North Suburban Republican Forum

February, 2013
Due to the Adams County Republicans bi-annual organizational meeting on February 9th, our next meeting is moved back one week. We'll meet on Saturday, February 16th from 9:00-10:30 am at the Legacy Ridge Clubhouse. It's located at 10515 Stuart Street in Westminster.

Our featured speaker is Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler. He’ll discuss voter ID, election fraud, the November 2012 election results, what he thinks the 2013 legislature will accomplish along with what his future holds, and answer your questions.
Admission is only $3 per person and you can pay your 2013 dues of $20. The doors open at 8:30am so come join us and bring a friend or two for a good time with like-minded people. A continental breakfast with donuts, pastries, deviled eggs, fruit, coffee, orange juice, and water is included with your $3 admission.

NSRF upcoming calendar in 2012: March 9 – Learn all about Fracking and what it does or doesn’t do from Geraldine (Jerry) Rasmussen of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association April 13 – We’ll hear what’s happening on the Education front from various Board of Education members May 11 – Our local Colorado State Legislators will update us as the current session ends June 8 -- Adams County Commissioner Erik Hansen explains how the new districts for commissioner will work July 13 – Immigration Issues August 10 – RTD and FasTraks update for the North Metro Line September 14 – Local candidates running for Board of Education and City Council October 12 – City Council members updating us on their local issues November 9 – Possible candidates for Governor or U.S. Senate


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This newsletter has a conservative Republican viewpoint. It may or may not reflect the views of the NSRF Board of Directors. It is intended for the thoughtful consideration of our members to inform and educate, and as potential discussion starters.

Table of Contents:
              February calendar If you haven’t checked out our web site, these are the latest articles that have been posted AdCo GOP Organization Meeting(s) Colorado Recognized as National Elections Leader What difference does it make? Liberty Day Liberty Day founder, Andy McKean’s, message from the president Bolder & Fresher Tour 2013 How to get involved in local politics How to get involved with the Republican Party Adams County voter information Elected officials NSRF Board of Directors NSRF $20 yearly membership application


If you haven’t checked out our web site (, these are the latest articles that have been posted:
                 Adams 12 Board Member Norm Jennings responds to KDVR story Adams 12 Superintendent addresses media report from Feb. 4 ObamaCare’s Broken Promises Colorado gun debate to rise with package of bills from Democrats Udall already has $1.3 million in the bank for 2014 “Normal” boot vs. “Military-Style Assault Boot” Adams County Leadership Team to Re-Elect Secretary of State Scott Gessler To All Who Are Running for Bonus Member in Adams County Bonus Member Voting Help Shape Colorado’s Election Rules Current Candidates for AdCo & State Bonus Members Former Adams County public works director sentenced to 2.5 years in jail after Call7 investigation Colorado Democrats reject bill to allow teachers to carry concealed weapons Colorado’s Legislative Scorecard Jan 28 Electoral College possible change that’s something to ponder…. Pro-Gun Rally at the Colorado State Capitol on January 19th Scott Gessler is always right…right?

AdCo GOP Organization Meeting(s)
Saturday, February 9, 2013 9:00am in the Dome at AdCo Fairgrounds In February of every odd-numbered year, the Adams County Republican Central Committee (ACRC) elects its Officers and Bonus Members. We also break into groups for election of other officers  Who votes in these elections? The members of the ACRC. That means all the Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs), District Captains (DCs), and elected Republicans at the county/ state/ federal levels, who live in Adams County. (HD and SD officers are not voting members unless they also fit into one of the categories above.)  What positions do we elect at the County level? ACRC Chairman ACRC First Vice Chairman ACRC Second Vice Chairman ACRC Third Vice Chairman ACRC Secretary (ACRC Treasurer is an appointed position) With the exception of Treasurer, these officers also have automatic votes in the ACRC and on their specific State and Congressional District Central Committees. Adams County Bonus Members: These are people who have given a good deal of service to the party and would like to serve as members of the State GOP Central Committee as well as their Congressional District Central Committee. This means they attend the meetings of those entities and are entitled to vote for the State Officers and Congressional District Officers, as well as on bylaws and anything else requiring a vote for those entities. It has not been confirmed by the State GOP, but based on the AdCo Presidential election results – which is what determines how many bonus members we get – it appears we will elect 10 bonus members from CD7 and 4 from CD6. It is important to note that, by statute, bonus members must be evenly divided by gender.


