I hate these kinds of decisions, because no matter what decision you make a significant segment of the voters are gonna be upset, you know, and it really is demoralizing sometimes. But nobody ever said life was easy or you got a free pass, so.
You know, I got news for you: I was not a supporter of Amendment 64. Not because I have any heartfelt opinions on whether pot should be legal or [whether] people should be able to grow it. I saw it as a big, hot mess coming down on my desk, and guess what it is: A big, hot mess. I’m sorry, Mr. [Brian] Vicente [who co-wrote Amendment 64 and spoke at the meeting], OK, but that’s the way I saw it from the beginning and it’s proved to be true.
I knew we took a risk waiting to see what Colorado Springs and all the other jurisdictions were gonna do first, but you know what? We needed to have all the information we could have, you know? We’re talking about one vote in Colorado Springs: It was 5 to 4 to opt out. If that had switched, are you telling me that nobody here would be upset about having stores in Manitou, that it wouldn’t be a big issue anymore? I don’t think so. I think people have really heartfelt opinions on this, you know? And I think that we’d be having a similar discussion right now.
I’m not excited about being the only jurisdiction that may license and regulate these things. At the same time, you know, maybe it ends up being a boon for this town, all right? As Mayor Pro Tem Carpenter pointed out, back on Aug. 20 he and I motioned and seconded and argued for and voted for an advisory vote, to put it on this last November’s ballot on this specific question about stores. I agree with him: I thought we had a single-subject rule in this state and that ballot measures had to have a single subject. Well, [Amendment 64] had multiple subjects and I think you can understand why; because to just legalize it without having a plan in place for the legal purchase, to me, is just funneling money to the black market. How is that not possible?
And I’ve listened to so many people that I love and respect tell me, ‘Well, I voted for 64, but I don’t want pot stores.’ Well, you know, I’m sorry, did you read it? Because it says it in there so many times to regulate it like alcohol, and where do you go to get alcohol? You go to a liquor store. So, is it really such a huge stretch to expect that this is what was intended by the voters, that you would go to legal pot stores to buy your pot? I’m sorry, I just don’t buy that one.
Money-wise, first of all I don’t believe in all the doom and gloom that this is gonna ruin the town, and this is gonna affect tourism. At the same time, I don’t believe all the sunshine and rose petals either, OK? That it’s gonna be manna from heaven, and it’s gonna bring in all these tourists. I personally think it’ll be similar to the dispensary experience, in which it’ll be negligible as far as the effects it'll have on those things. ... And during the medical process, I heard a lot of the same arguments that I’ve heard throughout these last several months. ... Some people [recently] explained to me that, no, that we are seeing an increase in youth access — I don’t blame that necessarily on the dispensary owners, I blame that on unscrupulous adults.
And guess what? It’s legal in Colorado now. You know, we all swore an oath up here and the way that goes is we swear to uphold the U.S. Constitution, the Colorado Constitution and the charter of the city of Manitou Springs, and it is now part of the constitution in Colorado. Pot is legal. People can grow it. I’m more worried about the unscrupulous jerk who’s gonna grow it in his basement and go out and sell it in little dime bags to kids than I am about these stores.
These people are gonna be so watched and so heavily regulated, it would take an idiot to do something stupid, you know? And you want to talk about the black market, and you wanna go to your neighborhood or a street dealer, and he’s gonna say, ‘Hey kid, sure, I got a bag for you, and I’ve got something else in here, you might want to try some of this or some of that.’ But when it comes to these stores, only an idiot would try to sell other drugs [when] they’ve been given the golden ticket to sell pot. So I really think that these arguments don’t hold a lot of water for me. ...
I’ve watched for 20 years as these ridiculous constitutional amendments come before the Colorado voters and almost every time they smell a rat and they vote these things out in incredible numbers. I look at what happened even with the school measure, on 66, which failed in El Paso County 3 to 1 and yet the pot-tax measures passed 2 to 1. So don’t tell me that people don’t know what they’re voting for, OK? I have more confidence in people than I’ve been led to believe this evening.
