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Re: “Grand jury investigation of SoS Wayne Williams closed

Now Lynn Bartels is an expert on the law?

Remind me of how many cases - up to and including the Colorado Supreme Court - she and her boss Wayne have ultimately won against Campaign Integrity Watchdog?

Oh, that's right - ZERO.

Posted by Matt Arnold on 04/05/2018 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Judge slaps political committee in local metro district with record high penalty

One correction:
Where it reads ""Arnold, who's won about a dozen similar cases..." SHOULD more accurately read (based on court records) "Arnold, who's won DOZENS OF similar cases..."

Also, it's not accurate to state that CIW is pursuing collection from Gardner (ASIWH registered agent) personally.

CIW is pursuing collection from ASIWH (which claims assets receivable in other court cases) & Sarah Brittain Jack, personally, since the ALJ found (based on Sarah Brittain Jack's sworn testimony) that she illegally commingled her personal business funds with those of the 'Alliance for a Safe and Independent Woodmen Hills' - and therefore is subject to collection.

Consequently, Bob Gardner is LYING when he says that ASIWH "has no assets" and "can't pay the penalty."
It does, and can - but won't.

Also, Wayne Williams dancing around the "registered agent" excuse is not only factually wrong, but knowingly so - since SBJ's personal liability has been brought to the attention of his office, and to Williams personally, on multiple occasions.

Williams may himself be criminally liable (C.R.S. 18-8-404 First Degree Official Misconduct) for failing to discharge the duties of his office, since he hasn't even bothered to refer ASIWH's nearly $10k debt for collections, which is REQUIRED BY LAW.

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Posted by Matt Arnold on 06/07/2017 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Update: Writers in Gazette have history of political consulting

A review of the Colorado Secretary of State's listing for Windhover Creative Partners LLC shows NO change in ownership or members - calling into question Wayne Laugesen's claim that he (and Scott Weiser) "left" the organization.

Perhaps Wayne and Dede could release the tax records for their business?

They certainly have not had any problem asking that of others.

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Posted by Matt Arnold on 03/22/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Pastor blaster

Irrespective of the Klingenschmitt issues -
Bob Gardner & Sarah Jack (and their little political committee smear group) are CONVICTED lawbreakers - it's a matter of public record.
(See "The Lawmaker is a Lawbreaker? Rep. Bob Gardner loses Campaign Finance Complaint, fined nearly $10,000" )

Bob's "denial" of his court loss is a flat-out LIE.

OBTW, Gardner and Jack are headed back to court, yet again -
he'll be facing a District Court judge in an action to enforce his $10,000 nonpayment, AND facing an administrative court judge to answer for another nearly 2 dozen additional counts of violating state law.
(See "Serial Scofflaws Robert Gardner and Sarah Jack headed back to Court" )

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Posted by Matt Arnold on 09/30/2015 at 10:02 AM

Re: “TABOR on trial

Unfortunately, although the lawsuit is lacking in legal merit, and constitutional case law precedent (including two relevant Supreme Court of the United States [SCOTUS] decisions) has repeatedly ruled that the “Republican form of government” language in the Constitution’s “Guarantee Clause”
(United States Constitution, Article IV, Section 4 - “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government“)
is non-justiciable (meaning, not subject to determination by the courts), and constitutional constraints on government are, by definition, constitutionally allowed - now that the lawsuit is proceeding to trial, it will cost Colorado taxpayers hundreds of thousands in legal fees and costs, and will almost certainly ultimately end up before the United States Supreme Court since overturning a state constitutional amendment by judicial fiat would have immense implications for the citizens’ initiative process and the right of the people to limit government power by constitutional limits nationwide.

If “We The People” cannot set constitutional limits on government power, then the very founding principles of this nation - indeed, the foundations of Liberty itself - are at risk.…

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Posted by Matt Arnold on 08/08/2012 at 5:04 PM

Re: “'Liberty Alliance' takes on Looper

Um, Jen Raiffie -
did you not get that Chet Hardin was de-bunking the attacks on Looper, not promoting them?
Hardly a "hatchet job" - but actually good journalism.
(I know - it's such a rarity that it's hard to recognize when it occurs).

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Posted by Matt Arnold on 02/28/2012 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Court upholds state Legislature redistricting maps

The Colorado Supreme Court's decision is simply stunning.

Given the constitutional deficiencies remaining in the Colorado Reapportionment Commission's re-submitted maps, the procedural travesty by which the maps were adopted, and the availability of a more constitutionally-consistent set of maps submitted as part of the 'Minority Report' appeal (which the majority commissioners had attempted to suppress), rejection of the commission's maps - particularly given the court's rejection of the commission's previous set - appeared to be the only outcome consistent with constitutional and statutory criteria.…

It will be interesting to analyze the reasoning by which a majority on the Colorado Supreme Court reached the conclusion that these maps were constitutionally valid once the court issues its full written opinion....

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Posted by Matt Arnold on 12/12/2011 at 4:04 PM

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