County commissioner’s race, and some fellow Democrats were in trouble, too.
“You had some people who said, ‘We lost it all,’ ” the former prosector said. “And you had others who said, ‘We’re all going to win, just wait for things to come in.’ ”
After all, Adams County Democrats outnumber Adams County Republicans by more than 20,000 voters.
In his first political bid, O’Dorisio was losing to his Republican challenger by 1,755 votes as election night ended. The next three days, O’Dorisio admitted, “were kind of a blur” until he finally pulled ahead.
He went on to win his commission race by nearly 600 votes, but it was Adams County Republicans who did most of the cheering, scoring more wins than any time since 1936 despite the Democrats’ voter-registration advantage.
Republicans won seats for sheriff, clerk, assessor and treasurer. Adams County next year will have a Republican in the state Senate for the first time since 1992. A Democratic state representative lost her seat.
“The sweep, it just blew me away,” said former Adams County Commissioner Marty Flaum, a Republican.
The election featured a kaleidoscope of factors favorable to Republicans, starting with a national climate that revved up the GOP. Mix in a changing county, a Republican ground game and publicity over local Democratic scandals — and the results stunned both parties.