At the same time, I did vote for an advisory vote. And you know what? I would still love to have a vote, you know, and let everybody come together, let the committees form on both sides of the issue and just have a big, old vote on it. But you know what? I made that argument on Aug. 20 and it got voted down. And I do believe in representative democracy — you know, I’ve sent this email out to a lot of people: Don’t expect me to, after fighting as hard as I can for something and then losing it, I’m not gonna then try and pull an end-around on the rest of the council. I have too much love and respect for my peers up here on council to then decide that, ‘Well, I’m not happy with their decision.’ You know, the hardest part of being on a council is being able to accept when you’re on the losing end of a vote, and I only see two options: You can either find a way to get behind the majority, or you can shut up and get out of the way. [Applause break]
You know, and then we hear a lot about kids, and what message are we sending to youth. And I understand that, believe me, it worries me. When you ask a kid who doesn’t smoke marijuana the number one reason why they don’t, they’ll tell it’s because it’s illegal. And that scares the heck out of me that it’s no longer illegal. But when you ask a kid who doesn’t drink alcohol, ‘Why don’t you drink alcohol?’ The answer is usually, ‘Because I’ve seen what it’s done to my grandfather, or to my uncle, or to my sister or my best friend,’ OK? And I think that’s the kind of direction we need to be going with education on marijuana.
Prohibitions do not work. Look at all the problems that we had after prohibition of alcohol with gangs, and the mafias, and the killings and everything else. And then we repealed that Prohibition. Is there anybody now selling illegal alcohol? Maybe a few places in Appalachia, they’re still making moonshine, but that’s gone now. It’s all above board, and that’s the direction I think the voters wanted this to go with Amendment 64.
It’s not my issue. I’m not a champion on this issue, to be honest with you. I realize I put myself in a position as being an elected official that I don’t get to cop out and just take a pass on things. So I’m trying, and coming through.
And you talk about kids and what message are we sending to kids with this: How about the hypocrisy? I ask at every public meeting that we’ve had related to this, all the way back to the dispensaries, ‘How do you answer that question: Why is it that alcohol and tobacco — which cause more death and disease by every measure — why are they not only are they legal, but they’re celebrated?’ How many people go to Coors Field? Busch Stadium? The cool jazz festival down in New Orleans?
Why is it that those products have gotten this exalted, legal, celebratory status and marijuana is this evil street drug that we have to tell our kids, ‘Don’t you use that. That’s a bad drug.’ And you know what? I’m tired of being a hypocrite. I’ve tried to explain to kids about lobbies, and money, and history and they look at me like, ‘What a cop out.’ You know? I’m so tired of being a hypocrite in front of my kids.
All right, so, what I hear tonight is we have a majority of councilors who are ready to move forward with this. And, like I said, you can either shut up and get out of the way, or find a way to get behind it. And I feel like if we’re going to be moving forward with this than it’s time to do it right.
My constituents are calling me with nightmare stories about skyrocketing healthcare premiums as a result of ObamaCare. Businesses are only hiring part-time workers to avoid the ObamaCare mandates and penalties. I remain committed to protecting all Americans from this oppressive law.
I don’t believe our efforts here have been in vain. We have called attention to the need to reform federal spending and to bring more fairness to ObamaCare. I remain hopeful that the fight will continue and will gain strength from the American people in the coming months and years.
Major General (retired) Irv Halter out raised his opponent, four term Congressman Doug Lamborn, by over $60,000 in the third quarter of 2013.
After a successful campaign announcement in July, Halter raised over $120,000 in his campaign’s first fiscal quarter. More than 370 individual donors pitched in to get Halter’s campaign off the ground. The donations were all from individuals, 95% of which call Colorado home.
“I’m not surprised I out raised Doug. I’m out in the community talking to constituents and they haven’t seen or heard from him. He’s lost touch with the Pikes Peak Region,” Halter said.
Currently, Halter for Congress has over $83,000 cash on hand, which is $12,500 more than Congressman Lamborn has in the bank.
