A Message from Jay

It seems that politicians are always anxious to talk. Not me. I am not a politician. I am anxious to LISTEN. I believe we were given one mouth and two ears for a reason.

If you are in Colorado House District 37, and vote for me as your representative, know that I will be voting for YOU. If you are not in the district, but support me in becoming a voice in the Legislature, know that I will be voting on YOUR behalf as well.

To do so, I need to hear what you have to say. Please take the time to Tweet me or post on my Facebook page. I want to hear what your issues are, and how you believe we can move forward to a better place in Colorado. Working together, we can do it

Jay Moderates Panel on Voter Rights and Voter Fraud

Jay moderates blue-ribbon panel on voter rights and voter fraud.

Jay Moderates PanelAs part of a joint presentation of the Colorado Bar Association Civil Rights Committee, and the American Constitution Society, a blue-ribbon panel presented a lively program on voter rights and voter fraud.

The panel consisted of (from right to left in the photo) Ms. Denise Maes (Public Policy Director for ACLU of Colorado), Ms. Amber McReynolds (Director of Elections for the City of Denver), Mr. Matt Crane (County Clerk of Arapahoe County), and Suzanne Staiert (Colorado Deputy Secretary of State).

Jay was honored to be one of the team organizing this event, and was pleased to serve as the event Moderator.

Jay Moderates Panel1The panel discussed HB 1303 (the Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act of 2013), as well as HB 1164 (the 2014 revamping of the Colorado Local Governmental Election Code).

The panel offered the conference attendees a balanced presentation of the various benefits and potential pitfalls of each of these laws, and the various remedies (or in some cases the lack thereof) for identifying, remedying, or stopping voter disenfranchisement or voter fraud.

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Jay Visits Colorado House

What just happened on the floor of the Colorado House this morning?

I was the guest of one of our well-known legislators on the floor of the Colorado House again today, during the session.

I was able, once again, to have some in-depth conversations with some of the Republican representatives on the floor. There is no substitute for “being there”, I have found. The picture is much clearer when you are watching the process unfold.

What was remarkable to me about this morning’s session was the unanimity of the Republicans on virtually all the legislation that came forward today.

There were almost never any “No” votes on any legislation, regardless of which side of the aisle carried the bill.

During all the years I have sat on the floor of the House (in the seat that a legislator has kindly reserved for me) and watched them “make sausage”, I have never seen this degree of unanimity in legislation. Last year, and the year before were completely different. There would be huge floor battles over legislation, taking hours and hours of debate. The conservative view lost (due to the lack of conservatives in the body), but only after a protracted battle.

Did the Dems just offer legislation that we could adopt without objection? Unlikely, I think. Are we Republicans just tired of fighting? Also unlikely. Even legislation carried by Republican legislators garnered near-unanimous Democrat support.

In the end of the session, I left the floor shaking my head, wondering about the meaning of what I had just seen. Did I see a “perfect storm” of bipartisanship? Have the Dems all of a sudden turned away from their “hard-ball politics”, where they ram-down leftist legislation through use of their majorities in the House and Senate? Not likely, either.

I will ponder for the coming days what I have witnessed this morning, and what it means for my beloved Colorado. I, for one, like the absence of rancor and partisanship. I sincerely hope it’s not a sign that the GOP minority has begun to lose its backbone.

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Jay Visits the Capital

I went to the Capital to see what was happening in the House on the 4th. It was a short session, and they were in recess at about 10:30. I met with a Republican Representative for a short while, and then had a short e-conversation with a Republican Senator while he was on a conference call (what a multi-tasker!) and we will be getting together next week. I also had a delightful conversation with another Republican senator before I left to meet with campaign staff for an update.

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