As with any other elected position, you should step up ahead of time to express your interest in running for Bonus Member. To expedite counting for bonus members, we will have pre-printed ballots. (There will be a space for write-ins.) Please let Patty know if you wish to run. Contact Patty or 303-457-1291.  What positions do we elect at other-than-county level? We will break into the applicable groups to elect the following: House District Officers and District Captains (in HD56, DCs only) Senate District Officers I encourage you to consider running for one or more of these positions. I know that this can all be a little confusing, so if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am more than happy to talk with you. You can contact me by email or phone 303-457-1291. If your query requires more than a short answer, I encourage you to use the phone. General Notes: 1) You do NOT have to be a current member of the ACRC to run for any of these positions. You need only be a registered Republican living in the county/district for which you are running. (For most of the HDs and SDs, however, their bylaws have an Officer Registration requirement of one year and a residency requirement of 180 days.) 2) We do not elect PCPs at these meetings. They are elected at the caucuses, the next of which will be held in March of 2014. 3) The people elected at the Organization Meetings are not the same as Delegates / Alternates to assemblies and conventions. That’s an entirely separate set of folks, and those elections, too, begin at the caucus level.

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Colorado recognized as a national elections leader
Pew Charitable Trusts ranks Colorado 4th best for 2010 election administration The Pew Charitable Trusts released its report showing Colorado in the top four states for election administration. According to its Elections Performance Index, Colorado ranked 12th for the 2008 election and improved to fourth for the 2010 election. And Colorado’s elections got even better for the 2012 election—the Secretary of State’s office today released its report on the successful 2012 election. The Elections Performance Index gave Colorado particularly high marks for its high voter turnout, acceptance rate of military and overseas ballots, and online voter registration and lookup tools. The report also states, “Colorado, Delaware, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin were among the highest-performing states during both the 2008 and 2010 election cycles.” “Colorado can take great pride in this report, which recognizes our state as a national leader,” Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler said. “For the 2012 election, we added to these successes, with initiatives that pushed domestic and overseas turnout even higher and improved overall election integrity.


According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, the 2012 election will be reviewed at a later date. For the 2012 election, Colorado released the nation’s first web-optimized online voter registration and lookup and an expanded statewide electronic ballot delivery system for Colorado’s military and overseas voters. For more information about the Pew Charitable Trust’s Elections Performance Index, please visit

What difference does it make?
I’ve got to tell you, Hillary Clinton’s “WDATPDIM?” makes me laugh out loud. When questioned at a Senate Hearing on the Benghazi “FUBAR” she replied, with emotion that was surprising given her message . . . “With all respect, the fact is we have four dead Americans was it because of a protest or was it because of guy out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans,” Clinton shouted. “What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator.” I know that most of you have already identified the foolishness of her statement. But, before I give you my take on the comments of this “over estimated windbag”, let’s remember a couple of things from her past that illustrate the lack of integrity in Hillary’s, and why she is so disinterest in getting to the truth. Who will ever forget these great moments in “Hillarity” 1 Hillary once stated that she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary. Her “bubby hubby” Bill even wrote about it in his autobiography. The fact that Sir Edmund did not climb Mount Everest until Hillary was six year old had escaped the myth-making machine that is Hillary’s best asset. (Of course, WDATPDIM?.) 2 Hillary told a forum at the Women’s Global Leadership Summit at New York University that women in government are less corrupt than their male counterparts. She stated “Research shows the presence of
women raises the standards of ethical behavior and lowers corruption” (March 8, 2005). She did not use herself as an example . . . because back she had been fired from her position on the Nixon impeachment staff by her supervisor Jerry Zeifman. Why? “Because she was a liar.” “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.” (Again, WDATPDIM?) Mr Zeifman went on to say “My reaction was of regret that, when I terminated her employment on the Nixon impeachment staff, I had not reported her unethical practices to the appropriate bar associations.” (source DIGITAL JOURNAL ) But, let’s look at her latest “revelation” shared in her testimony above. Let’s assume she is serious about Figuring out what happened “and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again”. To “prevent” anything – it is important to understand WHAT HAPPENED? HOW IT HAPPENED? WHO IS RESPONSIBLE? WHY IT HAPPENED?