Halter continued, “I’m proud of the support my campaign has earned from people all over the political spectrum. It is clear folks are fed up with the lack of leadership in Washington and tired of the career politicians.”
· Halter doubled Congressman Lamborn in fundraising: $123,000 to $60,770
· $46,000 or 77% of Congressman Lamborn’s money came from PAC’s
· Halter had 370 individual contributors compared to Lamborn’s 6 individual contributors.
So our Federal Government is shutting down? This isn't the first time for this kind of talk. In reality it appears to be an annual event. So like in past years, I researched to see how this will affect the President, and it appears it will not affect him or his salary. How about Congress? As expected, no!
They will claim, it affects NASA, and the FAA. NASA will most likely not directly affect most Americans but the shut down threats of the FAA will create travel concerns. Take it a step further and you will see where polls take over. Our Government claims the shut down or delay of payments by the Social Security System, Medicare, Veterans benefits and those services that directly affect hard working Americans in their everyday business.
This is a glaring example of President Obama's failure as a leader. It really is the by-product of his divisiveness and leaderlesship. Like our own Governor, he fails to unite and fails perform his job as a leader. Just ask Hick about how well his team has managed the Department of Corrections and parolees. That's another story.
This shut down supposedly will have a minimal impact on our military, national security or public safety because those items poll way too high to touch at this time. Congress will not shut down because they do not want to be negatively impacted by their own incompetence. Even though it is their job to set budgets and priorities they will only allow those services that dramatically "hit" certain groups of Americans who may sway support to be impacted. The threatened shut down is a political joke performed by those trying to be top puppet master.
This is just another bluff by a government body that can not reach a 20% public approval rating. I actually pondered if a shut down isn't a good thing. So far the work of the President and his Congress has led to nothing but more divisiveness, debt and distrust.
I personally like that they are trying to delay Obama Care since it isn't even clearly understood nor funded as of this date. The delay of Obama Care it will actually save our County taxpayers somewhere around $200k in 2014 or more with new Obama "control" taxes.
I can not even imagine what this money grabbing socialist movement will do to the corporate world, their employees and their corporate strategies. Clearly more people will rely on government handouts and entitlements, because the business climate will suffer. Citizens will obviously pay the higher cost of consumer goods. That's the problem, our own Government forgets it is the citizens that ultimately pay for these programs.
Government likes to pretend the money falls from the sky and just appears. It will be the consumer that will pay and pay dearly. Those costs will be passed on to us the tax payers with every purchase we make from filling our cars with gas to buying tires and even a head of lettuce. We or actually our children will pay for this unfunded communist program.
The self titled progressive libs believe business and big business is the enemy, however, it really is the backbone of prosperity and freedom. Competition is what made this Nation great. Obama Care and Obama need to go. He and his congress should be furlowed indefinitely for failing to perform their basic duties.
Keep in mind, the progressive liberals measure their success on the growth in volume of those citizens that rely on government handouts to meet their survival needs. If people rely on Government handouts, then government own them. It's is all about control, its about entitlement and it is about control over people.
I say shut down those agencies that abused individual's constitutional rights. Begin with the IRS, then DOJ, throw DHS into the mix. Maybe cancel tax payer brides to foreign countries that are hostile toward our nation. Shut down Congress and send them on an unpaid leave. We certainly could not be any worse off and actually the threat would be somewhat minimized.
Don't buy into the games our Federal Government is playing and remember this at election time. It's time "we the people" start taking back our country and giving our children a chance at the same opportunities the generation preserved for us.
This is a ploy to increase spending and history tells us that congress is making closed door, smoke filled room deals. Souls are being bought and principals sold. The end result will be business as usual to increase debt, bigger government, pockets lined and some securing votes for their election that will be based based on a record of zero accomplishments.
Don't panic, history tells us this was as predictable as the tress in Colorado changing with the season. Oh and when tax season comes around in April, tell the Government's IRS you don't have a balanced budget and you will have to shut down so their payment may be delayed indefinitely. Just a thought.
