Friday, June 8, 2012

America's Most Biblically-Hostile U.S. President?


This writeup was sent to me recently.  I don't know by whom.  It appears to be well documented and well worth scrutiny.  Since Obama's election, many of have sensed a growing hostility to people of faith, yet are hard-pressed to recall all the examples of his seeming hostility towards Christians and Jews;  the daily press of demands in our lives seem to push out our ability to recollect the examples we've all been aware of these past several years.

I submit this to you, with the disclaimer that everything may not be completely accurate, however, as I have read it, my personal recollection has been stimulated.  Indeed, I found this startling.

When one observes President Obama's unwillingness to accommodate America's four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian.
 But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general and Israel in particular. So perhaps the most accurate description of his antipathy toward Catholics, Protestants, religious Jews, and the Jewish nation would be to characterize him as anti-Biblical. And then when his hostility toward Biblical people of faith is contrasted with his preferential treatment of Muslims and Muslim nations, it further strengthens the accuracy of the anti-Biblical descriptor. In fact, there have been numerous clearly documented times when his pro-Islam positions have been the cause of his anti-Biblical actions.
Listed below in chronological order are (1) numerous records of his attacks on Biblical persons or organizations; (2) examples of the hostility toward Biblical faith that have become evident in the past three years in the Obama-led military; (3) a listing of his open attacks on Biblical values; and finally (4) a listing of numerous incidents of his preferential deference for Islam's activities and positions, including letting his Islamic advisers guide and influence his hostility toward people of Biblical faith.
 1. Acts of hostility toward people of Biblical faith:
  • April 2008  Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they "cling to guns or religion" and have an "antipathy to people who aren't like them." 1
  • February 2009  Obama announces plans to revoke conscience protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the plan in February 2011. 2
  • April 2009  When speaking at Georgetown University , Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus' name be covered when he is making his speech. 3
  • May 2009  Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House. 4
  • April 2009  In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominates three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican ; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejects all three. 5
  • October 19, 2010  Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase about "the Creator" when quoting the Declaration of Independence  an omission he makes on no less than seven occasions. 6
  • November 2010  Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is "E Pluribus Unum" rather than "In God We Trust" as established by federal law. 7
  • January 2011  After a federal law was passed to transfer a WWI Memorial in the Mojave Desert to private ownership, the U. S. Supreme Court rules that the cross in the memorial could continue to stand, but the Obama administration refuses to allow the land to be transferred as required by law, and refuses to allow the cross to be re-erected as ordered by the Court. 8
  • February 2011  Although he fills all other posts in the State Department, for more than two years Obama does not fill the post of religious freedom ambassador, an official that works against religious persecution across the world; he fills it only after heavy pressure from the public and from Congress. 9
  • April 2011  For the first time in American history, Obama urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring protections for religious groups, forcing religious organizations to hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring. 10
  • August 2011  The Obama administration releases its new health care rules that override religious conscience protections for medical workers in the areas of abortion and contraception. 11
  • November 2011  Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt's famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial. 12
  • November 2011  Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving speech. 13
  • December 2011  The Obama administration denigrates other countries' religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights. 14
  • January 2012  The Obama administration argues that the First Amendment provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring their pastors and rabbis. 15
  • February 2012  The Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion. 16
2. Acts of hostility from the Obama-led military toward people of Biblical faith:
  • June 2011  The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery . 17
  • August 2011  The Air Force stops teaching the Just War theory to officers in California because the course is taught by chaplains and is based on a philosophy introduced by St. Augustine in the third century AD  a theory long taught by civilized nations across the world (except America).18
  • September 2011  Air Force Chief of Staff prohibits commanders from notifying airmen of programs and services available to them from chaplains. 19
  • September 2011  The Army issues guidelines for Walter Reed Medical Center stipulating that "No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials and/or facts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit." 20
  • November 2011  The Air Force Academy rescinds support for Operation Christmas Child, a program to send holiday gifts to impoverished children across the world, because the program is run by a Christian charity. 21
