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HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2015 PROMISES TO BE A VIGOROUS REPUBLICAN YEAR!
TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015 LUNCHEON MEETING
Date and Time: Tuesday, January 20, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Check-in/Social Hour 11:00-11:30 a.m.
Inspiration and Pledge - 11:30 a.m.
Lunch Buffet 12:35 a.m.
Speaker 12:00 p.m. - 12:40 p.m.
Meeting and Announcements: 12:40 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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Cost: $16.00 for members. Guest Lunch $21.00
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Boulder County Clerk Hall: 'I followed the law' in election procedures
Ellyn Hilliard, Chair Marilyn Marks,
Boulder County Republicans Conservative Election Integrity Activist
SPEAKERS: Ellyn Hilliard, Chair Boulder County Republicans
Marilyn Marks, Conservative Election Integrity Activist
'REALLY'? (As reported by John Fryer, Times-Call staff writer on Dec. 6, 2014)
Secretary of state alleges violations
The Colorado Secretary of State's Office alleges that Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall "violated state law in several ways" during the processing of ballots and the tallying of votes cast in the 2014 general election. Hall declined Friday to give a point-by-point response to those allegations, which included:
*"She systematically discriminated against Republican election judges, by excluding people nominated by the Republican Party, and even appointing people not registered to vote."
*"She prevented watchers from having a meaningful opportunity to observe and verify the signature review process, created an artificially cramped area for them to operate in, restricted watcher access to secondary signature review for most of the election period, unnecessarily barred watchers from the vote tabulation area, and targeted certain watchers for discriminatory treatment."
*"She appointed election staff members to monitor watchers, restrict their movements, and report on their activities. Indeed, during the election she treated one observer sent by the Secretary's office in the same manner."
*"She failed to verify signatures for military and overseas voters who submitted their ballots electronically."
Hillary Hall was re-elected as Boulder County Clerk in November. She will preside for 4 more years.
Boulder County Republicans have a plan. Not only will the BCR office at 1516 Folsom remain open through the 2016 elections, there will be visibility and more training for election period workers and poll watchers.
Join Ellyn and Marilyn to learn more about what happened in 2014 and what will happen instead in the 2016 election.
A Favorite Piece of Writing: JMS
J. Michael Straczynski
One of my favorite contemporary authors (Dr. Bradley J. Birzer, Conservative Thought and Policy Visiting Scholar, CU Boulder)
is the novelist, screen writer, and entrepreneur, J. Michael Straczynski.
I’m talking about drive-by cruelties and casual unkindnesses, the death of a thousand cuts that slices away a little more of your soul every day, the net result of which is to make us meaner as a people and as a nation.
I have a real problem with this.
I also have a problem with those who use alcohol as a substitute for courage.
I have a problem with the loss of privacy, with the self-professed right of the television media to stick its monocular eye into our most intimate or painful moments in search of an increased ratings share for the eleven o’clock news, sandwiching tears and blood and anguished families in-between the latest from the sports world and the funny clip of the day, which all too often seems to involve a squirrel on a surfboard.
I have a problem with wife-beaters, with a society that puts no value on its citizenry as anything other than consumers or providers of merchandise, with fundamentalist intolerance, censorship, institutionalized hypocrisy, loneliness, cowardice, parking-space wars, little-league manslaughters, unnecessary rudeness and the cancer-like spread of a sense of entitlement, that we deserve what everybody else has, whether or not we’ve earned it, simply because we want it, and ought to have it, and if we can’t have it, then by God neither should anybody else.
See, I believe that we are our brother’s (or sister’s) keeper, that we have an obligation to be better than we think we can, that kindness is the greatest human art form, that John Donne was right when he said “every man’s death diminishes me,” that ambition must be tempered with mercy, that cruelty will inevitably be brought to account, that the role of government should be to elevate and ennoble, that service should be rewarded with loyalty and that despite what everyone tells you, you really can fight city hall, and you can win.
–J. Michael Straczynski, Strackzynski Unplugged (2004), p. ix.
MESSAGE from AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY:
I wanted to make sure you saw my two op-eds that ran this weekend in theGrand Junction SentinelandThe Pueblo Chieftain. As you you know, Washington's overreach imposes costs on Coloradans. My op-eds highlight some specific issues that we are facing right now thanks to the busy bodies who want to control more of our land, take more of our money, and give it to their best friends.
In thePueblo ChieftainI explain how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's listing of the Gunnison sage grouse as "threatened" will hurt the local economy, harm landowners, and overlooks the considerable improvements that our state has taken to protect the sage grouse.
