Celebrate Working with our Hands and Minds!

The first purchase-price for anything in our civilized world history was Labor. The amount of labor was what determined the worth of something and the value of what someone has to offer. Today, we occasionally use the barter-trade system, but most of us know of the cash value of what it is we buy. Each hand that touches the original item to bring it to us adds, we hope, some value. It is what we do to something that makes a thing more valuable. It is people who have value, not things.

It is my firm belief we are valuable! What will help us and our country grow and become stronger? People. You and me. The people I know work hard, every day. They have integrity and give it all they have at work. I’ve met brilliant people walking door-to-door and I want to cheer! Let’s celebrate the work of our hands – and our minds! It’s about the Freedom to take care of our selves, our loved ones, and to celebrate our God-given talent that makes our lives better! 

Freedom to pursue innovative ideas in a free-market society. Government doesn’t have a clue about how to build things or to create things; it just knows bureaucracy. We are the people who will make change. We are the people who will create places to work. We are the answer!

So, on this Labor Day 2017, kick back, drink a beer or whatever with your family and friends, and celebrate the work of our hands! Toast to a better tomorrow because… you work hard, you have integrity, and you can achieve anything in this great Nation, the United States of America.

May all of you have a well-deserved, Happy Labor Day!

Resting on our Laurels

…. when the Threat is very Real

We are right. We Are right, and yet we are resting on our laurels. Taking for granted that our community, our little Red dot in the Colorado political landscape will forever be a bastion of conservative values.

      If our Founding Fathers had done the same thing, we would not be sitting in these United States of America today in 2017. Where would we be without General George Washington if he had stayed at home?  How about Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, James Madison or any of them? They stood against the intolerable acts of the British Parliament of 1774, and they and the Patriot Movement won the War for Independence through great suffrage and persecution by the British. They did not rest on their laurels nor stay away because something was inconvenient or as a form of protest. Nor are those we strongly disagree with on many, many policy issues staying away.

      Colorado Springs Together – an ultra-left Progressive group filled Stargazers Theater, not once but several times since November 2016. They are unified and activated. They have divided their own party in Colorado Springs. Boulder liberals are helping organize and fund them. They perceive our complacency as opportunity to change our little Red dot to Blue, and our complacency – our lack of action – is the best gift we can give them.

They perceive our complacency as opportunity… it is a gift to them.

   They took that gift to new heights today when almost 100 of them attended U.S. Senator Cory Gardner’s town hall at Pikes Peak Community College. I pray there were more Republicans than just the handful I could see. I did see four or five of us in the audience, whom I knew and a couple Tweeting the event. I can list them on my two hands, compared to the 100-plus Progressives in the audience. The media lined the back wall along with El Paso County Sheriff Deputies. We handed the Progressives the floor by not having a bigger presence.

      I grant that I sent short notice out on Senator Cory Gardner’s town hall today, but I also know it was publicized and posted in many different places. A call to action from me should not be needed – it should be in our bones to pay attention if we are truly conservative Republicans.

      I want to genuinely thank all the Republicans who did show up this morning. You heard the call and you came! Frontline Patriots in my estimation. And, many great Republicans I may not know on-sight spoke at the microphone today and asked questions. Republicans and a handful of other conservative parties were present to hear the questions and answers. Tiffany said, “I had a question but thought twice about asking it. The crowd was intimidating.”

     The following photos are from the August 15, 2017 Senator Cory Gardner town hall meeting. This is who the Senator is hearing from all the time! Those little green cards, those are the Progressives showing their position when I took this photo, and that was not even when a full answer was given.     We must pay more attention, get more involved, and not wait until it is too late. We must hold on, with every fiber of our being, to our Representative Democracy! It is being attacked and we, you and me, we are the front line in its defense.

      Self-deception and betrayal are going on if you think by not attending the town hall you send any kind of message whatsoever to the Senator. He cannot hear you, only those people in the photo consumed his attention.

     Do not betray your Republican values. Do not betray your belief of the Constitution. Standing up and showing up is how we keep our voices alive, our Freedom alive! Exercising our Right to Free Speech, which our men and women over centuries have fought and died to protect, is paramount to today’s tasks to preserve our freedoms. Our Founding Fathers did stand for something and did do something. In this century, it is absolutely our duty and responsibility to also stand for something and do something.

     Sandra Bankes said this. “I did attend this morning. I know it was early, but those who are in favor of a single payer health care system were out in full force. U.S. Senator Gardner handled the sometimes unruly crowd with poise and respect. State Senator Bob Gardner, no relation, was the moderator who did his best to keep the dialog civil. Former Commissioner Sallie Clark and Precinct Leader of the Year Rob Blancken, both had their questions answered from the questions submitted. Commissioner Gonzalez was present. More of us should show up to support, question, and be a presence at town hall meetings.”

     Joe G. Rodriguez spoke to me afterwards. He said, “The audience was 95% Democrats. I looked around and could not see very many people that I knew. The crowd was very rude. U.S. Senator Gardner handled hostile questions very well, much like he did on the telephone town hall call. It seemed the Democrats are tightly focused on single payer health care. Every time he mentioned President Trump the crowd boo’d.

     “I am glad you [Kit Roupé] sent out the notice for today’s town hall or I would have missed it. I have been around the state. Democrats are very organized. Republicans need to get involved and organized or we could lose our statewide elections.”

     By the way, I deplore the use of children to advance any political scheme or agenda, yet there it was! A 10-year old child spouting adult rhetoric and pleas. Say no to a child was the dare – the cowards. It is a form of child slavery and abuse in my ethical playbook.

