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This is what Colorado Values in Washington looks like (we’re pissed, too!):
Note to GOP: Governing by shutdown is NOT governing!
JUST Scheduled: Colorado’s State Senators vote on the National Popular Vote Bill (SB19-042) THIS MONDAY, 1/28 at 10AM at our Capitol.
Nutshell: SB19-042 allows Colorado to sign on, with other states, to the National Popular Vote Compact. Meaning, we agree to give all of our electoral votes (9) in a Presidential election to the candidate who has the most popular votes in the country. (For example, if enough states had signed on to the compact in previous elections, we would have had Al Gore as our President, and Hillary Clinton as our President — Clinton’s margin was the highest in history for a candidate who won the popular vote, but not the electoral college.)
PLEASE CALL your State Senator in SUPPORT of this bill!
If you live in Longmont, your State Senator is Mike Foote (SD17), who along with State Reps Emily Sirota (HD9) and Jeni Arndt HD53), are sponsoring this bill.
If the bill does not get enough Senate votes, it is dead — and we don’t want that! The same bill can be introduced on the House side — BUT LET’S DO ALL WE CAN TO PASS IT NOW!
CONTACT all your friends in Colorado and ask them to call their State Senator, urging them to vote YES on SB19-042. (You can leave messages all weekend, too!)
State Senators contact info here.
Unsure what your Colorado State Senate District is? Go to govotecolorado.com, look up your voter registration, and click the “County & District Information” tab. Scroll down to find your State Senate District. (copy & paste this block for friends outside of Longmont!)
SHARE, TWEET, SHOW your support on social media!
National Popular Vote website, Colorado page, here.
A link describing the Colorado bill (and also to track bill’s progress), here.
Sylvia Bernstein gave a presentation at January’s LAD meeting. Sylvia’s recent editorial, here.
THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!
THIS Wednesday, January 2 • 6:30pm (meeting will start promptly at 6:45!) • Longmont Public Library (not Front Range!) • 4th & Kimbark
This promises to be a NEW YEAR in more ways than one! The day after our meeting, Democrats will lead the New House MAJORITY in Washington, where, as Congressman-elect Joe Neguse (CD2) says they, “…will bring the hope, vision, and goals of effective governance back to the forefront…” swiftly passing legislation to reopen the government and hit the ground running introducing HR1*.
Here at home, our the Colorado General Assembly convenes this week, where we have the exciting prospect of a FULL Democratic majority. (Stuff is gonna get DONE.)
As always, OUR NEXT MEETING on Wednesday, January 2, will lay important groundwork for the months leading up to 2020! We will have Sylvia Bernstein, from the League of Women Voters, talking to us about the National Popular Vote for presidential elections, and how Colorado could be poised to sign on to the Compact.
We will also review LAD’s support statements. We believe the existing statements have stood the test of time, but would like your input in reviewing and improving them. You can see the current support statements here.
Please attend our first 2019 meeting as we usher in an exciting, promising, and productive new year…and please, bring a friend! Wednesday, January 2, 6:30pm, Longmont Public Library, 4th and Kimbark, Community room.
*More about HR1, here.
THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!
(Cartoon: Chris Britt Copyright 2018 Creators Syndicate)
(Please enter through Door C6 — this is a different door than usual, map here. ALSO, please bring your own service and a dish [with serving utensil] to share, beverages provided.)
Although this was a challenging, depressing, chaotic year, you didn’t despair: due to your hard work & votes — it culminated in a most gratifying and historic 2018 BLUE WAVE MIDTERM ELECTION!
So, let’s CELEBRATE: please come to the LAD Holiday Potluck NEXT Saturday, for good food, comfort, camaraderie, and good cheer for the season!
We have a bit of business — approving a minor change to our bylaws* and electing the LAD Board (most board members will be continuing their service), and there will be elected officials in attendance. Current and newly signed up members will get voting credentials, but everyone is invited to share in the holiday fun!
AND…as a special treat, we’ll have Jena Griswold, our Secretary of State-elect!
