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Current Action Item: FIGHT RECALLS and REPEALS. DECLINE TO SIGN!

UPDATE, 6/12/19: The recall effort against State Rep. Tom Sullivan has been DROPPED.

HOWEVER, we only have a 2-SEAT majority in our State Senate, so Republicans will focus on stealing power any way that they can. KEEP WATCH and stay connected to targeted legislators listed below.

ALSO, they will look to repeal transformative legislation, such as the National Popular Vote Compact (NPV) that was signed into law a few weeks ago. (Bill text, here.Signatures were being gathered against NPV a Longmont’s Cinco de Mayo celebration, using rhetoric such as “Protect the Electoral College!” (what in the hell?) DECLINE TO SIGN.

Republicans don’t get to cheat democracy simply because they don’t like the results of an election. 

And last fall’s 2018 election was unlike other midterms: Colorado had the second highest turnout in the nation. Many of you worked very hard to get out the vote. Boulder County’s turnout was 85.2% and that means we affected the outcome of those state level races — Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General and State Treasurer. Our state also voted their whole ballot across many districts — securing our Democratic majority in our State Senate and strengthening our Democratic majority in State House. Remember, more voters in Colorado voted for Proposition 112 (2500 ft setbacks) than voted for Walker Stapleton for Governor. In other words, the voters of Colorado overwhelmingly rejected Republican leadership.

Those Democratic majorities in our Statehouse provided the engine for historic Colorado legislation that was passed in the 2019 session, that ended in May: Oil and Gas Health & Safety, ERPO (Extreme Risk Protection Orders, or the Red Flag Bill), Comprehensive Sex EdBanning Conversion Therapy, The 2019 Healthcare Cost Savings Act — just to name a few!

The Republicans screamed “overreach” almost immediately, BUT —95% OF THE BILLS PASSED HAD BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORSHIP!

Where the Recalls and Repeals Stand:

The Recall effort against State Rep. Tom Sullivan (HD37) HAS BEEN DROPPED. 
State Rep. Rochelle Galindo (HD50) who was the first target for recall, resigned her seat on May 12. The Weld County Democratic Party convened their vacancy committee on June 6. There were 6 candidates who stepped up and Mary Young (school psychologist, wife of former HD50 rep and State Treasurer Dave Young) was elected to the HD50 seat.

The following Democratic reps are still being targeted for recall:

State Senator Jeff Bridges (SD 26 Englewood, Cherry Hills Village, Sheridan, Littleton, and Greenwood Village) 19,703 valid signatures in 60 days of the petition’s approval will be needed to move the recall forward. The petition has not yet been approved by the SOS office. CONTACT: www.bridgesforcolorado.com • 303-358-5551
State Senator Leroy Garcia (SD 3, Pueblo) 13,506 valid signatures in 60 days of the petition’s approval will be needed to move the recall forward. The petition has not yet been approved by the SOS office. CONTACT: www.leroygarcia.org • (303) 866-4878
State Representative Meg Froelich (HD 3, Arapahoe County) 9,587 valid signatures in 60 days of the petition’s approval will be needed to move the recall forward. The petition has not yet been approved by the SOS office. CONTACT: https://www.froelichforcolorado.com/ • 720-570-6337
Representative  Bri Buentello (HD 47, north Pueblo, Otero and part of Fremont counties). 8,082 valid signatures in 60 days of the petition’s approval will be needed to move the recall forward. The petition has not yet been approved by the SOS office.CONTACT: Bri4Colorado.com • 7192991034
Recall Rules, here.
Repeal of NPV: 125,000 valid signatures are needed and due by August 1, but the organizers say they’ll have enough signatures by mid-July. SO, encourage everyone you know to DECLINE TO SIGN. Then be prepared to VOTE NO on Repeal of the NPV in 2020.

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW:

DECLINE TO SIGN any petitions this summer that you do not have information about from a trusted source. We’ll keep you posted!

