Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Voting Recommendations, Revised November 2014

This could very well be one of the most important, if not THE most important election in your lifetime so far.  I do not say that lightly.  The control of the U.S. Senate is at stake, and the appointment of future U.S. Supreme Court Justices will surely play a role in the coming years as several Justices are considering retirement.

Additionally, the control of the Colorado State Senate may change parties this election season.


While I have examined the ballot issue carefully with an eye to careful evaluation based on conservative principles, I ask you to do the same.  While we may differ in our assessments, I implore you to base your decisions, not on emotion, but on principle.

Also...There is predicted to be considerable voter fraud in Colorado's 2014 Election as a result of bills passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature in the past several years.  This is not a partisan comment, but supported by fact. Please be on the look-out for illegal activity and report it, if found.
Please read the following article from National Review

FEDERAL OFFICES

U.S. SENATOR
Cory Gardner

U.S. CONGRESS DISTRICT 5
Doug Lamborn

STATE OFFICES

GOVERNOR/Lt. GOVERNOR
Bob Beauprez/Jill Repella

SECRETARY OF STATE
Wayne Williams

STATE TREASURER
Walker Stapleton

ATTORNEY GENERAL
Cynthia Coffman

THE FOLLOWING WILL NOT BE ON EVERYONE'S BALLOTS:

STATE SENATE

SENATE DISTRICT 2
Kevin Grantham

SENATE DISTRICT 9 (Uncontested)
Kent Lambert

SENATE DISTRICT 11
Bernie Herpin

STATE REPRESENTATIVES

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT  14
Dan Nordberg

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 15
Gordon Klingenschmidt 

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT  16
Janak Joshi

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 17 (1)

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 18
Michael Schlierf

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 19
Paul Lundeen

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT  20 (Uncontested)
Terri Carver

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 21
Lois Landgraf

EL PASO COUNTY OFFICES

COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 1
Darryl Glenn

COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 5
Peggy Littleton

COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER (Uncontested)
Chuck Broerman

COUNTY TREASURER (Uncontested)
Mark Lowderman

COUNTY ASSESSOR (Uncontested)
Steve Scheiker

COUNTY SHERIFF (Uncontested)
Bill Elder

COUNTY SURVEYOR (Uncontested)
G. Lawrence Burnett

COUNTY CORONER (Uncontested)
Robert Bux

"Thanks to Clear the Bench Colorado for the analyses of many of the Justices below.  It is disturbing that so many of Colorado's judges seem to show disdain for the Rule of Law.  The decision to suggest a vote of Yes or NO is based on these analyses

COLORADO SUPREME COURT JUSTICES

Brian Boatright (NO)
Does not consistently uphold the Constitution.  For analysis, check this.

Monica Marquez (NO)
Does not consistently uphold the Constitution.  For analysis, check this.

COURT OF APPEALS

Terry Fox (NO)
Alan Loeb (NO)

  4TH JUDICIAL JUDGES

William Bain- YES 
Edward Colt - No position
Jann DuBois - NO
Barbara Hughes - NO
Thomas Kelly Kane - YES
Thomas Kennedy - YES 
Michael P. McHenry - YES  voted to uphold the Colorado Constitution over a conflicting State Statute during the Recall Election held last year.  You can find his comments, With all due respect to the legislature, it did not consider or ignored the clear language of Article XXI – I find that both sad and, frankly, shocking, and more here.
David Prince - YES
Greg Werner - YES

EL PASO COUNTY JUDGES

Christopher Acker - No Position
Lawrence Martin - No position
Douglas Miles - Yes
Ann Rotolo - Yes
Stephen Sietta - No Position
Johathan Walker - No
Regina Walter - No


AMENDMENT 67 DEFINITION OF PERSON AND CHILD  (CONSTITUTIONAL)
YES
It is FACT that life begins at conception.   With the passage of this Amendment, one who kills the unborn baby (with the exception of the his/her mother during an abortion), can be convicted of a capital offense.  If you take time to read the story of Heather Surovik, you will see the importance of this Amendment.