  • November 2011  The Air Force Academy pays $80,000 to add a Stonehenge-like worship center for pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans.22
  • February 2012  The U. S. Military Academy at West Point disinvites three star Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant General William G. ("Jerry") Boykin (retired) from speaking at an event because he is an outspoken Christian. 23
  • February 2012  The Air Force removes "God" from the patch of Rapid Capabilities Office (the word on the patch was in Latin: Dei). 24
  • February 2012  The Army orders Catholic chaplains not to read a letter to parishioners that their archbishop asked them to read. 25
3. Acts of hostility toward Biblical values:
  • January 2009  Obama lifts restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, forcing taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations. 26
  • January 2009  President Obama's nominee for deputy secretary of state asserts that American taxpayers are required to pay for abortions and that limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional. 27
  • March 2009  The Obama administration shuts out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit. 28
  • March 2009  Obama orders taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research. 29
  • March 2009  Obama gives $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that promotes abortion and works closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations. 30
  • May 2009  The White House budget eliminates all funding for abstinence-only education and replaces it with "comprehensive" sexual education, repeatedly proven to increase teen pregnancies and abortions. 31He continues the deletion in subsequent budgets. 32
  • May 2009  Obama officials assemble a terrorism dictionary calling pro-life advocates violent and charging that they use racism in their "criminal" activities. 33
  • July 2009  The Obama administration illegally extends federal benefits to same-sex partners of Foreign Service and Executive Branch employees, in direction violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 34
  • September 16, 2009  The Obama administration appoints as EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who asserts that society should "not tolerate" any "private beliefs," including religious beliefs, if they may negatively affect homosexual "equality." 35
  • July 2010  The Obama administration uses federal funds in violation of federal law to get Kenya to change its constitution to include abortion. 36
  • August 2010  The Obama administration cuts funding for 176 abstinence education programs. 37
  • September 2010  The Obama administration tells researchers to ignore a judge's decision striking down federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. 38
  • February 2011  Obama directs the Justice Department to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 39
  • March 2011  The Obama administration refuses to investigate videos showing Planned Parenthood helping alleged sex traffickers get abortions for victimized underage girls. 40
  • July 2011  Obama allows homosexuals to serve openly in the military, reversing a policy originally instituted by George Washington in March 1778. 41
  • September 2011  The Pentagon directs that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriages at military facilities in violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 42
  • October 2011  The Obama administration eliminates federal grants to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for their extensive programs that aid victims of human trafficking because the Catholic Church is anti-abortion.43
4. Acts of preferentialism for Islam:
  • May 2009  While Obama does not host any National Day of Prayer event at the White House, he does host White House Iftar dinners in honor of Ramadan. 44
  • April 2010  Christian leader Franklin Graham is disinvited from the Pentagon's National Day of Prayer Event because of complaints from the Muslim community. 45
  • April 2010  The Obama administration requires rewriting of government documents and a change in administration vocabulary to remove terms that are deemed offensive to Muslims, including jihad, jihadists, terrorists, radical Islamic, etc. 46
  • August 2010  Obama speaks with great praise of Islam and condescendingly of Christianity. 47
  • August 2010  Obama goes to great lengths to speak out on multiple occasions on behalf of building an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero, while at the same time he is silent about a Christian church being denied permission to rebuild at that location. 48
  • 2010  While every White House traditionally issues hundreds of official proclamations and statements on numerous occasions, this White House avoids traditional Biblical holidays and events but regularly recognizes major Muslim holidays, as evidenced by its 2010 statements on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha. 49
  • October 2011  Obama's Muslim advisers block Middle Eastern Christians' access to the White House. 50
  • February 2012  The Obama administration makes effulgent apologies for Korans being burned by the U. S. military, 51 but when Bibles were burned by the military, numerous reasons were offered why it was the right thing to do. 52
Many of these actions are literally unprecedented for this is the first time they have happened in four centuries of American history. The hostility of President Obama toward Biblical faith and values is without equal from any previous American president.
Endnotes

1. Sarah Pulliam Baily, "Obama: "They cling to guns or religion"," Christianity Today, April 13, 2008. 
(Return)

2. Aliza Marcus, "Obama to Lift "Conscience" Rule for Health Workers,"Bloomberg, February 27, 2009; Sarah Pulliam Baily, "Obama Admin. Changes Bush "Conscience" Rule for Health Workers," Christianity Today, February 18, 2011. (Return)

