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….
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.”
Visit www.RockyMountainHeist.com for more information.
Hard to believe but this year’s session has only a few weeks left. Some of the bills gaining attention concerns testing in public schools; I recommend you read the guest commentary that appeared in The Denver Post.
The State Budget was also passed by the House last week. This year the state’s general fund increased by 6.3% and with the additional funds we were able to increase transportation funding for much needed repairs to our roads and bridges. Additionally, we were able to increase funding for high education to help keep college tuition affordable. While the budget does address some necessary concerns for all Coloradoans, there is still work to do. We need to work on controlling Medicaid spending; it increased by $153 million dollars which is not a sustainable pace.
Town Hall Meeting April 25
530 E. Bromley Lane
10:00am – 12:00pm
Below is a quick update on some of the bills 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 the House and will now be heard by the Senate. Continue reading
Nine candidates have applied to fill a vacancy on the five-member Adams 12 Five Star school board.
They are: Merylee Appel, Amira Assad-Lucas, Brian Batz, Andrew Been, Jessy Hamilton, Joseph Holt, Nicholas Jonson, James Joy and incumbent Rico Figueroa.
The board has until May 1 to fill the vacancy. If the remaining four members do not reach a majority consensus, the board president will appoint someone.
The story behind the vacancy is a long and complicatedone. As we’ve previously reported, it all started in 2013. Candidate Amy Speers was running against Figueroa to represent District 4, which includes parts of Northglenn and Thornton. Shortly before the election, Adams 12 officials discovered that due to recent redistricting, Speers no longer lived in District 4. But she refused to drop out of the race. Speers kept campaigning and encouraged people to vote for her to send the message that they supported non-conservative candidates.
It worked, and Speers won the election.
But she couldn’t take office. Figueroa believed that since Speers was ineligible, he should be considered the winner. He contested the election, but Broomfield District Court Judge Chris Melonakis disagreed with Figueroa’s argument. Instead, Melonakis ruled that the District 4 seat should be declared vacant. “Figueroa was defeated by a nearly two-to-one margin,” Melonakis wrote in his ruling. “The voters in his district expressed a clear intent not to elect him.” Continue reading
Citizen Action for Safe Energy’s monthly meeting will focus on the successes and outcomes of the Governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force. Kathleen Staks, Assistant Director for Energy with the Department of Natural Resources, will be our speaker.
****Lunch is on us, so please RSVP to Rachel George at 303-549-2522 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to attend.
DATE: Monday April 27th
TIME: Noon – 1pm
LOCATION: Cinzetti’s Restaurant
281 W 104th Avenue
Northglenn, CO 80234
Speaker Bio: Kathleen Staks, Assistant Director for Energy
As Assistant Director for Energy, Kathleen works to develop and implement policy regarding energy development across the state. She advises and coordinates with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety and the Governor’s office.
Prior to joining DNR, Kathleen worked at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) as the Program Director for Open Space and Parks and Wildlife. In that position, she oversaw land conservation grant programs and managed the relationship between GOCO and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Before working at GOCO, Kathleen worked on land conservation policy with the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts. Kathleen has a law degree from the University of Denver and a journalism degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
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A Week with Hugh HewittFor Students age 16-20
June 21-28, 2015
Colorado Christian University
Discover Your Potential
Envision Your Future
Be Inspired for Freedom
Class work will cover
What are the great issues of the coming decade?
Why is America exceptional among the nations (if it is)?
How should God and politics interact (if at all)?
What’s your role in citizenship and leadership?
Who are the thinkers and role models you can trust?
Why This Conference
Recent elections led some to say the future belongs to liberals, progressives, and the left. Centennial Institute, CCU’s think tank, believes the future belongs to freedom, faith, and family. Spend a week with Hugh Hewitt and learn more.
7 days, ALL INCLUSIVE
(lodging, meals, activities, and transportation in Denver)
Conference delegates will stay on the CCU campus
Conference delegates will stay on the CCU campus
|Important Dates and Times||
Airport Shuttle Times
Sunday, June 21
Sunday, June 28
Airport Shuttle Times
If you plan to run for a seat on your local School Board of Directors, this is for you:
If you want to run for a City Council seat this November, here’s something to help you out:
Congressman Mike Coffman’s stunning success in reaching out to a much more diverse district has him being held up by the national Republican Party as a way the GOP must engage if they wanted to pull Latino voters to their side.
At the annual U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce summit in Washington D.C. last month, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus singled out Coffman, according to Fox News Latino.
“He took intensive Spanish courses, and in the last election, he even participated in a Spanish language debate on Univision. And he’s still continuing his classes,” the chairman said.
When Steve House decided to challenge Ryan Call for chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, his initial goal was to get enough votes to spare himself from embarrassment.
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.
A gun battle at the Colorado legislature over ammunition magazine limits pits Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute, against the state’s most strident gun-rights group, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners.
The two groups were allies in 2013, fighting the Democratic-controlled legislature from passing stricter gun laws. Now, Caldara is furious that the gun group opposes a possible compromise that would increase magazine limits from 15 to 30 rounds.
Caldara issued the ultimate insult among gun rights activists Friday, linking Rocky Mountain Gun Owners with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns and worked closely with Colorado Democrats on their gun-control measures. Continue reading
Adams 12 Five Star Schools is offering a new opportunity for parents and community members to learn about school district operations and governance through the Five Star Leadership Academy.
The program meets once a month on Fridays from September 2015 through April 2016. All meetings take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Educational Support Center, 1500 E. 128th Ave. in Thornton.
Participants will have the opportunity to interact with district and education leaders and find out more about:
- School district funding and budgeting practices
- Enrollment projections and planning
- The district’s approach to learning, special education and special programs
- Grading and assessments, and more
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.
By Kelly Maher
Rep. Joe Salazar (D-Thornton) offered up a potential compromise in the incendiary issue of magazine limits during one of his recent town hall meetings. Salazar is well known in the Second Amendment community, mostly for his 2013 comments about concealed carry on campus, when he suggested that women carrying on campus may just “pop off on somebody.”
In 2013, Salazar served as a primary face of the gun control movement in Colorado – but two years and a very tight election for Salazar later – a man who more carefully chooses his words and moderates his positions has emerged. The face of gun control in Colorado two years ago could also be the same face that casts the most critical vote to begin gun control’s unraveling. Continue reading