ACRC Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday March 5, 2015
O’Meara Ford (120th and I-25, Northglenn, CO)
Meeting begins 7:00pm
Meeting ends at 8:45pm
Dear ACRC Executive Committee Members,
Our next ACRC Executive Meeting is this coming Thursday and we hope you can make it. The agenda is as follows:
· 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 with possible committee appointments (Anil Mathai)
· Database Update (Peggy Tapey)
· IT Database Demo (Craig Steiner)
· Lincoln Day Dinner Update (John Sampson)
· Summary of Meeting with HD/SD Leaders (Anil Mathai)
· HD / SD Leaders Update (2-3 Min Max)
· Candidates (In order: Adams County then Colorado then US) (2-3 min max)
Anil Mathai, Chairman
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….
A contested seat on the Adams 12 Five Star school board should be declared vacant, the Colorado Supreme Court has ruled.
The Supreme Court’s ruling brings to an end a legal drama that began shortly after Amy Speers won the November 2013 election to represent District 4 on the board. But she couldn’t take office: About a week before Election Day, local election officials discovered that Speers no longer lived in District 4 due to recent redistricting, a fact that Speers didn’t know prior to becoming a candidate. She refused to drop out of the race, however, and instead encouraged people to vote for her to send a message that the voters supported progressive candidates such as herself. Speers ended up earning two-thirds of the vote. Her challenger, candidate Rico Figueroa, earned one-third.
Former Secretary of State Scott Gessler attempted to stop Speers’s votes from being counted by issuing an emergency rule on Election Day that declared ballots cast for unqualified candidates invalid. But a Denver District Court judge found Gessler’s rule to be unlawful. The final vote tally was 24,169 votes for Speers and 14,081 votes for Figueroa.
Figueroa appealed the ruling to the state Supreme Court, which issued its decision today. His argument that he won the election because he earned the most votes of any eligible candidate “has no support in the election code or case law,” the justices wrote, especially since Speers’s candidacy wasn’t challenged in court until after the election.
“No court declared Speers legally ineligible prior to the election, and she received the highest number of votes in the election, so she was legally elected,” they wrote.
“Our determination that Speers was ‘legally elected’ because she received the most legally cast votes precludes Figueroa from having been legally elected to the same position.”
Given that, the justices ruled, “we must set aside the election and declare a vacancy.”
The Adams 12 school board is scheduled to declare a vacancy at its March 4 meeting, says district spokesman Joe Ferdani. State law says the vacancy must be filled within sixty days.
We’ve reached out to Figueroa’s attorney and current Secretary of State Wayne Williams. We’ll update this post if and when we hear back. In the meantime, read the Supreme Court’s ruling below.
Update, March 3: Figueroa’s attorney, Mario Nicolais, says he’s disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision. But legally, he says there’s nothing more he can do; the high court’s ruling is the final word.
Welcome to the new CHR Speaker Series. Each month we will feature interesting and topical speakers discussing events and topics that are current. Location may vary from month to month in an effort to open up our group events to more people around the Denver Metro area and beyond.
This month our featured speaker is:
Come and join us for an evening of good food and informative presentation by Senator Scheffel. Learn what is on the agenda for the current legislative session.
Date: Thursday March 12, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Ajuua Mexican Restaurant – 14150 Iliff Ave., Aurora, CO
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Notice of Meeting
Pilot Election Review Committee
Date and Time of Meeting: March 5, 2015, 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 5, 2015, at 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. After consultation with the leadership of the Colorado County Clerks Association and other interested parties, Secretary Williams has invited the following individuals to serve as initial members of this committee:
- Chuck Broerman – El Paso County Clerk and Recorder
- Donetta Davidson – Executive Director, Colorado County Clerks Association; Member, UVS Advisory Committee
- Connie Ingmire – Member, UVS Advisory Committee; former Morgan County Clerk and Recorder
- George Leing – Member, UVS Advisory Committee
- Jennifer Levin, Esq. – Program Coordinator, Disability Law Colorado; Member, UVS Advisory Committee
- Teak Simonton – Eagle County Clerk and Recorder
- Clarissa Thomas – Member and chairperson, UVS Public Participation Panel
- Dwight Shellman – County Support Manager, State Elections Division
Invitation for public comment
All meetings of the Pilot Election Review Committee are open to the public. To submit comments in writing, please call (303) 894-2200 x6318 for email instructions. Continue reading
In a new television commercial airing throughout the Presidents Day weekend, the Knights of Columbus pointed out the unique relationship between God and many of America’s past commanders in chief. Scroll down to see the entire commercial.
