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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….

http://www.thepartyofchoice.com/

 

As an interesting side note, while TABOR is well-known in Colorado, relatively few states have a similar government spending limit mechanism in their constitutions.  The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) actually has a model bill that is based on Colorado’s TABOR amendment that lawmakers in other states can pick up, make minor changes to, and introduce in their own jurisdictions.  We would bet there are constituents in many states who would appreciate a cap on their legislature’s wanton spending.

http://www.alec.org/model-legislation/tax-and-expenditure-limitation-act/

Tax and Expenditure Limitation Act

Summary

The Tax and Expenditure Limitation Act recognizes the important tradeoff between constraints on the growth of state and local government, and the provision of adequate reserves to meet emergencies and to stabilize budgets over the business cycle. The Act is a constitutional provision designed to accomplish these objectives. The Act links a tax and spending limit to an emergency reserve fund and a budget stabilization fund. The Act also provides for temporary reductions in tax rates and/or tax rebates when surplus revenue accumulates above the tax and spending limit, and the cap on the emergency reserve fund and the budget stabilization reserve fund.

Model Policy

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Section 1. {Election Provisions} For any fiscal year that commences on or after____ state and local government districts must have voter approval in advance for any new tax rate increase, mill levy above that for the prior year, valuation for assessment ratio increase for a property class, or extension of an expiring tax, any markup on products sold through state-controlled enterprises, or a tax policy change directly causing a net tax revenue gain to any district. Voter approval is also required for creation of any multi-fiscal year direct or indirect district debt or other financial obligation without adequate present cash reserves pledged irrevocably and held for payments in all future years, except for refinancing district bonded debt at a lower interest rate or adding new employees to existing district pension plans. Voter approval is also required for suspension of the spending limits imposed by this Act. Continue reading

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:

Milk
Coffee
Corn flour
Detergent
Cooking oil
Shampoo
Toilet paper
Dish soap

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!

 

SD 24 AND HD 30 TOWNHALL MEETING

Senator Beth Martinez Humenik
Representative JoAnn Windholz

Saturday, March 28, 2015
10:00 – 11:30
Margaret Carpenter Rec Center
11151 Colorado Blvd.
Thornton, CO 80233

Guest Speakers from various medical facilities in the area and what services they now provide.

Tri County Health
North Suburban Hospital
St. Anthony North
Kaiser Permanente
Childrens Hospital
Centura Health Systems
Bramming Farms
First Choice

And of course a update on both their pending bills.

kevin PriolaDear Friends, We are halfway through the legislative session and I wanted to provide you a quick update. I hope that these newsletters keep you informed on the legislation that I am presenting as well as other bills that have been presented during the session. Below is a summary of some of the legislation that 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 out of the Education Committee and the Appropriation Committee. It was heard on the floor of the House of Representatives last week and passed out of the House and is now in the Senate.

·         HB1200 bill will enable school districts, boards of cooperative services that operate public schools, and charter schools to offer salary bonuses to attract highly effective teachers to teach in elementary, middle, or junior high schools that are implementing priority improvement or turnaround plans for low-performing schools. There is significant data that shows that under performing schools have a difficult time attracting and retaining effective teachers. Creating an opportunity for every child in Colorado to receive a equality education is a high priority of mine and my fellow Republicans. Creating an incentive for effective teachers to teach in at risk or failing school is a step in the right direction. The Colorado Education Association (CEA) amended it to take out the performance pay focusing on inputs not outputs. So, I pulled my support for the bill. I will continue to fight for transparency and accountability in education.

·         In 2000, the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) supported the adoption of the existing arbitration statute believing it would result in an expedited resolution process and lower costs for students and CHSAA rather than seeking relief in the Courts. After reviewing the data, since it was passed 14 years ago, it turns out that the arbitration option does not lower the costs and SB 51 would remove the arbitration option.   Additionally, the arbitration provision unintentionallyset up two standards for determining whether a CHSAA decision had conformed to the CHSAA by-laws. I am the house sponsor on the bill and it has passed out of the house and is headed to the Governor’s office.

