The CFRW Fall Convention was AMAZING! It is so stimulating to regroup with Republican women from across Colorado, engage, revel and just be a part of the Trump/Pence enthusiasm that is exploding throughout Colorado. The euphoria is not the same in Boulder, but EVERY VOTE COUNTS.
The Convention speakers included:
Debby Brown, CO Women’s Alliance. Her theme was ‘Women Talking to Women’. In surveying UAF women, she found that they were discouraged; that 73% felt the country was going in the wrong direction; that 72% didn’t feel that is was important to elect the first woman President of the US; that LIKABILITY of a candidate is key (as evidenced by the Sen. Cory Gardner win). More to come at the BRW October meeting with Debby and Shellby Jones.
Pat Wainwright, Publicity and Public Relations and member of SouthwestRW, covered how to improve the chance of being published when writing a letter to the editor, and the proper etiquette in conducting an RW meeting.
Steve House, Chairman Cologop. In addition to positive reports on Colorado candidates, including Darryl Glenn, Candidate US Senate, who now predicts a 4 point win over Michael Bennet-D., Steve gave a heads up on an upcoming lawsuit that he plans to bring against the State of Colorado. He wants the party to have the freedom to choose the dates for caucuses, as well as county and state assemblies. With varying dates, candidates will be able to visit and speak at a number of caucuses and county assemblies, rather than rushing around to cover as much ground as possible on one day. Steve has also raised $1,400,000 for the State GOP to date.
Final message: FREE MARKETS END POVERTY.
Lily Nunez, former CO National Committee Woman, is now the State Chairman for the Trump Team on Women’s Issues. Still very much involved in Colorado politics, Lily said ‘I’m not going away’!
Linda Gorman, Independence Institute, addressed all the well-known reasons to vote NO on Amendment 69, including that it will kill medical innovation.
Mandy Connell, Conservative Talk Show Host, 850 KOA, with a message on how to diffuse the anger of the opponent in a discussion: be nice (it drives them crazy) and offer up ‘That’s a really good point’, without giving up your own position.
Darryl Glenn, Candidate US Senate: He wants us to follow him on Facebook. He’s going to underserved African-American communities to talk about issues, address protests, and bring together the community. Trust has been broken - it needs to be rebuilt. “IT’S IMPORTANT TO BELIEVE YOU CAN WIN and I WILL.”
Stephanie K. Routzahn, Winner CFRW 2016 Scholarship Award. Congratulations!
Morris Sparkman, Senior and College Republican President at DU, and Chairman of CO Federated College Republicans. Message to students: “HARD WORK WILL GET YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO BE,” not freebies.
Jim Arneil, Grandson of Joyce Porter, the first President of CFRW, 1938, and subsequently the first President of NFRW. He reminisced and Joyce Porter memorabilia was on display.
Nic Morse, CD2 Candidate. ‘If your back is against the wall, there is only one way to go: FORWARD’! And Nic is moving forward with several polls showing him ahead of Jared Polis. TV and radio ads are about to be launched.
Secretary of State, Wayne Williams. There’s no opportunity for hacking of the Colorado election because the systems are not on-line. Recommends: VOTE EARLY and DROP YOUR BALLOT IN A SECURE COUNTY CLERK’S DROP BOX. Go to bouldercounty.org and click on Elections for the location of the Drop Boxes.
Wayne Williams’ Amendment Recommendations:
#69 No Doubles state budget; triples income tax; NO OVERSIGHT; Start paying in
2017; plan in effect 2018. (You are double-paying for insurance in 2017).
#70 No Minimum wage in CO already increases each year with inflation.
#71 Yes Makes amending the CO constitution more difficult. 2% of petition
signatures must come from each of the 35 Senate Districts and
have a pass rate of 55% (v.50% + 1). It is not a back door to
#72 No This triple tax on tobacco will lead to bootlegging across state lines.
The use of the new tax is ill-defined and open to new ‘pet’
projects with no oversight.
Wayne Williams’ Recommendations on Propositions:
#107 No Although we all would like to participate in selecting the Republican
Presidential candidate, this proposition allows UAF’s to participate in
the Republican primary. Wayne expects a better plan to come out
of the State legislature.
#108 No The caucus system still makes sense for local and state candidates.