• You’ve likely heard about the legislature’s new gas tax proposal, which seeks to raise over $4 billion to “solve” our infrastructure needs. This massive proposal includes new charges at the gas pump, on delivery services like Amazon, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, and more.   No matter who you are, they have a new charge for you.

    We all agree that our roads and bridges need repair, but Coloradans already pay 22 cents per gallon in State taxes, on top of the 18.4 cents we pay in federal taxes. For certain politicians that’s just not enough.

    Much of the debate has focused on the questionable legality of the proposal, due to the passage of Proposition 117 just this past November.  That requires governments to receive voter approval before enacting these types of new, large “fees.” The unique protections of our Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, require the legislature to obtain voter approval before raising taxes. But sponsors won’t let that stop them. Instead, they’re calling these new taxes, “fees,”’ so that Colorado voters won’t have a voice in the process. Read more …

  • Do you have plans for this Saturday, the day before Mother’s Day?

    Kick your Saturday morning off by joining us at The Forum’s May 8th meeting from 9am-11am MT.

    Bring along a friend or two to hear from two very interesting people as admission is only $3 per person or 2 people for $5.

    Social distancing and masks are required per the Tri-County Health Department.

     

    Luke Ragland, along with Jayne Schindler, will be speaking and taking your questions.

    Their biographies are listed below.

     

    Luke will be discussing education and school choice issues in Colorado while Jayne will talk about Theodor Geisel and cancel culture.

     

    Theodor Geisel?

    Who’s that?

    You might know him by his pen name, Dr. Seuss.

    In elementary school, most youngsters read his books.

    But that may be changing.

     

    We meet at 1305 West 121st Avenue in Westminster.  We’re unable to serve a continental breakfast due to COVID restrictions.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Luke is the President of Ready Education Network. Prior to joining Ready Colorado and launching Ready Education Network, he served as Vice President of Policy at Colorado Succeeds, a coalition of business leaders focused on improving the state’s education system. Luke led the organization’s legislative, judicial, and policy strategies. He played a key role in developing and passing policies that increased school choice, protected taxpayer accountability, and defended tenure reforms.

    Previously, Luke practiced complex commercial litigation at a law firm in Denver. He also spent time working in the White House, where he authored political briefs for President Bush and other cabinet-level officials. Luke coordinated political and official events for the President to help elect Republican candidates across the country.

    Luke is a fourth-generation Coloradan who grew up working for his family’s logging company in rural southwestern Colorado. He currently lives in Denver with his wife and daughter.

     

     

    Jayne is President and Director of Colorado’s chapter of Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum since 1973

    GOP activist for 50 years in local, county, state, and national politics, serving in numerous positions with Adams County Republican Party

    Editor and researcher for The Forum Newspaper, originating in Colorado with a nationwide circulation for 25 years, with in-depth research and reports on children’s authors, where they came from and why they were sought out for children’s books after becoming established for their adult works.  The two most prominent being Theodore Seuss and Shel Silverstein.

    Served on Adams County school textbook committees, evaluating books recommended by National Library Association

     

  • The Title Board reconsidered its ballot titles for three property tax reduction proposals at its April 30, 2021 meeting.

    Opponents were unsuccessful at derailing three ballot initiatives that would cost local governments more than $1 billion in property tax revenue as the Title Board on Friday stuck by its original decision to award a ballot title to the measures.

    On April 21, the three-member board concluded Initiatives #26-28 contained a single subject, as the state constitution requires, and consequently set a title that would appear before voters. But objectors Carol Hedges and Scott Wasserman challenged the board’s finding, trigging a rehearing at the Title Board’s final meeting to screen proposals for the 2021 statewide ballot.

    As introduced, the initiatives would all reduce the residential property tax assessment rate from 7.15% to 6.5% and cut the assessment rate for all other property from 29% to 26.4%. Nonpartisan fiscal analysts estimated the tax cut would constitute a $1.03 billion hit to local governments, affecting services such as K-12 education and police. Because Colorado’s school financing scheme requires the state to backfill funding for local districts, there would be an extra $258 million in additional state spending each year.

    Partially offsetting the sizeable loss in local government revenue would be $25 million that the state could temporarily direct toward localities — if excess income exists that normally would be refunded under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. The three proposed initiatives would funnel the money toward fire protection, toward reimbursements for the senior homestead tax exemption, toward general relief.

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

  • April 16, 2021 By Michael Fields

    A week after the November 2020 election, I wrote a column saying that Republicans need to develop a “Contract with Colorado” based on conservative policy proposals that 55% or more of voters support. I said, “Republicans have an opportunity over the next two years to set a clear agenda and articulate it to voters.”

    After doing extensive statewide polling, certain themes really stood out. Coloradans want every citizen of our state to be allowed to flourish. They have strong opinions on issues – but want politicians to treat each other with respect and work to find common ground when they can. They are also concerned about the economy and the rising cost of living.

