Category Archives: Announcements
Our sincere thanks to the 70 people who attended our annual Holiday Potluck! For those of you that renewed or signed up for membership, we deeply appreciate your donations — it helps us do the work we do. We went over our accomplishments for 2019, our spending report, introduced our 2020 LAD Board, unveiled our newly revised Support Statements and had State Senator Mike Foote on hand to talk to us about the National Popular Vote Compact and why it is so important to vote yes next fall to keep it in place (you can find meeting materials when you click the “resources” widget to the left). Happy Holidays, and here’s to an exciting 2020, filled with hope and resilience!
LAD Holiday Potluck
(Please bring your own service and a dish [with serving utensil] to share, beverages provided.)
It’s been a challenging but gratifying year, so let’s CELEBRATE:please come to the LAD Holiday Potluck THIS Saturday,for great food, camaraderie, and good cheer for the season!
Our special guest this year is State Senator Mike Foote (SD17), who will be on hand to talk to us about the National Popular Vote Compact, which was passed in our legislature last year, but will be challenged on the ballot in 2020. We promise you’ll get great ballot talking points to assure that the NPV will remain in place!
Just a bit of business: we’ll present our updated support statements and we’ll be electing the 2020 LAD Board (most board members will be continuing their service). There will also be elected officials in attendance.
If you are a current member of LAD, we THANK YOU for your contribution in the past year! Many folks use the Holiday Potluck as an opportunity to renew or, if you like the work we are doing, to sign up for membership ($25/year per person, cash or check, thanks!).
PLEASE BRING A HOLIDAY CARD — to show support for immigrant children and families detained at, and to be delivered to Aurora’s Detention Center. State Rep. Singer will stop by our potluck to pick up your cards on his way to the Indivisible Colorado Environment / Casa De Paz card decorating event in Boulder. (Since it first opened its doors in 2012, Casa de Paz has hosted 2,037 immigrants from thirty countries and is the only organization in Colorado offering shelter to released immigrants and their families)…THANK YOU.
Please join us…and please, bring a friend! Saturday, December 7, 11am–2pm, Front Range Community College, 2121 Miller Drive, Classroom Building (east side of Miller Drive), Community Room. (go in door C4, go left, past the cafeteria, the Community Room is on the right across from the bathrooms.). We’re trying to make this as close to a zero waste event as possible: please bring your own service (plate, silverware) and a dish to share (with serving utensil). THANK YOU!
THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!
(Many thanks to the 90 folks in attendance at our November 6 meeting, featuring SIX 2020 Colorado US Senate Candidates — we’ve invited all candidates, more to come at future meetings!)
TONIGHT’S MEETING (YES, THE DAY AFTER THE ELECTION!): WE’VE GOT U.S. SENATE CANDIDATES!
Wednesday, November 6 • 6:45pm (meeting will start promptly at 7:00!) • Front Range Community College • Community Room
Where else could you go to see SEVERAL U.S. Senate Candidates at once, other than LAD? (Remember when we brought you ALL 9 Gubernatorial candidates in 2018?) There are TEN US Senate candidates working to send Cory back to Yuma — we’ve invited them all — and there are 6 that will be with us at our November meeting (with more candidates in subsequent meetings). Each candidate will have a few minutes to share their vision for Colorado and you’ll have a chance to ask questions yourself! Check out the 2020 US Senate Candidates widget on our website, here:
Join us for this one-of-a-kind event…and please, bring a friend!
THIS Wednesday, November 6, 6:45pm, Front Range Community College, 2121 Miller Drive, Classroom Building (east side of Miller Drive), Community Room. (go in door C4, go left, past the cafeteria, Community Room is on the right across from the bathrooms.)
Your Ballot is due to the Boulder County Clerk’s Office, (6th & Coffman), Tues. Nov. 5, 2019, 7pm!
TOO LATE TO MAIL (it won’t make it to the Clerk’s office in time), BUT EASY to drop off! — at the Clerk’s office at 6th & Coffman, by Tuesday, November 5, 7pm. You can drop it at the 24Hour drop box on the corner (follow signs), at the drive-up drop-off at 5th & Terry (beginning this Friday, Nov. 1, 8am), or walk it in and get an “I Voted!” sticker. Wear the sticker to encourage others to vote. There are also 24-Hour Drop Boxes at the Boulder County Fairgrounds (9595 Nelson Road), the Longmont YMCA (950 Lashley) and Garden Acres Park (2058 Spencer) available until Election Day, Tuesday, November 5, at 7pm.
