• There are eleven issues on Colorado’s November 3rd ballot.

    • What are they and why are they on the ballot?
    • What are they trying to accomplish?
    • What are the pros and cons of voting yes?
    • What are the pros and cons of voting no?
    • What groups are for, and against, them?
    • What are the short and long-term implications of each if it passes?

    Michael Fields, executive director of Colorado Rising State Action, will explain and answer your questions on the eleven ballot questions.  Read your Colorado Blue Book beforehand and bring it with you, along with your questions and a friend or two.

    Join us on Saturday, October 10th from 9:00am-11:00am inside of the Amazing Grace Community Church, 541 E 99t Place in Thornton.  Admission is $3 per person.  Social distancing rules will apply, per the Governor’s Executive Order, along with wearing masks.

    Colorado Rising State Action is a 501(c)(4) organization focused on advancing conservative principles in Colorado and holding liberals accountable through cutting-edge research, rapid-response communications, a statewide tracking network, and digital platforms.

    Colorado Rising State Action was established to bring together an aggressive, sustained, professional research and communications operation to help conservatives better understand the issues and win important policy fights in Colorado.

    Michael Fields

    Michael Fields

    Executive Director

    Michael was previously the Senior Director of Issue Education for Americans For Prosperity (AFP), and State Director of AFP Colorado. He brings years of educational, legislative, grassroots organizing, and nonprofit experience. He has also served as a policy aide at the Colorado State House, press aide for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, and taught both elementary and middle school in Aurora. Michael graduated from Valparaiso University and earned his J.D. from University of Colorado – Boulder. He and his wife, Mele, and their three children live in Parker.

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  • UNMASKED2020 is a collection of commentaries on the government’s executive and legislative actions during the historic 2020 session of the Colorado General Assembly. The 2019 legislative session had produced much equally radical legislation, like the knee-capping of the oil and gas industry in Senate Bill 181, but the 2020 session was more dramatic and arrogant in the rapid acceleration of Progressives’ radical agenda. This occurred through an unprecedented confluence of events:

    • the arrival in March of the malevolent Wuhan virus and the resulting declaration of a public health emergency by the governor;
    • the cataclysmic economic meltdown stemming from Governor Polis’s shut-down orders in response to the pandemic;
    • the ten-week legislative recess, pushing the normal 120-day session into mid-June;
    • the severe multi-year budget crisis resulting from the Governor’s shutdown orders; and
    • nightly riots on the Capitol grounds, continuing for weeks and affecting the work hours, the safety of legislators and employees, and not-so-subtly influencing the legislative agenda.

    When reading the contributions offered by the authors, two things need to be kept in mind.

    • First, the book is an anthology: each individual chapter presents the views and judgments of the specific author on the subjects and controversies discussed in that chapter. The fifteen authors do not necessarily agree with all of the views presented by the other contributors.
    • The book is not a policy manifesto, and it does not attempt to cover every aspect of the 2020 session of the legislature. Authors evaluate several major actions which are characteristic of the session and will have serious impacts on Coloradans’ lives and liberties for decades.

    What the book does attempt to do is sound a wakeup call. By “unmasking” the deeply troublesome radicalism and dishonesty behind a media-driven narrative that misleads the citizenry, the authors hope to interrupt and help reverse Colorado’s downhill rush to a California-style apocalypse. Time is short to halt Colorado’s slide into a civic chaos where the “Rule of Law” is no longer respected.

    Click (HERE) to go to Amazon to read more and order this book

  • Ballots will be mailed out by counties starting on October 9.
    Ballots will be mailed out by counties starting on October 9.(AP Images)
    Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 4:47 PM EDT|Updated: 16 hours ago
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) –

    In just a mere 54 days Coloradans will have the opportunity to cast a vote on a number of different propositions and amendments – 11 to be exact. While you won’t receive your ballot until next month, a little extra studying never hurts.

    Amendment B – Repeal Property Tax Assessment Rates

    A YES vote would repeal the Gallagher Amendment, a 1982 amendment that Colorado passed that says that only 45% of the state’s tax revenue would come from residential properties, and 55% from non-residential properties. Read more on the Gallagher Amendment here.

    A No vote would keep the 1982 Amendment in place.

    Amendment C – Bingo Raffles Allow Paid Help and Repeal Five-Year Minimum

    A YES vote would allow charitable organizations that have existed for three years to be able to obtain a charitable gaming license, instead of five years that is currently required. It would also allow charitable organizations to hire and pay managers and operators of gaming activities minimum wage.

    A NO vote would keep the minimum at five years and would require those who manage or are operators of gaming activities to be unpaid and be volunteers of the organization.

    To continue reading about the rest of the 11 ballot questions, please click (HERE):

  • Photo by Jay Bouchard

    Your Go-To Guide to Colorado’s 2020 Ballot Measures

    In addition to the presidential and Senate races, Coloradans will vote on 11 statewide ballot measures this November. From the reintroduction of gray wolves to changes to property taxes and more, here’s what you need to know.

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    In just a couple of weeks, Colorado voters will receive their general election ballots in the mail. While the showdown between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden and the Senate contest between incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner and former Gov. John Hickenlooper are rightfully capturing much of the attention, there are still plenty of other consequential items for voters to decide come Election Day.

    Colorado’s statewide ballot includes 11 measures that impact everything from taxes to the reintroduction of gray wolves to how the state will help elect the country’s commander in chief in the future. It’s a lot to digest, but we’re here to help. Read on for what you need to know about each initiative before November 3.

    To continue reading this story, please click (HERE):

  • Solar panel on a red roof
    Last year, Colorado gained 2,700 jobs in the clean energy industry, reaching a total of 62,400 before the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report from the economic and environmental advocacy group E2 has found.