3. Jim Lovino, "Jesus Missing From Obamas Georgetown Speech," NBC Washington, April 17, 2009. (Return)

4. Johanna Neuman, "Obama end Bush-era National Prayer Day Service at White House," Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2009. (Return)

5. Chris McGreal, "Vatican vetoes Barack Obama's nominees for U.S. Ambassador," The Guardian, April 14, 2009. (Return)

6. Meredith Jessup, "Obama Continues to Omit 'Creator' From Declaration of Independence," ! The Blaze, October 19, 2010. (Return)

7. "Remarks by the President at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia," The White House, November 10, 2010. (Return)

8. LadyImpactOhio, " Feds sued by Veterans to allow stolen Mojave Desert Cross to be rebuilt," Red State , January 14, 2011. (Return)

9. Marrianne Medlin, "Amid criticism, President Obama moves to fill vacant religious ambassador post," Catholic News Agency, February 9, 2011; Thomas F. Farr, "Undefender of the Faith," Foreign Policy, April 5, 2012. (Return)

10. Chris Johnson, "ENDA passage effort renewed with Senate introduction,"Washington Blade, April 15, 2011. (Return)

11. Chuck Donovan, "HHS's New Health Guidelines Trample on Conscience,"Heritage Foundation, August 2, 2011. (Return)

12. Todd Starns, "Obama Administration Opposes FDR Prayer at WWII Memorial," Fox News, November 4, 2011. (Return)

13. Joel Siegel, "Obama Omits God From Thanksgiving Speech, Riles Critics,"ABC News, November 25, 2011. (Return)

14. Hillary Rodham Clinton, "Remarks in Recognition of International Human Rights Day," U.S. Department of State, December 6, 2011. (Return)

15. Ted Olson, "Church Wins Firing Case at Supreme Court," Christianity Today, January 11, 2012. (Return)

16. Audrey Hudson, "Obama administration religious service for student loan forgiveness," Human Events, February 15, 2012. (Return)

17. "Houston Veterans Claim Censorship of Prayers, Including Ban of 'God' and 'Jesus''," Fox News, June 29, 2011. (Return)

18. Jason Ukman, "Air Force suspends ethics course that used Bible passages that train missle launch officers," Washington Post, August 2, 2011. (Return)

19. "Maintaining Government Neutrality Regarding Religion," Department of the Air Force, September 1, 2011. (Return)

20. "Wounded, Ill, and Injured Partners in Care Guidelines," Department of the Navy (accessed on February 29, 2012). (Return)

21. "Air Force Academy Backs Away from Christmas Charity," Fox News Radio, November 4, 2011. (Return)

22. Jenny Dean, "Air Force Academy adapts to pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans," Los Angeles Times, November 26, 2011. (Return)

23. Ken Blackwell, "Gen. Boykin Blocked At West Point," cnsnews.com, February 1, 2012. (Return)

24. Geoff Herbert, " Air Force unit removes 'God' from logo; lawmakers warn of 'dangerous precedent'," syracuse.com, February 9, 2012. (Return)

25. Todd Starnes, "Army Silences Catholic Chaplains," Fox News Radio, February 6, 2012. (Return)

26. Jeff Mason and Deborah Charles, "Obama lifts restrictions on abortion funding," Reuters, January 23, 2009. (Return)

27. "Obama pick: Taxpayers must fund abortions," World Net Daily, January 27, 2009. (Return)

28. Steven Ertelt, "Pro-Life Groups Left Off Obama's Health Care Summit List, Abortion Advocates OK," LifeNews, March 5, 2009. (Return)

29. " Obama Signs Order Lifting Restrictions on Stem Cell Research Funding,"Fox News, March 9, 2009. (Return)

30. Steven Ertelt, "President Barack Obamas Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation," LifeNews, February 11, 2012. (Return)

31. Steven Ertelt, "Barack Obama's Federal Budget Eliminates Funding for Abstinence-Only Education," LifeNews, May 8, 2009. (Return)