I will keep fighting for the common sense values that I share with most of my constituents and I greatly appreciate your support. I want to hear from you and would appreciate any feedback on the issues that you are most concerned about, send me an email at kpriola@gmail.com.

 

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Contact Information for Colorado’s elected Federal officials:
Senator Cory Gardner (R)
202-224-5941;  970-352-5546
Senator Michael F. Bennet (D)
202-224-5852; 303- 455-7600
http://bennet.senate.gov/contact/ or senator_bennet@bennet.senate.govCD1 Rep. Dianna Degette (D)
202-225-4431; (303) 844-4988

CD2 Rep. Jared Polis (D)
202-225-2161; 303-484-9596

CD3 Rep. Scott Tipton (R)
202-225-4761; 719-542-1073

CD4 Rep. Ken Buck (R)
202-225-4676; 970-221-7110

CD 5 Rep. Doug Lamborn (R)
202- 225-4422; 719- 520-0055

CD 6  Rep. Mike Coffman (R)
(202) 225-7882; 720-283-9772

CD7 Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D)
202-225-2645; 303-247-6455

 

It’s not uncommon for interest groups or local governments to go into defense-lobbying mode once they see a bill put forward that they don’t like or even once they hear the details of a bill before its introduction.

But Aurora officials on Thursday launched a pre-emptive strike against a bill to hurt the proposed Gaylord Rockies project that they feel is coming — even though they don’t know what its details might be or who might be sponsoring it.

Members of Aurora’s legislative delegation are writing a letter to colleagues in the Colorado House and Senate letting them know their concerns and pleading for a fair and open process.

Meanwhile, Mayor Steve Hogan told 60 people gathered for Aurora Day at the Capitol on Thursday that they should lobby legislators against taking any actions that could put up obstacles to construction of the 1,500-room hotel and conference center. Continue reading

I would like to see if you have any members of the Adams County Republicans that would volunteer to bring our US Constitution educational materials to 5th grade teachers?   We recently received a grant from the Daniels Fund in Denver to distribute our pocket Constitution books and Resource Packets for teachers to all 5th grade teachers and their students in Colorado.

My landline is: 303-989-4833    cell: 720-402-4632

Andy McKean

Founder and President Emeritus

The Liberty Day Institute

www.LibertyDay.org

Andy@LibertyDay.org

Unified Direct: 720.316.1069

*Rings both my office and home office simultaneously

 

Office: 303.333.3434

Toll-Free: 866.718.3434

3443 S. Galena St., Suite 120

Denver, CO 80231

Notice of Meeting

 Pilot Election Review Committee

Date of Notice:  March 17, 2015

Date and Time of Meeting:  March 19, 2015, 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

Notice of Pilot Election Review Committee Meeting

You are hereby notified that the Pilot Election Review Committee will meet to discuss the agenda items listed below.

The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., in the Aspen Conference Room, located on the third floor of the Secretary of State’s office at 1700 Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80290.

Background of Pilot Election Review Committee

Secretary of State Wayne Williams established the Pilot Election Review Committee to evaluate and assess the performance of proposed uniform voting systems to be piloted in various counties in 2015. The Pilot Election Review Committee will assist in the development of standardized methods to obtain feedback on the performance of the voting systems from County Clerks and Recorders, county election staff members, voters, election judges, and other stakeholders. The members of the committee are: Continue reading

JOINT TOWNHALL MEETING for SD-24, SD-21, and HD-35

Senator Beth Martinez Humenik (R)
Senator Jessie Ulibarri (D)
Rep. Faith Winter (D)

Saturday, March 21
10:00am – 11:30am

Hyland Hills Ciancios Clubhouse
9650 N. Sheridan Blvd
Westminster, CO 80031

Topic: Workforce Development Panel and Legislative Updates

 

 

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Steve HouseUPDATE: Newly-elected GOP Chairman Steve House responded to rumors about hiring former State Sen. Ted Harvey as executive director:

“Today was a great day and there will be more to come on how and what we will do going forward. Rumors about anyone having a job with the State Party in any capacity beyond the existing staff are just rumors. As I indicated in my campaign process the first thing that will happen is that the executive committee will be seated, which is at least a week or two away, and then a professional hiring process will be used for hiring all staff. My timeline will be to have an executive director in place by no later than May 15th.

