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Re: “Chamber belatedly endorses Buck

Your article sounds a little whiney Ralph. Were you hoping for an endorsement for Obama's rubberstamp, Michael Bennet?

Posted by colawman on 10/29/2010 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Our Senate conundrums

Ken Buck entered the political arena by running for Weld County District Attorney. I clearly recall his campaign promise of cleaning up crime in Weld County with a focus on Gangs in Greeley. His promise certainly addressed the concern of residents as Greeley was under seige from gang violence and a crime index that surpassed Denver and Colorado Springs (Part I crimes per 1,000 population, FBI UCR). Ken recognized that Greeley's crimes had become regular features in state wide media. This notoriety had a negative impact on economic development, property values, and new enrollment at UNC and Aims. Ken won the election based on people believing in his message, but could he deliver? There is no denying he surpassed his campaign promises. Crime in Weld County and Greeley has been cut 38 to 50%, depending on which study is used. He accomplished this by arm twisting federal law enforcement to locate in Greeley to help combat Gangs and drugs. ATF, ICE, and the FBI all moved into Greeley to join the assault. Ken Buck cleared the DA's office of ineffective prosecutors and brought in aggressive and effective prosecutors from outside Weld County. His office has a 100% conviction rate on First Degree Murder cases (with no plea bargains). Ken then went to work on dealing with Weld County's Identify Theft problem in which Weld County ranked among the nation's top. He again twisted arms and got ICE to locate an office in Greeley. This same strategy was being employed in El Paso County. Both counties wanted ICE to become engaged in this fight against Identify Theft. 5 years after he started this push for ICE (while being opposed by the then Mayor of Greeley) success. ICE recently held their grand opening in Greeley. Ken attempted to hold accountable those who were engaged in Identity Theft in a Weld County Sheriff Department investigation known as Operation Numbers Game. His efforts were derailed when the Co. Supreme Court ruled against the Sheriff's search warrant. It was a loss, but it shows Ken Buck's willingness to take on the politically difficult issues. Ken Buck was the guiding force behind the Juvenile Assessment Center that has proven it's effectiveness in dealing with juveniles outside of the Justice system. This program quickly identifies needs and provides alternative interventions for those juveniles who first pop on the radar for runaway, truancy, misdemeanor crimes. Ken Buck is a man of action. It is rare a politician that will actually keep his campaign promises.

Posted by colawman on 06/12/2010 at 7:45 AM

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