32. Steven Ertelt, "Obama Budget Funds Sex Ed Over Abstinence on 16-1 Margin," LifeNews, February 14, 2011. (Return)

33. Steven Ertelt, "Obama Admin Terrorism Dictionary Calls Pro-Life Advocates Violent, Racist," LifeNews, May 5, 2009. (Return)

34. "Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies," The White House, June 17, 2009. (Return)

35. Matt Cover, "Obama's EEOC Nominee: Society Should 'Not Tolerate Private Beliefs' That 'Adversely Affect' Homosexuals," cnsnews.com, January 18, 2010. (Return)

36. Tess Civantos, "White House Spent $23M of Taxpayer Money to Back Kenyan Constitution That Legalizes Abortion, GOP Reps Say," Fox News, July 22, 2010. (Return)

37. Steven Ertelt, "Obama, Congress Cut Funding for 176 Abstinence Programs Despite New Study," LifeNews, August 26, 2010. (Return)

38. Steven Ertelt, "President Barack Obama's Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation," LifeNews, February 11, 2012. (Return)

39. Brian Montopoli, "Obama administration will no longer defend DOMA,"CBSNews, February 23, 2011. (Return)

40. Steven Ertelt, "Obama Admin Ignores Planned Parenthood! Sex Trafficking Videos," LifeNews, March 2, 2011. (Return)

41. Elisabeth Bumiller, "Obama Ends 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy," New York Times, July 22, 2011. (Return)

42. Luis Martinez, "Will Same Sex Marriages Pose a Dilemma for Military Chaplains?," ABC News, October 12, 2011. (Return)

43. Jerry Markon, "Health, abortion issues split Obama administration and Catholic groups," Washington Post, October 31, 2011. (Return)

44. Alexander Mooney, "President Obama marks Ramadan," CNN, August 1, 2011. (Return)

45. "Franklin Graham Regrets Army's Decision to Rescind Invite to Pentagon Prayer Service," Fox News, April 22, 2010. (Return)

46. "Obama Bans Islam, Jihad From National Security Strategy Document,"Fox News, April 7, 2010; "Counterterror Adviser Defends Jihad as 'Legitimate Tenet of Islam'," Fox News, May 27, 2010; "'Islamic Radicalism' Nixed From Obama Document," CBSNews, April 7, 2010. (Return)

47. Chuck Norris, "President Obama: Muslim Missionary?," Townhall.com, August 17, 2010.(Return)

48. "Obama Comes Out in Favor of Allowing Mosque Near Ground Zero,"Fox News, August 13, 2010; Pamela Geller, "Islamic Supremacism Trumps Christianity at Ground Zero," American Thinker, July 21, 2011. (Return)

49. "WH Fails to Release Easter Proclamation," Fox Nation, April 25, 2011; "President Obama ignores most holy Christian holiday; AFA calls act intentional," American Family Association (accessed on February 29, 2012).(Return)

50. "Report: Obama's Muslim Advisers Block Middle Eastern Christians' Access to the White House," Big Peace (accessed on February 29, 2012).(Return)

51. "USA/Afghanistan-Islamophobia: Pentagon official apologizes for Quran burning," International Islamic News Agency (accessed on February 29, 2012).(Return)

52. "Military burns unsolicited Bibles sent to Afghanistan," CNN, May 22, 2009. (Return)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Recommendations on Primary State and Local Candidates Running for Election in El Paso County. County


This blog entry was forwarded via email to a large number of citizens in El Paso County by  Glenna Gilbert with her opening comments below.  It is an analysis of candidates compiled by a couple home-school moms with much research and concern that the citizens elect strong moral and upstanding candidates to represent us beginning January 2013.  I commend them for their effort and want the readers to know that their recommendations are precisely what I recommend.

The following information was put together by a couple of stay-at-home, homeschooling moms who met at their neighborhood caucus in 2006.  They have been elected as Delegates or Alternates each caucus year by their neighbors to the County Assemblies, 5th Congressional Assemblies and State Assemblies.  They like me (Glenna) like to stay in contact regarding Republican political matters from a Christian perspective. 