MORE ELECTION AND BALLOT INFO BELOW: Longmont Area Democrats does not endorse candidates in non-partisan elections, such as the current 2019 city council candidate election (If you live in Longmont, you will have the Mayor, At Large Rep, and depending on your ward, Ward I or Ward III reps to vote for on your ballot). We did not endorse positions for city ballot measures 3B, 3C, 3D or 3E, but you’ll find general ballot information and some links about those measures below. The Boulder County Democratic Party did endorse Yes on Prop CC. We urge every voter to research for information and editorials from sources and folks you trust for positions on all ballot measures.)
All Colorado elections are mail-in ballot. You’ll receive your ballot mid-October. Check your voter registration first at govotecolorado.com
Colorado has same day registration, meaning you can register to vote up to and including Election Day. However, in order to receive a mail-in ballot, you need to be registered to vote by Monday, October 28. If you aren’t registered to vote by that day, you can always walk into a Voter Service Polling Center (VSPC), bring an ID, register to vote and vote in person.
We strongly urge you to sign up for Ballot Track now, if you haven’t already. The Boulder County Clerk will send you a helpful text to let you know when your ballot is on its way to you, as well as when your ballot has been processed after you mail it or turn it in. The sooner you turn in your ballot, the sooner election calls and door knocks stop!
Your ballot must reach the Clerk’s office by Tuesday, November 5 at 7pm. Follow the instructions with your ballot, vote every single part of your ballot and don’t forget to sign it! Do not mail your ballot after October 30 — it might not make it to the Clerk’s office in time. Instead, drop it off at the Boulder County Clerk’s office, 6th & Coffman, at their 24-hour drop box, or walk it in and get an “I Voted” sticker — wearing that sticker will remind others to vote. (There will also be a drive up drop off available at 6th and Terry — that’s the parking lot west of the Clerk’s office, closer to Election Day. Those hours will be posted on the bouldercounty.org/elections site when they become available, and we will also update this page.) You can also drop your ballot at one of the many Voter Service Polling Centers in Boulder County. You can get a list of drop off locations at the bouldercounty.org/electionswebsite.
The Boulder County Clerk’s office is always very helpful. You can also call them at 303/413-7740
2019 ELECTION BALLOT CONTENT:
Everyone in Colorado will have the statewide measures Propostion CC and Proposition DD on their 2019 ballot. Both of these measures were referred to the ballot by our state legislature. CC is a “DeBrucing” measure for TABOR. More about Proposition CC here. A video about DeBrucing from the Bell Policy Center here. (The Boulder County Democratic Party has endorsed Yes on Prop CC. If Longmont Area Democrats takes an official position, we will post it here.) Proposition DD is a tax on sports betting establishments. More about Proposition DD, here.
If you live in Boulder County, your ballot will also have Boulder County Question 1A (Coroner Term Limit Extension to Five Terms)
If you live within Longmont’s city limits, in addition to the statewide measures and Boulder County issue 1A you will also have city council candidates on your ballot (Mayor, At-Large, and depending on what ward you live in, Ward 1 or Ward 3 positions). You can check which ward you live in,here. You will also have City of Longmont Ballot Issue 3B (Pool & Ice Rink), City of Longmont Ballot Issue 3C (Extension of 0.75% sales and use tax for streets and transportation projects), City of Longmont Ballot Question 3D (Shall the City of Longmont Home Rule Charter be amended by revising Section 12.4 of the Charter to allow for leases of city property for up to 30 years?), and City of Longmont Ballot Question 3E (Shall Municipal Judge Robert J. Frick be retained in office for two (2) years?) on your 2019 ballot. City of Longmont 2019 Municipal Election page, here.
2019 Election Information from the Boulder County Clerk’s website, including a sample ballot, here.
ANY QUESTIONS? You can email us at email@example.com
THANK YOU, to the 100 or so folks who attended our City Council Candidate Forum at the Oak Room! Remember, your ballots will be mailed October 14, and are due back to the Clerk’s office by 7pm, Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Sign up for Boulder County’s BALLOT TRACK now, it’s convenient and cool — letting you know when your ballot is on its way and when it’s been processed after you drop it off. The SOONER you turn in your ballot, the SOONER election calls and knocks stop! VOTE. VOTE YOUR WHOLE BALLOT! More Election info, here.
