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Upcoming Events

 

 

   

                   

 KICK-OFF 2015!   

  

                              TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2015 LUNCHEON MEETING

 

        Date and Time: Tuesday, March 17, 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  11:35 a.m.
Speaker 12:00 p.m. - 12:40  p.m. 
Meeting and Announcements: 12:40 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

            Location: 95 a Bistro & Sushi  1381 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette
    Cost: $16.00 for members. Guest Lunch $21.00
    To reserve: Contact Sharron Robertson:
peliflight@fastmail.fm, or (303) 702-0889
or go to the website calendar and reserve on line

 

  SPOUSES and GUESTS are WELCOME

 

         RSVP by Friday, March 13th 6 p.m. – PLEASE!   

  Late reservations or Show up with no reservation:  Luncheon cost $21.00
 
PROGRAM

SPEAKER: Ben DeGrow with the Independence Institute, Denver, CO

Ben DeGrow is the senior policy analyst for the Education Policy Center at the Independence Institute where he focuses on labor-related issues. He has served as contributing editor for the national monthly School Reform News, and has contributed to several state and national policy-oriented blogs and online news sites.

Ben frequently appears on radio and television programs to discuss policy issues, while also hosting a weekly half-hour K-12 education series on the Amy Oliver Show on AM 1310 KFKA.


  
TOPIC: SCHOOL CHOICE IN COLORADO

“School Choice in Colorado: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities”

Colorado students and families have growing access to a significant number of diverse educational options, but appropriate opportunities for many are still lacking. What is the value and promise of school choice? What progress has Colorado made in the area of school choice? What challenges do we face in ensuring the greatest possible access to effective and suitable learning options? What are the next frontiers for expanding school choice in Colorado? Come on March 17 to hear from the Independence Institute’s Ben DeGrow, learn the answers to these important questions, and how you can get involved.

  
COMMON CORE - IS NOT  "JUST STANDARDS"
  Learn about Pearson/PARCC testing and DATA MINING. 
 

 


 

 

 
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Support OUR Troops!!!

                   

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES FOR VETS
 
 February Meeting -  At the February Meeting, Girl Scouts were sold.  33 boxes were donated to 'the troops'. Cookie Donations were delivered to 
MARINE MOMS, Inc., to send to our troops. Thank you for your generosity.
 

 

  

 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 --

  •  fiscal responsibility
  •  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.

 
WELCOME 2015 BOULDER REPUBLICAN WOMEN OFFICERS:
President:    Susan Littmann susanelittmann@hotmail.com
1st VP-Programs    Theresa Watson theresa@watsondb.com
2nd VP-Membership    Susan Mueller smuellerbldr@aol.com
Secretary    Susan Kolwicz susan@susankolwicz.net
Treasurer    Carolyn Hauser v.hauser@comcast.net
 
CFRW District II Dir.    Gerry Gifford DIGiff@aol.com
Newsletter Editor:    Patt Hanson pldwhanson@comcast.net
Hospitality/Reservations Sharron Robertson peliflight@fastmail.fm
Communications    LeMoine Dowd lemdowd@hotmail.com
Legislative    Marty Neilson  marty5539@gmail.com
Sunshine    Lois Bjerke loisbjerke@comcast.net
Support the Troops    Gerry Gifford DIGiff@aol.com
BRW Directory    Cathy Zabel czabel@q.com
Website    Beverlee White beverleebwhite@gmail.com

  

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - MARCH 2015

 

 

“Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society.  As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to it being done at all.  We disapprove of state education.  Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education.  We object to a state religion.  Then the socialists say that we want to religion at all.  We object to state-enforced equality.  Then they say that we are against equality.  And so on, and so on.  It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we don’t want the state to raise grain.”

Frederic Bastiat

   “The Law”

 

This is not just an abstract idea; it is evident today in every newspaper and liberal publications.  The government wants to support/“invest in”/or reward renewable energy producers.  We believe in the private sector developing those renewables through free market competition.  We are accused of being in the pockets of big oil and coal, and not caring about the environment.   We do not want federal standards for curriculum and content in K-12 education.  We approve of local control and school choice and vouchers.  We are characterized, as Bastiat said, of being anti-education.