Thus, Hillary is actually approaching the Benghazi issue in a way that won’t get to the root cause of the security breakdown . . . she just wants to move forward . . . not worry about what may have caused the security breakdown. No, Hillary is borrowing a strategy from her boss. Express indignation, heap praise on the victims, pick a villain that fits their agenda, ignore anything that hurts their agenda . . . and then CREATE A COMPREHENSIVE AND BALANCED APPROACH so that this WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. I honestly laugh at the lack of imagination, leadership and the obvious absurdity. Why aren’t the rest of you laughing?

What is Liberty Day? Liberty Day is a celebration originated by Colorado Lions to call attention to both the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution. Events are scheduled statewide with the cooperation of Lions on the local and district level, elected government representatives and school superintendents and teachers. Many students lack a basic understanding of America's fundamental liberties and the role elected officials play in maintaining those liberties. The Lions of Colorado are making sure that the basic liberties ensured by America's founding documents are not forgotten. How Liberty Day started The idea for Liberty Day originated in the summer of 1996. During a tutoring program, Lions in Denver discovered a tremendous need in the schools for supplemental resources regarding the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. They took their idea for developing a statewide educational effort directly to the top. Several Colorado state officials were asked for their support: Gale Norton, Attorney General for the State of Colorado; Chuck Berry, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives; former state governor Richard Lamm; and David Skaggs of the U.S. House of Representatives. Their enthusiasm for the project immediately matched that of the Lions, and they agreed to serve as honorary co-chairpersons. Since that time, the list of honorary cochairpersons has grown to include 21 elected officials from Colorado. When is Liberty Day celebrated? Liberty Day is celebrated annually on March 16th, the birthday of James Madison, who:       Helped write the Virginia Plan, the basis of discussion for the creation of the U.S. Constitution; Kept detailed notes on those debates in the Constitutional Convention of 1787; Wrote many of the articles in support of that new Constitution, which became known as the "Federalist Papers" As a member of the first Congress, introduced the Bill of Rights to the House of Representatives in 1789; Was Secretary of State (1801-1809) under President Thomas Jefferson; Was President of the United States

Ben Franklin challenged us that we will have a republic only if we can keep it. But this great nation will be unable to heed his words if our citizens are not proactive in educating others—especially fifth graders learning about government for the first time. When I founded Liberty Day with my wife Kathy in 1996, we never anticipated the things we would accomplish. Because of years of hard work and dedication exerted by countless individuals and our many partners, hundreds of thousands of kids have received copies of the Liberty Day booklets containing the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Many of these youngsters have learned directly from national and community leaders, parents, teachers, college students,


and so many others about just what it means to be an American. Liberty Day has strived to educate tomorrow’s leaders exactly why it is that our nation’s founding documents are so important—and why it is so critical that we preserve them and the freedoms they entail. Our mission is unchanging. We are dedicated to bringing community members of all levels together to educate young Americans about the contents of our nation’s founding documents and to distributing copies of those documents to all the country’s fifth and sixth graders. Our vision is clear. Through integrity, hard work, and tireless dedication to our mission, a Constitution will one day be in every pocket, and all Americans will know and understand the documents upon which this nation was built. I hope you will take a look at what our new website has to offer and consider lending your help and support to Liberty Day and our shared mission of fulfilling Franklin’s call to keep the republic. Yours in Liberty,