Stephens who is term limited and mentioned as a possible contender for the United State Senate seat in 2014 spoke of Lundeen’s success in business and on the State Board of Education. “Paul is a leader who gets things done,” said Stephens.
Senator Kent Lambert whose district overlays house district 19 has endorsed Lundeen, calling him the type of leader the Republican Party needs today. “His election as chairman is a testimony to his leadership,” said Lambert. “Paul gets his principles from the constitution and Paul’s going to be a leader in the House of Representatives.”
County Commissioner Littleton, who served on the State Board of Education prior to the county board, said Lundeen has been an effective champion for local control and parent engagement in education. “Paul has pushed forward the cause of educational choice and Charter schools with untiring passion and effect,” said Littleton.
Lundeen announced his campaign will run under the theme of “Smaller government, bigger people.” Speaking to a gathering at the Monument Charter Academy, Lundeen said, “It is my clear conviction that a smaller government at every level is the catalyst necessary to spark a rebirth in Colorado that will lead to revitalization of America.”
The candidate spoke of the unique opportunity the seat he is seeking holds for conservatives. “The seat should not only be a Republican seat, it should be a leadership seat. It is my intention to be more than a conservative vote from this house district. It is my commitment to you, I will be a leader focused on conservative and constitutional principles who reaches out beyond this district and puts a shoulder to the wheel of returning the Colorado House of Representatives to conservative authority. “
Lundeen has founded a number of small business enterprises including learning centers, a golf course management company, a marketing company that served national and international communications needs, a tree farm, and a wealth management investment advisory.
The Monument resident is a graduate of New York University, has been married to Connie Lundeen for twenty-eight years and they have two “grown and launched children,” both of whom graduated from Lewis Palmer High School.
Second Amendment Rights Prevail in Colorado
Colorado Senate President Recalled by Voters for Carrying Bloomberg Gun Control Agenda
Fairfax, Va. – A historic grassroots effort by voters in Colorado’s Senate District 11 has resulted in the recall of Colorado Senate President John Morse (D). The people of Colorado Springs sent a clear message to the Senate leader that his primary job was to defend their rights and freedoms and that he is ultimately accountable to them – his constituents, and not to the dollars or social engineering agendas of anti-gun billionaires.
Recall proceedings began earlier this year after Sen. Morse pushed through anti-gun legislation that restricted the ability of law-abiding residents to exercise their Second Amendment rights, including their inherent right to self-defense. This effort was driven by concerned citizens, who made phone calls, knocked on doors, and worked diligently to turn voters out in this historic effort.
The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to have stood with the men and women in Colorado who sent a clear message that their Second Amendment rights are not for sale. We look forward to working with NRA-PVF “A” rated and endorsed Bernie Herpin (R) from Colorado Springs.
President Obama's proposed education initiative includes ranking colleges for "value," and tying student grants and loans to how well the schools score.
That may rankle some in the postsecondary educational establishment — but it would take a lot to significantly alter their political giving patterns, something the president might be thankful for on behalf of his fellow Democrats.
It's no secret that college professors are perceived as a bunch of raving liberals, and a deeper look at their campaign contributions by the Center for Responsive Politics mostly backs that up — though certain types of schools tend to skew more left than others.
The lean is most pronounced at four-year institutions, medical schools and law schools, where faculty and other school staff donated overwhelmingly to Democrats in the 2012 election cycle.
Overall, individual contributions from the education sector have been on the rise for years. During the 2012 cycle, contributions from the sector totaled $64.7 million. That's a 323 percent increase over 2000, when the total was just $15.3 million.
The poll is transparent, anonymous and offers real-time results to anyone who wants to look. While I'm certain it's not completely scientific, I'm hoping the poll will give me a picture into citizens' thoughts on the proposal. I'll share the results of the poll, as well as the optional comments (minus identities of those who choose to comment) with the rest of Council. If you have a means to encourage your readers to participate, I welcome all participation. The poll is set up so that each person can vote only once.This is refreshing, the transparency part, considering the fact that the results of Bach's poll, presumably funded at least in part with tax dollars, remain a deep dark secret.