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….
I don’t know what else to do; we have hit a brick wall. Turnout numbers are below projections and democrats are gaining ground.
What makes it worse is that there are plenty of Republicans who think they don’t need to vote this year, and there are more of them than I can contact. Without your help to reach out to them… this election can slip from our hands.
The wind is at our backs and we need to capitalize on it. Just because we have the momentum it does not mean this is a done deal. The wind was at our back in 2010, and they still managed to beat us., and this year their operation is even bigger!
We can not lose this one again, and you are the only one that can prevent that from happening. SIGN UP NOW TO KNOCK DOORS OR MAKE PHONE CALLS TO TURN OUT THE VOTE!
I know with your help we can do this!
Adams & Broomfield Counties Field Director
2200 E. 104th Ave #103,
Thornton, CO 80233
Evaluations of Judicial Performance – 2014
Colorado does not elect judges to office in contested elections (they are appointed by the governor from a list of 3 nominees selected by a judicial nominating commission), but they are required to receive voter approval to retain office (on a 4, 6, 8, or 10 year schedule based on the level of the court).
The Colorado judges seeking retention in 2014 (appearing on the November 2014 general election ballot with a “Yes” or “No” vote option) are:
- 2 Supreme Court Justices (Boatright, Marquez)
- 2 Court of Appeals judges (Fox, Loeb)
- 63 District & 78 County judges (141 total trial court judges)
Unlike the “official” government-sponsored commission “reviews” Clear The Bench Colorado does not insult your intelligence by telling you how to vote – but the following scorecards provide a substantive evaluations of the “work product” of the judges seeking your vote, presented in a scorecard format, to better inform your decision.
Colorado Supreme Court:
The following judicial performance review scorecard summarizes some of the Colorado Supreme Court cases over the current term of office for the justices seeking retention which have had the greatest impact on the largest number of Colorado Citizens (primarily those with broad public policy implications), and how the incumbent justice appearing on the November 2014 ballot voted in each case.
Clear The Bench Colorado’s evaluation methodology – presented at a National Conference on Evaluating Appellate Judges – has been acclaimed as the best in the nation for evaluating appellate court judges.
Clear The Bench Colorado realizes that it is impossible to present an analysis of every case on which these justices voted; we have selected those cases addressing important constitutional questions. Our methodology closely tracks that supposedly used by the state Commission on Judicial Performance (reviewing cases as the benchmark for assessing judicial performance). →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading
“Know Your Judge” with substantive evaluations of judicial performance
(UPDATE: this article was also published as a Guest Commentary both online and in the Sunday, 19 October Denver Post print edition)
We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
— Abraham Lincoln
As Coloradans prepare to cast their ballots in the 2014 elections, despite being bombarded with political ads and mailers, MOST voters have little to no information on up to a third of the people asking for their vote: our state’s 3rd Branch of government, the judges.
The official, government-sanctioned incumbent-protection “performance reviews” produced by the state’sCommissions on Judicial Performance (published and disseminated, at significant taxpayer expense, in the “Blue Book”) fail to provide much (if any) substance behind the published “recommendations” (almost uniformly in favor of “retaining” judicial incumbents in office). In that respect, the Blue Book “reviews” are little more than (taxpayer-funded) political ads for incumbents.
The Commissions on Judicial Performance (groups of political appointees charged with evaluating and reporting on the job performance of judicial incumbents) routinely fail to actually evaluate judicial job performance or provide adequate information sufficient for voters to base a decision. Summarizing an incumbent’s resume and tabulating the results of surveys sent out to a select group of lawyers and other judges fails to answer the question posed to voters, “do they deserve another term – and why?”
There has been a failure of real performance evaluation and a lack of analytical content in the write-ups for the voters.
If narratives provide meaningful information about how a justice has decided cases, there will be accountability and the system will work as it is designed to do. Too often in the past, narratives have amounted to complimentary resumes instead of job performance evaluations. Some commentators and observers have denigrated the narratives as a “rubber stamp” exercise for retaining judges.
Why do we have political appointees (commissioners are appointed by the governor, attorney general, state legislators and the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court – the latter certainly seeming to have a conflict of interest) telling Coloradans how to vote? →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading
We’re ahead right now
But will we finish like the Browns against Elway?
Have you voted yet? If so, have you made sure all your friends have voted?
I’m sure that we have the lead at this point; Republicans have turned in their ballots in much greater numbers than Democrats have, but there is still a week of voting left.