 

For every problem that may arise in the normal course of living, there will surely be devised a federal or state-controlled program to deal with it.  A child is bullied at school:  The government comes up with an anti-bullying program.  The parents are bypassed in therms of the guidance and education and values of their children, the State arrogates that responsibility to itself regardless of the opposition by citizens.  The same process has already occurred with sex education in the public schools, often beginning  in the first grade, over the strenuous objections of parents.

 

As conservatives, we must constantly be aware of this knee-jerk proclivity of liberals (“there oughtta be a law!”) and never fail to identify and argue this point at every opportunity with our progressive friends or opponents.  This snowball has been rolling downhill and gathering speed for y years.  We know that spring is coming and will melt Boulder’s snow eventually and naturally, but it’s up to us to melt the liberal regulatory avalanche of snowballs with diligence and determination.

WHO'S UNHAPPY? WHO'S UNLUCKY? WHO'S GOT NOTHING?

 
Enjoy the following submitted by a BRW member and spouse.
 

 


2015 - Week 8
March 2, 2015
No More Snow Days – Back to Work!

As always, thanks to our volunteers!

We were informed that the ban on powdered alcohol, which passed the House, has been amended in the Senate via a “strike-below”. That means that the entire bill below the title was struck, and the bill re-written. The new language is supposed to regulate powdered alcohol like any other alcohol. We have not seen the new bill version, but this would be an excellent move in the right direction. Instead of trying to “spin” their ban on powdered alcohol as a “time out”, maybe the House could heed a lesson from the Senate about actually fixing something instead of stubbornly trying to BS your way through it.

Here is this week’s report on 13 lucky bills.

HB 15-1174Information Protections Domestic Violence VictimsSupport

The bill extends the protections related to confidentiality of personal information on the internet that are currently in place for law enforcement officials and their immediate family to participants in the address confidentiality program for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. This bill extends a program to protect the rights of individuals from law enforcement officials to everyday citizens. This is a good execution of the role of government.

This legislation supports the principles of:

Individual Liberty

Equal Protection Under the Rule of Law

 

HB 15-1192Entertainment Dist Expand Licensed Premises TypesSupport

Under current law, premises licensed under the "Colorado Liquor Code" as a tavern, hotel and restaurant, brew pub, retail gaming tavern, or vintner's restaurant may attach to a common consumption area within an entertainment district established by a local government. A common consumption area may be created as a common area within an entertainment district. Attached licensed premises may serve alcohol and the customers may consume alcohol within the common consumption area. This bill expands the types of licensed premises that may be included in an entertainment district. Expanding free markets is moving in the right direction.

This legislation supports the principles of:

Free Markets

 

HB 15-1202Alcohol Beverage License ReissuanceSupport

Under current law, any liquor licensee whose license has expired for more than 90 days must apply for a new license and the licensee cannot sell alcohol until the new license is issued. This bill allows the local and/or state liquor licensing authority to reissue a liquor license after it has been expired more than 90 days but less than 180 days. The licensee must pay fees and fines, but after submitting the application and paying the late fee and fine, the licensee may continue to operate until final action is taken on the license. This is the advantage over the current situation. When applying for a new license, nothing can be served until after approval.

This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

 

HB 15-1204Distillery Pub Alcohol Beverage LicenseSupport

This bill creates the distillery pub license, which is a new alcohol license that will allow a spirituous liquor producer to operate a pub that serves alcoholic beverages, including spirituous liquors that the producer ferments and distills, for consumption on the licensed premises. The bill expands the definition of entertainment district to include distillery pubs. The government is willing to allow new business? Well alright!

This legislation supports the principles of:

Free Markets

 

HB 15-1206Sales & Use Tax Refund For Recycling EquipmentOppose

This bill creates a refund for sales and use taxes paid on machinery and equipment used for recycling or reprocessing of waste products between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2019. More special tax breaks for targeted winners. How about this - why don’t we split the economy in Colorado into 100 named industry categories, let every legislator pick one of those industries, and then together they can each give their selected pet industry some tax relief. Oh wait, that would be an across the board tax cut. What fun would that be, if we can’t gain the undying gratitude of political contributors to fund those campaigns?

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Free Markets

Limited Government

Equal Protection Under the Rule of Law

 

HB 15-1215In-state Tuition Dependents Of Military MembersOppose

This bill permits in-state tuition status to the dependents of active duty members of the armed forces of the United States who spent time in elementary or secondary school in Colorado. Because everyone who has ever lived in Colorado at some point should be granted in state tuition forever, right? At the rate we continue to carve out special groups for in-state tuition treatment, our schools will have a problem showing any diversity in their student bodies, as they’ll all technically be from Colorado!