"this recent listing by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) places land use restrictions on 1.4 million acres of land now designated as critical habitat for the sage grouse.
Such a drastic restriction means that landowners in Colorado will see new and vast limitations on their land that will greatly reduce, if not prohibit all together, their freedom to do everything from farming, ranching, energy development and even hunting.
Yet such a drastic move should come as no surprise from a regulation-happy federal bureaucracy being happily led into economic oblivion by President Barack Obama."
In theGrand Junction Sentinel, I warn of three specific bad policies that Congress is considering during the lame duck session.
"With the elections behind them, our U.S. Senators and Representatives are under less pressure to act responsibly...
...The special interest lobbyists who want more of your money are meeting with our lawmakers, hat in hand...[They] know that in the final, post-election months of the year, Congress can get away with a lot of mischief - if we don't hold them accountable."
That mischief includes efforts to increase spending beyond previously-set budget caps, hiking your taxes under the name of fairness, and giving handouts to the wind industry:
"Lobbyists marching through Congress are asking lawmakers to keep handing out the recently-expired Wind Production Tax Credit. Despite 20 years of federal subsidies, the wind industry is showing no signs of becoming a reliable form of energy production. While the wind industry's lobbyists blow hot hair in Washington, electricity rates are climbing around the country. Continuing this handout to wind energy for one year will cost $13 billion over the next decade and is bad energy policy.
Tell your legislators toend the mischiefduring this lame duck session andstand up for taxpayers.
Thank you for using your leadership to hold our legislators accountable. Keep it up!
Colorado State Director
Americans for Prosperity
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PO Box 455
Parker, CO 80134
Phone: (720) 213-8175
November 18, 2014
BRW Membership Meeting - 95 a Bistro & Sushi
President Beverlee White called the meeting to order at 11:35 a.m. Gerry Gifford gave the inspiration and Dulany Woodward, President Colorado Federation of Republican Women (CFRW) gave the Pledge of Allegiance.
Minutes of the October 21, 2014 meeting were approved.
Treasurer’s Report was approved. Balance on hand of $4,124.30.
Beverlee White introduced new Members and guests. We have 126 Members and 42 Associate Members.
Dulany Woodward was introduced and reported on the activities of the CFRW. She thanked BRW members for their help during the mid-term election. She spoke about the upcoming Day at the Legislature and the CFRW spring board meeting in April.
Gerry Gifford reported on the Support the Troops – Mugs for Vets program. Associate Member Jesse Kadel spoke about information he has acquired regarding Common Core. Beverlee White announced the pickup of quiches for the BRW Quiche Fundraiser for Support the Troops. The Longmont Republican Women meeting on 11/20 will feature Rebekah Brown of the Heritage Action for America will be the featured speaker.
Susie Littmann introduced our speakers Derec Shuler and Paige Rodriguez who presented their program “About our Schools: the Good News, the Bad News …” Mr. Shuler announced the opening of a new charter school Golden View Classical Academy in Jefferson Co. which will concentrate on a Classical Liberal Arts education.
Beverlee White won the 50/50 split.
A reminder that the December holiday party will be held at the home of Beverlee White.
Meeting was adjourned at 1:32 pm.
Susan Mueller , Acting Secretary
“The greatness of America doesn’t begin in Washington; it begins with each of you—in the mighty spirit of free people under God, in the bedrock values you live by each day in your families, neighborhoods, and work-places. Each of you is an individual worthy of respect, unique and important to the success of America. And only by trusting you, giving you opportunities to climb high and reach for the stars, can we preserve the golden dream of America as the champion of peace and freedom among the nations of the world.”
Ronald Reagan, 1983
NEWS FROM CRED (Coloradans for Responsible Energy)
FACTS ABOUT FRACKING:
1. Fracking has been safely used since 1947.
2. To date, more than 1.2 million wells have been fracked.
3. More than 90% of all oil and natural gas wells are fracked at some point during their lifespan. [source for facts 1-3: Interstate Oil & Gas Commission (IOGCC) and Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)]
4. Neither the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nor the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has ever found a connection to chemicals entering our groundwater as a result of the fracking process. Watch the former head of the EPA’s statement here: Testimony of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
5. Fracking is key to unlocking domestic oil and natural gas deposits so vast that by 2035, less than 1% of our nation’s overall natural gas usage will come from foreign imports. [source: World Energy Outlook 2015 Factsheet]
6. Before a well is fracked, several separate layers of cement and steel are installed to protect groundwater sources. [source: Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission FAQ]
7. Fracking fluid is 99.5 percent water and sand. The rest is a mixture of chemicals similar to household products found under your kitchen sink or in your garage. [source: Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission FAQ]
8. Under Colorado law, all oil and natural gas operators must publish their fracking ingredients. Anyone can access this information through www.fracfocus.org, a public Internet database. [source: Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Order 1R-114]
9. Fracking in Colorado uses only 0.1 percent of total water used in the state. [source: Colorado Division of Water Resources]
10. In 2012 alone, the oil and natural gas industry generated $29.6 billion for the Colorado economy, according to a recent University of Colorado study. That’s over 110,000 well-paying jobs and $1.6 billion in tax revenue for things that are important – like Colorado’s schools, parks and roads. [source: University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business, Assessment of Oil and Gas Industry 2012 Economic and Fiscal Contributions in Colorado]
Mineral rights make all the difference to my family’s small organic-based farm. Organic operations are expensive. And like many Colorado farm-to-table businesses, if I can’t offset operation costs with our minerals, then I’m out of business.
More than 600,000 people have ties to mineral rights and an attack on fracking is essentially an attack on landowners like me. Those who would ban fracking ignore our private property rights, which is why I had to speak out.
A statewide fracking ban would eliminate an estimated $614 million in oil and natural gas royalties—eliminating a key source of income for farmers and ranchers across the state.
- See more at: http://www.cred.org/facts-about-fracking/#sthash.VtBhyNKw.dpuf
Welcome to the Boulder Republican Women Website!
We appreciate your interest and welcome your membership.
Boulder Republican Women (BRW) is a part of the Colorado Federation of Republican Women (CFRW) and together we help to make up the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW). NFRW is one of the largest grassroots political forces in America.
Together, we work to promote the principles, objectives and policies of the Republican Party --
- self reliance
- limited government
- a strong national defense
- elect Republican candidates
- inform the public through political education and activity
- increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government
We currently have 167 members and offer, both, full and associate memberships. BRW Luncheon Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month, September through May, from 11 AM to 1 PM. Along with great food and friendship, each meeting includes an 'always informative' guest speaker. Visit our Events Calendar for more information.
NEWS FROM COLORADO FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN:
Well, another year is coming to a close and I don’t know about you, but “didn’t we just put these decorations up a month or so ago??”
I do hope you had a Blessed Thanksgiving with family/friends. I know we are all grateful for the many victories in the elections, but now it’s more important than ever to stay connected with those we elected and encourage them to stand firm and to do the right thing!
It will take all of us to return American to the “Shining City on the Hill” that she used to be…truth, integrity, morality, faith, decency, dignity, duty, trust, excellence… all attributes of the greatest nation on earth!
I know I’ve said this before, but I remind myself everyday of John Andrew’s words:
“ If it is to be, it’s up to me!”
The Joy and Blessings of Christmas to you all,
For Faith, Family and Freedom,
CFRW Americanism Chair.
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Support of the Troops!!!
VALENTINES FOR VETS
January Meeting - We will be writing Valentine's to send to Vets.
"We will be doing a drive for Valentines Day, the packages will not be going to Afghanistan as Camp Leatherneck has been turned over to the Afghanistan army. We will be sending them to Marines who are stationed in other locations around the world such as Asia and Africa. We would love to include anything you guys would like to contribute."
Candy - chocolates, paper backs, cookies. Use your imagination!
Marine Moms Inc.
Helen Raleigh, Centennial Institute fellow in immigration policy, pressed the argument for simplifying US entry visas in a letter published by the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 11. The Chinese-born businesswoman, who attained American citizenship in 2013 after a 17-year slog through the system, recently published Our Unwelcoming Welcome Mat: The Case for Immigration Simplification, as Centennial Institute Policy Brief No. 2014-4.
Taking issue with Edward Lazear’s article last week, “An Immigration Game Plan for Congress” (WSJ 12/4/14, link requires subscription), Raleigh wrote:
One of the solutions Mr. Lazear suggests is to create a Z-visa for illegal immigrants. I argue that it won’t solve the illegal immigration problem, but will extend the existing long wait and backlog in our existing immigration system.
A new visa category would add another layer of complexity, and our immigration system is already very complicated. It will strain the resources at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. To reform our broken immigration system, the new Congress needs to get away from adding special visa categories which tailor to special groups of people. A reform proposal should be driven by the principle of “keep it simple.”
First and foremost, consolidate all different work visa types into one for all skilled workers. Let the market decide if our country needs more engineers or fruit pickers. Consolidating visa categories will help reduce wait time and backlog. Simplifying the visa categories will also free up resources at the CIS so more manpower can be spent to vet applicants who pose national security threats. WSJ 12/12/14
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