Bulletin: Feb 12, 2019
While teachers strike in Denver, Democrats continue to reject Republican proposals to assist them, including Senator Owen Hill’s SB 19-060 to expand the tax credit for classroom supplies that teachers purchase out of their own pocket. Then just yesterday, Senator Jerry Sonnenberg proposed a ballot initiative that would allow legislators to pull money from Great Outdoors Colorado’s lottery fund to put into education. But if Democrats’ past behavior is any indication, any proposal without a tax hike is dead on arrival.
Yet there’s always another chance for Democrats to vote the right way. This afternoon in the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, Republican Leader Patrick Neville will present House Bill 19-1156, which will require proof of citizenship for anyone wanting to newly register to vote in Colorado elections. And Representative Steve Humphrey will present his bill, the Live and Let Live Act, co-sponsored by Republican Senator Vicki Marble, to uphold the First Amendment and establish protections for individuals based on their sincerely held religious beliefs.
P.S., Remember that today’s committee meeting on SB 19-042, the National Popular Vote bill, is now taking place INSIDE the Capitol, in Room 271. That committee meeting begins at 1:30 pm.
Bulletin: Feb 11, 2019
The Colorado State House is taking up SB 19-042, the terrible National Popular Vote bill that Democrats in the State Senate already passed.
This bill would subvert the principle of federalism embedded in the U.S. Constitution by awarding Colorado’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, disregarding the will of the people of Colorado and circumventing the Electoral College.
If your work allows, please consider showing up tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12, to testify against this bill. The House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee will be considering it in Room 271 of the State Capitol at 1:30 pm. That’s Room 271 at 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203. How long the committee goes will depend on how many people show up to testify.
Governor Jared Polis’ staffers have already said he’s “supportive” of the legislation, so this is our last chance to protect the Constitution from the Colorado Democrats. Let your voice be heard!
To RSVP to testify, visit the “Testify Against Ending the Electoral College” Facebook page here. If you can’t make it, you can still email the Democrats on the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee by clicking on each of their names here and then selecting the “Email” option.
Bulletin: Feb 8, 2019
Democrats say they care about teachers and schools, but on two separate bills this week, their votes spoke louder than their words.
A year after teachers rallied at the State Capitol and on the heels of a strike by Denver Public School teachers, Republican State Senator Owen Hill proposed a $500 tax credit for teachers who spend money on classroom supplies and equipment.
Even the teachers union supported the bill – but Democrats killed it anyway. Watch and share the TV report and let your friends and family know that while Republicans are trying to help teachers, Democrats at the Capitol are focused on playing politics.
We saw the same thing in the State House, where Republican Leader Patrick Neville introduced a bill to help families with children who experience bullying in a public school. Neville’s bill, House Bill 19-1112, would have allowed for the establishment of “Child Safety Accounts” — a way for a bullied student to move from their public school to a private school. But Democrats chose the failing status quo over protecting vulnerable kids who wake up every morning dreading another day in a place where they’re harmed or bullied.