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Limited Government

Equal Protection Under the Rule of Law

 

HB 15-1221Employee Leave Attend Child's Academic ActivitiesOppose

Current law allows a non-supervisory employee who works for an employer with at least 50 employees to take unpaid leave for the purpose of attending parent-teacher conferences or other specific academic activities. This bill expands the definition of academic activities and makes the school activities of preschoolers eligible for parent leave. This bill also makes the law permanent. The bill requires that all school districts and institute charter schools make parents and the community at large aware of the availability of parent leave through website postings, and other communication channels. Rather than expanding this intrusion into the employment market and creating more work for schools districts to grant people these additional “rights”, we should be repealing these types of government mandates on employers.

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Free Markets

Limited Government

 

HB 15-1228Special Fuel Tax On Liquefied Petroleum GasSupport

There is currently a special fuel excise tax that is paid on fuels that are used for motor vehicles on the highway. Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is used, in a limited amount (5%), for this purpose. However, the majority of LPG use (95%) is NOT used for vehicles on highways. Unfortunately, it is still being taxed as if it were. This bill limits the imposition of the tax so that in most instances it is only levied when LPG is placed in a motor vehicle's fuel tank, which is currently defined as a "use", instead of when the fuel is acquired, sold, offered for sale, or used for any purpose whatsoever. If the tax is supposed to apply only 5% of the time, then let’s only apply it 5% of the time, shall we?

This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

 

HB 15-1236Tax Credit For Improving Energy EfficiencyOppose

The bill creates income tax credits for owners of new or existing multi-family home and affordable housing projects if the owner makes energy efficiency improvements that result in a certain reduction in energy consumption, achieves LEED or green globes certification for the construction or renovation or meets enterprise green community energy efficiency standards. Because the government should be picking winners and losers, pushing politically correct socio-political agendas through the tax code. NOT.

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Free Markets

Limited Government

 

HB 15-1244Cork & Carry Wine From Liquor-licensed ClubSupport

Under current law, customers of certain establishments licensed under the "Colorado Liquor Code" to serve alcohol beverages for on-premises consumption are permitted to reseal and remove from the licensed premises a bottle of wine that was purchased at and partially consumed on the licensed premises. This provision currently applies to licensed beer, wine, or spirits manufacturers; limited wineries; beer and wine licensees; hotels and restaurants; taverns; brew pubs; and vintner's restaurants. The bill grants permission for members of licensed clubs to do the same.

This legislation supports the principles of:

Individual Liberty

Personal Responsibility

Limited Government

 

SB 15-046Renewable Energy Std Adjust REAs Distributed GenSupport

This bill makes it easier for cooperative electric associations to comply with our onerous renewable energy laws. Fighting back in the war on rural Colorado.

This legislation supports the principles of:

Limited Government

 

SB 15-179US Highway 50 Economic Benefits StudyOppose

The bill requires the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to conduct an economic impact and opportunity study of the 250-mile portion of the U.S. Highway 50 that runs between the junction with U.S. Highway 285 and the Kansas border. Specifically, the CDOT is directed to study the extent to which various potential safety improvements are likely to increase the efficiency, capacity, and usage of the highway. The role of government is not to promote highway usage as part of a central planning approach to the state economy. Next thing you know, they’ll want to appropriate some of that government money to promote tourism along the highway… oh wait, that’s what this study is going to be for.

This legislation opposes the principles of:

Free Markets

Limited Government

Fiscal Responsibility

 

SB 15-186Yoga Teacher Training Private Occupational SchoolSupport

The bill exempts yoga teacher training courses, program, and schools from the provisions of the Private Occupational Education Act of 1981. You’ve probably read about the hub-bub over this bill. Looks like the government is going to “allow” some freedom. Set our yoga teachers free!

This legislation supports the principles of:

Individual Liberty

Free Markets

Limited Government

About the Principles

Find a concise explanation of our Principleson our website.