This is when we find out if we can finish strong or let a certain victory (and the future of our nation and state) slip away.
In 2012, the Democrats surged from behind to win the vote in Colorado with a huge effort to turn out reluctant voters. We cannot let them out perform us this year. Do your part; make sure all your friends have returned their ballots.
And while your at it, send some late cash to the candidates who are in tight races so they can use the money to turn out voters.
Pay now or watch your taxes go up and your future dim.
Let’s win this,
Senator Greg Brophy,
Our mailing address is:
Senator Greg Brophy
200 East Colfax
Denver, CO 80203
Think we can’t find a connection between plaid shorts, a white dog, a genocidal maniac, and two elected officials? Watch this.
When my party is wrong, I will say it. When something is broken, I will fix it.
Some of you know that I have been involved in an election eligibility investigation involving the Democratic Party candidate for Adams County, Colorado, Clerk and Recorder. Substantial evidence has been developed by me and others that Cynthia Ann Martinez, a current member of the Brighton, CO City Council, actually lives with her husband Brad Rieke, and their two daughters, in Lafayette, Colorado which is not in Adams County, but rather Boulder County.
Recently developed evidence has been obtained that unequivocally shows that in August of 2007, when Ms. Martinez first ran for the Brighton City Council, she made a materially false statement in her candidate affidavit claiming she had lived in Brighton since November 6, 2006. However, Colorado Secretary of State records reflect that Ms. Martinez, who was required to have been registered to vote in Brighton from November 6, 2006 through the date she filed her Candidate Affidavit, actually registered to vote in Brighton, Adams County, Colorado on August 15, 2007, twelve days before she filed her Candidate Affidavit. Prior to that she had been registered to vote in Lafayette, Boulder County, CO and had voted in the November 7, 2006 election using that address.
Ms. Martinez seeks to become the Chief Election Officer of Adams County which means she would be responsible for enforcing and administering the very election laws she is violating. Whether this rises to the level of a criminal offense is the subject of debate between me and District Attorney Dave Young. Mr. Young, in response to my request that his office conduct an investigation, stated that I had not provided his office with sufficient evidence to warrant a criminal prosecution. I didn’t know it was my job to do his investigation for him. Since that prosecution declination, the aforementioned evidence has surfaced and has been provided to him for further review. It should be noted that Mr. Young, like Ms. Martinez, is a registered Democrat.
One must wonder if Ms. Martinez was a Republican like her husband, if a different standard would be applied to determine if there was sufficient evidence to prosecute.
Consultant, Owner at CSI Consulting and Investigations
Colorado is the key to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s firewall. It, along with Democrat-held seats in Iowa and North Carolina, is part of the last line of defense against Republican majority. If they lose any of these three seats, it would be hard to imagine Reid & Co. holding the Senate. And right now, things aren’t looking good for the blue team in Colorado. After an abysmal campaign by Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall, Republican challenger Rep. Cory Gardner holds a lead of nearly 3 points in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. And any incumbent polling at an average of 44 percent the week before the election would ordinarily look like a sure loser. But Colorado’s election is going to be anything but ordinary. The combination of same-day registration and mail-in ballots also has many on the right worried about outright fraud in what could be a razor-thin vote to decide a razor-thin Senate majority. Even without fraud, though, Republicans have reason to worry.
[The latest NBC News/Marist Poll gives Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., 46 percent to Democratic Sen. Mark Udall’s 45 percent.]
Wild West – Colorado is making its first foray into voting by mail, leaving just a handful of in-person polling places around the state. Similar moves in Washington and Oregon have helped cement those states as Democratic bastions after decades of dabbling in occasional Republicanism. Instead of having to physically take unenthusiastic voters to the polls in vans, Democrats could just catch them at home and get them to sign on the line and mail in their votes. But the specifics of Colorado’s law, as David Drucker explains, go far beyond even what’s been done in the Northwest. As Democrats work hard to fire up Hispanic voters with talk of a mass amnesty granted by President Obama after the election, Colorado also remains the only state on the midterm map to boast a large enough Latino population to provide an opportunity for Obama-style demographic dicing to be successful. As Democrats demonstrated in 2010 for Reid, an organizing surge can help save an incumbent down in the polls.
[Washington Examiner: “Enough non-citizens illegally vote in U.S. elections to potentially decide close races, a new study suggests. Old Dominion University political scientists Jesse Richman and David Earnest found, in an article due to be published by the journal Electoral Studies, that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in the 2008 elections and 2.2 percent voted in the 2010 midterms.]
