Category Archives: General
Congresswoman Markey will be having a Campaign Office Opening this Friday.
Come join them for food, drink, and Hope!
What: Fort Collins Office Opening
When: 7:00pm, Friday, May 28th
Where: 419 Canyon Avenue, Suite 200
Fort Collins, CO 80521
On a more somber note, tonight I received note from Angelique Layton that her
longtime friend, Ivan Meek, passed away today. Ivan and Angie are not only LAD members;
Ivan made a great presentation to LAD at my first meeting as President in
January of 2007. The presentation still resonates in my head because it
exemplified the kind of person Ivan was to me. It was a bi-partisan
presentation filled with facts, figures, and other nerdy statistics. However,
what underpinned it all was the desire to make sure EVERYONE’S vote counted.
Ivan was a template for integrity (and not only because served as a board member
for Coloradoans for Voting Integrity). His stoic exterior almost betrayed his
fiery fervor for Election Reform and justice of all kinds. I remember him
patrolling the State Capital in Denver on Governor Ritter’s Inauguration bending
Sen. Brandon Shaffer’s ear on voting issues. All the while, he was good-natured
and polite, listening to Sen. Shaffer as to when Ivan could make his pitch to
the Senator. The pitch was made. Trust me. “No” was not an option.
At first glance, his grimacing exterior would lead you to believe that he was
unhappy. It’s not that he was unhappy; it’s just that he was always
thinking. Thinking of ways to make a more just world,
thinking about how to approach the next legislator, thinking about what YOU were
saying. His slight frown always had a smile curling at the edges. His
gravel-toned voice had warm tinge that showed he cared about his common man (and
woman). Just this March, he wrote a letter to the Daily Camera about his 80
year old neighbor that missed out on her chance to vote because of mail-in
Ivan’s presentation to LAD included a great speakers from Longmont.
This presenter and Ivan worked as election judges in 2008. They
were working on the ballots late one night, and on their way home they turned
around to go back to the County Clerk’s Office. They knew there were voting
inconsistencies that needed the Clerk to address. And the Clerk did address
them (remember that thing I told you about not taking “No”?). We could be sure
2008’s results were more accurate because of these two men. People asked me
why this Longmont presenter was not an LAD member. I told people Ivan’s
friend and colleague was a Republican. Ivan did not put politics before
Regardless of whether you knew him or not, the issues he fought for are still
omnipresent. We still need to count votes correctly. His passing means there
must be a passing of the torch. There will never be another Ivan, so we must
stand together to bring his ideals to reality. Go to Coloradoans for Voting
Integrity http://www.cfvi.us/?q=node/1 when you get a chance.
Lastly, I have a personal admission to make. I knew about a month ago that Ivan
was not doing well. I knew that might not have another opportunity to talk to
him and I missed it. A lot of people talk about doing things if “time
allows” … as if time controlled our actions. Allow some “time” this
week to email or call a friend you haven’t spoken to but keep meaning to.
Tonight I am emailing one of my old college buddies who I haven’t spoken to in
years. Just to say “hi.”
Below is a youtube link to a Denver Post interview of Ivan Meek. Keep him and
his family in your thoughts. The services will be at the Louisville United
Methodist Church in the next few days. I will keep people updated on
www.longmontdems.org as to the details.
LAD Monthly Update
I. VP in Weld County 4-30-10
II. Upcoming LAD Meeting 5-5-10
III. Other Events
a. Cinco de Mayo / Immigration March
b. Help Betsy Markey 5-2-10
c. Romanoff Event
I. Vice President Biden was in Weld County today
with Rep. Betsy Markey, Sen. Mark Udall, and Gov. Ritter. I was pleased to see so many people come out to see them at UQM. UQM is a local business that makes electric and hybrid engines. They were able to expand their business and hire more workers in large part due to a government grant throught the ARRA (American Reinvestment and Recovery Act).