Thank you for your patience and please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly for accurate information.

I will continue to get advice and counsel from the team I used during the campaign and from existing staff until the Executive Committee is seated.”

Like Winston Churchill’s 1945 loss after winning World War II, Ryan Call lost his re-election bid for State GOP Chairman this morning to former gubernatorial candidate Steve House.  While both sides claimed they had the votes to win, it was House who pulled out the victory with 237.66 votes to Call’s 179.33 votes. House received 57% of the vote, and congratulations across social media.

In total, there were 424 credentialed voters.  If both sides claimed they had the votes, what happened to Call’s votes?

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On Monday, state Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, will announce two new pieces of legislation that could give a pay raise to Colorado’s minimum-wage earners.

One bill would let voters in 2016 set the minimum wage as well as a formula to grant increases, with a goal of reaching $12.50 an hour by 2020.

If that fails, another bill would let cities with a high cost of living — resort towns such as Aspen, and Telluride, and possibly Denver and Boulder — to set their own local minimum wages.

With both parties set to make jobs and wages a big part of the 2016 election, a fight over the minimum wage could be as much about politics as pay. Democrats will say they’re fighting for working-class wage earners, and Republicans will argue they’re champions for the economy and small business.

And if Republicans kill his two bills in the statehouse, Moreno said it would inspire those who collect petition signatures, the alternative route to get it on the ballot.

Such a measure could attract voters more likely to support Democrats in a swing state for a presidential election.

A decision on the ballot, though, would be one more choice minimum-wage earners have to make, said 30-year-old Rosemary Lucero as she wiped lunch trays at a fast-food restaurant on Denver’ s 16th Street Mall, a national franchise she didn’t want identified because it might get her in trouble. Continue reading

ACRC Executive Committee Meeting

Tuesday 24 March 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

 

Dear ACRC Executive Committee Members,

Our next ACRC Executive Meeting is Tuesday 24 March 2015 and we hope you can make it. The agenda is as follows:

Tentative Agenda

  • Invocation
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Financial Report (Julie Duerr/Anil Mathai)
  • Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes (Peggy Tapey/Anil Mathai)
  • Vision and Goals for 2015 and 2016 (Anil Mathai)
  • Committee Announcements (Anil Mathai)
  • Database Update (Peggy Tapey)
  • Lincoln Day Dinner Update (John Sampson)
  • Location of Executive Meetings (Anil Mathai)
  • HD / SD Leaders Update (2-3 Min Max)
  • Candidates (In order: Adams County then Colorado then US) (2-3 min max)
  • Announcements

Thank you,

Anil Mathai, Chairman

CASE

Citizen Action for Safe Energy’s monthly March meeting is going to be a tour of Halliburton’s facility in Fort Lupton, which is about a 10 minute drive from downtown Brighton.

Detailed instructions for how to access the facility and get through security will only be provided to those who RSVP, so please call or email Rachel George at 303-549-2522 or rachel@rbgcommunications.com if you would like to go on the tour.

DATE: Wednesday, March 18th
TIME: 6:00pm-7:00pm
LOCATION: 13100 Weld County Road 8
Fort Lupton, CO 80621

Space on the tour is limited, so please RSVP if you plan on attending!

Citizen Action for Safe Energy (CASE) is a grassroots, proactive citizens group that believes and supports reasonable, affordable, dependable, and clean energy development in Colorado. The Committee serves as a means for central information sharing, discussion of industry news/updates, and community action. CASE unites community members, businesses, and industries located in Adams County who understand how energy development can bring numerous benefits to the local community and state.

Created by a group of Adams County community, business, and civic leaders, CASE is making the case for a strong, safe, and vibrant energy diverse community

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