AMENDMENT 68 HORSE RACE CASINO GAMBLING (CONSTITUTIONAL)
NO
Don't allow yourself to be convinced about the "positive comments" about helping Children and Education.  This is nearly always a ploy to take the focus off of increasing Gambling.  Fact is, the additional funds for Education will amount to about 2% of education funding.  Furthermore, Gambling preys on the poor and creates increased dependency on gambling to fund education.  PRO-GAMBLING ISSUES SHOULD NEVER FIND THEIR WAY INTO THE CONSTITUTION.  It is not the state's role to promote gambling!

PROPOSITION 104 SCHOOL BOARD OPEN MEETINGS (STATUTORY)
YES
Good government requires openness.  Decisions made in secret are seldom in the interest of the citizen.  One can gain greater insight here.   This should be a no-brainer for those who want transparency in government.

PROPOSITION 105 LABELING GENETICALLY-MODIFIED FOOD (STATUTORY)
NO. 
This has been a hotly-debated issue, so here is my take.  Why is it that we want the government to be our first source of control?  If this is an important issue to many citizens, why can't an association be established that puts pressure on the agricultural industry?  Does "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" resonate?  We already see labels on some foods stating NO GMO.  I realize that many citizens naturally want "all natural" foods, (I do as well) but have there been studies that confirm negative health problems associated with GMO products?  The Centers for Disease Control continues to study this issue but to date has found no conclusive adverse affects.  Let's consider carefully before we institute additional laws in this area, until we know there is a need, and then first consider private organizations to form to pressure growers to identify the use of GMO's in their production process.  Click here for a key article in the Wall Street Journal regarding this issue.

EL PASO COUNTY 1A  "RETAIN AND EXPEND EXCESS REVENUE..." in part to acquire more 'open space'" 
NO. 
First, this is a NEW TAX,  and should have been stated as that, as the Constitution requires in Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution" or TABOR.  Instead, the County decided not to return approximately $2million in tax revenue to the citizens---a tax refund worth over $100/yr to property owners.  It happens nearly every time -- citizens are asked to provide tax dollars for a specific purpose and for a specific period of time.  Then, when that time has elapsed, we are asked to continue to use those funds for some other "critical" emergency.  If for no other reason, we should vote NO because this question is misleading.  If a new tax is "needed" the County should have returned the $2million and THEN requested voters to approve a NEW tax for the purposes stated.
Secondly, while it is appropriate to request property owners to pay a tax to benefit them, it is NOT appropriate to request those property owners to pay increased taxes for numerous issues that will not be to their benefit.  Such requests are no more than redistribution of wealth, which government is so good at.

EL PASO COUNTY 1B STORMWATER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND ONGOING MAINTENANCE
NO
This will create more bureaucracy...and you can bet it will grow.  This will create another unelected, unaccountable bureaucratic organization, the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority (PPRDA).  You can bet that it will never have enough money for all it will find to do, as it assesses 78 different groups with different yet-to-be-determined "fee" rates).This new agency will exist in perpetuity. 

EL PASO COUNTY 1C SHERIFF TERM LIMITS
YES

TOWN OF RAMAH  2A  TAX ON SALE OF MARIJAUNA
NO
For those opposed to marijuana being sole in their town/city, taxing this drug seems like a positive step (sin tax).  However, taxing such a drug, will create a dependence by government on that money, which will inevitably lead to advocating its use in greater amounts.  

TOWN OF RAMAH  2B  INCREASE LODGERS TAX TO PROMOTE BUSINESS
NO
Promoting business growth should NOT be a function of government, nor should the cost of it be borne by the citizens.  Furthermore, passage will become permanent and circumvent Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution (TABOR).

CITY OF FOUNTAIN  2C LODGER'S TAX
NO
Want more tourism so we increase the cost of stay in the city's hotels?  Does that make sense to anyone?  The propaganda shows states that $1 spent on tourism creates a return of over $6.  As a legislator, I served on the State Audit Committee.  There we saw reports that showed a $16 return for every dollar spent.  No one knows the return, if in fact there is any.  These reports are always just fantasy.


(1) Out of good conscience, I do not vote for candidates who I understand are pro-abortion and/or specifically reject the 2012 platform of the Republican Party.