Lee and I agree with their choice of Candidates.  The following are the friends we have been not only been helping and promoting (not just for this election) but for other reasons which deal with our Ministry over the years.  Many are friends we have Ministered to (or with).... as a result of long time involvement with either them or their opponents these are the Candidates we have also chosen to support.

We hope you will give these Republican Candidates your serious consideration as you prepare to vote.  Many of them we have known since we moved to Colorado Spring in 1985.  Lee worked closely with several of them when he was GOP Party Chairman.  We thank you for your consideration of these Candidates.       

I stand by the following: If the Moral character of a people degenerate, their political character must follow. These considerations should lead to an attentive solicitude to be religiously careful in our choice of all public officers...and judge of the tree by its fruits."     Elias Boudinot

Who is he? - Elias Boudinot earned considerable fame as a patriot during the American Revolution. Elected three times to the Continental Congress from New Jersey, he served as its President in 1782.  Boudinot signed the Treaty of Paris which ended the war, and held a variety of political offices during the administrations of George Washington and John Adams.    http://www.americanbible.org/elias.html.


"Men may spur our appeals, reject our message, oppose our person but they are helpless against our prayers"  God Bless!  Glenna
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From: Voice4CO [mailto:voice4co@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 2:15 PM
Subject: Our Who's & Why's for the 2012 Primary Election

We are letting you know who we would vote for and why for the Republican Primary Election ballot only.  Please remember, these are our opinions for El Paso County.  Not all of these races will be on your particular ballot.  You have to live in a district to cast a vote in that district's race.  If you do not receive a mail-in ballot by next week, call the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder's office at 719-575-8683.

All ballots must be received by the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder's office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, June 26, 2012 to be counted.  Postmarks do not count as received.


REPRESENTATIVE TO THE 113TH UNITED STATES CONGRESS - DISTRICT 5

Doug Lamborn

While Doug Lamborn is the incumbent in this race, he's the rare kind that deserves to be sent back to Washington D.C.  WE ARE VOTING FOR DOUG LAMBORN.  We have volunteered for Doug Lamborn since he first ran in 2006.  We know him to be a humble and genuine servant who stands strong for our values despite the immense pressure brought to bear on our public officials.  He has been ranked as the most conservative member in Congress for three years in a row (and in five years has never been ranked lower than the top six out of 435).  Doug Lamborn has a 100% lifetime rating by the American Conservative Union, is endorsed by National Right to Life, and has received the Annual Spirit of Enterprise Award, Defender of Economic Freedom Award, Rays of Light in the Darkness Award, Guardian of Small Business, Most Pro-economic Growth Member, Taxpayers' Friend Award, and Taxpayer Hero.  Do-nothing congressmen are not given these awards.  He has a crucial position on the House Armed Services Committee and is also on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, positions that will be lost if he is not re-elected.  He helped lead the effort to ban earmarks and as a result, no House Republican has requested earmarks in the last three years.  All funding requests Doug Lamborn has made were for military projects for our district because he believes it is his constitutional responsibility to "Provide for the Common Defense." He has not used taxpayer money for important trips, including three in support of Israel.  Doug Lamborn is endorsed by Dr. James Dobson, the Family Research Council, Republican Congressman Allan West (Florida) (and Fmr. Senator Dave Schultheis. (added by me prior to sending out this blog entry)

It is interesting to us that Robert Blaha decided to spend a lot of time and money to unseat a truly conservative member of Congress when there are plenty of liberal officials he could have challenged.  While Blaha does not have a voting record to examine, we think it is interesting that Blaha himself has voted in only one primary in the last 12 years.  We also find it interesting that Blaha is recycling quotes, recordings and charges from the 2006 Jeff Crank campaign against Doug Lamborn.  In our opinion, his campaign has the same air of angry desperation that came to characterize Jeff Crank's campaigns in 2006 and 2008.  We feel that Blaha's TV and radio commercials and paid phone call endorsements are lies designed to smear Doug Lamborn and mischaracterize his record.  It is truly shameful to do that to a good and decent man who has served us so well in Washington D.C.


REGENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO - AT LARGE

Matt Arnold

This seat is currently held by a Democrat, Stephen Ludwig, who is the Vice Chair of the nine member board.  This position is a six year term.  CU Regents oversee the University of Colorado campus system and exercise exclusive control and direction of all funds and appropriations to the university (https://www.cu.edu/regents).  WE KNOW MATT ARNOLD AND ARE VOTING FOR HIM.  Matt has concrete plans to rein in costs of higher education and bring common sense back to college campuses.  You can read about his positions on his website, http://www.arnold4colorado.net/.  Matt founded and ran "Clear The Bench Colorado" in 2010, educating Colorado citizens about their right to hold our state judges accountable.  Matt currently serves in the Colorado Army National Guard.  You must visit his website to see all the endorsements, but a few are John Andrews, Bill Armstrong, Bob Schaffer, Dave Schultheis, Kent Lambert and Kevin Lundberg.

Brian Davidson is an Anesthesiologist at the CU Medical Center and an associate professor of Anesthesiology at CU.  We agree with Matt that, as an employee of CU, it is a conflict of interest for him to be in the position of controlling and directing CU funds.


REGENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO - CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 5

Uncontested


STATE SENATE - DISTRICT 10

Owen Hill

This is an anti-incumbent vote even though there is technically no incumbent for this new Senate District designed by the Democrats through redistricting.  WE WOULD VOTE FOR OWEN HILL if we were in this district.  Owen Hill is a graduate of the Air Force Academy, holds a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis (Economics) and currently works in the Financial Department at Compassion International.  Owen narrowly lost to Senator John Morse in 2010.  He does not have a voting record, but has taken solid stands on protecting life, gun rights, and right to work and will fight tax and spending increases and Obamacare.  You can read more about his positions on his website, http://www.owenhill.org/Among others, Owen Hill is endorsed by Fmr. Senator Dave Schultheis (added by me prior to sending out this blog entry)


Larry Liston has served in the State House of Representatives for the last 8 years (4 terms) and cannot return because of term limits so he is now running for Senator.  In 2011, Larry Liston received a 48% out of 100% (25th out of 65 representatives) from the Colorado Union of Taxpayer or CUT (http://www.coloradotaxpayer.org/).  He sponsored and voted for HB10-1365, Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act, which is Colorado's version of Cap and Trade.  This bill, which is now law, is anti-coal and mandates the replacement of coal plants with those that have "clean energy" sources per environmental extremists standards.  If you are bothered that talks are starting about closing the Colorado Springs Utilities Martin Drake coal plant, it is because of this law.
Your energy costs will "necessarily double" because Republicans like Liston voted for this bill (approximately $0.04 for coal and $0.10 for natural gas).  He voted for SB11-200, a component of Obamacare, healthcare exchanges, that will not go away even if Obamacare is declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.  In committee, Larry Liston voted to kill HB12-1309 which required a check of immigration status through an online database before anyone is hired, also known as E-verify.  He voted for HB12-1286 which was signed into law and will use taxpayer money to increase incentives for the film credit program in Colorado.  This year, he was removed from a House Committee for siding with the Democrats on government regulations to help marijuana sellers.  He was kept off that same committee in the Special Session because he was not considered a reliable "no" vote on the Civil Unions bill.  Larry Liston held an in-person fundraiser with lobbyists from Planned Parenthood, National Abortion Rights Action League, the ACLU, and big labor.  If this is who he is taking money from, then it makes sense to us that he will work to make sure legislation favorable to these organizations passes.  As a previous insurance salesman, Larry Liston is talented at making people feel important and frequently invites constituents to join him for lunch or other functions at the Capitol.  He is an excellent campaigner, but, in our opinion, his record does not deserve any conservative's vote.