    In order to address some of the big issues that Coloradans care about, here are 10 ideas for the GOP to fully embrace:

    1. Continue to protect our Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights(TABOR). Few things are more popular than people being allowed to vote on any tax (or large fee) increase.
    2. Lower taxes. Coloradans overwhelmingly support a property tax cut for both residential and commercial property. With housing costs on the rise, low-income families would especially benefit from this tax cut.

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

  • P.T. Barnum once said, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity,” which is almost as good as Oscar Wilde’s version, who put it like this: “There’s only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

    Both men could turn a phrase, and both men had a point.

    With Discovery premiering Six Degrees this Sunday at 10 PM, you’d think that any surrounding press would be a good thing.

    But neither Barnum or Wilde lived in these extraordinary times, where anyone can post anything from anywhere, and reach millions of people anytime. Many of you have called the attached article to my attention, along with a very misleading headline I would have ignored, once upon a time, but cannot, in this day and age.

    Here’s a link to the original article, if you’re interested. https://bit.ly/3wNrkGc

    Or, if you prefer, you can scroll down and enjoy the same copy, along with my gentle attempts to set the record straight.

    Either way, better strap in. This one’s a doozy…

    Read more …

  • Joe Jackson CO GOP
    Joe Jackson, the Colorado Republican Party’s executive director and communications director

    The Colorado Republican Party has a new executive director, recently elected state chairman Kristi Burton Brown announced Friday.

    Joe Jackson, the state GOP’s communications director for the last year, takes on the top job and will continue handling communications for the time being, during the off year, he said.

    Jackson, 25, a Colorado native and Windsor resident, is a graduate of the University of Wyoming.

    He previously worked as communications director for the Republican National Committee in South Carolina while also handling spokesman duties for the state party. He’s also worked for the RNC in Florida and Washington, D.C., and was Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney’s press secretary in 2018.

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

     

  • The Forum is your venue to discuss current events with a 360 degree view.
    It’s your place to share solutions opposing and fighting back against progressive liberalism. This Saturday, April 10th, join us from 9:00am-11:00am MT at 1305 West 121st Avenue in Westminster as we discuss, debate, and make plans about Colorado politics.

    Admission is only $1 per person so bring a friend or two. Social distancing and masks are required due to Tri-County Health Department mandates. We’ll have bottled water for attendees.

    “Roman Forum, Latin Forum Romanum, most important forum in ancient Rome, situated on low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills. The Roman Forum was the scene of public meetings, law courts, and gladiatorial combats in republican times and was lined with shops and open-air markets. Under the empire, when it primarily became a centre for religious and secular spectacles and ceremonies, it was the site of many of the city’s most imposing temples and monuments.”

  • Americans for Prosperity free gas
    The conservative organization Americans for Prosperity is kicking off a month-long campaign that means free gas for five Coloradans picked at random.

    As it ramps up to fight legislation to put more fees on gas, diesel, vehicles, ride sharing and deliveries, Americans for Prosperity is offering an appropriate prize: $200 in fuel to each of five lucky Colorado drivers.

    Jesse Mallory, the conservative organization’s state director and the former chief of staff to the state Senate Republicans, announced the giveaway Tuesday afternoon.

    “While legislators have been hard at work trying to find ways to make Coloradans pay more at the pump, we’ve been spending time looking for ways to help struggling families,” he said. “We decided to offer $200 gas cards to five families to help pay for the legislature’s gas tax proposal.”

    To continue reading this story and register for free gasoline, click (HERE):

  • TRAIL MIX | Colorado GOP looks to past midterms for ’22 hopes

    Denver Mayor Hancock, Bob Beauprez, Ryan Call
    In this file photo from Feb. 24, 2014, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, center, stands with former Rep. Bob Beauprez, left, and then-Colorado Republican Committee chairman Ryan Call, during a news conference to discuss a potential bid for the city to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Denver was eliminated in the first round for the RNC, which eventually went to Cleveland, Ohio.

    The Democrats have only been in control in Washington, D.C. — occupying the White House and swinging the gavels in the House and Senate — for a little over two months, but already the political class has its eyes on next year’s midterm election.

    While President Joe Biden won’t be on the ballot in 2022, his performance will, risking the razor-thin majority the Democrats hold in the U.S. House and the party’s 50-50 strength in the Senate, which is effectively a majority because Vice President Kamala Harris can cast a tie-breaking vote.

    In Colorado, where Democrats have been in charge across the board for two years longer, Republicans are licking their chops at the chance to stage a comeback after years of diminishing clout at the ballot box and two straight cycles racking up historic losses.

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

  • Adams County Republican Women (Trumpeteers):

    We are Starting up our Meetings again, they are held on 4th Saturday of the month unless other wise stated you will have to call 303.815.4613 President Tamara Pierce or email tamarapeagl@gmail.com to find out where meetings are being held as we are holding them in private homes at the moment. Members are taking turns on hosting meeting till a place that every one or majority agrees on venue.
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