GO TO OUR COLORADO WAY OF LIFE (set up by the State Democratic Party) and sign up to volunteer. You can help with phonebanking, Town Hall support, LTEs, postcards or letters to voters, data entry or research. You can also donate.

FOLLOW TARGETED LEGISLATORS ON SOCIAL MEDIA — Bridges, Garcia, Froelich and Buentello all have facebook pages and twitter accounts, or contact them directly using the info above — show support and keep apprised of their progress and how you can help.

SOME BACKGROUND:

Recall Colorado is heavily funded by Values First Colorado, the Colorado House Republicans’ caucus fund, run by House Minority Leader Patrick Neville and his brother Joe (political consultant for Rearden Strategic, through which a lot of this money is funneled). Much of this money came from Oil & Gas (Anadarko), big pharma, William Morris. Calling our recently signed Comprehensive Sex Ed bill, “State Sexuality Indoctrination” and our red flag bill, “Gun Confiscation” — there is no end to the propaganda. And the conflicts of interest continue: one of the vice chairs of the state republican party actually filed the recall petition against Tom Sullivan herself, saying that he “shamefully politicized the death of his son at the Aurora shooting”, in order to be elected.

…but they’re getting sloppy. The money the Neville’s didn’t spend on the 2018 election became a source of conflict between republicans — normally it’s “spend to the end”, blaming mismanagement for how many seats they lost (or lack of votes…hello?) and ultimately accusing the Neville’s of “keeping their own little mountain of power”, and that Patrick Neville cared more about keeping his leadership of the republican caucus than winning a house majority. Now they are spending that money on the recall effort.

Cole Wist, Tom Sullivan’s republican opponent — who lost by 8 points in that district — is against the recall.

We’d seen Tom Sullivan, whose son Alex was murdered at the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, testify at a gun safety hearing, long before he ran for office the first time (in 2016, for SD27) — and we knew he wouldn’t give up. They underestimated State Rep. Sullivan and the large support his constituents had for him.

STAY THE COURSE. The bills passed with Democratic leadership, working with Republican co-sponsors, will transform Colorado lives and set new standards for the nation. SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE RECALLS. Recalls are expensive to taxpayers and waste time — State Rep terms are only 2 years! SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE REPEALS. DECLINE TO SIGN. Call Republicans and these groups out for cheating democracy, remind your neighbors how valuable their votes were last fall — and that republicans are trying to make those votes invalid.

SOURCES: Other Recalls Could Still Be Brewing After Effort Dropped Against Rep. Tom Sullivan “…Republicans Ponder Their Rocky Election.” | Neville Family Launches Recall Effort… |  A Hard Look at 2018’s GOP Soft Money | “…Shamefully Politicized the Death of His Son”

ABOUT CD4 CONGRESSMAN KEN BUCK…

DID YOU KNOW our “illustrious” Congressman Ken Buck has TWO jobs? He insists on being the acting State Chair of the GOP (no conflict of interest there!). Meanwhile, he is speaking out in support of the recalls, saying recently, “we need to teach [Democrats] how to spell RECALL!”.

But here’s the thing: as a US Congressman representing the WHOLE of the 4th CD, he dragged his feet in Washington on a disaster relief bill — “…as the measure languished, disasters kept coming…” REP. BUCK EVENTUALLY VOTED NO (!) — even though other Colorado republicans in congress, like Scott Tipton, voted yes.

You know what to do: CONTACT KEN BUCK — GIVE HIM HELL!

202-225-4676 (DC) | 970-702-2136 (Greeley)

Enter your zip (+4) to email Buck’s office, here.

OR USE RESISTBOT: Text “resist” to 50409

SOURCES: Colorado GOP Chair Voted No on Disaster Relief Bill

Ongoing Action Items:

Don’t Despair.

Since November 9, 2016, there has been plenty to feel desperate about.But the best antidote is ACTION — that was evidenced by the record number of voter turnout for the midterm (!) election of 2018. For the nation, with the Democrats now controlling the House, and for the historical wins in Colorado. In case you need to be reminded of the very real BLUE WAVE that happened, go here.

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