STATE SENATE - DISTRICT 12

Uncontested


STATE REPRESENTATIVE - DISTRICT 14

Uncontested


STATE REPRESENTATIVE - DISTRICT 15

Uncontested


STATE REPRESENTATIVE - DISTRICT 16

Uncontested


STATE REPRESENTATIVE - DISTRICT 17  

Uncontested


STATE REPRESENTATIVE - DISTRICT 18

Uncontested


STATE REPRESENTATIVE - DISTRICT 19  

Marsha Looper

This primary was brought to you courtesy of the Democrat redistricting.  It is between two incumbents, which means they both have records to compare.  WE WOULD VOTE FOR MARSHA LOOPER if we were in this district (http://www.electmarsha.org/). In 2011, Marsha Looper received a 76.92% out of 100% (4th out of 65 representatives) from the Colorado Union of Taxpayer or CUT (http://www.coloradotaxpayer.org/).
Marsha Looper did NOT vote for HB10-1365, Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act, which is Colorado's version of Cap and Trade.  She is very concerned about how much more energy will cost you and what will happen to your jobs and families when this law shuts down coal-powered plants around Colorado, but she needs to stay in the House to fight this fight for us.  She did NOT vote for SB10-1330 which established the All Payer Database in Colorado, requiring private medical information to be centrally collected and used by third party agencies because she cares about the government staying out of your personal medical matters.
She sponsored HB12-1309 which required a check of immigration status through an online database before anyone is hired, also known as E-verify.  This bill was killed by fellow Republican, Larry Liston.
She has opposed SB11-200, the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange, from the beginning and sponsored SB12-53, a bill that would have repealed the SB11-200 if the United States Supreme Court rules any provision of Obamacare unconstitutional.  SB12-53 was killed by the Democrat-controlled Senate.  Marsha Looper passionately argued against an amendment introduced by Democrat Representative Crisanta Duran to dilute a provision in the budget that restricts public funds from being used for abortions.  House Republicans defeated this amendment on a party line vote because of Marsha's stand.  Marsha Looper is a tireless voice in Denver for veterans.  She also did everything within her power to defeat Civil Unions by amending it in the Appropriations Committee during the regular session to protect religious organizations and counselors who might object.  She also recognized the danger of the Referendum making Section 30b of our Colorado Constitution obsolete and was instrumental in stopping that from reaching the November ballot.  Marsha Looper has shown us that she is willing to fight hard, fight well and fight for what is right.  Can a voter ask for anything more? Among others, Rep. Marsha Looper is endorsed by Fmr. Senator Dave Schultheis (added by me prior to sending out this blog entry)

In 2010, when House Republicans received a one vote majority, they voted Amy Stephens in as the Majority Leader.  It was a tremendous honor for the former employee of Focus on the Family.  However, it is our opinion that Amy Stephens has not handled this position of power well at all.  We feel she used the Republican one vote majority to usher in legislation that cannot be seen as conservative in any way and has greatly damaged the Republican label.  The overall CUT score for the House under her leadership was 39% in 2011 and 43% in 2010.
(http://www.coloradotaxpayer.org/) -- this is not a ringing endorsement of conservatism on any level.  She sponsored and voted for HB10-1365, Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act, which is Colorado's version of Cap and Trade.  This bill, which is now law, is anti-coal and mandates the replacement of coal plants with those that have "clean energy"
sources per environmental extremists standards.  If you are bothered that talks are starting about closing the Colorado Springs Utilities Martin Drake coal plant, it is because of this law.  Your energy costs will "necessarily double" because Republicans like Stephens voted for this bill (approximately $0.04 for coal and $0.10 for natural gas).
She also voted for SB10-1330 which established the All Payer Database in Colorado, requiring private medical information to be centrally collected and used by third party agencies.  Amy Stephens continued to abuse the power of her position in 2011.  Amy Stephens sponsored SB11-200, the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange, which implements a component of Obamacare here in Colorado that will stay in place even if Obamacare is declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.  It is hard to understand why a former Focus on the Family employee would cast these votes; however, there seems to be a correlation between her votes and significant donors who are openly hostile to conservative principles.  In 2011, Amy Stephens received a 50% out of 100% (23rd out of 65 representatives)from the Colorado Union of Taxpayer or CUT http://www.coloradotaxpayer.org/).  During the 2012 session, it is our opinion that, as part of the House leadership, Amy Stephens could have been instrumental in preventing the Civil Unions fiasco, but she did not use her power to do that.   While the Democrat's redistricting will probably result in a Democrat-controlled House next year, Amy Stephens has given little reason for voters to return the Majority leadership to Republicans.  If you are frustrated by what liberal lawmakers in Denver are doing, Amy Stephens has to be included in that group and she should not be returned to continue that legacy.  In our opinion, her record does not deserve any conservative's vote.