Longmont Area Democrats presents: The Longmont City Council Candidate Forum
If you are a resident of Longmont, you will be voting for your representation on city council (as well as a statewide ballot measure, Prop CC). Now’s the time to see the full array of candidates in one place, and listen as they answer the tough questions facing our city. Longmont Area Democrats has presented this forum for several elections, and although it is a non-partisan election, we believe in full participation in our democracy, and that means voting in every election. The forum will move quickly, but will be jam-packed with information you can use. You’ll even have an opportunity to chat with candidates afterward, to follow up or to ask questions of your own!
All Longmont city council candidates have agreed to participate in this forum, moderated by Front Range Community College History Professor Mary Ann Grim.
JOIN US for this informative event!
LAD City Council Candidate Forum: Wednesday, October 2, 6:30pm, Oskar Blues Warehouse Oak Room, 1800 Pike Rd, Longmont (not the OB on South Hover, enter Warehouse Oak Room parking lot from S. Sunset & Lefthand Circle, follow signs, park in north parking lot, and volunteers will direct you! See map here.).
Look up your registration here.
2019 Ballot Content here.
2019 Coordinated Election Information from the Boulder County website, here.THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!
Longmont Area Democrats does not officially endorse Democratic candidates during a primary (pre-nomination) period of an election, or any candidates for non-partisan races. But since voting and being politically informed is a progressive value, we endorse full participation in our democracy — and that means voting in every election.
Longmont Area Democrats’ Response to the DSCC (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee) 2020 Democratic Senate Candidate Endorsement:
Longmont Area Democrats’ Response to the DSCC (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee) 2020 Colorado Democratic US Senate Candidate Endorsement:
For months now in Colorado, eight Democratic Senate candidates have been working hard to communicate with Colorado voters their positions and how they can help improve life for everyone in our state. They stepped up early on, and saw the primary contest as a chance to continue to move Colorado forward.
Now that conversation has been interrupted by a new candidate, who has been “anointed” by the DSCC as their candidate of choice. With all due respect to our national democratic leadership, the best Democratic nominee to beat Cory Gardner should be decided by Colorado voters. They have a history in this fight.
After all, that’s why we have a caucus and assembly system, and a primary. In the fall of 2018, Colorado had the second highest turnout in the nation. Colorado is no longer purple but trending blue and progressive. Decisions like this from the DSCC are insulting to Colorado Democrats, who’ve worked hard building this vital momentum. We believe the DSCC’s premature endorsement was made without understanding the wants, needs and ideas of the Colorado electorate. This is at best, short-sighted and at worst, dramatically undermines our true democratic process.
Colorado State Democratic Party Chair, Morgan Carroll said it clearly: “The Colorado Democratic Party has a strict policy of neutrality in primaries and we will not change that policy. There is a lot of grassroots energy to defeat Cory Gardner which is why so many excellent candidates have stepped up to run. At the end of the day the people of Colorado will be the ones to decide who will run against the most vulnerable Republican senator in the country and it will be the people of Colorado who lead us to another blue wave.”
We stand with the Chair in her assessment and strenuously object to the DSCC’s decision. Let this Colorado primary play out in the fair manner that our democracy intended.
— The Board of Longmont Area Democrats, September 4, 2019
(if you’d like to add your name/signature to this letter in support, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, with “I support the LAD Response” in the subject line, thanks!)
Troubling Updates to Immigration Law
This Wednesday, we’re excited to have Ian McKinley, immigration lawyer and tireless advocate for Longmont and Boulder County’s immigrant community, to talk about some troubling information concerning changes in immigration law that we should all be aware of.
We’ll receive an update on Longmont’s Sustainability Plan, from Craig Williams, who has worked with city staff to make progress on this vital effort.
And we will present an important action item for everyone attending to participate in!
Please join us…and please bring a friend! THIS Wednesday, September 4, 6:30pm, Front Range Community College, 2121 Miller Drive, Classroom Building (east side of Miller Drive), Community Room (Front Range has been recently remodeled — enter from door C4, then follow the signs to the Community Room).
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THANKS to the over 100 folks that attended!
…at Ollin Farms!
We will provide burgers, veggie burgers, hotdogs & buns. Please bring a side dish and/or beer and beverages to share. We’d like to make this a zero waste event — please bring your own plate and silverware…THANKS!
More on Ollin Farms, here.
Please join us…and please, bring a friend! SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 5–8pm, Ollin Farms (South on Hover Rd, past Pike Road, west side of Hover) Please park in the lot closest to the farmstand then walk and follow signs to the picnic!
THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!