Sunday, September 22, 2013

Recall News and Facebook Page

Coverage of last night's GOP meeting that celebrated the recent recalls. (click here)  Who is writing indepth stories about the two races? Who had the original idea of mounting a recall campaign it the two districts? If you know, please post it as a comment here, or email John@JohnWren.com.

We are broadening the scope of our sister Facebook Page to match what we are doing here. See https://www.facebook.com/Colorado.Caucus.News

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Help us?

We want someone to start a new, healthy small group in each neighborhood that brings brother Jesus into both major political parties not as a boss but as a servant. If you are interested post here or call (303)861-1447and leave a confidential voice mail message with where you are (state/county/neighborhood and parish) what you want to do and why, what help you need now, end your message with your name and phone number, speak slowly and clearly, repeat your name and phone. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Resources for recall?

What are the best stories on recall as a political tool? On these recall elections in Colorado? Of other recalls in the past? Best books? Websites? We are going to put up a Recall Page here soon, any suggestions will be checked out and the best included on the page. Post as a comment here or email to John@JohnWren.com Thanks!
We are going to soon announce our new plan for civic education in Colorado. It's very possible this site and our companion Facebook Page Good Neighbors We Vote http://Facebook.com/GoodNeighborsWeVote had no impact on the election that were just held. Then again, maybe our civic education, focused on the grassroots tool, the recall, did make a bit of a difference.

  "Before Tuesday's elections in Colorado, only 36 state legislators nationwide had ever faced a recall effort, and roughly half survived. Colorado is one of 11 states that allow for a political recall of elected officials." From Reuters (click here for article.)

From that same Reuters piece:    "What Coloradoans really hate is extremists on either side," said Katy Atkinson, a Denver political analyst... "Overall, it was a sense of arrogance," Atkinson said.

 Denver independent pollster Floyd Ciruli agreed. "There was a sense that people were not being listened to and felt shut out from the aggressive agenda put forward by Democrats in the legislature," he said, noting that an 8-to-1 spending advantage by recall opponents failed to stave off defeat. 

 The Colorado recall battle drew more than $3.5 million in campaign contributions. But the bulk of it - nearly $3 million - came from opponents of the recall drive who support stricter gun control, figures from the secretary of state's office showed. And that's exactly the problem recall and the threat of recall was intended to solve.

 Referendum, recall, and initiative, along with the caucus-assembly system for nominating to the primary ballot. were the progressive reforms intended to stop some of the abuses of power that had become common place.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Same day registration now allowed.

Colorado Election Guide http://www.bringinthevote.com/

In the past, to vote you needed to be registered 30-days before the election. No more. We will get a chance to see just how well this works in the upcoming recall elections. 

Good reason to talk with neighbors, encourage early voting and invite them to your 1st or next neighborhood gathering. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Recall, Teddy Roosevelt's Grassroots Tool.

We are observing the recall efforts in Colorado, will have a workshop right after the elections in November to look at the grassroots tools we have in Colorado, try to help more people understand how to use them to help the common person serve in elected public office.

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