Not flat-footed – Republicans, though, have learned some lessons in Colorado. Aside from actually competing for Latino votes, the GOP has also gone all in on the vote-by-mail system. With over a half million ballots received, according to the most recent figures from Colorado’s secretary of state, election offices have tallied 62,000 more ballots from Republican voters than Democrats. That puts the GOP in the lead with 44 percent to Dems’ 32 percent, hardly where anyone expected the race to be given the incredible sums that Democrats have spent on advertising and organization. Remember that Udall, unlike some other endangered Dems, is actually very liberal. He’s not running against the president, he’s mostly been talking about ladyparts. But Republican operative remain very nervous that despite a new focus in the party on pushing early voting the state is just too friendly to Democratic base turnout efforts with the new law. One top GOPer told Fox News First that he thinks Garner needs to be up by more than 3 points in pre-election polls to actually pull out the win.
[AP: “Former President Bill Clinton is headlining an evening rally in Aurora [today]. He’ll be promoting Udall, along with Gov. John Hickenlooper and congressional hopeful Andrew Romanoff.]
Knock, knock – Whatever the case, the new voting regime provides Democrats unprecedented opportunities to drive turnout, even when their voters are not feeling enthusiastic. It’s one thing to have to go wait in line to vote, but quite another to just sign on the dotted line when the party canvasser comes to your door.
– 8 days until Nov. 4 –
Adams County’s new commissioners to lead a tale of two districts
District 4 encompasses the small, urban southwest corner of the county, while Federal Heights, Arvada, Westminster and Thornton converge in a dense, suburban mashup.
District 5 starts in the urban belt of Brighton, Commerce City and Aurora and spreads across endless stretches of ranch and farm land to remote Meridian Road on the border with Washington County.
Voters across Adams County will choose two new commissioners on Nov. 4 to represent the disparate ends of the county as the Board of Commissioners expands from three members to five for the first time.
“I’m hoping five commissioners will increase diversity on the board and promote more discussion from different perspectives,” said Steve O’Dorisio, the Democratic contender for District 4. “We’re promoting diversity of geography and perspective, but we’re still accountable to everybody in the county.”
That’s because all five commissioners in Adams County are elected at-large, even though each must live in the district they represent. The board expansion is the result of a 2012 vote of Adams County residents and follows the Quality Paving corruption scandal that shook the county and ended with three people in prison.
“Moving from three to five commissioners was meant to dilute the power of the three, and it was the right move,” O’Dorisio said.
O’Dorisio faces Republican Joe Domenico, who didn’t return a call for comment. The new board takes office Jan. 13.
Adams joins Weld, Pitkin, El Paso and Arapahoe as the only counties in Colorado to have five commissioners. Arapahoe County was the last to do so, in 1997. A citizens group earlier this year tried to get a measure on the ballot that would have increased the number of commissioners in Jefferson County to five, but not enough signatures were collected.
Wilma Rose, a former Brighton city councilwoman and Democratic candidate for rural District 5, said it’s not only important to bring diversity to the Board of Commissioners, but to recognize the diversity of the county.
“It is farmers and ranchers out there — we have to make sure we stay in touch with that,” said Rose, who grew up on an Iowa farm.
Managing oil and gas development, as well as procuring reliable water supplies, counts high on her list of priorities, especially since the county of 470,000 residents shows no signs of slowing its growth.
Rose’s Republican opponent, former Brighton Mayor Jan Pawlowski, said she is perfectly positioned to handle Adams County’s growth, having done so in Brighton as the city exploded from 14,500 residents in 1996 to more than 32,000 in 2009.
Pawlowski said she has been running her silkscreen and embroidery business for 30 years and can empathize with farmers in the eastern stretch of the county trying to make a profit off their land.
“The struggles of a small business mirror what farmers go through,” she said.
Pawlowski isn’t happy with the system of at-large voting in Adams County because as a Republican, she will have to fight extra hard to get enough votes to prevail in a county that has 20,000 more active Democratic voters than Republican ones. But she thinks it’s important to give voters a choice, and the biggest group of registered voters in the county has no political affiliation either way.
Of Adams County’s existing districts, District 3 is in contention — with incumbent Republican Commissioner Erik Hansen facing Democratic opponent Manuel Solano.
Commissioners in Adams County earn $87,300 annually.