    “Coming into 2020, Colorado’s clean energy economy was looking forward to another record-breaking year with state clean energy employers projecting 5.4% job growth,” the report noted. However, with energy efficiency contractors shut out of homes and commercial buildings and manufacturing companies furloughing workers, the pandemic cost Colorado an estimated 6,000 jobs in the industry.

    E2 reported that 22% of the clean energy workforce in the Denver-Aurora area became unemployed, through an examination of unemployment claims. Nearly 84% of the total clean energy jobs in Colorado were in the efficiency and renewable energy fields. Professional services and construction were the most prevalent types of occupation.

    To continue reading this story, please click (HERE):

  • Join the NSRF this Saturday morning from 9:00am-11:00am at Amazing Grace Community Church (541 E 99th Place in Thornton) to hear highly sought after author and speaker Loren Spivack.

    Admission is $3 per person, bring a jacket since we’re meeting outside the church (due to the Governor’s executive orders about groups meeting in churches), bring a chair, and a friend or two to hear our engaging speaker.

    Loren will be giving his presentation called ‘Why We Fight, And How We Win In November’, to groups throughout Colorado during the months of September and October. His presentation chronicles just how unprincipled the Left has become and fires up the base just in time for November.

    Please check out Loren’s website www.fmwarrior.com to see samples of his speaking, learn more about his books, and see some of the other great groups that he’ll be speaking with on his upcoming trip out west.

    Loren brings his books (listed below) along in case anyone is interested in purchasing one after his presentation.

    Loren Spivack, “The Free Market Warrior,” was born and raised in Massachusetts and spent most of his adult life in New York City. Before becoming active in politics, Spivack worked for several non-profits and as a management consultant for both profit and non-profit companies.Spivack founded “Free Market Warrior” in 2009 in an effort to make a positive difference in American politics and economics.
    His “Free Market Warrior” store was expelled from Concord Mills Mall in North Carolina in July of 2009 for selling material critical of the Obama Administration.  (Mall owners, Simon Property Group, are major Democratic donors.) Since then Loren has devoted his time to teaching conservative groups about free market economics. He conducts “Economic Literacy” seminars across the United States. So far, Spivack has delivered his famous seminar on “Economic Literacy” to over 200 groups in 20 states.

    Spivack is also the author of “The New Democrat,” a parody history of the Obama administration, based on a famous children’s book.  With pitch-perfect rhyme and clever illustrations, “The New Democrat” transforms the political personalities of our times into cartoon characters in a conservative morality play.

    https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=Loren+Spivack&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

  • Join the NSRF on Saturday, August 8th from 9:00am-11:00am as we discuss and analyze current trends, issues, and ballot questions.

    NSRF member Norm Jennings will lead the Forum to explore candidates, initiatives, and issues from the Right side.  All candidates running for office, or their surrogates, are welcome to address the Forum.

    We meet at Amazing Grace Community Church, 541 E 99th Place in Thornton outside in the parking lot and lawn for social distancing.  Bring a friend, chairs, wear a mask if you want, and chime in.

  • FILE - Election 2020 Colorado Primary
    A voter casts her ballot at a mobile location in the Swansea neighborhood, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Denver.

    (The Center Square) – Backers of two taxpayer-related ballot initiatives submitted petition signatures Thursday to the state Secretary of State’s office. 

    Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute, turned in 197,000 signatures for Initiative 306, which would cut the state income tax rate by 0.08 percent, from 4.63 percent to 4.55 percent.

    The Denver-based free-market think tank says the measure is meant to help get “Colorado’s economy back to its former strength, by putting money back into the pockets of those who earned it.”

    To continue reading this story, please click (HERE):

  • Things I Don’t Understand

    by Joseph M. Valenzano

    June 24, 2020

    Rioters and protesters tore down the monuments to Francis Scott Key, author of the Star-Spangled Banner, our National Anthem, and the statue of Father Junipero Serra, founder of the Spanish Missions in California. The monument to Christopher Columbus in NYC was defaced as was St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The New York Museum of Natural History just decided to remove the statue of Teddy Roosevelt, which has stood at the entrance of the museum since 1940.

    It seems that young revolutionaries want to rewrite our history, but how is that possible? You cannot erase history; you can only learn from it. George Santayana once wrote, “ those who ignore the lessons of history are condemned to repeat it .” So, I am wondering, if we consciously try to erase history and rewrite it as we believe it should have been, how will we ever learn of the mistakes we made in the past so that they will not be made again? But here’s a thought: Why not get back to teaching history instead of advocacy in schools?

    1. So, if a police officer shoots a criminal after being assaulted by that criminal, it is the cop’s fault, but if a criminal shoots someone, it’s the gun’s fault? Help me understand that, please.
    2. I have lived in America for all my 73 years. I am probably old-fashioned, but it has been my experience that police typically leave you alone if you are not doing illegal stuff. So here is another thought: How about teaching our kids to be responsible for their actions and respect police, adults, and senior citizens? This is a process that begins in the home.
    3. Does Black Lives Matter (BLM) include aborted black babies, murdered black police officers, black on black killings, or does BLM respond only when a white police officer kills a black man or woman?
    4. So, now the classic movie Gone with the Wind has been removed, and high school students no longer are asked to read the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain or To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.. They are banished from school curricula. That is sad and a significant loss from an educational perspective.

    Does anyone remember Hattie McDaniel? She was the first black American actress to win an Oscar for her performance in – wait for it – Gone with the Wind. Is her name and performance now cast aside and gone forever because of the new revolutionaries telling us what we can and cannot read or see? Read more …

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