The 60-second spot has run in previous years; however, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson explained why his organization believes the message this ad contains is still relevant.
“The idea that our rights come from God and that religion has a role to play in our nation’s public life is not partisan or sectarian,” he said, “it is quintessentially American. Presidents Day is an excellent opportunity to remind Americans that God is — and has always been — foundational to this country and to our system of ordered liberty.”
If we are going to be serious about fighting for freedom and stopping the big government agenda of the left, we need to get trained. Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s Grassroots Leadership Academy is a state-of-the-art training program for citizen activists who want to make a difference at the federal, state, and local level. Grassroots Leadership Academy courses will give you the real, practical skills necessary to recruit volunteers, speak to the media, organize events and communities, and lead a grassroots issue campaign.
We are starting our very first Grassroots Leadership Academy class on Thursday, February 26th from 6:00-8:00pm in our Fort Collins office. Sessions will continue every other Thursday for a total of six sessions over a twelve week period.
For more information, see this video from the Grassroots Leadership Academy.
If you are interested in attending this class, please respond to this email by the end of the day tomorrow and we can get you signed up.
If you are interested in a future session, please let me know and I will keep you in the loop on future offerings. Continue reading
Adams County Judge Mark Warner today ruled in favor of the county in a lawsuit filed by county residents who opposed the stormwater utility fee that was approved by the Board of County Commissioners in 2012.
“Throughout this process the county has maintained the belief that the stormwater utility is a fee, not a tax and is necessary to provide storm water related services and facilities,” said Commissioner Chaz Tedesco.
In his ruling (attached), Judge Warner validated that belief:
WHEREFORE, the Court GRANTS defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment and DENIES plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment. The utility is a government-owned business that receives less than ten percent of its funds from state and local authorities combined, and is therefore an “enterprise” that is exempted from TABOR. Further, defendant has not engaged in an unconstitutional “bait and switch” by imposing the fee and using it, in part, for administrative and personnel costs. Further, the Court concludes the stormwater utility fee is reasonably related to the overall cost of providing services related water drainage and water related activities in the service area. Thus, based upon the foregoing interpretation of Colorado law, the stormwater utility charge is a fee, not a tax and not subject to TABOR. The Court concludes the plaintiffs have not proved that the County’s legislative decision is unconstitutional beyond a reasonable doubt.
Brigitte Grimm, Adams County Treasurer, continues to sponsor the free federal and state income tax preparation program to individuals and families with a combined income of $56,000 or less who need help preparing their tax returns. Working with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the state of Colorado, volunteers provide basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing.
If interested in this free service, please bring the following:
• Social Security cards for yourself and your dependents
• A photo ID
• A copy of last year’s tax return
• All W-2s, 1098 and 1099 forms
• Proof of any additional income
• Any deductible expenses
This service is offered at five convenient locations. All sites are staffed by volunteers who have been trained and certified by the IRS:
Adams County Government Center
4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Brighton
Conference Center, West Entrance
January 26 –April 13
Mondays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(Closed Monday, Feb. 16, Presidents Day) Continue reading
Here are the candidates running for election at the State Organizational Meeting on Saturday, March 14th.
Chair: Ryan Call (incumbent) Steve House
Vice-Chair: Mark Baisley (incumbent) Debra Irvine Eli Bremer Derrick Wilburn
Secretary: Lana Fore (incumbent) Brandi Meek
Note: This story has been updated with breaking news on new candidate endorsements for Friday, February 13.
The race to head the Colorado Republican Party is heating up this week as county parties pick officers and bonus members to the state central committee, which will cast its votes for state chair and other positions next month.
State GOP chair Ryan Call, seeking a third two-year term, says that the party’s performance in the last election — from record-breaking fundraising to a massive get-out-the-vote operation — demonstrates that he’s best qualified to lead Republicans into what promises to be a hotly-contested presidential year with Colorado again at the center of attention.