The federal government helped to spur American ingenuity into American prosperity. I am glad that our Longmont City Council was invited to this premier event, and even more excited that they came to support local business in addition to the Vice-President Biden’s ARRA. If companies like UQM and Abound Solar continue their great works (spurred in part by the federal government), they will have to change the name of the Carbon Valley to the Carbon-free Pinnacle!
-Jonathan Singer, President LAD
II Next LAD Meeting – How to Get Big Money Out of Politics
When: EARLY START TIME! 6pm , May 5th, 2010
Where: Front Range Community College (Classroom Building – Community Room)
Who: A movie from MoveOn.org, Jim Hoffmeister – Clean Campaigns Colorado, and YOU
What: Come early for a potluck to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Bring a dish to share and your own table settings (let’s make this zero waste).
At 7pm we will start our regular meeting. MoveOn.org is holding Forums across the country about home to democratize our democracy. We will learn about the problems of the coroporate influence on democracy, and work to come out with our own solutions.
MoveOn Organizers will also be there. You can RSVP at http://pol.moveon.org/event/events/event.html?event_id=103225
III Other events
a. March in Longmont for immigration reform
What: Join the May 1, 2010 in solidarity for our brothers and sisters in Arizona and for a better future for all of us and for this country! Fair and humane immigration reform now!
When: 11:00 AM to noon
Where: Meet at 487 17th Street just east of Main (We will start to gather at 10:00 AM) March will go down Main Street to Longs Peak.
What: Help Deb Gardner and the Longmont Area Dems at the Cinco de Mayo Celebration (or just stop by and say “hi.”)
When: May 1, 12p-7p
Where: Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont
Contact: Deb Gardner if you would like to help her out at email@example.com
Help Besty Markey in Longmont
Longmont Volunteer Meeting
Sunday,May 2nd at 4:00pm
Longmont Free University
Bring a snack come help lay the foundation for her Longmont Canvass kickoff to Saturday, May 15th at 10:30am
Team Romanoff Steering Committee Meeting
When: Tuesday, May 4, 6-7 pm
Where: Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Ave, Longmont 80501
Meeting Room A
When: Saturday, May 1, 10-11 am
Where: Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder 80302
Boulder Creek Room
Note: I have been receiving a lot of updates for Romanoff Events directly from organizers, but none for Michael Bennet. The LAD will remain neutral in this race. However, if you want to promote a local Michael Bennet event, please email us.
Note 2: The LAD is supported by local individual donations. We are spending an extra $60.00 for the room next Wednesday. If you are not a member, please bring $20.00 for the year. If you are rich, please bring more 🙂
No one will ever be turned away for lack of funds.
We have a lot to be proud of since Obama’s Inauguration in 2009:
Longmont Area Dems Go Higher (Education)
May 6, 2009 from 7-9pm
Front Range Community College
Classroom Building (Community Room)
2121 Miller Drive
Longmont, CO 80501
a. Please join the Longmont Area Democrats and CU Regent Joe Neguse to learn about and discuss the future of higher education here in Colorado. The state legistlature initally looked at cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from our world renowned institutions such as CU and CSU.
Come and hear from the 2nd Congressional District representative Joe Neguse about the value of these insitutions and the financial peril they find themselves in almost every economic downturn.
b. But first … the Longmont Area Democrats have been asked to endorse the Employee Free Choice Act. Everyone is encouraged to discuss and debate the merits of this piece of federal legislation on May 6. You may also post on this website your questions, concerns, and options (if you have them).
NOTE: If you wish to make an announcement at LAD, please contact me beforehand and we will work to make sure that some time is set aside (keep it topical). You can email me firstname.lastname@example.org
RTD Director Lee Kemp will be joining our panel of Senate Majority Leader Brandon Shaffer, Mayor Roger Lange, and Longmont Transportation Director Phil Greenwald!
Will Longmont Get Commuter Rail or The Shaft?
The RTD is likley to decide the fate of FasTracks in Longmont this March. Will our tax dollars go to waste?
Please join the Longmont Area Democrats for an engaging forum with experts and elected leaders at Front Range Community College on February 4, 2009.