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04 Mar
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Colorado Democratic Party State Reorganization Schedule

The schedule for the Colorado Democratic Party State Reorganization Meeting is below. If you are attending as a voting member or observer, please note the rooms and times of the meetings upon your arrival at the Hotel.

Getting there from HD41: 

The site of the event, The Denver City Center Marriott, is the last train stop on the RTD H Line from Nine Mile Station. The train stop at 18th and California drops you off directly in front of the Hotel.

Other Happenings: 

  • Besides the committee and district meetings, there will also be Democratic Party Initiative meetings. The Colorado Democratic Party has several initiatives that are intended to focus on specific needs in our community. When you arrive at the Hotel, ask your check in host for the schedule. You may also contact the Chairs of the Initiatives directly, noted in the link below.
  •  Colorado Democratic Party Initiatives:  http://www.coloradodems.org/content/initiatives-and-organizations
  • The day also includes the 84th Annual Dinner for the Colorado Democrats at 7pm. The featured speaker is  Jason Kander, former Missouri Secretary of State and Let America Vote founder. Tickets are $150.00 and can be found at the link noted in our calendar event page.
  • The Colorado Young Democrats are hosting the “Colorado Democrats Dinner After Party” at The Broker. The event begins at 10pm. Tickets to the event start at $5.00. Please see the link in our calendar event page for location and to purchase tickets.

Details: 

Colorado Democratic Party
Organizational Meeting
Saturday, March 11, 2017 
 
Registration: 8:00 – 9:30 am
Seating of Alternates: 9:30 am
Gavel: 10:00 am
Marriott Denver City Center
1701 California, Denver, Colorado

Agenda – State Organizational Meeting
1. Call to Order
2. Election of Chair
3. Election of 1st Vice Chair
4. Election of 2nd Vice Chair
5. Election of Secretary
6. Election of Treasurer
7. Election of State Executive Committee Representatives from Rural Regions
8. New Business
Adjournment

Multi-County Districts
Saturday, March 11, 2017 

8:15 – 8:45 am – Judicial Districts
JD 1, JD 3, JD 4, JD 5, JD7, JD 8, JD 9, JD 11, JD 12, JD 13, JD 14, JD 15, JD 16, JD 17, JD 18, JD 22

8:45 – 9:15 am – Senate Districts
SD 1, SD 2, SD 5, SD 8, SD 16, SD 23, SD 35

9:15 – 9:45 am – House Districts (except HD 61)
HD 13, HD 26, HD 33, HD 39, HD 47, HD 54, HD 56, HD 57, HD 58, HD 60, HD 62, HD 64, HD 65

1:00 – 3:00 pm – Congressional Districts
CD 1, CD 2, CD 3, CD 4, CD 5, CD 6

3:30 – 4:00 pm – House District 61

Agenda – Multi County Districts
1. Call to Order
2. Election of Officers
3. Establish Vacancy Committee
4. New Business
Adjournment

 

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04 Mar
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Tickets On Sale Now! Linda Newell’s Documentary- The Last Bill

BUY TICKETS TODAY – See Below for Details

A message from Linda Newell, former Senator of SD26 regarding her new film, The Last Bill- A Senator’s Story

Former Constituents and Friends, 

Tickets go on sale TONIGHT! Hope you can join me!
___________________________________________________________This is our first mini-documentary event to help inform people about government, from an insider’s perspective. Here, you’ll see how your government really works, from the inside.

Tickets for the Premiere on sale tonight!See details and purchase at:

www.lindanewell.org

The Last Bill, A Senator’s Story

March 18thAlamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado
12:15pm and 2:00pm

Two showings with Q&A discussions with the producer, Senator Newell, Senator Kevin Lundberg (invited), and production team about the film and future plans for citizen engagement.

Hope you can join us for photos on the red carpet
at 11:30am or 1:15pm!

Watch the Trailer HereOn YouTube: https://youtu.be/La2Jx2EPeEg

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLastBill/

Background

In my last session, through a collaboration with the Colorado Film School and Indie Denver Media Productions, we filmed this short behind-the-scenes documentary of a senator’s real-life story carrying a bill through the legislature.

Here, you’ll see from an inside view how difficult it can be to turn a bill into law.  As you follow Senator Newell (joined by Senator Kevin Lundberg) through the process, she works her bills of suicide prevention and intentional misrepresentation of service animals, being challenged from across the aisle, attempting bipartisanship, all with a bit of humor and fortitude.

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26 Feb
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**UPDATE** AGENDA FOR HD41 MEETING 2/27/2017

Our Chair of HD41, Jeff Moser, recently announced the Agenda of our upcoming HD41 Meeting.