Andy McKean President & Founder At the core of our package is still the signature Liberty Day Constitution Booklet, a fun, hands-on learning tool for kids that’s “perfect for the students to take home and study. The students highlighted them and used them!” (Stacy Meade, 5th grade teacher) Studies show that hands-on learning is one of the best methods for teaching complex concepts to kids. This pocket-sized booklet includes the complete text of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, along with 24 perforated Q&A flashcards on the contents of the Constitution. A single class set includes 25 copies of the Liberty Day booklet, along with 25 American flag pins (while supplies last). For teachers, the Complete Educational Resource comes with the Liberty Day Teacher’s Packet, a one-stop resource for educators. This packet consists primarily of a full lesson plan, helpful diagrams on the three branches of government, and exclusive access to the online Teacher Resource Suite (automated quiz, Backgrounders, Constitution Quests), found at Complete sets - the booklets with Q&A flashcards, Teacher's Packet, and online access - can be purchased at the online rate of just $25 plus shipping! (Available by phone at $28 flat price which includes shipping.) Individual booklets are available at the low price of just $1.00 per copy, plus shipping and handling. Click here to purchase your own copy of Liberty Day's exclusive Constitution Education Materials!



How to Get Involved in Local Politics
Sometimes it's hard to imagine one person making a difference in this world. A lot of challenges face our society. Some are huge, some are more manageable, but all require the action of at least one person. Start making the world a better place by being that person on the local level. Get involved in local politics and see the world change before your eyes.

1 Participate in town meetings. Mingle with local, state and federal politicians. Learn

about the issues facing your community. Meet others who support the same causes you do. Voice your opinion and see what offices in politics appeal to you.


2 Show your support of the political system by voting in every election. More importantly, bring others to
the polls with you. Talk about the issues with people and inspire them to let their opinions be heard through their votes .


3 Help out at a local political office. It doesn't matter if you are a Republican, Democrat or a member of
the Green Party, all political parties need volunteers. Work one on one with them and learn the political process. Network with others involved in local politics. Get in on the ground floor and learn the ropes. Look into volunteering for organizations who promote causes like the environment, health care, campaign finance or immigration reform .


4 Start your own political organization. Whether it's a local off-shoot of a nationwide campaign or it's

specific to a cause no one has addressed politically, get it going. Involve your friends and family. Have rallies, fundraisers, seminars or even a bowling night. The idea is to spread your passion for the cause and get others to join you.

5 Start a petition on the Internet. Instead of knocking on doors or stopping people at the mall, get people
involved with an online petition. Involve yourself in online political blogs. Post your opinions and get others to join in with you.


6 Put yourself out there and run for local office. Civic offices come up for re-election all the time. Find a
position you know you could excel in and start your campaign. Call your local political party and ask if there are offices up for election. Take to the streets and let people know you are the person for the job.
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How to Get Involved in the Republican Party
There are a variety of reasons to get involved in the efforts of the Republican Party. You might believe in gun rights, be pro-life, or wish for fewer taxes. Of course, you may simply think that the Democratic Party’s choices for candidates at the presidential, senatorial, or congressional level are not the best choices. There are any number of reasons and issues to get involved with the Republican Party, so when you are ready to join, follow these steps.
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1 Have a valid voter

registration card and if you don’t have one, get one. If you feel strongly about this party and their beliefs, register as a Republican. However you don’t have to register as a Republican if you don't want to. You can register as an NPA, (no party affiliation) as an Independent or even a Democrat.


2 Do as much research as possible on the Republican Party. Make sure that the issues the party

represents are issues that you believe in and that the candidates representing the party are people you hold in high regard.

3 You may wish to support a particular candidate for local government, or state government or you may
want to support Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate , or Congress and perhaps even the Republican Party’s presidential candidate. Once you have figured out at what level you wish to participate, contact the appropriate party office and ask how you can get more involved.


4 When you contact the appropriate party office, make sure you have a plan for how you want to be

involved in the Republican Party. Your involvement could be as simple as making a donation, or you could volunteer your time by handing out literature or manning a phone at a call center. Most people involved in the Republican Party are volunteers. You may wish to become some sort of aid or spokesperson for a particular candidate as well, but these positions are usually staffed by people close to the candidate. These positions usually require some sort of education in politics, law or the media.

5 Joining a Republican state party might be just the ticket for you. You can volunteer to answer phones,
pass out literature, or something as simple as making a donation. This is all that is required to join your state's Republican party. Also, your Republican state party will deal with issues in your state that may be closer to your areas of interest.


6 Join the Republican National Committee. You can go right to their website and enter in your

information (see Resources). Tell them a little bit about yourself and what you would like to do for their organization. You may want to become a volunteer or even take a job with the Republican National Committee.
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