Category Archives: Legislature
Scrooges not welcome…
…but characters of all sorts are invited to join us at The Dickens Tavern on December 13th.
What: Holiday Party with Jake Williams
When: Sunday, December 13th from 4pm to 5:30pm
Where: The Dickens Tavern, 300 Main St. in Longmont
RSVP: Send an email to Jenn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Holidays! On December 13th, please join me in celebrating the season, enjoying great free food and supporting two great causes.
As we approach the start of the new year, it’s time to look forward to a better Colorado – where the security and dignity of employment is within reach for all, where each of us has access to quality health care, where we can offer every kid a quality public education, and where we always protect our environment. These are the goals of our campaign for the State House of Representatives, but there are many Coloradans among us who have more immediate needs.
The Inn Between of Longmont [i] is an organization that provides transitional housing and services to a diverse population that includes single and two parent families, teen parents, individuals exiting domestic violence relationships, persons with physical and/or mental disabilities, single adults, seniors, and teens unable to live at home for a variety of reasons. They truly help people in our community every day, and they need your support.
Celebrate with us on December 13th at the Dickens Tavern and bring along a suggested minimum donation of $25 for our campaign and/or a non-perishable food item, personal care product or cleaning supply (visit theinnbetween.org to see the “Wish List”) to support the Inn Between of Longmont.
[i] The information contained in this invitation is in no way meant to state or imply that the Inn Between endorses our campaign for the State House of Representatives.
I. Upcoming Meeting May 6 at Front Range Community College
a. CU Regent Joe Neguse and the Future of Higher Education in Colorado
b. Discussion and Debate of the Employee Free Choice Act
II. Activist Items
a. Cinco de Mayo at Roosevelt Park
b. Death Penalty
c. March in Greeley
d. Immigration Legislation in Colorado
III LAD reaches the 21st Century?
When: May 6, 2009 from 7-9pm
Where: Front Range Community College (East Building – Community Room) 2191 Miller Drive, Longmont, CO
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 at email@example.com
a. Cinco de Mayo … on Dos de Mayo
Longmont Area Democrats are going to be hosting a voter registration table at Longmont’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration.
When: May 2, 2009 12p-6p
Where: Roosevelt Park
What: Voter Registration
Why: Just because the Presedential election is over doesn’t mean that people haven’t moved, turned 18, or changed their party affliation (talk to Arlen Specter). Please help us register new and old voters alike. If you are interested in helping for an hour or more email Jonathan Singer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 303-875-4727. Visit http://www.longmontcincodemayo.org/
Also, there will be plenty of exciting food, music and cultural events that are fun for the whole family. If you can’t volunteer, stop by our booth and say “hi!”
If you don’t think them Democrats are cool enough, you can also volunteer for the general event with Marja Johnson at email@example.com
b. Death Penalty
Right now the Colorado State Legislature is debating the creation of a cold case unit with the funds used for the death penalty. I have received several emails from Longmonters supporting this issue. The LAD has not endorsed this but it merits consideration. If you support this legislation let your State Senator know ASAP as the Senate adjourns in about a week! Below is the body of an email sent to me.
“Right now, Colorado has a backlog of more than 1,400 unsolved murders that can’t be investigated for lack of funding.
But there’s a bill moving through the state legislature that would change that. House Bill 1274 would repeal Colorado’s death penalty law and shift the cost savings into solving the backlogged cases.
Our state Senator, Brandon Shaffer, needs to hear from you on this critical bill. So please take a minute and call or email him and ask him to support HB 1274 to help solve cold cases and put an end to the death penalty in Colorado.
His contact information is (303) 866-5291 and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your time and consideration for this important piece of legislation. “
c. Unity March on May 2 (Just in case Roosevelt Park isn’t exciting enough).
Several LAD members will be carpooling up to Greeley on May 2. If you are interested, please email email@example.com.
Join May 2 Unity March in Greeley!
Reconstructing Our Communities
Uniting Our Families
Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
Starts at the Island Grove Park – 514 N. 14th Ave, Greeley, Colorado
Just & Humane Immigration Reform!
For a better Greeley, in a better world!
For More Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 970.388.0834 or 303.887.2795
Denver! Meet at one of these points to Caravan or take a Bus to Greeley at 9:30 AM, Saturday, May 2nd, 2009!
You are welcome to bring Food or Donations for Greeley families affected by ongoing immigration Raids!
Denver Contacts: Homero 303.437.7805 & Nacho 720.621.7468
d. Immigration Legislation
As some of you may know Bob Norris has been working with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. He is encouraging folks to call their state reps to defeat SJM 09.
Senate Joint Memorial 009
“Memorializing Congress and the Federal Government to
Make Changes to and Enforce Immigration laws”
The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
STRONGLY opposes this Memorial
What does this memorial propose?