Consider this your rallying cry

     I pray heartily and deeply that we will see you more and more in the coming months; that our presence at events like today will become bigger and bigger. That you understand boycotting an elected official compromises our Republican values and purpose, and does nothing to the official.

     Caucuses are on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7 PM. That is the first place to go to engage on selecting (or re-electing) our Republican candidates. That is the grass roots beginning. Moreover, when I know about an event, such as today’s town hall, I will post it on the El Paso County Republican’s webpage calendar.  El Paso County GOP Calendar. Candidates go to the clubs. Elected officials let me know about their town halls. Fundraisers are posted when I know of them. These gatherings cost you maybe a beverage or a meal, possibly nothing to attend and you can meet and talk to candidates more than once, which is more than the mail or social media can deliver.

     To those who came, Thank you, thank you, thank you!  To those who wanted to come but had other commitments, I look forward to seeing you the next time. To those of you boycotting Senator Gardner – you gave it away to the ultra-left. (You rate the Senator on his performance but you tell him nothing. What would you do if that happened to you at your job?) Join us in fighting for our freedoms and protecting our Constitution. Stand up with our Founding Fathers and fellow Patriots.  I ask you to add to our critical mass and outweigh our opposition’s presence, not condone their agenda through inaction.

     Until later…. Thank you and God Bless!


A Candidate’s Fundraising Multiplier

State and County Parties: A Candidate’s Fundraising Multiplier

You know me. I’m the former Republican State Representative from House District 17, the Colorado Springs Swing seat. There’s something almost expected, and annoying, about winning and losing in a Swing seat. It’s difficult to fundraise when the odds are against you. Trust me when I say that it is not enough to have vision and tenacity; it also takes strategy.

As a former candidate, I would like to share how important it is for you to support your El Paso County Republicans and Colorado GOP. For me, the Colorado GOP and the El Paso County Republican party were force multipliers in my campaign. I know they spent money on my campaign as well as in other races, but the resources they bring were more than I could have done on my own with individual contributions. First, let’s start with the law, which defines contribution limits.

Under the Colorado Campaign Finance laws, candidates seeking county and state offices are subject to campaign contribution limits. For a state representative election, the contribution limit is $400 per person and $800 per couple. From small donor committees, these same candidates can receive up to $4,850. The total a candidate can receive from state and county parties, in some combination, cannot exceed $15,975 to candidate. Colorado Campaign Finance Contribution Limits

Now, let me show you why these numbers matter.  As you can see in the chart below, a candidate could receive $800 from a couple, $4,850 from a small donor committee, and then receive another $15,975 contribution from their party.  A candidate, as show in the chart, given the max from all three (Colorado GOP and El Paso County are splitting the $15,975 in the chart example), can receive up to $21,625.  The couple contribution of $800 is 3.59% of the total contribution of $21,625. So I ask, are you really helping your candidate by just giving to them only?

Example Years – Candidate Maximum Receipt of Campaign Contributions

You, as a donor can give to all three organizations for your candidate: to the candidate, to a small donor committee, and the Colorado GOP and El Paso County Republican party organizations.  You, as an individual, can give $50 (annually) to your small donor committee, $400 to your candidate, $3,650 to El Paso County Republican party, and in this combination, no more than $3,050 to the Colorado GOP. That is $7,150 to help your candidate, compared to just $400.

If you are a couple, you can donate $100 (annually) to your small donor committee, $800 to your candidate, $7,300 to El Paso County Republicans, and in this combination, no more than $3,050 to the Colorado GOP. That is $11,250 to help your candidate, compared to just $800.

Colorado GOP and El Paso County Republican parties do have more than one candidate to support along with overhead operational costs, but they still have the ability to spend money more effectively over all candidates. For example, campaign walkers handing out literature door-to-door can cover all the districts, where your candidate may not be able to raise money to afford the walkers at all. Another example is phone banks. El Paso County and Colorado GOP can put money into phone banks and callers, where your candidate may not have enough money for the phone banks, even if the candidate has the volunteers. The El Paso County and Colorado GOP may be able to put up signs for your candidate, where the candidate may not have the volunteers or tools and resources to put signs up. By printing campaign literature for numerous candidates, the cost of printing can be significantly less and the candidate can afford to spend resources on other means of communication with potential voters. These are just a few basic examples of how contributing to El Paso County Republicans and the Colorado GOP can positively impact your candidate’s election. As a candidate, these resources were profoundly important to me.

So, how is that money spent to win elections?  All contributions and expenses are reported to the Secretary of State’s office and provided to the public for their scrutiny in the TRACER system.  Here is the link in case you want to look it over. Colorado Secy of State TRACER system

Remember, there are outside sources that will spend money on a candidate, either for or against. You will see them in TRACER. These are 527 committees. The rules are different for them. Your candidate has absolutely no connection or control over what these committees do with their resources. You can contribute to the 527 committee of your choice, but do not hold your candidate accountable for how the money is spent.

Repeatedly, I came to trust and rely on the multiplier effect of the El Paso County Republican party and the Colorado GOP in my campaigns. I know we won in 2014 because of their engagement. Together, we increased the number of voters for me in the 2016 election significantly, tightening the race outcome.

Today, I ask that you re-think your strategy in how you will support your candidates in 2018. I ask that you seriously consider contributing to your El Paso County Republicans and the Colorado GOP as part of your political campaign contribution strategy. We need a force multiplier in our elections, and this is how it can be done. This is how you can truly get your candidate elected!  So contribute.  Here are the links and I thank you very much for your generous contributions: El Paso County Republicans  and Colorado GOP