• Jena started with a “shoestring” campaign, ultimately garnering endorsements from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
• Jena is the first Democrat ELECTED since 1955 (Bernie Bueshcher was appointed for one term in 2009), and first Democratic female ever elected to SOS!
• Jena will advocate for automatic voter registration & “reducing the power of dark money so that the billionaire class doesn’t drown out our voices.”
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 join us…and please, bring a friend! Saturday, December 8, 11am–2pm, Front Range Community College, 2121 Miller Drive, Classroom Building (east side of Miller Drive), Community Room. (go in door C6 — this is a different door than usual. Map here. We’re trying to avoid interrupting a ceremony that will be happening in the FRCC cafeteria, THANKS!). We’d like 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!
If you are unfamiliar with the work we do, here’s a look at our past meetings.
BOULDER COUNTY’S VOTER TURNOUT WAS 85.2%!
That means we SIGNIFICANTLY affected the outcome of statewide races:
JARED POLIS is Colorado’s first openly gay governor-elect (given that Colorado was formerly dubbed the “hate state” and Masterpiece cake sales aside, Jared’s orientation was not an issue or the subject of attack ads.)
PHIL WEISER is our Attorney General-elect.
JENA GRISWOLD is our Secretary of State-elect. She is also the first woman ever and the first Democrat elected to the seat since Eisenhower was President.
DAVE YOUNG is our State Treasurer-elect…
Meaning, a BLUE SWEEP of Colorado’s Statewide offices!
Locally, we re-elected JONATHAN SINGER as our State Representative for HD11. SONYA JAQUEZ LEWIS is now our State Representative-elect for HD12.
We now have a FULL BLUE MAJORITY in our State Legislature (the Colorado General Assembly), with 41 Democrats in the State House — the largest number since 1959. State Representative KC BECKER (HD13) will be our Speaker of the House and State Senator STEVE FENBERG (SD18) will be our Senate Majority Leader. Our legislature now proudly has its first transgender member, BRIANNA TITONE (HD27) and its first openly gay Latina ROCHELLE GALINDO (HD50)
WATCH FOR GUN SAFETY, OIL & GAS REGULATION, and other bills promoting COMMON-SENSE COLORADO VALUES coming your way!
KAREN MCCORMICK (Congress – 4th) and TIM KRUG (State Board of Education, CD4) gave VALIANT and PRINCIPLED FIGHTS. We CONGRATULATE them both for working so hard to connect to voters all over the 4th Congressional District. That knowledge is invaluable.
LESLEY SMITH is CU Regent At Large — the only Regent with faculty experience!
Boulder County continues to boast an impressive roster of Democratic public servants. We are grateful.:
MIKE DOUGHERTY — Boulder County District Attorney
MATT JONES — Boulder County Commissioner, District 3
MOLLY FITZPATRICK — Boulder County Clerk
CYNTHIA BRADDOCK — Boulder County Assessor
JOE PELLE — Boulder County Sheriff
EMMA HALL — Boulder County Coroner
PAUL WEISSMANN — Boulder County Treasurer
LEE STADELE — Boulder County Surveyor
DISAPPOINTMENTS: Amendment V (Reduce Age Qualification for Legislative Members), Amendment 73 (Education Funding), Amendment 110 (Transportation Tax), and Proposition 112 (2500 ft Fracking Setback) all failed to pass.
BUT, A DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY in Colorado’s General Assembly might address what these measures were trying to.
THANKFUL that Amendment 74 did not pass! If it had, Oil and Gas would have been able to do whatever it wanted in Colorado. Also thankful 109 didn’t pass — a bad transportation bill, with no way to fund it.
ALSO THANKFUL we finally rid our Constitution of slavery (Amendment A), we passed redistricting reform (Amendments Y & Z), we designated Industrial hemp as statutory (Amendment X), and we put a cap on payday loan costs (Proposition 111).
BALLOTS ARE DUE to the Boulder County Clerk’s office by TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 7PM
DO NOT mail your ballot after Halloween (Wednesday) —
it won’t make it to the Clerk’s office in time!
Instead, drop it off at 6th & Coffman. Other locations & hours here.