But his challenger, former gubernatorial candidate Steve House, argues that the party needs fresh leadership in the wake of an election he terms a “missed opportunity.”
While Republicans reclaimed a majority in the state Senate for the first time in a decade and unseated a U.S. senator for the first time in 36 years, the GOP?lost the governor’s race and fell short in a bid to win a majority in the state House, results critics say display the state party’s under-performance.
“Don’t vote for me unless you intend to live in a conservative state governed by a Republican majority that stands firmly for the platform we believe in,” House told a packed meeting of Douglas County Republicans at their reorganization meeting on Tuesday night in Castle Rock.
The GOP failed in Colorado last year to ride a national Republican wave “to get rid of Common Core and energy mandates and 2nd amendment rights violations,” he said. “I don’t think we can afford to do that again.”
House’s campaign says the former Adams County GOP chair ran the table at county meetings this past week, picking up overwhelming majorities in every large county and even, in some cases, locking down unanimous support for House.
“It’s a tidal wave of liberty and constitutionalists that are running for bonus members,” state GOP secretary Lana Fore, who is endorsing House and running for a second term herself, told The Colorado Statesman this week. “It’s a wave of, ‘We need to take our state back,’ to fight for the 100,000 Republicans that have left the Republican Party — we need to bring those people back.”
COLORADO REPUBLICAN STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING
In compliance with Article VII, Section A and Section D of the Bylaws of the Colorado Republican State Central Committee, notice is hereby given that the organizational meeting of the Colorado Republican State Central Committee shall be held at the following date, time and location:
Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 8:30 A.M.
Douglas County High School
2842 Front Street, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Check?in and registration for the State Central Committee meeting shall begin at 7:00 A.M.
The principal purposes of the meeting will be:
- To elect a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Colorado Republican State Central Committee and county representatives to the Executive Committee; and
• To conduct any and all other such business as may be proposed by the Chairman, or may otherwise properly come before the Colorado Republican State Central Committee.
MULTI-COUNTY DISTRICT CENTRAL COMMITTEE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETINGS
In addition, notice is hereby given on behalf of the respective district chairmen that in connection with the State Central Committee Meeting, the following multi-county state representative, state senatorial, judicial, and congressional district central committees will convene on Saturday, March 14, 2015 following the state organizational meeting and at a time and place designated by the State Chairman in accordance with Colorado Revised Statutes § 1?3?103 and the applicable bylaws and rules of the Republican Party to elect district officers, designate or ratify district vacancy committees, and adopt or ratify district bylaws as may be required: HD1, HD9, HD13, HD26, HD33, HD39, HD47, HD49, HD54, HD56, HD57, HD58, HD59, HD60, HD61, HD62, HD64, HD65; SD1, SD2, SD5, SD6, SD8, SD16, SD23, SD31, SD35; JD1, JD3, JD4, JD5, JD6, JD7, JD9, JD11, JD12, JD13, JD14, JD15, JD16, JD17, JD18, JD22; CD1, CD2, CD3, CD4, CD5, and CD6.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event the county and district officers for the multi-county districts identified above have separately called a meeting to reorganize in accordance with Colorado Revised Statutes § 1?3?103 and the applicable bylaws and rules of the Republican Party, the district central committees identified above shall not convene to reorganize following the State Central Committee Meeting.
Dated at Greenwood Village, Colorado, on this 27th day of January, 2015.
Ryan R. Call
State Chairman, Colorado Republican Committee
Bonus members elected by the Central Committee members in their respective House Districts in Adams County:
HD30 – Robyn Cafasso, Mike Sheely
HD31 – Dana West, Jack Knight
HD32 – Kaarl Hoopes
HD34 – Patty McCoy, Clark Bolser
HD35 – Grace Heaney, Russ Farmer, Bruce Baker
HD56 – Meaghan Croghan, Sharon Croghan
Those elected as Bonus members to CD6 and CD7:
CD6 – Mike McIntosh, Tom Preston, John Isaacs, Dana West
CD7 – Russ Farmer, Skinny Winkler, Daniel Garcia, Susan Ellsworth, Michelle Haedrich, Ryan Allen, Nancy Thompson, Nikki Gullette
CD4 – No bonus members allotted for Adams County.