Sunday, September 25, 2016

Don't let them AstroTurf the Colorado grassroots!/ SHARE

Vote NO on Colorado Propositions 107 and 108 (new numbers now they are on the ballot, were Initiatives 98 and 140) they will kill our wonderful neighborhood system for nominating to the primary ballot. Here's how you can help: https://youtu.be/__a1cZJo-rc PLEASE CARE AND SHARE!

Ideas for making the 2020 Presidential elections much, much better:



Thursday, September 15, 2016

Kent Thiry: Many want to be on a team.

“We believe a huge percentage of human beings want to be part of a real team—a team that cares about each other, that’s serious about accomplishing something, and wants to do good along the way” Kent Thiry quoted in 5280 Magazine

 http://www.5280.com/magazine/2012/09/strangest-show-earth   

Yes. That's why our wonderful neighborhood system for nominating to the primary ballot is such a good thing when it has good leadership, which it has not had for some time.

Why were Initiatives 98 and 140 now assigned the numbers 107 and 108.

Question: Initiatives 98 and 140 are now Propositions 107 and 108. Is this number shuffle always done? If so, why?

Answer: We asked who before he retired was one of the most knowledgeable election law experts in Colorado. He was unaware of this.

Starting in November 2010, Initiated Statutes are assigned numbers beginning with 100, restarting at 100 after 199, and instead of calling the measure an Initiative it is called a Proposition. See Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 1, Article 5, Section 407Article 40, Section 115Article 40, Section 124.5and Colorado Constitution, Article V, Section 1, ¶ 7.5

The director of research for the Colorado legislative council uses these new numbers in the Blue Book, an impartial voter information pamphlet with an abstract of the fiscal impact study and arguments for and against the measure. 
As a result, those who have read about the Initiative, perhaps worked on getting the signatures required to get it on the ballot, now have to trash any signs or other materials with the original number. Wasteful and confusing, to say the least.
This is another example of change not necessarily bringing progress. 
After citizens have invested in getting the initiative onto the ballot, publicizing the initiative number that the Secretary of State assigns, the Secretary of State then gives the measure a new number that will appear in the Blue Book and on the ballot. 
Let this be a lesson with the changes being proposed for our elections this year. Change isn't progress, vote NO on Propositions 107 and 108.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Wholistic, unifying "Caucus" vs caucuses: American English is Changing Fast.


Online political battle with Wikipedia, Colorado Caucus, Iowa

Caucus, etc., statewide civics lessons every two years, brings major

political parties to consensus for best candidate, being attacked by

those who'd rather have the AstroTurf of Presidential Primary. One

of line of attack, propaganda trying to force usage from Caucus to

caucuses. Look back online, change seems to first start happing in

2008.

For more about this here, see GrassrootsRules.us One phone call at a time, we will Save the Caucus!: Caucus vs Primary War of Words: This was posted on Wikipedia article "Colorado Caucus" to explain variation from Iowa Caucuses: In Colorado the accepted usage has...






Thursday, September 8, 2016

Invitation to join our Colorado or National Board:

This email was just sent out to members and friends of Save the Caucus via Meetup.com/Caucus-Clubs:

You and/or someone you would like to nominate are invited to join the new Boards of Directors that are now forming.
A new National Board and a new Colorado Chapter Board are being formed for our new Neighborhood Caucus Clubs,  Please let us know if there is anyone you would like to nominate.
 After a budget is established a program of activities will be announced, they are expected to include:
 1. Monthly neighborhood newsletters, an online annual calendar and membership directory, each year a table at both state conventions or other state-wide event such as the Colorado State Fair, and a brochure explaining how we help make both the hyper-local Republicans and Democrats in our neighborhood stronger.
 2. An off-year mock Colorado Caucus starting in 2017 that will include all registered voters regardless of affiliation as Republican, Democrat, or Unaffiliated as voting members at the precinct, county and state levels to adopt resolutions on important issues coming before our state legislature, in 2017 the topic will be our powerful Colorado Caucus.
3.  Raising money to assist other states that want to adopt our Colorado Caucus system.
4.  Lobbying both major political parties to adopt the Caucus Elections/ National Primary as described in the book Why Iowa.
5.  A national public relations campaign to help everyone to understand the value of the major-party caucus system to everyone, as described in the book Why Iowa? and elsewhere.
6.  A national workshop for individual citizens, lobbyists, associations, and others who want to understand the legislative process at the state level.
 If you want our help to start a Neighborhood Caucus Club in your precinct, neighborhood or county, or if you want to nominate yourself or someone else to the Colorado Board that is forming, first join us here on this meetup site, attend at least one of our weekly steering committee meetings, and then call John Wren at (303)861-1447.
 Newspaper article about the initial thoughts for starting Neighborhood Caucus Clubs (we first called this effort Caucus Corp), check it out: Caucus Corp, new network of neighborhoods for communications and education being formed.
 This new educational effort is being sponsored in part by Save the Caucus, a Colorado political committee, John S Wren, registered agent. 1881 Buchtel Blvd. #501, Denver, CO 80210 www.COCaucus.org Starting Save the Caucus was a project of the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. www.SmallBizChamber.org For questions contact our founder and President John Wren (303)861-1447 www.JohnWren.com