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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