House District 41 Democrats, Monday, February 27, 2017

6:45 to 7:00 Meet n’ Greet – Refreshments

7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Meeting and Program

Arapahoe County Democratic Party Headquarters

Arapahoe Co. Democratic Party Headquarters, 10730 E. Bethany Drive, Ste. 240, Aurora, CO 80014 (map)

DRAFT Agenda  

Opening: Welcome & Call to Order – Flag Salute

Call for General Orders – Adopt Agenda

Adopt Minutes from January 23, 2017

Introduce New Officers, followed by Officer Reports

Introduce Party Leaders and Elected Officials Present

7:10 p.m. State Legislative report/Session update – Rep. Melton & Other Lawmakers

 

7:20 – 8:00 p.m.: Candidates for State Office

Guest speaker Barbara Jones. Ms. Jones will be speaking about her candidacy for State Party chair and getting input. Q&A.

 

Guest speaker Rita Simas. Ms. Simas be speaking about her candidacy for State Party treasurer and getting input. Q&A.

 

Guest speaker Gil Barela. Mr. Barela be speaking about his candidacy for State Party 1st vice chair and getting input. Q&A.

 

8:00 – 8:30 (less or more time if needed)

Unfinished Business –

New Business – Discussion/Action Items

  1. Post County Re-org Thoughts & Ideas
  2. PCP Training & What All of Us need to Do NEXT!!
  3. HD 41 Day at the Capitol
  4. HD 41 Committees: 1) Platform/Resolutions 2) Outreach/Organizing 3) Finance & Events/Fundraising 4) Communication/ Media & Technology. Following adjournment meet with chairs and sign-up, set the date(s) for committee meeting(s)

Final Announcements & Adjourn

*State Re-org and Dinner will be held at Denver Marriott City Center, Sat., March 11: Sign-in: 8:00 a.m.; Seating of Alternates 9:30; Gavel: 10:00. **Next HD 41 Meeting Mon., March 27

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25 Feb
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Mike Coffmann’s Remarks About Future Events

CD 6  Representative Mike Coffmann notes his activities while “back home” in his district on Congressional Break from February 20-25, 2017. He comments on future events, in particular a Town Hall in April. Encourage your fellow Dems to follow him o n Facebook or through his website. Be sure to sign up for his newsletter as well.  It will be important for us to make sure our message is being heard, and he is addressing them.

Lets make sure we are loud and proud when he comes back in April to address his District.

Listening to the People
Dear Friend:
When Congress headed into its weeklong district work period this week, I returned home to hear from those who are impacted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I wanted to hear about what works, what doesn’t and most importantly, how we can make our healthcare system more responsive and patient-centered. My strategy for doing has three separate, yet equally important parts.
The first phase of this process is what I titled the ‘ACA Listening Tour’. This part consisted of meetings with patients, healthcare providers and patient advocacy groups who find themselves in the front lines of the patient experience. The listening tour took me all across the 6th Congressional district, including facilities outside our boundaries that also serve our constituents. I was able to tour the laboratories where the treatments of tomorrow are being developed, community health clinics, where I spoke with doctors and their staffs about what they see on a daily basis, and most importantly, heard directly from patients about how the ACA has impacted them and their families.
Many in this broad pool of professionals, patients and advocacy groups with whom I spoke were concerned about the same things, specifically: maintaining access to healthcare, containing the rising costs of health insurance, and the need for reform.  This input has reaffirmed my belief that we need to keep protect the existing consumer protections under the ACA. These protections include preserving access for those with pre-existing conditions and requiring insurance carriers to allow young people to stay in their parents plan until the age of 26.
The second phase of this will take place in March. Congress will be in session every week during March and we will begin to see healthcare reform legislation introduced.  I am currently planning to hold two tele-town halls in March. These tele-town halls will allow me to invite thousands of residents from our district to participate and will give me a chance to listen to them. As the congressional calendar becomes clearer, I will post additional information on my website on the details on how you and your loved ones can participate. My conversation with constituents through these tele-town halls will help guide me when the time comes to cast my vote.
The third phase of my constituent outreach plan is to hold a ‘traditional’ town hall meeting in the April district work period that runs from the 10th thru the 21st of April.  I have instructed my staff to help secure a location large enough to make sure we can accommodate all those wishing to attend. In this event, I will cover what has happened legislatively and what we can expect moving forward with healthcare reform. More information on the date/location of this event will be made available in early April on my website for those that wish to attend.
Lastly, I want to remind everyone that you can follow me on Facebook or Twitter to get daily updates on how I’m working for you, both at home and in Washington, D.C.
Sincerely,
U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman
Mike Coffman
U.S. Representative

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21 Feb
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Senator Linda Newell Premiers Her New Documentary Film: The Last Bill

Former Senator for Senate District 26, Linda Newell, has recently completed a documentary film. It will premier at the Alamo Cinema and Drafthouse in Littleton. 

Many of you have been asking what I’m up to now and how we can continue our support of each other. So here it is!

I am now producing mini-documentaries and hosting events to educate people about our government, from an insider’s perspective. In each film/event, you’ll see how your government really works, from the inside.

First Film Up: The Last Bill, A Senator’s Story

In my last session, through a collaboration with the Colorado Film School and Indie Denver Media Productions, we filmed this short behind-the-scenes documentary of a senator’s real-life story carrying a bill through the legislature.

