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….
Despite the last couple of years of tension in the Adams 12 Five Star School District, it appears that both sides of the negotiating table are finding a way to do what’s right by teachers and students.
During negotiating sessions earlier this month, members of the negotiating team representing both the district and the District Twelve Education Association hammered out what appears to be the final details of a contract, and without the snickers, rude comments, and sometimes aggressive behavior playing out in many other districts across the state.
“It’s been very positive,” said Mark Hinson, who has been chief human resources officer for the district for 17 years. “Negotiations are adversarial by design. It is stymied by feelings and reactions. But the dynamic of this team with two board members and the superintendent has been positive.”
The design, in fact, is one that is rare. Few if any districts, especially ones the size of Adams 12 – the state’s sixth largest with just under 39,000 students – incorporate board members or superintendents into their negotiation teams.
However, according to Hinson, this is the second year Adams 12 has moved in this direction. Adding interest-based bargaining — or “interest based strategies” as Adams 12 refers – is paying off, he said.
“It brings a new style and approach to bargaining,” said Hinson. “The process has changed the dynamic.”
Much of the motivation is based on a “beat Jeffco” theme, both in compensation and test scores. Not everything was positive. There was some eye-rolling and snickering between a couple of current and retired teachers when board of education member Norm Jennings suggested certain reform-oriented changes. For the most part, though, everyone agreed that education and how it is managed is changing. Continue reading
10 week update from the State Party.
I hear from a number of people that they don’t know what were up to at the state party. I realize that it is a little difficult to see what is going on when we don’t post our daily activities on Facebook, or in any other way, and we are not in the middle of an election, but that would be a bad idea given that we compete with other parties in this state. I would continue to encourage you to reach out to me directly if you need questions answered or just general information. The following is a list of activities done over the past 10 weeks:
1. Fund raising. – By far the most pressing issue and the one that takes up most of my time. Not just calls but visits to donors and meetings of donors.
2. Hired a finance director
3. Built a fund raising plan
4. Created a preliminary budget
5. 16 Lincoln Day Dinners/Lunches
6. More than 25 speaking engagements
7. Week with the RNC in Phoenix
8. Legal/contract negotiations on complaints and compliance. Settled all but one.
9. One on one work with the team to get to know them.
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Recently elected Colorado Republican Party chairman Steve House, inside GOP headquarters in Greenwood Village, is a former gubernatorial candidate. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
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.
Today is the end of the first four weeks in office as Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party. I wanted to write a brief update about how things are going. I believe we are making great progress and the team has been very supportive. Doing this is not unlike taking over a business from a prior leader which means it is about establishing relationships with people, business leaders, and groups as rapidly as possible and that has been the focus primarily.
There are many who want things done a lot faster but I believe careful consideration in the first 100 days is absolutely critical. While I am committed to important changes in what we do and how we do it we must also understand the unintended consequences of those changes before we step forward. In time changes and decisions will happen much faster but I ask for your patience as I learn the organization and processes needed to be effective. Ultimately if we aren’t service oriented and responsive I want to hear about it. We certainly haven’t been perfect in those categories in the first month but that goes with taking over an organization and running it on the fly.
We will continue to stand firm on principle while facilitating a much stronger Republican brand in the state of Colorado so we can win election majorities. Reach out to me directly anytime via email or message me here. Thank you for your ongoing support.
I also ask for your prayers for Steve Dorman as he continues his recovery.
Just weeks into his tenure as head of the Colorado Republican Party, former gubernatorial candidate Steve House says he’s shaking up the way the party runs things.
In his first public appearance since winning the chairmanship, House told a group of Douglas County Republicans last Friday that he’s forging ahead with one of his campaign promises, organizing the GOP to run like a business, with key positions operating under a “team of rivals” principle.
House, who unseated two-term Republican chair Ryan Call at the GOP’s state central committee meeting on March 14, contrasted the way he’s planning to structure the party with the way it’s been handled under his predecessors.
When Dick Wadhams, who had managed multiple state-level campaigns, was the two-term state chair, he ran the office like a political consultant, House noted. Call, an elections attorney, handled it like a lawyer. “What I’m doing is setting up the office very much like a businessman would,” House told a meeting of the Highlands Ranch GOP Breakfast Club.
Over of the past two weeks, House said, Call had been in the office five days. “The transition’s been great, he’s been really, really great,” House said.
BBC Mundo’s Daniel Pardo tests how long it takes to buy even the most basic goods in Caracas amid massive queues for food.
We live in a land of plenty. In America we can buy almost anything anytime we want. Our system of free market capitalism has given us almost unlimited choices at the most reasonable prices anywhere.
But, this is far different than how people live in Marxist, socialist countries.
When Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez first came to power, he liked to claim that he wasn’t a Marxist. He preferred to refer to his takeover as a “Bolivarian revolution.”
However, over the course of his reign, his tune changed and his real intention quickly became clear. Almost immediately, he announced that “We’re moving toward a socialist republic of Venezuela” and started telling anyone who’d listen that, if Bolivar were alive today, he’d be a committed socialist.Eventually, he was happy to call himself a communist, and in the later days of his reign he was openly singing the praises of Marx, Engels, and Lenin.
So how has Chavez’s Communist “utopia” worked out for the average person living in Venezuela? As Herman Cain reports, a BBC reporter decided to find out.
Now, despite the horrors he wrought, Venezuela is trying to move forward as the “people’s utopia” he envisioned. Since the stellar global success rate of Marxian Socialism is indisputable, everything there is humming alongwonderfully.
In fact, it’s been so successful that BBC reporter Daniel Pardo decided to engage in a little experiment.
He took a camera crew and filmed himself as he attempted to pluck 8 common household items from the bounty that the glorious state has provided. Those items are:
If this wasn’t so tragic, it would be almost funny. But, this is the reality of government control of an economy – no variety of products and vast shortages of even the staples.
If this video doesn’t convince people how silly Marxism is when put into practice, nothing will.
Freedom = prosperity and opportunity. Marxism = poverty and want. It always has been this way and it will always be this way; no matter what your average “community organizer” tells you!