SJM 009 urges greater involvement by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Colorado state and local law enforcement agencies along with a significant expansion to Colorado’s immigrant detention capacity.
Why is this memorial harmful?
Expanding the role of local police officers in immigration work damages community trust in law enforcement. As the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police note in their statement on immigration, when local law enforcement becomes an immigration law enforcement arm, there is a sharp decline in immigrants reporting crimes, due to fear and a lack of trust of the police. This lack of reporting leads to less safe communities for all Coloradans.
Deputizing state and local law enforcement as immigration agents leads to discriminatory policing. In early April, 2009, the Congressional Judiciary Committee investigated 287(g) programs after several reports, including recent findings by the Government Accountability Office, revealed serious concerns with how law enforcement agencies were abusing the program in its implementation.
Expansion of beds for immigrant detention is neither a cost effective nor humane solution in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform. Those being held in immigrant detention have not been charged with a crime but, rather, a civil violation. They are awaiting the US government’s decision on whether or not they are lawfully in the country. In the absence of meaningful reform to our immigration laws, the state of Colorado should consider more humane and cost-effective alternatives to mass expansion of immigrant detention.
Get the facts by clicking the link below and reading the legislation verbatim.
Good public turnout at the 2008 Commission hearings on health care is important. At these meetings citizens can speak directly with the 2008 commissioners. The commissioner’s recommendations will have an impact our our health care decisions for years to come.
The meetings are set up around the Congressional districts but the CD 4 meetings (Longmont is in this district) are being held in Lamar and Silverthorne. Citizens are free to attend meetings at other CD districts. Here is a list of meetings with the commissioners that Longmont citizens might find it easier to attend:
October 4, 2007 5:00pm-8:00pm Congressional District Hearing – Boulder Millennium Harvest House, Ballroom 1345 28th Street, Boulder 80302
October 4th 5:00pm-8:00pm Congressional District Hearing- Lamar Lamar Community Building Multipurpose Room 610 S. 6th Street, Lamar 81052
October 11th 5:30pm-8:00pm Congressional District Hearing- Greeley UNC Campus, Lindau Auditorium
October 12th 5:00pm-8:00pm Congressional District Hearing- Silverthorne Silverthorne Library, Blue River Room 651 Center Circle, Silverthorne
October 12th 5:00pm-8:00pm Congressional District Hearing- Fort Collins Lincoln Center, Mini Theatre 417 W. Magnolia, Fort Collins 80521
October 13th 1:00pm-4:00pm Congressional District Hearing- Brighton TBD
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Note: Also check out Dr. Mercuri’s views on H.R. 811 & US election security from her 3/7/07 interview on “Voice of the Voters!” http://www.voiceofthevoters.org/ (podcast & transcript available) Also, please telephone & fax/email your Representative in Congress and ask him/her to vote NO on H.R. 811. Urgent! Vote could be next week (For details see Why this MUST be voted down,
The Senate passed the War Funding Bill (HR2206) by a vote of 80-14 with 6 not voting. There is apparently alot of politicians who can talk the talk, but only 14 who can walk the walk! Some of the more interesting votes against the funding were- Clinton (D-NY), Obama (D-Ill), Dodd (D-CT) all candidates for the Presidency. Some prominent Senators that voted for the funding were- Salazar (D-CO), Biden (D-DE), McCain (R-AZ) Reid (D-NV), Webb (D-VA) and Hagel (R-NE). Two of the most important non-votes were Schumer (D-NY) and Brownback (R-KS).
Today the House of Representatives passed a war funding bill without troop withdrawal provisions. The roll call vote was 280 to 142 in favor of the funding. Only one of the Democratic Representatives from Colorado voted against the funding without a time table for withdrawal, Representative Perlmutter. Representative Udall voted for the funding (must be looking ahead to his Senate race). Representative Salazar voted for the funding (he represents one of those mindless conservative districts) The most surprising vote other than Udall is the no show of Representative DeGette, she better have been in the hospital.
Some Republicans have been upset that we are proposing to debate the war. Some say that it is not a state issue. I disagree for several reasons. First, at the beginning of the war, the Republicans ran several resolutions supporting the President’s conduct of the war. We do resolutions to express the view of the General Assembly on numerous national issues.
Second, the war has had a huge fiscal impact on Colorado. The Federal government is proposing to cut funds that had previously been designated for Colorado in numerous areas. These include work-force development, five million dollars for incarcerating people held for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, funds for disaster relief for farmers on the eastern plains, funds for homeland security, and Medicaid. Current costs of the Iraq War exceed $500,000,000,000. This is why other programs are being cut
Finally, Americans soldiers and Iraqi civilians are dying. Over a hundred of the soldiers have ties to Colorado. To argue that we shouldn’t be debating the resolution, because the Iraq war somehow doesn’t affect Colorado, seems like a pretty hard case to make.”