Here, you’ll see from an inside view how difficult it can be to turn a bill into law. As you follow Senator Newell (joined by Senator Kevin Lundberg) through the process, she works her bills of suicide prevention and intentional misrepresentation of service animals, being challenged from across the aisle, attempting bipartisanship, all with a bit of humor and fortitude.

If you’ve never, or often, visited your state Capitol, you’re sure to be intrigued by this human story under the dome.

Watch the Trailer Here

On YouTube: https://youtu.be/La2Jx2EPeEg

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLastBill/

Save the Date for the Premiere!

The Last Bill, A Senator’s Story

March 18th

Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado
12:15pm and 2:00pm

Two showings with Q&A discussions with the producer, Senator Linda Newell, and production team about the film and future plans for citizen engagement.

Ticket sales coming soon!

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20 Feb
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Mike Coffmann’s Response to “Repeal and Replace” of the Affordable Care Act

CD6 House Representative Mike Coffmann recently responded to the many inquiries from his District  regarding the “Repeal and Replace” noted by his Republican colleagues for the Affordable Care Act. This response was noted in his newsletter from February 18, 2017.

Dear Friend:
In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. This legislation provided a number of important consumer protections provisions that we’re already in place in several states, Colorado included. Most of these provisions covered small group markets and the ACA extended them to the individual health insurance market. While many of these mandated provisions significantly improved access to individual insurance, their impact on expanding the number of people insured is quite modest. In fact, the ACA’s principal tool for extending health care has been the expansion of the Medicaid program to cover able-bodied working individuals, without dependent children, and by increasing the income eligibility up to 138% of the federal poverty level.
The ACA has expanded coverage through the Medicaid program, at an enormous cost to the taxpayers, but has otherwise failed to deliver on its promises to lower costs and to expand private insurance coverage. This is particularly true in the health insurance exchanges, where individuals are able to navigate these government-sponsored websites to see what options are available for them and the subsidies they are eligible for based on income.
For those purchasing insurance through Colorado’s insurance exchange in 2017, they will find that rates have increased an average of 20% over 2016. Nationally, the price of insurance coverage has increased by 25%. Additionally, the number of insurers willing to provide coverage to individuals is rapidly dwindling in our state. In western Colorado, there are 14 counties where only 1 insurance carrier services their area. Clearly this model is unsustainable.
What I will plan to do to address the inevitable failure of the ACA in Congress is to:
  • Reform the Medicaid program.
    • Key here is giving states more flexibility to design their own systems. This will not only improve outcomes but contain cost.
    • Limit the Medicaid expansion to those now enrolled and allow them to stay on it so long as they continue to meet current eligibility requirements.
  • Eliminate the employer mandate.
    • This mandate only applies to businesses of 50 or more employees while most of the problems associated with access to employer-based health insurance are found in smaller businesses which have avoided the mandate by not adding jobs.
    • Allow small business to band together to purchase their health insurance so that they can get the same discounts large businesses.
  • Eliminate the individual mandate
    • In too many cases, it’s cheaper to pay the penalty and buy insurance only when it’s needed, thereby ‘gaming’ the system and pushing up rates for everyone else.
    • Replace this with a tighter requirement to maintain continuous coverage in order to retain eligibility for all the consumer protections (i.e. preexisting conditions) contained in the ACA.
  • Provide incentives for the purchase of health insurance.
    • Give individuals the same tax deductibility that businesses have when they buy health insurance.
    • Use the tax code, to assist low income individuals, through the use refundable tax credits paid directly for the insurance plan of their choice.
    • Increasing the contribution limits for health saving accounts.
  • Maintain the consumer protections contained in the ACA.
    • Requiring insurance carriers to cover preexisting conditions;
    • Prohibiting lifetime caps;
    • No price discrimination on the basis of gender; and
    • Allow dependents to stay on their parents’ policies until age 26.
Finally and perhaps most importantly, I will not vote for to repeal any part of the ACA without a concurrent replacement.
Sincerely,
U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman
Mike Coffman
U.S. Representative

 

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19 Feb
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Arapahoe Young Democrats – Town Hall this Thursday, February 23 in Aurora

The Arapahoe County Young Democrats present a Town Hall event for Mike Coffman, who will be our special guest if he accepts our invitation.

Join us at Aurora Central Library at 6:30pm on Thu, Feb 23rd, during Mike Coffman’s district work week. Invitations have been issued to Coffman via email and now video.

The first 100 people will be allowed in the room, and doors open at 6pm. Community members and elected officials will be present to discuss policy even if Mike Coffman doesn’t show up, and we will create a banner of CD6 concerns to deliver to his office.

Create Your Own 1 Minute Video

#AskMikeCoffman
1. Who Are You?
Provide a Brief Introduction – including your name and where you live in CD6

2. What do you care about?
Provide an introduction to your issue – why do you care about this issue and how does it impact your life?

3. Ask Mike your question
Ask him a specific, policy focused question

Upload your videos to Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter with the hashtags:
#ArapahoeCounty #WheresMike #AskMikeCoffmanT

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