Thanks,

— Rich Bratten
Principles of Liberty | Free People | Free Markets | Good Government

 




"Socialism only works in two places:
Heaven where they don'tneed it and hell where they already have it."
-Ronald Reagan
'Here's my strategy onThe Cold War:
We win; they lose.'
-Ronald Reagan
'The most terrifying words in the English language are:I'm from the governmentand I'm here to help.'
-Ronald Reagan
'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.'
-Ronald Reagan
'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because theU.S.Was too strong.
-Ronald Reagan
'I have wondered attimes about what theTen Commandments wouldhave looked like if Moseshad run them throughtheU.S.Congress..
-Ronald Reagan
'The taxpayer?That's someone who works for the federal governmentbut doesn't have to take thecivil service examination.'
-Ronald Reagan
'Government is like a baby: an alimentary canal with abig appetite at one end and no sense of responsibilityat the other'
-Ronald Reagan
'The nearest thing to eternallife we will ever see onthis earth is agovernment program.'
-Ronald Reagan
'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession.I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.'
-Ronald Reagan
'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves, tax it.
If it keeps moving, regulate it.
And if it stops moving,subsidize it'
-Ronald Reagan
If you succeed, there are many rewards;
If you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.'
-Ronald Reagan
'No arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.'
-Ronald Reagan
'If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.'
-Ronald Reagan
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"Socialism only works in two places:
Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it."
-Ronald Reagan   
'Here's my strategy on The Cold War:
We win; they lose.'
-Ronald Reagan
'The most terrifying words in the English language are:  I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'
-Ronald Reagan
'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant;  it's just that they know so much that isn't so.'
-Ronald Reagan
'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. Was too strong.
-Ronald Reagan
'I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress..
-Ronald Reagan  
'The taxpayer?  That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.'
-Ronald Reagan 
'Government is like a baby:  an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other'
-Ronald Reagan 
'The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.'
-Ronald Reagan 
'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.'
-Ronald Reagan 
'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves, tax it.
If it keeps moving, regulate it.
And if it stops moving, subsidize it'
-Ronald Reagan 
If you succeed, there are many rewards;
If you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.'
-Ronald Reagan 
'No arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.'
-Ronald Reagan
'If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.'
-Ronald Reagan
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"Socialism only works in two places:
Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it."
-Ronald Reagan   
'Here's my strategy on The Cold War:
We win; they lose.'
-Ronald Reagan
'The most terrifying words in the English language are:  I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'
-Ronald Reagan
'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant;  it's just that they know so much that isn't so.'
-Ronald Reagan
'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. Was too strong.
-Ronald Reagan
'I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress..
-Ronald Reagan  
'The taxpayer?  That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.'
-Ronald Reagan 
'Government is like a baby:  an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other'
-Ronald Reagan 
'The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.'
-Ronald Reagan 
'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.'
-Ronald Reagan 
'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves, tax it.
If it keeps moving, regulate it.
And if it stops moving, subsidize it'
-Ronald Reagan 
If you succeed, there are many rewards;
If you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.'
-Ronald Reagan 
'No arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.'
-Ronald Reagan
'If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.'
-Ronald Reagan
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IF NOT, READ IT AGAIN!
  
 
 
  
 
 

NEWS FROM CRED (Coloradans for Responsible Energy)

 
Did you know?
 

Colorado has the strongest setback rules in the Rockies — requiring drilling to occur at least 1,000 feet from high occupancy buildings like schools or hospitals, and 500 feet from our homes.

So what’s the harm in pushing them back a little further to say 2,000 feet?It’s a reasonable question.

Here are the facts: A bigger setback certainly increases the no-drilling area. But a radius of 2,000 feet isn’t just quadrupling the distance of the existing no-drilling zone—it’s actually 16 times the current, legal distance!

Factor in any surrounding buildings, like a detached garage or barn, and a 2,000 foot setback quickly escalates into a de facto fracking ban— not to mention creatingless flexibility in a landowner’s ability to decide where drilling takes place on his or her own property.

In conjunction with the Commonsense Policy Roundtable,a Colorado Leeds School of Business studyfound this reduced drilling activity would devastate our state’s economy.They found over the next 25 years, a 2,000-foot setback would eliminate:

  1. 49,000 jobs
  2. $3,344 of annual income (per avg. family of four)
  3. $439 million per year in tax revenue

We need your help to spread the word.

Will you join me and CRED in sharing the effects of 2,000-foot setbacks? Every Colorado community benefits from fracking and the regulations behind it. Together we can ensure that nothing disrupts those benefits.

Sincerely,

Jon Haubert
Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development(CRED)

- See more at: http://www.cred.org/facts-about-fracking/#sthash.VtBhyNKw.dpuf

 

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