STATE REPRESENTATIVE - DISTRICT 20

Uncontested


STATE REPRESENTATIVE - DISTRICT 21

Albert Sweet

This district was left without an incumbent because of the Democrat redistricting so both candidates are newcomers.  WE WOULD VOTE FOR ALBERT SWEET if we were in this district.  Albert Sweet is a retired Army veteran.  He cares about what our Constitutions, both state and federal, say and supports protecting life, gun rights, and will fight tax and spending increases.  You can read more about his positions on his website https://www.electalbertsweet.org/.  He has been endorsed by former State Senator Dave Schultheis.

Lois Landgraf is a former Fountain City Councilwoman so she has more name recognition.  She has been a member of the County GOP Executive Committee so we know her from that realm.  She was a member of the subcommittee formed by the Chairman to investigate the Vice-Chairman in December 2011.  While she did not attend the actual meeting and it was unclear whether she signed the report that was generated by that subcommittee, she was part of a process that was totally uncalled for, distasteful, and divisive.  If you like how Larry Liston and Amy Stephens represent you, it is our opinion that you will probably like Lois Landgraf.


DISTRICT ATTORNEY - 4TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Uncontested


COUNTY COMMISSIONER - DISTRICT 2

Uncontested


COUNTY COMMISSIONER - DISTRICT 3

Karen Magistrelli

This is an anti-incumbent vote.  WE WOULD VOTE FOR KAREN MAGISTRELLI if we lived in this district.  She is a newcomer and does not have a voting record to examine.  Karen Magistrelli is president and executive director of High Winds Youth, Inc., a nonprofit Christian organization that helps male ex-prisoners reintegrate into society.
Because of her experience with the County Commissioners concerning her organization, she stepped up to this challenge and should be commended for that.  She will be a more conservative voice for taxpayers on the commission.  You can read more about her positions on her website http://electmagistrelli.wikispaces.com/.  She has been endorsed by former State Senator Dave Schultheis.

Sallie Clark was challenged because she supported the deceptively-worded ballot question that extended term limits for the County Commissioners.  If this ballot question had not passed, Sallie Clark would be term limited and not able to run this time.  In our opinion, Sallie Clark is the typical progressive out-of-touch politician who deserves to be retired.  Here is just a sample of some of her votes.  In December 2007, Sallie Clark voted against lowering the El Paso County property tax rate.  In September 2008, Sallie Clark supported a 1% sales tax increase, which the voters rejected 59% to 41%.  In December 2008, Sallie Clark voted with the majority to approve Watershed District, which would allow an unelected entity to impose fees on the citizens.  In December 2009, Sallie Clark voted in the minority to keep tax refunds due to be paid back to tax payers.


COUNTY COMMISSIONER - DISTRICT 4

Auddie Cox

This is an anti-incumbent vote.  WE WOULD VOTE FOR AUDDIE COX if we lived in this district.  He is a newcomer and does not have a voting record to examine.  He served in the military for 25 years and then worked in corporate America as a computer engineer for Rocky Martin.
He is currently retired.  He would never support a tax increase and would look at feasible ways to cut costs and build relationships with the city, eliminating duplication if that makes sense and is financially doable.  He cares about increasing fire department response times throughout the county and wants to address the manning levels in the sheriff's department.  His phone number is 719-492-3254 and his website is http://www.voteauddiecox.com/Among others, Auddie Cox is endorsed by Fmr. Senator Dave Schultheis (added by me prior to sending out this blog entry)

Dennis Hisey was challenged because he supported the deceptively-worded ballot question that extended term limits for the County Commissioners.  He seems like a very nice man, but he votes much the same way Sallie Clark does and those votes are not in your favor as the taxpayer.  As an example, in September 2008, he also supported a 1% sales tax increase, which the voters rejected 59% to 41%.  Also, as a member representing El Paso on the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, on Sep 14, 2005, he voted for the organization's resolution supporting the passage of both Referendum C, which suspended TABOR spending limits for 5 years meaning the government got to keep more of your money (passed), and Referendum D, which would have allowed government to borrow $1.5 billion for transportation, school maintenance and repairs, and police and firefighter pension funds (failed).

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