John Aguilar: 303-954-1695, firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/abuvthefold
Three seemingly unassuming positions within Adams County government have become a hotbed for political activity this year. The race for County Clerk and Recorder, Treasurer and Assessor afford voters an opportunity to continue in the right direction with one office and correct significant issues with two others.
County Clerk and Recorder
This race has been surprisingly contentious but not without good reason. The Clerk and Recorder’s office is one that has historically struggled to be efficient at its core duties – witness the 200+ duplicate ballots and 100 incorrect ballots mailed out to voters or the ridiculous inability to return timely election returns. Clearly some changes are in need here. Voters need to decide who is best to do that – Stan Martin or Cynthia Martinez.
Stan Martin is a Brighton native and small businessman. He is someone who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and has proven to be an exemplary manager. Managing people, balancing budgets, and running projects are second nature to him.
Then we come to the very problematic Cynthia Martinez. Martinez has come under a cloud of questions about her residency. She claims her primary residence is with her mother in Brighton while she owns a home that her husband and children live in in Boulder County. Does that pass the smell test? I don’t think so. The last thing Adams County needs is to install yet another elected official with questionable ethics. Martinez needs to be sent packing to wherever her home is for the day.
Vote for Stan Martin.
This is another race with candidates that have stark contrasts and makes for an easy decision on the ballot.
Brigitte Grimm is the incumbent having been voted into office four years ago with a mandate from the voters to clean up the treasurer’s office. Since then she has been entirely successful. She holds an MBA in Accounting and Finance and before becoming treasurer had extensive experience in private industry finance. With that experience, internal reforms have improved efficiency and residents now have far greater insight into the county’s spending. Unlike most other county offices, credibility to of the treasurer has been restored.
The other candidate in the race, Steve Douglas, is a partisan with zero – zip – nadda – experience to support his candidacy to run an office in charge of managing the county’s money. He is a union activist that has said his major goal is to “win the seat back for our party.” What about the rest of the people of Adams County? Where do they figure into that equation? Campaign finance filings indicate trouble ahead as Douglas spent $425.02 of his campaign’s money for tires on his truck “to install signs.” Someone who has so little regard for other people’s money is clearly not the one to be in charge of the county’s finances and our money.
Vote wholeheartedly for Brigitte Grimm.
The fact that we have two new candidates vying for this office is cause for celebration. Gil Reyes, the current occupant of the seat, is on his way out the door and after 12 years of his criminal and unethical behavior, we get to start fresh.
Patsy Melonakis is a longtime resident campaigning hard on the premise that a new face is needed to clean up the assessor’s office. That is undoubtedly true. With a background in property management and real estate, Melonakis’ background isn’t entirely foreign to the job of assessor.
Current deputy assessor, John Schaul would appear to have a resume well-suited to the job. His ties to Reyes and the current regime in the assessor office however are problematic. As scandal after scandal erupted, where was Schaul? He didn’t sound an alarm over the illegal and unethical actions of Reyes and appears to have sat silently while it was going on.
Vote for Patsy Melonakis.
Does it matter which political party controls Congress come 2015?
Turn on any news program covering the mid-term election and you’ll get a steady stream of “horse-race” reports: which candidates are up, which are down, how many seats are leaning Democrat or now safely in the hands of the GOP. Pollster after pollster will eagerly tell you how many Senate seats each party will end up with — then revise those numbers day after day — right up until the polls close on Nov. 4.
Granted, the non-stop prognosticating makes for good graphics on TV – maps lighting up blue and red, Republican strategist Karl Rove’s white board showing numbers and percentages scribbled across it. But how often have you heard a discussion as to what difference it will actually make if the GOP wins control of the Senate or, for that matter, if the Democrats manage to hold on to it?
It’s a question Republicans should be prepared to answer if they do win in November — especially if they hope to be victorious again in 2016.
Polls show voters are no more enamored with the Republican brand than the Democrat one. The most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal surveyshows only 46% of likely voters prefer a GOP-held Congress, with 44% preferring a Democratic-controlled one.
Rather than lay out a particular vision of how life in America will be better if voters put its candidates in office, the GOP seems more to be counting on the fact that voters are unhappy with President Obama. Only 42% of respondents in the latest NBC/WSJ survey say they approved of the job he is doing.
And that is why many Democrats, including those running for office this year, must have shaken their heads when the president recently went out of his way to say that, while he is not on the ballot, his policies are. To many voters, Obama and his policies are one in the same, and the GOP has been bending every effort to try to nationalize the election and make it a referendum on Obama.
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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.”
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